A Prophets Call

john-baptist-lds-art-parson-39541-print.jpg“Prepare the way for the Lord.”  To this day the cry of the prophet rings clear and loud in the wilderness of this world. “Make straight paths for Him”.  Calling for repentance and pointing the direct way to Messiah Yeshua and the salvation He brings.  Those to whom this message is sent are wandering in the wilderness lost but searching for peace from the tyranny of the world.  They are drawn away from the crowd in their desperation.

The prophet is also compelled by the truth and vision that he has been given.  He is on a mission to proclaim the message that there is hope with the coming of Yeshua.  He calls for repentance, turning from sinful ways and the path of destruction.  This message is heard and received because it has Divine authority and power.  The sin-sick people are weary of the deceitfulness of sin.  It promises happiness and satisfaction, but it gives only thirst and pain, and takes away all peace and rest in its unending cycle of slow death.

The Lord of all is coming to proclaim good news to the poor, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.  It is a mission of Love because He cares for His own and is their savior, redeemer and friend.  The prophet knows this and that the Messiah will take away the sin of the world that has captured his people.  This took place when John the Baptist proceeded Yeshua Messiah.  Many in Israel answered the call of John and followed Yeshua.

Today, God Almighty is still sending out prophets to call all who have ears to hear the call of repentance from dead works and to turn to the living God.  These messengers proceed the Lord by drawing people to the only source of life.  It is out of His great mercy and grace that God sends a herald before Him, calling out to those appointed for life evermore.  The Lord invites us to come to Him, He knocks on the door of our hearts.  He blows the trumpet announcing His judgments.  He calls and anoints prophets to foretell what is yet to come.  In His great mercy He calls and waits with patience; He sends others and leaves no room for misunderstanding, lastly He sends His only Son.

One of the enemy’s best tactics is to foment the lie that we are worthless.  Being weak, fallible and having a natural brokenness is not the same as being worthless.  A precious stone may be encrusted with impurities and marred on its surface, but when the master grinds, cuts its facets and polishes it, the precious stone reveals a priceless gem hidden within.  God made us to show forth His Glory, for relationship and to be members of His family.  You are of great value; hear and obey the truth; respond to the Spirit’s call to repent, aligning toward the Lord, heading directly to Him.  He is coming for you!

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The Forgotten

d593c3aa71ecf0f00ef36b9bf4218984--psalm--king-of-kingsStephen Paddock recently shocked the world when he gunned down defenseless attenders of a country music festival in Las Vegas.  He killed 58 people and injured another 546.  Pictures of Paddock have dominated the local and cable news stations for weeks.  He joins the ranks of Omar Saddiqui Mateen, Seung-Hui Cho, Adam Lanza and several other horrendous mass shooters in US history. These hideous crimes pale in comparison to Mao Tse-Tung, Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Kim II Sung and other brutal dictators who killed millions during their short time on earth.

These wicked men seek glory and fame, even if their only means to success is through evil deeds and shedding innocent blood.  They fail to realize that Read More »

Instruction in Sovereignty

I, the LORD, created them.God raises people to authority for His purposes. He works His will through them.  He grants riches to some that they may know that He is the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name, for His good purposes toward Israel, His people, even though they don’t acknowledge Him.  He is God and there is no other.  He made the light and darkness.  He brings prosperity and creates disaster.  The Lord does all things.  “You heavens above, rain down my righteousness; let the clouds shower it down.  Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness flourish with it; I, the Lord, have Read More »

Now and Later Part 3

1690e382b9c83220f41f2a18efd69821--revelation--king-of-kingsMany drastic events can be projected with the acceleration of change.  For example, a one world government, world War III and IV, break-through in energy storage and production, currency redesignation, catastrophic earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, weather events,  etc.

However, the greatest event in the world’s future will be the return of Messiah Yeshua to earth.  His return will be disguised, if possible by the revealing of the man of lawlessness, the Antichrist.

What happens in the secular physical world is inconsequential, because what is happening now has happened before, not in exactly the same Read More »

Now and Later Part 2

UnknownThe emergence of the state of Israel once again after almost two thousand years in exile, yet remaining an identifiable and distinct people, is a remarkable physical achievement, as well as the fulfillment of ancient Biblical prophecy with many spiritual connotations. In these most recent years the Church has become a great supporter of Israel and the Jewish people.  The significance of this is spiritual, in that, as the church begins to understand the importance of its Jewish roots, she is aligning more closely with the spiritual purposes that are articulated in scripture.  Among these are a love for the Israeli people, as expressed by God in the Scriptures, a desire expressed passionately by Yeshua that His own people would accept Him as their Messiah, a recognition of the scriptural promises that were made to Abraham that God would bless those who blessed Him and His descendants and a recognition of the material Read More »

The Real Walking Dead

walking-deadFor the past few years, there have been numerous shows and movies about Zombies.  The most prominent is AMC’s, The Walking Dead, which is going on its 8th season.  When people die, they turn into a zombie-like, dead man walking, also known as a “Walker” and immediately start seeking to devour the “Living” people.  Like the Zombie curse, sin entered this world through Adam.  As a result, all humanity is born under the curse of sin.  The Bible warns, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8).

This world is filled with people who are under the influence and control of Satan.  They are walking dead, zombie-like people who are going Read More »

Now and Later Part I

dp-physical-and-spiritual-salvation-68-638There are two realms in reality, the physical and the Spiritual, the temporal and the eternal, the secular world and the Church.  God is Lord of all.  We have a physical body and a spirit.  This is simple, but also complex in all its ramifications.  The physical does not comprehend the spiritual with its senses, nor the secular world the Church.  Our body gets old and we die in seventy years or so, if we make it that long, but our Spirit’s live on.  The Church has an eternal existence with God in Heaven as the bride of Messiah Yeshua.  With this very basic foundation, let’s consider what we see today.

If you are a Believer you have the indwelling Holy Spirit, knowledge of God’s Word and a measure of faith (hence the term “Believer”) that gives Read More »

Spiritual Acts

113214924Why do I have this yearning to serve the Lord?  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Eph. 2: 8-10).  There are many men who will say, come with me and I will show you how and where to serve the Lord.  I have done this, but much of it has not been satisfying to my desire to serve the Lord.  I have seen others who were hurt deeply, even led towards heresy by following well-meaning men.  We must live under authority in right relationship, but we must also obey the Spirit’s voice.  I want to be a voice that encourages the children of God to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, in and among the family Read More »

The Sum of All Things

Col1-16.jpgThe Apostle John said, “Jesus did many other things as well.  If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” (John 21:25).  Many may consider this a figurative exaggeration by John. However, consider the depth of meaning that is contained in the entire Bible, symbolic, historical, prophetic and spiritual.  The history alone spans over five thousand years of God establishing and choosing the descendants of Abraham to be His select people through whom He would demonstrate His very nature and character.  “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” (Rom. 15:4).  Archeology has confirmed much of the Bible’s historical content, if any of it could be physically proven to be otherwise, the God haters would Read More »

The Table of the Lord

tableshewbreadGod made us so that we eat to live, so He made a world of food for us.  Yet, we are not like cattle or horses that graze the grass upon which they walk.  We eat at a table, generally and usually. When Yeshua fed the multitudes in the wilderness there were no tables, so he ordered them to gather together into groups.  This is a central part of the ordering of the Lord – that we gather together to eat and that before the Lord. We must work for our food, it’s there and in great abundance and variety, but it must be gathered, harvested, grown, hunted, shepherded, sown, prepared, caught, cooked, picked, mixed, milked, washed, soaked, sliced, etc.  Even manna from heaven Read More »

Get Back Up

1John1-9-570x280.jpg“For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief. ” Proverbs 24:16.  Although this verse is primarily speaking about a just man falling into trouble rather than sin, it still has an application to Christians which commit “acts” of sin but confess them and then get back up onto the straight and narrow path.  We know that if we confess our sins God with forgive and cleanse us. I John 1:9.

C.S. Lewis in “Mere Christianity” notes that perfect virtue will not be obtained by any merely human efforts but only with God’s help.  He goes on to say – “After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again.  Very often Read More »

Don’t Get Satisfied

The-Canaanite-Woman-Insistent-PrayerAn important thing I learned selling, is not to get satisfied.  This seems strange, perhaps wrong, but it is right in this context.  When you are selling, you have little control over actually making a sale, if you’re honest in your self-appraisal.  So, when you make a sale or two or three or four in a short period of time, you have a natural tendency, at some point to be satisfied, take it easy and stop.  The law of averages reminds us that every day is not a banner day, so we need those banner days in order to carry us through the lean days and average Read More »

I Am Not Who I Seem

3d9337d735f00b23b993d88c1780dbdc--holy-spirit-god-isMy weakness and obscurity hide my true identity.  Like a plain blade of grass I blend into the vast lawn of humanity.  My true self is further concealed by the shadows of the great and powerful, caused as the light catches their image at angles to cast a tall and wide caricature of themselves.  I lie down and bow low before my family, whom I serve at my Father’s request. The children and infants are small indeed, to whom this world seems populated entirely by giants who carry then about as a sack of potatoes.  So I get down on my knees and see the small one’s eye to eye, and place my ear close to hear their soft voices.  The simple wonder and delight of children is not foreign or beneath my interest. I share Read More »

Thoughts – Part 2

maxresdefaultGod knows our thoughts.

“You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.  You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.  Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.” (Ps. 139: 2-4).

“Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat.  When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, ‘Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.’  At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, ‘This fellow is blaspheming!’  Knowing their thoughts, Jesus Read More »

Thoughts – Part 1

33337-covering-eyes-and-ears-1200.1200w.tnOne thing about getting older is that you have more history to think about and  more time to re-think it.  A coworker once explained to me that he felt he lived his life in his head thinking about things.  If your mind is not engaged in a particular activity, it will be filled with something.  Trying to clear your mind is like trying not to think about a pink elephant, you are flooded with those same thoughts.  We can influence our thinking patterns, but can we actually control our thoughts?  If we can, we could likely control much more of our feelings, plans, opinions, and actions.  However, controlling a thought Read More »

Thomas a Sign

17-04-23-Serodine_Doubting_ThomasThomas was a disciple of Yeshua and one of the twelve apostles.  To many he is remembered as “Doubting Thomas”, based on an event after Yeshua’s resurrection.  “Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord!’  But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.’  A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them.  Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’  Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see my hands.  Reach out Read More »

How to Finish the Race With Joy

92818945The Apostle Paul described life as a race and declared that he had finished his race with joy.  How can we, like Paul, finish our race – our life with joy?

  • Run your race with your eye on the prize – don’t compare your ministry to others.  As humans, our eyes can only focus in one direction. We can either focus straight ahead, up or down, left or right.  If we are running a race, our focus should be straight ahead, toward the finish line.  Runners who look elsewhere will slow down, stumble or get out of their lane (and disqualified). Likewise, Christians should focus on their own ministry.  Don’t waste time
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The Power of Forgiveness

forgiveness2“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently.  But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.” (Gal. 6:1). This scripture is deep in truth and power.  I’m reading “Total Forgiveness”, by R.T. Kendall, which is an outstanding book so far.  In it he describes a scenario that directly illustrates the significance of this scripture.  “A few years ago two elders had the task of approaching a man in their church who was in an adulterous relationship.  On their way to the man’s house, one elder said to the other, ‘Do you believe that you too could fall Read More »

A Fountain of Life

7cb632c7ffdc0b02862f0f3ec58e2938--isaiah--beautiful-things“…and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” (Isa. 61:3).

This is just one verse, but Messiah Yeshua read it in the congregation and proclaimed it fulfilled.  I like to take God’s word literally, unless obviously figurative, and I like to take it as though it applies to me.  I could occasionally be wrong in these perspectives and be disappointed, but the alternative is to risk unbelief and that is a very difficult Read More »

The Poor in Spirit

poor_in_spirit.pngBlessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 5:3.  “Poor in spirit” translated here literally means “to crouch or cower as one helpless.”  In Galatians 4:9 it is translated “beggarly.”  It is a humble spirit that all believers should have where they understand that only through God’s grace can they be saved and their lives have any meaning.  This verse calls on Christians to recognize that there is no room for pride in their lives or any faith in themselves to be good or otherwise worthy without God.

John McArthur has described poor in spirit as “The opposite of self-sufficiency.  This speaks of the deep humility of recognizing Read More »

Contrasting Actions

065-065-jesus-at-the-door-mediumI recalled the words of a song, by Children of the day, “New Life”, that says, “I’m so glad you decided to turn your life over to Jesus. I’m so glad you decided to let Him in”. The Lord talked a lot about His Children being in Him and He in us. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Rev. 3:20). God is good beyond description, His glory and majesty are too marvelous for human eyes to behold. He is love, unlimited and unconditional. Therefore, without question having God come in and dwell in us must be desirable, but He stands at the door, knocks and speaks. Believer’s hear His voice and respond.

Consider the enemy, He is evil and wicked, bent on our destruction. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10). He sets traps and snares seeking to capture Read More »

Child of Promise

Isaac_a_Lover_of_Peace.jpgWhat do we know of Isaac? He was the promised son of Abraham and Sarah in their old age. He was to be sacrificed by Abraham, but God intervened and provided a ram. He married Rebecca whom God selected and was the father of paternal twins Esau and Jacob. He was tricked into granting the first-born blessing to Jacob instead of Esau. In each of these significant events Issac was a participant rather than the initiator.

Isaac was a well digger, like his father, who had dug wells all around the area of Abimelech king of the Philistines in Gerar. “The Lord appeared to Isaac Read More »

God’s Initiative

1136_whiteAll through the Bible we see Interactions with men initiated by God. God called Noah and Abraham, He blessed Issac abundantly, He gave promises to Jacob. God revealed Himself and conversed directly with Moses. God chose David as King and all the Prophets, giving them specific direction for the welfare of the people of Israel. Yeshua sought out those with responsive hearts, the disciples, the Samaritan woman, Zacchaeus, Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, the two disciples on the road to Emmaus and many more.

We are His people, He cares for us with an everlasting Read More »

A Glimpse of Heaven

637e1d6d3dadce00d43a093e7767ce97--sun-shine-sun-raysYesterday, The Lord gave me a glimpse of heaven. A glimpse is enough to see and recognize but not to behold in fullness, it is only partial. I was driving down the highway and remembered someone’s offense toward me; I didn’t want this thought, so I prayed, Lord please forgive this person and remove this offense completely. I confessed my offenses against others and asked for His forgiveness. I asked Him how would it be to be totally free of these wrongs done to me, and that I have done to others. Then in an epiphany I saw the light of this world as though it was a shadow, and it parted revealing the bright light of Heaven. I knew this was Heaven because my prayer was answered; I felt totally free, light as a feather and had absolute freedom from any consciousness Read More »

Ensure the Lampstand Remains

menorahchurches“Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks. I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his Read More »