Sunday, May 31, 2015

It Is Time

This year has gone by so fast that we now stand one day away from June 1, 2015. 

We all know that tribulation is coming to this world, however, that tribulation was not meant for us.  The tribulation, the time of Jacob's trouble is just that, a cycle change back to Israel away from the Church.  Where is the Church?  Read the book of Revelation and you tell me?  Show me where the Church is mentioned by name as it clearly is in Rev 2-3 anywhere past Rev 5?  No one can show me because the Church is not there.

If the Lord would have me write something, if there is any impression on my spirit it is this:  comfort the Church.  Those who are in Christ who are in right standing (righteousness) with our Lord should not worry, should not fret, should not live in fear at what is coming.

What is the Word of the Lord that this brother would pass on to you?  Here:

2 Peter 2:4For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; 5And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
The Godly will Be Delivered
7And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: 8(For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) 9The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

The Lord knows how to deliver the godly from what?

From this:

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If that Word looks familiar it should because we also see it here:

Rev 3:10Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

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Same exact word.

What has the Lord God said?  Forget what men have said.  Forget all the people who have told us the Word of God does not actually say what is clearly does say in its unaltered form.  What does the Word of God plainly, clearly say?

9The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations

The Lord knows how to deliver you from experiment, trial, temptation. 
The Lord will keep you from the hour of experiment, trial, temptation.

Do we really need a 50 page document to tell us what the "hour of trial" is?  No, we do not.  And regardless of what anyone thinks it is, we will be delivered from it.

 Starting tomorrow, it is time for us to prepare unlike any preparation we have done in the past.  Time is short and I do not know when the events we know are coming are going to happen but I do know the signs are everywhere that it is close.  What do I suggest we do?  I suggest we begin (if we have not already) praying for:

1.  All those in Christ
2.  Our families and friends
3.  Ourselves

As obedient children, let us do what we were told to do and let us do it together.  What were we told to do?

36Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

 Starting June 2015, here on this blog we can do this together.  I will post prayers along the way that we can pray together, joining our faith and His Word to pray as we were told do in obedience to the Word.  We will approach the Lord in agreement according to His Word below.

19Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

 It is time.

grace and peace

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The God of All Comfort

3Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 5For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. 6And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. 7And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
8For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: 9But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: 10Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; 11Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

This is the God we serve, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.  Looking back, I see why the Lord had to drag me through trials and tribulations.  It was so I could do the work He has for me today.  That work is to provide a testimony to you from a real person who has been through the fire and came through to the other side to tell you that you too will make it through your fire and come through to the other side.  Then you too will have a testimony to share with others, to comfort and encourage.

Here is my testimony:  our God can be trusted.  He will do what He said He would do if you are faithful and patient.  Yes, most of the time your faith and patience will be tested that is just how He works, but in the end you will have your answer and a testimony.  You will have your peace and mercy and comfort that only our God can provide. 

In a sense this is all quite easy.  Why?  There is no where else to turn.  This world is brutal and merciless, is it really an option to turn to this world for help?  No.  Our God must, can and will come through for us.  He must provide, He must protect or we are all done for.

We all know there are dark days ahead.  So what?  So, 1.  we might not go through the darkest of those days and 2.  Whatever we do have to go through, we will go through hand in hand with our loving, merciful, faithful, comforting Master.  The same God who puts food in our mouth and clothes on our back today, is the same God that can and will do it tomorrow.

If there is one thing I am impressed with from the Lord today it is that His people should take comfort.  Trust Him and see what He will do.  Please remember that our Lord does not take unbelief lightly as if it was something to overlook with a wink and a nod.  No, He considers unbelief evil and wicked:

Hebrews 3:12 See, brethren, lest there be in any one of you a wicked heart of unbelief, in turning away from [the] living God.
English Revised Version
Take heed, brethren, lest haply there shall be in any one of you an evil heart of unbelief, in falling away from the living God:

Do we believe the promises?  We should, we must for our own survival.  Please also remember how little faith it takes to move mountains:

Matt 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Note with me that you do not have to have faith the size of a mountain.  No, you only need faith the size of a mustard seed to move a mountain.  You just need a spark.  A way of thinking about your faith is; your faith is like the small flint stone on a bic lighter and we are standing in a room full of flammable gas (the spiritual laws in place around us).  If you continue to spark that little tiny flint stone, you will ignite the entire room....If you continue to ignite your tiny little amount of faith, you will ignite your answer to prayer, your miracle, whatever it is you are asking for.  What did the Lord say?

and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

If you are looking for peace and/or comfort and/or an answer to prayer and/or a miracle, continue to ignite the tiny mustard sized seed of your faith and see what happens. 

You will not be disappointed if you persist in faith and patience.

grace and peace

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Everything You Need For Your Miracle

Almost....right here:

Romans 4:19And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: 20He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

1.  He did not consider the physical 'reality' of his situation:

And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb

2.  He did not stagger, question, doubt the promises of God:

20He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

3.  He was fully persuaded, he knew the Lord could and would act on the promise:

21And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

4.  The Lord was please with this ^^ (Abraham received his miracle):

22And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

The only part of the miracle process, and its a big one is remaining in this state in patience.  We must hold onto faith in patience.  That's it.

