Jesus Is All I Want!

A friend of mine shared this with me the other day and I am so moved by the message.

Matt Chandler speaks the hard truth and it doesn’t matter how or what people may think. It’s the truth of the gospel message.

We do not come to Jesus for what we can get but what we can give.

Yes, it’s true we receive forgiveness of sin and salvation. But isn’t this enough? Isn’t this everything??? If it is, then why do so many preachers use gimmicks and great entertainment to draw the crowds?

Did John the Baptist need these props? He spoke the unadulterated Word of God, and this was ENOUGH! We pray and speak the truth, and let God do the rest.

I remember when I was a brand new believer. I didn’t care what anyone thought. My zealousness for the gospel, dispelled any concern I had for opinions of people.

I didn’t shrink back and it was an amazing thing to see what God would do with those seeds being planted.

We were in a group the other day and asking each other about the first time we led someone to the knowledge of Christ. I had fondly recalled how I used to hear my pastor’s teachings and so excited about them, that I would come back to my friends at an apartment we shared and tell them about everything I learned.

So amazing to me, that they would even be interested, yet they would come in groups. They would sit around as I imagined they had with the Lord, when He was speaking to the crowds.

Yet, I didn’t feel I knew that much. Just that I was sharing the love I had experienced by knowing Christ. This, I found, is more than enough!

As I recounted to my group, that these people were as hedonistic as could be and yet when I said I was going to a church I’d found in the area, they all wanted to come.

I continued to watch in amazement as they had given their lives to Christ, one by one. Their lives slowly being transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit and my faith growing in leaps and bounds, with each experience.

I have many believers tell me that they don’t know enough to preach the gospel. I would disagree with anyone who says this. Our Lord’s command is to, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.”

So by this message, we can see that when we commit our lives to Christ, all we need to know is Jesus Christ crucified, and resurrected for sinners. This is the total of the gospel message. All the other stuff is just extra!

We cast our seeds and see where they may fall. I thought of this when I was throwing out grass seed the other day. My grass was burned and dying from the suns dry heat and it looked bad. Wondering how much water would I need to bring it back, I placed the sprinklers on it for days. Yet nothing seemed to happen. Unwilling to water grass which was clearly dead, I decided to throw some seed down. I did this a few times and prayed that the birds wouldn’t come and eat them. All the time I thought, this is the parable of the seed, which the Lord spoke of.

Yet, after a few more days I looked at my lawn and there were little tufts of green sprouts everywhere. Giving a beautiful appearance of life in the midst of the brown mess. I thought how appropriate the message.

Years ago I was flying with one of my closest friends. She was in training with me and we loved each other like sisters. Yet, she was stubborn when it came to my faith. She would see people at work, come up and ask me about my faith and I would share.

At one point, I had a small group again, standing in the galley and asking me questions. I was more than happy to share and loved that they were so eager to hear what I believed.

As I came around the corner, I saw my friend sitting on the seat closest to the galley. It was obvious that she was listening but not wanting to join in.

Later she asked me, “Why do you have to tell everyone about your faith? That’s a private thing.”

“Well,” I said. “First, I don’t tell them anything until they began asking me questions. Second, my faith is part of who I am. It is not a private thing, but it should be very public.”

Then, seeing her disgust, I said; “You know, if there is something about my faith which I’m sharing and someone doesn’t want to hear it. Then it’s not meant for that person but someone else. It doesn’t stop the message from coming forth.”

This is the seed. The Lord tells us, “One plants, another waters and He will give the increase.”

Years later, this very same friend accepted Christ. She told me she wanted to pray and we did this on our layover. It was so beautiful and her life was completely transformed by the power of God.

Upon accepting His call, she left the life she had and met the Godly man intended for her. She and her husband adopted some children from Russia and they continued to spread the message of the gospel.

The message of the gospel is clear and it is not about the ease of our lives but serving Him with all of our might, strength and heart. Many times it will be most difficult. People will hate us for the truth. We will be persecuted and mocked. But it doesn’t matter to me.

I have seen and know, that there is no greater joy than a transformed life by the resurrection power of Christ. To witness the regeneration of souls, motivates me.

I don’t want riches or glory in this mission. I want the Lord to use me as His vessel.

Jesus is enough! “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of salvation unto God, for all who believe!”


Challenge Your World!

