The Workmanship of The Potter

Note, this article builds precept upon precept, and goes from personal application to an application that includes today’s society and a new perspective on these end times, so please read the article in its entirety, even though the beginning foundational truth shared may already be known.

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This past week, I was receiving God’s word to me… He said:

“Be you!”

“Do you believe in me?” (Yes)

“Then believe in you.”

“You are MY workmanship!”

It was brought to my recall the verse that speaks of this very thing, and it is inclusive of all believers.

Ephesians 2:10
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

DECLARE ALOUD FOR YOURSELF:

I Am His Workmanship!”

Definition of workmanship: quality imparted to a thing that’s in the process of being made. Focuses on the artistry or skill of the workmen. Workmanship is the degree of skill with which a product is made or a job is done.

Imagine it, Believers… God has not only saved us from sin, he is continually working in us to fulfill his perfect will for us!

We are his workmanship, created unto good works…and He will work in us, to “want to” do those good works he has ordained for us to do. He will give the “enablement” to do them too.

Philippians 2:13

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.

Friends, not only is he ever working in us, but he promises to do it until he comes!

Philippians 1:6
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

I continued to receive His word to me:

“If you are my workmanship, then you must believe in My Ability to mold you as a potter creates a vessel for his own purpose. If you KNOW this, then no “regrets”, “what-ifs”, you “should do this” or “you should have done that” will remain to torment. Thoughts like this may come, but as you draw near to me, they will not remain. They can be confessed and put under the blood, but they need not paralyze you and keep you from moving forward in my will.”

His emphasis was for me to trust in His Ability to mold me, for he takes into account what needs to be done within my heart, my attitudes, my actions, and he will be faithful as my potter to mold me.

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Isaiah 64:8
But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

DECLARE WITH ME ALOUD:
“I am the work of His hand!”

 

He is the Potter, and we are the clay. Who deserves the glory? Well, the glory goes to the artistry and creativity of the Potter, of course. We may be looked upon and glory seen IN US, as a person would look at the vessel we’ve become, …but the clay vessel didn’t mold itself…the potter did. Right?

II Corinthians 4:6-7
6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels (clay), that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

The power is of God, and not of us. So we need not stress so much, and we can even glory in our weaknesses, not only in our strengths. Why?? Because God has the ability to work in us and work through us regardless….IF we will choose to remain in the potters hand. And we cease quarreling with our Maker.

I want us to look at Romans 9:20-21

20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?

21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

When we look in the context of these verses, we realize God is saying the clay definitely includes believer and unbeliever alike. We are ALL clay in his hands.  He is the Potter and is in control of men, his creation, and the world, his creation.

In today’s society, verse 20 is very applicable and is being declared. Rebellious clay vessels saying, why did you make me like this? They are replying against God as their clay hardens and they quarrel with their maker, the Potter. We hear this a lot. Both in the camp of the unrighteousness ( the unbeliever)  and in the camp of the righteous (the believer).

Here is an example of the unbelievers camp: The LGBT community, for instance, says basically to God, “you made me the wrong way!” Transgenders declare, I should’ve been a girl, or I should’ve been a boy. Others rebel, declaring to the Potter, i don’t want to be considered male or female, but be genderless. But the Potter declares in his own word “male and female created he them”. Others do not want to follow the Creator’s design for marriage and sexual relationships to be between male and female in the confines of marriage. They want to be engaged sexually with both genders, or woman to woman, and man to man. The Clay does not have that right! This is them, as clay, quarreling with their maker, the Potter. Same is true for those who live together in fornication, not desiring God’s plan for marriage to be a covenant and the foundation for growing healthy families. So out of his hands they go…or rather, attempt to go…but clay cannot form itself. It will become a vessel of dishonor. The clay will become hardened and useless. It will become worthless to the potters purposes for it. It will be a vessel of dishonor. UNLESS it realizes it does have a Potter. And it surrenders itself to the Potters hands. After all, a Potter can start from scratch and remake any lump of clay. That clay can receive salvation and be remade, and be worked in by the Lord, to accomplish his or her divine purpose.

Now here is an example of a believer quarreling with their maker: I want to tell you a story of a friend of mine. This was from years ago, and she won’t mind me sharing it. Her name is Marsha. She was at a ladies meeting at my house. She was a Christian, and walked in her spiritual gifts, but basically was very depressed and oppressed, and into her self-pity deep, and declared aloud to us all, “I just don’t like who I am!!” As she continued venting, it was clear she was comparing herself to the ladies in the room in regard to physical appearance, social standing, and family circumstance, and she found herself wanting “in her own mind” ….she was having a pity party…not having a clue of her value to God, her Potter. But as she was yet speaking so negatively in regard to herself, the prophetic word of the Lord welled up inside me and loosed my tongue and I declared to her as God speaking to her. looking into her eyes, and pointing a finger at her! The Lord declared: “I do not make junk! You were created by me, and for me, and according to my purpose, and you are exactly as you are to be!” (he then elaborated on her red curly hair, her short stout stature, her handicapped child as his son, her home as sufficient, and her recent blessing of financial aid and help being from Him.) “How dare you quarrel with me your maker!You are my daughter, and you are my workmanship. I created you to be who you are and I believe in you and happen to love my handiwork. You are special and loved, and you are just as I have planned you to be.”

Wow, I surprised myself, as His words came out of me, spoken to her. It was a definite rebuke, made in front of witnesses, but she received it…for she knew it was not me, but God, speaking to her, and it penetrated deep within her soul. She took in the message and was totally transformed by the truth she heard. She repented on the spot! Tears flowed! She really heard His Truth.  Over the weeks and months following, her very countenance changed! She was lively, and she became peaceful and content, and no longer did that cloud of oppression reign over her life. She fixed herself up physically, fixing hair and applying light makeup, and she didn’t compare herself anymore to anyone else, she delighted in ministry to her son, and she was content in her circumstances. Which incidentally changed a couple years later, as her son went to heaven and she went back to school, and experienced a brighter life thereafter. Why the change in her? She realized that all along she was God’s Workmanship! He designed her. He chose her to have her circumstances…that they were within his sovereign will. He saw what he had made, and saw that it was good!

Friends, do we realize we are His Workmanship? Can we let that sink in, so we can enjoy our daily lives?

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Now, God did not stop here, in his speaking to me in this regard. He carried it further than a personal application. He revealed this potter and clay relationship is also important to our understanding what is transpiring in believers and unbelievers…the righteous and the unrighteous…in today’s society…and in these end times.

