Witness Him Now
I am passionately in love with the Word of God. Since 1984 I have opened my heart wide to receive its manna. In times past God would give me a nugget here and another nugget there. Then in 2009 the LORD did something different. He broke the seal that was on His Word. Daniel 12:4. "Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase." We are now living in the time of the end - many rush here and there and knowledge has increased. So now the seal is broken. What I see, I now write or speak or shout from the rooftops. Our God is coming! He is coming with power! He is coming to set captives free, to heal broken hearts, and to comfort those who mourn. He is coming to give beauty for ashes and the oil of joy for mourning and a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness that we all may be plantings of the LORD for His glory. I need for you all to know that Facebook is my platform and so is my website. I am about to become very obnoxious with the Word of God. For those of you who don't want to hear what I have to say, please block me or unfriend me or whatever you want to do. I will love you anyway. Blessings, my friends. May God turn your heart like water toward Himself so that you can find this glorious freedom. LORD, take every one of our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ Jesus. Tear down every stronghold. Cast out every imagination and every "high thing" that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. I ask this in the mighty name of Jesus. AMEN
Back in 2009 the LORD started speaking to me. Every night He would wake me up, and I would take my Bible into the living room and sit and let Him talk. For the first time in my life the Word of God was wide open. I could see. It was all new, uncharted waters, but I could see. I could see what God was going to do in the world, and I could see what He was going to do in the "Remnant" - His church. One night sometime around 2012-2013, God woke me up. I looked at the clock, and it was 3:33. I had just heard a sermon that said, "Jeremiah 33:3 is God's phone number. "Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things you know not of." Now I was very tired this morning, so when I looked at the clock and this verse entered my mind, I laid my head back down on my pillow. About the time I did, a HUGE clap of thunder shook the house, and God shouted in my ears, "CALL ON ME AND I WILL ANSWER YOU AND SHOW YOU GREAT AND MIGHTY THINGS YOU KNOW NOT OF."
My husband and I sat up in bed. He didn't hear God speak, but I did. Then we went to the front door. Another clap of thunder, "CALL ON ME AND I WILL ANSWER YOU AND SHOW YOU GREAT AND MIGHTY THINGS YOU KNOW NOT OF!" Three times He did this. After my husband went to bed, I sat like a little girl who had ben reprimanded in my chair, and I called on my Father. "LORD, I am calling You, and I am asking you to show me great and mighty things that I know not of." When I look back on the timing of this word, I think that the LORD began to teach me the things I shared in my book: TRAINED IN RIGHTEOUSNESS: equipping the Saints for such a time as this.
Then at the first of this year, 2020, the LORD started speaking again. Scriptures are echoing in my mind. They won't let me go. One word is, "Tell my people their sad days are over. Their sins are pardoned." Read all of Isaiah 40 for the full word, but another scripture that won't let me go is this one, "Call on Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." Everywhere I go, I see it. Everywhere I go, I hear it. So when Keisha Hamilton Clark posted this scripture today, I knew that I had to blog about it. I think it is a word for us all if we will pick up the phone and call. God is waiting to hear our voice. He wants to share His unsearchable riches with His people, but He has to wait for us to ask.
It is my prayer that as you read this post, the LORD will send a HUGE clap of thunder in your heart that makes you stop in your tracks. I pray that you will stop what you are doing and call God. Ask Him to show you the great and mighty things you know not of. Then my prayer is that this word will continue to ring in your ears - day and night - "Call on me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things you know not of."
Blessings, my friends. The windows of heaven are wide open right now for God to move in our hearts and in our lives, but we have to let HIm. We have to ask.
I retyped the brochure that was put in my hands several months ago. This is a game changer. DO IT!
WHY DEMONS TREMBLE
By Ralph Mahoney
"...Upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail (be an adequate defense) against it. (Matthew 16:18)
What does it mean that the gates of hell will not prevail against Christ's church? I use to erroneously imagine the conflict between the church and Satan as a game of cat and mouse. Satan was the cat and the church was the mouse. Satan was big and powerful - the church small and weak, always on the defensive. But that's not what the verse the gates of hell means. Far from it. The picture instead is of a victorious church laying siege to hell and breaking down its gates to release its prisoners.
