He IS… “The I AM that IS” part1

“And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of  YOUR fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is HIS name? what shall I say unto them?

And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

And God said moroever unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God OF your fathers, the God OF Abraham, the God OF Isaac, and the God OF Jacob, hath sent me unto you: THIS IS my name FOR EVER and This IS my memorial unto ALL generations.” Exodus 3:13-15

 This statement was the beginning of the release of the captive Hebrews and it was the beginning statement for our faith in WHO HE IS that we are to serve. As the generations have lacked and slacked, Christianity has become a watered down form of “religion” when it was once held in the regard of the fire out of which the Lord spoke to Moses, the fire that would be a light on their journey, and the fire in whose furnace would refine hearts and souls to purification and consecration into the Lord, the fire that would appear as cloven tongues over those in the upper room on that faithful day of Pentecost as they WERE filled with the Holy Ghost and it was THAT fire that burned so passionately that the Apostles and the persecuted Christians of the early church, and others today were willing to die rather than renounce their faith in “I AM THAT I AM”.

It describes many aspects of the character of God, but one we really need to focus on in these last days is “THAT” HE IS Sovereign and what that means is that He possesses UNLIMITED, SUPREME POWER  and HAS NO EQUAL, NO RIVAL, and ALL ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY OVER THE HEAVENS, THE EARTH, and ALL THAT IS IN THE UNIVERSE, ALL THAT EVER WAS OR ALL THAT WILL EVER BE.

 When time came for Moses to go to Pharaoh, Pharaoh, posed a question, Exodus 5:2: “Who IS the Lord, that I should OBEY his voice to let Israel go? I know NOT the Lord, NEITHER will I let them go.”

Similar to what we’ve been discussing here, THIS world, the captive of THIS world, those who are victims of THIS world, and those who have no hope because all they have ever been taught is that there is NOTHING except THIS world. And that is where we have become slack and lax. By outright REFUSING the call of God and His WILL for our lives, and REFUSING His salvation, our pride and stubbornness as a society IS to blame for the ushering end of the last day conditions of our fallen world. Christians have far too long sat docile, and idle, and NO ONE wants to speak of repentance, and no one wants to speak of righteousness in our society because they do NOT want to be judged by “THAT” standard and in NOT using that divine rule, they mistakenly think they will not be judged by it either.

 I love how people who are not even saved loved to scream about “Jesus said “Do not judge” and HE did indeed say that, but He was not saying it in the context of what they are twisting it to mean and He was very clear on REPENTANCE and LEAVING those sins behind. People now want to CONDONE so that they will be CONDONED but God does not work that way. Jesus was talking about us, as CHRISTIANS, bad mouthing and coming down on the backs of our FELLOW believers when they are doing the best they can on their walk for him and I actually love Romans 14:4: “WHO ART THOU that judgest (are you to judge) ANOTHER MAN’S SERVANT?  TO his OWN master he standeth or falleth, Yea, he SHALL be holden up (made to stand): FOR GOD IS ABLE TO MAKE HIM STAND.”  

As God told US that we ARE to make His name a memorial for ALL generations, we can see where that slacking has been. There is a call BACK to true holiness, true worship, and the true FEAR of God, the desire for His fire, and the FEAR of His judgments. Because HE STILL IS and that answer to the question is this:

Colossians 1: 13-17: ‘Who hath DELIVERED us from the POWER of darkness, and hath translated (transferred) us INTO THE KINGDOM OF HIS DEAR SON: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins;

WHO IS the image of THE INVISIBLE GOD, the firstborn of every creature. For BY HIM WERE ALL THINGS CREATED, THAT ARE IN HEAVEN, AND THAT ARE IN EARTH, VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE, WHETHER THEY BE THRONES, OR DOMINIONS, OR PRINCIPALITIES (rulers), OR POWERS (authorities);

ALL things WERE created BY HIM, and FOR HIM; and HE IS BEFORE ALL THINGS, AND BY HIM (in Him) ALL THINGS CONSIST.”  

In our human condition something has happened that has led to the loss of fear of the Lord, we have determined in ourselves that GOD IS FOR US and not vice versa, and that is the thinking that needs changed.

Of course God IS for us, in the sense of offering salvation, and loving us, and protecting us BUT HE was NOT created, WE WERE CREATED FOR HIM and His pleasure:

Psalm 100:3-5: Know ye that the LORD HE IS GOD, IT IS HE THAT HATH MADE US, AND NOT WE OURSELVES; we ARE HIS people, and the sheep of HIS pasture. Enter into HIS gates with thanksgiving, and into HIS courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless HIS name. For the Lord IS good; HIS mercy IS everlasting; and HIS TRUTH ENDURETH TO ALL GENERATIONS.”

And there is our GENERATION red-flag again.. because we have not shared Him through the generations and we can also see with this verse IT IS ALL ABOUT HIM, as it should be:

Revelation 4:8:-11: “And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest NOT day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, WHICH WAS, AND IS, AND IS YET TO COME.

And when those beasts (creatures) give glory and honour and thanks to HIM that sat on the throne, WHO LIVETH FOR EVER AND EVER.

 the four and twenty elders fall down before HIM that sat on the throne, and worship HIM that LIVETH FOR EVER AND EVER, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, THOU ART WORTHY, O LORD, TO RECEIVE GLORY AND HONOUR, AND POWER; FOR THOU HAST CREATED ALL THINGS, AND FOR THY PLEASURE THEY ARE AND WERE CREATED.”

So we see for the verses it is time to get back to knowing who it is that worships who and the NEED for that fire and the need to bring true understanding about WHO HE IS to THIS generation! Join me next time for part 2, when we see that “Am” also means “BE” and He WILL BE EVERYTHING WE NEED!

Φλογιζω Σαλπιζω NBJ 2017

With the eyes of Iris….

The title sounds like I got a little confused there, doesn’t it? But no, I don’t mean through the iris of the eye. I mean trying to see through the eyes of Iris.

Iris is my little friend, she is a tiny little bird dog mix who is not very much bigger than my cat. She is, well, was a stray. I had never seen a cat or a dog in my life with such trust issues, usually you can feed them a couple of times and they know your okay, but not Iris. I got into the habit of keeping dog food on my back stoop (it is so not a real porch, it is tiny and step size) because we had a huge black lab that never wanted to share treats and bullied the other two so one day one of the others decide to get really smart and come to the back door and bark, hence therefore his nick name “Captain Barky” it was the cutest thing ever and he did this so often (my husband said that he had me very well-trained) that I finally started putting dog food out there hoping he would think it was special and appease his barking for treats syndrome.

One day I heard rustling at the back door and looked out the window and here is this tiny little dog eating as fast as it could and every rib, backbone, and little hip bone was visible and it just broke my heart and once she had been noticed, she quickly fled. Soon she starting coming pretty much every day, she would eat and run and if I tried to go out there or had to put out more food she would run away. I finally learned to not make eye contact with her and just try to get the food down wherever and as quietly as possible, try to get back into the house and sometimes she would run and then come back after I was inside. It soon became obvious that she had puppies and would often try to carry away the food container with her and this entire process went on for about six months and we at no point could touch this dog.

As I said I have never seen this kind of distrust and we could only imagine what she had been through. But soon another little friend starting coming by, I kinda of believe it is her puppy but this little thing was not scared in the least and adored my daughter and suddenly one day out of the blue after all this time, Iris let my daughter pet her. We could not believe it and my daughter joked about her being a different dog or something was wrong with her because it was like a complete 360 and suddenly she is jumping up on us, trying to lick our faces and honestly she looks like she smiles. The change was just mind-blowing. It was like when she did decide to trust us, it was a complete, no questions asked, give it your all kinda thing.

Sometimes that is how we are with have trust issues in our walk with God, we want to trust him, we want to have faith, but we are so scared of being hurt again or so wounded that we are afraid to trust anyone or anything. We often are fine trusting God with part of our lives but maybe not so much with all of our problems,our failures and fears, and sometimes we can trust him for eternal salvation and still be unable to allow him to get close to our wounded hearts to heal us, so we can have peace in this life while we are waiting for the eternal.

God wants us to trust Him unconditionally with every thing. trust can be a hard thing, what does trust even truly mean? To know that no matter what, your life IS IN the hands of one so much higher, that life, death, sickness, financial worries, any imaginable woe can never ever change the fact that your soul is in the arms of the everlasting God.

We all fall prey to the “I am trying to live right, why is this happening to me?”, moments, and dark times when the enemy tries to convince you that if were right this things would NOT happen. He is such a liar! Things happen, it rains on the just and the unjust. Christians suffer but SO DO those who are not saved, they have lost loved ones, they have problems, they lose jobs and the get sick BUT they do not have the blessed assurance that these things are but for a moment and they do not have the comfort  that only comes THROUGH TRUST IN GOD.

We all know the story of Job, we all know that it was a great contest between the forces of the universe and that satan contended that job only worshiped God because he had been blessed with a good life and Satan thought he could turn Job against God by tearing his life all to Hades. Now we all may have problems but when we are tempted to complain we should just read the beginning of Job, no one has had problems like he had!

While one messenger was still speaking to give him terrible tidings, another came waiting to tell him more! He lost ALL of his children, his wealth, his livestock. HE LOST EVERYTHING including his health (by being covered from head to foot with boils) his friends turned on, as often happens when the chips are down, he was surrounded by all those who could not wait to tell him how bad he was to try to force a confession of evil out of him and the part of the story that always ripped my heart out is when he thought God terrified him in dreams. Satan did ALL of this to him and he MISTAKENLY believed that it was God doing it, right down to the demonic nightmares. The only thing the enemy was not allowed to do to him was kill him. He had free control to torment him at will and yet the entire time Job thought he had angered God, BUT Job never lost his trust in God or in God’s faithfulness and the most profound verse is this:                                                                                                                        

“Though he slay (kill) me, YET, WILL I TRUST IN HIM…..” Job 13:15 (a)                                                                                

As the story winds up and the truth is revealed, Job is blessed beyond measure for what he had endured, he was given more than what had been taken and those who were too quick to judge him were required to honor him, no one would ever want to imagine what would have happened had he failed this test, the one who had sent it all on him would now also have his eternal soul to torment but GOD KNEW that Job would NOT FAIL THE TEST! Job TRUSTED God even when he did not understand until it was over.                                                                                                                                          

Maybe today, you are having trust issues, maybe there is something you just can’t let go of, worry pitting your stomach, thoughts from the enemy of what if, I ask you what if not? We hear so many voices and often those voices are against faith, they are against trust in God, that is one of the many ports you don’t want to take refuge in during your storm.  

 Jesus asked in Matthew 6:27 “which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?”                                                         

We worry and stress over things we have no control over and circumstances that we will never have control over, only God can change things and only God can give us peace of mind even in the midst of trails but we have to trust him and give him all our troubles and trust his sovereignty in ALL situations.                                                                                                        

The sufferings of the disciples are without question, and their attitude toward it all was unwavering, they focused on “that” day: “For the which cause (the Gospel) I also suffer these things; NEVERTHELESS I am not ashamed:   For I KNOW IN WHOM I HAVE BELIEVED, AND AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE TO KEEP THOSE THINGS WHICH I HAVE COMMITTED UNTO HIM AGAINST (UNTIL) THAT DAY.” 2 Timothy 1:12, you know written by Paul, who was beaten on multiple occasions, wrote most of the New Testament while imprisoned, suffered many, many afflictions and was beheaded for the Gospel of Christ.                                                                                                                                                                        

“That day” is different for all of us, whatever our struggles, fears, and worst case scenarios may be, but rest in the comfort of Paul’s example, KNOW in WHOM you believe, KNOW and BE PERSUADED that HE IS more than able to keep ALL things that we COMMIT to him. All the hurt, all the fears and all the what ifs and even the why’s. WE HAVE TO TRUST HIM with it all and once you just get under the shadow of his wings knowing that he has you, all of you, in his care and that when and if “that day” comes, HE IS there and HIS PEACE will see you through.                                                                               Φλογιζω NBJ 2015.

  

           

