New Day

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It’s a new day today and I am brimming with

Hope and Victory

God has refreshed my soul my spirit with His.

He is teaching me new things, He has stretched my faith portion.

I am diligently looking to Him.

Not focusing on anything that this world is trying to throw at me.

I am standing on God’s truth.

In Him there is no defeat only victory.

There is freedom, like nothing that any of us only dwelling in the natural have ever known.

We have power! Untapped power! Everlasting, overflowing.

We can walk in “LOVE”

Actually IN IT!

We also have authority. Authority over the enemy.

It’s not based on feelings, worthiness, or hierarchy.

It is based on “FAITH”

Matthew 17:20 New International Version
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

John 14:12 New International Version
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

“Whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things” —–

THAT’S US!!!

He couldn’t have been more clear.

Try it!

Today, pray for the sick in Jesus name and EXPECT. Today, hand over your hardest problem, your biggest worry and then EXPECT. Not only expect but more importantly believe.

Demonstrate your heavenly inheritance. Give all the praise and glory to the King of Kings.

You have nothing to lose and EVERYTHING to Gain!

Today is the day! A new day in Christ Jesus! Amen

~ Listing of signs and wonders performed by Jesus ~

1. Born to a virgin – Miracles of Jesus

2. Changing water into wine – Miracles of Jesus

3. Healing of the royal official’s son – Miracles of Jesus

4. Healing of the Capernaum demoniac – Miracles of Jesus

5. Healing of Peter’s mother-in-law – Miracles of Jesus

6. Healing the sick during the evening – Miracles of Jesus

7. Catching a large number of fish – Miracles of Jesus

8. Healing a leper – Miracles of Jesus

9. Miracle of healing a centurion’s servant – Miracles of Jesus

10. Healing a paralyzed man – Miracles of Jesus

11. Healing a withered hand – Miracles of Jesus

12. Raising a widow’s son – Miracles of Jesus

13. Calming the storm – Miracles of Jesus

14. Healing the Gerasene man possessed by demons – Miracles of Jesus

15. Healing a woman with internal bleeding – Miracles of Jesus

16. Raising Jairus’ daughter – Miracles of Jesus

17. Healing two blind men – Miracles of Jesus

18. Healing a mute demon-possessed man – Miracles of Jesus

19. Healing a 38 year invalid – Miracles of Jesus

20. Feeding 5000 men and their families – Miracles of Jesus

21. Walking on water – Miracles of Jesus

22. Miraculous healing of many people in Gennesaret

23. Healing a girl possessed by a demon – Miracles of Jesus

24. Healing a deaf man with a speech impediment – Miracles of Jesus

25. Feeding the 4,000 men and their families – Miracles of Jesus

26. Healing a blind man – Miracles of Jesus

27. Healing a man born blind – Miracles of Jesus

28. Healing a demon-possessed boy – Miracles of Jesus

29. Catching a fish with a coin in its mouth – Miracles of Jesus

30. Healing a blind and mute man who was demon-possessed – Miracles of Jesus

31. Healing a woman with an 18-year infirmity – Miracles of Jesus

32. Healing a man with dropsy – Miracles of Jesus

33. Healing 10 lepers – Miracles of Jesus

34. Raising of Lazarus – Miracles of Jesus

35. Healing Bartimaeus of blindness – Miracles of Jesus

36. Jesus curses the fig tree with no fruit – Miracles of Jesus

37. Restoring a severed ear – Miracles of Jesus

38. The resurrection of Jesus – Miracles of Jesus

39. Catching 153 fish – Miracles of Jesus

40. The ascension of Jesus – Miracles of Jesus

Remember—– John 14:12 New International Version
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

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Thy Will Be Done

The Lord’s Prayer

Thy Will Be Done

Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.

When Lord?

Now?

Healed?

Knowledge?

Wisdom?

Unconditional Love?

How do I receive these things Lord?

Matthew 7:7 Ask, Seek, Knock
7″Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8″For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.…

Do I have to activate Lord?

Yes, you need BELIEVE.

That, is how I activate?

BELIEVE

Do not doubt, it is not your power child, it is Mine.

The Incredible Miracle

Miracles DO HAPPEN!! Help me Lord to keep believing, that YOU are the God of the impossible ❤

One Passion One Devotion

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Is God real?