Likewise, when Peter warned us to be sober and vigilant because our adversary the devil walks about AS a roaring lion seeking someone to devour, he did not intend to cause us undue concern. The key word is AS. Satan only goes about AS a lion. He is not a lion. Jesus is the lion of the tribe of Judah. Satan is only an imitator and imposter - roaring AS a lion, to try to frighten and intimidate. His warfare against us is purely psychological. He is, in truth, rendered powerless by Christ's victory over him at Calvary, and he cannot do us any real harm.
For years, whenever I encountered a demonized person, I would get scared. After all, it's often a noisy affair with people frothing at the mouth and screaming. Not the sort of thing to make you feel at ease. But it's really only the devil's psychological warfare. All the noise is intended to distract you from the fact that there is no real danger.
The devil knows he's powerless. That's why he screams so loudly. But all we have to do is resist him, having submitted ourselves to God, and he will flee from us. (James 4:7)
What does this mean in terms of witchdoctors, voodoo priests, enchanters, and other devilish practitioners? Numbers 23:23 says, "Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, surely there is no divination against Israel." I don't care what kind of JuJu or curse the witchdoctor is going to put on you, it won't work. It may work against unbelievers, but if you are a child of God through faith in Christ, you are blessed and protected. Numbers 23:23 applies to you. the Bible says, "Behold, My people shall rise up as a great lion..." We who are followers of Christ take on the nature of Him who is the lion of the tribe of Judah. We rise up like a lion and resist the devil. When we do this, the Bible says (James 2:19) "...the devils...tremble." Other people may get sick or suffer misfortune or even die as the result of a curse, but not you. As one of God's children you rise up like a lion and roar back at devils if they try to bother you.
That's why it disturbs me to see Gods's people tremble when a demon manifests itself. Christians should never tremble - it is the devils who tremble.
I use to be afraid until I learned the truth. But since then, I have never been frightened or intimidated in the face of demons. When I hear people ask for prayer because the devil is after them, I want to say, "Wait a minute! The devil shouldn't be after you - you should be after the devil."
Well, you say, that's all very nice. The church should be triumphant, always on the offensive. But, in fact, it is not. How, exactly, are we to make all this happen? It seems a big order.
It is a big order, but it's possible. A few years ago I encountered a demonized child in a church in California. The demons made such a scene, I thought half the congregation was going to jump up and run out. They weren't convinced that their spiritual weapons were effective against Satan.
The first step, then, is to become convinced. On one occasion I stood every morning for two weeks and confessed to God, "The weapons of my warfare are nighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds." I was absorbing the truth of 2 Corinthians 10:3.
My weapons are not mighty in themselves but rather through God. To illustrate: If I get close to a microphone and whisper, my voice travels through the amplifier and comes out very loud. Similarly, my weapons - feeble and weak in themselves - pass through God and become mighty enough to tear down strongholds. Through God they are amplified made strong and become mighty to tear down demonic strongholds.
Often, I think, we plead with God needlessly to save the souls of our lost loved ones. After all, God has entrusted to us the ministry of reconciliation and the word of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). God wants us, the members of His body, to reconcile men to Him. I don't mean that we operate independently of God, but that when we move in the Spirit, we learn to make proper use of the weapons of our warfare.
I had some friends who had been praying for eight years on behalf of an unsaved loved one. They were skeptical about this idea, but together we tried it. Instead of praying that God would convert her, we said in faith, "IN THE NAME OF JESUS, WE TAKE AUTHORITY OVER EVERY HIGH THING IN THAT MIND WHICH EXALTS ITSELF AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD. WE BRING IT DOWN. WE BRING HER MIND INTO CAPTIVITY TO OBEY CHRIST. WE DO THIS ON THE AUTHORITY OF GOD'S WORD." (2 Corinthians 10). Within three weeks the woman for whom we thus fought the fight of faith, found her way back to God and was gloriously delivered.
On another occasion I meet a woman whose sister was an alcoholic and dope addict. She had been praying for her sister for three and a half years. Prior to that time her sister had known God, but as the result of an auto accident, she became addicted to pain killers and alcohol. Now her husband was getting ready to divorce her. They had three small children.
As this woman poured out all this information to me, she wept. It was evident that she loved her sister very much and wanted desperately for her to be released. So I said, "Stop praying for her! BEGIN INSTEAD TO WAGE WARFARE ON HER BEHALF. Use the weapons God gives you - the ministry and word of reconciliation. The devil has no authority to stop it.
