Jewels From Judy
Saturday, December 31 2005
This word from the Lord keeps ringing in my ears, "Satan is out to destroy you, and he is using your own appetite to do it." He spoke this to a friend of mine who then shared it with me. It has been a seed planted whose time has come to bear fruit.
It is my belief that it is time for us to align ourselves physically with God's plan for our lives. I believe the Lord has shown me that His supernatural grace is awaiting all who will call upon Him concerning the condition of their health and weight. His grace truly is sufficient for us; however, there are certain seasons where He opens up the windows of heaven to give grace and more grace for His specific purpose.
Six being the number of man, or the number of flesh, I believe that the Holy Spirit is prompting us to get our flesh to line up with God's word. The Lord has repeatedly confirmed this message to me and I pray this word will touch you concerning what seems to be a plague upon the church. Many in the Body of Christ, including myself, are out of shape physically. As a result many in the church are falling ill and some have already succumbed. I believe many have met the Lord before their true time because they didn't submit to Him to get their bodies into shape for the task at hand. This does however keep us from fulfilling our mission in this life as God would have it fulfilled. This is not meant to condemn us. On the contrary! This word is meant to spur us on to deliverance!
As we know, diabetes and obesity are at record highs inAmerica and around the world. Health alerts posted are found everywhere in media. The medical profession is expecting a crisis on the system because of the current health trends. Since New Year's Day is the classic season for 'resolutions' it would seem this is the time to take action. However, let's not take action according to the flesh - in our own power - let us take action by God's power and by His grace. Let us as the Body of Christ act now and be examples to the world of God's goodness and grace as we care for the temples of the Holy Spirit that the Father has made us. God has entrusted us to this task. Let being His temple be our motivation. Let our love for Jesus be our motivation. Remember when Paul exhorted us to imitate him as he imitates Christ? Remember when he said, 'Be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.'? See 1 Timothy 4:12 and 1 Corinthians 11:1. We truly CAN do all things that strengthen us! Philippians 4:13
Church, I believe that our example of taking care of the temple of the Holy Spirit needs to be taken seriously. See 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17 and Romans 12:1-3. Maybe you are at a place that this is not important enough to you for you to take action. I have been complaining about my weight and general lack of energy for a few years now without truly taking action. So trust me, I understand. But for my sake and for yours it is my deepest desire for that to come to a screeching halt. Faith without works is dead.
If God is speaking to you right now and you know it - then let's come together as Christ's body and do something about it! Let us take the Lord's hand and be delivered together. Are we not to be examples of God's grace, love and purity to the world? Are we not the ones who have the Holy Spirit to help us in all things? Do we not have the Spirit of Truth residing in us - giving us self-control? Let God be true and every man a liar! Clearly, Satan the enemy of our souls has crept in unaware and we have allowed it. We must first be repentant for the lack of care we have given the temple of the Holy Spirit. We need to become as the Mighty Men of Valor and become vigilant in the fight - taking this battle very seriously. Our very lives depend on it, and not only that, but many other souls eternally depend on it! We must cast down every thought down and into obedience to the Lord Jesus and take every thought captive. 2 Corinthians 10:4, 5 God will give us the grace to win - as He has made us more than conquerors, however, we must take action!
I believe that every work of the flesh is going to be dealt with this year! This will be true first in the church and also in the world. Your addiction may not be food. It may be alcohol, drugs (prescription or illicit), sex, pornography, or smoking cigarettes. It may be something else, but you will know that the Lord is dealing with you. Let us learn to use the Word - our sword - to fight and prevail over our own fleshly appetites Satan has been using to defeat us.
We are all going to be dealt with this year concerning our flesh. If you obey He will see you through this battle. If you disobey then He may lift His grace until the next season when He sees fit to open the door for you. I implore you to obey God now during this season of grace over flesh, and see His Mighty Right Hand of deliverance over your life. See Isaiah 41:10.
I know some have to hear the news that they have diabetes or even wait until a heart attack or cancer strikes before taking action, but I pray that every person reading this will be infused by God to take real action. Desperate times call for desperate measures I've heard! It is my desire for us to take action now. If you are one who has received this type of distressing medical news, be encouraged that the Lord is opening the door to you to turn the tables on the enemy. Death has lost its sting! God has you in His hands. There are no better hands for you to be in.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.
Three days this week I was awoken at 8:09 (I'm on vacation - thank God for libraries with computers!) After the third time I thought maybe the Lord was leading me into His word. I began to seek out Scriptures. Since I have been urged this is the year that the flesh is subject to the Spirit I found my search fascinating!
Romans 8:9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
1 Corinthians 8:9 But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.
Zechariah 8:9 "Thus says the Lord of hosts: 'Let your hands be strong, You who have been hearing in these days These words by the mouth of the prophets, Who spoke in the day the foundation was laid For the house of the Lord of hosts, That the temple might be built.
In Hebrews, Ezekiel and Jeremiah 8:9, I would suggest that you read verses around them so that the ninth verse will make sense.
Here is an idea: If this word does resound in you, please contact me and let's see if there is a way that we can help to keep one another accountable. I believe that is the primary reason for fellowship - accountability.
Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance!
Wednesday, November 30 2005
3 Earthquake Dreams
Dream 1 - Violent Earthquake In Colorado
For the record, I have not been in an earthquake or lived in an active area where this has been a major threat.
In this dream I was walking with my brother along the Cache La Poudre River northwest of our hometown of Fort Collins, Colorado. Since neither of us has lived there for years, it would seem we were there visiting at the same time. We were fondly talking about his grown son, Tom. As we spoke I couldn't help but notice how beautiful the scenery was. The dry mountain air was cool and crisp. The sky was an exquisite deep blue, the trees were bright green, the river's water was clear, and the tall granite cliffs were brown and red in color. It was breathtaking and looked exactly as I remember Northwestern Colorado in the early summer. There were many vacationers by the river who were picnicking and enjoying the beautiful warm weather. As we talked I was looking at the river and it dawned on me that I had never seen so much water in it before.
Suddenly, and without warning, the earth began to tremble. I saw the mountains shake and felt the earth move beneath my feet. Prior to this I hadn't even noticed all the people enjoying the beautiful day. They hadn't caught my attention until the earthquake hit. I became fully aware of them because they began to scream and run wild when the trembling began. Even with all the screaming and chaos happening all around us, I was totally at peace. My brother looked at me as if to ask what we should do. I reassured him that we would be alright if we dodged the rocks as we saw them roll down the mountain. We turned our attention to the high mountain cliff that was set back away from the river's edge where we stood. What we saw shook us to the core. Unexpectedly, huge sections of the rock wall were being shaken loose from the steep rim, and the fractured cliff walls began to topple! They quickly began to make their trek down the mountain straight toward us. We realized that there was no possible way we could avoid so many of them, so we took off running as fast as we could uphill towards the closer mountain cliffs. We hoped that if we could tuck into an overhang, the rolling boulders would bounce over and around us. We were sprinting up the mountain towards a tall rock ledge, but I knew I was not going to make it. Seeing that it was my only choice, I headed for a smaller but closer ridge hoping I could find an overhang to shield me. I turned to see if my brother would make it. I yelled, "MIKE! I LOVE YOU!" He yelled back, "I LOVE YOU TOO!" I felt we both knew that this catastrophic event was going to separate us, but we also knew we weren't going to be separated forever.
