Cast Up A Highway
|Posted on January 27, 2020 at 2:05 AM||comments (8959)|
Recently I was reminded of a truth that I needed. Don't know about you, but sometimes, especially when I'm tired, the enemy can slip a negative into my soul. Not long ago there was an occurrence that looked in the natural like something was gonna turn out bad. It was almost a certainty, a done deal. But a whisper in my spirit said, "Pray". Then I saw this reminder~
"God is not hampered by time and space. Just because something seems to have occurred already, or a decision has been made, that doesn't mean that God can't do anything about it. So my friends, do not stop praying! Keep standing for what you know is right! Trust God. It can be discouraging if you listen to the devil twisting the situation into hopelessness. Rather stand on the God we know loves us; trust Him to bring all things together for good as He promises "
(Picture above is by pdeddy.com)
Romans 8:28 (AMP)
And And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose. who have been called according to his purpose.
We all face stormy circumstances along our journey. The key to success is in how we handle them. It's a matter of focus. The enemy tries to make the situation explode into something huge and ugly. Our focus must remain on our immense all powerful God who cradles us in His love. He will work things out for us. So being aware of this, we are able to remain calm and trust our Father.
We were never designed to walk through life alone. When we choose, Holy Spirit will come and dwell inside of us to lead and guide, love and protect us. We are connected to God and with this connection we are never walking alone nor having to make decisions by ourselves. We have God-life always present with us, a constant bond.
Thank You, Lord! You have brought my situation under Your control, and I know all will be well!
Thank You Holy Spirit for being my inner strength!
|Posted on January 22, 2020 at 3:40 AM||comments (18019)|
I have seen the enemy’s plans. This whole impeachment scam is just another way to attack our President. The enemy lost the election of 2016, and have worked and planned and schemed to get rid of our duly elected president. He, however, has moved ahead and done a fabulous job for our country despite the enemy's plans to destroy hiim.
"Lord I see this army of evil that has risen against us in this nation. It has been planned for a long time, and continues to rush in to plant it’s evil ideology into our youth. It began by taking over the schools and teaching false doctrines, and continues by feeding the minds of our peoples with lies and deceptions. Now they rally together to rise up against our President to destroy him and our nation. They use many foils to distract and to create disharmony. It has been well thought out and well planned. It has indeed become an army of demons using people to do its work. Lies, deception, distractions. It becomes stronger like dark clouds of a vicious storm seen on the horizon marching forth."
Then one sleepless night, the Holy Spirit began downloading more of the vision into my thoughts:
These enemy schemes have been carefully plotted out over years; and with the last election the architect of hate has put them expertly into place. Oh, yes, the enemy has moved upon the wealth of men like Soros and his puppets to create the battle plans we fight today. All the demonstrations, the fake news, the paid rioters, all were carefully planned out ahead of time. The strategies, the propositions, the carefully thought out formulas of destruction, were all ready to put into action. If we consider numerous distractions and attacks upon our President, the distorted interpretations of his words, the collaborating media, the false investigations against him and his family, one can put it all together and truly see the real picture.
My vision contains it in a very large evil fraudulent globe of hate. It is a scary picture when discovering how massive and well backed, well planned it is. Yet, one thing we know, the devil will never defeat our mighty God Who has not been taken by surprise. God created this nation; it is His; and He will not allow the enemy to destroy it!
We place containment around satan in his globe of hate and devastation; he will not succeed! We see him and his ruination coming soon.
On the side of light the truth believers, the followers of Christ, walk in His ways of love. Lord, let righteousness prevail. Permit the seed of righteousness, from which this nation was born, to live and not die, but continue to bear fruit for all men, in the name of Jesus. For it is by Your design, oh Lord, that this nation came to be.
My friends, this war may be in the spirit realm, but it is real!!
We must be prayer warriors! Ephesians 6 gives us weapons with which to overcome. We can no longer sit back in complacence, or in fear. It is time to step up and do battle! Stand. And pray! Call upon our mighty Lord God to come and fight with us as our Leader, our General, and our Guide. We trust in Him! Truth speaks~ God shall have the victory!!
(Thanks to Dave for the awesome picture!)
(GPAN Prayer) Revive us again that Your people may rejoice in You for then we will not depart from You. Revive us, give us life and we will call upon Your Name. Restore us, O Lord God of hosts and cause Your face to shine in pleasure, approval, and favor on us and we shall be saved. Father, we are confident that no power which earth or Hell could interpose, would be allowed permanently to stop revival from coming to the church and our nation. We know that Your desire is for all men to be saved and to know Your love personally.
|Posted on October 5, 2018 at 4:40 AM||comments (580)|
Astonishing! Amazing is our God Almighty! He is so huge; He created the universe and keeps all things in place so our world will continue to exist. The immensity of Who He is goes beyond words. I talk to Him about this, and about our relationship:
There is no way for me to comprehend why You, my God, chose me, but You did. You created me, because You wanted me to exist, to be. . . to love me~ and then You taught me to love You. You desired a love relationship with me.
You, Jesus, at great cost, took my sin-debt upon Yourself, and now I am free to live and love and spend eternity (which has begun already) in joy and gladness with You and Daddy God as well. Is that disrespectful Jesus? to call the Father "Daddy or Abba"?
Thank You Holy Spirit for answering me: The Father holds a deep affection for me. He calls me by my name. He sings over me with joy.
Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV) The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
When I hold deep affection for Him and choose to call Him Daddy, that is ok. It’s a term of love and affection and brings the realization to me of my love for Him. Despite His immenseness, I can find His heart of love for me. It’s personal between me and God. It’s relationship in its deepest sense.
