Witness Him Now
The LORD is doing such kind things this year. I want to record it. In January of this year, God said that I no longer have to say, "Judgment is coming." I no longer have to say, "Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand." Now He just wants me to declare His promises. We will see with our own eyes what God will do for His people.
But now, O Jacob, listen to the LORD who created you. O Israel, the One who formed you says, "Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name. You are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom; I gave Ethiopia and Seba in your place. Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to Me. You are honored, and I love you.
"Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will gather you and your children from east and west. I will say to the north and south, 'Bring My sons and daughters back to Israel from the distant corners of the earth. Bring all who claim Me as their God, for I have made them for My glory. It was I who created them.'"
Bring out the people who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf. Gather the nations together! Assemble the peoples of the world! Which of their idols has ever foretold such things? Which can predict what will happen tomorrow? Where are the witnesses of such predictions? Who can verify that they spoke the truth?
"But you are My witnesses, O Israel!" says the LORD. "You are My servant. You have been chosen to know Me, believe in Me, and understand that I alone am God. There is no other God - there never has been, and there never will be. I, yes I, am the LORD, and there is no other Savior. First I predicted your rescue, then I saved you and proclaimed it to the world. No foreign god has ever done this. You are My witnesses that I am the only God." says the LORD. "From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can snatch anyone out of My hand. No one can undo what I have done." (Isaiah 43:1-13)
We are all about to see and hear and understand that there is a God in heaven who loves us. He is about to rescue His people. He is going to rescue us, then He is going to rescue our sons and our daughters - our grandchildren. We will see it happen.
"But the love of the LORD remains forever with those who fear Him. His salvation extends to the children's children of those who are faithful to His covenant, of those who obey His commands." (Psalm 103:17-18)
"Long ago You laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with Your hands. They will perish, but you remain forever; they will wear out like old clothing. You will change them like a garment and discard them. But You are always the same; You will live forever. The children of Your people will live in security. Their children's children will thrive in your presence." (Psalm 102:25-28)
"How joyful are those who fear the LORD and delight in obeying His commands. Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed. They themselves will be wealthy, and their good deeds will last forever. Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous. Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly. Such people will not be overcome by evil. Those who are righteous will be long remembered. They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly. They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor. The wicked will see this and be infuriated. They will grind their teeth in anger; they will slink away, their hopes thwarted." (Psalm 112)
"The Redeemer will come to Jerusalem to buy back those in Israel who have turned from their sins," says the LORD. "And this is My covenant with them," says the LORD. "My Spirit will not leave them, and neither will these words I have given you. They will be on your lips and on the lips of your children and your children's children forever. I, the LORD, have spoken!" (Isaiah 59:2021)
Friends of mine, heaven and earth are shaking right now. Keep your eyes on the promises. Don't go by what you see or hear, but with righteousness make judgments. Fix your eyes on Jesus, guard your heart, and give thanks. God is up to something good, and we will see it!!!
This was posted on Facebook on. March 17th, my husband's birthday.
I want to keep a clear record of what God is doing right now. This is the year of the LORD's favor. In January we entered this new season in the spirit. Psalm 65:11, "You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance." This year will be a year of increase, bursting forth, rapid, rushing fruitfulness. (To hear these messages, tune in and listen to Pastor Jason Studdard at Heartland Church.). Everything he is preaching is bearing witness in my spirit.
For me this year of bountiful harvest started in December just before Christmas of 2021. My heart connected with a prayer by Anne Hamilton. "Father, I long to be one with Jesus and with You. One in the unity of close and loving family, one in the unity of heart-knit friendship, one in the unity of a flourishing enterprise for the advancement of Your kingdom, one in the unity of betrothal, even—though I hesitate at this—one in the unity of Your suffering. All of the different onenesses, Lord, are what I seek in knowing, intimately covenantally knowing, You."
Because I longed for these relationships in my own life - close, loving family, heart-knit friendship, a thriving ministry - I began to pray this prayer. God then did a miracle. He filled my every longing with Himself. Oh my goodness! Wow! Words cannot explain what happened inside of me. I no longer need any person to complete me. I don't need anything I do to complete me. God has completed me. He has filled me with all of His fullness. WOW! Now I am not needy. I am grateful for every person I come in contact with and every opportunity to share the gospel, but I am not constantly needing, longing for more.'
