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Teaching by James Goll on Crisis Intervention Intercession

James Goll is offering free online audio teaching for a very limited time on crisis intervention intercession.  I feel that this teaching is very valuable to any who are serious about “standing in the gap” for their nation and/or region. Catch this within the next week to make sure it is still available.

He speaks at length at the beginning of this message about Rees Howells and an interview he had some years ago with Samuel Howells.  He also speaks about our authority as intercessors to influence what happens in the earth, particularly the authority attached to united, corporate prayer gatherings.

Here is a link for those who are interested — http://enmedia.org/AudioMessages/tabid/231/VideoId/25/Crisis-Intervention-Through-Intercession-Part-1.aspx

Being Jesus’ Friend

I’ve been thinking some new thoughts, and I’m going to share them with you in their raw form.

You know, we sometimes have pretty rigid ideas of what prayer is.  We think we have to either be repenting, worshiping, or asking for things for ourselves and others  (and thanking God for the answers).   Additionally, maybe we get the concept of listening to the Spirit so that He can guide us.  If we’re REALLY spiritual, we might even “soak” — so that we can receive really cool supernatural revelation.

But I got to thinking:  I wonder if Jesus ever wants us to just be friends with Him without having some huge purpose attached to it.  Maybe you’re thinking, “Duh!  Where has this woman been?  I’ve known this for years!”  (Well, good for you.  I’m having a higher revelation moment for me.  Can’t help it if I should have thought of this years ago.  It’s just coming now!)

What started my wheels turning was a story that James Goll told, about how for twenty years, God woke him up every night at 2:00 a.m. — not to intercede, not to worship, not even to receive prophetic revelation.  He just wanted Mr. Goll to “watch” with Him.  So he got out of bed, every night, and sat in his favorite chair for a short time just to do that — watch with Him, be with Him.  For twenty years.  Mr. Goll didn’t do or say anything during those nightly visits.  As I understand it, he didn’t receive momentous revelatory information, either.  He was just being with Jesus.

I got to thinking about how common it is for people who are in ministry to only have friendships that are all about ministry.  If they’re not pouring into someone they want to bring up higher in the Lord, they are intent on useful connections to bring themselves up higher.  Probably due to being too busy too much of the time and having so many people wanting something from them continuously, they don’t have a mindset of nurturing  friendships with people who do not have an obvious purpose in the scheme of ministry as they see it.

And I began to wonder if I’ve been like that with the Lord way too much — spending my time with Him for all the clearly purposeful stuff, like  intercession and much-needed revelation — guidance for my life, what to teach, how to pray.  But then there have been the times I have said, “Tell me what’s on Your heart, Lord,” because I know that listening to Him is … well … ministering to Him (there we go with that purposeful stuff again!).

Now, I understand that all of the above types of prayer are aspects of being God’s friend.  And the last part — listening to know His heart, just because I love Him — that’s starting to sound like really intimate friendship, isn’t it.

But I think there is something more yet that He would like.  Real friends spend time with each other without having to see an obvious accomplishment coming out of the time spent.  That is a hard concept for purpose-filled people to get hold of.

In Gethsemane, Jesus took his three closest friends aside with Him and said, “Watch with Me.”  A little later, finding them asleep, He asked them, “Could you not watch with Me one hour?”  Yes, He added that they should watch and pray so that they would not succumb to temptation.  And most of the time this passage (Matthew 26:37-41) is used to exhort us to pray diligently for a minimum of one hour a day, once again, to get a job done.  Whole books have been written on that subject.

But there is something about that word “watch” that keeps pulling at me.  And something about real friendship with Jesus being entirely about time with Him without having to have any purpose at all, just because we love each other.

Dream Language (Book Review)

I recently finished reading James and Michal Ann Goll’s book, Dream Language.  This is another “keeper,” friends, and I’m definitely recommending it.

I think what I love about James Goll the most is his adherence to sound biblical principles, but second to that is his willingness to identify with us common folk.  I derive such encouragement from hearing that he, too, has struggled with insecurity over his prophetic gifts at earlier stages of his life.  This man is so real, practical, and down to earth.  And he exhorts all of us to pick ourselves up out of the dirt when we fall down, and keep going.  I always come away from his books thinking, “Here is someone who understands — someone who hasn’t always had it all together any more than I have, but he has come through shining.  Now I’ve got hope I can make it, too!”

Michal Ann’s simple, humble way of telling her experiences are a blessing as well.  She, like her husband, encourages the common man or woman that we can all come up into higher places of revelation.

I bought Dream Language because dreaming is one of my primary ways of hearing from the Lord, and I always want to learn more about it.  But the book isn’t only about dreams.  There is a lot of solid info for how to interpret and apply all revelation with wisdom.

There are practical tips for how to increase dream life, recall details, and interpret dreams correctly.

The “When God Seems Silent” chapter was particularly helpful to me.  The dry seasons are times for pressing in to the heart of God persistently.  They are the times which actually increase our intimate relationship with the Lord, as we persevere in worship and dependency on Him.  The silent times are times of growth in character, and are needed for healthy spirituality.

In a section near the end called “A Voice that Can Be Heard,” Mr. Goll talks about why sometimes we repeatedly have the same revelation as others do, yet we don’t seem to be appreciated, while others enjoy great favor.  It doesn’t seem fair to us, but there are several very good God-reasons, and when we get the perspective that it isn’t necessarily that we did poorly or were rejected, it makes it so much easier to rest in the Lord and not give up.

