I sure enjoy the ministry and spirit of Bill Yount. Bill has been one of our early writers on the Elijah List from the very beginning. Our readers always look forward to what Bill has to say.
If you've been going through trials recently, you'll want to read this by Bill as he opens with:
Receive this word by Bill Yount and know that it's your time for JOY as God cancels the negative and false reports coming against you! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials." (James 1:2)
As we were both hit by physical trials recently, I said to my wife, "It's party time! Let's celebrate! If we are supposed to count this all joy, we may as well enjoy it." Instead of fasting, we went to our favorite place to eat. Why wait for joy after the battle when we can have it at the beginning? I have had joy ever since. His joy is what takes us through our fiery trials, for the joy of the Lord is strength to our spirit, soul, mind and body.
"When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought me joy." (Psalm 94:19 NIV)
Before my yearly heart checkup last week, I heard the words "false report." After listening to my heart, the doctor said, "I hear a little heart murmur. We will check it out to make sure your heart is OK."
I held onto those words, "false report," above what the doctor said. As I arrived home, the Lord convicted me of murmuring. I immediately repented. I am convinced that our bodies often let us know what's going on in our spiritual lives.
My test was on that Thursday morning, and the doctor called me in the following Friday to tell me "Everything is fine." I believe when I repented, the bullet missed me, and I am not the same person.
The Power of Life and Death is in the Tongue
I believe that at times what I go through physically is prophetic for the Body of Christ and our nation. So if this speaks to you, take heed and repent, for murmuring can be dangerous for us and others. And don't rejoice when you see your enemy fall. Pray for them. (Photo via Unsplash)
"Post a guard at my mouth, God, set a watch at the door of my lips." (Psalms 141:3)
I sense we have entered a critical space in time. During this time, the words that we speak concerning bad reports in our lives and also concerning our nation will carry tremendous power in how the Lord responds to us. It's as though our words will be amplified in the spirit realm. God will be listening, but so will the enemy. Much of the battle and breakthrough will be won by the words that we speak and by what we don't say. Remember that the power of life and death is in our tongue.
I heard of a congregation who sensed the Lord challenging them to fast negative words and thoughts for thirty days. At the end of thirty days, there were tremendous miracles, financial breakthroughs, and relationships reconciled!
How Our Mouths Can Keep Us from Our Inheritance
The Israelite's murmuring and complaining against their leadership (Moses), became full-blown and was rooted in unbelief, keeping the Israelites from entering into their Promised Land. I sense we need to be reminded to be careful what we speak concerning the leadership of our nation, churches, and yes, the husbands and fathers of our families. Perhaps, if you are a Republican, it may be wise to pray more for the souls of the Democratic leaders, and vice versa.
If you are a leader, remember that Moses also was kept out of his inheritance by getting angry with the people and striking the rock instead of speaking to it. We as leaders must be careful to speak the truth in love and not provoke those under us to wrath.
It is interesting that even with all of the sin, the giants, and the evil in the land of Canaan, God still called it a "good land flowing with milk and honey" (see Exodus 3:8)! Even when the evil report came, about how big the giants were, Joshua and Caleb responded, "If the giants are really that big, imagine how big the fruit of that land must be" (paraphrased). Two men could only carry out one cluster of grapes on a pole. That is big! The reason so many giants are showing up in our nation is because the fruit is so big!
"I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." (Psalms 27:13)
I believe the Lord will open our eyes and ears as we close our mouths more during these serious days. He will show us great and mighty things that we've never seen or heard before. We will begin to see the good of our land—the fruit instead of the giants and evil. We will then begin to pray and say what He says about our nation! I believe we will even begin speaking blessing to the ground beneath our feet.
Speak to your mountains, sing into your valleys, and bless your ocean-front properties. "This land was made for you and me!"
A Window of Opportunity
I saw a violent wrestling in the heavenlies as a window of opportunity was opening up momentarily for a space of time for our nation to be redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb! I heard the voice of a strong angel, perhaps Gabriel himself, proclaiming and piercing through the powers of darkness over America: "We are giving up 'no ground!' This nation is not for sale—never. This land was made for you and me." (Photo via Unsplash)
I heard the Rocky mountains, the Grand Canyon and the ocean-front properties crying out to Heaven, "Don't let go of me!" I heard the earth itself groaning—from California to the New York Highlands, and from the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters. It was travailing, as though crying out for the manifestation of the sons of God to come forth in power and might!
A Verbal Blessing to Reverse the Curse
As I saw our words blessing the land of our nation, much of the land was beginning to come under the anointing and ownership of God's people as though it was responding to our love and kindness to it.
This time period is the perfect time to speak forth God's Word and call those things in this nation that are not as though they were!
Can you hear the Father saying, "False Report!" to your situation and the condition of our nation? "False Report!" Let's believe God and bless America! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Blowing the Shofar Ministry
Bill Yount has been a member of Bridge of Life Church in Hagerstown, Maryland for the past 40 years where he is in leadership. He faithfully served in Prison Ministry at Mount Hope Inc. for 23 years and now travels full-time, ministering in churches and Aglow circles. He is currently an Advisor at Large for Aglow International and is also a member of the Apostolic Company of Alliance International Ministries. Bill's calling is to encourage the Body of Christ to move forward into God's destiny as they are sent into the harvest field. "Humility and Humor" characterize his ministry as he brings forth a fresh word that is "in season" proclaiming the Word of the Lord! The shofar or (ram's horn) is at times used in his meetings, breaking the powers of darkness over regions, churches and households. The shofar represents God's breath blowing into the nostrils of His people, reviving them and awakening the lost as he travels across the U.S. Many of God's messages which Bill ministers prophetically, come out of every day life with his family and friends. Bill is also a member of the Apostolic Company of Alliance International Ministries.
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