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Wake Up!

I awoke this morning at 4:44 A.M.  I believe 4 means trouble.  We have trouble multiplied by 3 in the world today.  God’s government, as reflected in the Bible is 12, it is perfect government.  It is being challenged on every front.

I look at the clock and many times, more than just mere coincidence, I see 11:11.  To me this is man’s government in transition. 1 x 4 = 4…trouble.  Man’s government being touted as the means to peace has brought much trouble to our world.

The real battle is God’s government versus satan’s government; there is war in the heavenlies and earth reflects the battle.  There have been many challenges for rule of the earth since the beginning of time.  This time, I believe, it is for “all the marbles”.  The attitude seems to me to be:  “Go for broke!”  “No holds barred!”

Contrary to what you may believe at this point, I am not a numerologist, nor am I a reactionary,  but I believe God is speaking through every means possible to people who have ears to hear and eyes to see.

The message is:  WAKE UP! It’s later than you think.

Many are issuing warnings about the time we are living in now.  Some are trying to get the message of the gospel out and others are like ostriches with their heads buried in the sand hoping that this will all go away so they can get back to business as usual.

You cannot ignore this.  It will not go away.

There is no return to normal as we have known it.  There is only war on every hand right now.

Some have written about pastors who have sold their soul to the god of mammon  They think they are free and doing what is best; in time they will see and know the truth, but then it will be too late.

“Everything that can be shaken will be shaken, until all that remains is that which cannot be shaken.”  my version of Hebrews 12:27

God will have a people.  A people who are made in His image and His likeness.  A people who are set apart to do His will.  We are in the process of becoming that people.  But, it is a choice, a decision.  And, as I have said many times before, no decision is a decision.

This train is moving fast down the tracks,”Faster than a speeding bullet.”, and there will be no stops between” here” and “there it is”.  It will get nasty outside.  Keep your hands inside. If you mess with God’s plans you may get cut off.  There will come a great “falling away”.  Some of the people you love will not go with you.  Prepare your heart for it now while it is still today.

Dedicated, consecrated, set apart: “My heart is fixed oh Lord trusting in thee.” Psalm 112:7  It is the only place of safety.  Then it will not matter what man does.  Only God’s “will be done on earth as it is in Heaven”.  He will keep what you give to Him. Trust Him.

Some will fall during the time of persecution.  It will be used to serve God’s purpose. These martyrs know who they are.  Others will be kept safe in the secret place of the Most High.  Can we let God be God?

This will be the end of all things, as we know it, if the world chooses man’s government.

The world has been given a time of reprieve, it is our choice to take it or not.  If we do not take what God has given, we will very quickly go into the time of the end as recorded in Matthew 24.  This chapter is divided up into about 3 times.  The beginning of sorrows, persecution and great tribulation.  Reprieve is a time for making changes.  Matthew 24 will be fulfilled, just like every prophecy of scripture has been or will be, in its time.  Our choices can determine how quickly that happens.  God knows.

It is time to choose sides if you haven’t before.  Game on!

Seriously, consider your own personal life and times.  Open your eyes.  Are you ready for what lies just ahead?

God offers you His way of doing and being right.  It is by accepting the sacrifice of His Son, Yeshua, the man we call Jesus.  If you had been the only one who needed to be saved He would have died just for you.  That is LOVE!

So, today consider your ways, if you examine yourself and find that you fall short, then come to Jesus, humble yourself, repent and receive Him as your Lord and Savior.  He promises that He will receive you and adopt you into the Family of God.  You will have a new life and will be with Him and all who have believed and received Him down through the ages when all is said and all is done.

May the Lord bless you and keep you close to Him,  is my prayer.

Joy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wine and Spirits

Have you ever walked into a store and asked the question:  “Where are the spirits, I would like to buy some spirits.”

There is a controversy concerning the use of alcohol.  My definition of alcohol, the kind that people consume, is beer, wine, whiskey, bourbon, champagne etc. etc. etc.

Wine and Spirits; I don’t know what the definition of Spirits is there, but I do know a spirit is something that can be Holy or it can be unholy.  The Holy Spirit is sent to and for the benefit of a person who believes is Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.   A spirit can also be from the dark side.  Spirits must possess a  body to operate in the earth realm.

My parents divorced as a result of alcoholism, a process that began when my Dad was a teen-ager.  It happened that during prohibition, my Dad’s mom died and his father married a woman who had been his school teacher.  She did not like my Dad and made life miserable for him.  The result was that she told him to get out.  He was 16.

There was a neighbor who made “bathtub gin” and he needed runners for it.  My Dad and his friend were hired.  That is where the road to death by alcohol began.  It ended with my Dad dying of cancer, a dry drunk.  The good news is that at the very end he received Jesus as his Savior.

There is a beginning for everything as well as an end.  Nothing is static.  Nothing!

No one is my family was a “teetotaler”.  My grandmother kept blackberry brandy on hand for times when we would get sick.  I recall one time when I was very sick.  She gave me some brandy, I recall it burned in my throat, she heaped blankets on me and said to “sweat it out”.

My uncle and aunt, my mother’s sister, began their process with alcohol with beer.  My uncles first job was driving a beer truck.  From there he had jobs that always involved alcohol in some fashion.  His last job was managing the city liquor store.  At their home alcohol was served before, with, and after a meal.  The end of the story is that, while at first the use of alcohol was controllable, in the end it controlled them.  My aunt became a hopeless alcoholic, dying from cirrhosis of the liver.  My uncle died penniless and sick.

They had lived the high life.  They had no children, by their choice, and their incomes were always spent on being happy.  There was a small house that was their sanctuary.  They had a lot of things, they loved being at the lake fishing, their boat was their pride and joy and there were always fine cars and friends to party with.  But in the end, alcoholism impoverished them and claimed their lives.

My observation is that with alcohol as with many other things such as nicotine and illegal drugs, there is no such thing as just a little.   I believe there is a process that begins when you take the first taste, the first hit.

Again, from my observation, some people take to alcohol instantly, they love it from the first taste.  Some people don’t care for the taste of it but because it is the culture they move in, they learn to like it.  Other people hate the taste and cannot imagine why anyone would want to drink it.  But, this is not the controversy.

The things above are only matters of preference.

Here is the controversy…

There is a group of people who call themselves Christian, who see no problem with alcohol consumption, as long as it is wine.  This is not a matter of taste, they simply believe that the Bible shows that it is acceptable and they have their own vineyards where they grow the grapes to make the wine.  They believe this makes it holy, and thus makes it acceptable.

There are other believers who see the warnings in the Bible concerning alcohol and the resulting bondage that comes with it, and they want nothing to do with it.  Maybe, like me, they have seen what the process has done to their family.

