INTIMACY WITH GOD JOURNAL
BY LINDA SCHREURS
Mike and Linda Schreurs facing the crowd in Evelyn Davis Park, Des Moines, Iowa wearing our Prayer
Patrol t-shirts. This was one of our last Worship War Room events. It was 10 years ago in 2006.
It’s time for another!
See ‘Announcements’ for this event and the Pancreatic Cancer Walk for Linda
WORSHIP WAR ROOM
By now, I’m sure many of you have seen the Christian movie, “The War Room,” about a Christian lady who had a closet in a bedroom that she emptied and made it her ‘war room’ where she made deep and tearful intercession before the Lord. She had pinned certain scriptures on the wall, along with her prayer requests, answers to prayers, and so on. It’s a heartwarming movie that many of us can relate to. It has reminded me of the Worship War Room events that our ministry has done through the years. So we felt with the anniversary of the encounter I had with the Lord on August 4th, 1996 when He told me to ask Him for 500,000 new souls for our state alone, that it is time for another Worship War Room!
That encounter 20 years ago rocked my world. I didn’t even tell anyone about it for quite some time, including my husband, as I just didn’t know how to relate such a thing. But I did ask the Lord to give me a scripture from His Word to confirm what He had spoken. Immediately He gave me Joel 3:14, “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.” That settled it for me! I’ve studied this verse from every angle and have rejoiced that now all these years later, many have picked up this mantle of intercession and ran with it.
In commemoration of this mandate I feel we are closing in on the fulfillment of this directive from the Lord. The fields are white unto harvest as many are seeking His relief from the dangerous and precarious worldly ways and situations that now beset much of the globe. ISIS is an ever growing threat, and even as I write this, there is yet another terrorist bombing in Istanbul, Turkey and in Bangledesh, India. The confusing standard these days of sanctioning sins that are plainly stated as such in God’s Word are now being hailed as normal living such as the LBGT community, the trans-gender bathroom issue (who would have thought?!), people living together without marriage, or multiple wives such as the TV show ‘Sister Wives,’ etc. And sadly, children are being raised in compromised situations of all kinds. True, holy sanctioned marriage as ordained by God Almighty has been lightly tossed aside. Sin has now become the norm. This has ushered in the most precarious generation of unstable homes perhaps since the foundation of the world. Oh how our nation and the world needs the purity, power and purpose of the Blood of the Lamb of God, our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ! Revelation 12:11 ever rings true through the ages, “They overcame by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.” Followers of Christ, the time is ripe for us to testify!
Many these days might call themselves ‘believers’ in Jesus, or Christians, but they are nominal in their devotion to Him. They do not follow Him closely, nor do they have a committed, personal, intimate relationship with Him. And many do not even know what His Word says in the Bible taking for granted what others say instead of seeking out truth, Truth Himself. Remember, one of the main characters in Jesus’ life who could have kept Him from the brutality of crucifixion said, “I find no fault in Him.” His name is infamous – Pilate. [Luke 23] Nevertheless, he did not really follow this ‘faultless man Jesus,’ nor did he have a commitment or relationship with Jesus personally. And this politically motivated man gave Jesus over to be put to death just to ‘please the crowd.’ It appears many nominal Christians are in the same position as Pilate, going with the flow of the ‘crowd pleasers,’ the majority of the unrighteous ones of the world. One has to be a passionate follower of the Lord Jesus in order to stay strong against the negative, evil tide of today’s society that compromises God’s eternal Word at every turn of the road.
In the book of Acts there are several other wishy-washy leaders who loved to listen to Paul the Apostle teach and preach, but were quite unwilling to commit their lives to the Lord or to spare Paul persecution with threats against his life. They were Felix, Festus, and King Agrippa. [Acts 24-26] Let’s not be on the ‘fence’ as they were.
Interest and belief is simply not enough. It’s all about relationship and commitment to following the Lord in every word, every chapter, every book of the entire Bible. But many ‘followers’ have not even read the book! They read self-help books, self-help articles on the internet, newspapers, magazines, but they’re not committed to knowing the Lord in all His glory through His written Word. It’s a travesty. Ignorance is not bliss. It’s actually dangerous. Matthew 7:15, 19-23 is poignant as Jesus Himself says, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves…Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then you will know them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name, and in Your Name cast out demons, and in Your Name perform many miracles?’ And then, I will declare to them, ‘I never KNEW YOU; DEPART FROM Me, you who practice LAWLESSNESS.” [My emphasis] It’s stated very clearly. It’s imperative to have a personal and intimate relationship with the Lord.
