Archive | January 2015

Destination

I gaze out my window on the world this morning.  The sky is cast over with clouds, but I know that the sun is shining above them, because I remember the first airplane flight I took.  The airplane sat on the ground at the Denver airport; the snow was coming down rapidly and was beginning to pile up on the wing of the plane. The snow flakes were big, soft and feathery like.  I was young and did not worry, I had never flown before so it never occurred to me that takeoff might be a problem.

The pilot announced that we were going to de-icing; we would take off shortly after that.  Soon a greenish colored liquid was being sprayed all over the airplane and when that was done we began to taxi to the runway.

The plane was cleared for takeoff.  The mighty engines roared and we lifted off into the snow-filled sky.  Ascending higher and higher we broke through the cloud cover into the bluest blue sky I had ever seen.  I had an epiphany moment.  The clouds that from the bottom looked so dark and ominous, on top looked like mounds of cotton.  Oh how we need to remember that things are not always as they appear.

When you are going anywhere you must know your destination.  We would call a person foolish who said he was going to Chicago and headed toward San Francisco.  Would it not also be considered strange to go by motorcycle to Alaska via Canada in the dead of Winter?

Transportation and Destination, two very important issues if you are going somewhere.

As I looked out my window this morning I saw an older man, who with the help of a cane walked to his mailbox, I thought, “A child is born into the world, he begins his journey through life and ends up in a body that does not function and eventually dies.  The man then goes to the destination that he chose while he lived on the Earth.”

Our physical body is our transportation while we live on planet Earth.  Most of us take our body for granted; as young people old age and death are not on our radar.  A lot of us abuse our bodies with substances that do not aid, benefit or help our bodies to be strong and full of life.

How often do we stop to think about what we are eating?  The food we eat is the fuel that gives our body energy.  The maker of our bodies designed the body to operate on certain foods.  Many things that taste good to our mouth are not good for our body.  I call these things, “entertainment for the mouth”.

Don’t get me wrong, I indulge in “bad” fuel occasionally, but today as I looked at life with a telescope interest, I can see how wrong fuel will cause malfunction, and if continued in practice, will result in the breakdown of the body and may eventually bring premature death.

I fully realize that it is natural, that death is part of the cycle of life; there are cycles for everything.  My point is that many of us are hastening that process by what we put in our mouth and that may lead to an early death…some of us are oblivious to that fact.  The body we live in is our transportation, let’s do a better job in 2015 of taking care of it.

Now, let’s look at destination.  If you have been following my blog for a time now, you know that I am passionate for people to know the love of God and the form that love was expressed to the earth through…..His only begotten, not created Son, Yeshua, born in Bethlehem in the land allotted to the tribe of Judah, because He was of the house and lineage of that tribe, His surrogate father and his mother, both being of that tribe.

He was raised in the city of Nazareth in order that prophecy might be fulfilled, and His ministry of three years was in and around the Galilee region, though He traveled to other places as well.  His death had to take place in Jerusalem as the prophets predicted and it did, and so did His resurrection from the dead.

Yeshua, Jesus, was a Jewish man, He kept the Sabbath holy and He kept the feasts of the Lord.  The Bible says, “He came to His own and His own received Him not.”  God planned to reach the Gentiles and He used a Pharisee (religious) named Saul, converted and renamed Paul, to bring that to pass.

Today, 2015, converted Gentiles await the second coming of Jesus to the Earth.  The Jews await the arrival of their Messiah; they do not believe that he is Yeshua/Jesus.  They will see, as the Bible says, and they “will mourn as he who mourns for the loss of his only son.”, but not before a “whole lot of shaking going on”.

Choices are made every day, some good, which bring good results, and some bad, which bring bad results.  The choice of destination, made by every human being that ever lived on planet Earth, will and does determine where he or she will spend eternity.  The Bible teaches only two destinations:  Heaven or Hell.

