Do you feel like weeping? I do.

Jesus is coming soon!

How often have we heard this said. It’s easy to think.. “yes, he’s been saying that for 2,000 years.. what is SOON anyway, and what does it mean that he is coming?” 

These are good questions. 

What I can say, is that his prophets are weeping…Scripture says that “God does nothing without revealing it to his servants the prophets.”  You may not believe there are prophets anymore. Who are these people anyway? They are those who are wired to know what God is feeling and what is happening.  Sometimes we don’t even understand why we feel a certain way, but God speaks to us of his plans and we don’t even recognize it sometimes. 

I had a dream last night and all I remember is saying, “Inside, I can just feel weeping all of the time. I could weep at any moment I will let it out.” I have heard other intercessor friends talking about weeping coming over them. 

So, this morning, I sat down in my chair and out of my mouth began to flow the song lyrics, “Spirit of wisdom open my eyes. Spirit of revelation, open my eyes.”  I felt the tears come again and I saw what it would look like to face Jesus, not just in a brief thought, but if he came right near me, face to face and looked at me. Oh how his purity would penetrate my soul! I can’t help it…I just want to weep. Even now it is stirring in my chest and my eyes are close to tears. 

This is how I know, Jesus is coming soon. I know he will encounter all in one way or another. He is coming to prepare a pure and spotless bride. I am weeping and God is revealing the places in my heart that are corrupt, that were self-centered. The places where I had other cobwebs that blocked pure love. You may have them too. We all have them. They block the radiance of Christ from shining in us and through us. I have had moments of radiance and I know the feeling of it. It is bliss. It is pure love. It includes utter peace and comes with an incredible amount of authority and revelation. I’ve had a taste of it hear and there, but God wants us to walk in more, so we can light up the world with his love. 

Jesus is coming. His Kingdom is at hand. 

Because he wants to reach the world and he’s going to make us “reflective” and “inspiring”. He’s going to breathe through us and winds of change will come and the culture will change. Yes. The culture will change. Knowledge of God will be everywhere.

I don’t despair in hopelessness about the state of this country, because for years, God has been showing me what will come as a result of this wave of destruction we are seeing all over the land. There will be a turnaround in the White House. It will again be a “white” pure house. Revival, personal revival, is coming to this land. The nation will be singing one song of adoration to the King of Kings. All will know him. “Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the GLORY of the Father.” 

I know Jesus is near because I feel the conviction in my heart to just weep. There is nothing much to say, but to weep, because he is so close. When holiness comes that close, we all will weep. 

It feels good to weep. It is like God is washing my soul clean and debris is floating away with it. 

Do you remember old teachings that real men don’t weep, or that it’s weak to cry? 

That is the voice of pride speaking. How deeply rooted it goes into our soul, masking itself as protection, but it is destruction. God redeems through water, sometimes a few drops at a time. He does it with great love and great wisdom… through knowledge of his kindness. 

A Few Simple Words Heal the Soul

LET YOUR WORDS BE FEW….because that’s all you need to be free!

My confessions of today. I share this because I enjoy the mercy and forgiveness we have in Christ, and so that if YOU are battling right now, you may find power in MY testimony. There is POWER in the confession of our mouth. 

God gave us authority so the actual words we speak are powerful. Jesus said the truth will set us free. Truth reverses negative things we’ve come in agreement with and renews joy in our lives. When we lose joy we can become weak and weary… and sometimes are more prone to sickness too. 

The Bible says also, “let your words be few.” Simple confessions of a few words, not just confessed once, but said over and over, are medicine to our soul. Mumble the truth, or say it louder if you like. But let it be like a weapon against the contrary spirits that have taken residence in your life. 

Those contrary thoughts create strongholds that hinder our growth. As we pray, or mumble in submission to God, revelation often bubbles up. Hidden things come to light, sometimes causing us to see the places where we have cracks in our armor or where we’ve blocked his perfect love.  Since I know God WANTS to give me his perfect love, I simply have to agree to receive it. So, I mumble, “I receive your perfect love…” over and over until I it boots out the things that are NOT perfect love, like fear.

Hebrews 10:14 reads “because by a single offering He has made perfect for all time those who are BEING sanctified.”

