This post is about keeping our focus, staying strong in the Lord and what He has called us to do. We need to stay close to God and His Word. We must be wary of Satan and his evil tactics to confuse, distract, and deceive Christians with the purpose of destroying the work of God through strife and disunity.
Although written in my journal dated Jan 21, 2003, this seems descriptive of what is happening in Christian circles today. This is what the Holy Spirit impressed upon me:
“Our meat is the same as Jesus’ meat, which is to do the will of the Father. Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost that they may experience life and life more abundantly. Our mission is the same. It is to those in the lost and dying world who are ignorant of the message of salvation and eternal life, who are outside of the safety of the sheepfold. The masses of the world are out there in the dark and the Lord is short of laborers. That’s why He said to pray for more to labour with Him, to preach the gospel of the kingdom, to bring in the lost. We should be doing the works of Jesus and the early disciples of bringing the message of salvation and deliverance to the world. That is our job. Whereas the enemy’s job is to thwart all efforts directed at God in accomplishing His perfect plan and purpose for mankind.
We must always be careful on whose side we are working, whose purposes we are supporting. Everyone must determine in their own minds to know who the enemy is and what his agenda is. If we are not careful, we could easily find ourselves in the wrong camp and following the plan of the adversary, rather than serving in the ranks of the Lords’s army.
It is the ultimate goal of the devil to cause divisions and strife within the body of Christ to make it self destruct by pitting people and organizations against one another. Many do not recognize this, however, and think that they are helping God out by labeling and identifying ‘dissident’ groups. They are being used of the enemy and are not even aware that their zeal in doing this has been motivated by Satan himself.
When we take our eyes off the main focus of our calling, the enemy is right there to use us as his instruments to weaken the body of Christ. It is the highest form of deception when believers forget who their mission is to be directed to – the lost, the poor, the needy, etc. and they begin to attack one another. It is also the greatest damage they cause to God’s work on earth by bringing reproach and loss of credibility upon those who profess to be Christians. If we cannot impact the world with the gospel, the numbers that will come into the kingdom will be drastically reduced. And we will certainly be held accountable for our part in hurting the work of the Lord.”
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The Lord recently impressed upon me to share with you some of the many things that He has spoken and taught me in time past regarding words of ‘edification, exhortation, and of comfort’ (1Cor14:3).
As the Gospel of John reveals, particularly chapters 14, 15, and 16, we learn of the ministry of the Holy Ghost who Jesus said He would send ‘to be with us, and be in us’ (Jn14:17).
The Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth’s responsibility or job, is to ‘teach us all things and bring all things to our remembrance’ (Jn14:26). Jesus said ‘he shall testify of me’ (Jn15:26); He shall ‘guide us into all truth and show us things to come, and He will glorify me’ (Jn16:13).
Here are words which the Holy Spirit spoke to me that will encourage and bless you. They are from my journal, dated 3-31-03, 2 months before our large home was sold. It took nearly a year to sell our 9 bedroom, 5 1/2 bath tri-level home. When we moved into a condo in the city we were free without being encumbered, to continue our mission work in the Philippines which we had begun in 2000. This is what the Holy Spirit told me and I wrote it down:
“Be still and know that I am God. For the Lord is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask and believe Him to do. He that is Mighty has done great things even today as He did yesterday, and will also do tomorrow. For there is no good thing that He will withhold from those who fear Him and seek Him daily.
Though the enemy would assail you, he will not touch you or do you any harm and in fact, will shamefacedly slink away because you have withstood him by your faith, the blood of Jesus, and the Word from God Himself.
No weapon formed against you will prosper is a ‘thus saith the Lord’ to you personally. For greater is He that is in YOU than he that prowls the earth with his evil intentions and devices.
You will be on TOP and not on the bottom; you will RISE UP and not be fallen down. You will be VICTORS and not victims; you will have a GOOD REPORT and not a bad one.
For the Lord will give you a tremendous testimony of His love and grace that will give Him glory and bless many people. It will testify of His faithfulness and of His calling people out unto Himself, to be LED of Him, to SERVE Him, to be USED of Him in this final end time work.
We will see and speak to people who have like testimonies as well, for God is calling out a people to seek another kingdom to live and rule in with Him. It will be a kingdom that will be everlasting, with no end, with peace that surpasses understanding and where God will live with His people. And there will be no lack, for God will satisfy every need, every longing of man’s heart, everything that man did not find fulfillment in on earth.”
“But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Holy Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth. He will not speak His own message, but what He hears from the Father as given to Him, and He will tell you of things to come” (John 16:13 paraphrased AMP BIBLE)
“. . .he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort” (1Cor 14:3).
GOD BLESS YOU!
In Memory of AJAY who was loved by many for his beautiful flower photography. Some of us blogger friends are just finding out that Ajay passed away a day after his last post Aug. 9, 2014. His site is still up if anyone wants to add their condolences for a beloved friend. We will miss the beauty he brought into our lives, but miss Ajay even more!
“. . .For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” (James 4:14)
“For all flesh flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. . .” (1Peter 1:24-25)
I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. (Psalms 122:1)
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Luke 18:16 NIV)
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Prov 22:6)
Two brothers, ages 6 and 8 were part of the worship team yesterday. They were accompanied by a guitarist, a lead song leader and me, tambourine player. These boys are nephews of the pastor of a small Filipino congregation that meets in a warehouse building in the outskirts of Honolulu. We are missionaries and teach and preach there on alternate Sundays as well as teach a weekly Bible class at another church in the city.
The brothers are also the youngest members of the worship dance group who dance with tambourines, a popular worship activity in some of the churches in the Philippines as well. Their sister, has danced beautiful worship hula from a young age and is also on the worship team at Lamb of God Church.
During the time for Praise Reports, I shared that my 17 year old granddaughter and 3 of her friends from her Christian school were baptized in the ocean this past weekend.
How wonderful that there is a move of the Holy Spirit upon the hearts of our youth, these young ladies lead in worship songs and dance, Bible studies, mentor young converts, and most of all show themselves as good Christian witnesses.
My favorite account of a water baptism is found in Acts 8. The apostle Philip preached Jesus to the Ethiopian eunuch in the Gaza desert while riding with him in his chariot:
“And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.” (Acts 8:36-39)
PRAISE THE LORD!
In water baptism the old man is put to death in the watery grave to rise up a new creature in Christ, identifying oneself with the family of God. As I shared in church some have not been water baptized yet and struggle yet with sin; we need to destroy the body of sin.
“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: . . .
But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” (Rom 6:6-8, 22)
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1Cor 15:57)
PRAISE GOD! HALLELUJAH!
Listen to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech and reception as he spoke before the U.S. Congress on Israel’s security and survival as a nation.
Originally posted on Wintery Knight:
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, and below you can find a round-up of reactions.
Here’s The Daily Signal summarizing why Netanyahi opposes the deal:
Netanyahu made the case before Congress that the White House’s efforts to negotiate a deal with Iran have about as much in common with the Camp David Accords as an SNL skit has with a State of the Union Address. The administration’s proposal is anything but a realistic plan for peace.
A real peace plan would demonstrate that all sides were committed to not adding more nuclear weapons powers to the Middle East. The deal as it stands does the opposite—it preserves the nuclear option for Iran—and as result will prompt other regional powers to hedge their bets and prepare to go nuclear as well rather than live in Tehran’s nuclear shadow.
The proposed multi-year moratorium doesn’t end concerns that Iran…
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“PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM: THEY SHALL PROSPER THAT LOVE THEE.” PSALM 122:6
“BLESSED IS THE NATION WHOSE GOD IS THE LORD; AND THE PEOPLE WHOM HE HE HATH CHOSEN FOR HIS OWN INHERITANCE.” PSALM 33:12
Originally posted on ColorStorm:
What is puzzling is how anybody could find fault with Israel’s concern about a neighboring country’s desire to exterminate their people. Who with a straight face could side with Iran? Unfortunately there are many, thus a needed visit to the U.S. by a man with a steely resolve, similar to the mettle of Golda Meir, to sound the warning bell of an impending crisis.
Israel’s prime minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, appeared before a joint session of Congress on March 3, 2015, and pretty much pleaded with the United States to recognize the seriousness of Iran’s hopes to finish what Queen Esther prevented: the eradication of the Jewish people.
That’s right, the true Israeli statesman invoked the history of the Persians to prove that some things never change. For those who may not know, Esther’s (Hadassah) cousin Mordecai, of the tribe of Benjamin by the way, sent this word to Esther when…
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‘A Voice in the Wilderness’
TAKE HEED- Here is one of God’s sign watchers, a watchman on the wall sounding his shofar.
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.” (Isaiah 60:1-2)
Originally posted on A voice in the wilderness:
Sunday morning, February 22, 2015, The Spirit of the Lord began to awaken me with some rather vivid dreams. In these dreams he said, there are mighty and upright men that are willing and able to remove the corruption that controls these United States. Implore them that they are to stand down, for this situation is of my design and for my purpose. Over the course of an hour, the same dream kept coming back to me. I finally figured out that the Holy Spirit was trying to tell me something so I got up and started typing.
May I be honest; I have some serious concerns about our government monitoring everything we do on the Internet. I believe that if I get to descriptive about what I saw men’s lives would be in danger, and I would have someone knocking on my door with evil intent. I wish…
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If you have JESUS, you lack for nothing- No thing! Just imagine what this means; it is as the verse in Psalm 23:1:
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. . .”
God makes good His PROMISES to us:
“For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” (2 Cor 1:20)
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Num 23:19)
“Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens your faithfulness to the clouds.” (Psa 36:5)
There are 1,000’s and 1,000’s of God’s promises to us in the Bible to be claimed by faith in Jesus. Here are some of those promises that will encourage us today in whatever our life’s circumstances may be:
Salvation and Eternal Life
“. . .whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:15)
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” (John 5:24)
Deliverance from Fear and Oppression
“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36)
“Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.” (Psa 91:14-15)
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. (Isa 41:10)
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” (Josh 1:9)
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
A Promise for Parents
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Prov 22:6)
A Promise for Children and Youth
“Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. (Ex 20:12)
Promises for Well Being
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;
who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Psa 103:2-5)
GOD PROMISES TO HELP US!
“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” (Psa 32:8)
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Prov 3:5-6)
There are LOTS MORE PROMISES! Search out God’s Word and make your own list!!! God Bless You!!! Jesus loves you; Drgold and I love you!!!