Thursday, June 22, 2017

Complete

We do not cease to pray for you...that ye might be
filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom
and spiritual understanding. Colossians 1:9

This prayer is the very root of spiritual growth and health. 
The result of being filled with the knowledge of God's 
will is that we can 'walk worthily of the Lord unto all 
pleasing; that we bear fruit in every good work; that 
we increase in the knowledge of God; that we are are 
strengthened with all power according to the might 
of His glory, unto all patience and long-suffering with 
joy, giving thanks unto the Father.'(Colossians 1:9-11)

The great truth suggested by the words in regard to the 
verse above is that it must be in 
'all wisdom and spiritual understanding.' 
The human mind can study and even grasp the doctrines 
of the Bible without having any true insight or knowledge 
of quickening life and power. Many wonder why so much 
Bible knowledge does not make them humble and lowly 
as they would like to be. It is because their knowledge of 
God's will is in the power of human wisdom and natural 
understanding.

'The Spirit of truth will guide you into all truth.
The power of teaching truth and leading men into it was 
committed to the Holy Spirit alone. He was to teach all 
things, to guide into all truth. As the indwelling Spirit, 
possessing and re-newing the heart, He alone could im-
part the truth so that it would become part of our very 
nature--giving both the will and the power to obey it. 

The universal neglect of so much of God's will, and the
universal complaint of the lack of power to perform has 
but one cause: the heavenly life in the power of the Holy 
Spirit is so little known or sought. Andrew Murray 

Well, reader, are you still with me? The lesson today is
spot on. Here in America it is so easy to 'live the
Christian life' without the power of the Holy Spirit with-
in. There were ten virgins but only five went into the
wedding feast. Why? It was a matter of oil. The oil of
the Holy Spirit. Five of the virgins were living life in
their human strength without the daily filling that can
only come from Him. They had no oil.

'Be filled with the Holy Spirit; speaking to yourselves 
in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing 
and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving 
thanks always for all things unto God and the Father 
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.'   
Ephesians 5:18,19


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Be Wise

Be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the 
Lord is.  Ephesians 5:17

To understand a thing means not only to know its outward 
form, but to know something of its true nature--its inner 
meaning and working. It is connection with God Himself, 
for the knowledge of that will opens up our hearts to the 
very heart of God. What divine wisdom has planned, 
Divine power will perform.

We were "Created in Christ Jesus unto good works, 
which God hath before ordained that we should walk 
in them."  Ephesians 2:10. We can count on the Holy 
Spirit to lead us into all of God's perfect will.
Andrew Murray

Reader, I find the will of God to be rather simple most days.
It is a text to a friend who is suffering; a trip to the hospital
to see a Mom who needs hope; it is a prayer for one who
has lost his way. It is an openness to a change of plans which
often come as an interference rather than an opportunity--
at least at first. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

God At Work In Us

Being predestined according to the purpose of him who 
worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.   
Ephesians 1:11

What God has willed, He also works out. The counsel of 
His will is too high and holy; only He can work it out. 
The will is a working power, a determination to act. Even 
a man who really wills a thing seeks to overcome every 
obstacle so that it may be realized. The eternal purpose is 
what guides all His work. How?

It inspires the assurance that God's purpose will be per-
formed. We are apt to look at ourselves and our feebleness, 
to men and circumstances, and to measure what appears 
possible. We need to remember that God's sovereign will 
is a power that will--in great and small detail--secure the 
fulfillment of His plans. "He is the God which works all in 
all." (1 Cor 12:6) Divine operation always precedes human 
co-operation. 

This faith teaches us to live and work in entire dependence 
on God's working. It will awaken and strengthen us in 
humility, the root of true Christian virtue. God will con-
stantly impart the life and strength we need.

This faith will lead us to true diligence in God' service,
because, of our confidence that what He wills He works 
Himself. As we give ourselves away to the blessed truth 
of our works being the outflow of our faith, we will find 
abundant fruit. 

We must cease living entirely for ourselves, yield our-
selves unreservedly to God's working, and there learn 
what it means to say: "I also labor, striving according
to His working, which works in me mightily." (Col 1:29)
Andrew Murray

Reader, God's will is that we allow Him to fulfill His
purposes in and through us. The definitive word here
is 'allow.' By the way, He will get His way and all of
His purposes will be fulfilled.



Monday, June 19, 2017

Deliverance

Our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins,
that he might deliver us from this present evil world,
according to the will of God and our Father. Gal 1:4

Paul always carried with him a very deep sense of the
will of God as the source and rule of all things. In five
of the Epistles, he speaks of himself as an apostle, "by 
the will of God." In this verse Paul shows how earnestly 
the Father desires our deliverance from the present evil 
world, through the sacrifice of His Son. Jesus Christ not 
only came to take away our sins but to deliver us out of 
this present world by freeing us from its spirit, and 
making us partakers of the life and the powers of the 
heavenly world. 

We sometimes hear of worldly Christians, and of a be-
lieving world, but there appears to be little awareness 
of the extent to which a worldly spirit pervades and 
weakens the Christian life. It is so difficult to exactly 
define or recognize the power of this influence. As a 
consequence of this, the power of Jesus Christ, and of 
faith in Him, overcoming the world, and proving that 
we are just as little of the world as He was, is little 
sought or even known.

Our Lord gave Himself that He might deliver us from 
this present evil world according to the will of God. 
Without ever being aware of it, the spirit of this world 
is present in all that surrounds us, to keep us busy and 
occupied. May God help us to inseparably connect the 
three blessed truths set before us here: 

the will of God, as the source;
Jesus giving Himself for us, as the means;
Deliverance from this present evil world as the mark 
and fruit of the great salvation. 

May He teach us that we are as little of this world as 
Jesus was, because we are one with Him

May the presence and power of the Son of God from 
heaven in our hearts, with its complete deliverance 
from  the worldly spirit, be known as the will of God 
for us.   Andrew Murray 

Reader, did you have any idea of just how many scrip-
tures teach on the will of God? In my ignorance I have
only called on Him for His will in the big decisions,
however, scripture, understood correctly, deals very
comprehensively on this subject. I don't particularly like
the words, 'surrender' and 'obedience,' but that is because
I want to do things my way. I don't really believe this
subject is all that important. And, I don't have the faith
to believe that Jesus is able to do it all through me!

Two great books are:
The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee
Lifetime Guarantee--Making your Christian Life work
    and what to do if it doesn't    by Bill Gillham

Sunday, June 18, 2017

A Renewed Mind

Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what
is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 12:2

The three adjectives Paul uses, good, acceptable, and
perfect, indicates the three stages in our proving and
knowing the will of God. The first refers to our discern-
ing between good and evil, and our accepting what we 
know of God's will as indeed good. The second points
to our knowledge of God's will in special relation to
ourselves. The will of God is not the same for all His
children. The third word, perfect, tells us that we may
not rest content with what we already know and do of
God's will. This is only the beginning; we must press
on to stand perfect in all the will of God. We are to live 
only to do the will of God.

"Be not conformed to this world." And, "The friend-
ship of this world is enmity with God." The world may  " 
acknowledge God, but it cannot by its very nature, do
anything but its own will. We are still in the world and
in constant danger of being under its influence. The 
subtle atmosphere which surrounds us, with the flesh 
in alliance, hinders thousands of Christians from being 
able to live a life of true devotion to the will of God. 

