Wednesday, January 11, 2017

HOLD NOTHING BACK! 1.11.17


Body of Christ!  Bride of Christ!  Stand!  Arise in your glorious garments of war and worship!  Be righteous and go into battle arrayed in the Righteousness of GOD!  Go charging forward in GOD’S grace and wisdom, power, protection and provision!  Go with praise on your lips and worship in your hearts and through your deeds.  Love as you’ve never loved before!  Sacrifice and conquer!  Remove and restore!  Plow and plant with the seeds of salvation, sowing life everywhere you go!  Use your sword and shield!  Fight and prevail!  You cannot lose as you listen to and obey your Commander, Yeshua/Jesus – the Risen One!  The Messiah!  The Christ!  The victory is assured.  His ways and thoughts, so much higher than yours and mine, will lead us and there will be victory even when it looks like defeat.  Stay close to His side and you will win because he has already won!  Endure when it feels hopeless.  Persevere when it seems all is lost!  It is not lost!  The victory is assured – for the victory is His and we will be victorious if we will remain at His side! 
Ignore the taunts of the enemy!  His weapons are all smoke and mirrors.  His purpose is to distract and divide, to try to get you to deviate from your assignment.  His purpose is designed so that you will be separated and destroyed.  His purpose is for you to be dissuaded, to get you to procrastinate, feel overwhelmed, drop your sword, sit down and quit, so he can kill you.  Remember that!  No more procrastination!  No more distraction!  No more deviation! 
Endure with joy!  This is an amazing Thing we are blessed with!  This gift and knowledge of and call by GOD!  The Hope of being in His Glorious Presence forever!!!  How blessed to have the opportunity!  How blessed to have been created!  How blessed to be alive in this time when the battle grows strong, but to be so equipped with His Spirit and His provision!!!!!  How blessed we are!!!!!
Let your praise pour forth to the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY!  Sing!  Sing!  Sing!  Every day sing to Him! Dance before His throne every day!  Open your mouth every day and shout to the world around you – and to the heavens above – the goodness and indestructibility of the only ONE TRUE LORD!  He is the Creator of everything and He alone deserves your worship and praise!  Bow down before your King every day for the rest of your life!  Lie prostrate before Him, for only He is worthy to reign!  Kneel before Him as you would before a reigning monarch, awaiting your commissioning!  Then get up and go forth, with the full knowledge that you were already fully commissioned by Him 2000 years ago – 2000 years before you were even born! 
Have a happy, fulfilled life in Him and let that be where you find your satisfaction!  Let the knowledge of His love and desire for you be the landing place for you to find contentment when everything else would say that you do not have enough!  He is your Provision!  You will not lack!  The LORD GOD supplies every need you have and He does it according to His riches in GLORY!  He is the Amazing One! He is the All-Glorious One!  So turn every bit of YOU over to HIM!  Hold nothing back!  Absorb those three words and make them a banner you live by…HOLD NOTHING BACK!  Listen to His voice!  Be close enough to hear Him.  Test the spirits that whisper in your ear.  Learn, learn, and learn even more to recognize His voice!!!!!

You are beautiful to Him with every act of obedient love. In your obedience, your beauty grows.  Dress yourself in the finery of loving obedience to your Creator/Father/Lord/GOD/King!  Clothe yourself with mercy, compassion, humility, charity and generosity.  Wear them like beautiful jewels.  They are the ornaments and wedding gifts from your Bridegroom, so let them be sewn into your garments with glowing threads of the love you carry inside of your heart and life, for His Spirit lives there.  Let nothing hinder your commitment to love and obey your heavenly Bridegroom.  You are His and He is yours!  Rejoice in the knowing of those words and the truth behind them.  You are His and He is yours.  Only the Bride can have Him.  And He will only have His one beautiful Bride!   Hallelujah!  Amen and amen and amen!!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

FEARLESS LOVE!

Ooey-gooey feelings. Sticky-sweet, syrup-y, sugar-y, honey-filled love. That is the definition of love, huh?
Yeah. Right.
Okay, so let’s get real. Let’s talk about what love IS. We just defined what it is NOT.
Love is commitment. Love is dedication, regardless of what feelings say. Love is NOT blind. Love is very clear-eyed. Love says, “I will endure to the end. I will stay and do what I need to do to humble myself and honor and bless the one I have said ‘Yes!’ to. I will think more highly of that person than I do of myself. I will bow low to the ground when what I want to do is stand up and scream – or walk away – or sit down and cry and just plain give up. Love says, “No matter what, I am in this for the long haul. No matter what you say or think or do or believe. I am here and I will not let go. I will not change my mind, just because things are difficult. I will endure to the end. I will not let the enemy win and divide us. I will not go away just because you are thoughtless or selfish. I will BE here, ready to do whatever I need to do to see you grow and succeed. I will endure to the end. Period. Amen. So be it. And that is all. That is it. That is all there is to it.”
And by the way, I’m paraphrasing… Yeshua said it all over the whole Bible. Yes. He. Did.
This society in which we live is so messed up. People have given in to the whole ‘if it doesn’t make me feel comfortable or agree with what I say, think or feel, or want to do, then I’m not putting up with it’ lifestyle. ‘I have my own truth, ‘they say, ‘so if you want to be my friend, then don’t cross me.’ Humility and repentance are two words that are bitter in the mouths of many people. Is it any wonder that everything is so wacky now? I think not.
Wow. Just wow. And that’s the way it is. Selfishness reigns. Anger and frustration and violence and depression and rebellion are as thick as the air anymore.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say something along the lines of, “I believe GOD wants me to be happy. I don’t believe He wants me to go through things like this.” It’s everywhere… It’s all over the Christian community as well. And people don’t grow. People think they’re going to get yanked off of this planet before bad stuff happens. People think they were just put down here to basically enjoy life – having bought into the lie that says they are supposed to just be comfortable. Uh-huh. Yeah. Right again….
Can you imagine a soldier being on a battlefield and refusing to fight the enemy, because she doesn’t want to get shot at? That’s crazy! We signed up for this war. This is not a game, or a high school dance or a sorority party. This. Is. War.
Well, let’s look at our example so we don’t look at things in the wrong light. After all, we use the Bible as our reference, so let’s do that. And let’s look in it at the Author and Finisher of our faith…the One we profess to follow. Just know as I type this, I tremble inside when I begin to compare myself to Him. But He is the ONLY ONE I am supposed to compare myself to. Not my best friend and her idea of how things are supposed to be. Not the pastor who has fallen into deception about even the word ‘prosperity’, thinking that we are to get rich, because that’s what Yeshua wants for us. Not the famous preacher who says that we’re not going to have to ‘endure to the end’ (even though that is what Yeshua said), but rather that we are going to escape the bad stuff because Daddy GOD is going to take us to heaven so we don’t have to go through anything hard.
Look at Yeshua/Jesus. Most people don’t even want to call Him by his name. They want to call Him Jesus. But you know what? That’s not His real name. His name is Yeshua. People struggle with that. People want to have the kind of savior that fits their western culture spoiled rotten idea of who and what He is/was/said/did. But that’s not what He wants. He wants genuine LOVE.
I think I probably sound a bit intense today. I think it’s because it’s time to get serious. The LORD said that judgment begins in His house. Well, that’s us. So before He has to judge us, we’d better be judging ourselves. How serious are we about Him and what He wants? How willing are we to go through whatever we have to go through to PROVE that? He defined love as doing the will of His Father in heaven…and His Father in heaven sent Him here to DIE for us…to suffer and go through horrible pain for us. So the question is, (since we now know what REAL love is): How much do we really love HIM? Is it more than we love ourselves? We’ve got to examine ourselves and make the necessary corrections. No more delay. There is no more time for delay. The time to change is NOW. The time to repent is NOW. The time to stop being afraid of losing ourselves and our identities is NOW. The time to grow up is NOW. The time to stop being afraid and RUN, RUN, RUN into the battle is NOW. So let’s do – let’s examine Yeshua’s life for a moment. And let’s just look at the part where He was in the Garden before His arrest.
Do you think He wanted to die? Do you think He wanted to be beaten – literally whipped until the flesh was hanging off of His body – until He was no longer recognizable? Do you think He wanted to be spat upon and mocked and ridiculed, without saying a word? Do you think He wanted to go through any of THAT at all? Do you think He thought it was going to be fun to have every sin and sickness and disease put on His body, when He had never sinned in His life? Do you think He didn’t want GOD to take it all away and come up with a painless and easy way to go through stuff to save us – a way that wouldn’t involve suffering in any way? Do you think He was incapable of experiencing hurt and sorrow and grief and physical and emotional pain?
Do you think it was fun to be in so much stress that He began to sweat ‘great drops of blood’? I understand from the tiny bit I’ve read that it is possible to do so when the body is in extreme EXTREME stress. If that is true, can you even begin to imagine what He was going through? I don’t think so. I can’t. No one can really understand that. But, by the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, we are so glad that He did. We are so so so glad that He did. And He did it because of LOVE. OBEDIENCE to the FATHER is true love. There was nothing ooey-gooey about it. It wasn’t ‘sticky-sweet, syrup-y, sugar-y, honey-filled’ love. No. It was ‘down in the trenches’ love. It was ‘rip your guts out, I’m sticking to this no matter how much it hurts or how hard it is’ love. It was ‘I am in this for the long haul’ love. It was ‘no matter what you say or think of me, I’m here – and I’m not going away’ love. It was ‘I will endure until the end, because you are worth it’ love. It was ‘genuine, faithful, devoted, steadfast, extraordinary, beautiful, pure, honest, persevering, dedicated’ LOVE.
We all search for something and don’t see it right before our very eyes. We get our little attitudes and climb up on our little soapboxes, telling others that we will not put up with the junk in the lives of other people and that endurance is not scriptural, unless it suits our own ideas of what that looks like. But that’s not what Yeshua did. Nope. He didn’t. HE ENDURED TO THE END. And Beloved, you and I have the same assignment. There is no depth in ooey-gooey, sticky-sweet, syrup-y, sugar-y, honey-filled love, because it doesn’t exist. If you think about it, that kind of ‘love’ would draw flies and bees that bite and sting. REAL love is solid. REAL love is PATIENT, and KIND. Love is written all over 1 Corinthians 13, but it is lived out in the life our LORD and SAVIOR YESHUA/JESUS. Love conquers all. Everything..
One last thing: He said the servant is not greater than the master. He said that it is only those who endure to the end who will be saved. He said only those who do the will of His Father in heaven will make it there. So, Beloved, we said ‘Yes!’ to GOD. And now the question is: Will we stay and do what we need to do to honor and bless and truly love the one we have said ‘Yes!’ to. It means we die to ourselves, just as Yeshua did. There’s no way around it. Anything less is ooey-gooey sticky-sweet…well, you get the idea.
Come on, Warrior Brides. Fearless love. Let’s do this!
Love ya!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

SELFIE...SELFIE...SELFIE

Politics.  Conspiracy Theories. End Times Events.  Movies. Cell phones.  Video games. Television.  Soap Operas.  Talk Shows.  Game Shows.  Music Videos. Sports. Relationships. Social Media. Entertainment. The Economy. Terrorism. Finances.  Sickness. Disease. Wars.  Traffic.  Jobs.  Food Prices.  Gasoline Prices.  The Past.  The Future.  My Body.   My Health.  My Church.  My Life.  My Finances.  My This.  My That.  My Plans.  My. My. My.  Selfies.  Selfies.  Selfies.

Each one on the list above could be a blog post all its own, but for the sake of time and space, I've just picked one to use as an example for this word...

I can't and won't watch much on television anymore.  There is so much filth pouring across the airwaves these days.  Has been for many years now.  All of the sex, violence, deception, verbal attacks, hate and lies...and while we all know that's the case with many television shows and movies, one could even say that's also the case in the political arena.  But it's more than that....  It's way more than that....

Recently, I listened to the presidential candidates and was once again amazed that some individuals who are running for the highest office in this land are more than willing to lie their heads off to the American people.  I hear loved ones talking about it, and read the posts of some friends on Facebook who love the LORD.  They're spewing ridicule, anger and hate because of their revulsion toward the candidates because of the condition of our nation and the wickedness of some of those who are running.  They're angry about where we are as a nation now.  I understand that.  So am I.  But we're not pointing our fingers in the right direction....  (That's a whole different blog post for another time...)

While my heart is saddened by what I see, read and know to be true from public records, this blog post isn't about politics.  It's about something much more important than who the president of the United States will be for the next 8 years.  This is a word from the LORD that resonates deep within my spirit and which must be shared with as many as will hear.  

