Perspective Change

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I overheard a store employee say “I don’t get paid enough to take this crap!”
I wanted to ask “How much do you need to get paid to take crap?”
Many blogs are written and memes made about attitude. I was looking at a few this morning.

Then I read this this morning:

Psalm 18:4 The pangs of death surrounded me,
And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid.
The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me;
The snares of death confronted me.
In my distress I called upon the Lord,
And cried out to my God;
He heard my voice from His temple,
And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.

Then the earth shook and trembled;
The foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken,
Because He was angry.
Smoke went up from His nostrils,
And devouring fire from His mouth;
Coals were kindled by it.
He bowed the heavens also, and came down
With darkness under His feet.
10 And He rode upon a cherub, and flew;
He flew upon the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness His secret place;
His canopy around Him was dark waters
And thick clouds of the skies.
12 From the brightness before Him,
His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire.

13 The Lord thundered from heaven,
And the Most High uttered His voice,
Hailstones and coals of fire.
14 He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe,
Lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them.
15 Then the channels of the sea were seen,
The foundations of the world were uncovered
At Your rebuke, O Lord,
At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.

Attitude without perspective is just a shallow front. Attitude is outward while perspective is inward. Perspective is what is seen that helps shape the attitude.
David saw beyond the earthquakes, the pangs of death, the debauchery and deception around him. He saw through the fog and the fire and beyond the lightning. He heard a Voice in the thunder and roaring waters.

He saw the Almighty God.

Today it is cold and rainy with patches of fog. I expect to see God.

ReMember Me

While strolling through the Psalms this morning, I was stopped here. I read through in one version then in another, not really sure what I am supposed to see.

No, I don’t feel as close to God these days – at least when compared with earlier days.
No, I don’t feel as filled with delight and wonder as I did over a decade ago.

I could think of all kinds of reasons why I don’t, but none seem to be “it.”

Except one. One thing drags me down farther than anything else. My lame feet. I literally have lame feet. Filled with arthritis and pain, nerve shocks that lift me off the ground when I walk and toward the end of the day cause my legs to be so heavy I cannot lift them.

Okay two things – but I can’t write this publicly. God knows the pain of loneliness that can only be remedied with a companion to talk to. I don’t mean friend or counselor. I mean companion. What happened to my companion?

Well maybe there is another. CompanionS. And I cannot be public with that either. God knows.

Then I think “If only my feet and legs would work, none of this would matter. I have resources and skills and talents. My own work would praise me like the Proverbs 31 woman’s works praised her!”

But my feet and legs don’t work and I am filled with struggle day in and day out.

“ReMember Me” I hear Him say
“ReMember Me in the cool of the day”
“ReMember Me with each step you take”
“ReMember Me for the Kingdom’s sake”

“I will ReMember You”

This is deeper than just thinking of Him.

Those words “ReMember Me” have to do with healing of my own body, and healing of His.

Body parts cannot act independently of themselves without getting cut off at the knees.



I cried out to God with my voice—
To God with my voice;
And He gave ear to me.
In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord;
My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing;
My soul refused to be comforted.
I remembered God, and was troubled;
I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah

You hold my eyelids open;
I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
I have considered the days of old,
The years of ancient times.
I call to remembrance my song in the night;
I meditate within my heart,
And my spirit makes diligent search.

Will the Lord cast off forever?
And will He be favorable no more?
Has His mercy ceased forever?
Has His promise failed forevermore?
Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has He in anger shut up His tender mercies? Selah

10 And I said, “This is my anguish;
But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.”
11 I will remember the works of the Lord;
Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.
12 I will also meditate on all Your work,
And talk of Your deeds.
13 Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary;
Who is so great a God as our God?
14 You are the God who does wonders;
You have declared Your strength among the peoples.
15 You have with Your arm redeemed Your people,
The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah

16 The waters saw You, O God;
The waters saw You, they were afraid;
The depths also trembled.
17 The clouds poured out water;
The skies sent out a sound;
Your arrows also flashed about.
18 The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind;
The lightnings lit up the world;
The earth trembled and shook.
19 Your way was in the sea,
Your path in the great waters,
And Your footsteps were not known.
20 You led Your people like a flock
By the hand of Moses and Aaron.

A Pure and Spotless Bride Makes Herself Ready

Remember Annanias and Saphira? They lied, they died. Pretty harsh to many people’s standards, right?
Yes it is but God is just.

God was establishing a church in the time of A & S, and He was establishing a righteous church – of course I mean a people, not a building. How far from holy have we fallen?

Well He has not changed and is cleaning up His church. He is coming for a pure and spotless Bride, without stain or wrinkle. We are not there, but we will be by the time He is finished uprooting tares and separating the sheep and goats.

Here is a time to sharpen your sword, clean up your act, repent of your sins and fall to your knees.

God the Father, desires a pure and spotless Bride for His Son. It is all about Jesus, Yeshua. It is all about A King. Everything created is in Him, for Him, by Him, through Him and about Him.

