Thursday, December 30, 2010

As the Year Dwindles Away...

The close of the year always makes me reflective. This morning I seemed to go into meditative overdrive. For the past 2-3 years, I have been actively watching for the return of Jesus. Prior to that time, I was on the treadmill of life known as "Hurry Up and Succeed". I am so thankful that God saw fit to slow me down and open my eyes and ears to what was going on around me. I praise Him and thank Him that He took notice of me and cared that I was headed in the wrong direction...the one away from Him.

A few months ago, I decided to make a list of the ways that God has changed me in those 2-3 years. If Christ is truly in our life, we should be able to see what a difference He is making:

* He changed my focus from selling homes, making money and being recognized to Him and His agenda for my life and His return;
* My prayer life has had at least a fourfold increase;
* My love of the Bible has been increased which has increased my study time and my reading-it-for-pleasure time;
* My desire to what He wants me to do has increased;
* My faith has increased;
* My appreciation for who He is and what He has done has increased;
* My love for Him has increased;
* My love for the things He loves has increased;
* My hate for the things He hates has increased;
* I cry much more easily about injustice and sin;
* I am uplifted more by things that inspire me;
* I feel repulsed by obscene things more than I ever did before;
* I WANT to give support to worthy causes;
* I WANT to help others;
* I WANT to tell others about Christ and His love and the great effect He has on our lives when we turn them over to Him;
* I think about Him ALL THE TIME.

I wish you had known the before-me and now the after-me! You could know the profound difference now if you had.

Because I have been watching for Him now for almost three years, I can tell you there has been a not-so-subtle change in the world in those three years. I truly believe we are the last generation and that we will see the return of Christ. There have been many who have "date set" when He will return, and I believe the people who have studied these things and written them have revealed things previously unknown about scripture and the return of the real King. Many of the things written were very persuasive and believable. If you have an interest in following such things, here are a couple of web sites that provide ongoing watch services (please note, I do not endorse ALL that is written there, but I do believe in the sincerity of their hearts and their love for God. The rest you should take to the Lord in prayer.):

John McTernan
Daniel's Timeline
Signs of the End

Date setting aside, the thing that really keeps me watching is the voice of the Holy Spirit within me. I hear Him telling me that "time is short"; "keep watching"; "tell others to be alert and ready" within me everyday. Most people have begun to think I'm crazy or a little off or "negative". Telling a person they are negative is one of the main ways that people try to get you to shut up. No one wants to be a "drainer" or a "Negative Nelly", but I've decided that if my telling people that the Lord is coming back, the world is now in the hands of evil people and it's time to get serious about our relationship with the King makes me negative, then "Nelly" I will be.

I believe that there are several things currently in the news that will have a profound effect on society in the upcoming year. They are: the dividing of the nation of Israel; the homosexual agenda; the failure of the Church to teach the true gospel of salvation; the rise of Islam; and the rise of socialism/communism in the world.

These are things that believers in Christ should be well versed in. I know there's very little good news in the news, but we have to remember that there is GREAT news in the Bible, and we need to be reading that daily.

Unless you have a heart that truly wants to do God's Will, the message I have for you today about the new year and what it brings, will be one that will be hard for you to hear. It is also, for personal reasons, one that is hard for me to give, but the Spirit of God speaks, and I must listen and obey.

Daniel at Prayers for the People posted this video today and I believe His words and this video have a message that all should hear. The governments of the nations' insistence on dividing the land in Israel is going to be a big problem for all the people in the world. Zecariah 12:2,3

Two articles I read this week which address the homosexual agenda and God's Word regarding it, gave me great pause.

The Ordnance of the Amorites

and a brutal article from a lady named Devvy Kidd regarding the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. It's not for the faint of heart or easily offended. She minces no words.

It appears to me that the Church has taken on many aspects of the politically correct society that we are all so much of these days. I want to point out that Jesus was not politically correct. All he said and did was done at the direction of the Father and were done and said in love. His Word states in John 3:17:

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

God loves us all with an everlasting love. Even after Judas betrayed him to His death, Jesus called him "friend", and I believe if Judas had repented prior to His death, he would have been forgiven just like you and me. Since Christ did not come to condemn, neither do I. I know that there are many who believe they were "born" homosexual. Maybe you were, because God's Word says that all were born sinners, and that we must be born again. I am not trying to single out homosexuals, but ALL that are involved in sexual sin or impurity; i.e., porn addicts, pedophiles, beastiality, sex outside of marriage, adultery, etc.