Joshua set before the people of Israel a choice, “See, I have set before you life and death, therefore, choose life that you may live,”

I have set before you a choice.  If you choose to believe and receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord your destination at death will be Heaven.  That, my friend, is life!  If you choose to live for your body or your soul, you will die in your sin and your destination will be Hell, forever separated from all that is God and good.  You will never know love and acceptance, there will be no peace for you only torment with no let up.  I would not wish that on the most evil person alive.

May you know the blessing of sweet fellowship with the Lord your God, who loves you so much that He gave His life that you might live with Him forever.  May you know The Truth, may you be converted and live your life on planet earth in preparation for your destination:  Heaven.  This is my prayer.

In Him, Joy

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Ivy’s Story

I had the most unusual experience today, it was serendipitous for sure!

As you walk through life you meet people every day, some of them you greet with a, “Hi, how are you?”.  There are other people who you just smile at in passing and others you don’t even see because you are preoccupied with your own thoughts.  And then, there are a few where meeting them causes something in you to “click”; and you are immediately comfortable with them.

Today began pretty much as a Sunday does except that I was feeling pretty heavy laden in spirit.  Yesterday I kept Shabbat.  I really needed it.  Since Christmas I feel like I have had an incredibly full calendar, so much so that time to just rest or read was a luxury.  If it wasn’t the daily chores of keeping up a home and keeping my husband happy, I was reaching out to others and doing the extra-curricular things I do.

So, yesterday I began reading a book that I got from my cousin.  It is called, “Dispatches from the Front” and is written by Tim Keese.  Years ago I attempted to read Foxe’s Book of Martyrs and could not make it through.  I decided in order to make it through Keese’s book I would lace it with a little of Jase Robertson’s book “Good Call”.  And that was helpful, however, I came across a story in Keese’s book of a Mom and seven sons who were murdered, but not just murdered, tortured, incredibly tortured.  It was too much.  I think grief just came and sat on my shoulder.

I know that there is persecution, torture and martyrdom going on in real-time, not just what is in Keese’s book, but I have chosen not to look upon these things because of the torment I feel for the people, sometimes you have to protect your heart

I said all of that to say this:  It was with a heavy heart I started this day but by the end of the day my heart was singing and rejoicing and declaring:  “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!”

After church my usual habit is to go to lunch with friends.  We have such a wonderful relationship and are comfortable with one another, so it becomes very enjoyable.  Today was no exception.

As I was heading for home I felt prompted to see if I could find the home of a lady I had met at church that morning.  I will call her Ivy.  She told me the general vicinity where she lived and had mentioned the street name.  That was all I knew.  I did not even know her last name, but when you have a divine appointment and are trusting Holy Spirit He will lead you, and lead He did…right to her.

For about an hour and a half we talked like we had known each other for years.  We found much in common, including the fact that we each have a son who is not walking with God as he should.  We acknowledged that they were in the Lord’s hands; He is good and faithful and will keep His Word to us for their salvation and deliverance.  Praise Him!

Ivy told me of her youth in Louisiana, her early marriage and the troubles with her husband and his untimely death as a very young man at a time when they were separated.  She spoke of moving to the north country, first to a major city by a Lake and then to Twin Cities farther north.  She wanted to be near her daughter and this made her daughter happy, as she missed her Mom.  Soon her son was with them and things were not so good with him.  How hard it is for a Christian Mom to see her children in the far country knowing what peace and joy there is in the Father’s house.  Ivy’s heart longs for her boy to be free to love Jesus, to know Him as His own Savior and Lord.

As Ivy and I talked together, we began to see that we had a lot in common.  She is a prayer like I am.  Her love for Jesus is strong, like mine and we have both had some very difficult things to deal with in our lives.  Yet, in all that we spoke of there is a deep abiding peace and joy that can only come in relationship with our Lord Jesus.

As I got out of my car, I noticed a book in the door pocket, I reached in to pick it up and just sensed I should bring it with me into the building.  The incredible timing of the Lord is amazing.  The time was getting close to the supper hour and I knew our time together was winding down.  I reached over and handed the book to Ivy, she looked at the title and saw the word, “Restored” and clasped it to her breast.  She told me that she had placed her hand upon her son’s head and told him that he needed to be restored and now here was this book.  She was in awe of God’s perfect timing.

