Be Encouraged Older Saints of God; God Is Not Finished with Us Yet.


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This morning I had a wonderful quiet time with Jesus.  After prayer and intercession, and after putting the final touches upon the Sunday school lesson that I will be teaching on Sunday, I asked God for something personal.   I asked Him for a word from Him for me.  Although I know that He and He alone holds my future, I wanted something from the Scriptures that I could hold throughout this day.  The passage of Scripture that He took me to was Psalms 71: 17-20.  Not only does this word have enough “juice” in it to carry me through this day, but it is powerful enough to carry me for the rest of my natural life.  In addition, God encouraged me to encourage others with this scripture.  Let’s look at the Scripture that God gave me.

Psalms 71:17-20 (KJV) 17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. 18 Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. 19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee! 20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

My first reaction was OMG! David must have made the same request of God that I did, because this first verse uses words that describe my life experiences with God.

 17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

As I look back over my life I can clearly see God’s handiwork.  Even in the midst of extreme poverty, a racially prejudiced society and being raised by grandparents, God taught me from my youth many of the things that I live by today.  And, in my latter years, I have declared the wondrous works of God to the best of my ability.  In spite of the three little books that I have written; a blog that extols the goodness of God that has been viewed by at least one person in 98 of the 196 countries on earth; a podcast that preaches the gospel of deliverance; and a 47 year career of service to my fellow man as a nurse, I know that there has to be more that I can do for my Lord.

The Bible says in Luke 12:48 (KJV) 48 … For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required:

It is certainly true that God has been good to me.  You have to know my story to understand my praise.  Only those who know where He brought me from can understand how much I love Him.  They alone realize why it is my cry to God to Use me O God in your service! And now I see that David, in the 18th verse of Ps. 71 cried the same thing when he said:

18 Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.

Some of the quotes about old age from Wikipedia include the following:

Old age comprises the later part of life; the period of life after youth and middle age… In the 4th century BC, Plato divided the human lifespan into six phases, the last two constituting ‘Old Age’ (the ages of 62-79) and ‘Advanced Age’ (80-)…Hair usually becomes thinner and grayer…Pain afflicts old people at least 25% of the time, increasing with age up to 80% for those in nursing homes…Diminished eyesight makes it more difficult to read in low lighting and in smaller print. Speed with which an individual reads and the ability to locate objects may also be impaired.

Considering these and other definitions of what comprises old age the picture could be considered bleak if we focus on the negative side of the story.  But we must also consider the fact that not everyone is blessed to attain to the state of old age.  If we reach it then we should be praising God.  Based on my years on planet Earth I certainly qualify to be a member of this category, grey hair, pain and all.  But I, like David, ask God to:

  1. Not forsake me.
  2. To allow me to show God’s strength to his current generation and
  3. To allow me to show God’s power to everyone that is to come.

God spoke to me some years ago and said that He had given me an “end time ministry”.  Later He clarified His words to mean that I would have a ministry at the end of time, at the end of their time (meaning a ministry to the elderly, the sick, the dying and to others who are close to the end of their time on earth) and the end of my time (meaning my latter years).  So now that I am officially of old age I cry out to God that the time of my ministry has come and I humbly bow to His perfect will for the rest of my life.

I pray that You, O Mighty and Holy God, will use this vessel of clay for Your glory and Your honor.  Have thine own way in my life O God, for there is none other like You!  I look not at the few things that have been accomplished, but ask that in spite of my old age that You will be glorified through me.  I want to be able to show your strength to this current generation, as well as to those who are to come. 

As I was seeking God, He dropped into my spirit that these things are accomplished by sharing God’s word verbally and in writing to this generation and in writing for future generations.  In addition, what I am to do is to encourage those of this generation, particularly my fellow “old age” peers, who have the ability to communicate in writing, to do so.  While this generation needs our testimonies, future generations will need them even more.  These are the words of encouragement that God gave me for my ‘old age” peers:

America, as well as the entire world, is teetering on the precipice of a paradigm shift.  The Cambridge Dictionaries Online defines a paradigm shift as a time when the usual and accepted way of doing or thinking about something changes completely.  In a very few short years our world will look very different than it does today.  The life of freedom and open worship of our God that we who live for God enjoy today will sound like a fairy tale in the near future.  It is our responsibility to share what is real about our lives and our love for God so that it is preserved for our progeny.  They will need the encouragement to live holy that we are able to give them based on the fact that we lived holy.

