SHEPHERDS WITHOUT BORDERS LIGHTHOUSE BUGLE MINISTRIES GLOBAL OUTREACH APRIL 2013
“ Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye
even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” matt 7:12
Deliverance From Evil Spirits Is Part of the Gospel! : by Christine Darg
Learning To Receive: By Apostle Lee Ann Marino
YOU ARE NOT ALONE: By Courtney Wittamore
ALSO IN THIS EDTION: POWERFUL TESTIMONIES OF YESTERYEARS BEFORE THEIR CHANGE !!!
NEWS FROM MINISTRIES AROUND THE GLOBE : CHALLENGES AND VICTORIOUS : SPECIAL FEATURE THIS MONTH IS : WOMEN OF WORTH IN PHILIPPINES ,A LOOK AT PRESENT TRUTH MINISTRIES ; PRESECTION IN PAKISTAN , MISSION OF GOD CHURCH INTERNATIONAL IN GHANA AMONG OTHERS !!!
POWERFUL VOICES OF WOMEN CLEANSE BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST SHAPING THE DESTINIES OF LOST LIVES ACROSS THE GLOBE WITH THE BREAD OF LIFE!!!!!!!
SHEPHERDS WITHOUT DISTINGUISH MOTHERS OF HONOR 2012-2013 WHO HAVE SACRIFICE THE VERY ESSENCE OF THEIR EXISTENCE TO FEED THE FLOCKS OF God world wide !!! SEVEN OF OF THESE DISTINGUISH WOMEN WILL BE AWARDED SHEPHERDS WITHOUT BORDERS MOTHER OF THE GLOBAL UNITED FLOCKS OF JESUS CHRIST AWARD 2012-2013 ; WHILE SEVEN WILL AWARDED VITRIOUS MOTHERS OF THE CHURCH LIGHT OF THE WORLD AWARD AND THE LAST SEVEN WILL BE AWARDED MOTHERS OF THE CHURCH SALT OF THE EARTH AWARD 2012-2013 . OUT OF THESE DISTINGUISHED MOTHERS ONLY ONE WILL CARRY OUR SHEPHERDS WITHOUT BORDERS LIGHTHOUSE BUGLE MINISTRIES GLOBAL OUTREACH /AFRICAN VOICE IN THE WITERDERNESS INTERNATIONAL LIONESS OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH (BRIDE OF JESUS CHRIST ) AWAED 2013-2013!
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3 EDITORIAL: By Evangelist Liberty PP. 8-11
You Are Not Alone: My Autobiography: By: Courtney Whittamore PP. 12-15
FROM A LIFE OF PAIN AND DEPRESSION TO AN APOSTLE FOR GOD: APOSTLE DR.LEE ANN MARINO PP. 16-19
THE TESTIMONY OF MY LIFE : AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MYSELF (BABSIE HANNAH VAN DER BERG 20-24
CALLED BY GOD TO SERVE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CHRISTINE DARG PP 25-28
THE STORY OF MY LIFE STRUGGLES : APOSTLE JESSIE STRIGGLES PART 1 PP. 29-38
My Auto Biography: By Catherin Skinner PP. 39-72
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4 "INVITE HIM ALLLL THE WAY IN!": BY PROPHETESS SISTER MARY BOLDEN PP.73-75
Healing is the Children's Bread ~By : SUSAN C. CLARK PP76-80
Blasphemy Case in Lahore, Pakistan: 8 March, 2013PP.81-84
What Should I Do With You? Posted By Skip Moen: Added by: Bobbi Jensen PP. 85-89
NOAH FOUND GRACE: By Pastor Joel McNabb PP90-105
Deliverance From Evil Spirits Is Part of the Gospel! (a note by Christine Darg) PP106-119
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5 SEEDS: BY BISHOP DERRICK DAY PP. 120-127
Learning To Receive: By Apostle Lee Ann Marino PP.128-134
PREY: PASTOR JEFF GODSOWN PP. 135-139
The Bumps on the Road to Glory! by Susan C. Clark PP. 140-143
IT IS FINISHED: APOSTLE STRIGGLES PP.144-145
The Sun Will Rise: Overcoming Depression: By: Courtney WhittamorePP.146-152
Shame (1) by Jeff Godsown PP.153-158
Waiting on and Trusting God in perilous times! BY: Delia Thumbadoo PP. 159-163 SPECIAL FEATURE: WITH EVANGELIST FAVOR P.LIBERTY A PEEP AT WOMEN OF WORTH ACTIVITIES WORLDWIDE PP. 164-165
A LOOK AT PRESENT TRUTH MINISTRIES: SPECIAL HIGHLIGHT ON THEIR PRISON MINISTRY: ADDED BY JASON DEMARS PP.166-173
JESUS LOVES YOU : EVANGELIST FELIX NZEMEKA PP.174
A PICTORIAL OF THE AWARD SERVICE WHICH CERTIFICATED EVANGELIST FELIX NZEMEKA WITH THE DISTINGUISH EAGLE AWARD FOR GLOBAL EVANGELISM: PP.175-176
7 A VISIT TO MANSION OF GOD CHURCH IN GHANA IN PHOTOS : WITH EVANGELIST FAVOR P.LIBERTY PP. 177
Playing the Bigger Game as a Leader Posted by Karen Zeigler PP.178-179
Universal Longing for Resurrection BY ; KATHI MACIASPP. 180-181
EDITORIAL : EVANGELIST LIBERTY My Dearest Brothers & Sisters in Christ; Once more it is with much joy that we bring you this unique volume of testimonies, life saving messages and happenings in the vineyard of the Kingdom of God worldwide. What makes this free magazine unique is the fact that everyone who confesses the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth is free to post in it; regardless of doctrine, tradition, color, status, location or creed. Our one request to those of you whose hands this document falls in ,is to pass it on to another person ; for the lessons within its pages are valuable from generation to generation . In this edition and that of May we intend to highlight the life experiences of great women in the vineyard who are impacting major portions of the vineyard with the Gospel of Jesus Christ ! Maybe you think that life is unfair to you ; but I can assure you that when you put this magazine down after reading the auto biography of the challenges life post to these victors who have use the blood of Jesus Christ to overcome , you will have a totally different perspective of life. My mother died at child brith and I thought growing up without a Mother was
the worst thing that could happen to a person ; unitl I read the testimonies of some of the women of Faith here . After going through them ; I was forced on my knees to ask God forgiveness . The Shepherds Bugle is the voice of Shepherds Without Borders Lighthouse Ministries; which comes out once monthly to highlight messages, news, visions, projects, strength & weakness of the United Body of the Kingdom of God. Inspired Shepherds come together monthly to write message etc for the community of God chosen. Every shepherd chosen, charged, and called by God (YHWH) to care for His flocks is officially a member. Shepherds serve as an ambassadors of the Kingdom of God , advocates for petitioning God for mankind, administrators for the handling and distributing the truth of God's Word and they need a watch tower on the hilltop to help them not to crash against the stones of temptations placed in their path by the Devil. This magazine is the shepherdsâ€™ consultant for wisdom and direction when it comes to how the work of the Kingdom of God is being carried out in different places around the world. It is also a confronter of the evil practices that are carried out in the name of the kingdom of God. It is no respecter of any particular doctrine, tradition, color, language, social status, or geographical locations. It is the voice for the united kingdom of God's body of workers in the vineyard here on earth.
This magazine is the discussion leader of any topic concerning the kingdom of God and the warfare of God's people. Here you will see and post the work you do for the kingdom; however it should be clear that every work you see here is the responsibility/views of the writer who placed it there and not always necessarily the views of everyone. It is a medium to serve as an encourager for the shepherds around the world who are striving to get the truth of God's Word out even at a risk to their own families and lives. As a spotlight, we intend to also serve as a ground inspector of the work of every ministry we can and highlight their strengths and weaknesses. Shepherds, we say a big welcome to you and your flocks. Let this place be a companion and knowledge dispenser, a place where you can rest and discover your God given talents, your historian where you can view the past and log the present, the nurturer of your visions, your opportunities spotter, and critic. I know many times when you are in the wrong and we speak about it, you might be hurt, go home and pray about it, and please come for a second look. Partake and make this place a home away from home. Make this place a secret corner for airing your views and questions that have been bothering you for a long time. Please allow Shepherds Bugle to help you develop your ministries and broken lives. To date we are reaching audiences in seventy one countries and nearly all the major cities and towns worldwide. Our magazine is free of charge and can be downloaded free if one so desires.
Friends and supporters also translate it in their languages for distribution in some non-English nation s. Our sole intention is to reach the very ends of the world with the Good News of Godâ€™s Kingdom and unite the body of Christ as best as we can through looking through each other eyes and visions . Evangelist Favor P. Liberty; Editor In Chief
You Are Not Alone: My Autobiography: By: Courtney Whittamore
My name is Courtney Whittamore and I am first and foremost a servant of Christ and a sister to you in the faith. I am a finite, imperfect woman striving to please an infinite, perfect Savior. If we are going to be friends then I must be honest with you in the most transparent sincerity that I can muster. Not only am I imperfect, but my faith is also imperfect. How can an imperfect being exact a perfect faith? It cannot. So as I write to you from my home in the United States I must convey to you that my faith in Christ is not always what I would like it to be. Just like everything in this world, I face seasons. Seasons of joy. Seasons of sorrow. Seasons of laughter. Seasons of waiting. Seasons of action. Seasons of trial. My friends, I have to tell you that this is my season of trial. I know that many of you across the globe are also in a season of trial and I want you to know that you are not alone. That is one of my biggest downfalls; thinking that I am alone.
But it’s not just thinking that I am alone, but it’s severely feeling that I am alone. I cannot think of a worse feeling than the feeling of solitude. But the wonderful thing is that this feeling, this idea of being alone is a mirage. It’s a falsehood. Because our God has stepped out of heaven and stepped into our loneliness.God’s promise to us in Isaiah 41: 10-13 says: 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.All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you do not fear; I will help you. How blessed are we to have a God that says to us, "Do not fear, I will help you?” I know that in my life I need to be told daily not to fear. And, it’s not always things that are largely fearful that I am afraid of. I am a person that fears little things as well. I fear that I will not finish my task list for the day. I fear that I will not wake up on time. I fear that I will miss something important that should have been addressed that day. But, I also fear the larger things too. I fear that I will not fulfill God’s calling in my life.
I fear that I will not meet my mate. I fear that this thorn in my side will never be resolved. I feel that my strife will be for not. 14
Since we are becoming friends, I will share with you what the thorn in my side is personified. For the last seven years, I have wrestled with a very stubborn illness that my family and I have not been able to get under control. My disease is an all-consuming one and seems to have devoured every part of my life. I have lost many things that I feel one should never have to lose. I have lost control of my body. I have lost the sharpness of my mind. I have lost my independence. I have lost my job. I lost my home. At times I even lost my will to live. Because of that pesky little lie of loneliness. But when Christ promises that he will rescue us, that He will take hold of our right hand and say to us do not fear, I will help you, He does. He truly does.
Now I am going to use that transparent sincerity that I mentioned before with you now. I do not always feel his presence. Iâ€™m sure you have gone through times in your life where you donâ€™t fully feel the presence of Christ. And to be even more transparent, that frustrates me. I donâ€™t want to be alone in this. But then I remember another promise that God gave to us. He gave me the promise of you. In 1 Peter 5: 8-10 NIV he reminds us:
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will restore himself to you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. This delights my heart! Knowing that even when I feel He has left me that He has provided me with support brings such life to my lifelessness. It brings company to my loneliness. It brings hope into my heart. Even though we may not ever have the pleasure of meeting on this earth, I so look forward to receiving your presence once we are all taken home.So as we journey on together, I pray that you will know that wherever you are in this world, and wherever life finds you, there is a girl sitting at her desk in the state of Florida in the United States of America that loves you. That has been bound to your heart by the love of Christ. That will unfailingly pray and love you no matter what you are going through. And that when you think you are alone, not only do you have your heavenly father, you have me. May the Lord keep watch between you and me while we are apart from each other. Genesis 31:49 NIV God Bless, Courtney Whittamore
FROM A LIFE OF PAIN AND DEPRESSION TO AN APOSTLE FOR GOD: APOSTLE DR.LEE ANN MARINO 16
Apostle Dr. Lee Ann B. Marino, Ph.D., D.D. is an apostolic theologian, Bible scholar, women's advocate, cultural analyst, university chancellor, and Apostle, Apostolic Founder, and Visionary for Apostolic Fellowship International Ministries. A graduate of Apostolic University in Philosophy, Theology, Divinity, and Religion/Comparative Religion, Apostle Dr. Lee Ann's practical approaches to preaching, spiritual matters, and Scripture study have reached masses with the Gospel of God and of Jesus Christ. With a testimony that encompasses experience of loss, rejection, abuse, battery, depression, loneliness, sexism, and other personal problems, Apostle Marino has, through a life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit, come to experience and testify to the greatness of our God to heal us everywhere we hurt. Apostle Dr. Lee Ann Marino was born into a Roman Catholic family and remained Roman Catholic until she was seventeen years old. Upon her voluntary excommunication from the world's largest religious church, Apostle was born again in 1999 at Living Water Faith Fellowship in Oneonta, New York.In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Apostle Dr. Lee Ann Marino battled chronic illness, physical pain and discomfort, and chronic depression.
Due to severe emotional stresses, abuses, and problems, Apostle Marino believed she was subject to a life of unhappiness. In the midst of the chaos within Apostle's life, God called her to be an apostle in 2003 - a task and calling she was thoroughly unfamiliar with as she didn't even know what an apostle was. In early 2003, Apostle began to work with God and received healing from her many physical, emotional, and mental problems. As Apostle began to work with God, He began to bring much needed change in her life. Apostle has been in ministry since 1998 and founded Apostolic Fellowship International Ministries in 2004. She holds her ordination credentials through Phoenix Alive Christian Ministries (Vancouver, B.C.), under the leadership and covering of Apostle Dr. Rebecca Michael. Apostle’s fellowship encompasses twenty churches and ministries worldwide, and thousands upon thousands of friends. She has preached and taught throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and in Europe. Affectionately nicknamed "the Spitfire,” she is bestknown for her work in the apostolic, educational efforts, to educate the Body of Christ, her instruction for church leaders, and her work in women’s ministry, especially through her women’s ministry division, Women of Power International.
She was honored to be named Woman of the Year 2012 by H.I.S. Heart Scribe Inspirations Magazine, and a 2012 and 2013 recipient of the Certificate of Global Evangelism by Shepherds Without Borders Lighthouse Bugle Ministries, one of only five women selected in 2012 and one of the most nominated candidates in 2013. As acting Chancellor of Apostolic University, her teachings in the apostolic, Bible study courses, Scripture studies, textbooks, and educational materials on many issues of faith, ethics, morals, theology, philosophy, and occult studies have reached individuals in over fifty countries. She has been featured in Divine Inspirations Magazine, H.I.S. Heart Scribe Inspirations Magazine, The Bread of Life Newsletter, Power For Today Magazine, Apocalypse Watch Journal, and Women of Power Magazine, and as a guest on numerous radio programs, including Women On The Move in Ministry Radio with Apostle Elise Thompson, Roman Midnight Music CD & DVD Reviews with Aaron Joy, andPWICU Radio with Prophetess Tabitha Vinson. Having written over twenty books, including Compassionate Care: Healing For The Soul With HIV/AIDS (Joshua Tree Publishing, 2011), Unveiling A Leadership Conspiracy: Studies In The Book Of Malachi (Righteous Pen Publications, 2013), Awakening Christian Ministry: The Call To Serve Others As We Serve Jesus Christ (Righteous Pen Publications, 2013), About My Father's Business:
Business, Legal, And Organizational Structures To Ministry (Righteous Pen Publications, 2013), Making The Kingdom Of God Our Priority: Studies In The Book Of Haggai (Righteous Pen Publications, 2013) and multiple study guides, editor-in-chief of Power For Today Magazine, Women Of Power Magazine, and Apocalypse Watch Journal, and host of thePower For Today radio program, Apostle Marino serves as a blessed and powerful preacher and teacher to the Body of Christ and beyond. In these last days, Apostle sets her sights on God and Christ and teaching His people throughout the tumult of these times by providing solid Christian teaching, that all might understand Scripture and the powerful role salvation can and should play in all our lives. Apostle is also a designer for Rose of Sharon Creations and CEO/Editor-in-Chief for Righteous Pen Publications. Her main website is www.powerfortoday.org.