I praise God daily that when He looks at me he sees the white robe of Jesus. I have His Spirit within me joined with my own spirit. But, sanctification is still taking place in my soul. I have come so far, but I am still at his mercy daily as he uncovers places I have not yet seen or yielded to His grace. Oh, how often there are things we can’t see that are causing offense or bitterness.

Jesus, himself is our great Deliverer. He leads us though places we’d rather not go and takes our hand, smiling all the way… because he’s not worried. I love that I am a child of God and that my Father is not worried.

There are many simple words that can bring deliverance to our soul. Here are the few simple words I’ve confessed aloud this week that have brought freedom in the midst of a sudden onset of pain that led to a dizzying day of headache and fog. I know that everything that comes against me is an opportunity to grow and stretch in my faith in some way, so I chose to engage in the battle and get reward as I diligently sought out God’s truth that would set me free.  I want to seal up cracks or holes in my heavenly armor so no arrows get in the next time. Knowing we have a weakness always should lead us to Christ who strengthens us, who strengthens our faith.

Some simple words that could change your life. There are many things we can meditate on, but these are treasures that can set you free.

1)   “Jesus, I honor you as deliverer….” ( When you speak it, know that Jesus is real. He is present. He is there FOR you to honor. In each of the short phrases in this blog, speak the words until they have an effect.)

2).   “I lack nothing.” (Psalm 23)

…. As I chanted this, I realized how abundant God’s resources are…

3)    ”Foolishness” came to mind. 

Foolishness? I don’t think I’ve ever confessed that one before, but surely doubt is foolishness. God knows his immense goodness and tells us that in the word, so it IS foolishness to doubt God’s provision and goodness.

I renounced foolishness aloud, because this had to change and my sin had to be confessed with my mouth. How could I doubt God’s goodness like that? But, countless times I had. God, I confess and repent of foolishness and lay that at your feet. I was tired it, so I yawned and it left. 

I felt the Lord’s presence and work in my body and soul and realized this was having an effect. 

Oh Lord, how good you are and how easy it is to underestimate your goodness! How can I help but be grateful? (I had a few new simple words to confess now.)

4) I am so grateful. 

I began to speak “I’m so grateful”, over and over, until it flooded my soul. Then I remembered that an attitude of gratitude leads to joy. Joy is our strength. The devil just wants to steal our joy so he can launch a full on assault.  He can’t stand joy, because he is SO miserable himself. All he can try to do is make us miserable.  

So I launched the attack of gratitude.

I started with being grateful for my dog. He wanted to come outside too, and sit on the porch. I had not been too welcoming of our dog, but God loved him, so I knew I had to love what God loved. I began to thank God for my dog. Blessings came to minds….
He’s a loyal dog, a loving dog, a thankful dog. He enjoys the little things. I started to feel closer to him and had a desire to bless him… 

How simple it is to change our hearts. 

“I am so grateful”…. I kept it going…

I am so grateful for my husband. I’m so grateful for my husband… God brought to my remembrance the many good things and joy continued to come out and strengthen my spirit. 

And soon I wanted to make him lunch for the day…. 

Music to feast your soul on while you pray

Feast On Jesus, The Perfecter of Our Faith

1 Peter 2:2-3 
“Like newborn infants, long for pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation – if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

Have you ever seen a baby crawl toward something interesting that was also potentially dangerous? When my kids were small, just learning to crawl I was always keeping watch seeing what they might go for next. Where is the shiny thing that would catch their attention.

God often speaks in parables in our dreams. I had a dream last night that shows the troubles we face when we remain babies in Christ and neglect to learn from our experiences. In the dream, I was sitting on the floor in a room with an infant who was learning to crawl. He had his back to me and was facing a partially open door that was cracked open. His eyes lit up and offered he went! He started crawling toward it eagerly. Knowing danger loomed, I reached out to grab him, thinking,  “Someone could come through that door, push it open from the other side and it will hit the baby.”

Did the baby ask for my approval to crawl away to the open door? No, in fact, the baby’s gaze is NOT on me, but on the door of temptation. I quickly tried to grab the baby, but he was too fast, too eager to get to the door. In the next moment, some men came through the door, pushing it open and sure enough, the baby got bonked on the head.