Let me explain: let’s look please at our same Romans 9, which referred to the potter and the clay, and read it in context, including verses before and after what we previously read.

Romans 9:17-23

17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?

20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?

21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

22 What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory.

Now here, in verses 22 and 23,  is a key scripture of hope for all believers:

I want you to see that the reason God did harden Pharoah’s heart was so that God’s wrath, which was being controlled, could become a display of his power and glory to his people! Those of his people who were oppressed…he saw them…those who felt as captives to the wicked, he saw them… those who prayed and cried out for mercy, he heard them.

God was aware, as the potter, of the clay vessels he created, in the camp of the righteousness, and the unrighteous. Those his people, and those not his people. He was in control.

So, this being written for our instruction. Can we not confidently know that this wicked world is hardening and shaking their fist at God as Pharoah did, but God has a plan, he knows it all, he is long suffering? Why is he allowing the hardness? The answer is, so he can wow us, His chosen ones, and show us HIS glory!

Look at verses 22 and 23 once again! Read them aloud.

22 What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: 23…and that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory.

Believers we are prepared unto glory!! As in the days of Pharoah, God remains in control of his wrath…but it will come… and he will make known His Glory, to us, His Children! His Chosen Ones!

Go ahead, declare this over yourself: “I am prepared unto glory!”

We will not fret due to evil doers…God is long suffering, giving them opportunity to repent, but knows those who won’t.

And we, believers, there is no need for us to fret about anything, in regard to our own clay weakness, because God’s got this! He will continue his work in you and I to the very end!

Think of the end times here upon us. God will destroy the evil ones, just as he did in Pharoah’s time, as his judgments release his people from the hands of the wicked. Be encouraged and full of joy believers!

I want you to now take a look at this New testament passage, in light of what we just read in Romans…for it sums up what is coming forth in these end times. And is it not just as it was in Pharoahs time?

It is the NASB version of II Thessalonians 1:6-12

For after all, it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 7 and to give relief to you who are afflicted, and to us as well, when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, 8 dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 10 when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—for our testimony to you was believed. 11 To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ

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I also want you to see this passage too, as you continue to think of the Potter in control of ALL clay, believers and unbelievers…and the fact that God is in control of the whole end time scenario that will play out in accordance with His Will.

Ephesians 1:3 -14 is a glorious passage. And note that verse 11 declares The Truth that he works all things after the counsel of his will.

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, 14Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

 

God has His Will. And he has indeed given us Our Will. Yet that will, all men’s, is also known to God. Those who have been reconciled to God through Jesus can find great peace and joy, knowing they are continually being molded in the potters hand.

And believers, we can also find comfort knowing that those who are not in the potters hand, by their own will, still remain his clay. His control and power remains over them, even though they will not acknowledge his right as their Potter. The unbeliever is clay in the potters hand. The potter has power over the clay.

We can experience a change in the paradigm of how we approach our intercession for the unsaved. Knowing they are his clay, and he is their potter. Yes, we can pray for the Potter to have his mercies made known to them, and to continually call for their repentance. We can ask God to have them come to their senses and turn to him. We can ask the Potter to remake them. We can ask him to soften them. If oppressed by evil men, we can ask God to stop a certain behavior they are exhibiting toward us, or to punish them to bring them to their senses. His power remains over them amidst their free will. We must recognize this and overcome our own fear of evil. Note the Lord’s Prayer declares “I will fear no evil, for thou art with me!”

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Now, as I close, here is God’s instruction to you and me:

This is what the Lord said (……you put your own name in the blank…and read it as if he is speaking directly to you):

____________, as you believe in me as the one in control…the workmanship of you and my people, and even those not my people, for believers and unbelievers both are clay, and I’m the potter…. then believe in my ability in you. You are my Workmanship. And I will work in you and through you to accomplish my will. I can handle your ups and downs, the victories and the failures, the struggles, obstacles, glories, achievements, and even your falls. I’ve known it. I can smooth it out. If you fall, I can even remake you. I, as the potter, remake vessels, all the time, that my purpose and will is done.

__________, your part is to believe in me, and in yourself, and purposely keep yourself in my hands, and in my mercies, so that I can easily use you and mold you for my purpose. Do not harden yourself against me or my purposes. Remain pliable in my hands.

 

And I __________________ say, YES LORD !

 

 

 

Written by Beth Ann Smith, October 1, 2017

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Lack of Knowledge is Destroying US

Ephesians 4:18-21 gives biblical insight into what we are seeing taking place in this hour:
…18being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; 19and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. 20But you did not learn Christ in this way, 21if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus…”

Indeed, truth is found in Jesus Christ.. in fact, he himself IS the Word of God. He is the way…The truth…the life…and the only way to God. But are we, as a people, being destroyed for lack of knowledge? Knowledge of Him? His ways? His thoughts? He is himself The Christ, the Anointed One, who returns soon to reign over all the world. Why not obtain the knowledge of Him and His Ways now? 

Read the verse of warning in this graphic…

Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge

Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge

Do we, the USA, a Christian Nation, dare follow the same pattern and lose our blessings from God?  Is this already happening? Have we rejected knowledge? Have we forgotten the laws of God? Has our glory now turned to shame? And Will He forget our children?

Surely, a house divided against itself cannot stand…and prayers are needed for this “divided” nation. Yet, not only our prayers, but the giving out of Truth. Lies are quickly dispelled when truth comes in, just as darkness leaves when a candle is lit. The more truth that is revealed, the more light we live in….the clearer we can “see” the truth for ourselves.

Many protestors, and I don’t just mean public ones…but ones on Facebook, or wagging their tongues in criticisms in the schools and workplaces, or even talking aloud to their own TVs in private, need to be given some of the Word of God in relation to what’s going on in our land. There is a need to be still now and listen. Some of you maturing believers realize knowing the Word really “simplifies”your life.. This doesn’t make you “simple” , as in simple-minded… On the contrary, it takes away confusions, and striving, and fears. It is wonderful to embrace the Will of God. It is true freedom, which everyone longs for, but is looking for in the wrong places. Confusion leaves! Doubts cease their intrusions! Fears lose their torment!  Peace comes! All…from knowledge of God…and embracing God’s ways and thoughts.

