The past few weeks at the River we’ve been experiencing some spiritual attacks – The worship leader went home sick before the night of worship even began, the powerpoint screen didn’t work right, the pastor couldn’t find his notes – the whole thing was a disaster! The Lord spoke to me and said due to the lack of prayer cover over the River, the enemy was able to infiltrate and manipulate our worship service. This really awakened my spirit about the importance of diligently and faithfully seeking the Lord in prayer before leading people into an atmosphere of worship. If a service is not blanketed in fervent prayer, the power immediately shifts to the enemy.
This week we made it our goal to get into the prayer room a half hour early and soak up the presence of the Lord, begging Him to show up and transform hearts. Because if Jesus is not in atmosphere of the worship and the teaching and the fellowship and small groups, then there is really no point in showing up ourselves.
God is so amazing!! This week we had an awesome time in worship. There was a deep, rich aroma of the presence of the Lord. Jared decided to skip out on the message he had planned for the night and just listen to the Lord speak to our hearts. Again, Jesus spoke these words to me from Zephaniah 3:11-12

11 I will remove all proud and arrogant people from among you.
There will be no more haughtiness on my holy mountain.
12 Those who are left will be the lowly and humble,
for it is they who trust in the name of the Lord.

At Church at the gate, our pastor has spent the past few weeks pounding the fact that the United States of America has quickly shifted to the United States of Accumulation. Everywhere you look you see selfish, greedy, proud, ego-centric Americans falling for the lie that accumulation & consumerism will bring them true joy. The stuff that was going on in Zephaniah’s day is the same thing we see today in the U.S. We’ve been living in a delusional lie that we are untouchable & indestructible. Zephaniah’s prophetic word to the people of Jerusalem reminded me to check myself. To get rid of all moral filth, PRIDE, LUST, INSECURITIES, FEAR, and SELFISHNESS. We’ve gone too long simply ignoring the Lord! We get so caught up in our “stuff” that we no longer care about spending time with the One who created us.
I know this posting is probably ADD-like, I’m kinda all over the place. But the point I want to make clear is that God loves us and he desires to be in relationship with us. When we choose to put other things before God we will continue to see struggles and hardships come our way. Just like Zephaniah saw in his day, and just like we have seen here at the River.


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