Lord of all creation - I come to You now in the name of this Jesus I have heard about. I was born into a sinful world and have lived in ignorance and rebellion to Your truth. Jesus, I accept You as God manifested in the flesh, born as an offering for my sins. Born to pay the price I am unable to pay - the price required for restored fellowship with my Creator.
I am sorry for all my sins and turn away from them. Please forgive me and make me a vessel fit for Your use. I release any bitterness or unforgiveness in my heart and ask You to deal with those situations. I believe You were born of a virgin, died on the cross, rose from the dead on the third day, ascended into heaven and are now sitting at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for me.
You are now Lord of my life.
JESUS IS COMING SOON! HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE IF WE NEGLECT SO GREAT A SALVATION?
Confess Jesus before men and He will confess you before the Father.
Take me home now please.
the law of Christ
"bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." gal 6:2
"therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed." heb 12:12-13
when i awoke this morning, my awareness was it was a sunday. my thoughts then went to the only tangible pastors now in my life. they are a precious husband and wife team, pastoring and serving where they may. i was introduced to them through hospice at a time when i probably was not the most receptive or appreciative. they, along with my online fellowship have help sustained me in a difficult period. of course, Jesus always first.
further confirmation this was my topic came to me after my prayer time finished and i opened the scriptures. where was my book marker placed? "let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches." gal 6:6 next to it i had written, "tell owen." owen happened to be my pastor at that time, years ago. so God didn't have to hit me on the head with a ton of bricks.
yesterday many gathered together in various places of worship and were blessed with fellowship and sharing the word of God. as they gathered, i wonder how many even gave a passing thought to those active in the ministry; the preacher, the elders, the ushers, the child care, etc. too often we take things for granted and just assume it is their job. it may well be a job but it is a calling as well. the fortunate are blessed with a little recompense, but most are not.
as i woke up sunday morning, the Lord had my heart turn to pastors and their calling. often we put them on pedestals they neither seek nor desire. then, if they happen to fall, the world mocks again that precious name. that has happened way more often than it should. so should we condemn as well? my bible tells me, "brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted." gal 6:1 if we are to fulfill the law of Christ, we must bear another's burden. we must travail as though it were our own sin needing repentance.
but who or what contributed to their fall? did we as parishioners play a part? they are, after all, only flesh and blood as with us all. but pastors, in particular. carry not only their own burden, but many others as well. we attend hoping to have our faith built up and be spoon fed the word of God. and if we stand in a prayer line, how many are praying for that pastor and his family? it makes me think of PK's (preacher's kids), their difficulties and the wives's who carry a heavier load because of another's calling, i.e. ministry. i remember how billy graham always used to praise his wife as holding down the fort while he went abroad ministering the word. we all play a part; many unheralded.
even visiting evangelists often go unappreciated. i remember once receiving a hearty group scolding from one who had traveled to many places at their own expense, being rewarded only with a dribbling of an offering and probably little appreciation or encouragement. they had just reached their breaking point and perhaps were close to losing their ministry.
"and He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers." eph 4:11 this scripture teaches us that God has established a five fold ministry. God has called and established each one as He chooses. we do not take this calling upon ourselves. otherwise it would be in vain. one might not be comfortable preaching to masses but their calling might be on a keyboard with strokes in solitude. God has prepared each vessel for His purpose.
while i intend these dailies to encourage and lift up Jesus alone, i realize many reading may consider this a teaching of sorts. i think on that often and it makes me shudder because of this scripture. "my brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment." james 3:1 believe me when i say my sins would not be covered if the blood of Jesus were diluted in the least. but like the apostle paul, necessity is laid on me. he says: "for if i preach the gospel, i have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if i do not preach the gospel!" 1 cor 9:16
and so, "we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. be at peace among yourselves." 21 thes 5:12 these are chosen vessel to help guide you through the walk of faith. i know we all have different personalities and may have to shop around until we find the right fit, but once that is decided, suffer no offense of flesh short of corrupt doctrine. flesh may scream but it also must die.
all are not be "called" into ministry, but we all are ministers of God's grace. "as each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." 1 pet 4:10 yes, we are indeed our brother's keeper. we all are ambassadors for Christ. i have a long time prayer - may the Lord never be ashamed to be called my God.
friends, i've never asked you before to forward a daily to anyone else, but i am asking you to forward this one to as many as God brings to mind. none of us know the secret labors of another, and our leaders are not exempt. prayer is preeminent but "a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver." prov 25:11
how shall they know unless they be told? tell a minister today that you appreciate them, are praying for them, and let it be more than a gesture. let us truly care for those who care for us.