This is something that we should do. Question authority? Yes, I’ve always been one to question. How do you find answers, if you just walk in submissive obedience to everyone, who has a title. Just because a person, is educated academically, and has the position, does not guarantee wisdom. I learned that this, is very different, from knowledge. For example; I have met very young children, with more wisdom, than their age conveys. And by the same token, I have seen people in high levels, of authority, with no sense, whatsoever.

Wisdom can only be given by the source of all wisdom. And that is from God. Wisdom, apart from God, so-called “conventional wisdom,” is just another term for, foolishness.

I had to remember reading the accounts of Satan’s fall from heaven, many times. I was intrigued that he, along with a third of the angels, “abandoned their positions of authority.” And the next account was, their being cast down. Hmm, where are they now? Well, we know Satan made his next appearance, right in the Garden of Eden, and he’s been wreaking havoc ever since. But we were told that he is, “the god of this world.” (small g, here) For a limited time. So this means, he rules this world. And how does he do this? Well, by inspiring evil and corruption. And it’s not difficult, since we all have this predisposition.

I started questioning when I was a very young girl. Always inquisitive. I wondered, why my Lutheran pastors, believed what they believed, and why I should believe this. Because they told me to? I would read the Bible, and see things in it, that the Lutherans, didn’t practice, so I would ask: “why can’t we do these things? Christ says we can.” The standard answer was, “Oh, those miracles ended with the disciples.” What kind of answer is this? I wondered. “And why would I want to believe in a God, who is this impotent?” I would wait for someone to sell me on this.

I realized many years later, that these ministers didn’t have the answers, although, they were the teachers. I did find the answers I was looking for, but not without a lot of searching. And a willingness to challenge, the powers that be.

My generation, not only challenged authority, we defied it. It was them versus us. ‘They,’ were known as, The Establishment. The rulers of the free world. Yet, being in the midst of the Viet Nam, turmoil, showed us, that ‘they,’ didn’t always know what was best.  So, questioning the methods and the motives, became the theme of our generation. No, contrary to the commercial’s, we weren’t the “Pepsi Generation.” And the Peace movement, all but fizzled. How could it be possible, when we are mere mortals? “Peace,” was just a way of people promoting violence for their cause. And “Free Love,” was just a term used to have sex with anyone we chose. It couldn’t possibly work, when we have corruption in our hearts. However, it isn’t all bad. What we came away with, was the tenacity to challenge.

Now we have children, and they are inheritors, of our spirit. This is why the man in my post yesterday, has gained some admiration, from me and others from my generation. To outsmart the authorities, at their own game. Yes, it is what riles them. The first thing that came out of their mouths was, something could have happened to a patient. Yet, how many medical errors, do we have every year, with the real doctors at the wheel? In fact our whole health care system is a mess. In every facet, there is corruption, at work.

I found that God tells us, to question. He tells us to search for truth. It doesn’t come easy. It is a gem. And the wisdom gained, just from the search, is priceless.

I had someone tell me just recently, that it was his stint in prison, which led him to the answers. He said, “Everything you have a question to,can be answered in the Word of God.”

Yes, I know, years ago, I would have laughed at this. But that’s why God is so great. He knows, and He allows us to doubt. But, this guy was so right. When I found out that this truth was, absolute, everything in my world began to make sense. I could see that Jesus Christ was one renegade. He challenged all of the authorities of His day. He told us to question our world. In in the end, He told us to pattern ourselves after Him. This is why He was hated by the religious authorities. He made a mockery of their rituals, as they didn’t know the first meaning, of why they did the things they did. They didn’t know that He was the one, that theirs prophets spoke of. They had been blinded by pride.

I have had many experiences in my life which made me ask, “And why am I supposed to do this?” And no one could give me an answer. And “Because I tell you to,” isn’t enough for me. In fact, sometimes, the foolishness of men in authority, placed my life in jeopardy. And I wasn’t going to listen, in spite of the fact that everyone else, seemed to fall into the trap.

Just this morning, as I opened my Bible, I read the words, “I am greatly afflicted, and in my dismay I said, “All men are liars.” (Psalm 116:11) No, I wasn’t seeking dating advice, but some women would certainly agree with this! I started to ponder this and as I did, I understood; we can’t trust man, since we are all liars. Just look at the mess we’re in. If the heart of man is corrupt then we are all headed in a downward spiral. As the economy is full of fraud and corrupt practices. Law enforcement has its own share of corruption. The sports arena, has become a huge ponzi scheme. And you question why young people, are getting into trouble? Who do they look to as an example?

