Discernment: I Never Knew You

knewWhen you asked me to serve the poor, I said “Sorry I’m going to chill at the beach”.
When you asked me to sell all my possessions and give the proceeds to the poor, I said “Sorry I might need this stuff one day.”
When you asked me to observe the Sabbath, I said “Sorry I need to catch up on my rest.”
When you asked me to read and obey your Word, I said “Sorry I need to catch up on email.”
When you asked me to get ready for the Bride Groom’s return, I said “Sorry I need to get ready for my chance to be a bride.”

These were the thoughts racing through the mind of the Samantha. She had just transitioned from the earthly side of eternity into the next. She was a Christian girl and was confused as to why she was not greeted at the heavenly gates. Instead she was escorted by a grim looking clownish man into an elevator where he proceeded to grab hold of The Lever. It was in that moment she realized that she was not going to God’s eternal glory but instead moments from being released down to the eternal lake of fire.

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the NATIONS will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” Matthew 25:31-46

Salvation Prayer:
Dear Father God and Lord Jesus Christ:
This day I call on you (Romans 10:13; Acts 2:21).
I admit that I am a sinner (1 John 1:8-10).
I ask you to forgive me for all my sins (1 John 1:9).
I believe that you, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, died on the cross at Calvary as a sacrifice for all the sins I have ever committed and will ever commit (2 Corinthians 5:21; John 3:15-16).
You died for me, to save me (John 3:17; Romans 5:8).
I say that you, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, are my Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9).
I believe in my heart that God raised you from the dead (Romans 10:9).
I ask you to come into my heart and take control of my life (Galatians 4:6).
I want to start over again. I want a new beginning. I want to be in the family of God (Ephesians 1:5; 1:13-14).
Holy Spirit come and fill me with your presence and attributes (Galatians 5:22-23).
Thank you heavenly Father and all of these things I pray in the name and blood of Christ Jesus. Amen

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Kingdom Calling…Home

cloudspiralOn the way home yesterday I saw a cloud formation much like this one. I thought to myself, “I should get a picture of this. They look like stairs. I wonder what the angels are up to?”

Now I know.

“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1

Live eternally and embrace all our dear loved ones for us on that side of eternity. I know Abba is happy to have you home, as is our Beloved Ophelia, and others. I am so excited you can share with her our journey on this side of eternity. We will miss your humor and are smiling now because we know you will waste no time lighting up the heavens with it.

Love you

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Healing: My Story

UndercurrentBless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
Psalm 103:1-5

Imagine you are in the ocean and a strong undercurrent comes and sweeps you under. You try with all your might to get to the surface but the undercurrent keeps coming. If you could get just one breath, you could keep going. The undercurrent continues to come, it feels like you are going to drown, and soon you feel like these will be your last breaths; you will soon die. This is not the dream you envisioned for yourself or your family. You cannot support them and help them to cope with the possibility of you not being there in the next few years. You don’t tell others about your true plight out of shame. You have heard the miraculous stories of others being healed and are frustrated that regardless of how hard you pray, you are not healed and at times worse. You begin to question if God really is up there and if He really wants you to die. You stop praying and become angry at God that you are not healed. You draw from your own wisdom rather than drawing to others in the Body and soon you shut down all opportunities for Godly fellowship. The sickness worsens, the medical visits and bills escalate, and the family harmony disintegrates. The family system is bound down financially, emotionally, and physically to the sickness. The sickness is now ruling the family system by consuming sizeable amounts of emotional time, financial resources, and fruitfulness in the home. This sickness led system is not the work of our Lord but instead the work of his darkness, Satan. Satan uses sickness cleverly to steal, kill, and destroy the fabric of many individuals and families lives. What better way to put someone through the wringer and challenge the family system dynamic than a life threatening illness that even doctors do not believe can be cured?

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. John 10:10-11

One bright, winter morning we ventured to a weekend Healing Center (Prayer Ministry specific to medical illnesses) for prayer of the sickness destroying the fabric of our home. The medical doctor had given the “I don’t know what else to do” speech and it would literally take a miracle to undo what the imaging showed. We prayed, received God’s promises, and homework on Kingdom healing. It wasn’t noticeable overnight but within six months or so, the weight began to return, the life began to return, and God’s Healing was showing. Fast forward to a year later and trust in Abba has been restored, active participation in prayer including community prayer has been restored, fellowship within the Body of Christ has been restored, and participation in Ministry outside of weekly worship has been established.

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

God’s plan is that what exists in heaven will exist on earth as well. God’s plan is that we be whole and not bound to sickness. God is the author of healing not sickness. God promises every Believer the same Kingdom healing Jesus Christ displayed in the Gospels. But there are some requirements of the Believer, for that Kingdom healing to be enacted: confession/repentance of sin (1 John 1:9, James 5:16), forgiveness of self and others (Mark 11:24-25), believing faith (Mark 11:24-25, 2 Corinthians 5:7), and agreeing faith (Matthew 18:19-20). Jesus Christ was a walking Healing Ministry and example to us of what every Believer is capable of receiving and extending to other Believers. He commissioned each of us as Believers to do the same healing work.

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. John 14:12

These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. Mark 16:17-18

Heavenly Father, we thank you for your power demonstrated through Yeshua in the Gospels. Thank you for adopting us into your family, as your sons and daughters. Thank you for your miraculous heritage and saving grace. Work through us Lord in setting the Body of Christ free from all chains of sickness of the mind, the physical body, the emotions, and the spirit. In the Name and Blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth we pray. Amen

Resources: IAHR
Related Posting: Kingdom Healing
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