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!

Jesus Sang on the Cross!

Jesus Sang on the Cross

Crossroads Prison Ministry gifted us mentors with a book: Jesus Sang On The Cross by Dr. Randy T. Johnson, published by The River Church, Holly, Michigan. The last book I’ve read, only 101 pages was just right for the time I had to spare.

The author believes Jesus was singing Psalm 22 when he cried out from the cross: “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”. We’ve been told this was the only time Father God was separated from Jesus the Son; which seemed to make sense. Johnson thinks Jesus was beginning the singing of Psalm 22 and those around him who had sung the songs since childhood joined in. This Psalm was King David’s revelation from the LORD about the sacrifice Messiah would make. The significant details of the happenings recorded in the Gospels align with Psalm 22, written so many generations before it happened. Johnson posits that God never left Jesus. Let’s dig into the Psalm.

1 My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?
Why are You so far from helping Me,
And from the words of My groaning?
O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear;
And in the night season, and am not silent.

This part implies God has not shown that He heard at all!

3 But You are holy,
Enthroned in the praises of Israel.
Our fathers trusted in You;
They trusted, and You delivered them.
They cried to You, and were delivered;
They trusted in You, and were not ashamed.

This section testifies to God’s deliverance in generations past and His holiness, enthroned on His people’s praises.

6 But I am a worm, and no man;
A reproach of men, and despised by the people.
All those who see Me ridicule Me;
They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
“He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him;
Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!”

Here is where the abuse and reproach of Jesus is detailed.

9 But You are He who took Me out of the womb;
You made Me trust while on My mother’s breasts.
10 I was cast upon You from birth.
From My mother’s womb
You have been My God.
11 Be not far from Me,
For trouble is near;

For there is none to help.

This passage testifies how God has been there all of His life; trouble is near and no one else can help; but I believe Jesus knew God was still there.

12 Many bulls have surrounded Me;
Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me.
13 They gape at Me with their mouths,
Like a raging and roaring lion.

This describes those on-lookers; I think the people close to the cross were touched deeply by these words as they saw Jesus experiencing this.

14 I am poured out like water,
And all My bones are out of joint;
My heart is like wax;
It has melted within Me.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
And My tongue clings to My jaws;
You have brought Me to the dust of death.

Scientists have shown how the body of one on the cross would experience these things; remember, in David’s time, there was no Roman death on a cross.

16 For dogs have surrounded Me;
The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me.
They pierced My hands and My feet;
17 I can count all My bones.
They look and stare at Me.
18 They divide My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.

Here we see what the soldiers were doing with Jesus’ clothes and what the on- lookers saw.

19 But You, O Lord, do not be far from Me;
O My Strength, hasten to help Me!
20 Deliver Me from the sword,
My precious life from the power of the dog.
21 Save Me from the lion’s mouth
And from the horns of the wild oxen!

Here is the appeal for God to save Him from these perils. Verse 21 continues: You have answered Me.

The rest of Psalm 22 is extolling high praise for God being there for Jesus. I’ll let you read that for yourself and end with the last paragraph of hope for all of us:

30 A posterity shall serve Him.
It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation,
31 They will come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born, that He has done this.

Victory in Jesus, my Savior, forever! Dr. Randy T. Johnson’s purpose with this book is to encourage us in these times that God never leaves or turns His back on us. We can trust Him and proclaim His goodness to all generations! Join me in rejoicing and growing deeper in God’s love.

Look this book up on Amazon; it’s only $7.00 and well-worth your time to read. I like the pages at the beginning of the chapters where he introduces the section of the Psalm he’s on and the musical score that weaves through the pages. There are also interesting facts to enhance the scenes like: “10 interesting facts about water”, Guinness World Records most pierced man and woman, and how many bones- how many times- Evel Knievel broke in his wild motorcycle jumps…among other things. Randy did a much better job expounding on the Psalm; this is just a small taste.

I pray I have encouraged you, even if you don’t get to read this book. We all need to speak not just the facts, but the truth in these days of confusion. Keep praying; God’s will shall prevail! Oh, have you registered to vote yet???

SHALOM!

Blessings & Cursings

This week’s Rose Petals devotional included Deuteronomy 30:19. It hit me like a ton of bricks! Then Hebrews 4:12 pierced my soul. I will begin with these Scriptures and then add some encouraging ones that took on new meaning after these two verses.

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;

What struck me is life = blessing, death = cursing. How many times have I spoken cursing to those around me rather than blessing? Am I the reason my children don’t have a relationship with Jesus and are not following the Lord at this point in their lives? Am I the reason my husband and his family have not surrendered to Jesus yet? I choose this day to speak blessing instead of cursing. I want my descendants to live as I live, in Christ Jesus, sealed for eternal life instead of eternal death.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Yes, today the word of God proved its living, two-edged sword is still powerful. It pierced me, dividing my soul and spirit. I know my spirit is glad I make a choice to bless and speak life today. Not that I have not done it in the past, but today is a new start and I am asking Holy Spirit to remind me, guard my mouth and guide my tongue. It is a challenge when busyness gets in the way and I don’t take time for the Spirit to prompt me. It takes discipline and practice, so there’s no better time than right now to begin!

John 10:27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

What a comforting Scripture this is! Jesus says if we are His, we do hear His voice. A sheep in the natural will only listen to its own shepherd. Even if the flocks mix in the field, they will each come out of the crowd of others and come to their leader when he calls; him and no other. Oh, that we should be so connected to our Lord and Savior, hearing His quiet voice and following His lead on the path that leads to life!

What does the Lord’s voice sound like? Like our own thoughts in our head, except they align with the Bible and what Jesus is like better than our own do. Join me in turning down the “ambient” noises around us and tuning in to our Shepherd.

We need to break out of the insignificant earthly life we’ve limited ourselves to and live in the Spirit each day. Here’s some encouragement for us all.

1 Timothy 4:10 For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.

Notice the Apostle Paul told Timothy that the living God is the Savior of ALL men, especially those who believe in Jesus. Are we ready to labor and suffer reproach in order for many to come to Jesus and be saved? Remember, God’s will is that all men have a relationship with Christ Jesus.

Psalm 146:10 The Lord shall reign forever—
Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!

Halleluiah! Our God reigns for all generations; let us praise our Lord and tell others the good news; bringing in the generations around us as we are able through Holy Spirit power, which lives in us. Remember, that’s the same power that raised Jesus from the dead!

Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. [KJV]

Note that this verse in the King James version says nothing shall offend those that love God’s law because they have great peace. Jesus taught us that the greatest law is love. God is love, so those who belong to Him should manifest this love, not taking offense no matter what another person is doing. The Spirit has been checking me when I think about those who are doing wrong. The Lord is asking me if I can pray blessing and the gift of salvation over them instead of praying death and destruction as the world does. I joyfully say yes!

I pray this has encouraged you. I have been repenting and blessed for the chance to do so as I’ve been reading my devotions this week. It is a busy week with each day packed with many ‘urgent’ things. I have to choose time to quiet myself and listen for His voice. It’s definitely worth it! Remember the Apostle Paul told us to labor to enter into rest? Even in his days on earth it was not easy to do. I’m so glad we have Holy Spirit and the Scriptures to encourage us on in this life. Shalom to you all, my dear readers! Thanks for joining me in my musings. Catch you next week; same spot, new topic.

Rose Petals Plus

This is what I’m reading; not just this week, but all this year. I did the proofreading on this book in 2016 and determined to go through the whole book this year. I had read random passages, each hit the mark and blessed that day, so it was high time I got down to business!

This is a day that truly enlightened and comforted me:

I use a notebook and write out these Scriptures, sometimes using my NLT Bible on my phone to enhance my understanding. I also write out what the Lord said to Rose, then write my own thanks, confession, agreement, or whatever else I hear the Spirit saying. As you can see, this book has rose blossoms and petals on each page; all from photos Rose’s husband took for her.

As I relate, remember that I am a writer and godly muse, so not everyone is going to do all this writing. I expect to pass this book on to someone else when I’m finished and be able to look back at my journals [yes, journals; I’m on my second one] for later encouragement and deeper revelation from Holy Spirit. You may use the book and write in the margins, write personal reflections from it, or otherwise use this book. It would make an excellent ‘coffee table’ book!

Check out Olive Press Publisher. Cheryl Zehr is the publisher and I encourage you to read her story of how this publishing company came to be. It has been a pleasure to assist her with editing, proofreading and admin work the past few years. The website is: https://olivepresspublishers.com/

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I leave you with a few Scriptures taken from the New Living Translation; NLT Bible to encourage and challenge.

2 Thessalonians 2:2 Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us.

John 14:1 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me [Jesus]”.

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith.

My prayer is for all of my readers to come into the fullness of Christ, perfect in this perverse generation as Noah was in his. Trust in the Lord and do good and we shall possess the land that God has given us. Diligently seek Him and you will be at peace. Shalom my dear readers!

Pick Up Your Voting Rights and March On With Christ!

Our constitution gives us a privilege in this society. We each have the right to vote and make our choice known. Suffragettes marched and battled for years for a woman’s right to vote; they were horribly persecuted before their right to vote was established. Colored people were not given the right to vote in our nation for many generations, suffering similar woes. People who were not landowners also had to fight for this right. We fast forward to this generation and the horrid statistics showing how few who call themselves Christians are registered to vote; then how many fewer actually vote!

“I just don’t have time!” “My vote won’t make a difference.” “I can’t get out to vote; I’m handicapped.” These may be good excuses, but not good reasons to not vote. We have a letter giving us multiple days to vote early in multiple places. This letter also tells how to vote by mail and how to do absentee voting. I know volunteers who will drive people to polling places if they need a ride. Of course, you can look on the internet to find answers to any questions you have: how to register, who is on the ballot, what their track record is, etc.

Another issue is what party to register for. I know there are two major parties and several others that are interesting, so research their platforms and pick one. Alternately, when I changed my address on my driver’s license, they gave me the chance to change my voter registration. I never knew I could register as “No Party”. Well, I did that and other than only being able to vote in the general elections, I am happy with my choice.

What does this all have to do with following Jesus? We are salt and light in this world. In the past decades, our salt and light have been watered down. Churches encouraged followers not to get involved in government or politics. This took the Biblical voices out of places where they could make a difference. We have let evil work its way into our nation by standing back and thinking we were protecting ourselves. Don’t worry; I include myself as part of this and repent with you all.

In this era, the spirits of civil war and world war are ripening. Not just in our nation, but in our churches, neighborhoods and families. We do not help when we militantly slap others with Biblical truth without love and mercy. If we humble ourselves and repent for not listening to God and to other people, we can begin walking in the fruits of the Holy Spirit. This will give us inspiration for practical, Biblical responses and right, Godly ways to turn conflict management into God-management. We must love the Samaritan; not demonize him.

Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Yes, we are not to demonize our opponents because that’s not where the fight lies. Jesus says:

Matthew 5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust

Here are a few things I gleaned from “Who Is My Neighbour?” // Power Hour LIVE! // Week 24, Episode 88 – with Emma Stark, Sarah-Jane Biggart and Sam Robertson. [sorry, I linked you to Episode 89] “Stop pointing the finger-run to the mercy seat! Civil war will cease when we stop flesh and blood reactions; debate and anger. Ask Holy Spirit to fill you first with the fruit of the Spirit, then war in the Spirit instead of the natural.”

So, if you want to do your part to make a difference in your nation, use the tools you have been given. Yes, make sure you register to vote. Then vote, but not before you have prayed about it and let the Spirit consume your unrighteous anger and frustration; replacing them with Spirit fruit.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

A reader asked me to include a book review/whatever I’m reading each week, so here goes. I’m reading Heavenly Visitation by Kevin L. Zadai. I have been listening to him/watching his videos since I saw him interviewed on Sid Roth’s ISN. I finally have in my hand the visitation Kevin’s been referring to. I love to have his books or cd’s because it puts the complete story or teaching in a nutshell. If you watch Warrior Notes or the churches he teaches in, he talks about several topics each session but his books, workbooks and recorded teachings bring a topic/experience of his into focus. I am beginning chapter 3 The Divine Pattern which teaches the way God set up layers of power and authority. I recommend this book if you want to delve into some of the topics I touched in this post. Shalom to you, my dear readers. Thanks for joining me as I vent and muse!

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Psalm 103

Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!

My joy comes alive and my strength renews as I bless the LORD for His goodness, grace, justice and severe mercies! So begins Psalm 103.

2. Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:

What are the LORD’s benefits?

Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Our sins and iniquities are not just covered by the blood; as were the Israelites by the blood of animals, but totally washed away. Hallelujah! That blood of the Perfect, Spotless Lamb also paid the price to heal ALL your diseases. It redeems you from destruction. He also crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies. Who am I to deserve such grace? He satisfies your mouth with good things which renew your youth like the eagle’s. What more could we ask for?

6 The Lord executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.

His goodness was displayed as He executed righteousness and brought justice to the oppressed in Moses’ time and ours. Look back at His mighty acts in the Exodus from Egypt and the wandering through the wilderness. During those years of trial, God revealed His ways to Moses and he relayed them to the Israelites.

The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

Praise Father God for sending our Messiah Jesus the Christ! If you read through the Old Testament, you realize how merciful, gracious and slow to anger God was to His wayward people. I am so thankful for His abounding mercy and patience with me and the fact He took Jesus’ payment for our wayward ways and washed us clean of all our sins and iniquities. We deserved no less than eternal death and damnation for our acts, but Jesus saved us. The suffering, the shame and torture He gladly accepted for the joy that was ahead, reconciling God’s children (us) back to our Father; and His.

For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
14 For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. We are nothing without the wisdom Father freely gives without chiding us. He realizes what we ultimately are and what our earthly bodies actually are. He pities us, having to live in this fallen world, but through Jesus Christ, He provided our remedy to completely erase our sinful past.

As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.

Our earthly lives are no more than a flash; a drop in the bucket. I say make the most of what you’ve been given and live to glorify God im the body He’s provided to house your eternal spirit here on earth.

17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
18 To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

We need to learn the fear of the LORD and remember His commandments; mainly to love God with all you are and love others as we love ourselves. I claim that righteousness to my children’s children!

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

That Heavenly Throne is where we are seated with Christ; and where the final judgement will be meted out. Are you ready for that day? Are you living in Heavenly places with Christ today?

20 Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all His works,
In all places of His dominion
.

The angels do His word, heeding His voice. The Hosts of Heaven minister and do His pleasure. All His works in all places in Heaven and Earth bless Him. We should not be left out of hearing His voice, heeding His word, and blessing Him.

Remind your soul who’s in charge…

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

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

Shalom my dear readers!

Ease and Comfort?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Total Randomness?

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

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

Home looking for a new family!

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMEN!

We’re At War!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Peter Chapter 1

Glory!

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

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

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

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

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

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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