I continued to run for cover when out of the blue a huge boulder bounced right in front of me. Much to my surprise there was a young man riding on top it! He had harnessed it and was riding it down the mountain! He wore colorful safety gear - a red and white striped helmet and knee pads. Somehow I jumped up onto the boulder as it flew by, and stood behind him and rode it too. End
My brother seems symbolic of loved ones, and not only family, but brethren in Christ. Though we may get separated we have assurance that we are seated together in Christ Jesus. See Ephesians 2:6.
Talking about his son would seem to point to blessing future generations. See Genesis 9:12-17 and Psalm 78:1-7.
I believe this river's name is significant. The name, "Cache La Poudre" is French for "Stash the Powder". There is a local story that says the river got its name when some French travelers hid some gun powder in the canyon one winter because it had gotten too heavy to carry over the mountains. Dunamis is Greek for "Power." It is where we get the word, "dynamite." So this river may have been chosen by the Holy Spirit in this dream to reveal God's hidden power (stashed gun powder) at work. See Psalm 46 and 97. Though dynamite and gun powder have different chemical compounds, they are both have explosive qualities. The deep blue sky is symbolic to me for heavenly revelation from the Lord. When I see blue in a dream I know I need to pay attention. The bright green foliage is evidence of new life budding forth. God has given us, who believe in our hearts that Jesus is the Lord, to know the hidden mysteries of His kingdom. The fact that it was early summer I think is significant. I believe the Lord is granting us a growing season like no other. It is a time for planting the Word into those around us who are lost. The brown and red rock seems to point to humanity in need of salvation. The river being fuller than I had seen it would point to the fullness of God's Living Water being poured out on the earth before His return. Clear water is common for Rocky Mountain rivers, but it is somewhat unusual to be so clear during heavy runoff. That would suggest that the runoff was consistent and maybe had been occurring for some time. This may be the flow of the prophetic. The clear fast moving water would seem symbolic of Jesus, The Living Water. The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. See Revelation 19:10 and John 4:10-14. God's word is CLEAR to us that His blood is what cleanses us from sin and all unrighteousness. The earthquake itself is both symbolic of the shaking going on in the earth both spiritual and physical. It is also prophetic of things to come. The Lord reveals this a number of times in the Gospels and the Revelation of John.
The Man on the Boulder
The "youthfulness" of the man standing on the boulder wasn't necessarily representative of his age. It may have been, but it seemed to point more toward his ability, agility and creative technique of leading. To me this symbolizes his ability to stand on The ROCK -Christ Jesus in times of crisis and to lead others to do the same. He was using what could have caused him destruction to keep from being destroyed. He harnessed the power of this cataclysmic event and rode it out. His youthfulness may have very well have been the anointing of the upcoming generation of men and women who are creative in there walk with the Lord and their willingness to give it all and to never bow to the enemy. See Daniel 3. His safety helmet was red and white which seem to be colors symbolic ofsalvation (the blood of the Lamb) and purity. Red also symbolizes fire - he would represent one who is zealous for the things of God. His knee pads would suggest he spends a lot of time on his knees in prayer. He wasn't controlling the boulder but was holding onto it with the reigns. This indicated that he reigns with Christ, the Rock of our salvation. I also got the impression that this man, who represents true leadership in Christ, is of the same spirit of the man in a different dream that saved a child from a mangy lion. This dream and its interpretation are found at http://thefathersloveim.org/child_threatened_by_mangy_lion.
This dream also reminds me of how eagles mount up on the thermal winds that approach before a storm, and uses that energy to soar above the storm until it has passed. It USES the destructive force of the storm to take it higher! Also see what Joseph said in Genesis 50:20 for another application.
Dream 2 - Inner and Outer Shaking
This dream took place in my childhood church. I didn't recognize anyone sitting there. My pastor and his (spiritual) father were up giving announcements. When he began to talk his voice became like thunder. I was so shaken on the inside that I couldn't even hear what was being said. First my shoulders began to tremble, then my arms, and then my entire body shook violently. What he was saying was not anything of great consequence, only things going on at the church. At first I couldn't tell if it was a physical earthquake, a move of the Holy Spirit in the church, or something going on just inside of me. The shaking subsided and I looked around. I didn't see anything out of the ordinary. The congregation was sitting there listening to the announcements like we normally would. That is when I determined what was happening was taking place internally. I tried to sit back and relax. The pastor and his (spiritual) father were talking, and though they were talking in normal voices, the shaking in me began again just as it had before. The thunderous sounds I heard from their voices reverberated powerfully on me. I began to shake so hard I grabbed a hold of the pew in front of me, and cried out to the Lord. In a loud shaking voice I yelled out, "OHHHHH! JESUS!" Everyone was startled. They turned and looked disdainfully at me bewildered that I would just shout like that for no apparent reason. Deep within me I felt an impending doom approaching the earth - like a catastrophic earthquake. It was so overwhelming I couldn't help but to cry out!
It subsided again. While I was struggling to regain my composure so I could hear what was being said, I turned around and looked ?through' the huge church doors and saw mayhem taking place just outside. People were screaming and running for cover as buildings and rocks were falling on them. Inside the church we were all sitting there just listening to announcements; it was very calm. Outside it was pandemonium. End
I believe the pastor and the spiritual father represent the leadership of Christ - specifically that of a pastor and an apostle. There seems to be a powerful resonance that reverberates in the spirit realm when the anointing of a pastor and the anointing of an apostle come together. It is a strength and a force that causes things to move.
This may sound strange, but it seemed like I was actually the earth and the pastor and his spiritual father's voice was that of the Lord. Like the shaking going on in me is what happens in the earth at the sound of the Lord's voice - even when He speaks something simple. Please do not misunderstand that I think my leaders speak as God. It is only a type and a shadow I suggest here. The pastors in the dream are not perfect. Christ is perfect. No others are. The word also tells us "a person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken." Ecclesiastes 4:12 NLT The shaking that took place in me at the sound of their voices would seem to symbolize the pastoral, apostolic, and prophetic anointing that coming together creates. See Matthew 18:20.
An odd thing for me personally was that every time the shaking in me stopped, I longed to feel it again. It was frightening because of the magnitude of it; however, because it was a shaking I received from God, it was also euphoric. See Psalms 97:5 and 114:7
The People Inside
Though the people looked at me the way they did when I cried out, it wasn't an unusual response to my outburst. One thing I have noticed in dreams - as in real life is that something that is out of the ordinary isn't usually met with open arms. Even though I had to suffer their disapproving glances, I was still safer with them inside than outside the church with the mayhem. This was also shown to be true in the dream at http://www.etpv.org/2005/cltb.html This would tell me that though we may disagree in the Body of Christ, we have protection with each other. It's the ?safety in numbers' idea. The 3rd dream confirms this too.
The People Outside
They were in chaos because they were outside of the protection of the shed blood of Jesus. See Daniel 12:4; Revelation 6:14-17 and 9:4. They were open to sudden and complete destruction. The people inside Christ (not necessarily inside the church, but those IN CHRIST) were at peace. That peace is symbolic of the security we have when we are in Christ - who are seated with Him. All who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Inside Christ there is peace. He is our Strong Tower that none can knock down. He is our Rock and our Fortress, our Shield, our Very Present Help in times of trouble! See Proverbs 18:2; Psalm 31:3; Psalm 46:1; Psalm 62; and Psalm 91.
Dream 3 - The ROCK
I walked into a restaurant to get a bite to eat. It was the type of place where you would order at the counter and then take your tray of food to a table. As I was walking through the line, I noticed a group of people all sitting together in the back right corner. It was like a separate area from the main dining room, but it was still open to the main dining room, there was no door separating them. The way they were sitting struck me as odd. They were not sitting facing each other like you would normally do in that scenario. They were all sitting facing the same direction and they were intently watching something. I thought there was a TV sitting on the floor or something like that that they were looking at. They were really into it. Not being the bashful type, I walked over by them to find out what they were doing. They were not looking at a TV at all, but were gazing at an upright slab of white granite. While they were attentively watching the rock, an earthquake hit. Everyone outside and in the restaurant were running around distraught, but this group stayed right where they were and didn't budge or even look up. Ceiling tiles were falling in the restaurant but not where this group was sitting. I became aware of this fact when a tile hit the side of my arm. It was the only part of me that was outside of the area where they were sitting. Everyone else in the restaurant was panicking and trying to run away, but they couldn't get away from the falling debris. They were so terror-stricken that they didn't even notice this group who were sitting completely unruffled and uninjured by what was going on around them. I moved in closer and stayed with this alert and vigilant group watching the rock. End
The Restaurant and People
These would seem to be symbolic of ?the world' - common everyday life.
What puzzled me when I woke up was that the granite slab looked like a tombstone or monument, but somehow I knew that wasn't right. It wasn't like this physical slab of rock was a god or idol. Then I realized it was a ROCK. It was THE ROCK- Jesus Christ! It was symbolic of Christ.
The People watching The Rock
Representative of the people in the Body of Christ who are really and truly focused on Him and on His direction. They stayed totally alert to The Rock. The peace they had made this apparent. They were unmoved, unshaken, and undistracted by what was occurring around them. They watched and waited and didn't react to the terror and hysteria. They were not shaken by those things that traumatized everyone else because they knew where their help came from.
It is interesting that the only part of me outside of the shelter of the group got hit with a ceiling time. As soon as I moved it inside their area I was safe. This would signify the safety found in fellowship.
I do believe there is a hard shaking' coming. It could possibly be war inside the United States of America; possibly terrible earth movements, possibly life-changing shaking in the heavenlies. Maybe all of them. I truly don't know, I can only report what the Lord has shown me. I love the saying, "I don't know what the future holds, but I know Who holds my future." I believe we need to "Go and make disciples," as the Lord commanded in Matthew 28:18-20. He will clearly take care of us if we are focused on Him.
Scripture References For All Three Dreams:
Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah 4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. 6 The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah 8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has made desolations in the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. 10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
Isaiah 2:10 Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust, from the terror of the Lord and the glory of His majesty. 11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.
Hebrews 12: 25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, 26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, "Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven." 27 Now this, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.
Ps 18:2 The Lord is my Rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Ps 18:31 For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a Rock, except our God?
Ps 18:46 The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted.
Ps 27:5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.
Ps 91:1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust."
1 Peter 2: 7-10 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, "The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone, a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense." They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
Matt 21:44 "And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder."
Remember there is another application for an earthquake found in Acts.
Acts 16:26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were loosed.
Thank you for your time and consideration and God bless you in your journey to seek the Lord's will and His ways,
Exhortation Concerning Earthquakes
August 30, 2005
My Child, do not become unsettled in your mind. I Am your Rock and Your Foundation. I am your Sure Foundation!
The shakings will come. Yes there are wars and rumors of wars just as there are shakings and rumors of shakings. But you are not to be rattled by what I have shown you. Tell those who have heard what you have seen not to be nervous or anxious by what I have shown you. Doesn't My word tell you that you will know, so that you will not be caught unaware?
Come, sit with Me. Come all you who labor and need rest! Come sit in My lap and let me show you that your security is in Me. Come and rest and learn of Me. I am meek and lowly of heart and you will find rest in My midst. I will show you what you must do and I will see you through it. You run here and there, but I want you to sit, My Little Ones. You wear yourselves out and quickly become distracted by the world and what is going on around you. Yes, I have called you to be My hands and feet. But wouldn't it be good to hear from your Head - Jesus - to know where it is that you are to take My hands and feet?!?
I have sent My Holy Spirit to teach you and it will do you good to sit at My feet and hear what the Spirit says.
I Am your Prince of Peace. You will never find true rest unless you are resting in Me. So come! Come to Me, My child. Be still and know - KNOW - that I Am God!
Tuesday, November 01 2005
Recently, I was returning from a wonderful conference in CT. On the flight home a child sitting two or three seats in front of me was really upset and crying. I felt I was to press in and pray for him. He cried out in a loud voice, "I want my blankey!" When he said this I heard:
"As a child cries because he is afraid of being in the unfamiliar surroundings of a plane, and agitation sets the stage for an uncomfortable ride, he reaches for what he knows. He reaches for something that makes him secure when the lights are out and he's all alone."
"He cries for his mother to give him a blanket. Not just any blanket - HIS BLANKEY!"
"I Am your Security Blanket," says the Lord your God. "Reach for me in times of distress and I will wrap My warmth around you. I will wrap My love securely around you and you need not fear."
"Hard times come and hard times go, but I remain the same yesterday, today and forever. Remember My servant's word in Psalm 91 and abide in Me and you will be secure."
Sunday, October 30 2005
Adapted from Isaiah 60:1-5
Am Dm C Em Am
Arise! Shine! For your light has come
Arise! Shine! For your light has come
Arise! Shine! For your light has come
Dm C Em Am
The glory of the LORD rises on you
Darkness covers the earth
Dm C Em Am
Gross darkness on its people
But the LORD rises upon you
Dm C Em Am
His glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
Dm C Em Am
Lift your eyes and look about you
Then you will be radiant
Dm C E
Your heart will swell with joy!
~ Instrumental ~
music written by Judy A Bauman 4/30/1999 © Copyright 1999
Tuesday, October 11 2005
This word from the Lord came to me for a specific person but the Lord showed me this is a widespread problem in His Body. When you consider how prolific weeds can be, especially this type, it would make sense that we need to set a guard against them spreading. The Lord had me rewrite parts of it to speak more broadly to His Church.
"I speak to you, My child. You ask who I Am? I am your Father who made You for My pleasure. You are made to accomplish much for My sake. I have not given you the desire to create for your purpose, but for Mine. I have seen your anguish and I have seen your pain. I have seen you abandoned and I have seen you afflicted. It pleases Me when I see you are not moved by this world's system. This motivates Me to work on your behalf. Come to Me. Come to Me when your heart is breaking and no one understands you. You are looking for someone to understand you and that need of yours has not been fulfilled. It couldn't be. Had you found someone to look to other than Me, you would not be able to accomplish what I have set before you. You haveto rely on Me. You have to turn to Me. I wait for you. I wait and I watch. I have waited a long time and I wait longer. I speak to you. I long to be heard by you. I long for you to recognize My voice. I have great secrets kept in storage to release to you. They will not be given unless you come to Me.
The desires of your heart will be given only when you have let go of what you are holding in your hand. You are holding a cocklebur bush. See http://www.psu.missouri.edu/fishel/common_cocklebur.htm andhttp://waynesword.palomar.edu/plapr98.htm Be sure and read the toxic symptoms as this is what the enemy of your soul desires to do to you. You feel the effects of the poison even now. As long as you are holding onto the thorns, I cannot help you. Hold onto Me not the burs. You have gotten too use to the pain. You must submit yourself to Me. - your true Father, to remove the burs, the barbs, and their toxic results. The cockles have barbs and stick to everything they touch. They are painful to grab and difficult to pull off, but they cannot be left to further infect.
But there is something I want you to see. I gave inspiration to make Velcro from this annoying plant. If you come to Me, and I mean truly come to Me and seek My face, I will reveal mysteries from your life's cockleburs. The things that have annoyed you the most will be sources of your greatest victories. The things that have hindered your walk with Me will cause you to run and not grow weary - if you faint not! You will have many triumphs if you will submit yourself to Me. I have created you to fellowship with Me and that is why there is so much unrest in your soul. You need My peace but you will not get it with success or fame. You will get the peace and security you seek when you give yourself totally in fellowship with Me. Walk with Me in the cool of the day, beloved. Seek Me early while I can be found. I have created you to fellowship with Me and that is why there is so much unrest in your soul. You look here and you look there. You do not find rest because you haven't come to Me. I am your first resort, not your last. Release what you are holding onto. Those things that have wounded you. Those rejects and disappointments and failures. Just like cockleburs, they are sticking to you even when you let go. That is where I come in! I will take those sticky, pesky, annoying, painful burs of your life and I will remove their toxic affects. I will cause them to become seeds of victory.
I must warn you. These burs must be released from your grip soon! The devil, your enemy, is desiring to cause these wounds to hurt you, to destroy you, to bring you to ruin. He is petitioning Me to sift you. You will slip through his fingers if the burs are gone. If you release the burs all he will have in his hand is the chaff that I wanted removed in the first place. If the burs are still in your hands, you will be stuck in Satan's trap - entangled by the burs in his net. Time is short. Stop taking the burs to yourself - stop feeding them with words that give them energy to reproduce. They desire to consume you. Rid yourself of these cumbersome stickers. Let Me dig up the root of bitterness!
Come to Me and I will give you rest. I will give you a future. I will give you hope renewed. I will set your feet up high on a mountain. I will be as the eagle who swoops down and brings you to the high place on My wings. Trust Me, My child. Trust Me. I will never let you down. Release the cockleburs to Me. Don't hold them any longer. Don't pull them close to yourself. It is My desire to propel you. Get ready! Rid yourself of the cockle burs and get ready!!! You are about to be launched into your destiny and My purpose! Read what My servants wrote in Psalms 34 and Hebrews 12. These are for you today and for this season. Do not despise small beginnings. It is a season of grooming. Do not harden your heart as they did in the rebellion. Trust Me to work all things for your good for you are truly called according to My purpose."
Saturday, October 01 2005
First I want to say in the strongest way possible that this title came because of what was spoken in this dream, not because that is what I am proclaiming. I am not cursing America. I am not prophesying against her. The most important thing I have learned as a child of the Living God is that He is merciful and just. He gives us warnings so we know how to pray, and so we know what could come if we do not repent (turn away from doing wrong). This is a judgment that will be brought to a stand still if we will turn and seek God as is stated in 2 Chronicles 7:14. This mandate and promise is spoken to the ?people called by My name' NOT to the lost souls outside of God's word. God is true to His word and will do as He promised. His promiseand His word is that He will hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land. Will you pray for the sake of this country? I particularly sense this mandate to pray is for the Christian leaders. Just as Daniel prayed for Israel in Chapter 9, so must our church leaders do for America. I release this after much prayer and trepidation and long hours of wrestling with the Lord to gain understanding and wisdom in the sharing, but also to release it in the exact right season. I do believe this is the exact time to unfold this mystery.
There were two main locations but a number of scenes to this dream.
Dream: Judgement On America!
Location One - Inside the Theater
Taking Refuge Inside the Theater:
I was at a theater with a friend and we had come inside because of the terrible sandstorms outside. Someone kept opening a side door to let people in. Sand would blow in and it was harsh and painful. Everyone that was sitting near the door got up to sit somewhere else. The seats were wet like they had been hosed off. There were thick, brown paper towels near a door that we could use to wipe off our wet, sandy seats.
The Lamenting Man:
As I walked over to get some towels to dry our seats, I saw a man walking toward me carefully carrying a flat box or something like a wooden suitcase. He looked to be from the Middle-East and was lost in his own world of grief. He placed the box on the floor and began to set up a shrine. Another man had been killed - martyred perhaps - on that very spot. The mourning man then began to lament over this makeshift shrine and I was impressed that he did this every night at the same time. I am not sure how long this had gone on, but it seemed that in his religion it would normally call for the slain man's wife to lament in this manner. This is when I realized it was this grieving man's homosexual lover who had been slain.
Location Two - The Compound
The Three Clocks:
Then I came to be at a compound that seemed to be out in the country. I was in a large room off the main house with all kinds of old furniture and household décor items. These items looked to be haphazardly displayed; it may have been an antique store off of someone's home. I was walking around looking at all the items. Most of it looked like dilapidated junk. Amongst the furniture stood three upright floor clocks, but you could only readily see two of them. The two that could be seen stood about 5 ½ ft tall; one was decorated with ornate green metal, copper that had oxidized, and the other had the image of a witch along with other occult symbols on the clock face. The owner said it hadn't worked right since his daughter bought it. The green clock had a key to wind it to make it work. It was an unusual looking key - with about 3/8" square at the end. I found a key that resembled it athttp://www.woodlanddirect.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=UF-C-9161 I remember taking the key and sticking it into slot and turning it to see if I could get the clock to work. Then I put the key on a small shelf inside the clock. The owner had been keeping it somewhere else and said that it was better where I had put it as it wouldn't get misplaced. It seems this clock only worked part of the time because it depended on someone remembering to wind it. So it was unreliable as a time piece. The two clocks were in the same small area, and both were facing forward. There was a woman there who was also looking at the clocks, and I recognized her from a church I attended at the time. When we heard a clock chime, she thought it was the witch clock telling time. I didn't because it clearly wasn't working. After hearing the chiming, I walked behind it and discovered a simple looking wooden Grandfather clock sitting in the corner - hidden behind the witch clock. It was the one chiming. The woman from church was still looking to the witch-faced clock to see what time it was, and the way she was admiring it, I didn't think that she understood what the face or the symbols on the clock represented. The Grandfather clock was the only clock of the three that worked right.
The Discussion with My Aunts about Witchcraft:
I went out on the back porch where I was surprised to see my father's twin sisters. They were discussing Harry Potter. One said, "Oh, I have seen Harry Potter and there is nothing wrong with it." The other began to argue with her. Hearing their conversation, I looked at the first aunt and interjected, "You are setting yourself up against the mind of Christ. The Bible states that witchcraft is a sin." After I said this I felt a little uneasy to have made such a bold comment. I didn't want to be disrespectful to my aunt, but at the same time I wanted to respect God and state the truth of His word. I am not sure where this conversation went but I think I went back into the house.
The Blueprints of the Compound:
I went back into the house and began to pray and as I prayed, I became very light. I floated down through the floorboards. It was very vivid as I could see above the floor, the wood of the floor itself, and I could also see the ceiling of the room underneath! It was like Iwas in a cross-section view of the house. Then I was sitting at a table in the basement of the house. It was very clean and neat in this underground room. Unrolled in front of me were large blueprints of the entire compound. As I examined them, the Lord pointed out one small building in the middle of the compound.
The Lord then took me to this small building and said, "Look at The Goat." At first I looked for an animal. Then the Holy Spirit showed me a boiler (a heater) that was nicknamed, ?The Goat'. It was constructed of steel sheet metal that had been riveted together and it looked like a goat. ?The Goat' walked over to a feed bin, stuck its head inside the flap, and began to eat the grain that was in there. It required such low maintenance; no one even supervised it. The Lord pointed out its right shoulder leading to the goat's fore-shank (front leg). The sheet metal had pulled up slightly, but it was hard to see without looking closely. It had a leak. I understood it to be some kind of fuel that was a very compact and volatile material. The Lord showed me that it was about to blow and it would cause a catastrophic explosion.
The Little Boy:
Then suddenly I was in a room in the main house. (I don't think I ever physically left the house.) There was a little boy maybe 2-4 years old that I didn't know, but much to my surprise he immediately bonded to me. I believe it was unusual for this child to cling to someone he had just met the way he had done with me. Because his father knew he was safe, he left the boy with me and went to get food that he needed. The child had special needs. He had something wrong with his belly button. It could have been something else like a place for a feeding tube. He may have had a shunt or something like that for draining fluid. I really am uncertain what it was or what was wrong with him. Then this boy spoke and said something, but I could not understand him. The father had come back by then, and I asked him what the child said. He told me, "This [coming explosion from the fuel leak in this self-feeding goat] isjudgment on America for idolatry and the killing of the unborn babies. When I heard this I crumbled to the floor and went into deep travail. I was in such horrible agonizing pain that all I could do was wail, scream, moan and cry as I rolled back and forth on the floor. The woman from the church was suddenly there on the floor rolling around and imitating me. She kept rolling into me like she was trying to get my attention or let others know she was travailing too. It was very bizarre. I was extremely annoyed by this but was in such terrible pain, there wasn't much I could do about her close proximity to me. I screamed in such anguish it woke me up.
Interpretation belongs to the Lord, so it is my prayer that He makes known the meaning of this multifaceted dream. Genesis 40:8
A Theater is a distraction from reality. It easily could represent the present-day church because so many come to be entertained. However, I was there to seek shelter from the sand storms. The sand-storms outside seem to be symbolic of dry, desolate, desert times - times of famine. The sand could also represent a sea of people being blown and tossed about by the wind. The sand could be a sea of people who are so abrasive that one needs to seek shelter from them. Wind in this dream was symbolic of struggles, devastating loss and catastrophes. The brown paper towels symbolize ordinary earthly provision; nothing extravagant. It being wet on the inside and dry outside may point to the world being backwards to God's ways.
The Lamenting Man struck me as particularly odd because I don't think I have ever seen a man who is a middle-eastern national who is overtly gay. This never dawned on me until this dream. What was more perplexing was that he brought together both his religious customs with the practice of homosexuality. So it seemed to reflect a clash between cultural norms. I don't know if there even are such religious customs to lament a death of a husband in this manner. Though it does reveals an interesting truth of the fruitlessness andimpotence (inability to produce offspring) of both erroneous religious works and the practice of homosexuality.
The Compound was ground zero for a terrible disaster, yet on the outside everything seemed normal. All of my experiences there were anything but normal.
The Room with all the junk displayed in haphazard fashion seems to reflect our culture's way of hording things, particularly things that don't work! See Matthew 6:19-21
The Three Clocks represent how we measure time. They remind us of the importance of time and our limited supply of it. A clock that does not work represents death. So it would seem that trying to tell time by a clock that does not work could bring (premature) death.
The Woman from Church is symbolic of people who go to church void of a personal relationship with Jesus. Without this precious relationship, the witch clock was able to deceive and manipulate her into believing that it worked! She was looking to it to tell her the time when it obviously was not working! The hands never moved. What she had heard was the chiming from the Grandfather clock hidden behind it. It truly troubled me that she did not see that it clearly had occult images on its face. There are clear and direct warnings in the word of God that we are not to take direction from those practicing witchcraft. How many who claim they are Christian take advise from the astrology columns, palm readers, psychics, mediums, and the like? This is all idolatry. Also if you look in Romans 1:18- 32 it clearly tells us this is also the root cause of homosexuality. If you have a problem with this, please don't write me. Take it up with God. It is His word, His ways, and His judgment. He'll make it known to you if you seek the truth. The woman's interest in this clock led me to Galatians 3 and Romans 6. Paul writes about the church being bewitched into believing its salvation was through living by the law. Both of these chapters are worthy of your study time. Working to gain God's favor is a slap in the face of Jesus who died on the cross to bridge that gap between us and God the Father. The Cross of Christ is the only provision we need for our salvation. The Word of God tells us that God will supply all of our need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) Any works that follow after accepting the perfect work of the Cross is done out of love and devotion to God the Father and Jesus Christ. It is accomplished with the help of the Holy Spirit. Would this woman looking to the witch clock reveal how the American church is looking to sources outside of God to give her direction? Since rebellion is as witchcraft and stubbornness is as bad as idolatry, are much of our churchy efforts being rejected by God? See 1 Samuel 15:23
It was clear that when she suddenly showed up on the floor with me while I was in travail, that she was trying to ?look' spiritual. I asked God to get her away from me because I couldn't move and she kept hitting me. Most know that a woman in labor is not the most congenial person to be with. Her being there at that critical time for me was like trying to give birth to a child with someone else in the same bed! This reminds me of much of the ?spirituality' in the Charismatic church. (Not all of it, but all too often.) If God truly moves on a person in a specific way, the church wants to imitate it and continue to give it life LONG after God is finished with it. They will use CPR and any other means necessary to keep their ?pet move of God' alive and anyone wanting to stop it is accused of being against God. This is witchcraft in the church. Though witchcraft is a real religion, I am referring to those who call themselves Christians who are seeking their own way through domination, manipulation and intimidation. God Almighty never dominates, manipulates or intimidates; so if any of those are going on in our homes, churches or jobs, it is this evil spirit at work. God draws us to Himself with overwhelming love. How could God be righteous, holy, trustworthy, giving, and yet be intimidating? That does not compute! We must rid ourselves of the Greek mythology that permeates our thinking. God is not standing ready to throw a lightning bolt our way. That is not the God of the Bible! God always warns us to turn from sin. This is because sin is what brings the judgment.
The Green Clock would only work for awhile and then it would wind down and either stop or give the incorrect time. Green can be representative of growth, but since the copper was oxidizing and it was in a decrepit state, it is more likely to represent envy, striving for recognition, or trying to establish independence. Thankfully, this is something the Lord will frustrate our every effort to do. He has made it clear in His word that it is Jesus alone who is worthy to receive all glory and honor and praise. See 1 Corinthians 1:29 and Job 5:12. He has also made it plain that we need to be completely dependant upon Him. See Proverbs 3:5-7. I believe that is the message concerning the green clock. It is time to build God's kingdom and not our own; it is time to be dependant on the Lord Jesus and not on our own accomplishments, talent, gifts or credibility. God has rendered those things dead works. I believe the green clock is symbolic of the church-era that is winding down. It just takes too much effort to try to keep it working! God has given us the keys to the kingdom, but they are not to open doors for our own gain. This is an era where the church has exalted itself and replaced the Holy Spirit with the ?Hand of Ministry.' It has put its hand over Christ's face so that people look to them for help instead of looking to God for help. In doing this, church leadership has concealed God's face from the people. The head of the church is Christ Jesus. This is a solemn warning to those who are seeking to build a name for them selves. It is TIME for the hand of ministry to serve and care for the Body as is directed in Scripture, so that she can accomplish the original plan of God. It is time for the Body to be in unity and mature in faith. See Ephesians 4:11-16 for more understanding.
The Witch Clock would seem to reflect how our culture is bedazzled by supernatural powers and seeks power by gaining control. I have had the nagging impression that the Witch Clock is also representative of the Gregorian calendar we presently use. Discern for yourself. It would seem that we follow a calendar with a questionable background. http://webexhibits.org/calendars/year-history.html It doesn't mean we need to swing the pendulum the opposite way and tell people they are in sin if they follow the Gregorian calendar. That wouldn't be prudent or practical. Remember we are to, "Be in the world, but not of the world."
This has led me to wonder; if we aren't gauging our time accurately, who is? I was thinking we need to look to our roots - our ancestral line. This points me to the Grandfather clock.
The Grandfather clock has deeply intrigued me. Grandfathers represent generational lines, wisdom, love and security. Abraham is known as our father (see Romans 4). He is the father of faith. Abraham is Jacob's - Israel's grandfather. So I am persuaded that the Grandfather clock is symbolic of the Jewish calendar year. You may find this site interesting http://www.jewfaq.org/calendar.htm
Maybe that is what we need to be looking to for direction. Not to be bound in legalism, but to consider the times. Since The Days of Awe are upon us, starting at sunset October 3rd to nightfall 13th 2005, maybe that is a good starting place. This is ten days of introspection, prayer and fasting. They end with Yom Kipper and this is the beginning of the New Year! At nightfall on October 13th it will be the beginning of the Jewish year 5766. http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday3.htm In fact the year that we are in presently, 5765, is known as a ?pregnant' year as it has an addition month. I find this interesting since I was in labor pain.
One thing really peculiar that I noticed mathematically is that the year 5766 = 12 and 12 (5+7=12 and 6+6=12). Even stranger than that is that if you add all the numbers of this New Year date 10/13/2005 they all equal 12! (1+0+1+3+2+0+0+5=12) I don't even know how I noticed this! I do know however, that 12 is the number of ?perfection of government'. There are 12 patriarchs, 12 sons (tribes) of Israel, 12 apostles, 12 foundations in the heavenly Jerusalem, 12 gates, 12 pearls, 12 angels, 12 legions of angels, and Jesus was 12 when He first appears in public and utters His first words, "Why were you looking for Me? Didn't you know I must be about My Father's business?" (Luke 3:49)
Also 12+12 = 24 and there are 24 thrones and 24 elders (Revelation 4:4) Also 12x12=144 cubits which is the radius of the New Jerusalem. Then there are the 12 tribes x 12,000 = 144,000 who are sealed (Revelation 7:3-8). So if you are inclined to study numbers you may want to discern this further. I would welcome any input if you believe the Lord is showing you something in all of this. I see it, but I don't have full understanding of what it means. We prophecy in part and know in part!
My father's fraternal twin sisters, my aunts represent theological differences. They have been split into two different church denominations for the past 50+ years because of marriage. The one who didn't think anything was wrong with Harry Potter stayed in our ?family denomination' and it tends to be accepting of superstitions and is venerable to deception. If for some reason you are like I was, and don't believe such things are real, cautiously do an ?occult' Google search. Don't get lured in though! It is quite abundant.
The other sister that was arguing with her married into a Bible based church. This clearly illustrates how beliefs get passed down through the generations, but thankfully, false teachings can be stopped by the word of God and the Blood of Jesus. This is an excellent article about Harry Potter and explains further why I made the comment I did. http://www.reachouttrust.org/articles/occult/hpotter.htm
He then moved me onto the more important thing which was to reveal a mystery.
Seeing the cross-section of the floor as I went into the workroom below seems to reveal how God allowed me to be aware of thedivide between the natural and the spiritual realms. This in itself is a mystery! This small ?war-room' in the basement reminded me of the many secret underground bunkers that exist with and without our knowledge to protect the heads of countries in times of conflict.
When the Holy Spirit unrolled the blueprints of the compound, He drew my attention to a specific area that had been ignored. The blueprints would seem to be symbolic of the mysteries God has entrusted to His Body. See Matthew 13:11, 1 Corinthians 1:7-16 and 1 Corinthians 4:1. God showed me the small overlooked building then The Goat. A goat in a dream can represent being bullied or being gullible. Since this is a warning of a judgment on America, it would seem that it is America as a nation that is being naïve and bullied into complacency. Remember when it was said that September 11, 2001 ?Woke the Sleeping Giant'? I saw many bumper stickers that told us to "REMEMBER" and "NEVER FORGET" yet we seem to have lost interest and gone back to our slumber. A goat symbolizes the ones separated from God. See Matthew 25:33, 41. A goat may forewarn of an enemy trying to lay a hold of our plans. Since the goat is a common image for Satan, it is fair to say he wants to bully and intimidate us into giving up God's plan for our lives - both individually and corporately. This metal goat specifically symbolized a boiler which generates power and heats large areas. It was helping itself to the grain. Grain biblically is shown to be times of plenty and a time to accumulate wealth. It also represents the hard labor to bring forth the harvest. The enemy desires to eat our harvest! He is going mostly unsupervised, and because of our lack of humility before God and our lack of vigilance to keep watch, there could be a great catastrophe. Just today as I was working on this interpretation, and I still did not understand what The Goat could be, I saw a news clip about Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) that is brought into our country on huge cargo ships. My spirit jumped when I saw the video of a huge ship being brought in because of the riveted metal, the cargo and the subject the news was focused on. The reporter was doing a special about areas venerable to attack in our country! Up until then, I had wondered if The Goat was an oil refinery, a nuclear bomb, meltdown or what, but this seemed to ring true to my heart that the goat is likely LNG ships. Please pray for our country's penitence, first with leaders and then with the masses. Let's also pray for those standing guard to be diligent. Let's not wait until something even more horrifying happens to us before we find ourselves on our knees.
The Special Need's Child is someone most people would not look to for wisdom or prophecy, but God chooses the foolish and weak things of the world to confound the wise. Children are very sensitive to Jesus and this is why He tells us to come to Him as a child. See Matthew 18.
When the child spoke of the judgment coming to America, my spirit instantly knew the truth of it and reacted with travailing in the spirit. Travail in Scripture generally refers to birth pangs (hard labor), but can also represent sorrow, worry, or from agony of trials. I felt all of those things. America as a country and a political force is prematurely killing the life and purpose that God gave her.As we know, this is being done in great numbers in the natural to our unborn children. I know it grieves the heart of God - who knows each of those babies by name, knows their futures, but sees them being pulled apart inside the womb. Life that has been knit together in God's sight is being unraveled. As it is in the womb, so it is in the country. The life of this nation which God knew and approved of is prematurely dying - just like an abortion does to an unborn child. We are literally, as a country, being torn apart politically, socially, racially, denominationally, and financially. For example, in the name of good new stories, we have seen the media rip this country apart with sensational journalism for the sake of sales and ratings. They are manipulating the politicians, the poor, the rich, the young, the old, the broken-hearted, the lost and this industry is shameless about it. It is so graphic in nature and in so many ways like a physical abortion. Then we have the opposite problem that renders America unable to conceive new life. What is taking place in the lives of individuals in their lifestyles of homosexuality is impotence. Even today we come yet another step closer to tearing down walls of protection around this country because CT became the first state to legalize ?civil unions' without being forced by the courts. In spite of all of this we need to remember who we are in Christ. We are fearfully and wonderfully made! We cannot hide from God's Spirit. Let pray for our country instead of joining the enemy in tearing it apart! Let us not become ?accusers of the brethren.' Let us not use manipulation to further our cause! The Lord called us to love one another and to pray for one another.
Galatians 5:13 For you are called to freedom, brothers; only don't use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in one statement: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out, or you will be consumed by one another.
Since I am not an activist against homosexuality, abortion, or witchcraft, I knew this was not coming from my own agenda. I know these sins grieve the heart of our Father in heaven, but I believe these wounded souls will be won to God's saving grace in the intercessor's closet and with outstretched arms. I do not believe quarreling and having screaming matches with pro-choicer's and the homosexual community will make the eternal changes we truly seek. Nor will it speak to those involved in witchcraft.The Bible doesn't say that any of these sins are worse than other works of the flesh like adultery, theft, strife, jealousy, hatred or greed- which is all too common in the Body of Christ. See 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and Galatians 5:19-26. Sin separates each of us from God. All sin. It is God's word written on our hearts that make true changes, not getting into tit-for-tat battles with the lost. Heaven forbid! Jesus died for such as these! We need to be delicate and godly as opposed to self-righteous and judgmental. We have eachfallen. We have each been forgiven. Are we not asked likewise to show that forgiveness to the world?
This was not in the dream but I feel it must be addressed because it contributes to our impotence as a country. Too many men who are able to conceive are taking their ?seed' and wasting it on fantasies - something that is not real; something that does not legitimately belong to them. Jesus said that if we lust in our heart we are guilty of the sin of adultery. See Matthew 5:28. If we turn to idols, including money, we are in adultery. So as a nation we are adulterous. We need to apply God's ointment to our eyes so we can clearly see. We think we are rich and we think we are in need of nothing, but we are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. The Bible tells us all this in Revelation 3:17, 18. This also relates to our grain - our prosperity, our work, our fruitfulness. This is the grain that the enemy of our soul has free access to eat.
May the church hear what the Lord is saying.
In His peace,
Dream given 7/18/02
Sunday, June 05 2005
This word was spoken to me during worship on Sunday and is humbly submitted for your consideration. For several months I have been sensing a ?breaking' coming to the Church (universal). Understand this, it is not something that is going to happen somewhere else. This is going to happen in you. This is going to happen in me. The breaking must start in each of us!
"My heart is grieved at the division in My Church."
"Striving [for position], gossip, jealousy, and division plague My Body."
"You cry out to Me to revive the church, but yet I strive and wrestle with you to get you to obey My written Word. Even My Rhema Word is quickly overlooked and forgotten."
"Do you want revival? YOU ARE THE STARTING POINT! Ask for the breaking to start in you. Ask Me to reveal your areas of weakness and sin. Let Me break you! Let Me cause your heart to break."
"It is too easy for you to see this in others and forget it is still in you."
"I Am Holy and I Am not going to strive with you forever. I will not strive with flesh forever. You are My servant and you must not strive."
"Come to Me all of you who are weary with religion and works, who are called by My name. Rend your hearts, repent and turn away from your sin and I will heal you, your church, your land. Thus says the Lord your God."
Because of the widespread misuse of this statement, I hesitated to write, "Thus says the Lord your God." So I stopped and asked the Lord if He really wanted me to end this word in this manner and He said, "Yes, write down, "Thus says the Lord your God." I tell you this because it is not something I take lightly.
Upon reflection of this word I have become acutely aware of the Lord's broken heart over His Body's disunity. We say we want to see people saved, but then we strive with one another. How can this be? Why would anyone want to become a part of Christ's Body, when the Body is at war with itself? We need to stop the internal fighting and come into unity by being obedient to God's Word, His will, and His ways.
Gal 5: 13 For you have been called to live in freedom - not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love. 14 For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." 15 But if instead of showing love among yourselves you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another. 16 So I advise you to live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit. Then you won't be doing what your sinful nature craves.
25 If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit's leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or irritate one another, or be jealous of one another.
If you would like to pray, let us now go boldly to the Throne ofGrace. Father God, we come to You in the matchless and mighty name of Your Son, Jesus. Reveal in us where there is both hidden and known offenses. Reveal the thorns in our hearts and remove them. We know that this cannot be done without repentance, so we willingly repent of holding bitterness and resentment towards our brethren. [Speak specifically to the Father about whom and what has offended you, or whom you have offended.] We ask You, Holy Spirit, to remove the infection that these thorns have caused, and for You to apply Your healing Balm of Gilead to these wounds. Break our hearts of stone! Graft the skin of Your heart over our hearts, Lord, so that what is imperative to You will be transplanted into us. May areas of weakness become areas of strength and unity. Let us cast our care upon You, for You care for us. Vengeance is Yours, not ours. Let us be reconciled to You and to one another! Let us cry to You, "Not my will, but Your will be done, Father!" Amen
Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
In His great love,
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Wednesday, May 11 2005
In regard to your prayers: You may feel that you're isolated and in a boat rowing in circles. The enemy has tried to influence you into thinking that you are ineffective and all alone. But take heart! There are others on the boat rowing with you. Even if you can't see them, they are there. God's intercessor's are praying the Father's heart and taking the boat in the same direction. You will reach the same destination because it is He who is directing the boat. The Holy Spirit is with you!
A few years ago I was at a woman's conference, and out of the 9000 women, there was a large group of 900 who had gone to one specific break-out session. It was on prayer and intercession. Just before the speaker took the platform, the Lord spoke to my heart and said, "Look around at this large number of women." I turned around and looked from the front of the room to the back and was surprised to see the room had become totally packed with standing room only. He said, "When you are in your prayer closet, you think you are all alone and that you are only one voice trying to make a difference. You feel like you are not breaking through the darkness and reaching Me. Know that if I have you praying for something I have others praying for the same thing too. So don't feel you are alone - as you are all seated together in Christ right now. When you go home you will feel alone, but you won't be. Understand that if you are the only one who obeys My command to pray, I will hear your voice even if it is the only one speaking My heart. The prayers of the righteous avail much."
I pray this encourages you today!
Your prayer partner,
Saturday, May 07 2005
On April 29th while reading a teaching by Johnny Enlow entitled, You Have Not Passed This Way Before, I had a quick vision. Given the fresh 'bread' found in his article, I found this vision like frosting on the cake.
You can read it in its entirety at: http://rivermistlighthouse.org/you_have_not_passed_this_way_before_by_johnny_enlow1
Vision: I was talking to a person standing in front of me. The Lord was standing behind me. I became transparent. The Lord reached His hands THROUGH me and lovingly embraced the person. He then pulled the person THROUGH me and to Himself. End
While I thought it was interesting, it happened so quickly it hadn't really occurred to me that I had just had a vision. As I continued to read the article, there was a word that jumped out at me. The word was all in caps and it was the word, THROUGH. It stunned me for a second as I thought about what I had just seen. This is what the sentence declared:
"We have so limited the Holy One of Israel and we will be astounded at what He does THROUGH us in these last days."
The sense I got from the Lord about this vision was that I, being representative of the Body of Christ, was talking to an unbeliever. It seems clear the Father wants us, as His Body, to be transparent so that He can draw the lost to Himself. We live and move and have our being IN Jesus. Being IN Christ and doing things THROUGH Him is how we fulfill the call to be His ambassadors to make His appeal and carry out the great commission given to us each. Our commission is found in Matthew 28:18-20:
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.
It also paints a clear picture of John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except THROUGH Me." NKJV (Emphasis mine)
It is my desire to exhort you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, fully pleasing Him. I pray that you would be fruitful in every good work and increasing in knowledge and all wisdom and spiritual understanding of God. May you walk worthy ofChrist who called you into His own kingdom and glory. He has anointed you to be His ambassador. Jesus is making His plea to the lost THROUGH you so that they may be reconciled to God the Father THROUGH God the Son. Jesus taught that we do this by walking in His grace and truth THROUGH Him, for He is the Spirit of truth. It is knowing the truth and walking in the truth that sets us free. First gird up your loins with the belt of truth, continue to dress in God's armor, and walk in the truth of God's Word. Please see Ephesians 6:10-18 and John chapters 14-17 for further insight. A deeper study of the word THROUGH will thoroughly bless you. Remember that the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Grace and peace - through Him,
Saturday, January 01 2005
Celebrating the Cross
This season arrives with flowers abloom
As we celebrate an empty tomb
The love He lived gave us direction
Through God's power He is resurrected
Jesus was nailed to a wooden cross
A chasm to God was too wide across
The Christ came to save all who were lost
He's our Deliverer at any cost
Come let us reason together dear ones
Jesus died for the 'prodigal sons'
May the joy of this Day help you cope
For God will fill your heart full of hope
Jesus is RISEN! 2005
Saturday, January 01 2005
Some Thoughts on New Years Resolutions
The Lord spoke very clearly to me concerning New Year's Resolutions. It is my prayer that what He said will also help you.
This is what happened: For several months I had really been searching and asking the Lord questions like, "What am I missing?" "What is hindering me?" Then as I was reading the newspaper, I came across an article about how to make New Year's Resolutions. It said that keeping our list of resolutions to 1-3 things will help us from being overwhelmed. My weight has really been a preoccupation of mine, so I thought, 'I know, I will have just one goal and it will beto get into shape!'
My well-intended thought was disrupted by a still small voice that said, "No! Your one goal will be to spend more time with Me in the secret place."
It dawned on me that anything hindering us from what God has asked us to do cannot continue when exposed in the presence of the Lord! It must let go! As we cooperate with God, whatever it is that has kept us from His perfect plan for our lives will be revealed. But only as we submit to God in the secret place. This means to simply go alone to God the Father in the name of Jesus in prayer and praise; read His word and listen to His voice. (See John 10:27 or better yet, verses 1-30)
Thank God there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ! The law of sin and death condemns, but the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus sets us free. When we fail, He loves us where we are at and helps us from that point. He will never leave us. Thank God He will walk us through every challenge in life and not abandon us! (See Romans 8) Thank God His mercies are new every morning! (See Lam 3:21-26)
I believe the Lord would say to you and to me that whatever our New Year's Resolutions are, we must lay them down before the Father. He will break our chains in pieces, shatter the gates of bronze, and cut iron gates to set us each free! The God of heaven and earth anointed Jesus to proclaim liberty to the captives and open the prisons to those who are bound. Anything that is keeping us in bondage, any type of bondage, the Lord wants to set us free from it. (See Ps 107:10-16, 19-22, 43 and Is 61:1)
As Jesus taught us in Matt 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Seek FIRST the kingdom of God and all else will fall into place. God knows our needs. Let us seek His face first. Let us be still and know that He is God. After all, He knows how to part the sea! He surely knows what we need! You may be hearing in your spirit that it is time to fast and really seek His face. Seek His wisdom in this and follow His instructions. (See Ps 46:10; 2 Chron 7:14, Prov 8:17; Jer 29:11-14, Luke 11:10; John 10: 3-5)
May you thrive in the secret place of the most High God in 2005 and beyond. Arise! Shine! For your Light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!
God bless you in your journey with Him,
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