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Some of the most important conversations we have can be the most uncomfortable, and when it comes to faith, doubt is near the top of that list. Today, we're launching a five-part series on the topic of doubt. Many Christians wrestle with doubt, but who wants to admit that their foundational beliefs are not so firm? Not long ago, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, openly admitted that he's questioned if God is real. When the head of the Church of England says something like that, it makes news. But something interesting came from Welby's honesty. He revealed his humanity. It turns out that the Archbishop lost a baby girl in a car accident many years ago, and when he was a teenager, he had to take care of his alcoholic father. He's human with human difficulties. We are human, and we struggle sometimes. Can we be honest? While a lifetime of doubt is dangerous, periods of doubt simply mark one as being human, but faith can help us overcome doubt. In the Bible, we read in Hebrews 11:1, “Now, faith is the subject of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11 continues with many examples of faith in action, and at its core, the Christian faith means we believe God sent Jesus Christ to pay the penalty for our sins on the cross, and that God raised Him from the dead. While mountaintop faith is exciting, and it makes us feel good, no one experiences that all the time. Sometimes it's difficult to believe certain things in the Bible. Sometimes we don't feel faith in our lives. In this first part of our week-long look at doubt, it's important to remember that simply expressing doubt can lead to healing and a more faithful future. If you're a struggling believer or a questioning skeptic, this subject is one of the most important you'll ever wrestle with. Stay tuned. Let's pray. Father God, often we push down thoughts that are painful or uncomfortable. We don't have to do that with you, Lord. Even doubts about our faith are conversations that we can start with you, and we're grateful for that. In Jesus' name, amen.
Today we conclude our four-part series on prayer, Prayer 101. The big question for today is, "Does God always answer prayer?" Since prayer is, by nature, personal, we often want to know how things are going to turn out, even before we start praying. We wonder if God will actually answer our prayer. Maybe not as dramatic as some stories, but still if we're honest, we would like an answer to our prayer. Why else ask? Luke 18:1 says, “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” The fact is, of the 650 prayers in the Bible, 450 of them were answered, at least as the accounts were recorded. Others might have been answered later, but there are indications that, no, God does not always answer a prayer. And this is where our human perspectives can hamper our ability to see the full picture. Isaiah 55:8 says, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts. Neither are your ways my ways,' declares the Lord.” From our limited perspective at this moment in time, we might not understand how or if God is answering our prayers. Remember Job and his friends prayed and tried to figure out for some time just what God was up to in this suffering man's life. The most interesting takeaway from the Book of Job is that, in the end, when God addresses Job, he never once tells him why he suffered. He basically puts Job in his place by saying that He, God, knows and understands everything, and we obviously do not. It's worth noting that in Job's case, God restored everything to him and more. As we read in Luke 18:1, part of our responsibility in praying is perseverance. We're not supposed to act like children and throw a fit if we don't get our way. In those times when we think God is slow in answering us, it's necessary for us to have some patience. Nowhere are we promised a quick answer or even an answer at all. Sometimes we just have to have faith that God will work everything out for us. Let's pray. Father God, like Job, we want to trust you no matter what. Even if an answer to our prayer is slow, we love you anyway and we thank you that you love us for eternity. In Jesus' name, amen.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. — 1 John 4:10 One of the many joys of being a pastor is to officiate at weddings. Weddings come in all sizes and shapes, but most of them have one thing in common: love. Before officiating at a wedding, I meet with the engaged couple for premarriage counseling. Part of our discussion centers on the reasons why they are getting married. Love always plays a significant role in these reasons. And yet that little word love can mean many different things. Love is a noun, and love is a verb. We fall in love, and we love being in love. We love people and animals, sports and ice cream, and certain types of weather! Love songs are one of the most popular types of music. So when we consider that love is the fruit of the Spirit, what exactly are we talking about? John writes, “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” True love is sacrificial action. It seeks to bless others. It seeks the best interests of others. The more we value God's saving love for us, the more the Spirit moves us to share that love with others in both our words and our deeds. Father God, even as you have shown your love to us through the death of your Son, help us by your Spirit to truly love you and our neighbors. In Jesus, Amen.
Welcome back to Prayer 101. Today's big question is, “Should I pray to Jesus or to God?” Most people at one time or another wonder who they should address when starting a prayer. The Christian concept of the Trinity has caused people to hesitate to pray. It's like, “Who do I pray to?” Luke 6:12 says, “One of those days, Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.” Interestingly, when Jesus prayed, as recorded in the Bible, He prayed to His Father. This is a difficult concept for many to embrace. How can someone be God but pray to Himself? In some sense, this is a matter of faith. We can't know and understand everything about the mysteries of God. But we can accept by faith that God the Father was manifest in earthly ministry as Jesus. So He models for us how to pray to the one true God. In Matthew 6:9–13, we read, “Pray like this, Our Father in Heaven, Your name is holy. May Your holy nation come. What You want done, may it be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us the bread we need today. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.” And that's from the New Life version, Matthew 6:9–13. And this is the famous Lord's Prayer. It's when Jesus tells His disciples how to communicate with God. Immediately before the prayer itself He tells them to go find a quiet place and God will see the sincerity of the heart offering a prayer. He also says something else amazing. God knows what we need even before we ask Him. Confusion over who we are praying to is one of the most commonly asked questions, yet God is not waiting to turn away or shut the door on us if we fail to use some formal greeting. There are plenty of examples in scripture of prayers to God the Father, of course. God exists as God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And the point is, this is not a trick that is set up so that you can fail. The triune God wants to hear from us, and a sincere heart wishing to talk to God will get through just fine. Let's pray. Father God, there are some things that are hard for us to process. We can have assurance that talking with You anytime is available to us and we don't have to be perfect. Thank You for that Lord. In Jesus' name, amen.
Welcome to prayer 101. The big question for today is: How do you develop a prayer life? The answer to how we develop a healthy prayer life is really not that complicated. It's all about choice. We can learn to pray first by reading scripture and taking notice of the hundreds of prayers offered by believers just like us. We can also talk with veterans of prayer in our own life, those who are older and deeper in their faith. Notice something about the prayers recorded in the Bible: they aren't contrived or intellectual oftentimes. Those things don't impress God anyway, since He knows everything about us. We can't fool Him or hide or fake our feelings. In fact, the people in the Bible and those in your life who talk to God all the time just simply talk to Him. Some prayers are messy or sound selfish, such as Jabez's plea for God to increase his influence. Others are said in desperate moments, but sound calming, like David's famous 23rd Psalm. Psalm 145:18 says, “The Lord is near to all who call on Him in truth.” This tells us that we don't have to do something in order to be worthy to speak with God. He simply is, and He very simply invites us to share with him—to unburden ourselves. In Ephesians 6:18, we learn a lot about prayer; it says, “Pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests, with this in mind be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people.” This is the prayer of someone who commits time each day to talk with God. This prayer warrior knows that he or she can talk to God about literally anything. Next and just as important this person prays for others. This is a far more powerful way to pray than many think, because history is full of stories of people who prayed and God acted in someone else's life immediately. The most important steps you can take in developing a prayer life are to understand that you don't have to be a PhD in Theology or have an IQ of 180. You simply talk to God in the most natural way. God warms to a sincere and searching heart. Next, you have to realize that your prayer life can take many forms, a quick moment during a busy day, in the still of the night with no one around, or in a designated area where you feel comfortable. Once you get in the habit of praying, you'll be amazed what a good change there is in your life. Faith is strengthened. You're no longer alone. Throughout history men and women and children have made the choice to talk with the One who made them and loves them. It's not any more complicated than that. Let's pray. Father God, in your mercy you invite us to tell you what's on our minds. We know that communication is a two-way street. Nudge us to listen to your voice, and take as much time as we need to pray. In Jesus' name, amen.
Strong Tower Mental Health with Heidi Mortenson
Our identity is currently being attacked in this world and it can be hard to field through the lies to truly know who we are. As Christians we should look different from the rest of the world but often times we don't. I think some of the issue is that Christians lack a deep and intimate relationship with Father God. There is distance between God and we don't believe He is close. However, the veil was torn and we can now go boldly to the throne of grace. In this episode you will hear some of the common things that keep us from walking in our true identity and what we can do to break free from them. You will also experience prayer and ministry to shift you into that truth by hearing God's powerful word about who you truly are. You are meant to shine Jesus to the rest of the world! Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. ~1 Corinthians 3:17-18 Find more about Heidi: www.heidimortensonlmft.com Purchase the book The Brave Encourager: https://www.amazon.com/Brave-Encourager-Power-Encouragement-Changes/dp/B09TN45H36/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3HGP5FPY2E5GD&keywords=the+brave+encourager&qid=1646608516&sprefix=the+brave+encourager%2Caps%2C223&sr=8-1 Join my mailing list: https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/t5u2y5 If you are in crisis, help is available by call or text 1-800-273-8255 24/7. You can also visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org. You are loved!
Humans were built for language and communication. It's one of the bits of creative genius God used when He formed His highest creation. And apart from regular communication, whether it's the written word or verbal, we have a great gift from a loving God: prayer. Prayer is an intensely personal way to communicate with our Creator, the One who knows everything about us. Jeremiah 29:12 says, “Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me and I will listen to you.” All through scripture, we see that God is available to us all the time. No regular hours or standing meetings. We can talk to Him anytime we want. There are 650 recorded prayers in the Bible, and we read about people praying while sitting, standing, kneeling, with faces to the ground or hands lifted up. By the way, Amen means “let it be,” or “so be it.” The word “prayer” appears for the first time in Numbers 5:22. Since prayers are human communication with God, we see that the first prayers were way back in Genesis 3 and 4 when Adam and Eve, and later Cain, talked with God. In the second exchange, even though Cain was angry and had just killed his brother, he was having a conversation with God. Jesus famously modeled prayer in Luke 11; and notice that He was talking to God, the Father. It can be a fine line when thinking about how prayer is initiated. Often, thoughts come to our minds or we're reminded to pray for someone. However, there's an indication that God prompts us to talk with Him. Galatians 4:6, that from our hearts we cry out, “Abba Father,” and that the indwelling spirit of the Lord prompts this in us. Of all the great gifts God has given us, Prayer is one of the most special. It's how our spirits commune with the One who loves us with perfect love. And He's always ready and waiting to hear from us. Let's pray. Father God, we worship you for who you are. We love you, and thank you for loving us. Thank you for making a way for us to talk with you about the things that lie hidden in our hearts in Jesus' name, amen.
The description in the Bible most used for God includes the characteristic of being overflowing with steadfast love. In this message, Pastor Katie Stansfield shares the great loyalty of our Father God to a committed relational love with His people in both good times and in bad. Visit our website at www.givinglight.org. Download the Giving Light App available for free on iOS and Android. Notes & Scriptures for this message are also available in the Notes section of the Giving Light App.
Keeping It Real with Cam Marston
Today's Keepin' it Real - the language of insiders. ----- I made a short statement the other day and my son immediately replied, “That's cap.” C A P. Cap. I'm unsure what it means. It's either “that's the gospel truth” or “that's a boldface lie.” I thought about it for a moment and decided I didn't want to know. For centuries generations have used hairstyles, vocabulary, music and clothing to separate themselves from adults just like my kids are doing today. We called things “cool” or “grody” or “sick.” Today my kids use Cap and ‘lit'. When I say someone was ‘lit' it means they were very overserved. With the kids today, ‘lit' means cool or fun or hip or exciting. There's a part of me that wants to adopt this language to try to stay young. There's a bigger part of me that says stay away. My daughter and her friends use the word ‘like' as an opening quotation mark. For example: “She said like I didn't do it and I immediately said like it was you. I saw you. And then she said like, Well, that's cap.” And again, I'm clueless. The stay-at-home women in my part of town have starting using the expression “all the things.” It means just so much of everything. “I've got so many chores and errands and the kids need me and you know, all the things.” All the things. Listen for it. It will be coming from a SUV driver in yoga tights. Sociologists have studied that shared words and, specifically, acronyms self-identify people as part of an in-crowd. At a financial services conference I was amazed by the overflow of TLAs and FLAs. Attendees bandied them back and forth to say to each other, “I am an insider” and to remind outsiders like me that I'm an outsider. Financial services love their TLAs, and when find a tidy TLA won't do, they go to FLAs. Three letter acronyms and four letter acronyms, by the way. In a conference call a few weeks ago I was immediately told through the use of insider language that I was an outsider. It was a passive aggressive masterpiece. The TLAs and FLAs numbered in the dozens. The guy leading the call was letting me know he's my alpha. It wasn't like he was a silverback gorilla standing on a rock and beating his chest to declare his dominance but it was very much like a silverback gorilla standing on a rock and beathing his chest to declare his dominance. The evangelicals have an insider language, too. This may offend some of them, but you'll recognize the use of the word ‘just' in your prayers. “Father God, just just wrap us in your love and just heal our hearts with your manifest of greatness and just feed us with the bounty of your loving kindness as we just work to serve your steadfast love and just just keep your son in front of our eyes…” I stop listening and start counting. I can't help it. And I'm pretty sure if the universe's editor in chief were to speak to us he'd say ‘what's with all the justs? The reason I don't answer your prayers is I lose focus counting.' I'm Cam Marston and I'm JUST JUST JUST just trying to Keep it Real. And all the things.
Do you need a miracle? If we're honest and open to the truth, miracles have always been a part of our world. In the beginning, God made a dazzling world full of diversity, beautiful animals, gorgeous sunsets, streams of water. He also made us to enjoy it all, and to keep it for Him. But just like the entrance of sin into our world, which marred the original beauty, we sometimes get weighed down with worry and cares of life. We look up one day and the drudgery of our days overwhelms us. The supernatural seems far away, and that's the very moment God will act. He has always been with us, and one of His greatest promises is that He will be with us to the end, to the moment He ushers in an eternity too wonderful to fully know now. Revelation 22:1–3 says, “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing 12 crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse.” In the meantime, maybe you're really going through a challenge in your life. You need a miracle. Do you know that you can simply ask Jesus for this? He's answered too many people, too many times not to be real. And if we're honest, the presence and regularity of miracles today are staggering. They're everywhere. So why not you? 1 Corinthians 1:1–2 says, “To those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours, grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” There's such peace in this. Put aside your doubts and your fears. Just ask Him to help you, and He can. He will. In fact, He will bless you so much, you won't be able to stay quiet about it. You will have to tell people. You are a miracle. Let's pray. Father God, you rescue us all the time in ways big and small. Your faithfulness in helping us is worthy of our worship. Thank you for making miracles part of everyday life. In Jesus' name, amen.
We preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. — 1 Corinthians 1:23 The apostle Paul was writing to his Christian friends in Corinth, a prominent Greek city. Great thinkers disputed their ideas in the public square. Their admirers applauded them. The Greeks (Gentiles) were fond of philosophy. When they heard about Jesus, who was crucified for our salvation, they thought it was madness to believe in and preach about him. Many Jews, on the other hand, thought their Messiah should be a great warrior-king who would free them from the tyranny of Rome. So, to them, it was scandalous to think of this person nailed to a cross. Paul was not intimidated by these prejudiced and extreme reactions. He continued to preach the message of the cross. There is no other gospel to be preached, he said, but the message of Christ, who was crucified for all who believe in him. There is no good news for the sinner apart from the message of Christ. Only by the death and resurrection of Jesus do we have life. It is by his blood that we receive forgiveness and redemption. It has pleased God to save sinners by the foolishness of this preaching. The foolishness of God is wiser than the so-called wisdom of the world. The cross of Christ may be rejected by unbelievers, but to us who believe, it is “the power of God and the wisdom of God.” Father God, the finished work of Jesus reveals your power and your wisdom. Thank you for giving us faith in Jesus, who was crucified so that we may have life. In his name, Amen.
Only a person who is wilfully blind could deny that miracles happen today. They didn't end at the shore of the Red Sea. Malachi 3:6 says, “I the Lord do not change.” From this, we can logically see that the Bible's powerful and majestic miracles didn't stop in the first century. They're still happening. God didn't suspend the love he dispenses in the form of miracles. Taylor McCaffrey was an alcoholic as a teenager. He was also a preacher's kid, and these combined to weigh him down with guilt. From the age of 16, he drank heavily, but God didn't leave him there. He says, “On my 21st birthday, I'd been drinking about eight hours straight and simply heard the voice of the Holy Spirit inside me say, ‘Either do what I've called you to or I will not continue wrestling you.'” It sounded so stern. However, so loving, “I was instantly sober.” And that was several years ago. Today, Taylor is still sober. There are also countless examples of what we might call ‘corporate' miracles—those that bless whole communities. At Christmas time of 2004, a group of 400 believers wanted to hold a Christmas service. The local authorities, though, told them that they could not do that in the city of Meulaboh in North Sumatra. The 400 decided to hold their service in a remote mountain region, and they stayed overnight. Early the next morning, an earthquake and resulting tsunami flattened their city, but they were safe in the higher elevations. Had they opted not to worship Jesus during their holiday, they would have perished. The fact is our world is miracle heavy. They happen all the time. Miracles happen to ordinary people and to whole nations every day. This is one of the clearest evidences of the power and the majesty of the living God. We can choose to be witnesses for Him by pointing out to everyone we come in contact with that though our world has problems, God is still working in a mighty way. Let's pray. Father God, thank you. The example of miracles. They give us strength in our faith and a boost to our days. We're forever grateful to you for routinely doing things that some say cannot happen. In Jesus' name, amen.
Charles Darwin and some of his friends saw a certain beauty and order in evolution, believing that random processes can bring about living systems. That anyone survived what a poet has described as ‘nature, red in tooth and claw,' is a miracle for naturalists. Others believe miracles, if you can call them that, happen because some impersonal cosmic force allows them. There's not much comfort in that though. Remember the account of ancient people who longed to see a miracle from their God? The Egyptians developed a complex system of gods that operated on a whim, but when the God of Moses showed up, they very clearly understood the true source of miracles. And that was the point of the 10 plagues: to show them that the Creator God was infinitely powerful and capable of producing miracles. We've been given a reasonable source that tells us where miracles come from: The Bible. Deuteronomy 29:2–3 says, “Moses summoned all the Israelites and said to them, ‘Your eyes have seen all that the Lord did in Egypt to Pharaoh, to all his officials and to all his land. With your own eyes, you saw those great trials, those signs, and great wonders.'” Here we see clearly that the source of any and all miracles is God Himself, not a force in the universe. Not a spirit guide. Miracles are from God alone, and He wants you to experience miracles in your life. He wants you to live an abundant life, not one of defeat and misery and oppression. His limitless power was seen by the ancients and today, people on every continent see that miracle-working power. There's a beautiful description of this in Isaiah 43:13, which says, “Yes, and from ancient days I am He. No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?” And this is the truth we can expect from the One who really does want to help you, and help you today. Let's pray. Father God, You have put within each of us the knowledge that tells us You are the source, all miracle-working power. And this is part of the good news of Jesus that we get to tell others about. Thank You for the miracle of Jesus. Thank You for all of Your miracles. In Jesus' name, amen.
City Harvest Church Weekend Sermons
Guest speaker Peter Paauwe, founder of Doorbrekkers Church in the Netherlands, delivers a powerful reminder that believers need to have faith and expectation. There are three things Christians need in order to develop unshakeable faith. First, we must hear the voice of the Father. A father draws close and speaks to His child when trouble is near. Be aware that Father God is not far—we are always moving and breathing in Him. Second, we must hear the voice of our Shepherd. John 10:2 assures us that Jesus knows every single one of His sheep. Besides staying close to the Shepherd, a sheep is safest when it is in the flock—even when you face challenges, as part of the flock you will move in the right direction with Jesus. Third, we must hear the truth from the Holy Spirit, and distinguish facts from faith. The promises of God are facts that cannot be argued against. The Holy Spirit will tell you the facts, and you need to stand on them and resist the devil daily.
Join Pat Willie as she brings you two minutes of prayer and reflection. We believe that prayer is essential, life-giving, and life-sustaining. In this 2-minute prayer, is the last in our series of guarding our hearts against hardness. Please join us for 2 minutes of prayer to our Lord and Savior. Transcription: Hello. This is Pat Willie, the founder, and CEO of the not-for-profit ministry, The Gathering. When women gather when women worship. Thanks for joining us for this podcast, the two-minute prayer. I believe that prayer is essential. It is life-giving and life-sustaining, and it only takes just a minute to pray. Father God, in the name of Jesus, the songwriter, penned this song: who is like unto our God. There's no other God besides you, oh God. You're faithful. You're present in our praises. You're wonderful. You are kind. You are the one that dwells in us and among us. In Jesus' name. And we are the children of the highest God. And we know that you love us. We know that you have a great plan for us. We know that you are on our side. For your word tells us greater is he that is in us than he does in the world. So we have the majority on our side today, in Jesus' name. So we ask again for the continual examination of our hearts, our minds, and our souls. That the Holy Ghost will shine the searchlight of your word on our hearts in order that we may become the people of the Almighty God. Do it now, God, to the glory of God. So that we can become better in our relationships. Mm. More loving in our communications. More forgiving in our relationships. Work on our hearts so we can respond according to the will of God in everything. For your word says a soft answer turns away wrath. Work on our hearts and take away our anger in order that we may, oh, glory, answer with a soft answer. Answer within the confines of love in the name of Jesus. For your word says and God's so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son. That whosoever believes it in him shall not perish. But they shall have everlasting life. God, thank you. We ask you, to change our hearts, change our minds, change our wills. Change our desire. It's you that we love and we want more of. In the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. Thanks for listening in today. Please subscribe to this channel by using the links below blessings. Now, this is the two-minute prayer podcast. Have a great day. If you would like to make a donation to this ministry, please use this link. https://www.patwillieministries.org/donate A KP Creative Media Production
The late writer Christopher Hitchens was a skeptic who claimed that miracles are born from nightmarish ignorance, and that they often are simply 10th-hand reports from illiterate peasants. Wow. The flaw in his argument, of course, is that it isn't really an argument. It's simply a rant against God, and the fact is unexplainable miracles happen every day in our world, but Hitchen's views are shared widely by certain influential people in our time and their claims that miracles are impossible do tend to have an effect on how others think of miracles. Another reason some have trouble really believing in miracles is because when one is needed, doubt and fear crowd out our belief. Remember, even the ancient Israelites who saw historic miracles almost on a daily basis sometimes complained that God had left them to die in the desert. Man, our attention span's short. Maybe the most famous example of doubting a miracle is seen in the New Testament when one of the disciples of Jesus, Thomas, refuses to believe reports of his resurrection. John 20:25 says, “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.” The 18th-century philosopher David Hume thought that miracles violated the laws of nature. In fact, his views and others like him influenced many people in Europe and America in the next two centuries. So they believed that reason cannot believe in miracles. Notice that doesn't mean they don't exist. The opinions of men too often influence people who haven't really thought this through. As the Christian writer Timothy McGrew has said, “Science properly understood will tell us the limits of nature, but it will never tell us that nothing lies beyond those limits.” In the case of Thomas, we could say that he didn't have enough information. Once he saw the risen Lord with his own eyes, he could believe. For others, it's a matter of the heart. Perhaps you've been wounded and you're shutting God out. This can cause you not to see what's right in front of your face. So do this. Allow yourself one day to be open to the possibility of miracles. Scan the news. Listen to friends. Scroll through social media. It would be a miracle if you don't find a miracle. Let's pray. Father God, you are good to us in big ways and in small ways. You make miracles happen in our lives. From healing to repaired relationships, we know that we can ask you for your good gifts and you will give them. Help us to be ambassadors for your miracle-working power. In Jesus' name, amen.
A blood covenant is the most serious and binding commitment mankind can make with another person. Jesus' blood is Father God's covenant with us. Once we hear this anointed Word preached and accept Jesus' God's BLESSING is in us. This happens because of God's everlasting love for us! --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/KINGworldwide/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/KINGworldwide/support
We're starting a series today on miracles. They're one of the most popular subjects in culture. We're fascinated by them. We want them to happen, and we love it when they happen to us. But what is a miracle? Do they happen in our world today? Lots of questions. Skeptics claim that miracles are impossible. Chad and Mandy Stacy saw one of them when their son, Ethan, was born with leukemia, and over a period of three weeks, he developed tumors all over his body. He couldn't eat. His heartbroken parents began to make his funeral arrangements and took him home. But one night at his lowest, he began taking nourishment, and over the next week he improved so much that his doctors were not able to find evidence of the killer disease in his body. One doctor said it was just remarkable to witness it. One scholar has a thought that skeptics might consider: “To say that miracles are scientifically impossible is one thing, but to say that they can't happen is another thing. We might even define a miracle as an event which is scientifically impossible, but which happens anyway.” Well, there you have it. The Bible, in fact, has much to say about miracles, and because Scripture also tells us that our God does not change, we can reasonably believe He gives us miracles. We might say that the very first miracle was the creation of everything out of nothing. A marvelous world that still retains great beauty. The moon is just the right distance from earth to allow perfect tides that clean our oceans. The sun is just the right distance so that we have heat, but not too much. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” One of the first of what we might call personal miracles is recorded in Exodus 3, the burning bush. Moses is allowed to talk with God up close as the Lord's presence was in a bush nearby that wouldn't burn up. Another use of fire we see in 1 Kings 18 when Elijah challenges the prophets of Baal to sort of a dual, each is to call on his God to answer. And Elijah says, “The true God will answer by fire.” And He does, as fire comes down from heaven and consumes the altar they've built. An especially heartfelt miracle occurs in the New Testament in John 4, when Jesus heals a nobleman's son. Jesus doesn't force Himself on anybody. But as we will see, He's in the miracle business. If you need one, tell Him that. Tell Him your friend or relative or a stranger needs a miracle. He's the God who answers by fire. Let's pray. Father God, you have proven yourself to us so many times that we don't need to doubt anything in Your Word. We believe that You grant miracles in different times and places, and no one is beyond Your miracle-giving gifts. Thank you for that. And help us to carry them in our hearts and our minds so that we can be witnesses for you. In Jesus' name, amen.
