Oh ABBA, FATHER!!!!

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I am finding it hard to describe!  One of those special moments in time!  Are you looking?  Are you watching?  Are you listening?  Do you sometimes see in part?  Do you hear in part?  Tonight I felt like a child!  I felt like happy child!  I felt like a little girl and my daddy had given me a gift and I was so happy!  About an hour later my daddy handed me another gift!  WOW…that is so amazing I thought!  I smiled so big!  About an hour later I realized that there was actually ANOTHER gift within!  All three were given to me at the same time but I didn’t see them all at the same time.  As I kept thinking how amazing the first gift was and then realizing that the second part that went with it made it so complete!  I shared it with my friends…”see, look it is from God…it is not a coincidence”!  Then, as I continued to ponder on the whole thing and kept smiling and feeling so happy the third part came flooding into my soul!!!!  I was already convinced, but WOW!  How can ANYONE else doubt it now?  The last part was like the deal was signed, sealed and DELIVERED! 

I immediately hit my knees and cried out….OH THANK YOU ABBA…THANK YOU….

It is that moment you have been so longing for.  You needed your Father to lift your face up and smile and say….I am here…I have been…I have been listening, my sweet sweet daughter. 

Most of the time we know it.  We praise Him.  We thank Him.  Sometimes though you just need that special gift, that special touch!  Not every one will notice it or see it, but you KNOW that you KNOW!  Then these verses came to mind.

Psalm 46:10 (KJV)

10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)

10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Isaiah 43:10 (KJV)

10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

Isaiah 43:12 (KJV)

12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God.

Isaiah 44:6 (KJV)

Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

Isaiah 45:18  (KJV)

18 For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.

Isaiah 45:22 (KJV)

22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

Isaiah 46:9 on (KJV)

Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

So brothers and sisters, keep watch, keep listening and don’t miss the little things our Abba gives us!  All I can say is that I find myself wondering if those might just be some of the most special gifts of all!  It is all in the detail.  The details that can ONLY BE GOD!

Again….oh how I thank you Father!  Thank you for giving me the eyes to see!

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Father’s Day (in 1992 it was June 21st)

I can remember that day 25 years ago like it was yesterday. My memory of about a 45-minute time span appears in my mind as a video from another perspective. It is like it was filmed by someone who was not even there and I was nothing but an actor. I could see it all as though I was about 15 feet above the unfolding drama.

I have had many things in my life prior to this moment that were very despairing and although they had a great impact on my life, they each almost made my heart or my attitude harden. I used each thing that hurt me deeply to build a wall so that would not happen to me again! What I did not realize was that hardening of one’s heart does not make one stronger. My heart was deceiving me. I would rise up and say…never again.

This day was different. This moment in time felt as though it destroyed me. It felt like someone reached inside of me and turned me inside out!

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 1Pe 1:7 KJV

Faith? I have to ask myself as I look back on that time. How much faith did I have? At the same time it was perfect timing for God to allow this.

 

Have you heard the saying “be careful what you ask for because you just might get it”?

 

It had only been maybe 4 or 5 weeks or so before, I had been up late and as I turned the channels on TV I stopped on a channel of a man preaching. I felt convicted deeper than in the past. I fell to my knees in front of the couch and prayed so hard. Tears streamed down my face and I said change me, change my life, whatever it takes. I want my life to be yours. I meant it. I had said this before and meant it before but it felt deeper this time.

 

I remember the very next day I went to the mailbox and there was a letter written to me from my husband. (Yes, we were still living together he was just always working.) You can imagine my puzzlement. Why would my husband have mailed me a letter? It was thick and certainly not a one pager. I remember going to my bedroom and sitting on the bed and opening this and began to read it. My husband had been what I now call the CON-MAN. He was an excellent liar! Not something one usually wants to list on a resume’. I always caught him in lies. I would question him several ways so as not to end up thinking I was making more of something than I should be. I would ask it in so many ways that it would be clear and he would only hang himself. So, this was literally a suicide letter. (or was it really?) He was working for an insurance company and he began to tell how he had been embezzling from it, he had been scamming the system.

He also went all the way back to the beginning when we met. He came clean with lies he had told me. Things he made up about his life before he met me. I suppose these things were supposed to make me fall for him more? Those things would not have changed that I fell for him. But, at that moment they changed everything. WOW, I did not even know this man. We had a son together. Yet EVERYTHING that I still had thought was true about him was ALSO A LIE. Who was this man I was married to?

 

I remember crying out to the Lord God, sort of tears and laughter. “What God? I said to change my life but what is this??? What on earth do I do with this?”

 

Shortly after my mother and father in law came to my door. They had also received a letter. His boss had received a letter. (Personally, I think it was one more con because he knew he was about to get busted and so he was going to play on the emotions of those closest to him in order to get the sympathy to get him out of the hot water he had created for himself. You see his boss was also very close friends of his mom and dad and that is how he got the job in the first place. So, a letter to him would make sense. He would only fire him and charges for embezzlement would not happen.)

 

That is not what happened on June 11th. That was a few weeks before. He was supposed to be going to counseling and our marriage was totally over. This was all just a prelude to June 11th.

 

June 11th. It was only myself and my two sons at home in our small apartment that morning. I had a weight lifting bench set up between the kitchen and the living room. The phone rang and my oldest son (from a previous marriage) answered the phone. He was 9 and his little brother was 3. My son told me it was grandma (my mom). I was living in Michigan and my parents lived in Arkansas where I was born and raised. I get on the phone and my mom tells me she has bad news. Your daddy died this morning. WHAT?

 

I dropped the phone to the floor. I fell to the floor and just kept crying and screaming NO…NO…NOOOO. It was loud. Phone still laying in the floor where I dropped it, I was just screaming and ran through the living room and into my bedroom and fell onto the bed and cried and screamed until I got it all out. Then I just stopped. It was not real. I will never see my daddy again? Not him, God, why not mom….not my dad. (mom and I had always had issues…mom and daughter issues). I got up and went back to the phone. She told me she would let me know about arrangements. My two little boys had just sat down on that weight bench. They were sitting there when I ran into the bedroom. I can see them from the memory of that moment. They had to have been scared. They knew something horrible had to have happened. They had never seen me react like that. They were afraid to move, to say a word.

 

What was God doing? I asked Him to take my life a few weeks before and my life seemed to spiral even more out of control.

 

So, what do the scriptures say before this one I put at the beginning of this blog about trials?

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1Pe 1:3 KJV

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 1Pe 1:4 KJV

Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1Pe 1:5 KJV

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 1Pe 1:6 KJV

We see in verse 6 it says we BECAUSE OF verses 3-5 we will GREATLY REJOICE! BUT…now for a season (or a period of time…long or short), IF NEED BE, we will be in HEAVINESS (in the Greek means, sadness, sorrowfulness, distress, grieve).

 

Heaviness of what? Verse 6 says through manifold temptations. What does that mean?

Manifold – Of uncertain derivation; motley, that is, various in character: – divers, manifold. (Means many different; many different colors; many different things.)

Temptation- From G3985; a putting to proof (by experiment [of good], experience [of evil], solicitation, discipline or provocation); by implication adversity: – temptation,

So, we during this time before Jesus Christ returns for His children we have a big chance of being saddened and distressed by many different temptations or trials.  Temptations are as stated above trial by putting to proof by experiment of good or experience of evil.  Solicitation, discipline or provocation by implication adversity…temptation.

As I said at the beginning of this blog, I had taken bad experiences and built up a wall saying NEVER AGAIN.  Never again will someone hurt me like this.  Never again will I be taken advantage of.  Never again will I love someone to that degree.  Never again will I be walked out on but I will walk out first.  NEVER AGAIN.

After my dad died I began to learn I HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO TRUST AND LEAN ON GOD, JESUS CHRIST AS MY SAVIOUR.  Faith would begin to grow.  My life forever changed that day.  It was a sad day but I would not change it for anything.  I lost my daddy but I was truly beginning to be introduced to my eternal Father in Heaven!

 

Sandra Solomon: From Islam to Christ (Palestinian Ex-Muslim Testimony)

Beautiful testimony. ..moving from darkness to the light.  The true light.  Not a light that can be blown out but a light that will shine brightly wherever it goes!  Jesus Christ still lives!  He is still coming to all to seek Him, to all who cry out to Him, to any who hear Him knocking on their hearts !  He loves you and wants to come in.  You have to ask Him, you have to open the door and don’t give up, keep seeking the only One who has the power to save!  God bless you all.  God is not finished yet!

Jesus in the Old Testament 

Isaiah 61 :1-2

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me;

Because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek;

He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives,

And the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,

The 2nd verse was cut in hslf.  The remaining has not come to pass yet.

2nd half of the 2nd verse.

And the day of vengeance of our God;

To comfort all that mourn;

Luke 4:16-21

And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

Middle – East Prophecy Update – October 23rd, 2016 Pastor JD Farag 

We Cry Out! 

Psalm 17:6-8
I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings

Commentary 

Lord God, Your Word is full of rich life-giving truths like this that we can offer to You in prayer; not only for ourselves, but for others as well. We praise You Lord, that You are a God who answers when we call! You hear our cries, and do not turn away from our needs. We come to You Lord as we are, because we cannot come as anything else before You: the one who knows us perfectly and sees all things. Create in us hearts that authentically desire to honor You with our lives, and to share the magnitude of Your greatness with those we meet. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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The World Seems to be Coming Apart!

No fear because God Almighty is STILL on the  throne!

Jeremiah 32:17

Ah, Lord GOD! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.

Down & Out? No Place to Turn?

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Seek the Lord God,  He knows and understands and He is always with you AND He always has been all along and He has just been waiting for you to see that you need Him, the only One who truly loves you and cares for you and will sustain you.  NO MATTER WHAT!   For He IS FAITHFUL AND TRUE! 

Psalm 55:22

22 Cast your burden on the Lord,
and He will sustain you;
He will never permit
the righteous to be moved.

Thank you Jesus,  we praise You and exalt You!  Thank You for having mercy on us and for never giving up on us even when we are so wretched and don’t deserve Your perfect goodness.
I humbly thank You with all of my heart and soul and mind.  Thank You Jesus,  my King and my Deliverer and my Saviour. Amen 

What Have You Read Lately?

Living in Fear…..

These are the craziest days I have lived in! I have lived in fear before, but today, in this world, it is a NEW sort of fear. Everyday it is something new! This morning on my way to church I found my mind drifting yet again to the trouble of this world and then suddenly the verses below came to mind. Again, I had great peace.

LUKE 8:22-25
Jesus Calms the Storm
22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.

24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

My thoughts…

I heard a teacher once point out that in verse 22 Jesus did not tell the disciples to go it alone. Jesus said, LET’S go over to the other side of the lake. In my mind this is a very important nugget! I think sometimes watching the world news can be frightening but we need to be aware of what is going on. We must always watch so we are not caught off guard. It is important to know that we may just now be seeing things happening but the storm is not surprising The Lord. He knows everything. He never has to say…”WOW, I did not see that coming so I guess I will go to plan B.”

So if you feel yourself feeling anxious because the world is getting out of control just remember that YOU never had control of any of it to begin with! Remember that we never have to go it alone. Have faith in the ONLY ONE we can ever truly count on.

Much love….

Easy? Most of the Time NO.

Matters not easy or hard.
Matters only that we walk in the path Jesus lays before us.  It is a learning process.

John 13:34-35
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one 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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Judgement, but there is Light….

Considering all the chaos,
Considering all the sickness,
Considering all the fear,
Considering all those who don’t believe or simply refuse to,
Considering all the starving people of the world,
Can we all come together and agree things are the worst most of us have ever seen?
Yes, I have words of encouragement for all. Read each passage slowly as though you were eating a juicy flavorful strawberry (or something else if you have something against the berry). I hope you get life from these verses. Verse 10 has been a favorite of mine for a long time but the rest of it breathed the life of God into me.

Psalm 46

1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever–present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.

6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

8 Come and see the works of the LORD, the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire.

10 “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

THANK YOU JESUS….COME QUICK!
WE PRAISE YOUR MIGHTY NAME!
AMEN

A new sign concerning Jonah And Mosul and Ninevites?

Just thinking.  The ISIS going and destroying the tomb of Jonah and trying to destroy that which was accomplished in the day of Jonah seem to go hand in hand here.

Luke 11:29-32
As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation. The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom; and now something greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and now something greater than Jonah is here.

Commentary
Jonah 3 describes of when Jonah preached against Ninevah. Jonah 3:4-5 says, “Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, ‘Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.’ The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.” Not only this, but the king decrees that everyone stop their evil ways and violence in hopes that God will relent and not destroy them. Ninevah heard the warning and changed. Once they recognized that they were doing evil, they tried to stop that and instead urgently called upon God. Jesus’ message is similar, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” Unfortunately, the Jewish leadership didn’t see the warning from Jesus like Ninevah saw the warning from Jonah.

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Who are you trusting?

Luke 11:21-23
“When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder. “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

COMMENTARY
There is always someone stronger, except when we are talking about the Lord God. No one is stronger or mightier than He. If we place our trust in our own power, we secure ourselves, our family, and our futures in a limited way. However, placing our trust in Christ and seeking to depend fully upon Him and the power of the living God can protect us from anything. In Christ we live under the sovereignty and authority of God trusting in Him for all that we need, and in His perfect timing for all things in our lives. Let your armor be the armor of God, and let your faith be unwavering because Jesus is always enough and He cannot be overcome.

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Lord Help Me To Be….

Lord, show me, walk with me. Help me so that my actions help your children but more importantly glorify your name. 

Isaiah 42:1-4
“Here is my servant, whom Iuphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;  he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”

COMMENTARY….
It’s all about Jesus. Prophecy after prophecy throughout the Old Testament pointing the One who is to come. Isaiah 53:5-6 (NIV) says, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” The only way we could be reconciled to God is if God Himself acted and made it possible. His redemptive plan was always salvation through Jesus Christ. Our complete hope is in Him, and He stepped in and bore the wrath of God for our sin. We owe Him everything.

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