The Word of God is very explicit on who WILL NOT inherit the kingdom of God:

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,

One only has to open a newspaper or go to a news site, to know that Islam is on the rise around the world and is now a major force to be reckoned with in the world.

Last, but not least, you only have to have one eye open and able to hear in one ear to see and hear how fast socialism and/or communism is being embraced by countries all over the world. Freedom is quickly running down the drain.

Where can we go but to the Lord? He is our rock, our strong tower, and our shelter in the storm. The upcoming year looks to me like a year where we will want to have our secret place with the Lord ready and waiting to be put to good use.

Lord, my prayer today is that all who read these words will be struck with the realization of their need for you. May they not go in to the new year without turning their lives over to you. Strengthen them, then, Lord, to walk with you everyday, increase their desire to know and love you, and give them a desire to do any and all things which you call them to do, no matter what it is. In Jesus' name, Lord, give them your wisdom and sense of discerment. In Jesus name and for His glory and honor, I pray.

May Your Spirit be at one with God in the new year!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Why Wouldn't They Want Jesus?

In the cacaphony of the world, I seem to hear the following continuous themes:

Everyone wants why wouldn't they want my Jesus? He IS love. (1 John 4:8)

Everyone wants why wouldn't they want my Jesus? He is the prince of peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

Everyone wants why wouldn't they want my Jesus? He is no respecter of persons. He shows no favoritism. All are equal in Him. (Acts 10:34)

Everyone wants to be why wouldn't they want my Jesus? He is the joy of my strength and my salvation. (Nehemiah 8:10)

Everyone wants to be eternally why wouldn't they want my Jesus? He is eternal life. (John 10:28)

Is it possibly because He wants to be the number one priority in our lives and we are to love Him with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength? Is it possibly because He calls us away from sin and we are to live holy, set apart lives? Is it possibly because He might require us to give up something we love that is not worthy of Him or that He might require us to do something we don't want to do even if it would assure us of love, peace, joy and equality in our lives forever?

Think about it. Jesus is the Way to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Jesus is the truth about life, sin and death. Jesus is life...eternal life, eternal love, eternal peace, eternal joy and to be one with Him is to be equal with all other men and women. We all live by the same standards and requirements. He is the only way to do it. We do not have it in us to do it without Him.

May you find love, peace, joy and equality in Him in the upcoming year! God Bless and keep you.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

...and Mary Kept All These Things in Her Heart

You know how it is, moms, when our children do things, we store them up in our hearts to take out over the years, review and cherish because our children are so precious to us.

Mary was no different from you and me in that way, but her child certainly gave her many things to hold in her heart, didn't He?

I imagine that many are like me this morning, reading the first three chapters of Luke. It seems like I do that every year, and each year the story holds more in it that speaks to my heart as a mother and a child of God.

As I meditated on the Christmas story this morning, I paid particular attention to Mary. Maybe it's because my own children are getting older and when you add to that the fact that I've put a whole lot less muss and fuss in to the holiday the last two years, less focus on food, fun and shopping and more attention to God's Word, His Son, and living a godly life, but the words, "and Mary Kept All These Things in Her Heart" spoke to me. Mary must have spent the next 33 years storing up many things in her heart; many things that most of us mothers cannot relate to.

For example, Isaiah 53:3 says that Mary's son was a "man of sorrows", men "despised" him, "rejected" him, hid their faces from him and gave him no value. How does a mother hold that in her heart? I certainly know from experience that when my children are sad, but really not just feeling sad but living with sorrow day and night, or when other people make them feel unwanted and don't see their value, it gives me great pain in my own heart! Strong's Concordance states that the word "sorrows" is translated from the Hebrew word makove which means physical and mental pain and sorrow of the soul.

Another story in which Mary shows up is the Wedding at Cana in John 2:1-10. The wedding host runs out of wine and Mary goes to her son and tells him about it and so he tells his mother that it's not time yet for him to do miracles and reveal himself, but she tells the servants to do whatever he tells them to do and as a result, the wedding host ends up serving the best wine last when it is customary to serve the best first before everyone is tipsy and don't know what's what.

John tells us in his gospel that if all the things Jesus had ever done were written down that there would not be enough books to hold them!!!

Can you imagine being the mother of the son of God and watching Him grow up, learn to talk, say "mama" and "papa", take his first steps, lose his first tooth, tie his shoes and other ordinary things? If we as mothers of ordinary, everyday children store up their lives in our hearts, think about how Mary must have felt knowing that her son was the Savior of the world. Every thing he said or did must have made an imprint upon her heart and mind.

As we celebrate his birth today, whether it's in quiet contemplation or boisterous family gatherings, let us ponder anew the miracle that occurred that day in Bethlehem. That God himself saw our helplessness and cast off all about himself that was holy, godly, and supernatural, and became a "man of sorrows", "bruised for our iniquities", and "wounded for our transgressions" so that we might be restored to our intended relationship with God the Father.

Everyday is Christmas as far as I'm concerned. Emmanuel, God With Us, Prince of Peace, Kings, Jesus Christ, Yeshua, Messiah came and paid the price so that we might be set free from sin and its consequence...death!

If you ponder the things that Mary stored up in her heart, you can't help but celebrate the birth of her son!

Merry Christmas and may God bless you in the new year with his presence, his peace and his love and grace.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Prayer...the Ultimate Weapon in Spiritual Warfare?

What is the purpose to which we are called? We have been given the mighty job of completing the work of Christ on earth - to serve the poor, widows and orphans and to set the oppressed free by sharing the good news of the gospel, that I know.

This I am unsure of, but I thought the spirit spoke to me during my quiet time this morning that perhaps we are not taking this call from God on our lives seriously enough; or maybe it's just me. Maybe, just maybe, God needs us to be in serious contemplation of hearing Him call us out without notice to pray. How many times a day am I about my own business, when God might be calling me to prayer because of a spiritual war going on somewhere. That prayer for a person or a situation may be just what's needed to put into action the one thing that needs to happen for God's Will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven - you know...the snowball effect!

I know that God does not "need" me or any other person to accomplish what He wants to be done because He can do anything. God's purposes will be accomplished whether we are obedient or not. However, God does need to work in the hearts and lives of people and I believe that it takes prayer on our part to help that happen. If His purpose was to just wave a magic wand and exercise control over all humanity and creation, he could have done it that way. But God loves us, and He wants to work in our lives, my life, your life, their lives; and He does that when we seek Him and His purpose and hope for His will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven. We accomplish this by prayer.

I remember one night immediately after 9/11, I was awakened at 2:00 a.m., it was very quiet. All air travel had been shut down, and I live about 5 miles north of our local international airport, so it was really quiet. I knew in my spirit that something was going on somewhere that was of spiritual warfare in nature and that I was to pray. So I prayed intensely and purposefully for about ten to 15 minutes and then I layed down and went immediately back to sleep. That was thing...that I went immediately back to sleep because normally when I wake up in the middle of the night for ten to 15 minutes, I am awake for at least an hour or two. So I knew it was God calling me to prayer.

If I am not focused on the Lord's voice at all times, how do I know if maybe He doesn't call me several times a day to pray for something that is happening who knows where in the world? That prayer that He wants me to pray might be the difference in life and death for someone, or it might be the difference in God's messenger getting through. Remember how in Daniel 10:22 the messenger from God told Daniel he had been delayed by the prince of Persia. What if the fact of our listening to the holy spirit's urging to pray might be the difference in preventing a delay of this nature? God alone knows what all is going on around us in other dimensions. Have you ever read Frank Perretti's This Present Darkness? I highly reccomend it for a glimpse into what spiritual warfare is like.

My prayer today is that I and all of God's people will be given the desire to be intent on hearing the voice of God urging us to pray. I don't believe we have to know specifically what we are praying for, but if you hear God tell you that, too, definitely pray specifically.

Lord, Jesus, I pray that today your Will will be accomplished on earth as it is in Heaven. I pray that Satan and his followers will be defeated in their attempts to deceive, murder and destroy mankind. I ask further Lord that your people will be fully clothed today with your armor, the shoes of the gospel of peace and will be fully prepared to use the sword of the spirit in the defense of the gospel and for winning the battle for the souls of the lost and those in danger of being overtaken by the enemy. I ask this in the mighty, matchless name of Jesus Christ. The name above all names and to whom all creation will bow their knee and their tongue confess that He is Lord of Lord and Kings of Kings. To Him be the glory and honor forever. Amen.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

He Must Increase, I Must Decrease

I had my annual Christmas lunch with my before-we-were-married-roommates today. I love those girls. Women, really. Thirty years ago, we were working single young women looking for love and success, and it seems, in looking back that we were all in one accord in that our friendship was a vital link in our lives. Even though we see each other maybe three or four times a year (where we are all together), it never fails that when we are all together, it's just like we're still roommates pouring out our hopes, dreams and prayers to each other.

I love that our Father uses each of us to help the other in finding the missing piece of the puzzle that we've been looking for in our lives. My one friend talked today about how she had been spending a lot of time "fretting" (my word, not hers) about what was wrong in her life and how God "knocked up the side of the head" and told her to quit it; that to hear her talk, you'd never think she had a heavenly Father who had her back. He asked her how many families in the Bible she could remember who had no problems or trials in their families.

I remember thinking while she was talking that I would really like for the Lord to knock me up the side of the head once in a while.

I should have learned by now that when you are a follower of Jesus, you really should be careful what you wish for. Of course, you know what happened, right? No sooner had I gotten home from lunch and started pondering our conversation in light of things that had been happening in my life, than the Lord used it to knock me back into reality.

I've been feeling somewhat adrift this week. My prayer life has been dull. My worship has been forced. I've been fussing with my 11 year old who is home on Christmas break, and my husband is home sick with a really awful cold. Everyone seems to be on edge.

Maybe it's the holidays too, because this year I've felt lead to step back away from the holidays a bit. I've felt no inclination to decorate or buy gifts. I really think that I'm being lead away from taking part in a holiday that has been commercialized to the point where it has little mean to the majority of people and which really has no roots in Christianity at all. But now as I look at myself, I see that I've felt some self-righteousness about that. "Woo-hoo, look at me, I'm not taking part in all this hedonistic hoopla. Aren't I holy?".

The awareness of that started me looking at myself a little longer and seeing that while I have been praying for the holy spirit to increase and myself to decrease, there's still a lot of ugliness in me that I don't like and really want to get rid of.

I realized at lunch today that I felt a little envious of my one friend who is beautiful, older than me and looks younger, thin, vibrant and just got to re-carpet her whole house. I guess I was envious because I've been seeing myself as older than I'm supposed to be because of my physical condition, starting to show my age in wrinkles and weight (not so much gain but gravity), and after having been a successful business woman for years who could afford to buy and do pretty much whatever she wanted and who now is on a fixed income and can't afford to do much other than make ends meet, I felt sorry for myself. It hit me then, that I haven't conquered lust of the eyes. I'd like new carpet.

That made me realize that I haven't conquered the pride of life either. Because by being envious of her for being beautiful and younger looking and more vibrant, I was wanting to be proud of how I look and needing other people see me in ways that I no longer can be.

Add that to the fact that I already knew I hadn't conquered lust of the flesh yet because I struggle with focusing too much on food and buying clothing I don't need and (I'm sure) other such lusts of the flesh.

This all made me feel quite hopeless and defeated. Thank God for his holy spirit, whom Jesus called "the comforter". He came to me at that moment and reminded me that it's all because of Jesus that I have any righteousness. Yes, I am to keep trying to eliminate all sin in my life and live a holy and righteous life in the power of his spirit, but there is absolutely nothing I can do to earn my salvation. I am bought at a high cost, paid for entirely by the life Jesus Christ. He paid for my sins, the big ones and the petty ones; the simple ones and the complex ones, and it's only because of Him that I have any ability to stand before God.

I love my friends. They have been a mainstay of my life for 30 years. I would never want them to be hurt or lonely or without. I don't know why at that moment in time I was envious of one's relationship with God and the other's gifts of beauty, youth and extra cash for some new carpet, but I pray that God will forgive me. I love the Lord and I know He loves me. I can walk and move and think and for the most part I am healthy. I have a loving, caring husband and two children who I love very much. Are they perfect? No, but as described herein, neither am I. I have a nice home, more than enough to wear, eat and I'm warm and comfortable.

I can thank the Lord that every month He provides us with enough to make ends meet, along with some extras. Thanks to the Lord, we had extra money to give to the poor, to orphans, and to others who have much less than we do in addition to being able to support a couple of other small ministries this year.

It's a fine line to walk, but, how do I say this,...I know that by the grace of God I am doing better in resisting my flesh and my desire for stuff and needing human acknowledgement and accolades, but I also know that without the holy spirit nudging me in the direction of knowing that without Him I am nothing, I'd be right back in there, lusting, wanting and striving.

