Emmanuel; our God is with us!

Dear Reader, as we approach the day we celebrate Christ-mas, remember God sent His one and Only Son to be born and fulfill all the prophets had said. I share one more Emmanuel song, approaching the end of my year’s theme Immanuel/Emmanuel/Emanuel – God with us. Enjoy this celebration, keeping Emmanuel in the midst!

Holy Holy I will bow before
My Lord and King
Hallelujah You have come to us
You make all things new

~ YES! Our God came down to earth to make all things new; Let us bow down and worship!

Emmanuel, Jesus Christ
You’ll never let me go
My shepherd King
You’re watching over me
Emmanuel

~ Hallelujah, He’ll never let us go, our shepherd King who constantly watches over us.

So amazing, You have named the stars
Of the deepest night
Still You love me
You have called my name
I will follow You

~ Think about this; Emmanuel, God with us, has taken notice of us. Even though He’s put the myriad of stars in their places and has named each of them, He still knows our name and loves each of us!

Holy Holy God Almighty
There is none like You
Holy Holy God Almighty
There is none like You

~ There is none like our Holy, Almighty God! Let us praise Him!

Emmanuel Emmanuel
Emmanuel Emmanuel
Emmanuel

~ Selah!

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Join me and meditate for a bit on the deepest meaning of Christmas. I remember as a young Believer, I fell into legalism trying to figure out how to do this “Christian” thing right; especially holidays. One year I was told believing in Santa Claus was not good for our children. If they stopped believing Santa, how would they still believe in God? I cleansed my house, disposing of anything that had Santa on it. Out went the puzzles, coloring books, ornaments, story books, etc. Looking back, I realize the fear that made me do that.

Kat Kerr says there’s a Christmas Town in heaven! The Lord does not mind us celebrating His birthday on December 25th – even if it’s not the actual day – and many have forgotten why we celebrate. In Him we sanctify all things! So, enjoy the meal, the treats, the special traditions. Celebrate as the angels did on the day of Christ’s birth; sing gladful tidings, dance for joy, eat cake… pie… cookies… light up the Christmas tree and remember the life we have in Jesus, the gold and silver gifts of the Maggi. Do not call unholy what others have sanctified. If you give thanks, you set it apart to the Lord. As the Apostle Paul taught:

Romans 14:5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.

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A Little Christ-Mass

Our Christmas Tree; first time put up in four years!

Greetings dear readers! Yes, our tree has been in storage since January first, 2016. I asked if we could put up some lights outdoors and while John was looking for lights in the garage, he found the tree in the way. He brought it in and told me to put it up one last time before we get rid of it and find a smaller one. It’s such a bright, comforting, joyous addition to our living room! You may have noticed I have a bunch of angels at the top of the tree and I’d like to share them with you. John just saw what I’m doing and asked if I’m also telling about his little blogging angel!

  • This angel topper is holding two candles and lit up like God’s glory. This reminds me of the one that may have been above Jesus’ manger.
  • John’s sister Barb made this one several years ago. I think it’s made out of a doily.

  • The one with the red bow is another one crafted at home; on the upper right is a finger puppet crafted by Elaine at the Historical Society. The small one in the middle says, “I heart Grandma”. The star surrounds Bethlehem; I like that it commemorates the Star that led the Magi to the Christ child and the town where He was born.

  • Next we have two on the bottom that say Heidi and John; the love bird angels. My cousin Mary T. created the cross stitch one

  • This angle in red with the guitar brings back memories from when my children were quite young.

  • The tin angel is another family heirloom I loathe getting rid of; it has a lot of quietly fond memories attached.

  • This needle point gem has a clothes pin base. I love the little blue birds on the dress and the lace trim.

  • Lastly, I share the one I picked up at the Dollar General store yesterday. I like the lacy dress and flowing golden braids and the sweet face.

