Rejoice In Your Suffering


Don't Be Afraid

Don’t Be Afraid

I was reading an article this morning and it made me realize that we do all have a choice in our suffering. We have a choice to let it define us, or to move forward with learning.In fact scriptures tell us to “Rejoice in our suffering.” I would barely be able to grasp this concept, except I am reminded of things in my past which have brought me to this place today. All the battles have been to grow me for the things which the Lord has prepared in advance.We all have a destiny in this life. A mission. It is living with purpose and growing in wisdom. To accept the call is only the beginning. That does not mean life will become easier. In fact, it’s usually the opposite.

 The only thing which brings some element of comfort, is the knowing that we are a vessel prepared for our Lord’s use. And He has the master plan. He promises that “all of these things work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.”

 Years ago, I was in the midst of warfare. I was at the breaking point. I had experienced fear. I was thrust into the streets of London with bombs exploding. Having strayed from my faith, I had forgotten that my heavenly Father is my protection.I had many things happening in my personal life, and then this was the final straw. I had suffered Post Traumatic Stress. I began losing weight and losing my hair. I was terrified to go to work and at times, I just wanted to curl up and fade away.

 Reading this article made me think about the things which are important. Of the greatest importance, I had to list my suffering. Yes, that’s right. The article mentioned the term, “Post Traumatic Growth.”For this is the outcome, if we choose to allow this to be our stepping stone. A few years later, I had taken a trip to Israel. I went in an armored vehicle to the place of the first altar. I shared this with a friend, and she said, “I wouldn’t have put money on this adventure of yours. I would have never imagined you doing this.”Yes, after she’d seen me in my most vulnerable state, and now this voluntary experience, she was amazed.But then, I had become firmly planted in my faith, and now I knew that live or die, I am in the Lord’s hands

. As ambassadors for Christ,  we have a commission, to go into the world. We cannot do this, when we are running in terror. But more specifically, we are commissioned to the people which the Lord has surrounded us with. Our families, friends. They are not an accident. If we say we believe in our Lord, and His calling, we must know that there is no coincidence.He revealed the picture of Himself on the cross. With His dying words he told John to take His mother to be his own. And His mother to take John to be her son. John faithfully cared for Mary until her death. In this picture, our Lord wanted us to understand a very powerful message. Knowing these to be words uttered by a dying man, He showed us that it is not flesh and blood which make us family. It is knowing that we need Him and accepting His blood at the foot of the cross. This is what makes us one. His body, unbroken. There is absolutely no division in the body of Christ.

 The very people you have been commissioned to, may persecute you.  But this is why our Lord also said, “He did not come to this world to bring peace, but a sword.” And clearly tells us this sword, which is truth, would divide family members.He has reminded me, that it is not our place to defend ourselves against accusations. As the accusations come from darkness. We do not return evil for evil. The Lord stands as our defense. Though rejection and persecution hurts. He had experienced this too.

 Remember our Lord as He looked over the city of Jerusalem and spoke, “Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you. How often I have longed to gather your children as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.” Matthew 23:37 I was reminding my son the other day that the Lord had felt as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. So much anguish that He had droplets of blood fall from His forehead. “Imagine this,” I said. “Our Lord was also a man. And even He was afraid.” I told Him that I had seen this stone in a church in Israel. I touched it with many others who longed to imagine that fateful night and the despair He must have felt. The prayers so heart wrenching, as to sweat blood.I told my son, “Christ could see what He wa about to endure. The beating He would take. The whips and crown of thorns. And finally the cross. And He felt enough fear to express this to the Father. He asked that the cup of suffering be removed.  But He also knew it was necessary, to finally concede, “Not my will but thine be done.”  Our Lord also knew the final outcome. “For the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross.

I was trying to help him understand that in our pleas to the Father, it is not for our wants, so much as it is for His wants. He wants us to turn to Him in every detail of our life. He wants us to become fit for His use. He knows that suffering is what “produces a harvest of righteousness.” So knowing this, I don’t want the easy way out. I want, The Way, The Truth and The Life. This is my choice. Whatever comes my way, I know it has come from the Father’s hands.

