Tuesday, September 14, 2010
We must all be broken in order for Him to rebuild us in His image. We who follow Jesus can run from the Breaking for years if we choose, but eventually it will catch up with us. If you are truly following Him, indeed you will be broken.
It may seem cruel but it is truly out of love. You may lose just a little or end up losing everything. If it is worldly things that we covet we should be prepared for the possibility that they may one day be gone. If we choose to follow Him down the path to eternal life, we will likely leave much wreckage along the way; appearing like that stripped-down, rusted-out, smashed-up and junked 1953 Chevy that is overtaken with weeds. Jesus said, as written in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 16 and verses 25 through 26: For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
I have seen the poor in worldly attributes filled with riches in Spirit. They drive 15 year old cars with rusted panels and leaky mufflers. They purchase their clothes from Rescue Mission and Salvation Army thrift stores. They struggle to make the rent in modest apartments that are sometimes in unsafe neighborhoods. They buy groceries from Aldi and the Dollar General.
Yes, I have seen so many like the above described who love the Lord and follow Him with obedience. Some of them once lived a more prosperous life and then lost it. Some of them once ran successful business and watched helplessly as those businesses crumbled. Some of these have lost marriages and houses and live away from their children. Some of these are on the verge of homelessness and don’t know where on this earth they will land – and yet they cling to the Lord through this painful breaking.
It is these and those who have lost more and suffered worse that He will truly rebuild and conform to His image.
You may follow Christ and walk through this life with material wealth and abundance. Everything may swing your way and the smile may never leave your face. Your business may prosper and your children may receive scholarships to fine colleges. You and your spouse may be coiffed, tanned, and dressed in fine clothes. You may be highly-regarded in your church and your ministry. Opportunity may stack upon opportunity. You may indeed be blessed to name it and subsequently claim it.
I hope that you have already been broken, as the above described would be a lot to lose.
Posted by Roberta L at 12:13 PM
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Christian Scientists believe that both Heaven and Hell are merely a "state of mind." The question "Do Christian Scientists believe in heaven and hell?" is answered this way on the website christianscience.com :
Not as places or as part of an afterlife, but certainly as a state of mind. Christian Science theology does not include a final judgment day. Every day each individual can make a new choice that determines the path he or she is on - a path away from God or towards Him.
Now, doesn't that feel good? Phew, what a relief!
The Church of Christ, Scientist, was founded in 1879 by Mary Baker Eddy to "to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing." In truth, the Holy Spirit's power of healing by prayer and the laying of hands has not been lost - it has instead become under-utilized by a skeptical body that may be a bit lacking in faith. But, we must understand that our Holy, Triune God does not always heal our bodies and minds in ways that we think are best.
The Christian Science theology does not believe in a Triune God. This theology proffers that Jesus is "promised Messiah" but also claims that Jesus Himself said He was not the Father, and that God, the Father, alone should be worshiped. And yet, the Holy Bible - the very same Bible that Christian Science claims to adhere to, says in the Gospel of John, Chapter 10, verses 27 through 30 :
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand. I and My Father are one.
This writer underlined the last sentence above for emphasis. The words written in John 10:27-30 were spoken by Jesus Himself. It was Jesus who said that He and His Father were "one." Yes, Jesus is indeed the promised Messiah; and He came once and will come again. However, His role in the Triune Godhead should not be diminished in any human heart or by any religion. Jesus is Savior and He is Lord. And as part of the Triune (trinity, three-part) Godhead - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - He is as much God as the Father and Holy Spirit.
As the Storm is intensifying within the Supernatural and seeping through the cracks into our natural world, Americans in the final quarter of 2010 are increasingly drawing toward "Spirituality" as a means to cope with the deteriorating economy and fearful life circumstances that they are living within. As the Storm intensifies, Satan is using these false spirits to deceive and destroy. Whether it be Christ Scientist, Scientology (which is not Christ Scientist), Emergent church, Word of Faith, Kingdom Now, Mormonism, Wicca, Islam, or you pick the movement or religion - it is at the very least a move away from God's true word and at the worst a path to eternal death.
