Go Straight to the Source
For those of us who call ourselves Christians, the overload of articles on the coming doom is off the charts. Nonbelievers scoff and mock and continue to live in their ignorant bliss. Actually, Christians, for the most part, are also keeping blinders on and ignoring the warnings. Interestingly, there are as many secular news stories on financial collapse, food shortages, bank failures and so on as there are from the spiritual realm. It seems as though most people are aware of changing times in the world whether they are believers in Christ or not. It's just that no one feels prepared in any way to walk the journey that is ahead.
I have written several articles on warnings of coming disasters. In my prayer times, the Lord has cautioned me that many of these reports are true and He has advised me of some things to do. I have no idea when or where these things will occur. I only know that this is the time to get your heart right with God. It's time to stop procrastinating facing sin and negligence of the things of God. I know this message is for someone specifically wrestling with the Holy Spirit today. He is wooing you, calling you, and expecting you to move into that fresh place of deliverance and commitment. Your reward will be amazing.
My friends, please stop following false prophets who continually bombard us with their messages of how soon all will be easy, plentiful, and abundant materially. These are lies. Troubling times are on the horizon. Listening to those platitudes will not bring you to a place of strength and wisdom. Get into the Word of God every day and begin finding truth and manna to sustain you in the coming days. Ask God to confirm what you're hearing. Ask Him to give you direction. Don't ask some so-called prophet for a "word". Ask your Abba Father for a word. That word will be the one that sets your feet on the path you need to be walking. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 The way to stand strong in adversity with power, love and a sound mind is to stay as close to the Father as you can. He will honor your heart for Him and bless you accordingly.
God's Warnings and Wisdom
This week in my prayer time I felt the Lord impressing this on me strongly.People do not seem to understand that we have now moved into a new era. Our constitution is gone. Our freedoms and rights are gone. We can grieve, and we will, but we must seek Him for the strength to stand strong in a new country. Yes, it's a new country. We no longer can really celebrate the 4th of July for we have no independence any longer. As Christians, we have moved to a new level of hatred from our fellow citizens. It is not going back as it was.We must come to terms with the fact that life as we have known it is over. If people continue to rally after politicians or false religious teachers who are saying everything is going to turn around and be wonderful---they will be more than disappointed; they will most likely be devastated.Face it, my sisters and brothers; face it now, so that you can prepare. Our leaders have sold us out completely. We have no say in anything anymore, if we ever did. We are in a new america. When we were told the man would fundamentally transform america, that was true. It is fundamentally changed....and there is no turning back.What is next? We MUST be on our knees before the Father. We can't say we're too busy or tired or distracted. Prayer is our lifeline literally. He will instruct us what to do each day to stay alive and to carry out what He's calling us to do. The good news: He is going to move us into a new level of spiritual discernment---if we are listening. Each of us will have a unique assignment. We must walk in perfect obedience or we will perish. We will be in awe of the things He does: miracles, signs and wonders, sustaining us and multiplying our resources as we go, in order that we might reach the lost. Our purpose is twofold: to reach the lost with the gospel, and to help sustain and disciple new believers. And of course to offer hope to those in despair.We are not to despair. Again, we do grieve and mourn for what could have been, but as we read His Word we know that it had to come to this in order for His prophecies to be fulfilled. We've read the Book!! We know how it ends. We must constantly be encouraging one another and holding each other up.If you don't have a group of believers for support, find one NOW! There is no time to wait or waste. The first major judgments are about to fall and you need believers around you who know how to pray, dig truth out of the Word and hear God. Disconnect yourself from those who spew out prosperity doctrines promising riches and material things. See that for what it is. It will never sustain you in a crisis.God's Children, look up and worship your Father. Open your spiritual ears and eyes. Ask for sharper discernment. Don't believe anything you hear on tv news or internet social media. All distortions and lies. Confess your sins, repent and turn to Jesus before it is too late. Stop trusting in the american government. It's gone.Your Father loves you greatly and still offers hope. Our redemption draws nigh.
Wrestling with God in the Wilderness
Might appear to be a strange title. But then, only strange to those who have not yet been there … in the wilderness, wrestling with God. Many of us can attest to our wilderness experience being a contest of wills.
My will versus God’s will.
Of course, in the beginning we do not see it that way at all. We are so sure that we are seeking to do only the will of God, and that our hearts are pure and right. God, in His infinite wisdom, surely shakes His head as He watches and listens to us. When He takes us at our word and places us into that place of refining, I’m sure He sighs heavily as He observes our kicking and screaming and doubting and pleading.
I spent seven years wrestling with God.
It was a miserable place. I was absolutely sure I was on track, following passions and desires that I was convinced were His as well. Why was it taking so long for God to understand me? Funny now, but definitely not at the time. There were layers of doubt, unbelief and control issues to be sifted out. Or, more accurately, grated off. It was painful. My Father, as a good Abba, continually whispered the object lesson into the ears of my heart. “Rest in Me.” Over and over again these words bombarded my soul, and yet I fought on to achieve my goals.
When at last I realized He was not going to silence His directive, I dug into His Word and studied what that meant---to REST in Him. It sounds simple, but it’s so complicated ... to a driven, achievement-oriented soul.
The world is spinning out of control every day. We watch news reports, listen to prophets, teachers and leaders comparing their predictions to our Bible lessons. No doubt about it, trouble is looming on the horizon for our country. That, in the midst of our own personal battles, sometimes seems overwhelming.
Where do we turn to find true peace?
There’s only one place.
You know where that is.
Resting in the arms of the Savior is the only place to run, to hide, to escape, to breathe. No human can provide that. No achievement, no government, no lover, nothing, except Jesus. Living in His rest means that no matter what whirlwind of pain spins around you, you have the express ability to relax, be at peace and walk through it with Him.
It’s a choice.
Don’t be like me and take seven years of battling to experience the joy of this valuable gift. If you find yourself exhausted from wrestling, stop---go to Him, and surrender your will totally and completely, so that resting in Him puts the brakes on the roller coaster and quiets your heart.
He longs to hold His children close and soothe their anxious souls. My life is different now. There is no comparison.
The wrestling match is over. He won! And I won!
"For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, 'Fear not, I will help you.'"
~ Isaiah 41:13
I Did It My Way
Today I am waking up to the realization that the world in front of me has gone insane. People are like little robots, programmed to speak whatever is repeated again and again ad nauseum. Already, from taking in my first sentences, some will yell, “judging!” No, or maybe yes. Judging what I see from my own viewpoint is between God and me. If I share it with you, so be it. How about thinking about what I’m saying instead of (haha) “judging” me? Frankly, I’m weary of the tired old accusation that anytime someone speaks out for what they believe, they’re labeled as “judging,” a “hater,” or “intolerant.” Give me a break.
I log onto facebook and see a dozen posts by Christians who are awed by a beautiful picture with a saying on it. The ‘saying’ is a complete distortion of scripture but it sure sounds nice. So four or five people comment “Amen” or “love this.” Interesting. Then I read a brief devotional which again sounds flowery and feel good, and the same responses follow. Just disregard the fact that it once again does not follow biblical truth, but rather, is man’s transformation of it. Then it gets “shared” a dozen times because it sounds so good. Popularity makes it become truth?
The next thing I see online, whether it’s one social networking site or another, is political statements that are ridiculous. Do people really believe that one political party or another is the savior of this country? It sure sounds like they do. They even love to bring Jesus’ name into it. I’m doubtful He’s grateful for that inclusion.
After years of seeing the hype and the distortions and how many sheeple blindly swallow deception, I feel deeply grieved. The Bible is a hard document. Do I have the perfect, 100% correct interpretation of every scripture? Of course not. But people, really, much of the Word is plain, simple and direct. It is being twisted to salve the consciences of those who simply don’t want to follow it. It’s being rewritten to feel better to those who choose sin, and who worship tolerance of sin. The new way is just more comfortable, it feels better, and it assures one can keep more friends. Why not be happy?
“I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.” Rev. 22:18-19
If we are allowed to rewrite God’s Word to make it more palatable, to make it easier, what point is there to even having it in the first place? God did not give us that option. He’s serious about how we study it, live it and defend it. We are the ones who are playing with fire, when we decide to do it our way. We have lost our awe and our fear of Almighty God.
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Isaiah 5:20
Woe defined: grievous distress, affliction, or trouble. We don’t need “woe” of this kind. We must stop playing with God’s Word and start living it as He inspired it, before it’s too late. If you blindly share some post online because it sounds good, you’d better be ready to answer to God, because you are influencing others. If your god is one that wants you to be comfortable, conflict-free, and buddies with evil, your god is not the God of the Bible...no matter how nice it sounded on facebook.
"You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. Mark 13:13 (Spoken by Jesus Christ)
“Do not fear what you are about to suffer. …Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Rev. 2:10
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