Then in January, God told me that it is not about what I do. He doesn't care what I "DO." He wants me to sit at His feet. My whole life has been about doing. Sit? Is it possible? It is. Somehow, God has settled me. Settled me! I am now content with the closed door, sitting at His feet. My heart is full.
So the first three months of 2022 have brought me increase. An increase in peace. I had peace before, but now it is so big and real that I can nearly touch it. An increase in joy. Oh my goodness! I cannot even explain. A fluttering excitement - not excitement exactly, it is something else, but close to excitement. An increase in thanksgiving. There is a river of thankfulness flowing through these veins. Abundant, overflowing, never-ending thankfulness. This is the Promise Land, a land flowing with milk and honey. It is amazing. And I get to live here. Oh my goodness! Thank you Jesus!
For you, I want to say, "Don't miss this season." God is drawing near to His people. There is an open doorway into heaven right now for anyone to enter, and the Spirit is calling your name, "Come!" God is waiting with open arms for anyone who wants to enter. All we have to do is open our heart wide and let Him in. Let Him heal us. Let Him set us free. Let Him lead us into this Promised Land, a land He had prepared for us before the foundation of the world, a land of abundant joy and peace, a land of safety and security, a land filled with unfailing love and laughter.
Blessings, my friends. May you, too, find this blessed place.
I wrote this on Facebook April 1, 2022
I woke up this morning with God whispering in my ear and speaking to my heart. I am amazed at the wonders of His Word. I have to tell you what He said. I think it might help you, too.
Last night, after judging One Act Plays, I got in my car and had a message from a dear friend. I have not heard from this lady in 25 years. It was a simple message, "I am in a very dark place, and I need help. Spiritual help. I don't know who else to contact. If you have time, will you please call me." So I called her on my drive home.
This dear friend was filled with self-hatred, anger, guilt, shame, worthlessness, suicide, darkness. She had been abused most of her adult life, and the trauma of that came out in every part of her body. Physically she was a wreck. Then she had lost dear friends. Tragic deaths. The sorrow and the pain of her life had smothered her till she couldn't breathe. She prayed every night for God to take her. He didn't do that. Instead, He came to rescue her.
So I took her to Jesus. I had her face Jesus with her heart wide open. Naked. Without excuse. I had her confess each of these lies as a sin. I coached her to say, "I am guilty of allowing anger into my heart. Please forgive me." " I am guilty of hating myself and condemning myself. LORD, please forgive me." "I am guilty of feeling worthless. Forgive me." "I am guilty of holding onto the guilt and shame of the past. Please forgive me." Then the hardest of all was the pain and the sorrow of losing her friends. It had been choking her. So she prayed, "God, I am guilty of holding onto the pain and sorrow of the past. Please, LORD, I need for it to go away. I can't do this anymore. I need Your help." The LORD showed up and did some very kind things for my friend. But I know that the battle is not over.
So in the forty-five minute drive, I tried to coach her into how to fight all the forces of hell and win. Face Jesus. Always keep your eyes on Him. Don't look at yourself. Don't look at others. Don't look at circumstances. Open your heart wide. Let Him into every part of who you are. Let the accuser point his finger at you, girl. If you did it, confess it as a sin. If you didn't do it, confess it as allowing a lie into your heart. Then I told her that according to God's word, if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. FORGIVEN! Then I said, "The enemy knows how to press your buttons. If anger or self-hatred or any other spirit enters your heart again, face Jesus and say, 'I am guilty again. Please forgive me.'" And He will. Then I coached her to ask for the HOLY SPIRITS to come. Love and joy and peace and patience and kindness and goodness and gentleness and faithfulness and self-control. Light and truth. Mercy and grace. Wisdom and understanding.
It is a battle. She said, "I know. I need to do better." I said, "Girl, if you think you can do this, you are already defeated. You can't. You have to let Jesus do it for you." Then I said this, "It has to come out of your mouth to come out of your heart." YOU BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART UNTO RIGHTEOUSNESS, BUT CONFESSION IS MADE UNTO SALVATION.
So I woke up this morning with this scripture in my mind. Confession is made unto salvation. What are we confessing? What are we believing? I do pretty good in some areas. I know and confess that all things work together for good. I know and confess that God has good plans for us, plans to prosper and not to harm, plans to give hope and a future. I know and confess that no weapon formed against me will prosper, and every tongue that rises against me will fall, for that is my vindication. But, I am also confessing that I have no memory and that I am getting old. But what does God say?
