Saturday, March 20, 2021

TODAY

Speaking for Today, because tomorrow things may be different. Struggling most of the day just to accomplish the usual mundane tasks at hand, all the while meditating on the Lord and talking to him about life in general at this time in history. Words and terms like covid, masks, shutdowns, vaccines, school closures, the government, the economy, suicide, depression, hospitalizations, you name it, seem to swirl about in the very atmosphere. The whole world has changed in such a short time. I believe it effects our overall mood without our even being aware.

I must admit I have been waiting to be "inspired" to write amidst the ever changing tide. Today I determined it was time to just dive in. We need to hear from one another. We need to hear what the voice of the Holy Spirit is saying to those of us who are seeking Him. He reminded me for the umpteenth time... He never changes! His Truth is crucial for Life. He IS the Way, the Truth and the Life! Having that in the forefront, we are told in 1 Peter 3:15 to be ready to give an answer for the hope we have in us to anyone who asks. 

We do not need to wait for a special, Heaven sent "inspiration" to spread the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ. We do not need to wait for someone to come up to us randomly and ask, "Where do you get hope in these days in which we are living?" We should be "shouting it from the rooftops" at any opportunity, any open door, any hint of need. Many, many are hurting and searching for some kind of light in the darkness. We have that light if we have Christ Jesus!

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16). That is the Truth that will lift one up out of the muck and mire of the things of this world. He not only lifts one out, he stands them up; he cleanses them from the filth; he turns their direction away from the hole into which they fell; he gives them hope and a future as we are told in Jeremiah 29:11. As long as there is something we can do on this earth, he will direct our paths if we acknowledge him in all our ways (Proverbs 3:6). And after that, eternal life.

Let's look at a couple of words from John 3:16. Believe: means to trust in, adhere to, rely on, be fully persuaded. In the case of Jesus, to place your complete spiritual and physical well being in His hands. Just believing He exists doesn't cut it. The demons believe that much. No, the hope that we share with others has eternal, life-filled substance. Solid, immoveable, irreversible as we place our trust in Him alone. The other word is: perish. This verse says if we "believe" as the above teaches, we will not "perish". We will not die the second death. We will not be deprived of eternal life. No one can take it away from us. It is "in the bank" as they say. 

Therefore, as the old song encourages: "Rescue the perishing..." Don't allow the things of this present world to stifle you. Don't allow them to sap you of your strength and energy. Wait upon the Lord and renew your strength daily. Rejoice in the Lord at all times. These are the mandates of Scripture. These should be lifted high above any mandate thrown at us by the world's system or even spiritual wickedness in high places as the case may be. Be different, be above it all so that you can be a light in the darkness, a beacon of hope. Take someone's hand and show them the way. Pray for discernment to hear the silent voices that are crying out. Seek the Lord for direction as to His leading. Speak, sing, write, pray, make meaningful eye contact, smile. "Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world." 1 John 4:4. 

Thank you for allowing me to share with you some words of truth that we all need to hear and take hold of. Be strong. If you are feeling weak or discouraged, pray. Call a friend. You may find out you are both experiencing the same struggles. Don't isolate. The enemy of our souls likes to get us alone either physically or in our thinking. "Confess your faults one to another and pray for one another that you may be healed..." James 5:16. I don't mind admitting that it is a fault or shortcoming when I allow the cares of this world to take up more time than they ought of my attention. Let's agree to once again and every day, "FIX OUR EYES ON JESUS THE AUTHOR AND PERFECTOR OF OUR FAITH".

God bless you all as we look forward to His Return!

Friday, January 8, 2021

Mind Set

 I was listening to an interview this morning as a news commentator was speaking with a doctor regarding the health of the people of our nation. His greatest concern was not the "virus" but the depression, fear and suicide that is running rampant. The statement he made that really struck me was something to this effect, "fear and anxiety reside in a portion of our psyche that is without God." Wow! Hmmm. That got me to thinking that we can have God in our lives, however, we may not be allowing his Lordship in every area. Philippians 4:6 says, "do not be anxious about anything..." Sometimes that is easier said than done. This is not the first time I have written on this subject, but today I have some added thoughts. That is because his Word is active and alive and new every day! 

To continue in the Philippians 4 chapter, we are instructed to pray with thanksgiving, as we are "not worrying" and the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds through Jesus. 

Easier said than done you agree? Well, after I listened to this doctor, it caused me to realize that we need to surrender to the Lordship of Jesus with our entire being. We may confess with our mouth that we believe he is Lord, but not allow him to infiltrate our minds with his Truth.

When we truly trust Him with every fiber of our being, giving our every thought, desire, need and concern to him, thanking him and praising him for who he is, his character, his being, his sovereignty, faith will grow within us. His Word will make it's home in us. "And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.", verse 7 of  Chapter 4, Philippians.

This is a process. We ladies at our church have a bible study, as some of you men do as well at your churches. We have a time that is called an "ice breaker". I used to lack appreciation for these pre-ambles because they weren't "spiritual" enough. (Sometimes you can be too spiritual for your own earthly good so to speak.) As I grew into the realization that we are all human and need those times of communication regarding our everyday lives, I also grew to appreciate them. During those times we might talk about the things that are important to us, things we enjoy, family stories, dreams, desires, etc. We are getting to know one another and getting to trust one another more and more because we see that we can relate on many points. We begin to understand one another more and begin to love one another as the Bible tells us. 

Trusting Jesus and inviting His presence into every facet of our lives, hearts, minds comes from getting to know him through his Word and his Holy Spirit... believing what he says. I am one that takes things at face value with other Believers. If they tell me something, perhaps expressing their affection or appreciation, I believe them. If they give me a gift, I believe it is from their heart and genuine. So, why not believe the one who embodies truth, power, might, strength, justice, righteousness, love, empathy, sympathy and more than that, the ONE who can meet your every need! The very ONE who created, yes, created, out of nothing, all you see. All of Creation are His! You are His! Bought with a Price... the Blood of Christ! (He proved His Love on the Cross at Calvary once and for all.)

He wants you to walk out of fear and anxiety. The guarding of your heart is as a military garrison around it, verse 7. By applying the many principles of his Word to your life through personal relationship with him, spending time with him through prayer, praise and worship, you are allowing that spiritual army of peace so to speak, to stand at it's post. 

Get to know him better and better this year. Let your two-way communication be the ice breaker you need to realize that he loves you more than his own life and cries out to be all that you need in these days so full of turmoil. Though the days be full of turmoil, our inner being needn't be.

Love the Lord your God. Love one another deeply. Pray for one another. Encourage one another. Know that God loves you and is not idle. Know that He has a Plan and will fulfill it. Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven! Blessings to you all! Be strong in the Power of His Might, Grace and Peace!

Thursday, December 10, 2020

THE STAIRWAY

Upon awakening this morning, I pictured myself ascending a very old and marred wooden staircase. It was quite wide and had a strip of tattered carpet down the center. The rails were thick and rounded and well supported. My clothing was dingy white, resembling a robe of some sort and it appeared I had been toiling hard for many days or perhaps years.

I labored as I climbed toward the top but I knew I must keep going. I had confidence I was going to make it. As I approached the top, I turned to look back and as I did, the stairway had turned to the most brilliant gold I had ever seen. The carpet was no longer worn but became plush with colors of purple and red. 

As I watched myself from a distance in this envisionment, my clothing, from the bottom up, began to turn to a dazzling white, adorned with gold. As I continued to climb, the once isolated stairway was surrounded by light and soft white clouds swirled about. I had yet to see the top when I realized I was climbing toward Heaven.

All my labors, all my trials, all the pain, all the suffering was turning to gold. All the perseverance and struggle and contending had obtained for me a Robe of Righteousness. Not that I had clothed myself but that the King of Glory was changing what once was in this world to match the Heavenly. Each step was from one degree of Glory to another. 

As I looked back I was amazed at how far I had come. I was not able to see the bottom or the top. The Spirit of the Lord within me spoke to remind me that all my work, all my labor, all my pressing on, was not in vain. I Corinthians 15:58: "Therefore my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord, our labor is not in vain." 