THE TESTIMONY OF MY LIFE : AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MYSELF (BABSIE HANNAH VAN DER BERG
My real names are Maria Sophia van der Berg. Babsie was my nickname over all the years and today everybody knows me as Babsie or Mommy Babsie. I was born in Kimberley, a town in the North Cape, South Africa, in 1960. I grew up in a Christian but very poor house. My parents did not believe in the Holy Spirit manifistations. I was like the black sheep in the family. Nothing that I have done was good enought for them. After I write matrix I went to the army. There I slip away from God. I was drinking a lot, use drugs, smoke 90 cigarettes a day, was swearing like no man can ever swear, in other words I was a bad girl. In 1984 I married Christo. He was divorce for almost 9 years and had 2 sons. Christo and Schalk. At that time I stop using drugs but still drinking and smoking. Nobody except Christo knows about my drugs not even my parents. In 1985 I had a miscarriage, and in 1986 I lost a twin, one girl and a boy. I hated God at that moment . In 1987 my life change when my little girl Elmarie was born. In 1989 I had a miscarriage again and the doctors told me I will never have children again. I did not believe them and I was starting to pray to God.
I repent all my sins and was a Hannah who was begging for another child, and give my life to Jesus in 1989. In 1991 I became pregnant again. My Blommetjie Blom Blom, Christa was born. In 1997 at 11h30am I was baptize with water and the Holy Spirit. In 2005 I started with my pastors and end at 2007. It was a hard path to walk, but with my Lord I have run the race and finished it. I then do my International Evangelism of Reinhardt Bonnke and finish in 2008. My promise to God was that I will help others that walk the same road that I did. I promise God that I will do His command in Mat 28, to go and make disciples. I promise that I will be a light in the world for my Jesus. I promise God that I will tell only the TRUTH, and that is that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. That He died for my sins. That He rose again and will come soon to fetch His Bride. In 2011 my son Schalk was diagnose with bone marrow cancer. It was a long and painful journey of prays, faith, believing in the healing power of our Lord and Savior.
He is now healed in Jesus Name. He is using no more medicines. He is going for a checkup now and then it wil only be to see Jesus Christ , healing power. He is a father of 2 lovely daughters and I am proud to have them as my granddaughters. Their names is Marochelle and Meliska.My husbands other son Christo has write us off but my God is in control. He had a daughter. We only saw her on a photo. I have the honor to wed my own daughter Elmarie. I am now a grandmother of a lovely baby girl called Anke Venicke. Christa became a beautiful young lady. The path that you as a mother must walk, is a long and prayerful path. I believe that when Jesus told John there is you're mother and to Mary there is your son, did God know how tuff it for a mother will be. That she must keep on her knees and pray. I met some spiritual children also. Some of them are pure but some of them just use u as a ticket to think they will become rich. But I can only told them about Jesus.
I thank God today that I am not rich in worldly things but that I am rich, because my Abba Father is the King of all kings.Today I am not ashamed to be a child of God. I am not ashamed of the Gospel, Jesus Christ.This is my testimony and that it is by Gods grace and honor that I am here today to be a grand mother of 4 beautiful grand daughters.God change my name from a bitter Babsie to a highly favored Hannah. Praise God for not let me go and take me out of the dumps of theworld. All I can say to the mother out there is to never give up on your children or your family. Pray, pray and pray. Never stop praying. The Word of God said that there is power in prayers. Come to the feet of God. Without Him we cant do nothing. Without Him there is no tomorrow. There is only One Way and that is Jesus Christ, the Messiah. He is Yesterday, today and for Ever the same. What He have done for others, He can do for us. He can open the windows of heaven and give you all the riches and the glory. He sees every tear of a mother.
He catch it up in a golden bucket and one day He will give you a crown. He will heal the pain and give the Light in the days of darnkness. "Be still and know that I am God", that is what He said to the mothers. That means, do Abba Father's work, and He will sort your things out. God bless you Your
Babsie van der Berg
CALLED BY GOD TO SERVE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CHRISTINE DARG
Christine has ministered on every continent and in the most far-flung islands. Her healing and revival ministry has planted a number of “Tabernacle of David” Gospel tents, and she ministers daily on TV channels across the world. Her “Exploits Ministry” based upon Daniel 11:32 and John 14: 12 is obeying the Great Commission to the ends of the earth, also in fulfillment of Acts 1:8. Because of her love of the Jewish and Arab peoples and all the spiritual descendants of Abraham in the Church, Christine has received a most unique ministry to share God’s love and ministry of reconciliation. She is the author of several books, including “Miracles Among Muslims,” “The Wounded Lover,” “Let Ishmael Live!” Christine encountered Jesus supernaturally as a child. Facing a life-threatening illness, she still remembers when Jesus appeared to her in an open vision as a Jewish king and healed her.
When she was 16 years old, Christine was seated in the back seat of a car that was hit by a train, but when she was flung into the road, her life was miraculously saved. The Lord said, “I have spared your life for a purpose!” A third attempt on her life through a serious emergency happened before Christine and her husband moved to Jerusalem to begin a strategic television work. She had to learn much about spiritual warfare and healing through practical experiences. Christine’s father, a conservative Presbyterian minister, and her mother, an accomplished classical pianist and nationally award-winning composer, raised her with a deep love of the Christian faith and with a notable reverence for the Jewish people. During a season of fasting, Christine was called by the Lord to the work of television. Furthemore, in an epic dream, the Lord Himself commissioned Christine to stand with His holy End-Time purposes concerning the preservation of Israel when all the nations encompass Jerusalem.
Following a successful career as an award-winning journalist in Richmond, Virginia, Christine and her broadcaster husband Peter moved to Jerusalem in 1982 to began a life-long love affair with the region and all its people. Truly Christine is a minister of reconciliation to both Jew and Arab and she appreciates all the historic and apostolic churches of the Middle East, enjoying favor in many quarters. For five years in the 1990s, the Dargs traveled extensively with Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke in Africa to document confirmation of the preaching of Godâ€™s word with miraculous signs and wonders . . . the deaf hearing, the blind seeing and the lame walking. Christine has held her own large Gospel meetings primarily in Eastern Europe, the Philippines, Egypt, India and Pakistan with testimonies of many healings to the glory of God.
Favourite Quotations LIFE VERSES: ‘You shall receive power to be witnesses from Jerusalem to the ends of earth’ (Acts 1:8) to proclaim ‘saving health to all nations’ (Ps 67: 2) with ‘the ministry ofreconciliation’ (2 Cor 5: 18) “Who Dares Wins”–Motto of Special Air Service (SAS) John Wesley: “Do all you can for as many people as you can as often as you possibly can.” “Preach faith until you believe it, and then when you believe it, preach faith.” Reinhard Bonnke: ‘We trouble ourselves for the Gospel.” …”An evangelist doesn’t wait for opportunities, but creates them!” Contact Information Address
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THE STORY OF MY LIFE STRUGGLES : APOSTLE JESSIE STRIGGLES PART 1
I feel an urgency to get to the Valley of my Life. There are so many people hurting, thrown, forgotten, depressed, oppressed, devastated and ready to give up. I want to encourage you through my Valley Experiences; so you will know that God is no respector of persons - he did it for me; he will do it for you. My mom died the same week I graduated at 17 yrs old & my father when I was barely 19. I am the 3rd child of 10 living children. That sounds great right? Well, it really should be; but sadly it almost buried me. You see I was the backbone of my family since I was 17 yrs old financially. I pour thousands of dollars into my heart (my family). In my late fourties; I became what the Doctors called clinically depressed; because they could not find a history of drugs or alcohol. I knew something was wrong with me - but I couldn't expain it.
I called repeatedly for help; but I had no medical insurance; so they wouldn't take me. By the time the insurance was on I was already at at my lowest point. I couldn't explain to anyone; so I close my door from family & the world. Yes; I was walking the streets with just the clothes on my back. I was homeless. I had gone to my sister's house the one that Ispent the most money on and was told I couldn't stay. Well; I was going to make it so I thought as long as I got a place for my youngest son to sleep - because he had a job; but his cousin told him that my sister said no - for him to stay out of it.
He couldn't stay at his brother's house; because his brother thought it was my youngest son fault for what happen to me. So my son slept in a car in the basement & went to work everyday. He really was confused; but I could keep up a face around him. I took him to S.C. so he could be with family - while I came back to New York to take my life. Well; as it was the family in S.C. didn't know or receive him; so he was fighting his own battles; while I did indeed attempt my life. I was very angry why the doctors would save someone that had no one or had nothing to live for or no place to live. I told you I was the 3rd of 10 living siblings. I came to know that some of them had waited all their lives to see how the mighty falls. It didn't matter what I had done for them. Rumors of crack, lies, backstabbing & betrayal led me to understand a lot. You see the one that I had done the most for (even giving her money for her son; but he was young; plus I know now he never received any of it.
Every rock in my life was gone; my father, my mother and most of all my husband. Where would I go. to beGod met me right where I was and took me for His very own. He put me back together again (His way), took out what He wanted to take out-- put in what He wanted to put in and began to teach me. He wanted to see that He could trust me to tell others of my story & how He is a mind regulator, a heart fixer, a provider, comforter, friend, mother, father, sister, brother. . . The Holy Spirit said "I will teach you" and He did. Getting up again is what I know you can do with Jesus. You are never too old and it is never too late as long as you have a mind set to do better. I didn't say within your physical ability because I know people that are immobile-- yet have the tenacity to keep going straight ahead. It is a great inspiration to see them. Never Give UP-Never! Jess http://striggles.wix.com/jsm
My Dear Bishop - there is so much that has happen since that website was published. My Ministry is thru the hardship, rejection and pain that I had to go thru; but now I know God was preparing to do the hard work. To do the Hard work for the Kingdom of God - I HAD TO ENDURE MUCH; THAT I WOULD BE ABLE TO WALK OTHERS THRU!!! Today I take NOTHING FOR MY JOURNEY!!! The picture of me on my website is when I was a Senior Directors for MaryKay Cosmetics - earning that postion within 2 years of joining. Develop 3 offspring Directors & earning a custom made pink cadillac with my name inscribed on the dashboard!!! I had earn 3 cars in 2 years. My down fall came and I lost everything including my home of 30 yrs. DEPRESSION - clinically depressed. Too many close deaths, too much of supporting my family financially and training over 130 ppl. from Massachusetts to Florida. Teaching a leadership class in Dallas, Texas on how I had done in 2 yrs what others could not do in 15 - 20 years.
I don't mention that on my website because I felt the FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW WHEN I SAW SO MUCH PAIN IN THE HOMELESS, BROKEN AND DOWNTRODDEN!!! When I was driving my Pink Cadillac - I would be stopped by the ppl at the shelters and they would tell me how proud they were of me as a black women. People would get upset with me for talking to them. I became one of them - they were so kind to me. GOD HAD ME ON A MISSION BECAUSE HE KNEW MY HEART WAS ALWAYS FOR THE HURTING. God was preparing me for a GREAT MINISTRY OF SERVING THE PPL; FOR I ALREADY HAD THE VERY HEART OF JESUS - GIVING TO EVERYONE IN NEED; NEVER LOOKING DOWN ON ANYONE!!! I stayed in the shelter for 5 1/2 months, studing the ppl around me. Many were NOT on drugs - they were just like me; a lapse moment in time would seperate them from their homes & children. Though we has plenty of food in the shelter - I would go to visit the soup kitchen to experience what was going on there. ď‚ˇ
They did indeed serve soup & bread to everyone that walk thru the door. They had a storage room of clothes & food that you could take with you. I HAD TO DO THE SAME after I got my apt in the Bronx, New York - by choice!!!! I wrote a journal in the shelter that I have today - ending every page with THANK YOU JESUS!!! I walk thru the neighborhood and would meet ppl; that wanted prayer and I would pray for them right there on the corner or bus stop. It made me feel good because they saw something inside of me that made them ask me for prayer. I know many success stories - but ppl are reluctant to share! A SETUP BY GOD!! I was sitting at my computer & my house phone ring - it was a Prophet from another State that kneew me and ask would I pray for a lady. That lady name is Bernella Thomas on fb. He shared nothing with me and clicked her in - I could see suicide on her & the curse and hurtful words. The Prophet scream & the lady was crying. I can post her name because she told everyone on the conference line - if it was NOT for Apostle Striggles - she would not be alive today because she was going to take her life that very day.
La-toshia Sims shared a story of rape, abuse for many years is why she is always on my status. My nephew called me one day - he was convince his friend was going to commit suicide and ask me to speak with him. My nephew was very quiet & his best friend was over the top of how he had to go NOW!!! I allowed him to do it & when he would take a breathe - I would say - I UNDERSTAND! He did indeed hang up the phone. I told my nephew - rest assure ur friend is venting and is not going to commit suicide. My nephew wasn't sure. 2 weeks later I called the number for the young man and he said to me - I was just talking about you and why didn't you tell me you were a Prophet? I told him - my title was NOT important at that time. He was now a completely different person. Bishop - my personal story of being almost rape at 5 yrs old, but God had my dad show up in time; but I didn't know anything to tell him; and I didn't know when I was born - I had to have surgery - so surely if this grown man had rape me - I would have NEVER had children. I was raped years later though.
Anger, rage I endured but NOT in front of my sons. My Ministry is named Jessie Striggles Ministry register with the State of New York - yet I AM STILL STANDING is the name of my personal ministry. In other words - all the hell I went thru of near death experiences - I AM STILL STANDING!!! I never take collections - if ppl leave anything - that is find. I even pack up food from my house & give to them. I take time to walk slowly with the ones that have wheelchairs or walkers - earning their trust. One lady fault hard to get off of herion & crack; she was loud & would cuss loudly - I stuck with her. She would come crying to my door - that some of the guys were putting crack in front of her. I cleaned her up - prayed for her & fed her. She loved to be prayed for. OMG - we are missing it because we don't think they love the Lord - they just think - the Lord has forgotten them. I was slowly able to get her to quit cussing - at least when I was around. I mention her because she is NOT on fb - her name is Diane McClean. Last but NOT least - I CAME FACE-TO-FACE with a real live demon possess person. I was attacked with blows to the head repeatedly.
His eyes were coal black - every blow God let me know He was there - a scripture popped into my head. I had NEVER been hit by a man. All blows to my head - one side to the other. The last scripture was THE WAY OF ESCAPE HAS ALREADY BEEN MADE!! It would take 22 hrs before it manisfested. I prayed that I would die - I never slept. He fell asleep and the devil said plunge him with the butcher knife. The Lord said & who wins in that situation. OMG!!!! When he woke up & looked at my face - he couldn't believe he had done that. God said I cushion the blows so the damage he thought he was doing was lighten. The very 1st punch close my left eye immediately. The DA wanted me to press charges & I said ONLY IF U R GOING TO GET HIM HELP! I never press charges - I came face to face with the man many times after & even talk to him as if nothing happen. He is who I minister to and about. I don't walk in fear even after that. I am an eagle-eye Prophet & an Apostle of God. I will end my story there Bishop! If anything else you need to know - inbox me!!!! I never buy myself a thing. When I am a guest speaker - all proceeds go to the needs of the ppl. MY PAIN BECAME MY PASSION - MY TEST BECAME MY TESTIMONY!!!! When I fell - non of my family would help me, not even for one night. I recycle cans & bottles for 3 years early part of my Ministry. TO GOD BE THE GLORY - ONE DAY HE SAID STOP - ENOUGH!!
Do you believe that you can change? My Auto Biography: By Catherin Skinner 39
November 09, 1954 Do you believe that you can change? I cannot change my past however, I can voice on what my present and future will be like! “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 I was born on November 09, 1954 to Clay Alan Armstrong and Evaline Walker at St. Mary Hospital in Tucson, Arizona. I can remember when I turned 1 year old and was given a black puppy for my first birthday. I was playing in the middle of the floor with my big sister Mary when the door open ,I looked up and saw my cousin in the door with this small black puppy and he started running toward me. In (fear) of the puppy, I jump up and ran into my aunt’s bedroom and tried to climb in her bed.
The bed was so high that my little legs could not reach it so I was hanging upside down and the puppy was licking I me in the face as I cried so hard from fear. Finally my grandmother Lola came and got me and took me into the kitchen with her while baking. I never like that dog and my grandmother kept him until I am not sure which one passed first. Abigail Over the years from 1-5 my grandmother played a very important part/role in my life she was my Abigail. I can still hear the words my grandmother spoke to my mother about me. Evaline you better mind what you say to or how you treat Catherin, for she is Godâ€™s child, chosen of your children. Granny would read her Bible to me daily up until the age of 5 when we moved to Yuma Arizona. I would sit down at her feet while she smoked her asthma medicated cigarette, as she read I would listen very closely to what she was saying even though I did not understand them, but they settle within my heart. Several months later I remember meeting a man just before we left going to Yuma. I never forgot his face because there was some special about him that lit-up within my heart. The picture of his face stayed with me even until this day.