"Each day," I continued, "move in against the powers of darkness that have attached themselves to your sister's mind. Drive them back with Christ's authority a day at a time. It may take several days, but keep at it, using your weapons." And then I added one further point, "Once you have captured this ground in your sister's mind from the enemy, then occupy it by a declaration of faith...telling the enemy he must not come back. Jesus told us to occupy until He comes (Luke 19:13). This will prevent re-entry by enemy forces."
Together that night, the woman and I began to take authority against the influence of Satan over her sister's mind. In Jesus' name we cast down her thoughts, the thoughts which the enemy had built up in her mind as his strongholds.
I met that woman only three weeks later. Her face was aglow. She came up to me, "Do you know what's happened to my sister?"
"I can guess," I replied.
"After I started doing spiritual warfare for her, she began to change. Within two weeks she had come to Christ in full repentance and found deliverance from drugs and alcohol. She is reunited with her husband and with the church and she has been filled with the Holy Spirit!"
God gives certain things to us to do. H e never fails to do His part. It's we who have to be careful to remember our part. We must look at the cross and see Satan's defeat. Then we must move out on that basis to do battle as the LORD directs. Our task is not to stand about and pray for God to save those we are concerned about. He has already shed His blood to save them. Now He has given to us the word and ministry of reconciliation so we can use our weapons to save the lost. No ministry excels that of intercessory prayer.
Last night I shared something at church and several people came up to me wanting me to write it down for them. I think what I am about to tell you will altar the course of your prayers and the results of your prayers.
Several months ago a precious Jewish lady who goes to our church handed me a brochure. She said, "Read it. When I started praying this way, things started happening." I did what the brochure said for a period of time, and then I forgot. Bummer! So I just found the brochure on Monday when I was cleaning. The wisdom found in that little pamphlet is found in 2 Corinthians 10.
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not [a]carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
Oh my goodness! My Jewish friend started praying over everyone she loved, "God, take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Tear down every stronghold, cast out every imagination and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God!" And now I am praying this too. Everywhere I go, "GOD! Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ Jesus. Tear down every stronghold, cast out every imagination and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God." WOW!
I think when we start asking God to take thoughts (lies) captive, then the truth will win. People will then be able to make different choices, wise choices. God is so good!
So now I want to pray over you and over me. God, I am asking in the name of Jesus that You would take every one of our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ Jesus. Tear down every stronghold, cast out every imagination and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. And I am asking that in its place that You would send light and truth and mercy and grace. Send your unfailing love. Fill us with Your goodness. I ask this in the mighty name of Jesus. AMEN
Friends of mine, we cannot forget this one. We have to DO IT! This one is a game changer!
Something so strange happened yesterday, and I have to share it. It took my breath away. My husband and I made a delivery to Houston, and I was in a middle school office waiting for someone to tell us where we needed to deliver the set when an INTENSE JOY entered my heart. Oh my goodness. I couldn't breathe.
I was watching the students and parents coming and going. I stood and watched the secretary go about her business, and something magical happened. I could see the goodness of God all around me. I could see each person fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God, each person crowned with glory and honor and given authority over all things. For whatever reason at that exact moment, I could see clearly the goodness of God when He created man.- all men. This feeling choked me all day long. My heart was so full, full to overflowing; it still is.
So last night God woke me up, and all I could think about was JOY. This month we were challenged in our church to seek wisdom and to read one Proverb each day. So yesterday, January 8th - Proverbs 8:30-35 talked about wisdom saying, "I was the architect at His side. I was His constant delight, rejoicing always in His presence. And how happy I was with the world He created; how I REJOICED with the HUMAN FAMILY! And so, my children, listen to Me, for all who follow My ways are JOYFUL. Listen to My instruction and be wise. Don't ignore it. JOYFUL are those who listen to Me, watching for Me daily at My gates, waiting for Me outside My home. For whoever finds Me finds life and receives favor from the LORD."
So I started thinking about my journey into JOY, and I could see clearly how it happened for me. For me it started in 2011 when God gave me the Parable of the Raccoon. With that parable, God allowed me to understand spiritual warfare. He then took me to a place where I was able to recognize my enemies, put a name on them, defeat them, and crush them fine as dust under my feet and sweep them out the door. Hallelujah, thank you Jesus!
One of my strongest enemies was judgment, and God delivered me from judgment in five different stages. All of them were glorious, and when judgment left my heart, my heart stopped judging myself. I could then see myself and others more clearly. WOW! I cannot tell you what a difference this made in my life. My heart was at peace.