Advertisements

Pulling Down Strongholds


A view from the Prayer Tower in the midst of the city of Jerusalem. reminded me of the power of prayer.

This is any “vain imagination which sets itself against the knowledge of Jesus Christ.” I’ve been dealing with this on a daily basis. Well, every believer should be. It’s a part of our walk. It seems I’m in the front line of the battle ground.

A good example was just the other day. I had wanted to have rain gutters placed on my house after all these years,to avoid the debris in the pool. It has been an exhausting exercise to clean the dirt, which floats from the roof. Although I have screens around the pool, this would definitely decrease the amount of dirt and, the screens, also need to be replaced. It’s just ongoing maintenance. So this would be the next project.

Well, at least, that’s what I thought, until my neighbor called me over. While I was engaged in conversation with the guy about the gutters. He had asked if I could speak to him about my back fence. I told him, as soon as I was finished with this guy, I’d be over.

I already knew the back fence was just hanging by a thread, since the last hurricane, and it had to come down. “We’d be willing to go half with you, and I’d do the labor,” he said. “Oh, that would be fine.” I said.

As if I didn’t already have enough going on. If you’d already read my previous post about my kitchen, leaky roof, blah blah,blah. And that tent is looking better all the time.

So, they say, if I go pull the permit, they’ll mark the property.I go online and get all the info. Print the paperwork. My son, his dad, my brother and my neighbors all pitch in to tear down the back fence. It was nice to get rid of it and we were commenting on how nice it was to be able to talk to each other.I had gotten to know them for the first time and we were saying that it is a completely different experience from Northern living. In the North, there aren’t boundaries as you would notice in this part of the country. And we found in crisis, such as hurricanes, we all started to speak to each other. That’s where we realized how much we had in common.. It was almost funny, because as it is in every situation, it’s amazing to know how we can be experiencing such trauma’s and be so isolated, when we are side by side. It’s also very sad. What emotional support we could be for one another, if we could just walk next door rather than call someone 1000 miles away. We’re so afraid to trust a stranger.

But the reason we’re afraid to trust is because we’re bullied on a daily basis. It’s the things which happen to us, which teach us not to trust. Mean and cruel. Such as this fence deal.

I am contacted by the city to be told, after paying the $150.00 permit fee,that I cannot receive this permit yet,because someone named, Tony, had left some notes. “Yea,” I’m thinking. They’re always named ‘Tony.’

I go in to get the notes. So what were these notes, that Tony had written about my fence? Well, apparently, he could not find any record for a permit for my pool or my deck, from the records. And he continued in his notes, that, “this would affect the requirements for my fence.”

Oh, you’ve got to be kidding! This house was built in 1974! Is he serious? Like I have the permits for a pool and a deck?

Ok, now I talk to my friend and he says, “No way! They keep those records offsite, in the archives. They’re yanking your chain.” “Yea, I know where they keep them,” I said. “In that room with the second set of books! With Tony and a bunch of dark shady characters smoking cigars and a stack of cash!” He starts cracking up as he says, “Yea, and he saying, “Hey, I got another one for ya!”

Oh, so the budgets are strapped for cash, so they’re going after everyone else now? Well, then they have to get everyone in the city to pull their records don’t they? This is ridiculous.

So my neighbor goes in to the woman and she tells him that “Tony is on vacation and can’t see him until next week.” Oh, that’s great, I said. I think this Tony guy, must be Tony Soprano. I’ve tangled with him before.That was about  my hair, this time it’s my pool. It’s all the same spirit and requires the same remedy. Prayer.

Then yesterday, I had an encounter with the roofing guy. I had talked to him the day before about coming over, and I usually know right up front, whether I want to give someone my business. Paul told us to, “test the spirits,know ye not that every spirit which proceeds from someone does not come from God?” So this is exactly what I do. And I pray that the Lord will give me discernment.

Well, some people just start out bad right from the beginning. I can’t tolerate a mean spirit and that’s what this guy had. He told me he would show up early and that was fine, because we all had work to do. I told my sons dad about this so he was on the same page.

This guy climbs up on the roof with his ladder he’s up there for a while.I told him what I saw and I knew the problem was a repair which I needed. It was isolated to two areas.

As he was finished his tapping, etc. I came out and he looked a little silly. I described the scene to my daughter. He arrived early with his buddy. He was wearing some  ‘daisy dukes.’ She was rolling. “What?!” “Well, I don’t know what else to call them. Ask Noah,” I said.

He looked to be in his early 60’s and not in bad shape, but I wouldn’t think he should be climbing up on rooftops.Nor should he be wearing those shorts.

“He pulls two rusty screws out of his pocket and looks at me like a shady car mechanic and says, I don’t know how to tell you this, but  you have a problem with your chimney cap.” “Wow,” I wanted to tell him to keep his paws off my chimney cap, and I don’t know where those rusty screws have been but I’m sure they didn’t come from my  chimney cap, as I’m sure my chimney cap has not seen the light of day in quite some time so he’d better keep those rusty screws away from her!”

I’m very annoyed at this point and I’m waiting for him to get to the news about my roof, as this is the reason for my call. He starts to talk about my chimney cap again. “Look, those are custom chimney caps, and they don’t make them anymore, so I put some (insert word) around it, but you may have a leak around that as well.”Yea, well, I’m not worried about it.Besides, if they’re custom made, that means, they’ll custom make one, if I need it.”  “No they won’t.” Now the guy start’s arguing with me! What in the world? Does he know they? Does he know Tony?

Ok, at this point, I’m sure I don’t but, I have to take my son to school, so I cut him off, as he start’s in again about the fact that they don’t make these chimney caps again. Hey either this guy is lusting over my chimney cap, or he is selling them on the side. I said, “You know, I’m kind of in a hurry. Can you bottom line this and give me the estimate for my roof?”

What he said next, blew my mind. “Listen, I’m in a hurry too! I mean I just took an hour (which he didn’t) to go up on your roof! So I’m trying to tell you what the problem is. (Which he wasn’t.) So, you have a small leak on the flat roof, and another one right on that eave, and if you want I can get some plastic to cover that chimney cap. It’ll cost 8 or $900.00! Then he just writes his name on a doorknob tag and leaves. He doesn’t even give me the written proposal.

My son was cracking up! I’m saying do you believe that guy? He’s mad because he’s being asked to do his job? And then he’s talking about something unrelated to his job? I’m wondering if this scam of his really works for him? I’ll give him credit. He gets up early to get his gig started. At least he’s not on a street corner.

My ex husband says, “Well, when I was a kid I remember these guys, going down the street and they would move the bricks on everyone’s chimneys. Then they would stop and tell people that their bricks were loose, and they would clip them for a few hundred bucks to mortar them. My mom and I were watching them go up and down the street.” “Yea, ” I said. “This guy is probably running around with two rusty screws, screwing everyone with a chimney!” He was just mad because I wasn’t going along with the plan.

I used to take Karate years ago, and there is a concept which is very powerful. It can be used in the spiritual world as well. You don’t fight against the power as much as you take the power tjats being used against you and turn it on your opponent. The full force of it will  backfire against them. This is the meaning of the words, “pray for your enemies.” An extremely powerful dynamic takes place. Only the Lord can change the heart of man. And the cruelty which is leveled against us will  return to land where it had it’s beginning in every situation.

We do need to “link up,” in the Body of Christ.  Prayer is powerful. But the most dynamic power is in its unity. “If one can chase away a thousand, two can chase away ten thousand.” Of course we know the numbers don’t make sense. But in God’s universe, they do. And this is what He wants us to understand. How important this reality is.

 

The Government Ponzi Scheme


His sadness is apparent

Yes, the statement does appear to be true doesn’t it? And this is a man who certainly can speak from experience. No, he’s not someone who you can point your finger at, as I had  federal attorney do to me a few years ago, and say, “are you taking medication?” As if I was the crazy one. He followed this satement with, “I don’t care about corruption.” Yes, and he is a federal attorney. I was incredulous, as to why he had chosen his profession. I had decided that our country was indeed, in a very sad state of affairs. With the more corruption that I had been uncovering the more bullying I was receiving from our, so-called, justice system.

 And he was implying that I didn’t have all of my faculties. So, I should be unbalanced for even beginning to suggest that our whole legal system is turning a blind eye to justice and doing such things. Well this attorney was throwing papers around and grandstanding in such a manner, that he was making ‘much ado about nothing,’ which made me think, he was a big part of the whole mess, which Bernie Madoff certainly has pointed out. I was still rather naive, I must admit, as I was beginning to realize that our whole country was in a mess.

As I saw that my own brother had been scammed and many other people with special needs, and the ponzi scheme involved with that would blow peoples minds, I was sick, about the whole thing. Social Insecurity, will absolutely collapse when you finally see what the government has been doing with these people. Parking their numbers and qualifying them for services, while the whole stinking mess is going unchecked. Oh yes, believe me, it goes all the way up the chain of command. And Bernie is correct. Everyone gets a free pass. He was just the one that was caught.Ahh, but look at the price paid. In the end, ask him now. Was it worth it?

Now, I see the way things are and the way things will be. I operate in a different world and I am not alarmed. I know my Lord and He will put an end to this mess. My special  brother is not upset. His life is happy and I don’t need riches and wealth to be happy. Look what happens to those who live this way. How can anyone be blessed to know they rob from the very least of these? My mother’s life has been wrought with pain and suffering and, yes, it probably could have been made easier if the hands of greed would not have touched her. If she would have been allowed to have the income to care for her son. But then, I would not have acquired the strength necessary to advocate for her and my brother and others like them either. The Lord has shown me that from my youth, I had a burning compassion within me for those who are suffering. Born of my own pain and suffering and my love for Him. He wanted to mold me into an image of His likeness. To have a heart like His own. And this could not happen unless I had suffered in similar circumstances as He had. But He had ‘suffered all things known to man, in order to learn obedience.” Yep, that’s an amazing set of scripture to me. Even my Lord, had to suffer to learn obedience, to our Father. His own pain and suffering, But He knew the suffering was meant to lead Him to one place and that was the cross. And He was perfect. I, am not. There are many times, I’m ready to march across the land and sea, to just slap someone! This is where I still have to be brought into submission.

This has been supernatural and it will come to an end one day. He has reminded me through it all that grace is the end result. I must learn this lesson over and over again. My anger at this injustice is tempered by grace. In the end I also am left with compassion for those who have done these things. I am always left pleading for them, as well. When I see that God is the God of second chances, I know He is going to allow us time.

I remembered a time about 20 years ago when my friends and I heard about the  airplane scheme.  Well of course, no one mentioned the word scheme anywhere in it at all. It all sounded great. In the end someone, somewhere got to be called Captain. All you had to do was invest $500. and eventually everyone would win. That’s all I recall. Oh, that, and that one of the flight attendant’s that my ex-husband and I went to see, kept her money in a book, that was cut out to hold her cash. All seeming to be very clandestine, kind of reminding me of the prohibition days. Hey, I feel like Bonnie and Clyde, I thought. This girl, had serious flirtations, with my ex, and I was trying to pay attention to how all of this was going to work. It seemed like her and her husband were trying to sell Amway, but sleezy. Ok, so, how long does it take to recoup our loss of $500? “Hmmm, I’m going to have to see, if I can get some investor’s first, I told her. I’ll work on the ‘friends and family plan.”

I started with my brother. He’s usually pretty inovative and the first to jump into any investment opportunity.  Just as I thought. “Hey, that sounds like a real money maker!” He’s working it out on paper and I can almost hear his wheels turning in his head. Believe me, he would have been alongside of Madoff if he would have asked. I tried to convince a friend at work and she brought up some thought provoking questions along with, “Is this legal?” I don’t know. I asked her this, and she said it is, but I’m not seeing anything illegal. She’s telling me it’s the same as multilevel marketing, but it’s money. Come on, it has to be illegal. We both backed out.

In the end, they all lost their money and we ended up hearing about these illegal operations all over the country. I called my brother one day about some kind of business and he said, “Hey, are you kidding? I still have my friends calling me Captain, from that last scheme!”We cracked up!

I laugh at the ease with which man can be be hoodwinked into such things without realizing it, however, if we are not careful it becomes a lifestyle and it has devastating results. I can look at people like Bernie Madoff and feel compassion. He was caught up. Look at the price he has paid. But he is not the only one and it is hypocritical for anyone to point the finger of shame at him. We have a system of greed set up to allow this. Look at what our nation has done to allow this. We feed greed. Our media fuels the stories of disastrous and broken lives as a result of overindulgence and addictions. We crave the next episode of some person self-destructing.

Instead of yanking the safety net, which should be the true course, and placing them in a facility for care and prayer, we allow them suicide by media. I have coined this phrase because to me it is the same thing as someone who wants to die by the hands of law enforcement or on YouTube, etc. These are celebrites, and they’re doing what they do best. In the end, it’s all a result of corruption and a desperate cry for help.

Now, my Lord has a Year of Jubilee, which He has given to His people. He will certainly restore everything. It is a clean slate. Everything which the enemy has taken, He will return. When you rend your hearts and turn back to Him.

When Shiloh comes, perfect government will be in place and there will be no more greed. No need to take what does not belong to another. No selfishness and pride. No pain and suffering.

In the Tent of Meeting, This is where it all began. He will restore Justice. Yes, He will balance the scales. He is about to bring Truth and Majesty to Victory!

You know  I always think of the Lord singing this to me in my spirit. Yea, I know, you think He just sings hymns, but He sure doesn’t…He is the ‘coat of many colors!

Strange Visitations


What is going on? A UFO hovering over the Dome of the Rock? Oh wouldn’t everyone love to believe this is a hoax? Yes, and for decades, they were all hoaxes. And the ancient landing strips are also hoaxes. And the bible has spoken of the Nephilim, and Enoch and Elijah, were taken up in a whirlwind. And it was all a hoax. They were the only two, who did not see death. They will return in the end to be the witnesses to a callous world.

The “whirlwind,” by all accounts, would have been very similar to our present day description of a spacecraft. But then, this is just a hoax. People try to discount what they cannot understand, and what they are unwilling to believe. Aliens, are not aliens. But if we accept what the Lord has told us, then we must also accept the rest of His word.

Consider this portion of scripture; “One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.” (Job 1:6)

We can see many examples in scripture of the free access allowed the fallen angels in the heavenly and earthly realm. There will come a time of the end, but this is when the total plan is complete. What we are witnessing is the increase of visitation, because of these events.

Remember the Lord had spoken of the signs and wonders, “in the heavens above and the earth below.” However, we have no idea, whom, or what this is about, until the Lord decides to reveal His almighty hand. And it really doesn’t matter to those of us with faith.

When Jesus Christ returns, He tells us His coming will be visible to all as far lightning in the East can be seen in the West. (Matthew 24:27) So do not be surprised by the things you see happening. The spiritual world is not invading. It has always existed and always shall exist. It is the material world which is slowly eroding.

Satan’s domain is being challenged, and he will be deposed. “He has bruised my Lord, but his head has been crushed!” He knows his time is short and his job is to recruit as many as God’s creation as he can to take with him to his final destruction. 

