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.

Racism???

Good day dear readers! Racism is a huge sin in this world; not just in the USA! As it’s festering and raising its ugly head again, I will share what I found at http://www.destinyimage.com [full web address after Kelly Varner’s quotes] and some verses from the Bible.

James Goll points out that the three persons of the Holy Trinity are one; they complement each other without competing, jealousy or covetousness. Most of us, even if we call ourselves Christian, are far away from the oneness of Father, Son and Spirit with our neighbors and fellow Believers. People say, “Sunday is the most segregated day of the week.”

As pastor and author Kelley Varner writes, “God hates racism in any form—it is sin. Racism is rooted in degeneracy, pride, superior attitudes, ignorance, and fear. Unregenerate Adamic flesh is the soil from which racism springs. Included here are pride of place (social status),

pride of face (physical attributes),

pride of grace (religious or denominational traditions),

and pride of race (based on skin color or ethnicity). “

Kelley Varner, The Three Prejudices https://www.destinyimage.com/2020/07/02/americas-greatest-generational-sin/?

As for me, I think my social status is middle-class, my physical attributes white European; maybe WASP. I trace my roots back to Germany where I’m sure there were a few Huns in the bloodline, European Ashkenazi Jews, and Scotland where we are from the Douglas and Bowes clans, most likely related to “Brave Heart” (or at least fought with him). As far as denominations and religious traditions, I grew up in a Presbyterian church with many proud “Denominationalists” to learn from, then moved to a Spirit filled church that came from a Mennonite church. I now am part of an independent Charismatic church. Over the years I have been prideful in the fact I can sing, I read my Bible, and am filled with the Holy Spirit and speak in other tongues. But what do I have that God did not give me? Where does pride have a leg to stand on when the ground is level at the cross?

Jesus prayed to the Father for us;

John 3:12 … that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

What does the Bible say about race relations?

Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

And again Paul says:

Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

Let us drop all that divides us and come together. Until each of us sees others as God sees us, until we all accept that every person on earth has intrinsic worth. Because all humans have an eternal soul and blood running through their veins; all of it red. Let us strive to outdo each other in brotherly and sisterly love, preferring others above ourselves. and heed Jesus’ command:

Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

1Timothy 2:5  For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus... Until we meet again, I pray Shalom over you all dear readers. Amen.

I Never Knew You!

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!

In Matthew 25:31-45 Jesus talks about the Father in Heaven separating the sheep from the goats. The righteous will ask, “When did I do all these things?” Jesus says, “When you did them to the least of these, you did them to me.” The cursed will ask, “When did I see you…?” Jesus says, “When you did not do for the least of these, you did not do for Me.”

It’s been a week of conviction leading to repentance for me. Posted on Facebook was a video of a woman who’d had a spat with her husband and went out for a walk to calm down. As she was walking, she had a vision of Jesus walking past her and getting further ahead of her. She told Him to wait for her. He turned back and extended His hand and she took it and asked why He was going ahead of her. Using Matthew 7:21 He showed her how she’d been distancing from Him and doing her own thing, not discerning Christ. She repented in tears and blessed her husband instead of holding things against him.

The threat of being turned away at the throne impacted me. I’ve been selfish during these months of distancing. I have played Mahjong games until my fingers hurt and it’s past bedtime. I wander around the house wondering what I can snack on. I ignore time I could be writing my book, reading a book, spending time in the Word… connecting with the Lord; or my husband! I think of calling someone but don’t.

Yes, I have visited several friends and posted encouragement on Facebook, LinkedIn, and replied to other bloggers. I’ve mailed encouraging notes and cards, sent encouraging texts, called a few people, but wasted a lot of time. There are lots of excuses, but no moral reasons. Then I read:

Proverbs 4:23 “Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

Matthew 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.

Jesus said whatever goes in to the mouth passes through the body and doesn’t affect us. What comes out of the mouth is what’s in the heart. So, what is coming out of your mouth? Is it godly talk, blessing, healthy and not detrimental to you or those connected to you? The way we live during this time, and the rest of our life on earth, has eternal consequences. I urge you to join me in assessing where you stand in your heart and what you have been feeding it. Blessing and cursing should not come out of the same stream of thought or word. I need to make wiser choices and stop blaming; even if it’s only in my mind. When we get to the Heavenly throne on the day of the Lord’s judgement, God won’t tolerate you blaming your brother, sister, mother, spouse, neighbor, teacher, preacher or anyone else for the things you did and the choices you made.

What if the Lord gave us this time in His grace to prepare for what’s next? Jesus, reduce me to love! Guard your heart, dear one!

I say Shalom as I leave you with:

1Corinthians 6:19… do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Psalm 50

I’ve been using the list of Psalms in Praying through the Most Beloved Psalms in 30 Days by Dolores Smyth [clicking on this link will take you to Truth For Life]. This week I read Psalm 50, the Psalm for the 30th day. Today I share how I see it pertaining to the season we’re in. The first verses show what kind of God we’re contending with (you can look up the first 2 verses for more). As Hebrews 10:31 says: “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God”.