He says that I have the mind of Christ. He also said that the Holy Spirit lives inside of me, and He will bring all things to my remembrance. He said that I can do all things through Christ. He also said that my leaves will stay green even into old age. He said that if I wait upon Him, He will renew my strength, and I will rise up with wings as eagles. I will run and not be weary. I will walk and not faint.
CONFESSION IS MADE UNTO SALVATION. What are we confessing? Sickness? Disease? Disaster? Hopelessness? I don't know. LORD, give us eyes to see and ears to hear and a heart to understand what we are saying. Let our words line up with Your words so that our confessions will bring salvation. Only You can do what I am asking you to do. LORD, come. Save us. Deliver us. Heal us. I am asking this in Jesus' precious name. AMEN
Love you guys!
THE WEALTH OF THE NATIONS WILL TURN TO ASHES
At the beginning of this year, God told me that I do not have to say "Judgment is coming" anymore. What He wants me to do is to declare His promises so that we can see and hear and understand what is happening. We will be His witnesses. What I found this morning is this promise. "Has not the LORD of Heaven's Armies promised that the wealth of nations will turn to ashes? They work so hard, but all in vain!" (Habakkuk 2:13)
He then goes on to say in Habakkuk that He is going to judge those who:
* trust in themselves
* the arrogant
* the greedy
* the crooked
"What sorrow awaits you who build big houses with money gained dishonestly! You believe your wealth will buy security, putting your family's nest beyond the reach of danger. But by the murders you committed, you have shamed your name and forfeited your lives. The very stones in the walls cry out against you, and the beams in the ceilings echo the complaint."
All money is about to disappear. I know this to be true because it is written. What is wealth right now? The dollar? Bit coin? Property? God says that all of it will turn to ashes. I can see it all burning as I am writing this. "Has not the LORD of Heaven's Armies promised that the wealth of nations will turn to ashes? They all worked so hard, but all in vain! For as the waters fill the sea, the earth will be filled with an awareness of the glory of the LORD." (Habakkuk 2:13-14) When we see this happen, we will see God's glory. We will understand that He does what He pleases.
So what do we do? God tells us what to do in Matthew 6. "Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be." (Matthew 6:19-21)
There are going to be many needs in the coming days. There are many needs right now. Help others. If someone is hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. If they are naked, cloth them. Whatever you do to the least of these people, you are doing for Jesus. In this way, we "lay up treasure" in heaven.
Then Matthew goes on to say, "Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money." (Matthew 6:22-24)
Back in 2009, God started to speak to me. When He showed me what was about to happen, I cried out, "LORD, how are we going to make it?" The very first scripture He gave me was Matthew 6:33, "Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you." That scripture is connected with money. When I understood this, I turned my back on money. I didn't look at it. I didn't plan what to do with it. I didn't try to get it or hoard or spend. I still worked, but my eyes were not on money. If our eye is good (fixed on Jesus), our body is full of light. If our eye is bad (fixed on money), our body is full of darkness. And what if we think we are looking at Jesus, but we are really looking at money? How deep is that darkness! We cannot serve both God and money.
So I turned my back on money. It is not mine. It is God's. Since I have done that, God has allowed me to enjoy what I have so much more. I don't have to have the biggest or the best. I just want to live and love and laugh, and I do.
"That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life - whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn't life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren't you far more valuable to Him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
So don't worry about these things, saying, 'What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?' These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today." (Matthew 6:25-34)
The wealth of nations is about to disappear. It will happen. So what do we do? Fix our eyes on Jesus, guard our heart, and give thanks. God is always up to something good. He is going to take care of us. Trust Him. Don't worry! Rejoice. Again I say, "Rejoice!" This is all part of God's big, good plan to prosper and not to harm. It is part of God's plan to give hope and a future. This is a kingdom matter. We will serve God and not money. He will make sure this happens.
Blessings my friends. Don't worry about anything. Instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for what He has done, and the peace of God which passes all understanding will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.
THE WORLD IS ON FIRE.
No one has to tell us that the world is on fire. We can see it. We can feel it. There are things that are happening all around us that we cannot change. We cannot stop it. We cannot fix it. So what do we do?