'But be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind."
Salvation must be followed by the continual, daily,
renewing of the Holy Spirit. "Be renewed in the spirit
of your mind." (Eph 4:23) "He saved us by the wash-
ing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost."
(Titus 3:5)

The calling and the privilege of every believer is to find
out what the good and acceptable will of God is. The one
great hindrance is a worldly spirit which conforms us to 
the habits of the world.  It is only the power of the Holy
Spirit that can overcome this danger. To be daily trans-
formed in the renewing of our mind gives the spiritual
capacity to know, to love, and to do all the will of God.

Take courage, dear ones! The eternal Spirit, through 
Christ said, "I delight to do Thy will" (Ps 40:8), and 
offered Himself a sacrifice unto God, dwells in you. Yield 
yourself as a sacrifice for Him to consume. Believe and 
receive His daily renewing. He is able to keep you from
falling. Andrew Murray 

Reader, His will is not burdensome! It is living in the will
of God moment by moment. Reading, meditating on Scrip-
ture is foundational to renewing our minds in the things of
God. It is in the power of the Holy Spirit that we are able
to choose God's will and stand against "the world, the flesh
and the Devil." Really, in these last days, we are in such a
battle. Courage! Heaven will be forever lived in freedom
and in joyfulness as we continually walk in His will.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Even Unto Death

Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me:
nevertheless not my will, but thine be done. 
Luke 22:42

What does the innermost sanctuary of Gethsemane tell 
us about redemption? It opens up the inner meaning 
and power of the visible suffering and sacrifice on the 
cross. And, of all the suffering of Gethsemane, "Not My 
will, but Thine be done" was the key. It shows us which 
sin it was that made the great sacrifice a necessity--our 
self-will. It reveals the humility which gave the sacrifice 
its value--surrender of the will to receive God's will. The
redemption it affected was the conquest and atonement 
of our self-will. And, the salvation it actually brings is 
the impartation of a will entirely given up to God. 

Believer, is this the very Christ you delight in, seek to be 
conformed to, and long to know more fully in His indwel-
ling power? In Gethsemane, He entered into the very 
deepest and nearest fellowship with you in surrendering 
His will to death. Enter into the deepest and nearest fel-
lowship with him in surrendering your will as He did. 
Pray for the Holy Spirit to show how self-will is the root 
of all sin and temptation and darkness. Pray for the 
knowledge of how the will of God can come in, cast self-
will out and live in you. Learn how faith in Christ, who 
died to conquer our self-will now waits to dwell in us, 
can make you a partaker of His death and victory. Learn 
the lesson that death to self-will just means a quiet bow-
ing before God in utter poverty and helplessness. It is 
simply trusting in the blessed Lamb of God--who passed 
through death as the only way to perfect surrender of His 
will to God's will--to breathe His own Spirit, and the very 
will of God, into us. Andrew Murray

Reader, I only touched the outside of this chapter. I have
not studied or taken into me, the great truth of this chapter:
"Not my will, but thine be done."

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Obedience Leads to Faith

If any man will to do his will he shall know of the
doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak
of myself. (John 7:17)

When man really knows the teaching is from God--has 
both the truth and power of God in it--it becomes easy
for him to believe it, and he receives its fulfillment. To 
all believers who really long to have these promises
shine with Divine light in their hearts, Christ's message
comes today: it all depends on whether or not you really 
want to do the will of God. 

The great reason why so many pray for an increase of
faith and never get it is that "the will to do His will,"
has never taken place. The will rules the life, and is the
index of the heart. The whole man is to be judged by 
the will. Unless there is fixed resolve--a seeking with
the whole heart to do the will of God--there can be no
growth of faith, and no knowledge of the Divine truth
to which it gives access. It is only as God's will is truly
and fully embraced in the doing, that God can reveal
Himself to me.

Here is the way to a strong and joyful life. Unite your-
self to the will of God. It will unite you to Him, and it
will draw Him to you. Union with Him is perfected by
doing the Father's will. The life of God is given in
Christ, revealed and perfected by the will of God, as 
it is willed and done by us.  
Andrew Murray; God's will: our dwelling place

Reader, this book sat on my desk for weeks. I did not
want to read it, nor did I want to take my blogs from it.
You see, I not only did not want to be challenged, but I
feared that those who are reading my blogs, would drop
off. The content is old fashioned as is the message. I
made a decision to do His will even if no one read the
message. As we go through this book together, I am
blessed and so are many of you!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Equipped

I can of myself do nothing...
John 5:30 (Jesus is doing the speaking here)

When our Lord became man, He told us the whole
secret of His life: the yielding of Himself to do the 
will of the Father. He counted on God to give Him 
wisdom and the strength He needed to work out the 
will of God within Him. If we truly desire to follow,
however distantly, in christ's footsteps, we must 
stand with Him in the same close relationship with
the Father. We need a sense of presence and near-
ness of the God whose will we are to do as much 
as our Lord needed it. If you separate the thing you 
have to do from Him whose will it is, then it be-
comes a burden and an impossibility.

Live in the faith He has given you. The will of the
Father is such a beautiful, wise, gentle, living thing. 
To know it as the breathing out of the heart of God 
makes it an infinite attraction and delight.
(Andrew Murray) 

Reader, as I read these words I find a longing within
to be attached to the Father heart of God. Don't give
up. It is only by failure that we learn that He must
do it all.



Sunday, June 11, 2017

Real Food

I have meat that ye know not of...My meat is to do the 
will of him that sent me...  John 4:32,34

God has so created us that a sense of hunger impels us to 
seek food.

"Bless the Lord...who satisfies thy mouth with good 
things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagles." 
Psalm 103:1,5
"He satisfies the longing soul" Psalm 107:9

Feeding on the will of God gives this Divine satisfaction. 
Doing that will leads us into a wonderful fellowship and 
partnership with Himself. But that means more than just 
doing what is right or keeping the law. It is only when 
we do it as "the will of the Father"--in the sense of His 
presence, in fellowship with Himself, and in the loving 
desire to please Him--that it will give nourishment, 
strength, and satisfaction to the soul. 

Murray goes on to say this:
The believer has the same eternal life that was in 
Jesus Christ..., but he needs the same daily food.

'Soul, 
Pray for a great hunger for the will of God--as naturally 
and continually as you pray for your daily bread. 
Beg God to show you His will for you, and enable you 
to do it for Him. Then you can say: "I have meat to eat 
that ye know not of"--the will of the Father made known 
and performed today.' Andrew Murray

Reader, the more I get into this book, the more I realize
that I may look overweight, but, in fact, I am starving!

Print out the prayer above and put it in a place where
you will see it to pray frequently. God is able to do His
will through you. It is not a striving thing...

For those who are interested in how prophetic things
are progressing, I am posting the Informed Christians
You Tube site below. Save it. The last couple of videos
are very helpful in understanding where we are.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGyT0PTmJofBlTTpgW1Pp1g








Friday, June 9, 2017

Pleasing God

Whosoever shall do the will of my father which is in 
heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and
mother.  Matthew 12:50

How many long for a more intimate fellowship with 
the Lord Jesus? Come, turn to the blessed Lord Him-
self, and let Him tell you His open secret. The way 
into the most intimate union with Christ is very simple. 
It is doing the will of His Father. Of the one who does 
this Jesus says, 
"The same is my brother, and sister and mother."

Jesus came as a man to prove the blessedness and the 
glory of doing the will of the Father. This was what 
lay at the root of His power to conquer sin, to satisfy 
God, to save us. Doing the will of God is the only way 
possible, on earth or in heaven, of pleasing Him.

The difference between the law of God and the will 
of the Father is this: The law is given by a ruler and 
has no power to secure obedience; the will of the 
Father is a personal, loving communication in which 
the Father's voice and presence are known. 

Be transfigured by one thought:
"Like Jesus, with Jesus, in Jesus 
I live to do the Father's will, 
and as you fail or fear to fail, 
just whisper: 
"O, my Lord, my Elder Brother, 
You and I are one 
in doing the Father's will."
Andrew Murray

Reader, I am re-thinking just what it means to be
a disciple of Christ, to be intimately related to the
Father. I find the words of Andrew Murray to be
captivating. His prayer above is so simple.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

God Wants All to be Saved

God our Savior, desires all people to be saved and to
come to a knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:4)

We have been looking at God's will and it must
include that God does not want anyone to go to
hell. Hell was made for the rebellious angels not
for humans. God brought a story to me today
that shows the mercy of God and to what lengths
He will go to bring us to heaven.

An Atheist--Dead on morgue slab, goes to hell,
then to heaven and back to his body. What a
shock to the medical staff!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59mRZ1Vj8ZU 

His Will, Not Mine

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:10

Reader, I have spoken these words through my
childhood and on into adulthood, but have never
pondered the meaning. In fact I have often let
my mind wander as I said The Lord's Prayer. I
have included a few thoughts of Andrew Murray's
on what we are saying when we pray this line.

In the will of God, we have the perfect expression
of His Divine perfection. He is the fullness of all 
beauty and blessedness. His divine wisdom and
goodness are made known to us, and through His 
will, men can know God. It is the only sure way 
to fellowship and union with the Father.

When the Christian learns to see God's will in
everything that happens to him--grievous or
pleasing; great or small--the prayer, "Thy will
be done," will become the a place of adoration
and praise. Happy is the Christian who receives
everything in his life as the will His Father.

"Thy will be done, as in heaven so on earth,"
becomes the expression of fellowship with God.
This prayer needs your whole heart. It needs the
teaching and indwelling of Jesus Christ in the
heart to be able to pray it correctly. It calls for 
heart, a will, and a life entirely given up to the 
Father in heaven, by His Spirit in us to bring us
into understanding. 

May the glory of God shine in us and through us!

Reader, the doing of things is easy compared to
surrender as we walk through life. I am so aware
these days, of the need to fall forward and trust
His will for my life.

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Way to Heaven

Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter 
into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will 
of my Father which is in heaven.      Matt 7:21

There are two words which invariably produce negative
emotions: God's Will and Obedience. We want to think
that we can handle pretty much everything that comes
along. But wait, was that not the temptation from the
snake in  the garden to Eve? Independence was what
tripped her up. She wanted to be as God. I have to ad-
mit that I have struggled with both of these words,
which is the reason I want to dig into Murray's book on
the will of God.

Here are some quotes regarding heaven:

The inhabitants of heaven owe all their glory to God's 
working His will of love in them. The only way to be fit 
to enter heaven is to do the will of God here on earth. 

Men seek to put their trust in Christ, to confess Him, and
to do many things in His Name. They think that this is
Christianity, while they forget that the INNER spiritual 
reality of true Christianity is this--the knowing and loving 
and doing the Father's will as their one desire and delight. 
He must work this faith in us. 

All salvation on earth or in heaven is doing the will of
God. Let us give ourselves up to it--to study, to believe,
to practice, to rejoice in it. Let us choose the will of God--
His whole will and nothing but His will--to rule over us 
and dwell within us each day. The living Father whose 
love can make it our blessedness, loves to teach it to us 
and to work in us the ability to do His will.
Andrew Murray from the book, 
God's Will: our dwelling place

Dearest one, Our heavenly Father wants only the best
for us. This is not a punishment, but liberty-- to really
live a joyful life!

Friday, June 2, 2017

God's Will

What is God's will? (Have I lost you all ready?)
How many times have I heard that question?
How often through the years have I agonized over
that question. Recently I pulled from my library a
book written in the 19th century by a theologian
who died a long time ago.

God's Will
my dwelling place
by Andrew Murray

From the back cover:
Have you ever longed to nestle in the arms of God's
love, knowing that He had reserved a place for you
to be with Him always?

This is the heart cry of many Christians who deeply
yearn for a close fellowship with the Father, dwelling
with Him even as Jesus did while He lived on earth.

With great insight, Andrew Murray shares the secret
of establishing this same vibrant relationship that
Jesus had: it is by knowing and doing the will of the
Father!

If you want to find strength with rest, joy with fruit-
fulness, and peace with provision, there is only one
place for you to be: in the very center of God's will!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Witness

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that
we are children of God.  Romans 8:16

The Spirit of God witnesses to the redemption of 
our Lord, and to nothing else. If we are trying to 
make Him witness to our reason, it is no wonder 
that we are in darkness and uncertainty. Throw it 
all overboard, trust in Him, and He will give you 
the witness of the Spirit. (OC)

Reader, how are you evaluating your salvation?
Is it by the Word of God--see Romans 10: 9, 10)
and the witness of the Spirit of God who dwells
within, or is it by feeling and "I hope so?" Now
is the time to place your salvation on a sure peg.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Angels Unaware

For He will give His angels 
     charge concerning you,
To guard you in all your ways.
They will bear you up in their 
     hands
Lest you strike your foot against
     a stone.
(Psalm 91:11,12)

How many of you have been aware of protecting angels?
Well, yesterday was one of those days for me. I had
picked up the dog and was heading home on highway 95
going about 55 in a 65 mph zone, when, suddenly, a car
crossed the lane of oncoming traffic--he had no room to
spare from that direction--and pulled directly in front of
me. I slammed on the brakes, and stopped inches from
his back fender. I heard the dog hit the floor as well as
the eggs sitting next to me. Funny, the things you are
aware of just before impact. But there was no impact. I
would say, considering the speed I was going and how
slow he was to get up any speed, that a serious crash was
inevitable. I stopped instantly. No one was behind me. As
I drove off in shock, I looked down at the box of eggs
which were lying on their side and I wondered if any of
them were intact.
Not one was broken, not one was cracked.
The eggs should have been an omelet!

It reminds me of another story when I was on staff with
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in NYC--many years
ago--, and I had to travel back on the subway in the late
evenings. One time I was alone in the subway car except
for two men sitting way behind me. I knew I had a long
walk to my apartment when I got off the train. Sure
enough, the guys followed me up the steps, but at the top
of the stairs was a cop AND HIS DOG! The men fled in
the opposite direction. I had never seen the police there
before--or after.

You know, in each of these examples the unbeliever can
find enough evidence to prove that neither was a
supernatural event.

Dear Christian, never doubt His love for you! Look
for the evidence in your daily life. Share God's
goodness with one another and encourage each other
as we watch for His coming.

Maranatha!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Other Side

Let us go to the other side. Mark 4:35

Christ said, "Let us go to the other side"--
not "to the middle of the lake to be drowned." 
Daniel Crawford

Reader, how many of you have begun your
journey to "the other side," only to find that
it is taking much longer than expected and is
much harder than it looked? I notice in the
verse above that Jesus includes Himself in
boat.  Well, Amen.


Monday, May 29, 2017

God Is On The Throne

He said, "This is the resting place, let the weary 
rest...   Isaiah 28:12

Why do you worry? What possible use does your
worrying serve? You are aboard such a large ship
that you would be unable to steer even if your
Captain placed you at the helm. Be quiet, dear soul--
God is the Master!

Do you think all the commotion and uproar of this
life is evidence that God has left His throne? He
has not! His mighty steeds rush furiously ahead,
and His chariots are the storms themselves. But
the horses have bridles, and it is God who holds
the reins, guiding the chariots as He wills!

Our God Jehovah is still the Master! Believe this
and you will have peace. "Don't be afraid."
Charles Spurgeon

The title of the news headline caught my attention:

"Egyptian Christians killed for refusing to 
renounce their faith."

Evidently, each person was asked if he would re-
nounce his faith in Jesus as he stepped off the bus.
One by one each stepped off alone and one by
one each said, "no," and was immediately shot--
even the children...

Reader,
Christians are the most persecuted group of people
in the world today. Won't you pray for your sisters,
and brothers who face imprisonment and death
daily?


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Pentecost

Next week churches around the world will celebrate
Pentecost which was the day the Holy Spirit was
poured out on the infant church. But, did you know
that the Jews also celebrate Pentecost at the end of
May? The Feast of Pentecost, in which all Jewish
men had to go to Jerusalem each year, was instituted
by God at Mt Sinai. In this feast God went into
covenant with His people, a marriage covenant. The
beginning of this covenant came earlier at the barley
harvest when God had the Priest wave the grain before
Him. The Priest was then commanded to count fifty
days to the Feast of Pentecost. This feast came at the
end of the wheat harvest and the Priest had to wave
two loaves of bread--bread made with yeast. Pentecost
is tied to first fruits, covenant, weddings--a favorite
day for Jewish weddings--deliverance. The day
represents completion of the fifty days between the
first fruits of barley and the first fruits of wheat.

Jesus is the Bread of Life, the first fruits of salvation.
This Bread ascended into heaven and poured out the
Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to seal the believers until
the day when Jesus Himself would transform our
mortal bodies and pick up His Bride for the wedding!

Reader we are in a season of great expectation for
the return of our Groom. So many patterns coming
together at this time! I have watched the video posted
below three times, trying to grasp all the threads
presented. One has to start in the Old Testament in
order to understand the end times and the rapture. It
really is all one piece.

Partial Pentecost--take your time with this one!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rDS95fnHuE

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Cup

Shall I not drink the  cup the Father has given to me?
John 18:11

God is a thousand times more meticulous with us 
than even an artist is with his canvas. Using many
brush strokes of sorrow, and circumstances of
various colors, He paints us into the highest and
best image He visualizes, if we will only receive
His bitter gifts of myrrh in the right spirit.

Yet when our cup of sorrows is taken away and the 
lessons in it are suppressed or go unheeded, we do 
more damage to our soul than could ever be repaired. 
No human heart can imagine the incomparable love 
God expresses in His gift of myrrh. However, this 
great gift that our soul should receive is allowed to 
pass by us because of our sleepy indifference, and 
ultimately nothing comes of it.

Then, in our barrenness we come and complain,
saying, "O Lord, I feel so dry, and there is so much 
darkness within me!" My advice to you, dear child,
is to open your heart to the pain and suffering, and 
it will accomplish more good than being full of 
emotion and sincerity. TAULER

Reader, there is something to be said of taking in what
God has given, to surrender to God rather than taking
on the enemy. Nothing can touch us that does not
come through His hand. This approach is hard to
grasp especially in this modern world where we are
told everything can be fixed--if we just try harder!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Unheeded Secret

Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this 
world." John 18:36

We must get rid of the plague of the spirit 
of this rebellious age in which we live. The 
central point of the kingdom of Jesus Christ 
is a personal relationship with Him, not 
public usefulness to others. (OC)

Reader, 'public usefulness to others' can be
found in the modern church where all sorts
of expectations are put upon the members--
by pastors.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Discouraged, Lonely, Brokenhearted

Do I have good news for you!

...Fear not,
for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name,
you are mine.

When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and through the rivers,
they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire
you shall not be burned,
and the flames will not consume you.

For I AM the Lord your God...

Because you are precious in my eyes,
and honored and I love you,
I give men in return for you,
peoples in exchange for your life.

Fear not, I am with you...
Isaiah 43: 1-5

Reader, we have a personal God who favors us, who
loves us through thick and thin. How can He do this?
What is it about me that makes me special? I found
this in a simple worship song:

It's your blood that cleanses me
It's your blood that gives me life
It's your blood that took my place
In redeeming sacrifice,
And washes me whiter than the snow,
Than the snow;
My Jesus, God's precious sacrifice

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The King is Coming!

For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the
Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they
say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh
upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and
they shall not escape.
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day
should overtake you as a thief. Ye are children of light; 
and the children of the day: we are not of the night, 
nor of darkness...
...let us who are of the day, be sober, putting on the
breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the
hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us unto 
wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.
Wherefore comfort yourselves together...
(1 Thessalonians 5)

I have spent the past few days reviewing many videos
that pertain to these last days and what we can know
and what we can expect. Some are very good; some
are not! I have chosen to post two of them at the end
of this short blog. The scripture above is fast coming
into reality and it really is time to discern what is about
to happen. I have underlined the key points which are
unpacked in the two videos. The first one by JD Farag,
was posted just a few hours ago and is about the prophetic
trip of our President into the Middle East.The second one
takes you back into the Rev 12 sign--believe me, many
have a lot to say about the sign that will appear in the
heavens on September 23, 2017. It has not been seen in
the last 2,000 years. It's first appearance was at the birth 
of the Son of Man! 

Reader, I ask you to take the time to ponder both the
scripture above and the two videos. In one day, in one
hour everything we have ever known will change.

Very current events happening right now. JD Farag
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8_51MU9wuc

We were forewarned  (Daniel Valles)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsyuKRebEfw

Friday, May 19, 2017

True Reconciliation

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us,
that we might become the righteousness of God
in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

Truly, this is one verse that makes my stomach drop
when I read it. How is it that the perfect Lamb of God
would become sin for me so that I can come into His
presence as a brand new person? Notice that we be-
come the righteousness of God IN HIM. Truly, this
verse is breathtaking in its scope!

Oswald Chambers has this to say:
Jesus Christ reconciled the human race, putting it
back to where God designed it to be. And now
anyone can experience that reconciliation, being
brought into oneness with God, on the basis of
what our Lord has done on the cross. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Waiting

...they who wait for the Lord shall 
renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like
     eagles...      Isaiah 40:31

I was pondering these words just this
morning and then I found this poem:

Waiting! Yes, patiently waiting!
   Till next steps made plain will be;
To hear, with the inner hearing,
   The Voice that will call for me.

Waiting! Yes, hopefully waiting!
   With hope that need not grow dim;
The Master is pledged to guide me,
   And my eyes are unto Him.

Waiting! Expectantly waiting!
   Perhaps it may be today
The Master will quickly open
   The gate to my future way.

Waiting! Yes waiting! Still waiting!
   I know, though I've waited long,
That while He withholds His purpose,
   His waiting cannot be wrong.

Waiting! Yes, waiting! Still waiting
   The master will not be late:
Since He knows that I am waiting
   For Him to unlatch the gate.
J. Danson Smith

Reader, what is your heart waiting for?
Be assured. He knows more about this
than you can comprehend at present.

For those of you who are interested, I
will post the latest video on the Rev 12
sign below. It certainly gives food for
thought. The comments are particularly
interesting with a certain amount of
push back, but mostly with grace!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-FkAmDuJiY



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sheep Who Went Astray

All we like sheep have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way...
Isaiah 53:6

For those of you who are not on Face Book, here was
the scenario yesterday. I got a call from Animal
Control asking me if we had sheep. Well, yes, we do
have sheep that have borrowed our pasture. They had
followed the grass through a hole in the fence and
together walked along the canal and out to the road
where they were spotted by Lt Chuck Green who had
just turned onto the street. He managed to get the
sheep into the back pasture of our neighbor, but this
did not last long. My husband headed out with a
container of oats into what was fast turning into a
thunder storm. For a moment it looked like the
sheep were following him and then the rain hit. They
turned in a group and headed for the road. God then
intervened with lightning and the crash of thunder.
The whole herd galloped through the fence and up the
hill into our unused chicken coop where they were
locked up. There they were, 32 animals packed solid,
but, who made not a sound. Glen was not their
shepherd. We have only had them for a week. If we
have them for a month, they still may not know him!

Reader, it is so interesting to watch sheep. If one of
them sets out, the others follow--herd mentality. They
have no sense of danger, although they are easily
spooked. They have no protection and they have no
sense. Independent creatures. Loyalty? Not to a fake
shepherd. They are in it for themselves. Does this
remind you of a particular group you know? :)

Here is the rest of the verse from above:
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to
fall on Him. 

And this one:
The Lord is my shepherd, 
I shall not want. 
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in paths of righteousness
For His Name's sake... 



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

food for Thought

The past few days I have been watching some very
interesting videos that may be of interest to some of
you. I will post one of them below.

Many things are converging right now. It looks as if
there may be a peace treaty between Israel and the
Palestinians. Then there is North Korea rattling their
swords, so to speak. A dam in California is still not
out of the woods because of the run-off. Then there
was the tunnel collapse in Hanford, OR. In one
week four new volcanoes erupted for the first time
around the Ring of Fire. Several earthquakes which
were over 6 on the Richter scale were noted in a ten
day period. These are just a few things of note since
Trump came into office.

In addition many people have noted that the sign in
Revelation 12 will appear in the heavens on Sept 23,
2017 for the first time since John wrote of it. It is
unpacked in the video.

Then a great pageant appeared in heaven portraying 
things to come. I saw a woman clothed with the sun, 
with the moon at her feet, and a crown of twelve stars 
on her head. She was pregnant and screamed in the 
pain of her labor, awaiting her delivery.

Suddenly a red Dragon appeared, with seven heads 
and ten horns, and seven crowns on his heads. His tail 
drew along behind him a third of the stars, which he 
plunged to the earth...She gave birth to a son...
(Revelation 12:1-4,5--The Living Bible)


Dragon Tail Time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LigYkDgyY90




Call On Him

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will 
be saved.  (Joel 2:32)

So why don't I call on His name? Why do I run to 
this person or that person, when God is so near and 
will hear my faintest call? Why do I sit down to plot 
my own course and make my own plans? Why don't 
immediately place myself and my burden on the
Lord?

Straight ahead is the best way to run, so why don't I
run directly to the living God? Instead, I look in vain
for deliverance everywhere else, but with God I will
find it. With Him I have His royal promise: "I will be
saved."And with Him I never need to ask if I may call
on Him or not, for the word "everyone" is all encom-
passing. It includes me and means me and means any-
body and everybody who calls upon His name.
Therefore I will trust in this verse and immediately
call on the glorious Lord who has made such a great
promise.

My situation is urgent, and I cannot see how it will ever
be delivered. Yet this is not my concern, for He who
made the promise will find a way to keep it. My part is
simply to obey His commandment not to direct His
ways. I am His servant, not His advisor. I call upon Him
and He will deliver me. Charles H Spurgeon

Reader, He will save you from the pit of despair. "His
arm is not shortened that it cannot save." Trust Him. He
will not disappoint. And, you will never be the same.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Degeneration

Just as through one man sin entered into the world,
and death through sin, and thus death spread to all
men, because all sinned...  Romans 5:12

The nature of sin is not immorality and wrongdoing, 
but the nature of self-realization which leads us to 
say, "I am my own god."   (OC)

Reader, Jesus came to set us free from self and all the 
heartache it leads to. That old sin nature was crucified 
with Him on the cross. It was buried. What rose from 
the dead with Him is a born again, new person with 
a new identity. We are not our own; we belong to the 
one true God.  (See Romans 6)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Valley of Drudgery

If You can do anything, have compassion on us and
help us. Mark 9:22

The height of the mountaintop is measured by the dismal 
drudgery of the valley, but it is in the valley that we have 
to live for the glory of God. It is in the place of 
humiliation that we find our true worth to God--and that 
is where our faithfulness is revealed.  
(OC)

Reader, when I was in nursing school, over fifty years
ago, we spent many hours caring for very sick patients
who needed complete care, which included a bath every
day, mouth care, feeding, the sheets changed--with the
patient in the bed!, and a back rub two times a day.
One noon I left the medical ward for lunch, completely
spent and discouraged by such effort, but, as I stepped
off the elevator I was met with these words carved into
the woodwork:

"The Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but 
to minister, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
(Matthew 20:28)

The impact made me cry and gave me wings!




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

God's Heroes

When they cried out to the Lord, he raised up for them
a deliverer, Othniel....,Caleb's younger brother, who
saved them. The Spirit of the Lord came upon him.
Judges 3:9-10

God is continually preparing His heroes, and when the 
opportunity is right, He puts them into position in an 
instant. He works so fast, the world wonders where they 
came from.

Dear friend, let the Holy Spirit prepare you, through the 
discipline of life. And when the finishing touch has been 
made on the sculpture, it will be easy for God to put you 
on display in the perfect place.

The day is coming when, like Othniel, we will also judge 
the nations and will rule and reign with Christ on earth 
during His millennial kingdom. But before that glorious 
day we must allow God to prepare us, as He did Othniel 
at Kiriath Sepher. (Judges 1:11-13)
We must allow God to work amid our present trials and 
in the little victories, the future significance of which we 
can only imagine. Yet we can be sure that if the Holy 
Spirit has His way with us, the Lord of heaven and earth 
has also prepared for us a throne.
A.B. Simpson--
(one of my favorite 19th century writers.)

Reader, a dear friend saw my blog on "chocolate"and
was drawn to draw out the word, "melt." Perhaps it
will draw a smile:

Melt
1 To dissolve; to make liquid; to liquefy; to reduce
from a solid or flowing state by heat; as, to melt wax,
tallow or lead; to melt ice or snow (OR CHOCOLATE!
You know it will be in heaven.)

2 To dissolve; to reduce to first principles,

3 To soften to love or tenderness
     For pity melts the mind to love.

4 To waste away; to dissipate
     In general riot melted down thy youth.

5 To dishearten. Joshua 14

MELT vl.i. To become liquid; to dissolve; to be
     changed from a fixed or solid state to a flowing
     state.
    And whiter snow in minutes melts away

1. To be softened to love, pity, tenderness or sym-
      pathy; To become tender, mild or gentle

2 To be dissolved; to lose substance
     Melted as breath into the wind

3 To be subdued by affliction; to sink into weakness. 
     My soul melteth for heaviness--strengthen Thou
       me Ps 119

4 To faint; to be discouraged or disheartened.
     As soon as we heard these things, our heart 
       melted. Joshua 2

MELT'ING n. The act of softening, the act of
     rendering tender.

Now reader, do you see how this fits with the
 themes of the recent blogs?
That is if you followed these breadcrumbs--






Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Chocolate

I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in
my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ...
Colossians 1:24

We have to be placed into God and brought into
agreement with Him before we can be broken
bread in His hands. Stay right with God and let
Him do as He likes, and you will find that He is
producing the kind of bread and wine that will
benefit His other children. (OC)

Reader,
The same sun that hardens clay, melts chocolate.

It is all about surrender...

Monday, May 8, 2017

Falling Forward

Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see
the glory of God? John 11:40

Mary and Martha could not not understand what their 
Lord was doing. Each of them had said to Him, 'Lord, 
if you had been here, my brother would not have died.'
And behind their words we seem to read their true
thoughts: 'Lord, we do not understand why you waited
so long to come or how you could allow the man you
love so much to die. We do not understand how you
could allow such sorrow and suffering to devastate our 
lives when you could have stopped it all. Why didn't
you come? But Jesus simply had one great truth in
answer to all of this. He said, in essence, 'You may not
understand, but I am telling you that if you believe you
will see.'

Abraham could not understand why God would ask him 
to sacrifice his son, but he trusted Him. Then he saw the 
Lord's glory when the son he loved was restored to him.
Moses could not understand why God would require
him to stay forty years in the wilderness, but he also
trusted Him. Then he saw when God called him to lead
Israel from Egyptian bondage. 

Joseph could not understand his brothers' cruelty toward
him, the false testimony of a treacherous woman, or the
long years of unjust imprisonment, but he trusted God
and finally he saw His glory in it all. And Joseph's 
father, Jacob, could not understand how God's strange
providence could allow Joseph to be taken from him. Yet, 
later he saw the Lord's glory when he looked into the 
face of his son, who had become the governor for a great 
king and the person used to preserve his own life and the 
lives of an entire nation.

Perhaps you find yourself asking questions: "I do not
understand why affliction has been granted to strike me.
I do not understand why the Lord has led me down these
twisting paths. I do not understand why my own plans,
which seemed so good, have been so disappointing. I do
not understand why the blessings I so desperately need
are so long in coming."

Dear friend, you do not have to understand all God's 
ways of dealing with you. He does not expect you to
understand them. You do not expect your children to
understand everything you do--you simply want them
to trust you. And someday you too will see the glory
of God in the things you do not understand. (J.H.M.)

Reader, what I see in this passage is this:
'You may not understand, but I am telling you that if 
you believe you will see.' Not the exact words of Jesus,
but very close to what He was saying to Martha. You
see the enemy is constantly telling you that God is
not good to you, but in the stories above you can see
that He does care about you and He is always good.
As we walk through the darkness the Father wants us
to fall forward into His arms.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Independence

And the serpent said to the woman, "You shall surely
not die! For in the day you eat from it your eyes will
be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good
and evil.

(You will be like God. You will be equal with God, but
you might even be better than God. You will know evil.)

When the woman saw that the tree was good for food,
and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree
was desirable to make one wise, she took its fruit and
ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he
ate. Genesis 3:4-6)

(When the woman saw that the tree was desirable to
make one wise, she ate and gave some to Adam who
was standing next to her.

Reader, the sin of Adam was not in the eating of the
fruit but that he chose independence from God. Is that
not our biggest problem still; our biggest sin? We make
decisions every day without any thought of what God
has in mind. He wants even more of us in this regard.
He wants us to be that branch in the Vine receiving
continual nourishment and life. He wants us to so be
leaning on Him that if He moved we would fall down!


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Unconditional Identification

Go your way sell whatever you have and give 
to the poor...and come...follow Me. Mark 10:21

The look of Jesus will require breaking your
heart away forever from allegiance to any 
other person or thing. Once the call of God
comes to you, start going and never stop.
(OC)

Reader, this is a hard saying. I went back into the
incident and it is the rich young ruler who asked
Jesus how he was to obtain Eternal life. He came
for a compliment for all he had done. Pride was
oozing from every pore. Then Jesus looked at him,
loved him and cut to the core of the matter. 'Sell
out and follow Me.' Wow!
What is He asking you to lay down?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Gardener

My Father is the gardener (John 15:1)

It is a comforting thought that trouble, in whatever
form it comes to us, is a heavenly messenger that 
brings us something from God. Outwardly it may
appear painful or even destructive, but inwardly
its spiritual work produces blessings. Many of the
richest blessings we have inherited are the fruit of
sorrow or pain. We should never forget that 
redemption, the world's greatest blessing, is the fruit 
of the world's greatest sorrow. And whenever a time 
of deep prunning comes and the knife cuts deeply 
and the pain is severe, what an inexpressible comfort 
it is to know: "My Father is the gardener."

John Vincent, a Methodist Episcable bishop of the
late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and a
leader of the Sunday School movement in America,
once told of being in a large greenhouse where 
clusters of luscious grapes were hanging on each
side. The owner of the greenhouse told him, "When
the new gardener came here, he said he would not
work with the vines unless he could cut them 
completely down to the stalk. I allowed him to do
so, and we had no grapes for two years, but this is
now the result."

There is rich symbolism in this account of the pruning 
process when applied to the Christian life. Pruning 
seems to be destroying the vine, and the gardener 
appears to be cutting everything away. Yet he sees 
the future and knows that the final result will be the
enrichment of the life of the vine, and a greater 
abundance of fruit.

There are many blessings we will never receive until
we are ready to pay the price of pain, for the path of
suffering is the only way to reach them. JR Miller

Reader, Do you trust Him? You will not know the
answer unless you get quiet and listen to His voice.
He loves you so much.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Hard Words

...He said...'Follow Me.' The other said...'Permit me
first to go bury my father.' Jesus followed by: 'Allow
the dead to bury their own dead...' Luke 9:59,60)

Never apologize for your Lord. The words of the Lord
hurt and offend until there is nothing left to be hurt or
offended. Jesus Christ had no tenderness whatsoever
toward anything that was ultimately going to ruin a
person in his service to God. (OC)

Reader, sometimes I think that we have no idea the cost
of discipleship. Christianity today does not seem to reflect
the Christianity of our forefathers. Go into the works of
those who lived in the 19th century. The works of:
T. Austin Sparks; Andrew Murray; FB Meyer; Spurgeon;
EM Bounds.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Long Lasting Faith

Indeed the hour is coming...that you will be
scattered. John 16:32

Do we not see God at work in our circumstances?
Dark times are allowed and come to us through
the sovereignty of God. Are we prepared to let
God do what He wants with us? God is never in
a hurry. If we are willing to wait, we will see
God pointing out that we have been interested
only in His blessings, instead of in God Himself.
Oswald Chambers

Reader, are you, am I 'prepared to let God do
what He wants with us?' Then, 'God is never in
a hurry.'
(Is it about me, or is it about Him?)

Jesus, Lover of my Soul
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mJFFrVnczE


Friday, April 28, 2017

Gain--Through Loss

....furthermore, I count everything as loss compared
to the possession of the priceless privilege--the
overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth
and supreme advantage--of knowing Christ Jesus 
my Lord...(Philippines 3:8, amp)

Many people want the glory without the cross, and 
the shining light without the burning fire, but
crucifixion comes before coronation. 

