Archive | December 2014

Soli Deo Gloria, to God be the Glory!

December 31, 2014…the last day of the year on the Gregorian calendar…

Holy Spirit led me on a track of worship and praise to the great name of our Lord.  It happened as follows:

First:  “Your name is a strong and mighty tower.” (the song) Proverbs 18:10 “I run into it and I am safe.”  Psalm 92:1  “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord to sing praises to His name.”  Jesus blood was “LOVE written in red”. (the song) “Yeshua ha Maschiach, The Lion and the Lamb”, (the song) Hebrews 13:15 I give You the highest praise, the fruit of my lips giving thanks to your name.  You are Savior, Redeemer, Healer, Deliverer, Provider, Protector, Master, Lord, and Friend.  Praise You, My Lord!

I was given a most lovely book this Christmas that absolutely thrills my soul.  My dearest daughter who is married to my son, gave me (no doubt in my mind, she was led by my Lord) a book called “Then Sings My Soul”, by Robert J. Morgan.  This morning I have been perusing through it to my heart’s delight.  As I did so, I began to see that Holy Spirit was leading me in a pattern and I wrote down what i saw.  The following hymn titles are the progression.  I will not be giving composers etc. I trust you will understand what I am sharing with you is not to quote the hymns or songs, but a worship to the Lord.

Second:  Amazing Grace, Alas and Did My Savior Bleedfor such a one as I, And Can It Be That I Should Gain, this amazing grace, Just As I AmAbide With Me, Sweet Hour of Prayerfor What A Friend We Have In Jesus.  Jesus Loves Me and Oh How I love Jesus; how I Love To Tell The Story, Whispering Hope to those who have not heard.  It is Well With My Soul.  Lord, Take My Life and Let It Bean offering dear Lord to thee, I Am Thine Oh Lord, it is Nothing But the Blood of Jesus that saved me.  Are You Washed In The Blood, There’s Power In The BloodSoftly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling, you.  Tis So Sweet To trust In Jesus.  How Great Thou Art, oh Lord!  I love Leaning On The Everlasting Arms, Jesus I come, to you, He Hideth My Soul in the cleft of the Rock.  I Surrender All.  O To Be Like Thee.  Does Jesus CareOh yes, He cares, His heart is moved by my pain.  This Is My Father’s World, You are loved and God will Take Care of You, for His Eye is on the Sparrow.   We’ll Understand it Better By and By, Pray, Have Thine Own Way Lord, and then you, with all the saints will sing, Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee, and we will all be Living For Jesus, singing, Lord God, how Great Is Thy Faithfulness.  We know that He Lives, and His Name Is Wonderful, Halleleujah!

“All Praise and thanks to God, our Father now be given, the Son and Him who reigns with them in highest Heaven, the one eternal God whom earth and Heaven adore, who was and is to come, both now and evermore.”

“Awake my soul and sing of Him who died for thee and hail Him as they matchless King through all eternity.”

Joy to the world, the Lord has come, let earth receive her King.

Amen!

Closing Time – 2014

One of the hardest lessons for me to learn was receiving.  I struggled with unworthiness and inferiority, as well as pride, and I found it difficult to receive anything from anyone.

In a dry period in my life, when I felt lower than dirt, God sent an older woman into my life.  Florence was twelve years older than I and she was a giver.  She gave of her time, she gave gifts, but most of all she gave herself.  I had never known anyone like Florence.  The term “privileged” comes to my mind when I think of her, I was allowed to have her mentor me in the ways of God for three years.

Florence and Al’s family were of German background, her mother lived with them when she could no longer be on her own; this was difficult for Florence as she was used to studying the Bible a great deal and the new living arrangements made it difficult to do so.  Florence and her husband Al worked hard all their life; they loved Jesus and they loved people, both of them gave of themselves to others, ministering in and around the area where they lived.

They had no biological children, but they opened their hearts and their home to five children, three Caucasian and two Oriental.  The oldest, David, worked with YWAM during the Iron curtain days and Florence and Al were able to make trips to be with him in Germany.  They had a small cabin on a lake and the family enjoyed time there when they could.  As the children grew, several moved out of the area, but never out of their hearts.

Al had been a barber before he retired and Florence had worked in the business world.  After they retired Al took up the real estate business and Florence ministered with others in the area and taught a Bible Study.  One day I came to this study to share an experience I’d had.  I did not know that all the while God had a plan to bring her and I together, me with my mess and all of my baggage He led to Florence who was just following the Good Shepherd.  God spoke to Florence that He wanted her to be with me every Thursday afternoon.  She obeyed Him and I allowed it with much protest, albeit internal.  This arrangement ended up literally changing my life.

It was many years ago that God changed my life through the ministry of my friend Florence, and I shall be eternally grateful to the Lord for sending her to rescue me.  There have been many others that have impacted my life both good and bad, and in the end, this has built my character.  I really believe that was my Father’s plan.  In approximately forty years Holy Spirit has brought me to where I am today, I have learned to love, I have learned to give, I have learned to be like Jesus and I have no doubt that has always been His goal. Don’t get me wrong, I am not suggesting that I am perfect, far from it, but you cannot hang around someone without taking something from them and I have learned from the best.