I come from a broken home.  My mother and father’s marriage was destroyed by alcohol abuse.  Because beer controlled my Dad, in the end he could not hold down a job.  My grandmother tried to help as best she could, but with six children to support the county welfare system was asked to help.  In the end they refused to continue support as long as my Dad was in the house.

Every one of my siblings used alcohol when they were young, even though they had the example of what it could do to a person’s life.  Only when they met Jesus and received Him as their Savior and Lord did they forsake that lifestyle and only then did they end the downward spiral caused by alcohol.  To this day, each of us hate alcohol use and abuse.

I don’t know what your stand is friend, but I know that a decision must be made and we will be responsible to God for that decision.  So consider carefully the things I have laid out here.  Ask yourself this question:  When I stand before God to give an account for my life will it have pleased the Lord?  Will He say to me, “Well done, good and faithful servant enter in to the joy of the Lord.”  God and you are the only ones who can answer that question.

My favorite verse from the Bible is this:  “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Sharing the messages God puts on my heart in this forum is done mostsly out of obedience, but also, part of it is my desire to get you to thinking.  God is the judge and the Bible says that He tests and tries the “sons of men”.  That being the case, I suggest that you seriously consider what pleases Him.  From that vantage point make your decision.

May the Lord bless you today with His love.  May His love fill every vacancy in your soul.

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Rant

It is 2:00 A.M. and I am angry.

I hate the enemy.  He is the enemy of man.  He was Lucifer, the light bearer, but his pride and rebellion got him kicked out of Heaven.  He can’t get at God so he attacks the one that God loves, that would be you and me.

You may know him as the father of lies, a murderer from the beginning, the devil, satan, the dragon, the accuser of the brethren, the god of this world and more.

Lucifer had it all and he lost it all. His hate for God is strong but he cannot touch Him. Because of the fall in Eden and the earth lease he stole from Adam, he is now the god of this world system and he has the legal right to try to gain control of it all through unregenerate man. His way to do that is to deceive with lies.

He has been defeated by Jesus. The only authority he has is what humans give him and that he steals through lies.

He is legalistic, then let the law be stated: The BLOOD OF JESUS has satisfied the laws demands that when a man sins he must die. “If a man will believe in his heart and confess with his mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord he will be saved.”

If a man receives what Jesus did on the cross, the sacrifice of His life as the sinless lamb of God, he is free from the law of sin and death.

Jesus speaking: The thief has come to kill, steal and destroy; I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

Who is the thief then but the one who comes on mission to kill you, to steal everything you have and ultimately destroy your life and take you to hell, where there is torment forever.

Why would anyone in their “right mind” choose to believe that there is no God, that there is no devil, no Heaven or Hell.

It is obvious that they are not in their right mind. For if they were,
they would see and know that all of the above is evident reality, if they but had eyes to see and ears to hear.

“Having eyes they do not see and having ears they do not hear.”

What then do we do? What then can we think or say to all of this when we see a loved one go down this path?

Pray! Speak up! Fear saying something because they might get mad? Maybe they won’t “like” you? Maybe they will cut you off? Have you not heard this said about salvation? “I was mad, then I was sad and then I was glad.”

A stand must be taken. Satan must be addressed! This is not a simple matter of giving a bunch of pills to a person that already has spirits that travel with them, constantly speaking in their ears.

And while I am at it, how can a person who doesn’t know God, though they have a degree in psychology, give help or direction to a demon possessed person?

Why do we in America think that demon possession does not happen here? Ask anyone from Africa or Haiti if demons are real, they know they are.

Why would an otherwise normal, healthy person lose interest in life and interaction with others. Why would they choose instead to spend hours with a computer or TV on the couch or in the bed?

Why would they choose to be alone or with those who are just like them struggling to find meaning in life? The answer: demons and evil spirits because of choices they made that opened the door to them.

Progression:

My aunt started out as a pretty little farm girl and she ended up hopelessly addicted to alcohol, dying of cirrhosis of the liver. Her husband started out driving a beer truck and ended up dying an alcoholic and alone.

They were young once, very much alive and enjoying life, but choices made the difference. You see, it isn’t how you start your life that matters the most, it is how you end it. It’s always the finish line.

“Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be, the end for which the first was made.” Progression is what I am talking to you about. You are going somewhere. What is your destination?

The person contemplating suicide does not start out thinking they would end up where they are. They made some bad decisions, they chose the wrong friends, they read some lies and believed them to be truth. Now they find their life not worth living. They see no hope and no help. Nothing left to do but to end it all.

Suicide takes the lives of seven young people out of a thousand. Seven who thought life was not worth living, when in fact they had everything going for them.

Three young pastors, each in their thirties, each with a family, each viewed as successful, recently took their own lives. No doubt, they had the thought (not their own by the way, always produced by a demon) that life was not worth living, they had to end their suffering. There was no thought of the suffering that they would inflict upon those who loved them. Suicide is the ultimate act of selfishness.

“In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.”

Please hear me on this…suicide is not about you. It is about taking another soul from God. You see, God so loved the world that He gave His Son that if anyone believes and receives Him will have eternal life with God in Heaven.

The alternative to Heaven is Hell. Who was it that said there is an equal and opposite for everything? There is good and there is evil. To deny it is to live in lalaland.

Where can I go from your Spirit? The Bible answers, no where!

“There is a Heaven to gain and a Hell to shun.”

Everything in this world will end. Everything but one thing, people. Human beings are given life by God, they are spirit and soul for whom he makes a body. Psalm 139.

Romans 8:28
What the enemy meant for evil God will take and use for good!

There is hope for the hopeless, it is found in God and His plan for your life. He says, “I know the plans I have for you, plans for good and not for evil to give you hope and a future.”

It is God’s will that “all be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father except by me.”

If God be God then serve Him! Do not bow the knee to the enemy!
Hell was “prepared for the devil and his angels.” God does not send anyone to Hell, it was never intended for people, they go there by their own choice.

Hell is a place of torment because it is permanent, there is no getting out. It is a place of no light, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will not walk in darkness.” There is light and there is dark.

Why are bars dark? “Who named it a bar, named it well for ‘tis a bar to Heaven and a gate to Hell.”

Hell is a place of separation. The only god in Hell is satan, God’s enemy and yours and he is the ultimate dictator.

When you arrive in Hell, then you will know that satan lied and deceived you, because he will tell you “what a fool you are to have believed him.”

You will face eternity with no reprieve, no comfort, only terror and torment forever.

If you don’t believe it, read the books that people have written who went there and were told to tell what they saw, felt and heard. They were told to warn those of us still alive on planet earth about this awful place, so we would not believe the enemy’s lies that he does not exist and that Hell does not exist.

Go online and watch as Bill Wiese tells of the twenty three minutes that he spent in Hell. These people are eyewitnesses.

Don’t be a fool!

It is written:
“A fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God!’”

I have had enough of the lies, enough of the saving face, enough of the pretense. Let the truth be told. Let is be known far and wide. Heaven is real, God is real and so is the devil and Hell.

Raise up the voices long silent, Hell is a real place and so is Heaven. You cannot pick one to believe in and not the other.

I have heard all of the arguments, I am not interested. Make a choice today, is it Heaven or Hell for you?

Isn’t it time, past time, for the church of Jesus Christ to wake up and be the church? Isn’t it time for each person who says they are a Christian to act like the Messiah did when He walked this earth?

Are we afraid of being crucified? When will we stop walking in fear of man and walk in the fear of God; that is, the holy, reverent fear of God…because He is so awesome, so powerful, so loving.

The accuser is not on par with God. He is not God’s equal. He has been defeated by Jesus death on the cross. God is God and there is no other, there is none like Him.

I received Jesus as my Savior when I was fifteen years of age, I began to know Him as Lord when I was in my thirties, I am now in my eighties and looking at the second half of my life. I can tell you that He has been faithful; He has been my God, my life all of these years.

I have traveled to Europe and Scandinavia, I’ve been to Israel twice and I have been to every state in the United States at least once; and I have lived in five states. I have “been a lot of places and I’ve seen a lot of faces”…and I can tell you there is no one like Him, He is a friend “that sticketh closer than a brother”.

I highly recommend that you believe and receive the truth. It will change your life.

Pray for those who struggle with depression. It is a spirit and can be overcome by the Holy Spirit, the power of God. God has given authority to His people. We can rise up and take our place in this generation. It is time for the world to see the people of God loving them to life. And, sometimes telling them the truth, even if it is painful, is the most loving thing we can do.

Choices matter. They have consequences. Tell the young people.

America has given itself to materialism, aberrant sexuality, and abortion. The end of that is death to America. If you want to see America returned to God, mother and country, then you need to pray and you need to vote in the upcoming election.

Stop living out of your mind and emotions. Start seeing with the eyes of the Spirit. God has a plan. Seek His plan and not your own.

Keep it simple sweetie. Those who are led by the Spirit, they are the sons of God.

God of Heaven and earth, you are good, there is no one like you, I know not any. I pray for anyone who may read this to be convicted by your Holy Spirit if they are not walking according to your will and plan for their lives. Have mercy upon us in America and wake us up to Truth. Keep us from falling for the lies of the enemy. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear what you are saying to us.

I pray for those who struggle with depression to see that the focus is on themselves and not on you or others. God, deliver them out of the mind-bending brain fog that envelopes their soul and fill them with your light. May they know the joy of the Lord which gives strength to overcome all obstacles.

Help us, your people, to prioritize our lives. To know the joy of the Lord is to put Jesus first, Others next, and Yourself last. Lord teach us to pray, teach us to worship and praise you, because “praise stills the avenger.” and you “inhabit the praises of your people.”

“May the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord make His face to shine upon you and give you His peace. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen!”

Selah!

Rejection and Insecurity

Every person is born with a longing to belong.  Every person has an innate desire to share his time, his thoughts with someone.  Every person, every human being, every one has a need to be accepted and loved.  At some time in every life, a person will be rejected, will feel rejected, not accepted, not loved.  What does this lead to?  What happens within a person then?  That’s what I want to look at today.

Dr. James Dobson, the former head of Focus on the Family, worked at a hospital early in his career. The hospital’s director called a meeting one morning.  The room was full of women as Dr. Dobson walked in and took the end seat in the front row.  In the back of the room was a table with coffee and refreshments.  The women were all seated.

The director walked in and greeted everyone.  She laid out the format for the meeting, She said that they would have coffee first and then proceed.  Everyone was invited to go to the tables in the back of the room.  No one moved.  Dr. Dobson then said, “Thank you, I believe I will.”, and he stood up. Instantly every woman in the room stood up.  He shared this story to show how rejection, intimidation and inferiority hinders, women especially, from doing what they desire to do.

On a personal level, women seem to me to have a greater need to share their lives with others than men do.  When I counsel young women, I tell them to be sure that they have a few “girlfriends” to do things with.  I have several friends, but I have a few close friends that I pray with, have a meal with, go to a meeting with or just spend time with.  My need to share who I am and hear who they are is very great.  Though I am married, my husband does not meet that need for me as he does not have a need to share like I do.

I received a call yesterday from a young woman whom I mentored for three years.  I had to stop mentoring her because she came to depend upon me and not upon God.  It had been a long time since I had spoken with her personally.  I had heard from others that she had grown in her faith, but that she was still dealing with some major issues.

Her situation is a classic rejection scenario.  When she was 18 months old her dad sent her outside to play, locked the door and would not let her in all day.  The impact of that day affected her whole life.  She was diagnosed as being bi-polar, having the intellect of a young child, even though I found her to be very quick to understand and remember the things I taught her.  Unfortunately, she did not always do what she knew she should do.

When she was six years of age her mother and dad divorced.  She and her brother were raised by her mother.

Her mother had a “boyfriend”, who sexually molested her, and subsequently she was raped several times by an extended family member as well.  Not unusual for this scenario, she has had a problem with lust her whole life.  Soul ties are formed and unless broken, they continue to dominate the soul.

She has had numerous “boyfriends” and one husband, whom she divorced because he did not meet her “needs”.  She claims to be a Christian, to believe in God, having received Jesus as her personal savior.  But, she has great struggles with her sexuality.

God loves her even though she can’t get a handle on His love or how His love is that which finally fills the love, acceptance box in her soul.  It is only the love of God that sets the soul free at last from the rejection we all receive by living in this fallen world.

Now, let’s talk about self-worth.

Many years ago, I was on a prayer journey in Europe.  Several of us went into the red light district in Holland.  It was appalling to the senses.  There was a house that was built similarly to a ship, that is to say that the front of the house was like the prow of a ship.  It was all windows and two-story.

The top room of the house was bathed in blue light.  In that room there was one of the most beautiful blonde woman I have ever seen.  She was scantily clad, posing for those on the street to see.  The lower room was bathed in red light and in that room was a beautiful brunette woman.  These two women were the advertisement for the brothel.

How could someone who was so beautiful in form and face do what these women did?  Couldn’t they have done something without demeaning who they were, who God created them to be?  What was the answer?

Many years ago a reporter was interviewing a Miss America candidate.  In the interview she complained about having fat on her stomach, to which the reporter wrote, “It was unbelievable that this beautiful girl, who looked perfect, did not see herself as she was.”

Anorexia and bulimia are called diseases.  I recently listened to Karen Carpenter sing a beautiful Christmas song.  She was a victim of Anorexia.  What a shame and what a loss to the world to have that beautiful voice silenced.

Alcoholism, something I am intimately acquainted with, is another area that many are calling a disease.  My dad began using when he was a teen-ager.  The result of a lifetime of use caused him to lose his home, his wife, his children and ultimately his life.  Unfortunately, this so-called disease, passes down the generations and there are other family members who are bound by it.

Will any of these keep you out of Heaven?  No!  The way to Heaven is through faith in Jesus.  Are Alcoholism, anorexia, bulimia, prostitution, sexual immorality very real?  Yes! In my opinion they are all the result of rejection, only symptoms of a need to fill the hole in the soul.  Self-medication…so that they can “feel” accepted.

Do these things satisfy the very real need that people have?  No!  They are temporary fixes at best.  At the worst, they take your earthly life and unless you have been born-again by the Spirit of God, they will condemn you to eternity without God, life, love and light; for eternity the enemy will torment you because you chose your sin and not God.

If you have a problem with any of the things I have highlighted today please know that the issue is rejection.  You can be set you free.  The answer is found in receiving Jesus as your Savior and your Lord.

“He (God) chose us to be his very own, joining us to himself even before he laid the foundation of the universe!  Because of his great love he ordained us, (marked us with His love) so that we would be seen as holy in his eyes with an unstained innocence.  For it was always in his perfect plan to adopt us as his delightful children through our union with Jesus, the Anointed One, so that his tremendous love that cascades over us would glorify his grace —for the same love he has for his Beloved One, Jesus, he has for us.  And this unfolding plan brings him great pleasure!”  Ephesians 1:4-6 The Passion Translation

“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”                          Ephesians 1: 4-7 The King James Version

It was this passage that set me free from rejection.  I felt like I didn’t belong to anyone.  I felt like an orphan.  Rejection consumes your mind, your will and your emotions.  It binds you like a straight jacket and colors your whole world.

It is amazing how the world opens up when your realize that God knew you before he even created the world.  How God sees you and me is so different from how we see ourselves or how others see us.  Love glasses, love lenses change everything.

Yesterday a group of friends celebrated Christmas with a friend of ours who is slowly inching toward eternity.  Her heart is failing, but her spirit is strong.  We began to sing a Christmas song and I realized that it may be the last time we have this time with her.  It hit my emotions, my soul.  I know where she is going and I have peace that she is being prepared to meet Jesus, but the thought of this one that I have shared a portion of my life with, not being here, saddened me.  I love her.

Love overcomes when we yield to it.  The God kind of love is without condition.  He loves because He is love.  He once told me that He loved the alcoholic lying in the street covered in his own vomit as much as He loved the most righteous man in the land.  I cannot comprehend that kind of love, I can only accept it and I do.

Everyone has issues that they deal with constantly.  We live in a fallen world, there is no perfect man on this planet.  But, there is a perfect man in Heaven, Jesus is there.  He prays for us constantly, because He understands what it is like to live here.  I have loved ones there and I believe that they also bring requests to Father for those of us that are here.  They are waiting with joy for us to come home.

I know that this has been long friend, but I felt strongly to address this today.  I pray that you have been touched in some way to draw near to God through Jesus.  If you have met Him, you know how much you are loved.  If you have not met Him yet…consider it.  Oh, how He loves you and me.

Affectionately,                                                                                                                                          Joy

 

 

 

Intimidation and Other Lies

Katrina was the only girl in a family of four.  Her brothers were all favored by their dad.  She longed for favor from him too.

As a little girl her mother dressed her in clothes that her grandmother made out of feed sacks.    Katrina came to hate home-made clothes and longed for store-bought clothes.

When she became an adult Katrina exerted her independence, choosing pants and baggy tops instead of dresses or a skirt and blouse.

When Katrina was 14 years old her father began to molest her.  This was not the attention that she wanted from him, but she felt trapped, unable to fight back.  She said nothing about it to anyone for over 20 years.

When I met her, she was a tightly held, reserved woman who rarely, if ever, divulged a thought about anything.

Intimidation is an interesting subject.  Because first of all, the person who has been intimidated as a child does not know that they are bound up, they are coping as best they know how to.

Secondly, if that intimidation has come as a result of sexual abuse as a child, the bondage goes very deep into the soul.  It is like a giant tree that overshadows the whole life of the person.

There is in the person a “fight back” or “push back” reaction when anyone tries to bring constructive criticism designed to help them to be free.  And this is very hard to overcome, in fact, the only thing that can set them free is the love of God.

I know that I am loved by God, but accepting the love of other people and being able to trust them was a difficult thing for me.  I was thinking this morning about some things from my own childhood.

My grandmother took me into her home when I was 8 years old and raised me until I graduated from high school at 18.  Then, my aunt got me a job at the bank that she had worked at as a young lady.  I had no self-esteem.  I longed to be loved and accepted.

I was managed by my uncle.  He became the father figure in my life.  It was a love hate relationship.  As a young man in his “twenties”, he was not prepared for parenting and especially not parenting a strong-willed child.  His method was to “crush” whatever rebellion he saw in me.

I was physically abused as a young child and there was some sexual abuse as well, but nothing in that time that would have been thought of as sexual abuse.  The result was that I grew up to be an angry person easily intimidated by anyone with authority.

Today we see sexual abuse spoken of freely in the media.  But, very little is done to help those who have been victims of it.  Rather, they are exploited to tell their story and they are paid well to do so, in some cases.  However, most of those who have been subjected to sexual abuse do not want to talk about it.

In my case, I did not tell anyone my experiences until just a few years ago and I am at this time 80 years of age.

As a young girl I was invited to stay overnight at a classmates home.  I loved to do that as I did not live in a normal home with a mother and father.  However, that visit was just part of the pain I experienced as a child.  When we got into the bed the girl placed her hand on my genitals.  It freaked me out.  Obviously, I never went there again.

There were things during my childhood that were thought to be “cute”, such as touching the genitals of a baby while changing a diaper, or an adult fondling the breast of a young teen-ager.  Or “planting a kiss” on your mouth in the presence of your friends that embarrassed you mightily.  None of these things were considered sexual abuse at that time and yet they left scars on the soul.  You were interfered with as one writer said.

In one culture the men in the family, whether fathers, brothers, uncles or grandpas sexually abuse the girls.  I was told that few of the women have not experienced sexual  abuse and physical abuse by the men in the family.

I would hazard a guess that most people have been subjected to sexual abuse in some form or other.  I suggest that most people have experienced some kind of physical abuse as well.  But the most difficult of all is the mental abuse, the intimidation and other lies that we all face as we grow up, these stay with us into adulthood.  Our character is formed through the experiences that we have.  It affects not only our mind, but also our will and our emotions.

Dr. Seuss wrote a book called, “Old Hat, New Hat”, it is the story of someone who goes into a hat store wearing an old hat.  He wants to get a new hat, but every hat he tries has something wrong with it and in the end he walks out wearing his old hat declaring that it is just right.