We let the fire do what the fire is intended to do - purify us. "Look! I am sending My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. Then the LORD you are seeking will suddenly come to His Temple. The messenger of the covenant, whom you look for so eagerly is surely coming," says the LORD of Heaven's Armies. (Malachi 3:1)
The LORD is sending messages right now. Listen to what He is saying. Hear the Word of the LORD. Take it to heart. The Word of God is a sharp two-edged sword that is dividing the soul and the spirit, the joints and the marrow, the thoughts and intents of the heart. The Word cuts. It exposes. It lays bare everything we have done, everything we have thought, every motive of the heart. Let it. Stand before God naked. Let Him see it all. Don't hide anything. Then cry out, "God, help me. Forgive me. Heal me. Set me free." Then one by one confess your sins and turn your back on them. Don't ever look at them again. Fix your eyes on Jesus. Cling to Him. Let Him do for you what you cannot do for yourself.
"But who will be able to endure it when He come? Who will be able to stand and face Him when He appears? For He will be like a blazing fire that refines metal, or like a strong soap that bleaches clothes. He will sit like a refiner of silver, burning away the dross. He will purify the Levites, refining them like gold and silver, so that they may once again offer acceptable sacrifices to the LORD. Then once more the LORD will accept the offerings brought to Him by the people of Judah and Jerusalem, as He did in the past. At that time I will put you on trial. I am eager to witness against those who cheat employees of wages, who oppress widows and orphans, or who deprive the foreigners living among you of justice, for these people do not fear Me," says the LORD of Heaven's Armies. (Malachi 3:2-5)
God is putting us all on trial. Let Him. Stand in the courtroom of heaven without excuse. Do not point the finger at anyone else to tell why you did what you did. Humble yourself and accept your guilt and confess your sin. Let God cleanse you from all unrighteousness. Lay it down. Let go. Then trust God to do what He says He is going to do.
"This is what the LORD says: 'I will give Jerusalem a river of peace and prosperity. The wealth of the nations will flow to her. Her children will be nursed at her breasts, carried in her arms, and held on her lap. I will comfort you there in Jerusalem as a mother comforts her child."
"When you see these things, your heart will rejoice. You will flourish like the grass! Everyone will see the LORD's hand of blessing on His servants - and His anger against His enemies. See, the LORD is coming with fire, and His swift chariots roar like a whirlwind. He will bring punishment with the fury of His anger and the flaming fire of His hot rebuke. The LORD will punish the world by fire and by His sword. He will judge the earth, and many will be killed by Him." (Isaiah 66:12-16)
This fire that is consuming the earth right now will do one of two things, it will either purify us or it will punish us and kill us. The choice is ours how we respond to the circumstances. We cannot change what is happening in the world, but we can let those circumstances change us.
"The sinners in Jerusalem shake with fear. Terror seizes the godless. 'Who can live with this devouring fire?' they cry. 'Who can survive this all consuming fire?' Those who are honest and fair, who refuse to profit by fraud, who stay far away from bribes, who refuse to listen to those who plot murder, who shut their eyes to all enticement to do wrong - these are the ones who will dwell on high. The rocks of the mountains will be their fortress. Food will be supplied to them, and they will have water in abundance." (Isaiah 33:14-16)
There are certain standards that we will all adhere to in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. We will all be honest and fair. We will all refuse to profit by fraud. We will all shut our eyes to all enticement to do wrong. We will all treat others like we would want to be treated. If we are not doing that, repent. God is eager to forgive.
The LORD of Heaven's Armies says, "The day of judgment is coming, burning like a furnace. On that day the arrogant and the wicked will be burned up like straw. They will be consumed - roots, branches, and all. But for you who fear My name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in His wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture. On the day when I act, you will tread upon the wicked (principalities and powers) as if they were dust under your feet, says the LORD of Heaven's Armies. (Malachi 4:1-3)
So no matter what happens, face Jesus and open your heart wide. Give Him your worries. Give Him your fears. Say, "I am guilty of allowing worry and fear in my heart, will You please forgive me." Then tell Him what you need and thank Him for what He has done. At that point the peace that passes all understanding will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. Then rejoice. Again I say, "Rejoice!" God is always up to something good, and if God is for you, who can be against you.
Be blessed my friends. We are living in crazy, amazing times. We are about to see everything that was written come to pass. We will see it with our own eyes, and we will experience it. May we all be able to let go of what is holding us in bondage.
The scripture says, "May you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers."