Inherit Iran! Prayer Hub

“Trump is gone in 70 days…”: Prayer for Iran as the Regime is Emboldened by the Prospect of a Biden Presidency

Today’s Prayer for Iran:

Pray that the hubris of the regime as they look forward to a more amicable American government would be a trap that they set for themselves. Pray for the church to be strengthened and stirred up in their spirits despite oppression, threat and intimidation. Pray that they will be like Gideon: Strengthened by all three persons of the Godhead and claiming a victory that the Spirit of God fights for them. Jehovah-Nissi arise amongst your children in Iran!!!

Speak “Jehovah-Nissi” over Iran today. Who can stand against the name of our God? He is mighty to save. His banner over us is His fierce and jealous love. He is our victory. He is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. His arm is not short. He delights in His children, and His glory is made manifest in the power He exerts to guard and make victorious His church. Trump is gone in 70 days? You will be here forever, Islamic State? God alone is seated in authority in heavenly places forever. All power, might, and majesty is His. Praise His name forever. Jehovah-Nissi!

Praise the Lord with a shout, Iran! In Judges, Gideon’s remnant broke clay vessels to reveal the Light of the World destroying the intellect and schemes of the enemy. May those who come against God’s church in Iran see their encampment fall into similar confusion. What the Lord has done before puts fear in the heart of the enemy because what He has done before for His people, He will do again!

We are grafted into the promises of the Israelites, which includes God’s banner of love, His standard of protection, and His righteous right arm to uphold you. May God’s spirit continue to pour out the oil of gladness on His church in Iran, and the strength of our hope in Jesus.

In Jesus’ mighty name, we plead the blood of Jesus over Iran, over the persecuted church in Iran, and throughout the entire Empire of Ancient Persia: Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Libya, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Yemen, and Bahrain, even to the far reaches of Romania, Kosovo, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. May freedom rather than oppression come to the region via Iran.


Visit for more information about the Great Awakening in Iran. I am not affiliated with the organization, just supporting and promoting their ministry.

Atlas Judged 2021

“Anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven,” Matthew 12:31-32

And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.  “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.  “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.  And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.  Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

Matthew 12:27-32

The problem we face in living free and authoritative lives in Christ is that Christians have stopped ministering the Holy Spirit to people; and those who do, do it for money. 

The blasphemy of teaching that there is no baptism of the Holy Spirit is only matched by saying a few people have a monopoly on it. 

We are both saved and sanctified by faith. 

My salvation is only now because it will be. The Holy Spirit is an advance on a future reward. He is “the guarantee” of what we’ve been promised in Christ. 

We have been freed. However, that doesn’t mean that the enemy doesn’t push back on that freedom to see if it’s real. This is what James calls: faith being proven and perfected by trials.

If you have been under a generational curse and now you’re not anymore by faith, you will still come toe to toe with that curse from time to time. You must face it down in Jesus’ name, because you’re under the banner of the Name and the Blood that breaks every curse and has given you new spiritual DNA. But you see, being free does not mean that the strength of that freedom won’t be tested. The strength of your freedom is faith. Your faith will be tested for perfection every time the old man, the curse, or the past tries to knock on your door and see if you’ll let them in.

Our lives are characterized by facing the world and overcoming. In Revelation, Jesus calls His own “those who overcome.” We overcome false teaching, offense, persecution, loss, poverty, rejection, abuse, demonic opposition, temptation, apathy, injustice; we overcome unto a victor’s crown. We share in everything Christ accomplished on the cross. 

It is all ours now as the Holy Spirit ministers it to us. 

However, there are at least two ways today that people are deprived of the Holy Spirit by teachers of the law. Teachers of the law propagate:

1) Teachings that the Holy Spirit doesn’t actively operate in and through us. People are misled into believing that they should not ask continually for the Holy Spirit, even though Jesus explicitly instructs us to (Luke 11:13).

2) Teachings that you can only be ministered to by the Holy Spirit through a select few, special individuals; who should be compensated royally for it. 

There is a real problem I see— it isn’t reckless abandon in pursuing the manifestation of sign and wonder giftings. It is that charismatic false teachings separate out a priestly class who have ultimate authority over others. In some cases that authority and class is even considered heritable. They commodify people’s sins, shame and oppression rather than leading them to freedom and a one time endowment of Living Water. And that endowment is through, not water immersion, but laying on of hands. There has been a propensity to lead people into situations where they are afraid to operate without a leader’s covering.

