Light Exposes… So Let It

Going to share what I just received from the Lord, as I sit in my recliner, looking out across the room, seeing my window. If you have a big enough screen you can see that the top part looks crystal clear as I see out, everything looks normal….but where the light is shining, I see a mess of fingerprints, dirt, droppings, seeds, webs, etc… why? Because “the Light” EXPOSES what IS there, but maybe not seen, without it. Thinking of Psalm 119:130 “The unfolding of your words gives light” , and how the Bible exposes those areas that “exist” in our lives, that need to be cleaned, but that we haven’t noticed before. In ignoring them, we may appear to others as “normal” but to God, in need of a cleaning. ūü§ĒPrayer: “Help us not to be afraid of The Word’s “Exposure” God, but rather, to EMBRACE it and receive your cleansing, so when The Light shines on us, we are not ashamed at our true condition.”IMG_2213

Lay Hold on Eternal Life

Jesus The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Revolution requires Revelation. Are we¬†living a normal life, when we¬†could¬†be living a divine life? ¬†Is all the world dwelling in darkness because we haven’t laid hold on a particular truth we ourselves are called to? ¬†We ¬†all are actually “called to live it” and “are to confess it“…and are to “keep this commandment without spot, blameless” until Jesus comes!!…So please, loved ones, allow me to begin to tell you…just what God is showing me…it is just “the beginning” then of what He will then begin to show you! Please read every single word–I don’t want you to miss out on something God will reveal to you personally.¬†

This week, while reading scripture, I realized there was a phrase repeated… so I took special note of it…and began to meditate on its meaning…

So, read it yourself. I’ve typed it here. Do you see it?

I Timothy 6:11-21

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called, and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ‚Äôs appearing,¬†which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen. Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.¬†O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge‚ÄĒby professing it some have strayed concerning the faith.¬†Grace be with you. Amen.

Note that Paul says, in verse 12, ¬†‚ÄúLay hold on the eternal life” … to which you were called…I Timothy 6:19 emphasizes the same phrase, “lay hold on eternal life“.

See in Verse 13-14 we are urged in the sight of God and Christ to “keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing.”

 

To fight the good fight of the faith in the Christian life, and especially in the Christian ministry, we need to lay hold on this divine life and not trust in our human life. Hence, in 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, the eternal life is stressed again and again. Please take time to see this for yourself: (1 Tim. 1:16; 6:19; 2 Tim. 1:1, 10; Titus 1:2; 3:7). Go ahead and google a glance at these scriptures if you’re on the internet.

We have been called to the eternal life of God. We were born of the human natural life, but we were reborn of the divine eternal life when we were called by God in Christ. Romans 6:23 tells us that eternal life is A Gift…”But the wages of sin is death, but the Gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Other scriptures also tell us that we are saved through believing, through grace, and not of works, so no one can ever boast. So laying hold on the eternal life is an invitation that can be accepted by all men of all nations, as they come to understand just what that means.

Verses 11 and 12 of our I Timothy 6 text, are a marvelous summary of how a man or woman of God, who is in Christ, ought to live. Living the divine life means we pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and meekness; we should fight the good fight of faith, and lay hold on eternal life.

Paul specifically says, in verse 12, that we have been called to eternal life. No other book in the New Testament speaks of ‚Äúthe eternal life to which you were called.‚ÄĚ Do you realize that you have been called to eternal life? This eternal life does not mainly refer to blessings in the future, although we do lay up treasure in heaven. To be called to eternal life does not mean that we have been called to enjoy blessings in heaven. We are to enjoy eternal blessings even now…here. Eternal life should be our life today, a life for our present daily living. And it will¬†direct every single choice in life we make, after we lay hold of it.

Many believers in today’s world have not fully laid hold of the truth we are going to illuminate today. I am especially concerned for those dear saints who have been distracted from the eternal life to which we have been called and who have become preoccupied with other things. We have been called uniquely to eternal life. This life, the divine life, is actually the Triune God Himself. You and I have been called to eternal life, and now should lay hold on this life, live this life, and have our whole being transformed according to this life.

First we must identify what the scripture itself says IS eternal life. In other words, what is the definition of eternal life:

John 17:3 “and¬†this IS eternal life:¬†that they know you, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”

Does that definition say, oh, it’s a life in heaven…or, it’s for the future…or it’s life after death. No!! It is “knowing” God and Jesus! Knowing like in “Intimacy”!! Oneness! Eternal life is ours NOW! Lay hold on eternal life.¬†It is a life of oneness with the Godhead.

This other verse comes immediately to mind: “He¬†that has the Son hath life …he that has not the Son of God has not life.”

Let’s look at that in context…

I John 5:10 -13:

10 The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son. 11 And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.

God is the best witness ever! We can TRUST Him, though God knows it’s difficult these days to trust anyone else, and He says here, in no uncertain terms, that there are not other ways, or other gods, or religions that lead to eternal life. Eternal life is in Christ Jesus.

Read and declare aloud verses 11-12 above until you get it deep in your spirit…and better yet, until you can say them by heart to anyone you are called “to witness to” in the days and weeks ahead. The whole passage can be shown them, as you yourself lay hold on eternal life, and share this truth with others! ¬†The divine life can be lived as you and I abide in the Father and in the Son. Eternal life is our focus. HE Becomes our life. We have eternity within us now. Fear need never overtake us…ever…again! And look, see 14 and 15 of the I John 5 passage: the asking and receiving comes confidently when we realize our position eternally in the Godhead.¬†We abide IN THEM even now. We are ETERNAL even now, a gift, for when we received Jesus, we received eternal life. Praise GOD!

As we glance down to I John 5:20-21 we see this amazing passage as well:

“And we know that the son of God has come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know him who is true, and we are in him who is true, in his son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. Little children keep yourselves from idols. amen.”

Interesting too, is the verse tagged on to the passage above. Almost as if it didn’t belong there. Yet, We will keep ourselves from idols…i.e. all that would interfere with living in light of eternity, anything that God and Christ, in us, could not participate in, with us. We will be mindful of what we have been putting in front of God, priority wise. We want to know God and Christ… not some untruth or falsehood…and as we abide in fellowship with the Godhead through the Holy Spirit, we will know the truth, and the truth will set us free. In many areas of our life, where we may now be bound in sin, or living a normal life rather than a divine life, laying hold of eternal life, will open up increasing revelation from the scriptures in so many ways.

