Ezek. 37:13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,

Ezek. 37:14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.

These scriptures record a vision Ezekiel was given by God about a valley of dry bones, so parched, scattered and dead…until the Spirit of God breathed on them and then the bones came together, bone to his bone. The sinews and flesh and skin came upon them and eventually breath came into them and they lived and stood upon their feet an exceeding great army.

God’s Spirit is the source of power and abundant life. It breathes upon us and we become alive. It resurrects us from our graves of depression, sickness, fear and sin. His breath revives us and sparks new life into our broken dreams and despair.  Ezekiel prophesied to the house of Israel just as our pastors prophesy to the church which is spiritual Israel, grafted into the Vine. We are given the same promises. We also hear from the men of God.

There may be hopes, dreams, plans and visions in your life that are dead, dry and forgotten in the valley of life, but remember Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead to give us an abundant life.  Let Him breathe on you today. His Spirit will cause the dead things to spring into new life. Notice that it was through the prophet’s obedience to God, and by speaking to the dry, dead bones that caused them to live.  Our pastor’s are the anointed mouthpiece of the Lord, they preach in obedience to the Spirit and we would be wise to listen and obey the Word for it will cause us to come out of our graves in life-filled with His Spirit and power. He will perform it!

Let God breathe into your situation, whatever the challenge may be, and He will bring life to you!


18Jan

Thank God For Yesterday

Job 8:9 (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)
We sing the lyrics to the song, “It’s a new season, it’s a new day. A fresh anointing is flowing my way. It’s a season of power and prosperity. It’s a new season coming to me.”
Yesterday’s joys and challenges have come and gone. Surely there are some blessings we hold dear to our hearts, and maybe there were some painful losses we experienced along the way. Thank God yesterday’s gone, and thank God He has given us another day in which to serve Him and others. I trust that yesterdays’ experiences enriched us to become wiser, kinder, stronger, and more faithful to the Lord and His Word.
 
Our beloved pastor Jason encourages us to praise our way through it all, the good and the bad. His messages resound in our hearts to bless The Lord at ALL times.  We are positioning ourselves for the next level saying, “Lord use me, I give myself wholly to YOU! I will draw closer to YOU than I did yesterday.
 
As we embark on  2014, let our resolutions be holy and pleasing unto God. In this new season we are blessed with promises of HIs best for us.
 
“Yesterday’s history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is agift of God, which is why we call it the present.” -Bil Keane
 
Heb. 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.


06Aug

PRAYER AND THE CROSS

What is the purpose of prayer? Do we pray because we read in the Word that we must, so we anxiously fit it into our schedule because we feel guilty if we don’t? Is it to receive things from God?  Why should we pray if He already knows what things we have need of before we ask Him? (Matt 6:8) If we pray to only get what we need in life, we will become frustrated. If we expect to receive an answer every time we pray, then our irritation will show as we refuse to diligently seek God daily when our prayers aren’t answered like we expected.

Prayer can be likened to the cross, and Jesus said, in Luke 14:27, “And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.”  The purpose of prayer is to have complete oneness with Him. Our goal should be to reach a level of intimacy with God that our focus in prayer is to become lost in His presence, high above our problems and needs. In that place where we praise, worship, magnify, adore and completely trust Him.

The cross represents absolute surrender to the saint of God. To become one with God, we must bear His cross, and follow Him from day to day without laying it down in defeat. Don’t allow yourself to become angry with God, because things aren’t going your way. Carry your cross of prayer through all the problems, trials, temptations, disappointments, and sin in your life, and you will realize the utmost importance of seeking God daily through the cross of prayer. You will enter into a new level of maturity in your walk with God with greater intimacy through complete abandon in prayer.


01Jun

Constant Prayer

Prayer is our life line in this world. Saints of God are urged to always pray.

  • 1Th. 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
  • Eph. 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
  • Phil. 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

 

You may think it isn’t possible to pray without ceasing, but prayer cannot be defined or categorized only by kneeling in prayer, praying in our personal area (closet), or by praying at an altar.

 

How can we stay in a place of prayer when we have jobs, errands, schedules, and deadlines? Change your perspective on prayer. Think of it as a constant awareness of God and His nearness to you instead of viewing it as a routine activity.

 

As you go about your daily business, thank Him for waking you up and sending you on your way. Praise Him for His goodness and mercy, blessing and kindness. As you drive in your car, sing unto Him new song, tell Him about your troubles, He will hear your humble cry, and answer by and by. Become more aware of God all day long, every day. In doing so, you will develop a deeper relationship with Jesus through constant prayer.


02May

Pray For The Peace of Jerusalem

Heavenly Father,

 

We come before Your presence in humble adoration, for You alone hear our cry. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We are saddened by the constant conflict they suffer. Jesus, we pray for your protection upon them, every child, man, woman, teen, soldier, and leader. It’s hard to understand why they live under constant threat from their enemies, yet we pray for Your mercy to keep them safe. Bring comfort to their hearts where there may only be fear. Let them feel Your love and concern in the midst of the chaos. Let Your love prevail where there is darkness and confusion. We are careful to not forget them in our prayers for they are the apple of Your eye. Thank You for extending Your grace to our lives also. Thank You for allowing us to dwell in safety. Your word says -“As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.” Psa. 125:2.

In faith we “pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.” We pray this prayer in the name of Jesus. AMEN.

 

 


24Apr

In The Forest of Life

All the trees in the world have their worth. If I could choose one that I could pattern my life after it would be the pine tree.

 

It stands so straight and tall reminding me of the “straight and narrow way” in which I should go.

 

It has many branches all reaching out seemingly saying, “Follow me, I’ll show you the way to Christ,” or “Let me help you with your burden. The multitude of branches also show me a life filled with many talents and abilities gifted to us, all for God’s glory.

 

The roots portray the foundation of truth that runs deep in Apostolic soil, planted sure by the Water of Life, growing deeper throughout the ages of time.

 

The leaves are ever green, vibrant, fresh, not withered, dead or falling. Not even the storms of life nor snows will destroy them.  They remain the same no matter the season. When the snows come, the branches carry the weight of it with dignity.

 

It exists only among other pines with the same characteristics. It reminds me of the biblical question in 2Cor. 6:14 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”

 

Yes, of all the trees I’ve chosen the pine tree because it teaches me so many good lessons that will strengthen me on my spiritual journey.


18Mar

Passover – Then and Now

Passover celebrates the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. God’s precious people were spared from the visitation of the death angel who passed over all their homes because of the blood on the door posts. It marks the birth of the Jewish nation, whose journey began with Moses leading them across the Red Sea.

 

Centuries later at the appointed time, Jesus Christ offered Himself as the sacrificial Lamb for the sins of all mankind. He had delivered His people from slavery then, but this time it wasn’t just for His beloved Israel. He had a plan and a desire to set all humanity free from a different bondage-sin. God’s love demanded that He sacrifice Himself on a cross in Jersualem- the city that He loved for a world that He loved. He would lead whosoever would desire to follow Him out of the bondage of sin if they would apply His blood on the door posts of their hearts through baptism in the name of Jesus.
During His last months on this earth, He said, “I am the living bread which came down from Heaven; If any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” John 6:51.  They partook of the bread and wine together, and then Jesus, whose love could not be compared to any other, went forth and destroyed death and the grave. He finished the deliverance that Moses had begun so many years before.

 

He defeated death, hell and the grave when He hung on that cross. We are now set free! Sin lost its power and dominion over us! His Kingdom of light will endure forever.  Death was swallowed up in victory! His light conquered the darkness in our hearts. May the power of His resurrection deliver you from every bondage this year, and may you walk in the newness of a life that is set free by the sacrifice of ONE.

 


28Feb

Jesus Is Coming Soon

We can begin to see the stage set for the prophesies to be fulfilled about a worldwide economic crisis coming in the last days. The book of James tells us about it. James 5:1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

James 5:2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.

James 5:3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

 

Daniel prophesied about the Anti Christ who’s coming to Power.

Dan. 8:24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.

Dan. 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

 

Hitler came to power by the collapse of the German economy. The coming worldwide economic collapse will usher in the Anti Christ to rise to power in the near future.

Here are some facts that reveal that we are living in the last days: On May 15, 1948 Israel was reborn as a nation. Later, in 1966, Jerusalem came under the control of the Jewish people after they fought and won the Six Day War. Zechariah prophesied about nuclear weapons and their effect on man kind. Zech. 14:12 And this shall be the   plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. When Russia, “the King of the North” will lead an Islamic coalition in a war against Israel, and that war is graphically described in detail in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39. Russia right now is under Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and they’re returning to hard-core dictatorship. He was formerly with the KGB, the Russian Secret service and he’s bringing that nation into grip so he can be the ultimate dictator. Our nation is aware of it and is complaining, so you know it’s getting bad.

 

So how can this world wide economic crash happen now? Iran is now building nuclear weapons. Just a few days ago they tested a nuclear missile. Iran is the greatest threat to world peace on planet earth today. Israel has in recent weeks been buying block buster bombs from the US, why? Possibly to destroy the nuclear threat in Iran. The result is that the Islamic world would rise up and attack Israel. The United States is bogged down in Iraq, we could not come to Israel’s rescue. Global war, which is WW3 would start as Israel is forced to use a nuclear option to survive. That war is described in detail in Ezekiel 38 and 39. It’s coming, it’s coming, it could start tomorrow. Jesus Christ is coming back to earth a lot sooner than you believe.

 

Notes from the message: “Jesus Is Coming Soon” by John Hagee

 

 

 


10Nov

A Shadow of the AntiChrist and the Rapture in the Book of Daniel

Daniel 3:1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.

Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.

Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,

That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up:

And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.

Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews.

The “Jews” (three Hebrews-Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) were thrown in the fiery furnace, heated seven times hotter, but the Angel of the Lord was with them, and the king witnessed that 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.  Is. 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

The three Hebrews represent the house of Israel, who only serve the ONE, true God to this day, but, they have been blinded. John 12:40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. 2Cor. 3:14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

Blindness has affected the Jews, therefore they will not make it in the rapture of the church, but they will not bow to worship the AntiChrist either, that’s why they will go through the Tribulation, but God will keep them just as He kept Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. The furnace of affliction will have no power over them, for their eyes will be open and they will know that Jesus is their Messiah.

A Shadow of the Rapture

Where’s Daniel during the mention of the three Hebrews in the furnace? He also was a Jew in the same province under the same King. He didn’t bow either. How beautifully placed, or hidden in the scriptures…notice, that there is no mention of him during the time of testing which came upon their whole world as they knew it.

Daniel represents the church which has made herself ready, kept herself unspotted from the world through daily prayer, reading and studying the Word. A people who will only worship the ONE true God in the beauty of holiness.  Those who will not assimilate with the world. The “called out ones” who have a relationship with God, they will escape the fiery furnace, also known as the Great Tribulation.

The church is well favoured in the King’s eyes. He wants to present us as a bride who has made herself ready, without a spot, wrinkle, or any such thing; but it should be holy and without blemish, Ephesians 5:27

 

Phil. 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 

Col. 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 

 

Bride, be ready! Make sure everything is pleasing to your Groom, because He’s going to rapture you away from the Great Tribulation that is coming upon all the earth.

 

 


24Sep

The Preacher

Rom. 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

2Pet. 2:5 And 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;

Rom. 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Our Bishop never insists on obedience to the Word. He proclaims very clearly how we ought to live. He never forces anyone to live right. We must willingly obey from a heart of faith, for faith also comes by hearing the preached Word of God (Rom. 10:17). It is when we are in oneness with our Lord that we become doers of the Word.

He preaches a message of self-denial. He lays it out before us, at times becoming a spectacle to reach our drifting hearts. The message can be as simple or as complicated as we will make it. We don’t have to do absolutely anything unless we desire to. Once the Word goes forth from his lips, it’s up to us to accept the challenge.

They say that rules are made to be broken, and I believe that’s true if you don’t know Jesus. Live for God out of love, for if we have HIs love in our hearts, then we will be in obedience to the Word. We will not break the commandments because we love Him first. We will love our neighbors as ourselves. When we love others we will not covet, not commit adultery, not fornicate, not lie, kill, or steal. We will obey and honor those we are commanded to honor. To “command” means to give an authoritative order, that’s what God has done through His Word. It’s our job to obey.

We fulfill our spiritual destiny in our obedience. Our personal lives are crowded with small and great challenges daily, and the more we walk in the spirit of obedience, (even when we do not understand) the more others will witness and come to the redemption of Christ. We are epistles (letters) known and read of all men (2 Cor. 3:2). Parents, your children are reading you. Teens, your classmates are reading you. Singles, your coworkers are reading you, Wives, your husbands are reading you. Husbands, your wives are reading you. Most importantly, God is reading us all. How does our letter read?

“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” He is speaking of every day life as we know it.

Titus 2:12-15 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.

“Preacher, preach to me!”