The Joy of the Lord

…for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, the Joy of the Lord is my strength (Neh. 8:10b)

Have you ever felt like you just couldn’t do THIS anymore (whatever YOUR THIS is)?

There have been so many times that I felt like I couldn’t go through weakness, tiredness, and fatigue again. I had experienced this alot during a time in my life that I didn’t understand what was going on; before I was diagnosed with a tumor in the middle of my brain.

I would go to God; literally crawling on my knees into my secret place and say, “God I can’t do this.” I would stay there and simply talk to my Father in heaven as He was my very best friend. When I walked away EVERYTIME; I would have joy and strength that only He could have imparted to me.

Then He told me that “I need not fight in this battle, for the battle in not yours BUT MINE! Only station yourself, stand see the salvation of the Lord in your behalf.” 2 Chron. 20:17

I stood on this scripture and continued through the process as I was daily going to my secret place in the middle of the day, falling on my knees and saying, “God I can’t do this.” Then I would talk to Him. Sometimes I would sing to Him, sometimes I would say, “I don’t really have anything to say, so I’m just going to sit here.” He never let me down.

Jesus Christ IS the Living God and there is NO god on earth that can do that. No amount of meditation on other beliefs, no foreign god, no statue of wood, or granite or anything else, can satisfy and give you what you need. ONLY the Living God can do that for you. But, YOU have to go to Him as an act of YOUR will. He will not invade your space unless invited by you.

So If you’re weak, tired, hurting, feeling betrayed, etc…or just plain fed-up with life and people.

Run to God NOT away from Him. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. There is NOT one thing that He can’t or won’t help you through. Your responsibility is only to COME TO HIM freely and honestly. He won’t be offended by you. He loves you very much.

The next time you feel this way, try it! Be honest and let Him know that you can’t do it on your own and ask Him to help you. He will.

Get Ready

There are so many scriptures being fulfilled right now at a rapid pace.

It is so amazing how accurate God’s Word is. Jesus gave many clues of His return in Matt. 24, and of the things we will see before His return.

He warns us in the same chapter, that many false prophets will arise and MISLEAD MANY. The ONLY way to know if someone is falsely prophesying, is to KNOW what God’s WORD says. Then you will know if it’s the truth or not.

He said that many would come in His name, saying I am the Christ and will mislead many; Many will fall away from the faith and betray one another and hate one another.

Then He says in Matt. 24:27; “For just as the lightning comes from the East and flashes even to the West so will the coming of the Son of Man be.” In other words, EVERY EYE will SEE HIM when He returns and they will have NO excuse as to why they didn’t believe in Him.

I was worshiping in my Secret Place; I heard “GET READY”, as I was
Pondering GET READY, I heard it again, “GET READY for the greatest move of God THIS Nation has EVER seen; “It might not LOOK LIKE what you think.”

That was a little puzzling to me. Then I thought about something He said to me on Oct. 21, 2017 as I was getting ready for the day. Out-of-the-blue I heard, “You need not worry about drink or food for I AM your provision.

God is getting His people ready for the coming of the Lord. Are you ready? Are you repentant? Are you FULLY IN LOVE WITH JESUS? Do you sing with your mouth at church; but your heart is far away from really worshiping Him?

He’s looking for those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. God is holy and we are to be also.

Jesus didn’t save us to look like the world. He saved us OUT of the world, so that people will see THERE IS HOPE IN JESUS. People NEED what we have!

 

The Key of David

Psalm 108 is one of my favorite Psalms

God is praised and is supplicated to give Victory!

It begins with David telling God that his heart is steadfast in Him and then goes on to declare that he will sing praises to God and that even his soul will sing praises to God. He gives thanks to the Lord in front of the people and the Nations. 

  • He exalts God in ways that no one else did
  • He was the most repentant man  
  • David’s heart was after God and God took notice of it
  • David didn’t want to offend God
  • He was always praising and worshiping God
  • He always asked God what to do in situations he KNEW he needed wisdom in 

The key of David that I talk about is in Ps. 108:8 Gilead is Mine, Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim also is the helmet of My head; JUDAH IS MY SCEPTER!

There is a couple of the things to note here, Judah means PRAISE and SCEPTER is ROYAL POWER! Think about this; God inhabits the PRAISE’S of His people.

The next thing I would like to share about the “KEY” of David is found in two places in the Word that are particularly worthy of being noticed. (there are more, but I’m pointing these two out.)

Zechariah 12:7 The Lord also will save (protect) the tents of “JUDAH” FIRST, so that the GLORY of THE HOUSE of DAVID and the GLORY of the inhabitants of Jerusalem will NOT be magnified above JUDAH.

God sees PRAISE as the highest form of worship. When you PRAISE God you can feel electricity in the air. That IS GOD’S Power being manifested. Then when you lay hands on someone who is sick or demon possessed they are healed and set in their right minds.

The next thing I would like to share about the “KEY” of David is found in Psalm 110

Psalm 110:1-3 

V.1 The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at My right hand UNTIL I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” (talking about Jesus)

V.2 The Lord will stretch forth Your ‘STRONG SCEPTER’ (Royal Power) FROM ZION saying, “RULE in the midst of Your enemies.”

V.3 Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your Power; in holy array (the splendor of holiness), from the womb of the dawn, Your youth are to You as the dew.

Okay, let me break this down. The Lord is going to STRETCH His STRONG SCEPTER; ROYAL POWER from Zion (the church & Israel; the Jewish people) We’ve been GRAFTED INTO the Vine!!! The Jewish people ARE God’s Chosen people. God is going to USE you AS His ROYAL SCEPTER “IN” His Power in these LAST DAYS, to do GREAT exploits according to the book of Daniel.

When you Praise and worship Jesus He CLOTHES YOU in HOLY ARRAY!! In other words, the devil/enemy CAN’T TELL IF IT’S YOU OR GOD, and He’s NOT going to mess with God! 

The way that you will be PROTECTED in the days ahead IS THROUGH PRAISE AND REPENTANCE!!!! Keep Your heart clean and your mind clear! Stop worshiping at the porn shop, golf course, bank, house…etc…meaning DON’T let the THINGS of this world GRAB your attention!

If you’ve got your eyes on YOURSELF you will be DEPRESSED; If you’ve got your eyes on OTHERS you’ll be OPPRESSED; BUT, if you’ve got your eyes ON GOD; YOU’LL BE AT REST!!

 

 

The Word

The Word!

The single MOST IMPORTANT thing to the Follower of Christ. Why?

Hebrews 4:12 The Word of God is LIVING and ACTIVE and SHARPER than ANY two-edged sword, piercing as far as the division of SOUL and SPIRIT, of both JOINTS and MARROW, and able to JUDGE THE THOUGHTS and INTENTIONS of the HEART.

  • Jesus IS THE WORD!!! John 1:1

  • The Word is ALIVE when you SPEAK IT, angels harken to perform it. Psalm 103:20
  • God Watches OVER His Word to perform it. Isaiah 55:11
  • It KEEPS you from sinning! Psalm 119:11
  • It cleans your mind by washing it so that you’re sanctified. Eph. 5:26

The day is coming when the written Word will be removed. Amos 8:11

When THE WORD is removed the anti-christ will be revealed. 2 Thess. 2:7

Get into the Word! Trust the Word and NOT yourself. “But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew ALL men, and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man.” John 2:24-25

Jesus made this statement; Luke 18:7-8 NOW, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? V.8 I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, WILL HE FIND FAITH ON THE EARTH?”

How does FAITH COME? By hearing and hearing and hearing the Word of Christ everyday. NOT HAVING HEARD!!!

Read it, Speak it, LIVE IT!!!! The time is coming quickly when people will NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE and will want to have their ears tickled with preachers who will ONLY PREACH what is convenient and easy on their ears. Beware of this kind of teaching! IF THE TEACHING of Christ does NOT convict you and CHALLENGE you then IT’S NOT THE GOSPEL of Christ!  It’s time for the Body of Christ to grow to FULL MATURITY! 

 

The Glory of the Lord is filling the Earth

Glory Means: High, Renown, or Honor won by NOTABLE achievements, magnificence or great beauty.

We are to worship the Lord in the beauty of His Holiness.

Psalm 96:9 (KJV) “Oh worship the Lord in the beauty of Holiness. Fear before Him, all the earth.

Psalm 29:2 (KJV) “Give unto the Lord the glory due His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of Holiness.

1 Chronicles 16:29 (KJV) Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name; bring an offering, and come before Him; worship the Lord in the beauty of Holiness.”

Do you KNOW what the offering is that He’s speaking about? He wants you to bring and offering of worship. He is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah; Judah mean praise! He will save the tents of Judah FIRST!

Zech. 12:7 says, “The LORD also will save the tents of Judah FIRST, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem will NOT be magnified ABOVE Judah (Praise).”

What does God inhabit? The PRAISES of His people. In praise and worship is your joy and strength, BECAUSE He comes in where He’s welcome. When you worship Him; that’s when you experience Him. This is why when you are being attacked by the enemy and lift your voice in worship the attack stops; because now God is enthroned in your heart ABOVE the shouts of the enemy.

God’s glory is filling the earth. Get ready to see amazing things in these days, as you lift Him up ABOVE the circumstances in your life.

**There are times in my secret place that God’s presence is so real that I don’t want to leave. I just want to stay in His presence all the time. I’m still learning after 30 years how to go about my day, walking in His presence; Listening to His voice. It’s actually very fun.**

God’s heart is for you to completely surrender to Him; the funny thing is that YOU are the one who receives the blessing from worship. He is blessed when we worship Him; but WE RECEIVE the blessings from our faith filled act of worship.

Try it! Go to God IN FULL FAITH and determine ahead of time to shut EVERYTHING OUT, TO SIMPLY Worship your Creator, and watch as the peace of God and Joy of God floods your very being.

Return to the Lord

It’s time to get right with God

**Joel 2:15-16
V.15 Blow a trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly.
V.16 gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the
Children and the nursing infants. Let the Bridegroom come out of His room and the Bride out of her Bridal Chamber. **

Most people in the Body of Christ have forgotten what it means to repent; go get right with God. Most people think that once you’re saved, you’re ALWAYS saved…but that is not the case. When you get born again you are TRANSFORMED into A NEW man/woman IN CHRIST.

This means that you put AWAY the things you used to do and the OLD way you used to live  by completely surrendering your way to HIS WAY; that means that you are setting your heart and mind to completely following JESUS.

**The Lord told me that the church is compromising with the world; He said, “Tell my people to repent and get right with Me” He said, “I Am a God of Grace and Love BUT I AM also a God of justice and I AM THE JUDGE; how will they KNOW Who I am if My people look just like them?” “He said I Am gathering My army together; it’s time for the RANKS TO FALL IN LINE.” **

I know as I’m writing this, that it’s controversial…Well, so was Jesus! He loves you SO much; that’s why He gave His life for you, but He said in 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is A NEW CREATION; the old things PASSED AWAY; behold, NEW THINGS have come.

When you get born again, you should desire to represent Him well. That means, by the way you live your life. I believe that there is a FRESH MOVE OF GOD and that is coming to the Church, in fact it’s already begun. I know that you want to be a part of the Army of God to usher in this FRESH MOVE, right? Seek Him, Worship Him, and read His Word every day. His return is very close.

Run after God; asking Him, “Father, is there ANYTHING IN MY LIFE that displeases You; Please, help me change for Your Glory; that I may bring You Glory by the way I live and treat others.”

He’s looking for those whos heart are pure before Him. Are you one? Are you living for yourself or Jesus?

 

 

 

Baptism’s made simple

There is such controversy over salvation and the Holy Spirit and the role He plays.

Is the baptism of John from man or God? Luke 20:4

Is the baptism of the Holy Spirit From man or God? Acts 2:1-4

Lets look at the Word.

Mark 1:4 John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  (for salvation)

Many believe that when you get saved you receive the Holy Spirit, and that is the ONLY baptism of the Holy Spirit. BUT, If that was the only baptism then why did Jesus tell His disciples to wait for the promise from the Father?

Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem UNTIL they RECEIVED what the Father had promised which is POWER from ON HIGH.

In the upper room tongues of fire appeared on the heads of those waiting for the promise of the Father; not a fire that burns on the outside to hurt, but One that burns on the inside to HEAL. They began to speak in other tongues (a language that wasn’t their native tongue).

Some denominations believe that speaking in other tongues has past away OR is of the devil. This is because of ignorance. Jesus would never give someone the GIFT of the Holy Spirit if it were of the devil; since they are in opposition to one another.

I KNOW for a fact the devil has counterfeit tongues, because I’ve encountered this. While I was praying with a woman who I went to church with one day,  I had a yucky feeling (a check) in my spirit as soon as she started praying in a language I couldn’t understand.

A few years later I saw her again after not seeing her for years. She told me that she had received a new prayer language and that she was told by the Lord  that the language she was speaking in before wasn’t from Him.

Jesus clearly made a distinction between Johns baptism and receiving the BAPTISM of the Holy Spirit in Act. 1:5.

There is a scripture that rarely if ever gets quoted and I would like to share that now:

Acts 10:44-47: While Peter was still speaking these words the Holy Spirit fell upon ALL those who were listening to the message.

V.45 All the circumcised believers who came with Peter were amazed, because THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT had been poured out on the Gentiles also.

V.46 For they were HEARING them SPEAKING WITH TONGUES AND EXALTING GOD. Then Peter answered,

V.47 Surely no one can refuse the WATER for these to be BAPTIZED who HAVE RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT just as we did, can he?

Romans 10:12-13 There is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of ALL, abounding in riches for ALL WHO CALL on Him;

V.13 For “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.”

Are you qualified?

When you get saved you qualify for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the prayer language that God has for you. Just ask Him for it. He’s is a Good Father and will NOT reject anyone who comes to Him with a pure heart.

There was a thief on a cross who is in heaven with Jesus right now. While hanging beside Jesus, he said, “Lord, please remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Today I tell you, you will be with Me in Paradise.”

The thief didn’t do anything special; He just SIMPLY BELIEVED that Jesus is the Christ of God. That is how easy it is to be saved and also to receive the GIFT of the Holy Spirit. Just ask.

Is God still baptizing people in the Gift of the Holy Spirit?

Yes, ASK AND BELIEVE by faith  and you will receive POWER from on High. The Powerful GIFT of the Holy Spirit.