Stop Listening to the Devil.

Our Enemy has many tools in his bag of tricks. A common method that Satan uses is to seduce us early on to make a mistake so that he can use it against us for the rest of our lives. Satan has had a lot of success with this tactic.

This is the same thing that he tried with Daniel and his three young friends. He wanted to change their pure and holy names to names that were connected to Babylonian idols. Is that not what Satan still does today? He seduces our youth to compromise early with drugs, sex, and whatever so that he (Satan) can rename them. He wants our children renamed ‘Drug Addict’, or ‘Harlot’, or ‘Impure’ or several other descriptive names.

Why does he do this? Because he wants to shut down future relationship with God and future usefulness for God. Satan wants to convince you that you are not ‘good enough’ to be in relationship with God. He wants to convince you that you could never be of any service to God because God does not use ‘failures’ like you.

Many carry around guilt for a lifetime because of a mistake done in the past. We know a gazillion Christians who are stuck in their journey and going nowhere because they feel so guilty about a past mistake.

A crucial point has to take place in your life if you are ever going to get over past issues. Confess whatever the action was and accept God’s forgiveness. You have got to come to grips with the fact that we are all imperfect.

The Bride in Song of Solomon understood this. In Song 1:5, she says, “I am dark.” She means that she has a tainted past. The original sin tainted all of us, and added to it are our own personal mess-ups. You are dark. We are dark. Peter was dark. Paul was dark. But notice also in Song 1:5, she also says, “I am lovely.” She has come to understand that the work of forgiveness that God has done in her life has made her lovely to Him! Wow! She then makes this confident declaration in Song 2:1, “I am the rose of Sharon and I am the lily of the valley.” She makes this declaration about herself and notice that Groom Jesus agrees with her in Song 2:2, “Like a lily among thorns, so is my true love among the young women.”

Don’t listen to Satan’s names for you anymore. The next time he tells you that your past has made you ugly, just tell him that you are Jesus’ beautiful rose, His lily shining in the valley of life, and His pure Bride. The next time Satan tells you that your past has made you useless, tell him that God specializes in using imperfect people – He finds joy in using people who walk with a limp like Jacob who fathered the twelve tribes of Israel…He delights in using a sexual pervert like Samson to bring down an evil kingdom…He enjoys using a quitter like Peter to proclaim the gospel…He loves to use a jailbird like Paul to write the majority of the New Testament…He finds satisfaction in using a murderer and adulterer like David to write the Psalms…He loves to entrust His work to a liar like Abraham who is known as the father of our faith. These people all confessed their wrong doing, received forgiveness, and continued to pursue their journey with God.

If you have allowed Satan ‘s names from your past to affect your present usefulness, accept the fact that you are dark, but lovely and get back on the road to usefulness!!

Let us know how to pray for you.

We love yall.

Billy and Sheilah Daws

Prayer is the most important work.

“Prayer consists simply in telling God day by day in what ways we are helpless…. Only he who is helpless can truly pray…. Helplessness united with faith produces prayer.” (O. Hallesby in his book, Prayer)

David made a remarkable statement in Psalm 84:10 (NKJV) For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. Here is the king of the land saying that he would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord. A doorkeeper opens doors between God and man.

A doorkeeper/gatekeeper is an intercessor.

Psalm 24:7-10 (NKJV) Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. [8] Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. [9] Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. [10] Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah

When the doorkeeper/gatekeeper lifts the doors and opens the gate, the Lord strong and mighty, the King of glory will come in to a situation. Wow! God give us more people who recognize that the most important position in the church is doorkeeper/gatekeeper!

O. Hallesby said, “Prayer is the most important work in the kingdom of God.” He also said, “The future of the Christian work which is now being carried on with such great intensity does not depend upon curtailment or re-organization. It depends upon whether the Spirit of God can persuade us to take up the work of prayer.”

Is there power in prayer? The following is taken from an account of how God moved in response to prayer.

The Hebrides Islands are a small group of islands off the West coast of Scotland. In 1949 -1952, God poured out His Spirit in response to a handful of praying men and women. It doesn’t take multitudes to move the hand of God – but those who were determined to “push through the crowd” and touch the hem of His garment. A small group of men from Barvas, the district that was to become the center of the revival, agreed to meet in a small barn by the side of the road, to pray. They were given the revelation that God was a covenant- keeping God who had made covenant promises! “If this is true,” they reasoned, “We can enter into this covenant and if we keep our part then He must keep His. Has God given us a covenant promise for revival?” Immediately the words of 2 Chronicles 7:14, came to them, “If My people which are called by My name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.”