There have been many debates over the set of scriptures about the Nephilim. “When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.” (Genesis 6:1-3) “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days-and also afterward-when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them.” (v4)

I tend to believe that they were the fallen angels and daughters of men. But it is expressly noted that it was a demonic attempt to thwart God’s plan to bring redemption by the pure seed of Jesus Christ through the birth through the human race. However, Noah was found to be the righteous man, saved through water, a picture of baptism. And a whole lot of other symbolism

At any rate, we know that the plan of Satan’s to outwit his own creator, would have no way of working,, but it doesn’t stop him from trying. And it certainly wouldn’t keep him from his destruction and hatred. And it should be easy enough to spot who his followers are. Jesus spoke these words to the ones who claimed to be the very teachers of the law, “If you were Abraham’s children, then you would do the things that Abraham did. As it is, you are determined to kill me, a man who has told the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. You are doing the things your own father does.” (John 8:39-41) “Why is my language not clear to you?Because you are unable to hear what I say, You belong to your father the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell you the truth you do not believe me! (John 8:43-45)

The Lord has told us that they have gone out into this world. We know they are here. We are told to test the spirits. We know that not ever one of them comes from God. So, be vigilant. Even more so as the day of our Lord draws near!

Don’t be shaken by the strange encounters of the third, fourth or fifth kind. We are to Look up! Our redemption is near!!!!!

The Harvest Festival


What is the Harvest Festival? Well, it is Sukkot and this year it falls on the eve of October 2.

It is the most important festival of all and it was also called Hag Ha Asif. It was the main holiday of the Jews because they depended on the harvest. After the harvest was in they would stop and rest and everyone could enjoy themselves.Everyone was expected to go to Jerusalem for the feast.

This is why is was considered almost the Best and most enjoyable of all.

Now when we look at this application we can see so many symbols and look also at the dream that I had as well.

God rested after He created the heavens and the earth. He also tells man to “remember the sabbath and to keep it holy.” This is to be a rememberance of what He has done. It is also in reference to a future event. I believe it is the final harvest or ingathering before the  wedding feast begins.The Lord speaks of the “new Jerusalem” in scripture.There were also many references that the Lord made to the harvest they were symbolic of mens souls. He told the disciples to “pray to the Lord of the harvest (the Holy Spirit) to send out laborers into the harvest, to gather up the harvest before the final day of the Lord.” Again and again, he spoke of the harvest in terms of mankind.

Sukkot is the festival before the final festival of the season, Simhat Torah, which is the celebration of the Law, which points to Jesus Christ, the Law fulfilled. He is the groom or the Law and it is said that this festival is like a Wedding Feast. Because it seems that the rapture of the church or bride, takes place while the tribulation takes place on the earth, it would seem that Simhat Torah will be a special celebration hidden away from the earth while the “Time of Jacobs Troubles” commences for seven years. This is the time that takes place to draw the rest of mankind to the Lord that has been hardened and corrupted and refused His first offer of grace.

So to understand all of these festivals is imperative, for Jew and Gentile. The Lord tells us that this “shall be an ordinance for Jew and Gentile for all generations.”

Why? Because, He wanted to point to something extremely important for mankind, yet isn’t it strange that most people have no clue that these incredible truths are revealed in scripture? They have been blinded to them and still believe that the Jews are fighting over some small piece of land.

People have no idea that God Himself has designed a plan of redemption for all people through the nation of Israel and they have preserved these Holy scriptures for all of us. Yes, it’s true, many of these people do not know themselves that these mysteries are in these words either, yet they are going to have the blinders removed. God has already spoken this. And He said that He would do this through the Gentiles in the last days.

It is a miraculous thing that God has done. He has taken what was meant for the Jews and grafted the Gentiles into the vine, and in the end we shall turn them back to their own Lord and show them the one that Has come to the nation of Israel.

The number seven is the number of completion in the bible and the number eight is the number of new beginnings. This is Simhat Torah is the end and yet the beginning of the new cycle of festivals. This would seem to me a clue as to God’s timetable. “Let he who has an ear, hear what the spirit is saying.”

Yeshua has come and He is returning again.