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MOUNTAIN OF CELEBRATION & MEDIA
Photo by Alex Bontemps 2009
“Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
Yesterday as Janis and I were sharing in a telephone conversation, the wonders of what God is doing now, HOW HE IS ACCELERATING HIS ARMY, HIS “SUDDENLIES”, an amazing thing happened.
As we were talking about how we have prayed and stood in great faith, and have thanked God throughout all circumstances, for Awakening His Messianic Church, and are continuing to pray for ourselves and so many others for restoration for health, family and finances, I touched “Empty” to delete my email files, WHEN
SUDDENLY THE MESSAGE APPEARED ON MY COMPUTER SCREEN....
“THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS!”
A few days ago, Holy Spirit urged me to send our ASPIRE team and several of our church leaders in music and media ministry, the powerful prophetic word by Patricia King, “Body of Christ Will Establish New Kingdom Entertainment Industry.”
Personally I praised God, as WE SEE GOD IS MOVING IN A MIGHTY WAY IN THE AREA OF TAKING BACK THE MEDIA MOUNTAIN AND THE MOUNTAIN OF CELEBRATION - PERFORMING ARTS, from the enemy that has tried to steal our rich inheritance in the LORD. Some of our churches are at the forefront. PRAISE GOD! God has placed many leaders in a strategic position to help lead in bringing HIS LIGHT AND LIFE, and take back these mountains! The creative possibilities are endless. GOD'S POWER IS LIMITLESS. We must not limit God. Nor limit ourselves.
The LORD has been speaking to me for many years now regarding the performing arts. About ten years ago God gave me a vision, and I wrote a proposal for Performing Arts Summer Camp for a large church in Atlanta, Georgia. They accepted it and for years have been moving in this direction.
This vision is an evangelistic outreach that brings children from all over the community and surrounding areas to church to learn performing arts in vocal, dance, music, art, theatre and drama. Many parents cannot afford to send their children to performing arts schools or studios, nor afford private lessons. And many rural cities do not offer these opportunities to children and youth.
Formerly I was Performing Arts Director and instructor in Vocal and Stage Performance, in two different studios. And then I established my own Performing Arts School when Alex and I moved to the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. The response of the Chamber of Commerce, Churches of all denominations and parents was overwhelming!
Immediately I booked over 100 students. AND What a mission field! The first Performing Arts Summer Camp was a huge success with excited parents and students. And was very lucrative. God blessed abundantly. And this is my heart and passion!
I previously worked with PACE, a program recognizing outstanding students in music, art and drama in the city and county schools. And I presented a similar proposal to the School Board in North Georgia because they could not at that time afford to offer music or performing arts in their rural schools.
And now in 2009, with the economy, and so many schools having to reduce budgets, some of the first things they cut are music, drama and art as you know. This means Churches could be on the cutting edge of developing plans, strategies, and programs and/or having summer camps, workshops, etc. which are great evangelistic tools and outreach! AND THESE ARE NOT "JUST ANOTHER PROGRAM" AS MANY CHURCHES HAVE HAD IN THE PAST! THIS IS ONE AREA THAT GOD'S HOLY SPIRIT IS MORE SUDDENLY MOVING, ACCELERATING QUICKLY, as Patricia King mightily prophesies.
I also wrote a performing arts proposal for evangelistic outreach, for a local church in North Georgia and helped to direct a Performing Arts Summer Camp. In this rural area we had 150 children attend. We used music, videos, dance and drama to demonstrate the LOVE OF JESUS. And 55 of these children accepted Jesus. Many of the children had not ever been taken to church by their parents. Many of the children who had attended church all their young lives, had never known how to have JOY and FUN with singing! Most had never heard of dance and drama in church!
We had a production at the end of the week with all the children singing, dancing and acting. This brought all the parents, and those parents who had never been to church. There were over 100 parents that received the LORD that night. And, Oh the proud, astonished, smiling faces of all the parents, to see how much their children had learned in just one week. Wonderful talents were discovered! The children were encouraged and inspired. And most of all we taught them about THE LOVE OF JESUS! WHO WANTS TO BE THEIR ONE TRUE SUPER HERO. HE IS REAL THING! WE PRAISE YOU JESUS!
