On December 23, 2013 OUR world stopped turning. It seemed like ALL the lights went out. THERE was ONLY darkness, yet NEW Glorious LIGHT appeared. It did not stop turning forever. I thought about the Crucifixion of Christ. When JESUS was nailed to the cross, HE took on HELL and won. Think about this for a moment. GOD the FATHER, JESUS HIS son and even the holy spirit were there on the cross. Let me explain. What happens in the natural, happens in the spirit first. So, in this case in the spirit the Heavenly Father and Holy Spirit were present. Jesus, in the spirit and natural, was crucified. Our daughter had a similar experience.
Knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,
Awake, awake, put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; for there shall no more come into you the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake yourself from the dust and arise; be seated, O Jerusalem; loose the bonds from your neck, O captive daughter of Zion. For thus says the Lord: “You were sold for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money.” For thus says the Lord God: “My people went down at the first into Egypt to sojourn there, and the Assyrian oppressed them for nothing. Now therefore what have I here,” declares the Lord, “seeing that my people are taken away for nothing? Their rulers wail,” declares the Lord, “and continually all the day my name is despised.
A Psalm of Asaph. God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
She adores CHRIST. I mean, truly, HE is her brother. Even while present naturally with us, she would just look to JESUS. I told her one day, “You can ask the Father too or the holy spirit.” But, she just kept clinging to Jesus. I know she loves the FATHER, and also the holy spirit. She just kept coming back to JESUS. It was and IS such a beautiful example. For years, I had asked the Heavenly Father to reconnect me to Jesus. somewhere along the way, there was a disconnect. I can actually share when it was. I was 7 1/2 years old.
Isn’t that interesting that our daughter went home to Heaven, at the exact same age I was? That has yet to escape me. Guess how I got disconnected? I was in the bathtub and there was a razor on the tub. For whatever reason, and obviously influenced by evil, I picked it up and cut my tongue. I was so ashamed. I immediately felt guilty, told my mom and didn’t think about it again. Then at 14 1/2 I cut again. Why did I cut? Well, there was definitely evil influences. But, it REALLY goes way deeper.
I had been called to the prophetic. I could always see and sense things that most thought ODD or downright crazy. It was tough as a child. I always felt like I was going insane. In fact, many, added to that. But, they were just enemy puppets. Many still are. 🙁 I just LOVE, even from a distance. I forgive, because I am called to, and it honors God. I now understand what drove me to wanting to hurt myself. Even more, the forgiveness from God for my repenting has been a gift, and also freedom from those evils.
It is so hard, at times to tell the story. Especially, as more elaborate details get revealed. My life is not my own. My story is not just mine. Me and JESUS are intertwined. I believe we always have been, it is just WAY more obvious now. I am so grateful God loved and LOVES us enough to trust us with His angel. I mean, she was used by HIM, to reconnect a disconnect WE had. We knew about Jesus, loved HIM even, but could never quite receive fully the LOVE of GOD. It took until Sarah Elizabeth was born, for me to really DIG deep into GOD. I realized I had a responsibility as a parent. Both my husband and I came to this realization. COvered in the Grace Of God, we exist.
I cannot say enough how grateful I am for the lessons. EVen the HARD excruciating lessons, have purpose. God truly does use what was meant to devestate and destory to rebuild and resurrect. That should have been devastate and destroy. But, destory is interesting, because de means to take away. So, the enemy wants to kill our story. But, He cannot when we are in CHRIST. It is IMPOSSIBLE for the enemy. I will give the enemy no glory in our lives. Absolutely ALL GLORY goes to GOD alone.
Beth Moore has an Esther study. I was doing it when Butterfly went into the hospital. Anyway, in it she says, “think about the worst thing that could happen to you. Your greatest fear. What if ________________________________________________________ happened?” Then she tells everyone, “Then GOD.” I remember wanting to throw my book across the room. It was around that time that my spirit began to be awakened to what was to come.
I am only sharing a potion of the story. IT is a VERY LONG one. Our daughter was used to do a lot in 8 years. So were we, by God’s Grace. I am thankful, more than anything. I have NO REGRETS and if asked, would endure it again, but I believe God won’t take us down that path. He is a merciful God. Nonetheless, HE is faithful.
I very rarely, if ever post 2 posts in a week. In fact, I cannot EVER recall a time where I was led to post a blog back to back. But, TIMES they ARE a changing indeed. Yesterday, WE went as a family out to run errands. Let’s just talk about how THAT went for a second. All I can do is laugh, NOW. But, yesterday the laughter was not at all consistent. It did, by God’s grace, come and go.
We started to leave, and the car was dead. I mean, dead as a doornail dead. Even, before, there was tension. I was really tired, and pushing through. Knowing I had a certain amount of energy to give. David started a project, and I was frustrated. Because, it took like an hour more than I expected. I was letting it go, and he came in the room because of something I had said.
It became a “heightened spiritual discussion.” Anyway, GOD cut it off, but, afterwards, when the car was stalled, it was tough not to be frustrated again. It was even MORE surrender. So, we waited, and prayed, and waited and prayed. Then, about an hour later, a RED truck drove in the house behind us. My husband was borderline angry, because he kept asking for help, and no one would help. So, the LORD led me to ask someone. I asked the man with the red truck. They helped us. We shared some of our testimony with them. God moved, and resurrected the truck…again. Not to mention resurrecting us.
We knew we were going into VERY dark territory. In fact, WE don’t often go to where HE sent us. WE went to a mall. There is obvious dark territory, like what some call “the hood.” I don’t say that because of any race, color, size, shape, or anything else. In fact, actually, that name came from a short cut of neighborhood. But, the malls have become a lot like just that. They are filled with people, influenced by such nastiness. But, sometimes in the midst of it all, there are lights. We got to participate in Jesus using us to light the dark. Plus, we got the bonus of seeing a few a long the way. 😉
We were led, as a family, to get names from the angel tree in a local mall. Our daughter got a boy around age 10, and we got a girl around age 8. Yesterday, after several tough days, WE all went out to get the presents. We got a few items that we were led to, and prayed a blessing over them. We dropped off the items, and as we did, were led to share some of our story/testimony. The LOVE of GOD brings compassion. Sarah Elizabeth’s life was nothing but LOVE.
We ask for prayer for a lady’s mom we met. I believe her name is Brenda, and she is battling that evil cancer demon. What was amazing to us, was how empty the mall was. The parking lot was not full like it used to be. I thought to myself, online shopping. People don’t want to meet with people like they did. Because, people are so wounded. We often hide behind computer screens, cell phones, and other electronic devices.
But, even though these things have come in as distractions, they have also been turned into beautiful gifts for many. GOd has used these for much restoration and deep healing. But, the tough part about God’s plan is that it is on HIS terms. When curses are affirmed to be broken. Purging of unholiness must happen. Are you letting GOD trim the fat? I don’t necessarily mean physical, but when the spiritual goes, the physical follows.
Today is the 23rd. At 1:15am this morning we celebrated 1 year of our daughter’s Heavenaversary. I remember when God led us to celebrate. WE are NOT celebrating DEATH, we are celebrating NEW LIFE. We are celebrating that death of this world does NOT stop true LOVE. It stirs it up!!!! Hallelujah for that! Who doesn’t need more of LOVE? Who does not need more of HEAVEN? I mean, it’s a no brainer. I want HEAVEN. I want everything that entails. Because it is MY HOME.
When WE ask for HEAVEN, we must then LAY down everything that we could ever imagine it is. GOD is a REAL DEAL GOD. Heaven does not compete. HELL does not stop competing. I just want to close with saying, WE are glad for Heaven. WE LOVE experiencing it. BUt, we at times miss what was, and thank GOD for the GRACE to have reflection through HIS holy mirror.
When this journey began to get more intense, someone mentioned to us, “It will come in waves.” Immediately, we began to wonder what that meant. It never fails that when I sit down to write about what was, the way our angel graced us, it is not an easy task. I do not just wake up feeling great, and rearing to go. In fact, I always awaken prepared, yet truly feeling more like a freight train hit me.
It is unreal to me that in a little over 15 hours, it will be one year since Sarah Elizabeth went home. I try not to dwell on this. In fact, most days, believe it or not, it is NOT at the forefront of my mind, and our minds. I used to feel bad about that. But, I understand now, that no one who leaves the earth wants those temporarily left behind to hurt and be in anguish over what was.
The title for this entry came to me early this morning. I began to reflect on the TRUE intimacy of God. Did you know, or were you aware that GOD wants to be part of everything we do and are? I thought of this scripture in Revelations.
Revelation 3:20Amplified Bible (AMP)
20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me.
I had said to my husband, “We forgot to invite HIM in.” My husband then said, “You just did.” It is THAT simple. God does not need grand gestures. At least NOT the one that WE serve. Because, what He truly desires is holiness. He truly desires a pure place where HE can REST and REsidE.
Let’s look at what the word says about GLORY. It has a lot to say, and later specific scriptures will be posted for further research. What jumps out to me is HE takes us from GLORY to GLORY to GLORY. It says this so clearly. The definition of Glory is interesting.
It states that Glory is praise and honor. I am giving the simple definition. But that means the LORD takes us from worship, praise, honor, and so much more to each new phase in our life. When we dwell on what was, we receive the past. But, when we walk forward into and embrace what is, we receive HIS presents and presence.
When I was a child, I thought like a child. This scripture also spoke to me. In Corinthians Paul is explaining the best way. He is explaining the GIFT as well as the weapon of LOVE. He is, for all intensive purpose warning them and US to stay focused. It is a time where we cannot be moved by the appearing glitz and the glamour of the world we live in.
Do we always like the way the NEW feels? Well, honestly NO. In fact, sometimes we look at God and say, “Can’t you just turn back time?” Sometimes He gives us what we request. If only to show us that it is not the best way. There was a time, years ago where someone said to me, “Remember, God will often give you what you think you want, to show you that you did not really want just that. ”
I really believe that Jesus was speaking in that wisdom. As humans we tend to settle. You know, with what looks like the perfect family for example. We just want the surface to be clean and pretty. So that onlookers do not see the truth. But, WE are being called to go deeper. To clean deeper, to hurt deeper, to cry harder, and to endure through Christ.
When I was a child I thought Glory meant something good. That’s it. I thought maybe a reward of some sort. In a sense that was true, but the GLORY of God is so much more than that. The GLORY of GOD is feeling and experiencing down to your very breath, the nails, the beating, the excruciating HELL of the crucifixion of Christ. So, the question is, “Are you ready?”
As a child, a very young child, I was a cheer leader. I never took that into high school, but at around age 9 I cheered. I remember one of my favorite cheers began with “ARE YOU READY?” I believe this is a question God is asking us today. Are the lamps full? Are we prepared in our spirit for what is going to arrive?
Are you willing to be FREED from the world’s hell and FILLED with Heaven’s JOY? Before you say yes, really let God search your heart. He wants to bring us the GOLD at the end of the rainbow. BUt, to truly receive it, we have to be OPEN to what HE desires alone. It can be a very tough road, this narrow way. But, there is no other destination that offers what the GLORY road does.
Just For Today For Bereaved Parents
by Vicki Tushingham
Just for today I will try to live through the next 24 hours and not expect to get over my child’s death, but instead learn to live with it, just one day at a time.
Just for today I will remember my child’s life, not just her death, and bask in the comfort of all those treasured days and moments we shared.
Just for today I will forgive all the family and friends who didn’t help or comfort me the way I needed them to. They truly did not know how.
Just for today I will smile no matter how much I hurt on the inside,
for maybe if I smile a little, my heart will soften and I will begin to heal.
Just for today I will reach out to comfort a relative or friend of my child,
for they are hurting too, and perhaps we can help each other.
Just for today I will free myself from my self-inflicted burden of guilt, for deep in my heart I know if there was anything in this world I could of done to save my child from death, I would of done it.
Just for today I will honor my child’s memory by doing something with another child because I know that would make my own child proud.
Just for today I will offer my hand in friendship to another bereaved parent
for I do know how they feel.
Just for today when my heart feels like breaking, I will stop and remember that grief is the price we pay for loving and the only reason I hurt is because I had the privilege of loving so much
Just for today I will not compare myself with others. I am fortunate to be who I am and have had my child for as long as I did.
Just for today I will allow myself to be happy, for I know that I am not deserting her by living on.
Just for today I will accept that I did not die when my child did,
my life did go on, and I am the only one who can make that life worthwhile once more.
This was posted recently in one of the groups I am in. It speaks so many volumes. I hope this helps someone. Because even though it is specific to a child leaving this earth, it really can pertain to any deep loss. ~
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Another song came into my spirit today. It is such a great way to describe how GOD LOVES so passionately and deeply. Such a beautiful depiction of the RAW, REAL, and RELATIONAL God we serve.
“The Real Me”
Foolish heart looks like we’re here again
Same old game of plastic smile
Don’t let anybody in
Hiding my heartache, will this glass house break
How much will they take before I’m empty
Do I let it show, does anybody know?[Chorus:]
But you see the real me
Hiding in my skin, broken from within
Unveil me completely
I’m loosening my grasp
There’s no need to mask my frailty
Cause you see the real me
Painted on, life is behind a mask
Self-inflicted circus clown
I’m tired of the song and dance
Living a charade, always on parade
What a mess I’ve made of my existence
But you love me even now
And still I see somehow
But you see the real me
Hiding in my skin, broken from within
Unveil me completely
I’m loosening my grasp
There’s no need to mask my frailty
Cause you see the real me
Wonderful, beautiful is what you see
When you look at me
You’re turning the tattered fabric of my life into
A perfect tapestry
I just wanna be me
But you see the real me
Hiding in my skin, broken from within
Unveil me completely
I’m loosening my grasp
There’s no need to mask my frailty
Cause you see the real me
And you love me just as I am
Wonderful, beautiful is what you see
When you look at me
By: Natalie Grant
How many of you can say you LOVE every inch of who God created you to be? It is a struggle for me personally. I have to look in the mirror, and consciously say thank you to GOD for what is staring back at me. For healing every muscle, joint, and cell. For transforming HELL to Heaven. For giving us the unexpected, and for teaching us JOY through very deep sorrow.
One of our children said to me recently, “You have JOY within you, because you have Jesus in you.” I’m not certain if she understood the wisdom in that statement. But, the fact is, even when it feels the JOY has been kidnapped, there is always a residue. IT is NOT always something we can taste, touch, feel or even embrace, but it is present.
Every child God has given us, has made a covenant of FAITH. A promise to GOD that no matter what happens, “FAITH will be the choice made.” That means that no matter what circumstance arises in each life or our lives as a family, the choice will be made to by FAITH surrender to God the Father, son, and holy spirit.
How do we go from GLORY to GLORY to GLORY? I always thought it was about each level. But, focusing on that can often be a distraction. I was playing a game recently. IT is one we love to play as a family. There is one portion that has clouds we have to jump. I personally am not great at this one. But, I am getting better. 😉 Last night while playing, I thought about Heaven. How when we take the hand of JESUS, we jump, and often FLY through the clouds and storms.
He takes us from GLORY to GLORY to GLORY….
The waves can feel refreshing, crushing, and exhilarating at times. They can be consuming at times as well. They can be HEAVEN and at times can be HELL. But, they must come. It ALL must come….because eventually it ALL must go. LIFE is a vapor. We are here but for a moment. It takes what it takes for HIS GLORY to shine. For some it takes what looks like a LONG time, and for others a much shorter one.
A dear sister gave me some GREAT and much needed wisdom recently. She said, “It is KEY to choose Christ over feelings.” It is the KEY to HIS GLORY door. When we choose to release how we feel to HIM, before the throne, He comes. It is the greatest reminder of NOT being alone.
What’s at the END of the RAINBOW?
Do you want the rainbows? Are you willing to give up? It’s gotten a negative rap. But, surrender is the treasure on His map. Is it fun? Well, no and at times it hurts like HELL. But, Heaven has to come. He’s not honored by tradition, unless Holiness is present. Is your heart unbroken before Him? Because sometimes what looks dead lives. Sometimes, it’s just breath that He gives. Packages can be small or large. Emotions good or dangersome. As this chapter closes, others will open. But, I cannot lie. It’s hard to say goodbye. Even in knowing the truth. Being comforted we are. Watching evil, we do. Knowing that somehow someway, it will change someday. Are you willing to cry tears of fire? Are you ready for pure desires? Soon the world will crack. For some, it will feel like a slap in the face. Those who’ve refused to repent, the torment will come. For some it’s already arrived. Is He a God of love? Yes, but love comes in many shapes and sizes. Forgive us for places we falter. Even when it’s hard to believe. We lie down on your holy altar, and receive. We receive ALL you want to give. No matter how it feels. Your hope is real. Your Love is here. You require everything. 100 %. We surrender ALL and renew the covenant.
it’s a picture of a girl, also VERY prophetic, realizing she’s bigger and stronger than she ever thought possible. By the grace and GLORY of GOD.
These pictures tell a story. The first one is in part, because of a vision that we were told about, regarding the waiting room of Heaven, and JESUS giving our daughter Sarah the most beautiful Ruby Red slippers. The second is a simple reminder. It is Finished. The 3rd is that the BRIDE is a warrior.
EMBRACE the WAVES….He wants to SATURATE you in HIS GLORY. It is messy, it is difficult and it is BEAUTIFUL.
This morning when I woke, I really sensed God with me. I know HE is close to the broken hearted. But, THIS was different. Ever since our baby girl went home, there has been a different connection to Heaven. Around 11 something, when I woke, I heard “The time of testing and trying is over for my faithful ones, and soon they shall reap the rewards.” Now, when God says soon, it could take a while to us usually. But, not this time. Not for HIS obedient COGS.
For those who do NOT know God, and refuse to try, you’re about to know HIM whether you like it or not. It is absolutely going to terrify you, and it will, no doubt be the last chance for some of you, to turn to HIM. God has watched, wept, and worked around the rebellious. But, NO LONGER will what was allowed go seemingly unnoticed.
I saw a vision today. It was the hand of God. It was awakening HIS “hidden warriors.” What that means is, the devil is about to PAY. People should not take vengeance, but believe me GOD will. The FEAR of the LORD will be restored. It will be restored NO matter what it takes. He will not sit idly by, while people laugh and make fun of people being brutally murdered. There is much that will come to light.
People will have to choose. Which GOD do you serve? Because, there can be absolutely NO FEAR in what is left behind that is of GOD. Not, in this season. So, I pray that the Heavenly Father, Lord and brother Jesus, and the Holy Spirit fill the children of GOD up. That we don’t just get bandged from this world. WE can be made whole through HIS LOVE. The well is open, of LIFE water. COME and drink of it.
Difficult things will come, or hey will feel difficult at first. But, for those who put ALL and I mean ALL their FAITH and TRUST in GOD, HEAVEN will unfold before your eyes. Are you willing to give UP what WAS so you can receive HEAVEN on EARTH. I know for me, it has NOT been easy. I dare to say for us. For our kids, and my husband, surrender has been like pulling knives out of our backs. One at a time, they have been pulled out by Jesus. Then, we have sat wit HIM as He poured out HIS LOVE.
WE will NOT choose pain, fear, anger, hurt, unforgiveness, or anything else to be our GOD. Because too many are affected if we do. WE don’t always get to see the fruit, but GOD does, in our lives. Thankfully, WE see it in the lives of many others. We repent daily for places we may have fallen or faltered. God then restores. It hurts like HELL. In some sense it feels like being brow beaten at first. But, it is so very well worth it.
Will you choose crucifixion? Because serving CHRIST means dying. It means dying to whatever degree we are called to. It is MOST people’s greatest fear, to die. But, there can be no resurrection without it. I sat and looked at our child, our Heavenly gift. I sat and looked at the shell of who she was, after the ” life breath” was gone. I sit now under the blanket she left behind. I thought, how powerless is LIFE, but how powerful is our GOD. In ALL my life, I have never been so TERRIFIED. Yet, never in my life have I experienced such beautiful PEACE, as GOD was very much there.
I say this, not to glorify DEATH. I say this to GLORIFY God. I realized, that WE won’t always feel PEACE, but we can have an ANCHOR of it. When it was time to take our Butterfly into the hospital, I did not feel consumed with peace. But, it was present. What I felt was desperate. I was so desperate for GOD to help. I was so desperate for HIM, WE were. The 3 muskateers, that looked to HIM for our every breath. I cannot remember how many times I said that. There we were, and we ALL were terrified.
But, HERE is what the peace was in that circumstance. It was that GOD has a plan, and so many times, I just don’t get it, and in my flesh just want to go home to Heaven. I’m not saying I want to die. I am saying, it is a longing, because this of this world’s intensity, to go home. I know our daughter felt this, even more than me. She did not speak of it. She had an assignment here. Though it feels like she did not finish. I know she did. I had a vision of her. In the vision, it was an open vision, she was talking to Jesus. It was shortly after all the natural occurrences happened. Those associated with leaving THIS world and traveling into the next.
Today, I share this. It is very difficult for me, but I had to obey. Jesus offered her a way home. A ride, if you will. She looked at HIM and said, “Brother Jesus, I can go now. Because, now they KNOW. I was sent here to teach them how to LOVE you and be LOVED by you and NOW they KNOW. Now, they KNOW and can be used by you to teach others.
This time of year, when most of the rest of the world celebrates holidays, I am learning to celebrate HOLY days. In fact, WE are as a family. There have been people, for various reasons who have believed that we celebrate the death of our child. WE absolutely ONLY celebrate LIFE. We celebrate NEW LIFE. We celebrate HOLY transition. WE forgive false accusations, and we speak peace, Heavenly LOVE, and blessings over all those who see themselves as enemies.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.
After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.”
Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.
And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.
Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written, “That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged.” But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.)
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,
And I will make them and the places all around my hill a blessing, and I will send down the showers in their season; they shall be showers of blessing. And the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase, and they shall be secure in their land. And they shall know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke, and deliver them from the hand of those who enslaved them.
“If a man divorces his wife and she goes from him and becomes another man’s wife, will he return to her? Would not that land be greatly polluted? You have played the whore with many lovers; and would you return to me? declares the Lord. Lift up your eyes to the bare heights, and see! Where have you not been ravished? By the waysides you have sat awaiting lovers like an Arab in the wilderness. You have polluted the land with your vile whoredom. Therefore the showers have been withheld, and the spring rain has not come; yet you have the forehead of a whore; you refuse to be ashamed. Have you not just now called to me, ‘My father, you are the friend of my youth— will he be angry forever, will he be indignant to the end?’ Behold, you have spoken, but you have done all the evil that you could.”
Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, and there came a messenger to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, and the Sabeans fell upon them and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “The Chaldeans formed three groups and made a raid on the camels and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’” And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time,
God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
I say this, because my HEART has got to be purified, and cleaned every day. If it is not, then things like hatred, pain, anger, bitterness, and other emotions, or spirits can have access. GOD does not want these things to control us. Do you know what He wants to feed our souls? It is HIS LOVE. IT comes in so many forms. IT comes through HIS word, as it washes us clean. IT comes through HIS kids. IT comes through HIM personally, when we have been purified to receive it.
What the ENEMY meant to harm you, GOD will use it for GLORY. IT will be used for HIS purpose, when it is surrendered to HIM. The enemy gets no victory in the life of Sarah Elizabeth Sharpe. He gets no victory in the lives of any of our children. I don’t know if it is considered a blessing or a curse sometimes. But, I often know when people are dying. I remember when God first told me about Sarah Elizabeth. I did not want to hear it. I ran from it for as long as I could. Until, I could NOT anymore. I did not keep this information secret on purpose. My natural self, really did NOT want to admit it. So, I didn’t until it admitted me. Meaning, when Sarah Beth got admitted, it was like ME getting admitted.
I have been in hospitals so many times. This time, WE could not let anyone come visit. It was disrespectful to GOD. It just had to be between HIM and her, and us. I’m not sure if my husband feels the same way as me. But, THIS time I felt, more than ever that every poke and prod, was ours. I don’t know if this makes any sense to anyone. I’m just sharing the story. WE died too. NOT in the exact same way, but yet, WE did. For various reasons, we did not sit with her 24/7. We had to TRUST God that HE would cover her. Because, David and I were just gone. I don’t know how we got through that 28 days. I know many were used to carry us in prayer. Thankful for that. To our family, and friends, we did NOT mean to hurt anyone by keeping people away. Please forgive us, if anyone felt disrespected or left out. WE had to obey GOD. That is who WE are.
We experienced HEAVEN and HELL at that time. But, HEAVEN far out weighed the HELL. It always does, when WE are willing to receive. WE got to hear her say, “Mommy, Daddy, I tried to come back, but I can’t. Because GOD needs me more. Forgive me.” So, today, I lay down my anger at her. It has been hidden in a place I did not know was there. I remember saying, “There is nothing to forgive.” But, there was. ALL the light that was there, went DARK that day. It was like a blackout. Yet, when we experienced HEAVEN, it was like a POWER SURGE.
I have always known, that receiving more of Heaven, meant surrendering what was. But, there was this piece of her in my heart. I treasured it. I did not keep it above God. It was right underneath HIM, in HIS arms. Today, I release that piece to receive more of HIS peace. Because, I cannot, even for a second, make even THIS about me. I mean, it is in a sense, but not in a sense. What it is about, is the LOVE of GOD. It is about God loving the world to bring us JESUS. IT is about God gifting us this beautiful angel, in human form. Why? Because, WE had missed out on what WE needed. Was it anyone’s fault? That is hard to say. But, what I do know is GOD will bring you HEAVEN if YOU are willing to receive it.
The hard part if YOU have to give up what you think is Heaven already? I hope this ministers to someone. Perhaps God had me be used to write it, to heal ME. To Heal, David, to heal the kids, to heal our family, that could be. But, whatever the reason, I was called as a vessel to share this story. For those who don’t think GOD is real, please just give HIM a chance. The alternative, no matter how fun it seems, is not worth it.
I have tried it ALL, and nothing works but RESTING in the ARMS of JESUS. Nothing. Enjoy Heaven baby girl, I know HE will lead you to GLORIOUS heights. I’m sure WE will continue to see you, amongst the clouds and storms. Thank you JESUS, for keeping safe forever this priceless gift. Thank you God for the testing, trying, and terrifying LIFE you give and gave. WE choose you again, this day.
Many in this world, are telling people to TRUST the process. Recently we have been hearing own your truth, and other garbage. The reason it is junk, is that the ONLY truth that we should ever trust is God’s truth. The rest of it, is against HIM and it is evil. The ONLY process WE should trust is the word of God. The original word of God.
Now, I am not a hugely religious person. But, I am a dedicated child of God. It has taken going on 40 years to learn about HIS process. He teaches us in many different ways, and uses many types of tools. But, HIS greatest tool is HIS word.
I did an experiment once. I went a few years without using the word as a guide. I believe I was then, given the GRACE to do so. However, now the word is a light to our feet, and a map for our life. I, since then have repented before God, for thinking that I could function without HIS life water. Because, what happens without it, is we drown. He can revive us, or we can slowly die until breath leaves us. Cannot count the times He has resurrected me, and us.
We simply cannot TRUST the life process without GOD being a part of every single aspect of it. Anything in this world can take root. But, just because it has roots at first, does not mean they cannot be cut. Who does the gardening? Is it us? No! It is JESUS. How does this happen? It takes place through surrender.
When we have surrendered everything WE can imagine to God, then and ONLY then, He forms miracles. They might not look the way we expected, but they will arrive in His time. They will be His desires. It will come when and how He chooses. Today I was reflecting on a scripture.
[A Psalm] of David.
1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness (that which is not upright or in right standing with God).
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
3 Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.
4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.
6 And He will make your uprightness and right standing with God go forth as the light, and your justice and right as [the shining sun of] the noonday.
7 Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.
8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself—it tends only to evildoing.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait and hope and look for the Lord [in the end] shall inherit the earth.
10 For yet a little while, and the evildoers will be no more; though you look with care where they used to be, they will not be found.
11 But the meek [in the end] shall inherit the earth and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
12 The wicked plot against the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright in right standing with God); they gnash at them with their teeth.
13 The Lord laughs at [the wicked], for He sees that their own day [of defeat] is coming.
14 The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who walk uprightly (blameless in conduct and in conversation).
15 The swords [of the wicked] shall enter their own hearts, and their bows shall be broken.
16 Better is the little that the [uncompromisingly] righteous have than the abundance [of possessions] of many who are wrong and wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord upholds the [consistently] righteous.
18 The Lord knows the days of the upright and blameless, and their heritage will abide forever.
19 They shall not be put to shame in the time of evil; and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs [that is consumed in smoke] and as the glory of the pastures. They shall vanish; like smoke shall they consume away.
21 The wicked borrow and pay not again [for they may be unable], but the [uncompromisingly] righteous deal kindly and give [for they are able].
22 For such as are blessed of God shall [in the end] inherit the earth, but they that are cursed of Him shall be cut off.
23 The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step].
24 Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord grasps his hand in support and upholds him.
25 I have been young and now am old, yet have I not seen the [uncompromisingly] righteous forsaken or their seed begging bread.
26 All day long they are merciful and deal graciously; they lend, and their offspring are blessed.
27 Depart from evil and do good; and you will dwell forever [securely].
28 For the Lord delights in justice and forsakes not His saints; they are preserved forever, but the offspring of the wicked [in time] shall be cut off.
29 [Then] the [consistently] righteous shall inherit the land and dwell upon it forever.
30 The mouth of the [uncompromisingly] righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks with justice.
31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.
32 The wicked lie in wait for the [uncompromisingly] righteous and seek to put them to death.
33 The Lord will not leave them in their hands, or [suffer them to] condemn them when they are judged.
34 Wait for and expect the Lord and keep and heed His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land; [in the end] when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
35 I have seen a wicked man in great power and spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil,
36 Yet he passed away, and behold, he was not; yes, I sought and inquired for him, but he could not be found.
37 Mark the blameless man and behold the upright, for there is a happy end for the man of peace.
38 As for transgressors, they shall be destroyed together; in the end the wicked shall be cut off.
39 But the salvation of the [consistently] righteous is of the Lord; He is their Refuge andsecure Stronghold in the time of trouble.
40 And the Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they trust and take refuge in Him.
If you look at the point of this psalm it is simple. MAKE God your only GOD and you will NOT be disappointed. You will be protected and NOT rejected, and you will see a fountain of HIS LOVE appear. Those who attempt to stop what God has planned will be be incinerated. Period. How exactly? By their own hands. For the wicked indeed, will destroy themselves.
So, whose blood do we have on our hands, if we we trust the world’s process? MANY. The ONLY way the process can be trusted is IF it is the Heavenly process. Anything else will inevitably fail. Have you tried other processes???I have and not one of them worked, except complete surrender to God, and His ways.
There will come a time and a day where there will be threats and intimidation to deny Jesus. But, our JOB is to let Jesus show up, by FaiTH. Is it faith in us, others, guns, words, speech, emotions, children? Nope, it is faith in the one who created us all. It is NOT faith that is universal, yet is united, with Christ as the center.
Do we hate other faiths? No. something that sets us apart is the LOVE of God. It will NOT be hatred that show people Jesus. It will be compassion, sensitivity, and understanding, which are attributes of HIS LOVE. There is ONLY one sure way to be able to TRUST. It is to trust in God alone. The process has circumstances, and when we put our trust in those circumstances, we directly or indirectly make them a temporary God.
I am not a big FAN of debates. We have a person in our life who loves to debate. It is not someone we are close to. Just one who comes and says horrible things about God on our page. But, most often we don’t respond to the person’s evil comments. Is this because we don’t love? No. It is because we do. TRUTH actually stands on it’s own. This person knows scripture, but has yet to be touched by the LOVE of God.
Our prayer is that every person who is destined to know and LOVE God will. We do things differently than some. But, it is ALL we know. In the last year, we have endured some of the most intense pain that a person can. We don’t focus on it, but we know that we have to surrender it each day. We trust that somehow, each day is better than the last one. This is true, no matter how we feel about it.
We have learned, and still are learning daily that God’s word does not operate on emotion. It is simply TRUTH, and when spoken in FAITH, it is LOVE. I saw a post today, a dear sister posted from Cambodia. She is currently there, on a mission trip. Anyway, she posted a picture of the word HOVE. she said, “How bout a little Hope and LOVE?” I thought, what a great point. God hovers over us, and encompasses us with HIS LOVE.
I woke this morning, weeping for so many reasons. Most the time, I don’t have words, the way I used to. But, I’m learning that just as HIS word says, there is a TIME for everything. Even, for silence, there is a time. You cannot partake of what you are not led by HIS peace to do so.
I keep hearing a song in my spirit today. The song is “I’m healed by the word of God.”
He says, “My grace is sufficient and my power is made perfect in your weakness.” So where is God’s power perfected? This is a key. It is when we are weak. So, if we never encountered anything that would humble us, how could God shine? What we encounter and how we do, is up to us, and up to GOD. You see, HE is sovereign, but we can choose NOT to give GOD access.
This entry began on the 12th, and here we are several days later, just adding to what GOD is downloading. These last few days, He has been reminding us, of the weapon of GRACE. The holy, beautiful weapon of HIS Grace. There is a shaking happening in the earth and ON it. It looks so strange, as we see breakouts happening. Where is our FAITH in this process? Whom and what is our faith in exactly?
Today is the 16th, and BIblically that represents LOVE. So, the questions that are posed ask us, where is the LOVE? Is the LOVE in things? Is it in places or people? WE are the church, but what exactly is our steeple? Really have been reflecting on what GRACE enabled FAITH means. In short it means that HIS Grace, no matter how it appears, leads the way. It means, that when this world throws lemons, rotten tomatoes, or anything else WE surrender it ALL to God.
Let me tell you some awesome testimony. Yesterday, the 15th, we were sent out and about. God knows every moment, and what HE desires for it. WE went out to do some errands, and the day ended up much different than we thought. It began with my husband asking if I was ready for lunch. Before lunch, we got ready to go, and the car would not start. So, we took another car that God provided. Went to our former city, and had lunch. While at lunch there were ladies, in the small restaurant, obviously not aware anyone else was in the room. They proceeded to complain about everything under the sun. It was hard to hear ourselves think. But God.
I so, wanted to speak up and say, “Have you not seen, or heard, and do you not know the everlasting GOD?” But, I did not, because I was no led to say anything, except, a blessing. We prayed over the food, and waited for God to give direction. Our “children” were with us and we just sat, and thanked God. I could see my husband, seeking God for self control, and everyone else at the table doing the same. At one point, there were a few wisecracks made, and then, GOD moved. I went outside, to make a phone call. When I did, I felt the wind of the LORD, so strong.
I popped my head in the door, and said, “Hey, let’s eat out here!” God made a way, away from the headaches, to enjoy HIS wind. THIS is Grace enabled faith. It is FAITH that GOD, will move even HELL out of the way, for HIS GLORY to shine. Everyone in the restaurant left, but us. We may have been outside, but perhaps that is where God desired us. There are so many ways to LOOK at this and view it. The phone call, was to a dear sister who is being quite challenged. When I spoke to her, I was led to simply pray PEACE over her.
Where is God’s GRACE present most? IT is in the PEACE of God. Every day, we ask God, if anything was said or done, displeasing to HIM, to forgive us, and we repent, and say we are sorry. Every day we ask God to strip anything unpleasing from our lives. Why do we do this? Well, it is quite simple. WE do this, because GOD deserves honor and GLORY. He deserves our very best and yet LOVE us at our very worst. Thank GOD for that. 😉
There is GRACE to learn, but NOT Grace to stay in the same place, day after day. Another thing that happened yesterday, was interesting. My husband is really walking into a new arena. To say, it is out of his comfort zone, is not descriptive enough. Yesterday, we went and logically got what we thought we needed at a store. We got up to the counter, and God moved. It looked like the enemy, but it definitely was God. We both are healing and growing, and neither of us gets to stay comfy in the process. Really grateful for that, though at times it is hard to process.
My husband was concerned about something, and his thoughts were a bit frazzled. I could see him, really surrendering it to God. I got to the counter and our card was declined. So, having at least 10 people behind me, I sought GOD the answer. I knew I needed to stay calm. I could hear God speaking. He said, “Just breathe. Get 3 items.” I chose a shirt for David, a dress for me, and a jacket. There was no problem. When all was finished, my husband was relieved. I saw gratefulness on his face, and he even said thank you for handling it. My response, You are welcome. God totally handled it.”
His GRACE is sufficient. God knows in the past, a weakness has been shopping. But, thank GOD, He has healed us of this. I asked God, “Was there a problem with funds?” The Lord showed us something interesting. He showed us that everything we do and say is a seed. Every dollar we spend can be a tool for the Heavenly Kingdom, when surrendered to God. What I realized was, “It was not time to plant so many seeds at one time.”
I choose not to justify my actions, because I can totally mess up, and I so do sometimes. Having said that, GOD justifies us through holiness. When we stay surrendered to HIS will and purpose, HE brings justice. God is one of grace, justice and mercy. NO matter how it appears, HE will and has, had HIS way. WE have to be in agreement to see HIS way become part of our world.
At church last night the pastor said, “The church must speak.” In complete agreement that we must speak out. WE must choose to LOVE anyway, even when it is hard. For example, the ladies who were oblivious to others, we spoke to them. All that was said was, “have a blessed day.” They said nothing, and walked on by. Though, we take it not personal, it is sad to see people ignore God’s love. For so many reasons, God just get passed by.
Many, behind our backs, are judging us. SOme, to our face, have judged us, deleted us, and or criticized us. Jesus was, and IS no different, as far as treatment. Meaning, the persecution faced then, is the same now. Yet, GOD’s LOVE and HIS Grace is definitely sufficient. What do we do? WE spend lots of time praising HIM. Why do we spend time praising HIM? Is it because HE needs our praise? No. It is because HE LIVES there. HE dwells in our praise.
Yesterday, the men especially,were really struggling with being affected by the negativity around us. I’m not saying that we, the women, did not struggle. But, the battle is different for men and women, in a sense. I realized this morning, our struggle appeared less, because we chose PEACE. It is NOT that the guys didn’t. IT was more that THEY are stepping into a NEW level of covering, and it is unfamiliar to them. WE were reminded of when it was “unfamiliar” to us. It definitely helped us to give and receive more GRACE. But, sometimes human grace runs out, THAT is when HIS Grace, the Grace of GOD can be found. When we feel most lost, GOD’s Grace will indeed find us, when we are willing to be found.
Let’s look at the 2 words….GRACE and FAITH defined.
Full Definition of GRACE
a: unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
b: a virtue coming from God
c: a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace
a: approval, favor <stayed in his good graces>
barchaic: mercy, pardon
c: a special favor : privilege <each in his place, by right, notgrace, shall rule his heritage — Rudyard Kipling>
d: disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency
e: a temporary exemption : reprieve
a: a charming or attractive trait or characteristic
b: a pleasing appearance or effect : charm <all the grace of youth — John Buchan>
c: ease and suppleness of movement or bearing
—used as a title of address or reference for a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop
: a short prayer at a meal asking a blessing or giving thanks
pluralcapitalized: three sister goddesses in Greek mythology who are the givers of charm and beauty
: a musical trill, turn, or appoggiatura
a: sense of propriety or right <had the grace not to run for elective office — Calvin Trillin>
b: the quality or state of being considerate or thoughtful
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Examples of GRACE
She walked across the stage with effortless grace.
She handles her problems with grace and dignity.
He has shown remarkable grace during this crisis.
She is quite lovable despite her lack of social graces.
Let us give thanks for God’s grace.
By the grace of God, no one was seriously hurt.
She tried to live her life in God’s grace.
Origin of GRACE
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin gratia favor, charm, thanks, from gratus pleasing, grateful; akin to Sanskrit gṛṇāti he praises
In Christian theology, the unmerited gift of divine favour, which brings about the salvation of a sinner. The concept of grace has given rise to theological debate over the nature of human depravity and the extent to which individuals may contribute to their own salvation through free will. Though in principle the ideas of merit and grace are mutually exclusive, the question of whether grace may be given as a reward for good works or for faith alone was important in the ProtestantReformation. There has also been controversy over the means of grace: Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and some Protestants believe that it is conferred through the sacraments, while some other Protestants (e.g., Baptists) hold that participation in grace results from personal faith alone. See also justification; original sin.
Full Definition of FAITH
a: allegiance to duty or a person : loyalty
b (1): fidelity to one’s promises (2): sincerity of intentions
a (1): belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2): belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion
b (1): firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2): complete trust
: something that is believed especially with strong conviction;especially: a system of religious beliefs <the Protestantfaith>
— on faith
: without question <took everything he said on faith>
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Examples of FAITH
His supporters have accepted his claims with blind faith.
Our faith in the government has been badly shaken by the recent scandals.
Lending him the money to start his own business was an act of faith.
It requires a giant leap of faith for us to believe that she is telling the truth.
Nothing is more important to her than her faith in God.
She says that her faith has given her the courage to deal with this tragedy.
Faith without doubt leads to moral arrogance, the eternal pratfall of the religiously convinced. —Joe Klein, Time, 17 May 2004
Origin of FAITH
Middle English feith, from Anglo-French feid, fei, from Latinfides; akin to Latin fidere to trust — more at bide
First Known Use: 13th century
Related to FAITH
devotion, piety, religion
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Rhymes with FAITH
eighth, saithe, scathe, wraith
Definition of FAITH
: believe, trust
Origin of FAITH
First Known Use: 15th century
These 2 WORDS are meant to work together….NOW let’s look at ENABLED.
Full Definition of ENABLE
a: to provide with the means or opportunity <training thatenables people to earn a living>
b: to make possible, practical, or easy <a deal that wouldenable passage of a new law>
c: to cause to operate <software that enables the keyboard>
: to give legal power, capacity, or sanction to <a law enablingadmission of a state>
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Examples of ENABLE
The machine enables us to create copies without losing quality.
The system enables students to access class materials online.
These choices are part of what enabled the company to besuccessful.
a filing system that enables easy access to information
SO what THIS comes down to, is that GRACE is the vehicle, and it represents JESUS. He is GRACE. Grace, and JESUS enables our FAITH. When it is done by JESUS it succeeds. Was watching a film recently. In it, an angel spoke and said, “You will receive miracles when you pray for what counts.” This is definitely wisdom. ANother way of saying the same thing, is “You will receive miracles when you pray from a pure heart.”
You want to fly? As a kid, how many of us wanted that super power? Well, in GOD you can. It may not look like you thought it would, but it will succeed, and HE will cause you to have new perspectives. It is SO easy to focus on circumstances. Look around us, and it is easy to freak out and lose concentration. But GOD. When we let go and release every emotion, question, thought, and even idea to the one who LOVES us most, He makes them ALL wonderful.
Today I listened to our pastor speak over this man. To look at him, he seemed ordinary. Yet, there was something special about him. You know what it was? It was and IS the LOVE of GOD shining through him. Despite all the things he had endured, he still chose and chooses GOD and HIS ways. Believe me, when I say, GOD honors that. WE are living proof. He has kept us alive, despite many ODDS against us. He is faithful still. No matter what it looks like, GOD will come through. HIS Grace is sufficient, and though we feel VERY weak at times, we know HE is stronger than ever in our lives right now.
Does that mean everything is perfect, well no. But, it does mean, everything is covered. It is covered ONLY by and in and through HIS Grace. Even when we have absolutely NO grace to extend, GOD can. Here is why it is covered. Because JESUS died for us, for ALL of us. But, if WE do not receive that gift and freely receive who HE is, the the Grace that is promised will never fully be seen. It will not be experienced.
DO you want FEAR enabled FAITH? Or, do you want GRACE enabled FAITH? IT should be a no brainer. But, for SOME it is not. It is only an easy choice, when we have the mind of Christ working and active in our lives. Whom do you serve? Do you depend on others? It is time to check your heart before GOD. Where is the stand?
I have been praying about which scriptures to include, and I believe the ones, that I am being instructed to share, are on GRACE. We need to understand that this is a GIFT and a weapon, ALL in one. We should never BE God for someone else, but we can definitely be a LIGHT that leads toward Heaven. As children of God, we can bring HEAVEN or HELL to the table. WE choose Heaven.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.
Whose grace is sufficient? Is it ours? NO. It is the GRACE of GOD. It is something that WE will never own, but that we can definitely partake of. However, we cannot partake of it, if we do NOT release what was. ALL the pain, regret, hurt, anger, loss, and anything else that could be a hindrance in the reception, must GO. Lord, we leave this at your cross…again. Take any faith that is counterfeit, and transform it into Grace enabled FAITH. We stand repenting on behalf of us and others. Because YOU want a clean slate. We ask you to forgive us for any time that we have directly or indirectly chosen anyone or anything above you. Thank you mighty GOD for having your will in our lives. For bringing Heaven to us, in the amount that WE are willing and READY to receive. In Jesus name we give you praise, GLORY and honor. Through the power and blood of Jesus. Amen.
I do NOT stand on religion. I stand on the WORD of GOD. It works for GOD and honors HIM, and when the enemy tries to manipulate it, or people of GOD, it will backfire EVER single time. This is true, no matter what it looks like in the world.
This MUST be REALLY important because I finished the other post and was going to do an update today. The part with the links got erased. But I credit the enemy not. God will get the GLORY because it belongs to and with HIM alone.
I repent for permitted the evil to have any access over my emotions. Lord, have your way. In Jesus Holy Name. Amen
The person who said that ignorance was bliss was apparently very ignorant of the evil that spreads in the presence of ignorance. Through ignorance, we have in America and in the church taken part in something that is pagan in origin and substance, and breaks the commandments on idolatry… and not thought twice about it. You will suffer to the extent that you compromise with evil. And Halloween is the grand-daddy of all compromises in the church today. Read the following with an open mind, and pray that the Spirit of Truth will lead you into all truth.
It is important for you to understand that I am not trying to throw stones at the ancient Celtic peoples of the British Isles, or the church for creating a compromising holiday to accommodate this heathen unholy day, or you if you have celebrated it in the past. But it is my intention to reveal the truth and reprove the unfruitful works of darkness, and show how Scripturally we are not to have fellowship with this. If you know the truth, it will make you free. We are destroyed by a lack of knowledge.
The main scripture comes from 1 John 1:5-7 – “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
THIS IS THE MESSAGE… AND IN THIS BIBLE BELT AREA, WHERE PEOPLE CLAIM CHRISTIANITY LOUD AND CLEAR… IN THIS PLACE, THERE IS A TIME OF YEAR WHERE CHRISTIANS ACT LIKE PAGANS AND NEVER THINK TWICE ABOUT IT… HALLOWEEN.
I realize that there have been heathen contaminations into our Christian Holidays such as bunnies and Easter eggs in Easter or the Passover… and ornament trees in Christmas… but Halloween goes far beyond this… this is based on a pagan high day of evil spirits and the evil dead.
The Word tells us that if we have fellowship with Him, then we will walk in the light and not the darkness… Jesus Christ is the Light and in the Light… and there’s a problem when we willingly compromise with darkness. We are called to walk in the light! Ephesians 5:8-11 – “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now [are ye] light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them].”
One thing that this message is designed to do besides enlightening you and exposing that which is hidden, is to reprove the unfruitful works of darkness. Just because that you have been innocent in not knowing the evil of the things of Halloween does not mean that those things are innocent… they will draw demons to your home and cause spiritual problem. Ephesians 4:27 – “Neither give place to the devil.”
Don’t give him place… when you do things that were used in worshiping demon spirits and that is the reason that they were designed, and it is obviously evil, then you are inviting demons to come on in.
The word place means an opportunity or any space at all… don’t give an inch, he will take a mile!
An Obvious Truth: If you are entertained deliberately by the things of Satan, don’t be surprised when he gets an advantage of you. Don’t be surprised when other sins are born from the giving into iniquity… for giving into idolatry and demon inspired practices is iniquity… and it will curse your home.
And before you get angry at the messenger, understand that this is a Bible based message:
Romans 3:4 – “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”
LETS LOOK AT WHAT IS BEHIND THESE CUSTOMS (YOU CAN FIND IT IN ANY GOOD ENCYCLOPEDIA), AND THEN WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT IT.
Halloween started as the Druid festival of Samhain (pronounced som-wain). He was the evil god of the evil dead and the underworld to the druids. They believed their sun god Bel died on that day only human sacrifice of innocent blood would bring him out of the clutches of Samhain or Saman.
SAMAN was what we call today the grim reaper, a living dead skeleton character with a sickle. They believed that the evil dead and wicked spirits were released on October 31, and it is the highest day even today among Wiccans and other witches, and even among Satanists (some who claim it’s Satan’s birthday… funny, how would they know that?).