Psalm 17 Prayer for our Potus and our Nation

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Hear my prayer Oh Lord for our President, it is a just prayer, it is a righteous plea. Hear the cry from my fingertips which you have acknowledged so many times before.
Hear my prayer for our President which does not come from trigger fingers without consideration. Let his vindication come straight from You, may Your eyes see what is right.

You have probed his heart and you have examined him and tested him. You have forgiven his transgressions and have strengthened him.

You have found that he has planned no evil and has not transgressed against you and your plans.

Though he is accused of bribery, it is his enemies who try to bribe him. He has kept himself from the ways of the violent. His steps have held onto the path you have laid out for him and he has not stumbled.

I call on You my God for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer for our President and our nation. Show me the wonders of your great love, You save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.

Keep us as the apple of your eye; hide us neath the shadow of your wings from the wicked who seek to destroy us, from mortal enemies who surround us and are among us.

They have closed their callous hearts and their mouths speak with arrogance. They have tracked our President down, have put a bounty on his head, and his enemies are numerous who surround him. With eyes alert they seek t throw him to the ground.

They are like a lion hungry for prey, a crouching lion in fierce cover.

Rise up Lord, confront them. Bring them down with your sword and rescue him from the wicked. By your hand save us from evil people who seek to destroy us for their gain.

May what you have stored up for them fill them and may they be gorged on it; all those who follow them.

As for me, I will be vindicated when I see your face and when I awake I will see your likeness.

20/20 The And/Or

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 like
You 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 all 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.

I am writing this as a seer.  I have finally begun to accept that I am a seer and I don’t look like other seers.  The Lord gives me visions and pictures and I don’t always know what they mean.  It takes me longer to process and in the past I have made apology for what I see because I cannot always interpret.   But, I have a very significant role in the Body of Christ.

That said, on December 29 I had a vision.

I saw in the spirit the numbers “20/20” (<~~~just like this)  and my first thought was “Noooooo”, I didn’t want to get a prophetic word on how hindsight is 2020 or how my visual acuity will increase this year.  I actually read some posts put out about 6 months ago by a prophetic teacher – he said “watch all the junk prophecies come out about 2020 vision.”   I thought “gosh I hope the Lord doesn’t give me a word about 2020 vision.   Yet here it is.

Or is it?  I didn’t see “2020” in a vision.  I saw “20/20” which is how visual acuity is written.  But something bothered me about it being about visual acuity.

1)  To have 20/20 vision means the distance the AVERAGE person can see from 20 feet away.  Our God does not call us to be AVERAGE.  He calls us to perfection.

2) To have 20/15 vision is sharper vision, and to have 20/30 vision is worse.  Hindsight is 20/20 but not foresight.  So, just because the year 2020 reminds us of vision, it stops there.   We would not have had keener sight in 2015 and sharper sight in 2030.

Calling prophetic words junk prophecies ahead of time, on a public platform before they even come out might hurt a very young student of prophetic interpretation.  We encourage newbies to start somewhere.  What if God was very pleased with a budding young prophet who took the year 2020 to see that eyes were going to be opened?  What if this person started seeing in the spirit that we are about to embark on the greatest eye-opening, greatest awakening of the world and saw millions coming to the Lord?  An art teacher might call stick figures junk if an art student in their late teens handed it in, but what if a toddler gave it?  Wouldn’t it be judged differently?

So instead of despising the initial vision, I took some time with it (and yes it is interesting that I saw a vision of 20/20 and didn’t hear a word on the matter. It took me awhile to sit and wrestle with it).

The vision 20/20 definately had a forward slash.  Not a backslash.  There is significance in the slash.   The slash separated the two 20’s.  It was not two thousand and twenty, but rather twenty slash twenty.

What does a forward slash mean?  It means and/or.  So in one sense it is a combining of, and in another sense it is separation of.   Either/or is fine.

So, 20/20 means visual acuity but it wasn’t what HE, the Vision-Giver, wanted me to see.  It was the slash.  He wanted me to see the forward slash; the and/or.  The unifying and the separating.

The Separating (the “or”)

There will be a distinct separation of wheat and tares, of sheep and goats.

I had this vision on December 29, so I turned to my reading for the day. Psalm 29.  It was about The Voice of the Lord.

The Voice of The Lord is mighty.  The Voice of the Lord is powerful.  The Voice of the Lord is heard by those who incline their ear to hear.

Take a look at John 12.

vs 28 Father, glorify Your name.”
Then a voice came out of heaven: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”

vs 29 So the crowd of people who stood by and heard it were saying that it had thundered; others were saying, “An angel has spoken to Him.”

vs 30 Jesus answered and said, “This voice has not come for My sake, but for your sakes.

vs 31 Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.

Everyone heard something; not everyone heard the same thing.

1) Some heard thunder.  They were only in tune with what is evident before them.
2) Some heard the voice of an angel.  They heard something spiritual, but gave credit to angels or other beings in the spirit realm.  Angels, however,  cannot glorify the Son of God.
3) Some heard the voice of God.  Only The Father in Heaven can glorify the Son.

There will be a distinct separation in 20/20 of those who hear only thunder, those who hear “something in the spiritual realm”  and those who hear the Voice of the Lord Himself.

Such distinction that it will provoke jealousy in those who heard only thunder and those who heard angels;  the ones who heard thunder will be offended by, and attack those who heard the Voice of the Lord, and those who heard angels will go on public record to denounce and condemn those who heard the Voice of the Lord.

Those who heard the Voice of the Lord will be increasingly made manifest as the Sons of God; they will never be snatched away.

The Unifying (the “And”)

But it will also be the maturation of the Saints.   What is the process of arriving to maturation?  Unity.

Ephesians 4:13-15 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

Since the slash means and/or, unifying or separating this will also be a unification of the saints and all their gifts.  The Voice and The Sight.  The Prophet and The Seer and The Apostle together.  The Body of Christ looking like a healthy, living organism, serving one another and finding their places.  They eye will know they are the eye and the foot will know they are the foot and they will serve the entire Body because a healthy Body is a strong body.  A healthy Body has cells that know which other cells to group with for a specific function above anything else.  So in other words, soul tie relationships will be broken and relationships will form based on the Spirit.  These cells and relationships with other cells, will form healthy tissues (home groups?) for the strengthening of each other, and these tissues will form healthy organs and these healthy organs will form healthy systems.

Ezekiel 37: 4 Again He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.’

vs 5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones, ‘Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life.

vs 6 I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the Lord.’”

vs 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone.

vs 8 And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them.

vs 9 Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.”’”

vs 10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

20/20 –  This year is a biblical year.   It is the beginning of ‘the end of the age.’  How many of us have read ‘the age’ as  ‘the end of time on earth?’   It is in reality, the end of the church age.   No, I am not saying people will stop going to church, but I am saying that the focus (20/20 focus?) will no longer be on the church.  It will be on the Kingdom of God.

Take a look.

Matthew 13:36 Then He left the crowds and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”

vs 37 And He said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man,

vs 38 and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one;

vs 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the and the reapers are angels.

vs 40 So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age.

vs 41 The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness,

vs 42 and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

vs 43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

 
John 10:24 The Jews then gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, “How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.”


John:27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;

vs 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.

vs 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.

No one will be able to snatch us from the Father’s hand.  We need to encourage each other with this, but we need to keep our eyes and ears and heart attune to The Spirit of God, being very careful not to be a stumbling block to those trying to find their way.   If you have been a stumbling block to any (like maybe calling out junk prophecies before they even exist ), you need to repent now.

One last thought – (perhaps) – and that is when there is a separation of wheat and tares, goats and sheep, and when there is a maturation of the Saints in the coming together in perfect Body function, there also comes judgment.

John 12:31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.

Some might argue with me that the time of judgment already came because this verse refers to the Cross.  But the Word of God has multiple prophetic timelines.  For while The Cross is Judgment for the sins of the world and in the church age we learned how to nail our sins to the Cross, there is still a time of judgment upon the earth.  I am not referring to the Bema seat or the Great White Throne Judgment to come.  I am referring to the words of Jesus when He said why He came – to destroy the works of Satan.

When the And/Or takes place; the distinct separation and maturation manifestation, the works of Satan are now able to be destroyed in full view of men.

The And/Or is about separation and maturation – but then comes the judgment.

Neither Shall You Touch?

Reading A Book Under A Tree 4K HD Desktop Wallpaper for 4K ...Touching something is part of the process of free will.  Take away the touching and you take away the free will.  God never said “you shall not go through the process of deciding whether to obey My command or not.”

The trouble is not the process of decision.  The trouble comes when you actually hear the Word of God and choose to ignore or disobey it.

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”

vs 2 The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat;

vs 3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’”

 

All Roads Lead To God

153 best images about Christianity on PinterestYou’ve heard it before.  “All roads lead to God.”

We are quick to point out how this is not true – the only way to God is through Christ!

Not exactly.   Look at the scripture again.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Jesus is the way to God the Father.
Jesus is the Truth of God the Father.
Jesus is the Life of God the Father.

A Father is loving.
A Father is patient.
A Father is merciful.
A Father is kind.
A Father is slow to anger.
A Father is rewarding.
A Father is life-giving.
A Father displays everlasting love and gives life-giving gifts.

To know the Father, we must know Jesus.

But, there are other aspects of God that we must know.

Romans 11:22 tells us to consider the goodness AND the severity of God. 

If we don’t choose Christ, we will still meet God.  But this will not be God, the Father.

Revelation 20:11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life.   And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.

One group of people will be judged according to Christ’s works through them, and another will be judged according to their own works because they rejected Him.

So when you hear that all roads lead to God, you may want to describe the destination rather than argue or debate.  Telling someone they are wrong is not a way to help them see.  Telling them how right they are may get their attention more effectively.