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Hearing

John 10:7-11 KJV

Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

[8] All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.

[9] I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

[10] The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

[11] I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

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Father in Heaven, Help Me

Help Me Be More Like You….I can’t do this on my own.

John 13:34-35
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Commentary

This new commandment speaks the truth in love. Loving one another as Jesus loved us is the gospel, because it communicates that we are His, that He is worthy, and that we are changed because He first loved us. Loving someone begins with selflessness and surrender. We surrender to God because we know we cannot love others like this without His help, without being loved this way by Him. It is selfless because to love others like this, we must set ourselves aside and deny ourselves daily. This is like Jesus laying down His authority and power and choosing to die on a cross so that we may truly live because of that sacrifice. Remember, Jesus said “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39) We find true life by loving one another as Jesus loves us.

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My Father Is…..

John 8:42-47
Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

COMMENTARY 

In verses 31-32 Jesus says, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jesus is addressing Jews who have believed Him, yet knowing their hearts He clarifies that they need to be set free. His audience is having a difficult time understanding why they need to be set free. Jesus responds that everyone who sins is a slave to sin. He confront them more by saying, “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires.” Satan is in the business of twisting truth into lies and these folks are unable to see Jesus as the truth: the only way to God the Father. Holy Spirit, protect us from being unable to hear the truth. Reveal to us any corrupt allegiance that we have to evil, and let the light of Christ illuminate our hearts.

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Dear Father in Heaven 

Dear Lord God, I pray that You will continue to mold me and shape me. Even though pruning is not fun it is necessary in order that we become more fruitful.   I long to be fruitful and I long to live in a way that brings joy to You.   Help me Lord,  because left to myself I am doomed to fail.

John 15:1-2
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

Commentary 

In Christ Jesus, we are connected to the lifeline that allows us to bear good fruit. If we are led by the Holy Spirit, we will work to offer our gifts, talents, and to be led into opportunities designed by God for our lives. There is a desire to do good, created out of our salvation and love relationship with Christ Jesus, and that desire is blessed. This is just part of the process of “working out our salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). A healthy fear of the Lord keeps our hearts open, willing to be led in worship to God.

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A Promised Blessing

John 13:15-17
I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.  Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

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Signs or Faith?

John 6:30-40
So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do?  Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”  Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.  For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”  “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”  Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.  But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.  All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.  For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.  And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.  For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
COMMENTARY
Jesus’ audience is not interested in believing in Him by faith, they are interested in even more proof that He is the Messiah. Faith in Jesus is the catalyst to knowing God and being in relationship with Him. This faith has the power to create evidence for hope in the hearts of all people; yet sadly, it is often overlooked or cast aside as some childish notion. “Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it.” (Hebrews 11:1 – NCV)

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Love

1 John 5:3-5
In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
Commentary
God has desired the obedience of His people since the beginning. Instructions were given to Adam and Eve, the stone tablets were made to guide Israel in how to live and served as the foundation for the creation of “the law”. In all this, Jesus comes as the fulfillment of the law. Obedience continues to be commanded, as our direction lies through Christ alone. This is a beautiful verse that links together obedience and the victory to overcome the world through Jesus. In believing in Christ, we become obedient to God and communicate our love for Him.

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Never Can Hear Too Often

Thank you Lord!

John 1:1-5
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Commentary
The Word became flesh: Jesus Christ. Everything in this earth was created through Him. It is fitting then that through His sacrifice alone salvation and eternal life are offered freely. Think about verse 4, “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.” Know today that you are adored and cherished. Everything hinges on the Word, who IS God and is with God. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: the Triune God who is in perfect harmony serving each other and loving us. God wants us to be with Him, and we come to be with Him by grace through faith in Jesus. That has been the loving design of our Father in Heaven since the beginning.

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Keep the Matches Close!

Don’t let your light go out!  Keep it shining brightly!

John 3:19-21
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
COMMENTARY
The light that has come into the world is Jesus Christ. Just as the disciples did, we as believers in Christ carry this light with us and place it on display through our changed lives! “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) Sadly, there are those in this world that love darkness, and therefore will not come into the light for fear of the light, and fear of a false shame. Forgiveness and a changed heart is found in the light, not shame and despair. Lord help us live in the light always!

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Special Delivery – Urgent Pope Visit

Two dreams.
I have felt hesitant to put these out here but I have had two of these dreams. Each a little different but in many ways the same. I feel strongly that these are from the Lord.

The first one was around the middle of November. I wrote things down about the dream but did not put the date on it. I felt there was a message that needed to be shared but kept trying to figure out how to put it together. The entire year for me has been about urgency. I have felt the Holy Spirit guiding me for the last year. So, here goes.

FIRST DREAM
As I was writing down this dream I knew immediately the name was to be “Special Delivery”.
Define…
Special–Distinguished or different from usual. Set apart from ordinary.
Delivery–Giving forth of something. Handing over something.
Adding urgent because this was an urgent situation.
Urgent–Requires immediate action.

The dream…
I was suddenly in this situation of delivering a baby. Not me but there was a young woman (no idea who she was) who suddenly was there and going into labor. No time for Dr or 911 or anything. No time to think. It was urgent! We took care of what we had to take care of – we did it! The delivery was an emergency and for this unplanned baby. I was so happy and joyful! Everything was wonderful!

I suddenly went from that feeling of joy to being at the woman’s feet while holding the baby that was still attached to the mother. We were waiting on the ambulance. I immediately began to think of all the things I should have done differently. All the things that could have gone wrong. All the things that could have gone wrong because I could not prepare.

My interpretation
This dream was a very spiritual dream for me. I had written at the bottom of my notes from this dream that I had no time to prepare for rituals. I was associating rituals with the normal path. You go into labor and then then you wait until labor pains are a few minutes apart and then you go to the hospital and the Dr shows up and you have people who clearly know what to do. I was thinking of that situation as rituals. Immediately after the baby was born I felt such joy and happiness. I connected that to when a person is first saved. A person who has been born again and the joy they have. The next part of the dream where I began to second guess everything, I believe I was connecting that to the doubt that the evil one begins to try to slip into our minds and tell us how we are not good enough or that we should not have done this or we should have done that. I also could not shake the ritual vs non-ritual. These verses are on my heart.

John 4:24 I am going to begin at 21.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (These words were spoken by Jesus and He said MUST.)

(For me I continued to think of the church’s who are very legalistic in there worship and lack spiritual and lack the relationship with Christ.)

Hebrews 9:1-15
I will let you look it up and study it but it speaks of the rituals and preparations of the priests that were required before Jesus came and shed his blood for us.

Dream 2
I had this one on December 2nd, 2014.

In my dream my husband and I were busy and had been busy. We were busy rushing around and getting ready for the birth of twins. Not our twins. My mother in law was having the twins. We were getting ready for the twins because we were planning on taking the twins after they were born and raising them. You see she had cancer and was in her 70’s and was dying. (REALITY…she passed away from colon cancer about 2 and a half years ago and was in her 70’s. In the dream she was not young but just as she was when she was really dying.)

So, back to the dream. This was urgent! She was going to deliver in weeks or days but we simply had to hurry and put together 2 cribs. We were just rushing. My husband also had told me his uncle was on the way and he also told me that we would not see him again after this. He said that he was also dying. (He is the brother of my mother in law.)
Also, during all of this I did take mental note that everything around us was going as usual. Nothing around us or within the family or work or any other people seemed to be out of place or acting odd. Business as usual.

When I woke up I told my husband I was exhausted and he probably was also because we had been putting up cribs for the twins. He said, “really? so someone have twins?” I giggled and said yes and not us but it was his mom and that we were going to take them and raise them since she was dying. I jumped up and began getting ready for work. While in the shower the song began playing in my head…”People get ready, Jesus is coming!”

Why? Again, this was a very spiritual dream for me because this year the Lord has used 9:11 in many forms to get my attention. I know, very strange. Because of that one of the very first verses I began looking at months ago was Romans 9:11. At that time I had seen this popping up so often I immediately thought, “Ok Lord, are you trying to tell me something? Is there a scripture You want me to read?” At church we were in the book of Romans and so I looked at Romans 9:11. I did find it very interesting but it was not where the Lord had led me during that particular time. BUT, now this particular verse was the first one to pop into my mind.

Points about the dream that stuck out and I wrote down.
-this was the 2nd dream in about 2 weeks dealing with birth and labor and babies
-this dream had 2 people that would be dying…2 deaths represented (my mother in law and her brother)
-people around us continued on as normal
-twins and Romans 9:11

Lets begin with why the TWINS were important to me. Romans 9:11 I will put both the KJV and the NIV.
KJV For [the children] being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;
NIV Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad–in order that God’s purpose in election might stand;

2nd dream of this type. I kept thinking about how much the bible speaks of birth and birth pangs and we will know when we are in the end times because the birth pangs will be closer and closer as labor pains are for a woman.

The 2 deaths in this dream. I had written down what I felt the Lord was saying. I wrote that the 1st death was like when we are first saves and we have to die to ourselves when we receive Christ. The 2nd death is when we leave this world through physical death and go to be with the Lord.

One more odd thing. Two days after I had this second dream I was talking to my supervisor. We were just joking around about his new work space. He suddenly became serious and made the remark “in 9 months it will not matter.” (Odd…WHAT???) I asked, “what do you mean”? He said that the rest of the group I am in are supposed to have a new place to sit in about that time. So I joked around again for a bit to lighten it up and then went to my desk. That night I began to think about it again. Why 9 months…what is in 9 months? Why not say you would be moving in a few months or something? I asked myself, what is 9 months from now? September! Our fiscal year end at work. Fiscal year ends can mean people lose their jobs. Another year? Why did he not say at the end of our FY? Why not say in a few months? It was strange to hear him specifically say 9 months. WHAT ELSE? A baby is born in 9 months. WOW…that goes with the “dream puzzle”.

What else? Well, I immediately thought about the final lunar eclipse…blood moon is in September 2015. It is also a Super Moon and it is also the only one from the 4 blood moon tetrad of 2014-2015 that is visible from Jerusalem. This tetrad being different than normal lunar eclipses because they are rare ONLY because all four of them landed on God’s appointed days on the biblical calendar. Not our calendar but the biblical calendar. That is very very rare and when it does happen it has something major happen. One must admit that so far 2014 has certainly not lacked in drama in the world. So far we have only had 2. First on Passover and the second on Sukkot or Tabernacles. 2 more to go on the same biblical appointed days. Our fiscal year end for work is end of week of 10/3/15. Sukkot begins 9/28/15 to 10/3/15.

ADDED UPDATE….ok, so now we are still looking at the 9 month thing. Do what is in 9 months? I forgot but the pope is supposed to be here in September 2015 (should be interesting). REVISION AGAIN…I FOUND IT INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT THE POPE IS GOING TO ARRIVE IN PHILADELPHIA AND WHAT IS THE DATE. SEPTEMBER 26th, 27th. This goes with the paragraph above. I also looked up Revelation 3:9-11, because 911 has been so urgent to me this year. Read it, it is concerning the letter to the church of Philadelphia. Then we have had the house and Congress agree to pass the budget until when….September 2015. Plus the homeland security is not funded after February. Interesting with the amnesty and open borders. So that is my update.
What does any of that have to do with anything? Maybe nothing but I did find it very interesting.

I believe the message in the first dream was …be sure you are born again. Accept Jesus and the gift He has given everyone who seeks Him and asks. Believe He was born of a virgin that God chose named Mary. Believe He is God who came to earth as a man to be an example for each of us. To teach the disciples so they could also go and spread the good news! Believe that He being sinless and perfect died on the cross and took all our sins upon himself so that we might live. He was put in a tomb and 3 days later he rose from the dead! He is the way, the truth and the light. He is the only way to get to the Father. You must have child like faith.

I believe the message in the second dream is to prepare for His coming. Make sure you are ready and your lamps are full of oil which is the Holy Spirit. Make sure your garments are clean. We are not perfect but we must confess and repent daily to the Lord and not to an earthly priest but to our only High Priest, Jesus Christ.

Psalms 32:5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.

Matthew 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus , and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

No one knows when the Lord is going to return but if you believe His word then you know He will return just as He said He would. None of us are promised tomorrow. Any number of things could happen to you or me any minute. If you do not know the Lord I urgently plead with you to dial 911 straight hotline to the Lord our God. God Almighty! Our Creator! The Beginning and the End. The Alpha and the Omega! Choose today, this minute whom you will serve.

Blessings to all…..

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Who is this man?

Who do you call?

Who is your friend?

Who will comfort you?

Who will celebrate with you?

Who will always be there?

He will never leave nor forsake you…..

John 9:11

11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.” PRAISE GOD!