The gory of tomorrow is rooted in the drudgery of 
today.

Have you heard the tale of the aloe plant,
     Away in the sunny clime?
By humble growth of a hundred years
     It reaches its blooming time;
And then a wondrous bud at its crown
     Breaks into a thousand flowers;
This floral queen, in its blooming seen,
     Is the pride of the tropical bowers,
But the flower to the plant is sacrifice,
     For it blooms but once, and dies.

Have you further heard of the aloe plant,
      That grows in the sunny clime?
How every one of its thousand flowers,
      As they drop in the blooming time,
Is an infant plant that fastens its roots
     In the place where it falls on the ground,
And as fast as they drop from the dying stem,
     Grow lively and lovely all around?
By dying, it liveth a thousandfold
     In the young that spring from the death of old.

Have you heard the tale of the pelican,
     The Arab's Gimel el Bahr,
that lives in the African solitudes,
     Where the birds that live lonely are?
Have you heard how it loves its tender young,
     And cares and toils for their good,
It brings them water from mountains far,
     And fishes the seas for their food.
In famine it feeds them--what love can devise!
     The blood of its bosom--and feeding them, dies.

Have you heard this tale--the best of them all--
     The tale of the Holy and True,
He dies , but His life, in untold souls
     Lives on in the world anew;
His seed prevails, and is filling the earth,
     As the stars fill the sky above.
He taught us to yield up the love of life,
     For the sake of love.
His deaths our life, His loss is our gain;
     The joy for the tear, the peace for the pain.
(Streams in the Desert)

Reader, we as Christians gain--through loss.

Broken and Spilled Out
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pklUAB4E4nA


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bread and Wine

I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill 
up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions
of Christ...Col 1:24

We have to be place into God and brought into
agreement with Him before we can be broken
bread in His hands. Stay right with God and  
let Him do as He likes, and you will find that 
He is producing the kind of bread and wine that 
will benefit His other children. (OC)

Reader, this is a heavy reading today. It puts
suffering into a different light. Chambers did
not mention the word, 'surrender' but only in
surrender can we be broken bread and poured
out wine to a hurting and needy world.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Go With Him

Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him
two. Matthew 5:41

Our Lord's making of a disciple is supernatural.
He does not build on any natural capacity of ours
at all. God does not ask us to do the things that
are naturally easy for us--He only asks us to do
the things that are perfectly fit to do through His
grace, and that is where the cross we must bear
will always come. (OC)

Reader, when God calls me to do something and
I allow Him to be to me what I need, it is always
easy. Now sometimes He calls me to go in a
direction that I can only walk in and through by
His grace--usually of a longer duration. How
can we stay steady through the challenges?

Calvary's love
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqoPnatf6cA


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

We Can Choose

...be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Matthew 5:48

The true expression of Christian character is not in
good-doing, but in God like-ness. If the Spirit of God 
has transformed you within, you will exhibit divine 
characteristics in your life, not just good human 
characteristics. (OC)

Reader, I have skipped over this verse so often in the
past. 'IMPOSSIBLE,' cried my flesh. True, flesh can
do nothing; it will never improve. God never intended
to save our flesh. But as I read over the words of
Oswald Chambers, I realized that Jesus did live the
perfect life and He lives in me! Before the cross, no
one could live a perfect life and Jesus was setting up
an impossible situation. But after the resurrection
we have access to this perfect life and we can choose--
moment by moment to walk out of His Life.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Will You Continue?

You are those who have continued with Me in my 
trials. (Luke 22:28)

Are you going on with Jesus? 
The way goes through Gethsemane,
through the city gate,
and on to the "outside camp."
The way is lonely and goes on until there is no 
longer even a trace of a footprint to follow--
but only the voice saying, "Follow Me." ( OC)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

So Much More

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is not longer 
I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which 
I now live in the flesh I live *by the faith of the Son 
of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for 
me. (Gal 2:20--*KJV. The rest is the ASV)

Both versions actually mean, according to the Greek,
that at some point (long ago) something took place
and the effects continue to live on.

Over the last ten or so years I have seen the Christian
Life from a different perspective, from God's
perspective. 'I have been crucified with Christ.'
What was crucified?
Our old man was crucified, the one that came with our
first birth in Adam. Then when Christ comes into us we
are birthed again into Jesus Christ, the last Adam. All
things become new. In Romans 6 we read that we were 
buried with Him and then raised to new life and are, in 
fact, seated at His right hand. So now, the life that we 
live, we live by the faith of the Son of God. So, we
were crucified 2,000 years ago and all of our sins were
placed under the blood. True, we had not committed any
sins then. But think of this. The concept of God being
outside of time is very significant because then He can
be at the beginning, the middle and the end of time--at
the same time! All time is present with Him.

Reader, an understanding of this has helped me to step
out from under the law, to live free through His grace.
My identity is firmly fixed in Christ. He looks at identity
not performance. Our identity comes with our new birth.
Everything we do through His strength and power will
be rewarded. Everything we do through our strength and
power, our own resources, our own flesh, will burn. I am
no longer a sinner, but a saint who sometimes sins. I am
in covenant with the living God. Yes, there are
consequences to messing up, but look at the Corinthians.
Paul called them 'saints!'

If this is totally new to you and astounds you, join the
90% of Christians who live in bondage to a law of
their own making. I have spent most of my Christian
life trying to please God and everyone else through
performance. 


Friday, April 21, 2017

In The Fullness of Time

But when the fullness of time had come,
God sent forth His Son. (Gal 4:4)

God always does things in the 'fullness of time,' not
a second sooner. It is very difficult for us to see the
flow of time, to see how it is coming to a specific end
at some point. But our God is outside of time and can
see all things, past, present and future--at the same
time. He even accomplished certain things, setting
them in place--before time.

Jesus will come for His Bride in the fullness of time.
We cannot know the day or the hour, but He has
given us many things to watch for so that we will not
be taken by surprise. Daniel Valles has put up a new
video that summarizes the things to watch for which
details how many of these things have, will, or are
now coming to pass. Dan has also included a detailed
booklet in the description box, for those who want to
study the matter in detail.

Reader, it is not just that things are coming into our
world every month, but if you miss one day of news,
you will have to play catch up. It is not good news.
The good news is that God is in charge and He wants
His kids to be aware of what is happening off stage!

