Friday, May 1, 2015

We Overcome

And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. 
And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. 

And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. 
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 
[Rev 12:1-7]

Below is an article I posted in 2008 about this time of year. I believe that it needs to be read at this time. The Lord is calling His people to be a holy people, a royal priesthood, a peculiar people. Yea and amen, but this requires having clean hands and a pure heart, done only thru repentance through Jesus Christ (Y'shua Messiah).  It is a critical time...look around you. Watch and pray! It's almost time for the second Exodus and going into the wilderness.

We Overcome May 26, 2008 5:44 pm (minor revision)

We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony... 

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto death.
 [Rev 12:11] 

Things that are coming will be as unexpected and as sudden, as a lost wallet that disappears immediately after a purchase. No amount of searching will restore it, bring understanding or closure. Many people will blame themselves. Most will blame others, but the multitudes will blame God. 

People will be suspicious of each other and accusations will arise beyond measure. Countless will feel helpless and without hope. Things will begin slowly and build momentum, like a domino effect. 

Life will be frightening to people and they will not know where to turn. Hard lessons will be learned. Some will cry out to God and repent in spirit and in truth. 

For there is now therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ and walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. [Rom 8:1] 

But they who have prepared ahead have already repented and keep
 a repentant spirit in their heart. They who put their trust in the Lord shall be saved. The peace that passes all understanding will sweep over them and they will offer up thanksgiving, despite all outward appearances. 

They who keep a repentant heart and trust in the Lord will not fear nor be soon shaken. They will
 rise up in His power and might. In the time of trouble, He draws them closer and delivers them. For they have heeded the warnings and have received chastisement and correction, as obedient children of the most High Almighty God and One TRUE Holy Father.
Preparing for the Passover and the Exodus
For they prepared their hearts for the 'suddenlies' and the unexpected. 
For He, who loves His children will teach them, then test them. He will lead them and guide them. He will forewarn and protect them. 
They will sing to their Savior in the day of their affliction knowing that they are His. For who are they that are obedient? It is they who were willing to learn obedience through the things that they suffer, as did their holy Savior, Christ Jesus - He who learned obedience unto death. 

It is they who pick up their cross daily and willingly to crucify flesh. It is they who abide in Christ, knowing that it is not they who live, but Christ Jesus, [Yshua] our Messiah, who lives in them. 

They consider not their own lives, but lay it all down, believing that He who commanded them to crucify self, would also come with His resurrection power. Against hope, they believe in hope. They believe in the words of their Messiah, Yshua / Jesus who said, With MEN it is impossible but with GOD, ALL things are possible.

Walk By Faith, Not by Sight 
In the days ahead, walk by faith not by sight in the wilderness
Yea indeed, to walk by faith and NOT by sight, simple faith as a child. It is they who understand the authority of His name, the power of His blood and all that He did accomplish by being crucified, buried, resurrected and ascended by the power of His Father, the Most High Almighty God. 

Yes, the true sons of God [those hidden in Jesus the Christ] are manifesting, being united as one body [His body, His bride, the ekklesia (called out)] through the Holy Spirit of the Most High.  

Simultaneously, the tares are gathering, united as one in the 'spirit of antichirst - [the false christ], because their 'father' (Satan aka Lucifer, the dragon) counterfeits [mirrors] all that he sees the Almighty do, for he is the father of lies, a murderer from the beginning - the roaring lion who roams around seeking whom he may devour. 

These are the days to prepare.  No time to delay.
These are the days of testing and trying the heart to see if you love the Lord your God, and to purge [purify] us of all that is not of Him, to remove the dross in the refining; to remove every spot and every blemish, for He will have a holy people. Do not fear the days ahead, which you were forewarned would come suddenly and unexpectedly. Trust Jesus/Y'shua, King of kings and Lord of lords. Keep watch for His return. Pray for others and all the Holy Spirit leads you to pray for.
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 

Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  [Mat 7:13-14]

For the narrow road is difficult with many trials and tribulations. Yet by not trusting and obeying the King and Lord, the love of many has waxed cold and many will fall away. This is already happening, it shall increase just as Jesus [Yshua] foretold.
The love that waxes cold not only leaves its first love [Christ Jesus], but it also lacks compassion and love for fellow brethren and the unsaved. They have become desensitized as daily reports of lawlessness and brutal travesties fill their ears, and as sin increases (lust of eyes, lust of flesh and pride of life).  
Some walk with praise on their lips, but their hearts far from God, whilst others are fooled by delusion for they did not seek truth (strong delusion comes [2Thess2:9-12]), and others still just simply abandon their faith. Dark, dark are these days, but they are only a shadow of the greater darkness that soon covers this world. Sin overwhelms the world.

God’s (Yhvh) children walk by FAITH and not by sight. They have learned not to fear man (what he will do), but to only fear [revere, honor, respect, be in awe] their Father God, [fear/know]understanding His great power, authority and might. They walk in the Spirit of LOVE - His Spirit, His love.  

Yet, love is also justice and judgment.  Love judges righteous judgment.  We will love what God loves and hate what God hates.  Many in the Body of Christ are deceived, believing what they want to believe, without heart-searching repentance, praying, seeking and waiting for the counsel of the Lord. 

Instead, many blindly follow after lies that have been cleverly disguised and hold fast to secret, willful or presumptuous sin(s).  There is mixture, like clay and iron.  Satan began his deception in the Garden of Eden, but he did not stop there.  Flesh and Satan work hand in hand. (The Spirit wars against the flesh and flesh against the Spirit [Gal 5:16-21])  Truth has been twisted and lies are brilliantly presented.  Satan is subtle, crafty and clever.  

Ah, may the LORD, ALMIGHTY GOD (Yhvh), the Great Spirit Chief keep us. We must repent.  Indeed, we must ever humble ourselves with repentant hearts, confessing our sins, then will He hear, forgive and help us to endure now and in all that is coming.

If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Now Mine eyes shall be open, and Mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there for ever: and Mine eyes and Mine heart shall be there perpetually. [2Chron 7:13-16]

May WE be considered worthy to escape these things (NOT as in pretrib rapture but by Sovereign protection), yet we must love not our lives unto death.  This world is not our home.  

It is a narrow path; a narrow way. Few find it because few want to let go of all sin, all unrighteousness that the Father reveals to us (a humbling, painful process).  Repent whilst we still canThere is a way and that (one and only) way is through Jesus Christ (Y’shua Ha’Masiach) of Nazareth. 

For the strait gate, where few willingly enter in, can only be entered in by through Jesus the Christ (Y'shua the Messiah), and by the OBEDIENCE of those who TRUST their GOD.  Get ready.  It time to prepare for the suddenlies and the unexpected that shall come soon enough (more than ever).  Time is almost up. Abide in Christ and He in you.


For HIS glory


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Baptism by Fire

This is a repost; however, it was mentioned on the radio programme when I read an excerpt from the beginning of the post. May it bless and strengthen whomsoever this is for and may the LORD alone be glorified.

February 7, 2013 - [o2.o7.2o13] - 6:53 am

Baptism by Fire
Leave all in My competent hands.  I see what others do not see; I see all.  I AM He who tries the heart and the reins.  I know those who believe they are justified and walk in pride and those who cry out in true repentance and humility.  Leave all in My hands.  

I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.  [Jer 17:10] 

Concern yourself with the things I AM teaching you, revealing to you and purging you of.  Dying to self is a lonely journey and no one can take your
 place.  Fear not this fire.  Trust Me through it.

The three Hebrew men did not long to go into the fire.  They were thrown into the fire because they trusted Me.  They stood against that which was wrong, for they trusted that I was with them.  In anger, the king rejected their words when they refused to accept that which the king had set up of his own volition.

Enraged within, the king ordered the fire seven times hotter.  His mightiest men were ordered to bind the three and cast them into the fiery furnace. The fire was not comfortable to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego .  Every second seemed an eternity.  Yet, I opened their eyes to see that I was with them.

Endure the Fire 

They knew they had to endure, that they had no choice. In that fire, they were strengthened.  They witnessed My power that sustained them.  Their faith grew; their hope was established; their destiny was secure in My hands.

Did they want out of the fire?  Yes, at first they did, deep within they longed for release, yet they did not try to escape.  As soon as they understood that 
the fire was not consuming them, they walked through the fire.  They were not alone.

They were willing to lay down their lives unto death and for this reason, they overcame by My power.  I walked with them through the fire.  They felt the heat.  It was not comfortable to their flesh, yet it did not consume them.  It did not destroy them.  There was a further purging going on inside of them, yet outwardly, not even a hair was singed.

At the appointed time, they were brought forth out of the fire unharmed, yet stronger in faith, giving glory to Me.  They did not even smell of smoke.  Not one part of the fabric of their clothing was burned.  All who saw them afterwards feared, for those who saw them knew that I had been with them through it all.

Indeed, these men were strengthened in their faith.  They had endured the fire.  They had overcome, not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit.

Fear Not the Fire 
Do not fear the fire!  Allow this baptism of fire, for it shall cleanse and purge.  You prayed to be strengthened.  You prayed to overcome and love not your life unto death.  How I AM doing it is not how you had imagined.  Yea, but My thoughts are higher than your thoughts, as are My ways.  [Is 55:9]

You have laid down pride (which hurts the flesh), in order to truly forgive.  Let patience do its perfect work.  

But let patience (endurance) have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not (reproves sharply, scolds); and it shall be given him.  
[Jam 1:4,5]

I know it is hard; I know the frailty of flesh.  I understand how flesh wars against (resists) the spirit.  Yea, but I see the motives and intentions of even the most awkward child.  Trust Me.  Yea, when you are willing and lay it down, do you see how I open your eyes now to reveal to you that I AM with you?  I did not leave or forsake you.

I AM walking with you through the fire. If you cannot see because of the flames of the fire, then at least be aware that you are not consumed.  You are still here.  Allow My peace that passes all understanding to reassure you of My presence.

In focusing on Me instead of the fire, instead of the circumstances and those that threw you into the fire, then you can rest, knowing that I AM indeed walking with you through this fiery time. 

The crowd sided with the king, declaring that he was justified in doing what he said and did.  He was wise and powerful.  It was said that he was a good king who cared for the people, presenting to them that which they wanted.  He presented to them a beautiful and glorious image of a god, made with the finest gold.

A False Image of God  
He set the image in a place where everyone could see the incredible image of the god that he created; a god that he knew and understood, a god that pleased the people.  How dare these three men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego not regard the king, the people asked.

They cheered when the Hebrews were thrown into the fire, until they saw the king's mightiest men, who were ordered to throw the three into the fire, consumed themselves by the intense heat.

Then the crowd waited, silently watching, expecting to hear the cries of defeat and destruction echo in their ears.  Yet, they heard not a thing but the roaring of the flames.  

They believed that the three Hebrews were properly punished for their words and their actions.  The king is justified, they murmured. Lo, but they did not know how I saw it all, nor did they expect the God of the three men to 
intervene.  Nor did they expect Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to survive.

Baptism by Fire 
This fire is a baptism of fire; fear it not.  You shall come forth as pure gold, for all My people must endure the fire.  You say, 'But Lord, I have been through fire before, more than once.  Is it not enough?'

Is not silver refined seven times?  Is gold not purged (more than once) to bring forth its purity?  Many of My people are going through severe trials right now, a fire of intense heat, yet they cry out to Me, expressing all that is within themselves.  

Remember I AM the Creator, who fully understands all that has been created.  My words are pure; know that I AM with you.

O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of His praise to be heard: Which holds our soul in life, and suffers not our feet to be moved. 

For You, O God, have proved us: You have tried us, as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; You laid affliction upon our loins. You have caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but You brought us out into a wealthy place. [Ps 66:8-12]

The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times [Ps 12:6]

Answered Prayers 
You prayed to be purified and purged, to be without spot or blemish.  You prayed that all unrighteousness and unclean things would be removed from you; that you would be strengthened to endure all the evil that is coming, so that you would endure to the end.  

You admitted that your wisdom is foolishness and sought (asked for) My wisdom; that your faith would be made strong and that I would teach you by My power and by My Spirit.

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.  [1Cor 2:5]

You prayed to know My will so that you could obey; that you would overcome all that is of this world and all that is not of Me; that you would not love your life unto death.  I AM answering your prayers.

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. [Jn 14:26]

Do not be taken aback or fearful of the ways I answer.  Trust Me to bring you through, nothing wavering.  Dying to self is excruciating to the flesh.  Demons, all principalities and powers, rulers of darkness of this world and all spiritual wickedness mock, taunt and torment you upon your cross, as you endure in your dying to self.

Bitter Cup 
A spirit of error has influenced many, but those who truly seek truth shall find it.  Look to Me, for I AM the one who shuts the mouths of the lions.  You drink from the same bitter cup as your Master, though He did not sin.
The drinking of this bitter cup will bring you to your cross, yes, but it will lead you to endure the cross on a daily basis.  All who are Mine continue to die daily by crucifying the flesh.  All sin, even that which has hidden, shall be purged and you shall be cleansed.  

Embrace My love for you, for those that I chastise are Mine.  All My people need reminding of that which they were taught. 

If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chastens not? [Heb 12:7]

As you trust in Me, holding fast to your faith, I shall bring you through.  Despise not this furnace of affliction, for again I say to you, this is My will and My great love for you and I shall bring you through.  Though others may think they know the end of a matter, fear not, for they know not My mind, nor can they counsel Me.

Yea, let him who is without sin cast the first stone.  Now you go deeper, pressing in closer to Me, along the narrow path, learning further obedience by the things you suffer, even unto death.  Those whose intentions are pure, will surrender to My hand which does the shaking and they shall endure.

Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered  [Heb 5:8] 

Every branch in Me that bears not fruit He takes away: and every branch that bears fruit, He purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit.  [Jn 15:2]

Fiery Trial
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you.  But rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, you may be glad with exceeding joy.  [1Pet 4:12, 13]

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:  [1Pet 1:7]

I have seen the intentions and motives of your heart, fear not. I love the awkward foal as much as the strong horse.

But He knows the way I take: when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.  [Job 23:10]

Rejoice, for I AM with you.  Rejoice, for I AM He that formed you.  I AM He, the Potter, that forms and molds the clay.  Rejoice, for this fire has an appointed end.  Be strong - I AM with you.

Woe to the wise man that glories in his wisdom, or the mighty man who glories in his might, or the rich man who glories in his riches.  These things should not be, for I delight in lovingkindness, judgment and righteousness. [see Jeremiah 9:24]

Fear not!  This is for your good, but for My glory!  Take upon you the whole armor that I provided.  Stand strong in this time; stand strong with Me.  Do not fear that which is happening.  It is indeed to strengthen you for that which is fast approaching.  

Truth Divides 
I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened (restricted) till it be accomplished! 

Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. 
[Lk 12:49-52]

My grace is sufficient for you.  Trust Me in all that concerns you...ALL that concerns you.  Though the enemy hates all people, he targets the most those who walk close to Me the most.  Wait, obey, be strong.  Patience...not much longer!

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 
And base things of the world, and things which are despised, has God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought (nothing) things that are: 

That no flesh should glory in His presence.  [1Cor 1:25-29]

Prepare for Victory 

Prepare yourself for victory, as you obey and go through. I AM the Lord of the battle.  Victory is in My hand and My banner over you is love.  Be not troubled or afraid; receive My peace and My love.  Yes, again I say, embrace the fire, for it is indeed for your good, but for My glory!  Selah

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. [Jn 14:27] 

for His glory alone