Is There Anyone Left in the House of Saul?

David and Mephibosheth

This is a repost of an earlier blog I’d written years ago.  I selected it today because I was led to.  Literally.
My own daily reading included 2 Samuel 4 this morning.  It called back to my remembrance of my own feet and how they are lame (at times), and I often wonder how will I be cared for and by whom.  It’s a thought I brush from my mind because it is out of my control, yet on days when I do think of it a little too long, it brings a hopelessness to my soul that takes me awhile to recover from.

After reading the verse in 2 Samuel, I wandered over to my blog site here and had a thought as I looked at my very first entry in 2012.  I opened it.   And I believe the Lord is speaking to me.  Perhaps to you as well.

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Brother “D” (as those who know him affectionately call him) was unable to attend the conference in Maryland.

He had suffered a stroke and would not have the endurance to sit through the day long praise, worship, and fellowship that was planned, no matter how glorious it got.

And the weekend was certainly spirit-filled with ecstatic praise and worship, beautiful vibrant music, warm fellowship between many who previously had been total strangers, and deep corporate and personal encounters with the Lord.

But as I said, Brother D was not able to attend.

Prior to the conference, I was reading one of Pastor Alma’s newsletters to my husband, Richard, who was impressed by the Lord that he should learn one of her favorite hymns – “Trust and Obey” – and play it for her while we were in Maryland on Saturday evening, but because of the length of the conference time  and an extended dinner time, he wasn’t able to.   He hoped, also, to have an opportunity to meet Brother D, who stayed back in the hotel room.

You see, Brother D is Pastor Alma’s husband.

It was not until Sunday morning, as we were all preparing for our departure, that Richard was able to bring his guitar and harp to their hotel room.

There was Brother D on the bed.

I had met him a few years ago, briefly, when I attended a conference at their home in Washington DC, but Richard shook his hand for the first time.

Brother D looked at me and said, “Thank you for the beans.”  I responded to him that he might be mistaking me for someone else, because I hadn’t brought any beans.  Pastor Alma said, “He is remembering the gift of assorted beans in a jar you gave us for Christmas a few years ago.”

Amazing!

Brother D explained that his long-term memory was fine, it was his short-term memory that troubled him.

Richard sat on the bed across from him.   As he began to sing “Trust and Obey” Brother D broke into tears.

“Trust and Obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey”

This song reaches him each time he hears it.  He loves hymns.

Tears began to stream down my own cheeks.   There was something eternal in this very moment, more than I’d experienced all weekend.

 

This was the Key of David!

 

Cords of Unity + Chords of Harmony = The Key of David

 

I heard in my spirit “Is there anyone left of the house of Saul that I may show kindness to?”
(2 Sam 9:1) Later on, I heard this scripture again as we drove home.

Mephibosheth was lame in both feet.  His needs had to be cared for, but because Jonathan and Saul were dead, Mephibosheth would no longer have his needs tended to.  Because of the love David had for Jonathan, Mephibosheth’s father, David exalted him to the place of eating at the King’s Table for the rest of his life.  He also appointed all the servants in the House of Saul to tend to him and to the things he cared for.

For the sake of Jonathan.

David loved Jonathan as he loved his own soul.  (1 Sam 20:17, Matt 22:36-40)

I spoke this to Pastor Alma a few days later.  She said although her husband wasn’t able to attend the conference, Richard brought the conference to him, and ministered to him.  She also shared that, like Mephibosheth, Brother D was lame. Complications of diabetes have forced him to depend on a cane and a wheelchair.

I thought of our Father.   “Is there anyone left of the children of men, that I can show kindness to for the sake of My Son?”

And now, because of the blood of the Lamb, Jesus His Son, we are elevated to a place of sitting at the King’s Table forever.

No ministry, nor anointing, nor gift, nor joining in fellowship, nor supernatural manifestation, can ever take the place of what was done for us at the Cross, by His Blood.   We are lame, weak, have little power and strength, yet we get to sit in heavenly places for eternity because of what Christ did.

 

Like Mephibosheth.

 

Like Brother D.   As he was ministered to that Sunday morning, I knew he heard the gentle whisper of the Lord saying “Come up.  Sit at My table forever.”

Daily, as we seek him in our prayer time and in life’s interactions, we have opportunity to receive greater revelation of the Cross, of the Blood, of His impact in our lives.

In the upcoming days and weeks and months, the love we say we profess for Jesus (and others) is going to be tested by a hotter fire than it had been in the past.

If we say we love Him, will we also demonstrate that love to those He loves?

 

Are you well-oiled?

797px-Tripod-of-Life_Holy-Trinity.svgI get revelation to questions while I am at work in the health food store. Holy Spirit expounds spiritual things while using the natural things, most often the correlation of the human body and the Body of Christ.  As a Holistic Health Practitioner and manager of a health food store, I am always finding natural ways to help others align their bodies in such a way for healing to flow.

I had recently asked a fish oil representative about the mg necessary to fight inflammation for the heart and brain.

His response was that what most of us don’t understand about fish oil is that we have to saturate our cells in Omega 3’s. We can take the # of mg suggested but that is usually the safe suggestion for all people across the board. Many have medications that would interact with higher numbers, however, ideally, we are supposed to bathe our cells in higher numbers daily, so that our bodies are not struggling. One example of struggle would be higher levels of cortisol, fatigue, and inflammation.

You often see about 1200 mg of total Omega 3’s on a bottle of fish oil, but in reality, you can take over 3000 mg daily and let your heart and brain bathe in that oil.

The next day, I was in my car, telling the Lord that I desire to be at the place where I once was, just saturated with His presence, and where signs and wonders followed me, and revelation was around every corner.

He said, “I Am the Alpha and the Omega” and then I “heard” “Three-In-One”.

He then reminded me of the previous day’s conversation. When we are BATHED in His Presence, offering worship to our Lord, meditating/soaking in worship music that fills His heart (saturating our hearts), and immersed in His word (saturating our brains), we are building up a saturation level that fights off spiritual inflammation (friction between body parts), high cortisol levels (handling stress on our own strength) and fatigue (inability to press on).

Interesting that He chose to reveal this as I was driving.  It was His GPS gently saying to me “recalculating.”

 

What Did You Do With Your Talents?

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I haven’t been blogging for a few months now because I recently took a full time job in addition to some other side things going on, mostly just getting my house in order and trying to get together with family.

I was asked why I wasn’t writing and my response was that I blog when there is time to do it.  I think that is a wrong perspective.

I need to make that time.

I just gave a talk yesterday in the health food store where I work.  The topic was “The Seven Pathways of Elimination.”    Liver, lungs, kidneys, lymph, blood, skin, and colon.  The reason these pathways of elimination must remain clear is so that our bodies are continually ridding ourselves of the toxins we take in every day.

We need to be mindful of how our bodies are detoxing.  Eating to help flush waste, deep-breathing to assist the exchange of gas in our lungs (out with co2, in with oxygen), etc.  In the same way, we need to be in remembrance of spiritual detox, or repentance.  You cannot have physical energy if you aren’t ridding the body of wastes properly, but you will become spiritually sluggish if you aren’t repenting of the little things; and little things turn to bigger things.

We know this, right?

What about expressing what God has given?   While expression is not a release of toxins, it is a release of what God has given,  and without expression, it becomes toxic over time because the word of God is meant to be expressed, not suppressed.

Remember the man with 1,000 talents?  He hid them in the ground!  He thought it was good because he kept what was given to him tucked away all nice and neat and safe.

Matthew 25: 20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’
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His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
vs 22 – He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’
vs 23 – His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
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“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.
vs 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’
vs 26 – “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.
vs 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.
vs 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.
vs 29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.
vs 30 -And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

So I have been busy educating, working, spending time with family – ALL VERY GOOD THINGS – but I moved away from daily study, writing, meditating, reflecting.  WHY?

It all started with expression of what God has given.  God has given everyone a certain measure of talents.  Those who did something with them, had their talents increased.  I was looking for the likes and comments and interests of people as my gauge to whether my talent had increased and when I did not see interest in my blogging, I stopped and moved elsewhere – I stopped expressing what I heard the Lord give me.

It doesn’t matter who likes it.  It matters that it is profitable.  Not monetarily profitable.  The Kingdom’s currency is not money nor the approval of men.

It is having something MORE to express.  And once expressed, having even more.  God gives more revelation to those who turn the talent He gives into more.

Time to get to work!

Psalm 66: 16 Come and hear, all you who fear God,
And I will declare what He has done for my soul.

Come a Little Bit Closer; Hear What I have to Say.

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Psalm 35 – An Intercessor’s Journey

Plead my cause Oh Lord
With those who strive against me
Fight with those Oh Lord
Fight with those who fight against me
Take hold of my weapons
Restrain me from my flesh
Stop those who pursue me
Be to them as a mesh
And say to my soul

“I AM Salvation”

Bring shame and dishonor
To those who seek my life
May they be brought to confusion
Their lives filled with strife
May they be as the chaff
That blows away in the wind
For they love their own darkness
Proud of their sin
And say to my soul

“I AM Salvation”

May their pathways be darkened
May an angel pursue them
They have hidden their nets
Bring to them what is due them
In Your hands I release them
Keep me still before You, then
And say to my soul

“I AM Salvation”

My soul will rejoice now
For You have my foes
All my bones now sing
And my countenance glows
Who is Like You Oh Lord
For You have delivered the poor
From the snare of the enemy holding them at Death’s door
And You say to their souls

“I AM Salvation”

Fierce witnesses rise
Asking what I don’t know
Rewarding evil for good
To the sorrow of my soul
Yet when they were sick
I bowed in compassion and prayed
“Proclaiming their freedom,
“The Price had been paid!”
And spoke over their souls

“He is Salvation”

They rejoiced in my trials
They mocked and accused me
Though I did not know it
They tore and abused me
They snarled in their anger
They tried to confuse me
How long will You look on?
How long will they bruise me?
But You spoke to my soul

“I AM Salvation”

This all You have seen
Speak again to me Lord
For You have delivered me
With a two-edged sword
Stir up Yourself, now
And bring with You, reward
Bind me now to Your heart with a three-fold cord
And say to my soul

“I AM Salvation”

 

Salvation: Hebrew ישועה (yĕshuw`ah).

I have Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” playing in the background as I write this.  The first line of the lyrics are “Come a little bit closer, hear what I have to say”  and I stop.

Come a little bit closer.  Hear what I have to say.   Come closer. 

Every word in scripture draws us to “come a little bit closer, hear what I have to say”….  We can read with intellectual minds, we can read history, we can seek to understand meaning……  but no matter what I am doing, I hear “Come a little bit closer, hear what I have to say.”

Today, is May 5 and my reading includes Psalm 35.  At first read, we see this psalm is about David whining crying out to the Lord regarding his enemies.

“Get ’em God” ….

“They want to kill me!! Gahhh!! Turn them back! Turn them back!”
“Gather them together in a net like fish so they can’t chase me any longer!”
“Bring them confusion so they lose their focus and forget about me!”
“Blow them away like dandelion spores in the wind!”
“Scatter them so that their numbers are reduced and their strength is little!”

Come a little closer.  Hear what I have to say.

So I read again.   It’s not so much David wanting to inflict harm on his enemies as much as he is overwhelmed by the fierce attacks against him.  After all, he is only human and this can take its toll.   So I sympathize.

“Do you see what they have done to me?”

“They have brought me so much shame, I can’t face the public with honor anymore!”
“There is no reason whatsoever for these attacks against me!”
“They send people to tell lies about me in a court of law so that I will be found guilty!”
“I pray for them when they are sick…. they repay me with evil!”
“I humbled myself but in their pride they rose against me!”
“I mourned for them in their grief, but in my grief they mock me!”
” They abuse me all day long!”

Come a little bit closer. Hear what I have to say!

So again, I read.   Oh David is talking to the Lord and really, he is wondering where God is in all this!

“Lord how long will You look on?”
“I must have to tell You all that they do to me because You don’t seem to know”
“Don’t be silent Lord”
“Stir Yourself up!!”
“Awaken to my need to be vindicated!”

“Are you asleep?”

Come a little bit closer.  Hear what I have to say!”

So again, I read.

Sounds a lot like me at times.  Does it sound like you?  Be honest.   How many times do we tell God what the situation is as if He is unaware?  How many times do we feel like we are drowning in attack and we can barely breathe?   How many times are we tempted to pray those imprecatory prayers; prayers that invoke curses upon our enemies (which is a form of witchcraft by the way)?  How many times do we whine in self-pity.

Hands up!  It happens to us all at various times.

I think I understand now.  On one level it is about David complaining.  On another level we can sympathize or empathize as to his reasons for doing so.  On another level we see him blaming God.  He is angry and not afraid to tell the Lord as much. On yet another level, we see ourselves.

Come a little bit closer.  Hear what I have to say.

And again, I read.

This time,  I see this same scripture as intercession for another person.  I read this scripture as if our President is saying it.  It stirs me to pray for him because I see that what David, King of Israel, is going through is the same as what our President Trump is going through.   The psalm motivates me to pray for him, his family, his mission, his safety,  his health; physical, mental and spiritual health.   It’s really not about me.  It’s about praying for others!

Come a little bit closer.  Hear what I have to say.

And so again, I read.

Something catches my eye.  “Say to my soul, “I AM Salvation”.

David is telling the Lord “Please remind me who You are when I can no longer see clearly.”
“When I forget You, remind me that YOUR SPIRIT bring all things to remembrance!”
“When I am troubled, remind me that YOU are my Peace!”
” When I am far away from You, remind me that You will never leave me nor forsake me.  Draw me with Your lovingkindness.”
“When my enemies attack me, remind me that YOU said Let not your heart be troubled, for I have overcome the world.”
“When I cannot fight, remind me that YOU draw out the spear and YOU fight my battles.  YOU tell me to be still and see YOUR SALVATION!”
“Remind me of Your Word, that came forth from YOUR ESSENCE and brings vindication to my troubled soul.”

“Bind me now to Your heart of Salvation with a 3-fold cord, one that is nearly impossible to break.”

In all that I do, whether I read, pray and intercede, cry, laugh, or reflect, remind me YOU are Salvation.  Capital “S”.    And as long as I know You, as long as I am with You, I will not be afraid.

And this is the bottom line.  He is so in love with us, He calls us closer. He is Yeshua – The Name which means Salvation. He wants us to know not just what His word says, but to know He is THE SPIRIT and THE WORD.  It is His Name.   To be so intimate with Him that we are at peace with whatever is going on in front of us.

Let it sink in.

“Because I’m still in love with you
I want You to see me dance again
Because I’m still in love with you
Ohhhh come soon”   (verse from Neil Young’s Harvest Moon, playing in the background, with just a minor lyric change).

Abner Switches Sides

2 Samuel 3:1 Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. But David grew stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.

Who IS the house of Saul today?  Who IS the house of David?  Who do they represent?

I love the Bible.  It gives us wisdom and knowledge in plain language, but it also gives us clues to see deeper, hidden things.

For example, every personality type is found in scripture – if we want to know ours, we can read and discover who we identify with and gravitate to.  There is likely not one character, but several.   And, as written in Ecclesiastes 1:9 ” That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun,”  there is no situation, no sin, no plan or plot, that is happening today that has not already been done.

We just need to seek the Lord on specifics; details.

Today, we see a war between what looks like Democrats vs Republicans.  Or, it could be The House of Representatives vs the Senate.   Or it could be people who follow Q vs those who do not.

If we try to pin it to certain groups of people, we might go in all directions.  But, we can see the spirits that are driving forces behind the actions, as we read in the Old Testament.

Here is what I have seen for awhile and the word I got for this year – that the house of Saul and the house of David warred for a long time, but David’s house grew stronger while Saul’s house grew weaker.

Who are they?  Right now, I focus on Democrat leaders vs Republican leaders (and yet not all from either party; the ones most vocal needing to push narratives.)  Saul’s house would be D’s and David’s house would be R’s.  (Read past blogs for how I arrived at that).

Why is this verse so encouraging to me?  Because as I see the news and scroll the internet, it is easy to see all the division and exposure of absolute hatred for our President, his family and all who support him, and think “We are losing this war.”  (And yes, it is war.)  Without scripture, I could easily lose heart.  This verse – not just any verse I find to support what I see – but this verse, as the Lord has led me to it for some time – reminds me that the house of David, or the house of God’s choice, or the Kingdom of Righteousness, whatever you choose to call it, is strengthening, while the house of Saul, or the house of the choice of impatient people who did not want to wait for God’s plan, was weakening.

And this says to me “Righteousness is being restored.”

I have been in 1 Samuel on and off since President Obama was first elected.   And I’ve seen the similarities, almost uncanny.  Throughout his time in office, I kept hearing “Look for David”  not really knowing who or what I was looking for, yet, it was unmistakable.

David is NOT President Trump, nor was Saul President O’bama.   David and Saul today are both ERA’s and companies of people and these men are representatives.

I can’t help but wonder though, who is Abner?

 

Abner Joins Forces with David

2 Samuel 3:6 Now it was so, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner was strengthening his hold on the house of Saul.

Abner, was the son of Ner, who happened to be the uncle of Saul.  That would make him Saul’s cousin.  He was also captain of Saul’s army.

I thought about who Abner could be today – he could be General Michael Flynn, who was appointed by Obama in 2012 as Director of Defense Intelligence.  I thought it was him for awhile, actually, but I am reminded that if Saul and David are companies of people or ERA’s, then so is Abner.

Abner is someone once very close to Saul, both in perspective and practice.  Abner sat at the family table with Saul, Jonathan, and David.  Abner was in the inner circle.

Here are my thoughts – there is about to be another mass side-switching of the inner circle Democrats once upholding the Saul ERA policies but eyes will be opened.

Abner was accused of an affair with Saul’s concubine, Rizpah, by Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, which he neither confirms nor denies but the accusation itself says to Abner that after all the years he was loyal to Saul, how could he be accused of such a thing?  Abner’s eyes were opened and he knew he must transfer the kingdom from Saul to David.
vs 7 And Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah. So Ishbosheth said to Abner, “Why have you gone in to my father’s concubine?”

vs 8 Then Abner became very angry at the words of Ishbosheth, and said, “Am I a dog’s head that belongs to Judah? Today I show loyalty to the house of Saul your father, to his brothers, and to his friends, and have not delivered you into the hand of David; and you charge me today with a fault concerning this woman?

vs 9 May God do so to Abner, and more also, if I do not do for David as the Lord has sworn to him—

vs 10 to transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul, and set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan to Beersheba.”

vs 11 And he could not answer Abner another word, because he feared him.

More to come.

 

 

 

House Wars

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Psalm 31:22 As for me, I said in my alarm,
“I am cut off from before Your eyes”;
Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications
When I cried to You.

vs 23 O love the Lord, all you His godly ones!
The Lord preserves the faithful
And fully recompenses the proud doer.

vs 24 Be strong and let your heart take courage,
All you who hope in the Lord.

2 Samuel 3:1 Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David; and David grew steadily stronger, but the house of Saul grew weaker continually.

On December 31, 2017, the Lord took me to 1 Samuel 31, then gave me a word: “The ERA of Saul is dead.”   This chapter was the end of the book of 1 Samuel, and the end of Saul’s life.

As I sat reading, I felt a stirring to put out a word for the year.  The ERA of Saul is Dead, though I didn’t title it that way, and it never occurred for me to do so.  I titled it “The Battle for Authority”….   Had I titled it “The ERA of Saul is Dead”  I may have been asked so many questions that I could not answer, since I was only writing what the Lord said, not what I knew or thought I knew.

Over the months, I saw confirmation after confirmation that brought ME hope alone.  I felt like a prophet giving a word, yet the Lord shut the eyes and ears and hearts of those who read it.  Should I have written it differently?  Should I have been more specific?  Should I have given more details?

Then, the worst questions to ask myself.  Those that second guess who I am,  and “have I really heard?” and “did God really say?”.

2018 has been a very difficult year as I strove to break out of a mold I was in.  Like the caterpillar struggles to break free from the cocoon.   Church changes, relationship changes, occupation changes, physical changes, another death in the family, death of a family pet, the end of a chapter in my parent’s home that we finally sold; so many memories there, and my own struggles to get well and lift myself from adrenal fatigue, and severe arthritis in my feet, and the challenge of rain all.year.long.in.WV.  It was difficult to get anything done, difficult to get a pool up, a contractor out, etc.

And with changes, come insecurities, frustrations maybe, some uneasiness.  I grew weary with excuses and distractions and walking with dramatic people.  I let people go.  But with that change and pressing through, the blessings came forward, but they only came through windows of opportunity and had I not been pressing through, had I given up hope, I would have missed them.

As I look back on the year, even now as I write, I see in my own personal life, The ERA of Saul is dead.  The ERA of trying to fit in a certain mold, trying to fit into a vision God had not intended for me.

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Saul was selected as King because the people wanted a king.  They wanted someone to rule over them.  Sometimes it is easier to have a leader that gives us what we want, and when consequences come, we can blame the leader.   We see Saul’s introduction in 1 Samuel. In the last chapter of Judges, chapter 21:25 it says In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”

There was no regard for the rule of law, no regard for the Torah.  People did what they wanted to do as they saw fit to do, not according to what was right for the whole of society, nor according to what was right in the eyes of God but according to what was right in their own eyes.  They demanded a king but they already had Judges.   Judges weren’t good enough because they were not “OVER” them.  Judges had no authority over the people.  They just heard cases and decided the right thing.    Why was this not good enough?   Because then they would have to govern themselves.    And they could not govern themselves because they had already sinned.  They already succumbed to the curse of Balak.

So God gave the people what they wanted.  Someone who will rule over them.  Someone different.

A friend of mine recently pointed out to me that a first mention of Saul, was in 1 Samuel 9:

1 There was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power.

vs 2 And he had a choice and handsome son whose name was Saul. There was not a more handsome person than he among the children of Israel. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people.

vs 3 Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, were lost. And Kish said to his son Saul, “Please take one of the servants with you, and arise, go and look for the donkeys.”

vs 4 So he passed through the mountains of Ephraim and through the land of Shalisha, but they did not find them. Then they passed through the land of Shaalim, and they were not there. Then he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they did not find them.

vs 5 When they had come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant who was with him, “Come, let us return, lest my father cease caring about the donkeys and become worried about us.”

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Donkeys are a symbol for the Democratic party today.  Many former leaders who were originally sent to look for the lost donkeys of the Democratic party and unite them back together again had studied under Saul Alinsky, a community organizer, an activist and author.

Saul Alinsky’s mission was to pressure government to conform to the needs of the people, and his modus operandi was “the end justifies the means”,  which means “no matter what, no matter how, get it done.”   His first and famous book “Rules for Radicals” was dedicated “to the first radical, Lucifer”.

Two of his most famous avid students were Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama who helped lead the donkey party away from its original mission.  They took a FAR LEFT TURN.

Read more here about Saul Alinsky

Read more here about the original Democratic Party. (The D’s and R’s had more in common then.)

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The ERA of SAUL is DEAD.  Q calls this “The liberal left” while Dennis Prager says Liberalism and Leftism are not equal.  Liberalism and Conservatism had common goals when the parties began; Conservatives believing less government will reach the goals while Liberals believing more government will reach same goals.  Leftism leads to communism which believes government is basically God, and socialism is the means to achieving it, by seducing the people to vote for socialism.  (a curse of Balak by the way) –

The ERA of SAUL is DEAD.  This year,  I see a major fall from grace in the Catholic Church.  Pope Francis has admitted to “grave errors in judgment” when it comes to Catholic Bishops sexually abusing thousands of children.  Lay members of the Catholic Church have become angry because they trusted leaders who let them down and now they want to sit on the boards to see to it that justice gets served.  Pope Francis has asked Bishops not to address anything until a worldwide conference of Catholic leaders in February.  What will happen in February?   I don’t know but I believe that there will be an attempt to preserve the clergy and laity system.   The Nicolaitans of Revelation.

The Compromising Church


Revelation 2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write,

‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword: 

Vs 13 “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.

vs 14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.

vs 15 Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

vs 16 Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.

vs 17 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” ’

Government is coming back to the people.  God’s government is coming upon the earth and will invade our political and religious systems.
The ERA of DAVID is upon us – the ERA where we the people get back to governing ourselves rightly and standing righteously before our God.  We are not completely there yet but a movement is showing more people uniting for what is Truth, what is Right, and what is Honorable.  They are not falling for the proverbial bones that are being tossed out to them.  The House of Saul wants you divided.  Balak stuff which THUS leads to Nicolaitan stuff.  God has much against this.

But the House of Saul did not give up, and will not give up, their authority easily.  And the two Houses warred for a long time.

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Nancy has been given the gavel back as Madame Speaker of the House.  And we see the real agenda is now to take down all the the President wants to do.  Not because of what he wants to do but because of who and what he represents.  She is part of the House of Saul, trying to keep the power in place when Saul has died.  As I wrote in “The Battle for Authority”, trying to keep power in place when it has died looks like Saul Alinsky’s m.o. – “no matter what, no matter how, just get it done” and it becomes uglier folks.

Psalm 31:22 As for me, I said in my alarm,
“I am cut off from before Your eyes”;
Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications
When I cried to You.

vs 23 O love the Lord, all you His godly ones!
The Lord preserves the faithful
And fully recompenses the proud doer.

vs 24 Be strong and let your heart take courage,
All you who hope in the Lord.

When generational change occurs, affecting the deep inner workings of any system, there is pain, often doubt and maybe confusion, stemming first from distraction.  The Lord wants us to first know of His love for us and that He is with us.  There is a tendency to think we are cut off from His eyes but He hears us and He recompenses those who act in faith that God is on the Throne!

Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David; and David grew steadily stronger, but the house of Saul grew weaker continually.

Abner, the son of Ner (Saul’s uncle)was Saul’s commander.  After the death of Saul, Abner joined forces with David.  He said his mission now was to turn the kingdom of Saul over to the King of David.  David and Abner made peace and David sent him away in peace.   Joab and company was upset with David because they said Abner planted himself inside the House of David to spy so they took it upon themselves to kill Abner.  David made it clear he had nothing to do with Abner’s death and mourned.

2 Samuel 3:22-27
At that moment the servants of David and Joab came from a raid and brought much spoil with them. But Abner was not with David in Hebron, for he had sent him away, and he had gone in peace.

When Joab and all the troops that were with him had come, they told Joab, saying, “Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he sent him away, and he has gone in peace.”

Then Joab came to the king and said, “What have you done? Look, Abner came to you; why is it that you sent him away, and he has already gone?

Surely you realize that Abner the son of Ner came to deceive you, to know your going out and your coming in, and to know all that you are doing.”

And when Joab had gone from David’s presence, he sent messengers after Abner, who brought him back from the well of Sirah. But David did not know it.

Now when Abner had returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him privately, and there stabbed him in the stomach, so that he died for the blood of Asahel his brother.

 

This is going to be a year of questions, distractions, confusion, disillusions, disinformation, betrayal and wearying down and even death of the saints.  I’m sorry that I don’t have what appears to be the TRiUMPhant report.

But, I really do, if you have ears to hear and eyes to see it.  You just have to trust the plan:

1) He fully recompenses those who set their eyes upon Him in faith that He has a plan
2) He will preserve you from destruction
3) The house of David grows steadily stronger, while the house of Saul grows weaker continually.
4) Watch the economy.
5) Watch the evil that is exposed and brought to justice.  We won’t see it all, just the part of the iceberg that is above the water.
6) This one is not revelation – just insight- I do believe the wall will be built and Mexico WILL pay for it.  Indirectly.
7) Notice, the donkeys were found…  More D’s will move closer to the original plan for their party or switch parties altogether.

1 Samuel 9:20 But as for your donkeys that were lost three days ago, do not be anxious about them, for they have been found.

(Now, I’m still getting stuff so I’ll be adding to it)

Location, Location, Location

Real estate is all about the location

Recently, I dreamed of two interns.   One was in the operating room assisting the Chief Physician in an operation, but he made a mistake, a costly mistake even.  The physician said it was serious enough but he was able to correct it and cover over it so that there was no damage or scar.  He then took that opportunity to explain and teach the young intern so that he could avoid this kind of mistake in the future.

The second intern wandered off to another operating room.  He was merely curious and wanted to observe, however the only person in that room was he himself and there did not appear to be anything going on. He touched nothing and did “nothing wrong”  but something went wrong (in the dream it was not clear what that was) and he was formally accused and “tried”, because he was the only one in the room at the time. He was not where he belonged.

Interpretation:  The Lord is our Chief Physician. I felt the Operating Room He was operating in was “The Grace Room”  while the other operating room was “The Judgement Room”.   As long as we remain in the place He has called us to be, all our mistakes, even grave ones, are covered with grace.  That does not mean we get away with anything.  The Chief Physician uses these errors to teach us valuable lessons.   We are safe as long as we are with Him.    However, if we wander away from His watchful eye, from the place He has called us to be, we are wrong no matter if we have done nothing wrong.

 

And I, I alone, am Left

(or “I Am Not Right”)

1 Kings 19:14 He said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts, because the Israelites have forsaken Your covenant, thrown down Your altars, and slain Your prophets with the sword. And I, I only, am left, and they seek my life, to destroy it.

Elijah just had his greatest victory on Mt Carmel.  (1 Kings 18)  Elijah gathered all the men of Israel and said to them “How long will you waiver between two opinions?  If God is God, then follow Him, and if Baal is God, then follow him”   Basically “Get off the fence and live what you believe!”   And in front of all Israel he said “I alone am left a prophet of the LORD, but Baal’s prophets are 450 men.

Now, Elijah has made an error here, for he was NOT the only prophet left.

He was like the intern in my dream, in “The Grace Room” operating under the watchful, careful eye of the Lord.   Not only does the Lord NOT publicly humiliate him, he doesn’t even correct him.   Instead, the Lord validates and performs His glory in front of all Israel, and 450 prophets of Baal AND 400 prophets of the Asherah, based upon Elijah’s faith in God.

Please don’t miss that!  Elijah has claimed he was “the only prophet left” a few times.  The first time he declared that,  he received no rebuke or correction.  Why not?

In 1 Kings 19, Elijah is seen running from one woman.   He just performed the greatest miracle of his career, and now he is running from ONE woman.

What follows?   Depression for starters.   Severe depression.   He calls out to the Lord to take his life.  This is not “the blues” we get from time to time.   This is severe depression when you call out to God “Take my life.”   He questioned the Lord, basically, as to what was His purpose for keeping him around.  He was no better than his ancestors.

However, the response to Elijah was via the Angel of the Lord who provided him food because his journey was going to be a long one.   Elijah was going BACK into the wilderness.  He was IN the wilderness in 1 Kings 17, and strengthened by the food brought by the ravens.  He recognized supernatural provision then, and was even able to perform the miracle of the widow’s oil, but here, he was sent back into the wilderness where he was fed by an angel this time.

He goes on his journey and then comes to Mt Horeb where he inquires of God.  “What are you doing here Elijah?”

Ever get that word from the Lord?

“What are you doing here Darlene?”  

It’s like you once thought it was okay to go certain places because you thought you were invincible and God would just follow you and answer you and vindicate you because you are so great at what you do for Him, and nobody does it quite like you, that it doesn’t really matter where you go or how you speak to Him.

Or does it?

Elijah’s response again? “I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”  (vs 10)

The Lord gives him one more time to respond with the HeArT rEsPoNsE He requires of Elijah, but the Lord isn’t asking Elijah because He Himself doesn’t know.  He is giving Elijah time to think about where he is and why.

Location, Location, Location.

“Tell me Elijah, why are you here?”  

The Lord tells Elijah to go stand at a different place upon the mountain.  He passed by but Elijah could not see Him.  And then a fierce storm came, and the Lord was not in it. An earthquake came, and the Lord was not to be found.  Elijah then found the Lord again.   He was in the still, small voice.   He was found in peace.

The Lord asks one more time “What are you doing here Elijah?”     Again, He wants a proper heart response from Elijah.

Location, Location, Location.

“Where is your heart, Elijah?  Is it operating in The Grace Room or have you wandered off to The Judgement Room again? You will be tried there, you know. I’m not there to bail you out. I’m not there to cover you”

Elijah’s response again?

“I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”   (Vs 14)

What Elijah was telling the Lord is that he had this awesome, heavy duty, magnificent call, that nobody else had, or if they did, they are not obeying the Lord quite like Elijah himself is because he doesn’t see anybody coming forth to help him out!

“Who will do this if I don’t?”

THE JOB WILL NOT GET DONE!

“At least not the RIGHT way”

(vs 15-18) The Lord said to him, Go,

return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus;

and when you arrive, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria. And anoint Jehu son of Nimshi to be king over Israel, and

anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah to be prophet in your place. 

And him who escapes from the sword of Hazael Jehu shall slay, and him who escapes the sword of Jehu Elisha shall slay.    

Yet I will leave Myself 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.

Elijah’s mantle of authority was removed by the Lord in the same breath that He told Elijah to go back to the wilderness.  Back to the drawing board.

I counseled someone I work with on this scripture the other day.  As soon as I mentioned that Elijah lost his authority, she had an “aha!”  moment.

“That’s because I’ll be bitter, isn’t it? I don’t have power to lead anyone if I am bitter.  And they won’t pick up the slack if I think I have to do it all, therefore I do it all, right? ”

Correctamundo.   She will not do the job well, if she does what she doesn’t have grace to do, just because she thinks nobody else will do it.

I know of a handful of people that I can think of right now within seconds, who felt as if they were dead in the water waiting for God to move in their lives.  They either criticized the leaders in the geographical area they were in for not obeying the Lord as they have been, or were bitter because God was not moving in their lives but once they moved to a another location, the power of God fell upon their ministry.

Another person had to move his residence in order to gain employment and healing.  It wasn’t like the state he was in didn’t provide that for many, but it was because God’s grace for this person was not in the location he was currently in.  Once he did, God’s wisdom fell upon this one.

Another person waited for decades to be in church ministry.  As she was passed over many times, her heart became bitter.  But once she stopped seeking ministry in the church and found her call in the marketplace, she was respected and sought after, and God moved.  Her heart became sweeter and it resulted in healing in her own body.

Some of you who are reading this are feeling dead in the water.  Nothing is moving. Nothing is happening. Nobody is helping you. Nobody responds. And you wonder where God is in your life.  Maybe, just maybe, it’s not about anything except your location.

It’s like being in “The Grace Room”  under His watchful eye.  Being where He calls us to be.  Doing only as He instructs us to do.  Receiving grace to perform. Empowerment to succeed.  He causes success and he thwarts it.  It’s not about how much we do.  It isn’t even about how great we perform the duties of our call.

 

It’s about how well we follow His lead.