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.

 

 

 

On This Rock

“You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church”….    I remember reading, back in the late 80’s, a commentary on this sentence.   It explained what the rock was not and then went on to explain what it was.  First, the rock was not Peter.   As a fairly new believer I thought “who would believe it was Peter anyway?  That’s dumb”  but I learned that some of the more traditional religions at one point believed such a thing.   Jesus first named Simon Bar-Jonah, Peter, in this passage.  Peter is translated from Petra in Greek and means “little rock”.  So Jesus was saying in essence “You are petra, a little rock, but there is a rock greater upon which my church will be built.”    Most all Christian teachers now agree.  That greater rock is the confession of Jesus Christ.  But that is not what Jesus was saying at all.  Let me give a little background.  

 

The scene is the base of Mount Hermon, in the region of Caesarea Phillipi.  

 

Mt Hermon is the tallest mountain in Israel (2800 m or nearly 2 miles high)

It is also the Mount of Transfiguration.

It is the mountain where Jesus looked at Peter and said “Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not prevail” 

The dew of Hermon,  the sweet dew that seeps into the mountain and forms streams and rivers of living water in its belly,  this dew that flows down from Hermon and onto the smaller mountains providing grace and sustenance and refreshment,  is grace, is provision, is sustanence, is transformation,  is miraculous, it is hidden.  It flows deep deep into the ground so that even the rocks give water and refresh the fertile valley.  

 

And it sits behind the mouth of the cave of worship to the mythological god PAN.  

PAN literally means “All” and is the mythological god of nature, fields, forests, mountains, flocks and shepherds.   Greek travelers came to this place and saw its fertility and set up an altar to worship their god, PAN.   At the base of Mount Hermon, PAN, represented as half man, half goat, was worshipped.   This is the land of Cesarea Phillipi, where the mouth of the cave of PAN exists.

 There was so much fruit here, for it was fertile in this land.  There was also so much lust here.  The mouth of the entrance to this land was filled with all kinds of fleshly acts.   PAN was said to have fallen for ECHO, a mountain nymph who loved the sound of her own voice, but she was in love with Narcissus, one who was in love with the sound of his own reflection.

In the land of Cesarea Phillipi was where PAN was worshipped. The Greeks called this land Paneas.

In Caesarea Philippi there was a great temple of white marble built to the godhead of Caesar — it had been built by Herod the Great. “At Paneas,  Antiochius III defeated the Ptolemies of Egypt in 200 BCE, thus establishing Seleucid rule in Palestine and Syria In 20 BCE, Augustus gave Paneas to King Herod who erected there a temple of white marble to his patron (Josephus, Antiq. 15, 10.3/360); but the city was built only later by his son Herod Philip. During the First Jewish War (66-70 CE), Vespasian together with Titus and his army encamped there, and were entertained by King Agrippa II (Josephus, War, 3, 9.7/443-44). After the death of Agrippa II, Caesarea Philippi was attributed to the province of Syria, and later to Phoenicia.” (Rousseau and Arav, Jesus And His World, p. 34).

 

In short, Caesarea Philippi was a wealthy, fertile, religious land, where the worship of self and the worship of creation existed heavily.  It was this land that Jesus chose to stand in front of and use as a backdrop as He asked Peter the question “Who do you say I AM?”  and this confession was followed by a journey to the top of Mount Hermon, the place of Transfiguration, the place of the Revelation of the Deity and Glory of Christ.   

 

The dew that falls from Mount Hermon is the melted snow, the water, that refreshes, the provision for this fertile land, the grace of God every morning, and unless one has a revelation of Jesus, and sees His mercies new every morning,  the temptation to see all the fertility and beauty and provision that is in front of our eyes and give another credit and glory is waiting for us, saying “come, enter the mouth of the cave of self-worship.”    

 

“But who do YOU say I AM?”   He is asking this in every area of our lives.  Is He Lord over all?   Upon WHAT was Jesus saying His church will be built?  Clearly, it is not on the rock (petra).  But not as clearly, it is also NOT the confession of Jesus Christ as most Christian teachers have taught before.   Why is Peter blessed?  “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. ”  “Blessed are you FOR FLESH AND BLOOD HAS NOT REVEALED THIS”     Peter was blessed NOT because  he was told Jesus was the Christ.  Peter was blessed because he received revelation from the Father.   In the cave of the mouth of self worship and earth worship, was revelation of the One who deserved worship alone.   And then they were led to the Mount Of Transfiguration where they saw with their eyes what was revealed in their spirit.  “Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you but My Father who is in Heaven”… and it is on THIS ROCK that I will build My Church”  Folks, this is not a one time confession of Christ.  This is a daily revelation of who Christ is in our lives.   The church is not built with numbers of people who confess Christ as the son of the Living God!   It is built by daily coming to a greater revelation knowledge of who Christ is in our lives.   Confession of Jesus can be by flesh and blood or by revelation but it is only by revelation of the Son of God can the gates of Hades not prevail against it.  Daily we must be asking “Who is Jesus in my life today?”   Is He Lord?  Is He the Healer?  Is He the Deliverer? Is He Alpha and Omega?  Is He the First and the Last?  Is He the Spirit of Prophecy?  Is He the Good Shepherd?  Is He The True and Faithful One?  Is He the Word, Living, Written and Spoken?  Is He the Bridegroom King?    We need to press in to get revelation from our Father in Heaven who Jesus is in our lives daily in order to overcome the desire to worship self and nature (and ultimately satan).     The church has been busy getting confessions.  The church does not like to be still and just wait for Him.  The church has been busy with programs.  The church has been ANEMIC.  So let’s be like the boy Samuel who hears his name being called and says “Speak Lord, your servant is listening”  and then wait in silence til He comes.  Get revelation.  Let His word be formed in you.  Let HIM be formed in you.   Don’t be part of spreading INFORmation… be part of TRANSFORmation.  