I had truly been laying up treasures in Heaven. He had changed my own efforts at righteousness into His Glorious Robe of Righteousness. He had changed my path to something of eternal value.

He opened my eyes to see from the earthly into the Heavenly and that in and through Him I AM obtaining the Crown of Life. James 1:12: "Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial for when he has stood the test he will receive the Crown of Life which God has promised to those who love him."

I may not be able to see the landing at the top of the stairway this day. However, by faith and one day taking on substance, I will reach my destination and have that eternal Crown placed upon my head as I step into Glory... then I will cast my Crown... all that I am... all I ever was... all that I have... at the feet of my Lord and King, Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Read Revelation 4:10&11.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Prophetic Word 11-14-20

 

After spending quite a bit of time before the Throne in Worship and Intercession, I received this from the Lord. I have been struggling with what to post here for a couple of months. I believe this is the post He designed for this day:

 

There’s a deep rumbling about to arise from the very depth of the Nations. A deep rumbling as of an earthquake from the deepest of the deep. It is a cry from those who have come before, of voices once thought dead. They are not dead. They cry forth from eternity past. Crying out for freedom. Voices that have known and walked in the truth and thought that in vain they spoke words that were passed through the generations. Voices silenced through physical death. These voices spoke truth… the truth of the ages. Some were ignored, some were heeded. These voices can never be silenced because the truth they speak is the Truth of the Living, Breathing, on fire Word of the Living God. His voice blows through like a mighty wind that destroys everything in its path that is not held down by the anchor of Truth. All that is not of truth shall be blown away and destroyed. These voices knew this and cried out and still cry out from the grave. Hear! Hear! Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church… the Church of the living God. The Church of the Living God holds the answers to Life and Eternity. There is a huge gulf forming between good and evil, light and dark, truth and fiction, power and weakness. Be strong in the Lord and the Power of His might. The tug of war will be won on the side of right. Be founded and grounded on that side lest you be pulled into the gulf and be swallowed up by the abyss. Wait on the Lord, listen to His voice. Let it ring loudly as the shofar, the trumpet of God that will soon sound. This is real… not a story passed through generations or folklore. This is real…. Life as we know it is about to end. The Heavens are about to open and all Glory to descend. The liars will flee in 7 directions as the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. This entire earth will see the Glory of the Lord and fall on their faces either in worship or in shame. What the rumblings have been saying for ages eternal are going to be shown to be true. Those who have heeded the call will be shown to be right. There will be no middle ground. Eternity is on the Horizon as the Bride joins her Groom. Those in agony will cry out with a sincere cry, not just lip service. Their very hearts will feel as if they would explode within them, but the keeper of the hearts will hold them together. There will be no human words to describe the magnitude of the event. Yes the Lord will soon descend from Heaven with that shout! That voice of the archangel! With that loud trumpet blast! The sound of Praise will deafen the ears of the enemy as he crouches defeated before the King of all Ages! Freedom will ring! Banners will wave! The Throne of the Universe will be revealed and the mouths of the liars will be shut! The End!

 

BarbaraJean

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

LED BY THE SPIRIT

 As I sit down to write today, there are so many things on my mind. Many, many voices vie for my attention. However, what is the Spirit saying? To be led by the Spirit of God means just that, "Be led by the Spirit." Galatians chapter 5 talks about being led by the Spirit or walking in the Spirit. Being led by the Spirit brings freedom. It takes us away from focusing on the law... the do's and don'ts. The Spirit takes us away from the things of the flesh which cause us to sin. As we are led into the realm of the Spirit, the Fruit of the Spirit begins to develop in our lives. When you are "led", you "follow". 

In this world and in this time particularly, there are so many things crying out, including facts that are true regarding happenings in this season. It is easy to let them take preeminence in our minds. Preeminence has such synonyms as: supremacy; greatness; prominence. When the things of this world begin to set up a place of prominence in your mind and then take over your heart where you are being led by them, you are in danger of pushing Christ off the throne of your Being. He, of course, can never be dethroned, but we can enthrone something else in his place in our own lives and not recognize it if we are not being led by the Spirit. Mark 4:19 talks about the cares or worries of this world coming in and choking out the Word in our lives. We can say, "Oh, that would never happen to me!" There is a Scripture, 1 Corinthians 10:12 warning us to take heed when we think we are standing lest we fall. When the Word of God takes the back seat of our attention, something or someone else is doing the driving and we are heading toward a head on collision with destruction. 

