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.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

When God Speaks: His Promise for Resurrection Life

Here is an excerpt of my 40 day devotional:

 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.
 Romans 8:11
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!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

God's Homeland

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).

Monday, March 30, 2015

Weekely Word from the Lord: Return to Me

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.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Trust: "When God Speaks: 40 Days of His Promises"

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust—think about it. It’s a rare commodity in society today. With all that’s going on, especially with the increase in terrorist attacks, how can we? On top of it, there are so many shady characters in the world itching to strip us of our money, our family, or our life. In an untrusting world, it’s difficult to believe in a trustworthy God. How do we overcome our natural inclinations?
In the light of God’s love and His presence, fear melts away. It is replaced by a trusting relationship that grows daily. We come to know God personally in this way through prayer and reading His Word, and He instructs us. As a good teacher, He trains us—like a horse and rider. Let’s take a look.
At first the trainer places the unbroken or wild horse in a paddock to restrict their movement. When the time is right, they place a bridle on the horse’s head and a bit in its mouth. This is like many of us when we first come to Jesus. He restricts our activity for a while, then harnesses us and takes the reins. Wild as some of us are, we may chafe at such a yoke, but God intends it for good. He wants to direct us over the hurdles and around the pitfalls, rather than falling into them. But it’s human nature to want to be in the saddle holding the reins. Many of us gallop away, going our own direction.
Yet those who submit to training are a wonder to behold. When horse and rider are in unison, it is a beautiful sight. They become one as they jump the hurdles, race around the track or gallop down the trails. The horse responds to the slightest movement of the reins, the pressure of the rider’s legs and their stance. Together, they know where to go and what to do.
If we can learn to trust Him like this, we too can be guided by the One who sees the whole picture and knows what is best. We may veer off the path, but He can redirect us back. As we walk together with Him in trust, we can learn to avoid some pitfalls. We can sense His guidance through His words and His direction when we pray.
We don’t need to rely on our limited perception when we are in tune with God. We can trust Him is situations that don’t make sense—when we are in pain, lose a job, a house, a loved one, or when friends fail us. God can direct us through darkness, peril and loss as well as through joy and light.

Monday, March 2, 2015

"I AM" Everything You Need

Here are two entries from my work in progress, a 365 daily devotional. I'd appreciate your input. Any suggestions or comments?

"And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you’” (Exodus 3:14).

            When I spoke to Moses, I called Myself “I AM."  Why? Because I am all; I am everything. I am existence. Think of what that means. I always was and will always be. I am all things good and wise. I am the essence of goodness. I am Alpha and Omega, Almighty God, King of Kings, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Think on this. I can not only give you peace, I can be your peace.
 I can be all things to you. "I AM everything you need.” I am your rock of protection in dangerous times, your provider in time of need, your healer when you hurt, your strong tower when you are troubled, your delight, your living water, your bread of life. And that is not all. I can be your love, your hope, your salvation, your everlasting joy. Stop and take notice. See what is happening around you; the burning bush is not consumed. Listen. I call you to discover who "I am."

 “Therefore humble yourself under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6).

            Turn off the television, the radio, the noise and clamor of this world. Quiet your spirit. Focus on Me, your eternal Father. Put away those things that distract you from your purpose. Get down on your knees. Humble yourself before doing anything else. Be ready to listen. I cannot speak truth into a proud heart. It clouds the message. There is a dying world out there that needs to know the truth. You, My children, need to bring it to them in love. This is the challenge. All of you who are called by my name are to speak My truth, not your own. Listen and hear what I have to say. Be careful not to puff up yourself because I have spoken to you. Recognize I do this for the good of others and not just yourself.