Look here at this amazing scripture of truth, right in line with what I’m tell you above:

I John 2:18-29

18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.

20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.

23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that He has promised us‚ÄĒeternal life.

26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. 27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him 28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.

Oh that we would grow in revelation of what eternal life is, within us, nowtoday…and how knowing we will live for eternity, in the Godhead, will empower us to be overcomers amidst a world overrun with the antichrist spirit. It will make us bold as lions! It will fill our mouths with praises to Our God! It will cause us to love like Christ! To have our land abound with signs, wonders, miracles, giving, sharing, loving our Eternal Life! Making our God and Savior glorified among men! Yes!! May the Lord strengthen and empower us to “let our light so shine before men that they may see our good works and glorify the Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

We can definitely fight the good fight of faith, if our heads can wrap around this awesome truth…That he who has the Son has life, and he who has not the Son of God has not life.

Man of God, Charles Spurgeon, is quoted as saying this:

You, poor Sinner, as you go after your follies and amusements, may the call, ‚ÄúLay hold on eternal life,‚ÄĚ come to you until you shall obey it and quit such trifles!

And you, Christian, when you get into the world and are tempted to make gain by sin, while you will suffer loss by righteousness, may you hear a voice say, ‚ÄúLay hold on eternal life‚ÄĚ!

And any of You…When you who get the ‚Äúcold shoulder‚ÄĚ and the rough side of men‚Äôs tongues, when you begin to think that you cannot bear it, may you hear the voice saying, again, ‚ÄúLay hold on eternal life.‚ÄĚ

Cling to that, for God, for Christ, for eternity, for Heaven. The eternal life is the only life worth living! God help you to live for it always and, if you do, it will be of His own Grace‚ÄĒand to Him shall be all the Glory, forever and ever! Amen.

And I, Beth Ann Smith, say, “AMEN!” I can’t put it any clearer than that. The scriptures I have shared were given me by the Holy Spirit, whose job it is to reveal that which God and Christ have to give us. Accept Jesus! He loves you and gave his life so you can have ETERNAL LIFE… a life of eternal fellowship with God your creator, and Jesus, who IS Eternal Life. The Life is IN HIM. Without Him, Jesus, you will not have life. It is actually that simple.

Because we have ALL sinned… it’s important again, to realize, that Eternal Life, is the gift we are given, within the gift of God’s Son. It is the BEST NEWS on the face of the planet! And if you ask Jesus and Father and Holy Spirit into your life, and receive Eternal Life…then you will be the HAPPIEST you’ve ever been, no matter what chaos the Devil, who knows his time is short, will try to throw at you. ¬†Only thing has to happen concerning a gift… you must receive it.. and live IN IT… you must LAY HOLD ON ETERNAL LIFE, and no longer live your “normal life” ever again.

I close with sharing these two verses, once again: I John 5:11-12

And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life,

and this life is in His Son.

He who has the Son has the life;

he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.

LAY HOLD ON ETERNAL LIFE

Written 11/2/2016 Beth Ann Smith.

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I Am The Daughter! (A Parable for Christian Women)

I AM THE DAUGHTER

The man is the Sovereign King over the whole earth. He has many subjects under his authority, and they are expected to obey his every command without question.

He is awesome in his power.

But you know, the man is also a “Daddy”. He has a little girl who he refers to as the “apple of his eye”. She goes into his presence and plays while he is conducting the affairs of the government which is upon his shoulders. Once in a while she’ll come up to him and ask him a question, and he will interrupt what he is doing to answer her as gently and clearly as he can so she can understand. As he goes back to his work he is ever mindful of her near him, looking to make sure she is not in danger or in need of anything. Once in a while he has to tell her to “watch out” or “don’t do that”. She asks “Why Daddy?” and he tells her why and it’s because he loves her. Oh yes, she is sometimes naughty and needs to be corrected. But his discipline is a sternness that doesn’t even have to be too severe, for just a look of displeasure from her daddy crushes her and she knows in her heart she never wants her daddy against her even for a brief moment. This is so different from his other subjects because they obey not out of love as a girl for her father, but they obey simply because of the consequences of disobedience. Therefore, the King has to punish them severely, for this is the degree it will take to deter them from their own will to his. Oh yes…what grace and loving kindness the King has for his daughter! Though proud of her daddy, she is not proud in herself. She simply enjoys her daddy’s presence and begins watching him at work. Perfect love has cast out all fear in her little heart.

As the little girl matures, she walks in the revelation of love she has received from her daddy, but now she is getting glimpses of just who her dad is: He’s the King! She begins to notice his awesome authority over all the affairs of man, she begins to see his great wisdom in all things, she begins to see his sovereignty and his justice. She begins to delight in these things as she sees his mighty judgments go forth over the whole earth. She begins to note his strength and power. And you know what, she begins to GLORY IN HER FATHER! She begins to praise him when she’s with him for these new things she’s discovered. She says, “Boy, Dad, that was amazing how you changed that man’s life by giving him that advise! How did you know that’s just what he needed?” And her “little girl discoveries” cause her to have such joy she thought not possible. She had known her father as the daddy who kissed her boo boos, played with her, provided for her every need, and tucked her in at night. In other words, she had known and loved him for what he could do for her. Now she was knowing and loving him for WHO HE WAS! She began to see his control not only over her and her brothers and sisters, but over the whole earth. He commands and it’s done, he pronounces a judgment and it is carried out, he gives pardon and no one can judge. She notes that he rewards his faithful ones, he fights and conquers his enemies, he was perfect in everything that he does. She realizes it is his great love that dictates everything his authority carries out. Wow! I think this is what she gloried in the most! She knew his great love and his heart first (this was her foundation) and so now as she was discovering his power, strength, and
sovereignty it did not cause rebellion or fear. Rather, it brought a clearer picture of the many attributes her father possessed, making it all the more easy for her to trust him fully. Oh how she GLORIED IN HER FATHER!

Then one day, Father came to her and said to his daughter, “I’d like for you to go out into my kingdom and do some of my work for me using my authority.” She didn’t have a lot of confidence in herself to be sure, but she knew the great authority of her father and didn’t question his wisdom or right to ask her to do this for him. Father gave her his ring (signifying her right to make decisions in his name; authority was given), his robe (to walk in his righteousness not hers), and sandals (to let others know she was a family member, not a slave). He gave her his instructions, which he trusted her to follow because he knew her love and devotion to him. Oh yes, he knew her heart, her motives, everything! He wanted to use his little girl for he knew she could accomplish particular missions for him that his sons could not. He gave her the assignment to reach hurting people, for he had put into her heart a passion for souls and a desire to heal broken lives so that they could be reconciled to their King without fear. His enemy had played a number on these broken ones. They blamed the King for many of the problems. He wondered if they would accept his daughter.

Because he knew the danger he was putting her into, he dispatched “bodyguards” from the palace to follow her and keep vigil over her. Oh yes, most of the time she was very mindful of this protection, but on occasion they would watch from afar and so she sometimes forgot their presence. She always knew her Father’s heart was with her though. Oh how she loved him. She wanted to do just what he told her to do! She wanted to please him in all things…in private or in public. She was pure of heart. He knew she was ready, for he had tested her in many things prior to sending her on this great mission. She learned from her mistakes, confessed her wrong doing sometimes without even any discipline, and she walked humbly before her father. Never did she mistake who HE WAS and who SHE WAS. There was no comparison! Her only dream was to make him happy and maybe begin to display some of his attributes in her own life for she liked what she saw!

Her Father, the King, was proud of her accomplishments, protected her from harm, and was there for her to come home to whenever she became discouraged or even injured by her enemy. She’ll always be “His Little Girl” who can get a hug and embrace when she needs it. She’ll always be “His Little Girl” when she is distraught over the enemy making headway and he assures her of his sovereignty and power to take things in hand. But she is being forced to grow up into the things he wants for her to walk in. He wants her to carry his authority! You see the main problem she’s coming up with is the fact that the enemy does recognize her authority and attacks, but the people she is going to, to help, still don’t see her authority, so they aren’t listening to the King’s instructions given through her to them. She is frustrated by this, therefore is tempted to quit her work and just stay in the palace with her Father and let the enemy have his way. Of course, she is convicted in her heart of her love being so much less than her Father’s love for these people. She also knows quitting would cause her Father to be disappointed in her.

She decides to go boldly to her Father about it, and lay it all out before him…everything!:
“Father, I must have really fouled up. The people aren’t accepting the authority I have in you, and so they are not heeding YOUR WORD to them. They attack me along with the enemy, and I am so grieved… not for myself, but for the fact that you are unable to bring freedom to them unless they heed YOUR WORD of instruction. Oh Father, I now appeal to you as King! I am your ambassador and I ask for a mighty judgment to go with me that they see YOU, and that I do indeed carry out Your instructions, not my own. I’ve even tried living among them so that they could see that I bear your resemblance. At their insistence, I’ve tried to change my tactics, delivery, etc, but still they do not listen. I will come to you to intercede for them cause I know that you are able to bring reconciliation and truth. Please Father, what will you do?… not to vindicate me although that is a heart’s desire of mine…but to get them to listen TO YOU?

The Father responds to his daughter by saying that he has not only sent her, but other sons and daughters as well, to speak to the people. “Daughter, you may not realize it, but there are some who really do want my freedom and truth, and they ARE listening, so do not give up on this, your assignment. They will come to truth, and I will unite them against their enemies.”

“It is not because you are a women, for they have rebelled against your brothers that are telling them the same word from me too. Their rebellion is against My authority, and the result of their enemy’s oppression over them. You see, they are ravaged and know not my voice. But I see and love them still, and I will strengthen you my Daughter. Do not give up on this mission, my will for you right now.”

His unfailing love and forgiving heart over her “failure” is always assured. Even if she “fouls up” or “losses faith in herself’. You see, He, the Sovereign King, is not threatened in the least by her failure. He can step in at any time and take matters into his own hands! And HE KNOWS IT! Therefore he is loving and patient with his sons and daughters as they do his work. He delights in his daughter, especially when she stands tall and in pride says, “This is what my Father says.”

The people watch her go back and forth to the palace and have even heard her converse with her father when he has come near, but they are angry toward her and attack her of pride. They choose not to see that she is pleading for their reconciliation and desiring only to stay in intimate fellowship with her Dad. She knows she is nothing apart from him.
Although she is just learning how to represent her Father, she knows him intimately and therefore knows his heart on a lot of issues. She is aware of his thoughts, his commands, his will, etc. And yet she doesn’t know everything about him, so when a question comes up that she doesn’t know his heart on, she goes to him to ask. He has no reason to not tell her his wisdom, and in fact encourages her to ask by giving her his word that he would give it! He certainly won’t be bothered by her asking him.

The question arises. What if she would misrepresent him on something? Out of carelessness? Or because of not knowing his will because of failure to ask? What would be her father’s response? She decided to go to him and ask him what his judgment would be. He met with her in his inner chamber and told her that he could undo any damage, and that he would surely forgive her. He knew she wasn’t perfect. But he also adds, “Regardless of how you represent me, remember I am sovereign. You are my ambassador. Carry my authority, and know me and my heart. You are a part of me, and I will back up the authority I have given you.” She knew she’d never have to worry about making a mistake if she herself walked in submission to her Father, and that even if she suffered for doing right, she would have his approval which was sufficient. But she also knew that if she purposely went away from his will or instruction, then she would suffer under his judgment , so she could be brought back to obedience and submission. This certainly put a determination in her heart to heed his every instruction, ask for his judgments, his timing, and his strategies about everything. It would easy for her to humble herself before her Father because he loved her so and she knew no pain in doing so. It was more scary to humble herself before a people who hated her in the first place. What would that do to her already big problem of them not yet recognizing that she was doing her Father’s will? She asked her dad about this scorn: He said, “Whether they respond to your humility or not, I WILL… and if they do not eventually accept the authority I give you, I myself will step on the scene to make sure all will know you have been representing me all along! I will not allow the suffering to continue forever, for my love for the people is just as great¬†as my love for you. I will bring them to know me and my ways. “

The Father cautioned his daughter to listen to his instruction and meet with him often in his inner chambers so she would know his strategies, his plans, his heart. There she could speak to him for the people too. She knew she was to stand in the gap as his ambassador. And as she did this, His love for the people became her love for the people. She was amazed at how deep her love for them was, regardless of how they treated her when she was with them. That mattered not! What mattered to her was that they be reconciled with her Father, so that he could bring them liberty from the oppression of their enemies.

The thought came to the daughter: “What if I would someday willingly go away from my Father, the King, and choose not to do the hard work for him as instructed?” (She shutters at the possibility.) But then she becomes so aware of all she has as his daughter….the riches….and she knows she will never depart from him. The riches of his love, his presence, his wisdom, his comfort, his provision…yes even his discipline and judgments… are too great for her to ever go away from! He has captured her with his love! Her foundation is solid! She is able to enter His Rest as she realizes he has complete control over her…AND over everyone and everything else! She will take this thought captive if ever it reels its ugly head! SHE IS FREE!

The Daughter has her Father’s word that she will be given HIS GLORY after a time, IF she learns to walk in her Father’s Love and Authority. There will be a COST for her to do this. But, if she listens and obeys and lets his words permeate her very being, she herself will become like her Father. He will be pleased to “see himself’ in her…She is already his flesh and blood, but what she becomes is her gift of love to Him. He desires her perfection and will help her every step of the way!

She is His delight, and He is hers!

A NOTE TO MY READERS, SONS AND DAUGHTERS IN THE FAMILY OF GOD:

Daughters: Remember you were adopted when you accepted Christ into your life, and you are Father God’s daughter now. I hope that you will see yourself as the daughter in this parable and realize “who you are” and “the riches ” you have been given. Let the Father love you to wholeness before trying to do his work. May the Father free you to serve him wholeheartedly and with fullest abandon. This is about becoming free to walk in the authority God your Father will give you to do HIS WILL and Further HIS KINGDOM.

YES, Daughter He NEEDS YOU! And even more importantly, HE LOVES YOU !

Sons: Please let the Father have his way in your sisters too. There is much work to be done. Do the work of the kingdom side-by-side. Do not be jealous or envious or threatened by your Daddy using his daughters. He will want to use YOUR sons and daughters too. Every wife is also the Father’s daughter…remember that. Do not stand in HIS WAY of using that daughter who may just happen to be your wife too. She is God’s precious gift to you, but He owns her, not you. Release her unto her FATHER, the SOVEREIGN KING, then you too will be liberated!

Only as Father can use ANY son or daughter of HIS that HE chooses, will the KINGDOM ADVANCE and HE BE GLORIFIED!

Sons AND Daughters, REGARDING AUTHORITY:
Note: This revelation doesn’t mean not to submit to your authorities. (Don’t let the enemy deceive you.) True freedom comes under our authorities, with God always the highest authority.

That’s why men, do not oppress your wives. She will feel oppressed and suffer greatly if there is a great difference between your authority and what she believes God is telling her. She is commanded to submit to you…so YOU are the one who will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ and give account as to whether you hindered her, or encouraged her, to fulfill HER FATHER’s WILL for her life. And remember daughters, your Father will honor your obedience to your husbands, for this is clearly His will for you. If any authority is blatantly wrong in the sight of your Father God, do you not know that HE SEES? He will protect you and, in his time, will bring deliverance. Or he will give grace and strength to submit to the suffering God has allowed by your submissiveness to Him.

As far as authorities as church, pastor, mission, ministry, etc. It is of the utmost importance in these end times that you are careful who you follow. You must first know your God before you can make a right judgment. But a good rule is: Whatever leads to Intimacy With My Lord, GO FOR IT! Intimacy brings joy and peace and rest for your soul, for with it comes the knowledge of both the loving kindness and the severity of your FATHER GOD!

May He Bless You and Give You DEEP REVELATION TRUTH from this parable, as He has given me. And let’s pray for and encourage each other…as we walk as brothers and sisters, loving our Father with all our heart, soul, and mind…so that we CAN have HIS LOVE in US to love our neighbor as our self….that his kingdom may be on earth, and his will be done in us, as it is in heaven.

 

‚ÄĒGiven to me in His inner chamber Beth Thomas 09/30/97

(Now named Beth Ann Smith, and released publicly 06-24-2016)

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The Call – My Book Notes

The CallYears ago I read two books by Rick Joyner of MorningStar Ministries, entitled “The Final Quest” and “The Call.”, the latter being the sequel to the former. With exception of the Holy Bible, these two books impacted my Walk with the Lord the most! And so when I found my tablets that contained my notes from reading these¬†two books back around 1998, I decided to type them up and share them with those who read my blog. They may give you enough morsels of truth to really impact your own walk with Christ, or at least give you the hunger to pick up one of these books to read for yourself in their entirety. I think they are becoming more relevant as the Coming of the Lord approaches. So please, PLEASE, skim through them in your quiet time. You can print this blog with the print button at the bottom and it will only print this particular blog article. (If you print with the browser buttom, it may just print out the whole blog, and you don’t want that!) (smile)

These, as I say, are just my notes, but they may be exactly as was in the book too. These are simply the lines that the Spirit highlighted to ME. If you get the book, the Spirit may highlight totally different areas, but this will give you a taste, at least of the truth shared:

NOTES FROM THE CALL:

Chapter 1

Page 29

The Holy Spirit was sent to convict you of sin, to lead you to truth, and to testify of me. He is with you continually.

Page 30

He will always lead them to the truth that sets them free.

I am about to reveal myself to the world as the righteous judge. First I must reveal my judgment to my own household. I am the judge but it is better for you to judge yourself so that I will not have to judge you.

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Rick began to feel small and insignificant and God’s glory…. You began to look at yourself and confusion made it harder to hear me. you must learn to abide in my presence without becoming self-conscious or self-absorbed, this causes man to turn to the deception of your fallen nature.

The time for falling is over… you must learn to stand in the Holy Spirit’s presence.. if you cannot stand when my spirit moves, he cannot use you.

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You must learn to abide in my presence without looking at yourself he must not look at your inadequacy, but look at my adequacy. you must stop looking at your own unworthiness,  and look to my righteousness. when you are used,  it is because of who I am, not who you are.

As Moses, this only reveals you were looking to yourself, more than to me, which is the main reason why I am able to use so few of my people for what I desire to do. this is false humility and actually a form of pride.

You can never make yourself into who you should be, but you must trust me to make you into who you should be.

Page 34 (ricks words)

I had to abide in the Holy Spirit and allow him to use me… this was my call.

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Your own way will never lead you out. I am the only way out when you fall, do not waste your time trying to figure everything out, for you always sink deeper in the Mire.. Just ask for help. I am your shepherd and I will always help you when you call on me..

