Light scent…

  John 12:35,36: “Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. WHILE ye have light, BELIEVE in the light, THAT YE MAY BE THE CHILDREN OF LIGHT. These things spake Jesus, and departed and did hide himself from them.”  

 I love scented candles, and even more, I love a gift my sister gave me several years ago, a lighted wax warmer, you know it is basically a really pretty decorative pot that has a light bulb that heats scented wax, providing a beautiful aroma along with a gorgeous soft glow. 

It is as beautiful as a candle and much safer because it is electric rather than actual flame, but if the bulb gets loosened or the cord happens to get frayed, it can be more time-consuming to repair than just relighting a candle. But it is more than worth the effort to experience the result.

Sometimes we can be like the heated scented wax burners, you know our “bulbs” become loose and we flicker on and off and just can’t get that wax melted enough to produce a beautiful scent.

The word flicker is actually defined as this, “to UNPREDICTABLY  FLASH on and off at RANDOM” you never know whether it will give light or disappoint you with darkness.

If it were completely burned out, you would know to replace the bulb, but when it flashes at “will” burning brightly for a moment and suddenly reverting back to utter darkness it can be a problem with the lamp itself.

I think this happens sometimes with the Christian “lamps”,  the”lights of the kingdom” we have “problems” with OUR own connection.

Think about it, all we really are physical “outlets” if you will, for the greatest power source in the universe, and what power!

The power of the Spirit of the Living God, the power so great that it lights the world, the heavens, the sun, moon, and stars.

Imagine if we, each of us, would just obediently let that LIGHT shine, that light that he commanded should SHINE through us into the world. 

The Lord counsels us to our folly concerning many things in Isaiah chapter fifty-eight, but I want to use one verse in particular to prove out just HOW BRIGHTLY he wants our shine to be.

Isaiah 58:8-10: ” THEN shall THY LIGHT BREAK FORTH AS THE MORNING (SPLITTING darkness), and thine health (healing) shall spring forth speedily: and righteousness shall go before thee; The glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward (rear guard). 

Then thou shalt call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, HERE AM I, if thou take away from the midst of thee THE YOKE, the putting forth of the the finger (accusing one another) and speaking vanity (WICKEDNESS);

And IF thou draw out thy soul (offer help. extend a hand) to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; THEN  SHALL THY LIGHT RISE IN OBSCURITY, AND THY DARKNESS WILL BE AS NOON DAY.”

So you see ALL these good things we receive are a blessed result of allowing that LIGHT, light so bright that EVEN at it’s very darkest would be is STILL as bright as noon day.

And as we also note, the human, fleshy issues are “defective flaws” in our own lamps, NOT a problem with the main power source, so it is never a question of “just can’t get a prayer through” it is question of check our own lamp for weak spots in our “cords” because there is NO weakness coming from the source.

The biggest cause of becoming a dull, dimming, and flickering light and loss of “power” can be explained with Ecclesiastes 10:1: “Dead flies cause the ointment of apothecary (perfume) to send forth a STINKING savour (HORRID odor): SO DOTH A LITTLE FOLLY HIM THAT HATH A REPUTATION FOR WISDOM AND HONOUR.”

And what that means is this, for a person who IS known as a representative of the kingdom of Christ, and as a light and are respected FOR their wisdom and reputation for doing “the right thing”, honoring God and playing by the rules to suddenly switch seats and let the flesh have its way either with actions, or words, or downright willful sin, whatever the means, it becomes equivalent to having traded off a beautiful aroma for a rotting, maggot invested stench.

Notice the word LITTLE, it can happen fast and it can happen very easily.

And we have ALL said and done things in our Christian walk that we regret, or at least I know I have.

And it IS so imperative to admit when we have hurt another with our words or our actions and be quick to ask them for forgiveness and to make a sincere effort through prayer and fasting to overcome that issue within ourselves that is causing the problem.

For many it can be temper, pain, participating in inappropriate activities, even inappropriate jokes and movies because God sees our every move and hears our every word.

We can easily fall into that folly through something as simple as us “having a bad day” and running with that loaded emotional gun, keeping the anger and just waiting for “one more person to say one more word” before we lose it and unleash the venomous poison of our mouths and thoughts.

And it is those days that we have to seek the Lord all the more, because once the enemy gets “your dander up” he is not letting up until you take it to the Lord and let it go.

Again, not picking on anyone, been more than guilty enough myself of having days of “spirit versus flesh” and finding all too true that the “flesh is weak” and it that weakness becoming too strong in anger and self-will to even listen to the little voice that tells us to calm it down and get a grip. 

We have to let go of foolishness such as false pride and stubbornness, God HATES these attitudes and He will help us overcome them IF we are sincere and if we refuse that help we will be left with the “pride cometh before a fall” repair. 

The greatest tragedy is when others have looked for guidance and hope and that spoken “wisdom” in us and they see flesh and all the the same attitudes of the “world”, they then become discouraged, disheartened, and twice hard to be won to the Kingdom.