That man was my father Clay Alan Armstrong. I did not see him again until I was 28 years old. 41
The great disappointment My life began to spiral downhill after moving to Yuma, Arizona. This is when all my struggles began, I had to grow up and grow up fast. That innocent little 5 year old girl was lost/abandon because now she had to help raise her siblings. My mother gave her life back to God when I was 5 years old. She met a man named Roger and they got married. I grew close to Roger and consider him to be my dad since I felt the only Dad I have was God, and I could not see him.
Roger taught me how to survive in life and open door to many avenues I never expected to journey. Roger was a lot of fun, his birthday was 2 days before mines and I thought that was the neatest thing. I learned to love Roger more than any man I ever met. Even after the great (disappointment). What disappointment you ask? Well Roger would go out and get high and bring pills that looked like m&mâ€™s called red devils, white crosses, heroin and marijuana into our home and hide them in the top of the closet alone with playboy magazines. My mother did not know this for several years until one day she went out of time to Tucson, to pick up my aunt. While gone a neighbor of our came over and was trying to get in the house to eat some of the apple pies my mother had made before she left. I told the girl which was 16 yrs. old and I was 8 yrs. old that she was not allowed to come in when no adult wasn't present.
When my stepdad came home she went and met him at the car and told a lie, that I chased her around the house with a butcher knife. God is my witness I never did that, but after what happen to me, I wished I had of!! My stepfather called me into his bedroom and told me to strip, I refused to and he began to hit me with a telephone cord across my back, I then took off my pajama shirt and he starred at my bosom. I was crying I felt so a shame and violated because my mother had never whooped me like this. My siblings came in the room and told our stepfather not to touch me again. Afraid to tell my mother what had happen because I thought she would think I did something wrong.
My aunt that came back with my mother from Tucson saw the whelp across my back and told my mother. She then called me into the bedroom and asked me what happen. At first I lied and said I fell out of a tree, she then told me if I tell another lie I was going to get a whooping. I lied because I thought that she would believe me because my stepdad believed the lie the girl told him on me. So I told her the truth about what happened and my sister and brother verified that what I said was the truth. We were very close even to this day. After that my mother put my stepfather out, we still stayed in Yuma for another year after that. I still loved Roger, although I was greatly disappointed in him and still looked at him as my dad. I hated what he had done, but I forgave him because I knew it was not him that was doing this but the demons /drugs he was taken caused him to react like he did.
The call of God Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: During this time of my life from the ages of 5-13 God spoke so clearly to me about things, showing me thing that was going to take place or just how to do something so simple that they called me a witch and gave me the name witchy may because I said it was going to happen and it did.
God had spoken to me just before leaving Yuma that He was going to give me a husband at the age of 9. I didnâ€™t know anything about a husband, but what I saw with my stepfather and mother. I really didnâ€™t pay it much attention. We finally moved back to Tucson in the summer of 1964 when I met a boy, which took my heart, and we both asked God to give us to the other as husband and wife. We started school that fall and became best friends. My mother kept us in church for as long as she could. 6-7 days it seemed like a week! I was in the choir; we went to all kind of conventions, counsel meetings, fasting and praying all the time until I was 12 yrs. of age. One day while my pastor was preaching I heard a voice calling me, I asked who was calling me and everyone said not me. Then I heard the Pastor say you hear the Holy Spirit calling you by name want you come? God is calling you to be baptized. Afraid at first but I answered the call and I was baptized in Jesus Name on August 1, 1966.
I remember this day very clearly because one of my girls friends in church introduce me to her arranged husband to be and I told her that we him and I was going to have a beautiful child. Several months after my baptism I went to church and left early coming home a male cousin came over and began to try and molest me. I would fight him off by biting, scratching and streaming out for help but no one was there to help. Finally my mother came home from church and I told her what he had been doing to do to me and that he has been trying to do it for a while now. She only slapped me and told me I was lying. I hated her and him for what they had done and said to me. (Struggling) from within about what had happen when I was 8 I did not want to repeat that again. I felt that my mother blamed me for her marriage ending to Roger whom she now had two children by.
So I became rebellious and rebelled against whatever my mother told to do. I hated her and felt that she could not tell me anything. Although she would always tell me that I could be anything I wanted to become and do whatever I put my mind to doing. She saw so much of herself in me. Eventually I ran away from home and ended up in the streets, doing all kinds of drugs, which I was familiar with from my stepfather taken them when I was younger. Now I had to deal with these demons over and over again for many years. At the same time I left home I had left the church as well. I walked away from everyone and everything! Angry with God for allowing me to go through this, not understanding that all this was ordained by God for me to experience that I may testify about it someday.
Dens of Demons
Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God also believe in Me. John 14:1 Eventually I ended up in juvenile, then to Good Shepherd Delinquency School for girls at the age of 13-14, I was sent later on sent to Long Beach CA to live with my cousin which was like a second mom to me for a year, then told by her husband told her I had to come back to Tucson and live with my mother. I had gotten arrest in Long Beach CA where my cousin husband was the Chief of Police. I went to jail for a mistaken identification of Angela Davis at the age of 15 Well that wasnâ€™t going to happen, me living with my mother again because of how I felt about her at the time. I was placed on a bus and came back but never went to my motherâ€™s house.
I stayed with family and friends; got pregnant at the age 16 was placed in Florence Quitten School for unwedded mother in Phoenix, Arizona where I learned the truth about where babies come from. While in this school I began to search for the man I met when I was 5 years old because I had been told he was my father. On May 5, 1972 I had a 5 lb. 5 oz. baby girl born at 5:15 pm at St. Lukeâ€™s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. Because my pregnancy was such a mystery to me I named her Misty. Several months after she was born again I still had to fight those demons of molestation, rape, physical and verbal abuse. I was beaten almost to death while a stranger tried to rape me. He pulled and held a gun to my head, cutting my clothes off and beat my legs at the same time trying to make me open them.
I fought with everything in me and asked God please do not let this happen to me. I was able to get away from him finally grabbing the sheet to cover myself as I got away. I ran down the middle of a swimming pool with the sheet wrap around me, a man called the police and I was taken to the hospital. I can still hear the words when the doctor said that I wasnâ€™t a virgin, but there was no semen within me. The police officer said that she was one of them that like to be beaten in order to have sex. This man had never seen me in his life and how could he come to that conclusion! My eyes were beaten closed so that I could not see. I lost my selfesteem, and thought the only way I could take control of what was happening to me was to be the aggressor that way I could take their power.
By the time my daughter was 6 months that November 1972 I married a man I did not love just to give us some kind of security, only to be abused both physically and verbally again. During those two years I went to modeling school, then my husband became very abusive always keeping my eyes blacken if another man looked or spoke to me. I got pregnant and had another beautiful baby girl Christy born December 14, 1973 at 12:15 am at Tucson General Hospital. While pregnant with Christy I tried to divorce her father, but the courts would not allow me because I was pregnant, but they did grant me a legal separation. After the birth of my daughter and during that time of separation I got pregnant again but this time it was not my husband. On February 15, 1975 at 6:45 pm I gave birth to my third daughter Tristy which is my husband now child.
Three months after my third child was born I moved back to Long Beach CA after I got my divorce on March 3, 1975. We lived in Long Beach, CA for four year. During my stay in Long Beach, I experienced being kidnapped and rape thrown out on the side of the freeway supposedly left for dead. I thank God, that even though all this evil happened to me that I was still alive and was thrown out just a block away from where I lived. By this time I was introduced to new drugs and began to use them to block all the memory and pain of what I had been through. Finally we moved back to Tucson, Arizona in 1979.
My life is out of control Drinking and drugging my life began to spiral downhill although I tried to build myself esteem up it was constantly torn down by others and choices I made. In 1982 I was rerolled in Lamson Business College for Computer Programming. One weekend I went to this club after cleaning house for hours and met a man that reminded of this man I saw when I was 5, I asked him did he know a man name Clay Armstrong, because he was my dad, he then asked me which one. I told him who my mother was and he knew then it was his oldest brother. He took me over to his auntâ€™s house and told her who I said I was. She then showed me a picture with three men on it and to pick out the one I said was my dad. I chose the right man.
They both told me he was Clay Jr. I later found out that my grandfatherâ€™s name was Clay also. That November of 1982 I got to meet my father and grandfather when I was turning 28 yrs. old. On November 17, 1983 I married again only this time because my daughters like him and I still wanted to do what I thought was right in the sight of God and best for me. Well again I made a mistake in marrying the wrong man. This man had a child by another woman while we were together, that part did not bother me for I felt that that I had reaped what I had sown. The fact that he kept it a secret and beat me when I wanted to go out so that I wouldnâ€™t go with a black eye. Well little that he knew I was use to them and went anyway. Later he forced me to marry him or else he was going to kill us both. So I married him then left him and moved to Seattle WA. in 1984.
There I continued to use drugs, he came up there and stayed with me got on welfare with me and told me that he was contributing. I lost total respect for him as a man almost a person. I then took my two daughters and moved back to Tucson in March 1986 divorced once again, connected with my best friend married him July 12, 188 in prison. He got out after 2 years I still continue to use drugs because by now I am out of control, the demons where too strong for me to battle alone. I would cry out to God to help me, but it seem like he did not hear me. I started to work as a Caregiver in private duty homes, nursing home, trying to give what I could not get. Love, comfort, compassion, respect, so much pain reaped within me I did not know what else to do. I thought that if I would sow good things I would eventually reap good things in my life.
Still out of control with the drugs and drinking I started to get cases. Finally I caught a case in January 1991 for passion of marijuana was placed on probation had to do in/outpatient rehabilitation. I continued to use drugs on June 6 1993 I got arrested for possession of cocaine was placed in jail for about 6 days then released and set for trial. On December 31, 1993God spoke to me and told me to never put a pipe in my mouth again. I felt a sharp pain in my heart as if he was saying if I did I would die of a heart attack. I remained clean and sober from both drugs and liquor. My trial started January 1994 it went on for about a week. Finally I was sentence to 5 flat yearâ€™s first offense and 3 yearsâ€™ probation after I completed my prison sentence in Arizona Department of Corrections State Prison with a $2800.00 fine. I cried and trembled at the thought of going to prison. I repented to God for breaking his laws and to the judge that had just sentenced me for breaking the laws of the land. I feared it more than I did God because of what I saw on TV about them and the things that went on within the walls. I talked to God and asked him why did he deceive me and allow me to get all this time. He told me to read the Book of JOB and the fact was they wanted to give me 21 years, but He (God) only gave me 5 years.
Prison to Praise
â€œBehold I am send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmful as doves. Matthew 10:16 Have you ever had a dream or vision about something only to have it come true? When I was 12 years old God showed me a vision, which I did not understand at the time. It was when I smoked my first cigarette and joint along with drink of beer. He showed me a prison that had not yet been built. Manzanita Unit for Women Prison. I was 38 when I was sentence to prison and when I entered the gates of Manzanita that vision flashed before my eyes I could see it very clearly and understood what God was showing me while I was a child/teenager.
I remember God telling to read JOB. I was given a Bible the night before I left jail on my way to prison. It had Roman 12:1, 2 marked for me to read and read I did even though at the time I did not understand it. I could remember when I would do drugs I would try to read my Bible, only I could not understand what God was saying to me. After 7 days in jail was sent to Perryville Prison in Good Year AZ. There God spoke to me again and reminding me that Greater was He that was within me than he that was of this world. So terrified of the unknown, I stayed close to God and spoke with him all the time for guidance. While in prison, facing my worst nightmare I developed a personal relationship with the Trinity. Daily I would read my Bible and attend church services while in prison so that I could get to know God for myself.
I have talked to God since I was a child (even in my motherâ€™s womb) so it was easy for me to commune with Him. God told me to trust him, I was so hurt by what had happen to me I asked him how could I trust him when I canâ€™t even see him? I have placed my trust in man whom I could see and look what happen to me. Pondering over what God asked of me, I thought what else did I have to loose, I have lost everything. Drawing close to God I developed a faith that what so strong, I was amazed. I thought I could never trust again. I began to experience the demons in prison, but of course I was in Satan playhouse the den of demons where everything went on. God had placed angels around me to protect me as I walked my journey through the prison walls. I met so many hurting women, even men.
God started showing me thing about them and revealing my assignment where they were concerned. One of the women there saw how my face lit up every time I got a letter from my husband. I can still hear her words to me, if your love for God is as strong as your love for your husband you will be a powerful woman in God. So I asked God that question was my love for him greater or equal to that of my husband. God began to reveal things to me about myself as well as others. I was about to have a nervous breakdown, so I thought when God told me he wanted what I wanted more than anything in this world. My husband! God reminded me when I was 33 I said that if I married my best friend I would never divorce him not even for God. Well, I had honestly forgotten I made that statement 5 years earlier. So when God asked me for my husband it was one of the hardest things I had to ever give up.
He told that if I took my hands off him and gave him to Him that he would give him back to me. I cried and obey him and got the divorce paper. Because of my obedience God did not allow the divorce to go through only to prove to me as He did with Abraham and his son. My love for God was greater than that of my husband. God began to speak to me in dreams and vision about what His plans for me was and what He wanted me to do for him. I drew closer and listened very attentive to what God was speaking and showing! Amazing things that blew my mind and can still see them to this day. He created a clean heart within me and revealed to me that when I was 12 and He had called me to be baptized that I was baptized with Water and Fire/Holy Spirit. I could remember coming up and speaking in an unknown language.
I did it both times I was baptized at 12 in church and 33 in the county jail. I was amazed by these two ages because of the age of Jesus when he started out and completes his ministry. WOW From March 3, 1994 t0 December 20, 1996, God taught me all about himself. What it meant to be loved and honored by Him. He would write the scriptures upon my heart and help me to memorize them. He would cause a situation to occur so that I could understand the meaning of His Word and how to apply it, live it, and speak it. The Holy Spirit would speak and reveal things to me and I would obey and watch them manifest right before my eyes. God told me that he was going to teach me the Fruits of the Spirit but it wasnâ€™t going to be easy. Still learning them today!!
I would write tablets of letters to God every day and did it for years to come down the road. Boxes of letters, love letters to God, prayer request. Etcâ€Ś After being told what to do and shown a vision about my release obeying God, I started speaking to those mountains and calling those things as though they were and saw them come to pass. One Saturday I decided I wasnâ€™t going to go to church service that day, and then one of the women came and told me the Rev. Ann said for me to get there for God has something for me. Out of obedience I got up and went to church. I was then told that God has called me to be an Intercessor to pray on the behalf of the wickedness of his people. I had never heard of such a call nor did I understand it. However, I did know how to pray since I was a little girl and could talk with God so easily about anything.
I learned how to see, hear, smell demons and call them by name. The Holy Spirit would use me to cast out demons from the women; I would sprinkle Holy Water around my bed day and night. By some I was called a Jesus freak and by others I was asked to pray. I was thrown in the whole lockdown because I would not quit speaking in tongues and sprinkling the holy water. What I represented intimidated the staff and other inmates so the tried to remove me. What they didnâ€™t know was I was happier in lockdown because it was there that I really got to know God for Who He Is. I was sent back to Perryville from Manzanita Unit where God continued to use me and reveal things to me. Finally my mother came up from Seattle WA with my youngest daughter and grandson. We prayed and God told her that if she came He would release me. She came that September 1996 and I was released that December 20, 1996.
Whatever, I asked God to do he did it as long as I obeyed him. I saw why so many women were hurting and how the enemy had a stronghold on their lives so that he could hurt God. I asked God to make me a blessing and not a curse. Since I had ran away from home at such a young age, I wanted to help teenager, unwed mother, drug addicts, and prostitutes. I wanted a house so that I could help those that struggle with these demons as I had. Finally after 2 years and 10 months God open the doors of prison and walked me out.
Spiritual Stumbling Blocks Believe not every spirit - Whereby any teacher is actuated. But try the spirits - By the rule which follows. We are to try all spirits by the written word: To the law and to the testimony!
If any man speaks not according to these, the spirit which actuates him is not of God. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:1, 4 After being released from prison, I waited for God to guide me in the right direction of where He wanted me to be. A couple of weeks had passed and God placed me in a church where my assignment was to take place. I had already come into alignment with God, and agreement about the assignment. Little did I know that I was going to fight more demons in church than I did in prison! My spirit was free within the prison walls for I knew what I was facing. Only to learn that other struggle was about to take place! When God takes you to new levels you have to deal with new devils. Man-Amen!
So I stepped out on faith trusting God to make the way clear for me to do that which He had given me. My relationship with God was so strong and intimate people were jealous of it. Through dreams and visions, speaking to my heart and mind God grew within me. For I was His Holy Temple, there He could abide as I abide in His Word. Several months after I had got out of prison God began to purge me from all the demonic dealing that took place within my body, all the molestation, rapes, and abusiveness. He taught me how to give Him a radical praise in the privacy of my own home. How to reverence Him for Who He Is. I remember quoting this scripture and did not know it existed. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death and so somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Only God knew why those words came out of me. Philippians 4:10, 11 God proved himself and Word to me, love grew for others so easily and yet resentment stirred its ugly head at times for those that struck out at me. Learning the Fruits of the Spirit was not easy just like God said it wasnâ€™t going to be, but yet through all the pain and suffering I am still learning each one of them at a time.
The Plan of God 69
God started blessing me through pain and suffering! Yes, I said pain and suffering in order to prove to me that there was nothing too hard for Him to do. I was in 3 car accidents in 1 year still here today to tell about it. I was instructed by the Holy Spirit what and where to do and go. Several months after I got out of prison God gave me a job, in fact several jobs and assignment. He blessed me with several apartments, cars and finally a home built from the ground up. He gave me a position with Habitat for Humanity Tucson on the Board for 6 years and made me President of the Home Owners Association of the 14 homes where I live. My best friend came home from prison and we remarried.
God ordain the most beautiful wedding for us. His promised was if I gave him to Him He would give him back to me. For years I walked with God as Enoch did. Only to disappear in the distance of His will in the last 7 years. Because of the spiritual abuse from leadership, and my past being held against me, leaders trying to hold me back because I obeyed God instead of them. I finally lost my passion to serve in the house of prayer and worship. The place I felt and said I must remain for there was my intimacy filled with God. I personally feel that I am out the will of God, but only He knows that I am right where He wants me to be. Satan may attack my body but he cannot have my life. I know itâ€™s not about me, and all this that I am experiencing is for His glory and good pleasure. I pray that the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable unto God, my Lord, my God, and my Redeemer Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
The God of Peace in the midst of storms! My struggles today are not my struggles of my past for I have been redeemed from them; my struggle today is I do not want to deal with new demons. Know that every time God takes you to another level you will have to encounter new demons. . Donâ€™t get angry at God. Use the problems to strengthen your character and to bring glory to God. No matter how powerful trouble crush, Godâ€™s hold is more powerful. Those of you who are reading this my prayer for you is that you too will learn to trust God with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding but acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your path. Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you as well.
There is nothing to hard or difficult for our God to do. He will supply all your needs according to riches and glory through Christ Jesus. Amen Truly my latter years have been greater than my former years. The blessing of the Lord makes rich and He adds no sorrow with it. Amen!! Again I ask you do you believe you can change. Inspired by God Written by Catherin Marie Skinner Copy rights reserved
"INVITE HIM ALLLL THE WAY IN!": BY PROPHETESS SISTER MARY BOLDEN
YOU MAY ASK THE QUESTION, "HOW DO YOU KNOW HE LIVES?" SOME "CARNAL MINDED CHRISTIANS" ARE STILL NOT SURE THAT JESUS LIVES BECAUSE THEY HAVEN'T INVITED HIM ALL THE WAY IN TO THEIR HOUSE (BODY, MIND, SOUL, AND SPIRIT). OH YES, THEY SAY THEY BELIEVE THAT HE DIED ON THE CROSS AT CALVARY. BUT, THEY TEND TO LEAVE HIM HANGING THERE ON THE CROSS. IN SHORT, THEY CAN'T SEEM TO PHATHOM HIM RISING FROM THE GRAVE! WELL, THEY MAY INTELLECTUALLY AND ESSENTIALLY BELIEVE BECAUSE IT'S WHAT THEY HEARD THE PREACHER SAY. HOWEVER, IN THEIR EVERYDAY LIVES, THEY DON'T WALK IT OR TALK IT AS THOUGH THEY TRULY BELIEVE JESUS LIVES! I'VE BEEN TO MANY REVIVALS AND HEARD THE PREACHER SAY , "WON'T YOU COME? " AND THE PERSON(S) MAY GO FORTH BUT ONLY (IN THEIR WAY OF THINKING) TO JOIN THE CHURCH, AS THOUGH IT WERE A "CLUB" OF SOME SORT. THERE ARE THOSE WHO ARE JUST LOOKING FOR A "CHURCH HOME", BUT ARE NOT REALIZING THAT THEY NEED TO ACCEPT JESUS AS THEIR LORD AND SAVIOR. THAT'S RIGHT , HE IS LORD (RULER), AS WELL AS OUR SAVIOR. EACH INDIVIDUAL MUST INVITE HIM ALL THE WAY IN TO THEIR HOUSE, HOWEVER. I MEAN, NOT ONLY IN YOUR HEART,BUT YOUR MIND, YOUR SPIRIT. INVITE HIM TO WALK ALL THE WAY WITH YOU WHEN YOU COME AND WHEN YOU GO.
IF YOU'RE GOING SOME PLACE WHEREAS YOU WOULDN'T WANT JESUS TO GO WITH YOU, THEN YOU ARE GOING TO THE WRONG PLACE! AND THE SAME WAY WITH YOUR CONVERSATION WITH YOUR "SO CALLED FRIENDS.....IF JESUS IS NOT INVITED IN THAT CONVERSATION, YOU'RE WITH THE WRONG COMPANY AND/OR ARE GOSSIPING MALICIOUSLY OR MURDERING SOMEONE WITH YOUR TONGUE; CURSING OR 'DOGGING" ONE OF GOD'S ANOINTED ONES. YES, IT'S TRUE. SOME CAN BARELY GET OUT OF THE CHURCH HOUSE BEFORE THEY'RE BAD MOUTHING THE PASTOR OR THEIR SISTER OR BROTHER THAT THEY JUST SHOOK HANDS WITH. WHEN WE FIRST ACCEPTED THE LORD JESUS AS OUR SAVIOR, WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED BY THE PASTOR OR WHOEVER IT WAS THAT PRAYED THE PRAYER OF SALVATION WITH YOU, TO INVITE HIM TO BE YOUR LORD, AS WELL. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN EXPLAINED THAT IT WAS NOT JUST FOR YOU TO JOIN THE CHURCH FAMILY AND NOT HONOR THE HEAD OF THE HOUSE HOLD>JESUS CHRIST! SO MANY JOIN THE CHURCH BECAUSE THE PASTOR IS GOOD LOOKING OR HE PREACHES GOOD AND THE CHOIR SINGS GOOD. SOME ARE LOOKING MORE AT THE SURROUNDINGS OF THE CHURCH EDIFACE. THEY LOVE THE GLASS, TINTED WINDOWS; THE FLOWERS THAT SURROUND THE PULPIT; THE SIZE OF THE CHURCH BUILDING, SO THEY CAN SAY THEY BELONG TO A LARGE CHURCH. MIND YOU, THEY ARE LOOKING AT THE BUILDING MAN MADE, NOT THE BODY OF CHRIST THAT JESUS DREW INTO HIS HOUSE. LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE THAT MEN MAY SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS AND GLORIFY THE FATHER WHO MADE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH. THEREFORE, IF ANY MAN BE IN CHRIST, HE IS A NEW CREATURE; OLD THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY. BEHOLD, ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW. JESUS SAID, HE WOULD DO A "NEW THING" IN THESE LAST DAYS.
AND HE'S DOING IT IN YOU AND IN ME WHO ARE THE TRUE BELIEVERS IN CHRIST JESUS. WE'VE GOT TO KNOW THAT WE KNOW THAT WE KNOW THAT JESUS IS LORD OF OUR LIVES AS WELL AS OUR SAVIOR. WE CANNOT LIVE A HOLY LIFE UNLESS WE ARE TRUSTING IN, LEANING ON, DEPENDING ON OUR SHEPHERD TO LEAD AND GUIDE US . WE MUST BE "BORN AGAIN" AS JESUS TAUGHT HIS DISCIPLES. AND IN ORDER THAT WE MAY BE PROVEN AS CHRIST'S TRUE DISCIPLES, WE MUST WALK LIKE JESUS DID; TALK LIKE HIM, AND LIVE HOLY UNTO HIM. THERE IS NO "HALF STEPPIN" INTO THE KINGDOM. YOU'VE GOT TO COME ALLLL THE WAY IN. AND TO INVITE HIM ALL THE WAY IN, WE MUST HUMBLE OURSELVES UNDER THE MIGHTY HAND OF GOD AND WE MUST SURRENDER TOTALLY TO HIM AND BE WILLING TO DO HIS WILL. IT'S NOT A START AND STOP PROCESSING...BUT A CONTINUATION OF WHATEVER WORK HE HAS CALLED YOU TO DO. REMEMBER, MANY ARE CALLED, BUT ONLY FEW ARE CHOSEN. IF YOU WANT TO BE CONSIDERED AS ONE OF GOD'S CHOSEN ONES, YOU MUST BE OBEDIENT TO HIS WILL AND DO THINGS HIS WAY. HE IS SOVEREIGN LORD >ONE WHO IS IN CONTROL OF ALLL THINGS. YOU MUST WALK BY FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT. WE WON'T ALWAYS UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING THAT THE LORD GIVES US TO DO OR WHY HE'SINSTRUCTED OR DIRECTED US IN SUCH A WAY, BUT JUST HUMBLY SURRENDER TO HIS WILL AND OBEY HIS WORD. FOR HIS WORD IS A "MAP" THAT SHALL GUIDE US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, PEOPLE OF GOD. SO, FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS AND YOU CAN'T GO WRONG. GOD BLESS YOU ALL, PROPEHTESS SISTER MARY BOLDEN
Healing is the Children's Bread ~By : SUSAN C. CLARK 76
No one could doubt that it was a bold move. After all, she was a "gentile," a woman outside the covenant of God. They were referred to, by the Jews of hByer day, as mere "dogs." But she was a typical mother who loved her daughter with an undying love. She had watched the torment day after day, month after month, and a person can only endure just so much. She had been to all of the doctors. She had even sought the advice of her religious leaders and the advice of her friends. Nothing. They all had nothing to offer. She was desperate and something had to be done! She had heard of a prophet that was in the region, one that some were calling the Messiah. It was well known that the Jews were expecting the coming Messiah which was spoken of in the ancient writings. Could this really be Him? Surely the miracles she had heard about substantiated such a claim. Wherever He went there seemed to be hope. Life seemed to spring forth from Him as impossible situations were turned around.
Yes, she had heard the stories and of His great compassion, and as if a dream had come true, here He was in her own home town, and she believed. With the boldness of a lion she cast aside the fact that she was a gentile and approached Jesus for the healing of her daughter. Jesus paused and did not answer right away. The disciples came and ask if they should send her away, as she was such a bother and making such a scene. Then Jesus stopped, turned and looked her square in the eyes and said; "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Momentarily stunned by His answer she could not deny that she knew down deep within herself that there was no other hope. She knew that He was the author of life, that He had all authority, and she humbled herself and worshiped Him and simply said; "help me!" Jesus answered her a very profound phrase; "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs." She understood clearly her place of unrighteousness, and yet having heard of the mercy of God, she replies meekly by saying; "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters table."
Jesus marveled at the woman's reply and her unwillingness to let go of the truth, stating that she had great faith. Then with that look of compassionate assurance, He said to her; "Let it be as you desire." And her daughter was healed! What a wonderful account of faith in action and relentless perseverance. But, did you catch what Jesus said about healing? He referred to healing as the "children's bread." In other words, healing is the rightful, normal, expected sustenance of the children of God - it's their inheritance! I have found that many Christians are really not sure if healing belongs to them through the redemptive plan of salvation. Unfortunately, there is often an uncertainty about this issue. Know this - uncertainty is always an open door for the enemy to sow confusion, and a breeding ground for fear, doubt and unbelief. As believers, we need to have our feet planted upon solid ground, knowing with all certainty that which belongs to us, so that we can apply the Word of God in any given situation and therefore receive the promised benefit. Where do you stand? Are you a child of God? Have you asked Jesus to come into your heart? If you answered yes, then the right of healing is yours today, now, right at this moment - just as it was then, it is still the children's bread today. True Bible faith can only act where the will of God is known. That's why we have the Bible today, it's His will in written form.
This woman had a revelation or an understanding that Jesus was the Messiah, that He was not only able to heal, but that He was willing to do so. Based on that understanding, she was not going to let Jesus pass her by. She had boldness as a result of her faith, that was based upon knowledge, and she acted on it. In a sense was saying - I know the truth and I will not be denied! Most people would have looked at their own inadequacy, their own unrighteousness, their own shortcomings, and would have been stopped right there - but not her. She was not stopped by her lack, instead she was moved by His supply. She got her eyes off of herself and on to the Author of Life! There's no mistaking the fact that it was faith that stopped Jesus in His tracks, and it was her faith that impressed Him. Faith that knew He was the Messiah, faith that knew of His compassion, faith that knew of His will to heal. Faith that made the decision to step out even against impossible odds and dare to believe and expect. Faith to be different, faith that doesn't care what others may think. Faith that takes hold and believes. Did you notice that she fell at His feet and worshiped Him? We may get so caught up with our own situation that we miss a key ingredient to healing. Instead of seeking the healing, we need to seek the healer.
There is a proper order. Yes, Jesus wants us healed, but He also wants our hearts. Worship is not just something we do when we are in church. It's an everyday lifestyle because in Christianity we do not have mere religion, instead we have the right to intimate, deep, personal relationship with our God - the Author of Life. By accepting Jesus Christ as Lord, we have become children of God, and as it states in Romans 8:17 we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus! Think of it - heirs with the Author of Life, we have the right to share in all that He is and all that He has - Oh, take a moment and let that sink in. In the presence of God there is love and assurance. There is joy and peace in the midst of the storm. There is direction and stability when tossed about on the sea of uncertainty. I challenge you today to make a move to go deeper into this life of faith, spending time in His presence and in His Word. In so doing, your faith will rise to new heights and through the wonderful Spirit of God you will find a boldness and a joy in knowing that which was purchased through the plan of salvation is truly the children's bread, and you are included!!! Dan Downey
Blasphemy Case in Lahore, Pakistan: 8 March, 2013
LAHORE: In the hunt for and alleged blasphemer, hundreds of the enraged Muslims charged a Christiansâ€™ locality forcing the inhabitants to flee for their lives in the Badami Bagh police area here Friday. About two to three thousand people, according to police, gathered around the Joseph Colony at Noor Road following Shafiq Ahmed who was searching for an accused Christian, Savan Alias Bubby, to kill him.
The Mob attacked the house of Savan, burnt it partially, pelting bricks at other houses where about 200 Christian families were residing.
200 Christian homes and 2 churches burned by mob in Lahore
Almost 200 houses and 2 churches were burned in a mob attack on a Christian community at the Badami Bagh area in Lahore.
The attack was supposedly retaliation against a member of the community for having made blasphemous remarks. During the attack, members of the police including the SHO of the area were also injured when the mob threw stones at them. The mob comprising of almost 3000 to 4000 members attacked the Joseph Colony on Noor Road. The attack was led by Shafiq Ahmed against the supposed blasphemer Savan. Several houses besides that of Savan were attacked and almost 200 Christian families were forced to flee the area. Savan is currently under arrest and has been moved to an undisclosed location.
What Should I Do With You? Posted By Skip Moen: Added by: Bobbi Jensen
"You shall say to them, Thus says the LORD: When men fall, do they not rise again? If one turns away, does he not return?” Jeremiah 8:4 ESV Turns away/return – Doesn’t God’s broken heart ache for His children? It’s difficult for us to imagine what that pain must be. The perfect Father who wishes only to provide shalom to those He loves with an intensity that is the very foundation of the universe watches us turn away again and again. A thousand years of patient hope and yet we rebel. And it’s not as if we don’t know what we are doing. Yes, Yeshua asked for forgiveness for those who were involved in the crucifixion, but they were ignorant of the cosmic implications of their hatred. Can we claim the same ignorance? Hardly! To us it has been revealed, that marvelous disclosure of God’s handiwork in preparation for the coming world of joyful obedience. What excuse do we have?
Israel’s obstinacy continues in our own history, both corporate and individual. I am not like Joshua, capable of vowing, "As for my house, we shall serve . . .” I know his path. I see his path. I hear his path, and yet, I falter. "If a man falls, will he not get up?” Yes, but how many times, Lord, must one fall before he can not fall again? The assumption in God’s question is that we will get up, but the reality is that falling damages our chances. Yes, we can get up. Yes, the Father of lights wishes us to get up. Yes, the Spirit hovers over us with anticipation. But bones break. Minds ache. And the reality is that getting up hurts more the one-hundredth time than it did the second time. Perhaps that’s why this common Semitic word is of such enormous importance. Shuv isn’t particular to Hebrew. It is found throughout the languages of the ancient world, and what is particularly important about this word and all its cognates is that it is a word of the will. It always means, "Get up and turn around again.” In this verse, the verb is used twice in the second question. Shuv is both "to turn away” and "to return.” Both verbs are Qal imperfects. They describe a simple, continuing action. Fall down – get up! Turn away – turn back! The implication is obvious: sin is not supposed to permanently derail you!
If you find you are going in the wrong direction, turn around! It doesn’t matter how many times you have to make this course correction. Do it – again! In other ancient cultures of the Middle East, this action was usually associated with returning to the worship of the pagan gods. Appeasement was required. It was necessary to get the god to turn back toward you. But YHWH is different. He isn’t looking for appeasement. He is looking for the joy of embracing the child who has turned home. It isn’t God who needs to turn around. It’s us! The signpost for a U turn is already in the ground. The RSVP has been sent. All that is required is the will to walk a different way. And one step in reverse is enough to get started. Ready? About face! March! Topical Index: return, shuv, repent, teshuvah, Jeremiah 8:4 Skip, "sin is not supposed to permanently derail you!” And here is that very idea explained so eloquently in Paul’s letter to the Romans (ch.6):
1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.
13Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. As you have correctly identified â€“ there is a problem with our will even though it is in progressive conformity to the kingdom of God. #2 Comment By Roy W Ludlow On April 11, 2013 @ 6:04 am It is that first step after turning around that is difficult. Pride gets in the way. I still want to do it my way. Help me Lord! Article printed from Hebrew Word Study | Skip Moen:http://skipmoen.com/ URL to article: http://skipmoen.com/2013/04/11/what-shouldi-do-with-you/ Click here to print. Copyright ÂŠ 2010 Skip Moen. All rights reserved.
NOAH FOUND GRACE: By Pastor Joel McNabb
Dear saints of God, brothers and sisters in Christ. I come to you with a grateful heart in all the Lord has provided for me and His grace that has brought me a mighty long way. This time of Thanksgiving I want to give a praise report. I am thankful for the birth of my daughterâ€™s healthy baby boy this month, and that I will get to be with them this Thanksgiving giving thanks to the Father of lights for his bounty. I am thankful also that my daughter wants me to dedicate my grandson to the Lord, which she also desired for her first child Aliviah my granddaughter. What joy to know he and his big sister will are the Lordâ€™s who gave them to us; we bless them and place them in the hands of the Lord to keep them from the evil that is in this world. My heart rejoices that my daughter has this desire to give them to the Lord, I am thankful the Lord is in her heart. I am also grateful to be use of our Maker, to be in service in His kingdom; I am honored and give Him all the praise.
Most of all, I am grateful for God sending his Son to redeem a wretch soul like me and you, who was condemned to death by the sinful man. Unworthy am I of the grace that He gave, unworthy to hold to His hand; amazed that a King would reach down to a slave, this love I cannot understand. Jesus came not to condemn the world but by Him the world might be saved, for this I am truly grateful. As Paul said, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spiritâ€? (Ro 8:1). May you have a blessed Thanksgiving and throughout the rest of the year, never forgetting to whom we should direct our praise and thanksgiving to, the Creator that became our Saviour, to Him is all the glory and honour and praise. I pray you will be blessed by this message and consider that we not judge or condemn others, for the day of the righteous judge is coming, and we need to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Knowing the time is short let us press with holy vigor to be what God wants us to be. "Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evilâ€? (Eph 5:16). For his grace is sufficient for us, and oh that we may find grace in the eyes of the Lord.
In the days of Noah, about five thousand years ago, God look on man whom he created and it sadden him that he had made him. The sons of Adam from Seth had looked on the daughters of men, Coins descendants, taking them for wives mixing the two seeds, angering God. When Cain killed Able, his brother, God separated the good from evil, the light from darkness, and sending Cain away. We are not sure of the timing when this mixture took place, but if we look at the descendants from Seth, we see the sixth from Adam, Jared, whose name means "descending” and his son Enoch we are told in the New Testament that he prophesied of the end when Jesus would come with ten thousand of his saints. We speculate here, because we are not told in the scriptures, but it looks like the mixing of the seed could have begun in Jared’s time, if only be the meaning of his name. Before the earth got so wicked, God translated Jared’s son Enoch, the seventh from Adam, that he would not see death, or how wicked the world would get. Enoch also by naming his son, Methuselah, he prophesied of destruction that would come to the earth, perhaps from the things Enoch saw happening, and him walking with God, he was given insight to the inevitable outcome of the mixing of the two seeds. God looking down on the great wickedness of man, that every imagination of the thoughts was evil continually, He decided the only way was destroy man from the face of the earth, everything that had the breath of life in them.
I do not believe this was an easy solution to the problem at hand for God, but the evil from mixing the seed was so great, there was no alternative. We can see that God still had hoped for man, as He look around to see if there was anyone on earth that could be saved to start afresh. There was on that caught His eye, and favor, God saw Noah, and that he was as perfect as a man could get in his generation, just and upright. We are told that he also walked with God, and in that time with all the wickedness around him Noah shined bright enough God saw he could start over to separate the good from the evil. The earth was corrupt before God, filled with violence, for all flesh had corrupted his way on the earth. From God allowing the murderer to go free, Cain, the earth was stained with blood. Now He was going to cause the end of all flesh, because of the violence of men, and he would destroy it all. The task God had for the man he found with faith was to build and ark to save those with the breath of lift who would believe what God had told Noah. We are not told the population of people on the earth at this time, but we are told that God came to one man and warned him of the flood to come. Noah believed God and did as he commanded and prepared the ark for the saving of his house. The New Testament calls Noah, a preacher of righteousness, but we are not told what he preached.
Can you see Noah and his three sons out there working away by day, the folks coming by and saying, "Hey Noah, what are you and the boys up to”? Then some is mocking him and the boys, "Look at that old fool, got his kids out there building an eye sore and the whole neighborhood is talking”. Noah out there with hammer in hand saying, "God told me He was going to send a flood that will cover the whole earth which will kill all living”!! And the people went on thinking, here he goes again with that story, it sure is getting old, yeah sure Noah God is going to kill everyone, what a fool. The years pasted and Noah kept plugging away, knowing in his heart what he was doing was what God wanted him to do. It did not matter if his family or friends didn’t believe or made fun, he would work the work that God had commanded him, one of the reasons he found favor with God. The promise to Noah was, God would establish His covenant with him, and he and his family would go into the ark, and preserve their lives, because of Noah’s faith. We see when Noah had completed the task, God said, "Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth” (Gen. 7:1,4).
Interesting here, God gave Noah seven days, to get his family and all the animals which God brought unto him on the ark, sounds to be like a quick work to me, after taking all that time to build the ark, God only allows Noah a week to get everyone on board. Once all are on board it is God that shuts the door and seals them in. For forty days the deluge of rain poured on the earth, those that saw and heard Noah were on the outside looking in. I can imagine the weeping and carrying on that took place. Banging on the door crying, "Let us in, let us in”, but the time was up. I heard recently someone call the flood in Noah’s day, God’s genocide, but what this atheist cannot see is God delivered Noah and his family from that wicked and perverse generation, by saving them with the flood. "Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water” (1Pet. 3:20). It is hard to think that God would destroy so many people, not a loving or caring God, but it was just that, he cared for the good of man and only saw what had become of man during that age. He saved the good that was let, by letting Noah know what he was going to do, so he could prepare and save his family. Out of all the people on earth, when God was sorry he had made man, there was one who caught God's eye, and found grace, only one man.
Noah that just man and perfect in his generations, walking with God, believed and the Lord saw it. God has not changed, and neither has man, Jesus told his disciples when they ask him what his coming was going to be like, "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Mt. 24:37-39). What if God would come to someone today, and tell them He was going to cause a flood of destruction to come upon Christianity, would this person be heard or ignored as some foolish quack? When he began to preach and warn of the calamity to come would we as believers, who have the breath of newness of life from Christ the Lord, hear and believe? The new seed of God’s sons, Christians have once again looked on the world and saw they are fair, and have taken up the ways of the world, and cause sorrow to come on God again. The Old Testament is prophetic, all of it, not just stories and history, Jesus said the days would be like Noah’s day, people living their lives for themselves as if nothing could happen to them. We are told today by preachers, the believers are going to miss the tribulation coming on the earth, and Paul warns, "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1Th. 5:3).
God does not change, if He is going to send destruction, he will let someone know and they will believe and prepare for the trouble coming. This someone will be faithful and prudent, "A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punishedâ€? (Pr. 22:3). Who will find grace in the eyes of the Lord? Oh that we might find grace in the eyes of the Lord in this wicked and perverse generation. Noah was as good as he could be in that generation and was counted perfect, he did the best he could for his day. May we do the best we can in this present world, know it is time to wake ourselves up and be prepared for the coming of the Lord, maybe we will catch God's eye too, and find grace in His sight. "And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke. According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence. So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against himâ€? (Isa. 59:1619).
Dear saints of God, brothers and sisters in Christ. I come to you with a grateful heart in all the Lord has provided for me and His grace that has brought me a mighty long way. This time of Thanksgiving I want to give a praise report. I am thankful for the birth of my daughterâ€™s healthy baby boy this month, and that I will get to be with them this Thanksgiving giving thanks to the Father of lights for his bounty. I am thankful also that my daughter wants me to dedicate my grandson to the Lord, which she also desired for her first child Aliviah my granddaughter. What joy to know he and his big sister will are the Lordâ€™s who gave them to us; we bless them and place them in the hands of the Lord to keep them from the evil that is in this world. My heart rejoices that my daughter has this desire to give them to the Lord, I am thankful the Lord is in her heart. I am also grateful to be use of our Maker, to be in service in His kingdom; I am honored and give Him all the praise. Most of all, I am grateful for God sending his Son to redeem a wretch soul like me and you, who was condemned to death by the sinful man. Unworthy am I of the grace that He gave, unworthy to hold to His hand; amazed that a King would reach down to a slave, this love I cannot understand. Jesus came not to condemn the world but by Him the world might be saved, for this I am truly grateful. As Paul said, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spiritâ€? (Ro 8:1).
May you have a blessed Thanksgiving and throughout the rest of the year, never forgetting to whom we should direct our praise and thanksgiving to, the Creator that became our Saviour, to Him is all the glory and honour and praise. I pray you will be blessed by this message and consider that we not judge or condemn others, for the day of the righteous judge is coming, and we need to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Knowing the time is short let us press with holy vigor to be what God wants us to be. "Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evilâ€? (Eph 5:16). For his grace is sufficient for us, and oh that we may find grace in the eyes of the Lord. In the days of Noah, about five thousand years ago, God look on man whom he created and it sadden him that he had made him. The sons of Adam from Seth had looked on the daughters of men, Coins descendants, taking them for wives mixing the two seeds, angering God. When Cain killed Able, his brother, God separated the good from evil, the light from darkness, and sending Cain away. We are not sure of the timing when this mixture took place, but if we look at the descendants from Seth, we see the sixth from Adam, Jared, whose name means "descendingâ€? and his son Enoch we are told in the New Testament that he prophesied of the end when Jesus would come with ten thousand of his saints.
We speculate here, because we are not told in the scriptures, but it looks like the mixing of the seed could have begun in Jaredâ€™s time, if only be the meaning of his name. Before the earth got so wicked, God translated Jaredâ€™s son Enoch, the seventh from Adam, that he would not see death, or how wicked the world would get. Enoch also by naming his son, Methuselah, he prophesied of destruction that would come to the earth, perhaps from the things Enoch saw happening, and him walking with God, he was given insight to the inevitable outcome of the mixing of the two seeds. God looking down on the great wickedness of man, that every imagination of the thoughts was evil continually, He decided the only way was destroy man from the face of the earth, everything that had the breath of life in them. I do not believe this was an easy solution to the problem at hand for God, but the evil from mixing the seed was so great, there was no alternative. We can see that God still had hoped for man, as He look around to see if there was anyone on earth that could be saved to start afresh. There was on that caught His eye, and favor, God saw Noah, and that he was as perfect as a man could get in his generation, just and upright. We are told that he also walked with God, and in that time with all the wickedness around him Noah shined bright enough God saw he could start over to separate the good from the evil.
The earth was corrupt before God, filled with violence, for all flesh had corrupted his way on the earth. From God allowing the murderer to go free, Cain, the earth was stained with blood. Now He was going to cause the end of all flesh, because of the violence of men, and he would destroy it all. The task God had for the man he found with faith was to build and ark to save those with the breath of lift who would believe what God had told Noah. We are not told the population of people on the earth at this time, but we are told that God came to one man and warned him of the flood to come. Noah believed God and did as he commanded and prepared the ark for the saving of his house. The New Testament calls Noah, a preacher of righteousness, but we are not told what he preached. Can you see Noah and his three sons out there working away by day, the folks coming by and saying, "Hey Noah, what are you and the boys up to”? Then some is mocking him and the boys, "Look at that old fool, got his kids out there building an eye sore and the whole neighborhood is talking”. Noah out there with hammer in hand saying, "God told me He was going to send a flood that will cover the whole earth which will kill all living”!! And the people went on thinking, here he goes again with that story, it sure is getting old, yeah sure Noah God is going to kill everyone, what a fool. The years pasted and Noah kept plugging away, knowing in his heart what he was doing was what God wanted him to do.
It did not matter if his family or friends didn’t believe or made fun, he would work the work that God had commanded him, one of the reasons he found favor with God. The promise to Noah was, God would establish His covenant with him, and he and his family would go into the ark, and preserve their lives, because of Noah’s faith. We see when Noah had completed the task, God said, "Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth” (Gen. 7:1,4). Interesting here, God gave Noah seven days, to get his family and all the animals which God brought unto him on the ark, sounds to be like a quick work to me, after taking all that time to build the ark, God only allows Noah a week to get everyone on board. Once all are on board it is God that shuts the door and seals them in. For forty days the deluge of rain poured on the earth, those that saw and heard Noah were on the outside looking in. I can imagine the weeping and carrying on that took place. Banging on the door crying, "Let us in, let us in”, but the time was up. I heard recently someone call the flood in Noah’s day, God’s genocide, but what this atheist cannot see is God delivered Noah and his family from that wicked and perverse generation, by saving them with the flood.
"Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by waterâ€? (1Pet. 3:20). It is hard to think that God would destroy so many people, not a loving or caring God, but it was just that, he cared for the good of man and only saw what had become of man during that age. He saved the good that was let, by letting Noah know what he was going to do, so he could prepare and save his family. Out of all the people on earth, when God was sorry he had made man, there was one who caught God's eye, and found grace, only one man. Noah that just man and perfect in his generations, walking with God, believed and the Lord saw it. God has not changed, and neither has man, Jesus told his disciples when they ask him what his coming was going to be like, "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man beâ€? (Mt. 24:37-39). What if God would come to someone today, and tell them He was going to cause a flood of destruction to come upon Christianity, would this person be heard or ignored as some foolish quack?
When he began to preach and warn of the calamity to come would we as believers, who have the breath of newness of life from Christ the Lord, hear and believe? The new seed of God’s sons, Christians have once again looked on the world and saw they are fair, and have taken up the ways of the world, and cause sorrow to come on God again. The Old Testament is prophetic, all of it, not just stories and history, Jesus said the days would be like Noah’s day, people living their lives for themselves as if nothing could happen to them. We are told today by preachers, the believers are going to miss the tribulation coming on the earth, and Paul warns, "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1Th. 5:3). God does not change, if He is going to send destruction, he will let someone know and they will believe and prepare for the trouble coming. This someone will be faithful and prudent, "A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished” (Pr. 22:3). Who will find grace in the eyes of the Lord? Oh that we might find grace in the eyes of the Lord in this wicked and perverse generation. Noah was as good as he could be in that generation and was counted perfect, he did the best he could for his day. May we do the best we can in this present world, know it is time to wake ourselves up and be prepared for the coming of the Lord, maybe we will catch God's eye too, and find grace in His sight.
"And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke. According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence. So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against himâ€? (Isa. 59:1619).
Deliverance From Evil Spirits Is Part of the Gospel! (a note by Christine Darg)
Have you heard the expressionâ€Ś. the eyes are the windows of the soul? Many times if you are a discerning believer, you can see the presence of evil or evil intent in somebodyâ€™s eyes. The ministry of exorcism, of casting out devils, is a legitimate work of the Holy Spirit yet, due largely to sensational movies and unbalanced teachings, there remains much misunderstanding, and even ridicule of this aspect of the ongoing ministry of Jesus the Messiah. We must have a balanced view of this legitimate and needful Biblical ministry--the ministry of exorcism, casting out devils. Jesus' ministry consisted of four main activities: prayer, teaching, healing and casting out devils. For many years as part of our healing outreaches we have prayed for many people who need healing and deliverance, and because my husband and I were also part of an outstanding ministry in Africa for many years, we have seen just about every kind of case due to witchcraft bondage set free in the name of Jesus.
Iâ€™ll never forget praying for a madman who wandered into one of the meetings in Africa. In the Name of Jesus, he came back into his right mind. But the casting out of devils is not just a ministry for Third World countries. With apostasy in western churches and so many people trafficking in the occult, deliverance ministry is vital everywhere today. When we first joined the team of Reinhard Bonnke in Africa, we noticed in his big outdoor meetings that there were special areas, designated tents, where people were prayed over for deliverance from evil spirits. In the beginning, my husband asked if the ministers in the deliverance tents were especially qualified to be a part of the deliverance team. The person in charge said, "Casting out demons is the work of every believer according to the great Commission!â€? Indeed, in Mark 16 verse 17 the first of five signs that will follow every believer. . . .is we shall "cast out devils," then we will also "speak with new tongues; cast down serpents," and if we "drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt" us; we will also "lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." So casting out, or exorcising devils, is a primary duty of every disciple of Jesus! But how few actually do it! One time when we were preaching in Egypt, a person fell down as if dead and stayed unconscious for quite a while.
We also saw this tactic of the devil in one of our open air meetings in Pakistan. A woman in the crowd looked as if she was playing dead. Both times, in the name of Jesus, we rebuked the spirit of death and the persons were set free. Sometimes their eyes roll up in the back of their heads; only the whites of the eyes are visible—this is an evil spirit’s way of avoiding looking at you in an effort to keep the victim from making contact and getting help. Although it’s the duty of every disciple to do the works of Jesus-- and that surely includes casting out devils-- we also must heed the admonition of the Apostle Paul to covet spiritual gifts, especially the discerning of spirits. When we possess the gift of the discerning of spirits, we can know by the Spirit when someone is influenced by the Holy Spirit, by the natural human spirit, or by an evil spirit. Because of the gift of the discerning of spirits, some believers have the God-given ability to recognize the presence of an evil spirit. Some are gifted even to know the identity or name of the evil spirit, such as lust, murder or greed. Leaders in the deliverance ministry sense the presence of evil spirits in different ways: perhaps they experience chills, or there’s a recognizable unease in their spirits, or sometimes they perceive a bad smell.
When St. Catherine of Siena visited the Pope’s court, she was overwhelmed by a stench, an odor she attributed to sin and demons, rather than to natural causes. I’ve experienced these manifestations in my ministry; the Lord works with us with such words of knowledge and he doesn’t expect us to grope in the dark. We can become finely tuned to detect evil like a smoke detector recognizes fire. Unfortunately as we draw closer to the Second Coming of Jesus, there is an alarming decrease in overall discernment in the church. People are not able to endure sound doctrine and biblical preaching but are listening to fables and succumbing to doctrines of demons. We should arm ourselves with a great knowledge of the Word of God in light of the fact that Jesus warned us that deception will be a primary characteristic of the Last Days. There are many categories of evil spirits that we should be able to discern: such as new age spirits and spirits of the occult, such as familiar spirits, which are familiar with us, our past and lots of information. Familiar spirits take on many guises and masquerade, for example, as departed relatives. The Bible gives stern warnings about dabbling with the occult.
In the Torah, for example, is this prohibition in Deuteronomy 18:10-11: "There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or is a sorcerer, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead” for, the next verse says, "all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord.” They are absolutely detestable to God! A number of TV shows promote trafficking with familiar spirits, preying upon the guillibility of benighted souls who erroneously seek to make contact with deceased loved ones. But the Word of God says that is not possible to contact the dead, because God has fixed a gulf between the living and the dead, according to Luke 16:26, and so spirit voices who impersonate the dead are deception.....big time. There’s nothing so deceptive as deception! And here’s something very important to know and to learn: Demonic powers can appear to heal somebody simply by removing the evil that they have inflicted on the person, and consequently the person is duped into believing that he's been healed by a witchdoctor, a shaman or New Age practitioner. That’s why so many false ministers seems to be able to heal and to hook their victims with lying wonders.
So it’s very important to understand that satanic forces can let go and remove their oppression to deceive the person into believing in the false healer. Jesus commanded devils to depart and we should do the same in His name. I usually say to a demonic presence with great authority, "be gone from me in the name of Jesus!” If evil spirits recognizes your authority in Jesus, I guarantee you . . . . they will depart. But if they have gained a legal foothold due to sin, you will have an ongoing battle on your hands until the sin is renounced and repented of. In some Christian circles I have to say there’s too much emphasis upon the devil. I’ll never forget mentioning one time to evangelist Reinhard Bonnke a number of years ago that I had read a communication about Haiti, that some voodoo priests planned to sacrifice a goat on a mountain to rededicate that nation to the devil. "Reinhard! I said, we need to PRAY!!!!” And I’ll never forget his dismissive answer. (He was not so impressed with the devil’s power; he’s totally impressed with the power of the Blood of Jesus.) He said, "Oh, Christine, don’t you know the Lord dealt with all of that hocus pocus 2,000 years ago at the Cross!” Well, amen! I learned to take that attitude on board. We also frequently heard Reinhard Bonnke tell the story of a woman who begged, "Pastor help me!” "What’s wrong?” Reinhard asked.
The woman told him she was troubled by a demon sitting on her shoulder. In a flash the right answer came to him: "Lady, flies only land on cold stoves!” Amen! If the fire of God is in you, no fly or devil will sit on you for very long! So in Exploits Ministry, we don’t overemphasize the power of the demonic realm, but we do need to caution believers in these last days that Satan is desperate. He sees that his time is drawing short, and he’s patrolling around as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Let’s be ready and know how to resist him! As part of our protection, not only do we possess the Ephesians 6 armor of God, but Jesus taught us to pray the Lord’s Prayer which includes the phrase, "Deliver us from evil.” An accurate translation is "Deliver us from the evil one,” namely, Satan. "Deliver us from evil" should be a frequent prayer in this increasingly dangerous world. Jesus knew fully well that there are demons, and He taught his disciples to subjugate them. Trouble is, many institutional Christians are too sophisticated to address this subject with anything but scorn. They do not know the Master. Somebody was telling me the other day that a Christian leader died because someone had cursed him with sickness. But that kind of mentality doesn’t belong to a strong believer.
The Bible declares in one of my favorite verses, Proverbs 26: 2, that an undeserved curse does not alight-- it simply cannot stick to an obedient child of God. You cannot curse what God has blessedâ€”thatâ€™s a biblical principle. If you are a strong, obedient believer, I declare any curses, hexes or spells hurled at you to be null and void in the name of Jesus Christ. If any evil spirits have been sent on assignment against you, in the name of Jesus, you have the power and the authority to decommission them. However, on the other hand, the late Bible teacher Derek Prince, of blessed memory whom I knew in Jerusalem and admired, listed four primary categories of sin that he believed will ordinarily call down a curse upon a person: --worship of false gods; this includes involvement in the occult or witchcraft (Deuteronomy18:10-12 --Disrespect for parents shortens life (whereas honoring parents leads to a long life) --Oppressing people, especially the weak (Derek Prince mentioned that abortion, for example, ordinarily brings a curse) --And fourthly, illicit or unnatural sex. I would also add: -- Unforgiveness, bitterness, or resentment because Jesus warned us that unforgiveness turns us over to the tormentors
--Speaking evil of, or causing harm to, God’s ministers (1 Samuel 26:9); in other words, touching God’s anointed --Disregard, disrespect for the Jewish people; anti-Semitism brings the curse of God according to Genesis 12: 3, where the Lord says, "And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” Through prayer we can come to God and ask Him to forgive us; we can also ask Him to deliver us, if necessary! First John 1:9 is a sure and wonderful promise that I have relied upon many times, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."In Psalm 50:15 we also have this marvellous promise, "Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me." Here’s something amazing: When we are living a holy and righteous life, 1 John 5: 18 declares that the evil one cannot touch us. I like that verse in the New Living translation, "We know that those who have become part of God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot get his hands on them.” But if we have opened the door to Satan and have said, in effect, "Come right in. . . .” through sin or disobedience, we must take action to remove any consequential curses.
First we must repent, confess our foolishness to God; and secondly, we must renounce what we have done. To renounce the sin is different from repenting. Repentance involves turning to God, admitting our guilt and asking Him to forgive us, whereas renunciation involves turning away from wrong activity and taking a permanent stand against evil. Having done these two things-- renunciation and repentance- we can be freed from any curse. (It is helpful to voice these things to another believer to be a witness.) Now what about displaying occult objects in your home? Reinhard Bonnke always taught in his Gospel campaigns that if you have idols, charms, witchcraft potions or any of the paraphernalia of the devil in your home, Satan has the right to visit your house to inspect his property. This teaching is in line with the Bible: In the Book of Acts Chapter 19 the apostle Paul was ministering powerfully in Ephesus in the Roman province of Asia Minor, which today is Turkey. At the same time a team of vagabond Jews was traveling from town to town casting out evil spirits, and they tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus. Interestingly the incantation they used to cast out spiirts was this: "I command you by Jesus, whom Paul preaches, to come out!" Seven sons of a priest named Sceva were doing this.
However, when they spoke this incantation on a man possessed by an evil spirit, the spirit replied, "I know Jesus, and I know Paul. But who are you?" Then the man jumped on them and with supernatural demonic strength, attacked them with such violence that they ran way naked and badly injured. A solemn fear descended on Ephesus, and the name of the Lord Jesus was greatly honored. Some who had practiced magic burned their books in a public bonfire. The value of the books was great, but these people were wise. They would rather be finished with sin rathern than try to resale the books and cause others to stumble. One time a person to whom I was ministering could not be set free because he flatly refused to get rid of all of his expensive Asian idols that heâ€™d collected during trips to the Far East. He cared more about the artefacts and the money he had spent than his personal health and standing with God. If you possess any artefacts connected with occult activities, you must get rid of them to have a peaceful environment. Once your house is free from accursed books and DVDs, decorations, and questionable objects, a great peace will shine in your home.
On some of our ministry trips members of our team have been given trinkets and gifts, but upon close examination they were unable to keep some of these things, because the accursed objects were associated with demonic powers and symbols. Can a Christian be possessed by a demon? We are created as three-part beings: we have a spirit and a soul and we live in a body. When we receive Jesus' Atonement and are born again, the Holy Spirit takes up residence in our spirit, so the spirit of a born again believer cannot be possessed by devils, but we may still battle fleshy and soulish desires under the influence of evil spirits which must be resisted and cast out. How to minister deliverance: Lead the oppressed person to renounce evil and to sever themselves from generational curses, because the sins of the fathers are transmitted down to the third and fourth generations (Exodus 34:7). We must all renounce and take authority over any known or unknown generational curse. Oil is a symbol representing the Holy Spirit. In James 5:1415 in the New Covenant we read: "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him." So it is the name, Yeshua ha Meshiach, Jesus the Anointed One, accompanied by the anointing with oil and the prayer of faith that brings healing and deliverance. This anointing is done, according to James, by the leaders, the elders of the church. However, there’s another type of anointing with oil which some ministers refer to as "evangelistic anointing.” Evangelistic anointing with oil is just as much a part of Jesus’ ministry as preaching or teaching. Evangelistic anointing with oil does not require the sick person to call for the elders of a congregation. This is because the disciples of Jesus as recorded in Mark 6:12-13, "went out, and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and ANOINTED WITH OIL many that were sick, and healed them." That’s why I usually carry a bottle of anointing oil with me as I never know when I will have opportunity to use it. I’m prepared to anoint anybody with oil who has the faith and desire to be touched in the Name of Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus the Messiah. I hope this teaching has helped your spiritual walk. It is not a comprehensive teaching, but I do believe I’ve covered the main issues.
We publish a ministry magazine called Exploits with articles about healing and End-Time events. Thereâ€™s also information at our website www.exploits.tv about our anointed prayer conferences in Jerusalem.
SEEDS: BY BISHOP DERRICK DAY
How many of you have heard these? I need 100 people to sow a $1000 seed… This church is good ground to sow seed into… Sow a $103 seed for your healing… God says, "Sow seed and I’ll bless you…” There is an interesting characteristic about seed – it multiplies on its own! Whether it’s seed for grain, seed for vegetables, or seed of people, the unique characteristic of seed is its ability to reproduce after its own kind.
Now, when the Bible talks about seed, it is either speaking of plant, animal, human, or the Word of God. Never, ever, ever does the Bible refer to seed as money! You absolutely, positively, have to catch this! Do not be deceived â€“ money is not "seed.â€? To take this into totality, all seed emanates from the Word of God: And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. (Genesis 1:11) This corresponds to the Parable of the Sower, given by Jesus: 5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. 8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 9 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? 10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God:
but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. (Luke 8:5-15) Verse 11 is the Key Point of this Scripture – THE SEED IS THE WORD! The Word of God has the ability to reproduce after its own kind when sown into the hearts of men! Let’s take this line upon line, precept upon precept – this is corroborated by Galatians 3:16: 16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. Did you catch that? SEED – Paul is reiterating that Jesus is the seed because Jesus is The Word of God:
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:14) And we are offspring of God through Jesus, the firstborn: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; (Colossians 1:15-19) Jesus said He is THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE (John 14:6). The chief characteristic of life is reproduction! Here are a couple of scripture passages where a lot of Bible teachers get tripped up â€“ the first: 10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness; (2 Corinthians 9:10)
This scripture is frequently touted to illustrate that you must take some seed to sow before you take seed from which to make bread. I submit to you that because Jesus is both the Word of God (the seed) and the Bread of Life (John 6:35), Paul is illustrating to us that Jesus is both our sustenance and our heritage. And the second: 26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; 27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. 28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. 29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come. (Mark 4:27-29) This passage of scripture is used to imply the process of sowing into a particular ministry. Actually, Jesus is illustrating the nature of life and that it is complex to the point it is not understood fully, and that there is a process to the seed sown. Iâ€™ve gone through a process, here, of explaining seed. Iâ€™d like to take some time to fully uncouple seed from money. There is nowhere in Scripture where seed equates with money. You know what money is? Money is a TOOL. Tools are used to bring about a result.
You cannot put a plow in the ground and expect a harvest of plows. You can, however, use the plow to bust-up the ground to sow seed. And you can INVEST money to buy more or better plows. But if you try to put money in the ground, well, Iâ€™ll let Scripture speak to this: 14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lordâ€™s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 25:14-30) Talents, as they are referred to here, are units of precious metal (usually gold or silver) of around 94 pounds (according to Eastonâ€™s Bible Dictionary). The salient point here is that the servant who buried his money (sowed it?) was on the business-end of the wrath of his master. Follow the bold print. You cannot "sowâ€? money because it has no ability to reproduce itself! Money, at its best, is a tool that can be used to spread THE SEED, that is, the Word of God. Your time, talent, and treasure, cannot be sown.
Money cannot reproduce after its own kind without lots of help! However, the Word of God is self-sustaining and selfreproducing, and we use tools such as money (buildings, television, internet, etc.) to help spread the seed. And whatever monetary resources we’re blessed with we should give cheerfully with the sole expectation that your gift will be used for the express purpose of spreading the Gospel. Giving with a hope of getting something in return is not giving at all but investment! I don’t expect this teaching to endear me to many. However, it is my prayer that it serves to sharpen your discernment. © 2013 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)
Learning To Receive: By Apostle Lee Ann Marino
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyedâ€” always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesusâ€™ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you."(2 Corinthians 4:7-12, NKJV) Last year, I taught on the principle of Earthen Vessels all throughout the year. God was quickly and fastly revealing to me about the principle of His spirit at work within us - and the realization that we do not always do everything perfectly. Even God's servants throughout the ages, no matter how history has tried to sanitize, deodorize, and clean up its people, were earthen vessels. They made mistakes. They adhered to certain traditions, problems, and issues they had as was customary in their time. They rejected certain things and did some things better than or worse than others.
Very few people I am in contact with now knew me ten years ago. A part of me has always been very grateful that many of those who know me now did not know me back then, because I wasn't the best of people. Ten years ago, I encountered someone that would change my life: I encountered myself. I knew the Lord, or so I thought. What I knew were extensive levels of rules and regulations that caused me to be someone and interact in a certain way with other people. The person I was was not who I wanted to be, but it was the only way I knew how to be, and somewhere inside of me, it was the way I wanted it to be. I wanted to believe those rules and regulations would change me change my heart - change others - but the stark reality was that they would not. Ten years ago, I met someone who made me realize this. At the time, I was not ready to receive what God was showing me. I wanted to reject it in rules disguised as truth, legalism disguised as holiness and the traditions of man cleverly disguised as truth. I did not want to receive the message God was teaching me. I was so much about making things different and trying to redeem people with my concept of rules and regulations that I forgot about being a person, being an earthen vessel. I fought it ten years ago. Over the past ten years, God brought me to a place of a cceptance and truth I would have never known previously.
He used someone that no one would have ever expected to start the process in me. Had I never met that individual, and continue to know this individual in my life, and experience their influence, I would not be able to be who I am: but I had to first receive. The past eight days have caused me to reflect over the past ten or so years. The reason why I am reflecting on this specific period of time relates to what I have just shared above. In reflection upon the many things that have come out, the depths of revelation about intimacy which God has brought forth, and the truth of time shows me something I have needed to see, I believe, for awhile. Receiving is extremely difficult for me. It is not just about receiving correction, because that is not easy for anyone; it is also about not being able to receive the blessing. My entire life, I have been one of protocol, obedience, and yes, service. Ten years ago, I was so into the protocol, I couldn't reach out to anyone. I could barely have a conversation with someone, let alone reach out to someone with God's love. I pushed people away who cared because I could not receive. I refused to accept, to receive, to embrace in my life. People were not drawn to me. Through the years, through much introspection, some healing, and a true change of heart and understanding on many matters (that I can only credit to God).
Even though God has given me a supreme revelation of favor in my life that is manifested in my ability to love and relate to a wide variety of people (thank you Apostle Catharina for calling out what it is!), receiving is still difficult. I have had many attempt to psychoanalyze it or tell me it's a feeling of unworthiness, but that's not it. It is something different, something on a different level of understanding. As apostles, we are called to serve, to give. God ingrains service within us; within our personalities we are wired for serving others. This means....receiving is hard. I am uncomfortable when our Father or people try to give to me. For the past week, I am realizing how deeply important it is for us to receive as well as give. If we only give, we will find ourselves empty. If we only receive, we will be full with no purpose. In the divine balance desires for us, we most both give and receive. I can see that God is calling me to a greater place of balance in my own life. Receiving is important to see and understand the mercy of God in all we go through. Think, for a moment, on the consequences of only giving. If we only give, we cannot receive God's forgiveness. We cannot receive His blessings; we will feel guilty for having them and will somehow reject them. We cannot receive healing; we will feel as if we need to remain bound. We cannot receive hope; we will feel lost and rejected.
We cannot receive a calling; we are too full of bondage to understand true selflessness and divine love. God calls us "earthen vessels"to indicate we are a people who must be filled with something - His Spirit - and that comes by receiving. It indicates a necessity to empty ourselves, leave ourselves behind, and become something entirely different. When we receive, we are able to pour out. We cannot pour out that which is empty, because there is nothing there to pour forth. Receiving is vital because it reminds us of God's eternal promise of love and hope in our lives. In my commentary on the Song of Solomon, I make the statement: "Deep wounds heal only by deep love." This is a short, but profound revelation of God to us as His earthen vessels. Being created of the earth means we are fragile, easily breakable, can wear and tear, and can experience decay. Being a vessel means we can be filled to receive something profound: His love. God's love covers every sin, every hurt, and mends that which is broken in a way that cannot be accomplished by human means. No matter how much we go to a doctor, a psychiatrist, a psychologist, or someone else of the world, only God can truly take the brokenness we have, and turn it into something else. He does this as we receive His love.
Sometimes we need second chances. Some of us, such as myself, are probably on the third, fourth, fifth, or millionth chance. Sometimes we need forgiveness. Sometimes we need a hug, not preaching. Sometimes we need to listen. Sometimes others need these things, as well. We cannot expect to give it if we have not received it. As I can testify in many years of ministry, there is no more powerful witness than the sincerity of God's love. We can tell people something...or we can help them to experience it. Knowing the individual (they know who they are) I mentioned has changed my life, in more than one way. Had I not received that, I would not be able to give and receive the favor God has placed upon my life. Had I not had my experience here in Europe the past few days, I would not have been able to receive and learn about receiving, so I can continue to go on in ministry and give as God has given unto me. I am learning to receive, and in learning to receive, I am also learning more about giving. It is a process. Faith is a process. Love is a journey in our process of becoming a receiving earthen vessel to give something to others. For the first time in a long time, I can say I have something that prior I only touched: the filling of God's earthen vessel unto hope.
"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God." (1 John 4:7, NKJV) "This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope." (Lamentations 3:21) (c) 2013 Lee Ann B. Marino. All rights reserved.
PREY: PASTOR JEFF GODSOWN
From the beginning, when God inspired Moses to write about the things and ways of God, mankind has refused to adhere to the Word of God, making them prey. PREY, n. [L.proeda.] 1. Spoil; booty; plunder; goods taken by force from an enemy in war. And they brought the captive sand the prey and the spoil to Moses and Eleazar the priest. Num 31. In this passage, the captives are distinguished from prey. But sometimes persons are included. They [Judah] shall become a prey and a spoilto all their enemies. 2 Ki 21. 2. That which is seized or may be seized by violence to be devoured; ravine. The eagle andthe hawk dart upon their prey. The oldlion perisheth for lack of prey. Job 4. 3. Ravage; depredation. PREY, v.i. To prey on or upon, is to rob; to plunder; to pillage.
1. To feed by violence, or to seize and devour. The wolf preys on sheep; the hawk preys on chickens. 2. To corrode; to waste gradually; to cause to pine away. Grief preys on the body and spirits; envy and jealousy prey on the health. All through time, God has sent His true Prophets, and even His son Jesus to warn us and teach us, the reverent fear of God, whereby we do the things God told us to do, and do them His way. We warn, live by and show you through our lives how it is to be done; and you blow it all off, you make yourselves prey. We tell you what God the Father says; and for whatever personal reason, you find it necessary to find fault and ignore, while condemning the messengers, making yourselves prey. We tell you God said repent of doing things your way, study Godâ€™s Word and do it His way, and you object to what we repeat from the Father, making yourselves prey. There is one sure way to tell if it came from God or not, study His Word, commune with the Spirit of God, the Spirit of truth, let Jesus have His total Lordship of your life. You cannot say Jesus is Lord of your life if you do not do what God said do, and does it completely the way God said do. If you do things your way, not only is Jesus not Lord of your life, but the plain simple matter is, you do not have a reverent fear of God! You make yourselves prey!
Mat 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Mat 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Do you suppose the failure to take heed to the warnings iswhy certain scripture was placed before our eyes? Pro 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. If you follow the rest of Matthew 7, you see the same warnings that take place in the following scriptures: Mar 13:4 Tellus, when shall these things be? and what shall bethe sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? Mar 13:5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: Mar 13:6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Mar 13:7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. Mar 13:8 Fornation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows. Mar 13:9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten:
and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. Mar 13:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations. Mar 13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. Mar13:12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. Mar 13:13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Mar 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: Mar13:15 And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house: Mar 13:16 And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment. Mar13:17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! Mar 13:18 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter. Mar13:19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be. Mar 13:20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
Mar 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: Mar 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. Mar 13:23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things. Mar13:24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, If we don’t take heed to the Word of God and the true Prophets of God, we willingly make ourselves prey. If we don’t obey God’s Word fully by studying His Word, then we show God we have no reverent fear of and for Him, we again make ourselves prey! If we intend to go to be with our Father in heaven, we need to repent of our ways, our thoughts, and our understandings and interpretations, and do things God’s way. I hope someone got this; your life depends on it.
The Bumps on the Road to Glory! by Susan C. Clark
"This Is My Little Preacher!" I wish one of us five kids on one bike would have seen that bump sign before we started down that hill. But no one saw it. If just one of us would have seen it, I wouldn't be wearing this bump on my head today. I was five years old and extra short for my age. I was in the basket up front. The impact to my head was so hard that doctors discovered it caused a bone to grow abnormally on the right side above my eye. With the bad news came another shocker. The x-ray also showed a brain tumor. I was sent to a brain specialist in Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Mercy Hospital is a Catholic Hospital. My mother got all the nuns and priests praying for me. All I can tell you is the morning of my tumor surgery, my mother came into my hospital room all excited. She said, "Bill, they just took another set of x-rays to make sure they know how to take the tumor out, but they can't find it. It's gone!" I learned early in life to never tell God who He can't use to bless us, for there are hungry hearts in every church and denomination who we will need more in the days to come.
The final blow to that tumor came two years earlier when my mother began to tell everybody, "This is my little preacher!" Years later, the Lord showed me her spoken prophetic word over my life, "This is my little preacher!" ate the tumor alive like a spiritual pack man, for it had come to steal God's purpose for my life. They then did surgery to scrape the bone away on my head as much as they could, but it still marks my life to this day. God Blessed the Bump In the Road Have you ever wished that you could go back one day in your life and live it over? You guessed it. That would be the one day for me. I would have done anything but take a bike ride. But as I am getting older, with years of wisdom from the school of hard knocks, I have learned to think different. I don't think I would change a thing. For God blessed the bump in the road that led me straight to Jesus when I was five years old. Looking back, it wasn't the easy road that blessed my life. It was the broken road that blessed me. What about you? Before I get up to minister lately, I have found myself weeping at times. At a recent meeting I asked my wife if she had any more Kleenex. I've noticed the atmosphere is so different when this happens. God comes in on the wings of brokenness. He is healing our broken wings to fly again. Big Leagues and Big Hits Go Together During the recent Super Bowl game, the kick-off receiver caught the football deep in the end zone and ran like a deer, only to hit a brick wall of opposition at about the 20 yard line.
Even the announcer sounded shaken at the sudden impact felt high above the stadium (click here). The receiver held onto the football with a vengeance, and the opposing players' frantic scramble to steal the ball was all in vain. Later in the game, unable to forget this play, I said to the Lord, "Why have I been in a season where I have been taking so many hard hits?" The Lord answered, "Son, I have put you into the big league. Big leagues and big hits go together!" His words were life to me. The enemy almost convinced me, "God has left you and He doesn't care about you." I thought it was God letting me down when He was actually raising me up. I could see where God was now. He was on the sideline as my coach. Could it be when we experience His awesome presence is when we are on the sidelines with Him receiving encouragement and instructions for the next game play? All of a sudden, I felt honored by those hits and assaults from the opposition coming against me. They were now signs and confirmation of my promotion. Many others have been promoted into the big league of God's Kingdom and are unaware of it. When the enemy hits you hard or life itself comes against you, hold onto the football with both hands. Hold onto God's word that He has spoken to you. The enemy's job is to strip the football or God's word from you. And when you get knocked down, get up proudly, for you are in the big league and the game is not over.
In another play that same kick-off receiver caught the football eight yards deep in the end zone and ran all the way for a touchdown, tying a Super Bowl record of the longest kick-off return in Super Bowl history (click here). (Photo courtesy: NY Daily News) They first thought it was a record breaker of a hundred and nine yards, but they remeasured the field and found that it tied a previous record. Big leagues and big hits not only go together but also big leagues and big scoring runs go together! Many reading this message are hitting major bumps in the road and taking some big hits in life. But your bumps have come to bless you and your hits have made you stronger to make history winning touchdowns in God's Kingdom. God is measuring the field for you. It's time to break the records! Bill Yount Blowing the Shofar MinistriesEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
IT IS FINISHED: APOSTLE STRIGGLES
Jesus took on the Cross & His final words were - IT IS FINISHED!!!! No more bondage for the ppl of God. Now you have full access to the Father w/o going thru a High Priest. U can access the Father right there in your car, your living room or where ever. IT IS FINISHED - no more bondage!!! The crown of thorns set my mind free - I don't have to be crazy, depress, oppressed - IT IS FINISHED!!! The 39 stripes covered every sickness that would try to setup camp in my body; but I got to speak over my self - by His stripes I am already healed. I don't consider how I feel for I know that is the residue that the devil wants me to think I am not healed. Halllelujah. - IT IS FINISHED!!! Jesus is my GREAT INTERCESSOR TO THE FATHER - I am under Grace & mercy - Jesus pleads my case before the Father - IT IS FINISHED. I AM ARMED AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS --- NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST ME SHALL PROSPER!!! Jesus purified my blood by pouring His into mine - thereby washing away all iniquity.
I am His & He is mine - because He abides inside of me - I AM ARMED AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!!! I have put on the full armor of God - therefore I am empowered to do things in Spirit Realm that people can't do with guns & knives!!! I got the Victory over all demons, witches, warlocks. You may NOT know me; but they surely do - GLORY TO GOD!!!! I am NOT afraid because Jesus killed all that noise on the Cross. I walk with my head held high thru any situation - for I know my Redeemer lives inside of me - I AM ARMED AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!! The Bible told me - that my weapons are NOT carnal; but they are mighty in pulling down strongholds. YES LORD!!! I don't look in the natural like I am a SPIRITUAL ASSASSIN that is because I am a SECRET on the Front Line in the Army of the Lord is what He told me. I AM ARMED & EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!!! Ppl won't know who you are because they are NOT seerers. Gird urselves up with truth & righteousness & move to the FRONTLINE!! final word!!! I don't care how truth try to hide herself - find her. God wants us to seek HIM ONLY!!!
The Sun Will Rise: Overcoming Depression: By: Courtney Whittamore 146
No Matter where you are in the world, no matter what language you speak, no matter what situation you find yourself in, there is a universal action that transcends all barriers. The sun always rises in the east and sets in the west. Every single day that this world is destined to turn, the sun will always rise in the east and set in the west. When you are struggling with depression, sometimes this certainty is the only certainty you feel you are guaranteed during the day. It is the only thing that you feel you have to depend on. It is the only truth that you know. Every other truth has become too difficult and too painful to believe. I know this because I have been in the very deepest of depressions. I saw the bottom of my soul, and I did not like what I found there.
The world was no longer round, but flat, and I was standing at the very edge, too afraid to jump, but secretly hoping that someone would push me off the cliff. Meaningless! Meaningless! Says the teacher. Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless! What does man gain from his toils under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. The wind blows to the south then turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. All streams flow to the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place where streams come from, they return again. All things are wearisome, more than one can say. Ecclesiastes 1: 2-8 NIV
If you read my first piece, which was my autobiography and my introduction to you, you will remember that I mentioned my struggle with a severe disease. The disease bears the name Crohnâ€™s disease, but that name has meant so much more than that to me. To me that name has meant sleepless nights. It has meant the loss of control over my body. It has meant the demise of my immune system. It has meant many painful days. It has meant excruciating limitations. And at one point in my life it meant the loss of everything, including myself, my faith and my will to live. So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. I hated all things that had toiled under the sun, because I must leave them to the one that comes after me. Ecclesiastes 2:17-18 NIV
There were weeks in which I did not leave my home. There were days among these weeks that I did not leave my room.I had decided that God had deserted me and that hiding was the best option I had. My worst fear was that someone would see me at my weakest point, and would judge me forever. I felt that if someone saw what I saw, that was the only part of me they would ever see. I never wanted that to happen because somewhere in my heart I still felt that I was so much more than my disease, I just didnâ€™t know how to express it.
I felt that I was forsaken and that there was no end to this season in my life. But as God would have it, he placed some very special hearts in my life that prayed my spirit back to life. I have a very devoted mother, father, family members and friends that would not give up on me. And they did not give up on God. They reminded me of who I was. Of whom God created me to be. They reminded me that God was not mad by my weakness, but he was delighted in my existence.