Holy Spirit live Your life in me. Indwell me and live! i give my life to You. I want to be radical for You... guided by You in all I do. Let me dwell in Your deep love so that it flows through me every time I speak, and let my every thought come from Your deep loving presence in me. Soak me in Your love; let every pore soak it up so that only You get squeezed out! May I be a sponge saturated in Your love.
Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit! YOU are my God and all things are possible for You. Help me be whom You want/created me to be.
In April we encountered a situation which brought anger into my soul. Refusing to allow anger to rule over me, I prayed:
Lord I need your help. I’m angry. The planning commission chose to allow one man’s greed to mess up our home territory. They will let him build a 260 apartment complex right across the street from us. Lord, HELP!! I don’t know Your will in this, but You knew it would happen. So I need Your help to increase my faith in You and Your plan, and to settle my emotions. You gave me one Scripture~
Exodus 14:14 The Lord shall fight for you, and you shall hold your peace
Ok Lord, I shall trust in You and I will be at peace!
What’s forefront on my mind today is closing any gap between You and me, my Lord. I aim to crawl close to You and rest in Your loving presence. I’m tired of busy, busy, with worldly things, worries about . . . whatever. It’s You I require more strongly in my heart, and Holy Spirit, You know how to guide me there.
Hebrews 12:9 says (AMPC) Moreover, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we yielded [to them] and respected [them for training us]. Shall we not much more cheerfully submit to the Father of spirits and so [truly] live?
I need to submit to the Father more. Help me Holy Spirit! It's never the easy path with You, but it is always the right one. And You always are with me to help me! Thank You. I do choose to worship and praise You as my one and only Lord and God of my life!
|Posted on May 25, 2018 at 7:00 AM||comments (589)|
Do you remember, as a child, the eagerness inside on Christmas Eve? Or at the arrival at a much loved vacation place? Or the visit of a special friend? It’s that jump up and down excitement with eyes sparkling and a wide grin splitting the face. That is the feeling inside of me when I think about living with my God face to face.
Revelation 21:3 (AMP)
. . .and then I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying,
“See! The tabernacle of God is among men, and He will live among them,
and they will be His people,and God Himself will be with them [as their God,]
God loves us so much! Many think of God as a power living far away and out of touch. In today’s world the enemy is working hard to dismiss God altogether. Get Him out of schools, out of government, out of kid’s lives. We'll allow Him to live in church (for now). Unfortunately the enemy is being pretty successful.
Truth is, God created us as His children to live with us and enjoy life together with us. Our original parents spoiled the plan by listening to satan and betraying God. That original sin got them and their descendants (us ) kicked out of the Garden of Eden. Our God is all knowing and planned for this deception of the enemy. His plan was Jesus. Jesus, the Son of God, came to earth as a man and reintroduced Father God to us, took the punishment for our sins on His back, created the opportunity for the Holy Spirit to indwell us, and retrieved our heavenly inheritance.
So now as these end time months continue to speed by, we are left with some new things to meditate on. Is it true? Are these really the end times? Is that why time has sped up? What should I do?
There are many signs and occurrences indicating that these are indeed the end times. My friends, please know that the absolute most important thing to do is to be sure you have gotten to know Jesus and made Him Lord of your life. Admit you sin, then thank Him for taking the punishment that was our debt to pay. Your sin nature is then washed away, and you are able to throw off the evil temptations of the enemy, and now belong to God with His DNA; You now live your life for Him, and it is a good life! Love and joy will filter into daily living. Building a relationship with God brings new exciting discoveries!
Hebrews 7:25 AMPC
Therefore He (Jesus) is able also to save to the uttermost
(completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity)
those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition
to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them.
When our last hour comes there will be no fear, only joy at being with God in person.
He’ll eagerly greet us with love.
|Posted on May 16, 2018 at 4:55 AM||comments (426)|
I sat listening to the story of a beautiful young woman who at age 17 was horribly burned over 40% of her body in a chemical accident. Her story of courage and redemption so touched my heart! There she stood with scarred body and face; dreams of being a model and actress gone forever. . . Perhaps the worldly version of the dream containing surface beauty would never be fulfilled, but where does true beauty exist?
This lovely child of God dug down deep into her scarred body and soul to find true worth. The worldly solution to assuage the pain was the attempt to drown it in alcohol; but the enemy’s solution only brought depression. Her friend led her back to the Savior Jesus who always welcomes us in any condition when we come to Him. She gave Him her heart, her soul, her whole being and He gave her supernatural love, courage, and the ability to bring hope to others.
Teary eyed she stood in front of the audience revealing her inner struggles and the distress of her family. She also related as she emerged out of the depression, looking into the mirror she began to see Jesus’ reflection rather than disfigurement. Her worth was huge in the eternal perspective. This led me to question myself. How important is physical perfection to me? What do others see when they look at me? In a society that worships youth, do they judge me as too 'ancient' to have value?
Now this old tree stands proudly displaying its wounds in plain sight. I realized that it is the scarred trunk that brings a peculiar beauty to this magnificent warrior.
Who do I see when I look into the mirror? Before I frowned at all the wrinkles and discolorations of age, but yesterday for the first time I did not care. I said, “Lord, You will use me as I am. As the moon reflects the light of the sun, I want my countenance to reflect the light of joy I find in You. Let others see You when they regard me. I submit myself to You.”
Who do you see in the mirror? Where do you find your worth? What struggles of self worth are you dealing with today?
|Posted on February 14, 2018 at 8:00 AM||comments (2004)|
God is love. The first Valentine was sent by our mighty God to His eternal family, and that is us. As we were birthed, God's evil enemy tried to hijack us and bring us to His dungeon of evil. He succeeded with Adam and Eve as they betrayed God and believed satan's smooth lies and innuendos. They disobeyed the Almighty.