Sometimes I wonder, though, is it just me that struggles like this? It seems like I read an awful lot of Christian material that indicates that once you have the holy spirit you should not be susceptible to sinning like this.

I guess I will just keep on asking Him to increase and to let me decrease because I truly want people to see and hear Him and not me because I know that there is so little in me that is lovely or good.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

I AM the Lord that Healeth Thee

Three days after the Israelites escaped Pharoah and his soldiers by way of the Red Sea miracle, God's Chosen People found themselves at Marah, the place of bitter water with nothing to drink.

They immediately began to murmur amongst themselves against Moses and wishing they were back "in the good ol' days" of slavery in Egypt where they had plenty to drink and eat. They would rather be slaves to the government with plenty to drink and eat than living life daily in the care and provision of the Lord of the Universe. Doesn't that sound like life today?

Ecclesiates 1:9 tells us;

The thing that hath been, it [is that] which shall be; and that which is done [is] that which shall be done: and [there is] no new [thing] under the sun.

People still would rather be slaves to the government instead of being free in the Lord. At least that's where I think America is headed. Everyday we lose more of the freedoms our ancestors came to this country to have...but that's not what I wanted to talk about today. Back to the land of bitter water...

Even though the people were murmuring against Moses, he spoke on their behalf to the Lord and the Lord showed Moses a tree to throw into the water and which once he had thrown it in, it made the water sweet.

Exodus 15:25,26 says:

And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, [which] when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I [am] the LORD that healeth thee...

Sometimes it's difficult in scripture to follow which proper noun the pronoun is referring back to with all the he's and him's, etc., but I interpret this scripture as saying that "God" made the Israelites a statute and an ordnance and that at Marah God "proved" or tested their faith.

The Lord thereafter tells them that IF they will (1) listen to the Lord, (2) do what is right in His sight, (3) listen to His commandments, (4)and keep them; that God would not inflict the diseases and plagues upon them that He had caused to inflict Pharoah and the Egyptians that HE WOULD BE THEIR HEALER, also known as Jehovah Raphah.

The Bible says that God does not change. So, we can trust Him today to be just like He was then to the Israelites. If we live pure, holy lives, listening to His commandments, honoring Him, and doing what is right in His sight and according to His leading by His Spirit, He will be our healer.

This morning, I am praising God! He is my healer. If you have read my last several blog posts, you know that I attended a healing seminar last week. On Thursday night of last week I had hands layed on me and a prayer of deliverance from parkinson's disease and dystonia. Prior to that day, I had episodes of dystonia every day, at least once a day and many times 3 or 4 times a day and sometimes episodes that lasted 1-3 hours at a time making it impossible for me to walk and causing me to have brain freeze for that entire time!

To date, from last Thursday, I have had ONE episode of dystonia that lasted maybe 30 minutes and one small episode that lasted about five minutes! You can't know what praise and thanksgiving I am feeling this morning and have been praising God for the past 24 hours.

I am still having shaking and weakness in my muscles, but I know that God is at work in my body and when His time is right, I will be healed completely. Will I have the dystonia episodes again? I don't know, but my faith is strengthened, and I am trusting in Jehovah Raphah to do what He said He would for me in His time and according to my faithfulness to Him.


I just want to clarify to anyone who reads this post that although I quoted the Old Testament scripture, and I believe that God is still our healer, I also believe that:

1) God doesn't state implicitly that there is universal healing for ALL;
2) When a person accepts Christ's sacrifice on the cross and submit his or her life to Christ, we become subject to life "in the spirit" as opposed to life "under the law";
3) We are to be led by the Spirit of Christ in all things, including his Will for our healing;
4) I do not believe that all illnesses will be necessarily healed in a physical manifestation but I do believe if God deems it to be in the best interests of everyone in the Big picture, that He will do so, and that God's idea of healing may be different than ours.

But still, I am praising and uplifting God because as I see it, my symptoms have been reduced. I submit to His wisdom in my life and will continue to thank Him for all the things He allows in my life in order to draw me to a closer walk with Him.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Conquering the Land

Judges 1:19-36 is the account of the Israelites going in to the Promised Land and their failure to clear out the remaining pagan inhabitants who lived there prior to them being able to settle down and live in peace and rest.

I have learned that the Old Testament history of God and the Israelites can be likened to the New Testament of Christ and the Church. For example, just as God was leading the Israelites out of Egypt and into the Promised Land; so Christ is leading his bride, the Church, out of the world and into the Kingdom of God to a land flowing with milk and honey.

God commanded the Israelites to destroy everything and everyone in the Promised Land in order for them to take possession, keep possession and be at rest in the land.

What I glean from this is that the Promised Land had been inhabited by people who worshiped other gods, and dedicated their lives, their families, their homes and all they had to those gods, and so the Land was filled with the sinful, detestable results of who these people were.

Likewise, Christ commands those of us who want to enter into His kingdom, to come away from all the things the world is so fond of: other gods (this can be anything that you love and contribute the bulk of your time, attention and talent to that is not God, Himself), worrying, complaining, fighting, pagan practices, sinful practices, etc. We are to take control of our desires, our wants and our pride. We are to destroy the strongholds in our life, offer them up to Him as a sacrifice and devote ourselves to living in His strength, His peace, His love and His mindset.

We are saved by our belief in Him as the son of God, our confession of that faith, and then it is up to us to put into practice that faith by slaying the giants that control our lives.

What controls your life... Other people?...Money?...Materialism?...Fear?...Food?...Alcohol?...Sex?...Drugs?...Pride?

For me, I would have to say that my life has been pretty much been given over to the control of God, but I am still working on an excessive love of materials things like my home, home furnishings, clothing, cars, etc., (I like things to look shiny, new and oh, so clean and tidy on the outside.) and food.

To have people (known or unknown) come into my home and see dust, disorder, mismatched materials, paints, etc., is a matter of pride. I know somewhere in there is a woman trying to make it look like her life is really put together but in reality, if you look closely, there are lots of cobwebs, dust bunnies, "junk drawers" and dirt. It's just not apparent to the naked eye.

Also, it seems like so much of my life is driven by feeding myself and my family, people wanting me to go to lunch, to dinner, to breakfast, for a snack or a coffee, and grocery shopping. Sometimes I just wish I could say, hey let's just have some fruit, some cheese and crackers, or a PBJ and be done with it. And sometimes, wouldn't you just love to say, "hey, let's just go have an ice cream cone, or whatever! Food has gotten so complicated and important not just as a fuel but as entertainment and over-indulged pleasure.

God knows my strengths and weaknesses, and his Word says that He will not burden me with more than I can handle. It is past time for those who are called according to His purpose to go forth to conquer the giants in the land; or as Lee Trevino used to say, its time to "belly the wedge and sink the putt"!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Divine Healing Seminar Part 2

The Bible says that we should test all things that are taught to us. 1 John 4: 1-3 (NLT)

Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. This is the way to find out if they have the Spirit of God: If a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ became a human being, that person has the Spirit of God. If a prophet does not acknowledge Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist. You have heard that he is going to come into the world, and he is already here.

Curry Blake is not teaching anything that I can discern that is not 100% backed up by scripture. He teaches from the scriptures. We have spent two days going through the Bible. Some things are in accordance with what I have previously learned, but some things are not.

He contends that:

* when a person is born again (their spirit re-generated by God), they receive the indwelling of the holy spirit.

* because the holy spirit of God lives within us and because Jesus said it was so, (Mark 16:16) we (as followers of Christ) have been given the power and authority to do the same and greater works that Christ did when he walked upon the earth.

* the church today is operating under an Old Testament mindset.

* the OT mindset is always looking for God to speak to them through another person.

* the OT mindset will always be trying to earn or deserve God's blessings rather than believe that everything we get from God, we get by grace.

* most people are waiting for a phone call from God when He has already sent them a letter. Most people are waiting on God to tell them specifically what to do and when to do it rather than realizing that God has already told us what to do and given us examples of how to do it. Any specifics we may need will be given as we go, and not until we go. If the how-to was that important, God would have specified how to.

* God works according to the principles of good management. He tells you what to do and gives you the parameters within which you must work, but then He leaves the how-to up to you.

* Once we accept the Word of God as our final authority, we must begin to retrain our mind to think in line with God's Will.

I had a friend post on facebook last night that his mother was very ill, in the hospital and that he needed prayer for her and the family. I prayed for her in the manner in which we were taught yesterday; typed it out on facebook as I prayed it myself, and then I told him that if he was with her, believed the prayer to be true, to pray it out loud and lay hands on her. This morning she was doing better. I have not heard so far how she is this evening.

