This is what I heard while praying and speaking to the Father this morning about all that is going on; about all those who, especially even my own loved ones, who no longer even speak to me. Their hearts have hardened because they have let the fiery darts (Eph. 6:16) of the evil one take over their minds.
Every one of us, especially those who consider themselves to be sons and daughters of God will be held accountable for NOT “casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God” because they did NOT “bring into captivity EVERY THOUGHT to the OBEDIENCE of Christ” (1 Cor. 10:5).
Those who disregard God’s Word think that they will not be held accountable for any of this.
They are GRAVELY wrong.
They will not just lie in a grave or in an urn somewhere; they WILL stand before an Almighty God, His Son, Jesus Christ, AND the Holy Spirit, and give an account of the very lives we lived (Rom. 14:12; 1 Pet. 4:5).
Take the words that the Holy Spirit said here, seriously; VERY seriously.
Because there COMES a Day—SOONER than one thinks, that we ALL will be in front of Him Who is a “consuming fire” (Heb. 12:29).
“See that you refuse not Him that speaks. For if they escaped not who refused Him that spake on Earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from HIM that speaks from HEAVEN: whose Voice then shook the Earth: but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not the Earth only, but also HEAVEN.” Hebrews 12:25-27
BUT, I will leave you with this hopeful consoling thought: The LORD is merciful (Deut. 4:31; 2 Chron. 30:9; Ps. 103:8; 116:5; 117:2; Joel 2:13)—He WILL continue to try and turn your evil hearts toward Him, even when all tribulation HELL breaks through, and hope seems to be lost.
He will continue to be there, waiting for you to “call upon the name of the Lord to be saved” (Joel 2:32; Rom. 10:13; 1Cor. 1:9; Is. 65:1; 2Pet. 1:10-11; Acts 2:38).
My new illustrated devotional is now LIVE on Amazon! I used a beautiful picture for the cover, and you will find many other colorful pictures with Scriptures and inspirational quotes on each of the pages with the devotionals.
The book can be purchased through Amazon in either hardcover, paperback, or Kindle format.
This book would make a beautiful gift for someone, and the devotionals are no more than a 5-10 minute read. It is a great way to start your day, during a mid-day break, or before you settle in for the night, to read a little bit of Scripture, then meditate and pray on it.
I hope you will check it out! I do also have the first of my three book series, “Walking in the Dark with FAITH” for sale. The 12-month devotional is based off of my first year and a half of my faith journey, with Scripture verses that stood and spoke out to me during that time. Just look up the above mentioned title and “12 Month Devotional” to find it.
I am trying to hopefully finish the second of my three-book faith journey series (the subtitle will be, “A Season of Trials, Temptations and (Many!) Tears”), before the end of this month, especially before my fall grad classes start again. Once they do, that takes up most of my time and energy. I will make another post when the book is available.
Thank you so much in advance if you do go ahead and purchase any of my books; right now, it is my only income because of the amount of schoolwork I have to endure. But I realize the more I write, the more I am enjoying it. It definitely is proving to be something the Lord wanted me to do all along—I just did not initially think I had it in me to write a book, and now I just completed my third one; amazing what a person can do when they allow the Spirit to move within them and use the gifts that He gives to us. Not only does it end up blessing me and honoring Him, but it also blesses those who read the books and get inspired and encouraged by them. God bless!
BUT, realize when you do all these things, it IS for certain that you will: Lose friends like Jesus did. Lose family members like Jesus did. Have people ignore you like they did to Jesus. Have those who were the closest to you, as best friends, even, no longer want to talk to you or see you anymore, like what they did to Jesus (that actually happened to Joseph and Mary, His parents, as well). Have people hate you for no reason at all, like they hated Jesus. Have people ostracize you, like they did Jesus. Have people tell lies about you, like they did to Jesus. Have some want to even harm you or kill you, like how they wanted to do to Jesus. Have some put curses on you, like they did with Jesus. Have people not include you in family gatherings anymore, because your love for Jesus. Have people try to silence you because of your love for Jesus.
The devil moves people to see you as their enemy, because you put God and His Word first in your life, as Jesus did. They will persecute you, because they persecuted Jesus.
No matter how many times you reach out, No matter how many times you try to let them know you still love them, No matter how many times you tell them you miss them and want to stay in touch with them, No matter how successful and accomplished you can be-if you love Jesus, most will have hardly anything to do with you.
But did not Jesus tell us that would all happen? He did. Is it still worth following Him, then, to lose all those who would rather not have anything to do with you, because of your love for the Lord Jesus, His Father, and the Holy Spirit? Is it REALLY all worth it?
YES, IT IS.
I do not like it; it breaks my heart that loved ones have nothing to do with me anymore. And if you are a follower of Christ, it WILL happen to you too.
BUT I will STILL go on, loving, caring, praying, forgiving, being patient with and serving others, even if while I’m here on this Earth, I do not see the “fruit” of my labors. I will see them fulfilled One Day, when my Lord soon calls me Home, and honestly, that is really all that matters.
Jesus IS all that matters to me.
Because as HE hung on that Cross, I was ALL that MATTERED to HIM.
This is short and sweet, but as soon as I read today’s quote from the daily devotional I received in my inbox this morning, I knew I had to share it with everyone.
We, the Body of Christ = Church—NEED to have this fire kindled in our lives each and every day!
The days are coming, and actually are already here, that the people will long to hear the Word of the Lord. The enemy will do ANYTHING to keep us from hearing it by distracting us as much as possible, and also will keep us from having that relationship with the LORD God, and learning His Word.
Be a holy rebel—be the ONE that the devil hates, and allow God’s consuming fire to burn all that keeps you from getting closer to Him. Then allow Him to grow and mature you into the strong servant warrior of Christ you were meant to be!
All that is happening, NEEDS to happen. Please read not only this, but what is also written in the picture post, and look up the Scriptures for further understanding. If you shut God out, it will be an eternal consequence that cannot be reversed. You have questions—well, the Lord has the answers-many of them. He does not tell us everything, but enough to get us to recognize the “season” of the times. And from being with Him all these decades, I can assure you from what I am seeing and hearing (mind you, I do not post most of the ugly vile events I see happening-FB and IG would black them out anyway), it is VERY NEAR “that time”. Here is another verse the Spirit is leading me to tell you: “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, WHEN YOU SEE ALL THESE THINGS, you will know that HE is NEAR, right at the door” (Matthew 24:32-33). Do you have eyes to see, and ears to hear? Then see and hear what is really going on. Go to the Lord Jesus, and tell Him you are scared. He already knows it; He just wants YOU to humbly come to HIM, and He WILL get you, and I, and all the others who have heeded His Word, through this, in the way He wills it to be. He is waiting for you—for all of us—to trust in Him, and allow Him to do what needs to be done, in order to finally One Day, rid this world of its evil. The evil one is, OUT OF SPITE, taking as many humans with him and the other evil spirits, into Hell and the Lake of Fire as he can. He knows his “time” is very short. BUT, even he is only allowed to do what the Lord allows. For those who still do not understand— Satan and the demons, evil spirits, etc. are NOT in Hell. There are only certain ones either in the Pit, or, they are chained up in Tartarus. Satan (for reasons only 🙄God Himself knows) and the other evil spirits have been “allowed” to roam about, “seeking whom he may devour”(1 Peter 5:8). BUT, as verse 9 says, we are to “Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood(body of Christ) throughout the world.”
I felt the sense of the Spirit to gather some Scriptures together about JOY, because there is so much pain and suffering in the world now, and unfortunately, it is only going to get worse.
But that is why the LORD God gave us His SON, Jesus Christ—for He IS THE WORD OF GOD. And when we spend time IN His Word, we ARE spending time with Jesus.
The Word of God is like a balm unto a wound. Let these Scripture verses remind you that “Though you have not SEEN Him, you love Him. Though you do not NOW see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with JOY that is inexpressible and filled with glory.” 1 Peter 8-9
I pray that these verses remind you of the JOY that comes from knowing Christ as our Savior and Lord.
If you do not have the Lord Jesus in your life as yet, and desire to experience true JOY and PEACE amidst the ever worsening evils in this world, allow Him to come into your life. Invite Him in, so that He CAN show you what He has shown the rest of us—how to have PEACE, LOVE, and JOY in the midst of such trials and tribulations.
If you put your FAITH and TRUST in Him and His Word, I GUARANTEE from all that is written, that you WILL have true JOY that will overflow in your heart; only though, by having the Holy Spirit dwell IN you, and that happens by a total wholehearted surrender of yourself, to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Trust God to allow the Holy Spirit to “instruct thee and teach thee in the way which you should go” (Ps. 32:8). He’ll take care of the rest.