If the light they see is not constant, burning bright in good times and completely out in the bad, if they see the flickering, and wavering, what are they seeing any different from what they see in the world?

If the light seems to brighten and dim at will, randomly deciding what is shown in light and what undesirable behavior is to be hidden in the darkness Then does that light not run the risk of having the source of that light “hidden” from itself?

As Jesus “hid” himself from them after he had warned them to WALK in that light WHILE they had that light, and to BELIEVE in that light so that they would also be children of light, should we not also carefully consider his warning for our present day?

Our biggest issue with this in this present time is the “war with the world”, we have so caved into the thoughts and ideologies of this world that we have weakened our own beliefs of the Gospel to the point that even the “church” as a world body has lowered the standards that were never negotiable, to the point that scripture can be twisted to fit any “belief” desired whether or not that belief is of a sound Godly doctrine . 

If it is to change, we must change our own thinking.

We will only be responsible for our lives and by that same token WE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR LIVES!

We will have no recourse in telling the Lord one day that “everyone else was doing it to” or that “the church down the road taught…”

No, He gave us his word and his word we live by, He gave his Spirit to lead us and to guide and when we are continually walking in the flesh and sin, with no desire to repent or change and far worse, NOT EVEN seeing why we need to change.

We are to be lights and no one is going to find their way off a darkened path by using a lamp that has a burned out light bulb!

Today IS a NEW day, and God’s will, tomorrow will be a NEW day.

Let us all remember that each and every day and REMEMBER who we are called to be, lights offering up the fragrant scent of prayer and of praise to Him and letting all we do be done in hope of glorifying His name.

Ephesians 5:1,2,7-16: “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;  And walk in love, as Christ hath also loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to god for a sweet-smelling savour (a beautiful aroma). 

Be not ye therefore partakers with them  (darkness of sin of this world) For ye were sometimes (once) darkness, but NOW are ye LIGHT IN THE LORD: WALK AS CHILDREN OF LIGHT:

( For the fruit of the Spirit IS in all goodness and righteousness and truth)

PROVING what IS ACCEPTABLE unto the Lord.

And have NO fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 

For it is a shame to even to SPEAK of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the LIGHT: for whatsoever doth make manifest IS LIGHT.” 

1 Thessalonians 5:5: “YE ARE ALL THE CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT, AND CHILDREN OF THE DAY: We are NOT of the night, NOR of darkness.”

 Matthew 5: 14-16: “Ye ARE the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.

Neither do men light a candle (lamp), and put it under a bushel (basket) , but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto ALL that are in the house.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

The choice is ours and it is time to make the right one, CHOOSE to be that light, even if you weren’t yesterday, or last month, or even last year, CHOOSE today to be that light for Him.

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Daniel saw….

“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Matthew 24:12 

As all know, on November 5, the state of Texas suffered the worst mass shooting in the state’s history. When a gunman who had a history of violence, having been charged with assaulting his wife and stepson, and discharged from the military for “bad conduct”,according to news reports, actually having fractured the stepson skull, had ESCAPED from a mental health facility in 2012, been cited for animal abuse in 2014, managing to not only to avoid jail time, but allowed to harass his mother in law through text messages and show up unwanted at church gatherings.

You really have to wonder WHO was supposed to be “watching” this guy?

According to news stories from CNN, NBC, and FOX, the story played out like this, the gunman whose prime target was his former in-laws, stormed the First Baptist Church, in Sutherland Springs, Texas on that fateful morning, and left in is wake twenty-six people dead ranging in age from eighteen months to seventy-seven years, and also taking the life of an unborn baby by shooting the mother.

Three generations of one family died, a couple who for the first time were visiting the church, and the pastor’s own adopted daughter. Reports also that a five year old child had been shot five times.

Twenty-six dead and twenty more injured. How could anyone ever recover from the horror of that? The arguments have resurfaced again about gun control and YET it was another man with a gun that led to putting  a final stop to this nightmare.

There are always going to be weapons, criminals and the dangerously insane will ALWAYS find something that can be used as a weapon, and that is virtually anything, because it is not the object it is the intent to destroy and no one can stop that intent.

I have yet to understand that if the politicians who keep screaming “gun-control” REALLY believe their own rhetoric, shouldn’t they be the FIRST to dismiss their OWN ARMED SECURITY? Seriously, if you want to preach it to everyone else, maybe try living it yourself!

But evidently only “special” people should be allowed weapons and protection and the rest of us… well.. I probably am beginning to advocate “armed” deacons, and I really questioned if weapons in church would be appropriate by any standard.. BUT Nehemiah was forced to work with one hand while rebuilding because he had to stay armed with a sword in the other, so I don’t know and I am not a pastor so it is not my job to know.

That is another very scary aspect to all of this, the gunman had been to church and made others feel uncomfortable, the article did not go into specific, but the question was posed as to how exactly do you ask someone to leave or not attend a church? And better yet how would you determine who and when this would apply? So many questions but one absolute.. we are starting to see attacks on our churches just as our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world are persecuted for their beliefs.

