Word of the Lord to me this morning-February 4, 2017

I have set you apart from the people, I have set a distinction between you that is not discerned by what you say or what you know but rather how you live. It may seem My grace rests on everyone else, to continue in the way they have been, but My grace upon you is as a short leash-that is my discipline.

Learn to live and move according to My grace. My grace lifted is not that I have left you, nor that I’m angry with you, but that I’m teaching you to move in step with My Spirit. Others may, you may not. Count that as joy. There is a day coming when others will only be able to desire what I enable you to do.

Leviticus 20:26 you shall be holy and to me, because I the Lord am holy, and I have separated you from the people, that you should be mine.

Psalm 4:3 but know that the Lord has set apart for himself him who is godly; the Lord will hear when I call him.

Word of the Lord to me this morning – February 3, 2017.

 

My commands to you are My desire for you, according to the plans I have for you that have been decreed from old.
I fashion your heart, and set your feet in places that I have determined before there was time. See to it you are not troubled by all that you see and hear. See to it, for I have told you that the council of the nations will be brought to nothing. Why listen to their rants? Why consider much discussion about what is and is not when all that is reported are filtered through a lens of an agenda that is not Mine? Tune in to Me, see to it that you are not troubled. See to it that you are not deceived. All this other chatter passes away. My word stands forever.

Psalm 33:10-12 The Lord brings the Counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes plans of the people of no effect, the Counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as his own inheritance.

Matthew 24:3-6 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately saying, “Tell is- when will be the sign of your coming in the end of the age?”
And Jesus said, “take heed that no one deceives you-from many will come in My name saying “I am the Christ” and you will hear of wars and rumors of wars-see to it that you are not troubled for all these things must come to pass but the end is not yet.”

Word of the Lord given to me this morning, February 2, 2017

 

I have sent you on a treasure hunt, where, if you search diligently, you will find extraordinary wealth and value. You will dis-cover what is hidden if you set your heart to find it. Every dis-covery, every un-covering, will increase your strength, wisdom, growth, and knowledge of Me and will tangibly provide for your children and your children’s children.

My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you,
so that you incline your ear to wisdom in your heart to understanding,
if you seek her as silver-
And search for her as hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:1-6

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, where thieves break in and steal.
Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in period for where your treasure is there will your heart be also.

Matthew 6:19-21

Word of the Lord to me this morning. February 1, 2017

 

I have brought you into a spacious place, a wide place, so that you do not have to be mindful of things in your way. I want you free from clutter; clutter in your home, clutter in your mind and clutter in your agenda.

How can you keep eyes upon me if your space is occupied by things that add no value to your life? You call out for more of My Spirit but you put obstacles in My way. You cry for deliverance but evil lurks behind the clutter you allow.

Go through your homes. Remove what no longer has value. Take inventory of your thoughts. Accept the ones that give Me access to move. Forgive any wrongs done to you today. Do not wait.

I gave you a spacious place because I want to move through you in the dance.

Psalm 18:19-He brought me out into a spacious place, he rescued me because he delighted in me.

Psalm 31:7, 8- you have known my soul in adversity, and have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy. You have set my feet in a wide place.

2 Samuel 22:20-He has brought me out into a broad place. He delivered me because he delighted in me.

1 Chronicles 4:10 and Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “oh that you would bless me indeed and enlarge my territory, that your hand would be with me and that you would keep me from evil, that I would not cause nor be in pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

A Word for 2017

I used to put out a word every new year but stopped in recent years because they would get lost in the sea of words supposedly from the Lord for the coming year.  Yet I would still ask Him for one.  Why?  Because it’s what I do.  I need to hear from Him. I need to see Him. I need to walk with Him.  I need His wisdom and guidance. I’m not infallible. I can be deceived when my eyes and ears are not focused on Him.  And usually when they are not, that is when I turn to everyone else’s word that is supposed to be from Him.  Some are, some are not so much, and some are, but just not for me.

So, how do we know?  How do we know which word is really from the Lord?  And which are for us?  There are so many.

I went to Matthew 24 and 25 today.  In 24:3 Jesus’ disciples asked what is the sign of your coming and the end of the age?  The FIRST thing Jesus says is “Take heed no one deceive you.”  

Matthew 24: 3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.

That is the FIRST thing you need to guard your heart against.  Verse 11 also says that false prophets will arise. (vs 11)

So, how can we be sure we know the truth?

I believe the answer is in Matthew 25.  The  wise and foolish virgins. 

Matthew 25:1  “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

Matthew 25: 6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming;  go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

Matthew 25:11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’

Matthew 25:13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

So this will be short.  You will need to start getting your own words, hearing from the Lord yourself, looking at prophets and teachers for CONFIRMATION and only for encouragement. SOMETIMES.

If you don’t keep your eye on the Bridegroom and prepare to get your own oil, you will not have any.

Amos 8:11 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God,
“That I will send a famine on the land,
Not a famine of bread,
Nor a thirst for water,
But of hearing the words of the Lord.

12 They shall wander from sea to sea,
And from north to east;
They shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord,
But shall not find it.

You do NOT want to hear ever “Get your own oil” although that is what you need to do.  By the time you hear it, the door will be closed.

 

 

 

Why do the nations rage? (Psalm 2)

Why do the nations rage?
Why do they plot in vain?
Why do they come together?
What do they hope to gain?
“Let us bring division-So they cannot stand
Then we’ll have all power
As we take over all your land”
He who sits in the heavens
Laughs a hearty laugh
Yet His voice shall cause displeasure
Nations will feel His wrath
But to those whose eyes are on Him
Rejoice with Him and Sing
For you know that out of Zion Comes your Groom, your King!
Make yourselves ready !
The kingdoms plot a vain thing
Against the Lord’s annointed
Against the Coming King
Make yourselves ready!
For Him alone do you yearn?
Before The Glory comes
The fire burns
So I will prophesy the decree
The Lord has spoken to me
“Ask and I will give You
The nations as Your reward
Break them with an iron rod
Rule them by the sword
Dash them into pieces
Bring valleys high and mountains low
Oh kings and judges of the earth
What have you now to show?
Kiss the Son lest He be angry and you perish in the way
Burn up your worthless idols
Before the approaching Day
Serve the Lord with fear and trembling
Rejoice! Oh barren! Sing!
 For fire comes before His Glory
And prophets before the King
His ministers are as flames of fire

Preparing the way for the King”

Much sadness is in the world right now.  Hatred, division, fear, terror, panic.  Everyone wants to know what is going on. Many are quick to blame.
Many blame police officers. Many blame black-skinned brothers and sisters.  Others blame white folks and their privilege. Still others blame the President. Republicans blame Democrats. Democrats blame Republicans.

Blaming roars as a wildfire, but fueling blame is the enemy of our souls that has been able to convince us that we alone are right and superior to others.

The nature of the enemy is to divide and conquer.  Before division comes, there must be that superiority. Humility does not bring division, it brings unity.  Superiority brings division, and hatred and blame.

So who or what is to blame?  There is one we cannot see.  One who stirs strife and hatred among peoples and nations.  We are dangerously guilty by buying into it and agreeing first to superiority, which fuels the division.

A nation divided against itself cannot stand.  (Mark 3:24)   We are still one nation under God whether we like it or not, but indivisible?  When we turned our backs on Him we were able to be divided into fragments.

It would be a good thing to humble yourselves now. It’s okay to be a little person who only influences a few.

 

Well Done

I am a woman of many talents.  I can sew, I can cook, I can clean, I can write, I can make herbal medicine, I can dream, I can prophesy, I can sell, I can encourage, I can work well with others.   I can do many things. In fact, I can do so many things that I often do not finish what I have started because shortly after starting something, I’m on to something else.

A few weeks back, I was looking at my saved items on the computer.  I have a LOT of writings.  I’ve been writing since 1976 and most of what I’ve written gets saved for later.  So I started looking at them again.  Each one taking me back to a place I had forgotten or vaguely remembered.  It was absolutely amazing to me that I had all that tucked away in one little laptop.

Over the last few months, I’ve been recovering from foot surgery.  It’s not major surgery, I know, but it has had major effects on my life.  I cannot remember the last time I was off my feet for so long.  I’ve only known to do things.  Now my parents might have told you that I often sat on the couch when I was younger but even then, I was doing something.  I was thinking or writing.

I went into my room, the little room that I was going to fix up last year but, again, I had been so busy with work and school that I barely had time to finish it up.  I started it.  Shelves are put up on the wall and book shelves are lined with books.  I organized a curio cabinet, and some drawers. I still have a lot of “mess” on the floor that needs to find a home.

But, I could not be on my feet much, so that project will have to be put off until I could be stable again.  At least it sounded like a good plan.

I wanted the Lord to say to me “Well done, good and faithful servant.  You were faithful in a few things, I will put you in charge of many.  Enter into the joy of your Master.”  I was recently put in the position of project manager of our up and coming (w)holistic addiction recovery group (or W.A.R.).  I like the sound of that.  When I go to the meeting I get to say I’m going to W.A.R. and I’m going to the W.A.R. Room.   I felt like that was a kind of well done… yet… I don’t know why I’d get a well done…  my business ended abruptly due to the foot surgery, I don’t have a thriving nutrition business, I can’t walk, I cant afford liability insurance for product making, and I thought “What did I do to get a well done?”

One day, I was feeling stuck.  I can’t explain stuck, except just stuck.  Like my feet were stuck in tar.  I couldn’t just get up and do anything.  I was stuck.  So I started looking through my kindle collection of all the books I’ve saved…. it was amazing how many books I have on kindle and in my room.  I have not read most of them but I buy them “just in case I have time to read them.”  Well that had to change because now I had all the time in the world.

I decided to start with the shortest books first and at least devote a few hours a day to reading.  One book, Given to Forgive, by Cheryl Stasinowski, popped out at me.  Did I want to read another book on forgiveness?  Yes. I wanted to read the book by Cheryl since I’ve known her for a long time.  It was also a short book.  And I’m quite certain I don’t know everything there is to know on the subject.

As I started to read, my eyes became like a waterfall.  I actually was surprised that something was being dug up in me on forgiveness.  Did I have to forgive anyone?  I didn’t think I needed to.  Yet person after person came to my thoughts as I read all the way through.  How do you like that?  I didn’t even realize it because I had buried the thoughts of whatever it was they did to me oh so long ago.

One by one, these people from my past flashed before my watery eyes and I had to say I forgave them and released them back to the Lord.  That was good.  I didn’t know I had stress from holding onto them but our body holds on and it causes stress.

I had enrolled in a class on making body butters and creams last year.  It was a hard class because it was not just about making a product.  It was about understanding the components and constituents of every oil and butter out there and knowing its properties and their applications.  It would make me fall asleep.  The class was a go-at-your-own-pace class so I kind of ended up putting it off, shoving it out of the way like I did most things when I found something more interesting to do.  After all, a woman of many talents and a lot of curiosity has no time for boredom.  I had paid for this class however, and it was only good for one  year.  That year end was coming up on February 1 and I needed to take 2 tests, make 3 products and write a term paper in order to get certified.

So, that is what I did.  Each day, I focused on making finishing this class a priority.  Today, I finished that class and await my certification.

I also pulled out a manuscript that I began in January 2014.  It was about harmful chemicals that creep into our tap water, food and household products.  There was so much work that needed to be done if it were to be completed.  Today, January 9, marks the 2nd anniversary of the chemical spill in Charleston, WV, which was the idea behind my writing the book. In a few days it will be two years since I began it.  I started working on it to bring it to completion.  In a few days, the anniversary of when it began, is when it will be ready for publication.

I could feel it.  I could feel I was getting unstuck.  Starting with forgiveness.  I had buried all those people and it was causing a traffic jam of energy inside me.   And then, I completed my class.  And then, I completed the book.

Little by little, the traffic jam that was causing stress inside (evidenced by a blood test revealing my body to be 80% acidic causing metabolic acidosis) was moving again.  Roadblocks were removed. My body’s ph for the last few days has been alkaline, not acidic.   The ph tape used to show up, morning after morning and night after night, yellow.  Now, every other day it is green.  (Yellow for caution and green for go?)

I went back to the scripture verse in Matthew where the Lord says “Well done”..

Matthew 25: 14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.

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.’ 21 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.’ 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.’ 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.’

24 “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. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’

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. 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.28 Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

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. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Friends, we’ve always read this as money.  But this says talents.

Burying your talents in the sand, or in my case, my writings in the computer, or people needing my forgiveness,  causes us to be stuck in a traffic jam that produces stress, that produces illness and eventually disease (Dis-Ease).   There can be no joy when you are burying what God has given you.

You have been given 1000 or more talents to do something with.  Don’t be concerned about who will see them or where you will put them.  Just do something.  If you don’t do anything, you will be stuck and it will take an enormous amount of energy to get unstuck.  You may lose your joy, you may become ill and you won’t know why.  You’ll keep asking for prayer over this and not understand why God is not responding to your prayer when the answer is that you have buried your talents.  Or your hurts.

Burying them is equal to being an unprofitable servant.  How can you be profitable if you are stuck?

If you want to hear Well Done good and faithful servant, it won’t  be because of all the wonderful things you have done or the great person you are.  It will be about what have you done with what you have been given.  If you know God has given you something, don’t bury it and do some other good thing and think God is pleased.

Keep a short account with Him. He is pleased with you finishing what you have started and getting your head out of the sand.