“AWAKE O’ SLEEPER!”

imageI once heard a sermon by Brother Leonard Ravenhill titled,  “While Men Slept“. It’s one that I soon intend to hear again, because never before have I been as convicted over this sin as I am today!

You see it only takes a little distraction and a little ease to throw you off track in your walk with Jesus. Just 2 days ago this very thing happened to me. Even though I’ve repented and returned to Him with my whole heart, I’m still stricken with grief and regret for the pain I caused my Heavenly Father. In this day and time (Last days, End times), Church, we have no time to waste! No time to take it easy and get comfortable: We are at WAR!

If we are not actively taking enemy territory, then we are by default loosing ground! I spent 2 days at physical rest and ease, but Spiritually, it felt like I got hit by a train! Crushed under the weight of my own guilt, first for allowing the enemy to distract me, but then more so, when I did not immediately reset course. How quickly and easily it happens to Spiritually loose focus, but far worse is to know it did, and delay in resetting it.

Thank GOD for His merciful hand in giving me that Spiritual knock on the back of my head, the way my Dad used to do to me as a kid when I got out of line. So when I got down to pray and open up the WORD these words jumped off the page at me so strongly I would have hit my knees to the floor had I not already been there… so my heart did!

“O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.”
‭‭Jonah‬ ‭1:6‬‬

These words broke me! Then awoke me!
The conviction of simply being at ease, filled with mental distractions instead of Spiritual determination. I’m absolutely broken because while I was busy in ease untold numbers of souls slipped into eternity, the majority of them entering eternal torment in Hell, many of whom were lied to by church people saying that heaven was their home if they would repeat a prayer, when it was a heart change they needed!

Let this be the quickening you need as well… Arise O Sleeper! Call upon thy GOD!!!

Submitted by Heather Wright

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A Soft Answer and Love vrs Anger and Hate

imageWe are living in a time where people look on the first as a weakness, and the second as a strength. However, the Bible says of a soft answer, that it TURNS AWAY wrath, and commands that we love and that we exhibit kindness, gentleness, forgiveness and tender heartedness.

Likewise the bible also says of anger, that it rests in the bosom of FOOLS, and that we need to STOP being ANGRY, let go of wrath, and to forgive, even as many times as we are offended! We are clearly told that hatred makes everything worse while love covers all offenses.

It makes me sad that this is such a time where anger and hatefulness is somehow looked upon in a young man or woman as a trait of strength. That bitterness is an acceptable way to “show them you are right”, and that somehow that is wise. That holding a grudge is a reasonable “reminder of what they did to me, so I won’t forget!!”

….But, grace, how you love receiving grace, you just don’t practice showing grace. Well, this is not a strength. This is hypocrisy. It also reveals that the love of God doesn’t abide in you. Because it can’t, if you hate another. In actuality your anger and hatred of others is your rebellion of the fulfillment of the law (which is love.)

“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” – Proverbs 15:1

“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.” – Psalm 37:8

“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” – Matthew 18:21-22

“Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.” – Proverbs 10:12

“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” – 1 John 4:8

“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” – 1 John 4:20-21

“Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.” – Ecclesiastes 7:9

“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4:31-32

“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” – Romans 13:8

Submitter by Ameila Barr

The Forth Man in the Fire

“Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” – Daniel‬ ‭3:24-25‬

Nebuchadnezzar had built an image for himself and he desired that men worshiped it. So he passed laws that all tongues and peoples must bow and worship his image. Scripture records that three Hebrew boys, faithful and submitted to God, refused to submit to the ungodly, unjust, and demonically inspired laws of the land. They bent the knee daily to God but would not bend it to Nebuchadnezzar’s idol image.

When the three boys were brought by accusers before the king and questioned as to weather or not the accusations of there refusal to submit to Nebuchadnezzar’s law was true, they did not hesitate even for a moment to profess God’s authority to be greater then Nebuchadnezzar’s and their determination to obey their Heavenly King before their earthly one.

“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” – Daniel‬ ‭3:16-18‬

Now there are a few things that we need to take into consideration here. The first is that these boys had no promise of deliverance from the Lord. No great sign or assurance that God would intervene in any miraculous way. However they did have great faith that He could, coupled with an intimate knowledge of who God is which gave them faith in His character.