These are the End Times. The Rapture of Christ's church of true believers is imminent and the seven-year Great Tribulation will follow for those left behind. The One World System - which will be religious, monetary, geographic, and military - is being built today and will be run by the Son of Perdition as the Anti-Christ during the Great Tribulation. The book of Revelation is real, true prophecy and not a colorful book of allegory that reads like a Science Fiction mini-novel.
There have been for years and continues to be many spiritual and religious movements, and they seem to be gaining steam as 2010 winds down. The movement that we need to making is toward Jesus Christ - who is the Son of God, fully God, and payment for our sins as our atoning sacrifice. He cannot be minimized, reduced in value, or bypassed in lieu of another pathway. He is the way, the truth and the life. He is the only pathway to a real and glorious Heavenly New Jerusalem and to sidestep Him will ultimately reveal to you that Hell is much more than just a state of mind. Christ is love and faith in Him in truth as Savior, Lord, and 1/3 of the Godhead will bring you to an eternal reality far more beautiful than the most positive mental state.
May we pray?
Dear Lord - we reach out to You today on behalf of the lost and the deceived. To so many, You are a commitment that is too difficult to keep and a loss of control that they are to insecure to relinquish. We ask you today Lord, as the hour of the Wedding Feast draws ever nearer, that your Holy Spirit would manifest itself through Your children in powerful and effulgent ways. Please let us be the light to the lost on this Earth, that they would see us as a window to You and desire to know You in truth and in power. Jesus, the name above all names! Even so, come quickly! In Your glorious name we pray - amen.
Posted by Roberta L at 11:14 AM
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Labor Day of 2010 has passed, marking the unofficial end to summer. As the economy continues to deteriorate amidst talk of yet another stimulus and the Middle Eastern pot of War Soup roils to a rolling boil, The Storm appears poised to blow harder from the Supernatural into the Natural. We can't say that we haven't been warned or told to prepare.
The humidity is thick; so much so that one would think that it could be cut with a knife. The humidity this writer describes is not natural weather phenomena, but is instead spiritual and is manifesting itself through the musty perspiration of so many sad, struggling, and angry people of this nation and this world. Not everyone is struggling; but more are today than a year ago and they are truly sweating it out. They are made nervous from what is unseen and fearful of the unknown. They are asking "help me" but are being told "I can't. I've got too many of my own problems to be concerned about yours."
A man's enemies may well be within his own household, as prophesied Biblically in the book of Micah. As the struggle grows, the ability to trust those we thought trustworthy diminishes. Those who have rejected Jesus Christ are becoming increasingly hostile toward those who walk with the Lord; in word and in deed. They are more hostile in September of 2010 than they were one year ago. The wolves are on the prowl and their hell-bent hunger is nearly insatiable. And yet, we who are blood-stained must continue to walk in love as we have been commanded.
May we pray?
Father God, gracious and merciful Lord, so many come before Your throne today with backpacks full of worry and woe. The struggle is intensifying as the Storm winds blow harder - knocking down financial and residential walls that were considered by many to be strongholds. Stress is making your children sick as they must also face increasing persecution from those who reject You; some of these claiming to walk with You. There are gale-force winds blowing on an increasing number of unsheltered and exposed. But, we cannot claim to have not had forewarning or to have received foreknowledge from Your Word. Lord Jesus, help those who are being made homeless and left hungry. Please bless those who need a financial break to make ends meet - even as the world economy morphs into a single-world system. Please use the hands of those who You have anointed to heal, and please protect us Lord, as the winds are intensifying in velocity and bitterness. Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus! In Your glorious name we pray - amen.
Posted by Roberta L at 8:59 AM
Friday, September 3, 2010
The Storm: It is upon us although it may not be manifesting itself significantly in the Natural on September 3rd, 2010. Certainly, Hurricane Earl is a brute to be reckoned with and we should pray for all in its path, but this meteorological event is but a small part of this Storm.