“Likewise, I say unto you, there is JOY in the presence of the Angels of God over ONE sinner that repenteth.” Luke 15:10
“These things have I spoken unto you, that my JOY might remain in you, and [that] your JOY might be full.” Jn. 15:11
“And ye now therefor have sorrow: But I WILL see you again, and your heart SHALL rejoice, and your JOY no man shall taketh from you.” Jn. 16:22
“Now the God of HOPE fill you with all JOY and PEACE in believing, that ye may abound in HOPE, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Rom. 15:13
“But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding JOY.” 1 Peter 4:13
I was directed to read this Psalm this morning in the picture, just as I was ready to have my breakfast. I was told, “It is short”. I obeyed and reached for the Latin/English Psalm book, but He said, “No, in Hebrew.” So I sat there and started to read it out loud, first one verse in English, and then Hebrew. It didn’t take long to figure out why the Lord wanted me to read this Psalm today, especially after reading the first two verses. I was in tears by the time I finished praying it out loud. Even though this was not written for the United States, it sure does fit the bill right now. This nation has turned her back on God.
I cannot help but think about what her fate will be—it is written in Scripture as well.
Psalm 9:15-20 states, “The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken. The LORD is known by the judgment which He executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. ARISE, O LORD, let NOT man prevail: let the heathen be judged in Thy sight. Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to BE BUT MEN. Selah.”
One could only hope that if the leaders of the nations—all the elites, oligarchs, money-hungry fools out there, who would rather see their nation be destroyed (that is exactly what is happening to us here in the U.S.), than turn from their wicked ways, REPENT, and turn back to God.
“Every Word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” (Proverbs 30:5)
Start taking God at His Word. ALL of it WILL come to pass. If any one individual or nation refuses to humble themselves before Him, He WILL make Himself very well known to them. He is a consuming Fire (2 Sam. 22:9; Ps. 97:3; Hebrews 12:29).
Today is a day celebrated by many in the Judeo-Christian world. For many of our Jewish brethren, it is Erev Pesach, the start of the Feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread-Hag Hamatzot. Did you know that they are two separate feasts?🙂 The Feast of Unleavened Bread starts a day after Pesach, or Passover, which technically is only one day.
For the next seven days I will eat but matzoh for my bread, as a reminder to myself of what the Israelites went through when they had to leave in such a hurry to escape from Egypt (see Ex. 12:39).
When I had a family to celebrate with, I made the entire Passover meal—it was fun to take part in it with my daughter back then. Now, not so much, being a solitary, but I look forward to the Day when I do get to share that 4th cup of Hallel-the Cup of Praise, with our Messiah and King Yeshua/Jesus, at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb(see Rev. 19:6-9).
Jesus mentioned it to the disciples while celebrating that last Passover meal He had with them (see Matthew 26:29). He told them He would not drink of that last cup (there are four cups of wine in the Passover ritual meal), until He could drink it all with them, and us, in the Kingdom.
I wait for That Day.
Today is not only the start of these feasts, but also what we Christians call Good Friday, the day that the Lord Jesus took His cross up to Golgotha—the place of the skull—and sacrificed His life for the whole of mankind, in order to make a way back to the Father, by taking ALL of our sins, and placing them on Himself. Isaiah 53 speaks of the prophecy of the Passover Lamb, esp verses 3-5.
Unfortunately, it seems like the whole world, except for a remnant that the LORD Himself mentioned in Scripture many times (see Micah 5:7-8), have done exactly what verse 6 in Isaiah 53:6 states: “All we like sheep have gone astray: we have turned every one to his OWN way; and the LORD hath laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all.”
Today, as you go about the day, just reflect on what the LORD God allowed His Son Jesus, to do for us. Think of the sacrifice that He made on that day—by getting flogged until flesh was torn from Him, and then, walked with His cross, and died a most horrific death by crucifixion.
He did all that for us wretched sinners, who Isaiah himself said in 64:6, “And we are all become as one unclean, and all of our justices as the rag of a menstruous woman(the Douay-Rheims translation spells it out for us!!): and we have all fallen as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
Did we deserve it? No. We should have been the ones to die upon that cross, not Him. It was a selfless act of love-eternal love, that the Triune God has for His creation, who unfortunately, barely recognize Him anymore as their Creator.
Some of you may not believe in the Messiah. Some may not care at all about Him, or what He did. One Day, although it will be too late then to accept Him once you stand before Him in Judgment, you will finally know Who He is.
But for many, unfortunately, the Lord Jesus will become their Judge, Whom the Father assigned Him to be as such, for all of mankind (see John 5:22).
I would much rather see you all, accepting the Lord Jesus, as your Messiah and King, Lord and Savior, than your Judge (Ps. 50:6; Is. 33:22; Daniel 7:9-10; Rev. 20:11-15).
There is much left to happen in this world; many more prophecies have yet to be fulfilled. Passages in Daniel and Revelation, for example, still need to come to pass. But no matter what man or demon try to do to stop Him, the entirety of His Word will be fulfilled.
And I fear, not for myself, nor for any of my brothers and sisters who have accepted the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit into their lives—but for those of you who have yet to acknowledge Jesus as the Passover Lamb, who came to take away the sins of the world (Jn. 1:29; 1 Jn. 3:5).
