I found this random title in my draft folder. This is my first time using the WordPress mobile app on my phone so let’s see what happens!
I remember my daughter who is an aerospace engineer looking for a new car. She thought about a BMW, but settled on a KIA SUV. She noted one would give status, but be a draw for criminals. The other was less expensive, as well as less tempting to the nefarious ones.
This puts me in mind of Jesus teaching: where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Is your treasure being safely stored in heaven, or here on earth where moth, rust, mold and thieves destroy?
Well, this week I read all six books in Rose Doss’ Amish Vows series (Christian romance) as well as Plain Obsession, an Amish romantic suspense by Allison Stone. Also, foraging for food in my kitchen, glad I didn’t make any brownies or cookies. On the other hand, I have been praying in tongues often and singing worship at odd times.
Next Thursday is the time to celebrate Thanksgiving in the USA. Things will look a lot different this year, but giving thanks to God for all the blessings we have in Christ Jesus has never been more important. We stand on the prayers of the first Pilgrims who dedicated this land to God’s purposes and thanked Him for providence.
God is on the move and Justice is being meted out. I’m thankful for the light shining on the corruption and mercy tempering judgement, or we will be consumed by holy fire.
I pray you all find streams in the desert and hold on to hope, for those who hope in God will not be ashamed or disappointed. Encourage yourself in the Lord, giving thanks for his goodness and great love for us. Amen!
Not looking to the mainline news at the moment, I’ve been viewing YouTube videos to hear what the prophets and those connected closely to Heaven are saying. This morning I listened toSid Roth’s ISN Shocking Prophetic Timeline Reveals What’s Next:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjI0K2hOuxgand also Elijah Stream, the YouTube version of the Elijah List.
Steve and Kat were sharing news outlets they recommend if you want genuine news. [forgive me, I’m not good at embedding things yet] They are:
So where does the Red Sea Moment come from? In Sid Roth’s video, he interviewed Robin & Robin Bullock. Mr. Robin shared that the Lord showed him how we are in a Moses time again. Events that have happened the past few years line up with what the Israelites and Egyptians went through including water turning to blood, locust plagues, first-born children killed… we are now at the Red Sea with no visible way back, no way forward. Hemmed in, we look for the mighty hand of God to show Himself strong on His children’s behalf. As when Moses held up his staff when God told him to and the waters began piling up, we need to hold up the banner/staff of praise and petition to God. It’s not time to give up or give in yet! Our God shall yet show Himself faithful as we press in and wait on His perfect timing.
Another Bible passage the Spirit is highlighting: 1 Kings chapter 1. King David was dying and son Adonijah was maneuvering himself to become king, but they crowned Solomon king before the usurper [Adonijah] could complete his mission. This election is not simply Republicans VS Democrats; it’s God’s plan or the evil one’s. As when King Solomon ascended the throne, Father God wants to show mercy to our nation and Christians in nations around the world so we can bring in the harvest.
John chapter 10is another portion of Scripture aligned with our situation.Jesus is the True Shepherd
10 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
If you follow along in John 10,Jesus is the Good Shepherdwho says:
10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
The book I read this week was a departure from my current reading.I read Amish Renegade by Rose Doss. It’s been some time since I’ve read an Amish romance, and this is my first of Rose’s books.
Petulant Katie is the daughter of a Mom who joined the Amish as a 20-something. We come into the story when Katie’s husband has died and left her with his daughter from his first marriage, then Katie’s parent’s, whom she’s been living with since becoming a widow, both die in a carriage accident. Will her uncle respond to her letter asking to take her and her daughter in? Will she be forced to marry the Bishop’s son who is too young? Or… will she and Enoch Miller reconcile their differences from earlier years of courting and join together in marriage? Will she have a baby after being married four years to her first husband with none? Will the church accept her desire to be more than a homemaker?
Not quite a traditional Amish romance, but really drew me into the Mannheim, Pennsylvania, Amish community. I am already on chapter three in Amish Princess, the next book in the series. In this book, the Amish Princess is interacting with Enoch’s younger brother, which is infuriating her aunt and uncle whom her parents sent her to stay with after her intended up and left the Amish for the Englischer world. A bit of a diversion from the things going on around me and good study in human nature, which may help in future counseling.
