Watch my first broadcast from our new Branson studio

Check out our first broadcast in our BRAND NEW STUDIO in Branson, Missouri!

First, I want to encourage you to listen to a powerful teaching that I brought during an interview HERE. I talk about terrorism, false salvation and the end times.


Now, check out our VERY FIRST BROADCAST from our new studio in Branson, Missouri!

I give some introductory info and then share a short, off the cuff teaching on the pressure people put on church leadership to build large kingdoms instead of fulfilling their mission.

Soon, I’ll have all of our videos in a central location at thefurnace.tv, but for now you can watch directly on Vimeo HERE.

We are working out some minor kinks, including the audio, but our initial video didn’t turn out too bad at all!

WATCH:

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A powerful Detroit prayer strategy

Join a movement of prayer in Detroit

Many of you are already aware of our ministry of prayer that has been advancing in Detroit over the last six years, but I wanted to send an important update to you.

If you are in the Detroit region, definitely lock in and pray. You will make a difference that will impact the region and eternity!

From Amy Smith:

As most of you know, John and Amy Burton have moved out of Detroit and on to Branson, MO where Apostle John is getting ready to launch into the next level of developing Carriers of Fire International through media, writing and traveling.   We’re so excited about what God will be bringing from Branson!  

Meanwhile, here in Detroit, we are forging ahead as we transition from Revival Church to theFurnace CoFI group.  The vision is not decreasing but, indeed, increasing!   I am trying to keep up the pace as God keeps sharing more and more of the vision and bringing pieces together.  

One thing we are sure of and that is that God is calling us as City Church Intercessors to pray for the restoration of God’s government in the church in our region and beyond.  We have a burning passion for the body of Christ to see us grow and mature “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”   

We hope you’ll join us as we gather and pray together to see God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Here are a couple highlights we’re looking forward to:

We will be joining forces with Shekinah at JHOP in Dearborn every 2nd Friday of the month!  It’s going to be a great time and POWERFUL!

We are also in the very beginning stages of developing a regional flag team that will carry out strategic prayer assignments throughout the region.  

If you would like to receive more information on what we’re doing here in Detroit at theFurnace and how you can be a part, make sure you click on the link below and subscribe to receive our email updates.  

SUBSCRIBE HERE!!! http://eepurl.com/bhuc25

Many Blessings!  

Amy Smith
carriersoffire.org

Don’t forget to subscribe!!!

Sneak peek at my new studio in Branson, Missouri

I’ll be broadcasting from Branson every day starting in April!

I’m getting close to having my studio ready.

You’ll be able to watch the last four weeks of videos and can subscribe to view our entire archive.

More details are coming soon!

Watch this short video where I give a tour of my new studio in Branson, Missouri!

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CoFI daily broadcasts

Beginning April 1st, 2015 CoFI will begin broadcasting from our new studio in Branson, Missouri!

FIRST: I’m currently ministering for an amazing man of God, Glen Stead, in Prince Albert, Canada. God has been moving in very unique and powerful ways. We have extended the meetings for an extra night!

Watch the videos of the first three services here: https://www.youtube.com/user/EmbassyChurchMedia 


Our brand new media strategy begins on April first! (No foolin!)

CoFI GroupsEvery week I will be producing a full length teaching that you can use to grow personally or in a group, and on a daily basis I’ll share short teachings—both via video from our new studio in Branson, Missouri!

CoFI Groups are a GREAT WAY to gather together with other likeminded people in homes, churches or other locations. Start with passionate prayer and then watch the weekly teaching. End with a time of ministry or discussion! You can get more information here: www.carriersoffire.org/groups

CoFI Breaks—Every day I will produce a short, 5-10 teaching that will encourage you as you continue to intentionally grow as a carrier of fire!

COMING SOON

Everybody will have the opportunity to access the previous thirty days of teachings for FREE.

If you’d like to access our entire library of hundreds of teachings, videos and podcast you will soon be able to subscribe for a low monthly membership. Stay tuned!

Visit www.carriersoffire.org today!

6 Keys to remaining free from sin and alive in Jesus

6 keys to living free from the torment of sin

I’m encouraged by so many of the replies I received from my recent Charisma Magazine series of articles.

People are becoming awakened to their own depravity, and instead of hiding behind the false comfort of unbiblical grace, they are aggressively dealing with their sin. The grace of God absolutely can set us free not only from the penalty of sin but from the act of sin. We can be fully free indeed!

I’m finding myself responding to email after email with the same response to the same question. People are yearning to be liberated from the prison of sinful patterns in their lives—patterns that absolutely do put our salvation at risk if not met head on with the grace and blood of Jesus.

This is why a life of repentance is so beautiful! It leads us right to the cross of Christ. His applied blood completely eradicates every impurity!

This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Matthew 26:28 (NIV)

I hear from a lot of people who testify to the power of sin in their lives. They proclaim that they are sinners saved by grace, and that Christians can expect to sin often, every day, for the rest of their lives. No! This is a doctrine of demons that has been embraced by multitudes of defeated Christians.

We are saints saved by grace! We have been given the power to live free from the traps of sin and we can expect to walk in daily sanctification unto holiness. We can absolutely, without question, be free to decide against sin. We should not—must not—sin regularly. What a disgrace to grace that would be!

So, just how can we take steps toward a life free from sin?