The next thing that happened was that her son walked into the room where we were talking, we chatted for a moment and I gave him the book, telling him that this book was the story of Maurice Sklar who was a Jewish man who played the violin, had attended Juliard School of Music, had a promising career in the secular world and gave it all up to follow Jesus.  He received the book with interest.  When he left the room she told me that in prison he had been given the holy book of those who are now beheading people who won’t follow their religion, and he had been reading it.  We prayed together for our sons and it was powerful.

To say that Ivy and I were quite overwhelmed by everything that had just taken place is an understatement.  As I drove away from her apartment building all I could say was, “WOW!”

I don’t know if this event of meeting with Ivy is the beginning of a “forever friend” relationship or not, but I do know that it was a God appointment, of that I have no doubt.

I hope you enjoyed Ivy’s story.  It has been a blessing to me.

love to you dear ones,

Joy

Holy Unto The Lord

Deuteronomy 6:4-7  “Hear, O Israel:  The Lord our God is one Lord:  And thou shalt love the Lord they God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.  And these words, which I (Moses) command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:  And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”

Moses had come from a 40 day meeting on the mountain with the God of all creation, the God of Israel, He remembered where he had come from and where he had just been.  He had been saved from death by an Egyptian princess, pulled out of the water and raised as a prince in Egypt.

Moses was convinced that he was to deliver the children of Israel from the maltreatment of the Egyptian taskmasters.  Consequently, he murdered an Egyptian who was beating an Israelite, upon   realizing that he was in trouble, he ran to the dessert where he spent forty years herding sheep. God called him to go back and face Pharoah.  He was to demand the release of the children of Israel.

Now he stood before the people he had led out of Egypt. The children of Israel despaired of ever seeing Moses again as the forty days went by.  Since their hearts were not wholly turned to the Lord, they easily turned to idolatry and immorality.  They gave all their gold jewelry to Aaron, the brother of Moses, to make a golden calf they could worship. This was the scene that greeted Moses as he came down from the meeting, holding in his arms the commandments of God for the people.

It is further recorded that judgment came and many people died that day.  Scripture records the history of the children of Israel and history records that every generation has followed the same pattern Israel did of yielding to the enemy of God and being led astray, repenting and returning to God only to begin the cycle again in another generation.

We are all in bondage to the “adversary”, the “accuser of the brethren”, to the world’s way of doing and being, and to our own fleshly lusts and desires.  There are no exceptions!  It is recorded in the Bible that Israel was the pattern that we could look at, and from their example we can learn sin, righteousness and judgment.  It is written in II Timothy 3:16:  “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”  Please note that it is all scripture that will cause us to profit, both the Old and New Testaments.

Israel easily fell into sin because she had made no firm commitment to serve God.  She was not “All In”.  I titled this piece “Holy unto the Lord” because I believe, that God is asking us to take a fresh look at our lives.  I believe Holy Spirit is looking for those whose hearts are wholly the Lords.  Are you one of those whose heart is wholly His?  Are you holy?  Do you want revival and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon all flesh that the prophet Joel speaks of in Joel 2:28 or do you want to keep the status quo?  Are you among those who want all things to continue as they were?

What is holiness?  Some have said that it is being set apart for sacred use.  The Strong’s Concordance of the Bible lists this word holiness as “apartness, sacredness, separateness, as well as set-apartness”.  This begs the question then of set apart for what or set apart for whom?  One who has made a decision to follow Christ is set apart by the Holy Spirit for service in the Kingdom of God on earth, this time of service is followed by promotion to a select group of people known as the Bride of Christ, a remnant of all the people who have lived on the earth who have chosen to be His, this remnant will be with Him for all eternity, but it all begins with a decision to be holy, to be set apart, to be a peculiar people through whom He may live His life on the earth.

Some would say that holiness is an individual decision and I would agree; others would add that it must be corporate and I agree with that also.  How do we unpack this?