Saints, writers, teachers, preachers, prophets and prophetesses, we have the precious gift of salvation in our earthen vessels.  Those of us who are living holy hold a precious word that will cause others to live for God and escape the damnation of hell.  Saints of God, when God speaks to you, write it and share it.  That’s what I have done today.  Let’s bless someone else with our experiences in God so that they will know that He is real.  They need to know that He loves them just as He loves us and that they too can go to Heaven when they die.  Then, when old age comes their way they will understand their continued responsibility to preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ.  When God speaks a word in our ear we must declare it from the rooftop.

Matthew 10:27 (KJV) 27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

When God speaks to his vessels, it may seem very natural because it comes through our spirits and into our natural minds.  It may seem as though “everybody ought to know that”.  But the truth of the matter is, everybody will not know what God has spoken to you.  You must tell them.  God spoke to Habakkuk and told him to write what He said so that the word could be preserved.

Habakkuk 2:2-3 (KJV) 2 And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

The 20th verse of the Scripture that God gave me this morning states:

20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

God has indeed shown me and many others that great troubles are coming upon the face of the earth soon.  But even if the worse possible events happen to us He will indeed quicken or make us alive again; we who are saved will live with Him forever.  Meanwhile, we must continue to pray so that the hand of the enemy is stayed and one more soul is able to make it in through our ministry.  Older saints, it’s not over until God says it’s over; let’s continue to work for the Lord!

A Follow-Up to …And We Looked Up and Saw Death Hanging in the Sky”


shutterstock_69707593Saints of the Most High God, this is a follow-up to the post that I wrote this morning: “…And We Looked Up and Saw Death Hanging in the Sky”. In the post I stated that the individuals who approved the laws that were in direct conflict with the Word of God actually told God that they don’t love Him by their disobedient actions. But saints, they don’t love Him but we do! Death hanging over their heads also means that it is hanging over our heads. But we must remember that we have great power with God through prayer. He is our Heavenly Father and we have a real relationship with Him. Remember 2Chronicles 7:14, which states:

14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Saints, we have been left here at this time and in this country for a specific reason and that is to hold back not just the power of the enemy but also to be able to plead to God for mercy. We need to pray so that His wrath is stayed just a little bit longer to allow a few more souls to be saved. Our Pastor reminded us in service on Tuesday night that we are the salt of the earth and we are the light of the world. The world does not even see the death that is hanging over our heads, but we do. They cannot pray down mercy but we can.To quote my Pastor, “Salt does not stop decay, but it slows down the process. It is also an irritant in the wound of the enemies”.  This follow-up post is written to remind us of our power with God through prayer as well as our responsibility to tell the unsaved how they can be delivered.

The Lord reminded me of some of the words that our pastor spoke in one of his recent messages. He was not specifically referring to this current situation but I heard his words loud and clear.  I am also applying those words to this situation.  He said, “If you say that you are going to die you will. Remember that God gave us the power to loose and bind. If death appears, bind it!”  He also reminded us that we must not forget to loose the positive things that we desire. Scriptures that relate to the principles of loosing and binding are:

Matthew 16:19 (KJV)
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Matthew 18:18 (KJV)
18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Yes, the Lord did show me what is hanging over the head of America. Could it be possible that He revealed the impending danger to spur us to prayer and intercession?  I have to admit that the word from Him shook me to my core. But the Word of God says that man should always pray and not faint.

Luke 18:1 …that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.

My pastor said to us this past Tuesday night, “If you don’t see me panic, then don’t you panic”. We are blessed and highly favored to have a spiritual leader like Apostle Herman L. Murray in this country. He is a man who hears from God and is able to tell us in advance what God would have us to do. So now that I have calmed myself I know what I am to do in spite of the knowledge concerning God’s impending wrath. First I know that I am “good to go” to heaven whenever God chooses to take me because I am living holy everyday. But I also know that one of my chief responsibilities is to pray and seek God that His mercy is extended towards America.  At the same time I must gather in the harvest of souls.

God is causing a separation of the wheat and tares in the Christian world to determine who is on the Lord’s side. The real Christians will emerge and stand tall for the Lord. Those of us who can get a prayer through must do what I call “Go deep” when we pray. We must pray until we pray. By this I mean that we actually need to get lost in our prayers to God. We must pray until the burden of our situation is lifted. We must pray until we hear from heaven and until we know that we were heard by heaven. There is no question that sin is abounding now but we can also expect grace to abound. Romans 5:20 (KJV) says 20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.