Now, I know our depictions of angels are not quite accurate, according to those who have actually seen angels, or what the Bible says. The Apostle Paul warned believers not to worship angels; angels in Revelation told John not to bow to them. Jesus told us we will be like the angels in heaven; neither marrying nor given in marriage. God made angels as a separate creation from human beings. I also want to note; we do not sit around on clouds and you can have wings, but you don’t automatically get wings when you reach heaven. Dr. Kevin Zadai relates seeing angels over seven feet tall. None of the reports I’ve heard from others with revelation from heaven were female in looks. But as Jesus said; don’t forget to welcome strangers, you may entertain angels in disguise! Which means some of them may take on female guise when necessary. According to the online dictionary, the title angel actually means messenger:

“A spiritual being believed to act as an attendant, agent, or messenger of God, conventionally represented in human form with wings and a long robe.”God sent an angel to talk to Gideon” ·”

Kris Vallotton said one night when he was battling spiritual oppression, a huge angle that looked angry, dressed in a wrestling suit came into his room; when he talked to Bob Jones, Bob told him, “That’s Michael; he’s always angry!” Michael is head of the warrior angels. This reminds me of Kat Kerr talking about the angle hosts; they’re warrior angels who are fierce!

Luke 2:12 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Somehow, we are conditioned to think this was just a nice little feminine angel choir. Well, it was a MULTITUDE! Just remember; the one-third of fallen angels that followed Lucifer were the worshiper angels he led. That wouldn’t leave many -if any- worshiping angels to sing at Christ’s birth. The hosts are actually warrior angels dressed for battle! No wonder the first angel had to tell the shepherds not to be afraid!

Luke 2:9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid…

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly swinging o’er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains

Gloria In Excelsis Deo
Gloria In Excelsis Deo
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As the website says, “Long ago in the hills of southern France, shepherds had a Christmas Eve custom of calling to one another, singing “Gloria in Excelsis Deo,” each from their own hillside.”

I’m hoping this brief foray into angels adds to your celebration of the ages; Christ the Lord was born in Bethlehem, the Lamb of God born in the city of David; the House of Bread. The light of God shone upon the earth at just the right time! May His advent on earth bring you joy. Now for those wondering what I’m reading:

Amish Christmas Miracles: 14 stories to touch your heart and warm your soul this Christmas

Amish Christmas Miracles Collection is the best book I’ve read this month. Fourteen different Amish romance authors contributed their best Christmas stories to this anthology. I enjoyed each story as they portray different Amish communities and fourteen different heart-wrenching/heart-warming tales. As we enter the last week of this Christmas season, I pray you find new meaning in the word Emmanuel-God with us- which has been my word for the year 2020. Also praying you experience the fullness of Shalom, only found in the riches we have in Christ Jesus! Hallelujah!

Gathering Early December Thoughts

Our grand-dog bonding with Grandpa while Dad’s out

A couple months back while John was still working on the house we’re selling, our son came to town to visit. He had brought his daughter to visit with her girlfriends from her old school and he was was going out for a bit while he waited and asked if his dog Luna could stay with Grandpa. Grandpa was on his cot resting; patted the bed and she jumped up and settled in. That’s an afghan my grandma made from the leftover yarns as she finished afghans for the family. I love the colors! Since this day, each time we visit our son’s family, Luna comes right to Grandpa, and he says she must have bonded well that day he took the picture.

Back to Kris Vallotton’s podcast I was talking about last blog; here’s a couple more things that stuck with me. Kris said, “It’s hard to throw rocks at the castle and then be invited in!” In other words, if you are finding fault, how would you expect to be asked in to speak for God before the leaders? Then he talked about kids navigating jet skis going over the 20mph speed limit coming into shore compared to a ship coming in too fast. You may be able to err without problem by yourself, but it’s a big problem if you do it with a group. In this Christian life, are you a ME or a WE? He related this to our culture fighting the mask and other rules wanting ME to have rights compared to China where everyone just wears the masks because they’re a WE culture.