It is easy to get comfortable in your skin, even though you have experienced abuse.  You settle for living below your privilege.  This settling is usually across the board in your experiences.  Your attitude is really “less than”.  You settle for less than the salary you are really worth.  You settle for more stuff at a cheaper price rather than one thing of value.  You do not see that you are a person of value and worth.

Recently the Lord asked me to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.  People that have been abused are so intimidated by lies and deception that they have no voice.  I would be that voice today.  If that is you, know that I care, God cares more than anyone person could.  He also has the power to set the captive free.-

It is time for the abused to realize that though the world has dealt them a bad hand, God was not in it.  God is good.  Every evil thing that we experience is because we live in a fallen world, there is an adversary, and we make bad choices.

The world needs to wake up.  People are exploited for many reasons.  There are some who are involved in stopping sex trafficking.  There are some who are now talking about white slavery and prostitution.   Others are talking about the abduction of people by the occult for the purposes of ritual sacrifice.

This area is not status quo.  It is not comfortable.  It is messy and it is dirty.  We must wake up.

There are forces and powers of the kingdom of darkness, by the Luciferians, for instance, who buy, sell and steal children for their blood to be used on their altars of ritual sacrifice.

God cares, do we?

Recently, a case of a missing child was supposedly closed.  But, it was not closed really.  A fabrication was put forth and it gained a lot of media attention and people were glad that it was solved.  I was told by the Lord that this child was taken for ritual sacrifice.  Cover-up is a tool of the kingdom of darkness.  But, God sees.  There is a judgment for it.

So friends, I trust that I have stirred the pot a bit today, perhaps even woke some of you up to the prevailing, pervasive lies and deception that surround abuse in our society.  There are so many areas where this prevails and many stories could be told.  Both the high life and the low life are affected by abuse, it has a long arm.

What I am saying through all of this is be aware.  Be compassionate with people who seem hard to get along with, they may be carrying a heavy burden from the past.  Love people to life.  If you are a believer in Jesus and you know that you have been forgiven, then forgive as you have been forgiven.

God so loved the world that He gave His Son to be the Savior of the world.  Many, but not all, will receive Him and begin the process of preparation for eternity with God forever. In the meantime, we are ambassadors for the Kingdom of God, we must represent our King to a lost and dying world.  If not us then who?

Many need a touch from God; a hand on the shoulder says a lot to someone who is struggling with self-worth.  A listening ear for someone who is in need of letting out the “stuff” that is in their soul, not judging, criticizing, or condemning them, but understanding that “there but for the grace of God go I”.

Jesus walked among us as a human man with the love of God radiating from Him.  Moved with compassion He healed the sick and diseased, set free captives.  He caused the lame to walk and the blind to see.  God longs for each of His children to do what His Son did.  That we cannot do so has been the biggest lie ever perpetrated upon humanity.

There will come a time when we will do what He did and greater things than that will we do because He went to the Father and there He lives to make intercession for us.  There will come a day when God will do what He promised He would do, He will pour out of His Spirit upon all flesh and a great harvest of souls will come into the Kingdom of God.  What a day that will be.  It will be a quick work and then there will be a separation that takes place.

God bless you today with His love and His liberty.  May you be healed and delivered from all that oppresses you.  May you know the love of God that passes all understanding.  Nothing is too hard for God, only believe.

Love, Joy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Rose By Any Other Name

I met him on the elevator of the senior high rise.  “What is your name he growled?”  “It is Joy, I said”  He continued to look down at the floor of the elevator not saying another word to me.

I didn’t see him again until several weeks later when I was having dinner with my friend.  We walked into the dining room where dinner was being served.  He was sitting at a table by himself.  No one spoke to him or attempted to sit with him.  “Strange”, I thought.  Everyone else in the room was seated at a table for two or four.

When my friend and I were seated I asked who this man was.  “Oh, they say he was a doctor”, she replied.  “He is Egyptian.  One time I approached him, he was very unfriendly.  I tried to engage him in conversation about where he was from.  I mentioned that I had been to Israel when he said he was from Egypt.  That seemed to make him irritated, I never attempted to speak to him again.”

Subsequently I have been to dinner a few times with my friend, and have seen him there.  The same scenario continues, isolation from the other residents.

This morning as I was contemplating this situation it occurred to me that he was of an  Eastern religion.  They are commanded not to even eat with infidels, which would be all the rest of the world who are not of their belief, that could be the reason why he keeps himself separate from the others.

As I thought on this, the last time I was there, after I was seated, I greeted a couple that I have come to know with a wave at the husband as he came into the room.  He just happened to be behind the Egyptian at that moment and the man thought I was waving at him, and he waved back.  A look went across his face when he realized I wasn’t waving at him, but rather this other man.  I felt badly for him.

Isolation is not what man was created for.  The God of Abraham is a God of family.  That is why Jesus taught His disciples to pray:  “Our Father who art in Heaven.”

As I have been contemplating all of this, I wondered what his name is.  I don’t know, of course, but I thought, Saleem.   Looking up the name online, it means “peaceful”.  Interesting, because the man seems anything but peaceful.

As I watched him, he would glance around the room at the people, never gazing long at anyone.  I made eye contact with him a few times and began to see what was in his soul.  He is envious of the others as they eat and visit together while he sits alone.  Yet his religion isolates him from the very thing his soul is drawn to.

He got up from his table, stuffing his aluminum wrapped food into a bag hanging from his walker, walked over to a table of four and gruffly, loudly said something to them, to which they didn’t respond, except to stare at him.  Turning away he shuffled out of the room….lonely still because of his manner.

My heart goes out to him.  I would like to say to him, “What has your god done for you?  You are alone, your health is gone from you, your end is in sight and you have no one who cares for you.”

Religion is a terrible thing.  It assures you that all is well, you are on the right track and heaven awaits you when you die.  It is false assurance which leads to a place prepared for the accuser and his angels.

The God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob is the only true God.  He does have a Son, and that Son became a man, Yeshua of Nazaret.  He is the door to Heaven, there is no other way.  It grieves the heart of the Father that people refuse to walk in the way that He willed.  He has done everything He could to make His will, His way and His Word known to mankind, yet there are those who choose religion over relationship.

Every religion is based upon works.  If you do, you can be, and you can have whatever they promise.  Relationship with God is strictly based upon what Jesus did for you, you cannot add anything to it, nothing.  It is so simple a child can understand it.

Religion blinds the eyes of the spirit and keeps the blinders tightly closed over them.

Religions blocks the ears of the spirit from hearing the good news that the price for your soul has been paid through the bloody sacrifice of Jesus over 2000 years ago and you can enter into His rest through faith.

Religion promises you Heaven, but keeps you from your desired destination.

The power of agreement is virtually unknown to most of mankind.  You will become like the one you agree with.  You will take upon yourself much of the thinking, much of the behavior of those you are around on a regular basis.  Adaptation is inevitable unless you are under the influence of a spirit, whether the Holy Spirit of God or a spirit of the adversary.