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Power of Spiritual Warfare (Audio) David Eells - 4/19/23 Being a Light in the Rebellious Camp Tianna Fire – 4/10/23 (David's notes in red) In a dream I was participating in and working in a children's summer camp that could only be accessed on a dirt road that had no signal. Everyone that worked there was a woman. (This children's summer camp represents the apostate Church where there are many spiritually immature people, and distractions, and there is “no signal” or connection to the Holy Spirit because of legalistic doctrines.) It was only a few days into the season. There were so many different activities. (Representing busyness and distractions) I didn't have a car to get around so I either caught a lift or walked. (This represents the legalism and self works that plague the walk of people in apostate Church systems.) As it got to the third night, I realized that I didn't want to be here, but I wanted to be with my husband Samuel and our son, David. (Representing desiring to be with the Father and the Son, the David Man-child, in true relationship.) So, I went to the only landline and called Samuel to come pick me up. I was expecting him to come the next day during daylight but instead he drove to me straight away although it took a few hours for him to get to me. (Isa. 58:9 Then shalt thou call, and Jehovah will answer; thou shalt cry, and he will say, Here I am… So, I went and started packing up the many things in the room I was staying in, and when Samuel came to get me, I gave him some of the items and went to pack the rest of my things that I had in all the different areas of the place. (Representing the process of repentance and giving all our burdens to the Lord. Mat. 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.) I went to the kitchen and there were 3 women in there, asking me why I was leaving. Then one of the girls named Courtney (meaning, “from the court or short nose” representing legalism and immature discernment.) came over and gave me a present with a card and pamphlet on it. I didn't look at it but laid it on the bench in front of me and kept grabbing my things. Courtney then came back and remembered that I only follow Jesus and said, “Actually, I don't think you like this.” referring to the present. I opened the pamphlet and I saw it had a recipe for simple spells and I handed it back to her and said kindly but boldly, “No. I don't like it”. (Many religious people do not recognize that they are in rebellion against the Word which is witchcraft. 1Sa. 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as idolatry and teraphim.) She wasn't offended, and she took the present back and went and put it away. (Coming into submission to the Word is a learning process.) I turned around and saw there were now other people sitting on the couch and standing around and they were all curious as to why I was leaving. I looked at 2 specific girls and I saw in the Spirit that they were practicing witches and they could see in the spiritual realm. As soon as they knew that I saw them as witches, they wondered how I could see. I said to them out loud, "It's Jesus". They were taken aback and couldn't understand what I meant. (The Holy Spirit gives us discernment when religious people are rebellious against the Word which is witchcraft.) I continued collecting my things and … Courtney came back over again, and I shared about how Jesus is more powerful than the spells and witchcraft and there's more knowledge and understanding in Him. (1Co 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.) She was very open to hearing about Jesus as He was drawing her and I turned and saw that everyone in the room was watching me talking about Him. (God will save His Elect out of the apostate Church system.) I could tell the 2 practicing witches weren't wanting Jesus yet, but they were still watching and everyone else was curious. I then put my finger to my mouth and saw that a large chip of my tooth had fallen out and I knew that the 2 ladies had done some spell or curse to cause this, and I felt it was to show off their power and to impress the others around. (Spiritually, Teeth falling out represents not being able to chew on the Word which is our spiritual food. Witchcraft or rebellion against the Word in any form can hinder our spiritual growth in Christ.) I grabbed the part of the tooth and smiled up to Heaven, thanked God, and put the chip back into the tooth and praised God for completely fixing and healing my tooth, and it supernaturally connected back in and was healed, and everyone there got to witness Jesus' miracle! (When we truly desire to consume the Word, God will help us to overcome all obstacles and hinderances.) I continued to grab my things from the lounge room and the 2 witches came and sat down on the couch watching me curiously, but also trying to intimidate me. There were other people there that had no knowledge of the spiritual realm, sitting there watching me pack. I got down on my knees (Representing humbling yourself and being weak to the weak.) to get on their level and I said to the 2 witches that, “Before I followed Jesus, I did everything my own way and God started revealing the spiritual realm to me with supernatural knowledge, understanding, wisdom and revelations. You two know about "spirits and aliens etc.” and I used to believe that too. But, after knowing all this spiritual truth I kept doing things my own way until God showed me that hell is real, and those spirits and aliens are just fallen angels.” I related my testimony to those women and told them they didn't know the full truth; they were deceived like I was. I said everything out of love to them as I could understand where they were at. I could see them opening up to the Truth in their hearts. They were looking for Truth, but the enemy tricked them to twist knowledge for their own power. (Many will be delivered from satan's deceptions and escape the apostate rebellious house through the “word of our testimony”.) As I thought this, the demons that operated through these girls came all around me as if to fight me. I looked up to Heaven and asked Father to please send Holy Angels around me, and Holy Angels appeared and pushed back all the fallen angels and the enemy couldn't do anything. Everyone was still watching and witnessed that The Holy Angels were greater and more powerful. (Psa. 103:20 Bless Jehovah, ye his angels, That are mighty in strength, that fulfill his word, Hearkening unto the voice of his word.) I kept testifying about all Jesus has done for me, and how He has changed me. I ended up not packing up the rest of my things, but I felt to just leave the things there and God will provide me new ones if I really need them. (We must leave our religious baggage behind to have a true relationship with the Lord.) Samuel was still waiting in the car for me to come out. (The Father is patient with us. Psa. 86:15 But thou, O Lord, art a God merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.) The witches were seeing the Truth and understanding about Jesus and the others were also drawn to the Real Good News. In the spiritual realm, I could see all the demons that operated through them and held them all in bondage. They were so angry, and they all came out to intimidate me to not continue testifying of Jesus. I said, “the Blood of Jesus” and they all fell back and couldn't do anything. Another hoard of demons came running down the hallway quickly to me, and Holy Angels stepped in front of me like a wall or shield. Everyone's demons in that room in the spiritual realm did everything they could to stop Jesus in me from speaking the Word and Truth as it was breaking strongholds in these people and setting them free. In the physical realm it was just me, on my knees, speaking about Jesus and the others calmly sitting on couch or standing around and listening. But in the spiritual realm there was this big battle of demons trying to attack but The Holy Angels were blocking it all. (Eph. 6:12 For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.) Then I woke up. An Attack of the Rebellious Marie Kelton - 3/4/23 (David's notes in red) During the meeting I had an open vision of a wooded area. I saw a small circle of fire. I then saw a group of people with black hoods come out of the woods stand around the fire in a circle. Then another person that was standing in the circle of fire had a goat by the neck and they cut the neck of the goat with a knife over the cauldron. I saw this multiple times. (The rebellious witches are always busy fighting against God and His saints. They are sending witchcraft slander and faction against the saints.) Spiritual Warfare Spray Tiannah Fire - 3/26/23 I dreamt that I was invited to this giant mansion that was like a high rise building and it was located on the edge of a high cliff, and it looked over a wide river…. (This represents Zion, “the tower of the flock” and the “cleft of the Rock” and being “planted by the river of living waters.” Mic. 4:8 And thou, O tower of the flock, the hill of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, yea, the former dominion shall come, the kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem. Song 2:14 O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, In the covert of the steep place, Let me see thy countenance, Let me hear thy voice; For sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely. Jer. 17:7-8 Blessed is the man that trusteth in Jehovah, and whose trust Jehovah is. 8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, that spreadeth out its roots by the river, and shall not fear when heat cometh, but its leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.) I went up to the very top floor and it was set up with many communal areas: like many computers in a room, many bathrooms all joined together, a giant lounge room where there were many people sitting down and many bedrooms joined and other rooms etc. (Representing the original church of Acts living in one accord.) (Eph. 2:19-22 So then ye are no more strangers and sojourners, but ye are fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God, 20 being built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the chief corner stone; 21 in whom each several building, fitly framed together, groweth into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God in the Spirit.) There were many males living here. I was taken to a special room where I met the owner of this whole building and he was only a young man. (Representing Jesus, the Man-child) He said he had a gift for me and he sprayed my face with this thing and when I'd go outside the building I could see principalities over the areas. I could see demons and what they were doing now and what they were going to do next. This spray only lasted for a short period of time. (Representing the gift of discerning spirits.) I left this place and went across the river to the only house that was on that part of the land and at this time the spray wore off. David Eells came out of the house, and he needed someone to look after his 8 sons while he went out to do God's work. (8 is a significant number?) (888 is the gematria for Jesus.) I said I could, and David went to where God wanted him to go, and I went into the house and met his sons. They were all between the ages of 5-13. (babes in Christ). They were good, well behaved, and well-mannered and they were in unity with each other. They had lots of energy, and I didn't have to do much except clean up a little bit. They all took good care of themselves and were in unity. (These represent David's spiritual children who are coming into the likeness of Christ represented by the number 8. 1Co. 4:15 For though ye have ten thousand tutors in Christ yet have ye not many fathers; for in Christ Jesus, I begat you through the gospel.) Towards the late afternoon one of the younger sons came running to me and he told me he had sprayed himself with the same spray that I had gotten sprayed with in the tower. He was worried because he was now seeing scary creatures outside. I asked him to please spray me too so I could see the same things he was seeing, and he sprayed me. I went outside and saw some demons all around the place but the biggest one I saw was a giant wolf that was viciously running in quick circles around a town. It was making loud howls and it seemed angry. (Wolves represent false religious factious cults who are who are driven by witchcraft to attack the sheep. This we have seen in the States and overseas. Acts 20:29-30 know that after my departing grievous wolves shall enter in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. And Eze. 22:27 Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, that they may get dishonest gain.) I then saw all these mummified looking spirits begin running towards the house from the hills. (Representing the spirits of the living dead like the factious who bite and devour.) I ran back inside and told all David's sons to close all the doors, windows, and curtains etc. (Guard your heart and keep hidden the treasure of the Truth and Life of Christ in yourself.) (These doors and windows represent protecting your eye gates and ear gates from slander and criticism of the factious… Psa. 101:3 I will set no base thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; It shall not cleave unto me.) So, everyone started closing all the windows and doors, however, before everything was closed a mummy got inside of the house so, we all ran into one of the bedrooms. (Entering into the rest combined with spiritual warfare during the attacks of the enemy and believing it's already accomplished.) I found a couple of hidden guns that were red. They were special and not like normal guns. (These red guns represent our weapon of the blood of Christ.) I said that these can be used to shoot only the demons. I kept one and gave the other two to a couple of David's boys. (The Word of God is a weapon to the enemy.) We all left the room, and I shot the mummy and it completely disappeared when it got hit. The boys ran outside and started shooting all the mummy demons they saw, and they all disappeared. (Amen! Let's plead the blood of Jesus and defeat all the demons who use the wicked against us.) Resisting the Enemy Tiannah Fire - 3/23/23 (David's notes in red) As I was trying to sleep, I started having these random evil thoughts out of nowhere and it was something I rarely ever have. I rebuked these thoughts and recalled Scripture to my mind instead, but the wicked thoughts kept coming back. I had to keep resisting them and thinking on Jesus and His Word and Promises instead. The enemy stopped for a little while but then they came back even stronger, and the evil thoughts kept invading. It was a constant battle in my mind and the battle got stronger and worse and more contrary to The Word, but I resisted it all. (This is like a factious witchcraft attack that many have gone through. It's like boot camp to learn how to resist and conquer the enemy spirits.) The evil thoughts became even more consistent, powerful, and intense and I prayed in my mind to God to please get this devil away from me as I don't agree with it. I wondered how long this would go on, and it honestly felt like the longest time, and I thought it would never go away. (1Co. 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as man can bear: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation make also the way of escape, that ye may be able to endure it.) The enemy tried throwing everything he could at me and I resisted it all and spoke Scriptures in my mind back to him. Then it finally completely and suddenly stopped and didn't come back! There were no more thoughts or feelings from the devil anymore and I was able to fall asleep! Jas 4:7 Be subject therefore to God; but resist the devil, and he will flee from you. I then had a vision of the process of this trial that I had just gone through with the enemy's attacks and how it was like birth pains. The mild contractions came just like the enemy attacks and stayed for a little while then subsided. Then the contractions became constant and got more intense and stronger and the enemy became constant, trying harder and the trials became more intense. Sometimes birthing contractions feel like they go on too long and women wonder how long until they will end. Some trials feel like they have been going on for so long and the enemy tries to give us doubt that the trial won't end. (Jesus said, “He that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved.”) Towards the end of the trials the enemy gets more intense and throws everything he can at us to get us to fail or give in. It gets so intense and then suddenly, the trial is completely over. Just how the contractions are so intense and strong and suddenly, the baby is delivered, and the pain is completely gone, all Glory to God! Joh 16:21 The woman when she giveth birth hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but when she delivereth the child, she remembereth no more the tribulation, for the joy that a man is born into the world. I felt that we need to call unto our Lord [in the midst of our trials]. Rom 10:13 for, Whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. [Cast down vain imaginations] and press into Him. He struggled for our freedom in every aspect and our debts are paid in full, by Him. Witchcraft Defeated by the Name of Jesus Geneva Stats - 2/26/23 (David's notes in red) I had a dream that I was in a room with a big open window, and I was supposed to be getting rest. There was a big bed in the room and in the bed were these young-looking Jezebel witches. They had a bunch of dark make-up and piercings all over their faces and they had terrible, angry looks on their faces. There was a girl beside them that was needing healing and was wanting to be delivered. (This girl represents God's elect among the rebellious apostates in the “house”.) I started speaking the name of Jesus and was praying in the Holy Spirit and was claiming deliverance over this girl. (Representing our spiritual warfare for our brethren trapped in the apostate Church system.) The witches didn't like it and became very vociferous about it. Then another sister suddenly appeared and began speaking in agreement with me. (Jesus said, “Where two or more are gathered, there I am in the midst…) We then started praying louder and saying, “In the name of Jesus” over and over and, the next thing I knew, I looked down beside me and there was a compass or pendulum object on the ground beside me that the witches had placed there as a tool against us. (Beware of Satan's devices. 2Co. 2:10-11 But to whom ye forgive anything, I forgive also: for what I also have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, for your sakes have I forgiven it in the presence of Christ; 11 that no advantage may be gained over us by Satan: for we are not ignorant of his devices.) We just continued to confess the name of Jesus and held our hands up and praised Him amid them until, suddenly, these witches had to begin speaking the name of Jesus as well. They began speaking and coming into agreement with us to the name of Jesus. (The Word says that even the demons must confess the name of Jesus and that's exactly what started happening until this girl was set free. Praise the Lord!) Then I woke up. The Fiery Power of a Mustard Seed Samuel Fire - 4/14/23 (David's notes in red) I had a vision of a mustard seed growing into a very large tree, just as in the parable. I then saw the powerful spice and heat from just one seed, and how powerful a mustard tree would be if all the seeds were used. (The power of unity is seen in prayers like, Mat. 18:19-20 Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father who is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.) “When the seed is broken and added to water it creates a hot oil. Our faith as a mustard seed, extracted and applied with the water of the Word creates an intense fiery oil, representing the power of God; an anointing to be poured out for His Glory. (Mark 4:30-32 And he said, How shall we liken the kingdom of God? or in what parable shall we set it forth? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown upon the earth, though it be less than all the seeds that are upon the earth, 32 yet when it is sown, groweth up, and becometh greater than all the herbs, and putteth out great branches; so that the birds of the heaven can lodge under the shadow thereof.) Don't Rejoice at the Enemy's Defeat: Focus on Your Walk Samuel Fire - 4/13/23 (David's notes in red) I heard the Lord say, “Be the loving example of My Word. Press into the perfect place of Me. Keep on focusing on Me. Read and pray. Be helpful to each other in assistance. Help each other with encouraging words spoken in agreement. No one has suffered more than the price paid by My Son. Do not compare to others. Do not rejoice because of the enemies defeat but be concerned over your walk and encourage others towards righteousness. Draw deeper and closer into Me and desire to do with Me all the great things I have prepared for you. Learn to have no ability to do anything by self. Everything is already done in Christ. I have said it is now a time to delve deeper in the revelation of My Love for you. (I felt that we just need to let go. Stop and believe. It can be so hard to do, but just think and speak in agreement with Him; especially in the trials.) Do not worry. Everything is done. You don't have to worry about it all. (I felt that we need to praise God, to speak in agreement with His Word concerning His love for us and to receive it through faith.) The enemy is always attacking and lying to you every moment. The world is always trying to distract you and trying to get in between you and Me. The enemy and flesh try to use your hurt and your old memories to separate us, but you need to give all these to Me, and when you read and apply My Word in Truth and Love, I Am welcomed and connected to you. When it is difficult, give to Me attention and prayer. Praise Me for I am your final answer and solution.” There is No Contest! Samuel Fire - 4/12/23 I had a vision of two types of fighting rings. One like the WWF Wrestling and another like a serious boxing match. The first was how the world and apostate Church view spiritual warfare: ‘God vs Satan, with Jesus getting tagged in.' A comical and complete waste of time. (God is sovereign and wins even using vessels of honor and dishonor.) The other fighting ring is how disciples of Christ view spiritual warfare: ‘Jesus crushingly defeats Satan, and Father God refereeing.' There is no contest, no chance of any other outcome. Jesus is the victor and Glory to our Father forever. Let the Shackles of Condemnation Fall Debbie Fenske - 3/6/23 At our Monday night meeting, Jesus, our Lord, and King, was exalted and lifted high by our praise and worship. It was so wonderful, and His presence was so strong. I am so thankful that the Lord is always looking at our hearts, and that He so mercifully lets us know what is really going on inside of some of us, or all of us, even in a time of deep worship of Him, as we were having last night. As we were expressing our love for Jesus through our worship of Him, … I felt the Lord truly searching our hearts during that time and He let me know what He was seeing. I spoke out that the Lord was seeing some in bondage, shackled by condemnation because they are not at the place with Him that their hearts really long to be. The Lord said, "Let the shackles of condemnation fall. Why are you bound by condemnation? I do not condemn you. There is, now, no condemnation to those who are IN Christ Jesus. The shackles of Condemnation must fall. Condemnation only hinders you from gaining more of anything in Me. I tell you, in your desire for more of Me, rest. Know that I Am drawing you to Myself. I am not going to let you go. Let go of the things you try to do in your own strength to have more of Me. I have not left you; I will help you. Let Me lead you on as you give yourself in full surrender to Me. And know It is I who am molding you. And it is I who will make you more and more like Me as you move with Me and let Me do My deep work in your heart. As you are in full surrender to Me, then those things that distract you, take your time, and condemn your heart, must go. Even now I draw you to Myself and say, Be free! Let the shackles of condemnation fall, and follow Me.” The Blood of Jesus Protects Us from all Condemnation Matt Ezell - 3/8/23 When we have a conviction of sin, even if we feel bad about ourselves, the Lord is still on our side. Satan is the accuser and will manipulate us into thinking the Lord is done with us, but the blood covers us, and the Holy Spirit is our helper. We really must have it in our minds that He is our Father and He loves us no matter what. 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The Bible's book of Daniel tells us that one day knowledge and innovation will increase exponentially in our world. And it could be surmised that the prophet was looking ahead to our day, but maybe he was looking even further. The technological advances of the 21st century are no secret. In the ancient world, an ocean voyage could take months. Now, a person can have breakfast in New York City and dinner in Paris. Communication is beyond anything our grandparents could have imagined. The number of mobile devices at this moment stands at 7.22 billion, a slightly bigger number than the human population of our planet. There are more than two billion personal computers around the globe. People in Asia can chat in real-time with friends in Chicago or anywhere else. Such communication is instant and constant. Consider that as recently as World War II, whole armies could be on the move before the enemy was aware. Travel is easier, too. There's a wonderful story from our friends at Our Daily Bread, in which a teen on a mission trip shared the Gospel with an elderly man in Jamaica. He was disabled, but listened intently when she described new life in Jesus and the hope of a new body in heaven. He asked her, “Will you dance with me up there?” He accepted Christ. Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” We have almost limitless ways to get a Bible into someone's hand. According to The Bible Society, between 1816 and 1975, 2.5 billion Bibles were printed. Many people, of course, still prefer to hold a book and read the printed word, and that method has been responsible for many millions of conversions over the years. It's exciting to think that, now, 100 million Bibles are being printed every year. Technology brings advancement here as well. That remarkable YouVersion Bible App has been installed on 300 million devices around the world. Knowledge is increasing drastically. We have the greatest opportunity in all of history to share the Good News of Jesus with the world. God has given us the means to use technology, prayer, and one-on-one conversations to bring people to Jesus. What will you do with your finite amount of time? It's up to you. Let's pray. Father God, your provision for us is wonderful. You've made it possible for each believer to share their faith with close friends and family, as well as those around the world. Give us a sense of urgency. In Jesus' name, amen.
Join Pat Willie as she brings you two minutes of prayer and reflection. We believe that prayer is essential, life-giving, and life-sustaining. In this 2-minute prayer, we pray against hardness, guarding our hearts in part 3 of the series. Please join us for 2 minutes of prayer to our Lord and Savior. Transcription: Hello. This is Pat Willie, the founder, and CEO of the not-for-profit ministry, The Gathering. When women gather when women worship. Thanks for joining us for this podcast, the two-minute prayer. I believe that prayer is essential. It is life-giving and life-sustaining, and it only takes just a minute to pray. Father God, in the name of Jesus, we give you glory, we give you praise. And we honor your name. We pray, oh God, for our hearts, our feelings, and our emotions. Our desires would be tempered by the Holy Ghost. We ask you, God, to cleanse our hearts and remove every impurity. In the name of Jesus. We asked that you would take us to the potter's house as you did the prophet, Jeremiah. Yeah, God. We are clay in your hands. We asked that you would mold us and make us according to your will. We ask that you will smooth out every blemish. Oh, glory be to God. Try us in the fire. And see if there is any evil way in us. And lead us to the way of truth in the name of Jesus. We want to have hearts that love one another. We want to have hearts that forgive one another. We want to have hearts that pray for one another. In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I pray that you would teach us how to prefer one another, my God. In the name of Jesus, you would teach us how to influence and how to encourage each other in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For we believe God, that you have great things for all of us. Oh, glory. And we all matter in the kingdom of God. So, therefore, we pray for our brothers and our sisters in Christ. We pray that you would touch their hearts, their minds, and their souls. I pray that you would bring courage where courage is needed. Strength, where strength is needed. That you would take away our hesitations, our reservations, and our procrastination. In the name of Jesus, you would deal with those things in our hearts that keep us from being all that you have called us to be. In the name of Jesus, we pray, I pray. For delivering us now, in Jesus' name. And I give you glory and I give you praise for the great hand and the great work of God on our lives. In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen and amen. Thanks for listening in today. Please subscribe to this channel by using the links below blessings. Now, this is the two-minute prayer podcast. Have a great day. If you would like to make a donation to this ministry, please use this link. https://www.patwillieministries.org/donate *A KP Creative Media Production
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Welcome my friends to season 3 of the Determined to Dance podcast. My prayer is that you'll be encouraged to persevere daily in our chaotic world. Today's episode, The Steadfast Love of God, focuses on how unwavering His love is, especially when we can't see what is ahead. Show Notes: The Steadfast Love of God God's love never gives up, never slows down, and never backs away. No matter what I do. No matter what you do. His love is who He is so even if we run as far as humanly possible from God, He still loves. And this resonates in my heart deeply during the Easter season. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3: `6 NKJV God loved the world. That encompasses everyone. Not a single individual is exempt from the great love of the Father. We must, however, believe. An act of faith. To not perish; to share forever in eternal life, we step out in faith and believe His word in our hearts and confess this with our mouths. And once we do, we are His. I love the words of Paul in Romans 8:38-39: “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” NKJV I am a fairly nice person (now close friends, don't laugh) I really am. But start talking ugly about my children or grandchildren, and I'll get riled. Angry. Try to hurt them and I can become a Mama bear in a hurry. If you have loved ones, you understand exactly what I mean. God loves us a million times more than I love my family. Cares more. And has a plan and purpose for each of us. I still can't fathom that God has counted the number of hairs on my head. (Luke 12:7) Jeff Walling says: “Truly dependable love is a rare commodity, and no one offers it like the Lord. He never, ever gives up on us. His secure and abiding love gives the believer a solid platform from which to function, an unshakeable truth on which to stand. ‘My God cares for me. My God is committed to me. My God will never stop loving me.' With that verity written on our hearts, we can step out in faith to dance through circumstances that appear as impassible as the Grand Canyon.” We learn to dance this way by storing up God's word in our hearts. The ‘impassible' times might not find us with a Bible in our hand but we can still remember the words in our hearts. The Holy Spirit will help us recall the goodness of God when we ask. Whether I'm in a hospital room, praying for a prodigal, struggling with anxiety, or just feeling alone, the love of God never leaves me. And never leaves you. St. Augustine said, “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” Wow. This quote always leaves me breathless. As I near one of those “big” birthdays that end in a zero, I've realized that I will never be perfect. No matter how much I want to be just like Jesus, and never say a wrong word or think a wrong thought or act in a wrong way, it's never gonna be like I want it this side of heaven. And sometimes that makes me sad. Until I remember that God loves me anyway. He wants me to be obedient and live in excellence but he also understands that I came from dust. And dust is, well, kinda messy. Like me. The next time you're struggling, take a moment to bask in God's love. Read some scriptures, listen to music, and explore nature. Let His love, the steadfastness of it all, overwhelm you for the good. Let's pray: Father God, thank You for the everlasting love that You bestow on us daily. You gave Your only Son for us, and treat us as Your own. My heart sings its praises to You now and forever. When life is hard, show up in a mighty way in our lives. In Jesus' name, we pray, amen. May the love of God abound in your heart, now and forevermore.
The doctor said that Dean Braxton was “really, really dead for a long time!” During his hour and forty-five minutes in Heaven, Dean learned much more than he has ever been able to share. But, he shares so much more than most of us have ever heard! Learn about how far you can see in Heaven, how Dean received his “new name,” how worship LITERALLY changes the atmosphere, and much more. Learn to worship on Earth as it is in Heaven! EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE: https://globaloutpouring.net RELATED LINKS: “Consuming Fire Worship” Seminar with Dean Braxton, April 28-29, 2023 Dean Braxton's website The full segment of the 700 Club's report on Dean Braxton's death experience Dean Braxton's Facebook Page Dean Braxton's YouTube Channel Previous Podcasts with Dean: Episode 47 “Going to Heaven” with Dean Braxton Episode 48 “Going to Heaven” with Dean Braxton Part 2 Episode 65 “On Earth as It Is in Heaven” with Dean Braxton Episode 66 “On Earth as It Is in Heaven” with Dean Braxton, Part 2 Episode 104 “Deeper Things from Heaven” with Dean Braxton Other links mentioned: Explanation of “I Am that I Am” from an article by Nehemia Gordon CONNECT ON SOCIAL MEDIA Global Outpouring Facebook Page Global Outpouring on Instagram Global Outpouring YouTube Channel Global Outpouring on Twitter
Join Pat Willie as she brings you two minutes of prayer and reflection. We believe that prayer is essential, life-giving, and life-sustaining. In this 2-minute prayer, we continue our prayer on guarding our hearts against hardness. Please join us for 2 minutes of prayer to our Lord and Savior. Transcription: Hello. This is Pat Willie, the founder, and CEO of the not-for-profit ministry, The Gathering. When women gather when women worship. Thanks for joining us for this podcast, the two-minute prayer. I believe that prayer is essential. It is life-giving and life-sustaining, and it only takes just a minute to pray. Father God, in the name of Jesus, we give you glory, we give you honor, we give you praise. And we worship your name. Holy is your name. We join in concert with the Angels and we say, holy, holy, holy. Holy is the Lord God Almighty. Who was, who is and he is to come. We sing praises unto you, oh, God. For your goodness, your mercy, and your loving kindness towards us. Now, God, we pray in the name of Jesus that our love will not wax cold. Your word says because sins of others many times hearts will wax cold, and love will wax cold. But God, I pray in the name of Jesus that you will keep our hearts supple, keep our hearts amenable, keep our hearts delicate towards you in order that we may hear what you're instructing us to do. In order, where may learn more about you? And we ask God, oh God, that you will remove the stony places and our hearts. Remove the places of unforgiveness. Remove the places of unrest, remove the place of old injuries, and whatever that is, that keeps us from loving like you have caused us to love. That keeps us from seeing others as we see them. We want our hearts oh, glory. Glory. Pure before you. We want our hearts in good condition before you. We give you glory. We give you praise that you are working on our inner man. For out of our hearts flows the issue of life. Mm, and out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh therefore, our hearts must be clean before you in order that we speak what you would give us to speak. In Jesus' name, amen. Thanks for listening in today. Please subscribe to this channel by using the links below blessings. Now, this is the two-minute prayer podcast. Have a great day. If you would like to make a donation to this ministry, please use this link. https://www.patwillieministries.org/donate
Welcome my friends to season 3 of the Determined to Dance podcast. My prayer is that you'll be encouraged to persevere daily in our chaotic world. Today's episode, Dancing When It's Not Easy, is about dancing with God in spite of our circumstances. Show Notes: Dancing When It's Not Easy I'd had a difficult four months, starting in October of 2022. My husband had an unexpected surgery, the holidays arrived, then my Mother had a heart ablation. When February showed up at last, I was tired, down, and ready to give up. I mean I could barely keep up with it all. I woke up that morning and decided to play some music and worship God. I wanted to dance and sing with abandon to the One who'd been right by my side through it all. But as the first song ended, I struggled to even sing or clap, much less let go of all the weight. Thoughts attacked. What a failure you are. Can't even praise God. Why do you even try? As I sat on my bed, unable to persevere, a different voice whispered in my soul. “It's okay. I know your heart. I love you anyway. I still care, and I appreciate your effort. God embraced me in such a beautiful way. Paul and Silas understood what I was going through. In Acts 16, they were preaching the Word and seeing people come to Jesus. God had specifically called them through a vision to that area. So, what could go wrong? A woman with a spirit of divination constantly bothered them so Paul cast in out of her in the name of Jesus Christ. You'd think people would be happy when this miracle took place. Instead, verse 22-25 tells us: “Then the multitude rose up together against them, and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods. And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.” Wow. Talk about dancing in the worst circumstances imaginable. Jeff Walling says in Daring to Dance with God, “They (Paul and Silas) had exercised one of the greatest abilities the creator has afforded us: they had chosen to rejoice and dance with God despite their surroundings. Let me be clear. This is more than making lemonade when life gives you lemons. It is the capacity to dance when you can barely crawl. It is the choice to sing when you feel like crying. And it is doing so not out of ignorance or blind faith but because of an awareness of God's sovereignty and your confidence in him.” Paul and Silas could dance because they knew God. He had proven himself over and over. We can dance too. By remembering what God has done for us in our past By believing He still has plans for our future. And by realizing we don't have to perform to a formula or routine. The way we danced in the past can change at times and it's okay. They probably had little strength and energy by the time midnight rolled around in the prison, but they did what they could. They lifted their voices to God. Didn't seem like much. But God knew their hearts and before the night ended, their chains were loosened through an earthquake and they led the jailer and his family to salvation. Something I forget over and over is that God is patient and full of lovingkindness, mercy, and grace. He is for me. And He is for you. When circumstances are difficult, dance the best you can. God is watching and will and can truly turn your mourning into dance. Let's pray: Father God, we praise and worship you for who you are. A God that understands, who doesn't place cumbersome burdens on us, and instead loves and cares for us where we are. A thousand years of praise, worship, and thanks will never be enough to repay you for giving Your Son for us. We want to know you more and more each day.
The names of God throughout scripture reveal the nature of our Father God. This spoken word identifies God throughout the books of the Bible. Settle in for this profound reading. Play it on repeat. Find a beautiful, quiet place and let it soak into your deepest part. For more on FAITH, check out these podcasts: When God Calls a Woman: Conversation with Shirley Davis Who am I? What is My True Identity? What is a Christ Follower? Books on Amazon: Nurturing My Nest: Intentional Homebuilding & Custom Built Education Hum of the Home: Routines and Rhythms of Homemaking
Join Pat Willie as she brings you two minutes of prayer and reflection. We believe that prayer is essential, life-giving, and life-sustaining. In this 2 minute prayer, we pray to guard our hearts against hardness. Please join us for 2 minutes of prayer to our Lord and Savior. Transcription: Hello. This is Pat Willie, the founder, and CEO of the not-for-profit ministry, The Gathering. When women gather when women worship. Thanks for joining us for this podcast, the two-minute prayer. I believe that prayer is essential. It is life-giving and life-sustaining, and it only takes just a minute to pray. Father God, in the name of Jesus, I give you glory. I give you praise, and I honor your name. And what a great name it is. The name of Jesus. For you calm all of my fears. You soothe all of my doubts and what a blessing it is to know that you're on our side today. We give you glory, we give you praise that you are working everything in our lives according to your plan, and it is for our good. Your plan for us is a good plan. To bring us to an expected end. So, Father, I pray in the name of Jesus that as we walk through our journeys, as we walk with you daily, I pray for the condition of our hearts that our hearts will remain supple, that our hearts will remain open to you. And that we will guard our hearts against hardness, in the name of Jesus. For your word says, the day you hear my voice, harden not your heart. And God, we want our hearts. We want to hear what you have to say to us. We wanna be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and the direction that you're giving us through your word. So I pray that you will speak to every heart and every mind, in the name of Jesus. That as they listen to you, glory be to God. Obedience will be their propulsion. They will walk in obedience, and their heart will remain supple unto you, in Jesus' name. Awakening our spiritual senses. Oh, glory that we may hear no, taste, see that you're good. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen and amen. Thanks for listening in today. Please subscribe to this channel by using the links below blessings. Now, this is the two-minute prayer podcast. Have a great day. If you would like to make a donation to this ministry, please use this link. https://www.patwillieministries.org/donate
Mornings with Eric and Brigitte
When Jesus was crucified and died on the cross, what really happened between the Father (God) and the Son (Jesus)? As we approach Good Friday, it would be good to reflect on what did and didn’t happen while Jesus was on the cross. Monday on Mornings with Eric and Brigitte, Christian theologian and apologist, Paul Copan discusses and challenges some assertions by modern theologians regarding a separation between the Father and the Son on the day of crucifixion. Don't miss this interesting discussion!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Everything about our Father God is successful. We won't find deterioration, mishaps nor negative happening in heaven. Since the Kingdom of God is within us, we can operate like heaven on earth right here and now. This broadcast teaches us how! --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/KINGworldwide/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/KINGworldwide/support
Join Pat Willie as she brings you two minutes of prayer and reflection. We believe that prayer is essential, life-giving, and life-sustaining. In this 2 minute prayer, we pray for those that have special needs. Please join us for 2 minutes of prayer to our Lord and Savior. Transcription: Hello. This is Pat Willie, the founder, and CEO of the not-for-profit ministry, The Gathering. When women gather, when women worship. Thanks for joining us for this podcast, the two-minute prayer. I believe that prayer is essential. It is life-giving and life-sustaining, and it only takes just a minute to pray. Father God, in the name of Jesus, I give you glory and honor and praise. And I worship your name, oh God, for you are my Lord, my savior, and my God. I am grateful to be able to call you, Lord. And oh, what a great father you are. You are loving, kind, wonderful, merciful, and so forgiving. And for that, I give you glory, and I praise you. God, as an intercessor, my prayer is for those that have special needs in their lives, God, that whatever it is, you are able to meet their needs. For nothing is impossible for you. For your word declares, "with God, all things are possible." So I pray, oh God, that you would move on their behalfs. They would have the things that are needed in their lives. Whether it's healing for the body, whether it's healing for relationships. Whether there's financial need. My God shall supply all of our needs according to his riches and glory. So as I pray, God, I pray that grace will be released in their favor and in their direction and that they will know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you're with them. Through every struggle, every pain, every situation. You are there. And many times, God, you're just waiting on us to ask you to help us. And so I say on behalf of myself and others, Jesus, help us. Jesus. Help us. And your word assures me that they, that call upon the name of the Lord, shall be delivered. I thank you for deliverance in peace now. May rest upon our hearts and our souls. In Jesus' name, amen. Thanks for listening in today. Please subscribe to this channel by using the links below blessings. Now, this is the two-minute prayer podcast. Have a great day. If you would like to make a donation to this ministry, please use this link. https://www.patwillieministries.org/donate
Episode 273 is a special feature episode from another podcast I host -- the Wild Ox Prayer Podcast. You'll have to listen to appreciate the name! Pray with me. We highlight the Kingdom prayer dynamic of repentance, refreshment, and restoration. Then we ask Father God to grant us the grace of deep and clear repentance. Each tight episode spotlights a potent Kingdom Prayer Dynamic. Then we activate a prayer edge in culture, society, and the nations. See the show notes page for this episode at WildOxPrayer.com. Listen to the Wild Ox Podcast on Podbean, Spotify, and iHeart Radio. It's coming to Apple Podcasts, Audible, and other listening options. Visit the new website for the Wild Ox Prayer podcast at WildOxPrayer.com! Get the Jesus Smart eLetter and keep current with podcast episode releases Podcast Archive >> JesusSmart.com/podcast
Strong Tower Mental Health with Heidi Mortenson
You may have heard of the Jezebel Spirit and the Python Spirit, the controlling and twisting spirits. Are they real and if they are, what do they actually do to us? And how can we be aware of their influence and fight against them? In this episode, you will hear from a powerful woman of God, Harmony Klingenmeyer, who shares her wisdom from the Bible about the Jezebel and Python spirit, both of which have been impacting many men and women of God in this hour. We need to grow in our discernment and be aware of what the enemy is doing. You will hear her share how the people of God carry the atmosphere of heaven in our home, at church and anywhere we go. When this atmosphere comes in contact with anything of the enemy, the enemy will manifest and causes problems. Deliverance is possible for people who want to come out of agreement with a demonic spirit and invite Jesus in. This episode is jam packed full of encouragement for those who have felt stifled by those in opposition. You will experience ministry and prayer for freedom over both the Jezebel and Python spirits, as well as many others. You will hear the steps of: repent, receive, renounce, replace, and refill. Most importantly, you will leave knowing more of who you are in Christ, a daughter or son, not an orphan lost without a home. You have a home, and you have a family and you have a loving Father God who adores you. “One man of you shall chase a thousand, for the LORD your God is He who fights for you, as He promised you”. ~Joshua 23:10 “And you are to strike down the house of your master Ahab, so that I may avenge the blood of My servants the prophets and the blood of all the servants of the LORD shed by the hand of Jezebel”. ~2 Kings 9:7 Harmony's Website: https://www.heartheirvoices.net/ To purchase Kitchen Table Kingdom: https://www.amazon.com/Kitchen-Table-Kingdom-Raising-Changers/dp/B0BHKYMQXN/ref=sr_1_1?crid=V42W20D9ROKM&keywords=harmony+klingenmeyer&qid=1679836892&sprefix=harmony+klin%2Caps%2C134&sr=8-1 If you are in crisis, help is available by call or text 1-800-273-8255 24/7. You can also visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org. You are loved!
Rock of Grace Kinsman - Jordan Biel
Our church is on a mission! We're leading people to follow Jesus together and that means that we all can lead someone to have faith in Jesus Christ! Today we talk about our opportunity to actually lead someone in a prayer of salvation. Scripture says that some plant and some water and some reap the harvest. It's time that believers begin to see their opportunity to lead someone in a prayer of salvation. Often the Holy Spirit is already softening their heart and convicting them - that something is off - something needs to change - and you and I have that joy of being "ambassadors of Christ" as Paul put it and becoming "ministers of reconciliation" bringing people to a place of unity with Father God through faith in His Son Jesus Christ! #FollowJesusTogether
UBM Unleavened Bread Ministries
The Beast's Great Deception (6) (Audio) David Eells - 3/26/23 Apostasy & Tornado Engulfing a City Isaac Payne - 3/9/23 (David's notes in red) I had a dream that I was walking into what seemed to be an abandoned shopping mall. However, this shopping center was designed like a castle. I don't remember exactly what the mall looked like on the outside in the dream, but it was like a castle. (This abandoned shopping mall represents the current DS Babylonish financial system that is crumbling with many bank failures.) (I know many times a mall can represent the merchants of the world as in Rev. 18:11 And the Merchants of of the earth weep and mourn over her, for no man buyeth their merchandise anymore.) As I walked inside this mall it was very gaudy, having large marble floors and blue & green checkered painting design on the walls. There wasn't a lot of bright colors in the mall, most of the colors were dull. Also, I noticed there wasn't much natural light shining in this mall. (The light of the true sun/Son that our forefathers established this nation upon has all but extinguished as America under the D.S. has become the prophesied Babylon of the latter days in the Bible.) This shopping mall was also arrayed in large crown molding along the ceilings as well as being decorated in white trim along the doors and windows. There were large marble staircases within the main entry leading to the second floor. As I continued walking in the castle mall, I realized there were no shops and the mall seemed to be completely abandoned. I also noticed that it seemed this castle mall was winterized. (Winterization represents God's preparation for the 7-year tribulation. Mat. 24:20-21 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on a sabbath: 21 for then shall be great tribulation, such as hath not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, nor ever shall be.) In some of the rooms even the walls were winterized having a plastic dust barrier covering the walls. (When homes are winterized, the water is turned off so pipes do not burst. I am not certain, but I was thinking this castle mall could be a waterless place that swept and garnished especially since it was completely empty. Mat. 12:43-45 But the unclean spirit, when he is gone out of the man, passeth through waterless places, seeking rest, and findeth it not. Then he saith, I will return into my house whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. The goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of the man becometh worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this evil generation.) (Rev. 18:2 And he cried with a mighty voice, saying, Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, and is become a habitation of demons, and a hold of every unclean spirit, and a hold of every unclean and hateful bird.) All through this castle mall something was not quite right. As I continued walking into the mall, I noticed that there was a family living here. There was a husband and a wife that were middle aged with about four kids. The husband was kneeling down and playing with the kids and seemed genuinely happy. I knew the family was occupying this mall to try to escape the judgements that were occurring in the world. (As we will see, taking refuge in Apostate Christianity inside the Babylonish system will not protect in the judgements to come.) I did not have a conversation at this point with the family and wasn't sure where they went. I continued walking through this empty mall and walked down a long hallway. I came to a door that was on the left side of the hallway and opened it to find the wife lying between some church pews facing the ground and she seemed to be dead. The room looked like a church sanctuary with an altar up front. At this moment in the dream, I was given a supernatural power from Father to begin to interpret the dream while I was in it. I remember thinking "Oh No! She is facing the ground which means not looking toward the heavens and she is facing the world. Her eyes are on the world." (This represents the apostate Church who is earthly because they keep their eyes on earthly things and not on things above where Christ is. (Col. 3:2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth.) They are spiritually dead through their false doctrines. (John 3:31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is of the earth, and of the earth he speaketh: he that cometh from heaven is above all.) Suddenly, she flipped over and startled me and said, "I'm not dead I was just lying down." (They are dead but alive; “she is dead while she liveth.”) I noticed that her kids were in the room as well. (Their fruit is apostate too. It is a false Jesus.) I stepped over the woman and noticed there were two massive, hairy spiders in this room. There was a spider on the right and another on the left just ahead of me on the pews. (There is evil both on the right and on the left of the apostate Church.) The spiders had their front legs lifted up in attack mode and looked like they would jump at any moment. (I believe the spiders represent sin and can jump from host to host if we have willful sin or are negligent in our walk.) (It's commonly known that demons are passed on through association with those who have them. 1Co. 15:33 Be not deceived: Evil companionships corrupt good morals.) I turned around and looked at the women and said, "Are these dangerous?" The woman said, "Yes, if they bite you, they can cause death." Again, Father was having me to interpret the dream while I was in it. I said to myself, "These spiders represent sin and are looking to attach themselves to others.” (These are religious spirits who suck the life of Christ, and the freedom He brings, out of those who get trapped in dead religion.) Suddenly, I slipped and fell next to the spider on the right. I had tripped over someone else in the room. I don't remember if it was the kids or the woman lying between the pews. I instantly jumped back up on my feet and away from the spider. (Pro. 24:16 For a righteous man falleth seven times, and riseth up again; but the wicked are overthrown by calamity.) At this point, as I jumped, I hopped on top of the backs of the pews and ran on the backs of the pews from one section to another without even a slight misstep or falling in between into the cushions. (I believe this represents coming out from amongst the apostate church. The pews represent complacency and not walking into the maturity of salvation 100-fold. Eph. 4:11-13 And he gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets, and some evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ: till we all attain unto the unity of the faith, and of the the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a full grown man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:) As I ran toward the exit of the church like room, the woman shouted to me, "My oldest child died while I was here." (I was again given the interpretation of the dream from Father and said to myself again, "Her oldest is her fruit, and it has died.") (“Twice dead; plucked up by the roots.”) I was still running on top of the back of the pews racing for the exit. (Rev. 18:4-5 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come forth, my people, out of her, that ye have no fellowship with her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues: 5 for her sins have reached even unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.) I ran completely out of the room and out of the castle mall. (Concerning the castle mall, the seemingly happy family, and the church room, this scripture comes to my mind. 2Ti. 3:5-7 Holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power, therefore. From these also turn away. For of these are they that creep into houses, (Castle mall) and take captive silly women (women lying face down on the ground) laden with sins, (Spiders) led away by divers lusts, (The fruit of the child that died) ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (Complacency of spectator religion.) I made it out of the castle mall, and I continued to run. Outside was very bright, however, a dark mass was now taking over the entire sky. I could see the brightness diminishing and at this point there was only a small light at the end of the horizon. To best describe this darkness engulfing the light it was exactly like a small light at the end of the tunnel. I was still running in an all-out sprint toward the light. At this point I knew this darkness was a massive tornado. (Representing the judgment that is coming upon the entire Babylonish system; Church and Government.) This tornado was so massive that it totally encapsulated the city I was in. The wind was ferocious and increasing dramatically. At this point, the storm was upon the city and there was nothing I could do to save myself. I stopped running and found myself in the eye of this massive dark tornado and looked up and pointed with my finger at the eye of the tornado and then shouted as loud as I possible could, "STOP!!!!!!!!" As I finished shouting again in my dream, I thought to myself, "Its not the word Stop that has power, but the name of Jesus." (Mark 16:17-18 And these signs shall accompany them that believe in my name shall they cast out demons; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall in no wise hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.) Again, I pointed up with my finger in the eye of this Tornado and shouted with every ounce of strength that I had, "In the name of JESUS! STOP!" I could see my hand shaking violently as I pointed at the tornado. (Mat. 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the men of violence take it by force.) At that moment the tornado winds just instantly began to vanish, and the shape of tornado began to totally dissipate in front of my eyes into nothingness. The Tornado had fled because it had not the authority to proceed beyond the command, “in the name of Jesus.” (Psa 91:14-16 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. 15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble: I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.) The sky was once again sunny and weather perfect. Then I woke up. (I believe the reason the word Stop did not work is because it had to be activated by faith in the name of Jesus. This is because the word, “name” or “Onoma” means: nature, character, and authority. I don't believe naturally there is any special sequence of words in a command to have authority. That is legalism. I believe this points to the fact that if we walk in faith IN Jesus' nature, character, and authority then we have power through Christ with a command such as "Stop." 1Jo. 4:17 Herein is love made perfect with us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as he is, even so are we in this world." And Col. 2:6-7 As therefore ye received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and builded up in him, and established in your faith, even as ye were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.) (Quickly come out from among them for the wrath will fall on their whole system as God's presence shook the earth.) Fall of Egyptian Babylon Tianna Fire - 3/17/23 (David's notes in red) I saw a giant pyramid like the ones in Egypt and it had this giant gold star on top of it, like you would see on top of a Christmas tree. (Jer 10:3-4 For the customs of the peoples are vanity; for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman with the axe. 4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. ). (This represents the idolatry of Egypt or Babylon.) (Pyramid represents Egypt/Babylon, the Beast nation and corporate body. The star is the principality that rules over the idolators.) Then I saw the pyramid start falling far down and it was spinning 360 degrees, round and round. The star fell off and smashed to the ground and not long after, the pyramid smashed and broke into pieces. (Acts 7:43 And ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, And the star of the god Rephan, The figures which ye made to worship them: And I will carry you away beyond Babylon.) Leaving the God of War Behind Claire Pienaar - 2/4/23 (David's notes in red) (Claire represents the Bride because her name means “brilliant” and the Bride's garments are bright and pure as is spoken of in Rev. 19:8 And it was given unto her that she should array herself in fine linen, bright and pure: for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.) I had a dream about Martyn Isles and the Tower of Babel. (Martyn means, “dedicated to Mars”, the Roman god of war and fertility. We're fighting this principality as much as Jezebel in these days.) I asked the Lord who Martyn Isles represents in this dream and my finger landed on “sop” from John 13:26: Jesus therefore answereth, He it is, for whom I shall dip the sop, and give it him. So when he had dipped the sop, he taketh and giveth it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. (The Lord gave me a revelation that sop stood for S.O.P. “son of perdition.” 2Th 2:1-4 Now we beseech you, brethren, touching the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together unto him; 2 to the end that ye be not quickly shaken from your mind, nor yet be troubled, either by spirit, or by word, or by epistle as from us, as that the day of the Lord is just at hand; 3 let no man beguile you in any wise: for it will not be, except the falling away come first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, 4 he that opposeth and exalteth himself against all that is called God or that is worshipped; so that he sitteth in the temple of God, setting himself forth as God.) (Martyn Isles was the CEO of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL). He has a very popular video series on YouTube called “The Truth Of It”, where he helps people to think about political things from a biblical perspective. In 2022 he did a series called “Babylon” at churches around Australia. He does not know that Babylon is the apostate church.) … I dreamed I was in a high tower with my daughter who was merged with my little sister. (Riaan: Children represent our fruit of faith in Christ. The younger sister represents the immature that need to grow up in the faith and the mature have faith for them. The high tower represents works of the flesh, rebellion, and pride, like the tower of Babel.) (The elect of God, represented by the “little sister”, will escape the “Tower of Babel” with the help of the Bride. Song 8:8-9 We have a little sister, And she hath no breasts: What shall we do for our sister In the day when she shall be spoken for? 9 If she be a wall, We will build upon her a turret of silver: And if she be a door, We will inclose her with boards of cedar.) We were moving out of the tower. (Representing the command to God's people concerning Babylon the Great. Rev. 18:4 Come forth, my people, out of her, that ye have no fellowship with her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.) We had blue suitcases, and all that remained in our room was two beds, which were covered with blue bed covers. (Riaan: The blue suitcases are heavenly provision and the beds represent a heavenly rest from our own works.) We were on the 9th level. (Riaan: The number 9 represents divine completeness as in the fruits of the Spirit). We went down two levels and saw Martyn Isles on the 7th level. (Representing Judas or the son of perdition.) He seemed to be in charge of the tower but there had recently been a power change. His level was very beautifully decorated. It looked like he had diamond tree roots growing out of the ceiling that illuminated the entire level with all the aspects of light like a diamond's refraction or like a prism. (Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. But his roots are really pride and rebellion.) Still, my daughter/little sister were going somewhere better in the dream. I heard the words, “Hegai” and “Keeper of the virgins” a few times and then I woke up. (Riaan: The bride, like Esther, is moving out of the house of the women to live in the king's house.) (Hegai represented the Holy Spirit who guided Esther to her brideship.) I asked the Lord for a word by faith at random and received Lam 2:14 Thy prophets have seen for thee false and foolish visions; And they have not uncovered thine iniquity, to bring back thy captivity, But have seen for thee false oracles and causes of banishment. (I think it is a warning for Martyn. He has “Babylon” all wrong….) I asked the Lord why I (as the bride) and my daughter/little sister were leaving the tower. I received Mat 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway from the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon him; (The verses that follow on explain that this meant Jesus was well-pleasing to Father God, and then he went into the wilderness Tribulation to be tempted [as we will]). Falling Away Into Spiritual Fornication Claire Pienaar 11/11/22 (David's notes in red) The enemy tried to keep me from remembering this dream but, the Lord will have His way… I dreamed my uncle (My dad's brother) and his wife were telling me that my brother had finally come out of the closet. I did a double-take and asked him to clarify that. He said that he'd come out and introduced his boyfriend to the family. (It is perversion to receive the seed of man. Christians are always to fill themselves with the seed of God which is His Word as in the parable of the sower. But there, 3 out of 4 fell to the seed of the world and didn't bear the fruit of the Word. This is a NOW problem.) Ruth, my stepmom, was ecstatic and so happy her son was finally “happy”. I could not understand this at all. She once had morals and standards and I thought she raised her children for God. (She is a stepmom and is not the real mother of the bride, typed by Claire, meaning brilliant. She fell away and is the mother of the immature people who fall away. Here is a text used to warn the falling away through the law but also fits the falling away by other means. We are warned of the false mother bringing forth the false son. Gal 4:22-31 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, one by the handmaid, and one by the freewoman. 23 Howbeit the son by the handmaid is born after the flesh; but the son by the freewoman is born through promise. 24 Which things contain an allegory: for these women are two covenants; one from mount Sinai, bearing children unto bondage, which is Hagar. 25 Now this Hagar is mount Sinai in Arabia and answereth to the Jerusalem that now is (I.e., born of the natural woman): for she is in bondage with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, which is our mother. 27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; Break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: For more are the children of the desolate (3 out of 4) than of her that hath the husband (The seed of the Lord that we must receive.). 28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. 29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, so also it is now. 30 Howbeit what saith the scripture? Cast out the handmaid and her son: for the son of the handmaid shall not inherit with the son of the freewoman. 31 Wherefore, brethren, we are not children of a handmaid, but of the freewoman. I was then in front of her, and asked her “Why are you supporting this?” And she answered, “God loves everyone”. I could not agree. Her reasoning was similar to a petulant child's reasoning. It was so sad. (This mother represents the apostate church which is very liberal and so is her fruit. Church means "the called-out ones". The real Church of the “come outers” is our real mother.) It became apparent that no-one wanted to tell me because they did not want to hear my opinion on the matter; they'd all known for a while. I then heard so many whispers come into my head that everything was a lie, all of them were falling away and that many abortions, divorces, and evil had a stronghold over what I thought was the “better” part of my family. (Their hidden things of darkness will come to light.) I woke up and forgot about this dream for a bit. Then I remembered and asked the Lord for a word by faith at random and received, Eph 6:13 finger on “whole armor” “Wherefore take up the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand.” This is not about the physical at all. This is to pray down an attack targeted at the immature or younger brothers in Christ (My brother is a decade younger than I am).(This is more perfectly stated as the immature brothers in “Christianity” who are falling away to the demons of liberalism, perversion, and lasciviousness, faction, witchcraft, love of the world, etc. What makes one younger in the Lord, is that they do not walk in much of the Word, who is Jesus, and so they fall away. Some of these will be saved but others are sons of perdition.) This came to my spirit: "Get on your knees and pray!! A brother is falling." This is a type that brothers plural are falling away. When I asked if I should send this on to David, my finger was on a picture of the temple ruins of Laodicea, that he spewed out because they were neither hot nor cold. Oh Lord, save our brothers! Rev 3:14-21: And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God: 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So because thou art lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spew thee out of my mouth. (I.e., rejected from the body of Christ) 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and have gotten riches, and have need of nothing (Representing, serving the idols of the worldly); and knowest not that thou art the wretched one and miserable and poor and blind and naked (Because of not serving the Word.): 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold refined by fire, that thou mayest become rich (In the ways of Christ); and white garments (Representing His works), that thou mayest clothe thyself, and that the shame of thy nakedness be not made manifest; and eyesalve to anoint thine eyes, that thou mayest see. (The Word gives discernment to the simple.) 19 As many as I love, I reprove and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21 He that overcometh, I will give to him to sit down with me in my throne, as I also overcame, and sat down with my Father in his throne. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. The falling away of those who receive the seed of man, or the world is shown by Jesus below. Jesus Explains the Parable of the Sower Mat 13:18 Hear then ye the parable of the sower. 19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the evil one, and snatcheth away that which hath been sown in his heart. (We have seen the factious lose everything they learned at UBM. They have complained that it was all being erased from their mind.) This is he that was sown by the wayside. Mat 13:20 And he that was sown upon the rocky places, this is he that heareth the word, and straightway with joy receiveth it; 21 yet hath he not root in himself, but endureth for a while; and when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, straightway he stumbleth. (They refused to break up the fallow ground of their flesh to give root to the Word.) Mat 13:22 And he that was sown among the thorns, this is he that heareth the word; and the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. (They give all their time, money, and affection to the world instead of Jesus and they spiritually die. If the Love of the world is in you the Love of the Father is not.) 23 And he that was sown upon the good ground, this is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; who verily beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. (Those who desire to be like Jesus rather than the world will overcome.) The Parable of the Tares Mat 13:24 Another parable set he before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man that sowed good seed in his field (The Word of God in the heart of the righteous): 25 but while men slept (With their eyes closed to the light), his enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away. (We have seen them come and be taken out by faction as the Word is shown to them for their fruit was small and useless like the tares naturally have.) Mat 13:26 But when the blade sprang up and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 And the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? whence then hath it tares? Mat 13:28 And he said unto them, An enemy hath done this. And the servants say unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he saith, Nay; lest haply while ye gather up the tares, ye root up the wheat with them. Mat 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest (The first-fruits harvest is happening): and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather up first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn. (This is happening before our eyes, so the first fruits harvest is happening now. And the Angels are gathering the tares and bundling them by permitting faction spirits, which are separation spirits to take them out to purify the body.) Mat 13:36 Then he left the multitudes and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Explain unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37 And he answered and said, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; (Jesus sowed the Word in our hearts as the parable of the sower just showed.) Mat 13:38 and the field is the world; and the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom (In whom the Word lives); and the tares are the sons of the evil one (In whom satan's seeds of lust live.); 39 and the enemy that sowed them is the devil: and the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are angels. Mat 13:40 As therefore the tares are gathered up and burned with fire; so, shall it be in the end of the world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all [things- not Numeric] that cause stumbling, and them that do iniquity, (Jesus is doing this to the first-fruits harvest and in the tribulation. He will do it for the Ingathering Harvest.) Mat 13:42 and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He that hath ears, let him hear. (So, this process is to sanctify a body for the Lord.) The Falling away must come to purify the Body. Jesus is coming for the first fruits in the Man-child and Bride to use them to bring in the Ingathering Harvest in the tribulation. He is also coming for the Ingathering Harvest at the end of the Tribulation. One thing preceeds both of these comings - The Falling Away. 2Th 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, touching the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together unto him; 2 to the end that ye be not quickly shaken from your mind, nor yet be troubled, either by spirit, or by word, or by epistle as from us, as that the day of the Lord is just at hand; (Notice: Jesus will not come until the Falling Away sanctifies the Body) 2Th 2:3 let no man beguile you in any wise: for it will not be (The coming of the Lord), except the falling away come first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, (Perdition means destruction. Like Judas they destroy and are destroyed. Jesus cannot come for the first fruits or ingathering harvests until the son of destruction comes out from among the people of God.) 2Th 2:4 he that opposeth and exalteth himself against all that is called God or that is worshipped; so that he sitteth in the temple of God, setting himself forth as God. (The son of perdition is his own god; he does as he wishes. The Greek word for temple here is “Naos” which Paul used 9 times as the body of Christ but never as the building. He sits among the people of God which is the temple of God.) 2Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know that which restraineth, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season. (The Falling Away restrains the son of perdition being revealed. The Falling Away reveals the son of destruction as is happening now and in the tribulation.) 2Th 2:7 For the mystery of lawlessness doth already work: only there is one that restraineth now (The SOP restrains the coming of the Lord for His purified body), until he be - taken out of the way (The Numeric Greek proves this as “be come out of the midst.” When the SOP which identified Judas, came out of the midst he was revealed. The disciples didnt know who he was until he denied the Lord.) 8 And then shall be revealed the lawless one, whom the Lord Jesus shall slay with the breath of his mouth, and bring to nought by the manifestation of his coming; (So the Lord comes for his bodies after the falling way separates the SOP tares from the wheat. Then He destroys those Edomites as He did Judas.) 2Th 2:9 even he (the SOP), whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 and with all deceit of unrighteousness for them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (The SOP has been given power from satan to deceive those who do not hold to the truth. Should we even try to save them? Yes, because they are held guilty by rejecting the truth and those who receive the truth will be saved. ) 2Th 2:11 And for this cause God sendeth them a working of error, that they should believe a lie: 12 that they all might be judged who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2Co 4:1-4 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, even as we obtained mercy, we faint not: 2 but we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; (Like the SOP) but by the manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that perish: 4 in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn upon them. Father Commands Evil Out of the House Claire Pienaar - 3/19/23 (David's notes in red) I dreamed it was nighttime and I was in my parents' home. I was looking out of my bedroom window at night. (In the natural, when I did this as a child, I saw a demon in female form lurking out there and I always told her to stay out there. I did not engage with her, but I was weary of her.) In my dream, I felt the same trepidation of knowing that I'd see her when I looked out into the garden, but when I did, she wasn't there!! Praise God! The demon was gone, and I could see a perfectly peaceful night far into the distance, beyond the boundary of my parents' home. In the dream, I had pink curtains with fluffy white clouds on them and many, many colorful rainbows. (These curtains represent being covered in love and the promises in the Word, specifically the promise of overcoming evil). I heard my dad next door in my sister's room, which was the same as my room, but this room had blue curtains like mine instead of pink ones. (The curtains represent the same promises, and the blue represents being seated in the heavenlies; the predestination, calling and election of those Father loves). My dad (Representing our Heavenly Father) had my sister in his lap and wanted to read her a story. My sister looked like my daughter Tabitha, and this shook me in the dream. (In the natural, I try to keep my children from as much evil outside influence as possible; they have enough of their own sin nature to overcome). My dad was freaking out because someone had given her a Mickey Mouse book, (Disney perversion.) as well as an evil book with a weird looking teddy bear on the front cover. (I realized the cover looked the same as the pedophile organization run by George Soros with the teddy bear logo. It's the ugliest teddy bear I've ever seen. They are sickos.). (Our Father is not happy with all the corruption in the Churches that is polluting His children.) I was shocked and wondered how these books came into our house, but then I thought “My mother probably brought them in”. (Here again we see a connection between the apostate Church system and the Babylon DS child trafficking.) I told my dad not to worry, and that all people have grown up with some sort of sick stuff like this. (We are exposed to much “sick” doctrine growing up in the apostate Churches. Psa. 