Tuesday, June 6, 2017

THE GIFT OF FORGIVENESS



I would like to share a revelation from reading Mathew 9:2-7.  I love it when the Lord opens up the Word to me to understand more about Him.

This is the story about the paralytic who was lowered through the roof to Jesus's feet.  Jesus saw the friends faith, and said to the the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you."  The scribes got all hyperventilated  and cried out, "this man blasphemes!" Jesus knowing their thoughts replies, "Why do you think evil in your hearts?  For which is easier, to say, ' Your sins are forgiven' , or to say, 'Arise and walk?' But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins" He turned to the paralytic and said, "Arise , take up your bed and go to your house."  And he arose and departed to his house.  Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.

When Jesus said, "Which is easier for Me to say, your sins are forgiven or arise and walk ,"  This spoke to me..  I felt like Jesus said to me, "Dorothy, when you are sick or ill , check the areas of unforgiveness in your life, because you are forgiven and by my stripes your are healed. Unforgivenss is a huge hinderance to healing. My most loving act in your life is My forgiveness and must be given to all men. Sin, sickness, and disease is the consequence of Adam's sin in this fallen world. But be of good cheer, "I have overcome the world."  

I know there is so much more to be revealed in this scripture. I would love to hear any thing the Lord has revealed to you about this story too.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

IT IS NEVER TOO LATE

Most of us are familiar with the story of the 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt who held fast to their faith and were beheaded by ISIS in February, 2015.

But did you know that only 20 of them were actually Copts from Egypt?  Did you know that one of the martyrs was from Chad, and he had not been a Christian prior to the day of his beheading?

Although this story was previously reported, I had not heard it before this week.

But at this week's World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians hosted by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, a Coptic leader shared the account.

It is a remarkable story.  All 21 men had been working in Libya when they were kidnapped by ISIS.

The Coptic Christians were given a choice to deny Jesus or die.  They refused to deny Him, knowing it would cost them their heads.

When the terrorists ordered the man from Chad to deny Jesus or die he answered, "their God is my God," thereby sealing his fate.

That is how moved he was by the faith of these Christians.  Their refusal to deny their Savior, even at the point of death-literally at the point of a knife to their throats- moved him to make a profession of faith. One that would cost him his head as well. 

The man had not been a believer.  All he had to say was, "I don't believe in Jesus" or,  "Jesus is not the Son of God," and he could walk away a free man. He would be with his family again.  He would not die a brutal death.  He would live to see another day.

Instead this man chose to proclaim "Go ahead and behead me,"  Your god is not my God  Their God is my God."

That is the power of the gospel, and that is how we overcome Satan, by not loving our lives to the point of death.  (Revelation12:11) May our Lord strengthen His people with these words.


Monday, May 15, 2017

THE CURTAIN IS TORN





Matthew 27:50,51 states, "Jesus when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.  And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom."

The "veil" in this passage refers to the curtain separating the Holy of Holies- the most holy place- from the rest of the temple. The Holy of Holies was off limits for everyone except for the High Priest on the annual Day of Atonement.

With the ripping of the veil, access to God was opened and made available to all who put their faith in Jesus Christ.  Every believer in Jesus can come directly to God through His shed blood.  We do not need a priest or intermediary.  The way has been opened for every believer. Heb. 9:6-8.

The ripping of this veil or curtain from top to bottom suggests that this is something that God has done.  Had the veil been ripped from the bottom-within the reach of men-to the top, that would suggest that this ripping and tearing was something that man had done

God was, and still is, fully satisfied with the propitiatory sacrifice that Jesus Christ had offered.  God has accepted the death of Christ. Consequently, God by His grace and mercy, has removed that veil.

Another thought to ponder:

Woven into this thick curtain were two Cherubim (angels) facing each other. When the curtain was torn from the top to the bottom, God ripped it right down the middle between the two Cheribum.

It made me think that God has removed the two Cherubim that He placed at he entrance to the Garden of Eden to guard the Tree of Life. Jesus is our Tree of Life, (our daily bread).  Now, we can come back to the Garden, (God's presence), but only through the blood of His Son.

Hebrew 10:19-20 reveals this truth,  "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh..."