A week ago, my husband, Alex and I just returned from Billy Graham’s Evangelistic Training Center, at THE COVE, in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. There again I was reminded of the main assignment we have on this earth. TO EVANGELIZE AND WIN THE LOST, SPREADING THE LOVE AND LIGHT OF JESUS AROUND THE WORLD. (ASPIRE’s Commitment Scripture, Isaiah 61)
Alex, a great student and Bible scholar on Eschatology for many years now, was so excited to see THE COVE’S MINISTRY CALENDAR for 2009. They have many conferences focusing on “HE’S COMING BACK! THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST. Are you ready?” Franking Graham said, “We spend a lot of our lives preparing for something - school, marriage, careers- but how much of ourselves do we invest in the single most important event in history, the return of our Lord Jesus Christ? This year at The Cove, our focus is on equipping believers for His second coming. I hope you will join us as we consider how to live boldly for Christ and share Him with others until the day of His glorious appearing.”
Both Alex and I were so humbled and overcome by the power of God’s Holy Spirit, as we spent a few moments and knelt in reflection and prayer in the quiet prayer room tucked high in the base of the steeple, in the elegant simplicity of the magnificent mountain sanctuary, the Chatlos Memorial Chapel at The Cove
We were also overcome to be reminded again of what happened through the yielded life of Billy Graham, a country farm boy from North Carolina. In the fall of 1934 he made a decision that would impact and change millions of lives across the globe on six continents. This great Evangelist who has devoted his life to God, preaching the Gospel and Love of Jesus winning the lost, one of the most influential voices of the 20th century, humbly said, “I am just a spectator watching what God is doing.”
We spent several hours visiting with the Technical Director of Media We were discussing how there are so many new more effective, innovative ways, TODAY, and very importantly, more efficient, cost effective ways, to reach communities, cities, regions, nations and MORE of the MASSES - Reaching the world for JESUS.
Franklin Graham has started a dynamic new way of carrying out the Crusade ministry with youth focused, high-energy, festival gatherings designed entirely for young people. SUMMER FESTIVAL TOUR ~ ROCK THE RIVER. Don't you just love the name? Franklin's son has started CELEBRATIONS, again designed to use the most innovative modern highly effective and more cost efficient electronic technology and Internet to evangelize.
We know the enemy is doing everything possible to steer our children and grandchildren away from Jesus. WE must UNITE TOGETHER and reach them in a way that is effective for their generation and clearly show them the way to eternal salvation through Jesus Christ. Our children and grandchildren have an extraordinary desire for spiritual things. They are saturated with worldly media they flock to movies like Harry Potter, exposing them to witchcraft, occult and new age. They show extraordinary interest in matters of faith but churches are not offering them the ONE TRUE SUPER HERO THAT IS ALL THEY NEED.
So they are searching in vain in all the wrong places to fill their spiritual hunger THAT GOD PLACED WITHIN THEM! And they are wandering, lost, sometimes in alcohol or drug induced stages, frightened and confused, filling this hunger and thirst, with the ungodly entertainment world, television, MTV, movies, the internet and ideas learned from their peers. Many have never been to church. And many of those in church, as they emerge from childhood, and go to college are leaving the church at an unprecedented rate. (Statistics show a staggering 70%!)
They are the largest generation in American History! They are our children and our grandchildren! WHO WILL GO AFTER THEM? WHO WILL COMMIT TO LOVE THEM? WHO WILL TRAIN, TEACH AND MENTOR THEM AND SHOW EXAMPLES OF JESUS’ LOVE?
They have an extraordinary desire, hunger and thirst for spiritual things.
SO LET'S FILL THEIR HUNGER WITH JESUS!
Let's engage together in a bold mission and launch and establish dynamic new ways as God is ACCELERATING and moving in the area of media, art, the performing arts and so many other ways, as never before.
“Let's TAKE BACK THE MOUNTAIN OF CELEBRATION which includes the arts, music, sports, fashion and entertainment. IT MUST BE TAKEN, BECAUSE THIS IS THE MOUNTAIN THAT CAPTURES THE HEARTS OF OUR YOUTH! For many years of their young lives, this may be the only mountain that they care about, and from his position at the top, the enemy has been able to corrupt and thwart the divine destiny of entire generations.
