Psalm 139 – Known & Beloved Song – Storytellers Bible Project

Devoted Companion – king, cloud, woman, flame – Let me tell you a story about friendship. King David wrote a song about God’s faithful presence. His Spirit is always with us.

Worldwide Glory – earth, cloud, flame, stars – David said there is nowhere on earth you can get away from the Spirit. God is at work everywhere; his light shines in the darkness.

Loving Creator – king, mother, baby, flag – God designs and creates us. He is with us from creation to death. He knows our future. His wisdom is beyond whatever we can imagine.

Battlefield Prayer – serpent, sword, running man, road, city – David was a warrior. He hated his enemies, desiring to destroy them. He ran from evil, praying for help in warfare.

Storyteller Discipleship

The following activities will help you remember the story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.

  • Pray. Listen to the story. Draw the story.
  • Tell the story with the drawings.
  • Draw my own pictures to illustrate the story.
  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
  • Pray. What is the Holy Spirit asking me to do next?
  • Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
  • Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.

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Luke 18 – Priest & Sinner Story – Storytellers Bible Project

Judging Hearts – heart & scales – Let me tell you a story about how Jesus judges hearts. Jesus and his disciples observed a priest and a sinner praying at the temple.

Self Righteous – priest, flag, serpent – The priest thought God favored him because of his obedience. Deceived by pride, he glorified himself. This spiritual leader was wicked.

Powerful Humility – sorrowful man & flame – The Holy Spirit moved in the tax collector’s heart. He knew he needed forgiveness, and he begged for mercy. His heart was holy.

Kingdom Come – praising man, flame, house, cloud, crown – God’s kingdom reigns in the sinner’s heart and home. Jesus said that God punishes the prideful and honors the merciful.

Storyteller Discipleship

The following activities will help you remember the story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.

  • Pray. Listen to the story. Draw the story.
  • Tell the story with the drawings.
  • Draw my own pictures to illustrate the story.
  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
  • Pray. What is the Holy Spirit asking me to do next?
  • Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
  • Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.

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1 Samuel 2 – Generous Deliverer Prayer – Storytellers Bible Project

Rejoicing Mother – woman, flag, mountain, cloud, crown – Let me tell you a story about Hannah’s prayer. She praised God as her Strength & Rock who rescued her from despair.

Generous King – kneeling man, king, throne, crown – Hannah celebrated God’s justice: he humbles prideful leaders and rescues all who are suffering and helpless.

Eternal Lord – grave, cloud, rejoicing princess, branch – Hannah praised God for his absolute authority over all creation, life, and death. He is worthy to rule the nations.

Righteous Defender – cloud, king, arrow, sword – God fights for those who love and worship him. All who rebel will go to hell. God defends the weak. He protects his faithful leaders.

Storyteller Discipleship

The following activities will help you remember the story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.

  • Pray. Listen to the story. Draw the story.
  • Tell the story with the drawings.
  • Draw my own pictures to illustrate the story.
  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
  • Pray. What is the Holy Spirit asking me to do next?
  • Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
  • Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.

Discover 100+ Bible stories w/drawings @ blazingtrees.org/storytellers

Support the Storytellers Bible project @ blazingtrees.org/give

Watch our storytellers training videos @ youtube.com/c/blazingtrees

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2021 Establish Roots Year

2021 Establish Roots Year

  • 2018 – Restoration – identity as sons and daughters – Galatians 4
  • 2019 – Wild Frontier – freedom in the Holy Spirit – 1 Corinthians 2
  • 2020 – Deep Dive – listening to the Good Shepherd’s voice – John 10
  • 2021 – Establish Roots – Jeremiah 17

Establish Roots (Jeremiah 17:5-8) – Fruitful Trees

  1. Extract (Psalm 40:1-3) – Rescue Mission
  2. Exchange (Luke 5:36-38) – New Life
  3. Ensure Endure (Matthew 7:24-27) – Suffering Preparation

Establish Roots

This is what the Lord says, “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:5-8 NIV)

Extract

I waited patiently for the Lord’s help; then he listened to me and heard my cry. He pulled me out of a dangerous pit, out of the deadly quicksand. He set me safely on a rock and made me secure. He taught me to sing a new song, a song of praise to our God. Many who see this will take warning and will put their trust in the Lord. (Psalm 40:1-3 GNT)

Exchange

Jesus gave them this illustration: “No one rips up a new garment to make patches for an old, worn-out one. If you tear up the new to make a patch for the old, it will not match the old garment. And who pours new wine into an old wineskin? If someone did, the old wineskin would burst and the new wine would be lost. New wine must always be poured into new wineskins.Yet you say, ‘The old ways are better,’ and you refuse to even taste the new that I bring.” (Luke 5:36-38 TPT)

Ensure Endure

Jesus said, “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” (Matthew 7:24-27 NLT)

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Establish Roots Prayer

On the last and greatest day of the festival of tabernacles, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. (John 8:37-39 NIV)

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Prepare For Establish Roots Year

Some questions to consider:

What is the condition of the soils of my heart today?