It’s simple, but not easy:

1. RESOLVE THE LOVE ISSUE

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. John 15:9-11 (ESV)

It’s shocking how many people question and doubt the absolute truth that they don’t have to earn God’s love. The true is that we don’t earn it, we abide in it.

When they sin the immediate accusation is that we have failed to the degree that God is now angry, offended and aggressively building walls around his heart so we can’t get near—until we prove to him that we are again worthy of his affection.

What a horrid way to live! When we fail, God is not surprised. He doesn’t approve of our failure, but he doesn’t pass out from shock. He’s not gossiping behind our backs about what we just did. He’s not shunning us until we pay our dues to get back into the club of the redeemed.

Yes, sin is serious and sin is deadly but we have to know that God is burning with passionate love for us and is there to restore us! If we understand this we won’t have to spend a “sufficient” amount of time feeling guilty and shamed until we can crawl back up into his lap.

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John 2:1 (ESV)

Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation– if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. Colossians 1:21-23 (NIV)

2. PRAY ALWAYS

…praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. 6:18 (ESV)

This one is simple but not easy. Without having a life of continual, fervent prayer that’s driven supernaturally by the Holy Spirit, our hope of living free from sin is slight.

Long ago as a young burning one for Jesus I worked at a car wash along with several yet to be redeemed people. Everything about that job was negative. The pay was awful, the work was hard and every day was monotonous and boring. In addition to that I had to continually walk way from the small groups of employees when they started sharing dirty stories.

Yet, I remember that season as a breakout one for me. I learned how to be free and full of joy in a vile and miserable atmosphere. I sang worship songs under my breath and prayed nearly non-stop. I learned how to deeply enjoy Jesus and to be jubilant in the face of misery! It was easy to talk to people about Jesus as I was burning hotter and hotter for him every day. It was easy to walk away from inappropriate discussions and to stick out as a zealot—because I was one!

One day, in that season of continual prayer and worship a particularly large and threatening man who worked there approached me. He said, “If you ever mention the name of Jesus to me again, I will kill you!” I simply smiled and said, “I can’t stop. He’s everything to me.”

The favorite part of my day was when I got off of work. Sure, it was nice to be finished washing cars, but that’s not what motivated me. The pastor of the church I attended had given me a key to the building so I went there every evening, all alone, and prayed. I turned on the worship music in the sanctuary, dimmed the lights and paced around and fell deeper and deeper in love with Jesus.

In that type of intentional prayer driven lifestyle it’s quite easy to say no to sin. Life starts “working together for good” as the famous verse in Romans proclaims. It’s interesting to note just what triggers a life where everything works together for good:

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:26-28 (ESV)

When we pray in the Spirit with deep groans of intercession our love of God explodes and our life becomes ordered and full of power.

3. TURN IT OFF

Media is killing the church. I’m saddened and sickened when Christians make excuses to watch immoral and unholy activity on the screen, whether its the movies or the television.

How can we allow ourselves to be entertained by sins in media that required the slaughter and murder of the one we say we love? Foul language, nudity, sexual situations, violence and coarse joking required Jesus to be brutalized and killed—and Christians are gaining enjoyment from it.

If you want to be free from sin, you have to turn it off. Shut it down. Stop watching what is abominable.

Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God. We have done so not according to worldly wisdom but according to God’s grace. 2 Corinthians 1:12 (NIV)

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9 (ESV)

4. TURN IT ON

Try an experiment. Eliminate all music, even most Christian music, for a month. For that month listen to nothing but anointed worship music. Have it play night and day in your home, your car, your headphones. Discover a life of passionate worship that never ends!

I love this verse:

And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” Matthew 28:9-10 (ESV)

Is this not the cry of our hearts? What would it be like for Jesus to appear to us and say, “Greetings!”

What would it be like in that moment when Jesus shows up in our life in a life changing way? We would fall at his feet as though dead and worship!

Check out this long passage. Read it all. This is the God who we have the free and glorious privilege to worship!

I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.” Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. Revelation 1:10-18 (ESV)

Do you want to be free from sin? Be in the Spirit on the Lord’s day! Be ready for an encounter! Worship him with abandon!

5. BELIEVE THE WORD

The Bible becomes amazing when we believe it!

And he said to me, “Son of man, eat whatever you find here. Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and he gave me this scroll to eat. And he said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly with this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it.” Then I ate it, and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey. Ezekiel 3:1-3 (ESV)

Often people are encouraged to read the Bible through in a year. That’s good, but I prefer to read, lets say, a verse for a month. Pray for the lightning hot power of truth to strike me through just one verse that it captivates me for hours, days and a lifetime!

When our life source and enjoyment truly comes from the very Word of God instead of through media and entertainment, the power of sinful desire is diluted. Diffused. Defeated.

…and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, Ephesians 6:17 (ESV)

The Word of God is a weapon. God’s very Word, when received, believed and acted on, becomes a sharp sword against the enemy. Sin has no chance!

6. GATHER TOGETHER

Be deeply connected at a life giving, Spirit filled church on fire. Be teachable and accountable and let your iron sharpen others as well.

When we live in a community of holy, burning ones the resulting unity is a force against evil that is something to behold.

Worshiping the lover of our souls with others is something we should never live without!

Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the LORD. Psalm 27:3-6 (ESV)