As I end this post, I remind you: do not castigate the prophets; they said it would not be an easy fight; that there would be fraud uncovered and justice done before our President Donald J. Trump is affirmed. Be patient and let all this play out. Remember, patient waiting on the Lord is not passive! Repent and declare God’s will be done on earth as it’s written in heaven. May we join the Lord in bringing Shalom to those around us. Have a great week walking in the Spirit, dear friends! Remember, righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit are our portion in Christ Jesus.
We are amid tribulation, trial, trouble…monumental challenges for our life here on earth. What does the Bible say about these things?
Hebrews 5:8 Though He (Jesus) was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
Jesus came as fully human, fully God. He experienced all the things we do. He developed in his mother’s womb like we did; went through birth, infancy, childhood; siblings, friends, neighbors whispering about his illegitimate birth, his dad dying, rejection, discomfort, hunger and thirst. All this before he began his ministry! Learning obedience by these things, Jesus carried this learning to the garden of Gethsemane. His flesh was in agony; he did not desire the punishment of the cross, but obedience led him to pay the ultimate price because he realized there was no alternative for bringing God’s beloved children back into a relationship with Him. Let’s peek back at First Peter 1 from my previous post.
1 Peter 1:6In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ…
What do we greatly rejoice in? Our heavenly inheritance:
1 Peter 1:3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
I encourage you to take hold of God’s promises and thank Him for being with us through all of this. We’re praying for Father God’s Justice to come to this nation and revival/renewal to follow! The Lord’s Prayer is the best basic prayer we can use, especially the first part:
Matthew 6:9In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
I leave you with the book I’m reading this week. It’s another one Rick Renner’s ministry sent me after I was on the launch team for his book: Last Days Survival Guide.
This book is only eighty-five pages long, so it’s a manageable read. Very good advice for testing all the Spiritual things coming down the pipes. The first chapter begins with Revelation 2: 2-3 expounding on how the Ephesian church was good at testing the apostles who were coming into their churches and did not tolerate false teachings. Rick gives us guidelines based on the Word to test what’s coming. These are the tests he outlines and fully develops in the rest of the book. Here are the questions listed on page 25:
How was it received?
What is its content?
What is its long-term fruit?
Whom does it glorify?
Rick goes into detail with Scriptures, their hermeneutics and examples from his experiences to show how we should test dreams, teachings, visions, revelations, and spiritual manifestations. He reminds us there are evil spiritual counterfeits of all these things. Since the veil between heaven and earth is becoming thinner, we will see more of the spirit world; both good and evil. I am glad this book came into my hands at this point in my Spiritual journey. Our times and lives are in God’s hands and we are more than conquerors in Jesus Christ! Have a blessed week and keep away from all the negative, confusing, frustrating news flying around us. Shalom, dear readers!
Don’t fret; God has your back. In Bethel Church Sermons podcast Providence: The Divine X Factor, Pastor Kris Vallotton shares many examples from his own life and from the Bible; showing how God uses the trials we encounter to do the things He plans for us to do. What we think is impossible; what we see the enemy doing God uses to prepare us for the things He has for us to do. The X Factor… But God… Amazing things happen when we trust and obey, believing He has our back no matter what’s happening around us!
Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
How often do we realize God knew us before we were born; had plans for us before we were a gleam in our mother’s eyes? His ways are higher than ours; His knowledge beyond our understanding. He’s been from the end to the beginning and knows what’s ahead before we do. In the first chapter of Jeremiah, God declares He knew him before he formed him. Jeremiah prophesied Cyrus would free Israel years before he was born.
Jeremiah 1:4 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 5“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
I declare what the enemy meant for evil God will use for good. This is not the end of the story! Kevin Zadai tells the devil: “You’re pushing me right into the glory!” I also like his: “I think I’m coming down with something; I’m coming down with a healing!” On that topic, I just finished reading It’s Time to Take Back Our Country. Kevin pushed to get this out before the elections next week. He bases the first chapter on Revelation 3:15-16 which talks about lukewarmness. It’s the prayer/declare topics Jesus gave him which I will continue praying frequently. In the foreword he begins:
Matthew 18:18 Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”
I give this book five stars! Even if you can’t get it before the elections, I encourage you to get it and keep it high on your repeat-reading list!
It’s a challenge to live in the Spirit and not cater to the flesh. This week I realize my desire to buy many books is an addiction like any other. There are so many books on my shelf – more coming in the mail -and on my Kindle. They were all recommended or topics I want to study. I hope to read them as the Spirit leads; or hand them off to someone else as the Spirit prompts me to. The challenge in the back of my mind: I have a young friend who is reading nothing but the Bible as the Spirit prompted him. Smith Wigglesworth’s wife taught him to read when they got married, then he read nothing but the Bible. This resulted in Wigglesworth not going over ten minutes without quoting the Word!
