Friday, January 11, 2013

Abiding Brings Peace and Discernment

Abiding Brings Peace and Discernment

There has been much coming at me lately, but do not read this as a complaint! Although I did not understand it as it began, it has been a full-fledged spiritual attack that started suddenly

It began with only one arrow from an unexpected, non-threatening source, but has become an onslaught. We all go through our battles in this war. We can be shaken, but we cannot be destroyed.  The Lord holds us steady; He keeps us.

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; [2Cor 4:9]

The Lord is gracious to allow me a panoramic view of the attack, which is coming from several different directions.  It is a spiritual attack that involves itself in the physical realm, with fiery darts to my mind, but more than that.  

The target is my heart, wherein lies my faith, love and hope, gratitude and will.  The reason I write these things is to make the reader beware.  No one needs me to alert them to the times we are in, or even the very hour we are in, but we all need to be reminded that our war is not against flesh and blood.

Any Emotion is Drama and Out-of-Order

Some seem to think that if one reacts to certain things with normal emotion, it is wrong.  Females are being taught that emotions mean ‘drama’ and males are still taught not to cry. 

It is true that some use emotions as a form of manipulation and control on a one-to-one basis, but emotionalism is what charismatic leaders (from the pulpits, ‘crusades’ and the political stage) count on.

To deny emotions is to become robotic, even insensitive.  People have been becoming desensitized slowly, and do not even realize it.  Satan has cleverly orchestrated the onslaught of events that affect our emotions, with the hope of desensitizing the people, so that the hearts would wax cold.

Are people shocked at the increase in robberies, accidents, suicides, murders, drug abuse, diseases, nudity, promiscuity, sexual perversions (immorality), abortions, protests, witchcraft, corruption, violence, idolatry, deception and apostasy heard of in the ‘churches’ and in politics?  

Add to that the wars, sinkholes, comets, sun flares, economic collapse, foreclosures, bankruptcy, global debt, divorces and the rest of the nonstop events and we begin to fully comprehend that the sins of mankind are out-of-control.  Yet, through it all, we must keep our emotions in check, or we are into drama and out of order.

Or have we seen such increase in all arenas that we are moved only when tragedy strikes close to home (involving us or people we know), or involves the masses? Jesus forewarned that in the last days, love would ‘wax cold’.  

And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.  [Mat24:12]

Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin

Sixty years ago, if the news came that a church or preacher was condoning homosexuality, pedophilia or abortions, people would see to it that the church was either closed down, or the preacher removed from leadership.  Now homosexuals are being ordained and legally married, pedophilia is rampant, and believers are told not to judge because Jesus loves them. 

We hear ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’, yet it is not contained within the scriptures. There was a certain man who wanted to unite all religions that has become famous for coining the phrase.

The man’s name was Mohandas ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi, who was considered the ‘father of India’ and the spiritual and national leader of India.  According to his biography, Gandhi studied law in London early in the 1890s.  Understanding that politics had to be grounded in religion at that time, he became interested in the Bible, particularly the New Testament.

Since Ganhi studied Christianity, it is most likely that he paraphrased words from Augustine, who wrote a letter (211th, circa 424), which contained within it the phrase “Cum dilectione hominum et odio vitiorum”.  (Please don't ask me the pronunciation of that.)

The translation of that phrase has been recorded as: "With love for mankind and hatred of sins."  Gandhi’s quote, “Love the sinner, hate the sin”, likely found its origin in Augustine’s words.

After studying Christianity, Gandhi embraced the religions of the Buddhists, Jews, Muslims and Hindus as well.  He was famous for other quotes regarding Christianity also.

When asked if he was Hindu, he once said, “Yes, I am.  I am also a Christian, a Muslim, a Buddhist and a Jew.”  Sounds like his study in law and politics paid off.  He was said to desire a ‘unity of mankind’ under one God, and that people had to be ‘tolerant’ of the beliefs of others.

He also stated: “I like your Christ.  I do not like your Christians.  They are so unlike your Christ.”  He was shot by a Hindu extremist in 1948, during a prayer vigil.  Sadly, the last quote of his that I shared can certainly be applied to what we see today amongst multitudes that call themselves “Christians”.

The attitude in mainstream Christianity that has been adopted has been built on the terms of non-interference, a laissez-faire attitude, regarding homosexuality, abortions, 'new revelation' doctrines and other touchy topics that are not ‘seeker-friendly’.

Laissez-faire is translated to mean, ‘let do’, ‘leave it alone’ or ‘let them do as they will’.  In other words, let it be and leave well enough alone.  The attitude is a far cry from walking as Christ walked. 

Compromise vs. Death to Self 

Sixty years ago, if someone was said to have died of cancer, people were horrified.  It was practically unheard of.  Today it is so commonplace that cancer has become a dreaded enemy to be on the constant lookout for.  

Sixty years ago, if a teacher taught anything to do with the occult, most parents would see to it that the teacher was fired in such a way that getting a new teaching position would be difficult.

Today, parents welcome the Harry Potter books, where the pages are filled with the names of demons and witchcraft.  The material, which has been incorporated into the curriculum, has been presented as entertaining, with the suggestion that it can be used for ‘good’.  That is deception.

I knew people who were attending churches where their pastors would encourage them to watch the Harry Potter movies, so that they could study Satan’s ways and see how ‘good’ triumphs over evil. 

The same advice was given in watching movies such as,  ‘The Lord of the Rings’, ‘Fantasia’, ‘Inuyasha (half-demon, half-girl), ‘Spirited Away’, ‘Hell Boy’, ‘Harry Potter’ and myriad movies.  Many Christians say that they watch the movies to see the battle between good and evil, adding that God ‘sees the heart’.

The ways the nations have been desensitized slowly over the years, which could be expounded upon further, but suffice it to say that sexual perversions, immorality, violence, drugs (especially pharmaceutical), guns and particularly witchcraft, have increased.

It has become like the snowball that is rolled down a cliff, slowly building in momentum and force.  From movies, music videos, sporting events, video games, television, magazines and the internet with its pornography and vast sites on the occult, weaponry etc, people are inundated with every form of imagery, as an invitation to debauchery and violence.

Hopefully, I have established the fact that normal emotional reactions are either discouraged today (critiqued) or emotions are depended upon.  How often do we hear people being told to ‘quit the drama’, or a person is called a ‘drama queen’ (not gender specific at times, but usually directed at women).

Yet, from the pulpit to the political arena, emotions are exactly what are counted on.  Woo, glory! I fee-eel the Holy Spirit!”  How often have we heard that? 

Or, how often is a pastor or evangelist praying over you and you hear, “Here it comes, here it comes…the Holy Spirit is coming upon you” (the Holy Spirit of the Most High is not an ‘it’), or “Did you feel anything when you received your healing?”

No Bells and Whistles

Where is the reverence and fear of God?  Where is the stillness before God and the united prayers of the congregation?  Where is the waiting upon the Lord for Him to move? 

Waiting upon Him as one dead, He comes to give us life. Waiting upon a holy God, in humility, understanding His sovereignty and majesty, whether in tears (as David and others), or in reverent anticipation, He will come in the silence, without all the bells and whistles.  

Is it not strange that when we are praying alone, hidden from the world, He comes in all His glory, with peace that surpasses understanding and omniscience, yet when we are congregated together as one body, He must suddenly prove His arrival with all manner of manifestations?  Selah 
(Selah has been best interpreted as either 'stop and listen' or 'pause and think upon that')

People’s emotions are moved by music, so the churches have incorporated and invested much money into praise teams, star “Christian” singers, sound systems, lighting etc. 

Bizarre behavior such as shaking, jerking, uncontrollable laughter, counterfeit tongues, and more continues to come in waves throughout the churches.  It stimulates the emotions of onlookers, so that they too want to be a recipient of ‘a touch from God’.  

Why are we not like the publican who revered God so much, he beat his chest, head hung in humility, saying, ‘Lord, forgive me…’  Why are we not looking to God, instead of looking to others for stimulation?  

Where is the cross? We should be as Lazarus, waiting for the Lord to say, ‘Come forth!  That is when we know that we know, we have had a ‘touch from God’.  If each of us could be as Lazarus, coming forth at the command of our Lord, then shall we rejoice as one, giving glory to the Alpha and Omega.

Politically, people’s emotions are manipulated by the media and eloquent speeches, ‘dramatic’ (yes, I used the word) testimonies of witnesses of crime, news anchors or families of those involved, directly or indirectly, in either criminal tragedies or natural calamities.  

Emotions are counted on during political campaigns and debates on serious matters, political speeches preceding election, or following after catastrophic events (whether natural or manmade). 

There is no need to continue on about the various ways emotions are manipulated in the religious and political arenas to further promote hidden agendas and evil.  My point is made, I am sure.

Yet, when those who love the Lord are moved with righteous anger and grief in their spirit by the evil that they witness in any sinister events, or as we witness the apostasy, idolatry, false doctrines, reprobate, witchcraft and every manner of sin that is prevalent amongst countless who call themselves Christians, emotions are shunned, even belittled.  

We are in this world, but not of this world [Jn 17:16]  It does not mean that we will not be moved by what is going on around us.  Compassion and love fill us, for Christ lives in us, and when Christ Jesus lives in us, we will hate what the Father hates and love what the Father loves. 

It does not mean that we will not go through different emotions, either due to spiritual attacks, world events, the increase of evil and sins, or things occurring in our own personal lives. 

However, when we seek Jesus amidst the storm, looking to Christ alone, He reaches forth His hand to hold us, as He commands the storm, 'Peace, be still!Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever. We walk by faith, not by sight.

Groaning within, Jesus Wept

Let’s take a look at some ‘drama’ in the Bible and see what normal emotions occurred as a result.  Bear with me; it will all make sense soon enough.  I am going to use DE as an abbreviation for Dramatic Event.

The shortest verse in scripture, yet to me, one of the most powerful and thought-provoking is found in the book of John.

Mary (not his mother) had just run up to Jesus, falling at his feet weeping and said, Lord, if You had been here, my brother had not died.”  [v.32] 

When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, He groaned in the spirit, and was troubled;  [v.33]

Clearly, the Lord was moved by the grief and sorrow of Mary and the others who were there. He felt compassion and shared their sorrow.  He then asked Mary where they had laid Lazarus and she told him to come and see.  

Then one of the shortest, yet most powerful and meaningful verses found in scripture was written.  Jesus wept.  [Jn 11:35]   

The world brainwashes males into believing that ‘real men’ do not cry.  Yet another lie propagated by the arch enemy.  If men were not meant to weep, they would not have been created with tear ducts. Our mighty warrior King and Lord, Jesus the Messiah (Y’shua) wept!

Some of the Jews were saying, ‘how He loved him’, whilst other ones were murmuring, Could not this man that opened the eyes of the blind have caused this man not to die? [v.34, 35]

However, He acknowledged amongst them lack of trust and faith because they did not know Him well enough yet to comprehend that He was capable of raising Lazarus from the dead.  

He also heard the remarks of those who murmured about Him healing the blind.  He heard the unbelief and He groaned again (grieved).

Jesus therefore again groaning in Himself came to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. [v.38]

He had emotions, even though He knew that He was going to raise Lazarus up to life again.  He was moved by their great anguish because He loved them, but He was also troubled over their lack of knowledge regarding His power, as well as unbelief. 

Though it grieved the Lord so deeply that the lack of faith, understanding and unbelief caused Him to groan, why did Jesus (Y'shua) go about raising Lazarus from the dead as He did?  The word of God explains:

Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 

And I knew that You hear Me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that You have sent Me.  [Jn 11:42]

DE: of a loved one

Jesus wanted the people to come out of their unbelief and trust Him, even in the worst of situations.

Is Anything Impossible to God?

Sarah had doubt and even unbelief when angels told Abraham that she would have a son. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, […] [Gen 18:12].  Yet the angels confirmed the promise further. 

Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. [Gen 18:14]  

DE: promise of a miracle

Abraham himself experienced doubt and was impatient, or else he would not have been persuaded to go into Hagar, a concubine, so that she could give Abraham a son.  It was unheard of for such old people (90 and 100 years old) to have children.  

Physical Restoration

Their bodies would have had to been restored in many ways.  Parts of Sarah’s brain would have had to been restored, so that it would produce and release the necessary hormone, which in turn caused her ovaries to begin producing hormones.

Sarah’s reproductive organs would have had to been restored, in order for her to produce estrogen, progesterone and even testosterone (sex hormones), in order to develop the necessary eggs to become impregnated.  Other hormones necessary in pregnancy would also have had to been restored.   

Muscles such as the pelvic floor muscles and bones would have had to been restored, so that she had strength to carry a child full-term and for the baby to pass through the birth canal.  

Her muscles, ligaments and tissues (such as glandular and breast tissues) in her stomach, pelvic area, breasts and milk ducts would have had to been restored, so that she could nurse her child.  

Her bones and leg muscles would have had to been restored, in order for her to carry the extra weight of the child and all that sustains the fetus in pregnancy.

The list continues on, the more one considers it. Great miracles occurred in order for conception to even take place than most people realize or even consider.  Physical restoration would have had to occur within Abraham’s body as well.  All the Creator of mankind had to do was speak it forth.

No wonder Sarah laughed at the thought of pregnancy, knowing that first a miracle of healing and complete physical restoration would need to occur in her body.  Such things were unheard of!  This is why the angel asked Abraham if anything was too hard for God, the Creator of all things.

Elijah experienced fear when he ran up under the Juniper tree when he read the words of Jezebel that she sent through her messenger, stating that she would kill him.  And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life […] [1Kings 19:3] 

He was sorely discouraged, ready to give up, to the point where he said: 

[…] he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.  

DE: fatigue, spiritual exhaustion, fear, stress, threat of physical death

Yet what did the Almighty God do for Elijah?  He sent His angel two times to Elijah, (allowing Elijah to sleep in-between), who fed him and Elijah was strengthened to continue on!

And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God. [1Kings 19:8]

Running in Fear

When David heard that Saul was in pursuit of him, he went to Ahimelech the priest to ask for a spear or sword.  The priest had only the sword that David beheaded Goliath with, so David took it and fled in fear.

And David arose, and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath

The situation went from bad to worse and David felt threatened even by Achish.

And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath.  

So, what did David do when he was afraid for his life and seeming cornered?  He acted as a madman.

And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard.   [1Sam 21:10, 13-14]   

DE: fear, stress, bewilderment, threats of death

Tears for the Unrepentant

Jeremiah has become known as the weeping prophet, not only because of what he knew was coming, but because of his compassion for the people.  He wept as he saw all that was happening around him.

He knew and saw the idolatry, the hard-heartedness, stubbornness and unbelief of the people, their unwillingness to repent, as well as the destruction that came upon the land and all that was contained therein.

For the mountains will I take up a weeping and wailing, and for the habitations of the wilderness a lamentation, because they are burned up, so that none can pass through them; neither can men hear the voice of the cattle; both the fowl of the heavens and the beast are fled; they are gone.  [Jer 9:10]   

DE: God’s judgment, sorrow, grief, awe

After much lamenting and weeping, the word of the Lord strengthened Jeremiah – words that encourage people to this day.

