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, 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.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Dragon Slayer

The clouds are gathering. Everything is falling into place. The storm is brewing. It will unleash terrible whoas  upon the earth. Yet do not fear my little ones. If you are my children, I will hide you in the cleft of My Hand. I will be your rock and fortress.

Do not worry about the impending storm, but neither ignore the signs of My great coming. Great evil is gathering its troops. Do not be ignorant of the cause of these terrible whoas. It is the face of Satan himself who wants to destroy life, especially Christians. 

Yet have I not told you greater things were yet to come. If you are imbued with power on high, greater works will you do. Miracles will abound as the end times draw near. However, do not overly concern yourself with these either. 

Let me make you into a vessel. One who can be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. I can only fill you up to the degree that you surrender to Me. The flesh screams to have its way, but you must not succumb. This is the most important work to be done in your life: surrender to Me. Then obey.

As you walk in loving obedience, you will be filled with My Holy Spirit and conquer the evil crashing down all around you and on this nation. Evil times call for greater light and thereby further obedience. Step out of the shadows of Morder and into the light of obedience. Slay the dragons within for there are many more approaching on the earth.

How can you sleigh dragons when you are empty handed? Take up what I have already given you--My Word, My Holy Spirit, and most importantly My Son, who is a representative of my forgiveness, grace and love. Enter the battle armed and dangerous.

I do not call you merely to sit by and let evil overtake the land. I call you to enter the fray, in the cleft of My Hand. Take up your weapons, with the Sword of the Spirit in your right hand and the fruits of the Spirit in the other. Let love,  joy, peace,patience, kindness, goodness, and self control reign within.

Allow Me to aide you in destroying the enemy inside, the flesh, and then you will become a sharpened instrument in My hand. Thus I will call you to battle the enemy of the whole human race, the serpent of old.  I make each and every disciple, who has been disciplined by My Hand, a dragon slayer. 

(See previous Word, The Furnace of Affliction Brings Joy, for further understanding of God's discipline).