Friday, August 18, 2017

Something to Seek the Lord About.

https://www.charismanews.com/opinion/66879-anne-graham-lotz-issues-an-urgent-warning-about-the-upcoming-solar-eclipse?utm_source=Charisma%20News%20Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=subscriber_id:664958&utm_campaign=CNO%20daily%20-%202017-08-18


The sun will be turned to darkness ... before the great and awe-inspiring day of the Lord comes" (Joel 2:31).
A few years ago, I was teaching through the book of Joel when the ancient words of his prophecy came up off the page. I knew with hair-raising certainty that God's severe judgment was coming on America! I have taught Joel several times since. Each time has served to confirm with deep conviction that God is warning America of impending disaster and destruction.
In light of Ezekiel 33:1-6 that commands a watchman to be faithful to warn others of the danger coming against the land, I feel compelled to issue the warning once again. The warning is triggered by the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, nicknamed "America's Eclipse." For the first time in almost 100 years, a total solar eclipse will be seen from coast to coast in our nation. People are preparing to mark this significant event with viewing parties at exclusive prime sites. The celebratory nature regarding the eclipse brings to my mind the Babylonian King Belshazzar, who threw a drunken feast the night the Medes and Persians crept under the city gate. While Belshazzar and his friends partied, they were oblivious to the impending danger. Belshazzar wound up dead the next day, and the Babylonian empire was destroyed.
Jewish rabbis have historically viewed solar eclipses as warnings from God to Gentile nations. Therefore, my perspective on the upcoming phenomenon is not celebratory. While no one can know for sure if judgment is coming on America, it does seem that God is signaling us about something. Time will tell what that something is.
Please view the following video posted by Australian pastor Steve Cioccolanti. Pastor Steve articulates the warning in a very clear, undeniable, yet undogmatic way based on his understanding of biblical truth.
Please be assured that balancing God's warning is His plea for us to return to Him and rend our hearts in sincere, heartfelt repentance. I can almost hear the tears in Joel's voice as he pleads for us to repent and return to God, because "Who knows? He might turn aside and relent, and He might leave behind a blessing" (Joel 2:14a).
Regardless of whether or not the conjecture regarding America's eclipse is accurate, we know our nation and our world is in turmoil. Without doubt, this is the time for God's people to get right with God. To repent of our own sin. To share the gospel with our neighbors. And to pray that in the midst of His coming wrath, God would remember mercy (Hab. 3:2).
Anne Graham Lotzsecond child of Billy and Ruth Graham, is the founder of AnGeL Ministries and chairman for the National Day of Prayer Task Force. She has authored 15 books, including her latest, The Daniel Prayer.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Friends in High Places


Humble and lowly, we need to focus on what and who we are and what Jesus calls us to be to have “friends in high places”. What better promise could there be. We don’t need to be superwoman (or man) 
We don’t need to strive or fuss and fume. We need to turn loose and allow our Jesus to make us more like Him. He is with us always. He is our strong tower. He will never vary in His support for us, always being there on our behalf, always, not if we are the winner, although we often are because we are on His team. It isn’t all about US, it is all about Him. We are weak but He is strong.

(Isaiah 57:15) "For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." KJV

We don’t have to wrestle or manhandle or take anything into our own hands to do with our own strength. This gives us a whole new snapshot of “let go and let God….”, doesn’t it?


And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. NKJV



Dear Lord Jesus, please help us to internalize the fact that we need to allow You to be strong on our behalf, that it is OK to be lacking and weak because that is when we can see you in all your majesty arise strong on our behalf. Thanks You Lord Jesus! AMEN

Monday, July 31, 2017

Saturday, July 29, 2017

NIGHTMARES

Nightmares


I was having nightmares and the Lord took me through a process. I was reminded of how Jesus faced temptation by the enemy and how he deals with it. He always used the Word of the Lord to make the enemy stop. “It is written….”
Matthew 4:7

Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’”
Matthew 4:6-8 (in Context) Matthew 4 (Whole Chapter) NKJV
Matthew 4:10
Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”

I used the above idea out loud in prayer before quoting some scriptures before bedtime. NKJV
Philippians 4:7
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. NKJV

Philippians 2:5
[ The Humbled and Exalted Christ ] Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. NKJV

I prayed that the mind of Christ was in me, whether awake or asleep, and that He was guarding my mind and basically told the enemy he had no right to be there – some other scriptures I quoted were:
Romans 8:1
[ Free from Indwelling Sin ] There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. NKJV

