Thursday, April 18, 2019

Guest Post: Terry Bennett

Counterfeit Christianity

You are never going to be able to exhaust the Lord Jesus Christ in any conversation, any declaration, any form of teaching or preaching, or even in the heavens. If you combined the knowledge of God possessed by all human beings, all angels, all Holy Ones, all Seraphim and Cherubim, and every created being and compared it to what is still to be known of God, it would not register on the scale. It would not even move the arrow. If you went into the future 25 trillion years and collected all the knowledge of the Lord that will be unveiled, it still would not move the arrow on the scale.
He is past finding out, but He wants us to know Him. That is a relationship, not an accumulation of knowledge. That’s the problem with the arrow. We think knowing God is an accumulation of knowledge. It is not; it is only the relationship of Him in us. It’s Him coming to His fullness, not me coming to information. In fact, the reverse is true. Gathering information and knowledge about God actually moves the arrow backwards. Information has nothing to do with knowing the Lord.
The church has accumulated all these facts about God. None of them are true because truth is not information. Truth is life based. Unless we know Him as Life, we do not know Him, no matter what information we have. It was never the will of God that any created being know the first bit of information about Him outside of a relationship with him. Why do you think it was called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? Knowledge makes us prideful, as the scriptures say. Love builds.
Information is presently the bane of the church. We live in an information generation where so much is accessible on a computer and on the Internet, but none of that has any bearing on knowing the Lord. Relationship with Jesus does not come through anyone else to us. It does not matter how much we like and honor men and women of God who have gone before us; our relationship is not built by them but by the Spirit. Your relationship with God, just like my relationship with God, is not built by feeding off of one another. It comes only by feeding on Jesus. You know what He said about it, “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves” (John 6:53).
It is not that we can’t or shouldn’t listen to one another. We should. It is not that we shouldn’t hear those who have preceded us. We should. I love history, including spiritual history. Honor those men and women who have known the Lord, but spirituality does not come through osmosis. Spirituality only comes through the person of Christ, not through our brothers and sisters. Past, present, or future, it only comes through knowing the Lord, not doctrines, not going to church, not any of that. None of that will help us if we do not personally engage with the Lord. That is true individually and corporately.
God at times takes us through a weaning process. He weans us from things that have their hooks in us, including other people or our favorite preachers, book writers, and so on. If He does that, it is with an intent to keep the gulf between Him and everything else in place and intact. He is the source of life alone, and there is no other. He is the source.
Never allow yourself to become a false deity by being a source to other people. Thank God there are men and women who have walked that life in reality. We should be able to see that they are examples but not the source. An example is no good unless it leads us to the source. If our examples are not leading people to Christ then we become false deities quickly. Do you want to be someone’s counterfeit? Do you want to be anti-Christ? Do you want to be someone’s substitute for God? It can feel good, and therein is the great trap—how it feels. But are we really helping people if we are not getting them out to the Lord?
It feels good to have people like you. It feels good to have people want you. It sure feels a lot better than people hating you, but in the long run, both are meaningless. Neither will get the job done. It needs to be taken outside of man, outside of our scope. Christ must be revealed in me and in you. Anything less is counterfeit Christianity.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

You Are Wonderfully Made

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No matter how much confusion or discord is going on in the Body of Christ right now, I want everyone who reads this to know I love you so very much. Whether you agree with the messages I post or not, it's okay. We are all just doing the best we can in the darkness that has descended. Instead of us yielding to the spirit of strife, let us just pray for each other to hear clearly and walk in forgiveness and repentance. Let us remember we are all wonderfully made by Him. 

We Haven't Seen Nothing Yet

Revelation 6:4 Another horse fiery red, went out. 
And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, 
and that people should kill one another, and there was given to him a great sword.