Saints, we are not helpless in this thing. Will we stand boldly for Christ or will we wimp out and fall apart with fear? Can we be aware of impending dangers and yet plead with God to hold back his wrath with prayer? I believe that He expects it of us.

Remember the story concerning Sodom and Gomorrah when Abraham asked that God would not destroy the city if a certain number of righteous men could be saved? He went from 50, to 45, all the way down to 10. What would have happened if he had asked to have the cities spared if one righteous man could have been found? Perhaps his request might have caused a different outcome.

Genesis 18:23-33 (KJV)
23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
26 And the Lord said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:
28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.
29 And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty’s sake.
30 And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there.
31 And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty’s sake.
32 And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.
33 And the Lord went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.

Saints, let’s you and I pray and ask God to delay the outpouring of His wrath on America. At the same time let’s run, run, run to the lost to get them into the Kingdom of God. He did it for the city of Nineveh and perhaps it will cause a turnaround for us. (I know what ultimately happened to Nineveh but surely some of the people were saved in the interim that they were given.) The church is not going out with any less power than the early church. Let’s show ourselves worthy of our calling.

“…And we Looked Up and Saw Death Hanging in the Sky”


453565-a-russian-officer-takes-a-picture-of-a-tu-95-bomber-or-bear-at-a-militWith these heavy and ominous words the Lord showed me the very form that the wrath of God will take upon America. On Friday, June 26, 2015 America crossed a critical line when it made the decision to openly defy God and approve same-sex marriage in this country. As a result of that decision America stepped out of the status of a Christian nation into the unfortunate status of a country that is in open rebellion against God. The decision told God that we no longer love Him. “Why?” you may ask. Because the Bible in John 14:15 says If ye love me, keep my commandments.  We told God with that court decision, “We will not obey you” which ultimately means, “We don’t love you.”

I am going to be detailed and specific concerning the events that lead to my hearing the ominous words because it is critical that you, the readers of this post, understand why I find them to be so serious.  I am a prophetess. I don’t generally walk around using the title because titles don’t really matter anyway. But I share it today because the Bible says in 1Thessalonians 5:12 (KJV)
12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you.

A prophet or prophetess is one who has been called by God to know and speak aspects of His mind and heart. He uses the prophet and prophetess to speak to individuals, congregations and some to the nations. I do not use this title for self-promotion. I use it now simply so that you will understand why God would give me such a message. On Monday of this week God let me know that an important message was coming.  As a result of obedience to something that He told me to do, I awoke at three A. M. this morning, July 1, 2015 and heard these words in my spirit. “…And we Looked Up and Saw Death hanging in the Sky”.   As I looked at the vision that God gave me I saw a large aircraft sitting in the sky waiting for a pre-determined time to drop what appeared to be some form of destruction from its belly. God is angry at America and He will bring great devastation and destruction upon our country. We may not know the day or the hour but it is coming very soon.

At first I was a little reluctant to write this post because of the heaviness of the message. But what kind of minister and Christian would I be  if I did not tell you the truth? There are some critical steps that we must take within our remaining time on earth. We know that Jesus is coming to get the church that is prepared for His return. This message is for saints and sinners alike. Get right with God and do it now!

While in church service last night God gave me these scriptures:  Ezekiel 3:17-21 (KJV)
17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

20 Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.

So you see, I must obey God. I must tell you the truth, although many will call even this post a hate message. I love you with the love of God and want to see as many souls make it into the Kingdom of God as possible. My Pastor, Apostle Herman L. Murray, told us last night, “Don’t get nervous, get busy”. We must take a firm stand and be the church that God has called us to be.

Final steps to be taken in our final hours:

For Christians:

  1. If you are a Christian act like it. Stand firm on the Word of God. Many are calling themselves Christians but are conforming to the world. One of the problems may be that you have no power in your life. You need the Holy Ghost to stand firm. Make sure that you are ready for heaven. Your garments must be unspotted, unwrinkled and must have no blemishes. There must be no sin in your life or you will not go back with Jesus when He comes. The key word is repent if there is unrepentant sin in your life!                                                              Ephesians 5:27 (KJV) 

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

  1. You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.                                                                                                                                Matthew 5:13-16 (KJV)
    13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
    14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
    15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
    16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
  2. Run and tell everyone that you know that Jesus is soon to come. Start with your family and move out to everyone.
  3. This is no time to be paralyzed with fear; it’s time to gather in as many souls as we can.
  4. Get closer to God through church attendance; study of the word and through prayer. We do not know how much time we have, but we must use our time wisely.

For those who are lost:

  1. As an intelligent human being you owe it to yourself to find out all you can about Jesus Christ, for he is your hope of glory. We strongly encourage you to get saved, sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost.

It is true that all sin is equally sinful but the soul that sinneth shall die.                                                                                                               Ezekiel 18:20 (KJV)
20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die.

This means that you will be eternally separated from God and eternally punished in hellfire. Get right so that this will not be your fate.

  1. Once you are saved convert your brother. Help someone else make it into the kingdom of God.

Saints and sinners alike, devastation is coming to our nation but Jesus will take care of those who are His. Let’s fight the good fight of faith and lay hold on eternal life. God bless.

The Runaway Train Of Deception Is Picking Up Speed


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America…we’re in for a bumpy ride.

Originally posted on Bring Bread:

Not long ago, the evening news was filled with the terrifying story of a passenger train that inexplicably accelerated so severely that it jumped the tracks and derailed. Tragically, scores were injured and lives were lost.

“It is an absolute, disastrous mess,” the local mayor remarked. “We do not know what happened here. We do not know why it happened.”

His words are haunting to me. Prophetic sounding even, because lately, I’ve been feeling like I’m on a runaway train, too. Buckled up with me? My nation. My culture. Hurtling towards catastrophe, we’re passengers on the freight-train of demonic deception and it’s accelerating exponentially. Surely, derailment is just around the bend. I’m afraid when we come to a full stop, we’ll be an unrecognizable, disastrous mess. In shock, people will wonder what happened, and ask themselves, “Why?”.

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Jesus Loves You!


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Originally written in 2012 but this is so relevant today I decided to REBLOG!

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This post was initially written around Christmas, 2012 but it is still relevant today!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Hello everyone.  I have a message for you from the Lord.  As my husband and I were preparing for service in the nursing home that we visit, I asked the Lord what He would have me tell the residents.  His answer was, “Tell them that I love them”.  This post is based on Jesus’ message to the nursing home residents.  We are blessed, however, because His message of love applies to us all.  

“Jesus Loves You!”

Many of us learned a little song as children entitled “Jesus Loves Me”.  According to Wikipedia, “Jesus Loves Me is a Christianhymn that was originally written as a poem in a novel by Anna Bartlett Warner  in 1860.   The poem was written to comfort a dying child.  The tune and chorus were added in 1862 by William Batchelder Bradbury and has become one of the…

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“Need Your Needs Met? All You Have to do is ASK!”


Luke 12:32 (KJV)
32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

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“Have You Believed the Report? If You Believe It, Then Act on It”


shutterstock_116035348In Isaiah 53:1 the Prophet Isaiah raised a question. He asked:

1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

The 53rd chapter of Isaiah presents very clear-cut and descriptive information concerning our suffering Messiah, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. One has only to read the chapter to understand the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. But before we get into the specifics of the report that Isaiah presents, the question needs to be asked, “Why did mankind need a Messiah or Savior in the first place?” A quick review of the circumstances that led to the need for a Messiah to deliver mankind from the results of sin follows.

In the beginning God created a man who He named Adam. He gave Adam a wife that was perfectly suited for him, gave him meaningful work and God had fellowship with Adam and Eve every day. But Adam and Eve sinned against God through disobedience, lost their status  and were rejected from the Garden of Eden.  At the same time that they sinned, death entered the equation. They, along with every one of their offspring (including you and I), were condemned to Death,  Hell and ultimately the Lake of Fire without hope. But God loved us too much to leave us in that hopeless situation according to  John 3:16 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his   only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Jesus became our escape route from sin, death, Hell and the Lake. Our Heavenly Father sent His only Son to die for us. That thought bears repeating.  Since No other person was pure enough to die for our sins, jesus, in obedience to His Father, came to earth, lived among sinful men but himself did no sin. He demonstrated how men were to live holy. He healed the sick, raised the dead and modeled love itself. He gave us a picture of the Father through his own behavior. Then He hung, bled, died and rose again to pay the awful penalty for sin. His death, burial and resurrection opened the door for all men to be saved and delivered out of the hand of sin. He overcame death, hell and the grave so that we might have a right to the tree of life.