The line of demarcation between believers and the lost has grown more visible in its definition during the last week of August into the early days of September's tenure. Additionally, those who follow false doctrines such as Mormonism, the Emergent Church, Word Of Faith, and Kingdom Now are increasingly at odds with us who endeavor to follow God's word as it is truly written. Tension is increasing as we all just try to "get along" - but the Gospel truth cannot merely get along with deception. I am sure that I will get mocked and/or scoffed at by some who follow those false doctrines for writing what I have in this paragraph.
Yes, for abiding in the Gospel truth we will be mocked and scoffed, but we must not get cheesed-off. This is one manner in which the Storm is manifesting itself in the Natural; those who disagree with us are becoming increasingly vicious in their attacks - even if those attacks are just verbal or written. Friends are turning on friends and family members are turning on one another. Non-believing family members are turning on believers within the family in ridicule, while attempting to measure the weight of the believers' Christian "works" - which will always fall short in the scoffer's eyes and lead to condemnation of the believer. This activity is of Satan and while we are mocked and scoffed, again, we must not get cheesed-off. In our human flesh this level of serenity is nearly impossible to achieve, but through prayer we can rise above - no matter how much the mocking, scoffing, and condemnation may hurt.
Jesus told His disciples as written in the Gospel of John, Chapter 15, verses 18 and 19: "If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you."
In these remaining months of 2010, as the bitter winds of this Supernatural Storm continue to blow through the un-insulated cracks in the invisible wall that separates the Supernatural from the Natural - know that the mocking and scoffing of those who walk with the Lord will visibly intensify.
Even brothers and sisters in Christ will be at odds with each other as this tumultuous year winds down and bows like a young Maple tree to the gale-force spiritual winds of the Storm. Some will quarrel over theology and say that the Tribulation is upon us while others will claim that there is no Hell and we must prepare to bring Heaven to Earth. Pre-Tribulation Rapture believers will be confronted by those who don't believe in the Harpazo, and heated battles that should not take place unfortunately will. These disagreements have taken place amongst us for many years, but look for them to intensify as they are today.
Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, an no one comes to the Father but through Him. Jesus is not a created being ordained by a covenant of false gods. Jesus is not the brother of Lucifer, as Lucifer was a created angel subsequently cast out. Likewise, Jesus' father is not made of flesh and bone but of Spirit. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit - three in one - Triune; this my friends is the only GOD and in this we must agree as the Storm rages and the hour grows late.
Jesus is 1/3 of the Godhead and He is Savior and Lord. Look around you this day and know that He is coming for His bride soon.
May we pray?
Folks, I would ask you today to pray as the Holy Spirit leads you. God bless you all.
Posted by Roberta L at 10:46 AM
Thursday, September 2, 2010
While the words may not physically cross their lips, so many today are internally screaming "don't shake my box! Don't upset my apple cart! I'm nervous!"
So many are living in denial. This is a fear-inspiring world in September of 2010, and so many don't know what waits around the corner, so they delude themselves into believing that nothing is wrong. They have their jobs, their unions, and their pensions. They've got a retirement fund. They have seniority over the new guy behind them, so while "that poor sucker" may lose his job, they will still keep theirs. They are able to pay the mortgage and the car and boat loans. They've been able to save up enough to front their daughter tuition money for the local community college, but she'll have to pay it back "when she gets workin'".
None of the above mentioned is secure anymore - none of it - even if you've got a government job.
So many boxes are being shaken this day. So many apple carts are being upset. For so many Americans, this worldly middle-class life has been a god who sits on a balsa wood throne. Balsa burns quickly and is unable to hold much weight. This false god is tumbling and has been proven to be hyper-mortal, and sadly, so much faith has been errantly placed in him and not in the One, True, Living, Triune God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Sure, you can blame management - go right ahead. You can also blame those corporate fat cats who are sending the manufacturing jobs overseas, where the work can be done for much less - which helps to maintain if not increase profitability. Yeah, all those corporate fat cats care about is money, and not about the "little guy"! Well, the "little guy" cares an awful lot about money too. If he had the chance, the "little guy" would himself be the corporate fat cat! After all, we all desire to hold the seat of power, don't we? Don't we all want to be the equivalent of the next American Idol?
And this desire is what is causing the boxes to be shaken and the apple carts to be tipped over. It is this penchant for trampling one another to get what is "mine" that will lead to our own trampling. The trampling, self-righteous judging, and back-stabbing is taking place this day inside of the ivory towers as well as where the "little guy" works on the factory floor. Friends are no longer friends and families are no longer family, as we fight for resources that are increasingly limited in the Storm.
The trampling, self-righteous judging, and back-stabbing? - trust me when I say it is going to become much worse. As the Arrogant Marionette continues to push to divide Israel, life in America will become increasingly difficult. And in and through this, boxes are being shaken and they will be dumped out. Apple carts will be flipped-over and the rotten fruit that was stacked upon them will be crushed. The world as we know it is changing and that change is to a great deal still in its infant stages.
We are nothing without Jesus, and in that He commands that we love one another.
May we pray?
Gracious Father - So many have drawn away from you and into their own worlds where they are royalty within their castles. It seems that more and more, boxes are being shaken as you endeavor to get the attention of those who believe that they don't need the saving grace that Your son has offered through His death and resurrection. And those of us who do believe, are you not shaking our boxes as well? Are you not endeavoring to refocus our sights on You in these difficult, stormy days? You give and take away, and when You take away we are left with You. It is then that we are reminded that You are God and You will guide us through the Storm. Sometimes, our boxes need to be shaken and our apple carts need to be upset. Thank You, Father and Praise You, Jesus! Jesus, the name above all names and in Your name we
Posted by Roberta L at 11:42 AM
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
We have to face this Storm down - you, me, all of us. We are here at this time and place in history by the will of God.
For so many, the attacks from the evil one are becoming increasingly vicious in these latter days of the summer of 2010, which has been for all intents and purposes the summer that wasn't. For many of us, this has been a period of walking through refining fire. This writer has seen the evil one use his own family against him, as they mock, judge, condemn, and measure the weight of my works. I know that others of you are experiencing this type of attack as well. In so many instances, we are finding in this time that friends and family cannot be trusted and that realization is searing in its burn. Certainly, we are learning that there is no one that we can truly trust but the Lord.
So many are depressed and distressed. Finances have deteriorated as jobs are being lost at an epidemic rate, while unemployment figures are grossly under-calculated in an effort to make the work of the Arrogant Marionette's financial team appear to be successful. The Television Talking Faces are yakking in lock-step, falsely reporting on how jobs are being added and that the economy is on the upswing during this "Summer of Recovery" that is in fact a season of distress and deception.
This is the gathering Storm and we have to face it down. The U.S. economy is being vandalized through this Presidential administration by the foreign and domestic Puppet Masters that control it. In order for the One World Financial System to exist, Dollar Bill has to be killed and that is the plan of the proponents and the Puppet Masters of the New World Order. Some of you may consider this to be nothing but "Crazy Talk" and "depressing" and "harshing your mellow" - but in truth, you'd be crazy not to believe it.
Yes, we have to face down this Storm, and we cannot do it without Jesus. I was led to begin writing the "Storm Watch" and "Storm Warning" columns in mid-June of 2010. There was no premeditation involved in this task. In that, I have to admit that this Storm has thus far been different than how I originally interpreted it through the Holy Spirit. On one hand it has been quieter and more hidden within the Supernatural. On the other hand, this Storm has been more damaging than I expected. I personally have suffered depression, oppression, opposition, and financial hardship in greater extremes than anticipated. As it stands today, September 1st, I do not know where I will be living on October 1st. My prayer is that between now and then the trumpet will sound and that we will be rescued from this intensifying maelstrom that is the Storm.
May we pray?