On another note: I just proofread a new book from Kay Bascom called Jubilee Journey. She shares their journey; her husband was a doctor and they were in Somalia with their sons when the government fell apart. She relates lectures they attended while refugees. They were called “Christianity and Ideologies” presented by a British chemist serving as a Nairobi pastor, and a Cornell-trained agriculture economist. They presented three styles of government: Socialism, Marxism and Capitalism, tearing them down into their structural parts. Then they went to God’s form of government from the Bible. All human governments fail because they don’t take into account human nature. God knows how He made us and His rules show how to make the structure fair and offer forgiveness. Kay shares life stories that led up to them studying the feasts of the LORD and creatively implementing them in their family when they were home in Kansas to help their sons and the others around them get more meaning out of their faith. She also described how they came into understanding of God’s Jubilee and applying it to their lives as well.

I highly recommend Jubilee Journey if you want to know about the history of how the Jewish start of Christ- followers became Christianized; how the church forgot its Jewish roots, and “how now shall we live?” as we come back to the center. Basically, we are not required to keep the Law and the Levitical feasts, but we get to. The Bible is an ongoing, interweaving of Old Testament and New Testament. Kay Bascom is an excellent Bible teacher with many exciting life experiences with first-hand accounts of recent history. This book is very readable, comprehensive, and relevant for this time on earth. This book will be published soon, so keep tabs on it at http://www.olivepresspublisher.org

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Kat Kerr with her sister Margaret
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This week’s Wednesday Elijah Streams [December 9, 2020] with Kat Kerr was excellent! She talked about the vaccine for COVID-19. God says it’s O.K. to get the vaccine. Stop listening to the scare tactics that it may have a micro-chip in it to track you; don’t believe it can change your DNA; if you have Jesus’ DNA because you belong to him, no one can change it! Kat says she’s not getting the vaccine because she doesn’t need it; if you’ve seen her lately, she looks younger than she did five years ago! [she admitted to being born in 1952 on this episode] As with Moses, she’s spent so much time in God’s glory, she’s got God’s immunity and He is preserving her human body. So if you have solid faith that Jesus is your DNA and your immunity, don’t get the vaccine. If you don’t, you should. For my part, I will get the vaccine to honor my husband. If the man I live with is more comfortable with me getting the shot, I trust God to keep me. Unless God tells me differently, I honor my husband because God speaks through him as my authority. I am learning progressively how to live by faith and not fear! [a lot of it has to do with shutting out the fake news]

From THE CHOSEN PEOPLE Volume xxvi, Issue 10 November 2020 Dr. Mitch Glazer interviewed Joel C. Rosenberg about The Abraham Accords; an update from an expert on the Middle East. These are exciting times to know and understand what’s going on in the Middle East; especially as it pertains to Israel. Joel shared links to the two new websites he’s launched to search genuine news without media bias against Isreal, peace, values we hold. Joel says, “We will provide links to all the really good and credible coverage in the Israeli press, Arab press, and American and other media.” He knows most people don’t have time to sift through the news themselves. Here are the links: All Israel News

https://www.allisrael.com

All Arab News here:

You can hear the full interview between Mitch and Joel by clicking here:

https://ourhopepodcast.com

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Hippo in the Garden

I found out about this book listening to Kris Vallotton’s podcasts on Podbean. This episode was Light of the World dated Dec. 2, 2020. In this season of celebrating the Light of the World in the darkest time of the year, this sermon is à propos. Hippo in the Garden was copyrighted in 1993; Kris’ group in that decade was just learning to hear from God and how to prophesy. Having been introduced to Holy Spirit baptism and the gifts and callings of God starting in 1986, I enjoyed his podcast explaining what that era of the church was like and the book coming from a different angle of how to hear from God and share what you hear than what we’re hearing now. In the early 1990s, the offices of Prophet and Apostle were beginning to be welcomed into the church culture/leadership.

Having read so many books in the past few years, this was a good return to what writing and publishing was before Amazon and self-publishing. As an editor/proofreader, I noticed very few errors compared to current reads. Also, most books I’m reading average 150 pages; this one has 292. What about the hippo? James had a dream and later a vision of a hippo in a garden, which he shares past the mid-point the book. You will find out more than you’ve ever dreamed about hippos and how they relate to the church and spirituality. The book begins with a condensed version of his difficult growing-up years, his time in jail, marvelous salvation and first experiences building a church and learning to follow God’s voice. The basics in the book apply to all generations of Christ-followers learning to hear the voice of God and I recommend it to you all.

I’ll go back to Kris Vallotton’s teaching now. Meeting Jesus in 1973, the midst of the Jesus movement that basically began in 1970 and ran through the Baby Boomers into the 1990s. I found Jesus in 1983 and was baptized in Holy Spirit in 1986, so I remember well what he was talking about. We were all coming away, out of the world and its depravity. We studied the book of Revelation and end-time prophecies until we were so focused on the second coming of Christ, we were no good to those around us. We took the Scriptures that said the world would get darker and we would shine brighter and removed ourselves from influencing the culture. Our leaders discouraged us from going to college, from working in the secular world, from engaging in politics…the list goes on. Well, Roe V. Wade began in 1973, along with the birth of the ‘Come Away’ move and things have gone downhill since then. While the technology era took off, we let the world go on without us as we did all those eschatology seminars with the ‘pre-post-mid trib’ charts. My daughter wondered how she could be in the world but not of the world; working as if Jesus was coming today and also as if He wouldn’t come in her lifetime; part of the reason my children fell away. It was a good time; it was a bad time.

Think about it: if you believe the world is going to hell in a handbasket and soon destroyed, what incentive do you have to work at building things up? During that time, I found it hard to love like Jesus because it was “us n’ them” and we were quite legalistic. Spending a lot of time thinking about the end times, I was pushing and rushing to get things done and people into the kingdom. Remember; without love, we are just a noisy clanging gong. Not that I had no love, but I held on to much offense, legalism, and fear. How would I live when you couldn’t buy or sell without the mark of the beast? How would we survive persecution? Glory! Jesus is comin’ and it could be tonight!

I have been emerging from my dark cocoon since about 2010. Grasping the Kingdom message, I’m letting go of legalism, offenses, fears and dire predictions. I stopped listening to second heaven chatter; which is devilish. We are now in the Kingdom era, bringing God’s will here on earth as it is in heaven. Walking in love and victory is much freer than fear and unforgiveness. As Kat Kerr says, “Roll up your rapture rug and rule!” This is the kingdom age and we must stand up and rule as the Priests and Kings Christ died to make us. Find your passion and see how God wants you to change what’s wrong. The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Let’s take up our power and authority in Jesus and march forth in victory!

In Luke chapter 6, Jesus talks about loving your enemies and tells us, “Do not judge others.” Then in Luke 6:35 

But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.

Shalom my dear readers!

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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.

Granddaughter’s cake

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.

Green bean harvest

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.

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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!

Our Red Sea Moment!

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 to Sid Roth’s ISN Shocking Prophetic Timeline Reveals What’s Next: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjI0K2hOuxg and also Elijah Stream, the YouTube version of the Elijah List.

Kat Kerr speaks with Steve Schultz on The Elijah Stream

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:

https://www.newsmax.com/ News Max

World News Net

https://www.theepochtimes.com/ Epoch Times

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 10 is 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. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 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 Shepherd who 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.

Amish Vows (5 Book Series)

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.

Tribulations?

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 1:6 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…

What do we greatly rejoice in? Our heavenly inheritance:

1 Peter 1:3 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.

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 6:9 In 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.

Testing the Supernatural: How to Biblically Test Dreams, Visions, Revelations, and Spiritual Manifestations

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:

  1. How was it received?
  2. What is its content?
  3. What is its long-term fruit?
  4. 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!

God’s X-Factor!

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.

Trust and Obey
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus
Than to trust and obey!

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Don’t forget the children!

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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!