Does He heal?

Twice now I’ve hinted at an incredible life changing moment in my life.  Again its still so amazing and I’m in awe of what has happened.   Now that you know my backstory I’ll go into what happened on Saturday and since then.

Over the weekend our church, The River Christian Church (Auckland) held HIS PRESENCE Conference | UNCONTAINABLE.

It was phenomenal.  The worship went off in every session.  Each message was bang on and relevant and God’s NOW words for me and so many others.  It was great to connect with River people and friends from other churches, and of course, make new friends.  Our kids had their own River Kids conference and had an amazing time discovering more about God and His great love for them.

I felt that the message on Friday night by Paul Saunders was just for me.  It…

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Saturated

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When we step into God’s presence what will we feel? If this is the pinnacle, heaven? How can we even begin to describe it, or hope for it in this life?

The word says we are looking through a dim lens right now ( 1 Corinthians 13:12The Message (MSG)

12 We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!)

Squinting thru the fog, what DO, WE SEE? How are we catching a glimpse of Him NOW?

The feeling you get the first time you share a kiss. (Excitement)
Watching the sunrise (Awe)
Experiencing something new.(Excitement)
Traveling to a foreign land (Wonder)
Your wedding day. (Hope)
Being held in your mother’s arms. (Unconditional love)
Affirmation from your father. (Proud)
The birth of a child. (Unconditional love)
When a question you have, receives an answer. (Intellect beyond measure)
Intimacy (love)
Sex (Pleasure)
Eating something delicious ( Pleasure)

The list goes on. These are all characteristics of the living God. When we arrive and stand in His presence we will feel ALL of thee above, ALL at once. Can you even imagine?? What is hoped for is beyond comprehension. Our earthly being, our flesh would never be able to receive all that He is. But, one day we will.

Unbridaled Love

Bride 

 

 

   Have you ever heard people say that we are suppose to be in a relationship with Christ? I know for so many it is not quiet understood what that means. Many by no fault of their own, but by tradition and what they have been taught can only understand Christ dying on the cross for their sins. They still see Him hanging in their church. We are not quite sure how exactly that  translates to a living relationship with Christ.

Let me help you to understand how, I was helped to understand through godly friendships and also study. Jesus Dying on the cross for our sins is only a piece of the puzzle. So rightly so, just like looking at one puzzle piece, and not the entire puzzle, how can we truly understand the fullness of this relationship? The WHOLE picture.

 

God has laid out in scripture and through the traditions of the Jewish people His way of doing things. Jesus was a Jew. It was not by accident that all He does can be seen in their traditions even if it’s not immediately known to them.

 

The Jewish Marriage customs are VERY different from ours. Behind each thing that is done in this tradition is actually a beautiful love story that WE are apart of. Let me show you through explanation from a study, a friend, and some beautiful pictures.

                   JEWISH MARRIAGE CUSTOMS

Behold, The Bridegroom Comes!

Dr. Renald Showers, Chairman of the Pastoral Studies Dept. Philadelphia College of Bible (year unknown) Distributed by, The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc., W. Collingswood, N.J.

The Comforting Promise

It was a night of destiny. Jesus had gathered with His disciples in the Upper Room. In a few more hours He would be crucified on a cross. Jesus had been warning His disciples concerning His coming death, resurrection and ascension to heaven. The prospect of these events caused the disciples to be greatly disturbed. In order to ease their fears, Jesus made the following comforting promise:

Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, Believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:1-3.)

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Jewish Marriage Customs

Those who live in the modern western world do not catch the full significance of Jesus’ promise. This is due to the fact that in His promise Jesus was drawing an analogy from Jewish marriage customs in biblical times. Since this is so, those marriage customs must be examined if one is to grasp the significance of the promise.

The first major step in a Jewish marriage was betrothal.1 Betrothal involved the establishment of a marriage covenant. By Jesus’ time it was usual for such a covenant to be established as the result of the prospective bridegroom taking the initiative.2 The prospective bridegroom would travel from his father’s house to the home of the prospective bride. There he would negotiate with the father of the young woman to determine the price (mohar) that he must pay to purchase his bride.

 

 

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.3 Once the bridegroom paid the purchase price, the marriage covenant was thereby established, and the young man and woman were regarded to be husband and wife.4 From that moment on the bride was declared to be consecrated or sanctified, set apart exclusively for her bridegroom.5 As a symbol of the covenant relationship that had been established, the groom and bride would drink from a cup of wine over which a betrothal benediction had been pronounced.

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After the marriage covenant had been established, the groom would leave the home of the bride and return to his father’s house. There he would remain separate from his bride for a period of twelve months.7 This period of separation afforded the bride time to gather her trousseau and to prepare for married life.8 The groom occupied himself with the preparation of living accommodations in his father’s house to which he could bring his bride.

 

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Prepare a place 

At the end of the period of separation the groom would come to take his bride to live with him. The taking of the bride usually took place at night. The groom, best man and other male escorts would leave the groom’s father’s house and conduct a torch light procession to the home of the bride.9 Although the bride was expecting her groom to come for her, she did not know the exact time of his coming.10 As a result the groom’s arrival would be preceded by a shout.11 This shout would forewarn the bride to be prepared for the coming of the groom.     

“RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH” “Christ’s Bride”

 

Rapture of The Church

After the groom received his bride together with her female attendants, the enlarged wedding party would return from the bride’s home to the groom’s father’s house.12 Upon arrival there the wedding party would find that the wedding guests had assembled already.

Shortly after arrival the bride and groom would be escorted by the other members of the wedding party to the bridal chamber (huppah). Prior to entering the chamber the bride remained veiled so that no one could see her face.13 While the groomsmen and bridesmaids would wait outside, the bride and groom would enter the bridal chamber alone. There in the privacy of that place they would enter into physical union for the first time, thereby consummating the marriage that had been covenanted earlier.

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After the marriage was consummated, the groom would announce the consummation to the other members of the wedding party waiting outside the chamber (John 3:29). These people would pass on the news of the marital union to the wedding guests.15 Upon receiving this good news the wedding guests would feast and make merry for the next seven days.16

 

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During the seven days of the wedding festivities, which were sometimes called “the seven days of the huppah,” the bride remained hidden in the bridal chamber.17 At the conclusion of these seven days the groom would bring his bride out of the bridal chamber, now with her veil removed, so that all could see who his bride was.

 

Second Coming of Christ”

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The Examination of the Analogy

Earlier it was stated that in His promise in John 14 Jesus drew an analogy from Jewish marriage customs in biblical times. Now that the marriage customs have been considered, it is essential that the analogy be examined. In what ways was Jesus’ promise analogous with Jewish marriage customs? In the examination of the analogy the first thing that should be noted is the fact that the Scriptures regard the Church to be the Bride of Christ (Eph. 5:22-23). In addition, just as the Jewish bridegroom took the initiative in marriage by leaving his father’s house and travelling to the home of the prospective bride, so Jesus left His Father’s house in heaven and travelled to earth, the home of His prospective Church, over 1900 years ago.

In the same manner as the Jewish bridegroom came to the bride’s home for the purpose of obtaining her through the establishment of a marriage covenant, so Jesus came to earth for the purpose of obtaining the Church through the establishment of a covenant. On the same night in which Jesus made His promise in John 14 He instituted communion. As He passed the cup of wine to His disciples, He said: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood” (1 Cor. 11:25). This was His way of saying that He would establish a new covenant through the shedding of His blood on the cross. Parallel to the custom of the Jewish groom paying a price to purchase his bride, Jesus paid a price to purchase His bride, the Church. The price that He paid was His own life blood. It was because of this purchase price that Paul wrote the following to members of the Church: “know ye not that…ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Cor. 6:19-20).

Analogous with the Jewish bride being declared to be sanctified or set apart exclusively for her groom once the marriage covenant was established, the Church has been declared to be sanctified or set apart exclusively for Christ (Eph. 5:25-27; 1Cor. 1:2; 6:11; Heb. 10:10; 13:12).

In the same way that a cup of wine served as a symbol of the marriage covenant through which the Jewish groom obtained his bride, so the cup of communion serves as the symbol of the covenant through which Christ has obtained the Church (1 Cor. 11:25).

Just as the Jewish groom left the home of his bride and returned to his father’s house after the marriage covenant had been established, so Jesus left the earth, the home of the Church, and returned to His Father’s house in heaven after He had established the new covenant and risen from the dead (John 6:62; 20:17).

Corresponding with the period of separation between the Jewish groom and bride, Christ has remained separate from the Church for over 1900 years. The Church is now living in that period of separation.

Parallel to the custom of the Jewish groom preparing living accommodations for his bride in his father’s house during the time of separation, Christ has been preparing living accommodations for the Church in His Father’s house in heaven during His separation from His Bride (John 14:2).

In the same manner as the Jewish groom came to take his bride to live with him at the end of the period of separation, so Christ will come to take His Church to live with Him at the end of His period of separation from the Church (John 14:3).

Just as the taking of the Jewish bride was accomplished by a procession of the groom and male escorts from the groom’s father’s house to the home of the bride, so the taking of the Church will be accomplished by a procession of Christ and an angelic escort from Christ’s Father’s house in heaven to the home of the Church (1 Thess. 4:16).

Analogous with the Jewish bride not knowing the exact time of the groom’s coming for her, the Church does not know the exact time of Christ’s coming for her.

In the same way that the Jewish groom’s arrival was preceded by a shout, so Christ’s arrival to take the Church will be preceded by a shout (1 Thess. 4:16).

Similar to the Jewish bride’s return with the groom to his father’s house after her departure from her home, the Church will return with Christ to His Father’s house in heaven after she is snatched from the earth to meet Him in the air (1 Thess. 4:17; John 14:2-3).

In the same manner as the Jewish wedding party found wedding guests assembled in the groom’s father’s house when they arrived, so Christ and the Church will find the souls of Old Testament saints assembled in heaven when they arrive. These souls will serve as the wedding guests.

Parallel to the custom of the Jewish groom and bride entering into physical union after their arrival at the groom’s father’s house, thereby consummating the marriage that had been covenanted earlier, Christ and the Church will experience spiritual union after their arrival at His Father’s house in heaven, thereby consummating their relationship that had been covenanted earlier.

Corresponding with the Jewish bride remaining hidden in the bridal chamber for a period of seven days after arrival at the groom’s father’s house, the Church will remain hidden for a period of seven after arrival at Christ’s Father’s house in heaven. While the seven year Tribulation Period is taking place on the earth, the Church will be in heaven totally hidden from the sight of those living on the earth.

Just as the Jewish groom brought his bride out of the bridal chamber at the conclusion of the seven days with her veil removed, so that all could see who his bride was, so Christ will bring His Church out of heaven in His Second Coming at the conclusion of the seven year Tribulation Period in full view of all who are alive, so that all can see who the true church is (Col. 3:4).

The Significance of the Analogy

This analogy between Jewish marriage customs and Christ’s relationship to the Church is very beautiful, but what practical significance does it have for today?

The answer to this question is twofold. First, if you have never taken Jesus Christ personally to be your Saviour from sin, it has great significance for you. Christ came to this earth and died on a cross for the purpose of paying the penalty for your sins. Through the shedding of His blood He paid the price necessary to purchase you to be part of His Bride, the Church. He thereby established a new covenant through which you can enter into a special relationship with Him.

Every time the gospel of Jesus Christ is declared to you, Christ is proposing that you enter into this special relationship with Him. In essence He is saying to you:

“I, Jesus, take thee, sinner, to be My Bride. And I do promise and covenant before God The Father and these witnesses, to be thy loving and faithful Saviour and Bridegroom; in sickness and in health, in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, in faithfulness and in waywardness, for time and for eternity.18”

Just as the proposal that the Jewish bridegroom made could be accepted or rejected, so Christ’s proposal to you can be accepted or rejected. If you reject it throughout this lifetime, then you never will be rightly related to Jesus Christ. The tragic result will be that you will spend eternity separated from God and Christ in the eternal lake of fire (Rev.20:11-15).

If, however, you accept Christ’s proposal, then your sins will be forgiven, and you will enter into that relationship that makes you part of His Bride, the Church. In addition, you will go to be with Him when He comes to take the Church, and you will remain with Him forever in great blessing. The way in which you can accept Christ’s proposal is quite simple. If you sincerely believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He came to this earth, died for your sins and rose from the dead, then respond to Him as follows:

“I, sinner, take Thee, Jesus, to be my Saviour. . . And I do promise and covenant before God and these witnesses to be Thy loving and faithful Bride; in sickness and in health, in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, for time and for eternity.19”

Second, the analogy is most significant also for those who have taken Christ to be Saviour. During the time of separation between the establishment of the marriage covenant and the coming of the bridegroom to take his bride, it was possible for the Jewish bride to commit adultery by giving herself to another man.20 In like manner it is possible for believers today to commit spiritual adultery against Christ before He returns to take His Church. Paul expressed concern over this possibility when he wrote the following to Christians:

“For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Cor.11:2-3).

James expressed the same concern when he rebuked Christians as follows: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship with the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” (James 4:4) The context of James’ statement indicates that spiritual adultery is committed when a believer becomes more devoted to the godless world system and the things that please it than he is to Jesus Christ and the things that please Him.

If you are a believer, honestly evaluate your devotion to Jesus Christ. Do you love him as much now as when you took Him to be your Saviour? Is He truly the Centre of your existence, the One who gives your life its meaning and purpose? Is your every attitude, action and lifestyle motivated and controlled by your devotion to Jesus Christ, or by a desire to have the friendship of the world system in which you live?

If you have been unfaithful to your heavenly Bridegroom, confess this to Him and be assured that even “If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” (11 Tim.2:13) Then trust the Holy Spirit to renew your devotion as you wait for your heavenly Bridegroom to come at any moment.

 

******** I pray this opens the eyes of everyone who reads this, to the fullness of our relationship with Christ, as His bride, His church. Soon we will go home.

***** I thank Helene Tomedi for opening my eyes to God’s mysteries, I thank http://www.biblestudymanuals.net/jewish_marriage_customs.htm where this info was easily obtained in a form that we all can understand.

 

Today is the day of salvation. God Bless!

 

 

 

 

Blind

Blind

As I sat and read my local paper this morning, I was extremely saddened by the state of spiritual blindness that people right in here in my own community are in. As I read the “Sound Off” where people call in with there opinions on current events. There has been a lot of chatter on the now obvious holy wars that are not only raging in the Middle East but also right here in our own country. There are so many who call themselves “Christians” They say “I believe in God”, I just don’t totally believe the bible. This is a new brand of Christianity that has crept in unnoticed, crept in while we were sleeping. Crept in while we yeah have faced some hard times, are still living in homes, with warm beds, hot water, and food. We live in our cul-de-sac rivaling over teams as if that is the end all be all to make our existence complete. Yet half way around the world there are Christians who have not had a tenth of the blessings we have enjoyed in America, and they are turning to Christ by the hundreds of thousands, AND are willing to die for their faith….DIE…. They are not dressing pretty with their “perfect’ families and going to church every Sunday.

Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me Matthew 24:9

WARNING DISTURBING IMAGES—–http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_NHqMFUHII

Then there are the “Other” group that doesn’t go to church. They are angry for many reasons at God, they are angry at the sheer hypocrisy in the church, they are better off in their minds to just be as moral as they can be. Religion is a crock they say.

Guess what?? Religion IS A CROCK! It is a lie from the pits of Hell. What we have seen for centuries now was never what Jesus called us to be or do.

So hear me out. Not only do most practicing Christians not know what truly following Christ looks like, either do the people that have been disillusioned by these “Christians”. It’s the blind leading the blind.

We are living in the last days and there is no time for sugar coating. Either your for Christ or against him. There is no MIDDLE GROUND. Are you willing to die? This is not saved for the ancient martyrs that we put up on a pedestal, this was meant for us. This generation.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV / 40 helpful votes

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people

Luke 21:25-26 ESV / 27 helpful votes

“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken

“People fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world”

Look at the faces of the people on the news, what do their faces say? They are fearful, they are in awe of the things that are happening. When have we seen mass crucifixions and beheadings?

Luke 21:10-17 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake. This will be your opportunity to bear witness. Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer,

But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake. This will be your opportunity to bear witness. Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer.

We see this taking place, and whether you want to believe it or not it is coming here. We are no longer a blessed nation, we have served our purpose and we will be judged. Are you ready to bear witness?

Matthew 24:42-44 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect

We have slept for too long. It is time to awake. Where will you stand? For Him or against Him? This is your alarm clock. WAKE UP!

2 Peter 3:3 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires.

There are many that think I am off my rocker, they say she is over the top. Nothing is going to happen, this will all work out.

Everything that the Bible says to the tee.

People say “Well so we are suppose to live by the old testament” There are too many crazy rules. We can’t do that. But, have they ever given their hearts to the Lord? Have they followed Him and allowed the Holy Spirit to take the scales from their eyes?

Deuteronomy 29:4 ESV / 11 helpful votes

But to this day the Lord has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear.

Ask the Lord whole heartedly to give you these gifts. You can’t understand what all this means without His spirit. Beg Him to give it to you.

Acts 28:27 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’

Grab on to the Ark, the unrelenting waves are coming. If you are not holding onto Him, The way, the truth and the life, you will drown.

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Why that Odd Facebook Symbol Is So Important

This is so important! Please show your support for persecuted Christians in Iraq. Share this symbol. Here is a blog that explains the persecution.

Gregory C. Cochran

Christian persecution Iraq Maybe you have seen this little wine-cup looking symbol on your friend’s Facebook page and wondered what it means.  It means Christians are being targeted for death in Mosul, Iraq.  I am so thankful that someone thought to create symbol sent through Social Media to call attention to the plight of Christians suffering genocide in Iraq.

The symbol apparently started circulating in Lebanon and has caught on around the world. The symbol is actually an Arabic “n,” which is what ISIS soldiers in Mosul have used to abbreviate Nazara, a term for Christians in the Middle East.  Basically, those whose homes are thus marked are subject to death, unless they (a) convert to Islam or (b) pay an oppressive tax to stay alive (all explained here).  Here is how one report details the horror:

On Monday, which was normally pay day for municipal workers in Mosul, state workers…

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Borders and Boundaries

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This seems to be a popular theme right now in the news. Also, a re occurring theme in my life.

The headlines as of late have been focusing greatly on the border crisis this great country is facing. Borders that are being infiltrated by a loop hole in the laws and or system that are allowing children without parents to travel over the border’s and subsequently being wards of the state. It is a truly sad situation and I cannot imagine the toll it is taking on the border states, the children and the parents.

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Yet, we do have “Borders” for good reason. These lines are set to separate states and countries and each of the governing bodies. To eliminate mass chaos and add order not only to the states and countries but ultimately to lives. Can you imagine an earth with no borders?

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We have the same sort of rules when it comes to boundaries in our lives. If we do not have set boundaries for our relationships, our kids, our marriage, our ministries. There will be mass chaos.

I have run into this personally, especially since embarking on this life in Christ. I want to help and I want to lead, I want to be Christ like. Yet, I continue to run into these jams. Jams that are caused by yours truly, because I have not set boundaries where they needed to be. It not only ultimately hurts me but also the people that I have allowed to cross invisible boundaries lines that were never drawn.

I have researched the matter and also have read up on what is biblically sound since this is always the place where ultimate truth lies.

Here is an excerpt from a article I read on the biblical view of boundary setting.

(http://tolovehonorandvacuum.com/2014/07/setting-healthy-boundaries/)

Here’s Galatians 6:2-7, which talks about boundaries:

2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load. 6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. 7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

We’re supposed to carry each other’s burdens, but we’re also supposed to carry our own loads. Think of a load as something which is manageable–your daily to-do list. But when something out of the blue hits someone that they can’t handle themselves, then we’re supposed to help them. We aren’t supposed to carry each other’s loads–only their burdens. And you won’t be able to help someone with their burdens if you’re simultaneously trying to carry your family’s loads.

Here’s something else about boundaries: we’re not supposed to compare ourselves to others, and we’re not supposed to worry about other’s opinions. We need to test our own actions, and only rely on God. And finally, and perhaps most importantly,

A man reaps what he sows.

God set up the world so that our actions have consequences, and we are supposed to bear those consequences. If you take responsibility for things that aren’t yours–by not having boundaries, for instance–you put a roadblock into one of God’s best teaching instruments He has for His children. Let’s say your husband is prone to rages. He’s sowing discord and anger. But if you and the kids walk on tiptoes around him, trying to placate him, and then when he does yell, you apologize and try to repair the relationship, you’re the ones who are reaping that discord, not him.

We aren’t to carry each other’s loads, and we’re supposed to let people bear the consequences of their actions. We are each responsible for our own stuff.

This helped me to understand that their needs to be healthy boundaries set in relationships, that enable both parties to share in the fruits of the relationship that can only be borne of right standing.

Best friend

Also, it is important to remember that we have a place in the body of Christ. Christ is the head and should always be our right hand. I think without boundaries it is easy to replace that right hand with a person instead of the God head. Here is a devotion sent to me by a good friend on this subject.

My Right-Hand Man
CINDI MCMENAMIN

“I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8 (NASB)

I sat on the floor and cried. I felt overwhelmed and so alone.

“Who is going to help me now, Lord?” I whispered.

My assistant and close friend had just informed me she was no longer able to partner with me in my ministry. Circumstances beyond her control made it impossible for her to continue to work alongside me as someone I depended on. No longer there to help me. No longer there to be my sounding board, my prayer support, my “other half” in a very real sense.

I felt like I was losing my right hand.

Have you ever felt that way? As if you are suddenly on your own, without anyone to hold you up?

And yet, God had something He wanted me to learn in that difficult moment.

Just hours earlier, I had spoken to a group of women about the seasons of our lives in which we need to be pruned. I gave the example of how rosebushes need to be pruned. They look choppy after the pruning, but come spring, the roses bloom brighter and more beautifully than ever.

But here I was, being pruned in my own life, and feeling like I was losing my right hand!

God, this doesn’t feel like pruning, I prayed. This feels like my right hand is being chopped off! Please God, not her. She’s all I have right now. Please don’t take my right hand.

Desperate for God’s presence and His comfort, I reached for my Bible. Not knowing where else to turn, I opened to the Psalms. Years earlier, my cousin had shared how Psalm 16 comforted her when it came to experiencing loss in her family. I read the Psalm aloud and stopped suddenly after reading verse 8:

I have set the LORD continually before me;
Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

Lord, I prayed, I’m complaining I’ve lost my right hand, but You are my right hand. You are the One who helps me, counsels me, encourages me. You are the One who never leaves my side.

Dear God, I’m so sorry I didn’t see it before. You truly are my Right-hand Man.

I read through the rest of Psalm 16, and smiled at how it ended:

“You will make known to me the path of life; In your presence is fullness of joy; In your right hand are pleasures forever,” (Psalm 16:11, NASB).

God was telling me, in my moment of fear and anxiety, that not only was I not alone, but I never would be. Even without my friend to help me. With God at my right hand, there is joy in His presence and pleasures forevermore.

I realized that day there is no one else I would rather have at my right hand.

I got up off the floor and walked out of the room with my Bible in my hand, my head held high and my Right-hand Man at my side.

I have never walked alone in this job yet, I thought to myself. And I never will.

Dear Lord, on those days when I feel cut off from help, encouragement, or support, help me to remember You are the One who is at my right hand. Thank You for being the One who helps me, counsels me and encourages me. Because of Your stability I will never be shaken … and I will never walk alone. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Isaiah 41:10, “‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'” (NASB)

Psalm 18:35, “You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your right hand upholds me; And Your gentleness makes me great.” (NASB)

We HAVE to set healthy boundaries in our lives. The enemy is circling about waiting for that boundary to be crossed, so that we may be attacked.

The people in your life that are meant to be there will respect the boundaries you have set. Also, you will be setting a good example to them, and we may all become better imitators of Christ Jesus. Often others will be angry, and resentful of the boundaries. Maybe that is God’s way of weeding the people out of our lives that aren’t meant to be there. For everything there is a season. Hopefully with time they will also see the good that comes from boundaries and right standing.

Titus 2:7-8New International Version (NIV)

7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8 and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.

I hope to convey with love the need to be safe in the confines of biblical boundaries so as to all we do can be all the God has predestined for our lives.

Doorways

open-door to heaven

I wanted to write about doorways that allow the evil one unknowingly get into our lives. It’s important to me because I have recently seen good Christian people being sucked into the devil’s scheme, where his sole purpose it to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10)

So how can we have our guard up at all times? How can we protect ourselves, when he uses things that are near and dear to us. Families, jobs, friends. We are so emotionally invested in these things that create the world around us. Do we close ourselves off to the world?

I don’t think that’s the answer. What I do believe is that what we must realize and put in the forefront of our minds is that we are living in the last of the last days. The thief is on high alert. He is specifically looking for your weaknesses and or “doorways” to take you down.

Should we be scared? No, God does not give us a spirit of fear. (2 Timothy1-7) He gives us a spirit of Power and Love. He also gives us a spirit of discernment. If you are lacking that, pray fervently for God to give that to you.

What is discernment?

discernment
Houghton Mifflin
n.noun
1.The act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment.
2.Keenness of insight and judgment

Discernemt

In the days we are living in, we not only need to pray for this gift of the spirit, but also teach our children. Teaching our children, is easiest when we are demonstrating it ourselves. Let your children see you make good godly decisions and also sharing with them your thought process, so they may understand from start to finish.

Let’s focus on our weaknesses and try to shut those doors that are attempting to be used.
Most importantly we need to be IN the word of God, which will lead us into righteousness.

Prayer Fail?

Power

It is time that I write a praise report.

 

I wrote  to you and told about the new chapter in our lives. I also talked about my daughter Gabby’s diagnosis of Perthes disease and the dreaded waiting game.

We were back for an appointment after waiting 2 months, and also after reading up thoroughly on the disease itself and what we would be up against. Unfortunately, Gabby had all the risk factors that make her diagnosis worse case scenario. ( Risk factors- 1-Age(best if diagnosed by 6, she’s 8) Weight- (Gabby is short and stocky) Early detection ( 1 year of symptoms before diagnosis for Gab)

These were all scary facts. Even though I was praying and praying for healing and restoration I still had my doubts, like any parent would.

 

The appointment went well at first. The Dr. said according to the new set of x-rays what was left of the femoral head hadn’t deteriorated any further. I was thanking Jesus, thinking it was a good thing. But, the Dr. went on to say that this was A typical for Perthes disease, and that he was now unsure of his origin al diagnosis. He even went as far to say it could be  tumor and that he would like to see her back in 3 month for  a biopsy and contrast MRI. I was stunned to say the least. It actually took me hours to comprehend what he had said.

 

After discussing it with my husband, and conferring with the online support group, we decided to get a second opinion. I called a noted facility in a neighboring town and was able to get a appointment fairly quickly.

 

We went with disc’s of the x-rays in hand and waited with anxiety to see what this Dr. would say about what he saw on the x-rays.

 

He came in and quite confidently said, he did not think it was a tumor, and even better, he did not think she needed surgery either. He said she was in the regrowth process and as long as she did not do

any weight bearing activities ( soccer, basketball) that we just have to allow the body to do it’s thing.

We couldn’t have been happier, and more importantly relieved.

excited

The next answered prayer is something I wrote about last year. https://msinop1.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/a-call-to-prayer/

Months went by and I continued to pray fervently everyday for the owner of the tracker with the bumper sticker that so saddened my heart ” Nothing fails like prayer”. Then the roadwork came into play. The tracker was forced to park in another spot due to the roadwork, and so out of the eye shot of every passerby. I was happy about that, but still broke my heart that someone was so broken and angry to believe that statement.

The roadwork went on for a few months. Out of sight out of mind. Then Bam, I am driving along this street where now the mid 90’s tracker is BACK.

tracker

But, with something noticeably missing. The Bumper Sticker. It’s GONE, the remnants are left of the glue that held it fast to the soft top. The glue is black from the dirt that collected under it. I screamed! Woohoo! My girls looked at me as if I was crazy. My mind was fluttering with ideas. My prayer had been answered. But, why? Lord, did you change the person’s heart, like I had prayed for? Are they just going to sell it, and needed to remove the stickers? But, it’s such an old model, would they really be selling it? I may never know what the answer is. I pray that my prayers prompted God to reveal himself to this person and their life has been changed forever. Maybe that moment I enter the pearly gates, I will be greeted by someone I have never actually met in this life.

All I can say is ” Nothing prevails like prayer”

Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

John 14:13-14 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it

Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/10-awesome-bible-verses-about-the-power-of-prayer/#ixzz37AQNqRHH