Dear Lord - Many are struggling today. Their finances have been ravaged and their faith has been shaken. There is depression, hopelessness, uncertainty, and fear being experienced by growing numbers of your children during this late summer of 2010. Additionally, many are being mislead by Mormonism and other false gospels that are perversions of Your Word. Certainly, you are shaking Your church and that shaking is bringing spiritual growth and a refocusing on You and Your truth.
Please Father, bring strength and comfort to the fearful and the ailing. Please meet the needy at the point of their greatest need. Protect those who are under attack and keep their faith in You from being damaged or destroyed. This Storm is menacing in its supernatural stealth, but it is subjecting so many to its damaging wind and Thundersnow. So many of Your children are sick, hungry, and frightened. Please Father, call out Your Storm Troopers to minister and lead as this dark cloud creeps from the Supernatural into the Natural. This is no crazy talk! Break the chains that bind and batten down the hatches. Let hands be laid and healing be done in Your name, Jesus! In your glorious name we pray, amen.
Posted by Roberta L at 3:11 PM
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no one gets to the Father but through Him. This is the truth and it seems so simple that a child could understand, doesn't it?
God is the Father. God is not some cosmic puffball who can be reached and touched for an eternity by following one of any number of paths that work best for you. God is One who is made up of three parts and they are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Son is Jesus, who as 1/3 of the Godhead, is as much God as the Father and the Holy Spirit are. It is simple math: 1 + 1 + 1 = 1. Allah is not God. Buddha is not God. Gaia is not God. God is God, and we are not. God is triune, and to review, there is one way to His eternal salvation and that way is through the 1/3 who is the son Yeshua - commonly known in English as Jesus. If you are not comfortable with this truth or my view of it, I am sorry, but I tried to tell you!
As the Storm is intensifying, media personalities such as Glenn Beck, whom I love and admire as a patriot and as a family man, are claiming that America is turning back to "God." But what "God" is America turning back to? Is it the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who is the aforementioned Triune God who gave His one and only son so that we may have eternal life? Or, is America turning to the cosmic puffball conceptual God - the "higher power" who can be reached anyway that you choose, as long as you are a good person who sincerely believes that there is this mystical, magical, yet wholly Holy who is looking down from Heaven right now, trying to make everything A-OK for America and who will, come November, chase all of those liberals out of the House and Senate; thereby making America the great country once again that it should be.
America, please be careful of what "God" you turn back to. Satan is powerful, slippery, and deceptive - but he is not the brother of Jesus, as some will claim. Be mindful that there is a Hell and while there is but one way to Heaven, there are many, many paths to Hell's eternal damnation. There is one God and one way to reach Him: by accepting the atonement for our sins that Jesus made on the cross through His death and subsequent resurrection after three days. There are no varying levels of Heaven or salvation that you can aspire to through faith in Jesus coupled with your own good works. His grace is sufficient for you. There is nothing you can do to increase that level of grace, as it is finished. There is no "universal" multi-path method to get to Heaven and to stay out of Hell. Faith in Jesus the Christ and His death and resurrection is it - period.
We are all sinners and fall short of the Glory of God, no matter how good other people tell us that we are. We all need to be blood-stained with the redeeming blood that Jesus Christ shed for us. Please, accept this beautiful, scarlet-colored truth as there is nothing that you can do on your own to grant you eternal life. America, please turn back to our Holy, Triune God today as a growing Storm is befalling this nation in August of 2010 and the worst of it is soon to blow through our doors and windows.
May we pray?
Dear Lord - Please, this nation of America must turn back to You. This nation is being deceived and mislead into believing as truth fatal fairy tales of multiple paths to "God" proffered by the Father of Lies who is the cast-out angel, Satan. Please Jesus, move in mighty and miraculous ways so the blind and deceived will see. You have put a burden on my heart that time is running short and that the wake-up call must come. You will shine, praise your name - Jesus! In your glorious and powerful name we pray, amen!
Posted by Roberta L at 4:19 PM
Thursday, August 26, 2010
"TALKING TO AN ANGEL" You've got to treat her with kindness, respect, and dignity; because you never know when you might be talking to an angel. A scriptural basis could be noted in Matthew 25:40 (NKJV) And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
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Posted by Roberta L at 11:41 AM
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
As may be in your case, people around me are struggling as they are under attack from the enemy. This writer himself is being routinely used by the enemy as a sparring bag. I see spiritual wounds on others that are bleeding profusely as are some of my own. I see believers staggering punch-drunk in their Christian walks as they just want to get home safely. I see believers down on their knees, feeling around for the spiritual eye glasses that have been knocked off of their faces; crying out to the Lord "please, let me find my sight so I can get home." In these situations I desire to provide aid, but it's hard for me to carry my brothers when my own knees are buckling.
All we want to do is get home. We are fighting the good fight, endeavoring to finish the race while we keep the faith. The enemy seems to be there at every turn, throwing down obstacles and running trip-wire across the path that leads us to the narrow gate. As we trip and fall, the enemy chuckles and proclaims "I have a wider and easier path that you can take, just come and follow me! I've got women, I've got money, I've got the best that this world has to offer. I've got a program custom-made just to suit your desires! C'mon fool, what are you waiting for?"
Some of us continue to get up and keep pursuing the prize that awaits through the narrow gate, while others give up and follow the King of Con-Artists down his wide path to destruction. Sure, we get tired of picking gravel out of our knees and elbows. Indeed, we're running low on sutures, ice packs, and Ibuprofen. And, we absolutely confess to occasional envy of those with us on the narrow path who never seem to trip and fall; those who seem to have one blessing after another poured out on them. Every day seems to be Hallelujahs, sunshine, and roses -- but, is it really? Be skeptical of anyone who tells you that they no longer commit sin because to be sinless would be something other than human. Test the spirits to see if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
The enemy is busy in August of 2010. He is well-armed and firing at will. You cannot engage him in hand to hand combat and expect to win, as he is more powerful than any of us. The evil one is fueled by a cocktail of equal parts desperation, enthusiasm, greed, and arrogance. He knows that his days of ruling this fallen world -- the days of Jacob's Trouble -- are close at hand. He is mobilizing his minions and lashing out at all of us who worship the One, True, Living, Triune God. Some of us are more easily injured by his claws than others, but all of us can be healed of our wounds.
As powerful and intelligent an angel as he is, the evil one is too stupid to know that he is going to lose. It seems as though he is winning in these recent months, but he is only keeping the score close. He has the American political system -- and that of the entire world -- firmly in his grips and he will rule it to its end. He has diabolical influence over the mainstream media and our educational institutions -- these two organisms are only too willing to bow to his desires. He had made us weak and vulnerable as a culture and society, but that is only because we've allowed him to with the free will that God has blessed us with. We have been too willingly led down the wide path.
This day, the enemy -- the evil one known as Satan -- may be beating you silly. This is only a season and a time and the one who was pierced for our transgressions will heal those injuries. Yes, He who salves us was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed!
Now is the time for unyielding firmness in our faith. Today is the day when we get back up, even if it means another punch in the chops. This is the moment we run and not grow weary -- even when we get tripped and tumble down. Look ahead and look up no matter how much pain you are in, because the narrow gate is in sight.
If you are a child of God and have been struggling in your walk -- if Satan has been routinely knocking you down -- lift up your hands no matter how much it hurts and let Jesus grab them. He will lift you up and breathe fresh life into your soul. Let He who was perfect and sinless wash the filth of this fallen world off of your feet. He will break you out of your prison of oppression while being the medication for your depression.
When you're hurting, know that there is a salve for your pain. If you're addicted, know that there is a hacksaw that can cut those chains. If you're frustrated, know that you're not alone. If you're lost, know that there is but one way home. When overwhelmed with loneliness, know that it will pass. If you're hunkered down in a fox hole, know that the battle won't last.
This story has a happy ending: Satan loses and Jesus -- the son of God who is fully God -- will be the victor. Get ready because our anthem is about to rise to an exhilarating sky-high crescendo! I implore you to keep looking up...
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