This is where creativity shows up. And Creativity is extremely important to OUR GOD, CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE AND ALL THINGS! HIS ESSENCE IS CREATIVE. Satan can't do that! He can only counterfeit, pervert, misinterpret, distort and corrupt what has already been created that God created for GOOD. Many of our youth generation have rejected God's good gifts, because they only know the distortions of them.
We know that music is clearly an amazing gift of God that expressed the profound hunger of our spirit, even beyond our ability to express or to understand it fully.”
(Quoted from Johnny Enlow's book, THE SEVEN MOUNTAIN PROPHECY.)
He also said that God is releasing the Elijah Revolution tsunami onto this Mountain of Celebration. And when it is received, every form of entertainment and celebration will prophesy God. Music, art, poetry, fashion, drama, dance and, film are all meant to prophesy to a culture. They are supposed to be ever-changing and always advancing because God is always on the move. We cannot prophesy with five-hundred year old hymns, with one hundred year old fashions, or with any other art form, that doesn't carry something FRESH. INVIGORATING. AND REVELATORY FROM GOD. As we SEEK GOD FIRST. HIS KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. As we keep learning, listening, hearing God, and remain humbly surrendered and obedient TO HIM, He continues to reveal and release FRESH CREATIVITY.
THROUGH THIS PURE HOLY CREATIVITY IN PERFORMING ARTS, WE CAN TEACH THIS GENERATION AND BRING THE SUPERNATURAL KINGDOM GLORY OF THE LORD TO EARTH - IN A LITERAL, PHYSICAL WAY SO HIS PRESENCE OVERTAKES AND FILLS THOSE IN THE FLOW! CHANGING THEIR YOUNG LIVES AND TRULY MAKING THEM 'MORE THAN CONQUERORS!' THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAVIOR! AND WE CAN HELP CHANGE THEM FOR THE GLORY OF GOD, SO THEY IN TURN MAY CHANGE THEIR PEER GROUPS, AND THOSE IN THEIR SPHERE OF INFLUENCE, INSTEAD OF THE OTHER WAY AROUND!
God is sending a HOLY INVASION, to release new mantles, spiritual gifts, creativity, talents and anointings, and awaken those of us in the performing arts (and all areas of ministry) to have a real understanding of His Kingdom, our Kingdom authority and Holy Spirit empowerment, and what we are called to do for such a time as this.......Our personal and corporate ASSIGNMENTS in taking this mountain back.
AND WE ARE TO TEACH, MENTOR AND LEAD THE NEXT GENERATION. We are to take back what the enemy has tried to steal from us, our children and grandchildren. And encourage them to LEAD in these and other fields. He is CALLING. “COME TO THE MOUNTAIN OF CELEBRATION!”. ASCEND THIS MOUNTAIN ON A MISSION TO DISPLACE EVERY DISTORTION AND COUNTERFEIT OF GOD'S GIFTS OF PLEASURE THAT HE MEANS FOR US TO HAVE EVEN ON EARTH.
There will be such GRACE upon these revolutions that GOD will be exalted in the eyes of the world, people will cry out, knees will bow, and souls will be saved.
NEW SOUNDS. NEW RHYTHMS. NEW CREATIVITY. NEW SONGS. NEW DANCES. NEW ART AND DRAMA, FROM GOD'S HOLY PLACE, HIS HOUSE AND HIS PEOPLE, WILL BE BROADCAST OVER THE AIRWAYS OF THE NATIONS, AND GOD WILL BE GLORIFIED. AND ALL MEN WILL BE DRAWN TO THE LOVE AND LIGHT OF JESUS. HIS LIGHT DISPELS DARKNESS!
Where God’s Presence dwells and abides, His Amazing Grace abounds. Where His grace abounds, His glory falls. Where His supernatural Kingdom Glory falls, He manifests in signs, miracles, wonders, deliverance and healing, spiritually, emotionally and physically.
