Jesus is the door – 5-27-20

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On the night of March 12, 2018, my dreams were all about rapture. All I remembered was the door.  I saw a door open and I heard ‘almost home’.  I saw a door open and I heard ‘catch away’.

If you’ll notice, the door in this picture has to be opened from the inside.

Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.  All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.  I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.    John 10:7-9

Amen

 

Unprecedented Prayers – 5-26-20

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I thank God every day for His provision and protection, and if not for His amazing grace, I can’t even imagine.  His love is something we can’t comprehend.  I experienced it in a dream one night and it woke me up.  The love extending from Him to me was overwhelming.  He also warns us in love at times to pray.  He sometimes tells us who to pray for or what to pray about.  That with his Word shows us how important our prayers are.

There are some out there experiencing a false love.  I was waking up on May 25, 2020, and a flash scene came before me and I heard ‘unprecedented prayers’.  I have heard the word ‘unprecendented’ a lot lately so I can see it would take ‘unprecedented prayers’.  It was a scene where I don’t remember details but I knew it was about a false love being extended to people.  For instance, a person needing love that feels that lack in their life, is being offered something that looks amazing.  A love that fills the lack of a need or a want that can sometimes be harmful.  From what I saw, I took it to mean, be alert and pray without ceasing like never before.  Be aware of your family members and what they are into.  Educate them on what we used to say ‘all that glitters is not gold’.

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, which is the world of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Ephesians 6:10-18

(I took this picture.  It reminded me of a huge, strong angel in God’s army)

Believe 5-21-20

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The Christmas ornament in this picture came from a charity in the mail with another one like it a few years ago.  After Christmas I packed the tree ornaments away.  One of these ornaments showed up in the house later so I put it over a picture.  The other one showed up after that one so I put it over something too.  They still hang in the house.

These are reminders for anyone that comes through the door.  They are reminders that we need to believe now more than ever.  We are at, what is being called, the ‘new normal’.  I keep hearing that everywhere I go now.  The latest was at the teller window at the bank.  She was wearing a mask and said this is the new normal for when we open the lobby.

I had a vision of a playful scene when things went haywire in Hawaii and heard the words ‘things will never be the same again’.  I knew it didn’t just mean Hawaii.  I have held on to that with the belief that we are in God’s hands.  Fear and faith can’t reside together.  The Lord has been warning many of us of the devastation that has come and some still to come.  Destruction comes in forms other than rockets and missiles.

We can’t force anyone to believe, but the shakings from God can.  This is why believers pray for God’s peace at this time.  We know He has to do what He has to do.  We see the chaos, but we sit in our secret place with the Lord and listen for ‘His’ voice.

Some scriptures that I came across this week are very encouraging.  I don’t usually just read the verse but the chapter.  This Book was given to us for our walk with the Lord.  I came to realize the words are alive and resonating in our spirit as we read.  They give encouragement and sometimes they are the rod.  I’m thankful for the rod as well as the staff.

Jesus is the only one that could have cast a stone but he didn’t.  It is very encouraging that He does not condemn but gives life.  John 8

We rejoice as we are clothed with garments of salvation and the robe of righteousness.    Isaiah 61

He is our light and as we walk with Him in truth we fellowship with one another.  This is our God’s tender mercy whereby the day spring from on high hath visited us.  Luke 1

I think often how God has shown so much to those in the dessert places or shut up in prisons.  Hence, we sit alone with Him.  What stands out to me in Jeremiah 39 is when the Lord says that He will bring His words upon the city of evil and not for good.  He will deliver him in that day and not into the hand of the men he feared.  He will not fall by the sword because of His trust in Him.

In Isaiah 43  – When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.  They won’t sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire you won’t be burned.