This constricts the freedom of individuals to follow God’s authority– or husbands’ authority– directly in their lives. There is an explicit chain of authority: God, man, wife. Notice denomination isn’t in there.

These false teachings perpetuate an alternative covenant to the New Covenant. It is Oholah, as Ezekiel pejoratively names the Northern Kingdom of Israel. It’s a name that means “a tent.” This in contrast to Oholibah meaning “my tent is in her.” In other words, when we convince people that the only way to operate in the Spirit is under the confines of specific people’s ministries, we end up worshipping God in a temple but not the Temple. And the alternate temple is for some reason very expensive to maintain…

We are in a Covenant body of complete equity and merit, submission and honor, orderliness and freedom— and it’s free; costly to Jesus but free to me; and it comes with the riches of His glory. 

The reputation of the operative gifts of the Holy Spirit is very important right now. We are calling and crying for revival, so we need to repair the nets. “The nets” are those things that have empowered the evangelist to spread the gospel and rebuke unbelief in revivals of the past. People have come to attribute these nets to Beelzebub: speaking in tongues, word of faith, sowing finances, submission, covenant, and Sabbath.

We blaspheme the Holy Spirit when we denigrate these operations, which non-charismatic false teachers do with enthusiasm. We blaspheme the Holy Spirit when we abuse and misuse these operations of the Spirit, the same as when we dismiss them.

  1. Do not speak against things you don’t understand (Jude 1:10)
  2. Do not exploit the principles of heaven for filthy gain (Numbers 22-24; Titus 1:11; Revelation 2:12-17)

Get ready to get Old School Pentecostal as we look forward to the next harvest. Purify your desires in this season, because where your heart is will determine your harvest. When there is a harvest, everyone harvests– the godly a godly reward, and the wicked the reward of the wicked, the blasphemous the reward of blasphemy.

The Beatitudes People: Family Mental Health Podcast

“She went into seclusion,” Luke 1:24


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Happy New Year, everyone! The Beatitudes People podcast is a year old now. We’ve had an identity struggle through 2020. 2020 ended up being a time in the secret place rather than a launch into the public sphere for this podcast. That was unexpected. But as with many things this year, if we take a moment we might see the fruit of transformation, and that what seemed like the ultimate stalemate was actually a time of being pulled back to spring forward. Today I am going to share some thoughts from 2018 that have more relevance today than I could have imagined when I wrote them. Here we go: 

The highlights of the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth are undoubtedly their visitors: the angel Gabriel and the Virgin Mary. With such spiritual mega-stars just dropping by, I hope Elizabeth kept her guest towels fluffy. The fact that the Virgin Mary came to visit her kind of validates Elizabeth spirituality, right? Isn’t that how we measure people? If not by what they do, then by who they associate with? 

I don’t want to focus on Mr. and Mrs. Zechariah’s A-list guests. I want to look at the lowly and boring aspects of Elizabeth and Zechariah’s moment in history– that is five months of seclusion and nine months of silence. Seclusion and silence. The period of their story that you’d label with, “Loser.” 

At the time I originally wrote  this, I was a SAHM. (Have you heard that one? An acronym for “stay at home mom.”) I was a SAHM to a two year old child, so seclusion and silence were painfully familiar to me. Well– my house of course wasn’t then, and is not now, silent. But I was silent. In 2018, I wrote:

I hear the deafening vacuum of my voice in the world getting sucked preemptively out of my lungs. Being at home without any agency to be in public, participate, contribute, and be measurably productive has been demoralizing for me.

The cabin fever I experience is due in part to a serious illness I suffered at age 23. It took about 7 years for me to recover. This brain illness– that I was diagnosed with just one year out of college– is scientifically studied as being triggered by ‘life goal achievement.’ In other words, the closer I get to reaching what I’ve been working toward the more likely I am to relapse. This illness clipped my wings. It cooped me up and walled me in. Seclusion and silence have been persistent and painful themes in my adult life particularly in the areas of career and calling.

