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A true intercessor prays through every hindrance in the life of another until the Spirit of God can manifest Himself to him. This is a fast of intercession. We enter into the spirit realm and tap into the power source which will set others free of the devil's deception and oppression.

All through Isaiah 58, the Word of God is speaking of the fast that God has chosen. This fast is to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free and to break every yoke.

You may ask, "Isn't that intercession?"  A true intercessor prays through every hindrance in the life of another until the Spirit of God can manifest Himself to him. This is a fast of intercession. We enter into the spirit realm and tap into the power source which will set others free of the devil's deception and oppression.

Verse 8 says, "…and thy righteousness shall go before thee…" Righteousness is a breastplate that is part of the armor of God for the intercessor (Ephesians 6:11-18). Then verse 8 goes on to say, "…the glory of the Lord shall be thy rearward," or rear guard.

One translation says, the glory of the Lord shall encamp round about you. The glory of the Lord is the presence of God. Hallelujah! Can you see the connection between the manifestation of God and intercession? God is ready to do this, but He needs us! We have the armor. We have been given the authority and the assignment to cast out the devil!

The Holy Spirit is living in us. Verse 11 says,"…the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat [strong] thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water,  whose waters fail not."

The intercessor keeps his own well pumping all the time. There may be spiritual drought in the land but he is drawing from his own well. He is living by faith with signs and wonders in his life continually.

Verse 12 says the intercessor will build old waste places. He tears down the timber of lives wasted on drugs, alcohol and sin and rebuilds them into temples of the living God! The intercessor shall raise up the foundations of many generations. He will pull out the old foundations of broken homes, rebellious children, divorce, etc., and rebuild them on the foundation of Jesus Christ.

God says, "…and thou shalt be called, the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in." Intercession helps to bring forth the spiritual new birth in others. The intercessor helps restore the way for men to walk with God. Jesus said, "I am the Way and the Truth and the Life!"

Right now, the Spirit of God is calling on the Body of Christ to give themselves totally in service to Him. We are being called to pray. God told me that when His servants and handmaidens yield to Him as His voices, He would pour out of His Spirit upon all flesh like never before.

He said, "You will see it when the cloud of glory will be so thick that the sun will not shine through it. The moon will look blood red because My cloud will be so thick. The sun and the moon will not shine through it." It is the greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the history of the human race.

The Lord has said for us to admonish the Body of Christ to be prepared for criticism. The world will not criticize this move as much as in the past. They have been looking for signs and wonders all along. It will be the religious fools. It will be the same kind who crucified Jesus. They didn't know God. They could not recognize Jesus as the Messiah. Your theology may be one and mine may be another but we can agree that it is time for the rain. We, as the unified Body, must cry out to God for this mighty outpouring.

The Lord then said we must rid ourselves of every ounce of sin and selfishness. My spirit is stirred even now when I remember it. I can still hear His voice. For He said, "The Ananias and Sapphira incident will be reenacted all over the world."

God's heart is grieved because He said, "I'm not going to kill them. But if someone gets out in the middle of the road and gets run over, then they have just had it."

We cannot resist this flood! We must flow with it and respond to the Holy Spirit. We must purge ourselves of sin, walk in love and not return evil for evil. We must get the sin out of the camp.

The result of all of this thrills my heart! The Spirit of God has been manifested in the earth as fire-the day of Pentecost. Habakkuk said the hiding place of God's power was in the lightning-like flashes that came out of His hands. He has been manifested as the cloud, as wind and as rain.

God said, "I have never been manifested as all four of those phenomenon at one time in one place. That is what I am going to do in these last days!" What is rain and cloud and wind and fire? It is a storm! A flood of spiritual power is coming! God is about to manifest Himself as a cyclone of sweeping spiritual power!

Let's join together as the Body, as God's army of believers. Let's intercede for the outpouring of the Spirit of God upon all flesh as never before. God will hear our prayers and manifest Himself among us in great and mighty ways. We can't even imagine what is about to happen.    

I am looking forward to outstanding manifestations of the Holy Spirit. Make this great outpouring of God's Spirit first priority in your prayer life. It will cause you to break through into the realm of power of the former and the latter rain. Glory be to God!

Source: The Outpouring of God's Spirit by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland
Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka: Kenneth Copeland Ministries

Author Biography

Kenneth Copeland
Web site: Kenneth Copeland Ministries
For the last 50 years Kenneth and Gloria Copeland have been passionately teaching Christians all over the world how to apply the principles of faith found in God’s WORD to their lives.

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