At this point in my walk with the Lord, I desire a deeper walk; to go deeper in His love. I heard love in its truest form is discipline, which is why Father God disciplines us as His beloved children. This means I need to learn to be still and know that He is God and I am not.
Another thought from this week’s Glasgow Prophetic Center is God takes us through the fire; through the waters. Don’t despise or rush through the “through” part you’re in. He is with you and working all these things for His glory, plans and purposes. Seek Him and be patient.
I picked this book up at church Sunday morning and had read it by the time I went to bed that evening. Jennifer has been working with children since her early twenties. Pastor Bill Johnson wrote the foreword and I encourage you to read this book if you want to know how to become like a child as Jesus told us to be. Also, Jennifer shares many amazing, exciting stories that really happened!
Luke 17:1 “Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”
From the foreword: “(this book) is a record of her (Jennifer’s) experiences in seeing the kingdom of God manifested through hearts, hands, mouths, and lives of children. Her awareness of their gifts and capabilities brings a necessary wake-up call to us as we recognize the need to equip this generation to ‘do the stuff.’ The stories in this book are provoking as we read about the childlike faith that empties hospitals, brings salvation to the person on the street, and is quick to obey and trust the voice of God.”
Jennifer has had an amazing life, working with children and training them to walk in God. She’s been in different countries and different parts of this country and tells stories that will blow your mind! The Spirit used her daughter as an infant to minister to people.
We all need to train like these children have; overwhelmed by the love of Father God. When preparing for an outreach, these children-many are four or younger-ask God for direction for the outreach. These children have visions, healing and miracles flow through them as they work in the power and love of God. They get words to write and say, have visions of a specific person, a specific place they need to go to find the person and simple trust that God will lead them. They also know to pray as they go if they don’t know the next step.
What is holding you back? Unbelief? Doubt God could use you? Fear of strangers? What about the perceived lack of something? I declare my God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus. Also, Scripture says the same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in us who believe. How many times in the Bible are we told to be strong and courageous, not terrified or dismayed because the Lord our God is with us forever?
We cannot accomplish world evangelism without these young workers and those of us activated by the love of God and by His Spirit who can come alongside and work with all ages. God gives us the faith to believe; the mustard seed. As we walk in Him, our faith grows as we see His work through us. The fruits of the Spirit don’t grow by our accomplishments, but by abiding in Christ. The love of God grows as we trust and obey what Jesus has said and step forward in faith.
These children can’t do it alone. They need older people to train, lead, and encourage them to follow the Lord’s leading. This means we also need to live in childlike wonder and trust. The love of God needs to overflow and humble us beneath the Father’s loving hand. How many of our own children now grown would still follow hard after the Lord if we had led them into an authentic experience with the love and power of God? Let’s not drop the ball in this generation!
Crossroads Prison Ministry gifted us mentors with a book: Jesus Sang On The Crossby Dr. Randy T. Johnson, published by The River Church, Holly, Michigan. The last book I’ve read, only 101 pages was just right for the time I had to spare.
The author believes Jesus was singing Psalm 22 when he cried out from the cross: “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”.We’ve been told this was the only time Father God was separated from Jesus the Son; which seemed to make sense. Johnson thinks Jesus was beginning the singing of Psalm 22 and those around him who had sung the songs since childhood joined in. This Psalm was King David’s revelation from the LORD about the sacrifice Messiah would make. The significant details of the happenings recorded in the Gospels align with Psalm 22, written so many generations before it happened. Johnson posits that God never left Jesus. Let’s dig into the Psalm.
1 My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, And from the words of My groaning? 2 O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; And in the night season, and am not silent.
This part implies God has not shown that He heard at all!
3 But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel. 4 Our fathers trusted in You; They trusted, and You delivered them. 5 They cried to You, and were delivered; They trusted in You, and were not ashamed.
This section testifies to God’s deliverance in generations past and His holiness, enthroned on His people’s praises.
6 But I am a worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised by the people. 7 All those who see Me ridicule Me; They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, 8 “Hetrusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him; Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!”
Here is where the abuse and reproach of Jesus is detailed.
9 But You are He who took Me out of the womb; You made Me trust while on My mother’s breasts. 10 I was cast upon You from birth. From My mother’s womb You have been My God. 11 Be not far from Me, For trouble is near; For there is none to help.
This passage testifies how God has been there all of His life; trouble is near and no one else can help; but I believe Jesus knew God was still there.
12 Many bulls have surrounded Me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me. 13 They gape at Me with their mouths, Like a raging and roaring lion.
This describes those on-lookers; I think the people close to the cross were touched deeply by these words as they saw Jesus experiencing this.
14 I am poured out like water, And all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It has melted within Me. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death.
Scientists have shown how the body of one on the cross would experience these things; remember, in David’s time, there was no Roman death on a cross.
16 For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet; 17 I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me. 18 They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.
Here we see what the soldiers were doing with Jesus’ clothes and what the on- lookers saw.
19 But You, O Lord, do not be far from Me; O My Strength, hasten to help Me! 20 Deliver Me from the sword, My precious life from the power of the dog. 21 Save Me from the lion’s mouth And from the horns of the wild oxen!
Here is the appeal for God to save Him from these perils. Verse 21 continues: “You have answered Me.“
The rest of Psalm 22 is extolling high praise for God being there for Jesus. I’ll let you read that for yourself and end with the last paragraph of hope for all of us:
30 A posterity shall serve Him. It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation, 31 They will come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born, that He has done this.
Victory in Jesus, my Savior, forever! Dr. Randy T. Johnson’s purpose with this book is to encourage us in these times that God never leaves or turns His back on us. We can trust Him and proclaim His goodness to all generations! Join me in rejoicing and growing deeper in God’s love.
Look this book up on Amazon; it’s only $7.00 and well-worth your time to read. I like the pages at the beginning of the chapters where he introduces the section of the Psalm he’s on and the musical score that weaves through the pages. There are also interesting facts to enhance the scenes like: “10 interesting facts about water”, Guinness World Records most pierced man and woman, and how many bones- how many times- Evel Knievel broke in his wild motorcycle jumps…among other things. Randy did a much better job expounding on the Psalm; this is just a small taste.
I pray I have encouraged you, even if you don’t get to read this book. We all need to speak not just the facts, but the truth in these days of confusion. Keep praying; God’s will shall prevail! Oh, have you registered to vote yet???
This week’s Rose Petals devotional included Deuteronomy 30:19. It hit me like a ton of bricks! Then Hebrews 4:12 pierced my soul. I will begin with these Scriptures and then add some encouraging ones that took on new meaning after these two verses.
Deuteronomy 30:19I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;
What struck me is life = blessing, death = cursing. How many times have I spoken cursing to those around me rather than blessing? Am I the reason my children don’t have a relationship with Jesus and are not following the Lord at this point in their lives? Am I the reason my husband and his family have not surrendered to Jesus yet? I choose this day to speak blessing instead of cursing. I want my descendants to live as I live, in Christ Jesus, sealed for eternal life instead of eternal death.
Hebrews 4:12For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Yes, today the word of God proved its living, two-edged sword is still powerful. It pierced me, dividing my soul and spirit. I know my spirit is glad I make a choice to bless and speak life today. Not that I have not done it in the past, but today is a new start and I am asking Holy Spirit to remind me, guard my mouth and guide my tongue. It is a challenge when busyness gets in the way and I don’t take time for the Spirit to prompt me. It takes discipline and practice, so there’s no better time than right now to begin!
John 10:27My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
What a comforting Scripture this is! Jesus says if we are His, we do hear His voice. A sheep in the natural will only listen to its own shepherd. Even if the flocks mix in the field, they will each come out of the crowd of others and come to their leader when he calls; him and no other. Oh, that we should be so connected to our Lord and Savior, hearing His quiet voice and following His lead on the path that leads to life!
What does the Lord’s voice sound like? Like our own thoughts in our head, except they align with the Bible and what Jesus is like better than our own do. Join me in turning down the “ambient” noises around us and tuning in to our Shepherd.
We need to break out of the insignificant earthly life we’ve limited ourselves to and live in the Spirit each day. Here’s some encouragement for us all.
1 Timothy 4:10For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.
Notice the Apostle Paul told Timothy that the living God is the Savior of ALL men, especially those who believe in Jesus. Are we ready to labor and suffer reproach in order for many to come to Jesus and be saved? Remember, God’s will is that all men have a relationship with Christ Jesus.