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.) I was not fearful and knew I could dispose of these books quickly. I was sad that it had been placed near my sister/daughter and I was unsure how much she'd seen of it. He then took the teddy bear book and said, “This one must be burned!”. He was angry now and said, “I have NEVER been exposed to this, and none of my children should. Get it out of the house!!” (Riaan: The Father will not allow these things in believers' lives anymore. It's a serious reaction to not expose any of his children as immature believers to any lasciviousness brought in by the apostate “mother” Church). Then, I took it and went to burn it or throw it away. Then I woke up. I asked the Lord for a word for this dream and received Psalm 69: 7-8: Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; Shame hath covered my face. I am become a stranger unto my brethren, And an alien unto my mother's children. Bearing Fruit to Be in the Bride Alenna Timoshchuk - 3/21/23 (David's notes in red) I dreamt that I was pregnant, walking down a road with another girl who was also pregnant, but not as far along as I was. (Representing bearing the fruit of Christ.) She was asking me if I was worried about pregnancy headaches and what they might do to my eyesight. (This represents attacks on our mind by the enemy that can cloud our spiritual sight as we are working to bear the fruit of Christ in the womb of our hearts.) I told her, “No, I wasn't worried about it because I believed that Jesus delivered me from the curse and that I was trusting in the Lord that I was already healed.” (Representing that we are healed through faith in the promises, and we can't walk by sight.) She proceeded to tell me about her sister who knows all about what these headaches can do and that they're ruining her sister's eyesight. (The sister represents those under apostate religious doctrines that don't see that they have been healed by the Lord.) I told her, “It's because her sister was researching a bunch of misinformation and believing it and that it's going to be hard for her to believe what the Lord had done for her if that is what she is filling her mind with.” (We must fill our mind with the Word and keep our sight on God's promises, not what the world says, or we will lose our spiritual eyesight.) We kept walking, and though my pace never changed, the girl I was walking beside was falling behind, and I was going way ahead of her, and it seemed as if I started walking faster. (Not believing the full gospel will hinder you from progressing in your walk in Christ. My pace never changed because it's not my works, but Christ doing the work in me.) As I was walking, two dogs ran up beside me trying to intimidate me. They had special collars on their throats allowing them to speak to me like a human (like in the movie “UP”) and they were also growling and trying to bite me, mainly aiming for my hands. I don't remember what they were saying but it sounded creepy. I just kept my same pace and kept my eyes ahead of me on the road, making sure not to look at the dogs. I knew that if I kept my eyes forward, they wouldn't be able to harm me. (Satan and his demons don't have power unless we give it to them.) Then an old man, who was the owner of the dogs, came out to the road and he was wearing two very thick pairs of gloves. (The old man represents the “old man” of the flesh who cooperates with demons to sidetrack our spiritual man.) The dogs instantly ran over to him, and each jumped up and bit his hands and were hanging off of them. I told him that he needed to put his dogs away so that people could walk on the road and not get hurt by them, but the man laughed and told me they were harmless. I knew then that he wanted the dogs to hurt me, so I faced the road ahead again, and kept walking. (Pro. 4:27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: Remove thy foot from evil.) The scene changed and I was meeting up with my husband and children and we were in a room with my old job manager. He also seemed to be the same owner of the two dogs. I was looking at a model ship that he had and said I was sad about something he wouldn't change. I remember he got really angry with me and opened a can of some kind of gas that would put my family and I to sleep so that he could kill us. My husband instantly put his arms around our daughters and covered them with his body, and I ran out before the door could close. (I believe my husband here represents Jesus who gave his body for us, and I may represent the bride who is also a warrior for Christ.) As I ran out of the room, I realized the gas was in the whole building but I knew that if I fought, I wouldn't fall asleep. I found a sword (Representing the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.) I picked the sword up and across the room I saw a pale Chinese lady with jet black hair cut at chin length. (Our flesh nature is a foreigner, and the short hair represents lack of submission to God and the black hair represents submission to darkness. This woman represents her flesh.) She was watching me and had a sword in her hand. I knew I had to fight her, but first I ran the other way out of the building. I was running so fast that I ran across a lake without getting wet. (Going across the water without getting wet is putting the curse of the Word under our feet. Without this we cannot conquer the flesh.) I rested in some bushes for a little while. (Entering the rest represents ceasing from our own works through faith in the promises. This strengthens us for the battle with the flesh.) Then I ran back to the building to fight her. As soon as I got into the building, I saw another blade and I used it to sharpen my sword before the fight. (Representing iron sharpening iron. Pro. 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; So, a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. As discuss scriptures with others we sharpen our sword of the Spirit.) Then I saw her charging at me, and we started fighting. The fight lasted a while as we swung our swords at each other back and forth. Then she left me for a moment and went into another room. (Resist the devil [and his temptations] and he will flee from you.) I saw one of my biological sisters in that same room casually talking to her and I motioned with my hand and mouthed to her that this lady was trying to kill me. So, my sister stepped away from her and I charged at the Chinese lady full force, and this time I didn't stop hitting her with my sword. I came at her so quickly that she didn't have a chance to defend herself. (This time I was on the offensive side, making it easier to bind the enemy.) I kept hitting her until I saw David Eells had stepped into the room with another man dressed in white. I told them to chain her up so that she can't move and to throw her in jail. David walked up behind her and held both of her hands together with one hand and her feet with his other. She instantly turned into the size of a baby, but she was screaming terribly and had a surprising amount of strength trying to resist him. But there was a yellow glow coming from David's hands as he held her, and he was stronger than her. Then the other man came and put the chains on her so that she couldn't move, and I woke up. (This represents the power of spiritual warfare and agreement between brethren. Mat. 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.) Right before I woke up from that dream, I had this little blip of a dream where someone was reading off a paper that had a list of names on it. It was a list of people who were replacing others in the bride. The others had factioned out and the Lord was replacing those people with the ones on this list. I don't remember any of the names except for my own. But I knew I needed to prove myself to actually be in the bride. I asked the Lord who the Chinese lady was that I was fighting and my finger landed on the word “iniquities” of my youth in Job 13:26 (In context 26-27) For thou writest bitter things against me, And makest me to inherit the iniquities of my youth: (The foreigner who is the old man) 27 Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, And markest all my paths; Thou settest a bound to the soles of my feet.) (I bound the feet of her flesh representing her walk.) Then I asked who David Eells represents (already assuming he represented the Father or Jesus) and my finger landed on the face of a man in a picture of King Ahasuerus being angry at Queen Vashti for refusing to obey his command. … (Ahasuerus was the husband of the Bride. Vashti was replaced as his Bride.) A Sanctified Walk Claire Pienaar - 3/17/23 (David's notes in red) (I represent the Bride in this dream, as my name means “brilliance”, which denotes the “lampros garment” of righteous acts of the saints as mentioned in Rev 19:8 And it was given unto her that she should array herself in fine linen, bright and pure: for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.) I dreamed that Riaan and I were moving into a new white house two doors down from our current white house that was on the right side when you're looking “up the street”. It was the largest home on the street. (A bigger house denotes more freedom of movement or to act which comes with maturity.) We were unpacking all the things the previous Catholic family had left behind on the curb, for people to take or for rubbish. (All the things of universal christianity must be thrown out [because they are apostate]). We didn't keep anything of theirs. … Then I saw myself in a mirror as I was cleaning the new house with my children. My top half looked normal, like how I look in the natural. … My legs were tan in color and looked very thin. (Representing our walk being exposed to the sun/Son or the Word.) You could see every bone, and the skin stretched over the bones and tendons. My legs looked like they belonged to a marathon runner instead of belonging to me. (This represents having the walk of an overcomer and enduring our race until the end.) (Long distance runners also tend to have leaner legs as they burn much fat reserves on those long runs. They put to death the flesh to take hold of the promise of the prize for enduring the race.) Despite what they looked like, my legs were moving so fast it was like they belonged to someone else. (They do belong to someone else because we are the hands and feet of Christ. And we are doing His supernatural works.) They were easily going triple the speed of the pace at which the rest of my body was moving. Then I woke up. (As the Bride comes in to her anointing, she will be getting things done much faster for the kingdom because much will be done more supernaturally, as the angels have told us.) I asked the Lord for a couple of words by faith at random, and received Rev 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. To him that overcometh, to him will I give of the hidden manna (Receiving the Hidden manna represents receiving in depth discernment and understanding of the Word of God.), and I will give him a white stone, and upon the stone a new name written, which no one knoweth but he that receiveth it. (A new name means a new nature, character, and authority; that of Christ. This all represents coming into the Brides anointing to walk as Jesus walked.) And Matt 15:28: Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith; be it done unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was healed from that hour. (We are all sons and daughters of the King if we continue to abide in great faith and overcome in Him with His nature, character, and authority). God's Investment in Us Samuel Fire - 3/10/23 (David's notes in red) I saw how our Father has heavily invested in us all. He has invested more into us than we can fully comprehend. He sent His only begotten Son to die for us [and give us His life]. An investment is an expectation on a good and greater return. Parable of Talents: Mat. 25:14-30 For it is as when a man, going into another country, called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his several ability; and he went on his journey. 16 Straightway he that received the five talents went and traded with them and made other five talents. 17 In like manner he also that received the two gained other two. 18 But he that received the one went away and digged in the earth and hid his lord's money. (Some people waste their God-given talents on worldly endeavors instead of God's kingdom, so He doesn't get a return on His investment.) 19 Now after a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and maketh a reckoning with them. 20 And he that received the five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: lo, I have gained other five talents. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord. (So, some faithful servants bear fruit with the talents invested in them.) 22 And he also that received the two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: lo, I have gained other two talents. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24 And he also that had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou didst not sow, and gathering where thou didst not scatter; 25 and I was afraid, and went away and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, thou hast thine own. (Obviously, this man did not know how to cooperate with God because He considered His talent should be used as his flesh desired.) 26 But his lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I did not scatter; 27 thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the bankers, and at my coming I should have received back mine own with interest. 28 Take ye away therefore the talent from him and give it unto him that hath the ten talents. 29 For unto everyone that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken away. (If we don't bear fruit with the talent we are given it will be taken away and given to someone more worthy. This is what happens to those who fall away into faction and lose even the understanding of bearing fruit.) 30 And cast ye out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth. ‘Definition of Investment: 1. The action or process of investing money for profit. 2. A thing that is worth buying because it may be profitable or useful in the future. 3. An act of devoting time, effort, or energy to a particular undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result. 4. The surrounding of a place by a hostile force in order to besiege or blockade it.' ‘Almighty Father's Hands are surrounding us, capturing us from the miry clay. We are molded and shaped into His Image. He had paid a price nothing could compare. Every knee will bow and obey and praise Him and our lives are for His good-will, pleasure, and glory.' The Lord Jesus' life was laid down for ours, that we can then have Him in us. We are a corporate body of Christ, and desire to manifest Him 100-fold; He, in us and through us, will do greater works for the glory of our Father. 1Jn 4:4 YE are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is the one in you than the one in the world. Joh 15:13 Greater love hath no one than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Joh 14:12 Amen, Amen, I say unto you, Who believeth unto me, the works that I do shall HE do also; and greater than these shall he do, because I go unto the Father. Eph 1:4 even as he chose us in him before the world's foundation, that we be holy and without blemish before him in love. Will He get more than He invested back from you? Will He even get His investment back? He didn't just make the whole physical existence to only get what He started with; He wants more. (He sowed the seed of Christ in this dirt we call our natural life. Here's where He gets His investment back. This seed of the Word will birth Christ in us and He can do so much more than we can.) A refining purification process isn't just throwing out everything, it is extracting the best out of the worst. (“As the outer man is decaying the inner man is being renewed day by day.”) We have had many teachings, revelations, understandings, wisdom, and knowledge invested in us through many people from the very beginning until now. (This is again how His investment will bear fruit for His Glory.) He's made available His Word in a physical Bible in our language, that withstood the enemy trying to destroy it, to aid us to manifest and follow the Lord Jesus. SERVICES Ubbs Outreach Friday Night Worship CONTACT Share Your Testimony Request Prayer Technical Support Questions SUPPORT US We are a non-profit organisation based in United States. Our goal is to empower and equip people to discover more about Christianity and point them to a life of happiness, peace and purpose. Donate
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Sometimes, when we look at someone else’s family, they seem to have it altogether. As we compare our family to theirs, we feel like a failure. We must remember that God created family. In the beginning He was part of a family — Father God, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. But that wasn’t enough, so they created Adam and Eve. Family has continued ever since. On Wednesday's Mornings with Eric and Brigitte, author, mom and grandmother, Susan Yates joins us to talk about we long for healthy family relationships. So how do we begin to turn a fractured family into a healthy family? How to Handle Painful Family RelationshipsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome my friends to season 3 of the Determined to Dance podcast. My prayer is that you'll be encouraged to persevere daily in our chaotic world. Today's episode, God Restores, focuses on the ways God reestablishes our lives. Show notes: God Restores The word restore has many possible definitions in Webster's 1828 dictionary. Among my favorites are: To bring back or recover from lapse, degeneracy, or ruin to its former state. To heal; to cure. To repair; to rebuild. To revive; to resuscitate; to bring back to life. I need restoration. The longer I live, the more I long to see God recover areas of my life. Ones I felt could never be brought back to their former state. When I was a child, around six years old, my father became very ill with a spinal disease that left him in a wheelchair for life. We moved to Alabama to be close to family and the distress changed me in many ways. Before we moved, Mom said I was a more outgoing, talkative child. In our new home and lifestyle, I became shy, timid. I poured myself into study, discipline, and rules. I gave my life to God a few years after the move but never seemed to be able to recover the way I danced through life before the trauma. God, however, had a plan. He began to heal, cure, repair, rebuild, revive, resuscitate, and bring me back to life. He understood my need to hide at first and step by step, inch by inch, rescued me. He used many ways, some you might relate to: My relationship with God. Through the Word and prayer, He beckoned me to His presence where healing is found. Family and friends. Countless people spoke into my life in positive, affirming ways. Church, sermons, conferences. Sometimes, I couldn't focus on much but one word of a sermon would sustain me in difficult times. Music, worship, and praise all played a part in my restoration. Repentance, confession, and receiving forgiveness. I needed to repent of my sin and shortcomings, then receive the forgiveness offered. And that brings us to Jeff Walling's quote of the day: “Our weaknesses and mistakes are what sent Christ to Golgotha. If we do not freely bring them to the Father and allow him to renew our soul and restore our balance, we rob the cross of its power. If your knees are bruised from stumbling and your shins are bloody from an unexpected tumble, don't let embarrassment or fear cause you to slink off into the bushes to mope. Reach out for the tender hand of one who knows and cares. He is aware of your every misstep and loves you anyway.” What a beautiful truth. And it's not just for me. Everyone can call on the name of the Lord for help. Psalm 145:17-19 says: “The Lord is righteous in all His ways, gracious in all His works. The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.” Did you notice how the verse kept saying all? That leaves no one out. Now the path to restoration is not easy. I've tried to restore furniture before and usually made a mess of it. A person needs specific tools and skills to do the job right. It takes patience and a steady hand to strip a table, bench, or chair down to its foundation, then rebuild it, adding stain, paint, and repair. God steps into our lives when we ask and begins the same process. Sometimes, the pain seems too great and we don't think we'll ever be who God says we can be. But He never gives up, never gives in, never turns around. For He is God, the creator. And whatever He chooses for me, chooses for you, is good. So, step up and enter the restoring process. You'll never regret taking His outstretched hand. Let's pray: Father God, we come to You today in need of rescue, and restoration, to be brought back to life. We want Your life. We repent of our sins and ask You to cleanse us. Recover what we've lost. Restore us to the person you meant for us to be.
Your Hope-Filled Perspective with Dr. Michelle Bengtson podcast
Episode Summary: We've all heard the term “prodigal child,” and there's even a popular show called “Prodigal son.” But what exactly constitutes a prodigal child? And perhaps even more important than semantics, how do we win back a prodigal child, teen, or young adult? In this episode, I talk with Laine Lawson Craft about a battle plan to win back a prodigal child, teen, or young adult. Quotables from the episode: In simple terms, a prodigal child is challenged and gets off track despite being raised under the wisdom of God. Don't give up “in the meantime” when your prodigal child may be mean while you are waiting for God to change their heart and their ways. You may be disappointed, discouraged, and at times hopeless, but don't give up. Father God was the first prodigal father when Adam and Eve went their own way despite what God warned them against. He understands our feelings toward our prodigal because he had them too. We partner with the Father of all to parent our children! We don't parent alone. Love is the currency of heaven. God has a great plan for your child and He is the true parent of your child. He formed them into your womb and has plans for them and we can partner with God and trust Him that He will bring them home! Realize today that you are NOT in war with your defiant child you are in war with the darkness and evil of the world! Once we realize we are not fighting against our child but fighting with Satan, then we can begin to pray and implement spiritual applications to usher in the victory and hope! God will always hear our cry in the battle and will answer us because we trust Him! It is God's battle if it looks too big that's ok nothing is too big for God! If you aren't praying for your child, who is?? Scripture References: 2 chronicles 20:15 ESV ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God's. Psalm 78:2-4 "I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. 1 Chronicles 5:20 NLT "They cried out to God during the battle, and he answered their prayer because they trusted in him. So the Hagrites and all their allies were defeated." Recommended Resources: The Parent's Battle Plan: Warfare Strategies to Win Back Your Prodigal by Laine Lawson Craft 5 Warfare Prayers for Prodigal Children 10 Hope-Filled Responses When You Love a Prodigal Hope for Parents of Prodigal Children How to Treat a Prodigal Child: Rediscover the Jewel Prodigal Child: Hope and Healing When Your Loved One Has Gone Astray Today is Going to be a Good Day: 90 Promises to Start Your Day Off Right by Dr. Michelle Bengtson YouVersion 7-Day Devotional, Today is Going to be a Good Day YouVersion 7-Day Devotional, Today is Going to be Another Good Day Breaking Anxiety's Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises by Dr. Michelle Bengtson Breaking Anxiety's Grip Free Study Guide Free 7-Day YouVersion Bible Reading Plan for Breaking Anxiety's Grip Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor's Personal Journey Through Depression by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, winner of the Christian Literary Award Reader's Choice Award Hope Prevails Bible Study by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, winner of the Christian Literary Award Reader's Choice Award Trusting God Through Cancer 1 Trusting God Through Cancer 2 Revive & Thrive Women's Conference Subdue Stress and Anxiety: Fifteen Experts Offer Comprehensive Tools in Ten Minutes a Day. Use my link plus discount code BENG99 to save $90 on course (course will be $99.) Free Download: How To Fight Fearful/Anxious Thoughts and Win Social Media Links for Host and Guest: Connect with Laine Lawson Craft: Linktree / Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / YouTube For more hope, stay connected with Dr. Bengtson at: Order Book Breaking Anxiety's Grip / Order Book Hope Prevails / Website / Blog / Facebook / Twitter (@DrMBengtson) / LinkedIn / Instagram / Pinterest / YouTube Guest: Laine Lawson Craft (www.lainelawsoncraft.com) is an award-winning author, popular media host, and in-demand speaker. The founder and publisher of WHOAwomen magazine (2010-2018), she regularly hosts online challenges and masterclasses as well as Facebook Live events that reach thousands. Her Warfare Parenting podcast encourages parents of adult children. Laine and her husband, Steve, have three children and live in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Hosted By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson Audio Technical Support: Bryce Bengtson
Welcome my friends to season 3 of the Determined to Dance podcast. My prayer is that you'll be encouraged to persevere daily in our chaotic world. Today's episode, Our Security in Father God, focuses on the only One who can keep us safely on the dance floor of life. Show Notes: Our Security in Father God Security. Safety. Certainty. Words that can sound flat in our world filled with chaos: wars, pandemics, natural disasters, and lawlessness spiraling out of control. Is it even possible to feel a little safe when we leave our homes? I live in a farming community in rural Alabama. You would think we sit around on the front porch swing singing Amazing Grace and sipping lemonade all the live long day. And while there is much good around me and I love where God has planted me, bad things happen, even here. In the last year, our small county has dealt with more than one shooting, missing persons, lockdowns in the schools, flooding, tornado damage, and drug and alcohol abuse. And when I hear of people being shot at Walmart, in their cars, or in schools or churches around our country, I experience a tug of fear. I go buy groceries, see my children leave for work, and my grandchildren board the school bus and wonder how has our country drifted so far from its roots. Is there a way to combat the fear? It's time to turn to God's Word. Psalm 139: 7-10 says: “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” NIV Jeff Walling quotes this verse and then goes on to say: “ … David finds a wonderfully comforting truth: The same God who knows everything and is everywhere will hold me and guide me, no matter where I am. ‘Your right hand will hold me fast.' How good it is to know that we are never far away from his guiding hand.” When fear strikes me the hardest, I can simply call out to God and receive His comfort. I can turn to passages like this in His Word and know that I cannot get away from God, even if I wanted to. He is guiding me, holding me, safely and lovingly in His arms. What a wonderful truth. But what about the times when I don't particularly want to go in the way He is guiding me? I tend to look for the easy road. I want to do my easiest chores first, and never do anything difficult. My biggest whining over the years has been: “I can't do that. It's too hard.” But God loves me so much. He knows if I only do easy, I'll never learn, grow, and stretch. I'll never realize the potential He's given me to love, encourage, and help those around me. Be the best me I can be. So, He reaches out His hand and though it looks totally terrifying, I take one step, then another, and suddenly I'm dancing on top of the waves, amazed at what God is doing for and through me. Because He loves me so much. And it is satisfying. Whether it's having children, taking a new position at work, writing a novel, finishing school, or planning your retirement, new steps are hard to take. But what rewards wait for us when we let God whirl and twirl us around the dance floor. My writing life had all but creaked to a halt by the end of 2022. I'd about given up. While I love what I do, the past five years have been hard. I released my debut novel right before the pandemic. My publisher then sold to another publisher. Two different books I'd written afterward received positive, but numerous rejections. I'd hit the ceiling, so it seemed, and I couldn't make headway. I doubted myself. Couldn't make decisions on what to do next. Floundered, whined, then stepped out again. Door after door closed. Was it the end? I sat one day and poured my heart to God. Asked if there was something I needed to do instead of writing. Was this season in my life over? Already?
The truth about our Father God is that He has freed us from the lies that say we are not worthy of love, that we are not good enough, that we are failures, so don't try anymore. Regardless of your physical condition, your emotional state of mind, or what you have been told - the absolute truth is - in Jesus, you are free. Choose to believe the truth. God so loved you that He gave His only Son for your freedom. No longer are you a slave to this world. You are free indeed. Daylight Meditations is a daily podcast from CFO North America. Please visit CFONorthAmerica.org to learn more about our retreats, and online courses. If you are encouraged by this podcast, please consider supporting us. Contributors: Michelle DeChant, Adam Maddock, and Phil Reaser
Intentional Encouragement Inspired With You In Mind And Myself! James 1:2 -3, encourages us to count it all joy when we fall into divers of temptation. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. This episode is intentionally encouraging you to keep some pep in your steps as you patiently wait upon the promises of God to be fulfilled in your life! ( Join me in my private facebook group Empowerment Cafe bit.ly/empowermentcafe and on my Youtube Channel @drphyllispelzer for continued empowerment support in navigating life challenges and self-improvement strategies to crush your goals and soar being all Father God has purposed for you to be.)
Join Pat Willie as she brings you two minutes of prayer and reflection. We believe that prayer is essential, life-giving, and life-sustaining. In this 2 minute prayer, we continue with the 3rd installment of the prayer for revival. Please join us for 2 minutes of prayer to our Lord and Savior. Transcription: Hello. This is Pat Willie, the founder, and CEO of the not-for-profit ministry, The Gathering. When women gather, when women worship. Thanks for joining us for this podcast, the two-minute prayer. I believe that prayer is essential. It is life-giving and life-sustaining, and it only takes just a minute to pray. Father God, in the name of Jesus, we honor your name and we say you are good. You are our father. You are good, good Father. That's who you are. We are loved by you. That's who we are. And we thank you for the relationship that we have with you. And our relationship reflects you in our lives. For you are molding and making us just like you. An image of Christ, it's been formed on the inside of us. We give you glory. We give you praise daily as we walk with you and we reach your word. We fast and pray, and we discipline ourselves. We're becoming more and more like you. Thank you for it. We thank you for the power of revival. We thank you for the hearts and the lives of men and women that are being changed. We thank you, God, for the discipline that you're setting and resetting in the church. You call the old men glory because they know the way away. God, you're calling young men and women because they're strong, and then God, you're calling the aged women to be teachers of good things. We thank you, God, for the work of revival, not just people gathering together, but God, you are doing something supernatural that will blow all of our minds. We trust you for it. We have confidence in you that you are able to do it. For your word says you're able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we could ask to think. Thank you. And it's according to the power that works within us. That there may be glory in the church. Thank you for your revival. Thank you for the glory that comes with revival. People all over the world lifting up holy hands and worshiping you, God. In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Only you can change the heart. For men and women, boys and girls. We ask that it be done to your glory. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on the Earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus' name. Amen. Thanks for listening in today. Please subscribe to this channel by using the links below blessings. Now, this is the two-minute prayer podcast. Have a great day. If you would like to make a donation to this ministry, please use this link. https://www.patwillieministries.org/donate
Welcome my friends to season 3 of the Determined to Dance podcast. My prayer is that you'll be encouraged to persevere daily in our chaotic world. Today's episode, Learning to Let Go, focuses on the fear that says we always need to be in control. Show notes: Learning to Let Go How many of y'all like things to go your way? Like to row your ducks? A place for everything and everything in its place. You know, the job, the spouse, kids, grandkids, church. And let's not forget the house, neighborhood, and school. So many that need our help—uh—advice—our control? I'm raising my hand. I sure would like for God to ask me at the beginning of each day about my plans and how he could help them come to pass. But it doesn't quite work that way. I mean, where would find the faith that we need to please God if it's all up to us? “But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 NKJV We are back to believing that He is God and big enough to handle our lives and that we are to be seeking, not taking the lead. Ouch. Again, I repent and give it all to Him. Often, several times a day. Here's our episode two quote from Jeff Walling. “Dancing with God is allowing him to take our breath away as he whirls us through the dark and light places that life leads us. It is relaxing into his embrace and trusting fully in his strong arms. It is releasing the power of the Spirit within us to give us joy beyond measure. It is reveling in the unexpected and celebrating the divine surprise that is each new day. It is rejoicing out loud at the grace and beauty God provides and ignoring the calls of the crowd to sit down and quit grinning. But above all else, dancing with God is learning to let go.” Why do I even want to be in control? Usually, because I feel afraid. Sometimes, because I feel guilty or ashamed for something I've done or didn't do. There are days when I'm afraid and guilty for sins I've committed and things I didn't do all wrapped up in one. Not what Jesus went to the cross and died for—this state of mind where my focus is once again on me, me, me. A couple of weeks ago, I had one of those days. I needed to cancel a family member's minor surgery and reschedule it again. Mainly, because I'd come down with Covid and they'd been around me. So, we had guilt right off the bat. I waited for the nurse to call me back but she didn't. Fear instantly attacked. What did I even say to them in my feverish condition? Did they not understand me and go ahead and set up for surgery because of my botched-up state of mind? Fear, guilt, and all kind of junk piled on me. I wish I could say that I stopped it right then, called on the name of Jesus and the power of the blood, and went on my way singing Onward, Christian Soldiers. That probably would have been the right thing to do but instead, I wallowed in self-pity for a few days, then finally stopped what was going on. God knew I tried to do right and I had to believe that he was in control. If I messed up, I'd apologize to whoever I could and try to make it right. But ultimately I needed to leave it in the hands of a mighty, caring Father who has my back. And yours. So, remember: Give your life, and your control to God, the only One who can truly make it right. Give your fears to God and watch Him turn them into faith. Give your guilt/shame to God and hear His sweet whispers of forgiveness. I find it much easier to dance when I'm not juggling the suitcases of fear, control, guilt, and shame. Grabbing hold instead of grace, love, peace, and faith makes more sense and is a much lighter load. Let's pray: Father God, we come to you with overfilled hands, minds, and hearts. We can't bear the heavy burden of control that we lay on our own lives. Take it all, Father. The good, the bad, the sin, the joy, everything we hold dear, and much more.