Different way of doing but still the same demonic agenda, make people too afraid to worship and too worried about who might come through the door to be fully involved in the work of God.

Just as Jesus said, and you have to think about when he said this, almost two thousand years ago. There have always been evil people, God destroyed the earth with the flood BECAUSE of violence.

Violence breeds and sin breeds and when you have a society that allows ANYTHING and has a whatever rocks your world mentality about every morale issue in the book.

There is no more restraint, no one needs me to tell them just how bad the world is and all the tortures, rapes, murders, and human trafficking, not to mention cruelty to the animals that God gave us dominion over and that dominion does require caring for them. There is group after group dedicated to issue upon issue TRYING to save just a few because the level of iniquity, lawlessness, and sin has reached proportions that would make Noah’s day and Sodom cringe.

Being exposed to this, living in this and being constantly bombarded with the news of this DESTROYS that love, it destroys the “faith” in our fellow humans and just as rescue workers and military personnel run risks of “gallow’s humor” and PTSD BECAUSE of the horrors of WHAT they see, we too can become NUMB.

It is NOT that we want to be but just as Jesus said, IT IS THE SIN that deadens the love. I have often pondered Daniel, and as a young Christian, I was completely overwhelmed by a feeling of sorrow when reading certain of his words, words such as:

Daniel 8:26,27: “And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up  (seal) the vision, for it shall be for many days (the future). And I Daniel fainted, and WAS SICK CERTAIN DAY…..” and as he often fasted, prayed, and sat in sack cloth (mourning and repentance) and after another vision of the future:

Daniel 10:2,3: “In those days, I Daniel WAS mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh (meat) nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till the three weeks were fulfilled.”

This is the vision in which Daniel had sought the answer to and when the answer came, he had been told that the devil had withstood that answer for three weeks and the forces of hell had to be fought through before that answer could even arrive.  Think now how sedate we have become in our battles?

But back to my point, this is the verse that cut through to my soul, this was when Daniel SAW the Lord who had brought his answer. 

Daniel 10:7,8: “And I Daniel ALONE saw the vision; for the men that were with me saw NOT the vision, but a great quaking (fear) fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.

Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained NO strength in me: for my comeliness(vigor) was turned in me into corruption (frailty), and I RETAINED NO STRENGTH.

The presence of the Lord overwhelmed him but Daniel also SAW the future. He SAW what would come, he SAW the horrors, the abuse, the nudity, the depravity, he SAW the paganism, he SAW the outright worship of satan.

He SAW even worse.. he SAW mass media, not fathomed in his time, promoting the hatred of God, he SAW God’s name and the Name of His son blasphemed and ridiculed.

He SAW those paraded in mocking crucifixions and laughing and spewing hate into their own damnation. He SAW babies murdered inside the womb of their mother’s because they were not convenient.

He SAW these tiny bodies dismembered and sold to the highest bidder. He SAW children bloody, beaten, starved, abandoned, and sold to the highest bidder.

He SAW those so enslaved to drugs, and alcohol that they barely function much less worry about their souls.

Daniel SAW and it was not seeing the final destruction sin would bring upon man that brought him to a state of overwhelming sorrow…Daniel SAW what we would become.

We are beginning to see it to, there are things now I would have never dreamt WOULD ever come to pass as I began my walk with the Lord, and I know many of you feel the same way.

But the secret is that love, love has to go on. But God help us for what we have already saw and what yet remains to be seen.

And there IS no understanding of the things and how our brothers and sisters will ever go on and recover from these horrors, but LOVE untimely wins and LOVE truly conquers all.

Please don’t let the hate and anger of this world ever take that, remember the words of Jesus as we all await the final vindication and justice and redemption, the day we WILL be delivered from the evils of this world, wait and wait patiently for Him. 

Luke 21:19: “In your patience possess ye your souls.” 

Just keep holding on and holding on to each other! God Bless you, until next time…

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Smoke Rising

” And they had a king over them whose, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon (DESTRUCTION) but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon (DESTROYER).” Revelation 9:11  

How much hatred are we witnessing at the moment? We are now fighting, killing, hurting each other for NOTHING more than political VIEWS and PERSONAL choices and there is the secret.. VIEWS and CHOICES, and ALL under the umbrella of PEACE and free speech and rights and yet in those “peaceful” protests, things become nasty, and things become deadly and tempers flare fast becoming fury, whose fiery fuel now ignites what were once dying coals of hatred and prejudice and the smoke of his soon rising bellows up out of that pit.

The greatest deception of all is that any of this is in the name of peace. There are groups I especially detest.. with an absolute passion BUT I understand that the line between assertion and aggression is a line rarely negotiated well by humans and a line that without divine guidance, and direction will lead to DESTRUCTION.

We have crossed the line as society in saying that we want peace and we want our rights respected, and even DEMAND that, but we can not demand respect and we can never force anyone to agree with us or change their heart of hate, only God can do that and once we are met, not with an understanding compassion for our views, but rather met with hatred and violence and counter-protest, no matter the subject, then that rejection to our demanded rights will only intensify and breed MORE hate.

And that is EXACTLY what the enemy wants, that is the precise design of plan. This teaching SHOULD apply to everyone, Christian or not, Jesus said in part of His teaching in Matthew 7:6 …..Cast not your pearls before swine, lest thy trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you and what that means is precious things and things of wisdom and if you throw them out in front of a brute beast who has no caring about them OR their worth, all that will happen is those pearls will be trampled, driven into the mud by their rushing hooves and then they will attack you.

They DON’T suddenly have a change of heart or see a different point of view, they still only trample, tear, and DESTROY.

This verse cross references to Proverbs 9:7,8: “He that reproveth a scorner (scoffer) getteth to HIMSELF shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot ( ONLY HARMS HIMSELF)

Reprove NOT a scorner, lest HE HATE THEE: Rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.”

As you see if we try to change the thinking of someone who is dead set in those thoughts and have no DESIRE to change because they think that they are right and everyone else is the problem, they will only hate us and attack us further.

ONLY someone who is ALREADY wise can be reasoned with and no reasoning is going to take place in the middle of a riot with mob mentality because you can not separate people long enough to ever discern WHO may be open to a different view.

And I can guarantee you that no changes are going to take place in the minds of those already angry and belligerent, this is why “anger RESTS in the bosom of fools”, anger makes us crazy, and it makes us do and say things we may not otherwise, therefore allowing IT to make “fools” of us.

And when we allow the hate and wickedness of others to spew out onto us in turn CAUSING us to equally HATE them, that destruction is par for the course and satan is a mastermind at taking something in the name of justice and using it to produce the SAME effect in people whose hearts were ONCE in the right place.

But HATE IS HATE, WHETER WE HAVE A “RIGHT” TO HATE OR NOT. At the end of the day it is still the same emotion and it still leads to destruction for everyone involved. no matter whose side they are or were on.

Ephesians 2:2,3: “Wherein in times past ye walked according to the course (age) of his world, ACCORDING TO THE POWER OF THE PRINCE OF THE AIR, the SPIRIT that NOW WORKETH  IN (works through) THE CHILDREN OF DISOBEDIENCE: (Children referring NOT to actual children, but those who belong to, or “born” of disobedience to God’s word)

Among whom also we ALL HAD our conversation (conducted ourselves) in TIMES PAST in the lusts of our flesh and OF THE MIND: and were BY NATURE children of WRATH, EVEN as others.” 

The prince of the air he is referring to, that works in all this hate IS the same old devil, that Jesus told us, without doubt came only to DESTROY.  And we are doing the job for him and maybe we need to take restock as humans, so we really have to ALWAYS be right?

Are our views the ONLY views? Are there things we say that we really don’t have to say? There are times to stand, but there are also times we can fall into the trap of “lusts”, desires of OUR MIND to be right, and even when we ARE right we still need God’s word as guidance:

Matthew 5:9: Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.

Point blank, children of God or children of disobedience and wrath (anger) but we ARE the children of who we yield ourselves to and what we have allowed to be birthed in us and we know that hate is taught, babies are born perfectly innocent, perfectly equal, but hate can also be spawned by becoming a little to “close” to what we view as hate in others.

Deadly territory  and well worth guarding yourself against. God will reign victorious and until His return there will be no peace on this earth, but you can have peace through Him in your life, you can do much more good by using that peace and PRAYING for the compassion of the “haters’ to be stirred and that God would open their eyes to truth, than you can ever do by exchanging angry words with them, because all this is accomplishing is ushering in what WILL be loosed from that pit, and as hate starts as  a small puff of black smoke, darkening, and choking as it grows bigger and bigger, forming itself more until it forms wings that will wrap around mankind and this world in the last days darkening hearts, and souls and who do we blame then?

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“As the music slowly fades……”

“But the Pharisees and lawyers (experts in the law) rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him. And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken this generation? and to WHAT ARE THEY LIKE? 

They are like unto CHILDREN sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, we have piped (played the flute) unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept. 

For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine: and ye say, he hath a devil, The Son of Man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebidder, a friend of publicans (tax collectors) and sinners! But wisdom IS justified in her children.”  LUKE 7:30-35.

We can surely attest to this. Trying to win the lost to the Kingdom, trying to win the offended back to the house of God, trying to sway the self-righteous thinking of the holier than thous and trying to convince those whom satan has blinded to the truth that yes, they really NEED salvation and trying to sway delicate, wounded minds and souls that yes, God does love them and will save them from all their heartache.

Jesus in determining what could even He compare them to, came up with this, they are childlike in maturity and anyone wanna argue the point that our modern society tends to go backward when it comes to growing up and taking responsibility for our lives and more importantly our own actions?

Got problems, go on a talk show, tell the whole world, blame everyone and often that IS true, but at the end of the day we are accountable for ourselves, numeral Uno and will stand alone with that when all is said and done. Maybe you are a jerk because someone was a jerk to you first or you were raised by a pack of wild jerks but when your middle-aged and kill over you are still, on your own, making your own decisions and you have consciously decided to just be a jerk too!

We ALL know that there is a major, major lacking in this society. So ministers have “played music”for these “children”… sweet songs of hymns and salvation, and glory unspeakable, peace everlasting, who would NOT want that?

But NO! Beautiful tune, sounds sweet and lovely, maybe even soothing to the savage beast which lurks inside..but NO! They NOT going to dance to it,they flat-out refuse and NO ONE will dare tell them what they should do!

Because as the Lord referred to a certain ‘stiff-necked” (meaning unyielding) group, as “sottish” children, meaning helplessly spoiled. They want God to cater to them, and win THEIR approval and they must receive all the attention or else they will just go serve another God, HE REALLY DOES NOT PLAY THAT!

So we try mourning… delivering the cold hard truth and reality of the woe, upon woes which is to come and offering an escape route. But again NO! WE WILL HAVE our own way and if that means hell.. well then.. FINE. And there ARE those who have stated that they KNOW they are on their way to hell but will they repent? Again NO! They would rather toast than submit to a higher power, (of course it is a lack of believing.. but they WILL believe) but for the point it is a chant of No! No! No!

Which is where “repented not” came into play, but of course if they continue in this rebellion, which the Bible states is “as the sin of witchcraft”, well, all we can say is that like the rich man lifted up his eyes in hell and was told that the was nothing more that could be done for him, they will also and I really don’t think they will be many “Oh, well’s” uttered in hell, when the Bible describes it as gnashing of teeth and gnawing their tongues because they are in so much agony.

They didn’t like John, he was too scary and his cry to REPENT was “too stern” for their tender little ears, he was too on fire and it curdled their blood, so they decided he must just be crazy!

Jesus came gently, meekly, loving all he met, not judging or condemning and sharing His Gospel with all who would hear, but No, He wasn’t “strict” enough for the holier than thous because of course, they were special and would never be in the same group as those “prostitutes, and peasants” and heaven forbid they set next to the poor.

My favorite quotable scripture: “Nothing new under the sun” but I’m going to tell you something that will be “new” to these people. “WISDOM IS JUSTIFIED IN HER CHILDREN.” As the saying goes “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink”, they act like this because they have NO desire whatsoever to repent. We can’t change minds that do not want to be changed, those who refuse to hear, do not want to hear. But those who DO WANT to hear, WILL HEAR, because they ARE the children of wisdom and they hear “her” and attest to the fact that what wisdom speaks is true.

Those who do not want to hear, those who wish it would all go away and we would all just shut up, will ONE DAY get that wish granted, BUT it will be to their destruction NOT to their relief.

 ISAIAH 59: 4-14: “None calleth for justice (seeks what is right) NOR any pleadeth for the truth: they trust in vanity (empty words), and speak lies, they conceive mischief, and bring iniquity.

They hatch cockatrice eggs (hatch out vipers) and weave the spider’s web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper. (Their sin spreads and infects all it touches) Their web shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves in their works: (They can not hide their sin from God) their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.

 Their feet RUN to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction IS in their paths. The way of peace THEY KNOW NOT; and there is NO JUDGEMENT (justice) in their goings (tracks) THEY HAVE MADE THEM CROOKED PATHS: WHOSOEVER SHALL GOETH THEREIN SHALL NOT KNOW PEACE.

Therefore judgment (justice) is FAR from us, neither dost justice (righteousness) overtake us: WE WAIT FOR A LIGHT, BUT BEHOLD OBSCURITY (darkness); FOR BRIGHTNESS, BUT WE WALK IN DARKNESS. We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: We stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men. 

We roar like bears, and mourn (moan sadly) like doves: we look for judgment (justice) but there is none; FOR SALVATION BUT IT IS FAR FROM US.

For our transgressions as multiplied before thee, and OUR SINS TESTIFY AGAINST US: for our transgressions ARE with us; and as for our iniquities, we KNOW them.

IN TRANSGRESSING AND LYING AGAINST THE LORD, AND DEPARTING AWAY FROM OUR GOD, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. And JUDGMENT (justice) IS TURNED AWAY BACKWARD, AND JUSTICE (righteousness) STANDETH AFAR OFF: FOR TRUTH IS FALLEN IN THE STREET.” 

Basically, truth will be trampled in the street, they did not want it so… when they SEEK it, it will be too late. When Hades starts to break loose upon earth, they rethink their stubborn self-righteous views and hunger and thirst for relief:

AMOS 8:9-12 ” And IT SHALL come to pass in THAT DAY saith the Lord God, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I WILL DARKEN THE EARTH in the clear day (broad daylight):  

And I WILL TURN YOUR FEASTS INTO MOURNING, and ALL YOUR SONGS INTO LAMENTATIONS (weeping and wailing);and I will bring sackcloth upon every head: and I will make it as the mourning (grieving for) my only son, and THE END THEREOF AS A BITTER DAY.

BEHOLD, THE DAYS COME, SAITH THE LORD GOD,THAT I WILL SEND A FAMINE IN THE LAND, NOT a famine of bread, NOR a thirst for water, BUT OF HEARING THE WORDS OF THE LORD:

And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro TO SEEK THE WORD OF THE LORD, AND SHALL NOT FIND IT.”

Those feasts that were chosen to be so much more joyous than the invitation to the marriage supper of the Lamb, turned to heartache. The songs that were held so much worthy for joyful dance as the songs of Zion and those piped by the heralds of the King, turned to wails of sorrow and tears.

And the ultimate of all things lost, those who have scoffed at his words, closed their ears, mocked and hid their heads to avoid hearing, will beg to hear it one more time and it will not be found.

REVELATION 18:23 a,b): “And the Light of the candle (lamp, word of God) shall SHINE NO MORE AT ALL IN THEE; AND THE VOICE OF THE BRIDEGROOM (JESUS CHRIST) and THE BRIDE (HIS CHURCH) WILL BE HEARD NO MORE AT ALL IN THEE:…..”

 I strongly suggest today to listen to that music, don’t march to beat of your own drum, do not be wise in your own eyes, all souls will do one of two things, no more, no less, either hear the sweet sounds of Jesus calling our souls to rest and life eternal or we will hear the sound of that death march that will soon be sounded upon this earth.

ISAIAH 55:6: “SEEK YE THE LORD, WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND, CALL YE UPON HIM WHILE HE IS NEAR: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him RETURN TO THE LORD, AND HE WILL HAVE MERCY UPON HIM; AND TO OUR GOD WHO WILL ABUNDANTLY PARDON.”

Φλογιζω Σαλπιζω NBJ 2016

BABYLON / BLOOD, BRIDLES, & BIRDS Part 1

This is one of those places where the train meets the track,  and the rubber meet the road, whichever you can identify with.
The most challenging part of this job is to convey just how a God who loves us and wants to save us, still will pour out suffering unlike anything the world has ever known.
When I was young, I always thought Man, Jesus is so awesome but that God guy scares me to death!
Really worked out well for me when I was enlightened to the fact that JESUS IS that GOD guy!
So we have to run on that note,
Jesus DOES want to save people, He DIED and ROSE again to make this possible.
He DOES NOT hate lost people, he does not hate addicts, prostitutes, homosexuals, or their counter part straight “bed-hoppers” or the other lists you could easily come up with from the Ten Commandments.
He forgives us and NEVER, EVER, reminds us of our past life.
He IS love, He IS mercy, and He IS gentle, and even being God of all creation, believe it or not, He IS humble and will never force himself into your life, you have to want him and once you have met him, you will never know how you ever lived without out him or why you were so blind to beauty that can not even be described.
Now for the other edge of that sword, He does love all his creation.
 I do not bash women who have abortions, because the truth of it is that it is a greater force at work, society teaches to us to have sex with anyone coming and going and to never mind that pit in your stomach telling you not to, never mind that voice of old Granny inside your head telling you to that God wants you to save yourself for marriage, and overriding those warnings to fit in with peers, giving yourself away for absolutely nothing, not even for love and often unprepared and then pregnancy comes and now you have a scared girl who is a child herself, with these twisted demonic beasts who suppose to have her best interest in mind, and now they are giving her a way out, they will be glad to take her and see her through an abortion, enticing words, “Your not ready for a baby”, “You need to be financially stable”, “You are doing what is best for YOU”.
Yeah, so much so, there are now women who have had multiple abortions, and then there are those who are consumed by the guilt that run head first into the land of self-destruct and only God can move that.
He set laws in order when he created the universe.

THESE LAWS CAN NEVER CHANGE. They are binding, forever and ever, as it is written, so shall it be and again, it really does not matter whether WE BELIEVE that or not, it is just like the sun shines and the moon lightens the night, you can tell yourself all day that it is not so, but still for everyone else that sun is still shining and your stubbornness hasn’t change a thing, only cost you a warm ray.
People are always like well, if God is real, why doesn’t he do this, or do that, or show himself? Well, why should he? Why should he reveal himself to a bunch of naysayers that want to dispute his existence?
Nevertheless, believe it or not, HE WILL be revealing himself and believe me the world will never again question his existence.
Blood, Blood, and more Blood.
The life is in the blood. Blood my not be eaten and if it is shed, it is required that blood  be held to blood. Here’s a quick guide:
Genesis 9:3-7 “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat (food) for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, ye shall not eat. And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of that man. Whoso sheddeth man’s blood by man shall his blood be shed: FOR IN THE IMAGE OF GOD MADE HE MAN. And you be fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.”
Ok, I know there are those who like to argue that is Old Testament, well you have to go by that too, check out Revelation 22:18,19 and then sit down and shut up, because it the word twisting wanna be’s that helped make this mess, for the record, as followers of Christ, we are not bound by the food laws that the Jews must adhere to, however we are forbidden to eat that which was offered to idols or ANYTHING CONTAINING BLOOD (so if you order steaks rare, you may wanna rethink that about now)
He requires blood for blood, period. No ifs, no ands, and no buts.
Psalm 9:12 : “When he maketh inquisition (avenges blood), he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble (afflicted)”
I’m sure we all have seen the released videos about the selling of aborted baby parts, I could not believe my eyes at the sight of a little baby leg, and a baby arm, baby brains, livers, and kidneys SOLD, THE BLOOD OF BABIES mingled in pie tins as their little bodies are picked apart and sold to the highest bidder.
He will be judging this and blood will be the price the guilty will pay.
I promise you as a servant of God these people will be begging just to die ( and they will not be able to) just as his word says, rather than suffer the wrath and the anger that God will soon pour out on this place because of this,  it is not the  “common sin” IT IS THE ABOMINATION OF COVERING EARTH WITH BLOOD OF THE INNOCENTS.
This is where the separation takes place, no matter how merciful he is, he will not allow the slaughter of innocence, he is just and he is holy, and as he said “Vengeance is” his.
Babylon is accountable for every drop of blood that has been shed, there is no changing that, it can never be undone.
When people are so desperately evil and a country so deceived that not only is baby murdering unpunished but is taxpayer funded to allow the slaughter and dissection of a human being for a mothers convenience and for profit than there is no way to escape the anger of God.
There are countless, countless scriptures that he warns about this, just one example:
Deuteronomy 19:10 ” That innocent blood be not shed in thy land, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and so blood be upon thee.”
Jesus shed HIS own blood to save us, how precious do you think all those lives and all their blood is to him?
Well find out in part two just how he feels about these babies and just how much that blood they shed is going to cost them.

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EAGLE

There once was a beautiful, beautiful eagle. He was a very, very old eagle and came from a long line that had watched the birth of a nation and the determination of people to break free from tyranny.

Eagle knew the story of how a people left homes, riches, and all they have ever know to take a journey completely by faith, faith that would lead them to a plentiful land free from the persecution they suffered and  for freedom, freedom to worship the one true, creator God .

Many died on this journey and many more after their arrival, but God had given them land that a plague had left empty. And as time went he blessed them in all they did and they kept his commandments and worshipped him openly. Over time the apron strings of the mother country would prove that a battle would indeed need fought before true, true freedom would be won.

Eagle watched our forefathers as they tried at first to keep peace with their overlords and he watched as one by one stood up and proclaimed this land would be for liberty and it should be for all.

His favorite of these men would be Patrick Henry, a voice among the great voices who shaped our land. He heard him say words such as  “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it Almighty God. I know not what course others may take but as for me give me liberty or give me death.”

He watched as tea poured into the harbor  and cries of  “The British are coming!” bellowed through the land. He watched as bloody soldiers fought to the death and gunpowder flooded the air and the sound of cannons echoed. And he watched as they pressed on, pressed on in their battle, because they would be free or they would die but they would never surrender.

He watched as this great battle came to a close and America proclaimed her freedom, freedom from her overlords and she would now shine as beacon to the whole world.

Eagle was honored as he was chosen to be her great symbol, brave, strong, powerful, and above all free.

He would be given olives branches, that he would always extend peace and he would reserve his great force as a last resort.

He would be given arrows, that he would use that force if necessary to defend his liberty and his people.

He would be given his shield to protect him and all he stood for and his main stand was “Death to tyranny”.

Eagle watched as the constitution was written and signed and he thought upon the words of his friend Patrick Henry, ” The constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”

And Eagle soared, high in the sky, the sun warming him and flying higher and higher playfully trying to catch the ever elusive rainbow that the Creator had placed in the sky, a symbol of his glory and promise and Eagle knew that near the rainbow he would always be safe.

And he watched on, as struggles, trails, and heartaches came to the great land brought through evil men who had crept in there.

His feathers tattered a few times as freedom for those enslaved had to be won, pitting brother against brother and splitting the country in half.

He was ruffled as leader after leader rose and new troubles were unveiled, but storms would always pass and he would again gain his ground, liberty, bravery, and justice were on his wings.

Then suddenly it started growing dark, darker and darker as the new generations forgot their heritage and lost the wisdom held by the fathers, Eagle was reminded again of these words, “It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains” that were long ago spoken by Patrick Henry.

He listened as laws were changed, comprises made, and the peace that had been so hard-fought for was pandered away by making truces with those who hate us.

He listened as prayer to the creator was taken away, he heard as they mocked and profaned the Son of God’s holy name.

He looked on with horror as the holy laws, the ten commandments of God were ridiculed and taken away.

He looked on as a people who once had been free now were told what they may and may not do.

He looked down and saw streets lined with half naked  people, and parades, and mocking’s of the crucifixion of Jesus, the Son of God, reminding him again the warning of his friend, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ! For this very reason people of other faiths have been offered asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”

Horror for his people took hold as the sky darkened and grew black and a strong wind violently blew and whipped around him, in the darkness his path was unclear and the battering winds against his wings knocked him off-balance, as he tried to regain flight something caught his eye, it was a rainbow!

 If he could just get to the protection of the rainbow he would be safe and regain his strength. But as he flew closer to hide under the protection of safety of the Creator, he realized this was  not the real rainbow, but a piece of fabric blowing in the great wind, and as it caught him, he became tangled, his olive branches and shield crashed to the ground, his arrows broke in the struggle to regain flight and Eagle fought with all he had but to no avail, He crashed helplessly to the ground.

As his heart beat faded, and drawing his last breath, as his eyes grew dim, he caught sight of shimmering in the field, it was the soft, amber glow of a fire burning and as Eagle’s life continued to slowly fade, he felt comfort, because he was sure that in that fire, he heard in the distance, that old funeral song, that old faithful hymn, that he remembered from the battlefields and the old camp meetings……. 

” Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord, 

  He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored,

  He hath loosed the lightning of his terrible swift sword,

His truth is marching on… 

  Glory, Glory, Hallelujah,

 Glory, Glory, Hallelujah,  

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah,

His truth is marching on………..”

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HEART FAILURE ( HEART SERIES PART 2)

Isaiah 21:11, the question is posed ” Watchman, what of the night? Watchman what of the night?”… How would this be answered present day?
The night has grown ever darker, a darkness like never before and a darkness unlike any that has ever been.
“Earth is filled with blood and can no longer cover her slain”
As the warning symptoms have been ignored the irregular heartbeat has fast became a more grave condition, heart failure and it is in the final stages.
As in the days of Noah, every imagination of human hearts has become evil, causing as the Lord foretold, “the love of many to wax (grow) cold”. The immorality and deviancy has far surpassed anything imagined in the famed cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. The cry because of the sin is dangerously close to reaching into the heavens as did the cries of the sins of Sodom, calling down their destruction from a Holy God.
Theirs hearts blackened and congested from that sin.
“God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient (fitting): being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boastful, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful; WHO KNOWING THE JUDGMENT OF GOD, THAT THEY WHICH COMMIT SUCH THINGS ARE WORTHY OF DEATH, NOT ONLY DO THE SAME, BUT HAVE PLEASURE IN THEM THAT DO THEM.                     Romans 1: 28-32

“Howl ye Shepherds”  the flock you were to guide and to protect, you have allowed to starve and wander alone suffering many wounds, unable to defend themselves against the beasts of the field. While you, yourselves have grazed and grown fat on their pasturage.
What shall you answer YOUR Shepherd when you are required to give account for the number you were entrusted with?
“Weep Harvesters” for you will soon hear, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and WE ARE NOT SAVED.”
Why do you not work? Why do you not labor? Do you not know that is it the eleventh hour? There is very little time left before complete darkness falls, as the Lord commanded you, work while it is yet day, for night cometh when no man can work!
Bow your heads, Watchmen! You are the worst of the whole lot. Because you have seen the sword coming and yet, you have refused to sound the trumpet, knowing perfectly well that the penalty is to be numbered to that same sword.
As the sword has already been called forth upon the treasures of Babylon, what of the things yet to be done?
Is there still hope? Is there yet time?
As he said “If my people, who are called by my name, would humble themselves”…….
Luke 14: 22,23 “And the servant said, Lord, it is done  as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.”
Compel, strongly urging “whosoever will” to come as there remains precious little time.
Precious little time left before what? You may ask, Before this.
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and waves roaring (tsunami): MENS  
HEARTS FAILING THEM FOR FEAR, AND FOR LOOKING  AFTER THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE COMING ON THE EARTH, FOR THE POWERS OF HEAVEN SHALL BE SHAKEN.”             Luke 21:25-27

“The earth is also defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. THE EARTH SHALL REEL TO AND FRO LIKE A DRUNKARD, and it shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgressions thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall and not rise again.” 
                                     Isaiah 24: 5,19,20

“THE EARTH SHALL QUAKE BEFORE THEM; THE HEAVENS SHALL TREMBLE: THE STARS SHALL WITHDRAW THEIR SHINING. AND THE LORD SHALL UTTER HIS VOICE BEFORE HIS ARMY: FOR HIS CAMP IS VERY GREAT: FOR HE IS STRONG THAT EXECUTETH HIS WORD: FOR THE DAY OF THE LORD IS GREAT AND VERY TERRIBLE; WHO CAN ABIDE IN IT?”
                                       Joel 2:10,11
Yeah, I think we may need to get that heart condition checked!
Original Post Date:05/28/2014. All rights reserved. Rev. Nina BrownJohnson 2015