I and the men gathered ‘round the baby and looked down on his poor little head. “Oh, boy,” I thought. “This wasn’t the first time this baby had done this same thing.”  There was a red spot and even scars where “baby that-away”  had been bonked before, and he obviously hadn’t learned YET.  I relayed to the concerned men that the pediatrician said that the baby’s head would be able to heal, even with multiple bonks because his skill tissue was still soft, but it was surely a sad sight! Would he learn? I hoped so! Thanks be to God that we can continue to grow and heal.

In the scripture above, we read, “…long for pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.” Even when we get a taste of God’s goodness, it’s important that we keep our eyes fixed on him and allow him to guide us with the gaze of this eye, as Jesus looked to his Father continually to see what he was doing. We must learn how to navigate each new task or destination with discernment and must CHOOSE to keep our focus on Jesus.

“… long for pure spiritual milk…” What is pure spiritual milk?

I thought of this example.

God teaches us about how to grow up through the parable of human infant bonding and development. A baby is of nursing age has is not able to focus beyond the distance from the breast to his parent’s face. Beyond that, it will all be fuzzy and unclear.  As they grow, however, the things in the room around them become SO interesting as they can see farther and farther away. Have you ever tried to feed a distracted baby? They are constantly turning their heads away, turning away from the source of the milk. Sometimes they lack a full meal because of this. Time just runs out.

How are we like that in our walk with Jesus? We take in a little bit of Jesus, soak in a little bit of the Spirit, or try to read a little bit of scripture, and then we get distracted.  What distracts you?

My dream baby, baby that-away,  was tempted by a shiny light coming through an open door, so he turned his back on me and went off on his own. Do we do that in our walk with God? Sometimes we forget to include God in our decisions, or we just vier away a little bit and entertain a thought that pulls us down.  Jesus said in John 15:5 “…Apart from me, you can do nothing.” In the dream, I could not save the baby from its own ignorant idea. I was not in control of the baby. The baby had free will and would reap the consequences of his decision. Fortunately, the “doctor” in the dream said he could heal and hopefully would learn eventually not to run off without wisdom.

If want to mature, we have to fight that distraction and choose to stay in constant contact, in deeper intimacy with Christ. In order for Jesus to see what his Father was doing, he had to have his eyes on him always.

To remain in the peace of God, we must dwell in His presence, feed on his words, not be just snackers. If you’ve been a parent, you may have had a young child who preferred to “graze” between meals and then not eat their dinner at dinner time. As parents, we have to be sure to teach our kids the self-control necessary to just graze so they are hungry enough for a meal. Otherwise they’d try to live on Goldfish crackers and juice!  Snacking is not as fulfilling as a full meal and it doesn’t leave us satisfied for long. Likewise, spiritual snacking will not be enough to keep us in constant peace.

Let’s go back to the thought of craving pure spiritual milk. Think about how many times a newborn needs to nurse? This is a reminder that we can’t do much on our own before we need to return to our source of nourishment, Jesus.

I think of those sweet moments when I held my children and they looked up at my face, trusting me with no fears, no judgements. They didn’t think they knew better, so they never argued. They just consumed and gazed. Isn’t that the way to bliss with Jesus? We just gaze at him and consume what he pours out to us in return.

I pray God’s blessing on you today and offer this prayer you may want to pray…

God,  I want to gaze at you with continued adoration. Draw me to you. Take me deeper into your presence. Fill me with hunger for you and all you have. I believe there is healing in your body and blood, and mercy in the waters of your grace. God, you are the rock I will stand on. Take me deeper into your gospel of good news, where freedom is truly found. Give me CRAVING for you and willingness to stay close to you. Teach me to swim in the clear deep waters, to go deeper so I’m free of the murky bottom. I choose to dwell in you Lord. Thank you for a place of peace in your arms. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

Reading recommendation: Jesus said in John 15: 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Dwell in the words of Jesus and consume his heart for you in this chapter.

There’s a wonderful song that gives us a picture of how we can escape the cares of this world…

Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look FULL into his wonderful face, and the things of earth WILL grow strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace.