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Mitigate! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Hope Taylor   
Thursday, 07 November 2013 11:27

 

Mitigate!

 

By Hope Taylor

 

At a recent Texas gathering of leaders, intercessors and believers committed to influencing their spheres of life with the Kingdom of God, I heard something from theLord when I woke up and was preparing for the day, but it somehow got mentally filed away among the host of other thoughts. Only after a prompting question from one of the conference conveners as to whether or not I was “hearing anything” did it resurface and begin to open revelation, encouragement and, I trust, direction for us all. The purpose of this article is not a teaching on listening or hearing the Lord, but to communicate what He spoke and how it applies to each of us and our nation in this turbulent season of economicuncertainty and political charades.

 

The word I heard was mitigate, which means “to cause to become less harsh or make less severe or painful.” (Merriam-Webster)

 

So we have a clear understanding and will be better prepared to make application, a brief framework of what I had been sensing over America the two previous weeks will be helpful. On Monday, October 7, I arrived in Washington, DC, and immediately went to the Capitol to spend time praying and walking the grounds. It was night time, the grounds were well lit, and the secured parking lot reserved for Congress was full. Of particular significance was the light at the top of the Capitol dome that indicates either the House or the Senate are in session. Politically speaking, the headlines were riveted on the partial government shutdown and beginning enrollment in what is commonly known asObamaCare. Poll numbers are steadfast and reveal public confidence in the legislative and executive branches of the United States government is very low. When I walked across the Capitol that night, what gripped me was something far more serious than poll numbers. I was arrested with the sense that our elected national leaders were in murky swamp waters way over their heads and were incapable of resolving the issues facing America.

 

As of this writing, the partial government shutdown has ended. It was ended due to an agreement between the House, Senate and President that also raised the national debt ceiling to 17 trillion plus.

 

It is my conviction that three recent things have escalated the code red conditions in our land. The partial government shutdown was like lighting a fuse that is moving toward an explosive device. In what I’ll label the national soul of common Americans, the shutdown signaled a realization or awakening among some that our federal government is not infallible. Some readers may well have been aware of this and used their voices to awaken others. The first responders can’t do it all in a crisis moment; they need an awakened population. Common Americans who once hoped their government would take care of them in a crisis now hear a voice from within. A fuse has been lit.

 

The implementation of ObamaCare is the second clear signal. The purpose here is not to argue the points of healthcare. This launching of a federal government program is not about offering healthcare to ‘poor’ Americans. At its core, it is about who is in control and who will the citizenry put their trust in. Will it be God or will it be a man or political system? The prize in this race is who is in control, not who has healthcare.

 

The final escalation point is the decision by our national elected leaders to raise the debt ceiling. Biblically, civil leaders are to protect the people they serve from domestic or foreign enemies. Raising the debt ceiling for some meant they could return to their jobs or visit national monuments again. For our elected officials, it meant the political pressure gauge was turned back. For common Americans, it meant they and their offspring for generations will have front row seats to a modern day Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In this case, those responsible to protect the people have become chief offenders!  The violation of Biblical wisdom in economics by our current national leaders will be addressed by the eternal God! One only has to be reminded of the Pharaoh who ended up at the bottom of the sea when he sought to oppress the Hebrews through his government building program by enslaving them.

 

It was in this context that I heard the Lord say: Mitigate. The praying Church, the passionate Church, the prepared Church, the persistent Church is a powerful army whoGod has delivered from the mindset of entitlement and slavery. My dear friends, this appeal and burden for America’s future reminds me of Apostle Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 2:4 — “and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.” We must not expect God to bail us out of this anymore than the citizenry can expect government to bail it out. Yes, He will demonstrate His power as we who represent His interests in discipling this nation mitigate current affairs through our prayers and sacrificial service to our communities. Your role in this is critical. Mitigate!

 

Pray and Act:

 

1. Ask God what your prayer assignment is concerning America, and let your voice be heard in the throne room, your fellowship sphere, and in your community.


2. Repent of any wrong attitudes we may have or those in the church may carry that says God’s assignment on America is over.