Approximately 3 years ago I sought the Lord in regards to the identify of the Anti-Christ. At that time, many people were stating that the Lord had revealed to them that BHO is THE Anti-Christ, but I needed to hear from God for myself in this matter. Without a doubt I felt he fit the role perfectly, but that is irrelevant. I want the truth. I have learned through much heart ache and shipwreck not to receive into my spirit what other people believe. And I have also learned that just because something looks good or correct doesn't mean that it is true. So one day I was spending time in the word reading in the book of Revelation. Suddenly, as I read Revelation 6:4 the words basically jumped off the page at me. I knew immediately that the Holy Spirit was telling me that BHO is the Rider on the Red Horse. However, the information coming forth from people continued to escalate. Many brothers and sisters in the Lord who I respect were acknowledging that God also told them BHO is THE Anti-Christ. Therefore I went to the Lord earnestly through fasting and prayer. I needed more than one scripture to find peace in regards to the Anti-Christ question. At that time, the Holy Spirit gave me a prophecy clearly stating that BHO is NOT THE ONE. I'm not led to repost that prophecy, but Jesus Christ confirmed BHO is NOT THE ONE to me. He is under powerful demonic influence, but He is not the ONE. I have no trust in my ability to hear from God clearly, I only trust in God's ability to protect me from deception, and to share truth with me. There is a difference. I know beyond a shadow of doubt that I am utterly defeated if He does not protect me.

Ok so one of the lusts of the flesh that I battle with is alcohol. Now I do not drink like a fish, but I enjoy an occasionally glass or two of wine at times. Many religious people think they are superior to others because they do not drink alcohol, but the scripture refers to drunkenness being a sin. Problem is I get that tipsy feeling on very little consumption. So is this a sin for me? I suppose it would be God's best for me not to drink alcohol. However, I'm not quite there yet. Regardless of these thoughts I made a deal with the Lord last night. I really wanted a glass of wine last night because I had a stressful day yesterday. However, I talked with the Lord about it, and I made a deal with Him. Maybe your walk with the Lord is different so try not to judge me. I'm being genuine. God already knows everything we do, so why should we be concerned if others know the truth? I sincerely petitioned the Lord in regards to truth. I expressed to Him that I wouldn't drink alcohol  last night but I needed an immediate reward. There are some areas in our lives where we will only yield to God's truth is we see clear evidence of what He wants us to do. Do you find this to be true? I therefore asked for a dream or a word to show us what He wanted us to know right now in this time as a reward for crucifying my flesh against drinking a glass of wine. So I held up my end of the bargain, and I woke up first thing with a message on my heart. Interestingly I looked at the clock and it was 6:04 a.m., and at the time I didn't realize that the time correlated to the Rider on the Red Horse scripture in Revelation. On a side note: I think God is making it clear that He would prefer if I didn't drink alcohol. Probably because it takes away inhibitions which may lead to sin. Pray for me to resist temptation. Alcoholism runs in my family. So now I will share the message.

At 6:04 a.m. this is what the Holy Spirit placed in my spirit and it flowed from there to my soul...

Barak Hussein Obama is evil there is no doubt about it, 
but one comes after who is far worse then him. 

Obama was and is as a test run to observe the reception he would receive. 
Trump is also a test run to see what the other half would believe. 

Both have shown that the people are ready. 
Ready to receive evil as their savior. 

He comes shortly My child. 
Be at the ready. 

Stay girded up with My sword and shield. 

He can not influence those who have My light within. 
Look not to your own abilities to fight the evil that is here. 

Depend on My Holy Spirit to give you wisdom. 
He guides you into truth as you surrender.

I pray that you take the time needed to seek the Lord in this matter before it is too late. I believe very strongly that what you believe right now will effect what happens to you when the Anti-Christ arrives on the scene. 

I was also led to Daniel also is an important point to keep in mind...

Daniel 6:4 
so the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, 
because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him...