But let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD. [Jer 9:24]

DE:  Judgment of God was coming upon the land and its people; the people would not listen to the messenger.  Those that love the Lord understand that it is His love and righteousness that brings forth judgment, desiring that people yet repent when they finally understand His power, when they see their inability to stop what He has ordained.

Anger at Hypocrisy and False Teachers
Jesus displayed righteous anger when He spoke to the lawyers, the Pharisees, Sadducees and other false teachers.  People admired them and put them up on pedestals, but Jesus saw beyond the deception of their eloquent words, their religious prayers and the way they twisted the scriptures.

Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,  [Mat 23:28, 29]

Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?  [Mat 3:33]

Jesus was both angered and grieved at the Pharisees when they challenged him about healing a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath. 

And when He had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, He said unto the man, Stretch forth your hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.  [Mk3:5]

DE: the hypocritical false teachers (Pharisees) came against Jesus for healing and restoring the withered hand of a man on the Sabbath. Righteous anger (fair, just/justifiable, honest) and grief was the reaction of Jesus towards hypocrisy, unbelief, sinfulness of the religious zealots at that time.

We are warned even further:

I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. [Gal 1:6, 7] 

DE: anger, disappointment, astounded

False teachers were amongst the brethren resulting in division, unbelief and a straying from the word of God. Perversion (distortion and corruption) of the meaning of the gospel, twisting the truth.

The Bible is full of examples of emotions in mankind’s dramatic situations, as well as in circumstances that pertained to faith, the Word and teachings (doctrines) contained within the scriptures. 

Drama means sudden, striking, conflict, highly effective, startling

Another Shooting

Upon awaking, there was a scene on my mind that troubled me.  It was a picture of a man with a gun, dressed as a military man.  It was as if the scene was a snapshot, such as one a person might see on the news.

The soldier was running through a hall, a chaotic scene (I understood that it had been a scene of a shooting).  Running, gun in hand, uniform, seemingly halted; as though time had stopped and he was frozen in mid-action, just as a snapshot.
Directly after that scene (whilst I was just arising from my bed), I saw another scene of two soldiers, same building, but in an open area as opposed to a hallway.   

I sensed that the pictures of the two soldiers and the one running in the hallway looked like pictures the media had taken to be released publicly. My first course of action in this matter was to seek the Lord.  Was it from the Lord or was it due to recent events?

Another shooting will likely take place.  There have been shootings in theaters, malls, schools and churches.  I sensed that the scenes I saw in my dream were in a hospital.  If it is not a shooting, then it is war … whether from civil uprisings or WWIII.

Whenever we have a dream or vision, it may not always be from the Lord.  It could come from flesh or the enemy.  If it reveals evil things occurring, I believe that we should pray against them, not just accept it. No matter what, God is sovereign.  

Look at Jonah; he did not want to speak to the people. He knew if they repented, the Almighty God would turn things around and he would look like a fool, so he ran the other way.  Jonah learned the hard way, as many of us do.

Yet, we should be like Abraham, Moses and many others, who prayed when they were forewarned of God's judgment.  They spoke to the people of impending judgment, as revealed to them, but they did not leave it there.

They prayed for the people, including themselves, acknowledging the sins of the nation and themselves.  They did not concern themselves over their reputation (to be correct in their prophecy), but rather, they prayed before the Creator of all things, knowing that He is a God of justice and judgment.

The rest (they knew) was up to God, but they did not just accept the warning, saying 'whatever'.  They feared God and prayed, hoping that He would accept their repentance and change His decree, but understanding if He ruled otherwise (as forewarned).

The Lord gave scriptures that reminded me of His rule over all things.  Plans of any man or any devil, including Satan himself, will not bring finality because God (Yhwh) has the last word.  Quite recently, He tried my faith, while also reminding me of the depth and reach of deception. 

Admittedly, the testing shook me initially; however, the Lord is faithful to make Rom 8:28 come alive.

He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

But he that hears, and does not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great. [Lk 6:48, 49]

The testing of my faith has not stopped there, it is being tried in many arenas at this time.  I must look to the Author and the Finisher of my faith, the Alpha and Omega, despite all outward appearances.

Return to Ancient Paths, Abide Continually

He has been speaking (once again) about returning to ancient paths, the necessity to abide continually, pray without ceasing, stay with what we first learned (not to what was supposedly ‘hidden’ from true believers since Christ’s day),  keep on your armor and read and stand on the Word of God (not adding to it, or taking away from it).

The deception is beyond what we could ever imagine, yet it is right in our face, mostly undetected, not discerned.  If we were told, we would not believe it.  

This deception is not only in current events, it is within the community of believers. Therefore, the Lord is graciously and urgently calling His people to spend even more intimate time with Him.  

Brethren, this is something that we all must do; Father is calling all of us. It requires time and other things may fall behind, but if we put God first, everything else will fall into place.  He rules over all. 

We must prioritize. Jesus, our first love, must be first! The time we are in is extremely critical.  Such a statement is not to induce fear, but rather to alert people to the importance of the message to abide, pray and wait on the Lord.  

The Lord does not want us to embrace the deception, nor be consumed by it.  However, He does want us aware, to be on guard; to wait upon the Lord and listen.

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. [1Pet 3:12]

He has made this clear to me, as our own discernment is not going to cut it in the days ahead, we need to be grounded in the Word and we need the Holy Spirit of the Most High.   

The Lord, in His faithfulness, mercy and grace, is allowing tests and situations to take place so that we can see where our weaknesses lie.  

He has heard our prayers to ‘be strengthened’ and to ‘increase discernment’, so that we can ‘avoid deception’.  He wants to find faith when He returns; He wants to see us ‘endure to the end’.   

He will help us, as we abide, hear and obey!  Glory, bless our Father and King!  In staying with what we were taught by the Lord, the true gospel of Jesus Christ, we cannot go wrong.  He promised to lead us into all truth. 
What the Lord is saying is clear. He led me to the following:

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. [Heb 10:22]

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and you shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken (listen) to the sound of the trumpet (warning). But they said, We will not hearken.

Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not listened unto My words, nor to My law, but rejected it.  [Jer 6:16-19]

Regarding things that are put before the Lord and His Word:

Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; 
Every man of the house of Israel that sets up his idols in his heart, and puts the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and comes to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that comes according to the multitude of his idols;

That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from Me through their idols

Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.  [Ezek 14:4-6]

Regarding the turbulence caused by the enemy and even certain people:

If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein you trusted, they wearied thee, then how will you do in the swelling of Jordan? (great tribulation; overwhelming circumstances)

For even your brethren, and the house of your father, even they have dealt treacherously with you; yea, they have called a multitude after you: believe them not, though they speak fair words unto you. [Jer 12:5, 6]

And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto His heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. [2Tim4:19]

Warning against pride, invasion and captivity:

Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD has spoken. Give glory to the LORD your God, before He cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while you look for light, He turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness.

But if you will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD'S flock is carried away captive. [Jer 13:15-17]

Spiritual and Natural Battles:

For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. [Is 9:5]

Promise of the Lord

But because the LORD loved you, and because He would keep the oath which He had sworn unto your fathers, has the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

You shall not be afraid of them: but shall well remember what the LORD thy God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt; [Deu 7:9, 18]

Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. [Phil 3:2, 3]

for His glory



  1. If i was the only person who read this blog all your time and effort would still be worth it.
    Your words always inspire me so much. You make me a better stronger Christian thanks so much sis.
    Love steve

  2. Steve, if you are the only person who reads this blog, it is worth it, to the glory of God.

    I remember the story... the Shepherd left the 99 to seek eagerly after the ONE. Great was the rejoicing of the Shepherd when He found the one.

    But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the Lord \
    [Ps 115:18]

    1. Steve's not the only one who reads your blog, Bonita! Father is leading many many more of us your way for His glory.
      Love you! Kim


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