Then about two years ago, God started teaching me about honor. The definition of honor is to hold someone in high esteem and high respect. This is something that happens in our heart, then it comes out through our words and our actions. It caused me to think of people - all people - as valuable and important. I started putting people on a pedestal in my heart. It started with "Honor your father and your mother." Then it moved to "Honor and your husband." Then "Honor all who are in authority." Then, "Honor all people for my sake." WOW! Honor. My heart started honoring people. I started looking past what they were doing into who they are - a man created in the image of God and crowned with glory and honor and given authority over all things. I began to see that what God had created was "good" regardless of what choices we make.
Then somewhere along the way - it may have been before honor - God started showing me that there is no "us" and "them." There is just "This is us." It doesn't matter whether we are Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal, black or white, Jew or Gentile, Christian or Muslim. There is just - THIS IS US! We are all in this together. Humanity. Proverbs 8:31: Wisdom said, "How happy I was with the world He created; how I rejoiced with the HUMAN FAMILY!'
In may heart, the walls have fallen. Everything that separated me from others is now gone. In its place, I now have peace and JOY! WOW! If we could only bottle this one, the whole world would want it. What is so crazy is that it can be found.
Listen as Wisdom calls out! Hear as understanding raises her voice! On the hilltop along the road, she takes her stand at the crossroads. By the gates at the entrance to the town, on the road leading in, she cries aloud, "I call to you, to all of you! I raise My voice to ALL PEOPLE. You simple people, use good judgment. You foolish people, show some understanding. Listen to Me! For I have important things to tell you. Everything I say is right, FOR I SPEAK THE TRUTH AND DETEST EVERY KIND OF DECEPTION. My advice is wholesome. There is nothing devious or crooked in it. My words are plain to anyone with understanding, clear to those with knowledge.
Choose My instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold. For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it.
I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment. I know where to discover knowledge and discernment. All who fear the LORD will hate evil. Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech. Common sense and success belong to Me. Insight and strength are mine." (Proverbs 8:1-14)
I don't know if you are getting any of this or not, but when we find wisdom, not only do we get joy, but we get: common sense, success, insight, and strength. Later in this same chapter, we find that we also get: riches, honor, enduring wealth, and justice, and God will fill our treasuries.
So my friends, I want you to know that the LORD is drawing near to His people right now to give us every good thing that He promised before the foundation of the earth. LOVE and JOY and PEACE are my favorite. JOY takes my breath away. But look at all the other good things He wants to give His people: patience and kindness and goodness and gentleness and faithfulness and self-control - grace and mercy and light and truth - wisdom and understanding and counsel and might and fear of the LORD and knowledge - common sense and success and insight and strength - riches and honor and enduring wealth and justice. His treasuries are overflowing with good things He wants to give to His children. We just have to let Him.
Blessings, my friends. May you, too, experience the joy of the LORD that takes your breath away.
Because we were challenged to read a chapter of Proverbs each day, I have to talk about wisdom. We all NEED wisdom in the coming days. Matthew 11:19 says that "Wisdom is shown to be right by its results." Think on that one for a while. What are the RESULTS of the choices that we have been making. Hum. When we get the right result, we can say, "That was a wise decision." But when the results are not what we wanted, we might say, "That was not wise."
So we need to know what wisdom is and what understanding is. Many times in the Bible I find that the definition of wisdom is "The Fear of the LORD." OK. Eyes on Jesus. Heart wide open. We need to know that God is going to do what He says He is going to do. But most of us don't know what God says, so it is kind of hard to have wisdom. We have to open our Bibles and our hearts for wisdom to enter. If we don't do both of these things, we will not make wise choices. We can't because wisdom is to fear God. But many of us are opening our Bible and our heart to God, and it feels like God is still far away. I want to share with you what understanding means. This rocked my world.
And this is what He (God) says to all humanity: "The fear of the LORD is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding." (Job 28:28) WHAT?!?! We cannot understand what God is saying if we don't depart from evil. Sweet Jesus! No wonder it is not working. But for me, I could not see my sin. When I read 1 John 1:8-10, "If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that His word has no place in our hearts." WHAT?!?! I could not see my sin. But according to this passage, if I said I have no sin, I am calling God a liar and showing that His word has no place in my heart. Oh my goodness! But I could not see!