It’s about being passionate for Him and His truths. It’s hot for God, or not. It’s full on commitment, or not. The last book of the Bible states it bluntly in Revelation 3:15-16: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are LUKEWARM, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.” [See also Matt. 24:12] If people are cold, oftentimes you can still approach them. But lukewarm people think they know enough.
Liberal Christianity has crept into our society, chiming in with Satan who at the very beginning of humanity in Genesis, compromisingly said to Adam and Eve, “Did God really say you couldn’t eat of this tree?” He was questioning God’s clear directive! It has brought havoc and unrest for mankind and is a great grievance and sadness to those of us who are wholly, all out committed to the Lord Jesus Christ. But there is a holy cloud on the horizon! [ 1 Kings 18] And it’s growing larger and stronger as true committed, on-fire believers in the Lord Jesus arise to their divine destiny ushering in one of the greatest revivals ever seen since the time of the Lord Jesus! Do you feel it coming? Many do! The earth and the heavens are being shaken by the powerful intercessory prayers of committed Christians around the world!
Familiarity or Intimacy?
Judas is a prime example of one who believed in Jesus, but was not fully committed to Him. You know the end of that story! He betrayed Jesus even though He sat at His feet, walked with Him through the land listening to His teachings, seeing all the miracles He did. Nevertheless, because of his lack of intimacy with God, in the end, Judas turned against Jesus. Of course, he regretted it and instead of repenting and seeking forgiveness as we must all do, Judas chose the demonic means of taking his own life.
Judas was familiar with Jesus. John the Apostle knew Him up close and personal even laying His head on His chest at the Last Supper catching every word, every breath the Lord Jesus spoke. He clung to His every Word! Do we? John did not want to miss a word, a phrase of the breath of the Lord’s Presence and power! Nominal, compromising Christians are lukewarm at best not even aware they’re edging closer to danger. Those who say they are followers of the Lord and yet profess things in opposition to God’s Word such as marriage, unborn babies, etc. are indeed in extreme jeopardy as 2 Timothy 3 and 4 explains that they are ‘lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.’ Chapter 4:3-4 states it even stronger saying, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.”
Worship War Room
I believe, along with many of my brothers and sisters in the kingdom of God, that we are entering one of the most important times in the history of the world. There is an epic revival that is about to transpire among the peoples of the earth. Signs, wonders, miracles such as not seen in a long time are about to shake up and wake up many hearts. I’ve heard the voice of the Lord saying again to declare Ezekiel 47 over the valley of dry bones. This directive is for all of us who are on fire for the Lord, fully and intimately committed to Him. There is a valley of dry bones in every part of this country. But specifically for the state of Iowa where I live, and according to the vision He gave me on 8/4/96, our ministry is calling for as many believers as can come, to our Worship War Room event on Friday, August 5th, from 7-9 PM. This is simply for prayerful intercession and worship. I feel the holy, reverential fear of God on this special dedicated time with healings, deliverances, signs and wonders being released in the Valley of Dry Bones in this key, mid-western state that will resound like an earthquake across the country. Won’t you join us? It will be held at Heartland Church, 1212 NW 36th St, Ankeny, Iowa. 50023. Phone : 515-964-3006.
The Lord has awakened me several nights recently and as I sat before Him listening carefully, He began to give me prophetic words for the gathering at the Worship War Room event. This is unusual for me to share these kinds of things publicly in this monthly IWG Journal, but I feel it’s very timely and important, and obviously meant for not only myself but those intercessors, prayer warriors and worshippers who will gather the evening of August 5th.