To my way of thinking, holiness is a process that begins with a decision.  When I met my husband, I was attracted to him, there was something about him that drew my attention to him.  When I met Jesus, there was something about Him that drew my attention to Him. In both cases, it did not stop with the attraction, the next step was time together.  In both cases, I had to decide that I wanted to spend my time with the subject of my attraction.  Once the decision was made to do so, commitment followed quite naturally.

I was 15 years of age when I met Jesus, but I did not give my heart to Him completely until I was 34 years of age.  I have found that I must remember often where I was and where He has taken me, and I must renew my initial commitment to the Lord often, giving Him more of myself all the time; this is why I call it a decision and a process.

Is holiness legalism as in do not touch, do not taste, etc.?  I don’t think so.  I do believe that there are basic laws and rules of Kingdom of God living, and if we have made a commitment to live a set-apart, holy life, then we will be changed and changing in every area of life.

There are many who call themselves Christian whose life-style is worldly.  Natural man likes to add religion to his life, because man was created with a desire to worship; adding Jesus to ones lifestyle while continuing with an unchanged heart is deception.

Recently, I have been in meetings where Holy Spirit has been calling my attention to holiness.  Each individual must make a decision to give their whole life and everything in it to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Father of Yeshua, (Jesus [English]) the son of David.  I am saying it this way because there has to be continuity, there has to be connectedness.  The whole Bible is inspired by God and profitable…this is what Paul was telling Timothy.  We cannot pick and choose what we will  believe or what we will not believe.  God says what He means and He means what He says.  He is God!

I have often heard the word interpretation used by someone who does not want to deal with their pet sin or the sin of a family member, as in, “Oh that is just your interpretation of that scripture.”  No, God means what He says.  You either accept it or reject it; you don’t get to vote.  Sin, righteousness and judgment…you sin when you reject God’s right way of doing and being and judgment will follow, either now or later. I Timothy 5:24  “Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment, and some men they follow after.”  Where there is sin there will be judgment.

What is sin?  Strong’s Concordance of the Bible:  “To miss the mark, to miss or wander from the path of uprightness and honour, to do or go wrong, to wander from the law of God, to violate God’s law, that which is done wrong, sin, an offence, a violation of the divine law in thought or in act, collectively, the complex or aggregate of sins committed either by a single person or by many.”

As a young believer being trained by a seasoned believer, I was taught to give my whole self to God.  I was taught that what I thought, what I did mattered, had repercussions for me.  I was taught that the Word of God and the Holy Spirit were given to me so that I might grow up to be a mature Christian taking my place in the Kingdom of God.

There was a picture thought given to me when I was being trained, it was this:  A funnel is very wide at the top but as a liquid would flow down to the bottom it got very narrow and when it reached the bottom it went out very quickly.  The explanation I was given was that a young believer is given a lot of room to make mistakes, to do things that a mature believer would not be allowed to do without judgment coming swiftly.  My mentor told me that when I became a mature believer, more would be required of me and my walk with the Lord would reflect that, and so it has.  I am in a much narrower place now, more is required of me.  The fact of being set apart, the fact of being “All In”, the fact that I am responsible for a certain metron (sphere of authority) is ever with me.  I am more and more conscious of what is required of me and I must be swift to obey.

Holy, set apart, being purified and made ready to be the consort of The King, the aggregate body of the Lord will grow in holiness, in light and in beauty until the day when she will be presented to The King as His perfect, spotless bride.

Leviticus 26:7  “Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy; for I am the LORD your God.”

I Peter 1:15-16  But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy (sacred, holy, Holy One, saint, set apart) in all manner of conversation; (manner of life, conduct, behaviour, deportment) because it is written, Be ye holy (most holy thing, a saint); for I am holy.

I am praying that you will make every effort to yield to the Holy Spirit as He leads you to examine your own life and in that process allow Him to fine tune your vessel so that you may be part of that beautiful bride being made ready to meet her bridegroom.

Matthew 7:21  “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”

I Thessalonians 5:23  “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Grace and Peace to you in Jesus name!

Joy