It was not until God gave me the Parable of the Raccoon that my eyes were opened. With this parable God gave me two scriptures that rocked my world. "The work of righteousness is peace." And, "There is no peace for the wicked." Oh my goodness! Our heart is a barometer that shows us if we are right with God or not. If we have peace, we are good to go, but if we don't, there is something wicked inside of us that God wants to heal. If you will go to my website and follow my teachings, you will find that everything is about what we believe. If we believe the truth, we are righteous and peace enters our heart, but if we are believing a lie, we are wicked and we have no peace.
OK, I am not going to go there. I want to stay focused on WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING. Because my heart was not at rest and peace, I knew there was something wicked inside of me. I turned to God and asked Him what it was, and He showed me: selfish ambition and pride and judgment and caring what people think. Once I saw my sin, I turned to God and said, "I am guilty." He in turn said, "No daughter, you are forgiven." Anxieties left and peace entered. Then SOMETHING AMAZING BEGAN TO HAPPEN! I started to understand what God was saying. The wisdom and understanding that had been hidden for ages and generations was at my fingertips. Oh my goodness! I could see it and taste it and touch it. Light. Truth. Wisdom. Understanding. Counsel. Might. Fear of the LORD. Knowledge. It was all there.
Now, I look all around me. I am blessed. Everything I touch is blessed. "Wisdom is shown to be right by its results." Wisdom has entered my heart and so has understanding, and I can see the fruit of both. God wants to bless His children. He is just waiting for us to come to Him so that He can.
So I want to throw something out at you. Hebrews 12:7 NIV says, "Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as His children. For what children are not disciplined by their Father." "God's discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in His holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening - it is painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way." (Hebrews 12:10-11) Pay attention to what is happening. God wants to give us wisdom and understanding, and wisdom is shown to be right by its results.
If you want wisdom, face Jesus and open your heart wide. "Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry our for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the LORD grants wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding." (Proverbs 2:2-6) God is waiting for us to come to Him and ask. He is poised to give us all the treasures He has stored for us in heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.
PS . Can I just say that I was just scrolling down facebook reading with this post in mind. There is a lot that has been happening lately. Babies that are sick. That is the hardest. I just want you to know that God has a big plan in it all. It is our heart that He is after. He is saying, "Trust Me." Anyone who trusts in God will ever be put to shame. We may or may not get what we want on this earth, but I can tell you the truth every hard circumstance will turn our hearts toward the only One who can save, deliver, and heal. Once we let go of trying to control the situation and begin to praise the One who is in control of all situations, peace will enter and God's hand will be loosed to do whatever He wants to do in our heart. So my prayer today is for those who are watching people they love suffer. I am asking God that You will strengthen them in their inner man by Your Holy Spirit. Root them and ground them in faith and in love. Wrap Your unfailing love around them and hold them close. Pour out on them the oil of joy for mourning and a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Save. Deliver. Heal. Set Free. Let them lay down their burdens. Let them take up Your yoke, for Your burden is easy and Your yoke is light. Help them right now to know how much You love them. Help them to feel the bigness of that love, the strength of that love, the hope of that love. Breathe life, LORD. Breathe health. Breathe hope. I ask this in the mighty name of Jesus. AMEN
This year we were challenged by our church to start the new year out by reading one chapter of Proverbs each day. It is fascinating what God is telling us. Proverbs 1 starts out with WISDOM shouting in the streets but no one would listen.
"I called to you so often, but you wouldn't come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention. You ignored my advice and rejected the correction I offered. So I will laugh when you are in trouble! I will mock when disaster overtakes you - when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone, and anguish and distress overwhelm you."
When they cry for help, I will not answer. Though they anxiously search for me (wisdom), they will not find me. For they hated knowledge and chose not to fear the LORD. They rejected my advice and paid no attention when I corrected them. Therefore, they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way. (WHAT?!?!). Living our own way produces bitter fruit? Choking on their own schemes. For simpletons turn away from me - to death. Fools are destroyed by their own complacency (I looked up the definition of complacency, and it means: showing smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's achievements). Smug means excessive pride in oneself or one's achievements.
Can you hear what God is saying? When we reject wisdom and ignore God's advice and God's correction, we will eat the BITTER FRUIT of having lived our own way. We will choke on our own schemes. Death will be the result because we are complacent. WHAT?!?! The pride and uncritical self-satisfaction in our own achievements will take us under. Oh my goodness!
Then it goes on to say, "But all who listen to Me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm."