Deception that comes from seeing the world from your perspective leads to depression. Truth comes from seeing the world from (through) my eyes,  from where I sit at the right hand of the father.

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When you dwell in my presence you will not see anything but glory.

Ricks words: “I Took my eyes off you.”

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Lot’s words, “I was silent and many perished. You must not be like me, you must not be silent. Being different is not enough! The power of the Holy Spirit to convict of sin is released by the spoken word.

Arise, speak out God’s judgments!

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Words must be spoken for God to anoint the… judgment begins in his own house.

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Jonah speaking, ” when you understand the Lord’s judgments, you understand his ways.

When you draw close to him with hidden sin in your heart it will drive you to insanity, as many have learned through the ages.

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Even so he is a holy God, and if you will walk closely with him you too, must be holy. The closer that you get to him the more deadly hidden sin can be.

You can come boldly to the throne of grace at any time, and for any need,  but rarely do you come.

You are always as close to him as you want to be.

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In the times that you will soon enter, they will depart from his ways, because they did not come To Him.

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The church has run to Tarshish,  desiring to trade with the world, even more then sitting before his glorious throne.

Will be “cast overboard”….the world won’t let you keep going in the way you are headed. this is the grace of God to you. he will then discipline you,¬† with a great beast that comes up out of the sea! it will swallow you for a time… that you’ll be vomited out… then you will preach his message.

If you a wake yourself up, repent, and go the way that he sends you,  you will not be swallowed by the beast.

The church is running from the presence of the Lord. It is running to activity in place of seeking God’s presence.

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The greater treasures, the treasures of heaven, few are seeking.

You must turn to the Lord instead of away from him!  he can untangle any mess, and he can bring up you up from the greatest depths. run from him no longer, run to him!

When you fall short of the Lord’s grace and sin entangles you, it’s hard for you to come to him, but you must learn to run to the Lord at such times, not away from him!

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You will not walk in his ways without coming to him daily. You must not only seek his presence but you must abide in his presence continually

Those who try to do his work without him will fall away.

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God does not exist for the sake of his house. His house exists for him.

Presumption pride different than Faith. Do not be proud because of your visions. This will always lead to a fall.

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The power of Jonah’s preaching is a sign…when he awakened and was vomited out of the beast, he had this power.

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Every day that I delayed my judgment is mercy. See it as that and use it wisely.

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One characteristic that is common to the over comers in every age, they did not waste their time!

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of my throne

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Many of my people still love sin. Those who love sin and their own comfort and prosperity more than me, will soon know my severity. these will not stand in the days that are coming.

Greatest distraction is prosperity!

You must learn to trust me as much in prosperity as when you were in poverty.

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Those who prosper by me do not compromise truth in order to prosper.

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Reality is wherever I am. Apart from me there is no life and there is no truth. There is no truth or reality apart from me.

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Learn not to just look for me, but look at me.

Those who come to me, obey me because they love me, and love the truth.

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They want to be with me so much that even when it all seems unreal, even when I seem like a big dream to them, they will risk all for the hope that the dream is real. That is love. That is the love of the truth. That is the Faith that pleases my father.

Obedience in the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom…. obedience in the love for God, is fullness of wisdom.

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Judgment for those who call upon my name but do not seek me, it will be that they will increasingly fall out of timing with me. They will be at the wrong place, doing the wrong things, and even preaching the wrong message. They will try to reap when it is time to sow, and sow when it’s time to reap. Because of this, they will bear no fruit.

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I Am -“come to me every day”- you cannot know me as I am, unless you abide in me.

If you do not stay close to me, you will lose the life that is in you. I am the light!… if you do not stay close to me, your heart will grow dark.

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Because man was made in my image, his mind and heart can never agree apart from me. When your heart and your mind agree, I will be able to trust you with my authority.

You must hear my messengers and obey their words that are from me without delay for the time is now short.

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The time is come when I will no longer tolerate those who say they believe me, but they do not obey me. The lukewarm are about to be removed from among my people. Those who do not obey me do not really believe in me. By their lives, they teach my people that disobedience is acceptable.

My people cannot continue to call on me to deliver them from their troubles when they still love sin. I will give a little more time to judge yourself, so that I will not have to judge you, but that time is short.

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Choose life by obeying me. If you are choosing me, and the light that is in you is my true like, it will grow brighter every day. The seed that was planted in good soil always grows and multiplies. You’ll be known by your fruit.

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Anointing, for true unity, your message will live on if you trust in the life that you have in God more than you trust in the life that you have on earth.

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When evil reigns, death is stronger than life, and death prevails over life. When righteousness reigns, life prevails, and life is stronger than death.

The life of the son of God will swallow up death that was released through my disobedience… it is not just living that you must love, but life… death is your enemy!¬† you’re called to be a Messenger of life.

When The Lords people begin to love, he will use them to release his judgments.

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Peace will be taken from the earth, but you are called to help restore it. Peace prevails in heaven, and you’re called to bring heaven to earth. Those who abide in his presence will know peace and will spread peace.

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Even the creation will recognize him and his people and will obey them as it does him.

When his authority is used in righteousness it will release life. Be careful how you use authority. With authority comes responsibility. You too can use it wrongly, but you will not do this if you love. As all of Heaven knows, love never fails.

Everything that is sown must be reaped, unless those have sown evil call upon the cross in spirit and truth. The army of the cross is about to be released, and it will march in the power of the cross, carrying mercy to all. Those who have rejected the mercy of God have rejected life.

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This is my commandment to you: love me and love your neighbor. Only then will your witness be true. Even when I command you to speak of my judgments it must be done in love.

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I will restore all things, and all evil will be overcome with Good.

Apostles – John the Baptists – will have one devotion: to see my bride made ready for me!

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Vision of prison yard and divisions

To remember, you have the wisdom to escape any trap or wisdom… only remember,¬† fear can blind you!

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As you walk in the faith that I am with you, you will always see the way to go.

Vision is what the guards fear the most. Only reveal your vision to those to whom I lead you.

 

 

 

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The Final Quest – My Book Notes

Years ago I read two books by Rick Joyner of MorningStar Ministries, entitled “The Final Quest” and “The Call.”, the latter being the sequel to the former. With exception of the Holy Bible, these two books impacted my Walk with the Lord the most! And so when I found my tablets that contained my notes from reading these¬†two books back around 1998, I decided to type them up and share them with those who read my blog. They may give you enough morsels of truth to really impact your own walk with Christ, or at least give you the hunger to pick up one of these books to read for yourself in their entirety. I think they are becoming more relevant as the Coming of the Lord approaches. So please, PLEASE, skim through them in your quiet time. You can print this blog with the print button at the bottom and it will only print this particular blog article. (If you print with the browser buttom, it may just print out the whole blog, and you don’t want that!) (smile)

These, as I say, are just my notes, but they may be exactly as was in the book too:

NOTES FROM THE FINAL QUEST:

Only if you keep your own soul pure can you impact the world for the truly lasting eternal purposes of God.

True reformation only comes from union with the Saviour. When you are yoked with Christ, carrying the burdens that He gives you, He will be with you, and carry them for you.

You can only do his work when you are doing it with him, not just for him.

If you do not live what you preach to others, you disqualify yourself from the high calling of God.

What will keep you on the path: LOVE THE SAVIOR AND SEEK HIS GLORY ALONE.

Everything that you do out of true love for the Savior, to glorify His name, will extend the limits of his eternal kingdom and will ultimately result in a much higher place for yourself. Live for what is recorded here (heaven). Care nothing for what is recorded on earth.

Everything that you do to exalt yourself will one day bring you the most humiliation.

“Truth spoken in Pure Love, will always attract.”

Worst judgement of all – Judgment of the Stumbling Blocks.

Grace and Truth – Never one without the other.

Never seek influence for yourself, but only seek the Lord and be willing to take His yoke.

Study to show yourself approved TO GOD – not man.

Those who prevailed all did it the same way – they did not deviate from the first and greatest commandment–loving the Lord. By this their service is done unto Him, not to men, not even for spiritual men.

We have been given opportunity to run for the greatest prize in heaven or earth ‚Äď‚ÄúOn the thrones near Jesus.‚ÄĚ

Thrones require 1) wear mantle of humility 2) will have Jesus’ likeness

You’ll have my likeness when you come to fully abide in me.

I left 99 for the 1; you will not leave the 1 for the 99.

Quest: Bring joy to heaven, Jesus, and the Father by saving the lost and focusing them upon eternity.

Jesus IS the communication of God to creation.

Judgment Seat Experience – Rick said that it was so he could know where he was. ‚ÄúIt was all to bring me out of hiding–to bring me out of darkness into the light.‚ÄĚ

Walking in the Light – is being true, and it is being free from the compulsion to hide.

Lord said, “The freedom of My Presence is greater than knowing truth.”

Lord said, “When I judge, I am not seeking to condemn, or to justify, but to bring forth righteousness.”

“Righteousness only found in union with me.”

“I will now raise up judges from my people who know my judgment.” Joshua – Neither for him nor for his enemies.

Lord said, “I never come to take sides. I come to take over!”

Church – is about to enter Promised Land. Jesus is about to appear as the Captain of the Hosts.

You must see my justice to work in my authority because righteousness and justice are the foundation of My throne.

At this time even my greatest leaders are seldom in harmony with me. Many are doing good works, but very few are doing what: I have called them to do. This is the result of divisions among you. I am not coming to take sides with any one group, but I am calling for those who will come over to My Side.

To be giving a “knowing all about everyone”, must have knowledge (mind of Christ) and My heart. Fully abiding is what is needed to have these.

Lord said:

Seek to know MY MIND, MY WAYS, MY PURPOSES, MY HEART

When you know my heart, then the eyes of your heart will open. You will see as I see and you will do as I do.

Know the level of your present deception (anything you do not understand that I do, says the Lord). Knowing this level brings humility. And grace is given to the humble.

You must be “struck blind” so that “you can see by my Spirit”.

Paul said, “I fell short of all I was called to do. I had been given so much to understand, and I walked so little in it.”

True humility is AGREEMENT WITH THE TRUTH.

Paul said, “Error of the church is that PAUL IS NOT TO BE OUR EXAMPLE, JESUS IS TO BE.” Paul’s ministry can’t give firm foundation to the church, only Jesus’s can.

Paul said, “The greatest wisdom–the greatest, most-powerful truths are JESUS’S WORDS not mine”.

Paul’s Spoken Message: ONCE IN HEAVEN, I can neither add nor take away from what we planted in the earth, NOW is the time of opportunity for you. MANY will soon walk the earth who will do greater works than we did. The First shall be Last, the Last shall be First.

Jesus said, “I am asking you to abide in me. You cannot continue to measure yourself by others, even Paul. You will always fall short of the one you look to, BUT if you are looking to me, you will go far beyond what you would have otherwise accomplished.”

Jesus said, “Receive your bread directly from me ‚Äď then the eyes of your heart will be open.”

Jesus said, “Your reasoning–leads into direct conflict with
truth. It will lead you to do exactly contrary to my will.”

Jesus said, “If you do not take up your cross every day, putting all that you are, and all that you have, before it–you will fall–because of the authority and power I give you. Until you learn to do all things for the sake of the gospel, the more influence that you have, the greater danger that you will be in.”

Jesus said, “Greatest deception is that those to whom a little of the supernatural is given begin to think their ways are My Ways and that everything they think is what I think.”

Jesus said, “You think like me when in perfect union. Even for the most anointed, union has only been partial and for brief periods of time.”

I called you to walk by faith because I am faithful. That is why you will be judged because of the careless words that you speak. To be careless is to care less.

Words have power. Those CARELESS WITH WORDS cannot be trusted with the power of My Word. It is WISDOM to be careful with your words, and to keep them as I do.

To be entrusted with My words is to be entrusted with the power by which the universe is held together. Know the seriousness and power of that to which you’ve been entrusted–the word of God.

IN ALL YOUR ENDEAVORS, remember the importance of 0ne Word from God to man is of more value than all the treasures on earth.  You must understand and teach my brethren to respect the value of my word. As those who are called to carry My words, you must also respect the value of your own words. Those who carry the truth MUST BE TRUE.

If you ever start to think that the power is MY endorsing YOU, or even your message – You will open the door to delusion. The Holy Spirit is given to testify ONLY OF ME. If you are wise, like Paul, you will learn to glory more in your weaknesses than in your strengths.