Saleem, “peaceful” one, what kind of peace is the experience of such a one?  False peace.

There are two kinds of real peace.  There is peace with God that comes to a person who turns from sin, from his own way of doing and being, to embrace God’s way of doing and being.

Then, there is the peace of God that comes to someone, who is in the process of getting to know the God of all peace, who is at the same time bringing their mind, will and emotions into subjection to the Holy Spirit of God.

God’s peace brings rest for the soul.  There are also many believers in Jesus, who have never entered into God’s rest, the still strive to be what they believe they should be.  I have a friend that says of these, “They always think, ‘shoulda, woulda’, coulda’.”  True.

Friends, I trust that I have provoked you to think about religion versus relationship.  God, my Father, would have all men to be saved and come to know the truth.  Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  He is the answer to every question, the hope for every desire and the love of your life when all others have failed you.  Come to the Father through the Son.

Affectionately,  Joy

 

 

Shy

There are some of us that think like this:  I am a shy person.  How does Merriam-Webster define the word shy?

Shy:

  1.  Easily frightened: TIMID
  2. disposed to avoid a person or thing
  3. hesitant in committing oneself: CIRCUMSPECT
  4.  sensitively diffident or retiring: RESERVED
  5.  SECLUDED, HIDDEN
  6.  having less than the full or specified amount or number.
  7.  DISREPUTABLE

There you have it.  I think that most people are thinking of shy as the definition in number 4 above explains when they tell you that they are shy.  There are some who use shyness as a reason or perhaps an excuse for not doing something that is required of them in any given situation.  Being shy is an outward manifestation of what is deposited in the soul.

The soul is a repository of every experience that a person has ever had, usually complete with pictures, emotions and attitudes.  When the Bible says, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”, I believe it is referring to the soul.  The deposits on the pages of the soul determine the words and actions that we take.

Depending on age, we have little or much that is imprinted on the pages of the soul.  Depending on circumstances what is imprinted there can be good or bad and either encourages or discourages us.  I believe it controls us to some degree.

The soul of a person contains his mental capacity, his will and his emotions and affections.  In essence the soul of a person is what you encounter when you meet them.

There is another way of seeing the soul, and that is defined by personality.  By this I mean, is the person reserved or are they outgoing.? I have a friend who sees other people as friends she hasn’t met yet.  She loves to talk to people and has many “friends”.

There are other people who are more reserved, quieter by nature, they have a harder time speaking with people they don’t know.  They have a few friends with whom they are very close.  They may even appear to be aloof, but in reality it is their personality.

So far I have been speaking from the natural standpoint.  There is one factor that can change all of this and that is the experience of meeting Jesus the Messiah.  This experience is life changing.  Perhaps I should say that it can be life changing.

When a person asks Jesus to come into their life because they see that this is a good thing to do, their experience may be true or it may not be.  Some people have been “scared” into accepting Jesus into their life by someone telling them that they will go to Hell if they don’t.

It is good to receive Jesus into your life; by receiving Jesus you are brought out of the kingdom of darkness and transferred into the Kingdom of God, which is light and Heaven becomes your destination.  But, many who claim to be Christians (Christ ones) have never had a real experience with the Savior, repented of their sin and turned to Him for salvation.  It can be mental assent and that is not the true conversion experience.

When you truly see that it was your sin that caused Jesus to be crucified, it breaks you, it changes you, there is no other way.  He is the only way.  When you ask Him for forgiveness, you experience being “born-again”.  Your human spirit becomes new, this is defined as a new creature, a new creation, something that never existed before.  If you have not experienced that, if I were you I would question whether what I have is true.

While the spirit of a man is made into something that did not exist before, fashioned for the Kingdom of God, becomes “a son of God”, the soul remains the same as it was.  There is usually no change but some have experienced an instant release from destructible habits.

The Word of God states that it is by hearing the Word preached, by fellowship (hanging around) with the people who are like you now, and reading and studying the Word of God, that your soul will be changed.  This is a process that will go on your whole life.  It is that your soul will become like Jesus when He walked on the earth.  It is to fit you for Heaven as well as to equip you to do the work of ministering for the Kingdom of God on the earth.

I am shy therefore I can’t……..    The Word of God says:  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

If you have been born-again, if you have taken your soul to the Word of God, if you fellowship with other believers on a regular basis, if you have asked God to fill you with His Holy Spirit, if you have done all you know to do promote and strengthen God’s Kingdom on the earth, if you pray earnestly for the things that are on the heart of the Father, then your soul will be transformed and you will no longer be timid, reserved, hidden, but you will choose to do whatever the Holy Spirit leads you to do.  As someone said, “Sometimes I just do it afraid.”

When someone says, “I am shy.”  I think, “They are self-centered not God-centered.”  When we are God-centered we can literally do the exact opposite of our natural temperament, our natural inclinations.  That is why the Apostle Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Jesus wants to live in us, with us and through us.  He wants His Father’s will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven.  That is why He taught His disciples to pray that way.  Father sent the Holy Spirit to indwell every believer , He gives us the power we need to live a victorious life here on the earth.

I trust that this message will help you to see that you really can do more for God than you thought you could.  Draw upon the power of the Holy Spirit and you could be another Billy Graham, another Rees Howells or another John Kilpatrick.   All things are possible to those who believe.   Only believe!

In His love,

Happy Thanksgiving!

CHANGES

My heart is somewhat sad right now because of circumstances in my world.  Not me or my husband, beyond that.

I have a friend who is beyond the 80 years mentioned in Scripture that we can have as humans on planet earth, actually I have a few friends that age.  This friend has recently gone through a bit of a hard time.

She developed a physical problem that worsened over the period of a few days and she ended up in the hospital.  Going through several days there, it was recommended that she go to a rehabilitation facility for a week.

She lost something through this experience.  She is not the same and it bothers me.

I know her to be full of zest for life.  Always one to be ready for an adventure, she would be ready to go at the drop of a hat if any of her friends suggested doing something.

She liked to talk about what was going on in the world, both secular and Christian.  And she longed to contribute something to the world, she wanted to do something, to be involved.

When I visited her at the rehab place she was searching why she was there and came to the conclusion that she was there to bring a smile or some joy into an otherwise dark place.  This she did by visiting people in their rooms and saying,  “Hi!” in the halls as she met people, and always with a smile.

She came “home” to a messy place, but together we made short order of picking it up so she would feel comfortable to welcome her family members who were coming the next day for a visit.

She reported being happy with the way the visit went.

So, what is my problem?  A part of the person that she was is gone, I can’t put my finger on exactly what, but I am sad.  I pray that it will come back, but if it doesn’t I need to accept that.