If you’re saying inside to yourself, ours is no longer a godly nation, it is a democracy, and the other people will tell us what’s what…let me tell you something: Christians FEAR NOT! Now is not the time to be timid in regard to “standing” in our faith…and also standing in our backing our government leaders as instructed in Romans 13:1-5. GOD MAKES HIS WILL VERY CLEAR…as you will see…and these verses apply to President Trump and all our elected officials:

Romans 13:1-5  All of you must obey those who rule over you. There are no authorities except the ones God has chosen. Those who now rule have been chosen by God. 2 So whoever opposes the authorities opposes leaders whom God has appointed. Those who do that will be judged. 3 If you do what is right, you won’t need to be afraid of your rulers. But watch out if you do what is wrong! You don’t want to be afraid of those in authority, do you? Then do what is right, and you will be praised. 4 The one in authority serves God for your good. But if you do wrong, watch out! Rulers don’t carry a sword for no reason at all. They serve God. And God is carrying out his anger through them. The ruler punishes anyone who does wrong. 5 You must obey the authorities. Then you will not be punished. You must also obey them because you know it is right.

There…is simplification…knowing God’s will in the matter, whether a Trump fan or not! …you trust God and obey your President. You don’t oppose him. You do right yourself, and you need not fear him or any decision he may or may not make.  Note, obey authorities, yes, policemen, and then you will not be punished…by man or directly by God’s discipline! Honor all your leaders at the local, state, and federal levels. Your vote was your choice. God saw it. Now leave it alone. There. Simplified. Whenever you want to judge or condemn or gossip about leadership, be silent, and pray. Prayer according to the Word activates the power of God, and He then steers the hearts of our leaders according to our pleadings. Or if you are particularly passionate about something, and it is in accordance with Gods word, then perhaps you are called to get personally involved in that area of politics, or your church, company, etc.  Protesting without a plan is not doing anything creative. It is very destructive.

Yes, this obedience requires faith in God. Yes, it requires knowing Jesus. And yes, you will need the Holy Spirit living within to instruct you in this hour. But all are available and ready to be received even this moment. Jesus is the gift that includes all others: wisdom, joy, peace, love, forgiveness, discernment, power, peace, freedom from addictions, healing of wounds, freedom to captives, etc.    Now, Just take him into your life as your Lord! It’s a wise choice. And you’ll never be the same again.

You see, the World, including the LGTB community with all its plans and protests and good-sounding words, doesn’t matter! The government, whether it makes a right or wrong choice, doesn’t matter!  Hollywood with all the “beautiful powerful people” doesn’t matter! All lives matter, not just black lives matter! And a women’s right is not more important than Gods right to his own creation! Evil always divides! Why do you think there are divorces, and church splits, and quarrels of many kinds? Believers, its us, and what we will do in this hour, that matters!! We rule and reign With Christ, even now, and it’s what WE DO that will dictate what God does with Our Country…because friends, the USA is His Country and He wants us to now stand up declaring IN GOD WE TRUST.

And isn’t this “standing up” to be done individually? As in letting people know in our words and deeds that we love Jesus and obey God? And in prayers? And in our own repentance? If God changes each one of us, then collectively we will become a greater light in this darkened country. Truth will be seen and heard. And love can break through the deceptions! Isn’t this better than fighting, bickering, protesting, etc? Let’s see what God says.

He declares in II Chronicles 7:14,  “If MY People, who are called by My Name (Christians that’s us! ), Will humble THEMSELVES, and PRAY, and SEEK My Face, and turn from THEIR wicked Ways, THEN will I hear from heaven, and WILL forgive their sins, and WILL HEAL their land.” BELIEVERS, NOT PROTESTORS, WILL DICTATE WHAT GOD WILL DO WITH THE USA! Believers, not unbelievers, will dictate what God will do As far as healing our land and its divisions.  And God’s power is great, and He is able to preserve the individuals who GIVE CHRIST THEIR LIVES, even if the lukewarm believers will be spewed out along with the evil ones who may be judged as that healing of our nation takes place. The word says not to fear if brought before magistrates on account of his name…he will give you the words and help that very hour!

Let’s just look at immigration for a moment…a very real divisive thing at present. There are way too many who are looking only at the surface of things…and if we look at portions of Europe and how Muslims have destroyed these countries’ culture and way of life, we will realize that prevention of troubles is a good thing. When immigrants are allowed in to USA, it is a choice for them, yet they must, before coming, embrace American law and American culture, and not carry out hidden agendas pressing upon us their sharia law and false religion.  There IS a spirit of anti-Christ loosed upon the world! It is pervasive and includes way more than just Muslims. Anyone who wants to be free of being told what to by God is part of this spirit that pervades societies worldwide. We must honor God and Christ who established the USA and gave us Our Land. It is NOT UNloving to keep immigrants out who pose a real threat.  We are not killing them! We are not destroying them. Wisdom and Love for our nation and its peoples simply dictates “protection!”. Those concerned about protection of the Muslim faith can make a choice to go over to the Muslim countries and love on them, embracing “their land’s rules and their faith”. And those immigrant applicants who desire to embrace the values and laws of our land can be properly vetted to do so. The Muslims here, who are your neighbors and friends, should be loved on in Jesus’ name, even while standing up for the Christian faith. The desire of God is that they be grafted into his family by faith in Jesus, and loving one another is essential for this to take place. They chose the USA, so they can live in a way as to embrace the law of the land, but if they can’t compromise with Americans because of “their faith” let them return to their own land.

Please pray, for the masses in our country are being deceived!! And the Bible declares that one thing that can destroy his people is Lack of Knowledge. It is absolutely LOVING what Trump desires to do! If you the head of a large family, and your wife and own children, natural or adopted, lived in your house, would you let a group of people into your own house, who desire to destroy you, and your women and children, raping or devaluing them if not killing them, and bent on destroying everything you worked for and your way of life? Destroying your right to serve the true God? Of course not! LOVE REQUIRES PROTECTION! Trump is being used in answer to Christian’s prayers across the land …the part of the Lord’s Prayer that Christ Jesus taught us to pray which declares, “Deliver us from Evil …for thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever and ever, Amen!”

But I hear you say, but what of love for “them”? and I respond, what of love for “God”? Do we desire to hand over our nation to His Enemy? To be a friend with the world is to be an enemy of God.  Satan reigns over false religions and The World, and these anti-Christ systems desire license to do evil. Whether it be The LGTB communities, abortion-rights activists, Hollywood, or just a society who no longer fears the Lord… do they not realize that if Muslims take over the land it could mean their distruction too! None of them have God-given wisdom…so they side with each other? Makes no sense for a gay man to hold a love sign for a Muslim to come in, when Islam wants that gay man dead, does it? No wisdom. Women’s libers who want to abort, do they not know Muslims would kill them for that sin? Neither fears God or they would be honoring him with their lives. Yet, I think that deep down all of society knows lawlessness is not the answer. It is preserving love and respect, and truth, that is important. In fact the love chapter of I Corinthians 13:6 declares that love “does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth.” Somehow that part of loves definition does not get repeated amidst all the love talk out in the world. With this definition of love, are even believers aware of the simplicity that gives to our decision making? If something is not of of his righteousness or his truth it is not “real love“. Love is of God. God is love. So he has the right to define it. And by his definition, love does not rejoice in unrighteousness. And love does rejoice with truth. So can you be saddened and outraged by the sin around you, and still be in God’s love? Yes! Can you be without joy when you see people lost in deception? Yes! Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Cry out to God and beg him for the deliverance of the nation, your communities, your family, your self. The poor in spirit know their “need” for God’s loving interventions.

And Believers don’t be afraid to stand.  In the Bible we read often that God intervened and the evil armies/nations destroyed one another, while those trusting God were delivered. I myself am going to ask God to protect us as a nation, yet that might not mean that we won’t have internal wars going on. I only know that one day we all….individually, and as a nation, give account to God who reigns supreme. Many have access to bibles to give them God’s will ..they just don’t desire to follow it or to know him. So sad, too, for God gives everyone love, acceptance, and value, as they do embrace him. He empowers the believer to do His Will, and gives righteousness, peace, and joy though his Holy Spirit that comes to abide within any true believer in Christ. He is slow to anger and abounding in love. Warnings come nonstop, for grace has been restraining his anger at those who are living in defiance against him. He’d rather draw sinners and those deceived presently to him, to SAVE THEM from their sin and his wrath to come upon the nations in the end. Get into reading and studying God’s Word….read it…come to Jesus and learn of him…and your peace will come when you come to abide in Jesus.

As the verse in the graphic says, what CAN “destroy us” is the Lack of Knowledge…knowledge from the word of God, and not only factual carnal knowledge.

USA, Let’s Pray for our leaders… not wag our tongues in judgment or ridicule…

Pray for truth to be realized and that the darkness of ignorance dissipates…

And be at peace, while the world shakes around you, God is giving the USA opportunity to be saved, under Christ’s name. I am confident that God is in control and will hear the prayers of His People, no matter what the masses who act in ignorance and under media control do. The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. This kind of fear refers to our respect, awe, and submission to God because he has the power to destroy both body and soul. He is so great, he laughs as the heathen nations rage in defiance against him! We must not fear man, who can only destroy the body. Let’s get our focus on trusting a sovereign God and aligning our own individual lives up with His Word and His Will. Amen?!

Friends and family…the safest place to be…is in intimacy with The Lord. Here are a few favorite verses in a favorite Psalm of mine:

Psalm 91:14-16

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

My Part: set my love upon the Lord (not only affections but obedience and attitudes); know his name (in other words, who He is!) , call upon him!

His Part: I will deliver you, I will set you in high, I will be with you in trouble, I will deliver you and honor you, I will satisfy you with a long life, and show you my salvation.

We have the EASY PART 😀…. And God? Well, His promised responses are way awesome! What a divine exchange!! Each one of those who can do the “My Part”, can go into an unknown future KNOWING God will do “His Part.” No Fear! Just Trust! Amen?!

Prodigals, it is time to return...to your Father who has opened arms. Please…hear me…Reread this scripture I began this blog with… and choose you this day whom you desire to be like… those of this darkened world? or those who desire to belong to Jesus, who will soon be the supreme ruler over all the whole world? In confusion?  The truth is IN JESUS! Run please to him, for your future depends on it, and he will forgive and receive you, and everything he has and is becomes yours. How wonderful!

Google the lyrics of Joy To The World if you have a moment. Yes, the one we sing at Christmas! It begins, “Joy to the world. Let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare Him room!”  The Holy Spirit has prompted me to be singing that song at the piano recently, all the verses…even after Christmas. Could he be declaring aloud “He’s Coming Again Soon!?” “He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove, the glories of his righteousness and wonders of his love!” Perhaps I am only one of many who are declaring it so from my lips during worship.

To close…I pray,

“God, please hear the cries of all your people…see into their hearts…know their thoughts…”

and yet I hear you suddenly reply back to me… “Let the people hear My Cries, see into My Heart, and know My Thoughts!”  

And we reply humbly, yet excitedly…

“Yes Lord. We will come TO YOU And seek your face.”

 

 

 

Written by Beth Ann Smith, February 2, 2017

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Jesus, Not Your Ordinary Man

img_0003I am sharing these words of John the Baptist, spoken concerning Jesus Christ, for I believe we all will be blessed to familiarize ourselves with his testimony, for it will keep us in the truth, and from falling into error in these end times.

John 3:31-36

He that cometh from above IS ABOVE ALL; he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven IS ABOVE ALL.

And what JESUS hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.

yet, he that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God IS TRUE.

For HE WHOM GOD HATH SENT speaketh the words OF God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

The Father loveth THE SON and hath given ALL THINGS into his hand.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth NOT the Son SHALL NOT SEE LIFE; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Turn and Return To The Lord

repentanceGod is asking NOW, that those who speak his son’s name from their lips, would be LIKE CHRIST….for scripture says of the true Christian, “By their fruits, you shall know them.” There has been a gradual “turning away” from Christ and the truth of the Word of God, even by those who “say” they are Christians, and the Spirit of God would like to have eyes opened to just how much we all have become desensitized and unaware of this shift “away” from God.

The Spirit of God inspired A SONG that I wrote and recorded that really illuminates this condition of His Church…and Father is asking us to be “reconciled” back to Him by a turning or returning back to Christ, and a following of His Ways in our everyday living.

Please, no matter who you are, after reading this blog, PLEASE TAKE A LISTEN… for this song is meant to shed light on hidden places of the heart that God sees, even though others may not.  Light dispels the darkness, so there need be no apprehension to listen through the song…rather, a feeling of being set free will come as you yield your heart to the Spirit of God. He gives this promise, “Draw nigh to God, and He Will draw near to you.”

THESE TWO VERSES from the Word of God are to bring YOU encouragement that the Lord stands ready to receive your repentance, and to abundantly pardon that which the Spirit may speak with you about.

“Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return unto the Lord and HE WILL HAVE MERCY upon him; and TO OUR GOD, for HE WILL abundantly pardon.”  Isaiah 55:6-7

and

“For He says, ‘In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.’ Behold, NOW  is the accepted time; behold, now IS the day of salvation.”  II Cor 6:2

Take a listen to this song and hear its message:

To repent means “to turn” … we turn away from revealed sin, and turn toward the Lord… He then empowers us to overcome. It is “A PROCESS”… so be humble and yet give your repentance 100%. Keep throwing your sin back on the altar of grace until you are “FREE” from it, for Christ did not only FORGIVE your sin at the cross…he FREED you FROM SIN at the cross. You have only to appropriate this power in your life.  How?  By totally abandoning yourself to Jesus. The Spirit of God is then given to lead and guide your life.

Why is this message important RIGHT NOW, TODAY? Because you have “A KINGDOM” available to you… to live in and walk in TODAY: The Kingdom of God.  Then, no matter what happens to “your country”, be it the USA or another country of the world, there need be NO FEAR, for your citizenship is in the Kingdom of God. God will soon send Christ for His Church, which is made up of believers everywhere, and the true believers will no longer be here. And when later we return with Christ, we will have HIM “reigning supreme over us all”! So, what better future and hope can there be than that? (smile) The thing is, God is to be reigning in all of “us, His Kids” RIGHT NOW, if we will allow him to have that authority in our lives. We each have a FREE WILL to choose to live for Christ. It is time for “The Church” to exercise its free will to radiate His Glory through our obedience corporately too, as God steers people here and there into their destinies and true purpose.

TURN — OR RETURN — TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.  He is the ONLY WAY to the Father (GOD). You will be left behind if you are not “ABIDING IN” CHRIST. Plain and Simple.  He doesn’t take people who have divorced him, even if once married to him, to share His Life. Liken it to a normal marriage…Have you abandoned Him? Have you gone away from your first love? Or are you living as ONE FLESH? Or are you just in a house together, pretending to others that you love Him? or are you in “Close Intimacy? (Only you can answer…but “do ask yourself”…and don’t assume all is well.) Truly…If it is not likened to a marriage, then why does Scripture use the word adulterers and adulteresses, to describe those who have chosen the World and its ruler Satan over Christ, the lover of their soul? Who gave everything to be wed to His Bride, the church…

James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

IT IS TIME TO TURN, OR RETURN TO THE LORD, IF YOU ONCE KNEW GREATER INTIMACY WITH HIM. HE IS READY TO TAKE YOU IN HIS ARMS AND ABUNDANTLY PARDON…HELP YOU TO OVERCOME SIN… AND GIVE YOU JOY, PEACE, AND RIGHTEOUSNESS, WHICH IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

Romans 14:16-18 Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.

 

To Respond is simple.

Accept Christ Jesus, asking Him to take over the Lordship of your life, and receiving the salvation His Blood shed on the cross to purchase for you. The Spirit of God will come live within your life, and speak to your spirit, which is now reborn. Heaven is your destiny if Jesus abides with you now.

OR return to Him…and His Word…if you had once made him your Savior but never have quite given Lordship of your life to him.  “Submit to God, Resist the Devil, and He will Flee from You.”  Don’t GIVE UP… The Lord will NEVER give up on you, but TIME IS SHORT and the window is closing. TODAY IS THE TIME. Grace is giving you this message, for one of the greatest gifts of grace that God has given man is the ABILITY TO REPENT and be met with open loving arms of the Savior.

Tomorrow may be too late…. So please heed whatever is going on in your spirit man right now…for the Spirit of God communicates within to your spirit. And as I release this blog, I am praying for YOU to respond to make Christ “your” ruler, whether you’re just coming to know Jesus or have walked as a Christian all your life.

I am going to be responding myself… for the Lord is always and forever going to be encouraging me to draw closer and become more attune to His Voice, more aware of His Word, and more obedient to The Truth. The Truth will set us all free. Hallelujah! We can all be thankful that He loves us SO MUCH!

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USA – NOW is the Time to Make OUR Choice

Which Choice Will You Make?Years ago the Lord spoke the words to me: “Ask not, is my agenda God’s? Ask, rather, Is God’s agenda mine.”

The Lord also highlighted the scripture, Isaiah 50:10-11, Who is among you that fears the Lord?  that obeys the voice of his servant? (Jesus) that walks in darkness and has no light ? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God! Behold, all of you who Kindle a Fire and encircle yourself with Firebrands, walk in the light of your fire,  and among the brands you have set ablaze. This “you” will have from my hand: YOU will lie down IN TORMENT.”  Meaning we’d better pause to think and not “react” concerning any of the complex decisions to be made for ourselves and our country, without consulting the Lord God and really “knowing” what we are doing or about to do.

And I was also very aware of this verse of Isaiah 48: 22, “There is no peace for the wicked” says the Lord.

“So anyway this morning the Lord melted these verses together in my heart, and then He began to speak to me of individuals and nations in light of the current world scene. I am simply sharing what I feel the Holy Spirit shared with me, in my OWN words, and not that of someone else, except God’s, through scripture. After all I am to be “a witness”. 

Some confusion comes to all of us, throughout the world, leaders and ordinary folk alike, for each nation we speak of has both good and evil within it, for there are good and evil people within it. Not all the people of France are good and not all are evil… not all the people of Syria are good and not all are evil, and not all the people in the US are good and not all are evil. Same is true of each and every nation, including Israel.

It is when a nation collectively, as a whole, represents their GOD, that then “the distinction” of the NATION itself is declared to The World.

The USA, in the past, was always represented as a righteous God-fearing nation, swift to punish evil, and swift to provide aid to the oppressed, etc. In recent years other nations have come to look at us as away from God and reprobate in morals and values, and not aligning ourselves with the God of our founding fathers of the USA… i.e. God and Jesus and Holy Spirit with the bible and constitution as our guidebooks. This is the same God who has declared Israel as His Chosen People, the God is Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the founders of The Faith. Our main leadership doesn’t appear to be representing it’s people… or do they? Are we turning toward God or are we turning away from God, collectively as a nation? At the present time, I think only God himself, who sees the heart of each one in the USA, knows the answer to this question presenting itself. It is only as we make the choice and declare our allegiance through word and actions that we collectively begin to see WHO we are as a nation. This is what is happening now, and it is not to be feared. We have been paralyzed in indecision as a country for too long.

