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October 20, 2016

Restoring the work of a Blacksmith

It dawned on me the other day, that I have been leading this ministry into Europe (and now Africa and Latin America) for right at 20 years. As time progressed, the Lord has made our calling apparent.  We are serving several nations of Europe where atheism, humanism and unbelief rule and in Africa and Latin America where the need for systematic equipping of Frontline Shepherds is critical.  In the midst of this, Jesus has spoken to us about restoring the ministry of the Blacksmith.

“Now no blacksmith could be found in all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, ‘Otherwise, the Hebrews will make swords or spears.’

 . . . So it came about on the day of battle that neither sword nor spear

 was found in the hands of any of the people, but they were found with

 Saul and his son, Jonathan.”  1 Sam 13.

The nation was under the control of their enemy, and they had removed all blacksmiths from the land so that swords or spears could not be produced.  The enemy allowed the leaders to possess swords, but their deepest fear was swords in the hands of the common man in the day of battle.

It is the role of Prepare International to serve as Blacksmiths in these Nations, forging the instruments of war in the hands of men and women for the day of battle!

This is the ploy of the enemy in the nations we serve! He greatest fear is not a few preachers or leaders throughout Belgium, Poland, Macedonia, or Kenya, ect. What he trembles at is the common man – the common man possessing the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God! There must be the equipping of the common man in our assigned regions with the Word of God so that 10,000 ‘preachers’ come forth.  Not primarily ‘pulpit preachers’, but rather ordinary men and women full of the Spirit who carry the Living Word to their everyday world!

The secret is the fire and the hammer.  The fire must consistently burn to make the metal soft and malleable.  This is the Ministry of Prayer where we constantly call upon the Spirit of the Lord to fire hearts and lives magnifying His Word within the growing corps.  The hammer then strikes over and over against the hot, soft metal forming it into a weapon of battle.  This speaks of our Ministry Schools and Discipleship work.  The hammer of these efforts MUST have greater effect forging men and women with the Word in their hearts and mouths everywhere they go.

We exist to bring forth the powerful ministry of the Blacksmith in these lands. Join with us as we must believe God for this blacksmith ministry to be rekindled, and the end result will be ~ thousands of common followers with a sword in their hands defeating the powers of the enemy and seeing the glorious reign of the Son of God coming forth.  This is who we are.  This is the ministry of the Blacksmith.

– Randy Boyd