SLEEP!

happy nerd I just watched Pastor Bill Johnson‘s sermon Supernatural Sleep on YouTubeI want to share the Scriptures he used and share some things I gleaned. He began by referring to Genesis 1:5And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. So God did that day’s work, then the work, evening and morning made the first day. I’ll come back to this thought at the end of this post. Next:

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Job 33:115 In a dream, in a vision of the night,
When deep sleep falls upon men,
While slumbering on their beds,
16 Then He opens the ears of men,
And seals their instruction.
17 In order to turn man from his deed,
And conceal pride from man,
18 He keeps back his soul from the Pit,
And his life from perishing by the sword.

Are you OK with God speaking to you while you sleep and you not remembering it when you wake up? What if that prepares you for the day the Spirit uses those instructions to minister through you and speak to others? I’m all for it if it fulfills His plans for my life and keeps me from pridefully thinking I’ve done it all on my own! Another way Pastor Bill posed it: “Deep calls to deep” Father draws from the deposits He made while you were asleep.

comfyPsalm 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early,
To retire late,
To eat the bread of painful labors;
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. (NASB)

How well are you sleeping? Can you trust the Lord to give you sweet sleep? Is it worth it to vainly rise up early and retire late-“burning the candle at both ends”?

cropped-down-the-road-at-dusk-1.jpgPsalm 16:I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel;

My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.

When’s the last time you let your heart (known as bowels of compassion; kidneys; center of your being) sleep and instruct you?

Psalm 17:15 And me? I plan on looking
    you full in the face. When I get up,
I’ll see your full stature
    and live heaven on earth. (MSG)

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So think about this: If I plan on “looking you (God) full in the face” when I go to sleep, I can plan to wake up seeing Him face to face and living heaven on earth!  I encourage you to check out this video and get the full essence of what Pastor Bill Johnson was sharing.

I have started being conscious of sundown and reminding myself preparation for sleep is the beginning of my next day. If I go to sleep with the weight of the world on my shoulders and dwelling on the war going on in and around me, I know I won’t sleep well. If I turn my affections toward the Lord, I’ll go to sleep turned toward Him. If I awake in the night, I thank Him for waking me in the night seasons as King David did. I take that time to pray in the Spirit, offering prayer, intercession and praise (see what Apostle Paul had to say about praying in the Spirit). Dove

 

Collecting My Thoughts for June 21

WIN_20171016_16_10_40_ProDear Readers, welcome! There seems to be so much going on here that I can’t wrap my mind around one single thing to share with you this week, so here goes several!
Today is the first of the 90 days of summer. Hank & Brenda Kunneman have called us to pray and declare God’s will over our country, especially the North East for this 90 days. You can check out their July 4 Prophecy on YouTube. They are seeing a major move of satanic power on or about the 4th if we don’t stand in the gap!
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Jewish Thoughts: My grandmother was Jewish, immigrated to New York from Vienna (Wein) Austria in 1914 as WWI was beginning. I was her 4th grand child, born on May 14, the 15th anniversary of Israel’s statehood. My sister Trina was born in 1967, the year of the 6(7) Day War that reunited Jerusalem. My sister Gretchen, the eldest grandchild, came to know Jesus Christ as Messiah in 1972, the same year as Sid Roth and Mitch Glaser, two Jews from New York City. I’d say quite apropos for a Jewish grandmother!
hamoc sleep The Dream Workbook Chapter 15 & 16 pg. 72 from How To Live Out Of A Dream by Tommy Reid & Aimee Reid-Sych: 
  1. The DREAM OR WORLD INSIDE OF YOU is designed by God to be PLANTED in the HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT of the world AROUND YOU.
  2. God has a TIMING for everything.
  3. Samuel came into the world at a TIME OF CRISIS.
  4. Have YOU COME INTO THE WORLD FOR A SPECIAL TIME? Are you like Samuel or Esther and have you come into the Kingdom FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS. I THINK SO!  Describe how that makes you feel…
Thoughts on aging from Moravian Daily Texts 2019 June 20 :
ZACHARIAS AND ELIZABETH   God, we face fear as we grow older, moving into the unknown-worrying about loneliness, dementia, mental illness, financial insecurity, and many other concerns. Reassure us that Your constant care and love are new every morning. Remind us, Holy Spirit, of your everlasting presence to guide and comfort us through every stage of our earthly pilgrimage, so that we may remain in fellowship with Christ, our friend. Amen.
Do you worry about these things? I choose to trust the Lord with my life and have decided not to take on these worries. It just adds YEARS to the stress of worrying if I do! I take 1 Peter 5:7 and Philippians 4:6-8 to heart; Do not have anxious thoughts about anything because God cares for you!

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Random Musings for June 14

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Happy Flag day for all my readers in the USA! It’s good to pause and thank God for this symbol of all that’s been invested in our nation, including many prayers that are still being fulfilled in our days! Yes, life’s busy on my end-I don’t know which is busier-harvest time or early garden season! I’ve been listening/watching a lot of Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural programs and several YouTube videos connected with his guests, as well as reading several books at once:

  • Deceived from Within: A Look into the Self-Proclaimed “Hebrew Israelites” by Antoine Evans

  • Working with Angels: Flowing with God in the Supernatural by Steven Brooks

  • How To Live Out Of A Dream: An 8 year old crippled boy walks through an open door into God’s dream by Tommy Reid & Aimee Reid-Sych

  • The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women                                     by Kate Moore

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Did any of you attend Franklin Graham’s Decision America North East Tour? The Lord graciously hooked me up with my friend Jackie; we both wanted to attend the tour in Syracuse, NY but both had riders cancel at the last minute. We BOTH thought we weren’t supposed to go that day, but I was prompted to text her about who else I could ride with and it worked out perfectly! What a wonderful Hallelu-jah time with Crowder doing the worship and Franklin Graham‘s exhortation. It was amazing how many people went forward and then fireworks at the end! Not only did we both meet dear friends from the past there, we were able to pray for and minister to a young Moonie woman selling roses at the gate on the way out. The Lord is bringing a lot of New Age, homosexual and similarly broken & deceived people into both our lives recently.   Did I mention my friend Jackie had her wheel chair and we got special handicap treatment? That included parking so close to the tour bus we were able to take each other’s photos in front of it!

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I’m also contemplating health and healing as well as angel activity and authority in Christ again. Did you realize when Moses died at 120 years old, he was healthy, strong and had all his faculties. He climbed the mountain, God showed him the Promised land, then he lay down and died. (Deuteronomy 34:7)We do NOT have to be sick and weak to die; if you learn to trust the Lord for divine health, you can die peacefully in your bed or lounge chair at a ripe old age; just passing from earth to heaven in a twinkle of an eye! It’s NOT just an empty dream if you really search what the Scriptures truly say. I recommend Norval Hayes‘ many books of his revelations from the Lord about healing; all are fairly short.

One last thought: Steve and Brenda Brooks (you can find them on YouTube) have a prophecy about July 4th, 2019. They’re calling for prayers and declarations for 90 Days of Summer beginning on June 21. Will you join me praying/declaring against the plans of the enemy and for the plans of God?  Looks like the most crucial times are from the 21st to the 4th of July. Looks like Satan’s army is amassing for a spectacular melee as we celebrate our independence. I leave you all in the Father’s right hand, seated in the Heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

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Pride?

HamanPride is a tricky thing! Dr. Mark Virkler said: “Saying anything that God doesn’t say about me is pride.” Who do you say you are? If you’re a child of God, washed by the blood of the Lamb, you are holy, righteous, redeemed, set apart, have a brand new heart, are grafted in, adopted, the Bride of Christ. By His stripes you WERE healed! Think about Haman. He thought he was so much better than Mordecai the Jew, he tried to wipe out the whole Jewish race. In the end, his evil fell on himself and he was hanged on the gallows meant for Mordecai. As Proverbs 16:18 says:  Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.

 Let’s look further into what the Bible says about pride.

Ezekiel 16:49 Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. hamoc sleep

Most of us are not far from Sodom’s iniquity and pride; full of food and idleness! In our “fatness” we tend to forget the poor and needy. I know I often spend more money on food and entertainment for myself than on things for the poor; most of the time much more than my tithe to the church!

nature lion south africa whitelion Hosea 7:10 And the pride of Israel testifies to his face, But they do not return to the Lord their God, Nor seek Him for all this.

Most of us show our pride in being self sufficient. We eventually remember to call on the Lord to help us, but it’s often not our first instinct.

James 4:1Pride Promotes Strife ] Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?

stary eyes In our pride, we tend to hold our desires for pleasure, even our “fight for the right” before our desires for Godly things. There’s so much strife in this world these days! As God’s people, we should be doing our best to deny ourselves and follow Jesus by the Holy Spirit’s leading and His grace.

Daniel 4:37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down.

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As you read through the books of the kings (Kings, Chronicles, Samuel) most of the kings were brought down/put down by illness, murder, calamity. Pride led them to glory in their position of kingship and look toward earthly power and pleasures. They left the alters to the false gods on the high places, thinking they were OK because they’d cleared out the Lord’s temple.

Romans 9:19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?” 20 But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?

You can find out more about Dr. Mark Virkler’s Communion With God Ministries at https://www.cwgministries.org/

I leave you to ponder pride. I’ve found that much of my pride shows up in false humility. Things like: God couldn’t use me the way I am; I couldn’t talk in front of people; I’m just shy; I know God can heal others, but not me…Next time I read Scripture and pridefully think of which neighbor, sibling or friend needs to hear this, I want to remember the following thought:

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The Lord is my Shield

hamoc sleepI begin with a ‘night musing’ I had this week: God turns bad to good, good to great, and great to heavenly excellence! Without the shield of faith, this life is nothing. With these thoughts, I will proceed to look up the shield of the LORD in the Bible. I start with one that’s quite familiar to most Christians:

Ephesians 6:16 ... above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

Genesis 15:1b “Do not be afraid, Abram. am your shield[a]your exceedingly great reward.

2 Samuel 22:31 As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the Lordis proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

2 Samuel 22:36 “You have also given me the shield of Your salvation;
Your gentleness has made me great…”

Psalm 3:3 But You, O Lordare a shield [a]for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.

Psalm 5:12 For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous;
With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my [a]strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the [b]horn of my salvation, my stronghold.                                                    30 As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the Lord is [a]proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.                                                                                          35 You have also given me the shield of Your salvation;
Your right hand has held me up,
Your gentleness has made me great…

Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped.

Psalm 33:20 Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.

Psalm 47:9 …For the shields of the earth belong to our God; He is greatly exalted.

Psalm 59:11 …Scatter them by Your power, and bring them down, O Lord our shield.

Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;

Psalm 89:18 For our shield belongs to the LORD

Psalm 91:4…His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

Psalm 115:9 O Israel, trust in the Lord;
He is their help and their shield.
10 O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord;
He is their help and their shield.
11 You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord;
He is their help and their shield.

Psalm 119:114 You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word.

Psalm 144:2 …my shield and the One in whom I take refuge.

Proverbs 2:7…He is a shield to those who walk uprightly

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.

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I pray these verses help you apply the LORD’s shield and all it entails to your life. May you trust Him alone no matter what comes and may your hope in Him not disappoint as you stand strong in faith. Grab hold of your opportunity to make use of His shield as you humbly deny yourself and your own strength. May you gain the victory won for us in Christ Jesus! Amen

 

 

Another Lie We’ve Believed?

Is that meWelcome to another look into my musings. This week I was listening to Pastor Bill Johnson from Bethel Church in Redding, CA on YouTube titled: Trusting God When You Don’t Understand. He used this Psalm to show the goodness of God toward us, His children.

Psalm 103:1 Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His 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.

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.
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.

11 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 [a]knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.

15 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 [b]gone,
And its place remembers it no more.
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.

19 The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all.

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 [c]ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

he is awed by God Let’s start a reformation: God-good, Enemy-bad. Stop attributing the bad in this world to God. Let’s stop fighting spiritual battles with physical weapons. Remember when the man brought his demon possessed son to Jesus and said the disciples hadn’t been able to heal him? Jesus said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” Mark 9:29  Pastor Johnson suggests Jesus at this moment was already full of prayer and fasting from His habit of getting alone with the Father. As Jesus did, let us develop intimacy and power. Let’s sacrifice through worship; giving high praise unto the LORD. Let this be joined with prayer and fasting. May we all dig in to experience Psalm 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

May Musings

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Dearest readers, is May always such a busy month for you as it is for us? In our family we currently have one anniversary and 7 birthdays as well as Mother’s Day, spring cleaning, Grandparent’s Day at school… We’re busy planning our garden, moving the raised beds again; this time we’re lining most of them up along our garden fence to give the climbing things a place to climb. We’ve bought our seeds, seed potatoes and onion sets and are deciding which tomato and pepper plants to buy. I spent two evenings moving our compost pile, husband John spent two afternoons moving the compost & soil to the new bed placements after we spent one evening moving the frames from the raised beds. John made frames of plastic wood and we’ve raised/moved them each year we’ve been at this house. Whew! what a job it’s been already and the real work of weeding, feeding, mowing and such hasn’t begun yet! I’m very thankful to get out in the fresh air amid the rainy days we’ve been having.

Crossroads Prison Ministries

Do you have a heart to encourage/minister to those in prison? Do you have an hour or two a week you could sacrifice to mentor a student in the Crossroads Prison Ministry courses? The ministry has recently begun paying postage for the students to send their lessons back to the office and the number of students has multiplied greatly, which makes the need for new mentors great as well.  It takes so little to minister hope and encouragement to those in prison.  I’ve been an Instructor for about 7 years and have gotten much more than I’ve given to these students! To find out more go to: https://cpministries.org/

On another front: yesterday was a big YouTube day for me. First I watched Dan Mohler’s video You can’t stop your mind from wandering so harness it! reminding me to quickly forgive anyone who offends me. Pray for that person because they need it; or else they wouldn’t have hurt you. Also, don’t try to empty your mind; turn to the Lord and fill your mind with God thoughts!

Next was a couple of Kevin Zadai’s  Agenda of angels videos. A couple things stood out from that: first, stop grieving the angels. Your prayers cause Heaven to send out angels to bring the answer to them, but if you doubt- James 1But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. -you cancel out your prayers and the angels can’t deliver what you were asking God for.  (also see Daniel 10:12-14) The second thing that stood out is praying in tongues is what Kevin calls Stealth Language” because the devil can’t understand what we’re praying when we pray/speak in tongues. The Apostle Paul said when we pray in tongues we give thanks well. It also causes you to speak out your destiny. When Kevin was in heaven, the Lord showed him book cases filled with books and many gathering dust. He was told those were books about our lives that hadn’t been accessed and the plans of God for those lives hadn’t been fulfilled because the people didn’t access them.  Listening to these videos, I found a new release to pray/speak in tongues, to stand steadfast in my prayers and to quickly forgive and pray for those I’ve forgiven. I leave you to sort out these musings and ask Holy Spirit to open your understanding. That chapter in James I mentioned above also speaks about asking for wisdom. Until next week:

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