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Friday, November 14 2008

An Exhortation From The Father's Heart To Yours: The Hour Is Late

Will you come in? Can you not hear My voice beckoning you into the Holy of holies? Do not you understand that I already know why it is you do not want to come into where I Am sits? Everything is exposed in here. You prefer to come to church and go through the niceties and do not realize that you are only in the courtyards; you have yet to come into My presence. You want to sing songs that sound good. You do not want to draw too much attention to yourself. You do not want to turn anyone off. You want it to last just only so long because you have places to go and people to meet, and yet you leave the one Who ransomed your heart from destruction standing there empty-handed. You fool yourself to think I do not see everything from where I sit. The difference is that when you come into My Throne Room of Grace, you see what it is in you that does not belong. The real reason you do not come because you know you must look at what is really going on inside of yourself.

Do you not see that My desire for you is to be rid of the chains that bind you? Do you not know that I love you with a love that is deeper than anything you can imagine?

I desire to bring you to the King's banqueting table! You do not see that you have slop on your plate. Can you see that taking sin into yourself is like eating rubbish? Why would you want to eat garbage when I have a feast prepared for you? You are holding on to hidden sin and it keeps you from My best - it keeps you from the Secret Place of the Most High. You refuse to come into the Holy Place with Me because you will not release these insidious desires of yours. You want to lie and cheat; greed runs amuck in those I call My own. Listen Child of Mine, you do not hide a thing from I Am. You only hide it from yourself. Everything is going to be exposed in the Day. Everything is to be revealed by the fire that burns in My eyes. That fire is My passion for you, but it will consume everything that is not of Me. What will be left standing?

Come to Me and I will cleanse you. Do not wait! RUN to the Mercy Seat! Then you can stand with Me and not apart from the One who covers your sins. Then you will be able to worship in the power of My Spirit. Then you will be able to come to Me in truth. Then you will be free!

Come! Come into the Holy Place! Come sit at My feet and learn from Me for I Am humble of heart. You will find rest for your souls.

I stand at the crossroads looking down at My watch. I Am telling you plainly, the hour is late. Do not think that I come to take you up and out of your mess. I do not speak of what men teach. I speak of the hour in your life that has come and I Am telling you, the hour is late. Those who hear Me have been sending warnings to implore you to seek Me early, yet you think you have all the time in the world. You do not. I see the time. The hour is late. My love is great. Come and soak in My Presence and see what I Am can do with your life!

Scripture References:
Hebrews 4:16; 12:11; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15;  Mark 4:22; Matthew 11:28-30; 25:1-4, Galatians5:19-23

Personal note: This word was originally posted on July 12, 2006 and was one of the first prophetic declarations I received from the Lord to send to the church online.  In these past days and weeks and months I keep getting the same promptings I received when the Lord gave me this word.  Since I did not have a website at that time, I am sending it out on this post because it seems a very timely word.

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Tuesday, November 11 2008

To Intercessors 

The Lord has shown me and a few others that the enemy seeks to take the breath and the voice from the intercessors.  He is using bronchitis, laryngitis, asthma, allergies and whatever else he can to stop us during this critical time to intercede for our city, country, Israeland the world. 

Right now I bind your mind to the mind of Christ and your will to the will of the Father.  I bind your body to the perfect work of the cross and I loose the enemy's hold from your throat, lungs, esophagus, and entire body in the powerful name of Jesus!  I apply the healing balm of Gilead.  Amen!  Thank You, Father!  We praise You and bless You for Your wisdom! 

Even if all you can do is groan, then groan as the Holy Spirit will make known that prayer in the heavenlies! 

Be blessed as you are a blessing,

Judy

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Friday, October 24 2008

An Open Vision: The Light Will Prevail!

The Prayer: 

While journaling I felt an unusual mantle upon me.  I began to write, "Come Lord Jesus - the Spirit and the bride call to You.   I call to You - COME!  Come and reclaim us from destruction.  Come and deliver us from the evil darkness covering the earth and the gross darkness over the people."

The Vision:

Suddenly I saw myself with a wash cloth in my hand - a divine wash cloth.  It was pure white.  I walk amongst a large group of filthy people; all of them are sitting down looking despondent.  I lean down and wash a person's face and hands.  The cloth became black with filth and even human excrement.  I lifted it up to heaven and a divine wash bowl poured water over it and me cleansing us both.  The cloth is again pure white and I am refreshed.  The person I have washed is washed clean - completely clean and is now wearing white raiment.  I look down and see that I am also in a white robe.  The person I washed now has a divine wash cloth and we both go through the crowd of filthy people washing them clean.  [This is not done by our power but is the Holy Spirit's doing. We know we were also just like all of these at one time, so this is a humble privilege for us.]  We only wash those who are shown to us.  They become clean and then get up and do likewise.  Those who have been cleansed and wear white are such a stark difference to those who are dirty.  They glow and light up the areas they go into. 

But some hate the light; they growl and wave away those that are light.  They want nothing to do with the light.  They scoff and get up from their place of slothfulness and begin to incite the people to riot against the light.  Their claims are that they like living in the darkness and none shall take it or their filth from them.  They claim it is their right to keep it.  Those in the light have not done anything against these nor have they forced their will upon them, but they are attacked by the riotous crowd stirred up by the darkness.

However, no matter how much they try, those of the darkness cannot prevail over the light ones - even hundreds against one because light always prevails over darkness.  So the dark ones devise a new plan and whisper to each other in the darkness, "We cannot beat the light unless we make them filthy again." So enticements and intrigues were sent to lure the light ones back into the darkness.

The Light shines and waits to see who will listen, believe, obey and abide in Him.  He will not call His army together until they have been tested by the dark kings and queen. When He mounts up with the army of the angels and the saints, He will only mount up with those whose hearts have been tested and tried in the fire.  Only those whose hearts have been forged in the fires of affliction shall ride with the King of kings.  Jesus is His name and none can come to the One and Only True God, the Creator of heaven and earth, but through Him and by His Spirit. Jah is One!

The darkness will not prevail, though for a time it will seem so.  The believing shall stand to the end, but the faint of heart will be turned back to the filth and none shall be able to wash it away.  The Light will prevail!  The Light will shine and His glory will be seen around and about those who trust in and adhere to the name of the Lord.  Jesus, Yeshua is His name.

Scripture References:
Isaiah 4:4; 60:1-3; Psalm 68:4; Proverbs 4; Deuteronomy 6:4
Matthew 4:16, 13; 18-23; 17; 5:14-16; 6:22, 23;
Luke 1:79; 2:32-35; 11:33-36;
John 1:4-14; 3:18-2; 8:12; 12:36; 14:6, 30;
Acts 16:6-16; Hebrews 6:4-6; 1 John 2:9-11
Revelation 2:20-23; 12:17; 16:13-14; 17:14; 18:9; 19:11-15

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Monday, October 20 2008

An Exhortation From The Father's Heart To Yours: Be Still

Be still and know that I Am God.  Do not look to the right or the left as I Am the Author and Finisher of your faith.  I Am not in the windstorm, the earthquake or the fire.  I Am in the quiet and secret place.

Your future is in My hands, so do not be dismayed at the terrors of the night.  Give heed to your time spent sitting at My feet. Give heed to My commands.

Believe and do not doubt.  Do not focus your gaze on the enemy at the gate.  I Am The Gate!  I will open up strategies and the understanding of the strategies as you come and sit at My feet.  Come and sit at My feet, Beloved, and believe that I Am and that I Am a Rewarder of those who earnestly seek Me.

Scripture References:
1 Kings 19:11, 12; Deuteronomy 5:32, 33; Josh 1:7; Psalms 27:5; Psalms 91; Proverbs 4:20-27; Daniel 2:47; Matthew 5:44, 45; Matthew 6:6; Luke 10:38,-42; John 10:1-18; John 14:15-21; John 16:13; 2 Corinthians10:3-5; Hebrews 11:6; Hebrews 12:2

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Saturday, September 27 2008

An Exhortation Trom The Father's Heart To yours: Go Forth With Confidence

This is not a time for the church to be in tribulation or turmoil.  Have I not sounded the warnings and have I not given words of preparation?  This day should not shock you like a thief in the night.  This day is one I have prepared for you to go forth with confidence!

It is time for My church - those I call "Mine" - to rise up and shine.  "ARISE" I say. "SHINE" I shout!  I will give the glory.  I will give the victory. It is My glory and My victory that I give to you as you go forth in My name.  I Am the Victorious One and it is up to you to fall with the stock market or arise in My strength and shine.

Jehovah Nissi (God our Banner of Victory)

Scripture References:
Isaiah 60:1-5; Psalm 71:5; Proverbs 3:26; Jeremiah 17:5-10; John 14:1

Personal Note:

The night after I received this word, I was at Daystar Church in Atlanta and the pastor received a confirming prophetic song where there was a clarion call for the church to wake up and rise up.  Then at one point he began to sing, "Arise, shine!"  It was a powerful song delivered in the strength of the Lord.

The Father has been making a point for some time that we are living of the dark days of Isaiah 60 and that we need to arise from our slumber and shine in the glory of God.  Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to enable us to be confident in this calling to which we have been called.  No longer say that you are not able because God is saying to you, "Arise and go forth with confidence!"  AMEN!  Blessings, Judy

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Wednesday, September 24 2008

An Exhortation From The Father's Heart To Yours: Will You Trust Me?

It is time to overcome - it is time to contend for your promise.  Are you going to believe what I have told you and what I have spoken to you personally and through My prophets?  Or are you going to embrace Satan's lies spoken through a spirit of doubt and unbelief?  Whether he has spoken directly to you or through a "well-meaning" person, his lies spread poison.  If you allow yourself to believe his doubt and unbelief over My promise to you, are you the only one who is defiled?

Certainly I say NOT!

My question to you is will you believe My promise over all you see and hear?  If you will trust Me, you will see Me move heaven and earth to cause what I have spoken to you come to pass.  My promises are "Yes in Christ Jesus" so that you can reply, "Amen to His glory."

Scripture References:
Romans 4:17-22; 2 Corinthians 1:20; Psalm 31:14; Psalm 91; Isaiah 12:2

This word was received at the very start of the "Where Eagles Gather" Conference in Kremmling, CO with Bill and Marsha Burns.

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Thursday, September 11 2008

Will We Remember?  Or Have We Already Forgotten?: A testimony of the Father's love in New York City after the World Trade Center Attacks on September 11, 2001

As I walked amidst the ash and the debris near the World Trade Center (WTC) site in New York City, I clearly remember, and will never forget how the magnitude of this surreal scene stamped itself into my heart. 

It was September 21, 2001.  When I emerged from the depths of the NYC subway, I was met by a horrible stench. The conflagration emitted a pungent smoke, combining electrical, metallic and organic elements in a terrible concoction of odors that permeated the atmosphere. Every store both small and large stood motionless - all the merchandise gloomily enshrouded with a thick layer of white ash. The frantic work to clear away the wreckage in hopes of finding any survivors was in full force, and a cacophony of wailing sirens, rumbling trucks, and deep growls from large machinery echoed off the city's walls.

The immense destruction of the WTC dazed and sickened me.  Heavy black smoke continued to rise from the skeleton of the once gigantic center of trade. The crowd moved like one giant body that collectively came to a halt and gaped at the horrendous panorama set before our eyes.  Gasps could be heard over the clamor.  Some observers tried to steady themselves so they could take pictures, but everyone stood shocked by the magnitude of it. Many wept.  It was as if the ability to hear, think or feel had left us. All we could do was look on stunned, first at the destruction set before us, then at each other in disbelief. My eyes met with another onlooker we shook our heads and shared a tearful, mournful sigh. Everyone shared the anguish of the moment.

A police officer startled us out of our stupor as he blew his whistle, waved at the crowd and hollered for us to keep moving.  As I walked along with the crowd, who moved as if in slow-motion, I raised my voice over all the noise and commotion so the officer could hear me and asked him in all sincerity, "How are you doing?"  He shouted back the short response, "I'm hanging in there."  Looking him in the eye I firmly stated, "Thank you for all you are doing," then added, "The whole country is proud of you!  God bless you!"  The crowd joined me in thanking him and he seemed genuinely surprised and humbled by our support.  He slightly lowered his head and modestly replied, "Thank you."  I asked him how many children he had and gave him something to give to each child when he got home.  It was a small card with a picture of a large warring angel holding fire in one hand and a spear in the other while standing guard over a sleeping child.  It had a prayer on the back of it along with Psalm 91:11 For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways."  (Only as I write this do I see God's perfect hand at work in this Scripture reference.)  He placed the cards in his cap and then his cap firmly on his head as he thanked me.

A similar scene was repeated as I continued to walk around the worst hit area of NYC known as "Ground Zero". This police officer's response reflected each of the exhausted servants that I spoke with while in the City to volunteer at the Family Assistance Center (FAC).  Although I had come primarily to help the families of the victims after the September 11th attacks, it seemed I had also been appointed to bring comfort to the officers who were victims in their own right.

Earlier that morning I had waited at the Dunkin Donuts across from the Port Authority Bus Terminal for Kim Baldwin, a woman I had met the previous night during a midweek church service at Faith Exchange Fellowship.  We had made plans to go downtown and take a look at the damage; but our main mission was to pray over the burning site.  Pastors Dan and Ann Stratton's congregation were meeting in a hotel in Midtown, as they had previously been located in a high-rise right across from the WTC.  Their whole building had been condemned and they were not allowed back in even to get their church records.  All the businesses in close proximity to Ground Zero faced this frustrating dilemma.  For these pastors it was particularly trying because the contact information to contact each person in their congregation was unavailable.  Fortunately they were able to confirm that none in their flock were hurt or killed even though a Bible study was being conducted on Wall Street at the time.

As I waited for Kim, coffee in hand, I sat next to an officer and struck up a conversation with him.  He was the first of the many officers I met while in NYC, and it was his story that galvanized me to their plight.  It encouraged him that someone was genuinely concerned about what it was he had been facing, and the personal effort he was putting forth to help stabilize the city.  He shared that he had been working double shifts because they had lost so many officers.  His unit alone lost 37 men and women.  I asked him how his family was coping with the tragedy and he told me that he had only been home long enough to catch a short nap, shower and come back into work.  This father of three had yet to see his own children since the dreadful attacks, and he did not know when he would.  While he maintained a tough NYPD persona, I could see that on the inside he was shaken to the core and beyond exhaustion.  This was too common a story.  None of the officers I spoke with had the benefit of a day off since the attacks and each was suffering tremendous grief from losing so many of their comrades.  Before leaving the coffee shop with, Kim, my new friend, prayer partner and guide, I thanked the officer for sharing his story with me.  I gave him three warrior angel cards for his children, and blessed him not only for his service to NYC, but to the whole United States.  

After Kim and I had come out from underneath the subway system and suffered the initial shock of seeing Ground Zero, we walked around praying over the City.  The methodical search at the site was strictly guarded, but there was one corridor open to the public that was still several city blocks from the center of this solemn work.  We continued on our journey and Kim pointed out the building where her church had been located.  We stepped aside to pray for its survival.  Its foundation had been destabilized and authorities were determining whether it could be repaired or if the building would have to be demolished.  When we concluded our prayer, we looked around and realized there was no one else in the vicinity, and suspected we had wandered into a restricted area by mistake.  In such a big city, with so much commotion going on all around us, it was very strange to suddenly find ourselves alone on a quiet and abandoned street! We kept moving.

What we witnessed in this area left its mark on my soul.  There were many vehicles abandoned in the streets while others were held captive in parking garages by anomalous objects like office equipment and pieces of furniture that were strewn around them. One car had been jolted out of its spot and was partially hanging outside the third story of the five story garage. Everything was caked with thick ash, evoking images of the Israelites covering themselves in sackcloth and ash while in mourning. Like a dagger, sorrow hit our hearts as we realized that some owners of the vehicles we saw may not have survived.  We did not touch anything. As disturbing as everything was, both of us were completely at peace. At specific locations, we would scout the damage, pray and then move on; but as we exited an area, we noticed that there was a check-point for anyone coming in to where we had just come out.  We would go around to another zone, scout the damage, pray and after we left there would be a checkpoint to get in!  This took place a number of times.  It was not for the lack of security, but it seemed our access was given by a higher authority.  It was as if the Lord Himself was taking us in for reconnaissance. 

Then I remembered a prophetic prayer spoken over me before I left home for NYC.  The one praying stated, "The Lord is going to send you and another person into Ground Zero as Stealth Fighters to inspect and intercede over the ruins."  While standing where my shoes were covered in the ash of destruction, I strongly sensed the Lord saying that He was giving us a promise similar to the one He gave Joshua.  His promise being that where we placed our feet was ground being taken for the kingdom of God. This very Scripture was confirmed during a service later that week, when it was read by Pastor Dan at Faith Fellowship.  He further urged his congregation to walk around the city's ruins and pray over it.  Kim and I rejoiced!

That night, when we returned to Time Square, people were lined up on either side of the street waving flags, clapping their hands, and crying as trucks carrying monstrous machinery were being driven in to help remove the mountain of rubble.  The truck drivers and construction workers, the heroes of this impromptu parade, were bewildered by the outcry of affection, and many were moved to tears. The amount of love and gratitude that emanated from the people really was overwhelming.  This City which had always been known as a hard-hearted town was now transformed into the most loving place on earth.  You could tell New Yorkers that you were praying for them and they would thank you.  They received blessings from God with eagerness and would readily return the blessing.  There was conviction of purpose and desperation in their voice.  American flags flew from almost every apartment and office window.  Kim, who was a NYC native, pointed at them and commented, "On September 10th you would have never seen these flags in people's windows!  This is a new - New York!"  There was such an astounding sense of the community's united commitment towards one another - it was as though New York City truly had been reborn.

It was late when I finally laid my head on my pillow in my little dorm room where I was hosted at Metro Baptist Church.  I slept like a baby.  Outside, at the same height as my window, was a busy highway leading directly into the Port Authority, and though the honking and commotion was constant throughout the night, it was like soft music to me as I slept.  I was part of the city and was at peace with it.

The next morning, I walked the mile or so from the church to the Family Assistance Center (FAC).  FAC had six different security points where everyone's belongings were searched and identification was confirmed.  I reached the final checkpoint which was located right outside the front door, and was nearly thrown for a loop! They checked for my name on the volunteer list - but it wasn't there!   I was stunned.  They could not grant me access even though I knew the name of the supervisor and the organization where I had been asked to work.  My beseeching only resulted in attracting the attention of a stalwart marine who discreetly tapped his sidearm making it clear to me that anyone who was there without the proper credentials would have to leave immediately!  I complied.  While there may have been many ministry opportunities in NYC, I was certain I was not there to have a personal testimony of prison life.  As I slowly turned to walk away, I prayed that I didn't believe the Lord had brought me to NYC to be turned away.  I asked Him what He wanted me to do.  Looking up, I saw a police officer walking on the sidewalk toward me.  Candidly I voiced what I was thinking, "Can you believe I came all the way from Atlanta to help and got turned away?"  He thoughtfully asked what I was doing there and why I was trying to get into the FAC, so I briefly explained my situation. When he heard the name of the lady who was to be my supervisor, he enthusiastically replied, "Oh, I know her! I will go in and see if I can get her to get you on the list. Wait here." The officer re-emerged a few minutes later with a woman in tow and waved for me to come back up to the final checkpoint.  Within a few minutes I was welcomed into the FAC!  I was so excited and thankful to see how quickly God had worked on my behalf! 

Once inside, the demeanor of the formidable marine surprisingly morphed into a very hospitable young man with an appreciation for lively humor. I was briefly shown around by the lady who let me in.  The FAC was located in a huge convention center and every conceivable type of assistance had been set-up to help the victims; services ranging from insurance to FEMA, to spiritual counseling, to childcare.  I had never seen anything like this highly organized facility. The sheer magnitude of it all was overwhelming.  On all the walls and at the tables, were cards, letters and flowers which people from all around the world had sent for the families.  There were whole murals that children had colored or painted, and they were all on display.  Free telephones, computer services, television, couches and chairs had been provided for their use and comfort.  Three hot meals were served daily, but there was always food available for them. 

Food and drinks were also supplied for the police, firefighters, emergency response teams, and for all the workers and volunteers there.  A separate area for these servants of the people had been set up, where they could eat, rest, talk to each other, and make personal calls in private. 

The attack on the City had powerfully affected the entire country, and all the workers and volunteers were acutely sensitive to the fragile state of the victims and their families.  Our jobs were to help them get whatever assistance they needed.  I was assigned to help victims who had either lost their jobs or apartments get financial aid through the 9/11 donations.  Even though there was a great deal of publicity about all of the money that had been contributed to help them, it had yet to be released for us to distribute. At this point it had already been 11 days since the attacks and the tension was very high.  Normally, benefit money would only be given to injured victims or to the families of the confirmed deceased; however, the attacks did not produce a lot of injured victims or bodies of loved ones. Without bodies to identify, death certificates could not be issued and this certificate was what was required to get benefit monies.  Because of the special circumstances, an emergency meeting was held to determine the criteria for aid and to have the necessary forms drawn up.  It was decided that a death certificate could be issued if a family member had proof that their loved one was in the WTC.  However, the greater hurdle for families to get over was for them to have to fill out a form stating that they believed their beloved was indeed dead. This created a psychological issue for already distraught family members, who felt that if they did this they were, in effect, giving up on their loved one. Therefore many of them would not fill out the form and we were at a stalemate. 

 Since I had little else to do, it seemed prudent to get acquainted with the other services available.  As I walked around I came face-to-face with Michael Beckett.  I was astonished! Meeting someone I knew in this giant hall was unimaginable. We had only met two nights before at Faith Exchange Fellowship where he had been invited by Pastor Dan Stratton to the platform to encourage and provide godly insight for the congregation.  In conversation I learned that Michael has worked in many disasters and was there as a Chaplain for Christian Disaster Response International.  He was tremendously helpful in coaching me as to what to expect while working there as well as when I returned home.  Michael ministers with his wife Helen, at the Fountain Worship Center in Topeka, KS.  They have a heart to prepare the church to be a place ready to minister to hurting people in times of crisis.

His heart for the Body of Christ is to know how important it is to get involved with the local officials in disaster preparedness.  He urged us that if we would be willing to open the doors of our churches to be used as shelters, we could be given great opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus in times of tragedy.  Michael revealed that there is a tremendous opportunity for each of us to help hurting people if we will but take the time to prepare ourselves.   I believe this to be a great battle cry in light of the fact that none of us know when or where we will face calamity.  We cannot forget what happened in America on September 11, 2001.  The Lord Himself warned that there are catastrophic times to come.  We must remember and ready ourselves! 

(Here is a link to their website if you would like to know more about how to prepare yourself and your church: http://www.fountainsflow.org ordisastertraining).

When we received the news that the funds were released, the team made a game plan and went to work.  A large number of people qualified for assistance and through the 9/11 funds, I was able to allocate desperately needed finances to them.  They were all grateful for the help, as was evident by the change of their countenance.  It seemed as though the finances came straight from heaven, and I was honored to be at hand to present checks to these heartbroken people.  However, my world was about to be rocked in a very personal way.  My supervisor asked if I would be willing to fill out a death certificate.  I had little, if any, instruction how to do this, but everyone who had been previously trained to fill out this legal document was unavailable.  In hindsight, it is an understatement to say that it would have been very good use of our downtime to train me for this task!  I prayed, asking the Lord to help me, and told her I would do it. 

A tall, young woman came in with her mother and I invited them to sit at the table with me.  I reassured them that we were going to get through the necessary paperwork to get her the help she needed.  They were both thankful for my assistance as they had come to the FAC several times, but did not have the required paperwork to fill out a death certificate. She told me that her husband was a carpenter who had been dispatched to install furniture on the 82nd floor of the #2 WTC South Tower that fateful morning.   For days she had waited by the phone hoping to hear from him.  He never called.  It was clear she had gotten very little sleep since the tower's collapse on September 11th.  She held the work order from her husband's employer along with all the other documentation she needed.  The young woman and her husband had a 15 month old daughter who was at the FAC in the daycare area with her grandpa.  The young widow's parents had accompanied her there, but her dad had graciously offered to sit with the baby. The woman's mother sat at the table with us in a daze and offered help when she could, but was really in a state of shock.  I know she would have done anything to take away her daughter's grief, but considering the odor of alcohol emanating from her pores, it was clear that she herself was having difficulty coping. 

After we finished the very difficult and distressing job of filling out the mountain of paperwork, I was able to hand her a check.  What had seemed so wonderful earlier for those who had lost their jobs and homes - now seemed so insignificant in shadow of her loss.  Her husband was dead.  As I handed her that check, it seemed as though I was pouring an ounce of kindness in an ocean of grief.  It was just not enough. It was merely a piece of paper with writing and a few numbers on it.  I wanted to hand her the husband whom she longed to have and hold, but all I had was a piece of paper of little comparable worth.  I felt so powerless.  How could it compare to the warm embrace of her husband?  And what of her daughter's future? Clearly this and any other monies that came to assist her could not compare to her daddy's hugs. These thoughts flooded my mind.

Fortunately the financial assistance did serve to encourage her as she was clearly grateful.  When she turned to leave, she looked back at me and asked if I would like to meet her baby daughter.  Her mother perked up at my invitation to see her granddaughter, and before I had time to really consider this, I had already answered with a wholehearted, "Yes, I'd love to meet her."  As we sojourned through the FAC to where the daycare was located, I knew I was about to see a little girl whose daddy was just declared deceased. The tragedy of it overwhelmed me.  Not only did this woman, who I had been sitting with face-to-face for nearly two hours, have a long road of heartache to navigate, but I knew this little child had a rocky future ahead of her.  It was not just about her father dying - though that was rough enough in its own right.  It was that she would have to face the whirlwind of discussions that surrounded his death. The thoughts haunted me that she would be brought up under the shadow of her daddy being a casualty of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  As a myriad of scenarios came to my mind, one thing was for certain - she would have to live her life without her daddy. He too would not see her grow up, nor would he be there to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day. All their birthday parties would be missing one important guest.  The same man whose death certificate I had just filled out. 

The closer we came to the little girl the more acutely aware I was that I really did not want to see her!  I was unsure if I could trust my emotions at that point. I was feeling the anguish of this young widow's situation in a profound way.  She interrupted my thoughts when she called out to a man with a small child on his knee.  The little girl was playing with his fingers. He turned and looked very relieved to see his daughter and wife standing there.  They introduced me and he happily lifted the baby girl for me to see.  She was adorable.  She was clueless as to what this moment of time meant for her life.  I thought my heart was going to come out of my chest it hurt so badly for them. As they were leaving, I told them I would be praying for them.  They thanked me and said their goodbyes.  On the outside I may have looked all right, but inside I was deeply rattled.

My continued prayer for them is that they would know that their heavenly Father loves them deeply and that He will never leave or abandon them. Their loss has not escaped His attention.  None who have lost loved ones have escaped His attention.

Many people have asked me where God was on September 11, 2001.  God the Father was in the same place as He was the day His Son Jesus was nailed to a cross.  God gave us each free-will and He has never taken that gift away.  We each have the choice as to how we will use our free-will. Even now, He gives us each the choice. There are those in this world that will use their freedom to hurt innocent people as some did on 9/11, but others, like the servants of New York City, will use it to band together and help those in need - even if it costs them their life. 

After the young widow and her family left, I went back to my supervisor and asked her if I could take a break and she agreed I needed one.  Dinner was being served when I got there, and I thought that was exactly what I needed - some hot food.  I got a plate, but as I sat down to eat I could feel myself begin to shake.  My body felt like an earthquake inside!   Next to my table was a makeshift wall where they kept the kitchen supplies.  I quickly went behind that curtain and I wept as quietly as I could.  I did not want any of the police officers to overhear me.  They may have looked tough on the outside, but I could see their anguish and guarded against adding to it.  I recognized that the Lord was giving me many opportunities to minister to them and I was not going to allow my sorrow to infiltrate their down-time.  This was the only place that they could go and have some quiet; this is where they had a moment to call their loved ones; this was where they could sit on a couch and just zone out.  My bursting into a crying fit was counterproductive to that purpose.  It was common to hear crying and even loud wailings of grief where the families were located, but the conversation was soft where the officers, firefighters, workers and volunteers ate.  There were tears, but they were very controlled.  Behind that curtain I prayed and prayed for God to touch me and give me His peace.  He gave it.  I went back and ate a little and even ministered some to a detective at the table. 

While in NYC I filled out many forms to help people who had lost their livelihood or home, but that was the only death certificate I filled out.  Time has not erased the face of that young widow or her little girl from my memory, nor will their names leave me.  I see that as the hand of God.  Had I filled out many of them, maybe their stories would have begun to blur.  This family's story is but one in thousands, and this young widow and her fatherless daughter can easily be overshadowed by the vastness of it all.  Our heavenly Father sees us each as unique individuals and treats us as such, and I do believe it is His will that we understand the personal side of tragedy.  In the weeks and months to come, long after I returned home, hundreds of these long and painstaking forms had to be filled out by many heartbroken family members.  I tip my hat to the workers that continued day in and day out to help the families through that process, as it was a very weighty and arduous document to pen.  Even if the stories began to blur, I know they each have loved ones that they will never forget.

It had begun to get late that first night at the FAC, and I had no idea how I was going to get back to the church dorm where I was staying.  Most workers had left.  I had walked there, but that was not an option for my return.  As I began to get concerned, I heard the Lord clearly say that I was to stay there and work as long as they were open.  He promised that He would safely get me to my little church dorm.  That brought peace.  My purpose in NYC was clear and this reassurance from my heavenly Father helped me to regain my focus.  There were still many people who had been waiting there for days seeking assistance. I intended to stay as long as the supervisor would allow me and help as many of the families as I could. 

When it was time to leave, I asked an officer what he recommended I do.  He quickly talked to a man getting into a taxi and then he waved at me to ride with him.  It ended up that I was sharing a taxi with an intern who worked in Mayor Rudy Giuliani's office.  I told him how proud I was of the mayor and how he had really pulled not only the city together in its hour of need, but the entire country as well.  He was very gracious.  I especially remember the story he told me about how the Prime Minister of England, Tony Blair, and his wife Cherie, blessed them with their visit.  The elegant demeanor of Mrs. Blair had made a huge impression on the mayor, his staff and particularly this young intern. They were all very grateful for the Prime Minister and Mrs. Blair's love, support and concern for America and for New York City.  I shared a poem I had written while waiting for the 9/11 funds to be released and he took a copy to give to the mayor.  Soon I was back at my dorm and sleeping peacefully again on my little cot.  The remaining days of my trip were a blur and the next thing I knew I was back on the plane heading home. 

As I reminisced on what I had witnessed in NYC, the rubble of 9/11 reminded me of the ruins of my own life before I asked Jesus to rescue me. For years I had rejected His help.  He had been there holding out His hand, but I had refused to take it.  I too had a mountain of rubble that had to be cleared away one bucket at a time.  Fortunately, He was willing to do the necessary work even when I really didn't see how my life could be redeemed.  When I surrendered my life to Christ, I asked Him to take it - literally. I wanted Him to just take my life and let me be with Him. There was so much wrong with me I truly thought death was the best solution. I could not bear the thought of disappointing Him. I knew as long as I was alive there was a really good chance I would let Him down.  I did not have a death-wish - that was not it at all - it was just that I saw the depth of my transgressions and I did not see how that would ever change.  However, just as the firefighters vigilantly and carefully removed each bucket of debris, so did the Redeemer of my soul remove the ash and broken things in my life. 

When someone has been rescued from destruction, naturally there is a deep gratitude towards the one who saves them.  This is how I feel about what Jesus has done in my life.  He rescued me.  He has championed my life and that is why I do not hesitate to say with gratitude that I belong to Jesus.  I stand amazed at the miracles He has done and continues to do in my life.  Even when I fall and stumble in my faith, He is there to lift me up and give me the strength to trust Him.  He continues to help me up and saves me from destruction. 

Jesus is the only One that has the ability to take every broken piece from our lives and make us whole.

The Lord warned that there would be wars and rumors of wars, but as His ambassadors we are to share His Gospel and minister reconciliation to God to all peoples.  He would that none perish.  So often the Body of Christ wastes its efforts giving personal opinions on worldly matters when it is called to pray and proclaim the Father's will on earth as it is in heaven.  All such opinions will whither like grass.  If we would spend our energies searching out His will and proclaiming that, we would be a much greater force to be reckoned with than any military power.  The weapons of our warfare are not natural but they are mighty!  We need to remember and not forget that.  We need to remember that we have been reconciled with the blood of Jesus. Let us be of one mind, the mind of Christ, and stand for Him who sits eternally on the Throne.

I pray you realize that what Jesus did on the Cross was to pay the ransom for your freedom with His very life.  We are called to a resurrected life in Christ.  Will we remember Him?  The Lord never forgets us.

In the Father's love,

Rev. Judy Bauman

Written August 2006
Revised September 11, 2008

Scripture References:
Isaiah 6:8; Matthew 24:6; Mark 10:45;Romans 6:4-11; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; 10:4,5; Colossians 1:20; Titus3:1-3; 1 Peter 2:13-17

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Tuesday, August 26 2008

An Exhortation From The Father's Heart To Yours: Victor or Victim

Have you been called into My kingdom to be a victor or a victim?  My glorious kingdom has no place for victims.  This is not to say that if you have suffered a crime, disease or accident that you are not welcome in the Kingdom of God. What this means is that you will not be able to enter My presence with a spirit of self-pity that relives the past.

I have made you more than a conqueror.  You have been given the power and authority and the grace to get through every situation life can throw at you.  You are not a victim. Come out of your place of depression and anxiety and come sit at My table of gladness.  Come eat My bread.  There is more than enough to go around.  Come eat at the table of life.  I have set before you a banquet of life and offer it all to you.  Will you come?  Will you eat at the victor's table of life or will you wallow as a victim in the gutter?

Deuteronomy 30:19b I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life

Do not be a victim of yesterday.  Be a victor of today!  Rise up and take your place at the table of My grace and let us eat together at the banquet of life.

Scripture References:
Psalm 23:5; Isaiah 61:1-3; John 6:41, 48-51; Romans 8:37; 1 Corinthians 10:21 2 Corinthians 12:9; Philippians 4:4-9; Revelations 19:9

*Given during worship 8/22/08 at the Healing Rooms "All Things Are Possible" Conference with Cal and Michelle Pierce.

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Thursday, August 14 2008

An Exhortation From The Father's Heart To Yours: Wasted Years

Many in My church have wasted years that they lived ashamed to recall.  The years that were wasted on wanton living are gone, and while it is true that they can never be lived over again, I know how to take the broken pieces of your life and fit them back together making something much more beautiful than it was originally.

When I take the broken pieces of your life and put them together, says the Lord, you will know it is Me because you have tried for years to fix yourself without success.  Many ask Me, "Why would You even want my life, God?  I have made such a mess of it."  This is true.  When I Am not made Lord (Master) of one's life, most make mistakes that cause irreparable damage. However, I Am a God who can create worlds with a word.  I can take the mess, as it is submitted to Me, and make something not only beautiful, but of great value.  I can cause a vessel that was once broken beyond repair and make it into a vessel of honor fit for the Master's use.  I can take an "unviable mass" and create life beyond your ability to express its beauty.

So do not go around the desert mountain again and again living in regret for the mistakes of your wasted years.  Come to Me, Beloved for behold I make all things new!  If you release the wasted years to Me, you will see how I will glean a harvest from them.  Nothing is wasted in My kingdom.

Lovingly Your,
Restorer

Scripture References:
Psalm 40:1-5; Nahum 2:2; First Peter 5:10; Second Timothy 2:20, 21

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Thursday, August 14 2008

An Exhortation From The Father's Heart To Yours: I Am Calling You Higher

Child, the sorrow of the pruning you are enduring is but for a short time; joy comes in the morning.  Know that though it is painful, it is necessary. You are coming into a new season in Me.  Think of a fruit tree that has one branch that is growing much faster than any of the others.  The tree becomes out of balance.  A branch that has had exponential growth in comparison to the rest of the tree must be pruned back so the rest of the branches can catch up.

This is not pruning of dead branches, though I do that; this pruning is of a living and healthy branch which bore fruit you enjoyed.  That is why the pain is so intense, but it is not unto death. That which has been cut away will be for My glory.  There is a shock that happens to a tree when it is pruned and this is what you are experiencing. But remember, the tree gets over the shock and grows to bear much more fruit. Your branches are to bring healing to many nations.  What I gave you during the prior season will never be taken from you.  I have planted you by the Living Water and I want you to drink deeply during this time of recovery. It is My desire for your roots to grow deep and strong in Me.  By My hand a lance has skillfully been cast to cut the cords that once bound you - the ropes are no longer there!  You've been set free! Rejoice in that!  Your roots are healthy and free to grow!  Learn of Me as My ways will never lead you astray. I say again, take time to drink deep from the well of My presence.  I will never turn you away and I will never set a limit on how deep you can go in Me.  You are free to go as deep as you desire.

The enemy sought to dishearten you and bring you to your knees.  But that is right where I wanted you!  His desire is to see you embrace the wounds of being cast aside - he's trying to regain entry, but I have strengthened your heart in this past season. Your heart is compelled to embrace My cross.  That is because I have injected it with My DNA* and you are forever changed.  Because you have submitted to Me, I have given you the wisdom to resist his deceptions.

Know that you are no longer an orphan.  You are mine.  You belong to Me!  Everyone could abandon, reject and cast you aside, but My favor and My love will always bring you back to My side where there is fullness and life.  At My side is where you can rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory!   You know that you belong to Me and are a child of the King.  You are heir to all I have, so walk humbly but confidently in that truth. 

Release the pain of the pruning to Me and I will rise up with healing in My wings. I will cover you in My pinions.  Come up to the cleft of the Rock and rest in My presence. Mount up with wings as eagles.  Yes, use the wings I have given you to soar with Me.  I am calling you higher!

Scriptures: Psalm 27:10; 30:5; 91; Isaiah 40:31; John 14:8; Galatians 5:1; Romans 8:13-17; 1 Peter 1:8

*DNA is the unique blueprint - a genetic code specific for each individual life.  A DNA test can prove paternity, or catch criminals by placing them at the scene of the crime.  When DNA was discovered it also set many innocent people free.  The Lord was saying in this word that He has injected us with His DNA - His unique genetic code!

It is my belief that this is a word in due season for many right now.  Its original release was September 10, 2006 and the fruitfulness that came forth shortly after far exceeded anything I could have imagined.  The Father's Love International Ministries expects the pruning that we are undergoing by the Lord's hand will bring forth much fruit in the coming season. I also expect it to bring forth much in yours. 

In the Father's love,
Judy Bauman

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Thursday, August 07 2008

An Exhortation From The Father's Heart To Yours: The Secret Place of My Keeping

Beloved, do you realize that in the Secret Place of My keeping there is safety from every storm?  Storms of life will come and they will go, but My love for you stands firm forever. 

Jesus was caught in the storms, the disciples were caught in the storms, Paul was caught in the storms, but fear not!  I have overcome the storms. 

Even when shipwrecked My glory was seen around and about Paul.  When the viper came to bring destruction and the words of accusation rose up against My servant, I came in like a flood to those people on Malta Island.  They perceived his sin of murder, but I had forgiven that sin, so that no charges could be formally brought against Paul.  I had acquitted him.  He served his "sentence" as My servant and My friend.  As Paul put it, he was a prisoner of hope in the Lord.  Because of that hope the islanders came to salvation, as did many who had been on the boat.

The reason Paul walked in My authority was because of his time spent in the Secret Place.  He was faithful in prayer, patient in suffering, loving to those around him - especially his enemies that held him in chains. Paul was a man that I loved so very dearly.  I wept when his life was taken. Paul's work was complete and his death was instrumental for the building of My kingdom.  His life and his death were perfected in My hand.

Many think that being hidden in My Secret Place means that no harm will come to them.  If this were true then My Holy Scriptures would be false.  It is clear that persecution comes to those who follow Me.  Those who teach, "If you come to Jesus today all your troubles will be over," are teaching a false gospel.  Is not the death of My prophets, My Son, My disciples, My church that has been martyred over the centuries proof enough?   Can they be accused of not being found in Me in the Secret Place of the Most High?  Of course not!  I will be with you through any and all the storms you face.  My prayer is for you to go through them - not that none exist.

Come and rest your head on My chest.  Listen to the beating of My heart.  Hear My love for you and the plans that I have for you.  I want to give you a future and a hope.  I will prosper you.  Again, do not look to man's ideas or understanding of what this means but look to the truth revealed all throughout My Word.  Though martyred, those I call Mine have enjoyed richly prosperous lives that have been fruitful for the Kingdom.  Time has proven their works worth.

Do you want to be fruitful for the Kingdom?  Trust Me. Only believe.  Come into My Secret Place and see how I will keep you from falling or failing.  I Am well able to keep you in My hand.

Scripture References:
Psalm 91, 107:29; 116:15; Matthew 8:24; Acts 8:1-3; 9:1-2, 15-16; Acts chapters 27 & 28; 1 Corinthians 6:1-10; 2 Timothy 3:12;

Other References:  History of the Christian Church Volumes 1-8 by Phillip Schaff

This word was given on May 29, 2008

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Tuesday, July 08 2008

An Exhortation From The Father's Heart To Yours: Breakthrough!

Breakthrough!

The breakthrough has come!  The breakthrough has come!

The shaking has been violent.  Though you thought you might fall, you STOOD.  You stood and now breakthrough has come.  You have fought and you will continue to fight but now you fight from a higher plane.  Your vantage point is now one where you have gained great vision.  And greater vision you shall have!

From My Throne of Grace you have come to learn all things of Satan's kingdom are under your feet.  When you sit on your Daddy's lap in the heavenly realm and you see the smallness of the devil and his ways you have truly found the place of BREAKTHROUGH! (Breakthrough is found in the Secret Place of the Most High God.)

So stand firm and watch the salvation of your God to move mightily on your behalf.

Personal Note:
This word was given to a specific church in Uganda, but I believe there are some that read this post that have been faithful to build God's kingdom and not their own and this word will lift and edify them in Jesus' name. With the Pastor's permission, I share it.

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Tuesday, May 27 2008

An Exhortation From The Heart Of Father: Come Up!

You have asked to come up higher.  You have asked to see from My vantage point.  You have asked to see My face.  Child, you have asked a great many things.  It is My desire to grant these requests, but there are some things you must know and understand before proceeding.

First, it is not possible for you to come to My holy habitation wearing filthy garments or with blood on your hands.  One little tumble will defile your beautiful garments, so walk in wisdom! This is no time to get sloppy.  What you were able to do in the past season, you may no longer do atop this new vista.  If you truly want to come up higher, then you must leave behind all the offenses of the past, present and future.  I say future because you think you know how those who have offended you will react, so you anticipate future rejection and attacks. In doing this you operate in fear instead of faith.

Have I not told you that if you speak to the Mulberry Tree to be uprooted and cast into the sea, it will be?  That tree was not chosen arbitrarily.  It has deep, strong roots, so if you merely cut it down, sucker-trees will grow out of the stump in greater numbers. I also chose it for the potency of its seed. Symbolically these are the small things that crop up and keep cropping up that cause you to stumble. I instruct you to cast it into the sea as it cannot grow in the salty water. 

The way to utterly destroy an offense is to speak in faith what you know to be right and good and holy.  Speak that which is not as though it already is.  I am not asking you to live a life of lies or denial; I Am teaching you a principle of faith.  Speak My perfect will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Life and death are in your tongue. You cannot impulsively talk about offenses and your offenders and expect to remain clean before Me.  That is foolishness.  It is time to put childish things away. If you want to enjoy the privileges of an heir, then you must grow up.  Prophesy life into your dead circumstances.  As you do this, it not only prevents the bitter roots from re-growing, but it kills the deceptive seeds of offense before they have a chance to germinate and grow.

If you want to come up to where I AM, they you must rid yourself of bitterness and wrath, clamor and offense.  Shed the deadness of rejection from your soul.  There is no room on My Holy Mountain for a spirit of offense or rejection.  Love covers a multitude of sin.  Allow My discipline to cleanse you and bring forth peaceable fruit in your life.  Ask Me to increase your faith and I will.  Break free of bitterness and unforgiveness and come up to where I Am.

Ephesians 4: 29-32 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.  And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.

Scripture References:
Luke 17:1-6; Hebrews 11;1; 12:11; Deuteronomy 30:15, 19; James 5:20

Note: Facts on the Mulberry tree is also known as the Sycamine tree:

  • Mulberry trees grow very quickly
  • They are not easily killed.
  • The White Mulberry is scientifically notable for the rapid plant movement of the pollen release from its catkins. The flowers fire pollen into the air by rapidly releasing stored elastic energy in the stamens. The resulting movement is in excess of half the speed of sound, making it the fastest known movement in the plant kingdom.[4]
  • The seeds are widely dispersed by birds.  (See Matthew 13:4, 19)
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Tuesday, May 20 2008

An Exhortation From The Heart Of The Father To Yours: A Door of Hope for My Body

Precious One, yes, you are My Precious One.  Please give ear to what I Am about to say.  Consider your body - the human body.  Look at all its working parts.  Each and every part of your physical body affects the rest of your body.

Look at a body that is in top physical condition and behold its beauty.  Behold the skill of the Craftsman who created it!  Every organ, every muscle, every tendon works together with one goal in mind. The skeletal structure is perfect from the largest bones in the leg to the tiniest ones found in the ear.  Every single body part is important. 

While there are some body parts you can survive without, if given the choice would you not choose fullness?  Even the stubbing of your little toe can cause you excruciating pain and in that moment the importance of that body part comes to the forefront of your mind.  There are an endless number of examples I could give you, Beloved, of how your body hurts when one part hurts or malfunctions.  Many of you have living examples in your own bodies, as well as in others around you, to know that given a choice you desire good health. You know that each body part is in agreement so that you can function in your daily life.  It is clear that when the body is functioning the way I designed it, this is the most desirable state to be in.  This concept is simple. 

Illness, disease, defects and injures can keep you from accomplishing your dreams and goals, so generally you do what you know is best for your body to live your life optimally. Sometimes, and more often in wealthier regions of the world, a person will give in to their body's demands and cause themselves to become unhealthy.  Addictions to drugs and alcohol as well as food and mind-numbing activities that keep the body sedentary commonly hold My body hostage. This happens when a person refuses to listen to their spirit and instead listen to their flesh, so multiple addictions are often the result!  This causes a number of breakdowns in the body - both immediately and in the years to come if the flesh continues to get its desires.

So it is with My Body - the Body of Christ.

My Body has many parts and they are all designed to work together. Many of you do not know why you are hurting so deeply.  You do not know why you crave the things that are not good for you.   The struggle in My Body is at an all time high because there are so many parts all over the world that are hurting and wounded and ill and addicted.

Church, allow Me to take you out from what you have been doing.  Give Me a short season in your life to make some adjustments.  I Am the Master Surgeon and I can heal you and bring you back into perfect health.  You can again be a body that enjoys health and beauty.  Give Me this season to teach you and lead you.  As My Body comes to Me for healing, then I will place you anew in the Body of Christ.

Come into the wilderness with Me and I will speak comfort to you.  I will give you food and drink that will not draw you to itself but to Me. Come anchor yourself to Me and I will keep you from going adrift in the tempest.  I will open to you a Door of Hope and beckon you in, but it is you who are given the choice whether or not to come inside.

My beautiful Body is battered and it is My desire to heal you and make you whole.  I long to answer Jesus' prayer that His own would be as one as He is one with His Holy Father.

It is My desire for the Body to have their joy fulfilled, that you would be kept from the evil one, for you to be consecrated by My truth, that you would be sanctified by My Word, and for you to be one as I Am in Jesus and He is in Me.  We want you in US so that the world will believe.

Scripture References:
John 8:31; 17:6-26; Hosea 2:14, 15, 23; Proverbs 23:1-3; 1 Corinthians 12

Master Surgeon: http://www.thefathersloveim.org/the_master_surgeon

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Monday, May 19 2008

An Exhortation From The Heart Of Father To Yours: The Earth Groans

Many in My church have come to Me asking what is happening in the earth. Some preach that the earth groans for the return of Jesus, but that is not what My Word tells you.  Do you believe man's word over My Holy Scriptures?  Be as those of Berea who searched the scriptures to see if what Paul taught them were true.  It is said they were more noble and fair-minded in character because they sought out the truth.  Search out the matter!

You ask Me what is going on and I will tell you plainly.  The earth is groaning for you to rise up and be who you are in Me.  The earth is groaning for you, Dearest, to walk into the fullness to which you have been called.

As it is written:

Romans 8:19 The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons* of God to be revealed. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.

Have I not told you and have I not explained all of this is to come before My return?  Beloved, do not become confused or alarmed in your minds as to what is happening around you. The earth is travailing.  It is in labor; it is birthing. The fierce storms, violent earthquakes, sudden tsunamis and changes in weather are to be expected, as are signs in the sky.  My children must learn to rise up and walk in My power.  Creation eagerly expects My children to be revealed and made manifest.  So rise up and be who you are in Me.  Seek first the kingdom of heaven and everything you need will be given to you.  Fear not, Little Flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Allow My glory to be seen around you - to be made manifest through you.  As the earth travails and gross darkness settles on the people, My light in you will shine ever brighter.  This is what the world longs to see - My manifested glory.  Arise, shine and be the miracle someone needs.  They will see My glory appear over you.  The earth is groaning even now for you to rise up and walk in the power and the authority Jesus died to give you.  My Holy Spirit will lead you if you will listen to My promptings.  Walk into My fullness by the leading of My Spirit. Even as the earth travails, walk in My power and My peace.  Jesus was given authority to calm the storm and so have you.

Scriptures:
Acts 17:11; Luke 12:31, 32; Mark 4:39; Isaiah 61:1-5; Proverbs 25:2; Matthew 28:18-20 
Chapters Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21; John 14

*#5207 Sons= Greek - Huios

Those who revere God as their Father
Born-again believers in Jesus Christ.
Son ship verses gender.
Heirs to the promises of God

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Monday, May 12 2008

An Exhortation From The Heart Of Father To Yours: I Do Not Scold

Children, when I speak a word of correction, I do not scold.  Often My words are read and the reader hears anger and sees finger-pointing.  This is not My voice nor My stance.   I Am slow to anger, slow to wrath, quick to show mercy and long in suffering. My perfect love for you overrides and swallows up wrath.

The cross of My Son has swallowed up wrath for those who abide in Him.  Do you live under My canopy of love, yet you hear My voice as vengeful and harsh?  Do not any longer allow the enemy to cloud your mind or twist My words and their meaning to you!

Come.  Come into My presence and let Me hold you in My arms of love.  Let Me transform your heart so that when you read My Word you can rightly discern the tone of My voice.  I do not share the voice of an impatient, pushy or vengeful man.  I Am fully confident in Who I Am, so I have no need to push My will on you or make you do things My way - against your will.  My most precious gift to you is your freewill and I will never override it.  I love you and I demonstrate that love by allowing you to choose or reject Me.  Many are called but few are chosen.  It is you who decides whether you are chosen or not.  I have given you the choice.  In Christ Jesus' death all wrath was appeased and in His resurrection you have been raised to life in and with Him.

If you hear My voice carrying the unrighteous anger of man, then you are not hearing Me as I Am.  I Am love. 

I speak in love. I correct in love.  I discipline those I love, but I do not scold as scolding brings shame.  I will never put you to shame.  I remove the shame and reproach, I do not add to it.  I disciple you and though it is difficult for a season, it will always yield delicious fruit of righteousness.  Keep yourself from being offended by My correction and allow Me to train and instruct you.

My discipline, which an arm of My love for you, will always lead you deeper into My purpose and destiny for your life.  It is in the proper discernment of My voice that will bring you into deeper truth and revelation of who I Am and who you are.

Know that everything I do is motivated by My love for you.  It's My love, it's My love, it's My love.  Everything I do is out of My love for you.  I do not speak as a man speaks or with the motivations of a man, so train yourself to hear My voice as loving. You will be able to do this by reading the Gospels of My Son and hear everything He said from a heart of deep and abiding love for you.  He demonstrated His pure love at Calvary.  Do not ever doubt His love for you. Jesus had a choice and He chose My will to redeem you.  Read His words in the loving tone that He spoke them.  Even when speaking to the Pharisees He used great restraint and care in how His voice reflected My heart.  I desire that none perish.

So beloved, allow Me to love you.  Hear My intense love for you.  Hear Me by My Holy Spirit.  If man claims to teach My ways but speaks in anger, wrath, torment, or in a judgmental tone of voice, then that man or woman is not sent by Me.

Remember the words from My prophet and friend, John:

There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but perfect [complete and full grown] love casts out fear [terror]. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love [is not yet grown into love's complete perfection].  1 John 4:18

Be perfected in My love and hear My voice as it is.  There is no condemnation in Christ and you are in Christ if you obey Me. Hidden within every command I give there is a hidden treasure of blessing for you.  I will always lead you into righteousness and life eternal. Obedience is easier when you know I love you. So Know I LOVE YOU, Dear One, I love you!

Scripture References:
Exodus 34:6; Luke 23:34; John 3:36; 14:15; Romans 5:9; 8:1; Hebrews 12:11; 1 John 4:7-18, 2 Peter 3:9;

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Saturday, May 03 2008

A Vision In The Night Followed By A Word From The Lord: Bound To Unforgiveness

Vision:

In a vision of the night I saw a woman sitting in Sheol.  I knew she was a professing Christian, so I was greatly troubled to see her in hell.  She sat in a gloomy corner looking dejected and tormented.  As I looked closer, I saw a shadowy figure lurking in the darkness to her left.  My attention was then drawn to her wrist. As she pulled her hand forward, she looked at me with hopeless eyes.   I could see that she was hand-cuffed to the menacing figure.  In life this man had been her abuser.  Because she had refused the Lord's repeated promptings to forgive him, she was forever chained to him.

I awoke and the Lord said that this scene is a warning to those still living in unforgiveness to an abuser.

Word:

Child, I love you.  You are Mine and no one can take you away from Me.  You are given the choice to walk with Me or not, but no one can take you from Me.  Again I will tell you I love you.

You have doubted this because of the "dark thing" that happened, but I was there and saw and wept with you.  It did not go unnoticed or unpunished.

Release forgiveness as it will free you.  Right now you are chained to that which you hate, but as you forgive the chains will drop off. You will be as the three men in the fiery furnace - you will come out with only the ropes that bound you burned.  You will not smell like smoke and no hair on your head will be singed. (See Daniel 3)

Trust Me, Beloved, trust Me.  Forgive and gain your freedom.

[The Lord gave me very specific directions about releasing this word to the church. I believe this woman was symbolic of every believer, regardless of gender, that has withheld forgiveness.  It was her act of unforgiveness that caused her bondage. This did not mean the abuser could not have been forgiven by God, but that she was in bondage to unforgiveness. This is about her and not him.  "Vengeance is Mine," says the Lord.

If there is a person you will not forgive, then the warning of this vision and this word is for you.  If you have been praying and asking the Lord why you have felt so far from Him, He is telling you right now.  Do not think this is for someone else when you know there is someone you refuse to forgive for what they did to you.  Please read the Lord's priceless words in Matthew 6:14-15; 7:21-27 and 18:21-35.  There are many more examples, but read these Scriptures, then release forgiveness and walk away free! Jesus is praying for you right now. Read His words in Matthew and you will be set free. Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!]

Posted:  June 17, 2008

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Thursday, April 03 2008

An Exhortation From The Heart Of The Father To Yours: Unity Through My Possession

I Am building a building that cannot be torn down.  I Am fitting you, forming you and shaping you to fit together into a holy dwelling for My Spirit.

Oh My sweet beautiful children, I desire you to be gathered to Me and not to man.  I have caused you to need one another to carry out My will for each individual's destiny, but to be completely dependent on Me while doing it.  If every individual were completely dependent on Me and all their expectations were on Me to lead, guide and direct them, there would be no more lack or wounding in the church.

I have given the Perfect Gift in Christ Jesus.  He has given you His mind. You possess the mind of Christ, but have you allowed His mind - His Spirit to possess you?  Do you want the mind of your flesh to possess you with all its lusts - with pride being its root passion?  Or do you want the mind of Christ who created all things that were created?  Who do you want to lift you up - God or man?  If man lifts you then man can bring you down, but if you humble yourself under My righteous right hand then I will lift and sustain you.

Many can readily see if someone is possessed of the devil, but can they see that you are possessed of Me - that you are My Treasured Possession?  When people look into your eyes do they see pools of love?  When you touch them does the power of heaven touch them as well?

When a demoniac steps into a room, spirits of fear, anger, hatred, and rage enter with them.  Agitation and apprehension fill the place where they enter.  Even animals are upset and on guard around such as these.  
However, when a person who has invited My Spirit to live and move and have their being walks into a room, they bring hope and peace and love.  People with demons ruling them will become extremely uneasy and speak lies and terrorize the person to leave My presence - or worse - do Mine harm.  Remember, I have given you power over the enemy.

My church (and the world) has given too much credit to the power of the devil and his demons.  Their powers cannot compare to Mine.  Who will you exalt?  Who will you magnify?  The Lord of all creation or a created angel fallen from My grace?

Did I not tell Saul on the road to Damascus, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"

I was seated at the right hand of the Father, so how was Saul persecuting Me? He persecuted Me by harming those in whom My Spirit dwelled.  My life is in My Spirit and if you are willing, My Spirit is in you.  Those who harm you harm Me.  Allow My Spirit to guide you into unity by allowing Me to possess you.  Do not fear; this is not by power nor by might but by My Spirit, says the Lord.

My first commandment is for you to love Me above all other things and everything within you.  My second is for you to love others as yourself.  My promise to you, as you obey My commandments to love, is that I will come and make a home in you.  I love you with an everlasting love and live in you and I will manifest Myself to you. I will teach you all things.  I Am in Jesus and He is in Me and you will be made perfect in Us by the Holy Spirit dwelling in you. 

Declare My name which is in you.  Endeavor to keep unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  I bless you in this mandate and will be with you as you walk in it.

I want to possess My church so it will move as one Body throughout the earth connected to the Head which is Christ.  He is seated at My right hand and as each member of My church is possessed by My Spirit, they will move in unity with My Head.  You will then be able to reach up into heaven and bring it down to earth.  My kingdom come, My will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Amen - so be it.

Mercy, grace and love be yours in abundance,
Your Heavenly Father


Scripture References:
Exodus 19:5; Deuteronomy 17:6; 14:2; 26:18; Malachi 3:17; 1 Corinthians 1:10; 2:16; John 14:21, 26; Ephesians 2:19-22; 4:3, 13-16; Colossians 3:12-17; Acts 9:1-22; 17:28; Psalm 133:; Luke 4:31-35; 22:69; Matthew 6:10; 8:27-36

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Friday, March 28 2008

An Exhortation From The heart Of The Father To Yours: Perfected Love

Child, you worry too much.

Have I not told you to come to Me and cast your burdens onto Me?

What so many do in My Body is they bring something to Me then they take it back.  They bring it - they take it back; bring it - take it back.  As if I were playing a game with them!  I Am not playing games.  I will take off the yoke of slavery if you will release it to Me. I remove it from your midst completely if you will but leave it with Me.

Let Me give you an example.  You bring to Me the problems you face with your loved ones and I tell you to leave them at the Cross. Then at the first sign of trouble you rush in to try to fix what has gone wrong.  This is where you need discernment to know what requires your help and from what you should refrain. This way you will not interfere with what I am doing and you will operate in the fruit of self-control which flows from My love.

Remember the story Jesus taught about the son who took his inheritance and left his father for wild living?  (Luke 15:11-32)  That story was an example of My love.  The father let the son get to the end of himself and to the point that he knew he needed his father or he would die.  That father loved him enough to allow him not only starve, but to sin.  (Many allow their children to sin but not starve.) The father hoped his son would indeed "come to himself" and return to his waiting arms.  This gave the father the chance to show not only great mercy to the wayward son but also to show him what love that had been perfected looked like, felt like and acted like. The father treated not only the son who left with tender mercy but also the one who remained.

In the Garden of Eden I could have rushed in and kept Eve from being deceived, I could have ripped the forbidden fruit out of Adam's hand, or I could have made sure the serpent never entered the Garden in the first place!  There was a greater truth at work and had I rushed in to help I would have thwarted that greater work.

Did I know that Adam would eat of the fruit?  Did I know Eve would listen to the lies of the serpent?  Of course I did.  I saw the bigger picture.  I saw mankind, and if Adam and Eve would not have eaten of the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, someone down the line would have.  I gave Adam the choice to obey Me just like I have given every person the choice.  I have given everyone the choice to obey Me but it is more than that. I give mankind the choice to love Me.  If you love Me you will obey Me out of that love.  What My heart longs for is your love.

"If you love Me you will obey My commandments." (John 14:15)

In My love there is no fear.  Perfect love casts out fear - that is to say love which has been perfected will dispel all fear.  In fear there is torment but in love there is security and trust.  In that love you can live and move and have your being.

Worry is akin to fear.  They are close relatives.  You know Beloved, faith and fear do not mix.  Without faith it is impossible to please Me but without love your faith will fail.  This is why the "greatest of these" - faith, hope and love - is love.

Love is the first fruit and with love you have joy and with joy you then have peace. How could you have patience without peace? Patience reveals kindness and out of kindness goodness flows. From goodness comes faithfulness and in faithfulness you become gentle.  With all these in focus and working in cooperation then self-control will be ever present.  Now we are back to what I told you at the beginning.  You will be able to leave those whom you love at the Cross when all the fruit of the Spirit is operational in your life. You will trust Me to work in their lives so that have has its perfect work and fear is cast out. Cultivate the fruit, Beloved, be as a gardener and watch over the fruit and guard it with all diligence.  It all starts with love.  My job is to love you.  When you fully receive My love you will be able to turn and love others. So receive My love.  Its My love, its My love, its My love.  Everything that I do I do from the perspective of My love for you.

Allow My perfect love be worked in your members and all throughout your life.  Permit the yeast, the Leaven of Heaven, raise you up to a new Standard.  Jesus is your Standard!  Let Him bring a lightness to your life and sweetness to your lips.  This way when you speak you will be speaking My words and not your own. Be anxious for no thing.  Allow My water to cleanse you, My oil to anoint and heal you, My fire to purify you and My love to transform you. 

Ask for wisdom and ask in faith.  I will give it to you freely and abundantly as I Am generous.  Ask for My perfected love to cast out ALL your fears.  If you have fear in any area of your life, it is an area that needs My perfected love to be worked into it.  Perfected love is perfect love in progress.  It is a process, Beloved.  Allow yourself to be cultivated as this is the goal.  You look forward to "arriving" but I look forward to the journey.  Enjoy the process even though it is painful at times.  This is where you learn to turn and strengthen your brethren.  If you came through the process quickly, you would expect others to as well.  So embrace the process.

Let Me knead out fear, doubt and unbelief like a baker kneads the dough before letting it rise. My perfected love is what you need to bring you out of the wilderness of anxiety and into the peace that surpasses all understanding that will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus.

You are forever in My love,
Abba

Scripture References:

1 Peter 5:7; 1 John 4: Philippians 4:4-7; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 6:2; 1 Corinthians 13:13; James 1:2-6; 3:13,17,18; Matthew 13:33; Luke 22:31,32

*Personal note:

The Lord gave me this word while my husband was in surgery.  Right as I typed in the last sentence the nurse came out to tell me he was awake in post-op!  Our Father is so wonderful!  In His love, Judy

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Friday, March 07 2008

An Exhortation From The Father's Heart To Yours: Who Are You Listening To?

You did not call yourself, did you?  I called you.  So why are you wrestling with where you are to go and what you are to do?  I have everything well in hand.  You are sensitive to My leading and you will need to be more sensitive in the days ahead.

There are issues to be dealt with and that is why I have you where you are now.  Soon those things will be resolved and you will be untethered.  The work here is important, is it not?  I know you do not like it, none do, but your strength will grow as will your faith.  You can trust Me to see you through to the other side.

Know you are loved.  That will not only sustain you, but propel you.

It is a season of restoration and this is why the enemy seeks to destroy that word in your own life.  He wants you to give up and turn around, but you must not listen to him.  Satan hates you.  I love you.  Who are you going to listen to?

With all My heartfelt love,
Abba

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Thursday, February 28 2008

The Lord Played The Cross

Dream

I was in a coffee house and sitting with a Christian friend, though I have no idea who it was, when we noticed that there were a number of men together at a table next to us. One of the men from another table came over and gave us each a pen with JESUS written on it. Then they gave us four more. I was excited and put them in my purse. Then they started singing some Christian songs that were very energetic. I knew them and sang along.

This young man got up to preach, but said he was not sure if he was to give the message, and was waiting on the Holy Spirit. The Lord spoke to my heart and I said softly at first but then more loudly so they could all hear me, "The Lord played the cross like an instrument. He played it like a violin." At this many of the people in the coffee house began to pretend play an instrument (like violins, flutes and horns). I went on, "He played the cross as a song for our salvation. He took what was a horrible death and played it for our benefit."

At this the people were applauding saying, "Yeah!" They played their 'instruments' and I continued to explain that His sacrifice thundered like a bass drum, it rang like a cymbal, it sounded like a group of (3) trumpets," and so on. (With each instrument mentioned it was played.) The whole group of people in the coffee shop were all clapping and cheering forChrist and His victory at the cross.

July 8, 2001

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Saturday, February 23 2008

An Exhortation From The Father's Heart To Yours

Seek My Face

You are touching heaven
You are touching Me
You are tapping into an unseen realm
You are coming into My kingdom

Come and worship and give Me your attention
Give to Me what is holy
Give to Me what is Mine
Do no give what belongs to Me to another

I want to see your face
You say you want to see Mine
But I want to see yours
Mine is always here [waiting for you]

Plug into Me and tap into My love for you
Then those other things will not draw you away.
Come and touch heaven; come and touch Me
Seek My face and you will find Me

Come into My love,
Abba

Jeremiah 29:11-14a

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Friday, February 22 2008

An Exhortation From The Heart Of Father To Yours: The Launching

This is a time for launching.  Many of you have been held in a holding pattern for some time and you have been crying out, "When God, when?!?"

It is like a launching at Kennedy Space Center. Plans are made, but those plans are contingent upon the weather.

The spiritual climate has been turbulent.  This is because of the sound of praise and worship emanating from My church.  Praise has touched heaven in a personal way.  You no longer sing about Me, you sing to Me.  As My body has tapped into join the sounds from heaven and exalted My name, the powers and principalities of darkness and the rulers of evil have been shaken to their core. 

Your launching has been delayed by My doing, so do not call what I Am doing "the devil" instead rejoice in Me until the enemy is self-slaughtered.

The enemy expects you to be in panic and react in fear
The enemy expects you to murmur and complain
The enemy seeks to kill what I Am imparting into you

COUNTER ATTACK!!!

  • Praise Me when you see the enemy approach
  • Be thankful and give Me glory for what I Am about to do - for what I Am going to do
  • Send confusions into the enemy's camp by worshipping Me (See 2 Chronicles 20:1-24)
  • Take the keys I have given you and go unlock those who have been imprisoned and blinded by the devil.

I Am launching you from this place*, beloved.  I have been setting your feet firmly on the Rock.  I have been drawing you back as an expert archer. You have thought you were going backwards, but this was not so.  I was drawing you back to launch you.

If an arrow from My quiver is chosen to be launched, I Am careful to aim it with the a fully extended bow.  I draw back the arrow in the bow string, place it on the notch, and hold it to check the trajectory.  I want My arrows to hit the bull's-eye.

So be patient in this process, beloved.  You are being launched.

Love,
Your Heavenly Father

*While this was spoken while in intercession for the Secret Place Encounter Conference in Bradenton, FL, I do believe this to be a corporate word for the Body of Christ for the "place" where we are presently and the "place" to which we are being launched.

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Friday, February 15 2008

An Exhortation From The Heart Of Father To Yours: My Uncut Jewels

When a stone of great value is unearthed, it can be very dull to the natural eye.  It takes a trained eye to see its worth.  Many precious stones have been cast aside because the one digging did not have the eyes to see what it was they had in their hands.

This is also true of My jewels - those I Am drawing to Myself by My Spirit.  Those around My jewels-in-the-rough who fail to see their great worth and beauty often cast them aside and look for another that is already polished.

It is My desire when a stone, a new born-again believer, is found, it is carefully handled and cut to precision.  I want the beautiful facets, which I have infused into their being at conception, to sparkle and shine in the light of My glory.

I Am calling My apostles, My prophets, My evangelists, My pastors and teachers to see the great worth that is all around them.  Look at the jewels I have given you, My leaders!  Behold the value - the eternal value that I have sat in your midst!  Each and every person is of great value to Me.  Look carefully at who I have sent your way.  Look for the passion in their eyes that came from being pressed in on every side by the fire of My glory.  Coal placed under intense pressure and heat creates diamonds.  My fire creates a thing of beauty in a new believer transforming them from a lump of coal to a diamond.

Some of My jewels are already cut and you need only help them be placed in their proper setting.  Others have been cut but need to be polished. Some have been partially cut and need you to help finish the job so they can shine.  This can be difficult if the "jeweler" before you damaged My beautiful stone; believe Me when I tell you that nothing is wasted in My kingdom.

There are stones that have just recently been unearthed; these you will have the privilege of seeing go from a lump of coal to a beautifully set stone.   You will first clean them with the Living Water and help to cut away the old rock with the skillful use of My sword. You must be careful and loving in this process.  Be mindful of what you are doing.  Make a careful examination of the natural nuances of each precious stone.  If you are of My Spirit, this will humble you and that one you have set will also humbly reflect My glory. If you are of another spirit you will be prideful and so will your stone - taking all for self-glory.  So I caution you to walk in humility in this process knowing you can only accomplish this with My wisdom and counsel.  Do not fear or worry, as I will not leave you alone in the process but will guide your way to perfection.

There are stones you will come across that are still coal and you must leave them to Me.  These are the ones that haven't given their life to Christ.  They may attend or belong to a church, but they do not fully belong to Me.

Behold!  The fields sparkle with jewels!  Ask Me for the tools and the settings and I will give them to you.  If you see the great value all around you and you follow My instructions, by the end of this year you will look at your jewels and be amazed at what they are doing to bring honor and glory and praise to My kingdom.  As I have shown you, show others.

Love,
Abba

Vision:

The Jeweler:

I saw a jeweler who sat on a short, wheeled stool in the middle of two tables placed in the shape of an upside-down L.  To his left on the table shorter in length sat a very large and beautiful golden crown.  Its front was very tall, not like a king's crown, but more like the pope's MITRE. On it there were many vacant spaces to place jewels.  A few large and very costly stones had already been set into place. 

On the longer table were hundreds of stones in all stages of cutting. The jeweler wore a magnifying eye piece so that he could carefully examine each stone.  He only looked for those already polished and of great value, but even in his haste many beautiful stones were falling off the table and were getting lost in the cracks and corners of the floor. Some of incalculable value fell through the cracks and were never retrieved.  There were some stones in raw form that were of greater value than any jewel on the crown, but because they were not cut in facets and polished, the jeweler quickly looked them over.  Those uncut stones of great worth had been given to him to cut and shape into a masterful thing of beauty, but even the large stones of immense value were haphazardly being knocked off the table.  Some fell into the trash and were inadvertently thrown out. 

All these jewels were given to him to bring glory to the Kingdom of God, but they were also for his crown to present to the Lord. The crown of exquisite beautiful was sparsely filled considering the amount of jewels that had been given the jeweler.

The warning given to the jeweler was to slow down and look more closely at the stones that had been given him. He was not to look with his natural eye that magnified all the flaws, imperfections and the lack of polish residing in the stones, but he was to look with the magnified eye of the Spirit of God that would show him its amazing beauty that was hidden within each stone and He would give the exact skill and precision needed to bring it out.

Vision: 2002

Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.

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Thursday, February 14 2008

A Valentine from Heaven

It was two days before Valentine’s Day 1997, and though my life looked wonderful from every angle, deep down I was miserable. I tried ‘to be a good person’ and live my life in a way that would be pleasing to my fellowman, but all the community works I was juggling did not fill the void in my soul. At the end of the day, I was exhausted and empty. Occasionally, I would get a glimpse of why I was so unhappy and what I needed – I needed the Lord! Sadly, I would quickly reject this notion because it wasn’t convenient to my lifestyle. Rejecting God was justifiable in my mind because I knew I couldn’t live up to His standards. Though I looked to the world for acceptance and comfort, I never seemed fulfilled. I was in a frightening and unwinnable battle.

The void began when my father suddenly passed away. He was only 43 years old and left behind a wife and three children, as well as his parents who daily relied on his help. Well-meaning clergy told us, “God must have needed him,” and that “he was in a better place.” This didn’t bring consolation to my grief-stricken heart. My sister, brother, and I were sent to live with relatives that summer. Though young, my sister was soon married and moved to her own place. My brother’s bedroom was the walk-in closet of our aunt’s teenage boys – placing him continually at their mercy. My bedroom housed the huge gas floor furnace in the unfinished basement. Night after night I would earnestly cry out to God from that room, “Why my dad, why me?” I agonized over the loss of my dad and listened for an answer, but none came. I also learned to listen for sneaking feet coming down the stairs in the middle of the night. It was a time fraught with dangers for my brother and I.

Meanwhile, my mother worked to stabilize our housing so we could come back and live with her. Unfortunately, her life was also full of snares, so it took more time than we ever imagined. Three years later, we moved into a home with her and the nightly threats and torment were over. Though I was often rebellious, we had many good times together. We traveled some and even spent an entire summer in Oregon. After coming back to our home state of Colorado, the unthinkable happened. Doctors diagnosed my mother with breast cancer. I never doubted that she would recover (because surely God would not ‘take’ her too). However, after a few years, and much suffering, she succumbed to the ravages of the disease. At her funeral I again heard from well-meaning folks, “She’s in a better place,” and “God must have needed her.” Really? More than her children? It did not sit well.

Deeply dismayed, my confusion turned to anger that burned hot against God. He seemed selfish and more like a big bully who was no different from Greek gods who threw lightning bolts or hit people with a huge hammer. I decided if God was so selfish that He needed my parents more than their three children did, I didn’t want anything to do with Him. I would live my life my way, not His! Anytime the subject of God came up, I was like a cornered cat ready to fight; my cynicism towards Christianity and disdain for Christians grew. Some would try to explain to me how the Lord was loving, kind, and good. I reasoned, if God were truly loving, why wouldn’t He have kept my parents from dying? If He were kind and good, why wouldn’t He just put an end to all the suffering and evil in the world?

This is where I found myself on the morning of February 12, 1997 – drowning in my own sorrow. Deep down I knew only God could rescue me. I saw on the calendar that it was not only two days from Valentine’s Day, but also the first day of Lent. Oddly, something went off inside me. It was HOPE! Jesus had been drawing me to Himself for months, and though I had been keeping Him at arm’s length, I could ignore Him no longer. God was throwing a lifeline into my Pit of Despair, and I prayed that if I clung onto it, He would be merciful and pull me out.

I found an old Bible and began to read in Psalm 107: Then I cried to the Lord in my trouble and He saved me from my distress; He sent forth His word and healed me and saved me from destruction! I fell to my knees, and thanked Him for His goodness. I repented of sinning against Him. Later I found in John 10:10 where Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” This Scripture immediately dispelled the lie that God had killed my parents. I saw the “thief” had come to kill, steal, and destroy – not my heavenly Father. Oh, friends, how might that have eased my suffering had someone shared that truth with me from early on?

In that moment, the Holy Spirit gave me great freedom, and peace flooded my soul. I knew Jesus didn’t condemn me but filled my emptiness with joy. He adopted me! As a child of God, I had a sense of belonging that I had never known. I began reading and truly studying the Bible. I saw it was like a beautiful tapestry that, through many authors over thousands of years, God had woven together. I could have never imagined it, but I found the Bible to be wonderful and freeing.

You do not have to be an orphan to experience the debilitating wounds from being abandoned or rejected. We each have our own story of how we’ve been beaten and battered. We have fought with discouragement, doubt, and unbelief. At some point, all of us have been, or will be, wounded by different tragedies and heartbreaks. Our heavenly Father’s desire is for all mankind to experience His forgiveness and abiding love. The most wonderful Valentine’s gift anyone could ever receive is to be adopted by the King of kings! Being reconciled to God is a gift that anyone can accept at any time.

“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

He gave His best so we can live abundantly. Every day is Valentine’s Day with Jesus!

Revised February 12, 2016

A Valentine from Heaven

It was two days before Valentine’s Day, and though my life looked wonderful from every angle, deep down I was miserable. I tried ‘to be a good person’ and live my life in a way that would be pleasing to my fellowman, but all the community works I was juggling did not fill the void in my soul. At the end of the day, I was exhausted and empty. Occasionally, I would get a glimpse of why I was so unhappy and what I needed – I needed the Lord! Sadly, I would quickly reject this notion because it wasn’t convenient to my lifestyle. Rejecting God was justifiable in my mind because I knew I couldn’t live up to His standards. Though I looked to the world for acceptance and comfort, I never seemed fulfilled. I was in a frightening and unwinnable battle.

The void began when my father suddenly passed away. He was only 43 years old and left behind a wife and three children, as well as his parents who daily relied on his help. Well-meaning clergy told us, “God must have needed him,” and that “he was in a better place.” This didn’t bring consolation to my grief-stricken heart. My sister, brother, and I were sent to live with relatives that summer. Though young, my sister was soon married and moved to her own place. My brother’s bedroom was the walk-in closet of our aunt’s teenage boys – placing him continually at their mercy. My bedroom housed the huge gas floor furnace in the unfinished basement. Night after night I would earnestly cry out to God from that room, “Why my dad, why me?” I agonized over the loss of my dad and listened for an answer, but none came. I also learned to listen for sneaking feet coming down the stairs in the middle of the night. It was a time fraught with dangers for my brother and I.

Meanwhile, my mother worked to stabilize our housing so we could come back and live with her. Unfortunately, her life was also full of snares, so it took more time than we ever imagined. Three years later, we moved into a home with her and the nightly threats and torment were over. Though I was often rebellious, we had many good times together. We traveled some and even spent an entire summer in Oregon. After coming back to our home state of Colorado, the unthinkable happened. Doctors diagnosed my mother with breast cancer. I never doubted that she would recover, but after a few years and much suffering, she succumbed to the ravages of the disease. At her funeral I again heard, “God must have needed her.” Really, I thought, more than her children?

Deeply dismayed, my confusion turned to anger that burned hot against God. He seemed selfish and more like a big bully who was no different from Greek gods who threw lightning bolts or hit people with a huge hammer. I decided if God was so selfish that He needed my parents more than their three children did, I didn’t want anything to do with Him. I would live my life my way, not His! Anytime the subject of God came up, I was like a cornered cat ready to fight; my cynicism towards Christianity and distain for Christians grew. Some would try to explain to me how the Lord was loving, kind, and good. I reasoned, if God were truly loving, why wouldn’t He have kept my parents from dying? If He were kind and good, why wouldn’t He just put an end to all the suffering and evil in the world?

This is where I found myself on the morning of February 12, 1997 – drowning in my own sorrow. Deep down I knew only God could rescue me. I saw on the calendar that it was not only two days from Valentine’s Day, but also the first day of Lent. Oddly, something went off inside me. It was HOPE! Jesus had been drawing me to Himself for months, and though I had been keeping Him at arm’s length, I could ignore Him no longer. God was throwing a lifeline into my Pit of Despair, and I prayed that if I clung onto it, He would be merciful and pull me out.

I found an old Bible and began to read: Then I cried to the Lord in my trouble and He saved me from my distress; He sent forth His word and healed me and saved me from destruction! I fell to my knees, and thanked Him for His goodness. I repented of sinning against Him. Then I found where Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” This Scripture immediately dispelled the lie that God had killed my parents. I saw the “thief” had come to kill, steal, and destroy – not my heavenly Father. In that moment, the Holy Spirit gave me great freedom and peace flooded my soul. I knew Jesus didn’t condemn me but filled my emptiness with joy. He adopted me! As a child of God, I had a sense of belonging that I had never known. I began reading and truly studying the Bible. I saw it was like a beautiful tapestry that, through many authors over thousands of years, God had woven together. I could have never imagined it, but I found the Bible to be wonderful and freeing.

You do not have to be an orphan to experience the debilitating wounds from being abandoned or rejected. We each have our own story of how we’ve been beaten and battered. We have fought with discouragement, doubt, and unbelief. At some point, all of us have been, or will be, wounded by different tragedies and heartbreaks. Our heavenly Father’s desire is for all mankind to experience His forgiveness and abiding love. The most wonderful Valentine’s gift anyone could ever receive is to be adopted by the King of kings! Being reconciled to God is a gift that anyone can accept at any time. 

“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

He gave His best so we can live abundantly. Every day is Valentine’s Day with Him!

In the Father’s love,

Judy

The following is a longer version written in 2007

A Valentine from Heaven
A personal testimony from my heart to yours

It was February 12, 1997, and from every angle my life looked wonderful; however, deep down I was miserable.  When I woke up that morning, I realized I had come to the end of myself.  I didn’t simply have a hole in my heart; there was a vacuum sucking the life out of me.  I had tried in every way to “be a good person” and live my life in a way that would be pleasing to my fellow man, but the community works I was juggling did not fill the void in my soul. Though I had the right idea, I didn’t have the right motivation for what I was doing. At the end of the day I was still empty and longing for something, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was I needed.  Every once in awhile I would get a glimpse that what I needed was the Lord, but in my “sorrow” I had rejected Him, so I had nowhere else to look but to the world. The more I looked to the world for comfort, the emptier I became.  Instead of filling me, I seemed to have a perpetual leak. It was a terrible cycle that I could not seem to escape!
                                                    
My “sorrow” began when I was 10 years old. My father passed away suddenly at the young age of 43 from Rheumatic Heart Disease. Night after night for at least a year afterwards I would cry out to God, “Why did You take my dad?” “Why me?”  I felt I must have done something wrong to receive such a terrible punishment.  My deepest desire was to hear God, but I never seemed to hear an answer.  
 
Six years later my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.  My belief was that God would not “take” my mother too, and because of that I never doubted that she would recover with treatment. Three years later, at the age of 48, she succumbed to the disease. I was deeply dismayed and in a state of shock and disillusionment during the months she suffered with that terminal illness with no signs of healing.  When she passed away, my anger against God burned hot. I was literally spitting mad at Him and anytime someone brought up “God” or “Christianity” – I was like a cornered cat ready to fight. I angry at Him for taking my parents and was very cynical toward Christians – believing they were weak-minded fools.  I figured if that is what He was like, I didn’t want anything to do with Him. I would live my life my way! 
 
One reason I had the impression God “took” my parents is because of what well-meaning people say to comfort a grieving family. For example, “God needed them more than you.” or “They’re in a better place.” No one taught me what Jesus said about such things:
 
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
 
Because I did not know this truth – that Jesus came to give life, I held onto the lie that God had killed my parents.  I would hear from some say that God was kind and loving, but then I would wonder why He did not stop such a horrible thing from happening to my family. I would see at all the other terrible things happening in the world and wonder why He wouldn’t put an end to it all.  I saw God as a big bully just looking for someone to pick on – like the Greek gods: Zeus, throwing lightning bolts at people who displeased him, and Thor, hitting them with a huge hammer.   Why would I go to someone like that for help or comfort?  In my anger I turned away from the True and Living God and gave my affection and attention to the world.  I accepted its consolation and looked for approval there. This is where I found myself the morning of February 12, 1997 – empty, miserable and not knowing what to do.
 
As it so happened, I looked at the calendar and noticed it was the first day of Lent. Lent is known throughout the Christian world as a time of reflection and often personal sacrifice prior to the commemoration of Jesus’ death and subsequent celebration of His victorious resurrection. When I was a child I remembered adults giving up things for Lent - only to see them renege on their commitment a few days later. Consequently, I never saw the importance of participating myself. 
 
However, when I saw it was the first day of Lent something went off inside me! Something was very different about this Lent –I wanted to change, but honestly, I did not know how to initiate it. Deep down I knew that God was the only One who could help me and it was the opportunity I needed to declare my heart’s intentions to the Lord.  He had been drawing me to Himself for months, and though I had been holding Him at arm’s length, I could ignore Him no longer.  I had accepted Jesus as my Savior in 1982; however, as a seed that grows fast in shallow soil and withers in sun, so my faith wilted in the heat of persecution.  On February 12, 1997, I made a vow to Him and hoped He would be merciful to me again.  I looked for my Bible packed away in a box and as I flipped through the pages I asked, “What is it I need, Lord?”  The word “healed” came to mind and I found a Scripture that stood out to me. As I read it I was amazed – it was my testimony!
 
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble and He saved this from their distress. He sent forth His word and healed them; He rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of His works with songs of joy. Psalm 107:19-22 (Emphasis mine)
 
I understood in that moment that Jesus was there to set me free. He was not there to condemn me.  The Holy Spirit opened up revelation to this Scripture’s meaning and I saw it so clearly. I understood exactly how I had gotten into the condition I was in and I understood exactly what I needed to do to escape it.  I cried to the Lord!  I repented of sinning against Him and being disobedient and rebelling against His Word. (See verses 10-16)  
 
A great freedom and peace flooded my soul. This was a powerful time for me and I enjoyed a sense of love and belonging like I had never known. I knew I had been adopted by God and would always be a child of the King of kings! I received an amazing revelation of His love that all of us can enjoy if only we ask!!! In that moment when I looked up and whispered for help, God swooped down and saved me. The Lord didn’t use my wounds against me but caused them to bring about aministry of reconciliation for the lost to return to God.  Experiencing the love of the Father is what so many people in the world are missing; it is the revelation of this love that He has given me to share. 
 
You do not have to be an orphan to have experienced the debilitating wounds from the lack of a father’s love, touch or encouragement. Our heavenly Father desires for us to experience His perfect love. He wants His love to be perfected in us. (See 1 John 4:13-19) It is the power of our resurrected King, Jesus the Christ, the Son of the One and Only Living God – the Creator of all things who gives us the ability to have victory. It is my joy to share with people all over the world that God can, and He will, turn those things in life that Satan means for our destruction into something of great value and worth. As an ambassador of God’s love, I share this truth with confidence because I have experienced it myself to the glory of the Father. 
 
Jesus swooped down that day and rescued me; He carried me up on His wings of love and continues to do so to this day. Each year at this time when we celebrate Valentine's Day I think about how the Lord touched me with His love - the most wonderful Valentine's Gift from heaven. The greatest thing is for you to know God's love.  Being reconciled to God is a gift that anyone can accept and every day is Valentine’s Day with Him!  
 
Perhaps the Lord is speaking to you right now about returning to Him. He is waiting for each of us to turn our eyes upward so that He can deliver us from destruction. His is willing to meet us where we’re at. Jesus died to deliver us from the evil one! He loves you and there is nothing you have done that His perfect sacrifice cannot cover. Love covers a multitude of sin. (See 1 Peter 4:8)
 
In the Father’s abiding love,
Rev. Judy Bauman

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Friday, February 08 2008

An Exhortation From The Heart Of Jesus To Yours: A Day of New Beginnings

It is a day indeed of new beginnings.  The promises of restoration will be seen in every aspect of your life as you submit yourself to Me.

Remember, I reach into the depths of your woundedness and work My way out.  Your idea of restoration is for Me to start from the outside and work My way in.

This is not the way I work, Beloved.  If I gave you everything you want or think you need on the outside, then you would forsake Me and never be healed on the inside.  I Am much more concerned about developing your character by helping you go through the difficult storms of life, than to deliver you out of them.

I look for the hidden things of the heart. I Am the One who discerns the motivations of man.  I Am the Revealer of mysteries and secrets.   I Am the One who breaks through the stopped up wells of your heart and allows the clean water to come forth.  Drink deeply of My well, child, and see how I Am cleansing you from the inside will make everything on the outside look differently. 

Indeed this is a day of new beginnings.  So embrace My inner cleansings, for if you refuse Me you will never enter My rest nor will you fulfill your destiny in Me.

Come and sit with Me as I will surely show you a more excellent way to cleanse the wounds of your inner heart.  Then you will rise up with wings as eagles and soar to places you can only dream of now.  Come and see where I stay; come where I abide.  Then you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.

Very truly yours
The Restorer of the breach

Psalm 146:7; Joel 2:25-27; Hebrews 4:11; Isaiah 41:10; 58:12; Jeremiah 30:18; Malachi 4:6; Hosea 6:1; John 1:37-39; 8:32

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Monday, February 04 2008

A Word From The Heart Of The Father: Arise My Holy Harvesters

As the harvesters of the harvest arise, there will be a great paradigm shift toward My grace and mercy.  My love shall be revealed to them and extended to the lost they seek to find. My holy harvesters will give My pure Word and not a fairytale gospel. 

Many of My holy harvesters are young, even children, but they have hearts like warriors and do not shrink back when I tell them to advance.  Their very parents and mentors will be challenged to new levels of faith for being in their presence.  Some will be in error when they call them "reckless."  Reckless is one who jumps out of a plane with a snowboard seeking personal glory.  I seek those whose hearts are courageous and who will turn to serve Me and My glory.  I do not look for those who will continue to be reckless solely for the attention they draw to themselves.  I want and look for those who are not afraid to go where I send them, say what I tell them to say, and obey My Word to the letter.  They seek adventure and an adventure they will receive!  Those who seek to be obedient to Me will receive a crown of glory.  Some will accuse them of being out of control, but do not tether such as these when I Am calling them to soar!

These harvesters, these arrows in My quiver, will surely obey Me. They have learned and will continue to learn to walk in My counsel.  Their respect, reverence and love for Me is unshakable and unstoppable.  They hear My voice and another they will not follow.

There was a time that I had need of hirelings, though it was not My preference, it was necessary.   Soon these will be replaced by My holy harvesters.  These will protect My sheep from wolves and false shepherds.  I can trust them to do My will and not their own. They do not seek Christian fame. They seek to bring their heavenly Father honor, glory and praise.

My holy harvesters eat a steady diet of My bread and continually bathe in My Living Water.  They readily learned to recognize the pitfalls of sin, and they make no excuse to join behavior that they know offends and grieves My Spirit. Sin they once winked at now makes them mourn and weep.

These will go to the Threshing Floor of My Presence and intercede for their loved ones. They will stand in the gap for the lost souls that surround them.  They will go to the nations. They will persevere and they will prevail over My enemies. My glory will be seen around and about them in the gross darkness of this world's system.  They are the ones filled with My joy and when approached by My messengers with an assignment they will reply, "May it be done unto me according to Your will, Father."

Arise My harvesters, arise!  Arise, shine for your light has come!  Be counted as those in Gideon's army.  Arise and come forth into the destiny that I have planned for you.  As you take My hand, I will walk with you to places you desire to go and even where you desire not to go.  As with My sons in the book of Daniel, I will walk with you in the fire and you will not be burned nor will you smell of smoke.  As with My daughter Esther, I will hold out My golden scepter and bid you to come and bring your petition. As with My servant Nehemiah, I will give you the plans and the blueprints of how to restore the broken walls of My church - My holy city. As with Abraham, I will show you where to go and greatly bless you and many nations will be blessed because you have obeyed My voice.  I have many such examples, but I will leave you with one more.  As I was with My Beloved Son Jesus, resurrecting Him out of the grave, so I will be with you. 

So do not fear, for I Am with you; do not be dismayed, for I Am your God.  I will, I will, I will strengthen you, and I will uphold you in My righteous right hand.  Be strong and of great courage for I have indeed chosen you.  I will train you and I will send you where your heart yearns to go.  You have My Word to guide you and My Spirit to teach you.  You have faith in My name; you have the power of the Blood of Jesus and you have been given the authority to use it.  As the king in the story of Esther gave her his signet ring, so I give you. Go now and reverse the evil decrees spoken against My beloved Church and seal it with the authority given you. Behold the fields are white and ready for harvest.  Let those who sow in My fields rejoice with those who reap.  Arise My holy harvesters, arise!

Your Father

Judges 7:2-7; Daniel 3:16-27; Esther 5:1-3; Genesis 12:1-2; 22:18; Matthew 28:1-10; Luke 1:38; Isaiah 41-5; 60:1-5; Joshua 1:6; John 4:35-36

As I write this, there is a story on the news that is the enemy's counter-attack to this word.  They have discovered a video tape of young boys ages 6-14 being trained by AL Qaeda for jihad to kidnap, break into homes, torture and kill.  They are exceptionally well armed.  The Lord's holy harvesters will retaliate with the love of the Father, the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony. The weapons of our warfare are not natural but they are mighty in pulling down strongholds of the enemy.  We have read the end of the story and we know that God prevails and all who put their faith in Jesus will prevail with Him.  Amen  Please pray for these children - surely there are many in other such terrible places that need to be brought into the Kingdom of God for healing and restoration.

Here are two links on this news story:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,328832,00.html
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/02/06/iraq.main/index.html

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Tuesday, January 15 2008

An Exhortation From The Heart Of Jesus To Yours: The Building of My Holy City

I Am rebuilding the broken walls of My church. I Am bringing together those of like callings to work in concert to rebuild that specific side of the wall - that gate of My holy city.  Do not think that because someone is not building on the same wall or at the same gate as you, that they are not in My will or following My plan.  My blueprints are vast and no one "movement" would be able to finish what I Am building.

The church must stop its mudslinging against other Christian denominations. They must cease from attacking another believer when they are called from their midst to work on another section of My wall for the building of My Church. Just because someone is building elsewhere does not mean they are out of My will. Nor are they slighting your work. This presumption must stop!  My leaders need to be on the lookout for the lost and not take aim at those being called to work elsewhere. This pride and arrogance must be repented of in order to continue in the building of My church. If repentance does not come, those who are guilty will be found building their own kingdom, not Mine.  I will not allow leaders that have the blood of My sheep on their hands to continue in My grace.  If there is sheep or lamb's blood on your sword, meaning you have wounded the Body of Christ by misusing My Word, you will be held in stricter judgment. (See Isaiah 1:17; Matthew 13:30; James 3:1)

Putting it in today's military terms: The friendly fire must end and it must end now.

If you watch sheep you will see that when they are frightened they all move in one direction as though they were one animal in motion. Those who get separated or are unable to move with the flock are quickly picked out as prey for wolves.  Many in places of leadership in the church have leveled accusations against the sheep for flocking from one [church] movement to the next, but it is the nature of sheep to flock to where they feel safe and where they believe they will be fed.  If they discover they are no longer safe with the shepherd of their keeping or if they have received tainted food, they will flock to another.

The shepherds watching over My Church have failed, in large measure, to recognize their part in this phenomenon. They quickly blame anything that comes to mind, but they fail to see that they have become "unsafe" in the eyes of the flock.  In their ignorance they blame the sheep for biting, not knowing that sheep rarely bite unless strongly provoked to terror.  Few of those with five fold ministry titles will admit to themselves that they have wounded and scarred My sheep.  The reason they do not see this is because their eyes are focused on building their own kingdom and not Mine.  They seek to establish their name instead of exalting Mine.  These are hirelings posing as shepherds, but they are only interested in their welfare and not the sheep's.  Others had genuine calls on their lives to shepherd My sheep, but instead of waiting for My Gatekeeper, My Holy Spirit, to open the Gate and lead them through Me, they jumped over the wall. In doing so, they have become thieves and robbers and they act as such.  Shepherds of My flocks must be recognized by My Gatekeeper and wait to be invited to come through the Gate. They cannot come in some other way! I Am the Way and the Truth and the Life.  No one can come to the Father but through Me.  (See John 10:1-18; 14:6)

Those who will gather with Me and will cooperate with My Spirit will yield great harvests, but those who divide as they murmur, complain and grumble will find themselves lost in the desert wasteland. (Numbers 14:27-32; Luke 3:17; 11:23)

There are many who I have been training who have sought My face in the secret place and they are willing to obey their Master and proclaim their King, "The Lord our Righteous" to the nations.  I can quickly bring one down and raise one up who has not stiffened his neck as many leading My flocks are now doing.  (Psalm 105:1-4; Luke 3:8; Matthew 28:18-20)

I will, I will, I will remove their lampstands if their stiff necks do not turn back to Me and I will replace them with the ones who say, "Your will and not mine be done, Holy King and Master."  (See Luke 22:42; Revelation 2:5)

The building of My Church will not be stopped by man's selfish desires, but it will be accomplished by those who will turn from their desires to Mine. (Mark 4:18-20)

"Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture."  "I will place shepherds over them who will tend them and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing." Jeremiah 23:1; 4

Listen only to those who have stood in My counsel and have proclaimed My words to My people.  Those who tickle your ears will lead you to an unsafe edge, to a dangerous precipice. Do not allow them to tempt you away from the message of the Cross.  The false prophets will tell you what you want to hear and you will be food for the wolves if you listen to them.  There are two factions of which to beware as both of these are from the days of old.  They have reared up in "prophetic circles" to mislead My sheep to follow their lures.  The first will speak of fame and fortune. These speak of fleshly prosperity that is outside the purpose of My blessings. The second will speak of prophetic visions in which they curse their own land or the land of others. If their words bring no hope or plan of redemption to the nations, then they are not of Me. Did I not say I would be with you to the ends of the earth? I always give hope.  I Am Redemption! (See Deuteronomy 23:4-6; Jude 1:11; Jeremiah 1:7; Psalms 10:4-7; 33:11; Acts 1:8; 20:30; Proverbs 11:25; 2 Timothy 4:3)

I Am your Standard.  Look to My life and to those who pick up their cross and follow Me. Many live very difficult and poverty stricken lives and are completely in My will.  They drink from the cup that I give them.  These are those who do not try to glamorize Christianity to win the lost.  The lost will remain lost under the direction of the false shepherds and the cruel deception of their teachers will lead them to believe a false gospel.  You must remain faithful to your pure and sincere devotion to the True Gospel of Jesus Christ.  You must test the spirits to see if they are from Me.  You will know them by their fruit if they are of My Holy Spirit or of another kind. (Matthew 20:22; 2 Corinthians 11:3-4; Galatians 5:13-26; 1 John 4:1)

The builders with Nehemiah rebuilt the broken walls and gates of Jerusalem with a tool in one hand and wore a sword on their side. Half the men worked while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows, and armor to guard their positions.  Those who carried the materials had supplies in one hand and kept a sword in the other. The work of the Lord had to be defended against His enemies. (See Nehemiah 4:16-18)  It will be this way in the days to come and even in this hour.  Fear not as the building of the Holy City will be successful. Be as My chosen leader and tell the enemy when he comes to distract you, "I am doing a great work and I cannot come down."  (Nehemiah 6:3)

However, do take note of what briefly halted Nehemiah's work.  It was the outcry of the poor that reached his ears that caused all work to cease.  The poor were being taken advantage of by their own people. Some were even used as slaves.  Nehemiah confronted those who acted in such a disgraceful manner who preyed on their own and made them poor. He admonished them that they were acting worse than their enemies and that they should walk in the fear of their God.  He demanded they give back everything taken and made them swear an oath.  He shook out the folds of his robe and said, "In this way, may God shake out of his house and possessions every one who does not keep this promise. So may such a man be shaken out and emptied." (See Nehemiah 5:1-13)  Today I am issuing this warning to those who have been taking advantage of My people.  I will remove what can be shaken - so that what cannot be shaken will remain.  I Am a consuming fire.  (See Hebrews 12:27-29)

Follow My leading, Beloved, and wait on My Holy Spirit to open the Gate.  Then you will have full access to the work and building at hand. Keep your eyes and ears open and seek those who have like callings. You will have different giftings but similar vision and your work together will enjoy greater success.  You will be able to watch each other's back and keep the enemy from hindering your victory. Together your ability to build will be exponentially strengthened.

I Am building My Holy City and it is My desire for you build it with Me and by My side.  (See 1 Corinthians 3:9)

Your Faithful Shepherd,
Jesus

Other Scriptures to consider:
Nehemiah Chapters 3-5; Zechariah 8:9-12; Isaiah 59, Revelation 21

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Wednesday, January 09 2008

An Exhortation From The Father's Heart To Yours: New Cloths

New cloths are being sewn together. 

So many of My children do not feel they fit into the church.  They have tried and some have been accused of being rebellious, but this is not it at all.  They are new cloths trying to be fitted onto an old garment.

I will take the new cloths and sew them together making a new garment - a coat of many colors.  Some have called this "The Joseph Company" and this is that same group's garment.

This is not about your age, Children, this is about the movement of your heart.  You have always struggled to fit in and this is why.  Rejoice that you are a new cloth and that I Am sewing and knitting you together.  The older ones, who have fought with this their entire lives, will come out to teach the younger ones and the younger ones will not be made to sit.  They will not be made to be trophies of men.  They will be sown into the world and taught to go make disciples of Jesus, the Christ.

The Joseph Company will be bold and fierce and Satan will tremble at their coming.  Not since the days of Pentecost has anything been seen like this company of foot soldiers.  They will heal the sick, they will cast out demons, they will raise the dead.  They will not be taught disbelief but they will believe the Word of the Lord; and they will not falter.

Strong evidence that these are sent by God Himself is that they will have an uncompromised walk of purity and holiness. They will walk in My image. They will not toy with sin, nor will they be persuaded to look at evil.  They will not make excuses but will quickly repent. All sin will be renounced and they will walk with such power that even their mentors will tremble at the sight of their coming.  They will bring a tangible "Fear of the Lord".

God will be with the Joseph Company, and just as the world at the time of Joseph was saved from famine, nations will be saved from spiritual famine.  They will bring spiritual milk, meat, bread, wine, and gold wherever they go.

Stand and behold the awesomeness of their God and King - to Whom they will give all glory.

Genesis 37:3; Genesis 41; Joel 2; Matthew 9:16; 28:18-20; John 3:16; Romans 13:14; Ephesians 4:14-16;  1 Peter 5:5-7; Revelation 18:4

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Friday, January 04 2008

An Exhortation From The Father's Heart To Yours: Follow In Your Daddy's Footsteps

There is something My church needs to see if they are going to survive the onslaught of the enemy and build My kingdom.  First they need to be wise in where they get their counsel.  The church has become more concerned with the business aspect than the spiritual aspect of building My kingdom.
When My Son was twelve and was found teaching in the temple, He was not talking to them about how to increase their numbers or how to get people to give more money.  He was teaching in the temple the truths of My kingdom.  He spoke of My love and mercy and how I have a faithful heart He was practicing with the keys I gave Him to unlock the door of legalism.  He was practicing with the keys I gave Him to unlock the hearts of man and particularly the hearts of the religious leaders.  He was setting the stage for the Veil to be torn so that mankind would be free to come to My Throne of Grace in their urgent times of need.*
Today My apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers tend to seek counsel to "Grow their ministry" outside of Me.  They read books and attend seminars to receive the "how to's" of the ministry instead of coming to Me!  What did Jesus tell you in John 5:19?

Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does."

And in John 8:28?

So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am [the one I claim to be] and that I do nothing on My own but speak just what the Father has taught Me."

If the Son of Man did nothing on His own except what He saw His Father doing, then why does My Church think they can gain wisdom outside of My counsel?  If My people who are called by My name would humble themselves and come to Me in sincere reverence and trust Me to show them what to do, then they would build My kingdom to My specifications and not man's.
Didn't Paul warn the Galatians they could not finish in the flesh what was started in the Spirit? So why do My church builders think I call them into ministry for them to take the world's counsel on how to complete it?  There is a place for teaching, but when those I have called seek advice outside of My leading, then failure to complete My objective is at hand.
What is tragic is they can look successful from a worldly standpoint, yet be failing miserably in kingdom building. These are those who will come to Me saying, "Lord! Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!" (See Matthew 7:20-23)
So be wise for the days are evil. (See Ephesians 5:16)
Now I speak to the small ministries - those with little help or financial support.  Do not be dismayed at your size and do not speak doubt and unbelief into what I Am birthing in you.  I set before you life and death.  Choose life.  (See Deuteronomy 30:19) Say no more, "I am just one person." You are looking at yourself from your perspective and not Mine.  If you continue to see yourself small, then you will remain as "grasshoppers" in your own sight.  Come to where I Am and you will not see the lack you will see the abundance. If you do then you will be confident in saying, "We can do it!  We are well able to do it!"  (See Numbers 13:30-33)
Speak what you have been shown in the secret place - from My Throne of Grace.  Do not follow the others who will point you to the world's system and its trappings.  Follow in your Daddy's footsteps and eat what I give you.  You will eat the good of the Land.

Adonai
 
*Because there is no direct Scripture to verify what Jesus was talking about in the temple, I would caution my readers to take this fact under consideration. I include it as I believe it is what the Father was saying to me and because it does line up with His teachings as an adult.  The essence of this word is about our coming to the Lord to receive guidance and counsel in how to build His kingdom, and it is my hope that you are spurred on by this exhortation to seek His face and hear His voice and follow Him.  (1 Corinthians 14:32)

Many blessings in the Father's Love,
Judy Bauman

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Thursday, January 03 2008

An Exhortation From The Father: Living Stones

Fellowship is important, or I would not have set up My church the way I have. It is the Living Stones which I have hewn must come together to form the building.  I dwell in each of you to a determined measure, but in and of yourselves I can only fill you up so much.  However, when you all come together the filling in each one of you is combined.  This is the fullness that you sense in the corporate setting - the fullness of joy, the fullness of My Spirit. The fruits of My Spirit are all there and the joy that comes from that will strengthen and empower you. 

In the places [in My church] where the leaven of the Pharisees has overtaken, you will not have this joy.  The joy of those who walk in My Spirit will be full of glory - it is the joy unspeakable.  There are also places [in My church] full of the leaven of Herod.  It is a worldly yeast that has worked its way in and puffed up the whole congregation. Both the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod puff up and make [those who partake of it] haughty. Pride is always the root!  So beware of this when searching out a Body to be connected and attached to.

My church will be built and it will be built to Myspecifications. If My specifications are not followed exactly, then I will tear down that building and begin again.  My foundation is always the same - Jesus is the foundation.  He is the Christ and the Only One worthy to open the scrolls. To Him be given the glory or the building will crumble.  The words of man must all pass through His eyes of fire.  What is left standing will remain.

The church will take on a new look in the coming days.  It will not be people coming week in and week out to do their "time" for God, but it will be Living Stones being fitted together by the Hand of the Master Builder Himself.  Did Jesus tell His disciples that He was going to make a place?

Do you not know yet nor do you not see that you are the temple of the Living God? Have I not placed My Spirit in you? Are not all My promises, "Yes" in Christ Jesus?  Is it now possible for you to say together in one voice, "Amen" to the glory of your Father?

Seek My promises for the Body of Christ and know that I have spoken, "Yes" to them all.  You who are called by My name say, "Amen!"  Then you will see My glory coming into the Living Stones and you will see a new and glorious church arise.

This is not for another time.  This is for now.

Please see:

Hebrews 10:22-25; Psalms 127:1; John 14:2, 21, 23; John 15:4; Mark 8:15;
Luke 6:46-49; Luke 11:37-54; Luke 12:1-3; Luke 13:20,21;
1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 1:20-22; Ephesians 2:20-22; 1 John 1:3-7

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