He knows the intricacies of my very being so well that he had already designed the provisions for my weariness before I knew I needed them. I was reminded that I needed to stop looking at what wasn’t and look at what was. So I decided to change my point of view. I stopped looking at what I wasn’t, and began to look up toward where I should be. I looked up to where the Lord had called my life to be. For I am not to be the maker of the path that I should go, He is. I am not the one that determines the outcome of the circumstances I am given, He is. How can the created control the outcome of the created? Only the creator has control of his creation. Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap. As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the works of God, the Maker of all things.Ecclesiastes 11: 4-5 NIV
We are not able to control the circumstances that Christ places before us, but we do have control over the way we live through them. We always have a choice. This is how Christ destined for it to be. He sent his one and only son to die in out place in order to give us the freedom to choose. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting live.â€? John 3: 16 NIV. To choose to live for him.To choose to live a joyful life. To choose to not simply recognize that the sun rises and sets, but to wake up, get up from our beds, and experience it first-hand. I personally believe that there is nothing more beautiful than the sky as the sun rises and sets. Itâ€™s like God is painting a masterpiece just for me twice a day to remind me that his gentle hand controls the strokes in my life. Depression is very real. It is nothing to be ashamed of. It may not be an illness that causes your depression. It can be anything that breaks your heart into a million pieces and leaves you feeling so hopeless that you donâ€™t know how to keep on living. But never lose heart. Christ says in John 16:33 NIV
"I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!â€? So when all the world around you is so dark you canâ€™t see your own hand before you face, take heart! He has overcome the world! And then wherever you are, whatever circumstance you find yourself in, walk outside and look at the beautiful sun shining down on you, and know that it is shining just for you. Light is sweet, and it pleases the eye to see the sun. However many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all. But let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything to come is meaningless. Be happy young man, while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all things God will bring judgment. So then banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and vigor are meaningless. Ecclesiastes 11: 7-10 May the Lord keep watch between you and me while we are apart from each other. Genesis 31:49 NIV
Shame (1) by Jeff Godsown
When the Lord gave this to me, He made it clear, this was only the first installment, but every bit of this applies to all of us. If God is still giving us warnings, then there is still time, but how far do we want to push the envelope of His grace? As for me, I would rather serve the Lord than self or satan, for I have tasted of the abundant life and it is good! Lam 2:17 The LORD hath done that which he had devised; he hath fulfilled his word that he had commanded in the days of old: he hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: and he hath caused thine enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath set up the horn of thine adversaries. Lam 2:18 Their heart cried unto the Lord, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease. Lam 2:19 Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger in the top of every street. Lam 2:20 Behold, O LORD, and consider to whom thou hast done this.
Shall the women eat their fruit, and children of a span long? shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord? Lam 2:21 The young and the old lie on the ground in the streets: my virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword; thou hast slain them in the day of thine anger; thou hast killed, and not pitied. Lam 2:22 Thou hast called as in a solemn day my terrors round about, so that in the day of the LORD'S anger none escaped nor remained: those that I have swaddled and brought up hath mine enemy consumed. Plumbers know the rule of waste, dung, feces, or whatever else you choose to call it, the hot mess excrement that flows downhill, it is a form of reflection from its origin. With all the mess in the church today, without knowledge of what Jesus said; one might wonder where it comes from. Mat 15:16 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? Mat 15:17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? Mat 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. Mat 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: When Jesus came, He took the time to set straight the fallacies of mankindâ€™s teachings and provided truth to break the bondages, placed on mankind, through men who may unwittingly, unknowingly serve satan.
Since Jesus went to sit at the right hand of the Father, these same practices have come back into play, leading the church astray once again. God has not just been sending His warnings to the body, just like He did through Jesus, but He has also been sending His truth, that we might repent, the means of escape. 1Co 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. The body can only heal, if the head gets healed, or the body separates from the broken head, and looks for the head that does bring healing! The head can only be healed if it is willing to pay attention, examine itself, seek God to see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in them, and walks God’s path not their own. For too long now the leadership has passed on hand me down teachings, actions, thoughts, and principles from a generation gone bye and in doing so, they have managed to improve on the faultiness of these things. It’s time leadership got back in line and in step with Christ, the man who set the course and showed how to walk it. David’s life is a classic example of what to, and what not to do, bring that together with Christ’s teaching, and we have the rebirth of the righteous and dangerous church. We should remember, before David was a king, he was a shepherd, but even as a king, David never stopped being a shepherd.
As a shepherd, David learned how to defend and protect his flock, from all enemies, no matter their size or how powerful they appeared. 1Sa 17:34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: 1Sa 17:35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. 1Sa 17:36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. 1Sa 17:37 David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee. Today for the leadership, the enemy still remains though in different form, but nonetheless, still as dangerous to the flock as any lion, bear, or wolf was to the shepherds flock in David’s day. Leadership must be willing to lay down their lives, and protect the Father’s flock, and do it without mollycoddling them. When the bear or the lion, or the wolf mingle in the mist of the flock, trying to steal, kill, or destroy the flock, the shepherd should be seeking God to find out how to properly defend the Father’s flock, wise as a serpent yet gentle as a dove. There will be time that God allows the tares to grow with the wheat, but there will also be times, the threat needs to be removed and disposed of in proper fashion.
We must all remember, the watchmenâ€™s job is not to look only for the enemy outside the gate, but also for the wolf that sneaks in and brings destruction from within the walls. Rev 2:18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feetare like fine brass; Rev 2:19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. Rev 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. Rev 2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Rev 2:22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. Rev 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. Rev 2:24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. If the body is to repent, then the leadership first and foremost must repent, and given God has been telling the church to repent more increasingly lately, then we should probably jump on that bandwagon before itâ€™s too late.
The sooner we grasp hold of God’s truth and God’s ways, the better things will become and the sooner we can all partake of the abundant life and the Lord’s Table, Amen!
Waiting on and Trusting God in perilous times!
We live in a fallen world, saturated with all manner of sin and darkness. Each sunrise brings a new day full of all kinds of planning and preparation. No one can predict what the day brings, but we all prepare for it, for the tasks at hand, for the things we have to do, the places we have to be in order to eke out a living, to being productive and successful and significant. No matter what may have transpired the day before, we look to the next day as a new start, another chance, another shot at trying again. But sudden calamities, terror and unforeseen disaster can strike, with little or no warning. Unsuspecting, unexpected, unanticipated events leave us numb and shell-shocked. We grapple to come to terms with senseless actions and motives of evil perpetrators. To dealing with loss, separation, a bad doctors report, a pressing financial need, the death of a loved one. The landscapes of our lives can change in a flash. What we thought was good and perfect and pretty, becomes tarnished and ugly and unbearable. We can be forgiven or excused at these junctures in life to question God, to beg for answers and reasoning, and long for the pain and discomfort to flee just as swiftly as it arrived. Scripture says the rains fall on the just and the unjust.
"That you may be children of your Father in heaven for He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous" Matthew 5:45. Friends this is the benevolence of our Heavenly Father. That we may be His children denotes that we need to be imitators of Him, yes and that includes reflecting His compassion, His Mercy and His Grace. In these pressing challenging times we need to be blessing instead of cursing, forgiving instead of judging. "But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked." Luke 6:35. This is a command, He did it and so must we. Aren't you amazed by Gods love? How much more should our enemies be with ours? These are moments we must embrace whether it strikes our personal lives or collective ones about us, there is no greater opportunity to mirror Christ-likeness than like these moments present. Friends we cannot repay evil with evil, we cannot harden our hearts and become bitter. We cannot question and turn our backs on God when things go awry. I love how Gods Grace makes provision for His children, of how His 'Son' continues to shine on our lives in all seasons, in all conditions.
We give thanks for His Holy Spirit, our comforter. Where will we be without Him? "If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever-the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for he lives with you and will be in you." John 14:15-17. I urge you where-ever life finds you right this moment, to embrace it, give thanks for it, and look up to our Heavenly Father for guidance, direction and meaning. For those who wait on Him, will mount up on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, walk and not faint! He is faithful especially to the faithful.
"So that you may become blameless and pure, "children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation." Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky" Philippians 2:15.
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age" Matthew 28:19-20
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Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. â€“ 2 Peter 1:12 Our mission is to preach the message of Jesus Christ and bring the present truth to all nations. We are living in world where there are millions who are in dying without hearing about Jesus Christ. Our purpose is to bring the message of life to all nations. We have missionaries and pastors working in various Middle Eastern countries now.
The Light of the Gospel Is Returning to the Middle East
God has placed the five-fold ministry in the body of Christ to fulfill his purposes. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: -Ephesians 4:11-13 We know we are doing God’s will when we are doing missionary work. If you can’t go then send someone who can. Here is a little background to our ministry. Present Truth Ministries is a non-denominational ministry dedicated to bringing the gospel to Muslims and supporting the persecuted church in the Middle East. PTM was founded in order to spread the message throughout the world. Shortly after its founding it became clear that there are believers that are being persecuted that are not receiving the prayer and spiritual support that they need. After having learned of this the Holy Spirit directed me step by step through various situations to learn how to work with and help Christians that are under persecution. Present Truth Ministries seeks to further this mission around the world through these main purposes: 1. To encourage Christians in countries where their involvement in fulfilling the end’time mandate to preach the gospel in all nations causes persecution.
“This gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all nations, and then the end shall come” (Matthew 24:14). 2. To provide co-ordinated prayer support to imprisoned Christians. 3. To bring the Gospel to Muslims and Bible teaching to Muslim background Christians. 4. To inform the world of the evils committed against Christians and encourage believers around the world to get involved in helping them.
Behnam Irani is a 41 year old pastor from Karaj, Iran. He is married to Christine, an Armenian Christian, and has a daughter, Rebecca, 10 and a son Adriel, 3. He came to know Jesus Christ in 1992 and has been a pastor since 2002. He has been arrested and tried for “crimes” against national security twice, first in December 2006 and second April 2010. Basically, in this instance, crimes against national security is holding house church services and leading Muslims to Christ.
The first time he was arrested was in December 2006. He was released on bail in January 2007. On February 23, 2008 Branch 30 of the Appellate Court in Tehran gave him a five year suspended sentence. Since it was a suspended sentence he was not required to go to prison, but was free on a five-year probation. On April 14, 2010 MOIS officers came into a house church service, assaulted him and took him into custody. A service was taking place at the time and the security officials interrogated those attending as well as confiscating Bibles, Christian literature and DVDâ€™s. Brother Behnam was in prison for two months then he was released on bail in June 2010. In January 2011 he was tried for and convicted of crimes against national security. On May 31, 2011 a warrant was issued for his arrest so he turned himself into the prison and began serving a one year sentence.
Shortly before the time he was to be released on October 18, 2011 he was informed by letter that he was now required to serve his five year prison sentence from 2008.
TBrother Behnam is now gravely ill. In the past year he has been beaten by prisoners under the watchful eye of prison authorities. As a result he is beginning to lose his eyesight, has what seems to be untreated Inflammatory Bowel Disease, is barely able to speak and has trouble walking. If conditions donâ€™t change in prison sources close to the family are concerned he will die in prison. Our sources have informed us that in July 2012 he had been vomiting blood and went unconscious as a result. He was sent to the prison nurse station, but never treated for the ulcer. He was quickly transferred back to his cell. Our sources believe that the Iranian government is not allowing him to visit a hospital because they want him to die in prison. Iâ€™m thankful we serve a God that can change situations and preserve the life of his saints. Please hold him and his family up in prayer. Other Concerns
Prison Where Pastor Behnam Is Being Held
Another area of concern is that in the written verdict from 2008 the appeals court recommended the prosecutor pursue an apostasy death sentence against him stating, “Considering the explicit confessions of the abovementioned individual [Irani] during the trial, that his father and mother were Muslims and he, himself, also opted for Islam when he reached maturity, and then left the holy religion of Islam and became a Christian. And that he also deceived a group of people into leaving Islam. Therefore as mentioned in … [Islamic religious text] … the abovementioned individual is definitely an innate apostate, and the sentence for innate apostasy is death.” You can view more pictures of Behnam Irani athttps://plus.google.com/photos/117483136261587595857/al bums/5725321176616731009.
Please Pray! We desperately need your prayers for brother Behnam. He is gravely ill and needs something to happen quickly or he may die in prison from slowly bleeding to death as a result of the ulcer.
Please spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, Email and print out this page and hand it out to your pastor and to people at your church Please follow the instructions on how to do that. The address of the prison is: Ghezel Hesar Prison Karaj, Albourz State, Iran Write a letter encouraging him and include scripture. DO NOT SEND MONEY OR GIFTS and do not speak negatively about the government.
Iranian Beauty Salon Owner Comes to Christ : The following is part 1 of the testimony of an Iranian beauty salon owner that received the answers to her questions about God and received salvation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I was born Muslim and came to Christ in 2007. I was so serious in my religious life in Islam but I had many questions that were left without answers since I was young about this religion and these questions increased as time passed. The God of Islam was not that eternal, kind and merciful God which I was looking for, instead, he was a mighty one who was looking for a guilty person to punish him as hard as he can in his majesty with his ability and power due to their transgression and so forth. The God of Islam was looking for war and anger in heaven and earth and a hundreds of other questions were in my mindâ€Ś.. I owned a beauty salon in Iran. One day I was discussing with a woman who was a student of theology in my work place and her answers to my questions did not satisfying me as usual. Next day one of the women came to see me who was present when I was speaking with the theology student.
We were alone there and she said I have the answers to your questions and when you hear it you will know God as He is, and she shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with me. After that I met message believers in Shiraz and the pastor was talking to me for about three or four months on the phone or face to face in church services till I confessed my sins and accepted Christ in my life and received salvation by God’s grace. I had many problems in my life before I come to Christ which could not find a way to escape them. There was not a day in my life that went without praying and offerings and sacrifices in my religion, even reading the whole Quran which Muslim’s believe is the last solution, but these all has no good for me and my problems were not solved, instead were getting worse year after year. After I came to Christ I just asked one thing from God and that was living in a believing environment for me and my children. When I was in church services or was praying alone I could feel God’s presence and sweetness every second. I just asked Him and He granted to us for Christ is alive and is the God of truth, his promises are truth and he is faithful to His promises. He took my hand and my children and saved us from the darkness which we were in, it was hard, very very hard but he did it. Today I have a peaceful and joyful life in God’s presence in England far from the devil and have no more desire on the earth but one, and that is serving my Lord and pleasing him in my life. CONTACT : +1612-293-6846 ADDRESS : HOPKINS , MN WEBSITE: http://presenttruthmn.com EMAIL : Jason.email@example.com FACE BOOK : http://facebook.com/jason.demars2
Let me tell you; who you are, where you are, what you have does not count in the eyes of God. Are you a Pope, Bishop, Rev, most Rev, Prophet, Pastor, Evangelist, Elder, ect ; those are earthly titles. Your relationship with God is the most important thing in your life. There is only one name, one title that never fails. That name and title is Jesus Christ of Nazareth; the only name that saves. Acts 4:12 â€œNeither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be savedâ€?. Jesus loves you.
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Playing the Bigger Game as a Leader
Posted by Karen Zeigler
I love quotes! This one is probably my favorite quote for the week. Freedom for me is a core value – something I seek to have in every area of my life. To me freedom ranks right up there with food and water – I require adequate doses of it or I could die (well maybe not literally). However, there have certainly been more times than not in my life where I would have never put the words freedom and leadership in the same sentence. I’ve been in leadership positions where I felt I had very little freedom. And I’ve been in the employee role where I can certainly say my leader was definitely more about power than about freedom.
Yet being a woman leader that unleashes the power of my followers vs. controlling them is to me the ultimate goal of leadership. As leaders each day, each meeting with a direct report we are faced with an opportunity. We have the opportunity to exert our power over them or we have the opportunity to give them the freedom that unleashes their power. The first drains the energy from both of us. The other multiples the power we each hold. How are you unleashing freedom in your followers today?
Universal Longing for Resurrection
BY ; KATHI MACIAS And when they say to you, “Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,” should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? (Isaiah 8:19, NKJV)
For many of us the focus these past few weeks has been resurrection—and rightfully so. It is the very heart of Christianity, the turning point of history, the hope of the Church. It is also the driving force of people of all faiths—or of no real faith at all. Though some say they believe that once we die, that’s it, deep down they hold out a hope for something more, something better. For instance, we see that flimsy hope reflected in the popular movies about vampires—eternal life that requires no repentance or turning to the true God, life everlasting as a result of our own endeavors, however macabre they may be.
But, plain and simple, it doesn’t work that way, though for years people who rejected God’s Word have tried to make it so. The Old Testament strictly forbids communicating with the dead, yet we see examples in Scripture of those who sought out mediums to try to do just that. God was not pleased. Even in Christian circles we must be wary. Check out the shelves in Christian bookstores (or the bestseller list) and you will find several books written by those who claim to have died and gone to heaven, then returned to share their story. Granted, those stories can be encouraging and may very well be true. However, accepting them as such without first checking them against Scripture can be dangerous. If God’s Word doesn’t support what has been written by a human being—even one who claims to have been to heaven and back—then we must reject it. That doesn’t make it an outright lie, but it does make it erroneous if it contradicts what God says is Truth. As we continue throughout the year to focus on resurrection, may we remember that eternal life was bought with a great price. The One who paid that price is also the One who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Resurrection, the hope of life after death, is a universal longing, but it can only be found as we heed God’s Word and submit to His Truth.
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