Our goal is to have an ABUNDANCE of divine skill, strategy, creativity, anointing and passion. We must know our Kingdom identity. And teach our youth and children. KNOW WHO GOD IS. WHO WE ARE IN HIM. AND KNOW WE CAN DO NOTHING WITHOUT HIM.
I pray that we all will receive FRESH, INVIGORATING AND REVELATORY CREATIVITY FROM GOD. As we SEEK GOD FIRST. HIS KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. As we keep listening, hearing God, and remain humbly surrendered and obedient TO HIM, He continues to reveal and release FRESH CREATIVITY!
My prayer is that AN INTENTIONAL, DEVOTED, IMPASSIONED, COMPASSIONATE AND UNCOMPROMISING ARMY WILL ARISE AND BE MOTIVATED TO MOVE MORE EFFECTIVELY IN THE HEART, IN THE LOVE AND IN THE PASSION OF JESUS! LET'S MOVE FORWARD IN GREAT FAITH, AND TAKE THIS MOUNTAIN OF CELEBRATION BACK IN THE NAME OF JESUS. PUTTING ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD! FAITHFULLY PRAYING MIGHTY WARRIORS! LET GOD'S HOLY SPIRIT LEAD US TO CAPTURE THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF A GENERATION FOR JESUS TO BRING SALVATION. REDEMPTION. DELIVERANCE. HEALING. TRANSFORMATION. RESTORATION. SO THEY MAY BE EMPOWERED TO MOVE FORWARD INTO THEIR DIVINE DESTINY.
THE TAKING OF THIS MOUNTAIN IS A SPIRITUAL WAR, AND WE MUST NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF THIS REALITY.
THERE WILL BE FESTIVALS AND CELEBRATIONS THAT WILL REACH COMMUNITIES. CITIES. REGIONS. COUNTRIES. NATIONS. THEY WILL SERVE AS A MAJOR PLATFORM FOR EVANGELISM AS ATTENTION IS DRAWN TO THE SUPERIOR CREATIVITY THAT COMES FROM THE HOLY HOUSE OF THE LORD!
They will bring great wealth into the House of the LORD, but that can never be the motivating factor. These festivals and celebrations will be for the purpose of CELEBRATING AND THANKING GOD FOR HIS BLESSINGS AND GOOD GIFTS. THEY WILL BE DONE UNDER THE BANNER OF GOD AS CREATOR. IN THE NAME OF JESUS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR.
“Dear Father God, IN THE NAME OF JESUS, we bind the forces of darkness, and the removal of altars of darkness, on these Mountains of Celebration and Media. We loose the prophetic sources and resources that come from You. We ascend these mountains, covered by THE SACRED BLOOD OF JESUS. We pray to have the mind of Christ. And to access wisdom, strategy, understanding, counsel, might, strength and creativity from Your supernatural heavenly realm and dimension above. We pray that You will RELEASE THE ANGELS OF CREATIVITY IN GREATER WAYS THAN EVER BEFORE, AS YOU POUR FORTH YOUR HOLY SPIRIT IN GREATER WAYS THAN EVER BEFORE IN THESE LATTER DAYS. (Acts 2 and Joel 2)
And ACTION will go with our prayers Father. Open doors for divine connections. New windows of opportunity. Release revelation and vision to Christian artists, BOTH THE YOUNG AND OLDER GENERATIONS. Move them forward to follow You, and help them to find each other in the process. Some will have the vision. Some will have music and artistic talents, experience and gifts. Some will have the finances as You give provision. Some will be anointed for administration and management, others for writing, editing, technical expertise and production.
We pray to all come together to serve and honor You in performing arts (and all ministries) and stay singularly focused on Your Glory Father God, as we spread Your Light that dispels darkness across the earth. We make a commitment to go after these Mountains of Celebration and Media, (and also take back the Mountains of Education, Religion, Economy, Families, and Government) as radical, devoted, strong, uncompromising, holy children of You, Our King. And we give you all honor, all glory and blessings that are due to THE NAME OF JESUS. THERE IS NO OTHER NAME. Amen.
"We will not hide these truths from our children;
We will tell the next generation
about the glorious deeds of the LORD."
Thank you Johnny Enlow and Patricia King for your inspiration!
BLESSINGS AND GRACE,
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