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭

The next fact to take into consideration is that these three young men had great title, position, and power compared to most of their brethren as indicated in verse 12. They knew by standing in defiance to this law they were going to loose everything, not just their lives, but very good lives. Yet still they reply, “we are not careful to answer you.” In other words, they didn’t think twice, with no hesitation, they laid everything, their great possessions, positions, clout, and power down for the glory of an even greater God. They loved God more then anything this world had to offer, more then even their own lives. For remember that they did not know weather God would deliver them alive or not, yet they chose to stand for Him anyway that they would (even in dying) have a testimony of loving faithfulness to God; knowing that even in death they would be delivered from the oppressive hand of this temporary earthly king into the loving arms of their eternal heavenly King.

“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” – Revelation‬ ‭12:10-11‬ ‭

“According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” – Philippians‬ ‭1:20-21‬ ‭

This blow to Nebuchadnezzar’s (and the devil that influenced him) pride infuriated him and the boys were thrown into the fire. However, the boys faith had so completely set God up to receive glory in the face of the pride of both men and Devils that fancied themselves to be deity among men, how could God not move to take advantage of this perfectly impossible situation? So he did! The fires, turned up seven times hotter then normal, served only to burn up the boys accusers and the ropes that bound them as they walked victoriously in the fire with God, unhurt by any of it because the fire of God’s love burned hotter within them then the man made trial by fire burning around them.

In this was a testimony of God’s great faithfulness to those who love Him seen and shared with others unto the stirring of faith for a thousand generations. Because these three boys decided to trust in God completely in the face of utter loss, no matter the cost, God took what the devil meant to destroy them and turned it around for His glory, and theirs also. Had it not been for the fiery trial that was set before them, and their willingness to walk through it by faith, they would have never walked so closely and personally with the forth man in the fire or had the testimony of it to stir faith in others. So have faith and in all things remember, when you choose to stand with God, God will stand with you, even in the midst of a fiery furnace as you see your accuser (the devil) destroyed, your bondages burned away, and your relationship with your deliverer become more real and personal then you ever thought it could, to the ends that others might see and believe.

“And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.” – Daniel‬ ‭3:27-29‬ ‭

Are You In Need Of A SPIRITUAL ALINEMENT?

img_5195Just as physical pain can indicate the need of physical care and correction to the body, so it is with the Spiritual. Many times GOD allows a pain to come that it may bring to our attention a condition that is the cause of it.

Quick example:
I discovered early on in my life that the physical labor I was doing was causing me much pain. Day after day of manual labor was causing my back to hurt, and many times I could not sleep until I got my back realigned so the pain would go away. Only then, I could rest properly to be ready for work the next day. Without that realignment, I would wake up crying in pain, and every day be in more and more pain.

In the same manner Spiritual Alignments are just as necessary and even more so! As individuals being the body of Christ, this is so important! This is what GOD is doing with each of us daily…

All you need to remember is:
F.L.A.T.
Firm Foundation
Lie at rest
Allow GOD to make necessary adjustments
Trust and obey GOD (our Great Physician) And…
Keep coming back for more.

FIRM FOUNDATION:
Jesus Christ-the Word
(The Way, the Truth, the Life)
The ROCK of our Salvation and Foundation of Faith

“As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God? It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.‭‭” – Psalms‬ ‭18:30-32‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”‭‭ – 2 Timothy‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.”‭‭ – Luke‬ ‭6:46-49‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”‭‭ – Hebrews‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

LIE AT REST:
Secret place; Prayer closet
Get alone with GOD and set your gaze upon HIM, loving HIM to become more like HIM

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”‭‭ – Matthew‬ ‭11:28-30‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”‭‭ – Psalms‬ ‭23:1-6‬ ‭KJV‬‬

ALLOW GOD TO MAKE THE ADJUSTMENTS NEEDED:
Fix your gaze upon GOD to see your heart desires change to HIS

GOD’s Words to JESUS:
“I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;”‭‭ – Isaiah‬ ‭42:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.”‭‭ – Psalms‬ ‭17:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”‭‭ – 2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭KJV‬‬

TRUST AND OBEY GOD (THE GREAT PHYSICIAN):

“Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”‭‭ – James‬ ‭1:21-25‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”‭‭ – Philippians‬ ‭3:20-21‬ ‭KJV‬‬

As individuals being many members of the body of Christ, these same principles equally apply! This is what GOD is doing with us corporately as the Church:

Apostle Paul to Timothy:
“But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”‭‭ – 1 Timothy‬ ‭3:15-16‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.”‭‭ – Ecclesiastes‬ ‭5:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”‭‭ – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:12-27‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.”‭‭ – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:4-11, 28-31‬ ‭KJV‬‬

More excellent way? What way? That is answered by the very next chapter. This is the only gift that is given to us all by the Holy Spirit:

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”‭‭ – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:1-13‬ ‭KJV‬‬

So it doesn’t matter what good deeds you do or how many gifts you have… it’s all in vain, if it’s not done in selfless, sacrificial love. GOD has given us the gift of LOVE, because that is Who HE IS, and who HE wants us to become! Truly it is better to give than to receive, because the more of this gift of LOVE you give, the more it multiples!