What truly, genuinely satisfies my soul? Is Jesus honestly all I need, or do I really seek to be gratified in happy in other sources?

What’s been happening lately in my heart that needs to go, that I need to be delivered from?

What Holy Spirit exchanges and transformations need to happen in my soul so that I can be more like my Savior? despair into hope, frustration into joy, anger into love, bitterness into compassion…

What are the typical rhythms of my calendar week, and where can I fit more of abiding in Jesus and listening to him? Where in my week can I prioritize more time with my family and less time focused on myself?

New Life Story Set Announcement – Storytellers Bible Project

ANNOUNCEMENT! Please enjoy, explore, and share our 5th official Storytellers Bible story set “New Life”!!!

Why This Story Set?

A friend of ours living in Africa said many of his friends are experiencing dreams and visions of Jesus. They are asking questions, desiring to hear stories of Jesus in the Bible. The New Life story set contains 12 basic discipleship lessons for any new disciple, or for seekers searching to find the Truth.

Why Make Disciples With This Story Set?

We do not simply add Jesus and some of his ideas to our lives. We must be crucified with Christ; then, the Holy Spirit transforms us into new creations. Next, we grow spiritually every day in our relationship with God, exploring a whole new world of faith, trust, wisdom, blessings, and power. Our salvation is sacred and secure, and we can expect suffering and many trials in this new life. Spiritual attacks increase when we decide to follow Jesus, because he delivers us out of darkness into light, and we shine with God’s glory. May these stories inspire you to love and trust in Jesus.

Visit blazingtrees.org/storytellers to download the story set, coloring page, and drawings.

New Life Set Stories List

  1. New Creation – 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
  2. Weeping Woman – Luke 7:36-50
  3. Ethiopian Eunuch – Acts 8:26-40
  4. Kingdom Prayer – Matthew 6:5-15
  5. Generous Stranger – Luke 10:25-37
  6. Lord’s Supper – 1 Corinthians 11:17-26
  7. Widow’s Trust – Mark 12:38-44
  8. Living Well – John 4:1-42
  9. Peace Mission – Luke 10:1-20
  10. Demon Army – Luke 8:26-39
  11. First Church – Acts 2:41-47
  12. Great Commission – Matthew 28:16-20

Born Again – grass, grave, woman, light – Let me tell you a story about what happens when you decide to follow Jesus. First, you die to your old life. You are reborn into a new life.

Peacemaking Mission – king, flame, Jesus – God chose to make peace with rebellious humanity through Jesus. He restores what has been broken, making us new creations.

Ambassador’s Appeal – cross, woman, man – We are now advocates of Jesus’ kingdom, inviting others to believe in and follow him by prayer and telling his Gospel stories.

Righteous Road – cross, road, cloud, city – Jesus made a way for us to be free from evil. Now, we journey towards heaven by faith, practicing righteousness through the Spirit.

Bad Reputation – Jesus, woman, fragrant perfume – Let me tell you a story about a rebellious woman who honored Jesus. She visited Jesus at a Pharisee’s dinner party.

Public Honor – tears, bottle, fragrance – This woman was broken in her spirit. She wept over Jesus feet, kissing and wiping his feet with her hair, and pouring perfume on them.

Freedom Story – money bag & coins – Simon was offended at the woman’s actions. Jesus knew Simon’s critical heart, and told a story about forgiving big and small debts.

Forgiven & Saved – broken chains & celebrating woman – Jesus forgave the woman of her many failures because of her faith in him. The guests asked, “Who can forgive sins?”

Seeking Jesus – chariot & man – Let me tell you a story about an Ethiopian seeking Jesus. We don’t know his name. He was visiting Jerusalem to worship God and seek Truth.

Strange Request – road, man, flame – The Holy Spirit told Philip, a disciple of Jesus, to go to a desert road and wait. The Ethiopian was in a chariot on his way home to Africa.

Suffering Savior – altar, lamb, knife – The African man invited Philip to travel with him. He was reading Isaiah 53 and had questions. Philip shared the Gospel, and the man believed.

Spontaneous Baptism – water, man, flame, cyclone – Philip baptized him in water. He returned home rejoicing after the Holy Spirit took Philip in a whirlwind to a far away town.

Heart Check – stage, priest, house, woman – Let me tell you a story about how prayer works. Before we pray, we check our motives. Prayer is a relationship, not a performance.

Authentic Worship – woman, flag, branch, throne, crown, cloud – Jesus taught his disciples how to pray. We begin with praise, desiring God’s kingdom to bless all nations.

Beautiful Communion – house, table, bread, cup, flame – We practice fellowship with the Holy Spirit. We trust God to provide for us. We forgive anyone who has offended us.

Choose Your King – broken chains, woman, light, snake – Jesus delivers us from the devil’s control if we will embrace forgiveness. If we refuse to forgive, our home is hellfire.

Kingdom Culture – two houses, heart, crown – Let me tell you a story about a teacher who asked Jesus how to inherit eternal life. Jesus replied, “Love God and your neighbor.”

Almost Dead – thief & traveler – Jesus told a story that illustrates an answer to, “Who is my neighbor?” A man on a journey was robbed, beaten, and left for dead on the road.

Cold Souls – priest, road, victim – Two religious leaders saw the man and avoided him. They did not love, care, or help.

Compassionate Mercy – inn, two men, moneybag – A Samaritan saw the man and had mercy. He bandaged his wounds, took him to a nearby inn, and paid for his recovery. Jesus taught the teacher how to be merciful and generous.

Divided Family – divided houses – Let me tell you a story about how we honor Jesus. Missionary Paul discovered that some of his disciples were treating other disciples unfairly.

Selfish Feasting – wine bottle & table – The wealthy disciples were hosting feasts without the poor. They were prideful and getting drunk, rejecting fellowship with needy disciples.

True Communion – Jesus, bread, cup – The Lord’s Supper is about unity and communion: coming together as one family to remember Jesus’ sacrifice. All in Christ are welcome.

Maranatha Declaration – king, cloud, radiant cross – The Lord’s Supper reminds us of suffering and glory. Our Messiah died to save the nations. Our King will return soon. 

Exalted Celebrities – stage, priest, disciple, flag – Let me tell you a story about generosity. Some people who serve God seek man’s praise. Jesus invites us to become humble. 

Hidden Slavery – priest, chains, snake – Jesus and his disciples were in the temple. Many rich people gave large gifts, giving to impress the crowds, giving without sacrifice.

Extraordinary Generosity – woman & coins – A poor widow gave two coins. Jesus said her generous gift was greater than all the wealthy people’s larger quantity donations.

Absolute Trust – woman, flag, cloud, throne, crown – Jesus said the widow gave all her money and trusted God for her next meal. Jesus calls us to the radical faith of this widow.

Long Journey – well & water – Let me tell you a story about living water. Jesus traveled to Samaria and sat down next to a well to rest in the evening. A woman came to draw water.

Living Water – Jesus & woman – Jesus asked the woman for a drink. Jews aren’t supposed to talk to Samaritans. Jesus offered to give her the gift of living water if she wanted it.

Worship Rituals – altar, animal, fire – Jesus and the woman discussed the different beliefs of the Jews and Samaritans. Jesus said one day, all will worship in the Spirit and in Truth.

Village Harvest – house & wheat – The woman believed in Jesus as God’s Messiah. She went home and told her village. Everyone believed and became Jesus’ disciples.

Open Homes – house & open door – Let me tell you a story about a mission trip. Jesus sent out his disciples in pairs to visit many villages on mission to search for open homes.

Prayer Priority – praying disciples – Jesus asked them to pray for God to raise up more missionaries, to trust him to provide for their needs, and ask the Holy Spirit to move.

Kingdom Bridges – river & bridge – Jesus taught them to greet people and build relationship bridges, to stay in any home where the people receive God’s kingdom peace.

Open Hearts – disciple & flame – Jesus told them to identify wherever the Holy Spirit was already at work in people’s hearts. They returned praising God for amazing miracles.

Extreme Bondage – cave, man, chains – Let me tell you a story about deliverance. Jesus traveled across a lake to visit an insane, dangerous man possessed by a demon army.

Supernatural Encounter – Jesus & serpent – When the man saw Jesus, the demons began screaming. They spoke with Jesus, calling him God’s Son. They were afraid of his power.

Terrifying Spectacle – shepherd, staff, pig, water – Jesus cast the demon army into a nearby herd of many pigs, and the herdsmen saw them all rush down into the lake and drown.

Amazing Testimony – disciple, cross, flag, road, town – Word spread about Jesus’ miracle. The local people were scared and asked Jesus to leave. Jesus sent the delivered man back home to his family to tell his incredible freedom story.

Jesus’ Name – cross, cloud, king, flag – Let me tell you a story about community. Peter was teaching a crowd about Jesus, his power and glory, and the Holy Spirit’s arrival.

Baptizing Crowds – water, disciples, flames – Thousands were baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit. They spent time together in praise, prayer, and learning God’s Word.

Open Homes – house, door, table, bread, cup – The people gathered in homes for the Lord’s Supper and fellowship meals, sharing all they had and experiencing profound joy.

Generous Living – pouring cup – The people gave freely and sacrificially to meet every need. The church practiced a culture of generosity. The lost became saved every day.

Messiah Reunion – mountain, flag, Jesus – Let me tell you a story about missions. After Jesus rose from the dead, his disciples traveled to a nearby mountain to see him again.

Free Choice – empty tomb & disciple – When the disciples saw Jesus, some believed and worshiped, others doubted. We all face the same choice: do I believe Jesus is alive?

Global Mission – stars, earth, cross, crown – God gave Jesus all authority in the heavens and on earth. Jesus told his disciples to go into every nation to make new disciples.

Shepherd’s Presence – rod & staff, crown, cross, flame – We make disciples by baptism and teaching God’s Word. Our Good Shepherd will always be with us through the Spirit.

Maranatha Prayer

The word MARANATHA means, “Our Lord has come,” 

“Our Lord will return,” and, “Come, Lord Jesus!” Let’s pray.

Abba Father, we love and praise you. You are good, and your love endures forever. You are the Fountain of Life. We are created by your Potter’s hands, and you fill us with faith, peace, and clear vision even in the darkest valleys. Father, we ask today that idol worship and false religions be erased from our lands. Let all peoples and tribes worship you; may the whole world be filled with your praise. (Zechariah 13:1-2)

Lord Jesus, you are the Holy One of God, the Chosen One to bring light and freedom to all humanity. You have been given all authority in the heavens and on earth, because you took on the cross with humility and bravery. Now, you sit glorified at the right hand of the Majesty on High. You are our Faithful Intercessor and Anointed Advocate. We praise you for restoring us as God’s eternal family. (Mark 1:24-27)

Holy Spirit, you are the Spirit of Jesus. We celebrate your faithfulness to remain with us and never leave. You show us where to go, provide wisdom to discern open and closed doors, fill us with grace and compassion, comfort us in pain and sorrow, strengthen us in warfare and suffering, and generously give us gifts that help us serve our neighbors. Thank you, our Loyal & Trustworthy Friend. (Acts 16:6-9)

Now, God of Hope, we receive your joy and peace as we trust in you, so that we may display your glory through our desires and decisions. May the nations hear the stories of the Bible and receive open hearts to believe in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Interlude, Shalom, Maranatha.

So much more @ the Storytellers Bible!

Shalom Legacy – Rob Harvey Tribute – Blazing Trees

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Rob Harvey Tribute

I have never lost a close friend before, until now.

I hired Rob Harvey in July 2018 to be our Blazing Trees Chief of Innovation, and he launched a project with us called Wild Frontier. Essentially, Rob and I spent endless hours discussing freedom in the Holy Spirit and the Great Commission. We both saw Jesus’ mission as a journey and adventure rather than an assignment or task we have been delinquent to complete.

Rob died last month and ascended to heaven to be with Jesus and all the saints. I believe he is alive and active, and he intercedes daily for all of us to fulfill the Great Commission.

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Why Was Rob Special To You?

Who is able to describe someone who walks in the Holy Spirit? God says his ways are not our ways and his thoughts are beyond our own. (Isaiah 55:8) Jesus shepherds us to live by faith and not by sight, and Rob & I often discussed devotion to Jesus and living by faith. Every week, we explored the wisdom of heaven, current Great Commission efforts and strategies, and what is missing that we do not see. We pioneered creative ways to help God’s people experience the Holy Spirit’s presence and clearly hear his voice.