YOU CAN STILL FALL IF YOU TURN FROM ME TO LOOK BACK AT YOULSELF. Satan made this error. If you begin to think that it is because of your wisdom, your righteousness, or even your devotion to pure doctrine, YOU WILL STUMBLE.

Remember: False Humility – Pride ……. ¬†THESE ARE ENEMIES.

False humility won’t cast out Pride! Both are forms of self-centeredness, which the enemy HAS A RIGHT to exploit. Only way out is to WALK IN LOVE. Love does not seek its own.

Love will be given us. To know the Father’s love for Jesus…so we can do the works he did. The works you will be given to do will glorify me. I will know Father’s love for Jesus will manifest in me so Jesus can be glorified. This will make rather happy.

Jesus prayed before crucifixion, not only love to be given, but the “THE GLORY I had with him in the beginning would be with my people” so UNITY WILL RESULT.

As you come together with others who love me, my glory will be magnified. The more it is magnified, the more the world will know I was sent by my Father.

The World will know my disciples because you will love me and you will love each other.

EVERY TIME you see me with the eyes of your heart you mind is renewed a little bit more. One day you will be able to abide in My Presence continually. When you do that, all that you have learned by My Spirit will be readily available to you, and I will be available to you.

HIS LOVE – REMOVES THE VEILS

 

 

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Onward Christian Soldiers!

A Soldier of the Cross – Posture of Surrender to His Commander – Jesus Christ, The Captain of the Hosts! Persevering Resistance of the Devil and Sin and Wickedness of Men – Standing Ground, Enduring Hardness, and Overcoming through the Power of the Cross. Bringing Light into Darkness and Life into Death and Love into Hate and Fragrance into Stench… Weapons are not carnal, but mighty through God, to the pulling down of Strongholds. Confident of victory which is found IN CHRIST…and assured that even if battles are lost along the way, the war HAS BEEN WON. Stand your Ground…in this DAY… that Jesus is the ONLY WAY! Undo damage and take back ground…release captives that sin and lies have bound. Walk in Christ’s authority, and claim Your Land as a victory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Christian’s commitment to his Cause and Commander should be as real and complete as for any earthly soldier. And we, the Church, are being called to High Alert!

And no other title for this article comes to my mind than the song title: Onward Christian Soldiers!

II Tim 2:3,4 instructs believers to Endure hardship as a good Soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life – that he may Please Him as a Soldier.

I pondered for a moment at this, and reality is, a soldier,

  • does what he is told,
  • where he is told to do it…
  • how he is told to do it,
  • promptly,
  • obediently,
  • no matter the outcome of those orders!
  • it usually will include endurance
  • and hardship
  • and dying to self
  • as his will is placed under the will and authority of another.

The Warfare: Truth and Light are under constant attack of Deception and Darkness. The battleground? The Human Heart.  

WHO will “own” ¬†MY own mind and MY own heart?

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And who can I myself encourage and love-on and bless, in a way as¬†to “lift them up” and cause them to “see” the truth and light and LIFE that are in Jesus Christ, the Lord?

Am I ready to openly declare my allegiance to the Cross, and honor the Lordship of Christ the King?

Am I ready to put on the full armor of God to stand against Satan’s schemes?

Am I ready to submit to God and resist the Devil that he might flee?

Am I ready to get down on my knees and battle in intercessory prayer for the souls of loved ones that they might return unto God?

Am I ready to obey God’s will over my own?

Am I prepared to obey promptly and completely? Not just when I want to obey? or partially?

Am I aware that Pursuing Jesus with a passion destroys demonic influence over my own life? …that by my going to Christ, about the enemies I¬†deal with, seen and unseen… that I can be as David who said “I pursued my enemies and overtook them! I did not turn back until they were destroyed!”

Am I willing to confront sin in the camp? (See previous article) Am I bold enough to take a stand against wickedness in high places?

Believers, we are told in I Timothy 6:12 to FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH!

Hold the line! Do not retreat! Do not turn back or around (unless you need to come back to His Standard). Stand WITH HIM – Christ, our Banner… Christ, our Standard. Look unto Him, the author and finisher of your faith. Do not give up mid way!

ONWARD, Christian Soldier!! You can make it! Victory is promised His Church! Matthew 16:18 says that the gates of hell will NOT PREVAIL AGAINST us!

Also, specifically, remember I Corinthians 9:7, which implies: “Who ever goes to war at his own expense?” ¬†In other words, if you are asked or commanded by the Captain of the Hosts, Jesus Christ, to do something in His Name, be expecting God to “foot the bill”. ¬†Your faith will take the first step, maybe without all the supply in hand, but rest assured, if you are obeying the leading of the Lord, God will provide all the means for your assignment(s), as you trust in Him. ¬†Do not step out in presumption, but when your faith is activated by clearly hearing the Word of the Lord, then GO FORTH with confidence.

Somewhere along the way, after the revival fires of ten years or so ago, some wounding of soldiers has taken place, and some have become weary in well-doing…but what is the promise and exhortation to all of us? “Be ye NOT WEARY IN WELL DOING for you WILL REAP A HARVEST, if you faint not!” Galations 6:9

DO NOT FAINT, DEAR ONES! (I am actually being spoken to… as I am speaking this to you!) Drink from the fountain flowing deep and wide within you. Ask the Holy Spirit to revive you¬†from¬†within! The next “revival” of The Saints¬†will not come from outside of yourself…so you need not run here and there for revival fires… Simply draw near to God and into His Word and allow the Spirit’s fire within to set you ablaze. Ask Christ to baptize you afresh with the Spirit and with Fire!

So I am writing this article, more-than-likely¬†reminding you of things you already knowto exhort you to pick yourself up, get yourself strengthened in the Word, purposely draw into the presence of Christ within you and seek Him and his will for you in this hour. What assignment he has for you might look totally different than it did years ago! You may be wearing a whole new mantle! You may be assigned to an entire different part of the world. You might dwell with a totally different set of circumstances. ¬†The important thing is that you and I come to High Alert, for God is faithful to do it! He fulfills His Purpose in the lives of his willing servants. You and I simply position ourselves for His orders! We come into an attitude of expectation, submission, responsiveness, etc. We build ourselves up in our trust by remembering what “was before” ¬†and that He leads us from glory to glory!