2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind

Lastly, I prayed the scripture below and reaffirmed that the mind of Christ was in me and the enemy had no place and I was trusting Jesus to do the rest. NKJV
Philippians 4:8
[ Meditate on These Things ] Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. NKJV

I was dreaming about people I had wronged before coming to the Lord. I had asked forgiveness, or in some cases was no longer able to contact with the person. The enemy was beating me over the head with condemnation and I would wake up feeling totally condemned. After praying the above, if I had a dream I would wake up and pray for the salvation of those I had nightmares about. It all stopped really quickly.
Pray about this and see what the Lord opens up for you.
Lord Jesus, I pray that you would be with my sister/brother in a most mighty way. That you would give her/him peace and sweet dreams. We bind the enemy in the most mighty name of Jesus and by the blood shed for us at Calvary. Your mind is in us, while we are awake and asleep. Lord we love you. Please set us free from the torment of the enemy.
Psalm 4:8
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety... NKJV

Monday, July 24, 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017

7-22-17 Word from the Lord


Would I AM not talk if you would quiet yourself into that “still, small voice” place and listen? I AM here, I AM loving you through it all… I AM not needing any appointment except your focus on your Savior and taking note (notes). You see my hand in the sun’s rising and setting, in the rainbows of promise, you capture my heart for you in your camera’s eye… When you are STILL, you capture My heart for you in my eyes… I AM meaning to encourage you and let you know just how close I AM – always. I AM will fill you to overflowing – more to share more to flow through you to your friends and loved ones – more to give and give out to those in need or a reassurance of my presence and my eternal love for them.

Nothing chases the enemy like my heart for you, daughter delight and when you praise I AM – the enemy cannot stay – he must flee by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony. Lift your arms in surrender, praise and faith – (picture a toddler in the “up daddy” position) Reach out and up to grasp my hand held out to you. Never doubt – I AM there. I AM ready. I AM willing. I AM present to lift you up into my everlasting arms and out of those snares the enemy has set. I AM there lifting you up to my peaceful place. I AM present to love you into and under the shadow of My wings…

I AM Savior – YOUR savior and deliverer. Really, I AM.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

SEASON of AUTUMN



Season of Autumn
Our leaves on the aspen have been hinting about changing for 2 weeks now (yes, it is only August) Yesterday I noticed some have really changed. Not sure what is up with this as we had winter, one DAY of spring and then went into summer. Colorado Springs is breaking high temperature records. Now the promise of early fall? NOT more of that white stuff, I simply am not ready.
God is whispering through this all to my heart:
Child, it is coming autumn, a season of apparent dying without but a time of fortification/strengthening within.

It is a beautiful season for roots to go deep, even into the Rock and it is not impossible.

It is not a season of blooms, blossoms or fruit. But without the autumn preparation there would be no resurrection or bursting forth season.

Rest and allow Jesus to deepen your roots, yield.

Be not frenzied, nor dismayed.

Absorb the crisp air, delight in the color and relax in Your Lord. He is able.

Stretch your roots and He will bring forth the increase. Fear not.

You stay put and grow in Him. It is a season of quiet depth and internal growth, a season of strengthening. Selah.


And to think the columbines I ordered for fall planting and the new iris rhizomes haven’t come yet. Hope they get here in time to establish roots before that first snowfall!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Forgiveness What It Is- What It Is Not and Why Do It


My friend and I were having tea at the kitchen table and she looked into my eyes and began her story.
“My mum brought her boyfriend home when I was 17 and still a virgin – she, she was drunk and she let him rape me……I got pregnant and then lost the baby……. I have never been able to forgive my mum…..”

I got out of my chair and went to hug her with tears streaming down my face. A mother who is supposed to be a place of safety, the teacher, the comforter of her children, the example…. I simply couldn’t understand. We were both sobbing as I prayed and asked the Lord Jesus to comfort and draw my friend ever so close to Him. “I just held her and let her cry and was saying “I am SO sorry, I am so sorry….”

Their relationship has been rocky over the years. Her mum is still an alcoholic and taking many things out on those around her. She is really negative about the Lord and the fact that my friend calls Jesus her savior.

After that time, when we were back to writing to each other, we’d talk about forgiveness.
We discussed about how it is not a warm fuzzy feeling but an act of your will to choose to forgive.

We talked about some of the reasons you should choose to forgive:
*bitterness coming from unforgiveness eats away at the person who holds it
*unforgiveness breaks God’s heart
*we might initially forgive in obedience to God
*by forgiving we release that person to the Lord to deal with
*forgiveness is freedom to the one giving the forgiveness
*to forgive frees one from the enemy

We also discussed what forgiveness is not:
*it is not necessarily giving our trust to that person, trust needs to be earned
*it is not an act leading to becoming friends again, although that could happen
*it is not a feeling, although feelings may follow; it is an act of our will

Forgiveness can also come in stages – maybe because the Lord knows we can only handle so much at one time. It is not uncommon to sense “I thought I had forgiven that person – so what’s this then?” That might not mean you haven’t forgiven, only that there is more to the ongoing process, a further relinquishing and letting go.

Some of the best mental health examples and solutions are spoken of in the Bible. I am listing them in two versions for those who would like something in more modern English than King James.

For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. (KJV)

Hebrews 10:30 

For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"[a]and again, "The Lord will judge his people." (NIV)

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath (KJV)

"In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry (NIV)

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins (NIV)

With regards to Mark 11:25, it is like the law of gravity in a way. It is either functional or it is not. With forgiveness, if it isn’t functional on a horizontal level in our lives with us forgiving others then apparently it isn’t functional on a vertical level with us obtaining forgiveness from God. Perhaps it is something like electricity and the switch being off. That is not a place where I’d want to find myself.

Several years went by and my friend was looking at representations of Jesus during the crucifixion and the Holy Spirit began to move on her about forgiving her mum, she was able to. Her depression lessened and she sensed a freedom she hadn’t known. Her mum is still an alcoholic who is hateful to Christians, including her own daughter. They haven’t become bosom buddies but there is a liberty in my friend. Though her mother is in her 80s she could still come to Jesus and that is just what I am praying for.

Monday, June 5, 2017

A Challenge for My Readers

Not sure about any of the rest of you but there is so much which is an abomination to the Lord - whether done seriously or "in jest" - I am thinking it is time to make a comment about His love and His provision for us and to call most of this what it is - sin.... God gave a very dear price to set us free and to walk in freedom (His SON!!!) Why should we tinker and tor around with that? So much of what is "out there" today is an absolute abomination to God... We need to honor Him and the sacrifice made on our behalf. Once again, I am hoping the "silent majority" will no longer be silent - when we are "silent" it is perceived as our tacit stamp of approval... God forbid... DOES THIS STRIKE A CHORD WITH ANYONE?
TIME IS SHORT.... I want to make it count for JESUS!!! Please join me?





Friday, June 2, 2017

GREAT new book on end times written by a long time friend - his life work!!!


The very best Sunday School class I ever participated in was taught by Cliff Kelly and was his first venture into the book of Revelations. We all were kept on the edge of our seats hanging on to what the Lord Jesus Christ would reveal to us the next time we met. This became a “life work” for my dear brother, Cliff. I highly recommend this easy to understand yet riveting “dig” into the Word of God. So much of this is making “front page” headlines today. A most incredible, Biblical work! - Marijo Phelps
"Entire forests have been cut down to provide paper for books on the end times, especially since the publication of The Late Great Planet Earth, by Hal Lindsey in the 1970s. Very few of them have combined piercing biblical exegesis with a broad understanding of the cultural and political situation in the world as a whole. In The Sixth Seal, Cliff Kelly provides a brilliant biblical understanding of the entire basis of the concept of ‘end times,’ as well as of the political and cultural challenges facing the body of Christ and the entire human race all over the world. No matter what kind of Millennialist you are, Kelly’s book makes more sense of the Scriptures and current global actuality than anything you are likely to read in the near future." – Dr. David Aikman, author and journalist
“Cliff Kelly has crafted a masterpiece in his book, The Sixth Seal! This riveting story should come with a warning on the cover: CAUTION! DO NOT READ IF YOU NEED TO SLEEP OR EAT OR WORK! Kelly’s Sixth Seal is a spellbinding work written for such a time as this!! It will stick with you for days after you read the final page and lay the book down!” – Bodie Thoene, author and film consultant

You may get a copy on Amazon
Get ready – it was really difficult to put down!! Marijo

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Heart Pour


Foggy mist filtering forward
Rolling down resident mountains
Mountain meadow montane mysteries
In You, my incredible Lord Jesus

Your peace permeating, prevailing
Pure air, poppies waving gently
Quietness envelopes tiny humming baby
Eating while calico watches safely inside

Fog of white velvet forwarding
Covering evergreens, grasses, flowers
Color rioting- yellow, orange, purple
13 striper chipmunks nibble bird scattered feeder seeds

My Jesus, Your penetrating peace
In early morn of coolness
Touching my heart and spirit
In this surrounding place called today.


REJOICING I AM, in You!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Perfect Timing Devotional (Word from the Lord Series)


You are my child and I love you. My timing is not your timing but be not dismayed at that revelation. I AM yours and you are mine. 


Keep on seeking Me and mine for you. You shall find and learn beauty through delay. I vacillate not nor waiver in My purpose/plan, plans I have for you, fear not but meet each day, maximize on it and keep focused on Me. Sometimes it is not so much where you are but WHO you are, wherever you are.

If you maximize on Me and stay pure/holy/ready I can use you in a vast variety or circumstances. Know I love you (both) and have a plan. I still go before you and prepare the way/ways/doors. I AM THE door. 

Do all without anxiety and live that moment for itself, taking advantage of that opportunity as it is there. Then, you, at that moment have no other to be concerned (focused on, anxious or speculating about). Use it to My advantage and I'll bring forth the increase in them and you. 

I AM undertaking, fear not. I also have several plans which allow various "wills" and choices and I have My best. Sometimes it doesn't come about even if you and I are on target because of others. 
But and still "all things work together for good for those who love me and are called.....". You can't lose. Selah


For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. (NIV)


But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. (NIV)


Prayer: Dear Lord, we cannot being to comprehend your mind or your times so please help us to live for today and learn more of You and Your wonder. AMEN

My Bride, resplendent in Holiness (Words from the Lord sieres)

My Bride, Resplendent in Holiness Devotional (Words from the Lord Series)
My busy child, quiet your heart before me. I desire to give you focus, to bring order to confusion as Jesus did when he spoke forth life to you. Let not your mind wander. Look to your first love for direction and being. I help you focus on Jesus.
Receive my counsel and look to the Lord who is your strength, your everything. The Spirit and the Bride say come. I say the time is at hand for those words to be fulfilled. Is the Bride ready or in a state of disarray?
Let Jesus teach you His peace. Be ready/willing to learn and you shall. You need peace before you can be a finished Bride, resplendent in Holiness, clothed in His robe of righteousness, without spot or wrinkle. Then shall He come, your awaited, your beloved. Tarry, that you might fulfill His plan for you, take time to come apart often with the Son. Dwell in His Word and His Word shall dwell in you.
Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.(NIV)

Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. (NIV)

2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (NIV)

Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. (NIV)

Revelation 22:7  “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” (NIV)


Prayer: Dear Jesus, you are our everything! Please help our choices daily and our very breath that we breathe to reflect that fact. Beyond the fires we seem to be rushing to put out, we DO want to be Your Bride, without spot or wrinkle. Only You can accomplish that work in us. We yield. AMEN.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mama Fufuka Kitty (supposed to be Greek for Princess)


 
We had decided to get a kitten. After we got to the Humane Society I began to think about how the older kitties might be euthanized….
“Hey, look at that Tortie over there, she looks about 9 months old….”
The kitty in question was curious and came to the door of the cage to sniff our fingers and she was purring!
“OK, maybe we shouldn’t get a kitten……. She’s SO unique and seems really smart….”
We took her home to our one bedroom apartment in hot Stockton California – you remember, don’t you, the one with the hardwood floors and no air conditioning.  Stockton, where it never rains from April until October and there is nothing but blue skies.  No clouds, not ever., Never. And HOT, did I mention the summer it was 114 at 4PM daily for a week in the shade? Or the time my sister and I fried an egg on the blacktop?
Well, Fu-Fu was quite the kitty.  We fed her on the utility sink after placing a piece of plywood on top of it. I’d never had a female cat before and had just decided she was gaining too much weight , diet time. She  was having trouble jumping up on the utility tub to get her food, when it occurred to me that maybe she was “with kittens”.  That began the process of scrambling around to see what the gestation period was for cats. 62 days.  She must have been in heat and gotten out and the owners took her immediately to the Humane Society. We had adopted her 60 days prior to that.  Pretty soon it became very evident that SOMETHING was happening.
“Yowl, rorow….. Meow….”,Was what she was saying as she moved around the kitchen in a very uncomfortable pose. Pretty soon she dropped a little bundle in the middle of the linoleum floor. (Did I mention this was a very old apartment?) The tiny package was totally wrapped in the placenta. Oh, I forgot to mention, I am also an RN.
By that time, I knew the kitten would die if Mama Fu-Fu didn’t chew off the band of placenta, quickly. Well, my roommate decided it was probably time for us to go to the Laundromat so I would live through this delivery.
When we came back 1½ hours later Mama Fu-Fu had delivered 3 pretty huge kittens. She had moved them into the back corner of the hall closet, totally ignoring the box with its towel lining we had fixed for her.  She was no dummy, it was HOT and the hall closet at least had a cooler corner.
“Look at those little guys, nursing and purring and kneading…”
It was a while before we could touch them as Fu-Fu was pretty productive. Several weeks later we noticed that the kittens were nursing only on one side and the other side was getting red and inflamed.
It was time for a vet to see our girl.  The vet wasn’t in and his assistant recommended using hot packs with Camphenique and warm water to ease the discomfort. We did this (hot packs on a cat? It was quite a sight to see, believe me) for several days and she seemed even more miserable.  Her ears were hot and the thermometer said 104.  Yes, poor Foof had to put up with that indignity too.
We were trying to wean the kittens (at the suggestion of the vet’s assistant).  Fu-Fu got so creative in trying to get to those little orange boys she even learned how to open a heavy sliding wood door.
I did some reading and discovered phenol was lethal to cats.  That was a major ingredient in Camphophenique. 
“I think it is time to see another vet and write a letter….”
I composed a letter to the vet telling him that the sign of a good professional is to look things up and not suggest things with lethal ingredients in them. We never received a bill from that vet.
We took Fu-Fu to a vet who had to give her a shot to bring her temp down.  He said it was a good thing the kittens weren’t nursing because as small as they were the phenol could have gotten to them really fast.
Finally Fu-Fu’s mastitis subsided and she began being perky again.  We found a home for all 3 of her boys.
Old Foof was spayed and lived a happy life until she was 15 and went into kidney failure.  She was a wonderful cat who went outside with a harness and leash on (we walked when it cooled down almost every night.
I remember well one day when a neighbor lady went by walking a German Shepherd on a leash and Fu-Fu  ran knocking open the screen door and chased the dog, with the lady attached to the leash for over a block until I could catch her and intervene.
Yes, old tortie Fu-Fu can still bring a smile to my face.
See “Sketch of Muffy” for another glimpse of this wonderful kitty.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

My Mama Used to Speak of “Borrowing Trouble”



When I was a child I used to think, actually I used to stay awake at night “thinking” from the time I was a toddler. I am sure this dismayed my parents. “My tummy hurts, can you bring me a drink of water?”

“What are you doing still awake?”

We found out later I did have food allergies which validated some of the “my tummy hurts” times. But other times I was “thinking”. Sometimes I was thinking about good things, events to come that I was excited about. Trips to our cousins, birthday gifts or saving enough allowance to finally buy the doll for myself were some of those wakeful thoughts. Other times I was “what-ifing”. I am going to Sue’s house tomorrow after school, what if this happens or that. What if I miss the bus. If I talked to my mom about these “what-ifs” she sometimes told me that I was borrowing trouble.

As an adult I continued to do this. When I became a Christian the Bible teaches us to not worry but to pray about things and then turn them over to God. Great idea that sometimes isn’t easy to implement. I’d give something or someone to God and pretty soon find I’d taken them back again to “wart” over. I wonder if that’s where the term worry wart came from?  As I grew older in the Lord, I got a bit better at releasing worrisome things to Him. I had seen His faithfulness in circumstances and learned that I really could trust Him. There were always the relapse times too. It was one of those times when I felt He was whispering to me:

You are so filled with questions – some necessary and pertinent.  Some you’d do better without, for your own anxiety.  You are learning the difference even now.  Your mind shall be refreshed and renewed as you focus on Jesus and ask.  I am with you to teach, strengthen and empower you in His name. Be flexible in my Spirit and when in doubt, ASK ME. I won’t leave you in doubt. Praise be to God most High for His incomparable gift, His Son, Jesus Christ, your Lord.

