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.

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!