Well, this is why we come to a point, where we have to ask the question, “Who is the final authority?Who leads us?” That is the conclusion I had to come to in my own life. I said, “Surely there is only one truth.There’s no such thing as, “many lives, many masters.” Sorry, but that would mean “many truths.” How can this be? If truth was relative, to each person, then my truth could tell me to rob a bank, when I’m in financial trouble. Or take whatever I want, when I need it. This is the ‘truth,’ which corrupt men walk in. Which we know isn’t truth. But people love to practice this type of ‘religion,’ because it justifies their actions.

I am not telling people to defy the powers, but to challenge them. To defy authority is just anarchy. I propose we do question. Why am I doing this? Does this make sense in a world which is falling apart, because, “everyone is doing it?” And where are these people, which were supposed to evolve into Godlike status? No one has stepped forward. Where is this person as our example? Though we may have many good leaders, none of them has reached perfection.

After watching the, so-called leaders, long enough, I concluded that Christ, was the only example. And I was ecstatic to know, that to question, people in place of authority, was an example which I could follow. Even those in authority, try to paint a picture of Him, as a pious, religious fanatic. Which couldn’t be farther from the truth.

There are many pictures of the man, full of grace, and yet, full of righteous anger. I saw Him, lose it, with the people in the temple. He challenged those who would place corruption inside the temple. He took a bull-whip and turned over tables, as He screamed, “My Father’s house, shall be a house of prayer! And you’ve turned it into a den of thieves!”

Gotta love that. I see the real, person, exhibiting his anger and indignation, at what these leaders have done. And His greatest anger, is that they’re using, a religious excuse to promote their practices. How many times has this been done? Even now.

Christ spoke plainly about the authorities of His time, and nothing much has changed since then. He said, “Blind leaders! The blind follow the blind, and they both fall into a pit!” You can read all about Jesus, challenging these authorities, in the “Seven Woes.” (Matthew 23) A part of scripture, which will give you a real picture, of the conflicts between Jesus and the religious leaders. For those of you who don’t think He got into ‘name-calling,’ guess again.

So, I would challenge anyone, to walk on the little narrow path, that has been marked out for you. Don’t be afraid to question things that don’t line up. It’s your world too! Of course you’ll be despised, when you walk a different direction. “Christ said that too, “When they hate you, remember, they hated me too.” He also tells us, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor, to 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, because He lives with you, and He lives in you.” (John 14:15)

We challenge darkness, when we walk in truth. This is where we find life.

“I tell you the Truth; Among those born of women, there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist: yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven, is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it!” (Matt 11:11)

The Wheat and the Tares

I spoke with someone the other day and was shocked once again that he would say the things that he had said yet so many years later to make me question his own salvation.

After being in the word of God and in church listening to the teachings out of the same bible that I read, he told me that a woman that we knew had to be a believer because she “listened to Christian tapes and teachings and the word doesn’t return void. At some point, he said, conviction has to fall.” Well, that simply is not true.

Conviction comes from the Holy Spirit and we know that only those that have the Holy Spirit living in them, will be truly convicted as the read and hear the word. Yes, it is true that “God’s word does not return void, but He speaks that it goes out to the ones that are “intended to hear it.”

The Lord is very clear on this point, if your house is swept clean and not filled, then those same spirits that originally abides in that house, will return only seven times worse. We know this to be demonic entities, since we have a human spirit and when He speaks of seven times worse, it must mean that we are filled with other spirits other than our own human spirit. They are allowed to take up residence in us, if we open the door to them. The only thing that keeps this door shut is the blood of Christ covering the doorpost of our hearts.

Now, the baptism is another discussion I had with this man. I told him that I couldn’t believe that he didn’t speak to his loved ones about the need to “repent and be baptised.” The scriptures are clear. Repentance is the first priority. There is no reversing the order in this exercise or it is a futile endeavor.

John the Baptist lost his head because of his refusal to back down. He looked right at Herod as he passed by in his chariot with his adulterous woman and stated, “you need to repent! You are sleeping with your brother’s wife!” I’m sure that did not go over too well and eventually this same woman plotted to have his head on a platter for a birthday gift.

I feel the same thing happening to me because I love these people in my life and am in great fear of what is about to come upon this earth. I have grief for their souls and they are once again hiding in the church and when the Lord returns they will not be in the place of favor. Yet when I try to tell them the truth, it is turned around that I am saying this because I have bitterness and anger.

