My Encounter at Carpenter’s Home Church
On February 16, 2015, I read in the Lakeland Ledger that the old Carpenter’s Home Church building was set to be demolished. (http://www.theledger.com/article/20150216/NEWS/150219421) Immediately after reading the article, I received a strong burden from the Holy Spirit to visit the property because I sensed He was going to visit me there in a very powerful way.
Today, February 26, 2015, I felt impressed during morning prayer that this was the day that I was supposed to go and meet with God on the property.
As I pulled up, I noticed a tall fence surrounding the building. Realizing that I could not get close, I began to pray and suddenly saw an opening. I drove through it and made my way to the front entrance. I stepped outside of my vehicle and immediately was aware of the manifest presence of God. I preceded to walk up to the doors and place my hands on the glass and begin to pray.
As I prayed, I immediately received a vision of large demonic spirits with enormous wings flying inside of the building. They were laughing hysterically and claiming victory over the territory. It literally sent chills up my spine. I inquired of the Lord as to what happened in the past and He quickly answered me and said, “Go to Nehemiah 6:9”.
I read it aloud, “For all of them were trying to intimidate us, thinking, ‘They will become discouraged with the work and it will not be done.’ But now, O God, strengthen my hands.”
THE WORD OF THE LORD
The Holy Spirit began speaking to me and said, “Jeremiah, my work here was never fully accomplished because the spirits of discouragement and intimidation aborted my plans. They came and weakened the hands of the laborers and they withered under the pressure of the people. You must realize that these two principalities are still at work in Lakeland. In fact, it is these two demonic principalities that are still keeping many distanced and estranged that once encountered Me on this property at which you now stand. Many, many could not bear the disappointment any longer and have moved away or still remain in this city, but have never fully committed to a local church ever again.”
I asked the Holy Spirit to tell me more. He continued on and said, “I have called you to pray and break discouragement and intimidation off my people in Lakeland, especially those who at one time called Carpent’s Home Church their dwelling place. Yes, many of them have scattered, many of them are suffering from discouragement and intimidation. Some of them sit in churches in Lakeland this very day and have never given themselves to seeking My face like they sought Me years ago because they have lost hope. Know this today son, Hope is rising! There is a new day coming to Lakeland and my Spirit will blow through this city like a mighty rushing wind once again, but the intimidation and discouragement principalities must be dealt with.”
I stood in silence for several minutes trying to take everything in that the Holy Spirit was saying and I asked him one last time if there was anything else He wanted to tell me. He said, “Yes, there is one more thing that you must know. There were 5 mantles cast down here that you must pick up and release.” I immediately heard, “Pastor, Prophet, Intercessor, Administrator, and Worship”
The Spirit said, “There is a pastoral mantle that I am releasing upon the city of Lakeland. I am raising up shepherds after my own heart that will feed the people. I am raising up a company of prophets in the city that at the sound of their voice, my bride will gather and seek My face. I am releasing strength to My intercessors in Lakeland for they have grown tired and weary. You must strengthen their hands with hope and the promise of My Spirit. My administrators must take their place and organize and rally My people together in unity in the days ahead. My worshippers! Where have my musicians and singers gone in Lakeland? I am after their hearts, I am after healing them of their bitterness and pride. Though there has been a scattering of my people in this city, I say to you that many will return in the days ahead. Many will stop wandering around the city and find where My Spirit dwells. Tell them I am coming to strengthen them this day. I am about to strengthen their hands for the tasks ahead like never before.”
Then I left.
Father, I ask in the name of Jesus that you would begin to release your HOPE REFORMERS within the city of Lakeland. I thank you that you are raising up a new generation of leaders who will take authority over discouragement and intimidation and lead the flock of Lakeland into your promises. I ask that you would bring healing, restoration, and a fresh hunger for the deeper things of Your Spirit to those who once called Carpenters Home Church their dwelling place. I pray that those that have left this city and been scattered for many years would return to this region to seek your face and believe that you are going to move in power once again. I lift up those who have never returned to church or are attending but their heart is not fully committed. Would you touch them in a special way today? Finally, strengthen the hands of the bride in Lakeland. Just as Nehemiah rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem, let a new generation in Lakeland rebuild and restore that which has been destroyed and lay in ruin.
Wrecked and Forever Marked for Lakeland, FL,