RESURRECTION PEACE / Part 1

O death, where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory?” 1 Corinthians 15:55
What is the most natural human fear?
Death and the fear thereof, the questions of how and when?
As we discussed in a past post, this is Satan’s number one weapon.
Just as he dared challenge God that if He would only remove his protection from Job that he would lose his faith, because in his belief that humans would give anything in exchange for their lives.
Now about peace, Jesus said His peace He left with us, not as the world gives, but His peace.
“And when he had said so, he shewed unto them his hands (pierce marks) and his side (spear wound). Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”  John 20:20,21
As He prayed in the garden before His arrest and crucifixion:And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I sent them into the world.”  John 17:13-18
These things have I spoken unto you, that IN ME ye might peace. In the world ye  shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.”            John 16:33
So what is this peace, the gospel of peace which protects the feet of the warriors of the Lord. This peace in the knowledge of salvation  also pertains to the helmet but the main function is to cover the feet travelling to proclaim that gospel and stand in battle without fear because of the peace of the knowledge of the truth of the resurrection.
The ultimate peace, removal of the fear of death and the knowledge through the Holy Ghost and glory of God’s word that your peace is this, just as they killed Him and He rose, that same power through the Holy Ghost will resurrect you.
I know there are scoffers and that is dangerous and that is between them and God in judgment.
But I, like the disciples testify to what I know and I know the resurrection power of God.
We may have breath and a beating heart and function daily and yet be as dead as any in the grave.
Spiritually dead, without repentance or the knowledge of God, or chained up in a prison of our past and never having been freed or made alive in Him.
I spent twenty-seven years of my life trying to outrun”me”,trying every self-destructive behavior possible to deaden the pain that consumed my soul and anything to just feel normal and accepted.
But as with all evil, God does not cause it but it is used to make us run from the only one who can free us.
But GOD already knows, no matter what people think or how they tried to figure us out, He already has the answer and once we surrendered that pain, that one part of our hearts that we are so careful to hide, and He fills us with his Holy Ghost and the power of His resurrection, in the blink of an eye, everything changes.

WE KNOW God loves us and we know HE protects us and we are given peace that we truly, truly have never known.
The peace that HE IS our Savior, and HE IS our life, HE IS  our protector and that we will never, ever have to be alone without him again.
Which is precisely why I chose Φλογιζω  as the name of my ministry, what Satan intended to use destroy me with is what God used to save me and that one be one weapon that the enemy could never terrify me with again, I would also be filled with HIS fire.
And that is what we all need, to make ourselves consciously aware of that fact and the remembrance of that power, HIS power because the truth is that not death, not demons or all the forces of hell can ever hold our spirits down.
As we go into the unknown of the last days, hold onto that, nothing, nothing can stop that power or the peace you will have once you let that knowledge renew your mind.
Because truly the grave will have no victory. Because we can only die one time and that is more than enough to make any warrior want to run, but run like David, not away from the enemy but to meet him head on because you know that through Jesus, you will win the battle, even if it is ultimately won in the resurrection!

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LIGHT TRANSCENDENCE

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost; In whom the  god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God should shine unto them.” 2 Corinthians 4:3,4

Hidden gospel, hidden, showing proof that it is there, hidden to blinded minds, minds blinded by the very force that trapped them in that darkness. Hidden in the dark, dark places where not as much as a single ray of sun dares shine.

I am not as concerned with the demonic forces that hold that darkness as I am with those who are their imprisoned, shackled victims. Victims of abuse, systematic mental torture and twisted mind games.  I understand  the feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, guilt, and shame and the effects of PTSD and it’s array of problems. But I am still a fan, because I know that it is not a mental condition, it is a self-preservation tool given to us. Because the suffered trauma would be far more than our minds could deal with and we would not be able to. And I know there is only one cure to it all.

Unbelievers say how can you believe in whom you can’t see, well if you never seek him, why would he reveal himself to you?

That is the cool thing, we are carnal before we are spiritual. It’s like thinking you are going to walk before you even learn to crawl. But if your heart is already hardened to him, don’t even bother going any farther reading this. Because I know what I know, I’m not fluffy and have been very, very much in the world and I also know who saved me and freed me from the prison of my mind and picked me up out of the ashes of my life. Disputing or trying to pick me or the word of God apart is not going to change any of it.

So this is for those who are cowering in that darkness, scared ,hidden, not wanting to die but too terrified to live. So terrified that you hide the real you behind an appearance or attitude that will appear fearful to others to prevent any sign of vulnerability or gentleness or anything that others could possibly misinterpret as weakness.

God did none of these things to you. But only he can heal you and help you, but you have to let him. He does exist and He is so much more than you can ever imagine and He already knows every hurt, every pain, and every tear you have ever cried.

But you have to realize who your enemy is and I promise it is not him. He came to set the captive’s free, to give you not only life, but life abundant. To give you beauty that you can not even begin to understand for those ashes. And to give you hope, peace, joy and deliverance from all those things you have come to believe are just a part of you. You do not have to carry it forever, you can be free.

This is not a Christian thing, or conversion thing. It is simply this, as the Disciples said “such as we have been given”. If he did it for me he will for anyone and my journey started with “If you are really there, please help me” and I promise you if you are reading this through tears, it is a divine appointment.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation;whom shall I fear? the lord is my life; of whom shall I be afraid.”                 Psalm 27:1

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”                Psalm 119:105

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”                  John 8:12

If you have tried it all, all the world offers and all the self-destruction tactics that go with it. Please let me suggest trying the light, the true light,Jesus is that light, trust him and you will never walk alone and most of all, you will never, ever walk in that darkness again.

Φλογίζω/  All right reserved. Rev. Nina BrownJohnson 2015

HOLY WAR

“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified both Lord and Christ.
Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and the rest of the Apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you and to your children, and to all that are far off, even as many as the Lord shall call. And with many other words he did testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward (perverse) generation.” Acts 2:36-40
Holy War. The day has come that others had scoffed at for eons. The day when those who claim to act on behalf of their “god” decide to slaughter all those who don’t share their pagan beliefs.
I have one big question with this, although I already know the answer, how does a “religion” tout itself as peaceful, while constantly screaming, bloody jihad? It is no different that the Spanish inquisition and forced Catholicism, and innumerable forced conversions to pagan religions and it has existed since Satan, the mastermind of it all was flung to earth.
He runs on the theory that humans will do anything to save their skin, just as when he  discussed Job with God, and Satan asked that God would remove his protective hedge from Job and he would convince him to curse God.
“And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.” Job 2:4. That is how he thinks and we know God allowed him full control over Job’s life, only that he could not kill him. And we also know that Job passed this horrific test of his true faith between the powers of the universe with flying colors and God blessed him beyond measure in doing so.
We also know that the Apostles and many, many gave their lives for the Gospel. As the church is built on the blood of Christ, the Holy Lamb of God, the blood of the saints, and the blood of the martyrs.
“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent shall take it by force.” Matthew 11:12
We are in a war, whether the candy coats want to hide their heads in the clouds and attempt to ridicule the word of the true messengers of God or not. It is what it is and what it has been since the dawn of time.
I tell you how it’s gonna come down. The anti-Christ comes into WORLD power, the number one voice over all nations, he is a dragon  that appears as a lamb. The carnage is  well underway and more threats are made everyday and the day is coming that in a desperate attempt for someone to stop the “holy war” and end the killings, the leaders will be begging to join that one world order to stop it.
Enter the anti-Christ, I’ve been trying to really hammer this, through peace he will destroy many.
A seven-year peace deal will be signed and he will call off his boys (of course the world does not know they are his) three and a half years will be groovy and then he decides to unveil himself and all who refuse to worship him will be beheaded, this is when he calls his troops back into action.
I have had quite an awakening, sooner than I had anticipated, once Satan busted my groove and forced me out from under the secluded, veiled protection of hiding behind the church. When I posted my beheading series and the follow-up. I suddenly had Muslims follow that site.                                       

Now I may not be the sharpest crayon in the box but I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck either. I know these guys aren’t reading because they find my funk jive exhilarating and my run on sentences delightfully refreshing.
I know they believe what they believe as passionately as I believe what I believe, but there is one huge difference. Jesus draws others to him, he wants those who worship him to do so in truth and spirit and of freewill and because they want to know him and serve him. He does not force people to worship him. And you never see Christians trying to kill others for their beliefs, because Jesus calls us his children of true light and true peace and we are not to be as the children of the world, full of violence and hate toward all who do not believe as we do.
HE IS the holy, self-existing creator who does not need to be worshipped to the point of killing those who refuse to do so.
And Yeah, Paul said it wasn’t a question of whether or not he preached the gospel, it was woe unto him if he did not. It’s not that this stuff doesn’t bother my human mind a little but as a watchman, if I fail to send out these warnings, I will be held accountable personally to God and found guilty of the blood of those I failed to warn. So I am running on “we ought rather obey God than man”.
So I’ll throw this out, calling heaven and earth to record this day, “touch not mine anointed and do my prophets no harm.”
Now, the question of what we must do to be saved was answered, what must we do to war successfully, “For thou we walk in the flesh, we do not war after (according to)the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations (arguments); and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Sides must be chosen or one will be chosen for you. There is no middle ground and we serve one or the other, whether we want to admit that or not.
If you are not saved and covered by the blood of Jesus, you already belong to Satan. And choosing not to believe in either of them won’t help at all. It’s like looking at the sun and saying you really don’t believe it’s there, it’s not going to make it go away, keep staring at it and you will believe it is real once it has blinded you, but then it will be a little too late.
But to really be effective, you need the Holy Ghost and the Baptism of fire. You need God living in you to fully navigate your way in these last days, remember, Jesus told us to be “Wise as a serpent but harmless as a dove.” He also promised that he “would bring back to your remembrance” all things he has taught you” and finally “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist” Luke 21:15
” But when they shall lead (arrest) you and deliver you up, take no thought before what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for IT IS NOT YE THAT SPEAK, BUT THE HOLY GHOST.” Mark 13:11
If you have never received the gift of the Holy Ghost or fire baptism, start praying for it. Fast in secret, pray in your closet, take communion and seek the indwelling of Him.
If you have received them please pray that others would also. (The great outpouring)
The war is in no way nearing an end, it has only just begun but we have comfort in this, we know how the book ends and we know who wins and we will be citizens of the world without end.
Φλογιζω. All rights reserved. Rev. Nina BrownJohnson 2015

COLLECT CALL FROM EGYPT. WILL YOU ACCEPT THE CHARGES?

Ever wonder what Moses went through? You know, being a prince of Egypt, brought up as an Egyptian, taught by them, trained by them and having close family bonds with them.
Moses had all of Egypt laid at his feet all that was required of him in order to live a lavish life of riches and unimaginable power was to deny his own lineage and turn his eyes away from the suffering of those in bondage.
He couldn’t do it because he was cut from a different cloth, he would forsake all of Egypt, its power and wealth bought by the blood of his true people. That he would not overlook.
He would rather go into bondage with them, than to enjoy his good life at the expense of their freedom. How many times did he hear, “You are one of us, you need to just calm down and forget this nonsense, just stay where you belong.”
Pharaoh tried his different tactics, my favorite is Exodus 10:10,
“And he said unto them, Let the Lord be so with you, as I will let you go, and your little ones: look to it; for evil is before you.”
Classic Satan and classic control. “Oh, you don’t really want to be out there on your own, what about your loved ones? The world is a bad place and bad things will happen if we aren’t there to protect you. It is not so bad here in Egypt, just stay where you belong.”
Anyone ever felt this kind of pressure? Pretending to wish you well but letting you know that not only will you not make it in your new walk of faith but neither will those you hope to lead with you.
How can you ever leave the Egypt of this world and all you have known to follow Christ into the land he has chosen?
So as we know this story, Pharaoh decides when his logic fails, he will just get rough with them. His heart so hardened that he failed to see the hand of the one true living God at work in all this. And he failed to see all of its strength, ready to come down on him, and he failed to see the anguish it would to his own people.
Once God had forced his hand by sending the plagues ending it with the deaths of the first-born of Egypt, he finally released the Hebrew slaves, but in his stubbornness and pride he could not leave well enough alone and decided to mount his army and set out after them to bring them all kicking and screaming back to Egypt.
As the Israelite’s stood horrified as the Egyptian army grew closer and the Red Sea stood as a formidable obstacle against them. The enemy trying to convince them that they were never even meant to be free, they cried out to the Lord, who was their ever-present help.
Exodus 14: 13, 27&28: And Moses said unto the people, fear ye not, stand still, see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew you to day: For the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. and Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remaineth not so much as one of them.”
Sometimes in life when the Red Sea in view and freedom is almost certain, the spirit of Pharaoh will rear its ugly head and spew out a warning cry to try to force you to stay in Egypt, in sin, in bondage,and misery, to try to convince that you will never be free.
Remember the words of our Lord, the word that is the double-edged sword given you from God, to cut through all the powers of hell, as Jesus said, the which will never, ever prevail.
“Touch not mine anointed and do my prophets no harm”
Serve notice on the Pharaoh in your life, tell him to send his messengers, rally his troops, mount his chariot and prepare his battle against your soul because soon you will see the salvation of your God and Pharaoh and his host will perish in the sea as they try to pursue you.
When Egypt tries to call you back, do not accept those charges, don’t even bother picking up the phone to answer their call because the price for one conversation with them could lead to a bill you will be trying to pay off for the rest of your life!
It would be better to be speared through the back running away than to submit to life under servitude under a spiritual Pharaoh.
Let that old Navy motto ring true in our battles today, “D**N the torpedoes, full speed ahead.”
Φλογίζω /original Post   05/03/14. All rights reserved. Rev. Nina BrownJohnson 2015

ORANGE, YELLOW, AND PAINFULLY BLUE

As we were having dinner at our Christian homeschooling groups back to school bash, a tiny toddler across from me at the picnic table suddenly pointed to a nearby tree, its leaves showing signs of the inevitable changes that were soon coming, “Mommy, Mommy, that tree!” she shouted, her Mother taking  a quick glance, turning back to her child she softly replied, “Yes, honey, it’s getting fall.”
In my heart, I thought “in more ways than one”, the air starting to shift and the trees now gracefully giving over to their seasonal death in a brilliant display of colors and hues, as if to say I have saved my best for last and will be more beautiful in my dying than my living.
So many of us in this funny little mid-life age group have suddenly been faced with the autumn of our lives and as we often tend not to think of ourselves in years but rather seasons. And I being the victim of a certain type of memory tend to just be and something said or done or entire conversations and seemingly unimportant details can be brought back with crystal clarity and then it dawns on me that was thirty or forty years ago.
PARENTAL MORTALITY. There I said it and have wrestled with it since the death of my brother, we planned to always be there for Mom and Dad and sit around in our nineties in our rockers retelling the tale of the blizzard of ’09.
But as that story came to an end and my generation of our family seeming to bear an astronomical genetic probability to developing cancer, having six first cousins also that died from it, like my brother, before even hitting fifty, but I also have two who won the battle. But somewhere in the back of all our minds it does make one question their own mortality. But as with all of creation, seasons change.
The new change began when my parents, whose home once buzzed with family, laughter and extremely rambunctious children, became more quite with each passing year.

Grandchildren growing up and starting their own lives, other family members just simply growing distant, far too busy pursing their own desires to take time to enjoy what is now becoming more and more precious with each passing moment.
My Dad who is now eighty-one has started to slow done a bit and has asked me on more than one occasion, “Wonder why ___ won’t come visit?” As his child this hurts more than words can express and my flesh wants to just scream because they are self-centered but from my mouth comes no answer.
My Mom who had always been the family rock, at seventy-eight has started to walk a little slower and losing two of her children has been a very heavy burden, I know if the Lord did not help her carry it she would break under the weight.
As I have watched all this come to pass, I say in my heart,”You both have to live forever, you are you and you are strong, you are invincible.”
Anyone else going through this? You watch more and more family members just fade away? I have seen it more than once, I had a wonderful friend from church, she passed away at eighty-three in 2008, we became close after her husband passed away and we talked almost everyday on the phone, one day she asked if knew what she did on Sunday’s, I told her No and she went on to tell me that Sunday had been her and her husband day to get out together, and after he passed no one came to visit her and she sat there and cried all day until church time. This lady had five children plus grandchildren, but they were all just “too busy” for her.
So we worry and worry and the Lord said for us to be anxious for nothing because tomorrow will give thought for itself.
We only have one option, the best option, just believe and trust God and be there for them,(remembering also the seniors God has allowed us to cross paths with because love doesn’t have to be blood family) all the while knowing that once autumn has passed and gives way to the cold, bitter howl of winter winds and there will be days that the hard ice and snow cuts against our skin, causing the pain to be almost unbearable and that the near white out conditions will make us, at times, almost snow blind to see the Lord’s hand in all things.
Rest assured as the blizzard slows and the winds cease, it will give way to the peaceful moonlight reflected from snow-covered mountains now majestic under a dazzling covering of frozen glitter straight from heaven, while earth shimmers in its glow.
“Surely I have behaved (calmed) and quieted myself, as a child weaned of his mother.” Psalm 131:2
We will never be strong enough, but God is, and as those changes come, just hold on, keep our eyes focused on spring, when all things will be made new and eternal.
“My beloved spake, and said unto me RISE UP, my love, my fair one and come away.
For lo, WINTER is passed, thee rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on earth; the time of the singing of the birds is come, and the voice of the turtle (doves) is heard in our land;
The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. ARISE, my love, my fair one, and COME AWAY.” Song of Solomon 2:10-13
Called up out of the grave or taken in holy union in the sky, either way, SPRING IS COMING for us all. And our God will be the gentle hand to lead us through even the most trying of seasonal changes.

Nina BrownJohnson/ Baresoulphlogizo  2015 all rights reserved
Φλογίζω / original post: 09/12/2014 Avenue/FOWC