Monday, April 8, 2019


I am issuing a stronger prophetic warning than I ever have. I wrote in Visions of the Coming Days in 2011 that the U.S. was not yet under wrath. I differentiated judgment from wrath by saying that judgment is the pressure brought to bear by a loving and patient God to separate right from wrong and good from evil. When judgment fails to produce that result—when repentance does not come—wrath falls as God's last resort to remedy the greater destruction wickedness brings. I said in 2011 that we were perhaps 3/4 of the way through the season of judgment. I am now saying that the cup of the Lord's wrath is nearly full.
I prophesied in 2015 that we would see a level and depth of corruption exposed in the U.S. government that would rock the nation. We're seeing it now on both sides of the political aisle, and there is more to come. Many of those surrounding President Trump have come under indictment, although the Mueller report has absolved him of collusion with the Russians and finds insufficient evidence for obstruction of justice. Crimes are surfacing from the last presidential administration that have yet to be prosecuted. Sexual immorality has accelerated in both quantity and perversity culture-wide—and even in the church—until it permeates nearly every television show and movie production in reflection of the condition of the culture these are meant to entertain. It is, of course, presented as normal, natural and good.
Our president, for all the good he has done, continues to speak foolishly, hurling insults at his enemies, feeding division and hatred in spite of scriptural admonitions to the contrary. "There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing" (Prov. 12:18, NASB). Another would be Proverbs 15:2, "The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly" or Proverbs 16:7, "When a man's ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him."
I find myself deeply troubled when Christians defend this set of obvious flaws and attack those who call for prayer for change in the president's character. Ungodly actions can never produce godly results and ought never to be justified or defended. The nation is being torn apart, and the president's rhetoric tends to feed it.
Too many have made an idolatry of patriotism. Love of country must never be elevated to the level of becoming an element of our faith. To do so is a form of idolatry, and yet, great numbers of evangelical and charismatic Christians like me have unwittingly engaged in this form of idol worship. Although founded on Christian principles, America is neither divine nor the salvation of the world. Government is neither our hope nor our king. Jesus alone carries those things for us.
As if 60 million aborted babies since 1973 weren't enough, states are now legalizing third- trimester abortions as well as withholding medical treatment for babies who survive abortion procedures. Children can be murdered even during labor and delivery. God destroyed Israel and took the people into the Babylonian exile for the sacrifice of their children to Baal/Molech. He'll do it again for an unrepentant culture that has been repeatedly warned concerning sacrificing its children on the altar of our self-focus. Trust me when I say that as we have devalued life in the womb, forced euthanasia of the aged will eventually follow. I've not said much about abortion for a number of years, but recently, the burden of the Lord's wrath has built up in my heart until it has become an urgent matter. Wrath is coming.
That doesn't even begin to address the issue of resurgent racism and racial violence we have seen. Idolatry will always produce hatred because it is authored by the author of hate. There is no excuse for it under any circumstances. In the gospel there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, but only sons and daughters of the living God.
I can't say that I see a turning any time soon. The culture—our society—has made a firm decision as to what it will be. Wrath is now imminent. We yet have time for repentance, awakening and preparation as God's people, and we can pray for an extension to give more time to wake up and prepare, but it won't be a long one.
The season of the fulfillment of Isaiah 60 is nearly upon us and we must make ourselves ready:
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; But the Lord will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising (vv. 1-3).
A great outpouring of the Holy Spirit is coming. In the midst of judgment and the gathering darkness, our destiny is to shine. It's the hour of our greatest blessing, a time of victory for us who believe. Governments will seek us out for solutions, just as Pharaoh sought out Joseph and Nebuchadnezzar sought out Daniel. The verses that follow Isaiah 60:1-3 promise that people will stream to the light they see in God's people as His favor is poured out.
Sin never works. It makes promises it can't keep and only destroys. Damaged and hurting people need to see lighthouses shining in the darkness, exhibiting the Father's love, Jesus' compassion and the power of the Holy Spirit for healing and restoration. A great harvest of souls will be gathered in. It's time to get our house in order. The hour is both late and urgent. 
R. Loren Sandford is an author, musician and the founder and senior pastor of New Song Church and Ministries in Denver, Colorado. He has a bachelor's degree in music and a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. In addition to pastoring, Sandford has an international teaching and worship ministry. Married since 1972, he and his wife, Beth, have two daughters and one son. They live in Denver, Colorado.

Chatta the Chihuahua

Just a quick note for you single folks out there like me. 
Dogs sure are good company. 
They listen to all our troubles without judging or trying to solve them. 
They listen to our off key singing without cringing. 
They are devoted no matter our mood or personality, and are always happy to see us.
In other words, they love us unconditionally. 
We can learn so much from God's creation.
Happy 1 year old Birthday Chatta!


Sunday, April 7, 2019


Hebrews 11:6 
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, 
for he who comes to God must believe that He is, 
and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Psalm 118:27 God is the Lord, and He has given us light; 
bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Matthew 24:5 For many will come in My name, saying, I am the Christ, and will deceive many.

To begin, let me say that I'm currently in a time of fasting and prayer as I write. I'm actually at the 24 hour dry fast mark. I say this because what I'm about to write I take very seriously, and it is a sensitive subject. Fasting gives evidence that I'm humbling myself before the Lord with the intention of receiving answers, and I pray that I convey the message as the Holy Spirit leads and not with what my flesh decides.

First thing this morning after dry fasting for 16 hours I was led to petition the Lord in regards to the 3 Days of Darkness doctrine that is spreading across the prophetic community. I personally watched several YouTube videos in regards to the matter over the last few days, and I had that itchy feeling like I needed to hear directly from the Lord about it. However, let me take a few steps back about this 3 Days of Darkness thing. I first learned about this event when the Lord called me back to Himself about 4 1/2 years ago. I read about this phenomenon on the Call of the Bride website. At that time, after learning about this event I sought the Lord. In answer He clearly spoke to me and said, "the 3 Days of Darkness is a fallacy, all the days ahead will be filled with darkness." I even looked up the definition of the word fallacy because I wasn't exactly sure what it meant. Fallacy is defined as a mistaken belief especially one based on unsound argument. At that point, I felt the matter was settled. However, this event is now taking center stage, and I felt I needed the Lord to confirm what He previously said. Observing so many precious brothers and sisters teaching and sharing what they say the Lord told them is very convincing. It is my natural inclination to believe them and to doubt that I heard the Lord accurately back then, and therefore was struggling with what the Lord had already said. However, the Lord is so merciful and answered my petition.

At 1:05 P.M. today here is what My Heavenly Father said:

Surrender to Me and you shall be kept safe from the lies of the enemy. If you hold back any part of self from Me I am unable to sanctify that part and then you shall remain vulnerable to the clever deceptions of the enemy. I say again offer all your wants, motives, opinions, and desires on the altar of sacrifice. These unclean parts of self that war against My Spirit shall be sanctified and I shall then be able to mold you into a true servant. One who is willing to die for the cause of Christ and for the brethren. I speak now in regards to this doctrine called the 3 Days of Darkness. A few of My sheep with voices have been taken captive by this deception to do Satan's will, and are leading others down a path of confusion. I have warned repeatedly for you to seek Me when you hear of teachings that are not specifically mentioned in My holy scriptures. Few want to surrender the time and effort needed to seek Me wholeheartedly. I say again, only those who are not surrendered to My Holy Spirit shall be misled. 

After receiving this message I felt the Lord tugging on my heart again. I believe He is saying that there is a connection between this 3 Days of Darkness madness, and another deception. Sadly, their is a group who are confusing the voice of this entity speaking about the 3 Days of Darkness and about Obama being the Antichrist with the voice of the Holy Spirit. Hundreds of people have received dreams and prophetic utterances about this topic, but my Lord has repeatedly said that they are not hearing from the Lord Jesus Christ through His Holy Spirit. These brothers and sisters are in dangerous positions, and are unknowingly held captive, and are leading others in the wrong direction. The Lord needs us all to know that we must surrender or we will pay dire consequences. I pray that we draw close to the Lord for His sovereign protection. More danger is coming and only those surrendered shall be able to see clearly. For me, I pray right now: Lord show me any area in my life that I have not surrendered to you. My desire is for you to have full access to all parts of me holding nothing back. Holy Spirit you have permission to possess my entire being and sanctify me completely. Amen.