The 53rd chapter of Isaiah described not only His humiliation, pain, suffering and sorrow, but it also describes His glorious reward and exaltation that His father has given Him because of His sacrifice. What wonderful news! But wait! With this kind of salvation available, why are there still people on earth that are not saved? Granted,  there may be a few who have not heard the good news yet, but …but what about those who have heard the report but are still not saved?

In 1960 there were approximately three billion people on the face of the earth. Today that number has increased to over seven billion people on earth. That means that had Jesus not died, billions and billions of people would be without hope. The Lake of fire, by way of Hell, would be the destination of all men and women. The only thing available for mankind would have been a certain fearful waiting for the horrors of Hell and the Lake of fire.  But, with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus for our sins, billions and billions of people should be saved and either in or eligible to enter into heaven. Sin should be a thing of the past and we should all be praising and worshipping God. But you and I know that sin is still on the rampage. Why is this? Why have people all over the world refused to believe the report of Isaiah and others concerning Jesus Christ?

You and I who are now saved were not here when Jesus hung on the cross for us. Someone had to report it to us. And as a result, we believed the report. Let’s look through the Scriptures to see if there is a possible answer for why some did not believe and still refuse to believe the report.

Isaiah 53: 2-3 says
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

The prophet Isaiah presents several reasons that might account for why the Jewish people did not receive Jesus as the Messiah. Some of those reasons still stand today.

  1. They might have rejected him because they didn’t like him as a person. He was despised and of low esteem. Jesus was born to common, everyday working people. Mary claimed to be a virgin when she conceived Jesus (and of course she was) and his earthly father was what we would call today, a blue collar worker, a carpenter.
  2. Jesus was born in a manger, not at the Palais Royale Hotel or in a comfortable hospital. He came into the earth poor, not wealthy.

Luke 2:7 (KJV)
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

3.  The words “a root out of a dry ground” in Isaiah 53 tells us that he was born in the north, in Galilee, of a family out of which, like a dry and desert ground, nothing great, was expected. He was also born in a country of such small repute that it was thought that no good thing could come out of it.

John 1:44-46 (KJV)
44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

4.  I’m sure many expected the coming Messiah to live an exalted lifestyle. Some might have thought that He would at least have had transportation comparable to a Lexus. But instead, He walked almost everywhere he went. They might have expected Him to have a mansion but he did not even own a home.

Matthew 8:20 (KJV)
20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.        5.  He was a man of sorrow. Even though he committed no sins, living on earth in the midst of sinful men must have made him a sorrowful man. He must have also felt the weight of His responsibility to die for mankind. But most of all, He felt the impending separation from His Father when sin was crushed at His death.

6.  As a result of all of these issues, many rejected Him back in His day.  Perhaps the same issues cause Him to be rejected today.

7.  One of the key reasons that men reject Jesus is because men love sin and do not want to be delivered. Salvation is available but men and women have to want to be saved in order to receive God’s deliverance.

8.  And finally, we know that some are simply blinded and mired down by our adversary the devil. But praise God for two great reasons for why all should believe that he is the Son of God, who died for the sins of the world.

Reason No. 1.  Before Jesus came to earth God told mankind  that He would send a Savior. The Word of a coming Messiah was delivered through prophets down through time. The prophets who foretold His coming described Jesus “to a T” so to speak.  God even let Adam and Eve know, as they were being rejected from the Garden of Eden for the sin of disobedience, that they would have a Savior one day. When God cursed the serpent for tricking Eve and then Adam into eating of the forbidden fruit, this is what He said:

Genesis 3:14-15 (KJV)
14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

What He let them know is that  the woman’s offspring (Jesus) would bruise the devil’s head, although the Savior would be bruised through his sacrificial death.

Reason No.2.  Jesus performed many miracles that validated that He was the Messiah. He healed the sick, opened blinded eyes, opened deaf ears, and raised the dead. He sent a message to John the Baptist that John could believe that He was the Messiah “for His work’s sake”.