3. Get involved at the next level of influence and doors God will open to you.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 November 2013 11:28
 
Preventing A Kenyan-Style Massacre in America PDF Print E-mail
Written by Hope Taylor   
Sunday, 13 October 2013 19:55

 

Oct 09   - Hope Taylor

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The al-Qaida-linked Somali Islamic group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack and seizure of Nairobi’s Westgate Shopping Mall that began on Saturday, September 21.  Though the siege has ended, due to the gaping hole in the roof and collapse of several floors inside the mall, the job of clearing through the rubble and determining a final number of innocent people who died will take several days.  Current USA Today reports state the terrorists “for four days tortured, maimed, and mutilated some of their 67 victims leaving a tattered scene of ghoulish, gruesome remains that investigators likened to scenes from a horror movie” (1).

Let’s be clear - this was done by the evilest of people operating from a demonically induced religious belief system that encourages the heinous torture and taking of innocent lives. Leaders in the church, civil government and communities must understand the length to which these barbaric murderers will go in their jihadist endeavors.

As followers of Jesus, as those who place high value on family, being responsible citizens in our communities and a life style that believes in freedom, what can be learned from the Kenyan massacre?


An article from OneNewsNow.com on September 24 quotes Congressman Peter King (R-New York) saying that al-Shabab recruited up to 50 people from Somali American communities across the United States.  In addition the writer says, “At least two of the terrorists involved in this weekend’s horrific attack . . . had lived in the Twin Cities and were recruited by the al-Qaida linked terrorist group” (2).

Jan Markell, director of Minneapolis-based Olive Tree Ministries, stated, “In light of the Nairobi mall attack, [I am] fearful that the high-profile ‘Mall of America’ in Minneapolis could be vulnerable to a similar attack” (2).

The terrorist’s goal is to kill the innocent, terrorize communities and ignite fear in the hearts of people like a strong wind driving a wildfire through a dry canyon.  Therefore, the first thing we must remember and walk in is that God has not given us a spirit of fear.  We will not defeat those who market fear and “seek to be free of the restraints of God’s law in order to impose a law-order which violates God’s law” if we are captivated by fear (3).

The American church must embrace the reality that our way of thinking before 9/11 can be likened to the mindset of the Israelites when they left Egypt.  God was in the process of delivering them from a slave mentality and incrementally leading them to think like free people.  In order to move into the land God had prepared for them, He was preparing them to let go of their prior ways of thinking.

Reality for the American believer is we can no longer think or live in the faux reality that we are safe from Kenya-like terrorist threats.  The Kingdom of God values preparation.  How can we as Kingdom people be prepared for this new era of time both personally and corporately - in our congregations, communities and nation?  How can we see the Kingdom more clearly given the recent massacre?

Gary North uses a phrase that is insightful for us.  Exodus 13:17-22 is like a map forward as it tells the story of the Israelites being pursued by Pharaoh’s army while simultaneously being led by a pillar of cloud in the day and a pillar of fire in the night. Yes, God was leading His people forward, yet their primary motivation was not what was in front of them but what was behind them.  They were being ‘driven from the rear’ by Pharaoh’s army.  God uses contemporary things such as economic hardships, racism, human trafficking and terrorist threats to drive His people from the rear.  While being driven from the rear is not the preferred motivation to get people to cross over, it is effective and tailor-made relative to the church’s level of maturity.  The American church should pray for and assist those affected in Kenya as well as gain strategy to prevent a similar massacre on American soil.

The attacks of September 11, 2001, and beyond reveal a common and costly mistake by the agencies who are in place to protect the citizens.  These agencies have not demonstrated a willingness or protocol to share intelligence among themselves.  The recent D.C. Naval Yard shooting revealed a lack of agency communication concerning the killer’s mental state, culminating with his murdering of the innocent.

The church is being driven from the rear to step up our level of play in affecting culture as Kingdom ambassadors.  Effective strategy mandates a high level of cooperation among those engaged in any mission - no matter the project.  Cooperation on critical fronts has not been our strength in the Kingdom of God, and, like the Israelites, we must be trained in this.

