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Repent, Cleanse, and Refresh

Repent, Cleanse, and Refresh

(Written while incarcerated in 2001)

by Katie Souza

Yesterday in church we sang “Grace and Mercy”. Then, Pastor Roy requested that I sing “Closer to the Heart of God”. Agnes told me that Pastor wept more than she’s ever seen him weep since she’s been here. After I sang, he said that he wants to ask permission to record us doing that song. Today I need to have the Father deal with me on my past pride in what I am doing. I have to get rid of all of that “self”. Father, I repent of glorifying the past. I need to let go of that “big shot” thing.

At prayer meeting and Bible study, I have been focusing on dying to self. Today I heard that a word from the Lord is a sentence used to give credit to the divine source of that revelation. Today we prayed for Bonnie’s mom’s alcoholism and for Hulda. There are only five weeks left before I’m being released, but still no further revelation about it. Today is Thursday the 18th. I prayed and asked God to tell me whether I was going to court or straight home. I stopped to listen and had such a strong feeling of faith that He could answer and that I could hear it. But, I got nothing. I’m reading a prayer book by Becky Tirabassi, and had another realization that He wanted me to ask Him to go straight home. So, I did. Becky said that having “perfect peace” about a prayer is a clue that we are on target.

Today I found out that a woman I prayed for was healed! She had a clogged artery in her heart. I prayed specifically for the clog to be dissolved, broken up, and removed and for the artery to be cleared. When they went back to prep for surgery, they found that the clog was gone! Thank you, God!

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,”
Acts 3:19 (NIV)

I need to repent and cleanse myself every day to get renewal and refreshing. Father, grant me the grace to look at You and not the promise You have given to me. To seek You and not more comfort and reassurance of an answer that You have already given. Let me be focused on You and not my release on the 21st. Show me what else I need to learn before I leave here. in Jesus name. Amen.

Had great fellowship with sister Agnes today as we had choir practice and 12:30 church. It’s so good to be with someone who wants to talk about God as much as I do. I’m reading Psalms again and want to make it a daily habit to repent, cleanse, and refresh.

I read “The Prayer of Jabez” book for the last two nights.

Wow, church services at both 1:00 and 6:00 pm were packed! Holy Spirit poured out! Willow sang “Grateful” and I sang “Walk Like Jesus”. Before service, I prayed the Jabez prayer over the choir. Lord, bless us indeed. Extend the choir’s territory… Oh that you would put your hand on us and keep evil from us. When I prayed and asked Him what else he wanted me to do, God told me the word “Holiness!”

“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 15:57 (NIV)

Step into the Jordan so the river will part. You have to step in faith first, then the river will stop flowing.

I’ve been praying for Marcia Dugan and she has been receiving words from the Lord exactly like what I prayed! I prayed she would act on the word and she has!

The lesson I learned about repentance, cleansing, and refreshing is still blessing me today. Are you doing as Acts 3:19 tells us to do on a daily basis? Or, do you have a Jordan River experience that you can tell us about? What happened when you stepped out in faith like I did when I prayed for the woman with the clogged artery or for my friend, Marcia? We really care about your spiritual growth and want to hear from you!

Comments (6)
Ken Banks
Posted at 14:31h, 19 March Reply

I have communion every morning with Jesus. I repent an ask for forgiveness every morning I was not reading the Word for a long time. I read smaller scriptures then the Lord said, I would like for you to read every book in the Bible. I was getting excited. I could not stop the Holy Spirit showed me where to start reading first. Before I start reading I pray I listen to Dutch Sheets every morning. Praying for people is the most important. Passover is going to be so beautiful Godbless you and your family Love Ken

Posted at 11:35h, 19 March Reply

That was so cool to read your journaling from way back then! Wow, amazing! I especially like the prayer in the beginning. I am saving that prayer for myself. Wow Katie, what a Blessing you have become to the world by seeking God so diligently and letting God pour through you! I hope I can do the same with all my heart.

Posted at 07:27h, 19 March Reply

LORD God...which words should I use to worship You and thank you for this ministry? I have learned so much ... been healed from so much...

Diane Straughan
Posted at 02:01h, 19 March Reply

Thank you for this uplifting Word and am sending to my son in Prison in Florida! It is so nice to be able to print out the Messages I want to share in a Prison. Loved your testimony and started a Fire in me after hearing it this last summer. Have been ill and down but Father God has me covered and expecting full healing as I walk through to a new beginning and into training for my “Calling” for this new Season. How Great and Awesome is our God and He surely answers the prayers of His children. His timing is always right and perfect for you!This I know very well as have received major miracles of healing during my life from the beginning when I was born. Will be 75 this Month! So glad His Word to me was, “Diane, you are far from over!”

Barbara L Demorest
Posted at 18:33h, 18 March Reply

Love this. Thank you Katie for sharing your devotional from a difficult but growing time of life.

kevin martin
Posted at 18:30h, 18 March Reply

thanks Katie for a very timely word,God is at work and He who began a good work in us all is well able to complete it,Im about to start reading your book Be Revived,have an awesome day in Him.

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