The Conclusion of the whole matter is this. The report that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died for our sins is true.  And if it be true, and you believe the report, then act on your belief.  Because of the sacrifice, pain and suffering that Jesus experienced for us can’t we at least live for Him? The only thing that remains for mankind to do is to believe the report that the Bible presents and accept it, because, brothers and sisters, there is no other Savior coming. Jesus is coming back again to receive his own unto himself. But this time He is coming in majesty and in power and He will be looking for a people who have believed the report to the saving of their souls. They will be people who not only believed it but are prepared for the time that He will return to rapture his saints away. He is our propitiation for sin,  He is our only hope of glory and He is coming back soon and very soon.  There is not much time left. I strongly encourage everyone who has not done so to receive Jesus Christ, the Son of Almighty God, as your Lord and Savior today. Repent of your sins. Ask Jesus to come into your life and ask for the infilling of the Holy Ghost. To quote the late Great Apostle Lobias Murray: “If you believe it…Say AMEN!”

Romans 10:10 (KJV)
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Dake’s Reference Bible

Killing the Green-eyed Demon of Jealousy in the Church


shutterstock_4321663Someone asked me once, “ So, who died and made you the Pope of Perfection?” She asked this question because she was angry because I witnessed to a friend about the importance of being saved. She didn’t like it at all that I called (not me but the Bible) her pet sin a sin. She also mistakenly thought that I was of the Catholic faith (thus the title Pope), but I assure you that I am Openly Holy! That’s Holiness! Because Holiness is Still Right! I should have answered her and said that the one who died and made me who I am was JESUS! However, I just laughed at her term for me because what she didn’t realize was that she encouraged me to witness with even more boldness. My words must have had a strong effect upon her because she actually followed me to my inbox on FB to fuss me out. Bless her Lord; deliver her Jesus is my prayer. So, here I go, more encouraged than ever to obey the Lord and say what He tells me to say. Today I will be using the gift of the Word of Wisdom that God gave me to hopefully strengthen and encourage the church. I heard the words “jealousy in the church” as I was in prayer this morning and I knew that I was to share about that green-eyed demon in this post. It does not in anyway mean that I am the Pope of Perfection (or in this case the Wonder Woman of Wisdom) because I share what He gave me. I’m just doing what He told me to do. Is it wise for me to identify the gift for what it is? I think so, because by so doing, maybe others will take their spiritual gifts out of the wraps that they use to cover them up and use those gifts to help the body of Christ.

Jealousy in the church. Of course we are not talking about the type of jealousy that is felt when one’s romantic relationship is threatened. We are talking about the type that makes us feel that our standing or position in the church is threatened. Here we are in spiritual warfare and, instead of fighting our common enemy, we’re fighting among ourselves because of the spirit of jealousy. Hopefully, after this little message jealousy will get a black eye and we as Saints of God will begin to love and respect each other as we should.

What exactly is jealousy? Webster defines jealousy as an unhappy or angry feeling of wanting to have what someone else has. Synonyms for jealousy are covetousness, enviousness, green-eyed monster, invidiousness, envy, resentment. The Bible identifies jealousy as something that should be resisted. 1 Corinthians 3:2-3 (KJV) lets us know that the jealous person is a carnal and immature Christian:
2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

We all know that the devil is not our only enemy. As Saints of God we also have to fight against an enemy that resides within our own person and his name is the flesh. The natural man or the human part of us is full of pride. It does not want to see anyone move forward or get ahead of us. But our true desire as Christians should be to be what God says that we are to be. We should be content with who God has made us to be. Jealousy among saints is one of the major reasons that the church is unable to grow any faster and move forward as it should. But the persecution that is coming upon the church is going to force us to get out of self and put on the whole armor of God. We will only be able to do this by loving, strengthening and encouraging each other.  If a colony of ants or a hive of bees can honor their leaders and work in their own positions why can’t we?

Consider a group of children growing up together in the neighborhood in love and harmony. As they begin to mature a change begins to take place. One of the young men may suddenly grow taller than the others.   While his friends may be around 5’ 9”, he suddenly zooms to 6’4”.   Or a young lady may have been just another member of her BFFs until the summer that she developed curves that the others did not have. The jealousy among her friends may be especially potent if she had less defined curves than all when suddenly her shapeliness exceeded them all. This is also how it is in the church world. Let’s say that a young man was born into a particular church and grew up under wonderful men of God who helped to train and encourage him. Then, under circumstances that no one really expected, God began to pour out His blessings and anointing upon him. In the course of time that young man is elevated to be the leader of the entire group that encouraged him. There is the potential that the older men who loved and encouraged him might suddenly become jealous of that young man, feeling that he had no right to his new status or position. Mature men of God, however, would not succumb to the enemy and allow the green-eyed demon of jealousy to prevail. Even the peers of the young man might feel jealous because he was once just one of them. But what we must remember is that God is sovereign. He blesses whomever he chooses to bless. He exalts whomever He chooses to exalt. But there is just one other thing that might help us all to fight the human emotion of jealousy when God moves in this way. What we have to remember is that just as the potential to be 6’4” was in the young man when he was born and just as the potential to be curvy was in the young woman when she was born, so was God’s plan for the young man who became the leader. It was in the package at birth!   Just because we didn’t know it when the child was born, the child is simply fulfilling the destiny that God had for him all along.