I urge you to go to the John G. Lake Ministries web site and listen to their teachings on line. You can find them HERE.

I am going to be in class tomorrow and a healing service tomorrow night. I plan to continue studying his teachings from the Word of God mostly because he makes the gospel very simple, and he focuses on the freedom from bondage that Christ came to bring.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Take Up Your Mat and Walk....

The Divine Healing Technician seminar I am currently attending is being presented by the Curry Blake of John G. Lake Ministries and sponsor,Heaven Bound Ministries, here in North Carolina.

As a relatively young woman (53) who was diagnosed with parkinson's disease about ten years ago and who has been annointed with oil, prayed over many times and prayed over with the laying on of hands, and who has not, to date, experienced the manifestation of His healing power, I have recently begun to ask: Where is the power of God that Christ promised to his followers just prior to his ascension?

Many times in the past three years, God has used people (strangers) to point me in the direction he wanted to me go, and that is how I learned about this seminar.

I come to the foothills of North Carolina often. If I could persuade my husband to move here, I would do it. I love the mountains. I love the beaches, too, but there is just something about the mountains that move me. Maybe it's because they're majestic, mysterious and imposing...I don't know, but I'm drawn to them. I secretly believe in my heart that it's because the Bible so often refers to "God's holy mountain". Maybe I truly believe I'm closer to Him in the mountains.

I'm not really sure what I was expecting from this seminar, but with classes running from 9 until 12 and 2 until 5, I know I wasn't thinking that the time would fly by, but (at least) today it did!

Curry Blake is a soft spoken man. His belief in what he's teaching emanates from him. He says that he has seen the Lord raise nine people from the dead and that literally thousands upon thousands of people have been healed as result of learning how to heal according to God's Holy Word.

The class is comprised of about 200 people, I would say. As God would have it, I ended up sitting with a mother and her son who I connected with immediately and have so much in common with. I love when that happens!

I just thought I would put down in writing some of my thoughts and notes from the session today.

*Hindrances to Healing: The only hindrance to healing is believing that there are hindrances to healing!

*Healing is an act of war, satan is the only enemy, and continuing to minister healing is an act of faith. Sometimes satan is able to slam the door shut on our healing prayers, but we continue to move forward, praying in the name of Christ and to minister healing.

*You MUST be grounded in the Word in order to kick through closed doors.

*It is NOT about anything BUT the WORD OF GOD.

*You are releasing LIFE into the receiver of the prayer.

*(I thought this was very interesting)Mark 16:17-18 says that "these signs shall follow them that believe...they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover". Notice that the sign is for those who believe (the pray-er) and that there is nothing in there about "praying" for them. We have been taught what we "think" is authority, but limited authority is really no authority. Jesus has all authority and we are operating under His power, now our own, we have all authority because we have Him!!

*The traditions of men are the doctrine of the devil. (Matthew 15:2,3

*The amount of faith is not an issue because Jesus said that if you have the faith of a mustard seed, you can move a mountain". The doctrine of men is that if you have faith the size of a mountain, you can move a mustard seed!

*Faith is "rest"; it is not nervous, it is simple and easy.

*Religion is a strict taskmaster.

*Healing is a GIFT not a reward.

What really struck me was the simpleness of the message and that even though we were talking about healing, it was all so much THE GOSPEL; the one that changes your life, makes you love Him more than life and gives you the will to keep going.

He made us so that the enemy cannot touch us. BUT we must be able to relate current problems to past victories.

The message is a profound one; life changing. I am anticipating a wonderful class tomorrow, and I'll tell you all about it.

Divine Healing Seminar

I drove all day yesterday in the manner of the U.S.Postal Worker, through rain, sleet and snow to arrive last evening in Asheboro, North Carolina. For the next several days, I will be attending the John G. Lake Ministries Divine Healing Technician Seminar put on by Curry Blake and Heaven Bound Ministries.

If you would like to listen to the siminar, go HERE.

I will be doing a review at the end of each day. I have been asking for a while now, where are the sons and daughters of God who are being used for the healing of people. Jesus told the disciples that his followers would be able to do "even greater" works than those he performed due to the indwelling of the holy spirit.

Mark 16:16, 17

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

I am looking forward to the Seminar and hope to report great things that the Lord is doing through his servants.