Psalm 103

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,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
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.
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.
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.

17 But 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!

19 The 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?

20 Bless 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
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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.

Remind your soul who’s in charge…

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

All Nature shows His glory as it stretches out before me! I can never doubt it; my heart just wants to shout it; that the LORD He is God, He is God!

Shalom my dear readers!

Ease and Comfort?

As I was praying for our nation during my watch on the Fire Wall USA, at about 6:30 a.m. September 9th, Holy Spirit began bringing thoughts to repent for. Forgive us Lord, for working so hard to make our lives easy and to make ourselves comfortable. We have looked toward the world and not You for these things. We have chosen the wide, easy path and not the narrow, rocky one and we are sorry. We want to walk the path of life with You, Jesus, led by Holy Spirit guidance. Lead us into all truth and the path to ever-lasting light. Amen.

Let’s think about this in everyday terms. I’m lying on ‘My Pillow’ on a ‘Perfect Sleeper’ mattress encased in a good mattress cover purchased on Amazon, with microfiber sheets purchased at Ollie’s and ‘just the right’ woven cotton blanket (which was a cast-off from our kids who bought other blankets) perfect for the temperature inside as the evenings get cooler. I’m comforted more by the ‘Hunter’ fan light on our ceiling, which John put up a few months ago during our first days of sequestering, along with a wider, nicer wood door on the bedroom which came from our other home’s remodel. Can you believe we still don’t always sleep well???

Our shelves are stocked with food I’ve canned and staples, the fridge filled with healthy salad makings and all the fixings as well as almond milk, chia seeds, assorted healthy nuts, farm fresh eggs we get from a neighbor, the remnants of last weekend’s rotisserie chicken purchased during our Sams’ Club shopping run, as well as condiments. Don’t forget the ‘pantry drawer’ in the freezer-on-the bottom refrigerator which is filled with a pepperoni stick and shredded whole-milk, part skim mozzarella for our weekly gluten-free pizza as well as pre-cooked bacon and a Mexican cheese blend for John’s fluffy scrambled eggs for breakfast. Most of the food is planned to help with my anti-inflammatory, reduced allergy symptom eating satisfaction. Our freezers are full of assorted venison, lean pork loin chops bought in bulk from Sam’s Club, strawberries and blueberries we picked, green beans, peas, squash, rhubarb from our garden…the list goes on and on. All this food and creature comforts for our ease and for efficient meals.

It is a good thing we love to share our bounty with others, including our family and friends. It’s also fun to have people over to eat with us, but we spend a lot of time deciding what to eat throughout the day and then preparing the food and cleaning up after. I know some people have food delivery services, as the ad says, “We don’t have to cook anymore!” and some eat out a lot. Most of our country runs on our belly’s desires or eating plans developed by many ‘experts’ who all know the ‘best way’ to feed our bodies. What does the Bible say about the way we live? Let’s look at Apostle Paul’s warnings to the Philippian church.

Philippians 3:18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shamewho set their mind on earthly things.

How should we be living? This being September 11th, we remember the day they awoke us to the realization that our nation is not any safer than the rest of the world. It shook most of us to the core and left us wondering where our faith was at. The Apostle Paul explained how we should be living.

Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Paul is encouraging us to walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh, choosing life over death. Let’s look at what our goal in this life should be to give us hope for our expected end.

Philippians 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

It is not wrong to have creature comforts, but wrong to make them our pursuit and all-consuming focus. Remember, seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things we ‘need’ and want will be added to us. So, let us get back to Heavenly basics. The disciplines of fasting, prayer and meditating on the Word need to come back into style for those of us who claim to be Christ-followers. The early church practiced all these and God provided for all their needs as they turned the world upside down after the Holy Spirit descended on them with fire and power. When this occurred on the first Pentecost, 3,000 souls were saved. We have that same Holy Spirit available and the same power and authority from Jesus Christ, the baptism in holy fire, to do great exploits of miracles, signs, wonders and healings. Let us drop what hinders us and press on toward the goal; the upward call in Christ! That is where our victory lies. It’s where we find the Shalom completeness of God. Fellow followers, join me in this victorious walk on the narrow path that leads to life everlasting!

Total Randomness?

Welcome to my crazy end of summer/harvest musings! We’ve had some crazy shapes in our tomatoes this year we’ve never seen before. This is one of our Early Girl tomatoes that are ripening enmass! My canner has been busy as well as cutting board, paring knife, dishpan, and baskets. I have four baskets I love to collect the harvest in; sometimes daily, once in a while weekly. I’m glad my husband’s sister wanted the last beans we picked and I was blessed today when he said she’s not canning any more and sending me her jars and lids! If you haven’t heard, canning supplies are in short supply; especially lids. I told the Lord early in the gardening that it’s His garden; we are just tending/caretakers. He has definitely brought abundance to us and we’re eager to share with others. It’s a definite double blessing increase in this dry, hot summer, praise the Lord!

All that is going on in my life these few weeks is overwhelming; none of it really having anything to do with Covid. The bounty has caused me to have produce all around my home and no end to tomatoes and peppers to tend to. In the midst of this, the motel has been busy so more hours housekeeping, I’m doing some doctor appointments, my publisher has needed my help, I’ve hosted both the garden club and a prayer meeting in our yard. Add to this the proofreading course I finally bought and began but haven’t gotten past the first day of lessons, the book I’m writing I haven’t worked on in a month, the book I’m editing I’ve not gotten past the first chapter. Our second house my husband’s been working on for four years just went on the market today and my sister’s house my son just moved out of has kept us busy cleaning, painting, etc. If anyone’s interested in a two-story 3 bedroom home on Mill Creek or a 135-year-old remodeled Victorian with a one-bedroom apartment, let us know. We’re so excited the flyer for our old home is just published!

Home looking for a new family!

How about a list of books I’ve purchased during this time?

  • Amazing Love by Corrie ten Boom
  • The Prophetic & Healing Power of Your Words by Becky Dvorak
  • The Healthy Living Handbook by Laura Harris Smith
  • God Adventures
  • Finding God In The Bible
  • Filming God (all from Darren Wilson)
  • Igniting Furious Love by Heidi & Rolland Baker
  • The Hebrew Alphabet by Edward Hoffman
  • Prophetic Manifesto for the new era by Patricia King
  • Possessing The Gates Of The Enemy by Cindy Jacobs

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Now that our house is on the market, it won’t be much longer before John can build my bookcase for this house. I know I can fill it quickly with what I’ve recently purchased added to what I saved when we cleaned out the other house! So many books; so little time! I’m glad we haven’t been watching TV so I can get back to reading after the harvest; which leads to hunting season where I become chief cook & bottle-washer for the men who like to eat and sleep at our home as part of the hunting party.

So, what is God doing these days? I am learning new things about time management and leaving it in His hands; there are only a certain number of hours in a day and I’m desperate for Him to lead me through them properly. As I am working on my chapter about money relationships, I am getting on-the-job examples. First thing was the day I went for it and bought the General Proofreading course from Caitlin Pyle’s http://www.proofreadanywhere.com while she had a “back to school discount”. Part of the first unit was keeping track of what I’m doing and what emotion I’m feeling every hour for a day or two. Very insightful!

They offered me another cleaning/housekeeping job at another small motel in our area. First, I thought it was the Lord’s way of increasing my finances and ministry base. It didn’t take long before I realized I am already overloaded with good things to do and my needs met by the finances from the jobs already being juggled. Last evening I watched Ryan Le Strange’s Groan 9/1/20 YouTube video. To seal what they had released in the Spirit, Ryan encouraged those of us watching to sow a seed; whatever amount the Spirit was telling us to donate into what God is doing. I realize he meant to donate to his ministry, but I did what the Spirit was telling me to do and give to Sid Roth’s Project 77. I donated $77.00 by PayPal, then the enemy started playing with me. I checked my account, which showed the money being taken out twice. I emailed an inquiry to Sid Roth, then went back to PayPal to alert them, couldn’t get through to submit an inquiry, then went back to my CU account and saw it was NOT being taken out twice. So, I got a call from Sid Roth’s Customer Care today and got to tell them the testimony and confirm it was for Project 77.

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You haven’t heard about Project 77? Sid Roth had the Holy Spirit download the book They Thought For Themselves in which he interviewed Jews that found Messiah when they thought for themselves instead of letting the Rabbis (or anyone else) do it for them as an evangelistic tool. So when you join Project 77, seven of these books get sent to seven Jewish families that have asked for it, then they give the donor a card with the seven family names to pray for. Most Jewish people don’t have anyone praying specifically for their salvation. Oh, you will also receive two copies of the book; one to read and one to share. This is the second time I’ve donated for this program; I still have the prayer card and the Project 77 key chain with the High Priest’s breastplate stones of the 12 tribes of Israel on one side and Project 77 on the other. I love to bless the Jewish people according to Genesis 12:3 I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

AMEN!

We’re At War!

taken from https://store.renner.org/

I am part of the launch team for Rick Renner’s Last Days Survival Guide which released August 2, 2020. I just watched his interview on Sid Roth from March 9, 2015, when Rick was promoting his previous book Dressed To Kill.

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During this interview, Rick said we’re in a war and dressed to kill according to the armor in Ephesians 6. He relates that the armor of God comes upon us when we’re given the seed, or measure, of faith when we first believe. The Apostle Paul had intimate knowledge of Roman armor from his time being heavily guarded. He knew God speaks of His armor in the Old Testament, and this Spirit armor is what we get from the Spirit of God. Rick shared that a Roman soldier’s shield was created from measuring his height and width and building the shield from wood, covering it with leather. This shield would cover his entire body and when wet, it would quench fiery darts. This is only one piece of the protection we get as Believers. We get more formidable with this armor as our relationship with the Lord grows.

Rick has joined with Robert Henderson, who teaches about the courts of heaven, adding to Rick’s understanding of the war we’re in. Last Days Survival Guide (LDSG) connects the spiritual war to the courts of heaven. Rick says in heaven the blood is always on the mercy seat and Jesus is continually interceding for us from there. Thinking about the eternal blood and body sacrifice of Christ made a difference when I took communion this morning. Those who have seen the Risen Lord say He’s still got the nail marks in His hands and feet. I still have scars on my toes and other places from surgeries; I wonder if I’ll keep these as badges of healing on my resurrected body also?

I mentioned before in my July 24, 2020 post titled End Times?, we are not at the end of the end times, but in the season called birth pains. On page 48 of LDSG Renner says, “We must wake up and realize that we are the generation called to close out the age. We were chosen for this hour – it is our destiny.” The Bible has called this the era of the end times since Jesus rose from the dead, and we have been chosen for this important time we’re in, but Jesus said no one but the Father knows the exact date and time of the end. Some signs are fulfilled, but not all.

These things aside, paired with the Holy Bible, the Last Days Survival Guide is helpful. Renner leads you through what you need to know to thrive in these perilous times we live in. He poses many questions for you to work through to find out where your heart, mind and spirit are at. His examples from life bring the topics to life. Pages 446-452 end the book with the best:

  • A Final Prayer for end-time believers
  • A Final Confession Of My Faith
  • Prayer For Overcoming These Perilous Times
  • Prayer To Receive Salvation
  • Prayer To Receive The Baptism In The Holy Spirit.

He encourages you to underline, highlight and mark up the pages of this book and use it as a handbook for keeping on track as it gets more challenging to live as a Christ-follower in this world. Rick and his family have testimonies from living in Russia at one of the toughest parts of the Soviet era and how God proved Himself faithful as He set their fledgeling ministry on fire.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know how to prepare to live victoriously in this time God chose us to be here on earth. It’s an excellent gift to give to someone you love and want to encourage – after you’ve read your own copy!

First Peter Chapter 1

Glory!

As I stepped onto my deck at 7 a.m. this morning, I was under a canopy of clouds, in the presence of Father God. I hope my neighbors heard me yell, “Halleluiah, what a Savior! Thank You Father for a new day!” For today’s post, I have tarried in 1 Peter chapter 1 and want to share some insights from Holy Spirit as we begin with Peter’s ‘Greeting to the Elect Pilgrims’.

1 Peter:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.

Peter was not writing just to these pilgrims, but also to those of us who have come after. All of us who are Believers are part of the elect according to God’s foreknowledge of us. The Spirit sanctifies us, accomplished in us by obedience and the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ. As we walk in obedience and sanctification, grace and peace multiply in our lives. Do you believe He sanctifies you; not by works of righteousness you have done, but according to Father God’s mercy? Let’s dig into the Heavenly inheritance we have.

Blessed 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, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Our Father God has blessed us with abundant mercy in our Lord Jesus Christ. We have a living hope that will never end; it’s living and growing in us daily. Halleluiah, the power of God shall keep us through faith; which comes from God and grows in us. Therefore, we have hope. Why do we rejoice?

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 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, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

We rejoice in this salvation even as we find grief in these trials all around us. These trials come to test our faith, its goal found in Jesus Christ. Blessed is he that has not seen Christ, but loves Him anyway. What inexpressible joy comes as we trust Jesus! The prophets and angels wonder.

10 Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, 11 searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. 12 To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things which angels desire to look into.

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Rejoice that you are experiencing what the prophets faithfully proclaimed, even though they did not understand how their words would come to pass. Angels question and marvel at the salvation we enjoy. They cannot experience what we do as we triumph in Jesus’ sufferings and glory. Don’t waste all that we have in Christ Jesus!

13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

Our hope rests in the grace brought to us with the revelation of Jesus Christ in us. This grace increases as we obey and turn away from fleshly lusts and ignorance. We all wonder how to become holy as He is; it comes from communion with the Lord and walking daily in His presence.

17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

This paragraph explains the worth of our lives in view of Christ’s sacrifice. God’s work which gave our Messiah glory empowers us to put faith and hope in God. The last section of this chapter explains the endurance of God’s Word and what glory there is in the Gospel and reason for spreading it far and wide!

22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, 24 because “All flesh is as grass,
And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.
The grass withers,
And its flower falls away,
25 But the word of the Lord endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you
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Dear friends, join me as I stand on God’s promises and follow the Lord into victory through these times Father God chose for us to be on this earth. Shalom dear readers!

Random Mid-August Musing

Welcome readers to another random post. I hope some of these thoughts will bless you or cause you to act as you muse with me this week!

I have been listening to Exploring the Industry with Shawn Bolz. https://bolzministries.com/ It is encouraging for me to hear what God is doing through obedient servants in Los Angeles. My daughter and her husband are raising their two children there and it has given me hope that they will come into their destiny in Christ as many others have in the Hollywood area. There are many people in the industry that went against their families or church to follow the dream in their heart and walked away from God and church. Those who have done ministry within the industry are finding these lost ones and bringing them back into the fold. It’s good to hear about the excellent Christian content in media that is coming forth when these people catch the fire of God’s love.

Do you realize we can die peacefully in our bed, couch or favorite chair; or like Enoch, Elijah and Moses, be taken up to heaven; in perfect health of body, mind and soul?

Deuteronomy 34:7Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished.

I’ve heard that because Moses saw God’s glory, that glory made it so he would never die [remember his glowing face that the people made him cover?], so God had to take him out of this world. What will it look like when we shine with the Glory of God? God hid Moses’ body so the people couldn’t find his tomb and worship him as their idol.

But not all the patriarchs made it to old age unscathed. Isaac’s eyes were dim.

Genesis 27:1a ‘Now it came to pass, when Isaac was old and his eyes were so dim that he could not see, that he called Esau his older son…’ 21 Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come near, that I may feel you, my son, whether you are really my son Esau or not.”

King David could not get warm.

1 Kings 1:1 Now King David was old, advanced in years; and they put covers on him, but he could not get warm. Therefore his servants said to him, “Let a young woman, a virgin, be sought for our lord the king, and let her stand before the king, and let her care for him; and let her lie in your bosom, that our lord the king may be warm.” So they sought for a lovely young woman throughout all the territory of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunammite, and brought her to the king. The young woman was very lovely; and she cared for the king, and served him; but the king did not know her.

Notice the end of 1 Kings 1:4 says “but the king did not know her.” She was in his bed. But they had no sexual relations.

Getting back to the glory shining on Moses’ face: I heard about families affected by God’s glory during the Azusa Street Revival in California in the early 1900s. They lived in divine health and healing. If one of the children was injured, they would pray right away and the child would be healed. In fact, Sid Roth has interviewed a man who was one of those children who is still alive to tell about the glory cloud in the church. It was so heavy the children played hide and seek in it!

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Matthew 13:24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”

Let the ‘good wheat’ the Father planted continue to grow and the ‘tares’ or weeds the enemy planted grow with them until the harvest. I’ve had an authentic example of this in my garden. Some of my pea plants are growing right out of a weed, and I found I cannot pull up the weed without pulling up the plant. In our life, there are ‘tares’ sown among the Church brethren, but taking them out before harvest ruins both the good and the bad. What do you think this looks like in practice with people? Have you seen an example in your own life?

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Racial unrest? Check out https://civilrighteousness.org/ for help to process the racial unrest from a Biblical perspective and take action to beat back the tide of divide. I heard about this sit when Shawn Bolz interviewed Jonathan Tremaine (JT) Thomas on Exploring the Prophetic Season 3, Episode 50 [I watch these episodes on Podbean].

Another podcast I follow is Bethel Church Sermon of the Week. The one that intrigued me is The Game is Rigged from July 11, 2020. As Dr. Kevin Zadai says, “The game is rigged. There’s no way we can lose because God has a plan and failure is not part of it.” Games have rules and consequences, so people know how to play. The Hunger Games show us a zero-sum ending where you kill before they kill you. In Jesus, we have a higher level of play than this.

We need to learn how to live from Scriptures, not the world’s game makers. Jesus sets us up for success. We need to fight the kind of fights He did. Look for redemption, make room for apology and forgiveness, and have restoration as a goal. Not the ‘cancel culture’ with an accusatory attitude. The woman caught in adultery; He did not condemn, but told her “go and sin no more.” May we be redemptive and restorative in our battles here on earth as He was. See each person as God sees them, a beloved one that needs to be gently put back on the right path. Learn what is going on, lean in to connect with the person; not the mantra or movement. And then use confrontation in love. Offering restoration will bring forth good fruits of salvation and more workers into the kingdom.

Shalom Dear Readers!

My current reading list

Our Weapons are not Carnal!

I get daily emails from Destiny Image with encouraging excerpts from their author’s books, podcasts, and videos. Included are weekly deals for 99 cent kindle books or a discount on print books. This has added to my book collection on my shelf as well as my Kindle app, so I am reading several at a time. They all mesh with what the Spirit is teaching me.

  • The Prophetic Warrior Operating in your true prophetic authority by Emma Stark
  • The Way of Life Experiencing the culture of heaven on earth by Bill Johnson
  • A Life Ablaze Ten simple keys to living on fire for God by Rick Renner
  • Study Guide: The Notes of a Warrior The secrets of Spiritual warfare: Volume One by Dr. Kevin L. Zadai

Prophetic Warrior and Way of Life I purchased through Destiny Image discounts. https://love-to-read@norimediagroup.com A Life Ablaze was sent to me because I’m on the promotional team for Rick Renner’s new book Last Days Survival Guide, which is already so popular they ran out of advanced copies! I got Kevin Zadai’s Study Guide along with his 3 CD teaching set on his website https://kevinzadai.com/ I have the first CD set on ‘repeat’ in my car player.

So what am I learning? First, as a child of God through Christ, I have authority as well as power given to me by Jesus. With these, I am to walk as a manifest child of God, bringing Heaven culture here on earth. It would not save me to not hear God; you accept Jesus when you hear Him calling.

On page 41 of Rick’s book he quotes R. A. Torrey, “Ninety-nine Christians in every hundred are merely playing at Bible study; and therefore ninety-nine Christians in every hundred are mere weaklings when they could be giants.” Rick adds: “When Christians could be spiritual giants, they are often weaklings because they have ignored the source of fuel that could empower them to be mighty!

What fuel can build up your holy faith? Paul admonished Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:6 “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.The following things keep us spiritually ablaze.

Rick Renner’s 10 keys to being Ablaze

  1. God’s Word
  2. Prayer
  3. Holy Spirit
  4. Worship
  5. for Souls
  6. Generosity
  7. Holiness
  8. Humility
  9. Authority
  10. Fear of the LORD

Often we give up the authority God gives us without realizing it. Man’s authority was first given to satan when Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the garden. The devil has power, but no authority to use it without stealing from us. We still fall for his lies when we have power AND authority to put him in his place. We are amid an onslaught from the enemy of our souls. Let us learn to stand in the power and authority Jesus died and arose to give us and beat back the evil poised to take us out.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:12

Take your authority and bind those things not in heaven and loose those things which are. Earth is the first heaven where we have dominion [see Adam’s charge in Genisis], above that is the second heaven where satan rules. Next is the third heaven where we sit with Christ beside Father God, high above all principalities and powers, rulers, and hosts of wickedness. Let us learn to rule and reign as Christ equips us to do. We find the whole armor of God listed in Ephesians 6 outlined and explained in A Life Ablaze.

Jesus said, “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.”

Matthew 18:18

Let us stand on sure footing, connecting with the Spirit within which is heaven amid our very being. Let it out in your sphere of influence and see what happens when you put wickedness in its place under your feet. Keep reminding the devil of his destiny in the lake of fire and rejoice, as Jesus told us to do.

17 Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” 18 And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

Luke 10:17-20

Shalom my dear readers!

Hey There!

Hey you!!!!!! You’re probably thinking I’ve used too many exclamation marks, Lol. Don’t blame me, I’m excited because The Lord is on the move! Don’t continue to get distracted by what is happening around you. Don’t take to heart the dire news feed. Trust that Father God has a plan to redeem this trial for His glory as they glorified Him when Lazarus walked out of his tomb in grave clothes after four days dead, a foretaste of the power of Christ’s resurrection [John chapter 11].

Lamentations 3:22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

Notice this says “every morning”? It includes this morning in that promise and tomorrow. Let us continue to encourage each other with psalms, hymns, and songs of praise. If you don’t have a song of joy in your heart, ask Holy Spirit to provide one. This world is getting darker, but that means our light is growing brighter as we walk in Christ. Our salt is getting saltier as we share what God has done for us! How will others know of the goodness of God toward those He loves if we don’t share His goodness we’ve experienced? If we join in rehearsing all the problems and how the world is ‘going to hell in a handbasket’, we just add fuel to the funeral pyre that’s being built with words and chaos in our nation and around the world. I can see the forces of evil dancing with glee as we devour each other without them lifting a finger!

The Parable of the Fig Tree

Luke 21:29 Then He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”

Yes, notice what is happening, but do not be in awe or let things shake you. The kingdom of God is near, which means His glory is ready to fall as Heaven culture is manifest on earth. Keep trusting our faithful Father God.

The Importance of Watching

Luke 21:34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Notice the things that trip us up: carousing, drunkenness, cares of this life. Translate these to overeating, binge watching, lost in a video game… crisis or drama in your life fed by social media.

So what should we do as the day of the Lord comes closer? Watch to see what God is doing, pray always, and accept the cleansing blood of Christ Jesus daily. I pray as we draw nearer to the Lord, righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit be your portion. Amen.

End Times?

In Luke 21 Jesus’ disciples were asking what the signs of the end of the age would look like. We have been in the Church age and “last days” since Jesus died and rose from the dead and now the end is closer than before. There has been an anti-christ in each generation, but THE anti-christ truly waiting in the wings? Jesus wanted to illuminate His disciples and teach them how to act and react in the times we’re in. Let’s see what Jesus had to say.

Luke 21:8 And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them. But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.”

10 Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. 12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. 13 But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. 14 Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. 17 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. 18 But not a hair of your head shall be lost. 19 By your patience possess your souls.”

This passage packs a lot in! Do not be deceived, do not be terrified. Terrible things must come, but you will be brought before rulers so you can testify of Jesus! Holy Spirit will fill your mouth with wisdom that will confound the wise. Even though you’ll be hated for Christ’s sake, not a hair of your head shall be lost, so let patience possess your souls.

Many of our brothers and sisters in various lands are experiencing persecution as we speak. I’ve heard testimonies of people in jail witnessing to those around them and revival breaking out. There are many testimonies of the Lord’s saving power and provision. Depths of the Father’s love have manifested, miracle provisions strengthened, and healings, signs and miracles have paved the way for the Gospel. These days I pray the fruits of the Spirit be so ripe in me they squirt out of me when I’m squeezed.

So, are we to prepare for “Jacob’s troubles”; hide away, buy gold and precious metals, stockpile food, water, TOILET PAPER?? Should we despair, throw up our hands and look for Jesus to come on the clouds? Or are we poised for a third Great Awakening and the biggest revival ever?

Mark 13:8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows. *Literally birth pangs

Listening to various prophets and aligning their words with Scripture, I believe we are amid birth pangs. If you’ve ever experienced actual birth pangs, you know they are not steady or intense at first. As labor proceeds, the pains come more frequent, steady and increase in intensity. I’ve had labors last about four hours, although it could have been longer. First labor I had a foot pressing on my rib the entire day before and didn’t go into noticeable labor until my water broke at 11 p.m. and we headed to the hospital and delivered within less than an hour. My fourth pregnancy I started bleeding before I really had any contractions, put in a birthing bed at midnight with erratic contractions until they administered pitocin at 10 A.M. and delivered our third son about an hour later. Before hard, fast contractions, that labor had simmered for most of 12 hours. In these days of increasing pressure and persecution; Spirit labor pains, how should we conduct ourselves as the Body of Christ? Let’s look at some more Scriptures.

Ephesians 5:18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…

Let your spirit take over and commune with God’s Holy Spirit. Encourage and admonish each other and spur each other on to magnificent works and thanksgiving.

Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Keep your heart in the Word and keep a sweet word on your tongue. Filled with the Holy Spirit, this gets much easier!

1 Peter 5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Be patient and humble, letting all your anxious thoughts and angry thoughts lay on God. This means stop watching all the dire news and perilous predictions. Many come from the second heaven where the devil resides. Don’t take to heart the prophecies and dreams reported that glorify the enemy. Ask the Lord to give you visions and dreams about what He is doing. Ask Him to give you understanding. This is part of the relationship Jesus bought us by His sacrifice. Join King Jesus being salt and light in your part of this darkening world.

Philippians 1:13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

As our warfare against evil continues. Forget the things behind because they’re gone forever. Reach forward to the things ahead as you rest in the Father’s love and provision for this day. Keep pressing on to the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Fight the good fight and pray for God’s will to be done. I have joined the prayer movement found at:

https://www.firewallusa.com/

This is not just for the USA; other nations are joining as well. I encourage you to go to this site and sign up for an hour to pray for our nation from now through November. I chose 6-7 a.m. Monday -Friday. This may become a normal routine and continue past the elections! In these troubled, awesome times, I pray Shalom be upon my dear readers!

Is God In Control?

Many things are coming into my life this week. I’m collating them to help make sense. Join me as I ponder!

Kris Vallotton says, “God is in charge, but not in control.”

https://www.krisvallotton.com/developing-a-prophetic-movement-that-reforms-the-world-part-2
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Kevin Zadai says, “Each one of us has a book written about us, and there are people in hell right now who have this beautiful book in Heaven written about them. Those in hell chose not to live out their book for whatever reason, but we do not have to be like the ones who faded back.

The Only Person in the Universe You Can Trust

Robert Henderson was speaking about President Trump with his wife accompanying him. She said God told her, “President Trump was not My first choice. The reason I had to use President Trump is because the one I would have used was aborted in the womb years ago. I needed one that would stand.”

Robert Henderson’s Four Dreams about President Trump; YouTube

Whether you love, hate or otherwise think of President Donald J. Trump, you need to pray for him and his family. They are under mighty attack that won’t let up. The enemy wants the spirit of One World Government to take over this land, taking Believer’s rights, freedoms and voice away; destroying Biblical values.

President Trump has broken that spirit that was coming on our country like a freight train. God has given us a brief window of grace. Even if he is not a Christian, we need to use our authority in heaven to pray and make way for God’s will to be done through President Trump. Pray for ‘My President Donald J. Trump’. Henderson says God told him we need a Donald; a world ruler in the Whitehouse and not a John-the beloved. I urge you to trust God and let Him deal with any faults you see. I’m reminded; he who has no sin may throw the first stone. I sure wouldn’t want the President’s job and all that’s being thrown at him; would you?

The LORD took an enormous risk giving us free will, but that is why Jesus is the Lamb of God slain before the foundations of the world. God had His son, but wanted a family to share their love with. For our God; Father, Son, and Spirit, it was worth the risk. Let us take the grace that is extended to us, lay down our own agendas, likes, dislikes, feelings; and determine to do the Will of the Father and make use of those books in heaven that are ours to appropriate. While you’re at it, ask Him to open President Donald J. Trump’s book for him. We need to use the authority we have in prayer through Jesus’ sacrifice and fight for God’s will to be done here on earth as it is written in heaven.

Isaiah 6:3 tells us the whole earth is full of His glory; I think that means there is glory in all creation, even humans. What would happen if we looked at other people and spoke out the glory of God we see and not their past or actions of the present? One of my sons easily falls into troubles. He is not an inferior person; he makes bad choices, but that does not mean God hasn’t planted a destiny in him and does not love him.

Father, forgive us for not trusting You. We have not because we ask not, then don’t even get what we ask because we have selfish motives to waste it on ourself. Thank You for giving us our President Donald J. Trump to give us a reprieve so more of the precious souls here on earth may come into Your kingdom. Remind us always that Your will is that not one of these would be lost, so infuse us with Your heart of love for all people. Holy Spirit, we do not know what to pray, so pray through us and bring to mind how God sees the one in front of us. Thank You, Lord, for the mercy and grace we can obtain at Your throne. We humbly bow before You, laying down our will to pick up what You have for each of us to fulfill our destiny in Your kingdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.