As I approach the new year of 2015, I am grateful to the many who have influenced my life in one way or another.  I think of the books, tapes, sermons and later the CD’s and DVD’s that have impacted me.  There have been some others that deposited much into my soul.  The music, which has been such an important part of my life, I cannot forget either.  The many streams of music that have graced and lifted the Body of Messiah is without exception in the world. Thank God for it all!

May the Lord grant to all of you my family, my friends, and my readers, a blessed, happy and prosperous New Year in 2015!

“Exit this year letting go of past frustrations.  Look with eyes of great expectancy.  We must have an outlook that carries renewed faith and the momentum to blaze new trails and open new doors.”    Phyllis Ford – 2014

Romans 15:13  “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” 

In Him whom my soul loves,

I am His Joy

Time Is Flying By

Royalty-Free-RF-Clip-Art-Illustration-Of-Flying-Clocks-Chasing-A-Man-450437895[1]Last year there was a book published about harbingers.   To my mind a harbinger is a warning that something is on the way, it is not far off and you better be prepared, and it seems to me that these harbingers are, for the most part, not good tidings.

When I saw this headline in our local paper  “53 -Year Standoff Ends”, I thought, “Harbinger”. What followed in the article were pictures about an American contractor released from Cuba, pictures of joyful people across the country and one with “anti-Castro activists” chanting anti-Obama slogans in Little Havana.  Relationship with Communist Cuba is now restored….harbinger!

The column right next to it says, “N. Korea linked to Sony attack”.  It speaks of intimidation, cancellation of a T. V. show and the belief that hackers were working for the North Korean government….harbinger.

In the 1980’s I had a vision, as did several other people.  It was of an aerial attack by Russia across the Bering Straits, across Alaska, across Canada, entering US territory and the bombing military bases from the Canadian border to the Southern border.  The airplanes were stealth bombers flying tree-top level.  I was also given a poem that spoke of them watching for the right time to attack.

Three years ago it was seen by an intercessor that Russian submarines were in the Gulf of Mexico.  Newspapers later revealed they had been there at that exact time.

Many people have seen attacks on the coasts of America coming in the form of rockets from submarines or ships in international waters.  Some have seen Eastern seaboard cities on fire.

In addition to these, we are aware that there are over a thousand ISIS cells in America.  There are many Moslem groups who support and fund them.  It is believed by some that Iran is behind them….harbinger

It seems to me that the enemy is at the door, but Americans are, by and large, asleep or unaware of the signs of the times, and many people believe that everything will continue as it always has for generations to come so they close their ears and their eyes.  I have talked to them.

It is a new day, and in my opinion, it will be the demise of “The American Dream” with all that term means.  The globalists want a government that is controlled by a strong leader, where earth is divided into regions, and America, as we know it today, is no more.  They are working diligently to make that happen, but it takes time.  I think we are getting close to that day, that “new world order”.

Socialism is the order of the day, I believe that it will be a society where the elite are supported by the working class, who work only to support them, while they themselves subsist on a meager amount of food, clothes and shelter.   To my way of thinking this is the plan the socialists, have for America.

Think that will never happen in America?  I pray that you are right, but I believe you are wrong, I just hope that blind eyes are opened before it is too late and destruction comes that will implement “their” takeover plan.  You have to destroy the old to bring in the new, it has ever been so, I do not think this is any different.

Through the years the “racist” card has been played effectively.  Much of what the African race has endured over the years has been horrendous.  But, like anything else there are ditches on both sides of the road and this is no different.  The Aryan race thought itself superior for a lot of years, which accounted for centuries of abuse.

There is a force loosed in America at this time that is racist, it is the flip side of what took place in the 1800’s.  The African race has tasted the power of riot and terror, they have seen how effective it is against the Aryans who want to stay in their comfortable enclaves and not experience any upheaval, and I promise you, it will grow.  It fits right in with “The Plan’.

Communism/Socialism, like many “isms”, promises many things but deliver only constraints, fear and death. (if you don’t go by their rules.)  There was a perfume commercial years ago:  “Promise her anything, but give her Arpege.”  “Isms” make bold promises and may toss a few crumbs your way to keep you attached to them, but in the long run, “you owe your soul to the company store”, as Tennessee Ernie Ford used to sing.

What am I saying?  I am seeing the world very speedily advancing along the lines of Biblical prophecy.  There are almost daily advances that can be seen on TV, in newspapers, magazines, the internet etc. that verify to those with eyes to see that a takeover will happen in the near future.  In addition to that, weather patterns, signs in the heavens and natural disasters are on the increase, which also lead me to believe this scenario.

America will not be lost from being a nation.  But, the America that arises out of the ashes will not be what it once was.  George Washington had a vision of three wars on American soil, two have taken place already, I believe the third is not going to linger very much longer.  In the end of the vision, Washington saw the “Angel of the Union” plant the American flag and declare that the nation will survive the attack from the European, Asian and African continent, but it will be a very different America that it was.

You have heard the term, “Get your ducks in a row?”  Well, this would be a good time to do that.  Start with humbling yourself before the God of Heaven and Earth, who created all living things, including you.  Confess your rebellion against Him and your need of His forgiveness.  Ask Him to receive you through Jesus blood and finished work.  The price He paid to buy you out of slavery to sin is more than enough.  Then, receive your freedom through Jesus.

I am sincerely trusting that you have been stirred to take remedial action if you are on the wrong side of God through sin and rebellion.  Time is ticking by fast.  Who knows if this may be your final call?  Make sure you know that your final destination is Heaven, should your life end suddenly.

My prayers arise for your salvation and those of your household.   Acts: 16:31   Joy

 

Who is a rock like our Rock?

This past Sunday Pastor Joseph preached an encouraging message as he shared a dream that he had about a storm and a rock. Many years after his dream he was in a far off place and saw the exact setting he had seen in his dream. It so encouraged him. As he shared what he saw as meaning in the dream, I saw that the dream had two applications, one for what had been in his past and one for his future. Out of his dream, one thing stood out the most to me, it was the rock upon which Joseph stood.

Scripture has much to say about “the rock” or “a rock”, from God telling Moses to “smite the rock”, to the Lord’s chastisement of  Israel, “Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.”, scripture  gives us a picture that not only
foreshadows the future when Jesus would be killed so that we who believe could have the water of life, and but also speaks of God as the rock from which we came.

God is our refuge in the storms of life, the steady and sure foundation of each believers life.  God has shown me that every person is some kind of watercraft or vessel on the sea of life.  When you know your purpose, when you know God’s plan for your life,  you are able to navigate the sea of life.

As with a natural sea it is deep in places and shallow in others and there are many storms that come upon it. One of the worst, most devastating storms on the sea is a tsunami, this is so because of the loss of life that results.

Very often when a tsunami comes, people are taken by surprise and swept away, others are fascinated by the effect of the sea rolling back and they gather to gaze upon the phenomena, before they can get to high ground they are swept away as the wave comes rapidly, violently, rushing over everything in its path.

In Pastor Joseph’s vision, though the storm raged high, he was able to go through it to a place of safety, a “shiny, flat, black rock”, and once he was on the rock he was able to pull others to safety upon the rock.

A friend of mine had a mini-vision of herself skipping from rock to rock in the midst of the storm.  This paralells what so many have heard and seen of the protection and deliverance that the true believer will experience when “the big one” comes.

Metaphorically the church is spoken of as a building with Jesus being the chief cornerstone. Each believer is referred to as a living stone.

In conversation with Peter, Jesus spoke of the rock principle upon which the church would be built. King David declared: “The Lord is my Rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my strength, in whom I will trust.”

Psalm 27:5 “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion; in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.”

Rick Joyner, in his book “The Final Quest”, tells of ascending a mountain and at each new level he had to plunge his sword into the ledge to avoid falling off; the sword is the Word of God and we must not lay it down.  The ledge speaks of our rock, Jesus our Lord, who is the mountain upon which we stand secure.

Over and over in the book of Psalms we see the psalmist declaring that God is our rock, our refuge, our place of safety, and the rock of our salvation. The prophet Isaiah admonishes us to “Look unto the rock whence ye are hewn.” There is no one upon the face of the earth who is able to stand alone, we are made of dust and to dust we return. All our human pride falls to the ground at the grave.

Obadiah 1:3 “The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, “Who shall bring me down to the ground?” There are places that men seek refuge, they may have rock like quality, but in the storm, it is revealed what they truly are.

Jesus told the parable of the house built on the rock and the house built on the sand. Naturally speaking, we know that sand is not a good foundation for anything substantial, the first rainstorm will wash it all away. But, a house built on a rock, with its foundation secured in the rock will withstand a strong storm.

God is the judge of all, He alone is righteous and the righteousness of any man is imputed, it cannot be earned. Our righteousness comes from what a man, Jesus, the God-Man, accomplished for us. When we receive Him as our Savior and Lord, His righteousness is imputed to us; we become firmly planted upon the Rock and can weather any storm life brings.

“There is none good, no not one.” God’s judgment is that there is nothing good in man; even a good man at some point will have his goodness defiled. Food will spoil if left without refrigeration or storage of some kind, so a man needs preservation, and that comes only from one source, Jesus the Messiah, the righteous one, He is the rock of our salvation. With our feet planted upon “The Rock” we walk, run, swim, navigate through any storm.

A storm of vast proportions is headed toward our world. War is on the horizon leading up to the final battle between the adversary of God and God Himself, this will be the last war, the last battle, and it will be a showdown, between the fallen angel Lucifer, called adversary and accuser and God. God will bring to an end the attempt by the fallen angel Lucifer, to take His place.

God wins the war, I have read the Bible. “God is God and there is no other, there is none like Him, I know not any.” All challengers have been and will be defeated because He alone is God.