WISDOM is shouting to us right now, "How long, you simpletons, will you insist on being simpleminded? How long will you mockers relish your mocking? How long will you fools hate knowledge? Come and listen to my counsel. I will share my heart with you and make you wise.
LORD, I am asking for this new year that You would send the spirit of wisdom and the spirit of understanding and the spirit of counsel and the spirit of might and the spirit of the fear-of-the-LORD into our hearts. May we no longer eat the bitter fruit of living our own way. May we no longer choke on our own schemes. May death be far from us. But may we instead have eyes to see and ears to hear and a heart to understand what wisdom is saying. Let us embrace the Words that You speak, the Words that bring life. Let us take to heart Your counsel. Let us turn at Your correction so that we can live. LORD, send out Your light and Your truth. Let them lead us, let them bring us to Your holy hill and to Your tabernacle. I ask this in Jesus' name. AMEN
Happy New Year everyone. Blessings to you,
There is so much on my mind right now. Yesterday I saw a post about Beth Moore supporting Christianity Today who was calling for the impeachment of President Trump. Now I don't know if what this article said was true or not, but it got me to thinking about the time period we are living in. We have to be able to rightfully discern the difference between the truth and a lie. So I woke up last night thinking about fruit. You will know a tree by its fruit. "A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can't produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can't produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions." (Matthew 7:17)
I have personally seen and picked and eaten from the fruit that comes from Beth Moore. God has used that woman mightily to advance His kingdom in the hearts of women. I also know that we are living in perilous times and that, if it were possible, even the elect would be deceived, and so I pray for my sister. "LORD, give Your daughter eyes to see and ears to hear and a heart to understand what the Spirit is saying. Set her face like flint to do Your will. Help her to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ Jesus, and tear down every stronghold and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. Set Your angels around her to keep her safe. Send light and truth and mercy and grace. Send Your unfailing love. Send love and joy and peace and patience and kindness and goodness and gentleness and self control. Send wisdom and understanding and counsel and might and the fear of the LORD so that she will not go by what she sees or hears, but with righteousness she will make judgments. Pour out upon her the oil of joy LORD and give her a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. LORD, make her an immovable rock, a flame that sets a woodpile ablaze, and an intoxicating drink that makes the nearby nations stagger when they send their warfare against her. Pour upon this woman the spirit of grace and prayer. Hold her safe. I ask this in the mighty name of Jesus. AMEN
OK, it is not for Beth Moore that I am writing this post. It is for God's people. We can't let ourselves get caught up in what the enemy is doing right now. Just like he has always done, the enemy is attempting to slander and discredit God's people. We must have discernment in this hour. We have to be for one another and not against. Matthew 7:12-23 says it this way:
"DO TO OTHERS WHATEVER YOU WOULD LIKE THEM TO DO TO YOU. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets. You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life (Treat others like you want to be treated.) is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it."
"Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act." Guys, if we are not treating everyone like we would want to be treated, we are really just vicious wolves in sheeps clothing. OH MY GOODNESS! Jesus, help us! Teach us how to treat others because we don't know how. Teach us to be for people and not against us. Teach us to unite and not divide. A house divided cannot stand. We have to fight for one another not against.
I want you to know that God is drawing near to His people right now to unite. He is making us ONE with His Spirit and ONE with each other. I am watching this happen right before my eyes. Jesus prayed this prayer just before He went to the cross: "I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in Me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just a You and I are one - as You are in Me, Father, and I am in You. And may they be in Us so that the world will believe You sent Me." (John 17:20-21)
When this scripture is fulfilled and we become ONE, the world will believe that God sent Jesus. This is how they will know that we know God is when we love one another. This is everything. So according to God's word, if we see a brother or sister in sin, we are to go to them. In the case of Beth Moore, we cannot go to her but the Spirit can, so we pray.
We have to get this one down: TREAT OTHERS LIKE WE WANT TO BE TREATED, because the next scripture is scary. "Not everyone who calls out to Me, 'LORD! LORD!' will enter the Kingdom of heaven. Only those who actually do the will of My Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to Me, 'LORD! LORD! We prophesied in Your name and cast out demons in Your name and performed many miracles in Your name.' But I will reply, 'I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God's laws.'"
