A few weeks ago our church went on a three-Day Consecration to pray and seek the face of the Lord, expecting Him to break yokes, meet needs and to submit ourselves the more for His service. The evening before the fast ended I was sitting in my favorite chair, coming out of a nap. (Wonderful place that place halfway between sleeping and being awake). As I opened my eyes, I felt and saw a warm and gentle rain. I “heard” in my spirit “Showers of Blessings”. I received that Word gladly for all of the Saints of God as well as myself. Then I saw another rain cloud that was a beautiful but smaller cloud. It looked like it was made of spun gold. Warm gentle golden drops were falling from this cloud and I heard “Anointing”. I again received it gladly for the Saints. Tonight, in my time with the Lord, He explained to me what the special gold cloud meant. Hopefully, this will be a great encouragement to the older Saints of God.
The Lord told me to encourage those of us who have entered into our Golden Years of 65 and above. Many of us have been saved for years and are beginning to grow weary in our bodies. But the Lord wants us to know that He is not finished with us yet. He is going to heal our bodies, strengthen our minds and anoint us to do the work that He has called us to do. He has invested Himself into some of our lives for decades and He is ready to use us for His glory and honor. Rejoice older Saints, for we have come forth as pure gold. Let’s walk into our season, for our time has come. Just watch what the Lord is going to do.
My late Pastor, Apostle Lobias Murray, told us that we should “tell a dream as a dream”. His meaning was that when relating the events of a dream, simply report the dream as it appeared. Although not all dreams have meaning for our everyday lives, I know that occasionally they are very relevant. My latest book, The Night that Death Came Creeping in My Room, relates a dream experience that changed my life. So, when I experienced a particular dream, it left me disturbed. In the dream that I allude to, I was walking in a little field in my neighborhood and began to notice very tiny black and white puppies scattered on the ground. They were alive but made no sound. Their little eyes were still shut and I noticed that their sizes varied, but none was longer than an inch. I love puppies and I realized in the dream that without proper nourishment, they would not survive. They needed a safe place so that they could continue to grow. I was very disturbed in the dream because no one was helping the little dog that was having so many little puppies and who obviously needed help in caring for them. My first thought was to try to find the mother of the “one-inch puppies” so that I could try to tell her to stop scattering her babies everywhere. I wanted to let her know that they needed a nest and they needed her to nourish them. Then it occurred to me that I needed to gather them up and try to put them in a nest. I tried to make a nest for them and I began to line it with whatever I could find on the ground such as straw and old rags. Then I thought, “That’s not a proper nest, they need their mothers”. Some were dying in the field and they could not even cry for their mother, because they had no voice.
I awoke sad and disturbed for the puppies. How could someone not help the little dogs that were just dropping them and leaving them to die? For a couple of days I simply could not shake the feeling of sadness that I felt in the dream. Why did no one care about the “one-inch puppies?” The tiny puppies needed help and there was no one speaking up for them. I pondered the dream but I had no answer for a relevant meaning. As I related the dream to a friend, the Lord began to speak to me. What follows is what I “heard” in my spirit.
The “one-inch puppies” were actually tiny human embryos, specifically black, white and mixed race babies. The “one-inch puppies” of the dream were silent because tiny babies have no voice and no ability to communicate. They are totally vulnerable and are only able to survive in the womb of the mother, their nest. They were alive because, of course, life begins at conception. Those tiny babies need someone to pay attention to their cause. They have a right to life, just as any other human being has a right to life. God loves them as much when they are less than an inch long and weigh ounces as He does when they are around 7 lbs. and ready to live outside of the womb.
It is interesting that God used the image of tiny, helpless puppies to get my attention. Little baby puppies are so helpless and adorable. Yet, miniscule human babies are being aborted everyday by the thousands and few people are speaking up for them. An anointed pastor in our fellowship, The Late Bishop Paul Cannon of Nash Full Gospel Holy Temple Church, preached a message years ago entitled, “Somebody Ought To Say Something.” The Late Joe Bagsby, a popular host of the Dallas, Texas radio show Heaven 97, was so moved by the message that he adapted the title of the message by Bishop Cannon into a regular feature of his radio program. “Somebody ought to say something”. Saints, we must speak against abortion for the babies who have no voice.
Abortion is rampant in the world today. As a nurse I learned that in Russia it is the chief method of birth control. But, as quiet as it is kept, it is also a main method of “birth control” in America. It is sin and God hates sin. It is not only mothers of the “one-inch babies” who have involved themselves in abortion. What about the parents who force or encourage their child to abort? What about the boyfriends and “fiancés” who, because they don’t want to be responsible for child support, insist on the abortion of the child that they helped to create? What about the married man who already has a wife and family who paid for the abortion? What about the nurses, doctors, social workers and aides who work in the abortion clinics (Planned Parenthood Clinics) and what about the legislators who pass the laws making this form of murder legal? Yes, everyone involved, at whatever level, has the blood of the “one-inch babies” on their hands. God will hold them accountable for that sin. The very souls of those babies cry out to God for vengeance. God declares the following : Romans 12:19 (KJV)
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Scary thought, huh? But lest, this scripture unduly break you, remember that the blood of Jesus is strong enough to cleanse you even from this sin. All you have to do is repent, call upon the name of the Lord and He will save you. Then determine to live for Him for the rest of your life. Never commit this sin again and you will be delivered from it. Justification, according to Wikipedia, is God’s act of removing the guilt and penalty of sin, while at the same time declaring a sinner righteous through Christ’s atoning sacrifice. The blood of Jesus will justify you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.
We all have needs. In order to even survive on planet Earth we must have our basic needs met. And nobody can supply those needs but Almighty God. Man’s most basic needs for survival include air to breathe, water to drink, food to eat, shelter from the elements and sleep. We are totally dependent upon the God of the universe to meet those needs. I wonder about those individuals who claim that there is no God, yet they breathe His good air, consume His resources, and rest the body that He made with restorative sleep. Yes, life can be hard sometimes, but Thank GOD we have a good and loving God who sees our circumstances and promises to meet our each and every need.
From Wikipedia we learn that Abraham Maslow suggested in 1943 that there is a priority level for each of our needs. He first introduced his concept of a hierarchy of needs in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation” and his subsequent book Motivation and Personality. According to him, once the basic needs of survival are met, the next level of needs come into play. While not everyone agrees with all of the elements of each level, the Hierarchy of Authority still stands as a description of human needs. While some have modified his position, the hierarchy does help us to understand how people function. Maslow illustrated human hierarchy of needs in the form of a pyramid.
There are five different levels in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. They are:
- The Physiological Needs that were outlined earlier.
- Security Needs, which include the needs for safety and security. Some examples of security needs are a desire for steady employment, health care, safe neighborhoods, and shelter from the environment.
- Social Needs, which include needs for belonging, love, and affection. Relationships such as friendships, romantic attachments, and families help fulfill this need for companionship and acceptance, as well as involvement in social, community, or religious groups.
- Esteem Needs involve the need for self-esteem, personal worth, social recognition, and accomplishment. Failing to gain recognition for accomplishments can lead to feelings of failure or inferiority
- Self-actualizing Needs. This is the highest level of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and it involves self-awareness, concerns about personal growth, and interest in fulfilling one’s potential.
I have excellent news to share concerning all of our needs. In the book of Phillipians the Bible tells us tells us that God is well able to supply them all.
Philippians 4:19 (KJV)
19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
How comforting it is to know that our God has the power and desire to fulfill all of our needs. And, according to His manual, the Bible, all we have to do is ask. One of my favorite scriptures is Luke 11:9-13. It states:
Luke 11:8-13 (KJV)
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Have you paid attention to the fact that the key words in verse 9: Ask, Seek and Knock spell the word Ask? It looks like God wants us to ask of Him what we need. Yes, there are some things He has already provided for you and we didn’t even have to ask for them. We are all breathing, right? And, He does rain on the just as well as the unjust, according to Matt. 5:45. That’s just because He is such a good God.
But, and I ask this question of the atheist, how can you ask something of someone that you do not believe exists? IJS. Asking God for something recognizes who He is and allows us to put ourselves in proper perspective to Him. You have to humble yourself to another when you are asking something of that person. God is our Heavenly Father and it His good pleasure to give us the kingdom.
Luke 12:32 (KJV)
32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
That is, if He is your Heavenly Father. For those of you who have not accepted God as the sovereign and supreme Creator and Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, asking for something from God through Jesus would be similar to asking my natural father to meet your needs. If you were to ask my Dad for $100 (If he were still alive, of course), I’m sure he would want to know who you are and why you feel that you have the right to ask anything of him. He might even say, “You are not my child, why should I give you $100?” But if you were his child he would be more likely to give it to you. The same goes for my Heavenly Father. Why would my Heavenly father meet your needs when you are not His child? But don’t despair, I have good news for you. If you are not His child you can be. No matter what you’ve done, no matter how ugly you ‘ve lived, Jesus has already died for your sins and made it possible for you to become a child of God. So how do you become His child? You do this through the new birth. You ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and you ask Him for the gift of Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. You are then re-born. In order to have the power to live a clean and holy life, as Jesus requires, you ask Him to fill you with the Holy Ghost. And He will do it.
There is one more little nugget that you need to know about salvation. You cannot fool God. You cannot “game” Him and you cannot trick Him. Since He made you He knows more about you than you know about yourself. He knows when you are sincere in your repentance and He requires true repentance. Don’t expect to go through the motions, say the right words, take a run through His treasure chest of blessings with the intentions of getting what you want from Him, then going back to your old way of life. It won’t work. But I assure you that if you desire a true change in your life circumstances, a real relationship with your Heavenly father, as well as your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to have your feet placed on the right path to heaven you can have it. My God will meet all of your needs.
Luke 12:22-32 (KJV)
22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
You read the last line, right? It is His good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. And, once you are His child, all you have to do is ASK!
As you read this post, please examine your relationship with the Lord to determine what the “It” may be in your own life.
As you read this post, please examine your relationship with the Lord to determine what the “It” may be in your own life.
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Ring! Goes the doorbell. You step out onto your front porch and you see a truck rapidly driving away from your house. You look down and see that the driver left a gift just for you. It appears to be a pirate’s chest and it has your name on it. You tentatively open the chest and what you see absolutely bedazzles you. Filled to the brim of your treasure chest are rare jewels that sparkle like the sun. The chest is filled with the most precious and the finest gemstones on earth such as rubies, sapphires, diamonds, pearls and emeralds. Inside are also gold, silver and gold bullion. As you quickly move your treasure chest inside for safety, you squeal with joy that someone has left this treasure chest filled with valuable contents just for you. As you begin to examine each precious gem and coin you glorify God that He has blessed you in such a way.
Sound like a farfetched story to you? “I would love for something like that to happen to me,” you say. “Man, I would be so happy and feel so blessed if I had a treasure chest like that”. “Why, I would be so rich that I wouldn’t know what to do with myself.” Well, guess what. I have great news for you. You have just such a gift from God called the Holy Bible.
The Bible is a collection of sixty six books that are filled with history, mystery, poetry, prophecy, promise, love, murders, wars, battles, conflict and ecstasy. These are the most precious gemstones that relate to life and love. As a matter of fact, the contents of the Bible are far more valuable than natural gemstones because the Bible holds the key to eternal life.
John 5:39-40 (KJV)
39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
Jesus Christ is the Living Word of God and He is the answer to every situation that has ever and will ever happen in your life.