Exodus 13:18 is clear that God led them in the wilderness and toward the Red Sea in what the New American Standard Bible describes as martial array.  The phrase means ‘five in a rank’ and is a powerful picture.  Though they were driven from the rear, the Lord was going before them and training them for their future post slavery responsibilities.  They were being trained how to function as an effective corporate people.  We too must learn to march as the body of Christ in our communities.  The modern day isolation and disarray is much too high of a price to pay in the natural and spiritual dimensions.

Let’s look at a few key concepts which can help us march forward, cross over and possess what God has prepared for our generation.

Terrorist Prone Targets (TPT) need to be identified in our communities - government centers, public gathering places and any place people congregate that has a key role economically or psychologically.  Terrorists seek to deal a psychological defeat to people with their strikes.  Picture a General’s battlefield tent and his map that marks strategic places they must either defend or advance.  Each city, no matter the size, needs to identify the TPT and mark them for prolonged prayer initiatives.

Prayer Task Forces (PTF) are collaborative efforts within our communities.  An example that has been effective is local schools being adopted by congregations who take initiative and responsibility for sustained prayer over the school campus, students and staff.  While there have been breaches of prayer security in some communities and every loss of an innocent life is tragic, this model has been successful in rallying believers together for the good of a mutual concern.  Terrorism is a much higher level of threat than random acts of violence by an evil individual and, therefore, requires the church to function in a more sophisticated measure.

PTF need a broad partnering of trained prophetic-type watchmen who have demonstrated an ability to work as a team.  Whereas some community prayer initiatives can be successful if each congregation adopts a prayer target, the vulnerability of this plan is not every person or congregation has the experience or revelation to deal with what’s required when combatting religious-based terrorism.  Therefore, we must mobilize the more seasoned prayer veterans in a city to this assignment.  Experience with the prayer movement has demonstrated at least two prayer profiles.  Process pray-ers are most effective and comfortable when dealing with issues that call for repetition.  Prophetic pray-ers are most effective when dealing with assignments that prioritize hearing from God and discernment.  PTF can be the strongest when both types of people are involved.

Scripture teaches the need for a ‘Communication Specialist’ when God’s people are dealing with leaders and enemies who represent national level threats. When King Hezekiah was threatened by Assyria, the super power at that time who used terrorist threats designed to strike fear in the population, he deployed a Communication Specialist who would speak on his behalf to the would-be conquerors. (2 Kings 18:17-37)

There is a grace God gives to certain ones who know how to communicate in times of danger.  For our immediate purposes, the point is each community’s PTF must designate someone as their communication specialist.  In the critical moments when spiritual intelligence gained from the PTF must be shared with local law enforcement, we need those like Eliakim who are anointed by God for the task.  The Body of Christ cannot afford to make the mistake of some homeland security agencies who operate like thugs in a gang and demonstrate territorial turf wars.  The success of this strategy depends on our sharing the intelligence God has revealed with those who can address it in the natural.  This is a call for high level partnership between the church and law enforcement.

You may wonder, how can this work in our larger cities where terrorists are more likely to strike?  God always gives jurisdictions to His people who carry an authority to represent His interest in that sphere.  In metropolitan cities, the strategy can be for the Body of Christ to work together within their zip codes to insure there are no vulnerable access points to terrorism.

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.  We are ever mindful that we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves!  (2 Corinthians 4:7-9)

Let us be mindful though we are driven from the rear that God has raised up a people, set them in cities like watchmen, and He will overcome all His enemies as we partner with Him!  The day is here for the prayer and prophetic people of God to operate at levels where we address state and national issues.


Pray:

1. Pray concerning your city and the Terrorist Prone Targets.
2. Pray for those with an anointing and understanding of how to deal with higher level prayer assignments to collaborate.


Act:

1. Take the initiative in your city to mobilize the Prayer Task Force to address terrorism.
2. Partner with those who can teach how to pray over territorial matters and work to designate the Communication Specialist in your city.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 October 2013 19:57
 
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