So when the Lord tells us, promises us this:

Matt 7:7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Are these promises ^^?  You bet they are.  So what must we do?

1.  Do not consider the physical 'reality' of the situation.
2.  Do not stagger, question, doubt the promises of God.
3.  Be fully persuaded, know the Lord can and will act on the promise.
4.  Be patient in faith.

We all need answers to prayers, many of us need miracles.  This nobody who writes to you is always completely in need of the Lord's working hands.  The Lord has shown us the way, let us follow it.

grace and peace

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Lesson In Miracles: From Death To Life

If you are a Christian, you believe in miracles.  The first thing you have to believe is that our Lord died for our sins, then rose from the dead.  Rising from the dead is a miracle.  We also have a hope of a future miracle that when we die we will be like Him.

So we start our journey with this belief that death precedes life.  What you are reading right now is absolutely critical to receiving your miracle:

1 Cor 15:36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:

Over and over again we see this pattern yet most people do not receive it because they do not understand it and they abort their miracles through unbelief before they have a chance to be born.

When all worldly hope has died, when windows of wordly opportunity have closed, that is when you should begin believing in earnest for your miracle.

Your faith, your hope and your miracle must be sown in death that they may be raised in life.  The pattern is well established:

1.  Israel was backed up against the red sea with Pharaoh's chariots bearing down on them, did they have any worldly hope of getting out of that situation?  No.  Worldly hope died first, the miracle came second.

2.  Romans 4:19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb

Sarah's womb was dead, that came first, the miracle birth came second

3.  Lazarus: John 11: 5Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. 6When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was

Now please get this, what do we read?  Jesus loved them!  So what did He do?  He waited two days to make sure Lazarus was dead?  This is the difference between God Almighty thinking and men thinking. 

Death first, miracle second.

How many people abort their miracle the moment the wordly windows of opportunity close?  Once they see the last worldly door slam shut (death) they say "well, that about does it, no miracle for me!"  and when they tell themselves that they abort their miracle.  No faith, no hope=no miracle.

Please understand this as well.  This brother has seen many miracles, glory to God.  This brother writes to you as a testimony that our Lord's miracle working power is as real and active today as it ever was in the past.  When you see the death taking place before the miracle happens, yes it hurts.  The pain is real because the death is real.  However, this is where your miracle begins.

Stop trying to understand your miracle, stop trying to figure it out.  If you could have figured it out you would not need a miracle!  Relax, rest, trust and understand how the Lord works.  Death comes before life.  We understand this as one of the very basics of our faith but when it comes to believing the Lord for other things we just don't seem to piece the puzzle together.  The principle is the same, always, every time.

Col 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

You believe that our Lord died, and is risen.  Then you are baptized acknowledging your death and burial with Him that you can also be risen with Him through faith.  Both are miracles!  Now apply this to the miracle you need today.

Watching the death of all worldly possibility is the first step to receiving your miracle.  Death comes before life...

grace and peace


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Believing For Your Miracle

This writing is to support and encourage those believing for a miracle.

1.  The Lord still does mighty works for His people in the visible, physical realm:

Psalm 27:13  I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

So when you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, remember and be confident of this:  you will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  That means right here in the material world.

2.  Ask, Seek, Knock

Matt 7:7“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

The Lord our God cannot lie.  If He said it, He meant it and you can hang onto it like a life rope and not be disappointed just do not let go!

Notice the finality and all encompassing Words the Lord uses:

For everyone who asks receives..

The way ^^ this is written in means everyone with no exceptions.

Yes, there are people who would say "well brother D I have asked for lots of stuff that I did not receive."

To which we should refer to:

Heb 6:12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

Through faith and patience we inherit the promises.  Matt 7:7 is a promise which means we inherit it through faith and patience.  How many have failed the patience test?  Many.

The Lord knows every detail of our situation.  There is no aspect of it He has failed to consider.  He knows how every possible scenario that might happen in your life will play out.  He is the Master Chessplayer, He knows the last move before He makes the first move. 

In this we can rest with confidence.  Our God who knows all and is all powerful has everything under control even when everything looks completely out of control.  We cannot handle completely out of control but for Him nothing is impossible we just have to let go of our preconceptions and preconditions of how the Lord "has to" answer in any given situation.

He who parts the Red Sea and raises the dead can surely ensure victory for you at the end.  How and when your victory come are completely His domain, not ours.  Chances are good that the way He answers you have not even considered yet.  One thing He has made me confident of after seeing many miracles is if we trust Him, in the end we will look back in victory on our situation and be satisfied.  We will know that He did indeed come through for us according to His Word and our faith.

We have to be patient, and rest in Him.  Miracles by definition are out of our hands.  If the answer was within our power we would not need a miracle.  Our Lord is in the miracle business.  Bring Him your faith, His Word and wrap it all up with thanks and rejoicing for the answer is surely on its way.

Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

 grace and peace