“Can These Dead Bones Live?”


This is the Word that kept coming to me this morning as I prayed about my loved ones. The situation looks hopeless, but the Holy Spirit reminded me of these words to Ezekiel chapter 37-when the Spirit of the Lord took him to the valley.

He asked this question when he observed the dead bones everywhere. The Lord answered him, that yes, with His power these bones would live. He told him “to prophesy over these bones.”

They immediately came together and yet, without the life in them. They were just bodies, lacking the breath to live. Now the Lord told him to prophesy once again, to the breath.

In his obedience, he did what the Lord commanded and the life came back into the bodies to resurrect them from the graves.

I realized that the Lord was reminding me to speak to these circumstances to bring life. We are created in the image of God. He breathed life into Adam. He created the heaven and earth with the spoken word. He has told us that we have the exact same power to speak with the creative breath of the Holy Spirit.

He’s told us in scripture that, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18:21 We hold the power of a blessing or a curse in our mouths.

After my prayers I went out to my patio. Much to my surprise I looked behind a little table where I had set an orchid last year. I was going to toss it out, as I have never had too much skill with plants. But thought better of it since moving it outdoors. It had been three little sticks. Dried up and shriveled. There was my little plant, blossoming on all three branches, with more buds to bloom! I was looking in amazement and thinking of my prayers.

The Lord reminded me that when we are ready to “toss things away, or consider something dead, He truly reveals His power. This little plant gave me the hope and and faith to “speak to those dead bones,” of trials in my life.

Yes, I will prophesy that these problems are only opportunities to speak LIFE! I speak life into my children and extended family. I speak life into my friends and coworkers. I speak life into everything that the enemy tries to convince me is dead and without hope.

He is the Resurrection and the Life and all who believe in Him shall never die, but have Life eternal!

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Build An Ark! There’s a Flood In My Bathroom!


I’m had a dream and I was full of anxiety. I know it is the encounter with my mother and the fact that my siblings are not involved in her life. They don’t see the everyday struggles she has. And I have constant battles with her to try to help her.

She’s angry about aging. Every time she sees another person,from her era, die, she gets upset. I understand, but I am the only one she blames. As if it’s my fault she is getting older.

I try to keep her healthy, and she doesn’t want to listen. She finally used a walker, to take walks around the block with me. She fought against this, for a long time. And finally, I convinced her that she would never be able to walk, if she doesn’t exercise the legs. “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it,” I told her.

After the first time using the walker, she remarked, “That was pretty good! Wasn’t it?” She enjoyed it so much, that she asked to do it every night, which I encouraged. When I told her we were going out, I went in another room to grab my keys, and there she was, standing at the door, with the walker! I was shocked. I told my daughter, “she reminded me of ‘Zeus,’ my ex-husband’s little min-pin. When you ask him if he wants to go for a walk. He gets so excited, he just runs to the door.

But again, she started in with “I’ve got to get back to Wisconsin as soon as possible. And this I couldn’t handle. She told me, “I can’t keep her here forever!” I was so upset. We had gone to the store and she made her purchase of a truckload of chocolate, as she usually does. After going upstairs with her bags, she came down, embarrassed to tell me, that she could not open the bags. She then asked for a pair of scissors. I said, “mom, I’m going to tell you the same thing I used to tell people, when I used to bartend. “If you can’t remember how many drinks you’ve had, you don’t need another one.And to you, if you can’t open the bag of chocolates, you can’t run around with a pair of scissors!”

At this she laughed. I said, “how can I trust you to walk up those stairs with a pair of scissors?” Now we were both laughing hard. But the fact is, she shouldn’t even be going up stairs. But this is another, battle, I lost. I told her she will continue as long as she believes, she can. But I have a bed downstairs for her, which she refuses to use.

After this last argument, I was so upset, I just watched her. And she’s so helpless. She actually said, “You act like I’m 90, or something!” “Mom,” I said, you’re 82,that’s not much different. And just can’t bear to remind her that, if she can’t open a bag of chocolate, how is she going to live all by herself. “How are you going to go grocery shopping?” I asked. “I’m going to walk to the store, just like I used to! I did it before.” “Mom, I said, that was years ago, and you aren’t able to get around like you did then.”

I know she’s losing ground, and I’m taking her in for testing, but it doesn’t change the fact that I am having a difficult time with the constant struggle. She looks at me as the enemy. Each time I help her, I’m a reminder of what she cannot do.

I had taken her to my own doctor, and she told me that I must have her tested by a neurologist. Her falling down and inability to walk are both signs of either dementia, or Alzheimers. She assured me that “this is not to say that she has it. It’s merely a test, to find out. Well, I understand this, but I’m almost afraid of the results. And then, what will she be like if she gets a diagnosis? Will she accept it, or will I really be in trouble?

So last night, I had a dream. I had been forced to move into a small home, with my children, my brother, and my mother. From the very beginning, I could see problems. The house was not able to hold our furniture, and we were very crowded. I was trying to soothe my son, at the loss of his other house, and let him know, it would be ok.

I stepped in to one of the rooms and there was my bed. My son came running in and told me, “There’s a flood in the bathroom!” I went to see it, and the whole floor was full of water. I told him to go and I would deal with it. But to be honest, I didn’t know where to start first. Our house was in total disarray.

I went into my room and just laid on my bed. I wept. As I wept, I started to feel my back getting wet. I got up from my bed and I was soaked. As I pressed down on the mattresses, they were also soaked.The room was now full of water. The mattress was acting like a sponge, and soaking up the flood which was now seeping, into my bedroom.

I ran out and my family was in the next room. A man had come over, and he was very comforting. He told me he would help us with everything. Then it seemed he had ulterior motives, and I just couldn’t be distracted from my current dire circumstances. I was frantic, as I tried to look for a way to get everyone out.

As I woke, once again, from one of these dreams, I was full of anxiety. I realized that the only way out, is The Lord. He reminded me, once again, “The Lord will not give you anything more than you can handle, without providing a way out.”And He is that way. He told me that, “He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

Many people will quote a portion of the Words He has given, and not all of them. It changes the whole context of the sentence. I hear people say, “Oh, just remember, the good Lord, will not give you anything more than you can handle.” But they leave off the end of the statement; “without providing a Way out.”

I had to be reminded of that myself, just yesterday. I had two men come to my house to help me with repairs. They are from a church, and do this as a form of ministry. They charge for materials and the labor costs are minimal. All money goes toward their ministry.

I looked up and told them, I have a lot of repairs. Last month, I had a flood in that bathroom, upstairs. I was thinking of my dream, as I spoke. I had just made the spiritual connection.  It certainly symbolizes the flood in my life.

The issues of my own family taking advantage of my elderly mother and leaving her in distress. And me,the only one to care for her. My brother, with special needs and his care. Then last month my daughter had gotten herself into trouble and I have a young son, with many needs, along with a job, which has also taken its toll on me. I have had to work, half of a schedule, to take care of all of them, and then my finances are cut in half. I’m juggling one bill after another, health care, and necessities. I feel the weight of these problems on my shoulders and try to field one after another.

Yes, there’s no doubt that I am to blame for many of my own problems as well. I vent constantly, and my mouth gets me into trouble all the time. Just recently with my mother. I felt guilt and sadness, after snapping. I sometimes, want to just go to my room and shut out the world. I did that for the last two years, though, and it wasn’t good. Besides the fact that I was becoming numb, to the world, I still had the problems, when I came back. Just a few more, along with the debt.

Jame listened as I spoke, and he told me that he had been in prison for a while, and it was here that he really learned to trust in the Lord. He said, once he was feeling so much anxiety, and the Lord told him a simple message, “Where my Word is, there I AM.” This was very powerful to me. I needed to hear this. To be reminded that He is here. “A very present help, in times of trouble.”

Now, I think of all the future has, and I feel very afraid at times. I know I’ve walked in the Valley of the Shadow of Death, my whole life, but I need to fall on Him. No matter, what news comes my way. We all agreed, that without Him, we are all just a lump of clay.

These two men, were sent to me at the right time. I was feeling the flood waters engulfing me. After, they had looked at what I needed to have repaired, ‘James,’ said, “Why don’t we pray right now?” I was so blessed. He grabbed my hand and his partner’s hand, and right there in my kitchen, we prayed.

I told him, I feel the influence of this world pulling me back , away from my devotion to the Lord, especially in my times of stress. But then the Lord shows up, and puts out His hand, to grab me. And it’s through servants, like you!” “Oh, he said, we are all the same. We are to encourage one another.”

So, late last night, I went into my mother’s room and gave her a big hug. I told her how much I love her, and she was so sweet. Like a little girl. But I am like a child in the Lords eyes. I have my tantrums, and act out all the time. Yet, He never loses patience with me. As foolish as I am. In many ways, I have felt, my lack of trust in man, has made me sabotage myself. I have tested people to the very limits and driven them right out of my life. Yet, when I have tried to do this with the Lord, He cannot be moved. He tells me, “I love you until the end the age, and no one can take you from my hands.”

I try to comfort my mother with these words as well. The two repair men, are really servants. Acting as ambassadors and this is a picture, of the ark, which Noah had built. It sailed them safely in the midst of the raging waters, and if you don’t find the ark, the Lord will bring it to your door.

The waters will continue to rage, in this world, and in my own life. I just need to remember, to enter into the shelter He has provided. This is the way out.

“I Will Destroy the Wisdom of the Wise;


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is all we will ever need!