1 Thessalonians 5:21-23 
Test all things; hold fast what is good. abstain from every form of evil. 
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; 
and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless 
at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Gems From Him

So I'm coming out of yet another spiritual battle. It seems the battles are coming now in rapid succession. Just like labor pains happen. If your experience in walking with the Lord is like mine, I would encourage you to keep going and never stop no matter how intense the conflict. The victory is already ours in Christ Jesus. This morning I purposed in my heart to sit with the Lord until He spoke. I find when we sincerely approach Him in reverent love and with a humble heart He answers. Initially, I had several ideas floating around in my heart about gems from heaven being like raindrops of revelation. Then He gave me several short messages which are meant to encourage us. I am sharing them for all who desire to hear what this vessel receives from heaven.

8:28 a.m.

My child the trials you have endured have refined you as fire.
 Think not that I have left you during the storm. 
I am right there holding your hand speaking songs of love and encouragement
 to help you win and endure.

Psalm 32:7 You are my hiding place; you shall preserve me from trouble; you shall surround me with songs of deliverance.

Come out of her My people that you may not partake in the coming judgment. 
Destruction is oh so near now to those who reject my offering. 
Babylon shall fall just as My word has spoken. 
Her cities shall burn and the peoples shall not return. 
Those few who remain shall search for Me then, and I shall send them to My chosen and few. 

Revelation 18:4-6 and I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works...

Revelation 18:2 And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!

Preparedness is key. 
Keep yielding to the inward work of My Holy Spirit.
 Resist not His reconstruction process. 
It shall bid you well at that moment.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, 
which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

8:42 a.m.

Fear not for I AM is with you. 
Be not afraid for the Lord your God watches over you.
 Be strong and courageous for harrowing times shall come and bring great fear with them.

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

My children have I prepared to walk as I did. 
Healing the sick, raising the dead, and delivering the imprisoned from eternal death. 

Acts 10:38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil for God was with Him.

8:47 a.m.

Forsake not My word that is planted within you. 
Hold fast to that which I have given you. 
Be not afraid for I love you child and you are highly favored.

Revelation 3:11 Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.

Choose Me this day and you shall not be ashamed. 
I free the chosen, but the wicked shall see destruction. 
There is an enemy who prowls as a lion, but He shall not touch My anointed.

Romans 10:11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame."

Give Satan no foothold in your life for if you give him an inch he shall take a mile. 
Stay clean in your thought life by rejecting all evil. 
Squeaky clean pleases Me your King. 
Spots and wrinkles are unacceptable in My Kingdom.
 Be holy as I am Holy for without Holiness no one sees Me. 
A little leaven corrupts the entire loaf of bread.

Ephesians 5:27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

Come to Me all who are heavy laden and I shall give you rest.
 Take My yoke upon you for My yoke is light and My burden easy.

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. for My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

9:20 a.m.

Heaven awaits the revealing of the sons of God. 
You may be included if you so choose. 
Hearken to My voice and I will teach you My ways. 
Allow Me to consume your life and you shall not be led astray.

Romans 8:19 for the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Faith Worketh By Love

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

Love suffers long and is kind;

love does not envy;

love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;

does not behave rudely,

does not seek its own, 

is not provoked,

thinks no evil;

does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;

bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 

Love never fails.

We are living in a time of darkness like I have never experienced before. I don't know about you, but I sure want to endure to the end and be saved just like Jesus said.

Matthew 24:13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

I believe one of the main ways to endure to the end is in walking by faith through love. Love towards God, others, and ourselves. 

1 John 4:8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love..

Galatians 5:6  ...but faith working through love...

Our enemy is walking about to and fro looking for the ones who's minds can be manipulated away from being stayed upon the Lord. We must make every effort to be led by the Holy Spirit, and keep our minds on truthful things which only proceed from the throne of our Lord.