Rob was special to me, because we served many leaders around the world who were searching for help, desiring authentic friendship and no-strings-attached teamwork. Rob connected me with new leaders, and we prayed with them online together. We teamed up on many calls to listen to hurting people and minister love, grace, and peace to them.

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What About Rob Stood Out To You?

We cannot measure the value of someone’s life, we can only reflect upon the stories of how God impacted our lives through their influence. I still believe Rob may have been an angel just checking in on all of us from time to time. I know he loves Jesus more than anyone or anything. I know he worships in Spirit and in Truth. I know he is trustworthy, loyal, kind, wise, and compassionate. He is the most generous man I know. I watched him prioritize his marriage and children; he always carved out special time for them. He is a sabbath man: going off the ministry grid on weekends to rest in our Shepherd’s pasture.

Our Abba Father used Rob to change my life forever. God brought him to me at just the right time when I had recently been outcast by many of my close ministry friends for rejecting discipleship strategies and, instead, launching into the wild frontier of the     Holy Spirit. Rob listened to my story, and then affirmed, blessed, and adopted me as his younger Harvey brother. We have been close friends and companions ever since.

So much of who I am today as well as our Blazing Trees’ vision, values, and culture have been forged, shaped, nurtured, and refined through all those sacred times Rob & I spent hanging out with the Holy Spirit and exploring the kingdom of heaven. I pray every day that God will use me in the lives of the leaders around me the same way he uses Rob in my life. I am extraordinarily grateful for the depth of Rob’s ongoing influence with me.

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What Is Rob’s Shalom Legacy?

The best way I know how to honor my brother Rob’s life and leadership, the legacy he leaves behind reflecting the way he lived, is to amplify the word “shalom.” 

shalom > The Hebrew word for peace. Shalom means wholeness, completeness, and a sound mind: health, safety, and abundance. A permanent, unshakeable trust in God to faithfully provide for and protect me and my family. Convinced that Jesus Messiah is all I will ever need; he is the only one who can satisfy all my desires. Perfect rest in pure love.

The best story I have to illustrate Rob’s lifestyle is Mark 1:35-39. Very early the next morning, long before daylight, Jesus got up and left the house. He went out of town to a lonely place, where he prayed. But Simon and his companions went out searching for him, and when they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.” But Jesus answered, “We must go on to the other villages around here. I have to preach in them also, because that is why I came.” So he traveled all over Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and driving out demons. (NIV)

I was blessed to observe Rob cherish a shalom lifestyle. He practiced the presence of the Holy Spirit. He spent time every morning with our Heavenly Father listening and receiving. He only went where he heard God say “go,” and he said “no” to many great opportunities that were not God’s will for him. Rob kept in step with the Holy Spirit.

Rob was just like Jesus. His confidence was in the love and salvation of Jesus. The power  flowing through Rob, that was so obvious to everyone who encountered his leadership,  came from the Holy Spirit working deeply within his heart, mind, and soul. Shalom is not a tool or strategy; shalom is not a value or resource. Shalom is a gift and anointing, a choice, and a bedrock for all we do. After all, Jesus is the “Prince of Shalom,” so we can only find true peace while resting in him. Rob’s greatest skill was his sensational demonstration of shalom, and God gets all the glory. 

May we all run to our Father every morning to rest in his shalom and listen to his voice as he reveals our next steps through all the wonderful seasons of our unknown future. Shalom, Selah, Gloria, Halleluyah, Hosanna, Maranatha!

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Steadfast Prayer – Psalm 57 – Maranatha Vision Project

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Psalm 57 Steadfast 

[David hides in a cave and writes this song while Saul hunts him down to kill him.]

Steadfast > resolute and unwavering in dedication to a person or mission. Firmly fixed heart and soul upon someone or something cherished beyond description or measure. Willing and prepared to die to protect whatever is treasured and worthy of laying down one’s life to save; loyal, faithful, dedicated, unyielding.

Psalm 57:1-11 (NIV)

Three Keys

  1. Wartime Mercy
  2. Real Danger
  3. Steadfast Worship

Wartime Mercy (v.1-3)

“Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. I cry out to God Most High, to God, who vindicates me. He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me— God sends forth his love and his faithfulness. 

Real Danger (v.4-6)

I am in the midst of lions; I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts— men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth. They spread a net for my feet— I was bowed down in distress. They dug a pit in my path— but they have fallen into it themselves. 

Steadfast Worship (v.7-11)

My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music. Awake, my soul! Awake, [all who worship Yahweh]! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.”

Steadfast Prayer Verses

Abraham’s Devotion > When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” (Genesis 22:9-12 NIV)

Fearless Courage > Nebuchadnezzar responded to them saying, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you don’t serve my gods or worship the golden image that I set up? Now if you are ready, at the moment you hear the sound of music you must fall down and worship the image that I have made. But if you do not worship, you will immediately be thrown into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire! Then what god will be able to deliver you out of my hands?” The men replied to the king saying, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to answer you concerning this matter. If it is so, our God whom we serve is able to save us from the furnace of blazing fire and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. Yet even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image that you set up.” (Daniel 3:14-18 TLV)

Greater Authority >  Then the religious leaders called them in and told them they must not speak or teach anymore in the name of Jesus. Peter and John said, “If it is right to listen to you more than to God, you decide about that. For we must tell what we have seen and heard.” After they had spoken more sharp words to them, they let them go. They could not beat them because the people were giving thanks to God for what had happened. The man on whom this powerful work of healing had been done was more than forty years old. (Acts 4:18-22 NLV)

Martyr’s Compassion > But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw God’s glory and Jesus standing at the right side of God. “Look!” he said. “I see heaven opened and the Son of Man standing at the right side of God!” With a loud cry the Council members covered their ears with their hands. Then they all rushed at him at once, threw him out of the city, and stoned him. The witnesses left their cloaks in the care of a young man named Saul. They kept on stoning Stephen as he called out to the Lord, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” He knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord! Do not remember this sin against them!” He said this and died. (Acts 7:55-60 GNT)

More Like Jesus > I’ve worked much harder, been jailed more often, beaten up more times than I can count, and at death’s door time after time. I’ve been flogged five times with the Jews’ thirty-nine lashes, beaten by Roman rods three times, pummeled with rocks once. I’ve been shipwrecked three times, and immersed in the open sea for a night and a day. In hard traveling year in and year out, I’ve had to ford rivers, fend off robbers, struggle with friends, struggle with foes. I’ve been at risk in the city, at risk in the country, endangered by desert sun and sea storm, and betrayed by those I thought were my brothers. I’ve known drudgery and hard labor, many a long and lonely night without sleep, many a missed meal, blasted by the cold, naked to the weather. And that’s not the half of it, when you throw in the daily pressures and anxieties of all the churches. When someone gets to the end of his rope, I feel the desperation in my bones. When someone is duped into sin, an angry fire burns in my gut. If I have to “brag” about myself, I’ll brag about the humiliations that make me like Jesus. (2 Corinthians 11:23-30 MSG)

Steadfast Prayer >

Heavenly Father, I love you, and I praise your holy name. You are faithful, and your love endures forever. Your glory shines like the noonday sun and your grace encourages us through every trial in this brief life.

Father, help us to be steadfast, we want to be faithful like Jesus who boldly clothed himself with the Calvary’s cross, scorning the audacious shame of his bloodthirsty accusers, because he knew suffering is the pathway to greater glory. Father, we need you, every hour we need you, and in these troubled times we are indeed desperate for you, Wonderful Counselor.

We know trials will come, you have said that suffering is inevitable, and we know pain will come, even though we work really hard to establish our comforts and secure storehouses filled to overflowing with provision. Dark times like these remind us we never really were in control, we were deceived if we thought we had it all figured out.

We rest in you today, Father. We give you this week as a worship offering, trusting you all the way home. While our enemies are powerful, they are not divine. While our life challenges are significant, you are the Overcomer. You hold our lives in your hands, you have designed us to depend completely upon you, and so we will. Please Holy Spirit, transform us evermore to be one with you; make us more like Jesus we pray.

Father, thank you for this Interlude season where so many across the world have been forced to pause and re-evaluate their foundation, the ground upon which we stand. Help us to move from sand to rock, from crashing waves to solid stone. We rest in you, we worship you, and we surrender to your will. Thank you for speaking clearly, help us to listen intently with hearts full of love and a future wide open to your leadership and intervention in Jesus’ name we pray, trust, and believe, Amen. So be it. 