What happens when we go after evil as a nation, is that the whole nation is affected…both for good or bad. Innocent are killed while doing nothing, and innocent are killed by doing something! Either way! and that is what brings complication! Man cannot sort out the good and evil individuals…only God can! When we see them as evil or good we can determine them by their fruits, so an evil man will “become visible eventually”. The warning is, that evil men may not display the evil immediately…but eventually they will.  We’re talking the individual with his evil heart…a heart that is set against the one true God and disobedient to His Words.  Evil men are within the USA, just as they are in Syria.

God himself declares in Isaiah 45:22-25  “TURN TO ME, AND BE SAVED, ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. FOR I AM GOD, AND THERE IS NO OTHER. I have sworn by myself, the Word has gone forth from my mouth and in righteousness, and will not turn back, that to me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance. THEY will say of me, “Only in the Lord are righteousness and strength.” They will come to him. And all who were angry at him will be put to shame. In the LORD all the offspring of Israel will be justified and will glory.

These things we know for a fact from the Word of God, and this is not “opinion”:

  1. God has sworn to Keep Israel. And “all the offspring of Israel” will be justified and will glory according to the verse above. SO, to make God’s agenda ours as a nation, we the United States must side with Israel and its allies. We must remain allies with Israel against Israel’s enemies.
  • Isaiah 45:17 gives just one glimpse of this well-defined promise of God: “Israel has been saved by the Lord. With an EVERLASTING salvation. You will not be put to shame or humiliation TO ALL ETERNITY.” This means, if we want to stay in God’s will we will stay on God’s side! It’s quite that simple. Israel’s enemies as nations are not to be our “friends” as nations. So to not bring in Syrian refugees is to not welcome enemies of Israel. These enemies will eventually turn into our enemies, from within, if they oppose, as Muslims do, the people of Israel.
  1. God invites the nations to come to him, BUT IF they choose to serve a different God, than the one true God, they have made their choice. They have chosen collectively to BE Muslim and Islam countries, or Pagan, or Hindu or Buddhist countries. And USA has a choice to make too! Will we serve the ONE TRUE GOD and be preserved, or turn into a nation that serves only itself and pleasures of sin and many different gods. Our choice, as a nation, will indeed, matter, in how God protects us as a nation. We need to be praying, sharing our faith, standing up for righteousness, and asking for revival of our individual hearts and that for us as a nation.
  1. So what about the INDIVIDUALS? The ones Jesus died for, to give His Righteousness and Love to? Each one in every country is given free will to choose to turn to the one true God and His Christ…Jesus. No one will be turned away from the gift of salvation if they turn to Christ…The LOVER of their soul, not the TAKER of their soul. Each one, in each country. None of us is righteous in ourselves. We have all sinned and fall short. But Jesus is The Way, the Truth, and The Light, and no man comes into God but through Him. So this means then, that two things could happen:
  • If the individuals of a nation, including the USA, turn toward God…If the numbers do, as in a revival…they can overcome their enemies within their own nation, through Christ. In other words, if enough Syrians accepted Christ, the good ones, the refugees we want to stand up for, then God would help them rise up against the evil and God would deliver them within their own countries from those that displaced them. Syrians rising against Syrians in the name of Jesus instead of the name of Allah and Mohammad. Right now, they are just destroying each other for they are all in the name of Allah, a false destructive god, whose ideology corrupts the hearts of men, and destroys its women and children.  History has revealed this truth, though The Light must expose the darkness of Islam, to expose it to its deceived followers. Jesus is called The Light. He has revealed himself to all who seek Him or Truth, for he is The truth.
  • And the USA, collectively, has a choice to make too! Will we serve God or turn into a nation that serves only itself and pleasures of sin and many different gods, including pride in ourselves as a country even without God.  We have our own civil war going on, even amongst our leaders. Let’s listen to those who are trying to turn this nation back to God! This calls for serious prayer and involvement on the part of the Saints. Our choice, as a nation, will indeed, matter, on individuals’ choices…in how God protects us as a nation. We need to be praying, sharing our faith, standing up for righteousness, and asking for revival of our individual hearts and that for us as a nation.
  • Even Israel, to know the salvation of the God who calls them His People, must come to recognize THEIR MESSIAH, has already come, and is Christ Jesus the Lord. He, when recognized by Him, will rise up with zeal and take over as Lord of Hosts. He is waiting on His own People to leave behind their rituals and traditions and to recognize who Jesus really is. He came to individuals, who make up nations, and so GOD THE FATHER is patiently waiting for mankind to CHOOSE CHRIST, the Lamb of God, who was slain, to remove sin, and to destroy the works of Satan.

Psalms 108 :12-13 says “Oh, give us help against the adversary, for deliverance BY MAN is in vain!  THROUGH GOD we will do valiantly, and it is HE who shall TREAD DOWN our adversaries.”

This verse is applicable to nations and individuals both.

Christmas is coming. Christ was born. Simeon, declared as he held and beheld the baby Jesus, who is The Christ : “My eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples. A LIGHT of revelation to the Gentiles and the GLORY OF your people Israel.”

Christ showed us all the will of his Father was to bring forth life, and that more abundant.. To heal and make whole. And He gave himself FOR MANKIND, the whole world, no respecter of persons. Love dictates what God does, as it was demonstrated in what Christ did… He was His exact representation. But evil men destroyed Christ and Satan thought he won, BUT HE DID NOT WIN! Christ destroyed death, and raised from the dead, and gives LIFE and will one day raise from the dead all those who serve God through Him. The scripture says in I John 3:8, “He who commits sin is from Satan, because Satan is a sinner from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this reason: To destroy the works of Satan.”

The declaration by angels as Christ came?  “Glory to God in the highest ! and On earth, PEACE, and GOOD WILL toward  men!”  

Isaiah 9:7 declares: “7 Of the increase of His government and peace THERE SHALL BE NO END, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth EVEN FOR EVER. The ZEAL  of the LORD OF HOSTS will perform this. “

CHOOSE YOU …THIS DAY…WHOM YOU WILL SERVE.

Joshua 24:14-15 says: 14 “NOW therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

For those “on the fence” about the need to make a choice, I want to share Malachi 3:16-18:

“Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another,  and the Lord gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for those who fear the Lord and who is esteem his name. “They will be mine” says the Lord of hosts “on the day that I prepare my own possession. AND I will spare them as a man spears his own son who serves him, so you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.”