People are running all over the place, caught up in this or that 'cause' or thing or pleasure - good or bad makes no difference with regard to this point - and they have allowed it to consume their thoughts, time and energy.  And in the process, the enemy has been able to draw their attention away from where it should be focused first and foremost:  On the LORD, the relationship with Him and doing what He wants.  

Please allow me to explain.  Since I used politics in the example above, I'll stay with that subject matter for the moment.  But whether it be politics or the obsession of taking endless pictures of ourselves (selfies) and plastering them all over social media every five minutes, the point is the same.  

We're distracted.  We're fighting from a place of weakness and no strength, because we're using our own wisdom and arguments...  We're centered on ourselves and not on our Creator.  We're looking into the physical realm instead of the spiritual realm, consulting our limited little brains and making our decisions or choosing our own plans instead of searching GOD'S heart.  We're weakened because we've allowed ourselves to become distracted.  We've lost our focus and our purpose for being created and sent to this earth in the first place.  And the kingdom of darkness loves it.

Last week I had the opportunity to address a group of people who are brothers and sisters in Christ.  They meet weekly to learn about the underhanded and behind-the-scenes things going on that most people in the nation don't seem to know.  I overheard someone calling this group 'Conspiracy Theorists'.  I choose not to label them, aside from acknowledging their faith in Christ.  We have far too many labels we pin on people as it is.  And most of those labels are more than divisive...

Anyway, after the video was finished, the facilitator shared his thoughts and additional information about the video we had just viewed.  Eventually, the conversation took a turn toward the presidential candidates and there was some slightly heated discussion about several of those running for president.  All through the evening, however, my thoughts were directed to the LORD, asking Him why He had me there and what He wanted me to know/see/hear/say.  This is one of the things He told me and what I want to share with you today, regardless of the country in which you live, or the conditions in which you find yourself.  And while there are those in the Body of Christ who may not be in this place at this time in their walks with Christ, this is a word for almost all of GOD'S people everywhere...

The enemy has brought distraction to keep you from your true call in this life.  It makes no difference what the distraction is!  It is designed to keep you from focusing all that you are on YHVH and from getting your orders from HIM.  We don't have the wisdom to figure everything out.  Even when it comes to the next leader of our nation, we do not have the wisdom to know who the best person for the job is.  People can and do say just about anything to get their way.  We watch and listen, we weigh the words and actions...but do we really know the heart of the person we are watching?  I think not.  Only GOD knows the heart of a man or woman.  And only GOD knows to whom He wants to give that authority.  Are we willing to ask Him what He wants?  Are we His agents in the earth, or only concerned about what He wants as long as it agrees with our agendas?

But there is infinitely more than just distraction going on, Beloved Friend, for with distraction comes deception...  They walk hand in hand.  Just as Adam and Eve were distracted by the enemy and deceived by his words, we must ask ourselves if we have been deceived to look to the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, instead of looking to the Tree of Life for our direction.  

YHVH is the Tree of Life.  He is the Direction.  Staying focused on Him requires discipline...but then, if we are truly His disciples, we'll exercise discipline and look to Him for our answers and direction...for our life...for our purpose...for the glory of His Kingdom!  

Look at the list in the first paragraph again.  Do you fit too comfortably into any of these areas?  

We can be so consumed by something that we are drawn off of our mission here on this earth.  To love the LORD with all of our hearts, might, mind...our strength...all of it.  And then to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.  Things are out of whack, though.  Remember Noah?   The people were going their own way - THEIR OWN WAY - eating and drinking and marrying and giving in marriage - when finally GOD had enough.  Yeshua/Jesus said it was going the be the same when He returns...people doing their own thing, pleasing their own selves....  Selfie...Selfie...Selfie...

If you have already made up your mind about something, but haven't sought GOD'S heart to see what HE wants, then you've made your opinions more important in your own mind than His desires.  Are you a distracted lover, a 'Selfie', putting other things, peoples, ideas and opinions above GOD?  If so, repent!!! There's time.  Don't be discouraged or depressed about it, just be faithful!  Remember: He's merciful....  

If you're on the 'Selfie Train', get off Beloved Friend!  We've got work to do for the Kingdom of GOD and it's exciting, wonderful and it's TIME!!!