“And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;”‭‭ – Hebrews‬ ‭12:5-15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The more we become submissive in our relationship with JESUS CHRIST the more we will become just like HIM, causing us to fulfill the law by love!

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”‭‭ – Galatians‬ ‭5:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Any operation done outside of this gift of love hurts the body as a whole, but the more time spent alone with JESUS in relational intimacy, the more we will become the pure bride HE’s returning for.
Remember: Without this Spiritual Alignment to God’s word and will we cannot STAND, WALK, OR FIGHT! It’s VITAL that we keep it!

Submitted by Heather Wrigjt

Let God Love You

There are times in the lives of most people that they may find themselves caring for people that don’t seem to love them back as they ought. Their actions, their words, or their lack there of have made us feel as though we needed to prove ourselves worthy to be loved. We need to show them that we are worth loving as much as the next person. Perhaps a parent, a sibling, a crush, a friend, a spouse, someone, or multiple someone’s have deeply pierced our hearts with the actions of un shown love, selfishness, or favoritism toward an other.

When this happens the devil rushes in with two main tactics. The first is to tell us that we deserved to be loved more then we are and we just need to show them this, we need to make them see our value! So we set out to prove ourselves. From the inside this seems logical but from the outside it can look pretty crazy, it looks like fear, desperation, pride, manipulation, and paranoia all wrapped into one. We seem overly emotional and this usually serves only to push those around us even further away.

At this point the devil comes and shows us our failures and begins to switch the script. He begins to tell us that it must be us, we are messed up, hopeless, useless, unlovable, we shouldn’t try anymore, we should just wall up our heart. So we begin to lock people out, even those who’s affections we desired while still trying to prove ourselves worthy and lovable. This makes us seem all the crazier and the divide deepens.

These lies of the enemy can be devastating in our personal lives and relationships, but they are even more detrimental to our spiritual life and relationship with Jesus. Once these lies are believed they become a learned behavior that transfers to our relationship with God and causes us to franticly labor to prove ourselves worthy of His love all the while our hearts are so walled up that we don’t realize that He already loves us and has been trying to give us His love all along.

Yes love will drive us to want to serve God but ask yourself, is your action the response of loving devotion to the request of the bridegroom whom you cherish because you are secure in His love and can’t help but want to shower Him with love back? Or is it the frantic acts of someone standing outside of the relationship trying desperately to get in by trying to prove themselves worthy to be loved?

If your actions are trying to prove your value to the bridegroom then you are the one proposing to Him and you are out of order. It will not work that way. His love is not something to be won, it is something to be received. Simply let the walls down, and receive it, then abide in it and let the relationship grow by letting love grow and the desire of devotion will flow with joy. Remember that Jesus said, “if you love Me you will keep My commandments“, not “if you keep my commandments I will love you”.

God loves us immeasurably, He proved that at the cross to forever put the lies of the devil to rest. Remember the cross and remember His love. He has proven His love for you, believe it and receive it and inter into the relationship with trust (faith) and your loving devotion will be the byproduct (fruit) of the joy of that love returned.

“We love him, because he first loved us.” – 1 John‬ ‭4:19‬ ‭

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” – John‬ ‭14:15‬ ‭

It’s that simple. Stop trying to prove yourself to Him and believe the proof that He has provided for you, except His proposal and become the bride of Christ. Then abide in that love, return that love, honor that love as a faithful bride, and await the return of that love.

“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” – 1 John‬ ‭4:16-21‬ ‭

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.” Titus‬ ‭2:11-15‬ ‭

“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.” – Revelation‬ ‭19:7-9‬ ‭

An Instrument of Worship

imageHow many of us saved and born again believers want to be used for God? I would hope that to be the desire of us all, but the LORD revealed to me why only a few of us actually walk out His perfect plans for our lives.

God showed me a valuable lesson, He showed me an instrument… (for me it’s a guitar). He said, “How awkward would it be if when you went to pick up your guitar and tune it to play, that it would un tune itself; or if when you picked it up to play a song, it would decide to play something else. Would you be able to use it?

You see this is the reason why so few are actually being used by GOD. We think we know better about what we should do than GOD does, or we are simply not willing to be tuned to HIS PERFECTION, but what it all really is, is that we want to do it ourselves, our way. We have free will and the ability to do what we want to do, so in order to let GOD use us we have to surrender and remain surrendered, allowing the HOLY SPIRIT to have control of the strings of our hearts and play out that which pleases HIM. We must be always in a place of Worship surrendered unto HIM for all HE desires to do with us.

For many of us, we think of images of those like Billy Gram, but that’s not necessarily what GOD has in mind. It’s the simple place where when GOD speaks, we say yes and do just as HE says. When GOD says, “Don’t go anywhere today, stay still be with only ME.” Do we? When He speaks again and says, “I want you to go tell your brother, “that little secret sin in your heart, GOD sees and is asking you to lay it down.” Do we? Do we obey HIM when it’s difficult and unpleasant to our flesh? Do we? Do we fast and pray seeking to be turned to HIS PERFECTION? Do we? Will we weep over our sins and those of our brothers and sisters in Christ? Will we ask HIM what we should do to be of use to HIS KINGDOM, for HIS GLORY to be displayed in our lives and those we are around? And when HE answers, will we trust and obey? All of those things are necessary components of an instrument of worship unto the LORD. You see, what I’m about to share with you is the rest of the revelation GOD showed me… when you are doing what you want to do, and refuse what HE wants you to do… we actually are instrumental in doing harm to HIS KINGDOM, and become instruments used by satan for distraction and destruction.

You see it’s vital that we remain surrendered unto HIM, only then can He pick us up and use us! Not all of us are called to be Billy Grams, but all of us are called to WORSHIP HIM, and by doing so (this surrendered life) will be even more valuable to GOD!

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” – Romans‬ ‭12:1-2‬

No one wants to suffer, yet it is this very state of a “living sacrifice” that pleases HIM, allowing GOD to transform us into the perfect image of HIS SON JESUS CHRIST of whom GOD says: THIS IS MY BELOVED SON IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED!

Submitted by Heather Wright

GOD ALONE

humble-yourselves-before-the-lord-christian-wallpaper-hd_1366x768How often it happens: we get Saved -GOD delivers us from Egypt (bondage to sin), then gives us a promise (a land flowing with milk and honey)… but then, you find yourself in a wilderness leaving Egypt behind you… you don’t know it but GOD has a plan and is using the WILDERNESS – to make you thirsty, hungry, and desperate for HIM! GOD LONGS TO INHABIT A PEOPLE WHO WANT NOTHING BUT HIM!

Get alone with GOD until all you want is HIM, then when you get there… ABIDE WITH GOD… that’s all HE WANTS is for us to want HIM AND ONLY HIM!

The Israelites wandered in the wilderness because they never understood this: GOD was after their heart. They complained about the journey every step of the way, and wandered even longer because they never reached this place where nothing else matters, but GOD and being with HIM. They made themselves other gods and worshiped them, enjoying the pleasures of sin and wanting to go back to Egypt, because they didn’t believe GOD or HIS PROMISE.

The wilderness was to make them thirsty, hungry, and desperate for GOD! GOD was showing them time after time that all HE wanted was them!All HE wanted was them to want only HIM! Why do we do just like them? We complain about how long the journey is, when the journey is to make us to appreciate the promise that much more! GOD will take us though anything and everything it takes to get us to the place where we realize that all we really need is HIM and HE becomes our ONLY desire! Until then, learn to trust HIM on the journey knowing that this is the goal that we would want to DWELL WITH HIM! The promise land is nothing without HIS PRESENCE!!

Moses met GOD ALONE on the mountain…
King David and Elijah met Him in a cave…
Daniel in an upper room until people got jealous and threw him to the lions in a den, yet still He remained alone with GOD. John the Baptist and other prophets In the wilderness… And the Apostle John exiled on an island… Whatever it takes… find yourself alone with GOD AND ABIDE WITH HIM.

All throughout history GOD has been searching for people that want only HIM, so if that is you.. Hear the voice of the LORD and harken to HIS CALL: COME UP!!! COME UP AND BE WITH ME!!!

If it’s not your ONLY desire, then someone or something else has your heart… repent and lay it down now.

Submitted by Heather Wright

Fight for Faith!

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” – Jude‬ ‭1:3

We’ve all looked at the story of the Israelites in the wilderness constantly loosing faith and thought, “how can they so easily forget what wondrous things the Lord has done?” However, if we step back and take an honest look at our own life we will see that many times, we have done the same. God has moved in miraculous ways, we have seen His invisible hand at work, we have experienced His faithfulness and had our faith built up. Then a trial comes, a hardship, a wilderness seaon, a testing of faith, and we get so caught up in the hurt of the here and now that we forget all that He has already proven Himself capable of, and our faith dwindles away.This is why Paul warned us to earnestly fight for the faith that was once given us, that we might have faith for the fight that is ahead of us! David did this by “encouraging himself in the Lord“, by reminding himself of all the wonderful works of the Lord and of His great faithfulness to him thus far.

“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” – 1 Samuel‬ ‭30:6‬ ‭

“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.” – Psalms‬ ‭118:17‬ ‭

In essence, David stirred up his faith (and thus the gifts that were within him that are the manifestation of that faith) by “speaking to the mountain” of trials that laid before him and to his own soul (doubt) in the process! 

“Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy‬ ‭1:6-7‬ ‭

In order to fight for the faith, you must first stir up faith for the fight! How do you do this? By speaking! Out loud! Because you see, the bible says that faith comes by hearing, therefor what you speak is not only faith manifested, but you are hearing what you are speaking therefor it is also returning into your own soul and encouraging it as David did, and building your faith further that it (being stirred up) comes out again amplified and the cycle continues, building your faith and tearing down the devil’s lies!

So when you face that mountain of doubt, find you a place to get alone and speak to that mountain out loud! Cast it out, lift up praise and thanks to God, remind yourself of who He is and who you are in Him, take authority against the wilds of the devil, rebuke him and his lies, glorify God, stir up your faith and see everything change as that mountain gets out of the way and you’re able to press forward once agin! 

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians‬ ‭3:14‬ ‭

Sometimes you just have to stop telling God how big the mountain is and start telling the mountain how big your God is. He has given you the authority, He has given you the instruction, He has given you the power, because He has given you His Spirit. Now use it.

“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” – Romans‬ ‭8:11-14‬ ‭

“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” – Mark‬ ‭11:22-23‬ ‭

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” – Luke‬ ‭1:37‬ ‭

Honoring Personal Convictions 

“I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.” – Romans‬ ‭14:14-15‬ ‭

In the times before Christ, God wrote many of His laws and commandments in stone for all to see and follow. However, after Christ, because that He had given us the gift of the indwelling Holy Ghost, He was then able to speak to each of us directly, writing His laws and personal commandments on our very hearts.

“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” – Ezekiel‬ ‭36:26-27‬ ‭

Having this personal communion, communication, and conviction, God now instructs each believer in righteousness individually. There are times when He may lead you to do something, say something, pray something, or forsake something that He has not asked of an other. In this personal thing you must obey, though it may not be asked of anyone else. We see this experience through out the bible among the truly faithful. God asked Abraham to lay down Isaac, and asked this of no one else. He asked Elijah to pray and stop the rain and no one else. He asked Noah to build and Ark and no one else. He asked Moses to fast and pray on the mountain top and no one else. God seeks for those who have the faith to obey Him when He speaks personal right now instructions that the masses don’t understand. 

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” – 2 Timothy‬ ‭3:12‬ ‭

The truth is that all those who will obey the leading of the Holy Spirit will be slandered and attacked for it by those who don’t, because of the conviction it brings. Nevertheless, those who endure and obey anyway will without fail be both validated and rewarded by God who sees all, knows all, and is faithful above all. So take heart and have faith! 

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭

However, for those of us on the other end of the Spectrum being among those who have not received an instruction or conviction that someone else has, let us take heed to Paul’s warning not to offend. For he states clearly that it shows a lack of love for those whom Christ died for to use our liberty as a means of snobbery, pious, or unbelief over the convictions of others. Just because God has not instructed you in something does not mean that He has not instructed an other in it. As long as it is not in contradiction to the written word of God, then support your brothers and sisters in the love and peace of Christ and He will bring all things to light according to His will and purpose in due time. After all, one of the greatest and most persistent lessons of the Bible is that when a person is truly obedient to the voice of God, everyone else witnessing it will think they are crazy. So choose to not be among those making the obedience of the faithful harder then it need be, pray for them, love them, be at peace with them, and wait for the Lord to reveal His will in due time that you might be rewarded with them. 

“And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.” – Acts‬ ‭5:38-39‬ ‭

“And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.” – Matthew‬ ‭10:38-41‬ ‭

Get Rooted In

“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.” – ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭17:7-8‬ ‭


“… When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” – ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭59:19‬ ‭

“The Lord sitteth over the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever. The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.” – ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭29:10-11‬ ‭

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” – ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭1:1-6‬ ‭

​​“And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ. As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” – ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭2:4-8‬ ‭