That sin passed down through Adam's genes to us. First man and his wife were kicked out of the Garden of Eden and made to work hard for their survival. God punished His children but He did not abandon them. God's Son, Jesus, came to Earth, and was born of a precious woman named Mary. What was it like, do you think to raise a God-man?
Mary's heart was broken when she watched her beloved son's tortured and severely beaten body hung on a cross to die. Jesus took on this agony for you and me. It was the only way that the betrayal could be redeemed~ for an innocent God-man [One was the offended] [one was the offender] to suffer and die. It was an awful mission, but because of Jesus great love for us, He was willing to go through it.
God Himself allowed this to happen for His tremendous love and affection for you and me. What greater love. . .
Jesus was the first "Valentine".
So as you give or send a Valentine card to a special person, just remember the One who is Love and sent His own Son as an act of the greatest love; it contains salvation: when we accept God's love gift, Jesus, as our Lord and Savior, we we are freed from satan's enslavement, brought into God's eternal family, find our purpose in life, and become a new creation able to live with the joy of God Himself within our own spirit.
My friends, choose to accept Jesus' great sacrifice for yourself; tell God you are sorry for your sin and want Him to be the Lord of your life! Enter into the eternal family and discover who you were truly born to be. I love you!
|Posted on September 20, 2017 at 10:20 AM||comments (2293)|
My Lord You have been guiding me to discover Your purpose for my existence: to reach the unloved with Your love flowing thru me, Your Words speaking on the page and from my mouth. There are so many living in darkness these days! Let Your light shine through me. My heart's desire is to serve You.
I’ve discovered that as I go over these 4 blogs on going deeper with God again, they are even more meaningful. They showed me I need to refocus on God’s promises, His Word, again to continue my journey. I know it is a continuing saga until I go home to Him.
Do you feel this way too, my friends? WE go from glory to glory~ level to level. My heart is focused now on going deeper with my Lord. My current 'place' is feeling shallow. I want more! I must have a closer connection with my Lord, and that will require spending more time with Him I know! It is a choice.
Proverbs 2:1-5 (NIV)
1My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
2 turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding—
3 indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
In the Depth series I began to see the truth of this Scripture:
#1 When He calls it may seem impossible; but if He calls, we trust, and He will enable
#2 Name the treasure I seek. Is it the same as God’s will? When the journey seems too difficult, believe His Word; His promises are true! Sometimes the pressure can seem too much to bear, severe enough to even challenge my faith. Always go to His Word and His promises to be revitalized. He will guide me through any storm. He is my Strong Tower
Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)
The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
#3 When I grow weary of the struggle, be determined to reach the goal; be committed to it. Be passionate about following God’s will! Know my own heart to find His heart. The enemy will try to bring fear and doubt threatening with its lies and deceptions ~remember God’s promises in His Word.
Psalm 19:11-14 (MSG)
There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger
and directs us to hidden treasure.
Otherwise how will we find our way?
Or know when we play the fool?
Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!
Keep me from stupid sins,
from thinking I can take over your work;
Then I can start this day sun-washed,
scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.
Ps 55:16(MSG) As for me I will call upon the Lord and He will save me.
#4 Trust in the Holy Spirit to lead me along the path He set out for me. Continually seek Him.
These lessons are basic to living in God’s will and gaining wisdom to know the purpose He has for my life! Trust in Him is paramount! Having a purpose gives meaning to every day! Thank You Lord!!
Do you know the purpose for which God gave you life? If not, Go to Him! He brings strength and joy!
|Posted on September 15, 2017 at 6:50 AM||comments (626)|
Here I am at the bottom of the sea with Jesus and the Treasure chest. It’s been an exhausting swim, but valuable in strength building and learning! Now the goal is within reach. The front of the chest has a buckle holding it shut tight. Releasing it; already escaping from opening cracks is a bright golden light. Gently lifting the lid, amazement fills my soul. What is contained inside looks like parchment encased in translucent golden balls.
Touching one golden globe sends an electric sensation through my fingers. A vision fills my mind. A person I know with a fiery wound in her chest. Tell me Lord, is that physical or emotional?
“Mary, Holy Spirit will lead you; go to Him; He will reveal to you why she is the one who needs prayers". His love flows as He begins to download other details of the situation. My prayers will be a lifesaving moment, a healing touch of the Father for her. What a wonderful privilege to work with the power of God to help people and bring His love and salvation to them.
Eyes closed, I meditate on the Holy Spirit asking for Him to pray through my mouth. Each golden globe contains a plan, a task for me to perform, each laid out along a path. This is the supernatural strategy of God for my life, an objective of purpose and power. (He has one for your life too!)
Raising with the globes through the sea, my head crests the surface, and I eagerly watch the globes' movements; some are settling like buoys, and others moving toward land. I try to keep eyes on them, but their speed is beyond my ability to follow. Lord now what? Smiling, Jesus looks tenderly and reminds me to trust. “All things will come to you at the proper time. Everything My Father has for you, you will find. Fear not!”
Jeremiah 29:11 (NLV)
For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord,
‘plans for well-being and not for trouble,
to give you a future and a hope.
I have found the heart of God, the love for His children and His will for each life. He has assigned me the task of bringing His Word of healing and love to teach His children how to come into relationship with Him. Whispered words fill my spirit:
“Mary you have found your desire. Your seeking has pleased Me. As you walk your journey I will lead and guide you to the places and people who are your assignments. Trust in Me. As you travel I will draw closer to you, and you will live in my Presence. I am your ever present help.”
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
I discover that it is Jesus words in Scripture to all of us:
Matthew 28:18-20 AMP
Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority (all power of absolute rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.”