Can we as saints just relax and let God be God? Can we fight against the natural desire to be great in the eyes of man? To be great in the eyes of God is what we should all desire. If God wanted a beautiful 4’9” young man or a young lady who could sew but not sing a lick when He made you, just be who He made you to be. It is especially important to remember our lesson about jealousy when God exalts one from our midst. I have also learned that just because one person moves into their role first it does not make them any more important than anyone else. When others move into their roles they are all peers. And it may be that God will elevate one higher than another. If the first man or woman of God were truly humble, there would be no jealousy in his or her heart if one of the peers exceeds his or her position or level of anointing. It’s the same as the situation that occurred when the young man grew to be 5’9” first in his group but was exceeded when his friend became 6’4”. That’s just life. Let’s all grow into the potential that our sovereign God has set for each of us. Jesus was raised from obscurity to be King of Kings and Lord of Lords… or so it appeared. In actuality, Jesus was BORN to be KING. It came with the package.

 John 18:37 (KJV) 37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice

So, when one of our peers moves ahead of us to become what we consider to be great, Saints let’s not get jealous. Just remember that that individual is just maturing into the person that God meant him or her to be from the beginning. It came with the package. Instead, let’s each of us allow the Holy Spirit to mold us into the perfect image of Jesus Christ, maturing in love and bowing to the perfect Will of God.

1 Corinthians 13:4 (KJV)
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Hey, if we are successful, then perhaps we will earn the title ofThe Perfect Pope of Perfection”. Let’s just do what we do for the glory and honor of God. May God bless you today and always. And, as the older saints used to say, “Pray my strength in the Lord, because I do mean Jesus in my life”.

Saints, It’s Time to Pray as Daniel Prayed


A decision to openly disobey the Bible will place our country directly in the path of the Wrath of God.

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God’s Plan of Salvation


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Get On Board!!!

Originally posted on Committed to Preaching the Word of God:

– From “Free Bus Tickets to Heaven” (An Open Invitation to Salvation for my Family and Friends) by A L Evans.

Good Morning everyone.  In many of my posts I have reviewed God’s Plan of SalvationHowever, we can never get enough of the good news of Jesus Christ, so here it is again.  if you are not saved, it is my prayer that you will be saved before it is everlastingly too late.  Jesus really is soon to come.  If you have any discernment at all you are aware that this world is growing more and more wicked everyday.  A change is coming very soon and you want to be on the winning side when it occurs.

Jesus wants all people to hear the gospel and to have an opportunity to be saved.  Fortunately, the Plan of Salvation is very simple.  God created Adam so that He could enjoy fellowship…

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Now That the Alarm Has Sounded…What’s Next?


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      Some of us are very stirred about the things that we see coming upon the earth and are seeking God about what we are to do now that He has our attention.  Upon awakening this morning the Lord began to speak to me about the things to do now that we are aware that His wrath is soon to fall.

  1. We must make sure that we are ready to meet the Lord because some of us may be “hit”   by some of the things that are coming upon the face of the earth. We must have no spots, blemishes or wrinkles or any such things.  We must get the beams out of our own eye to assure that we can help others with their motes.

Ephesians 5:27 (KJV) 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Matthew 7:4-5 (KJV)
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

2.  Next, prepare those who are closest to us, then move on to others.

Acts 1:8 (KJV) 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

  1. Draw even closer to God through study of his Word and through prayer.  We must expand and deepen our relationship with God.

James 4:8 (KJV) 8 Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.

  1. Pray, pray, pray for America and the world.

Jeremiah 29:12-13 (KJV) 12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

  1. Help as many others into the ark of safety as we can.

Luke 22:32 (KJV) 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

God bless us all as we wait on further instructions from the Lord.

 

Evangelist ALE

 

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