I have difficulty valuing my role as a mother and wife sometimes… or a lot of the time. There is a gap in my adult experience- working before the domesticated life- that gap aches. The heady, haughty accomplishments of a young woman in her twenties are just an imagination for me. I never got to be one of the obnoxious, quasi-feminist marketing-freelance-event planning activists from a 90’s RomCom, I guess. I often feel that because of my illness, I didn’t get to choose, and that as a mom my choices continue to be limited. I lack agency in my life. At least by perception, I do.

So the blog excerpt I just quoted was written about three years ago. Now, in the midst of nine months of stay at home orders in California, the frustration expressed above seems silly! But, I’ll continue quoting it because the ideas get good from here! Ok, again from 2018:

The story of Zechariah and Elizabeth is a story about how lacking agency, being secluded, and being silent can be the description of the prescription God has given you right now in preparation for what is upcoming in His kingdom and on His agenda. Luke 1-3 is the preparation period for Christ’s ministry. Those three chapters have a theme of preparation, and within that theme the conditions for preparation are: lacking agency, being secluded, and being silent.

The first character we meet in the book of Luke is Zechariah. If there is anyone who should be prepared for a special assignment, it is Zechariah. He is a priest! We meet him in the Temple burning an incense offering on the altar. A righteous man, in ministry, ceremonially cleansed for special worship when the angel Gabriel tells him personally the assignment that God has for Zechariah’s life. And he blows it. He speaks doubt. So he is put on mute until God’s work is done.

You’ll notice the other characters in this story do a lot of praising and prophesying. During this prep time for both John the Baptist and Jesus Christ negative speech was silenced and only praise and prophecy were allowed. Sometimes we need to be silenced for our own sake because if given a voice we would discredit and disqualify ourselves from the magnitude of service God is hiring us for.

Zechariah also had agency. He was the one who was given a command to do something. Elizabeth had no agency. Mary had no agency. Yet, they were able to quietly and calmly ponder what was happening, and be faithful in obedience. Sometimes having agency can be a stumbling block— particularly when the day’s mission is preparation for action, not action itself.

In the days leading up to Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, preparation was a calling unto itself. Jesus was about to be born! This was a delicate and simultaneously monumental moment. The web of political movement, spiritual warfare, and human rebellion was on a knife’s edge. There was no room for error. There was no room for disbelief. There was no room for Christians who feel the need to grandstand, or demand a well-lit platform for their spiritual giftings, or to be given a more interesting assignment in a more exotic locale. God did not need people of position for this job; or people who were eloquent, or opinionated, or understanding, wise, or insightfulful, nor did He need people who were talented, young or beautiful. He needed barren old Elizabeth because she was a believer. Sometimes it’s less about what we put out into the world and more about what we take in and “ponder in our heart” about God.

The call for that day was inaction. It was quiet receptiveness. It’s expression was praise, prayer, and prophecy. Elizabeth and Mary gathered together in seclusion to share their testimonies with each other. This built them up in faith and courage for what was to happen— their ministries would both end with the broken hearts of having martyred sons.

Now, I am definitely not proposing that the role of women in ministry is a silent, secluded submission. Zechariah was after all the one who had his speech taken away. Nor do I think a woman’s ministry is only “her home, husband, and children.” I am saying that if you feel that you do not have agency; if you feel isolated, shut down, blocked, frustrated; if you are a mom with young kids; if you are a person who is ill or taking care of someone ill; if that’s you, know that a lack of human agency has never stopped God. You don’t need to be able-bodied for God to call you up for duty. You don’t need to build up your resume before God will call your name. If God wants you qualified, He’ll qualify you.

Women as a rule lack agency more than men do. Even powerful and wealthy women often lack agency both within and outside their homes. But in her lack of agency, Elizabeth, a faithful woman led her unbelieving husband into belief. He got in his own way—kind of like I do to myself! What he had didn’t help him. What Elizabeth didn’t have did help her, and preserved her family’s usefulness to the Lord in that appointed moment.

Our belief encourages others to believe. While we believe, the testimony we build inspires those in relationship with us to turn their eyes to the Lord also. In those moments where we feel completely imprisoned by our situation, our sickness, our disability, or our social disadvantage, [or in 2020, COVID!], we have to remember that our humble morsel of belief is the thing of value.

Our belief alone can be our gentle contribution for the colossal good of our community. Or our belief can be for the good of our relationships, our partners, or our family. In Elizabeth’s case, it was for the good of the world throughout history!