I, for the record, STAND WITH the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob…the GREAT DELIVERER, and JESUS CHRIST…the GREAT SAVIOR…and listen to the HOLY SPIRIT, the GREAT COMFORTER. Ours is a “relationship” with a God who GAVE and didn’t take. He even GAVE his own son while we were YET SINNERS. He is long-suffering and patient with mankind, not willing that any should perish.

Who will YOU stand with?

Individuals can no longer “stand ON the fence”… we each MUST CHOOSE.

One must ask his or her self , Who IS  “MY” God?

If I choose Christ, I cannot side with the “other god.” I cannot serve God and mammon… I cannot serve God and Islam… I cannot serve God and Satan… I cannot serve God and Evil.

For He declares, “THERE IS NO OTHER”.

God himself declares in Isaiah 45:22-25  “TURN TO ME, AND BE SAVED, ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. FOR I AM GOD, AND THERE IS NO OTHER. I have sworn by myself, the Word has gone forth from my mouth and in righteousness, and will not turn back, that to me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance. THEY will say of me, “Only in the Lord are righteousness and strength.” They will come to him. And all who were angry at him will be put to shame. In the LORD all the offspring of Israel will be justified and will glory.”

Seems to me, one key is illuminated now, isn’t it?

Which Choice Will You Make?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shared by Beth Ann Smith, 11-19-2015, just a middle-aged ordinary woman, who seeks truth and loves and worships her God, and has no agenda, but to be obedient and faithful TO CHRIST the Lord.  

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Confrontation with Sinful Men – Is It Too Late? Or is it NOW to be Done?

courageA righteous man who stands up and against atrocity or sin in the camp will be hated and mockingly and angrily taunted with the words: “Now you want to play the judge!”

When evil is exposed, one is quoted only too well, the scripture back: “Judge not lest ye be Judged”,  but rarely is it used in the spirit of God, meaning the Holy Spirit isn’t giving them utterance of that scripture in response to a sincere Spirit-led warning concerning sin.  Rather a doctrine of demons has come in, and the Devil has twisted a scripture in the mouths of sinners as “a license” to DO evil, rather than as a means to resist temptation or sin, or to be reconciled to wonderful fellowship with God in Christ. Twisting God’s words has been his strategy since the beginning of time.

Judging one another from proud self-righteousness in a hateful haughty way is one thing, but standing up for righteousness and bringing reproof is another. Standing up for righteousness is placing a judgement on sin that is occurring, as in exposing a LIE that someone has bought into that will destroy their future, or confronting a HABIT that will cost someone their family or spouse, or someone’s WORKS that are of the darkness causing many others to stumble. Speaking the truth in love, even if in a confrontation of sin, is not Judging! It gives the person, company, church, or city, etc. a conscious “opportunity” to repent and turn, and keeps them from true judgment by God later on, for light “reveals” the darkness they’ve grown accustomed to.

Believers…friends… We must STAND and not let evil bulldoze us over! We must discern the depths of sins degradation around about us and guard our hearts, for out of them flow all the issues of life.

Anyway, I have personally had several encounters of recent date because I took a stand against some form of deception, some form of evil, that I was noting in those close to me who had once proclaimed Christ. Immediately the wickedness I had addressed resulted in an ugly attack which was turned upon me, as a person.  I was “whipped” as if I was in the wrong to have tried to prevent evil works from worsening, or lies becoming more embedded.

So severe were these attacks on my person, that it caused me to stop…pull back… to remove sin’s warnings I had given in writing, and wonder what I should have done. I questioned before the Lord whether mine had been a “proper response” to wickedness and love’s tug at my heart toward that person and another, due to their departing from the faith. My own heart being examined, and my mind being set to prayer on the matter.

Well…TODAY the Lord showed me something interesting.. And I want to share what He spoke to me in this regard, with you. For my prayer is that it will strengthen you in your own stand for God.

I want to take you to Genesis Chapter 19:1-11 which tells of exactly the same scenario as we have playing out in this hour… Evil men, not held back, becoming even more evil. This is the story of Lot facing the men of Sodom.sodom

I am going to focus you on Genesis 19 especially verses 9-10, where Lot goes out to TAKE A STAND… a Good and Evil Confrontation, you might say.

Lot basically said to the entire towns men, “Please don’t do this wickedness!” He was approaching in diplomacy, tact, whatever you want to call it, but he was still calling sin, sin…calling what they were doing “wickedness”. He was attempting to reason with them. So, too, we try to do this with disobedient wayward believers and unbelievers around us, don’t we.

Lot even went so far as to try to appease them, by instead of ridding them of their evil intent and behaviors, going about offering them a “lesser degree” of evil: “Here, take my two virgin daughters instead!” My land, how misled! Didn’t do any good at all, did it! Why? Because the intent of their hearts was to do the evil they set out to do, and by George, no one was going to stop them by reasoning or appeasing!

I believe we are being shown what does NOT work: giving an option of a lesser of two evils rather than repentance… Or trying to politely confront evil …or being so desperate as to cause violation to our own households to appease evil doers. (I won’t elaborate much on these things, but continue on with this…)

I believe God spoke to me today, that a righteous man, woman, or child who simply takes A STAND against sin in the camp (i.e. each of us in our little worlds of influence), will be responded to as the men of Sodom responded to Lot. That mankind is to that degree of hardness of heart, but that we still must take the stand we know in our hearts must be taken. Right at the same time spiritual maturity is coming to the Body of Christ, spiritual wickedness is coming to maturity in this world. We must pick a side, knowing that Greater is He who is in us, than he that is in the world. But when we do take a stand, we can expect this reaction:

Let’s see now what they, the men of Sodom, spoke in reaction to Lot’s stand:

They responded to Lot emotionally, verbally, and with action response. Genesis 19:9 says, they first said “Get out of our way!” Clearly they did not desire anyone to interfere with their intent to do evil.

Next they clearly attacked Lot’s “right” to say anything to them, by attacking him by saying, “You’re a foreigner!” Which interpreted in modern language is to say, “What right have you to tell us what to do!”

And finally, the same verbal response heard in the majority of our encounters these days:
“Now, you want to play the judge!” Yes, if you take a stand, you’ll be accused of judging…them. Rather than them acknowledging the truth that Lot was trying to prevent wickedness, and was standing up for righteousness which is a loving act toward them, their response was “Who do you think you are, judging us!”.  Ever hear that one??

