Dear Passion and Fire Family,
We had a full and successful month of July and are now moving full speed ahead into August! What a treat it was to see so many of you last month at our meetings! Thank you for joining us! It made our day!
We’re now on a short four-day vacation in the mountains. It’s so good to have time to write in a new atmosphere, away from the duties at home. I realized at the end of July that I had been having a lot of mountain dreams; I was planting flags on mountains, exploring mountain tops, and saw myself skipping over mountains. We were in meetings at the time. So, I never really stopped to realize that we were actually traveling through the mountains. And now, here we are in Colorado, in the middle of the Rockies. So, of course, my word this month has do with mountains.
In one dream I heard the Lord say, “It’s time to go up to the mountain.” And then, in another, I heard, “It’s time to take the mountains. It’s time to go up and conquer!”
Mountains can mean different things in scripture. But generally, we associate mountains with worship and prayer. Remember the woman at the well in John 4. She asked Jesus where He thought men should go to worship. And Jesus told her that it wasn’t the place that we worship, but it’s who we worship. No doubt, she had never taken a good look at who her people were worshiping.
So, who is it that we worship and pray to? It’s time to take a good look at the face of Jesus. Like with the woman at the well, Jesus is constantly going for our heart. It’s time for our hearts to live in God’s mountain-kingdom!
Today, the Lord is challenging us to arise and come away with Him; to worship him, to calm our hearts, and to hear His voice afresh. He wants to speak to us, for there are difficulties all around us on the right and on the left. Just this last week here in the US, we had two horrific mass shootings. And there are horrific happenings going on around us all over the earth. But we can’t allow our hearts to be guided by and filled with fear. Our focus must turn to the Lord where our help comes from. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the God that brings us comfort and He’s the God of peace that crushes Satan under our feet! We must determine to make Him our focus.
1 Corinthians 1:3-5 “All praises belong to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. For He is the Father of tender mercy and the God of endless comfort. He always comes alongside us to comfort us in every suffering so that we can come alongside those who are in any painful trial. We can bring them this same comfort that God has poured out upon us.”
He has made us a people of the ascension! And we have direct access into the realm of the Holy Spirit, to come before the Father for the need of the day. It’s time for us to ascend, not only for ourselves, but for others.
Psalms 121:1 “I look up to mountains and hills, longing for God’s help. But then I realize that our true help and protection come only from the Lord, our Creator who made the heavens and the earth. He will guard and guide me, never letting me stumble or fall.”
We weren’t promised that the world would always be a happy place. In fact, the Bible says that in the end times (that’s now) that “you will hear of wars nearby and revolutions on every side with more rumors of wars to come. But don’t panic or give in to your fears, for the breaking apart of the world’s systems is destined to happen…” (Matt. 24:6), but in Christ we can continue to walk in His peace and comfort.
John 16:33 “And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous, for I have on conquered the world!”
It’s right to mourn and to weep with those who weep, but we have to do more. We have a choose to let our thoughts and our lives flow upward. The river of God flows upward to the mountain where the Lord sits enthroned. He is the lifter up of our heads (Psalms 3:3). And we are called to take our seats next to Him, as He sits seated enthroned and looking down upon the of the circle of the earth with a heavenly perspective and agenda for His people.
It’s time to join Him in throne room prayer to get His wisdom and to implement it. The scripture says that tremendous power is released through the passionate heartfelt prayer of a godly believer (James 5:16). This will give us His heart and His solutions for our nation, the nations, our lives, and others.
Our greatest privilege is to partner with heaven in bringing God’s kingdom purposes to earth. It was on the mountain that Jesus was transformed! And it’s on His mountain, the throne room of His presence, that we too are transformed. And when we’re transformed, the tools of heaven are unlocked from within (the Godhead bodily). It’s then that we’re able to bring transformation to others as well! It’s time for the shining ones of Daniel 12:3 to arise. For we must be “those who are wise and shine like the brightness of the stars above, those who turn many to righteousness…”
So, come, let’s go up!
You were made for mountaintop living!
You were made for fellowship and oneness with Him.
The mountain of the Lord is calling your name!
It’s time to take mountains!