A brief dictionary of dream symbols  is included in the book, as well as a section discussing very common dream scenarios and what they mean.

Whether you are a dreamer, or whether other forms of revelation are your specialty, this book will help you with the “why” questions you may have, with understanding how to increase in revelation, and how to release your gifts with wisdom so that you can be a blessing.

Buy at Amazon:  Dream Language: The Prophetic Power of Dreams

Spiritual Warfare: Using Wisdom

We must be vigilant and wise in spiritual warfare.  Getting sloppy or casual in our understanding of the conflict wherein we are engaged can be crippling or even fatal.

Give no occasion to the enemy — even small compromises.  If we aren’t clean of known sin, we will get walloped.  If it is nagging at your thoughts that something you are doing isn’t pleasing to the Holy Spirit, even if it seems innocent or silly, listen.  If you have to keep assuring yourself that something you are doing is OK, it probably isn’t.  Little occasions of compromise are big entrances to enemy attack.

Watch your attitudes toward people — James 3:14-17 warns, “But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, do not glory, and don’t deny the truth.  This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  For where there is envying and strife, there is also confusion and every evil work.  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easily entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” 

Unchecked bad attitudes about other people leave our minds wide open for deception and demonic mental and emotional attack.  In fact, keeping our minds pure of ungodly thoughts about others is where we will encounter most personal spiritual warfare.  The mind is the battlefield we will most frequently revisit.

Keep your spiritual life sharp — through prayer; Bible reading and study; gathering with other believers regularly for worship, teaching, and fellowship; accountability to leadership and alignment with them.  Spiritual laxity leaves us unprepared when an unexpected ambush comes against us.           

Pick your fights — James Goll, in his book The Prophetic Intercessor, says we must keep our focus on Jesus, rather than having our eyes on the devil or what the devil is trying to accomplish.

He comments that often the enemy brings problems to the forefront of our lives for the sole purpose of distracting us from Jesus and to derail our pure devotion for the Lord. We do not need to war about everything; we can pick and choose which fights are important to engage in.  We must let Jesus guide our use of authority (through listening to the leading of the Holy Spirit), rather than wearing ourselves out fighting every battle that comes along.

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. So take to yourselves the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. — Ephesians 6:10-13 

“Having done all, to stand.”  That is our job, like Eleazar defending the barley field, in 1 Chronicles 11:12-14.  He stood through all his weariness until the job was done and they pried his sword from his fingers – but he recognized it was the Living God Who saved them by a great deliverance.  Like it was in Eleazar’s day, so it is in ours – we partner with the Lord in spiritual warfare, but the battle is still the Lord’s.

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Excerpted from Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual

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The Prophetic Intercessor (book review)

(Following is a review of James Goll’s book, The Prophetic Intercessor.  I know many of you are looking for information right now on prophetic intercession, and I write a lot on this subject myself.  Please take a look at the Series Topics in the right side bar for a wealth of posts on prophetic intercession.  You may also be interested in my book, The Intercessor Manual.) 

Recently I read James Goll’s The Prophetic Intercessor.  It’s a wonderful book, and I learned so much.

Here are a few of the concepts taught by Mr. Goll:

About “groaning in the spirit” (Romans 8:26, 27): “Those who are self-satisfied will have difficulty groaning; those who are desperate will have great difficulty not groaning.”

Intercessors not only build a wall or hedge of protection about others to keep out satanic attack.  They also build a wall to stave off God’s judgment by crying out for mercy for an individual or a people.

James Goll Prophetic IntercessorWorship and intercession must go hand in hand.

“Tenacity and endurance are required when the result seems to be delayed.  Even when the breakthrough begins, it takes eyes of discernment to see it.”

There is a relationship between responsibility and authority. If we have a God-given responsibility, we are granted authority through prayer.

“Discernment must be stewarded carefully.  We will either turn it into private intercession or gossip and slander.”

Anna, who prayed night and day in the temple (Luke 2:36, 37), was called a “prophetess” by God, yet she did not have a public ministry.  She ministered to the Lord in the secret place of intercession.

One of the most helpful chapters for me was the one on wisdom issues.  It dealt with protecting ourselves when doing spiritual warfare.  Mr. Goll talked a lot about keeping our focus on Jesus, rather than having our eyes on the devil or what the devil is trying to accomplish.  He commented that often the enemy brings problems to the forefront of our lives for the sole purpose of distracting us from Jesus and to derail our pure devotion for the Lord.  We do not need to war about everything; we can pick and choose which fights are important for us to engage in.  We must let Jesus guide our use of authority, rather than wearing ourselves out fighting every battle that comes along.

I was encouraged to find out that although Mr. Goll is considered to be one of the top prophets of our day, he was not sovereignly gifted in the prophetic from birth.  He did not experience fantastic open-eyed visions from the time he was a child.  He came into it gradually, through purposefully and diligently desiring to be prophetic and through actively praying Ephesians 1:15-19.  I am not among those who have been sovereignly gifted in the prophetic, either, and I took heart and hope in reading that I can come into a high level of hearing and seeing in the Spirit by asking God to increase it in me.  (Isn’t it great that God wants to reach down and pull up those of us who are average into higher levels than we ever thought we could get to?)

I highly recommend The Prophetic Intercessor to anyone with a leaning toward prayer, from the person who is still wondering if he or she has a call to intercession, on up to the most seasoned of prayer warriors.

Purchase this book at Amazon: The Prophetic Intercessor
Or, see Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual