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.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

REST (Word from the Lord Series)

2-1-17
 
REST in Me
BLEST in Jesus
Child this is your season of change, new ways for new days.
No corner cowering, stand tall in Me.
I AM doing great things in and for you, my Bride. Abide in Me, who set you free, no bondage.
My blood shed for you, price paid in full.
Walk now, released in that fullness of My love.
You are and are becoming "daughter (child) delight, daughter (child) set free". In Me there is liberty for you (all), My Bride, spots and wrinkles going - freshness coming moment by moment as you (all) abide in Me.
 
Setting free, I AM setting free. You can rise up above the snares set, to soar as the eagle, I AM teaching you to fly and to shelter beneath the shadow of My wings.
REST in Jesus, your "I AM".
 
 

 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

ALONE

My Jesus,
He needs You so much
In all the turmoil
That races through his mind

He can no longer lean
On broken crutches
And lies about
Like a body without bones
Yet he still resists You

If he could but grasp
Saying yes to You
Isn't giving up life
But embracing an encompassing peace
Yielding to eternal joy
Becoming aware that he's loved
Like he's never been loved before!