Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Abortion: NOT About Choice

Though I was blessed to be able to be at the pit twice this week already, yesterday was a very rough day. It started when I had a divine appointment with a -- the first mother to come to kill. She was very sad, and very willing to talk, desiring help. So, I was counseling her, comforting her -- "We'll help you. We're here for you"; then the armed guard comes out.

He tells her, "This is a really mean lady. (meaning, me) If you have an appointment, you have to go in. You have to pull into the parking lot." She was stalled outside, hesitant and crying. He's armed, and insistent.

I had said, "You don't want to go in there. If you need help, we'll help you. Whatever you need, we'll find a way. They kill children, and you don't really don't want to kill your child."

She had answered, "Yes, but things happen."

I had answered, "Yes, but we don't kill the children for our mistakes." Which, of course, made her cry all the more, but she also agreed with me.

This mother really did not want to go into the pit. She clearly wanted our help. She was responding to me, and reaching out -- physically to me. I was responding to her as any mother would, touching her gently, lovingly. But the armed guard insisted, and women are often afraid of disobeying an armed man when they are vulnerable. So, in she went. Then, of course, he insisted she drive all the way around to the back -- knowing I would not be able to properly invite her out to continue our discussion -- again, insisting that she "had" to.

She was crying. I was crying, and there was angel watching. So, I sent him in, and he did go. However, angels will not force us. No, they stop at the free-will line. I know he encouraged her to come out, but she did not -- at least not while I was still onsite.

Then a black couple went in, and I said, "Don't Black lives matter to you? This is a precious little black baby. You should love it, not kill it." And, moments later, the father came out glaring at me furiously. Clearly, she did not really want to kill her child, either, but he insisted.

Anyone who honestly believes abortion is about a "woman's choice" has no idea what really goes on at the pits.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Praise and Repentance

Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens. Praise Him from the heights. Praise ye Him, all His angels. Praise ye Him, all His hosts.

Praise ye Him, sun and moon. Praise Him, all ye stars of light. Praise Him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.

Let them praise the name of the LORD: for He commanded, and they were created. He hath established them forever and ever. He hath made a decree which shall not pass.
Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling His word: mountains, and all hills: fruitful trees, and all cedars: beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth -- both young men, and maidens; old men, and children.

Let them praise the name of the LORD; for His name alone is excellent. His glory is above the earth and heaven. He exalteth the horn of His people, the praise of all His saints; even the children of Israel, a people near unto Him.

Praise ye the LORD. -- Psa 148

God is the answer to any and all problems. If we put Him first -- to honor and obey Him, then He can deliver us. No earthly man can for we have a spiritual sickness. We know Him not enough to fear Him, and we behave all though He were irrelevant. Many are the nations that have been destroyed by this madness. Truly our deliverance depends on our willingness to take it's cure: true repentance as evidenced by works.

Bring forth, therefore, fruit worthy of repentance . . . Luke 3:8

What will you do to prove to God that you desire to return to Him? Are you ready to take up the children's case as if you truly intend to win it? Or do you say to yourself that "God has had mercy, therefore, we need not fear"?

Woe be unto the people who believe God is not greatly angered by the continued shedding of innocent blood! Woe be unto those who do little to nothing to stop it; for God is GOD, but man is only man.

He hears innocent blood cry out. It is a testimony against us -- a testimony He cannot and will not long continue to ignore. While you are saying, "Peace, peace!"; He will wipe us out like the plague we are. Only a few faithful will remain, if, indeed they do. God's patience with us is gone. Though you ignore it, the evidence is all around us. Not even this once great nation can escape His hand. We have disrespected the sacrifice of His Son, and we have gone a whoring after the gods of self and wealth to our own destruction.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Are You Missing Your Blessing?