Glory, glory, hallelujah! Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is Jesus who comes in the name of Yahweh. With all angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, we praise the Lamb of God, we praise the Lion of Judah who was slain for the sins of the world. And we sing together, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD God Almighty who was, and who is, and who is to come, world and age without end.” And we say, “Maranatha!” Jesus has come, Christ will return, come quickly, Shalom Messiah!

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Purpose > We are all about freedom in the Holy Spirit. 

Motto > Freedom is never free, freedom is always fragile, and freedom is worth the fight. So, handle freedom with care.

Vision > Fixing our eyes on Jesus Christ, overflowing with his kingdom life.

Maranatha Vision Project > teaching disciples how to journey in Jesus’ freedom.

jamesharvey+> James Harvey, Blazing Trees CEO/Founder

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Have you heard? Anyone can follow Jesus, and anyone can make disciples anywhere with anyone anytime. Leave a comment or question.

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How To Pray In April – Maranatha Vision Project

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How To Pray In April – Leadership Prayers for April/Spring Season

  • Soil Testing
  • Protect Seedlings
  • Track Rainfall
  • Pest Watch
  • Nesting Songbirds

Soil Testing >

Gardeners test the quality of their soils, evaluating them for nutrients, weeds, and pesticides. The quality of future fruitfulness is dependent upon the health and purity of the soils where the seeds are planted today.

Pray for the heart, mind, and spirit of every leader. Let us start with our own hearts before praying for our teammates. Where is my heart today? What is my foundation? What is the condition of my heart soil? Let us invite the Holy Spirit to move within our hearts, removing any lies of the enemy or idols of the world. Let us return to the heart of worship, because worship is all about Jesus: our Loving Savior, Good Shepherd, and Glory King.

Protect Seedlings >

Gardeners daily check the seeds they have sown that begin to sprout new life. This new life is tender and vulnerable to harsh elements and weeds competing for the same soils. 

Pray about the recent revelations and lessons our Father has been teaching us. Where has the Holy Spirit asked me lately to pay attention and focus? You have heard it said that it takes 40 days to establish a new habit/routine; longer than one month. Let us ask our Loyal Helper for strength and courage to walk faithfully in new wineskins, remaining liberated from any old habits or false truths. Every battle belongs to the LORD Almighty!

Track Rainfall >

Gardeners know all various seed types that need to be planted throughout changing seasons and unpredictable weather. They daily evaluate rainfall to ensure that new growth receives what it needs to prosper. Gardeners know their environment, they understand the climate, and they adapt to new conditions whenever they move.

Pray for discernment and wisdom from the Holy Spirit. Leadership has no “one size fits all” model, strategy, or process. Our Creator has made us all unique and special; our diversity and variety brings him greater glory. Pray that every leader will listen to the voice of our Good Shepherd who reveals to us the different situations, contexts, climates, and fields where we lead our teams. Pray that we will expect change and remain flexible.

Pest Watch >

Gardeners are vigilant, always on the lookout for pests like beetles, grubs, and bugs that take advantage of spring to feed off seedlings. Pests consume the fresh roots near the surface of the soil: feeding upon new life, ending growth, and preventing harvest.

Peter encourages us to be alert, sober, and watchful, because the evil one is a predator seeking to devour us. Listen to the wonderful Gospel news: the Holy Spirit within us is greater than the destructive dragon in the world. Pray for us all to remain faithful and persistent, standing upon Jesus Christ our Solid Rock and Secure Foundation. Pray for leaders everywhere to put on the armor of God every day and night to resist the enemy. Pray for discernment to see where the enemy is trying to get a seat at our team’s table or a foothold in our hearts. Pray for power and strength to keep him away from any tender roots of new growth in our own lives as well as the lives of our teammates and networks.

Nesting Songbirds >

Gardeners post birdhouses around their garden to attract nesting songbirds. Each birdhouse is different in order to attract a variety of birds. Every bird is unique, and they feed upon various types of pests in the garden. Not only do the birds ensure the garden soils are free of pests, but they also fill the air with beautiful songs and nest to lay eggs.

Pray for leaders and teams to preempt spiritual attacks by developing safeguards. The atmosphere of Great Commission leadership is spiritual warfare. Our Father designed us to flourish within an ecosystem of many spiritual gifts equally valued. Let us seek the fullness and balance of God’s kingdom flowing through our teamwork. Does each person on my team have a voice? Are my teammates free to share their hearts and expose potential dangers that will impact the future of our mission? Pray for teams to work together in unity and wisdom. Cultivate a landscape of freedom, honesty, and grace.

Seasons Prayer >

Abba Father, you are the King of all days, Potter of our destinies, Shepherd and Overseer of our souls, and Author and Gardener of our faith. We look to you Trustworthy Friend to lead, guide, and direct our every step and decision through the changing tides of our lifetimes. We surrender to you afresh today as we listen to your voice, discern your will, and follow you by faith in Jesus’ name, Amen. Glory! Halleluyah! Hosanna! Maranatha!

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Purpose > We are all about freedom in the Holy Spirit. 

Motto > Freedom is never free, freedom is always fragile, and freedom is worth the fight. So, handle freedom with care.

Vision > Fixing our eyes on Jesus Christ, overflowing with his kingdom life.

Maranatha Vision Project > teaching disciples how to journey in Jesus’ freedom.

jamesharvey+> James Harvey, Blazing Trees CEO/Founder

Book James for an online team training or virtual prayer gathering > info@blazingtrees.org

Have you heard? Anyone can follow Jesus, and anyone can make disciples anywhere with anyone anytime. Leave a comment or question.

Resources @ blazingtrees.org/disciples

Videos @ youtube.com/c/blazingtrees

News @ blazingtrees.org/newsfeed

#Jesus #hope #maranatha #praytellstories #makedisciples #freedom

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Christ Overcomes Prayer – COVID-19 – Maranatha Vision Project

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Overcome Prayer Message – March 31, 2020

COVID-19 Prayers

“Christ Overcomes Viral Infectious Diseases”

Prayers for all those facing infection and risk of infection during this global pandemic.

Overcome > “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”” (John 16:33 NLT)

Triumph > “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” (Revelation 12:10-11 NIV)

Prayers for all those who are grieving over loss, grieving over loved ones who have passed, wrestling with depression and despair.

Death’s End > And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4 NIV)

Heart Strength > Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you?  And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalms 73:23-26 ESV)

Prayers for all those who are sick today, who are wrestling with affliction and diseases, fear, worry, and anxiety.

Suffering Heirs > “The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs — heirs of God and coheirs with Christ — seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.” (Romans 8:16-17 HCSB)

Trustworthy Protection > My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:27-30)

Prayers for the Lost and those in Bondage who need salvation today, who need to be rescued, who need a new heart and new spirit, who need resurrection life alone through Jesus Messiah, the King of Glory.

New Creation > Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this new life is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:17-18)

Resurrection Life > Jesus said to Martha, “I am the Resurrection and the Life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” Martha replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” (John 11:25-27)

Prayers for the Church to rest in Yeshua’s shalom, to embrace the presence and peace of the Holy Spirit, to be a light shining in the darkness, a safe place and refuge for the hurting and fearful.

Faithful Peacemaker > Be full of joy all the time. Never stop praying. In everything give thanks. This is what God wants you to do because of Christ Jesus. Do not try to stop the work of the Holy Spirit. Do not laugh at those who speak for God. Test everything and do not let good things get away from you. Keep away from everything that even looks like sin. May the God of Peace set you apart for himself. May every part of you be set apart for God. May your spirit and your soul and your body be kept complete. May you be without blame when our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. The One Who Called You is faithful and will do what he promised. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 NLV)

New Creation Life > For you have acquired new creation life which is continually being renewed into the likeness of the One who created you; giving you the full revelation of God. In this new creation life, your nationality makes no difference, or your ethnicity, education, or economic status – they matter nothing. For it is Christ that means everything as he lives in every one of us! (Colossians 3:10-11 TPT)

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Purpose > We are all about freedom in the Holy Spirit. 

Motto > Freedom is never free, freedom is always fragile, and freedom is worth the fight. So, handle freedom with care.

Vision > Fixing our eyes on Jesus Christ, overflowing with his kingdom life.

Maranatha Vision Project > teaching disciples how to journey in Jesus’ freedom.

jamesharvey+> James Harvey, Blazing Trees CEO/Founder

Book James for an online team training or virtual prayer gathering > info@blazingtrees.org

We are about freedom in the Holy Spirit. Freedom is never free, freedom is always fragile, and freedom is worth the fight. So, handle freedom with care.

Resources @ blazingtrees.org/disciples

Videos @ youtube.com/c/blazingtrees

News @ blazingtrees.org/newsfeed

#Jesus #hope #maranatha #praytellstories #makedisciples #freedom

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