The consolation, and there always is a consolation with God, is that no matter what happens to my friend or any of us for that matter, who we really are in the spirit will never change, never die and if we are believers we will be together as whole persons forever throughout all eternity, and I praise God for that!

One of my children has gone through a divorce this year.  Never easy and always painful, divorce rips apart two people who made a covenant before God and witnesses to be together in sickness and health etc. “until death do us part”.

The relationship died before the people did.  It did not happen overnight.  It died by increments.  Hurts, wounds, expectations not met, offenses taken and more. Like knives being plunged into flesh, blood flowed, life left and death came.  The  covenant was broken, the end came…separation…then divorce.

Loneliness begins to set in like cold on a 20 degree below zero day and it chills the soul.  All one wants is to be warm again, to feel good again, to be loved again.  It is written:  “It is not good for man to be alone.”  Especially, a young man.  Each man is to have his own wife.  Each woman is to have her own husband.  That is what the Bible says.

Something will fill the void.

My child has chosen a “relationship” that will not lead to marriage.  This is very acceptable in today’s world, it is not acceptable in the Kingdom of God.

The worldly person wants to be accepted, as we all do, but they want you to accept what they do as well.  This a believer cannot do when it disagrees with the Word of God.  Jesus never did that, no one He ministered to left His presence untouched.  Only those who were in rebellion against God were not touched or changed by being in His presence.   He is our example.

How then do we walk this out?

Change is not easy for anyone.  Some accept it more readily than others.  But, change comes to all and many times over a lifetime.

My child is my child.  Nothing will ever change that, not what they say or do, nor where they go, whether alive or dead, they are my child.

Some children choose to walk away from their family.  Others choose to stay in relationship but not walk closely.  Others choose to continue on their pathway, expecting their family to accept who or what they have become.

There are some children who respect and honor their parents to the degree that they will ask for and consider the advice the parents give.  That is called honoring your Father and Mother, a command in the Word of God.

As a friend what do I do?  As a parent what do I do?

Love, unconditional love…first and foremost.  Then “watch and pray” as the Bible says we are to do.  Ultimately though, each of us is responsible to God for himself or herself.

If we are committed to Jesus, then we are to be led by His Holy Spirit.  Being led by the Holy Spirit means that we will be led into what we are to do in each and every situation.  He leads, we follow.  Sometimes that is through the written Word, sometimes through circumstances, sometimes through other people etc.  God is not limited by how He speaks to us.

We have an additional advantage as believers and that is that we are all part of the Body of Jesus Christ.  Therefore, we can turn to another believer for counsel when we cannot see the way.   Our Father, is so good to us.

We do not need to ever second guess our actions when they come from a pure heart of love because God will make sure that all things work together for good because we love Him.  He is a good, good Father!

We do not need to ever receive guilt, accusation or condemnation.  God is not in any of that.  It is a work of the kingdom of darkness.  God is love and in Him is no darkness at all.

The Word of God tells us to Submit to God and resist the devil and he will flee from us.

Stand strong on the Word of God, stay in faith that God is involved in everything that pertains to you and your life because He loves you so much.

When it is all over here on planet earth, there is Life, Love and Laughter for all eternity for those who love God, for those who have received what Jesus did at the cross for them…It is personal.

Amen, praying for you today…. God bless you, Joy

 

 

 

The Message

Love:  Greek;  Agapao  “To welcome, to entertain, to be fond of, to love dearly.”

God so loved the world that He gave…Jesus.   (John 3:16)

Show us the Father and it will be enough! Have I been with you so long and you do not know me. I am in the Father and the Father is in me.  If you have seen me you have seen the Father.    (John 14:9)

The image of Jesus is the image of the Father.   (Hebrews 1:3)

Let us create man in our image and our likeness.   (Genesis 1:26)

From the foundation of the world, I knew you.   (Ephesians 1:4)

All your parts were known to me and planned before the world was made.  In my book every day of your life was written when as yet there were none.  Psalm 139: 1-18)

God IS love.  Jesus is the face of God.   (I John 4: 8-20)  (John 14:9)

Many were offended and left…Will you leave also?  To whom shall we go, you have the words of Life.  (John 6: 66-69)

Eternity….no end.  (Isaiah 57:15)

It is appointed unto men once to die and then comes judgment.   (Hebrews 9:27)

Some men’s sins go before them openly and some follow after to judgment.                 (I Timothy 5:24)

No man comes to the Father except by me.   (John 14:6)

Forgive and you will be forgiven.  If you refuse to forgive then God cannot forgive you.   (Mark 11:24-25)

There are no liars, murderers, idolaters, adulterers, sorcerers, thieves, covetous, drunkards, extortioners…..in God’s Kingdom of Heaven….only those who love God and follow the Lamb of God, slain from the foundation of the world…God had a plan and He executed His plan.  There is no other way to God, to Heaven, except through Jesus.  (Revelation 22:15)  (I Corinthians 6:10)  (Revelation 13:8)  (John 14:6)

When you turn from darkness to light, you are transferred into the Kingdom of Light, the Kingdom of God.   (Colossians 1:13)  (Isaiah 57:15)

Eternity with God in the perfection and completeness of all things.   (Luke 12:37)

Eternity without God.  Complete perfection of darkness and evil.  (Matthew 25:30, 41)

You choose whom you will serve.  No one makes that decision for you.  (Joshua 24:15)

God loved you so much that He made a way for you to be with Him forever.  It is not your way.  It is not the way of any other.  His way is the only way.   (John 14:6)

There is a pouring out.  (Acts 2:17-18)

There is a time for everything.   (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

God gives because God loves.   (John 3:16)

This is not a new message, but it is a message that blinded eyes cannot see and it falls on deaf ears in each generation.  How shall they hear unless someone tells them?  Who will go?  Who will tell?  Who will pray that they may hear? (Romans 10:14)

This is not a message for the mind of natural man.  The message is for the hungering heart, the thirsting soul.  It is for the “whoever will come”.  (Mark 8:34-35)

Broad is the way that leads to destruction, many follow its way.  Narrow is the way the leads to life and few find it.   (Matthew 7:13-14)

Every gate, every door leads to somewhere, something, some way.  A gate may look beautiful, fun, interesting but it may ultimately leads to destruction, death and Hell.  Choices matter for eternity.  (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25)

Jesus said if you are not with Him you are against Him.  (Luke 11:23)

There are many gates, many doors and many choices.  Choices can be made even if you are going the wrong way.  You can turn around and go back.  It is not too late.  As long as there is breath in your body, you can turn around.   (Revelation 3:20)

God calls you to come home, come back to the one who made you, the one who placed your spirit in that little bit of flesh in your mother’s womb, the one who grew and became strong enough to enter into the world of men.  He created you.                  (Genesis 5:1-2)  (Isaiah 43:7; 45;12)

Come home, can’t you hear Him calling?  “I love you my son, I love you my girl, come home.  You are welcome.  It doesn’t matter to me where you have been or what you have done, I love you.  I will clean you up, just trust me, come to me.”          (Revelation 22:17)

Pray:  Father, I come.  Just as I am.  Forgive me.  Thank you for receiving me.  I receive what Jesus did for me.  Thank you for giving me life eternal!                    (Psalm 61:2  62:7)  (I Peter 2:1-10)

If you have prayed to receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord, welcome to the family of God.  It is important for your spiritual growth that you find others who believe as you believe and enter into relationship with them.  It is important that you have a Bible that is written so that you can read and understand it, it is the manufacturers handbook, so to speak, and you need it to know how to live from now on.

