Bind the Strongman and Lay Him to Waste!

First Bind the Strongman!

“Or again,how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house.” Matthew 12:29

And what does all of this mean? Who is the ‘strongman?’ Well in another portion of scripture he is referred to as ‘guarding his goods, in perfect peace. Fully armed.
Yes, this is Satan. And who are his possessions? Well, any souls who are in darkness.
Now in my own family, I have seen this. They have been literally taken captive and he is standing guard. Operating through someone, and it is a person who appears as ‘an angel of light.’
This is where you will need to pray for discernment. The Lord will show you.
The enemy is very cunning, however, remember it also says, that “one more powerful, “must tie him up, then he can rob him.” This is a believer filled with the Holy Spirit.
You must be discerning enough to see that this is then enemy’s fingerprints and he is taking everyone captive.
He hides in darkness, yet appears righteous and leads his disciples down the same slippery slope.
The enemy can only operate in darkness, so it is imperative that you’re own life is filled with light and truth.
We have the protection and guidance of the Holy Spirit and he hates this.
Satan lives in darkness and remember the light penetrates darkness. It is never the other way around.
We bear the sword of the Spirit which is divine in its power. We have the anointing and the enemy has no power over us.
His power is the imitation and it bows to the power of the Holy Spirit.
Look at the example in the story of the son’s of Sceva in the book of Acts. I love this. It’s a picture of people trying to deal with Satan’s domain, without the anointing; “Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon possessed. They would say, “In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out. Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this.
One day the evil spirit answered the, “Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.”Acts19:13-16
People ask how do we receive the anointing? Again and again, it speaks in scripture of obedience.
We must walk in the truth and light of the Holy Spirit. Remember David saying to the Lord after his sin, “Please take not thy Holy Spirit from me.”
We must stay free from sin and as the High Priest made sure to have “clean hands and a pure heart,” we must also not give the devil a foothold.
Now, let us be in agreement and “first bind the strongman” and take his spoils. He wants everything we have. The Lord told us that it is the “thief that comes to rob, kill and destroy, but He has come to give us life, and life more abundantly!”

It Is My Heartbreak

To believe a person can change, yet they do not. The dual personality. I know, I have lived in this prison of hope all my life. But it is self-imposed. I want to believe in the best for others. The Lord tells me to step out-of-the-way so He can do His work. I keep trying to rescue. The typical co-dependent. Always mothering, even when I’m not the mother. Because I was the little girl trained to do this.Old patterns that need to die, so that new ones can be resurrected.

Yes, this behavior made me a target for predatory people.They were coming out of the woodwork. I had a magnet for them. The Lord has shown me that until I get this right and crucify what is wrong, I cannot move forward. I remember a teaching by my pastor on the “Resurrection Principle,” and he spoke about this very same thing. He said, “unless you put something to death, and bury it for three days,(symbolically) and see if the Lord resurrects it, will you know  it is from Him or not.” This includes a purchase, an obsessive relationship, anything.

If only I’d understood that years ago, I would have been able to wait on the Lord for everything. But then again, Ishmael and Isaac would have been a different story too.

 One day a counselor spoke the word picture; the butterfly God had designed to fly, yet I was pinned to velvet. Here I was, years later, still pinned by my wings. By the things that I had allowed others to do to me. I would find the strength somehow through the Lord’s arms to rise. I know I need to.It’s funny that in some situations, I am extremely assertive and in others I am not.

He’s called me to a hurting world and not to the parasites,who are more than happy to zap my strength and waste my time and resources. Time and time again I’m running to their aid to help bail them out and it’s always the same old song. My girlfriend told me, “you know you’re really not helping him by doing that.”  I had to agree and now I am at the end of my rope and know this is a sin against the Lord as well. I have been called to  those who really have been cast out. The ones who do not know His love. I have always known Him in a supernatural way because of this sorrow. “He is close to the broken-hearted and those who are crushed in spirit.” I have felt Him in these times. Oh, I know, people look at me and have a whole different impression of me. It’s amazing how a person can think you completely different from who you really are.

For instance, I have no longing whatsoever for anything in this world. I would go if I thought it was sharing fellowship with a Christian sister or I was with my family, but I am starting to understand how fleeting the time is. And the harvest is plentiful and the time truly is short.

I have lost so many who are close to me and I am able to see the misery caused by the pursuit of the material. It brings such grief and in the end of ones life, it causes even more pain as loved ones seem to argue over these things, as if this sums up a persons worth.

People getting into debt and forgetting about God. The simple things in life. These are the things that keep us free. Free as a butterfly.

Yes, now we hear of mergers, consolidations, major upheavals following the catastrophes of the predatory practices of the fallout of our financial institutions.We’ve been asked to bail them out and now we’re suffering, but they don’t want to help us.

Major decisions must be made and they must be submitted to the Lord first. For a marriage and consolidation,mergers like these the same principles apply, burial, after waiting, if it’s resurrected, you have the Lord’s blessing.

The Famine

Pray for fertile soil

When the seals are broken you will see each one as  a sign on the earth. Our God is patient and long-suffering with His children.

A great famine will come and all the food shortage will be so great that the price of food will be astronomical. These articles speak of the aquifer’s drying up and our nations think that our resources are eternal. It’s all a product of corruption in nature and mankind.

The volcanic ash has just been spread all over this planet and the last time this happened, this affected crops for years. We must have spiritual eyes to see what God is doing, and go to Him for guidance and direction

Ask Him, what He would have us do in these circumstances. Famine and plague, come together as one. People need to be prepared for what’s about to come upon this earth. God doesn’t bring evil. But He does have a permissive will. We must always keep this in mind. Through the sin of one man, Adam, all of creation was held hostage, so to speak. Jesus, came to break that bondage, but the redemption has to be at His return. All of this will take place at the Father’s appointed time. We cry out for his return, because of the evil we see, and this is why our hearts cry, “Thy kingdom come, They will be done.”But there are many who do not yet know the love of the Father, and this is why He is long-suffering. “He desires that none should perish, but all should come to the knowledge of Him.” So He will allow the evil to break the hearts of men and bring them closer to Him.This is why we cannot serve Him, if we are holding on to anything. You cannot serve two masters. In these days, take nothing with you. He told His disciples to take nothing. Don’t hold onto this world. It is passing away.

Read your bibles. Revelation tells the story and there are great studies for this particular book. You can open any newspaper and see whats happening is being laid out right before yours eyes. It’s not a prophetic genius to tell you that.

My cousin texted me the other day about the volcano, flood in the Middle East, earthquakes, and the meteor in Wisconsin. He mentioned that Nostradamus had said something about this. I said, “forget him. What’s did the Lord tell you about all this? “And when you see all these things beginning to happen, Look up! Your redemption draws near!”

I have to put things in the simplest terms for him. But that’s just my point, even he, is beginning to see that things are not, as they’ve always been. And they most certainly will not go back to the way they were before.

When the Lord said, this earth will go through the pains as if a woman in labor, well, most men, just simply cannot relate to that. But let me tell you, a woman, once in labor, cannot make the child go back into the birth channel. Cannot make the contractions stop, once they’ve started. Cannot make them less severe.Any of the gurus, or talk show host’s telling you everything is “peace and love, are just plain ‘full of it’. The apostle Paul even spoke of people like this as he said the Lord will come like a thief in the night “while people are saying peace and safety, destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman.” (1Thess.5:3)

 They become more and more intense, and for a very specific and glorious purpose! Just as this earth is going through its own earth pains and patiently awaits the redemption by our Saviour! We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly, as we await eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. (Romans 8:22)

Keep your eyes on the Shepherd. He watches over His flock. When the sheep watch the shepherd they watch nothing else. They are basically dumb animals and will stumble off the side of a cliff if they do not have a guide. But the interesting thing is that if there are wolves surrounding the pack of sheep and the shepherd is carefully keeping watch over his flock,  the sheep will not watch the wolves, they will listen to the voice of the shepherd and they will follow him only. They are comforted by his voice and they do not fear the wolves. We are to look only to our Good Shepherd and not at the wolves in this world. Satan and his minions have no power over us. They roam to and fro, but our Lord has overcome this world.

  “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want, He makes me to lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside the still waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff they comfort me. (Psalm 23:1-4)

So, you see, we must be comforted by the Word of God. Not terrified. We must be comforted by the Lord and not seek solace in the World, but the Word. There is not other but Him and this is the whole purpose and plan for the outpouring of His this final judgment, is to allow the fullness of His love and redemption to unfold. The hardness of men’s hearts is already apparent when you turn on the news.

In the end what has happened is our society has poked Gods eye and turned their back on Him. In Romans 1:18-32 This details what has happened to mankind and what the Lord’s plan is for us as a result. However, He speaks that we are “without excuse, since He’s made His presence known since the beginning, by revealing Himself, His divine qualities, his eternal power, so when we stand before Him we cannot say it wasn’t plain to us.”v19 Then it goes on to say that “they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped created things rather than God. And because of this, God turned them over, to shameful lusts. v.25

Basically, this is what we do as parents with our own children, if they continue to rebel at an age of accountability. When they’re on their own, we turn them over.  We have no choice But to allow them to go their own way This is the basic, prodigal son/daughter. As much as it hurts us, there’s nothing we can do. We watch them and pray for their return and their safety, and it hurts. This is the heart of our Father. And now you may have an understanding of the Revelation and the outpouring of the final judgments on the earth. It was our own desires to turn from His love. Just as it was Lucifer’s desire to rebel and take a third of the angels. That final war is against God’s kingdom and he’s trying to take the Lord’s children with him.

Our Father is trying to restore you to your rightful place in His arms. If you are the prodigal child, He’s still waiting with opened arms for your return.(Luke 15:11)

“The name of the Lord is a Strong Tower”

Supreme TowerThe righteous run into it and they are safe. Proverbs 18:10

For many months the Lord has told me that a darkness was coming upon the earth. It is going to get worse. Of course it relates to a spiritual and natural darkness. It always has dual meanings, as it did when Christ spoke. When he gave gifts to His servants, He also gave the gift of prophecy, for those who have the ears to hear, and also the faith to walk in it.

I have always had the ability to see with spiritual eyes, and the Lord has known that I do not shrink back for fear of man’s opinions, so I speak. Of course, most of the time, I don’t understand in the natural what the full meaning of the picture or words really may be, but He tells me to speak. “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight;what I whisper in your ear;proclaim from the roofs.” Matthew 10:27

This is what the prophetic means. To see future events and to know the heart of God. But one must be in total communion with Him. Surrendered to His will. Yes, it is laying your life down. And Paul tells us in scripture that we should “eagerly desire this gift of prophecy.” 1 Corinthians 14:39 

Look at what is written about The Day of the Lord in Joel 2:28, “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on ALL people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams. Your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days

I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth. Blood and fire and billows of smoke.The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful Day of the Lord.

And EVERYONE who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved!

Jesus Christ IS the spirit of prophecy. He IS the WORD made flesh. So as you can read, everything in this points to the signs of His coming. In the book of Revelation it also tells us that the Spirit and the Bride say come! When we are filled with His Spirit, we become His bride. We have accepted His proposal. We eagerly await His arrival. So the Holy Spirit in us and the Bride, (the body of believers) testify together and pray “Thy kingdom come.’

We continue to do the work of the kingdom as the Lord prepares the world. We have the gift of the Spirit to give signs to warn and encourage. This is how we know. There are others all around the world preparing for His arrival. The prince of darkness also knows who we are and he is alarmed, but there is nothing he can do stand against the Lord.  Nor can He stop the anointed ones. He does not have the gift of prophecy and he cannot understand the angelic tongues. At times I can almost hear swords of warfare above my head as I’m in prayer.

As the dark gets darker, the light will get brighter and the gates of hell shall not prevail against us.

Darkness Is Coming

strange sights in the sky, darkness, earthquakes

He’s coming and He will not delay. On September 11, 2001 there was a catastrophic event that took place on American soil. 

This also took place as a sign in the spiritual realm. Whatever happens in the natural is a precursor, or a shadow, if you will, of future events. Our center of World Trade collapsed. 

Next you saw the economy begin to feel the groaning of this tidal wave. All the terror coming together on that day. The most evil hearts coming together as the spirits also waged war in the heavenlies. Principalities bringing this epic war to American soil and terror into our hearts. 

Now darkness rolling in. On the same day. Across the continent. Closing military bases and threatening the safety. Turning our trust to the only one that we can trust. It is in the Lord that we must seek our refuge and strength. He is the one who has created the heavens and the earth. When men stumble around in the darkness, He shall give sight to the blind. He shall be the voice to speak and give guidance to all who place their trust in Him. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7 

You will see many at this time, that are gripped with terror. I have already gone through this in my own life. The testing by fire. The Lord has shown me. We cannot place our trust in man or in riches. “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord.” Jer.17:5 

This is not to say you shouldn’t submit to the proper governing authorities, but do not trust in them for your strength and thereby turn away from the Lord. There are so many who believe they are self-made or they receive everything from their employers, etc. and it is the reason for so much strife. God is the ultimate authority and whatever happens is a direct result of His plan. In the end He deals the cards. 

I can sense a persons spirit just from a simple phone call. Some are genuine and loving. True. Others are not . They have a worldly spirit. I feel a grief and long for them to know this love of the Father. To let go of this material world. The Lord told us that there are two distinct people in this world. And we should pray that they can be released from this captivity. 

This is the purpose and the plan for His signs. The evil does not come from Him. It is demonic and the great battle is coming. But the Lord is letting the whole world know that He is standing at the door. 

He will not return to this earth at His second coming. It is called the Rapture. Or the “snatching away.” Some wonder how this will happen. If anyone studies the festivals of the Lord, many believe that God has hidden His timetable of events in them I am one who subscribes to this belief. I know that everything written in His word was done so for a reason. 

Many believe that Yom Teruah, the Feast of Trumpets, is the Day of the Lord. And rightly so. It is the Trumpet Blasts, and the exact description of what will take place at the rapture. “For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 1 Thess.4:17 

Well, if I’m crazy so are millions of believers for thousands of years. We know this will happen and it is going to happen very soon. The Lord tells us, “but for you brothers, are not in darkness, so this day should not surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the day. 

Now, whoever, chooses to read this, I am believing the Lord is illuminating His truth to your spirit. I’m praying that the Holy Spirit is in you and guiding you into all truth. That you are  “sons of the day.” That you are not caught unaware when this day approaches. 

His second coming will be a physical event which transpires 7 years after the Rapture of His church, which He calls His bride. How will this be explained? I don’t know and I don’t care. All I know is I will be counted as one who believes. I’m the bride and that’s all that matters. I wan’t my lamp full of oil and full of light upon His return!

“Not By Might, Not By Power, But By My Spirit, Says the Lord.”Zech4:6

Lord, You Are My Fortress

This morning I woke up from a dream. And this is what I remember. I was facing a military tank. 

Once again, in this car of mine, which has been a lemon ever since I purchased it. I guess I should consider it a good sign, since it’s off for repair, once again. So apparently it was in working condition in my dream. 

I had been up the road with a group of people and it seemed to be a revival of sorts. My brother from California, was there and he was encouraging me to go and flag people down, to come join us. Another encouraging sign to me, since he isn’t very spiritual. So, I went the opposite way on the entrance ramp of the freeway, to do this. Ok, I’ll admit, this wasn’t smart, but hey, this was a dream. I’m assuming it means that as believers, we are all going the opposite way of the world. 

I stopped at the bottom of the entrance ramp and turned my right turn signal on as if that was going to let people know that I was indicating they should go around me. It seemed to work. My brother and some others were at the top of the hill, bringing people in to the group. 

As I sat and sent cars around, I looked up at once and there it was; and imposing force. A military tank. Right in front of me and I was at once seized with alarm at its presence. Did it see me? I started to wildly motion with my hands and heard my brother screaming. Back up! Back up! I froze. I didn’t know what to do. I checked my turn signal, as if that’s really going to make a difference. This tank can squash me like a fly. 

Then all of a sudden a peace came over me. Well, if this tank is going to roll over me, what can I do? And I remembered who I was and why I was there.That’s funny. One of my good sisters in the Lord had spoken that very same thing to me a few months ago when she walked away. “Don’t forget who you are.” 

As I woke from this dream, several things came to mind and I was reminded of a conversation I just had the day before. I had been up against that spirit Jezebel once again. This spirit of mind control and manipulation just never stops coming against the Lord’s servants and she covets the anointing.But the anointing is for anyone who does what the Lord commands. It is just the same thing that happened between Cain and Able. Cain had a chance to get it right, but refused. “Cain, sin is crouching at your door, and it longs to master you, but you must master it.” He was not obedient. And he murdered Able. The first murder ever recorded and it was because of jealousy. Jealousy over a better sacrifice. But the sacrifice wasn’t as important as OBEDIENCE. Able gave of his, first fruits. His very best. 

 I had to remind a person that “we are to hold every thought captive to Jesus Christ.” When you translate that scripture, it is a military term. He said, “I was just thinking about that.” Yes, I said, because what you have done is listen to words of the world and acted in an unGodly manner. You are being manipulated for someone elses advantage and doing what is very displeasing to God. 

The Lord reminded me when I was attacked by these spiritual forces of evil, once again, that He will have His way, and it is not by might nor power, but by His spirit.” This wickedness is always plotting evil in His eyes. Always scheming and trying to corrupt the people around her. She acts as if she’s doing good and leads others down this path. Only the word of God will dispel the forces of darkness and destroy these strongholds of evil. 

The Lord allows her time to repent. This is why we pray. It is a control of the mind and those under this spell cannot see it. They are almost hypnotized by its power. It is witchcraft. The Lord has already told us in His word that “rebellion against Him, is as witchcraft.” 

There is no sacrifice we can give, no amount of church acts of service or good deeds, that is going to make Him turn a blind eye to these kind of actions against others. He has made Himself clear, “I demand OBEDIENCE, above SACRIFICE.” 1 Sam15:22

After meeting with my friend today I was reminded by her, that I am not to retreat in the face of the enemy. This is what he wants. Yes, I feel fear at times. Great fear and yet, she had also reminded me that I had been called to be a witness to those around me, and even those places that most cannot reach as Paul.  If I am to be sent into these areas of darkness, I should expect to experience this type of warfare.I know that the Lord tells me that we are to place all of our trust in Him and this is why we have our sister’s and brother’s holding us up in prayer.

“I Will Destroy the Wisdom of the Wise;

The intelligence of the intelligence, I will frustrate.”-God (1Cor.1:19)

Yes, the Lord is doing this as you look around. All the text books in this world, the degrees of man and we cannot get ourselves out of the messes we’ve gotten ourselves into. I can almost hear Laurel and Hardy saying those words. “This is a fine mess you’ve gotten us into!” Of course they’d have to say it to Adam, since he’s the one that started the whole ball rolling. And of course, he tried to blame Eve and that’s how blame shifting first entered into the world. haha. First he had the audacity to blame God,  then the woman. Then I’m believing the infamous term, double-play was probably first used. Next, sin covering by using their own methods and going into hiding, yea, like God couldn’t find them. Some things never change.

Well, this is still happening. The Lord gave us His word as a guide. Told us to use it and this would be our way to help us in these days. He gave us His wisdom. Now we are in the last days. That’s right folks. Do you want to know what’s going to happen? It’s all right there, in His word. Do you want to be wise? Ask Him. He tells us, all we have to do is ask.

Every time I look at a site, such as Facebook as see someone,claiming to be a believer,quoting something that is not His words about wisdom or some such nonsense, I wonder why. Some friend of mine quoted something from some Chinese guy(name withheld) and it was just plain silly. Not to mention it was totally contrary to what God states about Himself. Now today I read something from someone else claiming to be a believer, but the Holy Spirit tells me, “this is not my word.” I immediately reject it and His words come to mind. When I read these flowery words on my Facebook page with peoples little ‘thumbs up’ and nice comments, the Lord brought His words to my spirit, “No, it is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for US wisdom from God-that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.” (1Cor.1:30) Yes,when we are in Christ, He becomes our wisdom. We understand that the wisdom of the world excludes God and it seeks to be independent. This is why it emphasizes self and human authority and refuses to make Christ the final authority. We must recognize that a secular world view is opposed to the message of the cross.

As we are entering into the spiritual darkness, it is extremely important to draw even closer to God’s truth and know His word. He tells us in 2 Corinthians:3″For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not weapons of the world On the contrary, they have divine power, to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” People have come to me for years, seeking my counsel. I never understood it. I do now. It’s because I have been the “wisdom of Christ.” I always wondered at this. People at ever status of life,seemed to gravitate to me and I thought it to be my compassion. But they would call me at every hour and I would make myself available to them. Yet I made it clear, especially after becoming the Lord’s servant that I was would point them to the same wisdom of the cross.

Now, this speaks of warfare against spiritual forces of evil and human talents of eloquence, wealth, charisma, personality, talents, etc. are inadequate to pull down Satan’s strongholds The weapons provided are spiritual and come from God. (notes NIV full life)

I hear remarks made by people claiming to be believers all the time and I remind them of the word. This is an example of how we are to walk as believers. This is how Jesus walked and we are to carry the word as the sword in our spirit. Strike down the enemy when he speaks the foolishness of the world. “For he is being mindful of the things of man, not the things of God.” He is trying to shake your faith. Today, I was speaking to someone and she was telling me, I should be concerned about the mortgage market and what may happen. She was trying to plan around some other things. I told her that I watched things on the news and I saw everything according to what the Lord claimed would happen. Just yesterday, I said, the teachers walked out on their students, the health care system is collapsing, our police department is caught in major corruption, corporations found in federal corruption, people out of jobs and losing their homes. The Lord clearly said that when we see all these things happen, we are not to be alarmed, but to look up, our redemption is near. “Yes, she said, but we are still here.” “Yes, we are. We are in this world, but not of this world.” I reminded her. The Lord told us, that we are kingdom people, so we will not be concerned with the same things. So though we do live in this world, we are not concerned about these temporary circumstances . Our kingdom is coming. We are kingdom people, So I told her,”we walk by faith, not by sight.” You will not see me chasing after cars, houses, wealth nor status. “To worry about such things, shows a lack of faith, and displeases the Lord.For without faith it is impossible to please God.”  The Lord speaks of true wisdom in the end of the age and what will transpire. The disciples asked Him about the signs of the end in Luke 21:5. He spoke about the famines and the earthquakes. Nations rising against nation. Kingdom against kingdom. Fearful events and signs in the heavens.

Just today I was reading about Obama’s plan to try to keep the nuclear weapons out of the hands of other nations. Well all I have to say about that is “good luck with that.” According to scripture, it just aint gonna happen. It is spoken of that there will be some cataclysmic situations, that take place after the rapture of the church, and it most certainly sounds like nuclear explosions. John refers to it in Revelation as “all of the elements melting.” In his present day vernacular that can only mean one thing.

He says before all of this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. This will result in your being witnesses to them. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends and they will put some of you to death. All men will hate you because of me. But not a hair on your head will perish.

All of the martyrs were given the wisdom to speak and the Holy Spirit is given to all men as we ask. The Lord says “we have not, because we ask not, many are not walking in obedience to the Lord. They are not spending time in His word. They are quoting the words of the world which are nothing. Satan does not bow the knee to this foolishness. And you will always get a ‘thumbs up ‘to this, just like you will when you’re walking in sin. You have a lot of traveling companions but I don’t think you want to arrive at the final destination.

In today’s world it is extremely important that people of faith know what they are up against. We are not to be quoting the “world” but the “Word.” It is the only thing that holds Power! There are so many examples of this. I have learned the word since I was young and any time someone says something that doesn’t line up, that alarm just goes off. It should for every believer. This is the Holy Spirit telling you, that’s not correct and He gives you the word. “In season and out. to “Demolish every Stronghold” Strike it down!

When someone says, “Don’t be so heavenly minded your no earthly good.” Even if they are a well-meaning believer, and they sound like they’re telling you to be pragmatic. Remind them of the Word, which says, “Since,then,you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Col.3:1,2

You see? God thought it important enough to repeat this twice. And there are many more words to this effect. Yet the enemy of your soul likes to speak worldly words to lull you to sleep and make you believe that you should forget Gods words to you. Many people will speak them to you and they sound good, but their intention is to rob you of your faith. Don’t listen and don’t speak them! Repeat back as the Lord did, with the Word!!!

This is what will save you. Remember, this is your sword! Read Revelation. Every single church He speaks to is promised a reward to “those who overcome.” And it is by The Word of Their Testimony, the Blood of the Lamb, and Not loving their lives so much as to shrink from death.”

In 2 Timothy 4:3 It speaks of a time when “men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead,to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear” Hmmm sounds like a lot of the talk shows to me.

v 4 “They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”

Well, we are most certainly living in these days, when people are seeking after a truth that is convenient to their own lives. But the ultimate guide to this truth must be God’s written word and this is why He authored it for us. He breathed His spirit into us and when we accept His spirit by repenting and asking for Him to “guide us into all truth” He will illuminate our minds to His word.

2Tim3:16 “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

This is all we will ever need!

Who Is This Sinful Woman Who Touches Him?

He came for the sick

No matter how many times I’ve experienced this, I still have people who have the wrong idea of how much I have to be grateful for. I remember living my life with no thought of tomorrow. I also remember being angry at the circumstances when it came down to certain things like my brother’s and their disabilities, and the other hardships that some people had to endure as opposed to others. Shaking my fist at God and challenging Him to prove His existence, He certainly did that and more. I asked all the questions that came with that; “How can a loving God allow all of this, and what is the ultimate purpose and plan” He would show me that His shoulders were big enough and the heart of a loving Father is to protect and love His children and to prove that love, and He has made a promise that if we ask, He would surely answer our prayers. How would I know that it was by the ultimate sacrifice of His very own son that He had to prove that love? 

To find out that His love for me was the truth all along, and that this love was the most incredible sacrifice that anyone could be expected to ask, I was exasperated. Not only was I left in shock, but I knew I was beyond filth. Yes, when I look at my life, I realized by reading the account of Mary with the alabaster jar, that I made her look good. I can picture myself  bent over the feet of Jesus and sobbing. I know how sinful I am sick, all the time, and this is what makes me run to the cross. I fall on His grace. I can’t do it. this is how I know I’m sick with sin. It  is what made me realize that I needed Him.  

Now, I think some people still do not understand the message of the cross. The way up is always the way down; Luke 7:36 Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisees house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. The she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. 

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, He said to Himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is-that she is a sinner.” Jesus answered him,(and I’d like to interject, if you’ll notice, Jesus read his thoughts.) That should have been alarming enough to the guy. “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me teacher.” he said. 

“Two men owed money to a certain money-lender. One owned him five hundred dendarii,and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more? 

Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.” “You have judged correctly,”Jesus said. 

v47″Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven-for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little, loves little.” 

This woman was the sister of Lazarus and the Lord said her name would be remembered forever for her faith and humility. It is the fact that she realized her need of the Savior that made this so moving. 

Yes, this story is so powerful and I read it an think, my gosh…that’s me. I can almost see the people sneering and hear the mocking voices. “Geesh, how can that woman be religious, do you know all the stuff she’s done?  That’s how so many people see followers of Christ. The brokenness, of Mary was seen as some kind of ‘show,’ and brought scorn. Her ongoing witness that she carried as the joy of her forgiveness, brought even more mocking.We are told to take this and share with others, what has been so freely given to us. However, you will find many will speak to you or about you, as you should be ashamed.  This is the Pharisees words for, “How canJesus really be the savior and let someone like this  represent Him, when we know all about her?” Well, that’s the whole point of the story. Jesus just loves sinners. And His blood was shed for us. We just have to see our need as Mary did, on her knees. 

I remembered speaking to a very good friend of mine who had not accepted Christ yet. She was visiting my home and another friend of mine was visiting from Wisconsin and she was a believer. As this particular girlfriend spoke, she said, He’d never want me if He knew all the things that I did.”She had a sadness about her, as if she had some dark secrets that could top anything that the Lord had seen or heard. It’s as if she really believed, He just died for the righteous ones, whoever they might be. (God help us all, if that’s the case!) My girlfriend and I looked at her and laughed and said, “are you kidding? You are the one He came for! What do you think we’ve done? Come on! Look at us! We’re no different except that we realized that we needed Him.” She seemed elated at this news. “Yea, you know, I don’t think I’m so different from you. Except your faith.” 

“No, I told her, Once you turn your life over to Him, He’s the one that gives you power over the rest. That’s when you start to see changes in your life. This is the truth that sets you free. And you know the truth, because the truth has the power to change you. You cannot get that from any drug, or sex, relationship, power or money. It is only through a relationship with Jesus Christ the living God. 

It’s the only thing that is eternal. So even if your relationships, careers, incomes, etc.. comes to an end, He will still be here for you. 

But He wants you to know that it starts by being broken. At His feet. Knowing you’re a sinner, saved by grace. Not holy. Not righteous. Don’t mock others that have found Him, like the Pharisee did. Because this was an indication of a person who had no ability to have compassion because of his own lack of understanding for forgiveness. Which means he truly didn’t understand how much he had been forgiven. 

The day I understood the meaning the magnitude of my sin and cost of this was when I saw the death of my own brother and the gift that the Lord had given me by an answered prayer. He told me in another prayer that He wanted me to go to people like my brother and give back as a gift to Him and in so doing it I felt it was giving to my brother. But the Lord says,”when you’ve done it unto the least of these, then you’ve done it unto me.” Each time I have gone to one of these people, I have seen the Lord’s hands in some way and felt it could have been my loved one.  It is all because I am grateful to the Lord for having forgiven me for so much and I know that I couldn’t begin to pay back anything for the debt I owe. 

In the end, Jesus Christ died for all of us, even the mockers. They mock what they don’t understand and Christ told us that they would do this. He told us that if they hate us, they hated Him first. These are the ones that we pray for. That the light would shine on them and the veil  would be removed from their eyes. The enemy blinds them into believing that they must be good and follow the rules, when the fact is that we are not good, and that’s why Jesus said that Mary Magdalene’s name would be immortalized for her act of faith and love. Weeping on the feet of our Lord, which would be nailed to the cross, and anointing them with oil. Then to dry them with her hair. I only wish it could have been me. I wonder if they could have pulled me away from him…for my sins…they’re many.

Point the Way Lord

It’s the dream I had last night. I knew it was from the Lord. I have some dreams that I know are prophetic.

I was driving in my car. It’s a convertible, so I had the top down.The streets had been flooded. I looked to my left. All of a sudden a street sign filled with water came crashing to the ground.

I was about to proceed straight ahead and as I looked down the street I noticed numerous signs lying down on the ground. Out of nowhere, a woman ran up to the right side of my car and she said, “Don’t go down this road. It is too dangerous for you. I will point the way.” She pointed to another road.

Then I woke up.

Well as we are obviously in some very perilous times I understood this interpretation to mean several things. On a natural and spiritual level. We know that we have had many natural disasters taking place and many spiritual phenomenon will follow.

The scriptures are clear; “There is a way that seems right to a man but it leads to death”

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, “this is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

The dream seems to point to all the directional signs having fallen.The people have no guidance. “Where there is no vision my people cast off restraint, but blessed is He who keeps the law.”(God’s Word)

Are you kidding me? If you who are natural cannot understand this scripture it’s pretty basic. Look at this world. Every barrier that we’ve ever had, has been lifted. A teacher and I were talking about this tonight, when I was discussing a poor girl that was beaten into a coma by a boy over a text message. The stuff that is on television and she was saying that the commercials alone are rate R! Yes, we have “cast off restraint.”

“The angel of the Lord encamp  around those who fear Him”(Psalms 34:7)

“I know Oh Lord that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for  man to direct his steps.(Jer 10:23)

“Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”(proverbs 3:5)

Yeshua-Behold the Lamb!

And by His stripes we are healed

It is the prophet Isaiah’s words spoken to the nation of Israel about their coming messiah. The nation of Israel had seen many, claiming to be ‘the one.’ Much like we do today and many who are not knowledgeable of the words of the prophets, are deceived, as they were in Jesus day. We have had people searching for a miraculous sign, especially when times are tough, and if they don’t know Jesus words, such as, “it is a wicked and adulterous generation who seeks after a sign and none shall be given,” then they shall be running to and fro seeking after all kinds of crazy things and worshipping people and false idols. They pray to other people and even objectify things. It’s incredible that humans have all but forgotten that the nation of Israel did the exact same thing when Moses went up to the mountain to get the tablets and made a golden calf.

I watched a special the other night about all the so-called saints that have been declared by a church that the people are praying to. Keep it simple and do not sin folks! Everything is in Gods word. “There is but one God and one mediator between God and men the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all men-the testimony given in its proper time.(1Timothy2:5,6)

Just as so many other mediators are out there, we just cannot deify angels, objects, or loved ones, no matter how good they may have been. Even the preachers are called to guide us, however, as I’ve pointed out, we are to walk in obedience to God’s word and we are humans.

I think it’s appropriate on the eve of Resurrection Day to dig into Isaiah’s prophetic words to the nation of Israel, since it’s such a beautiful picture of messiah. It is mysteriously left out of the temple teachings. You will see why after I impart the bulk of the text; It is interesting to note that this prophet had spoken these words at least 500 years or more before Christ had made His appearance to the nation of Israel. Weary from so many claiming to be the messiah and longing for a ruler to overthrow the oppressive Roman rule, this man was just one more crackpot to some, but to those who had the spiritual eyes and ears required….just as is required today

Isaiah 53; Who had believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him.

(this whole paragraph speaks of His humble birth and the fact that He had no attractive qualities that would draw attention to Himself. Nothing majestic to indicate royalty. His kingdom was not of this world and He made this clear. In fact we’ve never had anything in all of scripture to describe His appearance, except that He was of large stature, dark-skinned and had a beard. God did everhthingwith purpose. He knows man wants to worship an image and He tells us that we are to “worship in Spirit and in Truth” Man has a tendency to follow other men, and this is why Jesus told His disciples that He would send them the Holy Spirit who would live in all of us believers and we must be as servants.

v3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered Him stricken by God, smitten by Him and afflicted.

(all His life He was made to suffer in the body of a man to learn what it meant to be fully human. “He became obedient unto all things, even unto death on the cross.” And men assumed He was being cursed because of His suffering.

but he was pierced for OUR transgressions, he was crushed for OUR iniquities; the punishment that brought US peace was upon him, and by his wounds, WE are healed.

Every year at Passover, I’m fascinated when I look at the matzoh and see the piercings and the stripes on the unleavened matzoh. It is all a picture of HIM. It was the foreshadow of His coming and the completion of the picture is when He sat with His disciples at the table passing this matzoh around the table. They had done this year after year. This was to be the culmination  on this very night. The reason the Passover was given. Leaven, is yeast, which is a picture of sin.(ex 12:15,Mt16:6,1Co5:6) He took the bread and passed it to his disciples breaking it, he spoke about the fact that up until this point they had always done this in remembrance of their exodus from Egypt. From now on they would “do this in remembrance of Him.” He is the Passover Lamb.” Now you see the Old Testament practices had value since they pointed to Christ.

v6We all like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way;and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

v7He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent so he did no open His mouth.By oppression and judgment He was taken away.

(Jesus Christ stood before Pilate and was examined and found to be without cause. He was asked by the Jews what they wanted to do with Him and they asked for Barabas to be released on His behalf. interestingly, Barabas name, means, “son of the father.” Jesus  (being the true son of the Father)became his substitute, and what a picture of substitutionary sin, (God’s guilt offering) from the beginning to the very end.

v8And who can speak of His descendants? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people He was stricken. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death though He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth.

(He had no marriage or family, so that puts an end to the nonsense about his wife and the Hollywood fairytale. The real wedding will take place at the “wedding feast,” with His bride, the church. He left for this reason. He was assigned a “rich man’s grave,” when Joseph of Arimathea, donated his very own tomb to Him to be used.

v10Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer, and though the Lord makes His life a guilt offering He will see His offspring and prolong His days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in His hand.

(All who have placed their trust in Christ are His offspring. We are of the Incorruptible seed.)

v11After the suffering of His soul, He will see the LIGHT of LIFE, and be satisfied, by His knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and He will bear their iniquities.

(The Three days in the tomb and the Resurrection! )

v12 Therefore I will give Him a portion among the great, and He will divide the spoils with the strong, because HE poured out HIS life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors!

Now as we celebrate this Passover/Easter it is simple to know it is the same holy day. The Israelites were to take a perfect lamb( Jesus) and sacrifice this lamb. Dip the hyssop(faith) into the blood. Place this over the doorpost and sideposts of the doors(to form a cross) and the angel of death would ‘pass over ‘their families. We do this now by faith when we confess Christ as our Savior. “Behold I stand at the door and knock, and if anyone opens I will come in.”(Rev.3:20)

He Has Risen!!!!

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