This is simply not true. I have a sense of urgency as I look upon this earth and fear what is about to be the final harvest. The Lord shows me things that I have known since I was young. Then enemy of mankind tries to stop the people of God from speaking the truth, but we are not to back down because it is an incovenient truth. The suffering for the gospel has always been known.

You can listen to all the tapes you want, and carry your bible and go to church, but if your still lying then how is that lining up with the word of God. The Lord says that “a mans heart is wicked and deceitful above all things, who can know it?” So you see, even your own heart can lie to you. Only the word of God can be your barometer to guide you. This is why you must line everything up to His word.

If you state that you are walking in His word, yet you are still lying about things in your life, then the truth is not in you. One of the Lords names is The Truth. He says that if we know Him, we will be like Him. Our waist should be buckled with the belt of truth.

Now how are we to be a witness to those around us that do not know Christ if we are not walking in truth? They are not accountable if they don’t know the truth, however, if we say we know the truth and do not do what the word says, then we are held accountable.

The Lord tells us the story of the last days when the final harvest is gathered up into bundles. He speaks of the wheat and the tares growing together. He allows them to grow together, undisturbed. The difference between wheat and tares is basically nothing by appearance. But the tares do not produce fruit. They are useless.

On this last day they shall be pulled up from the roots and bundled up and thrown into the fire. My question has always been; do you think that the tares know that they are tares? Or are they so self-deceived that they also think they are the wheat? I’ve tried to witness to this man that seems to keep returning to the darkness and I can’t seem to get through to him. I am shocked more today at his response than I have ever been before. He should know more now about the Lord than he did 20 years ago and now he is leading others down the same road of destruction.

All I can say as a reminder is that Christ told us to be very careful. Ravenous wolves have entered amoung the sheep. And Satan himself appears as an angel of light in order to deceive.

If Judas was in the very first church, then it makes sense that their will be many Judas’s in the very last church and only the wheat will be able to distinguish them from the rest. We must be on our guard as scripture clearly told us. They come to pervert the gospel for their own lusts and they are destructive, divisive and cruel.They should be winning souls to Christ, but instead they are robbing, killing, destroying, gossiping, slandering and keeping the very people that need to know Christ from entering in.

My only prayer is that they may see the error of their ways before they take their last breath or the Lord returns. I know the time is short and I must be about my Father’s business. There is a difference between speaking the truth and turning someone from there sin and trying to destroy someone out of evil motivation. For this we will all give account to be sure.

Always look to the last days for your reference in the bible, because my friends, we are truly in them, whether you want to believe it or not. I have studied this long enough to know. The message has always been the same and as I have said many times in the last book of Malachi the spirit of John the Baptist is on the earth today, through the Lord’s people and he is speaking the same message, “repent and turn to the Lord, for the kingdom of God is at hand!”

For those who would try to discredit me or this message, you will stand before the Lord and give account, not before me. I don’t speak this message because of malice, but my compulsion to do so and if you feel anger, then let it be anger to turn away from what you are doing that grieves the Holy Spirit, just as I did in my own life.

“For we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but are justified freely by the grace brought by Jesus Christ. (Romans 3:23)

This is the grace offered to all of us through the attonement of the cross. It’s up to each of us to accept it and then to stay filled, by our witness and walking in truth and our witness. Remember the Holy Spirit was given to us for us to be witnesses and it is one of the signs that we are filled with His power. If we are not overcoming sin and it’s stronghold in our life, we must question where we are standing when the final curtain is drawn to a close.

I just told my son after going to church that I wanted to show him the difference between going to church and being the church After we left we headed down the street to a ministry that I had to people with aids. We visited with some people in the house they lived in and he saw a man that we had known and he drew him a picture and it was so sweet. Then as we passed a young woman said, “don’t smoke in front of those people, they’re church people.” I thought this humorous, since nothing we had was pointing to us being church people. No bibles, no robes. Just average woman, little boy and my special needs brother. I pointed this out to my son. I said this was funny that she should make this remark and that the Lord would not care about this. Yet she had to see something spritual. I thought of how the Lord said, “it is not the outside of a cup that makes one dirty.” This woman may have been cleaner on the inside than many in the church that I had just come from. The respect she had for the spirit of the Lord, made me take pause. How many people are like that inside the church?

When the demon possessed man ran to Jesus, it stated that the demons cried out, “have you come to torment us before our time?” We know that demon have no desire to run to Jesus, but away from Him. So it was the man that ran to Him, but the demon in him cried out. They were tormented at His sight. They begged Jesus to send them anywhere else and he did. Into a group of pigs that ran off the side of a mountain and drown. The man was finally free.