His grace is sufficient and His strength made perfect in our weakness.  Thank God for the perfect shepherd; we don’t want for anything.  So grateful for the green pastures, the still waters, the restoration of our soul, and the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.  We walk through the valley but fear no evil for He walks with us.  2 Corinthians 12, Psalm 23

I had a vision awhile back where He said to hang on to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  There was an urgency about it.  God bless you and yours as you walk with our Shepherd in His guiding light.  Be not shaken with the things of this world as He transforms us and renews our minds to dwell on Him.  He has shown me He is with us in these storms, so with us He is.  I pray that you take comfort in that.

Our faith is not in the Internet! – 5-14-20

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I took this picture years ago and I use it often!

The Spirit is moving!  I woke to this during the night.  Sure footed and steady as you go in faith!  Do not let anyone steer you to the left or to the right!  (Proverbs 4:25-27)

We are sons and daughters of the Most High King!  God has His hands on us as we keep our eyes on our God!  Though we are in a dark world that is NOT our home, we are focused on Kingdom things!  Any healing needed, let’s pray for one another and walk in one accord.  Because of the steps we take with our Lord, the devil hates us.  He does not like our prayer life, our smiles, laying our addictions and strongholds at Jesus’ feet.  He does not like us reaching out to others.  He does not like that step we are taking in faith for a ministry called to do.  (1 Peter 5:8-9)  He does not like us even passing through.

As we step forward in our calling anyway, pray for one another.  Pray for our children and tell our children to pray!  We can pray over their lives, but they have to pray just as we do.  Tell them to touch the hem of His garment themselves,  believing!  Let’s move heaven with our prayers and telling our loved ones to pray.  Step out in faith building as we go in Jesus’ name.  Anything built in faith and prayer with Jesus cannot be touched.  Look up where our strength cometh!  God is not against us, He is for us!  (Hebrews 12:27)

We cannot stress if the Internet goes down or posts disappear.  There is not one town without a believer to stand up in person.  We can stand six feet away and still hear their words.  Jesus walked through this world of darkness as He passed through.  He stood in a boat in the water and was heard.  He walked through it praying to His Father in His steps and He listened for His Father’s voice.  (John 12:49) He spoke to people in every place He went.  He never once said, “I’m sorry, I keep rebooting but nothing is happening.  All my posts are taken down.  I can’t help you now.  My ministry is over.”

Yes there is a shaking, and it is of God’s making.  Keep walking as the bricks fall down.  We are on solid ground.  Keep shining as the sun’s light is hidden.  We have the light of Jesus in us.

(Philippians 2:15, John 8:12, Isaiah 58:10)

 

Get out of that dark corner 5-12-20

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Over the past few days there would be a scripture, maybe a chapter, maybe a verse, I would read that I knew to keep with me.  I could see as this was happening to keep these close because something was coming together.  This morning it finally flowed.

Scripture tells us to be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let our requests be made known unto God.

If you’re like me lately, I can find myself worrying about everything and not laying it at the Lord’s feet.  I have to stay focused in order to do this, and the problem at the moment is focus.  The battlefield is definitely in the mind.

Worry can keep our light hidden.  It will put us in a corner crouched with a crowd of others.  Arise, shine, for our light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon us.  And we look up from that crowded dark corner and whisper, “Who?  Me?”

And He says, “Yes, you.  See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but I have risen upon you and My glory appears over you.”

So we get out of that corner and walk toward His light so that He can fill our lanterns with oil until our cup runneth over.  We walk out of there not trusting in what we feel right now, but trusting in what we know.  We place the burdens at His feet in faith as we give thanks for His protection and provision, but most of all His mercy and His grace and love.  For which without any of the last three, we would not be here at all to shine.  We would be in the darkness to never see a light at all.

Because of our surroundings, we think it is dark around us as it is around the world.  But nay my brothers and sisters in Christ.  There is a Light around us, a glory like never before.  He tells us that we believe in Him, therefore greater works we do.  He will answer our prayers as we ask with a contrite heart to glorify His name.

If we ask for an egg, will He give us a scorpion?  We are so imperfect but if our children ask for something, we still give good gifts.  So think on the perfect Father and how much more he gives the Holy Spirit to them that ask.

The stork in heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; do we not know the judgment of the Lord?  Do we not know the time we are in?

This is the time we must focus so that we don’t worry and we lay it all at Jesus’ feet.  Keep a trained mind, stop the thoughts we know should not be there.  Know the Light within us and let it shine so that the ones in those dark corners can see it – not to be led to us but to the Lord.

Keep a praise on our lips for your glory Father.  No offering we could offer for it is finished by the perfect Lamb.  Keep us mindful that our sacrifice to you is a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart.  Strengthen us as we stand in the gap for our brothers and sisters in Christ.  We may walk through the valley of the shadow of death, but our hearts and minds are stayed on you on that mountaintop, from whence our glory comes and our cup runneth over.  We praise your heavenly name as we do the works of the Father with the light of Jesus within us.  Faith and not by sight, for our eyes CAN see!  BEHOLD, OUR KING!

Not yet! 5-4-20

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On my mind a few days, is when the Lord brought me out of a dream on 4-17-18 as I have had happen before.  I left the dream and was looking over a checkered finish line.  I looked out from behind the line to where the race was still going on and saw an old walking stick or staff carved out of wood.  It was coming toward the finish line very fast, tearing up the dirt with one end of it.  The stick got to about a quarter inch of the finish line and abruptly stopped.  I heard ‘not yet’.

I felt I needed to look at Matthew 24 again.  I’ve been led to that chapter many times in the past few years, having dreams, etc. on different parts of it.

I knew some things were quickly coming to pass but the end was not yet.  It was further instruction to stay the course and hold on.  He was letting us know to prepare our hearts and minds.  I had Isaiah 58 on my mind all day the day before this happened, mostly the first verse.  The Lord told me to read that one morning in 2015.  He told me twice before I opened my bible and was at Isaiah 58.  I wasn’t accustomed yet as to why something like that would come to mind.

Another thing on my mind is perseverance.  Hardships we are going through will build that up to finish the race.  Perseverance means doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.  And succeed we will with the Lord’s help.

We need to repent and keep our hearts and minds right with God.  Pray on these things.  Other related verses – Hebrews 12 and Acts 20:23-24.

James 1:12, Galatians 6:9, Romans 5:3-5 – stay strong in the faith.  God bless you and yours!

Light of the world – 4-27-20

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Love covers a multitude of sins.  When we ask God to show us, we see things so differently through His eyes and through His heart.  That light comes into us and we see His love everywhere.

We don’t feel the need to lash back at the people so physically angry with us for holding them up on the isle in the grocery store for thirty seconds or on the busy highway.  We look at them and smile while praying that whatever is going on in their lives, God will touch them with His comfort and peace.  None of their anger comes nigh to this empty vessel filled with the light of Jesus.  We instead discern the need for prayer.

We don’t pass by the widow on the street needing a dollar when we have two, and we pray God will help her make a way.  We don’t feel hatred for the young person paying for groceries with an EBT card.  We don’t know the pain nor the road that person has traveled.  We don’t know the broken promises endured nor the failed trust they’ve grieved.

We don’t hate on the ones holding protest signs with fists in the air.  We pray for strength for ourselves as we pray for all these.  We don’t know the fear in their hearts that brought on so much rage.  We don’t know their family at home that is hungry nor the home their family has lost.

We focus our well being on what we are able to do for Christ and not for ourselves.  He is the light of the world and He shines through us in this darkness.  He is everywhere.  He takes care of us.  There is enough hate in the world, and there is enough of the spread of hate.  And for those we pray especially hard.  In our empty imperfectness, we rise above with Christ and see through a different light as He fills us.  He gives forgiveness, not the rage to fight back.  His grace is sufficient for every day.

For you see, when the darkness falls so heavy that no man can see, it is only His light that will shine.  And no man wants to be left in the dark.

John 8:12      Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Matthew 5:14-16      Ye are the light of the world.  A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Ephesians 5:8      For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

Isaiah 58:10      And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul, then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day.

Romans 13:12      The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

John 1:5 (and it never will)

Isaiah 42