This allegory is my journey; yet Jesus will lead you on your journey too. What are your experiences in seeking the Father’s heart? Yes, seek Him with all your heart! Holy Spirit will guide you in your search; He will help you discover your purpose, your personal path, and His heart. Ask with the persistence of a seeking heart, and you shall receive.
Matthew 7:7 [AMP]
“Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you.
|Posted on September 13, 2017 at 7:35 AM||comments (501)|
Rest time over; the journey to find the treasure is renewed. Continuing to swim has become more difficult, for my body is weary from its struggles. “Jesus, I am really getting tired.” He responds, “So you want to stop?” Again I realized this was a defining moment. Do I have the determination to continue? Is my will committed enough to pursue this journey through exhaustion to the end? Am I passionate enough about finding the heart of God to push through the fatigue?
Closing my eyes I looked into my own heart, for we cannot know the heart of God if we do not know our own heart. There I found a desperate desire to know my Lord and my God at a deeper level, to push our relationship to a farther depth. “Jesus, let’s continue” I respond.
Then the thrill hits as in the distance I see a treasure box! Yes, just like a pirate’s treasure box holding lots of golden coins. Wow! Extra energy empowers my body to move more swiftly through the water until. . .
I see large shadows swimming around it. Ok. I never even considered sharks and other dangers lurking in the darkness at this level. Jesus, what will we do now? I hear no response, though I know He is near. Looking around, I see His eyes peering at me, but no words; it’s up to me.
Pondering what I know to be true, I search my memory for an answer. There is the treasure chest which holds answers my heart deeply desires. But the bodyguards of the chest are formidable, and wisdom is required here. Check the Word. . .
Psalm 19:11-14 (MSG)
There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger
and directs us to hidden treasure.
Otherwise how will we find our way?
Or know when we play the fool?
Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!
Psalm 55:16-19 (MSG)
I call to God;
God will help me.
At dusk, dawn, and noon I sigh
deep sighs—he hears, he rescues.
My life is well and whole, secure
in the middle of danger
Even while thousands
are lined up against me.
God hears it all, and from his judge’s bench
puts them in their place.
But, set in their ways, they won’t change;
they pay him no mind.
It's ok. My God watches over me and He is in control.
Psalm 55:16 (AMP)
16 As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord will save me.
Jesus, Your Word says if I call upon my God, He will save me. It says my life is secure in the middle of danger. I have the authority to command the truth of the Word to take place against my enemy. I am secure in His hands, in Your hands Jesus, the great Lion of Judah!
Let us go and secure the treasure. With firm conviction I take the lead to the chest, and reaching it I give praise to my God for His wonderful goodness. The dark shapes keep their distance. I am protected.
When was the last time you called upon the faithfulness of our God? Has He helped you through a dangerous time? Did you trust in Him and His Word?
|Posted on September 12, 2017 at 9:20 AM||comments (614)|
Lord, my God! Yesterday was the 16th anniversary of 9/11/. We remember the attack of terrorists on our land. You did many miracles that day. You saved many lives~ some through little things that made people late getting to work in the world trade center~
a phone call, a dirty diaper, spilled coffee, traffic tie up. These small incidental occurrences (Your handiwork) saved lives. However many lost their lives that day. It was a day of infamy, of terrorists trying to bring fear to our hearts. However the folks on Flight 93 taught them that they will never win the battle~
We also focused on Flight 93. Those brave men and women lost their lives saving many others. You put the key people on that flight who needed to be there to act to save so many. They are heroes forever! We give You Thanksgiving Lord! Your love and wisdom has saved our nation many times.
I remember one of the many stories that came out of the Twin Towers rescue attempts that captured my heart:
A son had lost his father who went to volunteer to save and rescue people buried under the debris. The son mourned knowing his Dad was not saved. . . until one day months later. His doorbell rang. There stood a person come to tell him how his Dad had rescued them. It seems both trapped for awhile. During this time the person had talked to his dad about the Lord, and his father had accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. Tears of joy flowed down the son’s face. The messenger had brought him the good news he so desperately needed. How like You Lord, that You would cause the salvation of his Dad under a huge pie of refuge as he rescued a stranger; then You would send the stranger to the son to share the wonderful news!
Even in the dark times, You are working Lord! God you are so good! We thank You for continuing to work in our nation!
|Posted on September 8, 2017 at 9:35 AM||comments (561)|
Somehow Jesus You have sustained me here in the depths of the sea. My lungs are no longer desperately crying for oxygen, my mind is focused on You. You know where the Treasure is, and You are leading me there. What is the Treasure? It’s why I have chosen to undertake this journey. The treasure is discovering what is in the heart of the Creator. What plans? What thoughts? What strategy, proposals, ways has He designed for my life? for the world?
As we swim farther down, the pressure begins to build in my lungs and my head. It builds to a crushing intensity; can I survive it? “Jesus!” I cry out! “Help me.” I begin turning in circles. Where are You Lord? Nowhere? “Jesus, you promised in Your Word You would never leave me, never fail me!”
Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you;
He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
As this thought crosses my brain, it leaves a trail of light behind. His Word is true. He is not a man that he should lie nor the son of man that He should change His mind. I do not see you with my eyes, Jesus, but I know You are nearby.
Then I hear my Lord speak, “Mary, in life you will face many storms, and some will seem so painful that you could fear they would kill you; or the pressure may be so severe as to challenge your very faith. What You have chosen now (to trust My Word) will sustain you through any intimidation that tries to lead you to give up. Trust in Me and I will always navigate you through the arm-twisting harassment, and ease your torment.”
With these words the pressure relented and my body began sinking again as the muscles relaxed. Jesus, You are a tough trainer like a sergeant in the military training troops for war. There is a greater battle coming, Jesus. Thank You for being tough!
Have you met General Jesus? Remember to trust in Him and not struggle against the goads as was the case with Saul:
Acts 9:4-6 (NKJV)
4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”
Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
Trusting in God and in His Word is the vehicle that conquers any situation! Digesting this truth into our soul is a sure defense against the enemy. Stand fast in your storms! Believe. Trust.
|Posted on September 6, 2017 at 8:30 AM||comments (809)|
I discovered inspiration in a teaching by Pastor Marie Helene-Moulin, who heads a prayer ministry in France when she says:
“But with the prayer, the Church on earth is an expression of the thoughts of God. And that’s really what we want. And there are arrangements, there are settings, there are ways, there is gold that only can be found in Him. And we have the privilege to be a coworker with Christ. We have the privilege to be part of His work, which means speaking out those plans that are in Him, speaking them out as we are going to do in order for them to be established on earth."
So "speaking out the plans of God" means we must know the plans of God. How can we know the plans of God? Asking this question of myself brought forth this thought: To know God's thoughts and plans, I will have to know God deeply and personally. This desire crying out from my heart led me to the Scriptures~
Proverbs 20:5 says,
“Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water;
but a man of understanding will draw it out.”
The Message version says, “Knowing what is right is like deep water
in the heart; a wise person draws from the well within.”
Deep deep waters. Jesus calling, “Come out into the deep.” Proverbs teaching that the counsels of a man’s heart is found in the deep waters. My heart is crying out this morning. Lord I want to go deep into Your heart! I am feeling like I’m just feeding in the shallows. Take me deep O Lord.
An allegory begins to take me on a journey~
In my heart I 'see' Jesus out on the boat calling me to come. I swim out and follow him as He dives into the water. I’m no great swimmer and my lungs aren’t large capacity, and as I dive after Jesus, a little anxiety niggles in my thoughts. I must follow Him, but what about air? As my body and mind begin to struggle with these distractions, Jesus turns and looks into my eyes ~ 'choose air to breathe and go topside again, or continue down with Me and trust.'
My future hangs in the balance. Do I trust Jesus to sustain me through the endeavor to maintain life underwater, and discover the treasure below in the deep? Or do I return to life in the shallows never attaining the full potential God put in me? Choosing to trust my King, I embark again into the depths. My lungs try to discourage me crying out with a desperate need to breathe. Jesus is nearby and speaks into my heart: “Peace I give you. My peace I give unto You.” Somehow His words go straight to my lungs and they release the tension. I am swimming without pain or fear in my heart.
Jesus, You are so amazing! Your almighty power has found me in the deep waters and is easing my way to the treasure laying on the bottom. Life with You is challenging, Lord, but You are always faithful!
My friends, have you embarked on a journey to the depths to find the heart of God? Is your trust in Him challenged and growing? Follow this trek to discover what God has for my life (and yours?) in Depth 2.
|Posted on August 31, 2017 at 2:30 PM||comments (395)|
We lift up our brothers and sisters in Houston asking God to provide comfort in this time of great loss. As flood waters decrease, the count of those who lost their lives continues to rise as death claims souls who were unable to escape the flood waters. Some survivors are suffering from lost family members and friends; plus many have lost their homes and everything in them. It's a great tragedy and many in our nation are sending physical help and/or prayers for the flood victims.
Oh Lord, in Your might we ask You to bring special miracles to Texas displaying Your mercy and grace. Lead and guide them on how to recuperate from this disaster. Help them to locate family members and special friends who got disconnected. Lord, You know what they need; we thank You for providing for them.
Dear Lord, it seems the weather is displaying on earth the spiritual battle happening in the heavenlies. This huge hurricane hitting Texas with destructive wind and rains causing flooding and calamity to many is so like the adversity caused by those who hate our nation and our President. Their evil conspiracies will not succeed no matter how many deceptions and false interpretations the enemy plots against President Tump; because our nation is full of basically good loving people who will discern the truth.
Lord God, only You have the answers, the wisdom to guide our nation through various tragedies. We thank You that this is Your nation and You will take care of us. We know we too must change, so we offer these prayers~
More from GPAN:
Father, there is a work that must be done. There is a ministry that must be accomplished before Jesus returns. The time is at hand for we see things happening in the world—wars and rumors of wars, pestilence and famines hurricanes and earthquakes. Men’s hearts failing because of fear. You said when we see these things coming to pass to rejoice, for our redemption draws near. Father, we ask in the name of Your Son Jesus, for Your anointing and power to move in the Church.
We bow before You in praise and worship!
|Posted on August 24, 2017 at 7:40 AM||comments (2008)|
I've pretty much had it with the enemy's works in our country!:
Lord I see this army of evil that has risen against us in this nation. It has been planned for a long time, and continues to rush in to plant it’s evil ideology into our youth. It began by taking over the schools and teaching false doctrines, and continues by feeding the minds of our people lies and deceptions.
They rally together to rise up against our President to destroy him and our nation. They use many foils to distract and to create disharmony. It has been well thought out and well planned. It has indeed become an army of demons of hate using people to do its work. Lies, deception, distractions. It becomes stronger like dark clouds of a vicious storm seen on the horizon marching forth.
Late last night I found this from Global Prayer Alert Network. In reading this petition below, the truth shouts out:
Father, You have said in Your Word:
1 Timothy 2:1-2 (AMP)
First of all, then, I urge that petitions (specific requests), prayers, intercessions (prayers for others) and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all people, 2 for kings and all who are in [positions of] high authority, so that we may live a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
Father, we come humbly but boldly before Your throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need for our nation—the United States of America. And by rights of creation, this nation belongs to You for surely You have created this United States of America.
This nation did not come from men. It came from You. You put the seed of this nation in men's hearts even before they knew. And You have saved other nations for Your Name’s sake. We implore You to come in the fullness of Your glory for the sake of Your Name in this nation.
You are the one and only God of the United States of America. Our heritage goes back and back to You, the founder of this nation. We thank You and praise You for it, Lord. You did not forget about us; You are mindful of that which You have said, Father.
No, You are not done with us, for You who have begun a good work will see to it to completion Thank You that You are working in and through the church of the living God. You are building Your church, and the gates of hell will not prevail!
Matthew 16:17-18 (MSG)
. . .God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really am. And now I’m going to tell you who you are, really are. You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out.
Declaring that the church is increasing and growing in these last days! We are moving from one degree of glory to another! Calling forth the glory of God to be seen in this nation!
Therefore Lord, we bring our plea before You. We set our case before You. We offer it in the Name of Jesus, guaranteed by the Blood of Jesus, sealed by the Holy Spirit, and laid out before You by Your own people. You are righteous and You will not let Your Word fall to the ground, and You are faithful to those who have sowed their lives for You. We fully expect the course of this nation to be aligned with Your plan, with Your ideas, with Your thoughts, with Your ways, and that You would sweep this nation up in Your arms, and again draw her to You. Draw her to You. Oh Lord. Draw her to You. Draw Your people to You in a great sweeping across this nation--a great sweeping, oh Lord. We request this of You. We require it of You.
Father, raise up the church and help us to shake off those things that have hindered us. Break off the bonds of tradition and religion that have held us bound. Cause us to go forth with the pure revelation of truth that’ll cause the lame to leap for joy and the blind to see both spiritually and physically.
Continue to seal Your promises in our heart by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Help us to hold fast to the confession of our faith without wavering, for You, the One who has promised, is faithful to bring it to pass. Strengthen us in our inner man as we feed on Your Word and solidify our complete trust in You.
Thank You Lord! We know You are faithful. Even as we see evil plans unfolding, we know You are in control and we bow before You trusting You.
|Posted on August 23, 2017 at 9:10 AM||comments (988)|
Seems I need my pride kicked around a bit. I ‘even I’ (LOL) fall prey to evil temptations. Today I awoke with a gloomy cloud over my head; no amount of shaking seemed to loosen it~ until I sat down in my quiet time with my precious Lord. He reminded me that it is my right to evict that evil little demon from my mind and from my home. It had no right here! So I spoke words of eviction out loud in Jesus Name. Then I lifted my hands in praise and worship which was the final boot that kicked the enemy and its evil work away. . .
Holy Lord! Blessed Lord! You are almighty and it’s You I invite into my heart, into my day! Holy Spirit please help me to rise up out of this funk that’s been trying to drag me under this morning. Your light pierces the darkness bringing truth to my soul. . .
The first Scripture He gave me was~
Isaiah 43:25 (AMP)
“I, only I, am He who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake,
And I will not remember your sins.
I know my God has forgiven me and remembers my sin no more. Then a Scripture lit up my thoughts. Jesus often told people He healed, “Your sins are forgiven. Go and sin no more’” Then He healed their mental/physical maladies. So what is Jesus saying to me here? My neglecting to come to Him immediately with the dark cloud of temptation- was it a failure on my part? Was it just tiredness from lack of sufficient sleep? (an excuse).
So what do I do next time I wake up in a hazy mist of confusion? First: Remember confusion is a weapon of the enemy. I fight the enemy as Jesus did with the Word of God; He reminded me first and foremost how very much God loves me. . .
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you [from captivity];
I have called you by name; you are Mine!
2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you.
When you walk through fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.
3 “For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I have given Egypt [to the Babylonians] as your ransom,
Cush (ancient Ethiopia) and Seba [its province] in exchange for you.
4 “Because you are precious in My sight,
You are honored and I love you,
I will give other men in return for you and other peoples in exchange for your life.
5 “Do not fear, for I am with you;
When the Almighty One claims you as His very own, and He calls you by name (listen and you will hear Him call you by name), what an amazing gift!! Then if you are going through a trial (for me it was a cancer diagnosis), and He promises you:
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you.
When you walk through fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.
Wow! It doesn’t get any better than that! No matter how fiery the trial, how scary, focus on His promises not the enemy “what if’s”. Then you will have peace and calm. Your trust in Him will bring tremendous rewards!! If you like, check out ‘My Journey’ in Cast Up A Highway.
My friends, I know I’m not the only one who gets suckered into the enemy trap of depressive or negative thoughts. Its how fast we leave them behind that matters. At the first sign of the enemy attack, raise up your shield of faith, seek His Word, and you’re well on the way to a victory. Recall Zacchaeus up in the tree? Jesus called him down to dine with Him. Zacchaeus climbed right down and was blessed!
Jesus invites us to dine with Him:
Revelation 3:20 (NIV)
20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
|Posted on August 16, 2017 at 7:10 AM||comments (971)|
Good morning, my Lord! I am so blessed to call You “my Lord”! Who am I that You should be mindful of me? I am Your servant, Lord; yea, unworthy though I am, You have called me daughter, adopted me into Your family. You are my Father, God, and I love You. You are so good to me! You love me despite my weaknesses and mistakes. Your love is perfect and all encompassing.
David asked a question similar to mine; I suspect Holy Spirit brought it to my mind~
2 Samuel 7:18 The Message
King David went in, took his place before God, and prayed: “Who am I, my Master God, and what is my family, that you have brought me to this place in life? But that’s nothing compared to what’s coming, for you’ve also spoken of my family far into the future, given me a glimpse into tomorrow, my Master God! What can I possibly say in the face of all this? You know me, Master God, just as I am. You’ve done all this not because of who I am but because of who You are—out of Your very heart!—but You’ve let me in on it.
It’s true; it’s nothing I have earned, for how could one such as I earn anything that would impress my God? No, it’s Who You are, my God. Your supreme love nature called forth mankind, people for You to share Your love. You made mankind from the dirt of the earth then You breathed Your very life into us.
The enemy, hoping to spoil Your plan,
crept into the homeland of Adam and deceived him into sinning against You. But it cannot ever win against You, Lord. You had a plan B, Jesus. Your beautiful Son came to earth and in His love sacrificed Himself for us, paying off the sin debt.
Now as we accept Jesus gift, we are freed from all of the enemy’s hold on us. We are able to love You Lord, and dance in Your honor praising and worshipping You! And Your love flows.
I’m remembering when Jesus healed a blind man. He took some dirt of the earth God created, and spit His sacred bodily fluids into the dirt making mud and smeared it onto the blind man’s eyes.
John 9:5-7 (AMP)
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the world [giving guidance through My word and works].” 6 When He had said this, He spat on the ground and made mud with His saliva, and He spread the mud [like an ointment] on the man’s eyes. 7 And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went away and washed, and came back seeing.
Jesus is the Light of the World. He used His precious body fluid to make a mud to smear on the blind man’s eyes. As we were formed by God out of the dust of the earth He created, so Jesus did a creative miracle using spit, and the same dust of the earth, to bring Light restoring sight to the blind man. I recall thinking it kind of gross that He made mud with spittle. But as I look at it from this perspective it becomes a beautiful thing. Just a thought.
Rereading 2 Samuel 7:18 the last sentence caught my attention ~
You’ve done all this not because of who I am but because of who You are—out of Your very heart!—but You’ve let me in on it.
God sometimes does let us in on things we know not of by our own power. Has He done this for you? Will you share?
|Posted on August 11, 2017 at 6:40 AM||comments (2370)|
(Romans 12:2 Amp.)
And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].
We thank You Lord, that You have a plan for each of our lives! We join in prayer, Lord, with GPAN:
We will reach the lost and bring in those souls, Father
Thank You for supernatural change in the church of the living God
Each and every believer has been called to be an ambassador of Christ
Calling for advancement in the name of Jesus
We cast off those old garments that would hinder and limit; You will clothe us with Your majesty and with Your righteousness
Thank You for those time-released anointings, that they would be released in these last days
We declare~ We will be doers of the Word and not hearers only!
Get your feet out of concrete and get moving and get going
Hallelujah, to the Lamb of God who says,
“Don’t wait for another day when you hear My voice—get up and obey!”
Calling for a change in the media, change in the media!
They will change and conform to the plan of God,
to the will of God and to the Word of God
Every evil way is being rooted out of the media and every form of the media
Calling for godly men and women to arise to a greater degree and a greater level
Grant unto them utterance of and by Your Spirit, O God
That they would speak clearly the truth in Jesus’ name!
We pray for greater accountability for the media outlets
No, they will no longer speak what they feel, but they would speak the truth Let the people rise up and hold them accountable, Father
We will no longer tolerate or listen to that which is not born of You
Thank You for discernment in the body of Christ,
that they would be able to discern that which is right, Lord
Father, we will stand with You and Your Word of truth. We lift our President and Vice President and the governments up to You calling for Your hand of protection to be over them all.
Thank You for bringing us strong honorable men to lead our government; we ask You to be with them, guide them, and dispense wisdom to them.
We ask You to disassemble the shadow government that is disrupting our nation with lies and deceptions. Block the enemy, Lord, their plans and their wicked machinations. You have indeed successfully handled this same dragon in the past, and we know You will do it again.
We are full of joy knowing that You are our God, our leader, our Savior. We praise You and worship You!
|Posted on August 9, 2017 at 7:20 AM||comments (1917)|
It is so encouraging to get reminders from God! A recent Global Prayer Alert Network letter really lifted my spirits, and so I wanted to share a part of it with you:
The following prophecy was delivered by Brother Kenneth Copeland on October 11, 2013:
Coming to Its Greatest Hour Ever!
“I have seen the worst of them. And all that satan has ever been able to do, My forces,” saith the Lord, “have defeated him. He has not one victory to his name. Not one! Not one! He has not been successful—ever! And he will not be successful now.
“This is not the end of the United States of America. This is the end of the Babylonian, socialistic system that’s been attacking it and trying to take it over for the last 115 years. That’s come to a close.
“I will say this unto you,” saith the Lord. “This is the only nation that was given birth by people who love Me for the purpose of worshiping Me,” saith the Lord. “There’s never been another one. I formed the nation of Israel because I love them. But this nation is Mine. It was formed for Me. It was given to Me and I’m in covenant with it,” saith the Lord. “And it’s not done until I’m done—and I’m through with it. Praise God.
“And you hear people say, ‘Oh, I wonder what this country is coming to.’ I’ll tell you what it’s coming to. It’s coming to its greatest hour ever. It’s coming to its greatest place ever. Amen. I’m going to say that to you again. Satan has never ever had victory yet and he never will,” saith the Lord. I’ve dealt with rulers, I’ve dealt with politicians and devils down through the years that would make these fellows now look like pikers. I jerked the slack out of that pharaoh and I can jerk the slack out of some of these guys around now, too. And that time has come.
“I always reveal My plans to the leaders of all nations. Always. I always reveal My plan. It’s those who refuse to follow it that create the problems and the trouble. Ah, but the change has come and the momentum has swung in the other direction, and it’s going for you instead of against you. And if you’ll begin to praise Me, you’ll begin to see miracle after miracle after miracle after miracle from one end of this nation to the other—from coast to coast and from border to border. I am at work healing the land,” saith the Lord, “so give Me praise and sit back and relax and watch the show!”
