Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mark Biltz on Tetred 4 BLOOD MOONS in 2014 and 2015



Mark Biltz is a Messianic brother in the Lord, who believes that his calling is to teach the gentile believers their Jewish roots. I personally found it very interesting.

 Please pray yourself and see what the Lord might discern. God is not finished with Israel.  The age of the Gentiles is fast coming to an end. Then the eyes of the Jewish people will be more opened  to Jesus their Jewish Messiah.

Many Jewish people have already accepted Yeshua Jesus as their Jewish Messiah, but there will be a time when the whole nation will call out to the Lord and say" Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord"  Luke 15:35 What a day that will be!



Sunday, March 16, 2014

FOREVER GREEN

Amidst the cold, blustery, ice and snow, stands the majestic  'Evergreen'. In the dead of winter, she hardly notices some of her needles have fallen.  She is green the year around.

This winter has  been particularly fierce with below freezing temperatures. There has been a great amount of ice, sleet and mounds of snow. Right after a snow storm, the landscape always looks so white and clean.  There is something about softly falling snow that refreshes the air   It's sweet smell permeates the air. Too cold  for a walk outside, I just want to curl up and read a book for the day.

After one of our most recent snow storm, I did decide to go out for a walk. No cars were on the road and the sun was shining. It was rather warm. The silence was a touch of heaven. As I walked down the street I noticed several huge evergreen trees weighed down with snow and ice.  The tree had survived  harsh, below freezing weather.

This thought crossed my mind.  What a great picture of  a Christian's life. The Evergreen is forever green. The Christian has eternal life and is forever green. Trials and tribulations come into our lives, like the blustery winds of winter, often challenging the very foundations of our faith.  Yet, the very life of our Lord in us keeps us 'forever' green, as we continue to mature and shed our needles.




 I like to think that when our Heavenly Father  looks down on His creation and sees the Evergreen, it reminds Him of His Bride that He is preparing for His son. She is alive, forever green, and healthy,  amid the dead bare trees. Battered by trials and tribulations, amid the wintry storms of life, she stands strong and glorious. Resurrection life flows through her veins enabling Her to proclaim Her Bridegroom is alive, and coming again for Her soon.  

Sunday, March 9, 2014

A GREAT DECEPTION


Have you ever felt sorry for yourself and feel that no one understands or cares how you feel?  I didn't that know these feelings were deep inside me. I soon found out that my emotions  had a mind of their own. I could think one thing and feel another. My spirit was grieved. My prayers were hindered.  What was going on?

Seeking for some answers, I took my grievances to a dear friend. While we were  having coffee, we started to discuss  growing up as kids. It didn't take long before I found myself complaining about my mother and her control over my life. 

From there it started all down-hill. My husband was on the list.  All I wanted was my friend to sympathize and to feel sorry for me, but she would not. She just  patiently listened to my complaining until she couldn't stand it any more.

 "Dottie, it hurts me to hear how you are discrediting God's character. You are full of self-pity.." 

Discrediting God's character? Self pity? I didn't know what she was talking about.  I was just expressing how I felt. It was the truth.  I was getting a little angry inside, thinking that she was a little self righteous in her judgement.  Wasn't there anyone who understood me?

The conversation wasn't  fruitful. I politely excused myself, quietly I stuffed my feelings down again for another day. My friend said that she would continue to pray for me. I felt offended and a little embarrassed baring my heart so openly.

I was miserable.  I couldn't pray.  No one understood me not my husband, not my best friend, nobody. My children were still too young to understand.  Yet, I couldn't escape the thought , "How was I discrediting God's character"  

It kept plaguing me more and more, until one morning I cried out to the Lord, "Lord Jesus, nobody cares about me.  Nobody listens or understands."  By now, I was crying buckets.  Maybe He didn't care either.   Through my tears I heard a small voice say, "Read Ezekiel 16."  I knew if God had anything to say to me it would be in His word. He often spoke personally that way. 
 This is how I interpreted Ezekiel 16 for myself.  "On the day you were born, your parents were not believers, and your cord to the world was not cut.  You were still dead in your trespasses and sin. Nobody pitied you .  You pitied yourself.  But, when I saw you squirming in your human sinful condition without hope, I alone had pity on you and in My compassion I picked you up, and said "live".  

It was like a light bulb lit up in me. It was self pity.  I was deceived, I was discrediting God's character, I was believing a lie.  Yes, I was born in Adam's sin. I was full of self: self effort, self pity, selfishness, self, self, self. It was all about me. 

Now, I understood how I was discrediting God's character.  My complaining and self justification was accusing God. I was calling God a liar, that He didn't pity me. In reality, He was the only one that truly did. He nailed my sin to the cross and raised me to a new life in Him. What more did I need?

Since that day, my whole heart has changed. The deliverance has enabled me understand other areas of sin that I have needed  to deal with. His kindness has led me continuously to repentance. Thus keeping my 'new heart" clean before my Holy God. There is no self-pity in Christ. Every day I am dying more and more to "self" and being transformed into the image and likeness of Jesus.  

Saturday, March 1, 2014

THE CLOSET

Right before I wake up in the morning, I often have the most incredible dreams. Some are life changing.  Others are ridiculous and stupid. The ones I do remember are very clear and to the point.  This one particular morning was memorable.

I found myself in this huge bedroom, standing in front of two closets.  In my spirit, I  heard a voice speak to me saying, "Open the door on your left".  Slowly, I opened the door.  It was dark and a horrendous smell like dead fish permeated the air.  When I turned the closet light on, I recognized that it was full of my own clothes. Many were my favorite ones.

Again the voice spoke, "Open the door on your right?" Carefully, I opened the door. I was frightened as to what I might find.  Instead of darkness, the closet was full of brilliant glorious light. It was filled with hundreds of pieces of new colorful garments.  I didn't understand. Was the Lord  going to give to me a whole new wardrobe?  WOW!  How great is that? Like most dreams, right at the best place, I woke up." 

As I laid there thinking about it, I sensed that the Lord had something more for me.  I fell back to sleep.  It was then I started to see this vision. 

"The Lord  was standing between the two closet doors.  Both of the doors were opened. Reaching inside my closet, He took handfulls of cloths off their hangers and threw them in a piggy pile on the floor.

"What are you doing, Lord, "  I was getting upset. My closet was completely emptied and clothes piled in a heap.  It was a mess. He shut the closet door, and printed across the door "Kingdom of Self".

As I started to pick up my clothes from the floor, every article of clothing had something written on it: selfishness, self-confidence, self righteousness, self pity, resentment, self justification, self protection, unforgiveness, fear, doubt, unbelief, anger, impatience, pride, lust, coveting, jealousy, religious, bitterness, independence, etc.  I had no idea my closet was so full of dirty clothes. But what was I going to wear? I must have something good to wear?

The Lord discerned my thought, "My daughter, there was nothing  in your closet acceptable for My Kingdom. Even all your 'good' clothes are filthy to Me."
  
"Lord, "I said, " I don't understand? I am naked!"

"You are right, my daughter. Your old clothes are dirty and ugly. They will be exchanged for Mine. Now, start picking up your old clothes one at a time and hand them to Me.  I will dress you for My Kingdom in garments of righteousness, peace and joy, love forgiveness, kindness, mercy, gentleness, dependence, long-suffering, humility and  much more."

"But Lord, my closet smells so bad! I can't put these new clothes in that closet." I explained.

"It has been completely cleansed, trust Me."

As I sat on the floor amid my old clothes, I contemplated, "Do I have to hand over all of them at once?  It wasn't going to be that easy. Maybe He thought I should wash them more often."

My thoughts were quickly interrupted, "Enough, My daughter." He lovingly spoke, yet with a firm voice, "I have been patient. You must repent. You can not wear your 'old' clothes in My Kingdom."

Then my eyes were opened.  I saw Calvary's cross.  Jesus was wearing all my 'old' clothes.

 Now, I could understood why Jesus said in Mathew 9:17. "You can't put new wine into an old wine skin." "You must be born again." John 3:3

Other scripture verses that came to mind were Colossians 3:9,10,"'Put off the OLD self with its practices and put on the NEW self, which is being renewed  in knowledge  after the image of its creator'. Romans 8:9-10, Romans 12:2., I Cor. 5:16-18.