 Meet you in the Throne Room.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

EVERYTHING THAT HAS BREATH: PRAISE THE LORD

One morning I noticed that the only tree on our front lawn was dying. Something was wrong.  We had tried for years to plant other trees but failed. Our only survivor was  a little Japanese Maple tree and  this morning it  was loaded with Japanese beetles chewing on its leaves.  I was sick.

My first thought was to pray.  But what to pray?  As I started to praise the Lord for the little tree,  the beetles would rise up and stand at attention.  When I stopped, they continued to chomp. I got mad. The authority of Jesus rose up in me."In the name of Jesus, you Japanese beetles  have to bow and leave.  This tree belongs to the Lord and you have no right to it.  At the cross He won back what Adam lost. The earth is the Lords, and the fulness thereof. We rule now in the Name of Jesus."

For the next week I faithfully prayed and declared the victory of the cross over the little tree. The Japanese beetles were stubborn.  They were trying to ignore me, but still stood at attention when I praised the Lord.  It was getting fun to watch.  Then one day they were gone.  The little tree became our "resurrection tree."  It has now been forty years,  and no bugs have dared to touch it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
I witnessed for myself the power and authority I have in the Name of Jesus.  He rules over His creation and at the Name of Jesus everything that has breath, praises the Lord. The enemy may have power to deceive, but no authority to rule. Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of the Father! 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

No Longer Slaves (Full Video) \\ Jonathan and Melissa Helser \\ We Will ...

This video was sent to me .  I thought you might enjoy the full version. I love this song.  It has really ministered to me.  There is no fear in God.  God IS love and to know God is to know LOVE Himself. We are no longer slaves to fear or sin.  Jesus has overcome the world, the flesh and the devil.  Let us continue to walk in the  spirit and not our flesh.  Together we will glorify our Lord and draw all men to HIm..



Thursday, April 20, 2017

No Longer Slaves // Jonathan David & Melissa Helser // We Will Not Be Sh...





This is an encouraging song . If we hold fast to the Lord and His Word ofTruth, we will not be shaken.  Today, everything that can be shaken is being shaken. Only the Lord Jesus Christ will stand. If we are in Him and He is in us, Jesus is all we need. Now is the hour to strengthen our faith by forsaking the world and prepare for His coming.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

GOD WHISPERS




It is so easy for me to take God for grant, when right around me the Lord is speaking.  God speaks in  many ways to get my our attention and I will just shrug it off. I pray you will enjoy this video and let God touch your heart.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Our EARLY inheritance

Wouldn't you love to receive an early inheritance, especially if you are young and have a small family?  Why wait when you could use it now? Talk about kindness and generosity. That is exactly what Jesus did for His bride, the church.

When Christ died and rose again, He bequeathed to His new bride, here on earth, His healing, His faith, His hope, His love, His peace , His forgiveness and everything He was on earth as the Son of God. Romans 8:16 says, " The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs--heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with him." (ESV) His death and resurrection released the first installment of His inheritance. We don't have to first physically die to appreciate and appropriate His inheritance.  We can start by enjoying it here on earth and receive the fullness later.


The following verses are only a few of the many blessings we have already inherited in Christ. The full inheritance awaits us, but until then, the Lord has released to His Bride an amazing EARLY inheritance for us to receive by faith. As you mediate on these verses you will be blessed.

WE HAVE INHERITED..............


1.  All things that pertain unto life and godliness--2Peter 1:3

2  The divine nature of Christ--2 Peter 1:4

3. Power and anointing in the Holy Spirit--Acts 1:8, 1John 2:27

4.  Forgiveness of sins and freedom from guilt--1John 1:9 &
     Romans 8:1

5.  Divine health and healing--Matthew 8:17

6.  Prosperity in all things including our soul--3John 1:2

7.  Love, joy, peace and righteousness in the Holy Spirit
     Romans 14:17
 
8.  Victory and freedom from the bondage of sin--Romans 8:11

9.   More than conquerors in all things--Romans 8:37

10.  An Abundance of grace for every good work
       2 Corinthians 9:8

11.   Freedom from poverty --assurance that our needs will be met.  
        Matthew 6:36

12.   An understanding of the mystery of God's will--Ephesians 1:9

13.   Divine guidance--Romans   8:14

14.   Security--Psalm 91

15.   Co-laborers with God--1 Corinthians 3:9

16.   Seated in heavenly places with Christ--Ephesians 2:6

           and  much, much more.

In this life we already have received an inheritance far beyond anything that we deserve.  To receive and experience all this inheritance here on earth will take more than a life time.  Enjoy the journey.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

ANOTHER LOOK AT LENT

It's Lent!  Forty days before Easter. It is time to give up something. Let me see. I am a little overweight--chocolate , cheese or ice cream for a start?  How about TV?  Oh no, forget that! March Madness is starting--college basketball games. Wait a minute.  

What am I thinking. Even if I give up sweets or TV, I know myself only too well. Just as soon as Lent is over, I will be right back into the sugar bowl and watching theTV.  I don't think I really understand Lent.

From a religious point of view, I think it is a time for man to give up something in honor of the Lord's great sacrifice.

 The more I thought about it and what I wanted to give up, I was more aware of my old man of sin, the flesh.  It doesn't like to give up anything.

But isn't that the point. It is a sacrifice for only forty days.  I could at least do that. It sounded good. 

 I began to ask the Lord what He might like me to give up for Lent. To my surprise, Roman 12:1 and 2 came to mind."I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." 

He, then, spoke to my heart, "My daughter, the only thing I desire is for you to give me your whole heart every day ."

Then an acrostic for Lent came to mind. 
                    
                 Live Eternally Now Today (Lent)

Now is the day of salvation.  He has put eternity in our hearts. Every day is to be a blessing unto the Lord.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

LET THE SUNSHINE IN

Do you ever get tired of cold, rainy, cloudy days? It has been like that around here for the last few weeks.  This morning I was complaining to the Lord about His weather, "Lord don't you think enough is enough?  I am getting a little tired of the cold, damp rainy days."  I no sooner spoke those words when a brilliant string of light flashed through my living room window.  It got my attention. "Lord, You don't like my complaining.   Who am I to question Your weather patterns. What about the people who have lost their homes with some much rain. Where is a grateful heart?"

Then this thought came to my mind, "The sun was there all the time, behind the clouds and rainy days.  I didn't need to complain, just wait.  The clouds will pass and the sun will shine again.  I love my mother's saying,  "rain is like liquid sunshine". She was a cheerful person.

The sun continued to intermittently shine between the clouds.  It was a good feeling to know that the sun was again beginning to shine. Wait a minute. " Is this show and tell, Lord ? What are You really trying say.  I get  it."

There are days and seasons in my life when You allow the rain to pour and the clouds to cover the Son, wondering where You are?  How foolish of me. You have been there all the time, right behind the clouds.  The SON is always shining.  You are the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Your  presence  is with me no matter what  circumstances are effecting my life. 

When the trials get long and it feels like it will never end, it is a good feeling to know that the SON is right behind those clouds.  The clouds will lift and I will see the SON again.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A SONG TO BE SUNG






This is an amazing little four year old girl singing with her daddy.  When I saw it, It confirmed to me the importance of family.  God created family. He has His own family.  As you listen to this little girl sing along with her daddy, just think how blessed our Father in Heaven  is when we sing along with Him in praise and worship.  He delights in His children.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A TRUE STORY





This is a true story.  I had to run to Walmart for a few things.  It was a cold and rainy day.  Entering the store, I put my brand new black gloves into my jacket pocket. The shopping didn't take long.  When I finished and was heading out, I went to put my gloves on and you guessed it, only ONE.  Don't you love that?  A brand new pair of gloves for one hand only.

My first thought was go back through the store where I was shopping and ask the lost and found... Nothing.  Then I thought "Dottie, why don't you ask the Lord  He knows where everything is".

"Of course, Lord, you have told me many times to ask for an angel to help me, because they love to minister to the heirs of salvation. " 

"Lord, I need an angel. I really would like to find that glove."  I continued looking some more and found nothing.  

Upon leaving through the exit out into the rain, a young man coming in the entrance said, "Hey, lady you dropped your glove.' I turned around and right behind me on the floor was my lost black glove. It was totally dry.  I looked for the young man and he was gone.  I believe it was the angel the Lord had sent.

 I picked up the glove and cried all the way to the car. "Lord, you are so good. Even a little thing like that You are mindful of. Thank you Lord for Your kindness." 

Hebrew 13:2
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers for there by some have entertained angels unaware.  

Psalm 34:7
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.