For the New Year I have started bringing a Weekly Word that I have received from the Lord. It's a new direction for this blog but one I hope you will like and would love to receive feedback from you with comments. For February, I'm featuring When God Speaks : 40 Days and Nights of His (Amazing) Promises.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Sunday, July 5, 2015
It's been a more mellow fourth of July as I contemplate America's position on many issues and how far she has fallen from the truth. Today the Lord gave me this word in a song to His children.
America, Will You Think of Me Today?
Will you think of me today My child, the apple of My eye?
Will I be in your thoughts My daughter, anytime from day to night?
Will you hear Me today My child, as I call to the love of My life?
Will you see Me in the trees and flowers, mountains, stars, sea or sky?
Will you know how very much I love you, sons and daughters of mine?
Will gratitude for all My blessings be in your mind?
I gave you everything you wanted—freedom, liberty and life.
I founded your glorious nation
on the wisdom of My Eye.
My hand guided your founding fathers
on the Words of My Mind.
Will you remember today, My children
That I once held you in My arms?
Will you remember Me today, My children?
As I taught you how to walk.
Will you walk beside Me, Oh My children?
Turn your face back to My Holy Son.
Will you turn your thoughts on Me, My children?
Or will you only cry?
Will you run though fields of grain, My children
Or will you run and hide?
Will you turn to The light, My children?
Prodigal son of Mine.
Will you be like My first created child,
Adam, where are you, gone blind?
Will you be like My rebellious nation?
Once the apple of My eye?
Will you return to those who love Me?
To My Son who lived and died?
Resurrected on to New life
You too can be, my favored child.
O come back to Me, My glorious Nation
So once again we can be One.
Return to Me, my favored Nation
Confess My Only Son.
See the blessings I’ve poured out upon you.
It hurts My heart to see you hide.
How you’ve trampled on the freedom I gave you.
I offered you My child.
Listen carefully, My Golden Nation
Once the apple of My Eye
To the pages of My Holy Word
History does not lie.
See the downfall of the rebellious nations.
Who turned away their eyes.
And followed strange gods of their own making,
Golden idols, you have created,
Replacing truth for a lie.
Be now careful in all your freedom,
For it will turn on you.
Learn the lessons from the pages of history.
Are coming soon upon you.
Rebellion led many nations to destruction.
Hear what they have to say.
Will you think of Me today, My child
Or tuck Me far away?
Will you walk the way that I have shown you?
And be ready for that day.
I will return for those who love Me.
All others will be turned away.
Though they cry and scream they knew Me.
Only My Son will be the one to say.
Did you think of Me today My child?
And lead another on The way?
Posted by Anita Estes at 4:52 PM
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Here is an excerpt of my 40 day devotional:
When God speaks: 40 Days and Nights of His Promises
When God speaks: 40 Days and Nights of His Promises
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His spirit who dwells in you.
Here in the Northeast where I live, spring is awaited like a bridegroom for the bride. After a long hard winter of battling freezing cold, snow and ice, the warmth of sunshine defrosts body and soul. Buds form on trees, flowers burst into life, and children are seen playing outside once again. The icy grip of winter is replaced with glorious life.
For the believer, this new life is available every day. The resurrection power that raised Christ from the dead is the same Spirit given to us. Think about that. Jesus suffered terrible physical and emotional pain that led to a torturous death. Yet, evil’s kiss of death could not stop God’s astonishing resurrection power. And we who are children of God have that same life in us!
Christian, lay down your burdens of sorrow and despair and do not look for the Holy One in the tomb. He is no longer there. Christ has conquered death so that you may “have it (life) more abundantly.”John 10:10.
Are there trials and sorrow in life? Surely so, but we do not need to be destroyed by them for Christ has given us the victory. “Yet in all these things (tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril and sword), we are more than conquerors though Him who loved us” Romans 8:37.
As a young Christian I liked to think of myself as a conqueror, though I was riddled with envy, self-pity and pride. I didn’t even know I felt this way until I started facing difficulties, which brought all of these feelings to the surface. As I began to endure some fiery trials of loneliness, rejection and near poverty, I learned how to walk, step by step, in victory. During this time I buried myself in the Word of God and prayer. I learned about the true nature of God, not what others said about Him, and what He wants for me.
It is God’s love that brought me through. Like Paul, I became convinced that nothing “shall separate us (me) from the love of God” Romans 8:15. We cannot only endure our furnaces of affliction, but come out on the other side with pure gold. For these challenges are not intended to kill us, but to burn off the waste products or dross in our lives.
If we can have this view of trials, then bitterness, envy, malice, hatred and strife can be put to death, for these are the enemies of resurrection life. It is these among others, our sin nature, which nailed Christ to the cross. Yet God did not allow sin to keep His Son buried, neither does He want that for His other children. The power of God’s love is strong enough to reach down into our tomb where all our secret sins lay hidden and expose them. Sons and daughters put your sins on the cross where they belong, and allow God’s life to quicken your mortal bodies.
Arise and throw off the grave clothes of depression and despair. Spring has dawned upon the land, and new life will burst through the ground. Behold the first signs are already there. The seed has taken root, and it’s pushing through the earth. The first rays of sunshine can be felt.
Gather your strength Christian, aided by the Son of God, and pick up your head, seedling. A new world full of His Son-shine awaits you!
Posted by Anita Estes at 2:14 PM
Saturday, May 16, 2015
This is a Word the Lord gave me when I arrived in Israel. I believe it is a word for Christians to contemplate.
As you look and gaze upon the land where I birthed My people, drink in the refreshment of My presence. As you walk and touch your feet upon the very ground where My prophets tread, know you are standing on Holy ground.
For this nation called Israel is My homeland. I choose it to be the home of My people--the place I called Abraham to pitch his tents, the land I called the Israelites to come to through Moses, and told Joshua to conquer and inhabit, and most importantly, the birth place of My Son, Yeshua
Behold the land, the mountains, the plains, the desert and the valleys, the dusty roads that My Son traveled to bring the Good News to all the nations. These are the very hills My Son tread to perform miracles and raise the dead to life, to help the blind see, the crippled walk, the hungry filled and the thirsty quenched.
As you view Jerusalem, know you are looking upon a city that My Son longed to embrace as a mother hen embraces her chicks. Know this is My heart because this is My city and the place I chose as a homeland. I made a covenant with them, which I will not break no matter their waywardness.
As you have a special love and affinity for your homeland, so too I have a special love and affinity for Israel. It is a place that needed much rebuke and discipline, just as a father rebukes a son. Yet it is also a place that I bless, as a father desires to bless a child and most especially a prodigal.
Though many of My people do not recognize the blessings bestowed upon them come from My hand, someday they will. I am fulfilling what I spoke through the words of David, Isaiah, and Jeremiah. “Sing with joy for Jacob; shout for the foremost of the nations (emphasis mine, Jeremiah 31:8). “Hear the word of the Lord, you nations;proclaim it in distant coast-lands:‘He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.’For the Lord will deliver Jacob and redeem them from the hand of those stronger than they" (v. 10-11). You have already seen the fulfillment of the prophecy and it is continuing to be fulfilled.
Even so I have spoken more of My Word to Israel and your eyes have seen its fulfillment: "They will be like a well-watered garden, and they will sorrow no more. Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. I will satisfy the priests with abundance, and my people will be filled with my bounty,” declares the Lord" (Jeremiah 31:12-14). I AM blessing My nation, Israel, and I have used the new (Christians) to bless the old (Jews).
Posted by Anita Estes at 8:59 AM
Monday, March 30, 2015
This is a word the Lord gave me for all my friends, known and unknown, for those who have left Jesus for one reason or another, and for the weary and disheartened.
Return to Me my sons and daughters. Though your sins are as scarlet, I will make them white as new fallen snow. Though you have chased after others gods and drank from leaky cisterns with holes, I am calling you back to Me.
Come buy bread and wine that satisfy and meat that nourishes you. Come back to the foot of the cross and behold all I have done for you. Look upon My face, my hands and feet. I have suffered for you so that you could be cleansed from your iniquities—from prostrating yourself to the gods of convenience, comfort, self-indulgence and pleasure. These are but fleeting, temporary happiness.
I have deep joy and everlasting peace in My hands and riches for evermore. Do not exchange these for the false pleasures of the earth. Life passes quickly before your eyes and so with it all the things which once brought you happiness. Rely on Me; trust in Me once again.
I am the eternal source of all things good. Every good gift comes from heaven above.
Pleasures are but fleeting. Though you pursue them as lovers, they will both devour and evade you. Come sit with me again and hear My voice. Let Me wrap My arms around you. Gaze into My eyes and see the love pouring from Me to you. Contemplate all I have done for you. Come back to Me, my sons and daughters.
Posted by Anita Estes at 11:36 AM