AMEN! My friends, when you begin to be weighed down by the fake news and other attacks on our President, remember God is in control. He put President Trump in charge for His own purposes and He will not allow the devil and its cohorts to win this battle! May these words restore you and open your eyes again to the truth! Continue to stand knowing that our God will not be defeated! We stand together and we pray together; God will have the victory!
|Posted on August 4, 2017 at 9:10 AM||comments (1988)|
How sweet is the presence of the Lord! I have been in a recuperation process from surgery. It has been going really well; but the muscle healing gets to aching in the middle of the night and wakes me up. So I usually get up and lay on the couch, take a small pill, and read. It’s a quiet time; it’s dark out. The other night there was a thunderstorm, and what began to glimmer in my mind was the Power of the Lord. Sudden flashes of light, crashing of thunder. As I lay there, I could feel the Presence of the Lord fill the room. How sweet it was! Slowly I heard the storm move on as the thunder became a soft rumble. My eyes closed, a smile appeared on my face, a sigh of complete contentment preceded a deep sleep.
Have you experienced this too? Our God is so good! Peace is a place that is sometimes hard to find these days in our world. But as we realize that God is in control, and there exists more than we can see with our 5 senses, we can find peace. Yes there is another “place”; it’s called the supernatural, or the Kingdom of Jesus. The Bible tells us so:
Colossians 1:13 (AMPC)
13 [The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
It's a "place" and if we have this truth planted deep in our hearts, our faith will lead us to a richer understanding of God’s promises! It allows us to live in peace, because we know that God loves us dearly and provides His promises to us.
By faith we reach out and take them for ourselves. When we understand God is sovereign, none of the evil happenings in the nations will prevail. We as Christians call upon our mighty God to protect us, to lead our President and other world leaders toward peace. We pray God to give wisdom and strength to our governments. Meanwhile, we can live with inner peace.
My friends, God told us~
Jeremiah 33:2-3 AMP
“Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it—the Lord is His name, ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish.’
There is so much our finite minds do not comprehend, but as we allow our faith and trust in God to expand, He will reveal more to us. You and I were born for such a time as this! There is so much potential in each of us! Let us drown ourselves in the love and wonder of our beautiful Lord God, and thus become all we were meant be!
|Posted on August 1, 2017 at 5:30 AM||comments (836)|
We are so blessed to live in this country. Lord You have placed Your hand over it. We began to slide on a slippery slope of evil for awhile; but you have now given us a President who wants our country to return to the righteousness You originally created it to be. He is working hard to do that, but the enemy began to set up and has created it's plan to undermine and attempt to thwart everything our President is trying to do. They control the media and even create fake news to come against President Trump. They will do anything to beat him down. But Father, You are God of this universe, and You are God Creator of this world, and You established this nation for Yourself.
The enemy has a goal to defeat Your good man and drown him under attacks; but there are many in our country who have come to respect him deeply for not caving in to the attempts against him.
What the liberals are doing is treasonous, especially as the enemies of America are creating more warlike schemes to become top dog in the world. North Korea is trying to get to the point of threatening us with nuclear bombs, and China is supporting them; Russia is not trying to stop them. From the Middle East comes ISIS and Muslim Jihadist spreading out to become a destroying power to all who do not choose to be Muslims.
It could be downright depressing Lord~ IF ~ we did not know, love, trust and rely on You. If we trust You and pray for our nation we know You will stand with us:
2 Chronicles 7:14
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
My friends, we live in dangerous times right now, but you and I were all chosen to live out our lives in this time and space. That indicates that we have a mission, and it is our goal to discover what God would have each of us do. If you do not know yours, seek God’s face. He loves us dearly and will help you. He promises us in His Word:
Isaiah 41:10 NIV
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
My friends let us join together in prayer for our nations asking God’s divine help to fight the enemy and then we will be victorious in our battle!
SEARCHING FOR A CLOSER WALK WITH GOD
SEARCHING FOR A CLOSER WALK WITH GOD
Sometimes the terrible awesomeness of God hits me and sends me reeling into deep meditation. It always carries its reward of a new closeness with my God. It happened this morning. In the beginning I was distracted with my mind wandering here and yon. Then I ‘woke up’ and commanded it to return. God is so good! Holy Spirit began to lead me in prayer.
Sorry, my Lord. I come to our meeting this morning with scattered thoughts; help me, Lord, to rein them in. That You even desire to meet with me is so amazing! Deep breath. Moses asked God, “what shall I say when they ask 'Who sent me’?” You responded, “Say the Great I AM sent me.” You, God, are not hemmed in by time. For You there is no ‘was, will be’, there is only I AM. Before You I bow down my heart, my 'who I am' I submit to You; help me become who You created me to be.
Exodus 3:13-14 (AMP)
13 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? 14 And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!
- Footnotes: Exodus 3:15 To know the name of God is to witness the manifestation of those attributes and apprehend that character which the name denotes.
Can you feel the depth of that name? 'I AM' signifies so much ~ timelessness, absolute love, supreme power, unimaginable expansion ~ an incomprehensible being, totally surrounding. There simply are not words to express the grandness of Who our God is. HIS LOVE FOR US S SO APPARENT IN HIS WORD!
Psalm 91:14 (AMP)
Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].
Isaiah 52:6 (AMP)
Therefore My people shall know what My name is and what it means; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks; behold, I Am!
Indeed my God! You are the great I AM! This measures so deep and so high and so wide. You revealed Your staggering magnificence to David, and it comes out here:
O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
2 You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
Even when it’s my mind traveling on tangents.
3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
4 You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
5 You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!
7 I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!
8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave, you are there.
9 If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me.
You are always with me.
You will guide me.
You will always be my support. Your strength
upholds me, protects me, supports me.
Lord, You are so good! What a privilege to know You! Thank You that You continue to grow me closer to You. Thank You! I love being together with You, my Lord.