John 1:1-4 (KJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
The Bible is a treasury of love, joy, truth, peace, righteousness, kindness, honor, respect, gentleness, direction, hope, comfort and fulfilled desire. Everything that you need for righteousness and godliness is in the Bible. It answers every question and directs every path. The Bible is also a book of judgment because the day will come when the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ, will open it, evaluate your life by it and determine if you will spend eternity in Heaven or Hell.
Revelation 20:12 (KJV)
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
This makes the Holy Bible the most valuable book that has ever existed. We are very blessed in America to have such a valuable treasure chest that we are able to enjoy whenever we like. Have you opened yours lately? Go ahead, knock the dust off and open the pages. Ask God to direct your search as you study its contents and He will do just that. Many of you say that you want to know God better. Well, you get to know Him through His Word. God will actually speak to you from His Word if you allow Him to do so. Search for Him and you will find Him in your treasure trove. Dive deeply into God’s treasure trove and it will absolutely transform your life.
Jeremiah 29:13 (KJV)
13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Ring! That’s your doorbell. This message is the announcement that your treasure trove is available. What will you do with it?
According to the Urban Dictionary, the popular expression “don’t get it twisted” means several things, but the best definition is “don’t get it wrong or don’t be confused about it”. It’s important that we are not confused about key issues presented in the Bible.
On Palm Sunday, 2015 we had a wonderful Sunday school lesson concerning the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Bethphage and Bethany on a colt that had never been ridden before. It was at that time that Jesus formally announced his Messiah status. The people received him as the Messiah. Jesus was very careful to assure that the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9 was accurately fulfilled. This scripture so clearly described how the Messiah would appear that no one should have been confused.
Zechariah 9:9 (KJV)
9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
The people treated Jesus as a great celebrity and received him in royal fashion. The problem was that the people “got it twisted”. They thought that Jesus had arrived to relieve them of the burdens of the Roman administration at that time. They had no idea that He was sent to bring salvation and to destroy the power of sin for all of mankind. Less than one week following the events of what we call Palm Sunday, some of the same people who cried, “Hosanna!” and celebrated him by laying their garments and palm branches on the ground, cried “Crucify Him!”
And guess what. Even today many people are getting the gospel message twisted. Have you noticed that almost everybody that you speak to today is “saved” and going to Heaven as far as they are concerned? They may be drinking, doing drugs, living in sin and committing every abominable act that one can image such as sodomy, abortion, fornication, adultery, lying, cheating, stealing, tipping, dipping and sipping, yet they declare that they are going to heaven anyway. If this were true, then everything that should be in Hell would wind up in heaven…and you know that that’s not going to happen. They refuse to accept the Bible’s guidelines on how we are to live, yet contend that they are free to do these things! Why on earth would Jesus lay down his life so that men could be set free from sin if living according to the word of God does not matter???
Romans 8:1-3 (KJV)
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
Jesus came to save us and he is going to receive ONLY those who are saved into his kingdom.
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.
God sent Jesus to die for our sins so that sin could be condemned. So do you really think that people who continue to live in sin are going to Heaven in their sins? NO! NOT! SO! Let’s not get this thing twisted. Everybody talking about Heaven ain’t going there. The Bible tells us that he that commits sin is of the devil!
1 John 3:8-9(KJV)
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
So how is that “church folks” get the gospel message so twisted? They declare that they love God and that they want to go to Heaven, yet they believe that they are going to Heaven in their sins. Apostle Herman Lobias Murray, Jr., the Pastor of Full Gospel Holy Temple Church in Dallas, TX explained it all. I highly recommend that everyone listen to his message on YouTube which aired Sunday, May 29, 2015. It is entitled, “Somebody Ought to Say Something”. It is a “knock-your-socks-off” message that everyone needs to hear. It is a powerful expose’ on how the entertainment industry is being used to subtly and insidiously corrupt the minds of people into believing that sin is acceptable…even the church. Jesus is soon to come and we have to prepare for His return. Get right church and let’s go home. And don’t get it twisted, Mister…or Ms. no one is going to Heaven if they are living a life of sin. IJS.