These people are all begging for freedom and it comes in the name of the Lord. I then asked my son, “Do you think it would be easier to get these people into a car and bring them to a church, or to come in here and speak to them about what the Lord has done for them?” Of course I knew the answer. And then I said, And when you read the bible, where do you think you will find Jesus spent most of His time? In the temple, or in places like this?

This is exactly where Jesus was. You would find him in fellowship with these people and they would cry out to Him for help. When He entered the temple, He was usually persecuted by His own people because they were competing for their knowledge of the Law and they never got beyond those walls to let others know there was freedom in the Messiah.

So now we know, truth, who is Jesus, is freedom and unless you are walking in truth, you really cannot be free. You cannot have it both ways. You can’t be living a lie and walking in truth. In these last days, as we enter a critical stage of history, God demands total honesty and truth and he wants us to be free so that Satan has no power over our lives.

“The one that the Son sets free, is free indeed.”

Happy Father’s Day

I would love to say this to my own father right now, but he’s gone. If I could have been able to witness to him about the trials that I was about to experience and the saving power of Jesus Christ, perhaps he would have heard me before our last haunting conversation.

The smell of his Old Spice aftershave still lingers and that kiss. Always longing to be able to go back to that one square of pavement and one moment in time and speak the words that would offer life. Knowing his intentions but not being able to stop him. What could I say to change his mind? A company that forced him into early retirement. Corruption from the very top.

What union protection? That was a joke. I am dealing with identical circumstances and the Lord has allowed all of this for His purposes. My eyes have been opened wide. My poor father. His company did what comes natural. Greed. The union of corruption continued unchecked. The ones that were supposed to represent him. The always think that they are the ones hidden, but they’re not.

I was looking at the note he had given me when I was coming down to Miami for my job with Eastern Airlines. Just a short note, but he was so proud. “Carrie Honey, Congratulation on your new job. I am very proud and happy for you. I love you dearly little one. I know you will do good. Love, Dad

Well, I have done good. I have done what was right. But we know that it is not rewarded by those in darkness.

My wings were pinned on by Frank Borman and the airline I proudly served, destroyed at the hands of Frank Lorenzo, right before my father took his own life. Since his company was destroyed by the same corruption. All I ever wanted was integrity and protection that I and the traveling public are entitled to and now that I’ve defended my own rights and the rights of my colleagues, I am also being treated as if I’ve done something terrible.

As I read the paper the other day and accolades were given to some flight attendants for recognizing a safety issue, I began to cry, This is how it should be. When corruption doesn’t creep in.I wondered, what would my father think now? How sad he would be to know that what he had placed his trust in, was a big scam. In my father’s day, the unions were the voice of the working class. But it is plain to see that they did nothing for him. And in my case the silence is deafening. The fact that my father could have been subjected to this shows complicity and there’s not doubt about this.

Yes, unions are definitely ruining this country and corporations. They hold them hostage and point the finger at management for their greed, while all along hiding behind their own extortion. They are ravenous wolves. They make the ones running corporations complicit in their acts, because whether the company exists or not, the unions continue. a separate entity, corrupt and vile. Terrorizing everyone and dismantling the whole justice system, circumventing laws to manipulate the course of justice for Americans.

But the government is going to be changed, because the “government is upon His shoulders.” It has become corrupted beyond repair and it’s almost time for the Head to return. Then we shall see the folly of these men and their ways.

The Lord commands the people of integrity to take a stand. These thugs continue to threaten and bully everyone and circumvent true justice to their own benefits until no one has any rights at all.

It has happened in my own job. There is nothing left as far as rights are concerned and they have the work force focusing on nonsense  rather than the real issues, so that they can continue in darkness.

The Lord knows that we started out with sin and it’s only by acknowledging our need of Him, that we will be free and escape this need for greed and take our stand.That is true freedom.

The true Father is the one to make all things right and He will. If you are a father, remember, your children are watching you. Walk upright with integrity. My father did not have wealth or fortune. He liked to drink, but he was a hardworking man. He did what was right and he didn’t lie.

On my wedding day I picked him up in my limo and he gabbed my hands and said, “honey, I just want you to know, I didn’t have a drink all night, and I don’t intend to drink at your wedding. I will not ruin your day.” I couldn’t remember days when I was young, that my fahter didn’t show up at my christian school plays, or church and make loud comments, “that’s my daughter!” Yelling out or at my brother and embarassing us because of drunken behavior. But this was the biggest sacrifice that my father could make. An alcoholic since he was 13 and never missing a drink except when he went to work, I knew that this was a big deal. I will never forget this. I would have wanted a drink, since all of my mother’s family was at the wedding and he had a lot of pressure.

Yes, as amusing as it is to some, that was a sacrificial act of love from my father, that I will never forget.

He took his integrity to his grave. This man never, lied, stole or cheated anyone. This is what I know about my father and this is part of what has shaped me. He would have told me that he’s proud of me for being the fighter that I am. “That’s the Irish in you!” That’s what he’d probably say, as that is what he was most proud of. But my father would not have joined in with these mobsters no matter how much they would have offered, because he was an honorable man.

So, they took everything else., from my father, and now from me…but as the Lord says, “so do not be afraid of them. There is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew10:26-28)

And finally a warning and an exhortation for us all. The spirit of Elijah is on the earth right now. You may have the discernment to know who Elijah is and hear his voice, but he speaks the same message.

In Malachi4:5″See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to the fathers, or I will come and strike the land with a curse. I am wondering about this passage.Our land  is now so far from the Lord.

I tend to think of missile strike and North Korea comes to mind. The Lord has been giving me many visions concerning these things and repentance is the way back to the Lord, not out of fear, but love.

Turn to the Lord this is the way to the Father, through the Son.(John 14:6)

Where Can I Hide From Your Spirit?

London subway bombingsBack door of our hotel

Yes, it happened and I wasn’t the only one there, although people would want everyone to think it never happened. Twelve other crew members to be exact.  We were told to walk down a street in full uniform while bombs were exploding and suffered trauma as a result of this.I was the one that fought with everyone in authority. I told them that this was insane. I was the one that was taken aside and they tried to persuade repeatedly since I was the spokesperson for the others that didn’t want to go.

Now I’m supposed to pretend it never really happened because reports were covered up. But everybody knows. My own reputation is being ruined and because I was the only one that reported it, I am being told to just be quiet and go away. But I’m not going away and neither are any of the others that were in this incident. We have all suffered as a result of this, no matter how harmless this seems to the ones that sent us into this street. Because we weren’t killed, does not mean no harm had taken place that day. We all assessed our own lives as we ran down the street and when we found out another bomb exploded, one of the pilots ran off and left us, stranded on the street.

We were terrified and as we rode on the bus knowing that there could be suicide bombers in the area, we had to wonder if we would make it to the airport. We also wondered what the whole point of the mission was, since most of the transportation was shut down and if we would indeed make it back to the states. Quite a few crew members were crying. I will never forget that day and was angry enough to file an action, but now I’m more angry to find out that this was covered up. I told the attorney that it was never about money. I wanted to tell the story so that it did not happen again. But to have this swept under the carpet and to now to be treated so bad this past year as if I’m the one that has done something wrong for taking a stand, just infuriates me.

I risked my life for a company and been threatened and harassed repeatedly.The terrorism that I had experienced that day in the streets of London was nothing compared to the terrorism that I experienced this past year since these corporate people have learned that I’ve discovered they covered up the safety reports. I have lived without money and had benefits cut and now they have tried to strip me of any dignity, because of their own lack of integrity.

I’m sorry but I thought I lived in a country where we had a constitution and it separated us from countries that operated under dictatorship. Lately I’ve been seeking justice and can find none. My union has all but disappeared. The justice system is so corrupted that it’s difficult to find anyone to pursue people just for the sake of integrity. So the average citizen’s pursuit of any kind of life,liberty and justice, is pretty much a myth, However, when the Lord decides it’s time, it will all implode, and believe me, it’s coming soon.

“Since the time of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of God has suffered violence, but the violent shall take it by force.” (Matthew 11:12) The believers are not called to maintain the kingdom until the return of the Lord, but to advance the kindgom and we do this by upholding truth and righteousness. It is not easy or comfortable. It’s not convenient. I remember a pastor of mine telling me that if you are comfortable in the Lord, you’re in a dangerous place. You should be in the battle.” Of course he was talking about the spiritual battle, not a physical battle. People would rather not speak up and say anything to rock to boat. It’s easier to just follow the rest of the sheep. But the Lord also says, “there is a way that seems right to a man, but it leads to destruction.

I am confident that the Lord will expose all of these deeds in due time. No man can hide from His spirit. (Psalm139:7)

Elijah’s Cup

Always waiting for my redeemer

Always waiting for my redeemer

Well the Passover is still being celebrated and next it will be the Easter celebration. But what was Passover? It is what my last post was about. It was a remembrance of the release from captivity for all the nation of Israel. God’s miraculous power and the way He designed the release was all a foreshadow of the coming messiah. Everything that the nation of Israel was told to do was to point to a future event.

Now we know that Jesus sat at a Passover when he had his “last supper.” This was all part of the plan and signs to those that had spiritual eyes and ears. The Jews that understood all the prophecies of the prophets could draw a picture and confirm that Christ was indeed who He claimed to be. The fulfillment of the prophecies all culminated with His hanging from the cross and the resurrection. However, how could so many Jews celebrated Passover and not understand that the messiah had indeed come and He is coming back again? Well for many Jews, just as many non-Jews, the Passover is just another ritual. They are remembering the past, however, have no idea that this pointed to Christ and His ministry on this earth. How can they know if they have not searched for the truth, like many of us? This is when you will see the many symbols within the Passover and why they were told to celebrate in this manner. God wants to reveal Himself to all of us that are seeking.

At the Seder table you can see the symbols of Christ everywhere. It is rich with the pictures of Him. The matzo, as I stated is unleavened bread and leaven was always referred to in a symbolic mannerm, as sin. This is why God foreknew that this would be Christ sitting at His own Seder before He was crucified and passing this. Breaking it into pieces to share with each of his disciples and saying, “Take eat, this is my body which is broken for you.” Now He told them as they ate, they should  no longer do this as a remembrance of their release from Egypt, but in remembrance of Him” This is why He also took the cup, which is standard with four glasses of wine. As the Jews had done year after year, they drank the cups in remembrance of the release from bondage as Hebrew slaves. Now Christ told them to drink of this cup, for this is now my blood shed for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” He told them that this would be the New Covenant that was being instituted by the shedding of His own blood. This was the lamb replacing the lamb that was sacrificed at twilight on Passover. When Christ was crucified it was at the exact time that the High Priest was making the animal sacrifice in the temple. This was all part of God’s plan.

When you look at the matzo, you will see that it is striped with lines. It also has pierce markings throughout. This is done with a tool to keep it from forming bubbles as it bakes. This also is a picture. The prophet Isaiah, lived approximately 500 years before Christ came to earth, However when you read Isaiah 53, you will read every prophetic sign that the prophet pointed out. This includes the stripes and piercings. ( Isaiah 53:5)”He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace and by His stripes we are healed.

We can see that the Lord knew that what He was telling the disciples was that up until this point you have celebrated Passover in remembrance of the past. That was just a picture. This is now the New Covenant and you will celebrate the Passover with new meaning. I AM the Passover.My blood being shed for you will cause the Angel of Death to pass over you upon death. You will not suffer the second death.

Now when you look at the lamb shank bone on the Passover table, you can remember what Christ has done. “He was led like a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7)

The Jews were required to sacrifice the lamb, however the temple was destroyed in 70 AD and no sacrifice could be made anyway. But we know  this to be true because the sacrifice had already been made.

The cup is placed at the head of the table for Elijah. The prophet that would be the forerunner of the Messiah. He was the one who would announce His coming and did so through John the Baptist. This cup is always waiting for the prophet and the children go and check the door to see if the messiah has arrived.

The most amazing part of the Seder is the Afikoman. The matzo is broken into three pieces and hidden in the linen. The Afikoman is the middle piece. It is a picture of Christ wrapped in linen and hidden in the tomb.The father takes the middle piece, symbolic of Christ, the second part of the Godhead,(the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) and breaks it in two pieces. (His body broken for us.) The larger piece of the Afikoman is taken and hidden somewhere until later when the children will try and find it. “Seek the Lord while He may be found.” (Isaiah 55:6)At the end of dinner this piece is broken into smaller pieces and shared with every person at the table. Hence, Christ sharing himself with His followers. He did this symbolically when He passed the broken pieces around the table and told them to “take eat, this do in remembrance of Me.”

The third cup of wine at the Seder is the Cup of Redemption. It is the new covenant that Christ shared with His disciples. This He said, “is the new covenant made with my blood. As you drink, do this in remembrance of Me.”

The disciples had a keen understanding of what Christ was saying, because they knew that He was telling them that a new covenant was being established, however, they did not quite understand that He would have to literally die.

At the Seder the bitter herbs are eaten. This is symbolic of our own bitter lives before release from the captivity of sin. We also remember the suffering of the Messiah as we eat them. The horror of our own sin, placed upon Him. The Father could not even look upon Him, because He bore our sin as He hung from the cross. This is when Christ felt abandoned, “my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” What a desolate feeling of loneliness He must have suffered on our own behalf, at that moment.

The salt water that the herbs are dipped into, are symbolic of the tears of our own bondage to slavery and how much we suffered before finding our redemption in Christ.

A wonderful book for believers to use for a Seder is called,Celebrate the Feasts, by Martha Zimmerman. There are quite a few on the market now, but for a christian version, you may look in a Christian bookstore, or even a Messianic bookstore. The Passover is a rich experience and it is so incredible to finally receive a greater revelation of what our Lord actually did for us.

Now after you had experienced a Seder, you may say, as I did; “How is it the Jew does not see their Christ is the center of this whole dinner?” Well, because, they only have half of the story. Just as Gentile believers cling to their traditions and have no understanding of Old Testament practices and why these were so important. The Jew that has not come to know what Christ actually did accomplish, will not be able to see that He indeed fulfilled everything that their own prophets foretold. It is only as they learn of Christ that they can actually see He is the purpose of the Passover. So once again, I encourage Gentile believers to learn about the Lord’s festivals so that your eyes will also be opened and you can open the eyes of others.

There’s A Train Comin

Get On The Train!

Get On The Train!

I Love Bob Dylan. Especially when he was in his born again days. Slow Train Coming No one can turn a phrase like the master poet himself. But I’ve always wondered, how can a Jewish man, who has discovered the Messiah, undiscover the Messiah? I’m not sure that he’s forgotten Him, but it seems that he is indifferent. At least at one time he gave powerful witness to him in his music. Almost prophetic in the music mentioned above. Although in my own life, I did the same thing, I must admit. I had a fallen away a few times. I think as believers we are all in danger. As they say, the enemy doesn’t care about unbelievers, he already has them. It’s the serious believers he wants.

Remember when Peter said to the Lord, where else can I go Lord? It was a profound statement. After walking with him, he knew he could never leave. And the Lord did tell him he would suffer in his walk with him. Yes, indeed he did, and in the end, Peter would not even be crucified in the same manner, but insisted that he be crucified  upside down.

Now there is a slow train coming indeed. A stripping away is taking place in this world. Markets are crashing and man is beginning to scratch their heads in amazement as they wonder  how to fix all of the mess. Resources are beginning to dry up and yet there is only one that can solve all problems. The redeemer. He is on His way.

Why do you think the time has been slow? The tock has been ticking. To allow every man a chance.  The natural man must put away what is natural and hear what is spiritual. A voice crying in the desert. Did John the Baptist care about his house? His clothes? He ate locusts and wild honey? Ok, that sounds pretty gross, however, he didn’t store up anything. It is a picture of his total reliance on God and His provision for his every need. He didn’t have a need to steal from his neighbor or to hoard things because of fear. This is the ultimate sin against God.

This is what God was trying to teach the nation of Israel in the desert. That He was the only one that they could depend on when He gave them manna from heaven. When they had more than they needed, they ate until they were sick or it rotted. The manna was a type or foreshadow of the real manna, Jesus Christ, the bread come down from heaven. Remember at Passover, he spoke to his disciples and told them this very same thing. I am giving you this bread, take this and eat it, for when you do this and every time you will think of me. He was to be the fulfillment of the Passover on the cross. The unblemished lamb. The unleavened bread. Amazing. And at the same time he was crucified, the veil was torn in the temple, symbolizing that we could now enter the holy of holies. At the time, the disciples did not even understand the full meaning of the Passover meal with the Messiah. They still would have kept him from going to the cross if they could, yet it was for all of us that He had to accomplish this.

This is why God gave the Israelites manna and told them not to waste anything.It was so precious.It has taken me a long time to realize this about myself.  I am happier with less. Of course we have things we must be responsible for, yet when you think back to your childhood, wasn’t it carefree, because you had nothing to maintain? No things to hold on to? Well, that is, if you weren’t a spoiled child. Parents that bombard their children will suffer the same punishment that spoiled adults will suffer from. Overindulgent, egotistical behavior, usually with some kind of serious behavioral problem.The Lord longs to change the hearts  these these people before it’s too late. The last train is just about to leave the station. ALL ABOARD!!!!