It Was Not the Season for Figs

The Cursed Fig Tree

12-14As they left Bethany the next day, he was hungry. Off in the distance he saw a fig tree in full leaf. He came up to it expecting to find something for breakfast, but found nothing but fig leaves. (It wasn’t yet the season for figs.) He addressed the tree: “No one is going to eat fruit from you again—ever!” And his disciples overheard him.

15-17They arrived at Jerusalem. Immediately on entering the Temple Jesus started throwing out everyone who had set up shop there, buying and selling. He kicked over the tables of the bankers and the stalls of the pigeon merchants. He didn’t let anyone even carry a basket through the Temple. And then he taught them, quoting this text:

My house was designated a house of prayer for the nations;

You’ve turned it into a hangout for thieves.

It wasn’t yet the season for figs.  Doesn’t Jesus’ cursing the tree sound unreasonable?  Even that he expected fruit when it wasn’t ready to produce fruit?   Wasn’t it just doing what it was supposed to do? I mean it appeared to have a full head of leaves!

2 Timothy 4:2 “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction.”

Be prepared in season and out of season.  The Church model, or the Temple model, will cause us to be a marketplace instead of a place where prayer is offered.  But a gathering of believers who assemble together to seek the Lord, to pray, to worship all through the week is a house of prayer for all nations and prepares the church, the Bride, to be ready in season and out of season.

The fruit of abiding in Him is being ready when the hungry come.

I really feel a stirring in my heart on this.  One day, I was picking up my husband from work.  It was 5:30 on a Monday and a man of the street asked us to “get him outta here.”   I asked him “where is here?”  and he said “Alcohol! Get me outta here”

My husband and I stayed with him, prayed with him and brought him to a church around the corner (VCA) where Kim Hager from the House of Prayer was leading worship, and Abner Suarez was preaching.   We were ready.  They were ready. That night.

That man is still free of alcohol two years later.

Matthew 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.  35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?

38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?

39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

People will be hungry at all hours – probably not on Sunday morning, or Wednesday night.   But at 5:30 on a Monday night.

Or 3 a.m. on a cold, rainy Thursday morning.

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The above was written in 2011 but last night I saw something else.

Mark 11:11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

15-17They arrived at Jerusalem. Immediately on entering the Temple Jesus started throwing out everyone who had set up shop there, buying and selling. He kicked over the tables of the bankers and the stalls of the pigeon merchants. He didn’t let anyone even carry a basket through the Temple. And then he taught them, quoting this text:

My house was designated a house of prayer for the nations;

You’ve turned it into a hangout for thieves.

Vs 12-14 about the fig tree not producing fruit is sandwiched between Jesus going into the temple and looking around.  He went in, looked around then came out and told his disciples he was hungry and the tree did not produce any fruit although it appeared to have a full head of leaves.

Figs are powerful cleansers.  Eat enough and they will purge you with diarrhea.  That Jesus came in and purged the temple after he cursed the fig tree is indicative of many of our churches today that are dying.  One of my customers called a church she grew up in in Arizona to ask them to look after her mother occasionally, for she was frail.   (My customer is from WV and cannot look in).   The churches response was “We are dying, we cannot help”.

THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE LORD IN CREATION AND HISTORY

sov·er·eign

Sovereign: 

1.a monarch; a king, queen, or other supreme ruler.
2.a person who has sovereign power or authority.
 
Sovereignty:
1.the quality or state of being sovereign
2. the status, dominion, power, or authority of a sovereign; royalty.
3. supreme and independent power or authority in government as possessed or claimed by a state or community
4.rightful status, independence, or prerogative.

33 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous!
For praise from the upright is beautiful.
Praise the Lord with the harp;
Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.
Sing to Him a new song;
Play skillfully with a shout of joy.

For the word of the Lord is right,
And all His work is done in truth.
He loves righteousness and justice;
The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap;[a]
He lays up the deep in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast.

10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.
11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
The plans of His heart to all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.

13 The Lord looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men.
14 From the place of His dwelling He looks
On all the inhabitants of the earth;
15 He fashions their hearts individually;
He considers all their works.

16 No king is saved by the multitude of an army;
A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for safety;
Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.

18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope in His mercy,
19 To deliver their soul from death,
And to keep them alive in famine.

20 Our soul waits for the Lord;
He is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart shall rejoice in Him,
Because we have trusted in His holy name.
22 Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us,
Just as we hope in You

 

It really IS about Him.  Our only battle is grabbing hold of His Word and becoming in agreement and alignment with it.  

Is There Anyone Left in the House of Saul?

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 it is possible that 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?   



Who is Like You Lord?

Who is like You Lord?

Ruler of all nations

Captain of our armies

Throughout all generations 

Who is like You Lord?

You give the command

And it is so

Your silence demands

Our Stillness

Your Word demands we go

You cause the sun to rise and set 

On just and unjust alike

You send the storm

You calm the sea

No, there is none likeYou Lord

Your voice commands cedars

To split in half

At its sound a deer gives birth

To its calf

And commands the desert to bloom

Yet You sit and laugh

At the plans of the nations

You are God of all Creation 

And You do as You please

We fall to our knees

And say You alone

Are Lord.