 

He and I have come a long way together over the years. I am still learning and growing but am thankful that my trust in Him has grown so that I am not “borrowing trouble” nearly as much as I used to. Mom lived to see this era in my life and I am sure she was definitely relieved, I know I was.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Closing Doors Opened Unwittingly into the Occult

Closing Doors Opened Unwittingly into the Occult
I have always loved fireplaces and so had FuFu our mama kitty. Every time I began to get ready to make a fire she was right there in the middle of the whole process., first trying to get into the fireplace and mess with the logs and then to park her furry hide in front to soak up the warmth..
This particular day was strange in that Fufu saw me getting ready to light the books and she took off. I couldn’t see her anywhere….
I had been thinking about my astrology books, tarot cards and books like “Tibetan Book of the Dead” and the “I Ching”. Since I had asked Jesus to be my Lord and savior I had been examining my lifestyle and things that really did me more harm than good. I had decided the best way to take care of these books would be to have a little bon fire in the fireplace. I didn’t want to give them to anyone else because I didn’t want my friends influenced by things I now considered a detriment.
So, without the help of my fur ball, I grabbed the long fireplace matches we had used ever since we had fireplaces (several years). I got all the books placed so they’d be easy to light with pages flayed open and struck a match. It went out. I struck a second match. It went out.
About this time I sensed a very strong evil presence in the room. Nothing like this had ever happened before. It was almost overwhelming evil. I grabbed the third match and light it – the head broke off and went under the rocking chair starting the rug on fire.
For those of you who think Satan is in the category of Santa and the Easter Bunny don’t stop reading….
Being newly born again (not even going to church yet at that point) I called out the only prayer I could think of “Help me, Jesus, help me, Jesus”.
I had stomped on the fire and the scorched rug was no longer burning as I picked up the 4th match repeating “help me, Jesus….” This time the pages caught fire and burned vigorously. Each and every page burned. When the fire was all over out came mama FuFu. I still don’t know where she had been hiding.
I had inadvertently plugged in to the wrong power source. Things I did and choices I made had opened the door to legally give Satan areas of control in my life. Those choices had led me down a pretty miserable path for some years and I was anxious to close those doors and “turn on” to the best power source, Jesus.
When I was thinking on that event and talking to some of my friends we came to the conclusion that the enemy was not happy with my getting rid of those books. They had been a way that I was snagged and reeled in. Hooked into things of the occult – things which plugged in where a relationship with the Lord Jesus was lacking and non-existent. Yes, the enemy was angry to be losing that foot hold in my life and I guess he thought I could be scared into backing off.
His tactics didn’t work that day and my newly claimed Lord showed up in a big way to protect me and help me do what I had started to do with that fire in the fireplace.
Lest I thought it was all just my imagination…. Mama FuFu showed me that day something was going on neither of us could see but she certainly sensed too. She never missed another fire-lighting as long as we had a fireplace and that was for two more houses after this one.
I also prayed and asked the Lord Jesus to break any ties I had to these things which were not of Him and to forgive me for opening myself up to them in the first place. I had never actually read either of the two books.
This was just one of many steps in being set totally free in Jesus.
Philippians 3:13
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead……
Isaiah 43:19
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
Colossians 1:19-22 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—

Monday, March 6, 2017

God is Talking to US!!



Nope, this isn’t some science fiction fantasy piece. It is about hearing the voice of God, the very God who created the universe and set those stars in place. It still boggles my mind that He would desire a relationship with us as individuals, but He really does. He has expressed this in His Word, the Bible. That is one way He can and does talk to us, through His Word. Have you ever been reading along and had a particular scripture almost jump off the page at you? HE is trying to make something real and clear to you.
The Bible also mentions that God speaks to us with “a still, small voice” – that gentle nudge and knowing in your heart, that peace after prayer about a decision or that unrest when you know this is a turn you shouldn’t take.
Or that person who mentions a scripture and says that they were praying for you and that scripture came to mind. They might not even know what you are praying about and the give you the same scripture which “jumped off the page” while you were reading His Word the day before.
Yes, it sure helps if we read His Word. Then it is fresh in our minds and He can highlight things He really wants us to absorb. It also helps to have praying friends.
Have you ever run and sat in your Daddy’s lap? Just to let him surround you with his arms and hug you close? You still can, figuratively, with your Heavenly Father. Maybe you never had an earthly Daddy you were close to – well, your Daddy God would like to be that Dad even today, the one you thought you never had. He is waiting, ready and willing to hug you close with His everlasting arms.
Following are some scriptures to think about.
Romans 8:7
the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. (NIV)
Romans 12:2
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (NIV)
1 Corinthians 14:15
So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind. (NIV)
1 John 4:4
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (NIV)
Psalm 135:5
I know that the LORD is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods. (NIV)
2 Timothy 2:3
Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. (NIV)
Prayer: Oh, Father God, please help us to be good soldiers.  Help us to be equipped by You to fight the battle in our minds and to pray always without ceasing in the Spirit and in our understanding, to grow up to be like our Jesus.  AMEN.