Wednesday, October 26, 2011


He is my refuge and my fortress; God, in Him I will trust. Psalm 91:1-2

This weekend's Captivating event in North Florida just outside of Gainesville was incredible. The profound effect of the intimate counsel of God from this weekend's Captivating is being retold over and over. It was expressed on each person's countenance like they had stood near the "burning bush". Thank your for paving the way through your prayers. The angels removed the strongmen and then stood guard. Not even the birds of prey overhead would dare come near the consecrated grounds this weekend. I have a new found respect for the on-site-intercessors for Captivating events. "Opposed" only begins to address the level of spiritual warfare against God's beauty. At the beginning of the event several attendees were being shut down with despair to such an extent it had to be continually addressed. But thankfully it also made Jesus' rescue all the more beautiful....for each person!

We witnessed God move so much that all of Isaiah 61 took place;
God, ... intimately healed the broken hearted, set the captive free,
bestowed on the each person a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. . .

God moved beyond all expectations at this Captivating event. Many of the sisters now want to walk together and reach out as part of their calling. As they walk together they are truly a planting of "oaks of righteousness" to display His splendor. In prayer while finishing on Sunday and praying for one of the local churches, we have learned of a movement upon their congregation at the end of their Sunday service to cast off the old-dead life and walk with Christ anew. Sounds like a chapter from "Waking The Dead". Iona and their warrior-hearts bringing the light into the darkness. Its the grassroots movement Jesus Christ used to describe His Kingdom in Matthew 13. Now this is life to the full ! One intercessor said, "This is what we all signed up for...". Yes our God is able to do exceeding more than we expect or imagine. What a weekend!

What Jesus did this weekend is still being unpacked. All of this could not have occurred without your prayer. Irreversible change and our vital roles that we each contribute to the Kindgom of God are now part of each heart brought closer to the heart of Jesus Christ.

Please continue to pray for the women and for the leaders against retaliation in the coming week. Thank you intercessors. May you each receive a double portion of blessing from God for your honorable service to the one we love to serve, Jesus Christ.

Thankful for His beautiful rescue...

All for the honor and glory of Jesus Christ,
Mark Woods

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