It is crucial that we fight to keep our Faith focused on Christ and not be led astray to the worries and cares of this world. Romans 12:2 "Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what is the good, pleasing and perfect will of God." Without letting His Spirit lead you, by the Word of God, your head can become so full of "voices", it can create ringing in your ears such as tinnitus and you become deaf to any life giving source. 

One aspect of the Fruit of the Spirit is "Peace". Being led by the Spirit brings unbelievable, indescribable Peace and Calm. Anxiety and worry and agitation don't fit that scenario. Jesus wants, actually commands His Lordship be seated upon the Throne of our lives. Our Body's are the Temple of the Holy Spirit unless we refuse that Lordship. 

One thing that can happen when we are being engulfed with so many distractions, is that we become weary and tired. It can even lead to depression and leave us wanting to cover our heads up and hide from it all. When we take hold of the Spirit's leading, we can proclaim Philippians 4:13, "I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me." We can take one foot and put it in front of the other and take baby steps that can soon turn to an all out run "toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" free from encumbrances. As our mind is uncluttered, our eyes clear, our ears open and our footing firm, we put everything into its proper place according to the Will of God through the enthroned Lord of Eternity as we turn and follow the Spirit's leading. 

Oh, my! What a joyous, peaceful, life-filled, worry free, enthusiastic, prize centered Life we can live. That is what matters most! "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness and all these things will be added unto you." Matthew 6:33. I invite you to follow along with me and let's see where this Adventure of Life in Christ will take us! God Bless you ALL!

Saturday, August 1, 2020

LET OUR EYES BE OPENED

The words "fear not" are seen over 300 times in the Bible. Some say 366 times for every day of the year. Why are we given that command so many times? For one, because fear is the opposite of Faith. If I am fearful, I am not trusting the Lord. Fear is a natural human emotion to which we react many times by shrinking back and hiding. The Word of God instructs us to "walk not in the flesh, but according to the Spirit". The natural man, or "flesh" cannot receive the things of the Spirit. The things of the Spirit have to do with Faith and Trust and Belief, Jesus being the object of those three. 

I have been thinking about 2 Kings chapter 6 recently. This is where the King of Syria was so upset because his plans against Israel kept being thwarted because the prophet Elisha would reveal their strategies to the Israelites over and over. The Syrian King decided to go after Elisha who was only operating in the gift and calling of God as so many of us as Believers are doing today. The enemy, satan himself attempts to send his hoards to capture and destroy us. As the account goes, the servant of Elisha saw all the enemy's chariots and horses surrounding the city and said, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?" When we see all that the enemy is attempting to do in this current situation in our history, do we cry out, "Alas, JESUS, my master! What shall I do?" Elisha, the man of God replied, "Fear not! For those who are with us are more than those who are with them." The servant could only see with his natural eyes. The enemy looked so daunting! So huge! Things seemed so foreboding! I can just feel his cry.... "What are we going to do?" Elisha prayed, "O Lord, please open his eyes so that he may see." The Lord opened the eyes of the servant and he saw the mountain full of God's horses and chariots of FIRE! Oh, to have been there and beheld that sight! The servant's fear must have melted away in an instant as he stood with his mouth open and eyes wide. O Lord! Give us Spiritual eyes to see into the Realm of the Spirit! 

Fear brings confusion and what I would call the "fight or flight" response. Fighting with no purpose or direction, just to survive. Often, not taking the time to listen to the direction and wisdom of our Leader. Or, running to hide, to slip away, not be seen, be protected, survive for the sake of survival with no hope in sight. Both aspects of this response are motivated by selfishness. We are not called to selfishness but to God's Purpose. "Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done." We are heading toward a City that has no walls, whose Builder is the Lord God! We are a Chosen Generation, a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation to show forth Jesus Christ, Crucified, Buried and Resurrected! Why? So the World, for which He did all this will believe and be saved. "And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken." Isaiah 40:5. We have to do more than survive in this day! We have to go forth Victoriously knowing that we, as God's People, His Church, His Bride have been called to a higher purpose than the things of the flesh. We need to rise above and Shine as we walk in the realization that "Greater is He that is in us than He that is in the World"! Not only in us but all around us... surrounded by His Glory! 