[Just before this ‘word’ came, I did something I’ve never done before. I raised my right hand to my eyebrow and saluted the Lord, as a soldier would do]. Then He spoke: “You’ve been inducted to the ‘Hall of Fame’ because you’ve been through fire and rain. You’ve been a good and faithful soldier in My kingdom. Soldiers get shot at, some get wounded, some get killed. But they all get a hero’s welcome for following their Commander in Chief for a job well done as do faithful and obedient soldiers. You’ve been removing the enemy’s hidden mines through your intercessory prayers. Now, VICTORY is imminent,” says the Lord. “The explosions you’ll see now will be ones of My glory… My ‘blade of light’ [a glittering, beautiful sword that I saw 8/4/14], is going to burst forth on many!”
At this particular moment, I then began to sing the song we used to end our past Worship War Room events with, ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic. ’ We’ll do it again at the end of this next one in August.
As I continued to sit before the Lord that night He gave me this word about the ‘soldiers,’ He also told me that the uniform they must wear is LOVE. He also reminded me that in ‘war’ there is a cost as spoken of earlier and how many of us get shot at by the enemy. I’m sure we can all relate to this! But oh, the extravagant rewards for following our Commander in Chief, Jesus!
The Lord says, “Great things are about to happen. Prisoners of war have come home! Those held in bondage by so many worldly adverse and deathly things, are now set free! Prisoners are coming home - coming home to Jesus, home to the House of God in fellowship and communion with Him. And there are many war heroes such as those who will be gathering on August 5th, who have fought the good fight and are being celebrated because they warred in the heavenlies ‘for a time such as this.’ My war heroes are My intercessors. Prisoners of war, and soldiers in the battle of intercession are being rewarded with the Presence of My glory. Wounded soldiers are being healed by the glory of My Presence.”
After the Lord gave me this word, He led me to Job 13:15. Remember Job who had lost so much – all his children, his wealth and health? Amazingly he could still say: “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him, nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him.” In Verse 14b Job also says, “…all the days of my struggle I will wait until my change comes.” Yes and Amen! And we must be expectant for mighty changes to come and for this next, profound move of God! Job 9:10 is pertinent and comforting as it speaks of our all powerful, loving, holy God, “…Who does great things unfathomable and wondrous works without number.” Hallelujah! Let us be highly expectant!
WORSHIP WAR ROOM - Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, 7- 9 PM at Heartland Church, 1212 NW 36th St., Ankeny, Ia. 50023. Phone 515-964-3006. A time for prayer, praise, and worship. This event is to commemorate and celebrate the prophecy of the Lord of 8/4/96 asking Him for 500,000 new souls for Iowa alone, and for all He’s been doing with reading the entire Bible through at the Capitol Rotunda and the Bible Marathon Reading at the County Courthouses. Revival is imminent!
PANCREATIC CANCER WALK - Sept. 24, 2016, at 9 AM, at the Raccoon River Park, Des Moines, Iowa. TEAM: LINDA’S HEROS will be walking with many other teams to raise funds for research and support for pancreatic cancer. This is the fight Linda has been in for the past two years. Whether you walk or not, you may come and meet with Linda and Mike. You can donate at that time, or do so on-line at: http://support.pancan.org/site/TR?team_id=1826&pg=team&fr_id=1117&et=ytY8uiSklI9-LbzQ0H-Bhw&s_tafId=1266
Or - www.pancan.org
Women’s Fall Hermitage – Oct. 6-9, 2016. Already filling up fast! To make inquiry or to register, email, Linda Schreurs at: LindaSchreurs@gmail.com or call: 515-270-0231.
Linda’s Books: can be purchased on the website or ordered directly from the address below:
- Armageddon Bride, about true, godly marriage
- Word’s Aptly Spoken, about our prophetic prayer journey to all of Iowa’s 99 counties
- Holy Communion! Holy Invasion! About the new wave of intimacy with God through a new and fresh perspective outside the norms of ritual and tradition
- Linda’s CD: Holy Communion! Holy Invasion! (Spiritually intimate Communion prayers with soft, but powerful background music)
INTIMACY WITH GOD MINISTRIES
Mike and Linda Schreurs, P.O. Box 1294, Johnston, IA. 50131-1294, Phone: 515-270-0231. E-mail: LindaSchreurs@intimacy-with-God.com. Website: www.intimacy-with-God.com
*All gifts tax deductible. *Member of Morning Star Fellowship of Ministries, Charlotte, NC