I don’t need to be able; I need to be willing (Luke 1:38.) Today, that willingness is honoring what I don’t have, and knowing that being busy for God is not as important as being ready for God.

Have a blessed New Year. Know that God is the master of seasons…nine months in lockdown has already been to long, but we wait as long as it takes for God to complete the formation of new life. Keep looking forward!

The Beatitudes People Podcast

“His mother taught him,” Proverbs 31:1


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New Series! The Proverbs 31 Family


Welcome to the Beatitudes People: Family Mental Health Podcast! I am podcast creator, Natalie Haney. In the coming months, we are going to be exploring how negative relationships damage our faith, and conversely, how positive relationships propel us forward in our pursuit of God, and His calling on our lives, and our feelings of abiding wellbeing and promise. Let’s dive into our first meditation!

“His mother taught him,” Prov 31:1

Proverbs 31 has to be the most detested passage of scripture for Christian women. It might be worse even than the passage that says women should be silent in church. 

Over and over, with the best intention, Proverbs 31 has been taught as a list of accomplishments for the most devoted women to achieve. The popular studies of Proverbs 31— for women—completely diminish the idea that individual women would have individual personalities and aptitudes. The studies tend to make blanket statements that assume a uniform family context in which a Proverbs 31 woman would operate— and we know that not every family and marriage is alike! 

The #lifegoals laid out in Proverbs 31 are so lofty that some teachers have said the Proverbs 31 woman is actually a personification of wisdom just to alleviate the pressure. I’m just gonna say now that that is possible—- except that there are other personifications of wisdom in Proverbs. And in all those other personifications of wisdom in Proverbs, the woman being described is named “Wisdom.” So there’s that. Let’s not invalidate the Proverbs 31 women out of jealousy over her unique abilities. I fully believe she was real, or at least was expected to be found. 

King Lemuel’s mother obviously expected him to dig up this rare gem. Maybe we can postulate that rather than being a “personification” of wisdom, the Proverbs 31 woman is a mother-in-laws wish list. Maybe Proverbs 31 is King Lemuel’s mother having a severe case of “nobody’s good enough for my baby boy.” 

In all seriousness, let’s expand our scope for understanding the Proverbs 31 woman. The context of Proverbs 31 is one continuous piece of advice from a mother to her son, the young leader, a newly minted king. 

Proverbs verse ONE through 31 is a continuous piece of advice to a son who bears a great responsibility of leadership. An appropriate companion passage to all of Proverbs 31, verses one through 31,  would be Titus 1:5-9: let’s read it: 

“This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you— 6 if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. 7 For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, 8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 9 He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”

Compare that to Proverbs 31:ONE through NINE. Quote: 

The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.

Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!
    Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!

Do not spend your strength on women,
    your vigor on those who ruin kings.

It is not for kings, Lemuel—
    it is not for kings to drink wine,
    not for rulers to crave beer,

lest they drink and forget what has been decreed,
    and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.

Let beer be for those who are perishing,
    wine for those who are in anguish!

Let them drink and forget their poverty
    and remember their misery no more.

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
    for the rights of all who are destitute.

Speak up and judge fairly;
    defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Now how about Timothy 3:1-13: hear this: 

“The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.

8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11 Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.”

We see here that throughout the council of scripture, character advice for women is a supporting point within the qualifications of her man pursuing leadership. 

The Proverbs 31 woman is really the Proverbs 31:10-31 woman. Within Proverbs 31 there is a whole family described if you pay attention to a complete reading of the chapter, not just “a wife of noble character.” 

The Proverbs 31 woman is actually the Proverbs 31 queen married to the Proverbs 31 King Lemuel.  He is the Proverbs 31 son, which means The Proverbs 31 woman has a Proverbs 31 mother-in-law, as well as Proverbs 31 children. This passage is about not just one stellar woman, but a stellar family that is powered by interdependent, godly relationships. 

The first 9 verses of Proverbs 31 are dedicated to a faithful son heeding the advice of his very wise mother— the Queen Mother. She does not start with advice about choosing a wife— Proverbs 31 is mostly about a man. Straight away in the passage, his mother warns him about avoiding sexual immorality, drunkenness, distraction, lawlessness, being derelict of his duties as king, submitting to a spirit of death and depression, and falling into poverty and misery. He is instructed instead to pursue righteousness, defined as: truth, courage, honor, leadership, discernment, integrity, compassion, charity, and humility.