And their action of response comes then…and their heart’s intent speaks in declaration: “We will treat you worse than them”!

In other words, they were now going to turn from that evil to doing Lot evil.

They then brought pressure on to Lot….as they moved forward to crush him.

In my recent experiences this was exactly what took place. The wickedness they were in the midst of, gave place to a “personal attack” upon me, just as I noted the men of Sodom did to Lot.

People can put pressure on you. People can then “gang up” to attack you, to crush you! These men did it to Lot physically! And it can happen to us… Spiritually and physically!

But FEAR NOT!

Believers! It is The Time to take Your Stand… Even if it looks like the whole city (school, workplace, home, company) is surrounding you… and you are totally alone!

For, Praise the Lord…that’s not the end of the story! In Genesis with Lot, or in modern day with us!

God’s Messengers, pulled Lot into the safety of his home, shut the door, and struck all the would-be attackers with blindness! God’s Messengers then told Lot that the outcry of the Lord against its people was so great that they were sent to destroy Sodom. But Lot, a righteous man who took a stand, was “taken out” before judgment came down. Actually Lot was saved for Abraham’s sake, but imagine… the whole city could have been spared if even 10 righteous men could have been found! If nine more of those men confronted would have repented..when confronted…imagine, the city spared. Wow…

We, my believing faithful friends in Christ, may find ourselves in life-threatening situations in the future… Standing up for Christ… Seeking first the Kingdom of God, and His Righteousness… So fear not taking a stand!  Be not alarmed as evil begets evil, for we are in a war of good and evil…but don’t be afraid to lovingly confront or simply to stand yourself….judge the evil, loving the sinner to repentance…. But if hearts become hardened, and minds deceived to the point where they will NOT LISTEN, and turn to rend you…Know that the Lord’s Messengers are still in “your house” with you… They will pull you into safety…They will “close the door” … They can deal with your enemies… And God will ultimately judge your enemies!  Our job is to love everyone to repentance, but light must manifest to expose the darkness, and this is something believers are failing to realize! Darkness can’t put out our light. But our light can put out the darkness, as in a light bulb turned on in a dark room!

Now, Note this, my final statement: God is showing us that a righteous man who stands up for Christ, and against atrocity or sin in the camp….in this hour… is going to be hated and called “a judge.” Yet, all believers are to judge whether something is wrong and an action is wrong, or something is a lie or deception to be exposed! Leaders must lovingly correct. We must reprove as a parent does his child! It is the child who then can either harden his heart and go after rebellion, or have his heart sorrowed and true repentance cause his behavior to change. Truth of God’s Word must be honored and obeyed. And Christ must be Lifted Up, that He may draw men unto himself! We set the example of being Christ’s, allowing the fruits of the spirit to be displayed to others, so our walk and our talk match.

Be bold IN YOUR LOVE! And note that the world’s definition of tolerance is not the same as God’s definition of love. The aim of our love is to have us all become mature in Christ, and prepare for the ultimate return and reign of Christ! Ephesians 4:15, “ But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.” Furthermore Ephesians 5:12-13 says: ” 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

We don’t have authority over others, they have free will, but we can take authority over sin! We can attack sin! We are to reprove or correct or instruct, as led by the Spirit of God… addressing sin as sin…So that the light can bring “repentance” and God’s kindness, which leads many to repentance, may be experienced. It is love to warn. Exposure ought never to be feared, for then God’s kindness and favor may be experienced, rather than His Judgment.

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we are in a time right now when IF we do stand up for what’s right and declare what the word of God says about a particular subject, we are called judgmental… But it is holding back wickedness by the Spirit of Truth… For when the Spirit is taken away and lawlessness abounds, there will be no holding it back.

Those righteous who “blend into their environment by not standing, even if vexed in their spirit” will come to the position of Lot, where they themselves are in danger of judgment or in danger of life if they suddenly stand. God even promised, if ten were found righteous, he would not destroy the city, but ten were not found. This is the danger of “silence”. There may also come a time when for our own protection God may protect His Own, in their homes, behind shut doors, while angels watch over us, while judgement occurs on the evil ones around about them. We can trust, in the protection(s) of our God.

The safest place to be is IN HIM… whether abiding or taking our stand.

Please pass this article onto your friends, for I am praying that God will give all those who read this an empowering of His Spirit to TAKE A STAND and to be counted as FRIENDS OF CHRIST in a world that is fast becoming anti-Christ.

Amen!

Last Days

The return of Jesus the Christ is so imminent that it has already begun.  Just as Enoch walked with God and one day was no more, so shall the beginning of the catching away of the Body of Christ be.  The continuing escalation of the manifestation of the presence of Jesus in fellowship with the unity of His Church, is likened to the relationship between God and Enoch prior to the first rapture.  It will continue to grow in power and might until the Church is caught up with Him in the heavens.rapture

It truly is the season where the former and latter rains will be given, and a supernatural harvest will take place.  The relationship between the Father and each believer, who will be led by His Spirit, will be continuous and awe-inspiring to the unbeliever, who will acknowledge them as “Children of the Most High God”.

It will be a time where the supernatural of God will become the natural way of doing throughout His Body.  The power of God to gain wealth to establish His covenant in the earth will be evident and practiced by the members of the Family of God.

The great shaking of the world system in these last days will be the world overwhelmed and overcome by the manifest glory of Jesus in the Body of Christ. (The persecution of the believers after the “Rapture” will be in response to the fear and turmoil caused by the Glorious Church exercising its authority in the Earth.  It will be the backlash of the kingdom of darkness to the glorious light which it would not accept and could not withstand.)

It is a season for each believer to totally give himself over to the Lordship of Jesus…To dedicate oneself…body, soul, and spirit… to the Master’s service.

It is the time for each believer to become as one with the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit.

—————————-This is a page written by my deceased husband, David Stephens, as he wrote it in a tablet upon his death bed. I felt prompted to share it with you, as he wrote it, for I came across it today as I was scanning files. It gave hope to my own heart, so I sincerely pray that it will encourage you as it did me.  Let’s continue to look to the author and finisher of our faith! …Growing in the knowledge of God and Christ, and enjoy sweet fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ! Whatever you do, do not deny The Faith… because Glorious Days are head for us…His Church…and are now upon us!

– Posted August 7, 2013, by Elizabeth Norland

One Day, We the Church, The Bride of Christ, Will Be United

With Our Bridegroom: Jesus Christ, The Lord of All ! 

Are you ready?

Are you getting excited?

I AM !

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