For those of you who have yet wanted to realize that what Scripture says about Him-“For Christ our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed” (1 Cor. 5:7). For the majority of mankind that would rather looks to false gods (demons) and other false teachers, than accept the Lamb who has NOW become the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (see Genesis 49:8-12; Hebrews 7:14-16, Revelation 5:5).
The Lord Jesus WILL return one day, just as He said He would, just as the Scriptures prophesied as well. After all, He Himself IS the Word of God (Jn. 1:1-3). “The WORD was MADE FLESH and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
I pray, beloved, that on these feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, Good Friday, and Resurrection Sunday (Easter), will be the time that those of you who have yet to accept the Lord Jesus as Messiah, finally do go to Him, humble yourselves, and pray to have Him in your lives as Lord, Savior, Master, and King.
One last passage: “And I (John) saw Heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat on upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he does judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns (2 Tim. 4:8; Rev. 4:10); and He had a Name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His Name was called the WORD OF GOD” (Revelation 19:11-13)
This is a very challenging verse. That is, a very challenging verse to many in the Body of Christ. To many in the Body of Christ who, as many times as they have read it, neither truly understand nor adhere to what the Apostle Paul was saying here.
As a matter of fact, most of the time, they do the exact opposite. They help the devil along by creating MORE divisions in the Body of Christ, and acting like their sect of Christianity is better than anyone else’s.
They act like schoolchildren on the playground, not allowing some to join their games because of how the others look, talk, sound, and act. Granted, it is one thing to “test the spirits”(1Jn. 4:1-3) and a Berean (Acts 17:11), but it is entirely another thing to tear a true brother or sister in the Lord up with ugly words just because they are “different”.
The Lord loves variety, and yes, He loves UNITY among the brethren when they truly are worshipping the One and the Same Jesus—that is a must.
The early Church “got” it; those in the time of the birth of the Church (Acts) realized what was needed to be done in order to have and keep that unity while also adhering to the Word. What happened since then? What happened to the Body of Christ?
Satan saw that there were murmurings and divisions started, and so he took the opportunity to WIDEN the division, and voila—here we are TODAY, in the 21st century, with splits in the Church by the tens of thousands! Disgusting.
But we cannot blame it all on Satan—it is the CHURCH’S fault for not seeing what WE allowed the enemy to do, and correct it.
Bottom line— if this is not corrected by the time the Lord Jesus returns, churches of God (and I use that term loosely) who say they are in the Body of Christ—be warned once again, you WILL answer to Him as to WHY we are no longer “in one accord”.
That IS what Jesus prayed for, after all, in John 17:21, “that they all may be ONE, as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee…that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me.”
The Holy Spirit’s guidance, teaching, leading, correction, etc. is obviously MISSING from all of this, hence the reason why for the most part, the Body of Christ has been divided as such. Why would we as the Body of Christ, the Church, be so stubborn and stiff-necked to the Very One Who Christ Himself sent and said we were to listen to, be led by and learn from (Jn. 16:13)? How can we call ourselves then, sons of the Most High God, if we refuse to be led by Him(Rom. 8:14)?
Hmmm…maybe that IS the very reason WHY the world has a problem believing in Jesus—because they no longer see the UNITY in the Body of Christ. Something to think and pray fervently about, beloved.
As much as our hearts may hurt, As much pain and sorrow for all that has transpired over all the years, As many times we may have failed in this life, and think He may walk away from this ungodly generation of humans that has ever walked the Earth, know this— The Triune Godhead does not and has not given up on His Creation, though His Creation has shunned Him.
He began this whole Time and Universe with one goal in mind—to have a relationship with His Creation. It failed with the Angels, and then it failed with us humans. WE failed, not Him.
But God knew our shortcomings, even before they happened. He planned a solution before a problem even existed.
How did He know? He is God, and He is the only one that is perfect, so He knew His Creation would not be.
YET, He wanted a relationship with us so much, He was willing to put up with us ignoring Him, rejecting Him, even hating Him.
He went to the point of even DYING for us, just to make sure there was a way back to Him, in case we changed our hearts and minds about Him.
He truly IS The One Holy Eternal Living God, El Elyon, the Most High God, Who, if we allow Him to be, IS our SALVATION, Redeemer, Deliverer, and our strength and portion for ever.
Call upon the Triune Godhead for help. Cry out to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—He will hear the cries of those who sincerely desire to know Him.
Call upon His Name-the Name above all names—JESUS; He is waiting to hear from you. He is holding out His right Hand right now for you to take it. Go to Him, now, while you still have time. He longs to hear from you.