I get an inward picture that many saints are as wounded animals retreating into our dens – afraid, hurting, angry or indifferent, without hope or direction, disappointed, etc. Our lamps under a bushel, rather than our lights set upon a hill. We’ve been oppressed and beaten down by spiritual attacks, ambushes of the enemy, sin allowed without repentance, and simply falling asleep..almost comatose. Perhaps described as in Ezekiel, as an army of dried bones, dead to all intents and purposes.

My Prayer:¬†So, I ask you Lord, as our Captain of the Hosts, to take us all – your kids, your army – out of our pits or fox holes – and set us into our places – anointing us with love and power and patience, where we might be to the world, as a mighty army, rolling across the land, as lights that shine among men – … that their captors, the evil hordes of hell itself, would “release them” – as light exposes the darkness, and awakening to their true spiritual condition happens. Oh, may we glorify You, Lord, and not our selves – and may the Kingdom of God advance at a pace and to a dimension as never before been experienced in the history of mankind. ¬†I ask for the awareness to come to each one who has come to Christ as Lord, that “Greater is He who is in us, than he that is in the world!”¬†

May all the trials that caused us to die to self, to our own aspirations, learned love as a strength, and caused us to exercise “patience and endurance” now have their perfect work, that we may be perfect and entire…molded now for our Commander in Chief to instruct and command at will. YOU ARE THE ONE WHO GIVES VICTORY and WE RIDE WITH YOU!

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I John 4:4

“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Psalm 60:11,12

“Give us help from trouble, for the help of man is useless. Through God WE will do valiantly…for IT IS HE who shall tread down Our Enemies.”

DRAW¬†CLOSE TO FATHER¬†GOD,¬† HONOR CHRIST AS YOUR LORD AND KING…heed the leading of the HOLY SPIRIT who lives within you, and YOU WILL EXPERIENCE VICTORY! It’s a promise! AMEN!

You are a part of the Lord’s army! You are not alone! When he activates you and I, we, ¬†His Saints will indeed be A MIGHTY ARMY that OBEYS HIS COMMAND.

Joel 2:11 “The LORD thunders at the head of his army; his forces are beyond number, and mighty is the army that obeys his command…”

John 15:12-16 reveals these thoughts: “This IS My Commandment: that you “love one another as I have loved you.” and that you will “go and bear fruit” and that your “fruit will remain.”¬† v.16. Remember, HE CHOSE YOU and APPOINTED YOU!

Wow.. Just RE-ACQUAINT YOURSELF WITH THE WORDS OF THIS GREAT OLD HYMN! No wonder it came to my mind as the title for this blog entry–the words are awesome and inspiring! ¬†Read them – Better yet, Sing them! Build yourself up Christian Soldier! Onward We Go!

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PS ¬† IF you have read this far, I want you to know that I also created a¬†sing-along song about the Army of the Lord too, that’s fun for kids and families to sing together (just repeat after me!) and Enjoy! ¬†Here it is…just press the play button:

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Like Father, Like Son

“Therefore, be Imitators of God, as Dear Children.” Ephesians 5:1

I was pondering the above passage today, in light of receiving recent pictures from my son, Brian, who is now in his 30s, with he and his two boys fishing. fishing 2 

Something he, himself, loved to do with his own father growing up, which is revealed at the end…¬†

 

He began sharing his passion for fishing with both his children at a very young age, practically before they could walk. 

Here is Brian with his oldest son, Owen, when he was young.  The same son pictured in the first picture above.

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Doesn’t God do the same with us?

The moment we can begin “to understand?” after our New Birth we ARE in a relationship of Father and Son.

He begins to share his heart and passions for us and with us?

As dear children, to imitate means:¬†1. To use or follow as a model. 2. ¬†To copy the actions, appearance, mannerisms, or speech …

As they grew,¬†I had to smile, for my son’s little guys looked just as he did as he fished with his dad…. “full of wonder”…

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“being taken out of their comfort zone to learn how to handle the hook (scarey)”…

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or to “handle a fish wiggling in their hands” (oh yuk)…

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how to “face their fears of bringing in the fishes” (oh my)

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or to “be still and know” that eventually a fish would bite. ¬†(takes patience you know). ¬†

But my little grandsons did it. ¬†Why? Because their “daddy taught them how” and ” he loved fishing” and his “passion was being shared” with them.

He knew the not-so-pleasant part of fishing, would lead into the good part: the catching of fish! ¬†The joy… the excitement… the wonder… of bringing them in! ¬†(think spiritually of these past few paragraphs now, if you haven’t already…)

“Oh, one is biting! Should we reel the fish in, Daddy?”fishing 6


“Not yet, son, he has to have his hook set in deeper, before we can pull that one in… soon that fish will be ready for drawn in. He’ll struggle somewhat first..this will actually hook him sounder, when he realizes its really of no use. That your passion to hook him is greater than his to pull your string or struggle to get away.”

 

Yes….indeed… let’s look at that simple phrase again: ¬†“Therefore be imitators Of God as dear children.”

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Let’s realize the relationship of a child to their father. ¬†We, are God’s, children. ¬†Deeply loved, for ourselves, just as my son loves his sons. But he is showing them HIS WAYS, so they can choose to imitate him or not.

It is said that imitation is the highest, most sincerest form of flattery, so indeed good fathers rejoice that their children learn from them, and follow in their mannerisms, their interests, their principals, etc.

Do you want to make God happy? Most of us would say, YES!!! Of Course!

He is your Father. ¬†So….

Make Him happy, by imitating him!

It makes us Dear, to him! (smile)

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I know this is a simple devotional, but sometimes simple is best. (smile)

Imitate your DADDY, GOD, and give him GREAT JOY!

And He will impart things to you, you never dreamed… just by “watching Him”…observing “His Ways”…seeing how He treats people with love… etc.

The best way to know, how to imitate him, is to KNOW HIM.fishing 3

Know His Words. Listen to His Voice speak to your heart. Spend time quietly with him… as these boys are doing alongside their daddy.

He is continually instructing, and showing you, HOW to do things, if you’ll only pay attention. (smile)

May we ALL be imitators of our wonderful heavenly FATHER!

He is WORTHY of our imitation!

(just wouldn’t be complete wifishing-fishing-2-1thout showing you “the father” above, as “the son“,

for they are ONE.brianfishing-1-1

hmm… does that statement I just made remind you of someone, named Jesus?

…imitating His Father and he is himself God?