Ephesians 6:12 We wrestle not against flesh and blood.....

Philippians 4:8 Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtue, and praise, think on these things....

As children of God we have been empowered to love. God would never instruct us to do anything without giving us His grace to accomplish His will. He is a good Father, and waits for us to ask for His assistance.

Romans 5:5 the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit 
who was given to us...

In the coming days we as believers will be offered more and more opportunities to walk out of love. I'm seeing this testing happening in my own life right now. Let us be aware of our enemies plan to draw us into his territory and out of the Lord's covering. Also, let us guard our minds by keeping our eyes on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at all times. This may sound unreasonable, but it is possible with the power of our Lord. Keeping our minds fixed on the Lord is like having music playing in the background as we go about our daily routines. 

Hebrews 12:2 keeping our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith..

Colossians 3:2 Set your mind on things above not on things of the earth.

I pray that we all decide today and every day to walk in God's perfect love. This attitude will prepare us mentally to recognize and resist temptation when it comes, and to endure to the end for salvation.

James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

However, let us be reminded that if we suddenly stumble we are to resist condemnation because it will most surely come from him who loves when we fall. He masterfully sets perfectly timed traps for us in areas of weakness so that we may fall right into his demonically controlled hands. However, God is merciful, and keeps us eternally in His Almighty Right hand. He knows when we have set our wills in line with His will even if at times it appears as if we have forgotten. Let us quickly repent and receive His forgiveness when needed.

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the spirit.

Proverbs 24:16  For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity.

John 10:2 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand. I and my Father are one.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

False Hope Prayers

Job 30:26 When I expected good, then evil came: when I waited for light; then evil came.

Again, the Lord is revealing a mindset within me that needs changing. Thankfully, we are a never ending story progressing towards completion. The blindness in which we were born is slowly being removed as we trust Him. Jesus Christ is the opener of the blind eyes and the God of setting the captives free. Remaining in the darkness and being self deceived are not possible as we spend time with the King of kings. Nevertheless the mindset God is currently shining His light upon stems from falsely hoping that my life will be easier and happier if I change outward situations. The happily ever after syndrome is embedded in our thinking, and needs to be removed to help us be fruitful in His Kingdom. Because we believe that our outward circumstances determine our success, we waste time praying about things that are not needful and are based upon fairy tales.

God wants us to understand that our time here is not like a fairy tale story with a happily ever after ending. Our time here is short and we are purposed to be about our Father's business. This world system has brainwashed us into believing that if our lives are not perfect then something must be out of order. God wants us to understand that no matter what is happening He is able to use these things for our benefit. Some of these perceived negative situations are even orchestrated by Him to teach us various lessons. We are ordained to grow, and not be stagnant. There are times we must take authority over the enemy, but even still we must learn to stand still and focus on His promises. Instead of allowing discomfort to provoke us to action maybe we should embrace the lesson, and ask the Lord, what do you want to teach us? And maybe ask, what needs changing within me? Acting in humility will most likely bring promotion and God's resolution.

Personally, I was believing for a happily ever after family. I wanted us to be closer and stop the misunderstandings. Reality is, this is just not possible. When other peoples desires, personalities, and motives are involved in our wishful way of thinking we are standing on false hopes, and our prayers will be unfruitful. Besides that, we are not supposed to force our wills on anyone else. Expecting others to fall in line with our fantasy happily ever after plan is foolish, and sets us up for disappointment. Instead, we should be following Father God's plan, and allowing His Holy Spirit to make changes within us, and pray in line with Him. Praying that He creates a clean heart in us in regards to every situation. Our faith should be based upon His promises which gives us a sure foundation. In ending, it is important for us to realize that our time here is not supposed to be a fairy tale story, but a journey to please our Father. We are to lay aside wishful thinking by trusting in God's promises, and let God reign in our circumstances without our added ideas.

false hope: confident feelings about something that might not be true 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Lift Up Holy Hands

Psalm 63:4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in your name.

Psalm 141:2 Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; 
and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

I had one of the most beautiful experiences of my entire life today. Through this I believe the Holy Spirit imparted to my heart several truths. I would like first to share the experience with you, and then I will do my best to explain what I learned through it, and I pray your heart is encouraged as mine.

I helped take care of my grand baby today. She is so precious to me, but a challenge to care for. This is because she is two years old, and climbs like a monkey. I have to keep a close watch on her constantly because her coordination is not equal to her adventurous personality. Falling and injury are two consequences I want her to avoid, and especially to avoid when she's on my watch. I want her kept as safe as possible for return to her parents, and the Lord has been faithful to supply this need.

We were having a really enjoyable day, and about half our day had passed, and it was time for lunch. I prepared her food, and we sat together at the dinner table. While she was eating I observed her twisting and turning in her chair, and looking up and all around, and she was moving in ways that pushed the safety limit. I therefore decided to get my phone and play some praise and worship music for us hoping this would settle her down. Here I must say that both of her parents were raised in Christian homes, but neither of them currently give evidence that they have a relationship with their heavenly Father. I'm not saying this in judgment of them, but it's important to help clarify the story. Once I turned on the music my grand baby stopped all her activity and looked at me with the strangest expression. Her face gave me the impression of shock. Her eyes looked deeply into my eyes, and for some reason I felt this overwhelming love towards her and then had to fight back tears. Her eyes were saying to me that she had a sudden recollection that she had forgotten. As we looked at each other, she spontaneously lifted her precious little hands in the air in praise. I can not express the overwhelming love of God in the room at that very moment. It is a moment I will never forget. As this was happening, my mind was telling me she had learned this from someone, but I know no one has taught her this. I am positive this was natural praise coming from her little heart in memory of her heavenly Father. At this point I had to stand and turn away because the Holy Spirit's presence was so powerful I could not hold back my tears, and I felt I needed to hide this to avoid scaring my grand baby. 

After I was able to pull myself together to be presentable to my grand baby, I felt the Lord was telling me that although my grand daughter, and my family and friends are not currently surrendered to the Lord He is watching over them. He created each one of them, and has a special plan to draw them back to Him. He also impressed upon my heart that when we were created we all came from the Almighty Father's heart, and all of us have memories of heaven. However through time here on earth we forget them. I believe that my grand daughter had a moment of remembering heaven and this memory was triggered when she heard the worship music. This may be far fetched for some to believe, but I have spent plenty of time with the Lord to easily believe these types of happenings. I can hardly wait for the day when we will all praise the Lord together in heaven.

This was a glorious moment to witness, and one I will cherish forever. Our God is so wonderful. He is so loving and encouraging, and blesses us exactly at the perfect moment. At times discouragement comes so hard against me that I fall prey and believe the devils lies about the people I love being lost forever, but My Great God today was telling me all is well and encouraged me to keep praying and walking by faith in Him. Amen.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Something to Smile About

Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.

Psalm 100:1&2 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Get Off Satan's Roller Coaster Ride

Hebrew 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Thought for the Day: Before accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I was completely controlled by emotions and ungodly thoughts. In fact, very early on in my walk with the Lord He began to work on my broken emotional and mental state. I believe delivering us from emotional and mental problems is a priority with the Lord for us all. One of the first scriptures the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart nearly thirty years ago was Hebrews 13:8, and I have never forgotten His purpose. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever. When He spoke this verse I knew immediately He was speaking to me in regards to my emotions. He was encouraging me and teaching me that I did not have to live an up and down life like a roller coaster. We can be like Jesus Christ and stay even keeled no matter what happens if we abide in Him. Walking in the Spirit is how we overcome. Listening to His voice, being a doer of the word, and allowing the Holy Spirit to change us opens the door to healing deep within. I may occasionally slip up and return to Satan's amusement park ride by being led by my thoughts and emotions, but I am quick to repent and with the help of the Lord change tracks! I am happy to say that I remain on the road of salvation because of my Lord's great mercy, and I know this is His desire for all. Amen.