He is instructed to marry himself to a woman who also loves truth, courage, honor, leads, discerns, has integrity, compassion, charity and humility.

Listen now to Proverbs 31:10-31:

“A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.


Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.


She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.


She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.


She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.


She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.


She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.


She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.


She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.


In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.


She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.


When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.


She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.


Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.


She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.


She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.


She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.


She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.


Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:


“Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”


Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.


Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”

So let me just sum up what we are hearing in the last half of the passage, verses 10-31: the Proverbs 31 wife, that the Proverbs 31 Queen Mother instructed her son to find and cherish, possesses all of the qualities he is supposed to pursue and cling to. She is his VP. Her noble character is the antidote to every failing he is instructed to avoid. She is an accountability partner!

Additionally, five of the verses describing the Proverbs 31 woman are about the king and the reputation he has because of her. He is able to act powerfully and purposefully as a righteous man in public and his partner adds to his credibility. Proverbs 31 is not a idyllic standard for women; it is a standard for productive, mutual relationships. 

This passage describes a life of righteousness as being a group effort. We do not fulfill our purpose, or pursue our calling without the influence of our intimate relationships– we do not live lives of faith alone. We are placed in families, communities, and churches where our faith walk is interdependent on the relationships we are in. The Proverbs 31 Queen Mother knew this and so instructed her son to choose his wife wisely. She taught him and he listened, much like his own children would rise up and call his own wife blessed, virtuous, capable, and surpassing all other women (Prov 31:28-29.) 

This episode is the intro to a series about men and women, their relationships, and the effect that individuals in relationship have on: each others’ faith, their obedience to God, and their receipt of God’s promises. This is not a series about marriage. It really is more a series about gender wars— and that gender wars destroy God’s purposes for people; and this series will show how relationships at peace fulfill their destinies. Relationships have destinies, not just individuals. Families have callings, not just husbands or wives. God calls groups, nations, and tribes together into holiness and designated assignments. 

Men and women affect each other’s faith and need each other to live out an effective faith. Setting aside the discussions of: giftings and roles, the strong and the weak members, the leader and the follower— these discussions  that are pervasive within the church— this series focusses on the impact of healthy vs. unhealthy relationships on the church. Let’s get healthy together and see how our corporate callings to our churches, our communities, and the nations originate at the most nuclear level: family and friendship. 

Over the course of this series, we will look at: 

Elizabeth and Zechariah

Sarai, Abram, and Hagar

Isaac and Rebekah

Esther and Mordecai

Deborah, Barak, and Jael

Moses, Midwives, Mothers, and Miriam

Samson’s parents

Mary and Joseph

Job and his wife

Adam and Eve

Jezebel and Ahab

Stay tuned!

Inherit Iran! Prayer Hub

Good News: 10,000 Iranians Have Accepted Christ Since May

Iran Alive Ministries has reported that they just received news of the 10,000th salvation in Iran since May of this year, 2020.

Please join me, and Iran Alive Ministries in their prayer petition for another 10,000 people to receive Christ as their savior in this Christmas season.

It is a dark season in Iran politically. But our God has a government! And during the Christmas season is when we remember its arrival. Jesus came to earth and it was wisemen from the East who came and delivered terrifying news to world leaders: “the King of kings has come, your rule is no longer a reign.”

Join me now:

“Lord, we pray for your name to be exalted and praised throughout Persia. We pray for your authority to come upon the earth in Iran and into every space where they exert influence. We pray that you will reach people in the secret place and in the public square, and that your arrival in Iran would shake the nations. We pray that just as the magi came in search of the King of the Jews that 10,000 Iranians will follow the star and find you. We pray that those who seek will not rest until you have been found, Lord. We pray that they will bring you every gift that they have to bring– offerings of praise, worship, faithfulness, and obedience. We pray that they will fear no other name but the name by which they are saved. In Jesus name, Amen.”

Also, please give to Iran Alive Ministries! They are in need of funds to renew their satellite broadcasting license, which is very expensive. They also need to deliver Bibles in Farsi to all of these baby believers who are hungry to grow up in the Word!