For months they prayed and waited on God – three times a week they wrestled and prayed until 4am or 5am. Around the same time, in a little cottage in the village of Barvas, two elderly sisters – Peggy and Christine Smith, were also praying. Peggy was almost blind, and Christine was bent over with Arthritis. They were 84 and 82 years old. They also had been seeking God for revival, and to them came the promise, “I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground.” They had a vision of the church, crowded again with young people, and felt that God had revealed to them the name of the man He wanted to use in the promised revival – The Rev. Duncan Campbell, a Presbyterian minister and a great man of prayer. God said, “In two weeks I shall send upon this community the greatest spiritual awakening it has known.”

A wire was sent to Duncan Campbell, who was ministering in the Highland town of Skye, but it was discovered that he was already booked for another meeting. He sent a reply, “It is impossible for me to come at this time but keep praying and I will come next year.” When the reply came back and was told to the sisters they answered, “That is what man has said, but God has said that He will be here in two weeks.” In the meantime Duncan Campbell’s meetings in Skye were cancelled, and within two weeks he was in Barvas!

The first meeting was held in the old parish church. Many people had gathered in a great expectancy but nothing exceptional happened at that meeting. Duncan Campbell appeared discouraged and so one of the deacons went to him and said, “Don’t be discouraged, it is coming. I hear the rumbling of heaven’s chariot wheels. We will have another night of prayer and then we will see what God is going to do!”

They went to a nearby cottage and about thirty knelt in prayer and began to travail before the Lord. About 3 am God swept in and something happened. As the group left the cottage, they found lights burning in the homes along the road – no one seemed to be thinking about sleep – men and women were earnestly seeking God. Three men were found lying by the roadside, crying out for God to have mercy on them! The Spirit of God was moving into action as He promised, and soon the parish of Barvas was to be stirred from end to end.

On the second night of the meeting, buses came from the four corners of the island. The Spirit of God fell on some people in great conviction, and they were saved even before they reached the church building! As Duncan Campbell preached his message, tears rolled down the faces of the people and men and women cried out for mercy all over the church.

When the service was over, a young man began to pray under a tremendous burden of intercession. As he continued to pray, the people streamed back into the church again and the meeting continued until 4am. About that time, someone excitedly hurried to the preacher, “Come with me! There’s a crowd of people outside the police station; they are weeping and in great distress. We don’t know what’s wrong with them but they are calling for someone to come and pray with them.”

The minister described the scene outside the police station; “I saw a sight I never thought possible. Something I shall never forget. Under a starlit sky, men and women were kneeling everywhere, by the roadside, outside the cottages, even behind the peat stacks, crying for God to have mercy on them.”

Revival had come in power and continued to sweep across this little Isle of Lewis for five weeks!!

This happened not more than 60 years ago. Does God act like this anymore? That is the wrong question! Are there any men and women left who will pray like these men and two sisters prayed?

Always remember, “Prayer is the most important work in the kingdom of God.”

Will you join us and seek to become a doorkeeper/gatekeeper in the house of the Lord?

We want to pray for you specifically. Please email us your prayer concerns.

We love yall.

Billy and Sheilah Daws

God is coming to rescue.

Zerubbabel was to erect an altar and lay the foundation of the temple on the ruins of that which had been destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar (Ezra 3:8-13; Ezra 4—6). He did not have the lavish provision David had set aside for Solomon to build the first temple – a hundred thousand talents of gold, a million talents of silver, quantities of bronze and iron too great to be weighed, wood and stone, and skilled craftsmen. Zerubbabel not only faced lack of resources, but low morale as well.

This was overwhelming to Zerubbabel. On the one hand, he knew that this rebuilding project was the call of God on his life, but the ‘how to’ escaped him. Personal funding and man’s strength was not going to get the job done. The rebuilding was not going to be finished by what man could do. At this point, God sent the prophet, Zechariah, to Zerubbabel with a Word from God. Zechariah 4: 6 So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.” The challenges that faced Zerubbabel could only be overcome by the strength given by the LORD.

“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit” is God’s Word to us. It is this same Spirit who intervenes to provide divine power whenever we need to be built up, and whenever God’s cause on earth needs to be advanced. When all of our resources and help are depleted, making our situation seemingly impossible, the LORD begins to work so that it can be seen that success comes from Him alone.

So what are you facing? Do you lack the resources and the strength for the problem? Is it overwhelming? Then get ready…God’s Spirit is coming to your rescue.

We love yall.

Billy and Sheilah Daws

Ps. Our family is in Myrtle Beach, SC. God provided a beach house through some friends for our refreshment. We are having a great time. God is fine tuning our vision. Please pray. We are at a crucial intersection and need to hear specifically God’s Word to us.