Psalm 50:3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent; a fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestuous all around Him. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people:
“Gather My saints together to Me, those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.” Let the heavens declare His righteousness, for God Himself is Judge. Selah

God needs nothing from us; He owns it all! We owe all we have and are to Him.

7 “Hear, O My people, and I will speak, o Israel, and I will testify against you; I am God, your God! I will not rebuke you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, which are continually before Me. I will not take a bull from your house, nor goats out of your folds. 10 For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. 11 I know all the birds of the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are Mine.” 12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the world is Mine, and all its fullness. 13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?”

How can we honor a God who owns everything? What does He ask from us?

14 Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High. 15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”

The next verses speak to those who have been taking advantage of things and increasing the spirits of fear, chaos, and greed. See if you can see the news media, the “experts” and protestors described here. Are you part of this? I think if I’m honest, I may be also!

16 But to the wicked God says:
“What right have you to declare My statutes, or take My covenant in your mouth,17 seeing you hate instruction and cast My words behind you?
18 When you saw a thief, you consented with him, and have been a partaker with adulterers. 19 You give your mouth to evil, and your tongue frames deceit. 20 You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son. 21 These things you have done, and I kept silent; you thought that I was altogether like you; but I will rebuke you, and set them in order before your eyes.”

What are God’s instructions to these people? Is there any remedy?

22 “Now consider this, you who forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver: 23 Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.”

During this season, we need to search our hearts and make sure we are walking in love toward others, no matter what they’ve done or not done. As Jesus said, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” [Luke 23:34a] Until we see each person as someone of worth, our hearts will become hard and bitter toward others whom we do not forgive or take offense from. Yes, we cannot condone the sin or the evil, but we can love the person made in God’s image. We can also speak positive things instead of repeating evil, dire predictions. I’ll leave you with the Apostle Paul’s admonition to the Church; which we Believers are all part of.

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

*All Scripture taken from New King James Bible

Don’t Let Your Guard Down!

These times we’re in are a challenge no matter what situation you find yourself in. Will you gain the victory in Chris Jesus? I’ve been reading James chapter 5, which gives some good tips on how to live the Christian life in these times. Let’s look!

Be Patient and Persevering

James 5:7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord [f]is at hand.

Be patient and establish your hearts…who/whom is your heart established in? None of us know the exact time for Jesus’ return, though we know we’re in the birth pangs which will bring the culmination of the years. We also know the Lord is at hand right at this moment and has been all these years.

Do not [g]grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be [h]condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!

This is quite clear! Have you caught yourself grumbling and complaining lately? I have; and needed to repent!

10 My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. 11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.

I am so glad we have these examples. Challenges in life may look different, but if we truly dig into the examples set forth from those who preceded us, the effects are no different. Choose wisely; I find the Holy Spirit leads my wisest choices.

12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into [i]judgment.

This verse has been helpful in dealing with a couple people who can be tedious to communicate with on text or messaging; even on the phone! I find it easy to fall into vain arguments if I don’t follow this Scripture.

I have a question to end with. What do you/ have you done with the prophecies you’ve been given?

Prophecy is a major way God uses to speak to us. If you haven’t gotten a prophecy directly, the Bible is full of prophecies and promises you can claim. If God isn’t speaking to you, maybe you’re not listening. Another option is you have done nothing with what you’ve already gotten so He won’t give you more to work on. I leave you in the Lord’s hands of love, dear readers. Shalom!

This Present Darkness?

Which would you choose?

How Should We Then Live? A book by Francis Schaeffer who spent decades pondering how to live a Biblically Christian life amid these times of chaos. On Tuesday I read a prophetic vison from June 1, 2020. You can find it on Facebook @ Jeremiah Johnson Ministries: AN URGENT PROPETIC ALERT AND WARNING June 1, 2020 12:07 p.m. He pointed out that the fear and greed come from the enemy and the enemy has taken over our media outlets. This has led to the protests and riots. Wednesday’s devotion led me to 1 Peter 2:

1 I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. [NLT Bible]

This is a time of great turmoil. We have many opportunities to take offense, grumble and complain. I believe God will hold us accountable for our attitude through all this. An inordinate amount of people are bashing President Trump, among other people in the spotlight. It brings to mind, “He who has no sin, throw the first stone.” The Apostle Paul wrote 1 Timothy when Nero was their leader. He used and abused Christians and others horribly. If you think about it, we don’t need a politician as president right now; we need a businessman to straighten out the mess our past politician presidents got us into. No matter what you say, Trump has made headway; especially with his stance toward Israel. As Israel goes, so do we. God said He would bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel. Societies have proven this true repeatedly!

undefined All I want to say about what’s happened with the “race riots” this week is I recommend Bryan Stevenson‘s book Just Mercy. It is also a movie/mini-series now.

So, as far as it is in your ability, drawing on Christ’s help, live at peace with all people. Remember to bless those who curse you, do good to those who persecute you. Join with the Lord of the Harvest and work toward all people coming to saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Let’s work toward the goal of God’s kingdom in Heaven, working while it is light to reap the harvest Jesus paid the price for. Don’t lie down and give in to the devil’s plans for fear, confusion, and greed. Stand up and declare God’s plans for us all to have love, joy, peace and godliness in the Holy Ghost!

I pray all my readers experience true Shalom as they go deeper into a relationship with Father God through Jesus Christ. Let us stand and proclaim the goodness of the Lord and pray our country has one more chance at grace before the end comes. Amen.

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May Musings…Scars

The past two days I took a good look at my scars. I have them on four toes from bunion surgery and 3 on my breasts from lumpectomies and cancer removal. Looking into videos for Ravi Zacharias after hearing of his death last evening, I found Naomi Zacharias speaking at the Liberty University Convocation on YouTube. She spoke about her task at RZIM [Ravi Zacharias International Ministry], heading their ministry to the sex trafficked. I’ll share what the Spirit brought to mind this morning, putting my thoughts together from all this. Note: I’m using the new WordPress Editor so forgive me while I’m learning the new tech!

Psalm 100:3 Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and [a]not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Naomi noted that individual means that which cannot be changed or divided. We are individually made by the Lord God, created for His plans and purposes, so we should be an individual; not trying to be like someone else. We also should take other people as the individual they are.

Matthew 5:45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

God’s love is personal for each individual. It’s also impartial because He sends good things like rain and sunshine to the just and the unjust. This tells me we need to not be judgemental. Naomi posed the question: “If a prostitute came into your church, would she be welcomed as a child of God or shunned and held in her sins?” (I kind of paraphrased what she said). We want the lost, hurting, messed up to come into the fold and find Jesus, but are we ready to take them “just as I am”, filthy, dirty, smelly…foul language, addictions and all?

This led me to the next passage:

Luke 17:6 So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

John 20:24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”…

The day Jesus showed up in the Disciples’ midst:

27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, [f]“Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

All NKJ Scriptures from Bible Gateway

This brings me back to the observation of my scars. This morning referring to my scars I said, “The tracks of my trials remind me You are faithful!” Jesus paid the full price for our healing. Jesus our Lord and Holy Spirit hear our prayers and pray with us. (as the Bible says, Jesus is ever interceding for us at the Throne of God) Healing is a tough subject because we’ve heard of miracles happening and people instantly healed. Then there are those who are healed by doctors; medicine, therapies, surgeries…and we wonder why things happen the way they do.

We see faith as something we need more of. Sometimes we think we need to “muster up” our faith. Well, God gives us the first mustard seed of faith when we first believe. Faith only grows as it’s tested and we see the faithfulness of God in our trials and troubles. God doesn’t put those things on us, but may allow them. [see John 10:10] Jesus has a new heavenly body, but it still has the scars from the nail holes and the spear in His side. These show the price paid for our salvation and all that accompanies it; overcoming power. In Revelation we read that the Saints overcame by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony and did not love their lives to the death. My scars remind me of the Lord’s faithfulness to heal; I’ve had doctors and nurses remark how well I healed from my surgeries. It’s a good testimony of the grace I have in my body because of Jesus’ provision and faithfulness.

One last thought that Naomi reinforced: there’s no sacred and secular in our destinies from God. When we belong to Jesus, every part of our lives is dedicated to Him. Wherever you are, you are a missionary; on a mission to bring God’s kingdom to your part of this earth. The person who needs what you have is probably sitting right next to you!

I leave you to soldier on in the life God has given you. May you recognize the weapons of warfare that are not carnal that Apostle Paul spoke of in Ephesians 6 and the talents, gifts and abilities you’ve been endowed with from Father God. Use them well! Shalom dear ones!

Ravi Zacharias, A Good Christian Soldier Goes Home

Ravi Zacharias has been a part of my Christian walk for years. I couldn’t let his passing go unnoticed! I share Victor’s post because he’s done a good job honoring this great man of God!

Victors' Corner

That was how CNN reported the death of internationally renown Christian apologists, Dr Ravi Zacharias on 19 May, 2020.

Before seeing that post, I was already aware of that news via an earlier blog post on Bruce Cooper’s Reason Cases for Christ. And my first reaction was, “We have lost a great Christian apologist. Ravi will be greatly missed…”

A friend of mine who is also an ardent admirer of Ravi’s, reacted in a similar tone: “Yeah, Ravi will be greatly missed. His contribution to Christian Apologetics was immense.”

Although I never got to meet him personally in his lifetime, I have read a couple of his articles and also listened to his recorded audio or video messages.

In all, I am convinced that Ravi was a man of very deep spiritual convictions.

He was a good soldier of Christ who travelled across several seas, oceans and mountains around the…

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