Winds of Change Are Coming
"Daniel spoke, saying, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea." dan 7:2
Before I get into that, let me repeat something below.
"What if the wind ceased to blow? I don't think there would be many dramatic instant effects. Some children (and adults) would have their kites drop from the sky, stuff would stop blowing around, sailing ships would be stuck and the temperature of some room would increase or decrease slightly. After some time the last wave would hit shore leaving the sea pretty much still, tornadoes and hurricanes would stop.
After a few days the problem arrives. Without wind systems warm, moist air won't move around. Water might still evaporate but it won't travel meaning anywhere away from a large body of water will dry up. Lakes might be alright as the evaporating water will fall back into them and the sea will be fine but anywhere else will get very dry very quickly. Plants, animals and humans will slowly die from dehydration with most water inaccessible being salt water or ice. Even if we survive this the problems don't stop. The equator will no longer shed its heat as quickly so it will become very warm, mountains may remain cool enough to be habitable but nowhere else will. At the same time the poles, deprived of heat from the equator, will freeze solid.
There are other effects but it basically boils down to everyone dying."
Now read rev 7:1. "After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree."
So wind is necessary for life. "The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit." john 3:8 The Holy Spirit is the bringer and giver of life.
There are also winds (spirits) that blow from a different source; evil spirits. October and halloween are their time to demonstrate; to manifest. Play no part. It is not a innocent children's holiday. It is a time to lift up and attempt to glorify evil, perhaps even being a precursor to the abomination that causes desolation.
No, the Lord has not whispered to me exactly what those changes may be, but even a casual glance alerts the believer that spiritual darkness is on the increase with all the lawlessness and vainglory. While the unbeliever may be bewildered, they still live in the natural and seek solutions there.
I suspect they, along with the casual believer will soon will be shaken by those changes. I was watching some seasoned believers talking the other day about occurrences they had heard about.
There were some runners and one experienced believer was overtaken by a lovely, tall, blonde woman. She approached with a smile but then her eyes suddenly turned black. Knowing warfare, he verbally took authority over the spirit and as she ran ahead she opened her mouth to reveal sharpened teeth and growled.
Then there was the pastor of a church, called by the deputy because the neighbors were complaining about the ruckus going on inside the church. The deputy assumed it was a youth meeting go wild but upon calling the pastor, he assured him there was none scheduled. They both went to the church, heard the loud noises, piano playing and all. As soon as they opened the door to enter the church all sounds immediately ceased and examination revealed no one was present; at least none visible.
Curious, the deputy did some research which revealed the building and land had been dedicated to the dancers of lucifer. It seems the assembly had purchased an old building and restored it. The land was eventually made into a parking lot and the church rebuilt on an adjacent property. All subsequent happenings ceased.
Fact or fiction all? For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible. These things have always been among us, but now even more. As more and more embrace the deception of darkness, manifestations multiply accordingly. It's kind of like the fiction/comedy film ghost busters where everything comes to a crescendo. The fact is, the veil is thinning between the natural and supernatural.
"For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way." 2 thess 2:7 The restrainer, the church, acts in conjunction with the Holy Spirit. As long as we are here exercising our authority, the devil cannot have his day in full measure. He and following spirits are restrained; held back.
"Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord! For what good is the day of the Lord to you? It will be darkness, and not light." amos 5:18 What else is the tribulation but satan gone wild accompanied by the wrath of God poured out. "Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation" matt 23:36 "For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be." matt 24:21
The winds of change are coming as old spirits are loosed from their bonds for the appointed time. They will walk among mankind again, revealed for all to see. "And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day." jude 1:6 Just how much of their evil we will be allowed to see I cannot say, only that even now it gets progressively worse.
Just listen to this: "Leading UFO researcher Ron James says senior figures in the US government fear aliens are in fact demons. Ron, who is director of media relations for UFO research group MUFON, claims there is 'a very large contingent of people' within the pentagon who opposed the work of the advanced aerospace threat identification program [AATIP] because they think the UAPs regularly reported by US military sources are piloted by creatures from Hell."
Only those grounded in the Holy Spirit will have a defense and the armor of God to battle with. You have been warned. Now take up your armor that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Some battle with action while others battle with prayer, but both are urgent. "For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry." heb 10:37 Yes, there is hope in our future. Maranatha!
(5783/5784 Jewish year)
“These are My appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of the Lord, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.” They are Jehovah’s specially appointed times available to all His followers. (observed sundown to sundown)