I don't know about you, but I don't want to be a vicious wolf in sheeps clothing. I don't want to say, "LORD! LORD!" on judgment day only to be rejected. God's Kingdom is a kingdom of honor and glory. It is a kingdom of unity and hope. It is a kingdom of joy and peace. It is a kingdom of safety and refuge. If we are not becoming that to others, we are missing the boat. LORD, I am asking for You to do in us what we cannot do for ourselves. Teach us to love one another, and please forgive us because we have failed. We open our heart wide to receive the Spirit who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ever ask or imagine. Do Your work in us Holy Spirit. We ask this in the mighty name of Jesus. AMEN
Merry Christmas Eve 2019 everyone from Costa Rica. May this Christmas season bring to us all the gift of love. It is not what we get, it is what we give. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
Grace and peace to you all. I love you!
I am sitting here meditating on what 2020 will bring. We are living in crazy, exciting times. There is a wide open window into heaven right now for God's Kingdom to advance. God is drawing near to His people. I am watching miracles happen every day in the hearts of people. But I can also see that right behind this movement of God will come persecution. On Christmas Eve, I read an article on Breitbart by Reverand Jim Wallis who wrote, "The so-called religious right will "fall" with President Donald Trump." Wallis said, "The teachings of Jesus are the most important question, whether we will be followers of Jesus or not. I think it is a question of power. Let me put it this way, I believe for some time that the religious right - the Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell Jr. all of those, Ralph Reed - I believe the religious right will rise and fall with Donald Trump." That is a direct quote taken from that morning's news. I believe what he said was true.
The last week or so there has also been something floating around on social media that had our President saying, "It is not me that they are after, it is you. I am just in their way." I believe it. 2 Thessalonians talks about the events that will happen just before the LORD's second coming. "That Day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed - the one who brings destruction. He will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship. He will even sit in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God...And you know what is holding him back, for he can be revealed only when his time comes. For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way.. Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the LORD Jesus will slay him with the breath of His mouth and destroy him by the splendor of His coming.
With all my heart I believe that God is using our President to "hold back" this lawlessness. Before he took office the authorities that ruled our country were systematically removing everything that turned our heart toward God. Our current President has turned back the tide.
Now, I know that many of you do not feel like our President is God's chosen man, but I can assure you, he is. Romans 13 says, "Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished...They are God's servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience...Give respect and honor to those who are in authority.
These are the clear COMMANDS of God. I wish I had understood these scriptures clearly when President Obama was in office, but I did not. Even though I prayed for him, I did not give him the respect and honor he deserved, for he was God's chosen man also. LORD, please forgive me.
So one of the things we must do in the coming year is to get behind our President. Even if you don't like him, if we want to be obedient to God's commands, we have to! 1 Timothy 2 says, "I urge you, first of all, to pray for ALL PEOPLE. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. PRAY THIS WAY FOR KINGS and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth."
If we want to please God and live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity, we have to pray for our President, intercede in his behalf, and GIVE THANKS FOR HIM. God will do amazing things if we will become obedient in this area.
God wants to unite His people right now, not divide them. In the area of politics - as well as many other areas, we have been divided. Now, let's unite. Let's come together as one to do God's will. This year, 2020, is a wide open door to prepare for whatever God is about to do. We have to trust Him. He is the One who exalts or abases anyone He pleases. Kings and kingdoms are in His hands. Let's not worry about that. Instead, let's focus on what God is doing inside of us. Let's become intentional - ESPECIALLY WITH OUR TIME. Let's become intentional with our prayers. Let's become intentional with our relationships. Let's become intentional with who we listen to and what we are watching. Let's become intentional with where we go and what we do. Let's become intentional about laying down everything that has gotten in the way of us serving God. We have one year to prepare. Let's make the most of it!
With all my heart I feel like 2020 will be a year of harvest. "Thousands upon thousands are waiting in the valley of decision. There the day of the LORD will soon arrive. The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will no longer shine. The LORD's voice will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem (that's us), and the heavens and the earth will shake. But the LORD will be a refuge for His people, a strong fortress for the people of Israel." (Joel 3:14-16)
"Then you will know that I, the LORD your God, live in Zion, My holy mountain (that's us). Jerusalem will be holy forever, and foreign armies (principalities and powers in heavenly places) will never conquer her again. In that day the mountains will drip with sweet wine, and the hills will flow with milk. Water will fill the stream beds of Judah, and a fountain will burst forth from the LORD's Temple (that's us, too) watering the arid valley of acacias. But Egypt will become a wasteland and Edom will become a wilderness because they attacked the people of Judah and killed innocent people in their land." (Joel 3:17-19)
"But Judah will be filled with people forever, and Jerusalem will endure through all generations. I will pardon My people's crimes, which I have not yet pardoned; and I, the LORD, will make My home in Jerusalem with My people." (Joel 3:20-21)
So, my friends, look up! Your Salvation is drawing near. Ephesians 1 says, "At JUST THE RIGHT TIME all things in heaven and on earth will come together in Christ Jesus." The time is now.
Blessings to you! May you, too, experience the goodness of God in the land of the living.
Yesterday Todd King, my pastor, gave us his thoughts on what was going to happen in the coming year. Everything that man said rang true in my ears, and at the end of the service, God gave me a word for that man. Just now I woke up with that same word ringing in my ears. It is a word for all of us, and I want to speak it over you.
Todd shared that the last ten years God has given His church eyes to see and ears to hear and a heart to understand what He is doing, and that is so true. We can now see! Thank you Jesus! Then he said, "We are going into this next decade with 2020 vision. Now, it is time to speak." This year we will plant seeds that will bring forth a harvest of righteousness. It is time to speak all of the promises that God has given us, and it is at this time that God will make it grow. That Word that God has spoken into us is Spirit and Life, and it will not return void, but it will accomplish what God sends it to accomplish.
He went on to say that In times past when we spoke the Word of God, some seeds fell on the footpath where the enemy came and took it before we understood it, other seeds fell on stony ground where there was not enough soil, so it didn't produce fruit. Others fell among thorns where it was choked out by the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches. But now, he said, the seeds we plant now will fall on fertile ground where it will produce 30, 60, even a 100 times what was planted. (Matthew 13) Oh my goodness! WOW!
But, we have to speak it. We cannot get the harvest if we don't plant the seed. We have to quit speaking idle words and begin to speak the truth. It is time to say what God says. If He says, "By My stripes, you are healed," we need to start saying it. If He says, "No weapon formed against you will prosper," we need to start saying it. If He says, "All things work together for good to those who are called according to My purpose because you are being conformed into My image," we need to start saying it. If He says, "I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper and not to harm," we need to start saying it.
2 Peter 1:3-4 says that God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, and we will be partakers of His divine nature through His great and precious promises, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. Did you hear that? God has given us everything we need to be partakers of His god-like nature. Wow! And we get this through His great and precious promises. Seed! It is time to plant seed! It is time to start speaking out loud the promises that our God has given us for ourselves and for others - then faith comes. "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God." It is faith that God is after. Without faith it is impossible to please God because we must BELIEVE that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
So I was sitting there listening to my pastor speak words of affirmation over his congregation when God took me to Isaiah 32:20, "The LORD will greatly bless His people. Wherever they plant seed, bountiful crops will spring up. Their cattle and donkeys will graze freely." WOW! The time has come when God is about to GREATLY BLESS HIS PEOPLE. Wherever we plant seed, bountiful crops will spring up. I am believing for a hundred fold harvest - or even greater! God said it! It will happen.
I want to read the rest of this passage. Nothing grew "Until at last the Spirit is poured out on us from heaven. Then the wilderness will become a fertile field, and the fertile field will yield bountiful crops. Justice will rule in the wilderness and this righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in safety, quietly at home. They will be at rest. Even if the forest should be destroyed and the city torn down, the LORD will greatly bless His people. Wherever they plant seed, bountiful crops will spring up. Their cattle and donkeys will graze freely. (Isaiah 32:15-20)
The time has come! The Spirit is being poured out on us from heaven. Our land will yield its bountiful crops. No matter what happens - the whole world may fall apart - God's people will have peace. We will have quiet assurance and confidence that God is on His throne and that all of His plans will work out for good, because that is what He said.
So it is time to stop complaining. It is time to stop groaning and moaning. It is time to stop feeling sorry for ourselves. It is time to stop being dissatisfied and discontent. It is time to stop speaking doubt and unbelief, and it is time to start speaking the truth because whatever seeds we choose to plant will come to fruition. "Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and we will eat the fruit thereof." (Proverbs 18:21) WORDS! The words we speak are seed!
It is planting time! I am going to use this post to start declaring the great promises God has given me. What promises has He given you? What do you need from God? What does God say about what you are going through? Embrace the truth and begin to speak it. Then watch what happens! The Spirit is being poured out from heaven! Bountiful crops will spring up!
Blessings, my friends! May your harvest be great also!
The scripture says, "May you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers."