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We are in His hands! Something to celebrate!

Sounding the trumpet!  And I enjoy giving words of encouragement to the body of Christ.  It’s not about me; it’s about our Savior.  Don’t follow me; I run into walls.  Thank you for visiting.  God bless, Donna Sikes

John 13:34 kjv – A new commandment I give unto you.  That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another

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It’s time – 11-9-19

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It is time to stand on God’s promises.  Press in and get under His wing.  He said He will never leave us nor forsake us.  Stand for the truth – there is a Jesus, our Savior.  He is the son of God.  He died on the cross and said ‘it is finished’.  God will fight for us and give us strength to endure.  When we are weak, He is strong.  He has shown us many times that He has taken care of His people in times of trouble, and He has not stopped.  We have to stand on what we know now and not what we think.  Have no fear.

I saw a scary time in my life with my first mini-stroke.  I walked into the ER and asked ‘well, what do You think of this’?  I opened the bible on a table and was a Isaiah 43:2.  It reads – When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

That was His promise to me, and with that, He carried me through.

We are coming into a time that is unchartered territory for most.  But though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, His unfailing love for us will not be shaken or His covenant of peace be removed.

He tells us that no weapon forged against us will prevail.  No one can take away what He has given us.  Press in with fasting and prayer.  He gave me Isaiah 58 in 2015.  He gave it to me twice before I realized he was telling me to read it and hold it dear to my heart.

Seek His face and ask Him your questions.  Do not depend on man to give you the answers.  We confess our sins and He is faithful and just to forgive.  He will hold us in His righteous right hand and never leave us.  Do not be afraid nor discouraged.  This is not our home.  We are just passing through.

God bless you and your family.  We all have family of the blood and of the heart.  God knows what is near and dear to us.  I opened my bible to read the other day and was at Jeremiah 39.  I read – Behold, I will bring my words upon this city of evil, and not for good; and they shall be accomplished in that day before thee.  But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the Lord; and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid.  For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the Lord. I knew He was speaking to me in this time from a message given in a time long ago.

Trust in the Lord and the Holy Spirit will lead and guide you.  Look up to no man, no politician, none other than the Lord.  Look up and trust in Him.  He will lead you to where you need to go, what you need to do, and what you need to say.  Total trust in Him makes all fear flee.  No debate and no strife, just total trust in the Lord.

God bless you is my prayer.  Stay strong in the Lord for He alone is our sovereign God.

Gap Confirmation – 11-8-19

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The good man sowed the good seed which was the word of God. In my dream the Spirit said ‘put it all out there. Don’t worry about it going bad. It will not go bad.’ It’s the good seed.
Tares come in at times and to them doctrines passed down in the bible will no longer matter. There are pastors today preaching there is no hell and all are forgiven. They are a tare.
Perry Stone told of a young man in Florida that had a dream so similar to mine. The young man was dying and the Lord took him up to see over a great field of people going into it. They were believers walking in unison. Suddenly, vultures came circling (Mark 4).
They dropped things into the field. Some tripped over those things. Three things happened.
Tares were assigned to some believers to make difficult the harvest. Tares are the bad seed. The second thing, stones were dropped with people’s names on them (stumbling blocks). Some people would hit the stone and fall on their face. Some bumped their toe and it caused an offense.
The wheat and tares grow together til harvest and it will take the angels to separate them. A tare will accept doctrine not in God’s word. They may break from a church but they will take 5 good families with them. Some people are weak spiritually and if the church splits they will follow that tare but the strong will stay and see it through.
Paul said he didn’t ask where meat came from when he ate with Gentiles. He sanctified it by prayer and let it go. He would eat no meat with Jewish brothers to be no stumbling block. Some think they have liberty in Jesus to do what they want and they don’t have concern how it affects others. This is a stumbling block. If you drink alcohol around people in recovery, then you are a stumbling block. You may not go to hell over a drink, but that’s not the issue.
There are things we can do that are ok but we choose not to so we won’t be a stumbling block to others. This is a gray area. Some say its ok to play the lottery, some may just buy one ticket, and others may become addicted. Some addicted have to avoid this and its their gray area. When the bible says no then its no longer a gray area. We just follow the Word.
But the vultures were throwing things in the field to be a stumbling block. The young man saw missiles going out and fire was on the missiles. (fiery darts of the enemy from Ephesians 6). So fiery darts of the enemy are coming against us at all times.
The enemy can place these fiery darts in our minds like oppression, depression, temptations. A thought that burns in us will not go away. Someone did us wrong and we are angry day after day or we want to retaliate. The battle is against tares, stumbling blocks, and fiery darts of the enemy.
The young man said he also saw older women with grandchildren in the field and they held huge shields. Every time the missiles came at them they would throw up the shield to cover them and their grandchildren. He saw some grandchildren playing around and getting outside of the covering and small arrows hit them and wounded them.
One man was hit by a vulture. Instead of using weapons God gave him, he ran. The vulture went faster and knocked him down because his shield of faith wasn’t activated.
Some were hit by a stone with their name on it, but they would immediately get back up and begin to defend themselves. Some stayed down and the vulture would eat the flesh = flesh rose up and they couldn’t defeat the fleshly nature.
The army was getting beat, whipped, disorganized and SUDDENLY – there was a call that came. It called them to the end of the field. They came together and said ‘we will whip this thing’!
They dug trenches to unite. They fought the forces. Then a false prophet came into the field on a white horse. Some followed that false teaching and doctrine. But there was a remnant and they came together. In the heat of the battle the young man having the dream heard a call and looked up. It was the City of God, the New Jerusalem. They knew the battle was over.
The young man said there were seasons of rest and refreshment in the midst of the battle, even with the birds flying. People laughed from time to time. (In my dream I remember that at times we would laugh.) Believers hugged each other and stayed humble before God. NEVER take the credit for yourself. Glorify God. He knows who will make His name great. Keep humility and keep a repentant spirit. Don’t let people’s offences come on you, and don’t be pulled into a battle you’re not assigned to. People will pull you into their struggles if they are offended to make you offended. Humility and gratitude, love and unity.
The love of God is released through relationship. Love covers faults. There is a spiritual blood line joined together by Jesus. We all have weaknesses, attitudes, and struggles. The enemy can’t destroy a church that has love. It is beautiful for brothers and sisters to love together. We don’t have to agree on everything like pre-trib and post trib. We don’t debate it. We follow Jesus and the enemy can’t whip a church.
Pastor Stone said that the Lord told a woman one day ‘men that play together become competitive and men that fight together become brothers’.
We don’t know the tares, but be aware and stay in the doctrine. There will be offences, but don’t be offended. Let it be water on a duck’s back or it will become a stumbling block.
Quinch those fiery darts with the real shield of faith.
Know who and what you are and what God said about you.

In my dream the Holy Spirit was telling us to fill the gaps.  The good food represented God’s word and the words He gives to us.  He were told to ban together and pray.  The Holy Spirit was with us and we surrounded ourselves with God’s word.  In this young man’s dream, he saw the birds coming which represented the birds in the bible in Mark.  He saw what the birds were doing to the people in the field.

Compartment for God – 10-26-19

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I hear so often ‘she loves the Lord but she just doesn’t talk about it’.  They’re bragging on a person because she keeps God in His place which is on a shelf until she needs Him.  She doesn’t offend.  Its a personal relationship so she keeps it quiet and compartmentalizes Him.

Compartmentalizing is a subconscious psychological defense mechanism that avoids mental discomfort caused by a person’s having conflicting values within themselves.

And I hear so much about God not needing our help.  Keep quiet is what I’m hearing in all these comments.  Just keep quiet.  Do your thing by yourself and keep quiet about it.  Some are so good at that.  They keep God on His shelf like the Christmas elf until they need Him and carry on with life.

It’s like this – You have children and they prefer to go live with Grandma.  Oh they remember you exist once in awhile and they call and say thanks for creating me.  I’m sorry I haven’t reached out lately but I need something – and they hang up.  You sit there wanting fellowship with them.  You love them so much and you want to be in their everyday life.  You don’t want to control them or interfere with their free will.  You just want to be with them.  God is on his shelf until you need Him.  He knows you can’t speak of him because you will offend someone so He waits patiently and quietly.

The Lord spoke to Paul in a vision and told him to keep talking and don’t be silent.  He said I’m with you and no one will harm you.  Acts 18

I come up on so much resistance, but when the Lord speaks through the Spirit, sometimes He is still with me when I’m writing and placing those writings to get them out there.  The Holy Spirit teaches us and when I ask to remember if it was important, He brings it to my memory.  This is not my work.  John 14

But anything going on in this nation and the witches and Satanists are gathered and working together in unity and no more care about what you think than anything.  And they believe in what they are doing.  They see results.  They don’t have compartments.

News sources say this month the hexes and spells cast on Trump and his supporters are growing.  Thousands are gathering.  God’s people just say ‘we don’t have to do anything-God will fight for us’.  Ignore what the bible says about the armor of God.  That was just put in the bible as a side note for entertainment, but keep it in its compartment.

It’s spiritual warfare.  I don’t care how you slice that pie.  Believers in Jesus Christ need to ban together in armor and on bended knee.  Yes God fights the battles but He gives us our instructions.  Greater is He that is in us than He that is in the world.  When the Holy Spirit touched me, I said yes.  I could never say no.  Deuteronomy 28  Ephesians 6

God bless you!  He loves you so much!

 

 

The tapestry of life – 10-22-19

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There are things in our life that we didn’t like or don’t like now. There are things that brought on pain and grief.

But in all this we are told to count it all joy. In our youth we look at that and we think how can I count this as joy. What about this in my life can be said is joy when it’s bringing me so much pain and so much suffering.

But then we look at the end result. We’ve grown older and we look back at it all. We see the tapestry we call our life.

Then the tears well up in our eyes and we see. All the hurt and heartache. Each rejection and every bad remark made against us. Every turn in the road we missed and every dead end our mistakes led us to.

We realize it made us who we are today. The broken needles and the ripped yarn finally made a tapestry with our name on it. And it’s called wonderful. The Lord said it. He said you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Only One 10-18-19

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I saw two studies recently where a small boy was placed on the street in the cold without a coat.

Out of the hours filmed, only one person stopped to even ask each one ‘are you ok’? And one of those that stopped was homeless; he gave his coat, money, and words of encouragement.

We serve a God that sends manna from heaven in the desert and multiplies a little boy’s lunch to feed the masses. He makes a way for us to do that. I’ve seen it so many times and it astonishes me at His loving mercy. I pray I will be that one that has faith and love enough for my neighbor as myself.

Exodus 16:35

Matthew 14:14-21 emphasis on verse 16 when Jesus said ‘YOU feed them.’

Isaiah 58:10

Luke 10:25-37

Peaceful Silence 10-13-19

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Words are so powerful ~ We cut and we kill, but give account we will.

I love the silence and I’m more aware of its power lately as I feel the need to keep silent.  Words and the heart say so much as words tell us what’s on a person’s heart.  Out of the heart the mouth speaks, and guarding our tongue keeps our soul from trouble.

If I had known the power of words in my youth, not even half of them would have escaped through the gate that should have been so guarded.  I sat in the swing this morning with the feeling of the Holy Spirit coming over me and felt the need to repent of words.

I opened my bible to Matthew 12 where it spoke of words – so powerful a verse.  Whether writing or speaking, guard the words that escape.

The flesh man cannot live in the wilderness, fasting and being alone with God.  Hurts and unforgiveness dealt with there in the secret place of peaceful silence.

Jesus 9-29-19

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When we find ourselves in the wilderness of loneliness, God will speak the most.  And if we speak as a true pastor, messenger, prophet – we will find ourselves in this loneliness.  For speaking as a true child of God means we speak unpopular things and in an unpopular way.  Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us.  He was not accepted by His own, therefore he was not able to do many works there.  He pressed forward.

The wilderness makes us see things from a distance like the church buildings with man’s interpretations of the scripture.  Dip or sprinkle, Saturday or Sunday, uniform in worship or running to the alter, offerings taken up or dropped in a basket when leaving, praying to Jesus or Mary, repenting or leaving it to God as to where we spend eternity.  Whatever the difference, its a difference that keeps the children of God from worshipping together.  The church building was to be a house of prayer for the church.

We were meant to love, worship, and help together.  There was a box in the pet store for donations.  It ran over with pet food.  A box in the grocery store was empty.  My heart went out to the undocumented orphans being raised by disabled elderly grandparents.

I saw a bird this morning singing to all creation from branch to branch with leaves before his face.  The true pastors, messengers, and prophets will continue to sing of Jesus from place to place, but it will not be our light that man sees but the light of Jesus in us.  We have no light of our own for it is His work we proclaim and not our work for we do the work of the Father in Heaven, from where all blessings flow.

It is the fruit of His words and His works that we put out in love, joy, and kindness with peace, patience, and faithfulness.  Against these things there is no law.  We point the way of the ancient paths, the good way where there is rest for the souls.  For the world does not see Him and cannot accept Him, but we see Him-the Spirit of Truth.  Christ does not leave us as orphans but with a Comforter whether on the mountain top or in the valley of wilderness.

So we sing.  We sing with our face behind a branch of His love and His saving grace.  Where there is hope in this fallen world, and joy and love beyond the comprehension of the minds of mortal man.

Galatians 5:22-23    Jeremiah 6:16    Micah 6:8    John 14:15-30    Isaiah 58

(picture from the shores of Alabama)