Psalm 146:10 The Lord shall reign forever— Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!
Halleluiah! Our God reigns for all generations; let us praise our Lord and tell others the good news; bringing in the generations around us as we are able through Holy Spirit power, which lives in us. Remember, that’s the same power that raised Jesus from the dead!
Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. [KJV]
Note that this verse in the King James version says nothing shall offend those that love God’s law because they have great peace. Jesus taught us that the greatest law is love. God is love, so those who belong to Him should manifest this love, not taking offense no matter what another person is doing. The Spirit has been checking me when I think about those who are doing wrong. The Lord is asking me if I can pray blessing and the gift of salvation over them instead of praying death and destruction as the world does. I joyfully say yes!
I pray this has encouraged you. I have been repenting and blessed for the chance to do so as I’ve been reading my devotions this week. It is a busy week with each day packed with many ‘urgent’ things. I have to choose time to quiet myself and listen for His voice. It’s definitely worth it! Remember the Apostle Paul told us to labor to enter into rest? Even in his days on earth it was not easy to do. I’m so glad we have Holy Spirit and the Scriptures to encourage us on in this life. Shalom to you all, my dear readers! Thanks for joining me in my musings. Catch you next week; same spot, new topic.
This is what I’m reading; not just this week, but all this year. I did the proofreading on this book in 2016 and determined to go through the whole book this year. I had read random passages, each hit the mark and blessed that day, so it was high time I got down to business!
This is a day that truly enlightened and comforted me:
I use a notebook and write out these Scriptures, sometimes using my NLT Bible on my phone to enhance my understanding. I also write out what the Lord said to Rose, then write my own thanks, confession, agreement, or whatever else I hear the Spirit saying. As you can see, this book has rose blossoms and petals on each page; all from photos Rose’s husband took for her.
As I relate, remember that I am a writer and godly muse, so not everyone is going to do all this writing. I expect to pass this book on to someone else when I’m finished and be able to look back at my journals [yes, journals; I’m on my second one] for later encouragement and deeper revelation from Holy Spirit. You may use the book and write in the margins, write personal reflections from it, or otherwise use this book. It would make an excellent ‘coffee table’ book!
Check out Olive Press Publisher. Cheryl Zehr is the publisher and I encourage you to read her story of how this publishing company came to be. It has been a pleasure to assist her with editing, proofreading and admin work the past few years. The website is: https://olivepresspublishers.com/
I leave you with a few Scriptures taken from the New Living Translation; NLT Bible to encourage and challenge.
2 Thessalonians 2:2Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us.
John 14:1 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me [Jesus]”.
2 Corinthians 13:5Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith.
My prayer is for all of my readers to come into the fullness of Christ, perfect in this perverse generation as Noah was in his. Trust in the Lord and do good and we shall possess the land that God has given us. Diligently seek Him and you will be at peace. Shalom my dear readers!
Our constitution gives us a privilege in this society. We each have the right to vote and make our choice known. Suffragettes marched and battled for years for a woman’s right to vote; they were horribly persecuted before their right to vote was established. Colored people were not given the right to vote in our nation for many generations, suffering similar woes. People who were not landowners also had to fight for this right. We fast forward to this generation and the horrid statistics showing how few who call themselves Christians are registered to vote; then how many fewer actually vote!
“I just don’t have time!” “My vote won’t make a difference.” “I can’t get out to vote; I’m handicapped.” These may be good excuses, but not good reasons to not vote. We have a letter giving us multiple days to vote early in multiple places. This letter also tells how to vote by mail and how to do absentee voting. I know volunteers who will drive people to polling places if they need a ride. Of course, you can look on the internet to find answers to any questions you have: how to register, who is on the ballot, what their track record is, etc.
Another issue is what party to register for. I know there are two major parties and several others that are interesting, so research their platforms and pick one. Alternately, when I changed my address on my driver’s license, they gave me the chance to change my voter registration. I never knew I could register as “No Party”. Well, I did that and other than only being able to vote in the general elections, I am happy with my choice.
What does this all have to do with following Jesus? We are salt and light in this world. In the past decades, our salt and light have been watered down. Churches encouraged followers not to get involved in government or politics. This took the Biblical voices out of places where they could make a difference. We have let evil work its way into our nation by standing back and thinking we were protecting ourselves. Don’t worry; I include myself as part of this and repent with you all.
In this era, the spirits of civil war and world war are ripening. Not just in our nation, but in our churches, neighborhoods and families. We do not help when we militantly slap others with Biblical truth without love and mercy. If we humble ourselves and repent for not listening to God and to other people, we can begin walking in the fruits of the Holy Spirit. This will give us inspiration for practical, Biblical responses and right, Godly ways to turn conflict management into God-management. We must love the Samaritan; not demonize him.
Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against fleshandblood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Yes, we are not to demonize our opponents because that’s not where the fight lies. Jesus says:
Matthew 5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies,bless those who curse you,do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust
Here are a few things I gleaned from “Who Is My Neighbour?” // Power Hour LIVE! // Week 24, Episode 88 – with Emma Stark, Sarah-Jane Biggart and Sam Robertson. [sorry, I linked you to Episode 89] “Stop pointing the finger-run to the mercy seat! Civil war will cease when we stop flesh and blood reactions; debate and anger. Ask Holy Spirit to fill you first with the fruit of the Spirit, then war in the Spirit instead of the natural.”
So, if you want to do your part to make a difference in your nation, use the tools you have been given. Yes, make sure you register to vote. Then vote, but not before you have prayed about it and let the Spirit consume your unrighteous anger and frustration; replacing them with Spirit fruit.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
A reader asked me to include a book review/whatever I’m reading each week, so here goes. I’m reading Heavenly Visitation by Kevin L. Zadai. I have been listening to him/watching his videos since I saw him interviewed on Sid Roth’s ISN. I finally have in my hand the visitation Kevin’s been referring to. I love to have his books or cd’s because it puts the complete story or teaching in a nutshell. If you watch Warrior Notes or the churches he teaches in, he talks about several topics each session but his books, workbooks and recorded teachings bring a topic/experience of his into focus. I am beginning chapter 3 The Divine Pattern which teaches the way God set up layers of power and authority. I recommend this book if you want to delve into some of the topics I touched in this post. Shalom to you, my dear readers. Thanks for joining me as I vent and muse!
Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
My joy comes alive and my strength renews as I bless the LORD for His goodness, grace, justice and severe mercies! So begins Psalm 103.
2. Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:
What are the LORD’s benefits?
Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, 4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Our sins and iniquities are not just covered by the blood; as were the Israelites by the blood of animals, but totally washed away. Hallelujah! That blood of the Perfect, Spotless Lamb also paid the price to heal ALL your diseases. It redeems you from destruction. He also crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies. Who am I to deserve such grace? He satisfies your mouth with good things which renew your youth like the eagle’s. What more could we ask for?
6 The Lord executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed. 7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.
His goodness was displayed as He executed righteousness and brought justice to the oppressed in Moses’ time and ours. Look back at His mighty acts in the Exodus from Egypt and the wandering through the wilderness. During those years of trial, God revealed His ways to Moses and he relayed them to the Israelites.
The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. 9 He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
Praise Father God for sending our Messiah Jesus the Christ! If you read through the Old Testament, you realize how merciful, gracious and slow to anger God was to His wayward people. I am so thankful for His abounding mercy and patience with me and the fact He took Jesus’ payment for our wayward ways and washed us clean of all our sins and iniquities. We deserved no less than eternal death and damnation for our acts, but Jesus saved us. The suffering, the shame and torture He gladly accepted for the joy that was ahead, reconciling God’s children (us) back to our Father; and His.
For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. 14 For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. We are nothing without the wisdom Father freely gives without chiding us. He realizes what we ultimately are and what our earthly bodies actually are. He pities us, having to live in this fallen world, but through Jesus Christ, He provided our remedy to completely erase our sinful past.
As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more.
Our earthly lives are no more than a flash; a drop in the bucket. I say make the most of what you’ve been given and live to glorify God im the body He’s provided to house your eternal spirit here on earth.
17But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, 18 To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them.
We need to learn the fear of the LORD and remember His commandments; mainly to love God with all you are and love others as we love ourselves. I claim that righteousness to my children’s children!
19The Lord has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all.
That Heavenly Throne is where we are seated with Christ; and where the final judgement will be meted out. Are you ready for that day? Are you living in Heavenly places with Christ today?
20Bless the Lord, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. 21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure. 22 Bless the Lord, all His works, In all places of His dominion.
The angels do His word, heeding His voice. The Hosts of Heaven minister and do His pleasure. All His works in all places in Heaven and Earth bless Him. We should not be left out of hearing His voice, heeding His word, and blessing Him.