When to Watch:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn_2bd0sU50

The Booklet that details the video
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4lMw4yuCqaBU29WU3dZWTl1dXc/view






Thursday, April 20, 2017

Overwhelming Burdens

Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain
you.  Psalm 55:22

If we will only roll back on God the burdens He has 
placed upon us, He will take away that immense 
feeling of responsibility, 
replacing it with an awareness and understanding
of HIMSELF and His presence. (OC)

Reader, there is a Mom who has a nine month old Lucy
who has just been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor
on her kidney, that is pressing on the aorta. Such a
tremendous burden on this Mama, Dad and an under
three sister. Please pray that they may have an
awareness and understanding of the lovely Lord Jesus
and a sense of His presence. May this little one nestle
into the chest of the Father during all the procedures.
May God send healing from above.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Complete and Effective Dominion

Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead
indeed to sin, but alive to God. Romans 6:11

Eternal life is not a gift from God; eternal life is the 
gift of God. The energy and the power which was so 
very evident in Jesus will be exhibited in us by an 
act of the absolute sovereign grace of God, once we 
have made that complete and effective decision 
about sin. If it is difficult to get right with God, it is 
because we refuse to make this definite decision 
about sin. (Oswald Chambers)

Reader,
Part of 'watching' is growing in our understanding of sin.
In Romans five, six and seven, Paul mentions the word
'sin' 41 times but only once is it a verb. The other forty
times it is a noun. We are to reckon ourselves dead to
the power of sin, a noun, an entity. The eternal life of
Jesus within gives us the power to overcome sin so that
we will not fall into a pattern of sinning. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Last Generation

Knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the 
last days with scoffing following their own sinful 
desires. They will say, "Where is the promise of His
coming...?"  (2 Peter 3:3,4)

Reader, we really are in the last of the last days; we are
that last generation. Did you know that there are still
500 unfulfilled prophecies with only a few years left to
be fulfilled? Things are moving very fast. If you google
World War III, you will find tons of articles to choose
from. It is currently their most popular site. The time
we live in is a sober time. Most Christians who believe
in the rapture don't know that not all will be ready.
That also is a sobering thought.

Daniel Valles has posted two videos--Part 1 and Part 2,
where he lays out the last twenty months on a time line
and then connects the dots. He gives a us a birds eye
view. I had to watch each one twice as the information
is fairly dense, new to most, but not complicated. It is
important to note that he uses the Biblical calendar
where the New Year begins at the very end of March.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kar-Pe-SeYg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0VqNRuvbgA


Behold! I tell you a mystery--we shall not all sleep 
but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the 
twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. Heb 15:51

Monday, April 17, 2017

Resurrection Life

If we have been united together in the likeness
of His death, certainly we also shall be in the
likeness of His resurrection...
Romans 6:5

The Spirit of Jesus entering me rearranges my
personal life before God. The resurrection of
Jesus has given Him the authority to give the
life of God to me. My part is to walk in the
light and to obey all that He reveals to me.
Oswald Chambers.

He is risen!
He is risen indeed!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Faithful Have Vanished

Such is the title of Psalm 12. Now I have read this
psalm many times, but today I saw something new.

Save, O Lord, for the godly one is gone
for the faithful have vanished from
among the children of man...

Because the poor are plundered
because the needy groan
"I will now arise," says the Lord,
"I will place him in the safety for which he longs."

On every side the wicked prowl
as vileness is exalted among the 
children of men.
Psalm 12:1,5,8

"The faithful have vanished." For the first time I
understood this to mean that someone was wailing
to God because the faithful were not there. This
psalm of David was being prayed by a person who
was appalled that the godly man was gone and the
wicked had free reign.  It is a picture of the rapture
tucked into the Old Testament, followed by the
tribulation. This same David wrote Ps 22 which is
a picture of the crucifixion.

Reader, I read this psalm on April 12, which is
Passover. The Jews celebrate passover every year
in memory of the night that God delivered them
from bondage in Egypt. I have not been reading
from the psalms, but decided to go there today. I
have read this psalm many times but have never
understood who vanished and why. God hides
patterns in the scripture so that we have the delight
of searching them out. Read I Thes. 4:13-18 where
Paul teaches about the rapture and ends with,
"Comfort one another with these words."

Here are the words of Jesus:
Matt 24:44--...you be ready, for the Son of Man is 
coming at an hour you think not.
Matt 25:13--Be on the alert then, for you do not
know the day or hour. 
Luke 21:34--Be on guard, don't be weighed down
and that day come on you suddenly like a trap.
Luke 21:36--But keep on the alert at all times,
praying in order that you ay have strength to escape
these things that are about to take place...

The hour is late. Take some time to ask the Lord if
there is anything you need to do to get ready for
His coming. Things to take off and things to put on.
See Galatians 5, especially verses 16-26. 

Consider Jesus

He made Him who knew no sin to become sin that 
we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:21

How extraordinary!

And being found in human form, He humbled
Himself by becoming obedient to the point of
death, even death on a cross. Phil 2:8

The Creator took on human flesh... and died...

He is the image of the invisible God, the first born 
of all creation. For by Him all things were created in 
heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether 
thrones or dominions, or rulers or authorities--all
things were created through Him and for Him. And
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold
together, and He is the head of the body the church.
He is the beginning, the first born from the dead,
that in everything He might be preeminent. For
in Him all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell,
and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things,
whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by 
the blood of the cross. Colossians 1:15-20

Reader, THIS IS YOUR GOD!


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Three Pictures

What was Jesus like?  What did He look like? We
find the answer in Isaiah 53.

"...He grew up before Him like a tender shoot
And like a root out of dry ground;
He has no stately form or majesty
That we should look upon Him.
Nor appearance that we should desire Him...
He was despised and we esteemed Him not."

In contrast, we find the Bride speaking of her Groom,
perhaps after the Rapture?

My beloved is dazzling and ruddy,
Outstanding among ten thousand...
His mouth is full of sweetness.
And he is wholly desirable.
This is my beloved; this is my friend.
Song Of Solomon 5: 10,16

And then there is this picture:

...in the middle of the lamp stands (stood) one like
the Son of Man, clothed in a robe reaching to the
feet, and girded across His breast with a golden
girdle. And His head and His hair were white like
wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame 
of fire; and His feet were like burnished bronze, 
when it has been caused to glow in a furnace, and
His voice was like the sound of many waters...His
face was like the sun shining in strength. And when
I saw Him, I fell at His feet as a dead man. He laid
His right hand upon me (John), saying,
"Do not be afraid: I am the first and the last, and the
living One; and I was dead, and, behold, I am alive
forever more." (Rev 1)

Oh, reader, we have three pictures of the same Man!
The last picture would freeze my blood if I did not
know Him in the second picture. John was the one
who was known as the beloved, who rested on Jesus'
chest at the last supper. He was undone not by His
risen Lord, but Christ in full glory.

Our Lord told us to be alert, to watch, to be sober as
events begin to point to His soon coming. We are to
long for this event as a bride longs for her wedding
day! As I look at the fast changes our world is
undergoing, the technology in place, the shadows
and patterns throughout scripture, I know that He is at
the very door.  Maranatha!


Monday, April 10, 2017

A Pet Lamb

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
He is just and endowed with salvation,
Humble and mounted on a donkey,
even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Zechariah 9:9

Yesterday we celebrated Palm Sunday, but not with
the exuberance of Jerusalem the day Jesus sat on a
colt 2,000 years ago! They welcomed their king who
would deliver them from Rome. In one week this
same crowd would agree to His death.

About 2,000 years before this event, when Israel was
in bondage to Pharaoh of Egypt, Moses told the people
to search for a perfect lamb and bring that lamb up to
the house for inspection. Each family had a lamb.
Lambs are soft, with wet noses, curious little creatures.

How long did it take before every lamb had a name?

Each morning the children would eat quickly so they
could play with their new friend--BUT on the fourth
day the lamb was killed so that child would not die.
Can you imagine the sorrow when the lamb died?

Jesus was the pet Lamb of His Father. He was tested
(inspected) over and over during passover week, but
'they found no fault in Him.' Then THIS Lamb was
crucified, His blood spilled, so we could have Life--
eternal life.

Reader, do you see how the Old Testament can help
to make the New Testament come alive? There are so
many shadows and patterns woven through scripture
that makes sense when one starts in Genesis. This is a
great week to read and ponder Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22.