There is no one equal or that can compare in any way to the Creator of ALL!!!! Remember... the enemy of your soul is a created being who has already been defeated and on his way to the lake of fire! Turn from Fear to Faith in the One who enables you to "abide under the shadow of the Almighty"! So, whatever you are called to do in these days... do it standing on the Word of God and walking according to the Word of God and obeying the same commandment given to Joshua before he led the people over the Jordan into the promised land..."Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Oh, yes, and I am going with you! God's got an Army!

Friday, May 8, 2020

THE STRIPPING OF POWER

Hello Friends! I am excited about coming to you today to bring the word the Lord has inspired me with. I have, as I am sure you have, been seeking Him diligently for His wisdom for these days in which we live. We are told in Corinthians that we have the mind of Christ as we walk in the Spirit. I want to share His thoughts. In saying that, several scriptures have come to mind for this particular post. 

I began to think of King Jehoshaphat who has long been an inspiration to me. When he was told, as we read in Chapter 20 of 2 Chronicles, that a great multitude was coming against him, his first reaction was very "human". He was afraid. Then the spiritual part of him took over. He set his face to seek the Lord! He knew where his help would come from. I won't go through the whole story at this time. However, there are some things we can glean from it for our present circumstances. When he moved in humility and obedience to the Lord's directions and began to praise and thank him in advance, he watched the victory take place. This vast multitude; these many armies; this foreboding enemy was totally made fools of and humiliated. They were completely annihilated. They basically began fighting against themselves and ended up destroying one another. You see the Lord told Jehoshaphat that the battle was actually HIS. He said to watch and "see the salvation of the Lord". 

Now I am not saying we should never stand up and do something or that we just sit idly by and watch the enemy of God's people get away with his evil schemes. What I AM saying is to keep our eyes on our Lord and Master and realize that the big battle has already been won! When Christ died on the Cross, Colossians 2:15 informs us that He, Christ, made a public spectacle of the principalities and powers of darkness; put the demonic forces and satanic powers to open shame. He stripped them of their power to hold his creation captive to sin and evil!! Wow! There is spiritual wickedness in high places. There are schemes and plans in process against the people of God and to keep the people of this earth from receiving the truth. What we have to remember is that satan is the father of lies and Jesus is the Way the TRUTH and the Light. There is NOTHING the enemy can do to destroy God's People, the Church of the Living God, the Body of Christ. If you are outside that realm, you are subject to defeat and spiritual death. Come to Jesus! Come to the Rock! Come to the only Way to Life! Come to the Cross! 

Now back to God's People. "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy but now you have received mercy." That is 1 Peter 2:9&10. We have a job to do... to proclaim Christ and Him Crucified and Risen! Psalm 125:3 is so critical to our day. "For the scepter (authority/rule) of wickedness shall not rest (remain) on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous stretch out their hands to do wrong." God forbid after we have received the precious blood of Christ we are pressured into doing wrong by wickedness. Thank God for the promise of his deliverance. We can initially be afraid if that is our first reaction but then, we have to call on the one who is the destroyer of our enemies and in fact has already won the Battle. 

I believe our great country falls into the category of "the land allotted to the righteous" as it was founded on Godly principles and much blood has been shed throughout history to continue to "secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity" In this day of deception in our World... let us cry out to God to give us strength and boldness to "...let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:16. I cannot tell you what to do but we can follow the lead of King Jehoshaphat and fast and pray and admit we do not know what to do but fix our eyes on the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and watch the enemy be confounded once again. Take counsel from God the Father, Jesus the Son and God the Holy Spirit! Let those who have an ear hear what the Spirit is saying to the CHURCH in this hour.