Not only did I hear the Lord say, “It’s time to go up the mountain, but it’s time to take mountains.” I saw people planting their own personal flags on mountain-tops. This mountain is not the mountain of the Lord, but this mountain can represent the fears that are holding you back from your God-given dreams and the hurdles that have kept you back from pursuing God’s good and perfect will for your life. Maybe your mountain is to start a new business, write a book, get a new job, start a ministry, or maybe its conquering mountains of debts, or depression, or conquering old habits. The Lord said to Joshua, “Be strong and of good courage!” This is a mountain-claiming day. Like Caleb, it’s time for us to throw off that old grasshopper mentality that might be lingering in you. For, in Christ, we have already moved on in to our promised land. And now, it’s time to drive out all the ‘ites’. It’s time that we shut out the lies of the enemy telling us this far and no farther. It’s time to move up that mountain. For, in Christ, we have already been set free! It’s a new day and we’re moving up!
Psalms 46:10 & 11 “Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that He is God. He is God above all the nations, and He will be exalted throughout the whole earth. Here He stands! The Commander! The mighty Lord of Angel Armies is on our side! The God of Jacob fights for us!”
Numbers 13:30 “Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”
So, whatever you face today, the Father is saying, “You can surely do it!” Caleb was 85 when Joshua released the mountain to Him. And then Caleb drove the enemy out of His land and the land rested. Today, I declare that you are rising up! Any fear that remains in you is being driven out so that you can conquer and then rest until your next conquest!
I see you planting your flag on that mountain right now, for God is filling you with courage and confidence. He’s breaking you free of all fear and you are being delivered from the day of a grasshopper-mentality. You will not always be thinking about who you are or aren’t, but you will be thinking of who He is within you. This is your day to rise up in the power of Holy Spirit!
This is the day for the modern-day, mountain-taking, Calebs to arise. It’s time to live the promises that God has given you. For those promises have never disappeared, they are just waiting for you to believe enough to go after them. Get ready to go up that mountain, to move mountains (Mark 11:23) and to jump over mountains (SOS 2:8)! You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!
Psalms 46:11 “The Commander! The mighty Lord of Angel Armies is on your side! The God of Jacob fights for you!”
Instead of cowering in fear it’s time to keep our focus on our God! We must look upward and rejoice in the victory that He has in store for us!
Psalms 47:4 “The Lord God Most High has marked out our inheritance ahead of time, putting us in front of the line.”
Whose report are you believing for your life today? It had better be the Lord! It’s time to take your mountains! God is with you!
Words of Knowledge
Here are a few words of knowledge that I’ve had through dreams this month. If this is you, take it and declare it over yourself and your family!
- I saw someone losing custody of their children. It may be a son or daughter or someone listening. I heard God say, “As I was with Moses, so I will be with them (your children).” Father God watched over Moses when he was taken as a baby into Pharaoh’s house and God raised him up as a mighty deliverer of Israel. He will watch over these children and raise them up as mighty champions for Him.
- I saw someone contending with family members who are trying to cut you out of your inheritance, but they won’t be able to. You will finally receive it in the end.
- I saw new job positions being created especially for many of you.
- I saw a church finally getting their zoning approval from the city.
- I saw someone cured of insomnia. “He gives His beloved sleep!” Ps. 127:2
Yours for transformation,
Candice Simmons is a true spiritual mom in the body of Christ with a passion to see the bride of Christ awakened and brought into the full activation of their gifts and callings. She has been in ministry for 47 years mentoring both young and old, men and women. She received Christ in the early 70’s during the Jesus movement and immediately began ministering to the next generation of young people.
In the 80’s she and her husband, Brian were tribal missionaries serving in the jungles of Panama. They were field leaders and ministered to the Paya-Kuna tribe, living on the border of Panama and Columbia for nearly 8 years. In the late 80’s they returned home and established Gateway Christian Fellowship, a hub for revival and awakening in New England where they ministered for 18 years and established a network of churches called ARC.
She was a fore-runner in establishing the prophetic in New England and taught classes on the prophetic and established a prophetic ministry in their church called Impact. She is an avid dreamer and gifted in interpretation of dreams and uses this gift to minister hope and destiny to the churches.
Today they have an itinerate ministry (Passion and Fire), traveling the nations and internationally teaching and prophesying to churches. At the same time she is helping her husband with their new Bible Translation called the Passion Translation and has co-authored three books with him; The Sacred Journey, Throne Room Prayer and The Image Maker (soon to be released) and is currently working on two more books, The Stairway and The Dreamer.