The new birth as recorded in John chapter 3, opens the way for God’s Holy Spirit to come to live inside of you.  There is a subsequent (or can be at the same time) infilling called the Baptism in the Holy Spirit as recorded in the book of Acts.

The Holy Spirit baptizes you into the “Body of Christ” and Jesus baptizes you into the Holy Spirit.  These two things are a work of the grace of God, independent of your works.  You cannot earn either one, you just receive.   (I Corinthians 12:13)   (Mark 1:8) (Acts 1:5, 8; 2:1-4)

“Not by works of righteousness that we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us.”   (Titus 3:5)

May the Lord complete that good work that He has done in you.  Amen!

Joy

 

Restoration

Restore.  Re Store…it presents the picture of a store that is empty and it is being stocked once more, made ready for business.  To”Re” anything is to do it again.

I am thinking of the natural disasters that have taken place recently.  The hurricanes, the floods, the wild fires, the volcanic eruptions and the earthquakes that have taken place in recent months have been called “disasters of Biblical proportions”.  The earth, quite possibly, is groaning under the weight of the sin of mankind.  I think that the Bible indicates this possibility.

It is written in Romans 8:22, the New King James version of the Bible:  “For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.”  It is possible that the birth pangs are growing stronger because the birth it alludes to is coming close.

Going back to verse 21 of the above passage, we read:  “Because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God.”

The earth and mankind were made subject to the curse spoken by God to Adam as recorded in Genesis 3: 17-19.  It was disobedience to God’s Word that caused the curse to come upon the earth and it is obedience to God’s Word that will cause the restoration of mankind first and then the earth.

Restoration can have many faces.  Damage can be done to a marriage by wrong choices or decisions.  When people are selfish the only thing considered is, “What is in it for me?”  Self at the center is a huge black hole and everything is sucked into it.

I was speaking with a friend yesterday about how easy it is to throw a “pity party”.  The problem is that the emotion of self pity is part of the process leading into that big black hole.  The end is death, relationships die because no one wants to attend a pity party.

At this time most of the Body of Christ is praying for revival or awakening.  Most are aware how evil seems to have arisen in every quarter.  The intent of the mastermind of evil is to take over and obliterate anything that is of God.  It has been said that good and evil are manifesting at the same time now, but evil seems to be prevailing.  Some are wringing their hands and worrying.  But God has lifted the cover off it all and everything will be seen for what it truly is.

Many years ago I saw a graphic that depicted what I think is relevant to where we are today.  I saw a perpendicular arrow, an arrow on the right side of it called, “Religion” and an arrow on the left side called “New Age”.  The trajectory of the two side arrows was at a forty-five degree angle.

I was given to understand that the middle arrow represented the Kingdom of God on the earth and its people.  The two side arrows were movements on earth that would persecute the true church of Jesus Christ.  We surely are seeing the movement of the New Age in the political realm.  The Globalists are anti-Christ in their thinking and doing.

The religions of the world, in general, are anti-Christ, though there is an emergent group, called “Crislam” which sees Chritianity and Islam as serving the same God and they strive to bring the two together.  Most true Christians disagree that the God of the Bible is the god of Islam.

I think it is worth noting that nothing on this earth is static.  There is always movement and it is always toward God and His Kingdom or away from God and His Kingdom, and there are always consequences for every choice made.  It is also worth noting that making no choice at all is a choice.

I have considered the “ites” of Biblical times and the “isms” of today.  As far as I can see both were and are anti-Christ.  Communism was huge in the news when I was young.  People in Hollywood were suspected of belonging to the Communist party and were black-balled because of it.  A couple, the Rosenbergs, was tried for treason against America for their suspected Communist activity.

In recent years when Russia opened up and people began to come and go, those who came out were mostly atheists, because people of faith were driven underground when the Communist party took over.  The leaders lived high on the hog and the common man stood in lines to get a loaf of bread or a piece of meat, this was the result of Communism.

I just thought of a commercial I heard years ago:  “Promise her anything but give her Arpege.”  It was a perfume that was being touted.  The isms of the world promise many things, but in the end, what they deliver is never what was promised.

Today in Communist China there is an active underground church.  The Chinese leaders allow a certain amount of religion in the official church, but if anyone rises up with true faith to preach the true gospel, he is removed, jailed and worse.  Such is the “freedom” of Communism and its close kin, socialism.

Bernie Sanders is a self-proclaimed Socialist.  He interrogated someone recently for a post in the Trump government.  He has been accused by Pastor Robert Jeffres of crossing a line and violating the constitution in that examination because he focused on the persons Christian faith.  At issue is the intent and purpose of the founding fathers of America as written in the Constitution of the United States of America respecting freedom of religion.

The so-called separation of church and state has been wrongly interpreted and the American people have been brain-washed to believe that Christians have no place in the government and if they are there, they need to leave their faith at home.  It is a compartmentalized view of religion.  However, the true Christian faith is not an addition to a person’s life, it is his life.  He is transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God.  It is life-changing.  This is why it is referred to as being born-again, for literally it is like being born anew.

I want to point out that the true church of Jesus Christ is made up of people from every denomination.  I have known Catholic people and Baptist people who loved God with all their hearts and had a real relationship with Jesus.  The same can be said of every part of the Body of Christ, whatever the label applied to them.

A word of caution…the denominational organization itself is not sacrosanct, whatever the label, it is the people who are sanctified by the blood of Jesus who make up the true church.

To bring this to a close, it is my sense that God is sifting, weighing each person, giving them every opportunity to choose to follow Jesus.  I do not believe that He is judging anyone at this time.  I believe that He has souls on His heart.  It is written that Jesus died to bring many sons to Glory.

He wants people to know that He loves them and has a good plan for their lives.  His invitation is:  “Come to me if you’re weary, if you have labored long and hard and you’re tired of the world, tired of sin, yes, even tired of yourself.”  He will accept you just as you are, no preconditions.  The Bible tells us that God is love.  We cannot know that kind of unconditional love unless we turn from sin and receive what Jesus did at Calvary for us.

Today, if you hear His voice calling you to come, won’t you respond?  He is waiting for you.