The Year of the Lord’s Favor


So what if this was it? The year where all debts were cancelled? A clean slate? Well, we are to preach the message as if it is the last hour. He has poured His Spirit out with this command.

It is His gift to mankind. In 2 Timothy4:2, we are told to, “Proclaim the message, in season and out. Point out errors, warn people, and encourage them. Be very patient when you teach them.”

As I said in my last post, some do not accept teaching. But I wanted to point out, not from a place of pride, teaching is only from the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. And it is with the genuine love for people and the concern for their soul, not for selfish ambition.

When I see people, striving to sell something as it relates to ministry, or self-promotion, I can only be a little bit suspicious. The enemy loves to get a foothold in this part of our soul. We are all very susceptible to this sin. I can see how many times he tripped me up with this. I almost smelled the smoke of my own burning flesh.

The other day I was thinking back to my rebellious youth. I had come into a department store and had started working with a girl who was very sweet and pretty naive. Another girl was a bit older than us and she was more worldly. She was a hard rocker, with a boyfriend in a rock band. So, I kind of fit right in the middle. She told us all about her escapades, as she went on the road with him and his band. Helen, shocked by all her stories, and me, just laughing at everything, as if I knew it all. I thought I was so cool. I saw Helen doing things she wouldn’t normally do, like smoke cigarettes.  Helen and I would go out after work to the place across the street. This is when I realized what it was to influence a persons behavior. Never thinking about the negative aspect. I just thought it was humorous.  I found this out at my performance interview.

My manager sat me down, and spoke. “Listen. You have tremendous leadership potential. You just need to channel this in the right direction.” There was another guy in a department who I would talk to when I would walk through the store. “You need to slow down.” He would tell me. “Hmm, whatever, that’s supposed to mean.” I thought. The guy was about in his 30’s and I thought he was older than dirt.

I was about 18, and I thought I had the world by the tail, and no one could tell me what to do. I sure had no idea what they were talking about. And no one could teach me anything about anything. Isn’t it funny how I can still remember their words now?

The Lord tells us, that the Holy Spirit calls all things into remembrance. He is our, “Paraklete,” or Counselor. So He had actually placed so many in my life all along my path, to guide me, to warn me, to encourage me. As my stubborn feet, kicked, and dug in. As I shook my own fist and questioned. He knew, I would one day bow my knee in repentance. But how much suffering came first. Yea, I had fun, but at what cost? Believe me, there’s a lot of very small print at the bottom of that bill of goods. There’s nothing in the end. With the Lord, there’s a much better deal. I’ll take the clean slate…Thank you! His blood, for my sins??? Why hesitate? Oh, and did I mention? It’s a FREE gift!

Now the Lord said to Peter that, “Satan had requested to sift him as wheat.” But he reminded him that He would pray his faith remain strong, and when he was finished, he turn and encourage his brothers.”

So we are all allowed the same opportunities. Our Heavenly Father, does not play favorites. And there is no sin too great to be forgiven. However, there is only one way up, and that is by bowing down. Repentance.

“Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord!

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The Veil that Covers


“Mom, why did God give us eyelids?” My son just asked me that question the other day? “Well, it’s for protection from the elements. Besides, when we sleep, we have to keep the light out and we have shields for total darkness.”

Now I was glad, he was asking about God’s creation in the whole process. At his age, sometimes, children just question, is God really behind the whole thing, or some alien life form. Or perhaps the big explosion, made these eyelids of mine. Yea, I’m thinking even my 14 year old son, wouldn’t be buying that story. The zombies make way more sense, than, “hey son, there was a big explosion in space and we all came together and your face was made. Oh, and eyelids were formed so you could blink and sleep. Isn’t that amazing?” He’d say, “Mom, you are really insane.” But look people. This is what is taught as a science in your schools to your kids. They razzle, dazzle them with a bunch of words, and make it sound like a science. By the time they come out they think it’s real. But if you break it down in simple terms, this is what they’re saying.

So, my son say’s,” why didn’t God just let our eyes get wet?” I had to laugh at the sound of all of us crying all day long.For some people with hardened hearts, it sure wouldn’t hurt. I think there are people that do things in this world, who haven’t shed a tear. At the heartbreak they have caused. They’ve never uttered the words, “I’m sorry,” to the people they have hurt. They have never bothered to humble themselves to anyone. So perhaps that would be a good idea. But that wasn’t God’s plan.

God has a plan and it is coming soon. It involves His church. He refers to His church as His bride. It is an amazing analogy as I will point out. Many on this earth have not understood. In scripture it is referred to as “a mystery.” Yes, this is because the Bride is veiled, until her time of revealing.

But veiled to whom? “And even if our gospel is veiled it is veiled to veiled to those who are perishing. 2 Corinthians4:3 Now the true church of the Lord is not a building, as many believe. He specifically told his followers, “You also are like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1Peter 2:5) The Lord does not deliberately veil the gospel. But what I see in this, is that there are some who are hardened and no matter how much you try to reach them, they are unwilling to soften. “So as the Holy Spirit says; “Today, if you hear his voice do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert. (Hebrews 3:7,8)

I had a dream yesterday, that a young girl had asked for me to be some kind of a mentor to her. I don’t know if I was in a restaurant or what it was. But when we got together, she was so full of pride, she kept telling me the way it was going to be. Every time I opened my mouth, she started talking. It was as if, I was working for her, and she was my manager.She was haughty and sat towering over me, as if I was now applying for a position at her company. It was all very strange. Almost as if she just wanted me here to feed her pride. It made me wonder why I bothered coming here in the first place.  I kept my mouth shut, as the Lord reminded me, “I am opposed to the proud, but I give grace to the humble.” I realized the Lord was testing her heart.

Now, I told her, “Look, you are the one who contacted me to help you. But I cannot, if you keep trying to teach me.A student isn’t greater than the teacher. You have no experience in this area, yet you are not teachable. You will  not accept any help. I do know about this. I don’t want recognition, because I am not looking for it. But you just have made this a miserable experience. I’m afraid I will have to stop this.”

About a week later, she contacted me and asked me to help again. “I can’t do this. I really need your help. I know you can teach me, because you have experience.” “Ok,” I told her, “But this time, you will have to trust me.” I have some knowledge in this area.” The exact same thing happened. This girl rose up against me.  Every time I tried to show her something or, help her, she knew better. It was as if this was so deeply ingrained in her, she just couldn’t stop herself. She couldn’t receive direction from me. She was the same as the Lords description of the Jews in the desert, “stubborn and stiff-necked.” I couldn’t take it anymore. I said, “That’s it! You’re on your own! I have reached the end of trying to reach out to someone who wants to wallow in their own mess they’ve created. If the hand is extended and it is not taken, what can you do?” A few weeks later, I went by a fast food restaurant to pick up some food and I saw her. She was miserable and I wanted to cry. I said hello to her. She looked so sad. She had eyes, which were pleading with me, but I didn’t know what to say. I knew it was something which had to happen to break her of her pride.

This is heartbreaking in the eyes of the church. The church is God’s presence on this earth. This is why we pray, “Your kingdom come, on earth, as it is in heaven.” We are the earthen vessels, which carry this very precious treasure. The Holy Spirit. Which makes us the Holy Church. The veiled Bride. Yes, we come and we go. Into many people’s lives. Some recognize us, and some do not.

So there are many in this world who run to buildings of worship, to go to church. This is a verb. But our Lord uses the description to Peter as a noun. The true church, which our Lord is referring to, is a living breathing organism. Vessels, which are yielded for His use. Regenerated vessels, by the power of the Holy Spirit. So when we walk this earth, we Are the Church!

Now let’s look back at the examples of Jesus Christ. He went into temples. But very few times did we see these examples given to us in scripture. His core ministry was to the lost and it was out in the world. He did not find importance to impress with accolades of the priests. Human pride is the downfall of many. They too, did not recognize Him. He was our example.

He was persecuted by the Pharisees and the Saducees. All the teachers of the Law. They were filled with pride. They wanted to teach the teacher. They had no idea who stood before them. Their eyes, were veiled.

Then, the unthinkable; they blasphemed him. They told him his power came from the devil. They were all liars, yet, when they spoke against the Holy Spirit by calling him a liar, they were condemned. (Luke 12:10)

Now as, believers, we represent the true church. Yet many don’t see. The Lord tells us; “And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Advocate to help you and be with you forever-the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives in you and will be in you.” (John 14:15-17)

So, we see here that many people in this world run to structures, which they call churches. They may have fellowship with one another. But the true church, presents itself to us. We do not run to it. And many times, as I know from my life. As I have gone forth to be a witness, I’ve been persecuted. People have grieved the Holy Spirit. Some have even blasphemed the Holy Spirit.

And remember the Lord told us that “if the world hates you, know that it hated Me before it hated you. (John 15:18) So, we are not in bad company if feeling persecuted for no particular reason. It is because we are indwelt by His Spirit.

There’s nothing wrong with going to structures for fellowship. However, many people are inside buildings and have no relationship to Christ. That is not to say that some people in those buildings have no relationship to Christ.  By the same token, many of the true church, do not run to buildings. Just like Christ and His disciples. They did not waste time, on buildings. They ministered as they went about their daily lives. Christ gave the commission, and made no mention of “making structures.” The problem was with Judas taking in the money, if you recall. Those disciples were to get their needs met by the people along the way. The true church, as they fed the gospel, they were fed, by the Father. Their, ‘daily bread.” There was no room for corruption. And the disciples continued to work at their jobs. Interesting isn’t it? I had a young girl tell me that “the church is a business.” Which clearly showed me her lack of understanding about what the capacity of the church really is.” But this is why our Lord entered into the temple with a whip and turned over the tables.

I had not been so keenly aware in my past. We are to be consecrated for His use. If someone is turned out, of the church. It is not punishment. It is for their own consecration. To preserve their soul. The Lord loves us so much and is willing to do everything possible to bring us back. Not willing that any man should perish. He speaks of His discipline “for our righteousness.”

Many times I had dragged the Lord into acts of unrighteousness without any understanding of the Holy Spirit in my life. To keep the temple holy. It meant nothing to me. I was stubborn and rebellious and thought it was just a bunch of words. The Lord had to train me through much suffering.

His desire is to present to Himself a radiant bride. Spotless and without blemish or wrinkle. So we must see that until this time, we will suffer to that end. So, the bride is on the earth making herself ready. She is presenting herself before the masses with a message of hope. Spreading the Good News. It is a message for all mankind. I’m praying that your bitterness does not enter in and the veil be removed. The Lord wants everyone to enter into His wedding feast.

The Spirit and the Bride say Come Lord Jesus!

The Wedding Feast

 

Be careful how you judge.


This was the news which I had pulled up this morning. http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/neo-nazi-couple-find-out-theyre-jewish/19648414?icid=main%7Cmain%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%7C173151.

I was fascinated, since, I had been telling people this for years. Be very careful of your bigotry. You just may find you are one of the people you hate. This is so ignorant to hate a class of people for their ethnicity. It really comes down to a fear of what one doesn’t understand.

The Jews were scattered and the tribes ended up all over this planet. Always hiding, because of the hatred others had toward them. The Lord told us that in the last day, they would be restored and I see evidence of this everywhere. But remember, these people were chosen, for good reason. And how do you know that you are not of these people? Even if you are not a descendant, remember also, by faith, we are grafted into this vine, becoming heirs of the covenant made with Abraham.

Isn’t it amazing how the Lord turns our gaze, back to ourselves? He warned us many times, to be careful how we judge, and this story is such a picture of this scripture being revealed. “Be careful how you judge, lest you be judged by the same measure you use.”

Of course, this is happening more and more, as the ability to trace our genealogy, becomes easier. These days were also referred to in the book of Daniel. The angel told Daniel that the things he witnessed, “would not be revealed until the time of the end. When people would be running to and fro, seeking knowledge.” Of course, with the advent of computers and all of this technology, we know this age as, “the information age.”

When we see all of these things happening, we can be sure that the Lord is standing at the door. I believe we are living in the most exciting times, biblically speaking. And now it is time for people to get their households in order. Find out who you are, in this ‘family tree.’ The Lord tells us, “I am the vine, you are the branches, and all who abide in me, shall bring forth much fruit.”

He also told us to, learn of me. Jesus was born of the nation of Israel for a reason. There is a purpose and a plan in everything God did. Learn of Him, and you will find out who you are as well.  This is not a religious experience, but an intimate relationship with your creator! He has told us, “not one jot or tittle, shall pass away, before His return. If you want to know what that is, they are the smallest characters in the Hebrew alphabet. He is telling us that, every single, word, has meaning and purpose.

The information age, indeed. Find out what this information means to you!

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!

The Shofar Shall Sound…


It isn’t as if we don’t have enough time. We have all the markers. We have the teachers to teach and the signs all around us. But hey, even when the rich man and Lazarus had their stint, the rich man died and found out he was all wrong and it stated, he could actually see Lazarus resting at Abraham’s side, yet there was a great chasm, fixed between him and them and he was in great torment.

He found that hell, was indeed, real. Yet, when he spoke to Abraham, he could hear him. “Abraham, please send Lazarus to dip his finger in water and cool my tongue because I am in great agony in this fire.”  Now I am giving you the short synopsis, however, in his life, this rich man had everything he needed and Lazarus had nothing.

At this point Abraham reminded him of this and now, the rich man begged him, “father, then send Lazarus to my father’s house, for I have five brothers.Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.

At this point Abraham told him that they already had the law and the prophets available so what else was needed? Well, he, much like everyone else seems to believe, stated, “No father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them they will repent.”

This is when he replied, “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, the will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.”

Yes, it is all a matter of sin and the hardness of the heart, isn’t it? Some people just don’t want to turn away. And that is the reason for the trumpet blasts and the signal. It is a wakeup call.

Now my pastor was just teaching on Yom Teruah or Rosh Hoshanah. It is the Feast of Trumpets. It is fascinating to be sure because it is spoken of in the scriptures as the trumpet blows(1cor 15:53) That which is perishable must clothe itself with imperishable”;meaning perishable cannot enter heaven with this body, which is the very reason that Christ’s was not recognizable in His own resurrected body at first. He walked and talked with his own disciples and yet they had not even known it was Him. He entered into the upper room right through the walls. “The mortal, with immortality.” Meaning for those who are alive at His coming will be transformed into new creation, not able to die. “then the saying is true; Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

Now once again I am reminded of the prophetic dream that I had been given by the Lord, about 18 years ago. He very clearly told me, “The harvest festival is about to begin….but we must prepare for aras…and to look this up in my Concordance. Upon searching the Hebrew interpretation, I found this nugget. It was a root meaning; to be engaged to, espoused to, betrothed. Which is a word picture. I am after all…the Bride. Anyone who professes to love Him and belong to Him is engaged to Him and is in a state of preparing to meet him. Remember, He goes to prepare a place for His bride. In Isaiah 54, He has told us, “For your Maker is your husband-the Lord Almighty is His name- the Holy One of Israel is your redeemer; He is called the God of all the earth.

Now as my pastor reminded us of this festival. I kept thinking of my dream. He spoke later of the bowl judgements in Revelation and everything that the Lord does is because of His love for His creation and His longing for His children to be set free from the captivity of this world system and it’s corruption.It is this corruption that is destroying everything in this world and it isn’t getting better. Look, our Lord told us that , “the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into glorious freedom of the children of God. That is our future glory. (Romans 8:21) Is man really so arrogant as to think that they can accomplish so lofty a goal as this? 

Satan has set up his domain for a while but it is coming to an end and he is filled with  fear. The saddest thing is that even as the final  judgmentsare about to come upon the earth some men will curse God. Yes, instead of turning to Him, for shelter,they willcurse Him and blame Him with their dying breath.

I am always blessed to hear my pastor teach because it’s most profound and something that I haven’t heard. It was a new deeper understanding on the prayers of the saints in Revelation 8. (saints-that’s us folks) Not someone deemed by the Catholic church btw. Now when he spoke about the silence in heaven for half an hour, and it’s astounding when you think about it, because it is the knowing that the final judgements are about to fall regarding the sins of the people on the earth and their refusal to repent  in spite of the tribulation. This is where the prayers come in. I don’t mean some “Our Father’s.” These are fervent, intercessory prayers.Nothing ritualistic in nature. He speaks about the bowl and the harp. Prayers, being combined with our worship, to the Lord.A fragrant offering to Him on behalf of these souls. Read Revelation 8 and see the visual of this. It’s quite fascinating. 

 They are mixed with incense and hurled back to the earth with peals of lightening and thunder. I would encourage you to listen to these teachings. They are very helpful when understanding the prayer life and our place in these last days. But as my pastor also pointed out, as important as our prayers are, we cannot change the appointed times for Gods judgement. We can only change the outcome by our intercession. His times are sealed.

All I can say to believers is…Look up! Your redemption is near! Oh yea and I to Satan…Be Afraid..Be Very Afraid!