Sometimes God uses adversity to trigger blessings. He puts a challenge before us with the intent of blessing us for responding to His glory. Those times can be some of the most difficult, because they are often fraught with very real danger.
Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion or fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. Then said these men, “We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.” – Dan 6:4, 5
Daniel was a very intelligent and honorable man. He was looked on with great favor by king Darius; and therefore, despised by those who wanted his power and position. Sound familiar? It is one of those things many of us face daily.
In this time of self-entitlement it seems there is almost always someone who believes they have more right to what we have than we do. Coveting is alive and well with some going to great extremes to take what isn’t theirs. It’s not uncommon for them to do just about anything to get it, either. In Daniel’s day these men were so intent on relieving him of his status that they plotted to take his life.
All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains have consulted together to establish a royal statue, and to make a firm decree that whosoever shall ask a petition of any god or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. – Dan 6:7
Now they did this knowing full well that Daniel routinely petitioned God three times a day, every day, and they knew he would continue to do so despite any decree they might come up with. So it was a challenge, a gauntlet thrown down before Daniel. “Do you love your God so much that you’d risk your very life for Him?”
They already knew Daniel’s answer would be, “Yes.” They had watched him carefully, and they knew he would continue to do what he had already been doing. So, they considered that Daniel was already dead. They considered him defeated by his unwavering attachment to the holy God of Heaven.
What they did not know was that Daniel fully understood what they were up to. He realized they wanted him gone, and would do anything to see to it that he did not survive. Yet, he considered that God was still God, that He had not ceased to be all-powerful simply because these men desired his life.
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three time a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. – Dan 6:10
After Daniel knew he was in danger, he still went before God to openly petition Him. He considered it could cost him his life, but he desired God more than his life. This kind of commitment usually comes from long-term priorities. It’s not to say that the “baby Christian” can’t have it; but rather, than it is seen more often in the mature Christian. Daniel was mature. He had spent his life seeking and desiring God. Now, he served an ungodly, earthly king; but his heart was far above. His heart – his whole heart belonged steadfastly to God. He could no more abandon his proclivity for seeking God than he could stop breathing. It was that intense a relationship. So, when these men set him up using his relationship with God to trap him, Daniel’s reaction was: My God first, then my life!
Then answered they and said before the king, “That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his position three times a day.” – Dan 6:13
As expected these evil men were quick with their accusation, and the king, though it displeased him greatly, was forced to put Daniel in with the hungry lions.
Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, “Thy God, whom thou servest continually, He will deliver you.” – Dan 6:16
Right here is where Daniel began to receive blessings from God. All true servants have an abiding desire to honor their Master. We don’t put ourselves at risk because we enjoy danger, nor to draw attention to ourselves. No, we do it because honoring and obeying Him is that important to us. We’re like little children who adore their fathers. We live to please Him. So, when this heathen king encouraged Daniel to look to His God, and assured him that He surely would deliver Daniel; I know Daniel was deeply blessed in his spirit. He must have felt an overwhelming sense of joy, knowing that his witness had made this man realize who God really is. Even with the lions looming before him, it had to be quite satisfying.
Now, Daniel survived the lion’s den just fine. They men who had sought to harm him? They and their entire families turned out to be the lion’s real meal, and king Darius went on from wanting people to worship him as a god to declaring the God of Heaven to be the God He truly is:
Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: “Peace be multiplied unto you. I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for He IS the living God, and steadfast forever, and His kingdom, that which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall be even unto the end. He delivereth and rescueth, and He worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.” – Dan 6:25-27
Now, Daniel was physically blessed for his obedience, but I believe the spiritual blessing was far greater. His faithfulness opened Darius’s eyes. I’ve been there when people wake from their slumber. It is the greatest feeling on earth. We walk on air afterwards, knowing that we’ve honored the One we adore. It gives our whole life purpose. It fills us with joy. And I know that Daniel felt just this way, because his faithfulness was poured out upon a whole nation! He had to feel extraordinarily blessed to be of such service, but he would have had none of it had he not answered adversity with obedience
Consider the adversity in your life. Could it be that God is trying to bless you? I honestly don’t think Daniel was looking for a blessing when he obediently continued to seek God. No, I believe that’s just who he was. He was God’s. His entire heart was sold out to the holy God of Heaven. He could not just stop communicating with Him. He couldn’t. Truth be told, the way we move ourselves to answer adversity with obedience is to be like Daniel – already determined to be obedient before we face it.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Today's Prayer

O LORD, please help me to be the person You want me to be -- to reach out to all within my grasp, to be You to all I come in contact with. Let not my feet be stilled or my voice silent where there is work to be done or truth to be told. Let my eyes be focused on You, and my heart intent on Your will. Glorify Yourself, LORD, for You are my Master. It is You I desire to please. I ask it all I Your Name. Amen and amen.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Let Me Be Clear

It's clear to me that many do not understand why I am so upset about this election. So let me make it clear.

That God might use Trump is not the point. That Trump might do some "good" things isn't the point, either. No, the real point here is that this people just swallowed the lies of the giant before them. Instead of using your faith to fight him you have bowed down before him in worship. You did not draw your swords. You did not take up your cross. You did not gather a bag... of stones. No, you just surrendered. And, now, you expect God to give you the victory. You didn't report to the battlefield, but God should bless you?

For three things we are in judgment:

1. The love of other gods
2. The disrespect of the cross, and
3. The shedding of innocent blood.

Yet, you submitted to and fully supported someone who had already promised to do nothing for the children, whose actions prove a lack of respect for God, and is well known as a lover of money.

You were not Daniels. You showed no kinship to Shaddrack, nor agreement with David. You forgot that God looks at the heart. He knows you feared man more than Him. He knows you did not truly consider that He was able to slay this Goliath, cool this furnace, or bind these lion's mouths.

Like the Israelites who heard of the giants, and feared to cross over, you balked at taking your stand with God. Actually, you did far worse, because you attributed the giant to being "of God", accusing Him of willingly being coupled with wickedness!

I don't do politics because I'm political. No, I do politics to God's glory. This election was all about turning back from choosing evil. God made this exceptionally clear. So, I pled with you. I gave you the Scriptures, and reasoned with you at length. Some of you quit reading my posts to get away from the word coming from God through me. You turned away, because your mind was already made up.

Brothers and Sisters, God wanted to deliver us, but we would have none of it. So, yes, I'm upset. My heart is broken. I'm perplexed at how you could not see, and would not hear.

These things are never about the show the evil one puts on. All the blustering, self-aggrandizement -- these things are just smoke and mirrors. Yes, the giants bellowed and the hordes of hell roared, but God watched and had a plan, and a purpose in it all. But the circus drew your attention, and the evil one accomplished something very wicked among you. He got you to vote for him once more.

So, I weep. Will we be another 40+ years in bloodshed? No, because God cannot and will not tolerate the shedding of innocent blood that much longer. Will we survive? I'm convinced that depends on whether we truly repent, and right now far too many are convinced they haven't done anything wrong.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A Prayer for this Nation

LORD, have mercy on this people for they have chosen evil over You again. The children's blood will still run, but they celebrate. They did not believe You enough to fear You, nor did they trust You enough to see Your deliverance. They did not realize that the furnace was our escape. Choosing someone You could bless us through was our only real option, but they could not see it. Because they were too afraid of man, they did not see it.

Nor did they did prioritize Your heart over their desire to prosper. No, they chose to continue in sin, the sin of self over Your word. Like rats to the piper they have followed the music to their doom. They think You will prosper them while they turn their backs on the children, ignoring their cries. How many have said, "It isn't my job? God did not call me to that?" Tens of thousands have died, but this nation is more concerned with being considered great than actually being great. What is great about us, though, is the cry against us.

And the LORD said, "Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now; and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come to Me; and if not, I will know. -- Gen 18:20, 21

Like Sodom and Gomorrah the innocent we have killed cry out against us, and that cry is very great. It shudders my soul to even think of it for I know it grieves You deeply. They are no more because the blood they shed gave testimony against them. You have thoroughly warned us against the same. Yet, we have not listened. Instead we have chosen a man who will not consider the helpless. (He has already decided to ignore them.) So, the slaughter will continue and the cry against us will increase.

How my heart grieves over this people, LORD. They do not hear. They do not see. They do not want to know. They want to be blessed!

Have mercy, LORD, for they are blind. They believe they have done a good thing, chosen wisely. They do not see how Your wrath is kindled against them. Like Jeremiah's Judah, they do not believe Your servants, nor can we make them turn.

In the days to come I plead with You to be merciful. They have believed the lies:

Therefore, thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in My name, and I sent them NOT, yet they say, 'Sword and famine shall not be in this land'; "By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.

And the PEOPLE to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them -- them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters. For I will pour THEIR WICKEDNES upon them." -- Jer 18:16, 17

Though we are guilty like Sodom, and grievous like Gomorrah, have mercy. There are yet still some who fight for Your truth, some who stand on Your word. Do not destroy us completely -- though there can be no argument we deserve it, do leave us a remnant. But I plead with You to prosper the word You have given Your servants that some might turn, and be forgiven for very great will be the number of our loss if they do not.

You are the exceedingly great ALMIGHTY. I worship at Your feet. My heart is broken and my spirit grieved. I know not what to do besides throw myself on Your mercy for this people is unreasonable.

I have spoken what You have given me. I have pled until my voice is gone. I have written and shared Your word at my own expense, but they would none of it. What should I do now, LORD. What should I do? Speak, and I will run yet again. Send, and I will go. I will not give up and I will not be silent. Though I stand alone, stand I will. To Thine be the glory, for You, alone, are worthy.

I ask it all in Yeshua's blessed name. Amen and amen.

And You're Celebrating?

I see a lot of celebration for Trump here, but little recognition of where that really leaves us. Trusting in man is a risky business at best, and Trump has already made it clear he's not concerned with abortion. He considers it "settled law". Now that's sad on many levels, not the least of which is the fact that it isn't law. No, it's just a judicial ruling that has been treated like law to the tune of millions of dead babies.

So, where does that leave us? Well, I can tell y...ou for certain it did not move us out of judgment. How do I know? We've once again proven we do not truly regard the things of God's heart. No, what many did was actively support the other side. That is, they went out of their way to elect someone who would see to it that innocent blood continued to defile our land. Yet, they expect God to bless us for it all the same.

This one thing I know for absolute certain: God does NOT change. If He was angry with us before the election for willingly shedding innocent blood, guess how angry He is now for choosing to continue doing so?

If that doesn't give you pause, it should. God has been furious with us for some time, and He has been proving out His wrath steadily. Our last president was a punishment, and this new one will be, too. So, while victory may seem to be yours, it's an illusion. Our punishment remains. God will not overlook our disregard for innocent life when we have not yet truly repented of destroying it.

Innocent blood cries out unto God and He takes up their case. He looks down on those who should have protected these helpless ones and His wrath burns against them. That's how it works, folks, and we've been at it for over 40 years. God's not deaf. He hears them cry out at the injustice done to them, and He has heard you. You turned out in force to ensure they continue to be killed. Think about it.

I think your celebration will turn to tears quickly and your joy to sorrow. The only hope I have for this nation is that some voted for candidates who truly put God first, candidates who would have considered the children. God may yet have mercy on us because they did, but make no mistake about it: American "Christians" just called for more slaughter, and God heard them loud and clear. Pardon me if I don't feel like celebrating. No, I'll be a little too busy weeping and pleading for mercy.

Monday, November 7, 2016

This Morning's Prayer

Lead us to repentance, Lord, that we might be delivered from those who plot wickedly against us. Have mercy, for we have been blinded by greed and selfishness. We do not see that our own actions have brought us to the brink of destruction. We believe it is "someone else's fault". We trust in a decision we made, mere words we uttered; rather than, a fully formed relationship we've sought with You. Our priorities are foolish, and our hearts are hard. We do not seek You with earnest to know our sin that we might turn from it. We have convinced ourselves that we are innocent. Though our land is awash in innocent blood, we do not accept that we are responsible for letting that blood be spilled. Even at this late hour, their deaths do not grieve us enough to motivate us out of our comfort zone. We expect You to deliver us while we continue to choose our sin. We expect You to have mercy even though we have none for those being slaughtered.

Take away our blind leaders, Father. Abolish those who preach lies to our destruction. Take away their place for the people follow them thinking they are following You. Like vipers they have made a nest, prospering on with richness of their lies. They do not take up the case of the fatherless, Lord. No, they are much too concerned with their own comfort. Worse, they teach that only a few should regard these little ones, leading others astray. Tear away their comfort, Lord. Rebuke them in their wicked ways for they have brought Your wrath upon us.

As it was when You came, Lord, it is now. There are few who teach the truth, few who truly love You, but many who love to use You for their enrichment. As in Jeremiah's day, we are brought down by a priesthood of unbelievers!

Consider, Lord, that You listened to Abraham when he pled for Lot's life. Though You destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah -- all those wicked cities -- You did provide a place for Lot and his family. Truly, You led them away from the destruction, and they survived. Look over this land now, Lord, I plead. Are there not some Lot's among us? Do we not plead Your case? Do we not suffer all kinds of injustice to bring forth Your truth? Are we not fighting for the children's lives, and pleading with the errant? Yes, some do it for show, but surely, Lord, some do it for You. Some love You with a great passion, Lord. To some You are everything.
We are a weak and helpless kind. Our bodies are frail little things, literally dust in the wind, but, You, LORD, are the incredibly great ALMIGHTY. Nothing stands in Your way. No one escapes You, and no one defies You. Help us, LORD. Take pity on us for we are to be pitied.

I do not ask that you save this nation as a whole. No, LORD, for I know our sins are too great, but perhaps, LORD, Thou would consider saving a remnant -- not because we deserve it, for surely we do not; but because You love us. We are the errant children who must be punished to be turned, but do not completely remove us, LORD. In Your mercy lead some to safety like Lot.

Whatever Thy will, O LORD, Thou art truly deserving of all praise and adoration, and I will praise You. You are my Master, and I love You with all that I am. Hear my cry, for I weep for this people. They do not know what they do. The blind lead them, and they follow willingly. Are they not to be pitied? Surely You have had great mercy on us already. You have had exceedingly great mercy on me, letting the word You gave me prosper in other's hearts. Still, permit me to ask for mercy for this people, LORD. Where they are repentant, where they seek You in truth, where they work to Your glory, please, have mercy.

May my feet be swift to please You in all that You call me to, and may Your praise never be far from my heart, but keep me close to You like the child I am that I might not stray from You will in any fashion. In Yeshua's name I ask it all. Amen and amen.