DRUIDS – ancient pagan priesthood is one of the main sources of modern day witchcraft (Wicca). In Ireland it was Feile na Marbh, the Feast of the Dead (in Scotland, he is called Muck Olla). The Druids believed that the souls of the dead returned to their former homes to be entertained by the living. Suitable food and shelter was provided for them on this day. The Samhain celebrations included nuts, apples, skeletons, witches, and black cats. Samhain was supposed to call together all wicked souls who died within the past year that had inhabited animals’ bodies for their misdeeds.
In the “Vigil of Samhain”, the Druids would come and collect offerings from the people to both keep each home safe from the evil spirits, and to assure that Bel or Muck Olla would return from the underworld.
TRICK OR TREAT – The Druids would collect offerings, be it food, cattle, or perhaps a child for sacrifice from each home. If that home did not donate to the priests, they would hex you. They would draw a hexagram (six pointed star within a circle) on your door, and cast a spell so that demons would come curse your home or in other words, hex you!
If you happen to have been into Heavy Rock in the 70’s, the band Led Zeppelin (and I point this out just for reference) had an album called Zoso (which according to legend is the hound of hell that guards the gates of hell). On the cover was this old man with a lantern with a hexagram in the lantern. This is the sight (minus the hexagram) that you might have seen in the Vigil of Samhain, for this is what a Druid priest would look like as he came to your home to demand tribute. You can judge for yourselves if they meant that symbolism or not, but I can still remember that from my much younger days – the old Druid on that cover.
We call Halloween by its modern name because of the compromise of the Roman Catholic Church long ago. I am not throwing stones at any church group because frankly, people in most denominations today celebrate Halloween. But in this time, there was only the Catholic Church, and they were trying to get the Celtic people of the British Isles into the Catholic Church. So instead of presenting the Gospel and revealing the evil of this idolatrous festival, they invented All Saints Day for November 1 where you remembered the Saints. And the day before that is All Hallows Eve or Halloween. They did it to bring a pagan people with a pagan religion into the church.
It was a compromise that goes against the New and Old Testament teaching on idolatry and having part of false religions. They corrupted themselves to get numbers in their churches… bad foundation. It is a lesson that we must learn that any house built upon the sand will fall when the storms come. We must be built upon the sand, and that is why we must renounce our pagan background (if we have one) and repent and turn from the evil old way, and unto the Living Way… the Lord Jesus Christ!
Pope Gregory IV in 834 established it in the Catholic Church… but it is much, much older… druids.
Changing its name to something “Christian like” did not make it holy!
1 Corinthians 10:20-22 – “But I [say], that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?”
Deuteronomy 4:24 – “For the LORD thy God [is] a consuming fire, [even] a jealous God.”
Actually, our founding fathers had outlawed Halloween until 1845, when the Irish Potato Famine brought Scottish and Irish immigrants into the country, and they brought with them the “old” religion… Druidism.
The holiday was created to bond non-believers, in fact pagans, with Christians. 1 Corinthians 6:14 – “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness wit unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?”
THE SYMBOLS OF HALLOWEEN – AND WHAT YOU ARE REALLY DOING.
TRICK OR TREAT – We already looked at. If you didn’t give an offering for the gods, the druid priests would trick or hex you. They might kill your bull, or call for demons to destroy your family.
JACK-0′-LANTERNS – In this country it’s a pumpkin, but in much of Europe it is a turnip or even a skull with a candle in it. The face is supposed to be the face of death. It is a carved image of the pagan god Saman. The World Book Encyclopedia says, “The apparently harmless lighted pumpkin face of ‘Jack-O-Lantern’ is an ancient symbol of a damned soul.” It’s name comes from an old legend about an evil old man named Jack who was too evil to enter hell (played tricks on the devil), and he could not enter heaven, so he was doomed to walk in darkness with his lantern until judgement day. My 1999 Interactive World Book used almost the same wording as the older World Book.
But the face (of the Jack-O-Latern) was that of Saman the Lord of Death himself. It also used to mark the farms and houses of those who were sympathetic to the satanic Druids, so they would be merciful to them when October 31 came. Do you want to be sympathetic to the Devil? Do you want an idol symbolizing an evil god of death lit up in front of your house?
You have no problems condemning people who have Buddhas or other idols in their homes, yet each year we carve one with our own hand and set them out in an ancient ritual to appease the god of death.
Exodus 20:4-5 – “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me;”
1 Peter 2:9 – “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:”
Since God has called us out of darkness, it does not make since for us to bring the darkness back into our homes. How can you be a light, if you are mixing your called out life with the occult?
I know that the kids will be disappointed… but do you really want to do something to invite demons and break a commandment? Is our need to conform to this world so great that we will shut our ears to the truth and offend God instead? John 14:15 – “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
Point to Ponder: I have had people come to me and ask, why can’t we pray in our house? And why is it there is such a spirit of discord and it seems like the kids are so rebellious and we can’t put our finger on the problem”. And then you find that their entertainment includes demonic movie watching, unmonitored MTV, music that if we listened to the words, we would never let our kids listen. And we wonder why… because if there are things that give honor to Satan and demons, then you are opening a spiritual door… and it is a lot harder to get rid of demons once we have done something to make them welcome, than to get our homes infested with them to begin with.
Halloween is one of those things that really perplexes me. I was raised in a Christian home, and I wasn’t allowed to do a lot of things traditionally that really aren’t covered in the Word of God (kind of traditional in some ways). Yet once a year, we dressed up in a ceremony that has given demons glory for over 2500 years. We act like pure pagans and laugh with our kids and don’t think twice about it. And in the rural area that I was raised, it was called the devil’s night or hell night because there was so many pranks (cutting trees down in front of traffic for example) and violence happening. It really is something to ponder. The blinders came off of my eyes as I really started seeking the face of God.
DRESSING UP IN COSTUMES: In the festival of Samhain, the Druids would build a huge New Year’s bonfire, November 1st being their New Year. And would burn alive people and animals would sacrifice them alive and watch for omens in the death struggles of their victims. The people would dress up in costumes made of animal heads and skins. Then they would dance and sing as the victims were being killed, probably to represent physically to the people the evil spirits they were so afraid of. Then they would travel from house to house in these costumes in this bizarre ritual.
Halloween is a day of fear, death, and darkness. These are the exact opposites of what we are in Christ Jesus. So, why do we observe this diabolical day? Now, maybe you think that dressing up for Halloween is harmless? You are observing an evil, satanic ritual for controlling demons that goes back at least 2500 years.
2 Corinthians 4:4 – “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
When you act out a ritual that involves either mocking or fooling demonic spirits, you are having fellowship with devils or demons. It is a dangerous practice. Now, some might say let’s have a Hallelujah Party and dress up as Bible characters. You are still commemorating this day of the dead when people dressed up as evil spirits. It is another form of the church compromising with a pagan high day. That is how the name got changed from Samhain to Halloween to begin with.
BLACK CATS -The cat was sacred to the Druid and they believed that the cats held the reincarnated souls of the wicked dead. Black cats especially were evil and holders of particularly evil spirits. Witches were said and still do that cats hold their “familiars” -familiar spirits. They were a part of Samhain. Cats are the chief totem (idol) in Wicca.
GHOSTS AND SKELETONS – There is an inherent quality of death in everything to do with Halloween. There are no ghosts as in people who come back from the grave. However, there are familiar spirits who impersonate the dead. And Saman looked like a skeleton, the grim reaper, and is the spirit that represents the evil dead and the underworld. It’s his day.
WITCHES ON BROOMS – Witchcraft today on the most part takes much of its practices from the traditions started in Babylon long ago, and seen in the Druid priesthood of Europe. The symbol of the witch on the broom is a real, although a stupid sounding ceremony. It is a fertility ceremony in which the Wiccans jump in the farmer’s fields as high as they can to teach the crops how to grow. It’s a pagan thing.
HALLOWEEN TODAY IS CELEBRATED STRONGLY THROUGHOUT MUCH OF THE WORLD BY OCCULTISTS. WICCANS TO SATANISTS REVERE THIS DAY OF EVIL.
On the 700 Club around 8 or 9 years ago, I heard one former Wiccan… turned Satanist… turned born again Christian said that he was first affected by demons as a pre-teen boy trick or treating on Halloween. He said some local witch in the area was calling for demons to affect the children in the neighborhood.
This is not child’s play. This is the most evil high day in occultism, and it does not need the church’s help in promoting it.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 – “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”
Isaiah 5:13 – “Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because [they have] no knowledge: and their honorable men [are] famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.”
2 Corinthians 2:11 – “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
Are we gone into captivity because Satan has made this day look so innocent and fun ? If you will hear, you will have knowledge for God does not desire you to be ignorant of his devices.
2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 – “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
What communion do we have with darkness? What concord do we have with the devil? It is evil, and if we are of the light, then we will find something else to do on Halloween. We will stand against the evil. We will be counted in the war against Satan. And we will stand for Jesus Christ in this wicked generation!
1 Peter 5:8-9 – “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”
Because of my own background, I have a particular hate of the occult. No one had to tell me to destroy the things in my life that were obviously connected with witchcraft or occultism. Jesus Christ in me was the true light – the light of life – and His Spirit burned within me new desires. And my desire for the demonically inspired things died, as my old man died. And one of the things that amazed me that I had never considered wrong was Halloween. I was raised in a Christian home and every year we observed this unholy day (unholiday if you will). It wasn’t until that Jesus rescued me that it became really obvious to me just how evil this is.
Every time that I have delivered either a teaching or preaching that included exposing Halloween, there have been both parents and kids that have risen up against it. But it has never been my intention to bring controversy for controversy’s sake. But we are to expose the unfruitful works of darkness for what they are. I put it to you that evil is still evil, even if we tell ourselves it’s just for fun. And poison still kills, even if it is sweet. Someone told me once that some folks kill dogs and puppies with antifreeze (truly cruel). The thing is that they lap up the antifreeze because it has a sweet taste. But in a little while, they are dead. The enemy of our souls is putting out his own sweets, and the more that we eat, the more spiritual poison gets in our lives. I put it to you that we are weakened as Christians when we compromise with evil. And when we take the devil’s poison in us deliberately, then we are hurting ourselves and our families. I pray that you allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you, and share this with someone else. I thank all those who helped in this word and pray it helped you.
by Pastor James Coldiron
October 5, 2000.
Delivered on October 1, 2000 at the Monticello Church of God in Monticello, Kentucky
Some materials researched, collated and originally copyrighted (c) 1995 by Pastor James Coldiron. All Biblical references in this particular article is in the KJV. Although my work is generally copyrighted, please be free to copy and use this material to help educate others.
“When the Lord your God cuts off before you the nations whom you go in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, take care that you be not ensnared to follow them, after they have been destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods?—that I also may do the same.’ You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way, for every abominable thing that the Lord hates they have done for their gods, for they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods. “Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it.
As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
Hear the word that the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel. Thus says the Lord: “Learn not the way of the nations, nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens because the nations are dismayed at them, for the customs of the peoples are vanity. A tree from the forest is cut down and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman. They decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so that it cannot move. Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field, and they cannot speak; they have to be carried, for they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, neither is it in them to do good.”
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.
Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.
Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
“You are to speak to the people of Israel and say, ‘Above all you shall keep my Sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, the Lord, sanctify you.
Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by God. Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”—
Borrowed this picture from a dear sister’s blog. THIS is NOT something to play with. Please pray about it. ~
When this assignment was given to me, I was anything but jumping for joy. Of course there is an honor in writing for HIM and through HIM. But, my flesh doesn’t always enjoy the warfare that happens in the process. However, it is way less complicated to simply obey God. Even the enemy’s team knows that GOD’s ways are best. They will tell you so, while trying to speak curses. But they cannot curse what God has blessed. The only thing that can temporarily create delays is disobedience.
So, let’s chat about TRadition. First we will break down the word. The begining is TR –
.tr is the Internet country code top-level domain for Turkey. It is administered by Middle East Technical University Computer Center. .nc.tr is used as a second-level domain for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, as it has no country code assigned.
ADDITION- To add to, make more of. As websters defines it…
I knew when given this challenge, that it would not look or feel easy. Most LOVE their traditions. But, I challenge you to take them before GOD. He is not a fan of world holidays. There are many things He will use but NOT excuse. This is no exception.
Just because we like something or it feels good, does not mean it respects, honors or pleases God. Now, we don’t want to be legalistic, that is true. BUT, as we get closer to HIM, we should crave this world less, not more. If we crave it more, we might consider which god we are getting closer to.
Tradition is a holy sense is beautiful. But, God likes change. It is in change that HE brings transformation. It starts with surrender of small things, and then as it gets bigger and bigger, so do the blessings arriving. But, tradition of THIS world is not okay with GOD. He will give you grace to learn that fact. But, when you do, you must then quit participating in the world.
There are things that are here in this world I enjoy. But, i do NOT have to have anything in this world. There is NOT one person that I would die without, except JESUS. Thankfully, HE is NOT of this world. He just can move in it, and for that we are very grateful. Years ago, we were led to drop the traditions of this world.
We judge not others who keep these traditions, but we have been led not to do so. WE no longer celebrate holidays. We celebrate birthdays, because God is a GOD of LIFE, and we thank GOD for every day we can breathe. Every moment is a DIVINE gift. It saddens God when people do not receive HIS LOVE, and HIS blessings and appreciate what He brings us.
Okay, time to get to it. Do world holidays celebrate GOD and HIS LOVE. The answer is NO. Are you willing to give up the traditions of this world? When GOD sees HIS kids celebrate things like Halloween, HIS heart aches. It is a holiday based on death. But, God has overcome death, so why celebrate it? Christmas is rooted in satanism. Yet, the world celebrates it and calls it Godly. Valentines Day is called a holiday of LOVE, but it comes from a catholic saint, and catholisim is rooted in witch craft.
You can put your head in the sand about evil, but in the TIME we live in, would NOT recommend it. I believe we should be informed. God says clearly, “My people perish for lack of knowledge and vision.” There is something called the spirit of justification. It is a nasty one. It’s job is to convince us that no matter what we do, we don’t have to repent. It works closely with the serpent spirit and many others. It is time now, and the BODY of Christ is awakening. Many are not liking what they see or hear. They want things to stay the same, that have always been.
But again, He says “I will come for a spotless bride. There will be no spots or wrinkles.” So, how can WE hold onto what HOLDS us away from God. Demons are like evil magnets. They are supposed to attempt to draw us into the world to get trapped. It REALLY is imprisonment. Do not let PHARAOH keep you captive. As a CHILD of God, you have access to HEAVEN. Contrary to popular belief, you do NOT have to wait to experience some of Heaven. You do have to do as GOD calls you to do.
5 Jesus sent out these twelve, charging them, Go nowhere among the Gentiles and do not go into any town of the Samaritans;
6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
7 And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand!
8 Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Freely (without pay) you have received, freely (without charge) give.
THIS is no simple task, and it is utterly impossible for us, if on our own. BUT, we have JESUS to do it through us. GOD never fails! 🙂
I am going to post some links in relation to holidays. I will likely add to this entry later, but THIS is what I have been given for now. Seek the LORD, not from world religion but simply because HE LOVES you. God deserves our best, which is to REST in HIM. To repent, and o RESIST EVIL and STAND THANKFUL. Is this always easy? Well, NO it is not. But it is absolutely possible and WAY LESS complicated, when surrendering to GOD every single detail.
WE do what HE asks. It is NOT always easy or pleasant. WE see people who want to learn and grow, and WE see people who say they do but don’t. GOD sees ALL and thank GOD we do not. WE could not handle seeing every single piece of the GLORY being formed. He is merciful not to always show us. OUR job is to LOVE always.
Having said that last part, we should consider something. How do we show GOD LOVE? WE obey HIS will, and choose HIS plan. So, I encourage you ALL not to focus on how you or your children, that God has gifted you feel. Seek HIS plan about holidays. This is really NOT the time to waste time. Because time is coming to a close, as we know it.
Have added specific links on holidays one the next blog, “Holidays.”. I believe we should research HIS views, because they are ALL that matter.
When I was called to write this entry, I really felt sick at my stomach. Because it is VERY important. If we were to take a pole about people who really believe not only in GOD, but in HIS faithfulness and LOVE, it would probably be disappointing, if people were honest. There are many, quite frankly running churches and schools on counterfeit faith, counterfeit morals and standards and even counterfeit LOVE.
Let’s look at the definition of counterfeit.
Full Definition of COUNTERFEIT
1: made in imitation of something else with intent to deceive : forged [counterfeit money]
2 a: insincere, feigned [counterfeit sympathy]
b: imitation [counterfeit Georgian houses]
Examples of COUNTERFEIT
The concert ticket is counterfeit.
counterfeit currency that had been passed all over town
Origin of COUNTERFEIT
Middle English countrefet, from Anglo-French cuntrefeit, from past participle of cuntrefere, contrefaire to imitate, fromcuntre- + faire to make, from Latin facere. First Known Use: 14th century
1 : of or relating to fixed, permanent, or immovable things (as lands or tenements)
2 a: not artificial, fraudulent, or illusory : genuine [real gold];also: being precisely what the name implies [a real professional]
b (1): occurring or existing in actuality [saw a real live celebrity] [a story of real life](2): of or relating to practical or everyday concerns or activities [left school to live in the real world](3): existing as a physical entity and having properties that deviate from an ideal, law, or standard[a real gas] — compare ideal 3b
c: having objective independent existence [unable to believe that what he saw was real]
d: fundamental, essential
e (1): belonging to or having elements or components that belong to the set of real numbers [the real roots of an equation] [a real matrix](2): concerned with or containing real numbers [real analysis](3): real-valued [real variable]
f: measured by purchasing power [real income] [real dollars]
g: complete, utter [a real fiasco]
3 of a particle: capable of being detected — compare virtual
— for real
1 : in earnest : seriously [fighting for real]
2 : genuine [couldn’t believe the threats were for real]
3 : genuinely good or capable of success (as in competition) [not yet sure if this team is for real]
Examples of REAL
The movie is based on real events.
The detective Sherlock Holmes is not a real person.
He has no real power; he is just a figurehead.
The battle scenes in the movie seemed very real to me.
The team has a real chance at winning.
There is a very real possibility that we will be moving to Maine.
In real life, relationships are not perfect.
The actor looks taller on TV than he does in real life.
He’s always daydreaming and seems to be out of touch with the real world.
What is his real name?
Origin of REAL
Middle English, real, relating to things (in law), from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin & Late Latin; Medieval Latin realis relating to things (in law), from Late Latin, real, from Latin res thing, fact; akin to Sanskrit rayi property
First Known Use: 14th century
Related to REAL
bona fide, certifiable, certified, dinkum [Australian & New Zealand], echt, genuine, honest, pukka (also pucka), authentic, right, sure-enough, true
Most handbooks consider the adverb real to be informal and more suitable to speech than writing. Our evidence shows these observations to be true in the main, but real is becoming more common in writing of an informal, conversational style. It is used as an intensifier only and is not interchangeable with really except in that use.
You will notice that the 2 definitions are not only complete opposites, but also that counterfeit is a shorter definition. Cause how many ways can we actually say fake?
It is odd to me, that God called me to write this on a day, or a few days where I am not “feeling” very encouraged. But, that was when it began. By the time it is ending, encouraged does NOT even describe how I feel inside. God often calls us to do the impossible. Let’s explain. He does the impossible through, around and in us.
Today is the 25th. This was begun 3 and a half days ago. I thank God for Grace, because David and I have been doing really heavy intercession. With that, often comes pretty heavy warfare at times. See, the enemy throws a hissy fit when he doesn’t get his way. Like a 2 year olf toddler throwing tantrums, is how he is. But, know THIS God’s power is where the enemy gets his source. There is NOTHING that shocks God. Even the enemy’s team knows that. The problem is, that people think they have so much time to waste.
There is NO time to waste. Now HEAR this. There is absolutely NOT time to waste anymore. Every single second counts. Many prophesies have spoken that the antichrist is taking reign. Now, on the one hand, this is exciting, because it means biblical prophesy is taking place. But, on the other, it means a lot of other stuff. So, I say with deepest sincerity, “Please read the word of God aloud.” God will minister healing through HIS word. He wants us saturated in HIS presence and amazing and unfailing LOVE. But, if we do not let HIS words penetrate our hearts, we will perish, often quickly and some won’t make it to heaven.
This post came at a time where it felt like HELL was barbecuing us for dinner. But, just because it felt that way to the flesh does NOT mean that was what was happening. Our pastor said it well yesterday. She said, “Change hurts sometimes.” It does, but oh how necessary the pruning is in the Harvest. I am not unaware of the enemies schemes, nor are we unaware of those participating in them. But, our goal is to LOVE anyway.
Should that NOT be done? After all the character CORE of Christ is LOVE. So, that leads us to know that at the core of the antichrist is Hate. Because, the enemy ONLY carries HATE. No matter what is said, by the enemy, He hates God’s COGS. In fact, the devil hates ALL humans. Even his own followers are hated by satan.
So, here is the question to ask…. Do you believe in what is counterfeit or what is REAL?
My awesome Godly Husband, hence forth, AGH, told me that Wisdom is the opposite of the obvious. God revealed THIS to Him. Obvious is what is right in front of you. But, people who have HIS wisdom see what is behind the curtain as well. What is REAL to you? Is God’s LOVE real to you?
Because if you understand the idea of HIS LOVE without understanding the cause and effect of HIS LOVE, you cannot receive the LOVE. So, ask yourself have you ever received what is REAL?
Conflict in the world is, as in scripture centered around Israel. Is ra el. Let’s break it down. Is Ra God? The answer is no, the devil is not god. It is also is REAL. Meaning El, the name for God is REAL. Have always been fascinated with Israel. Because it is the “apple of God’s eye.” Also, it is HOMEland. It is the place, where God’s legacy is birthed from.
So, without, getting too specific, and the Hebrew documentation will be included in time, EL is GOD and HE is REAL, and HIS LAND should be honored, period. The counterfeit will try and take advantage, without remorse or repentance, and our one and ONLY JOB is to LOVE anyway. As children of GOD, we should not be doormats, but we should be HOLY DOORWAYS to JESUS.
Isaiah 29:13 ESV / 295 helpful votes
And the Lord said: “Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men,
James 1:26 ESV / 275 helpful votes
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.
Matthew 7:21-23 ESV / 275 helpful votes
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
1 John 1:8-10 ESV / 100 helpful votes
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Revelation 3:15-16 ESV / 93 helpful votes
“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
Matthew 5:11 ESV / 65 helpful votes
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
1 Corinthians 13:2 ESV / 64 helpful votes
And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
Revelation 21:8 ESV / 62 helpful votes
But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
John 14:6 ESV / 38 helpful votes
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
2 Timothy 3:12 ESV / 34 helpful votes
Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
Matthew 5:39 ESV / 29 helpful votes
But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Matthew 16:23 ESV / 27 helpful votes
But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
Luke 6:46 ESV / 23 helpful votes
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?
Matthew 5:42 ESV / 21 helpful votes
Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.
Proverbs 26:23-24 ESV / 21 helpful votes
Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel are fervent lips with an evil heart. Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart;
1 Peter 3:3 ESV / 19 helpful votes
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—
Luke 14:26 ESV / 19 helpful votes
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.
Matthew 10:34 ESV / 18 helpful votes
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
Exodus 20:7 ESV / 18 helpful votes
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
1 Peter 3:1-22 ESV / 16 helpful votes
Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands,
2 Corinthians 6:14 ESV / 16 helpful votes
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
Matthew 18:5-6 ESV / 15 helpful votes
“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
Matthew 7:1-29 ESV / 15 helpful votes
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
1 Corinthians 5:11-13 ESV / 14 helpful votes
But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”
These pictures tell stories….LORD, awake the childlike faith within. ~
Years ago, I was fascinated by certain types of music. I have sense sought God about what he desires my eargates to take in. One song that I would sing at a young age, was live to TELL. I want to take a moment to look at this song.
“Live To Tell”
I have a tale to tell
Sometimes it gets so hard to hide it well
I was not ready for the fall
Too blind to see the writing on the wall[Chorus:]A man can tell a thousand lies
I’ve learned my lesson well
Hope I live to tell
The secret I have learned, ’till then
It will burn inside of me
I know where beauty lives
I’ve seen it once, I know the warm she gives
The light that you could never see
It shines inside, you can’t take that from me
The truth is never far behind
You kept it hidden well
If I live to tell
The secret I knew then
Will I ever have the chance again
If I ran away, I’d never have the strength
To go very far
How would they hear the beating of my heart
Will it grow cold
The secret that I hide, will I grow old
How will they hear
When will they learn
How will they know
If you will notice, the song is about abuse, escape and secrets. People could relate because the melody is catchy, and the message is pertinent. Now, this singer needs prayer. All people all over he world need prayer. I could relate, because even though I did not know it then officially, I had gone through many secrets, pain, and heartache that was hidden. The enemy tried to keep it hidden. BUT GOD.
He is clear, what was done in the dark will come to light. IT always does. I mean ALWAYS. Today, was thanking HIM for taking care of us. For exposing evil plans and plots, and saving our lives daily. See, He alone is sovereign. When a season is finished, and God has called us to walk away, but LOVE in secret, we must.
If we confess sins from fear, or from religion, guess what happens? WE stay impure. But, if we do so from FAITH and confidence in HIM, we do not. We are cleansed and purified. We must ONLY live to tell TRUTH. We can expose spirits yes, but we must NOT slander people. Forgive us LORD, by faith for any places we have erred. Thank you GOD that you alone will make ways out of no way. You alone will open holy doors and holy Glory windows, as it is time, and your plan comes into holy revelation in your time only.
Lord, we ask from FAITH for you to cleanse, purify and sanctify the BODY. We ask that you alone reveal who is for you and against you. Thank you for keeping us hidden in you. Because, your LOVE sustains us, and your BLOOD covers us. Thank you for connecting us to holy connections, and cutting off all unholiness. Thank you for using us to be your hands and feet to reach the lost. It really is an order to be a vessel for the Heavenly Kingdom.
We choose to be present with you LORD on earth, as in heaven. We thank you for your LOVE which supersedes ALL things. As others stand in awe of you in us, we stand in AWE as well. IT is you alone who is completing and carrying out the Glorious plan you have. You cause us to be able to live to TELL the TRUTH of your Heavenly Kingdom. We live to be used to expose and vanquish darkness. Through the power and name of Jesus Christ.
This entry took 3 days. I cannot tell you how many times, I have heard, just give me 3 days. GOD is faithful, He just is. He resurrects what is needed, always. Our job is to LOVE and to be in full agreement with God’s plans. It does not mean we will never “mess up.” But, it does mean as we walk through it, we will learn, grow and repent for faltering as we go.
Another song came to me….a very different kind of song.
Oh God, my God I seek You
I wanna move when You move
You’re more than I could long for
I thirst for YouYou’re an ocean to my soul
To my soulYour love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Running wild and free
You hear my heart when I call, when I call
Deep calls, too deep
Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Raining down on me
Oh God, my God I seek You
In this dry and desert land
You lead me to streams of mercy
You’re an ocean to my soul
To my soul
Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Running wild and free
You hear my heart when I call, when I call
Deep calls, too deep
Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Raining down on me
It’s coming like a flood
I’m dancing in the rain
Everything I’ve done
Is covered in rivers of grace, amazing
It’s coming like a flood
I’m dancing in the rain
I lift up my hands
Your love never changes, amazing
Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Running wild and free
You hear my heart when I call, when I call
Deep calls, too deep
Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Raining down on me
The first set of lyrics is about pain and hurt. This one is a praise anthem. Which is better to focus on? It is better to stay focused on what is true, noble and pure. To let GOD’s word and LOVE be an ointment to our soul. It is more pleasing to GOD, and gives HIM more access.
This world is broken. It had to become broken. How can you accept what the world naturally rejects, if it has not touched you? Rejoice in the trials, I heard this just this morning. I was sitting before the throne. I was asking questions. I did not ask them from doubt, but from wonder. THAT is child like faith. It is when we can come to GOD and seek HIS wisdom, because we know HE has handled it already. It is when we can come rejoicing in the midst of everything that appears a challenge.
Again, HE is faithful still and HIS LOVE lives to tell the TRUTH. People are running out of time. I say this not to scare anyone, but to make people aware. God’s plans will happen and ONLY His LOVE will sustain us. But, if we reject it, or the opportunity to give it, because we are making it about us, we seriously miss out on ETERNal LIFE. Not all roads lead to Heaven. There was a time when there was grace to say yes, and not change completely. But, that season has ended.
God is demanding transformation. He will not settle for religion anymore. If you want to survive this war, it will take unconditional surrender and commitment. Because, if not….well, you should know what will come. It is not eternal rest. It IS eternal torture instead. I chose this day to serve GOD. I choose HIS ways in ALL ways. Whom do you serve? Will you LIVE to tell HIS truths?
and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.
These are excerpts….
Also you can google open topics…and get more scriptures on overcoming death. The key is this, we can receive LIFE of death or life that has hidden death. God wants a pure mixture. He wants ALL of us, and HE wants to purify death from our lives. He desires us to see through His eyes, and not this world’s.
You are ALIVE to tell TRUTH. We are NOT here to spread lies. WE are made to LOVE and worship GOD and spread that LOVE everywhere we go. Lord, we repent for any lies the enemy has spoken through us. We take full responsibility on behalf of ourselves and others who refuse to, or don’t know how. We thank you for cleansing your land. For bringing what YOU desire to be forefront, no matter what it takes. Forgive us LORD, for allowing anything else but your LOVE to influence us. WE choose to surrender unconditionally to your will today. We praise you. In Jesus name, Amen.