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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hidden Secrets


No One Will Ever Know !!
(Wrong)
Mark 4:22  For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. 

Many years ago, as a newly married couple, Robert and I pinched pennies and did not have extra money to squander. 

One day the “Jewel Tea truck,” parked in front of our apartment and the gentleman showed me their catalog.   

In those days, Melmac dinnerware was new and Jewel Tea offered a set of dishes on the installment plan. 

I desired those dishes, but was too embarrassed to tell my husband, so I hid them in the cupboard until they were fully paid for.  Finally I confessed and we enjoyed the new dishes.  However - I suffered with guilt many weeks for that hidden secret. 

Secrets can take many different forms, such as jealousy, hurt feelings, resentments, self-pity, anger, selfishness, unforgiveness, and be kept out of view of others 

The light will arise and shine when the darkness is very great. The darkness cannot overpower the light, but the light will reveal what has been hidden in the darkness. 

In our Sunday School Bible study we have been discussing the first two commandments.  Special interest was taken about: No other gods before The One True God, and not to make graven images or worship them.

We talked about idols and how so many things can become an idol. 

Our teacher asked us to share what God was showing us, and when my turn came, I shared something that could be seen as an idol.  I was reminded of the story about Achan.
God sent Joshua to destroy the city of Jericho and all its inhabitants except save alive the Harlot Rahab and her household. (Because she hid the spies and saved their lives.)  Amazingly she is in the line of Christ. 

Joshua 6:24 And the Children of Israel burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord.

Joshua 7:1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the Lord was kindled against the children of Israel, 

God showed Joshua who had sinned and Achan confessed;  7:21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.  

It is important to search our hearts and see if there is anything hidden buried in our tent so to speak.   

If so, may we be quick to allow God's light to reveal the hidden things, so that we might clean house and ask forgiveness. 
 
God is gracious and will give us opportunity to begin with a clean slate. 
 
 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dreams Can Have a Double Meaning


Water Gushing and Flooding
 
My last post “The Key of David” I mentioned that the guest speaker asked his wife to share a dream she experienced awhile back. 

As you might be aware, California has been declared a draught area and water rationing is being put into place.  Farmers will not be receiving the water they desperately need for their orchards and crops.  Oroville dam holds the water in Lake Oroville, and is the main water supply for California.  All that to say this - - - 

In the woman's dream she could see the city of Oroville and the Dam.  She was in a large room and suddenly water began to come in the windows and under the doors.  There was water flowing like a gusher.  She wondered if the dam had broken.  It seemed that Christians were giving God credit for the flood of water, but the “President” and Government leaders were scoffing and refused to say it was Jesus sending the water. 
 
Last year, I urged my friends, to begin to speak to the clouds and believe for rain.  There was some rain, but not enough.  Some weeks later I was reminded of the time Moses was commanded to “Speak to the rock” to receive water.  He was angry and hit the rock instead of obeying God.  I urged my friends to speak to the rocks in the mountains above Lake Oroville, commanding them to split open and fill the lake.  My friends thought I was crazy.

To me this woman’s dream seemed to reveal that there are upper and lower springs of water that God wants to gush out both physically with real water and also Spiritually with Living water to flow out and flood Oroville with the Holy Spirit.   

Since Oroville has the main water supply for California this could also mean that the Holy Spirit would flow out from out city and cover not just our area but perhaps the entire State of California with Living Water Revival.

The American people are beginning to give God credit for healings and miracles, even though government leaders seem to be mocking God. 

May God bring fulfillment to this dream and cause the reality of both physical water and most importantly the spiritual Living water to flood our land.
 
 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

KEY OF DAVID


 

Pastor Allen gave an admonition.  Be open to what God is doing as he works individually and corporately. The presence of God is thick in this church today.  Let God be God.

Then Pastor introduced our special speaker, Chris Humphrey, who has been down the devil’s path but Jesus found him and he is called to minister.

His wife Shared a dream (click on the highlighted words to view the dream.)

Revelation 3:7-8  “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

David was a man after God’s own heart, and God knew David would do what ever he was told to do. Although he was the least of his brethren, God saw his soft and obedient heart, one that was continually filled with worship and praise.

Isaiah spoke of a valley of trouble, but he ended with Hope as we respond to God.

We have found a place of “Worship” not just with words and songs, but with our heart and body.

Satan fights worship and praise because he is jealous and wanted himself to be as God.

You can be doing Christian Discipline and Satan will whisper doubt and distraction, but learn to shut off what Satan is trying to do, to interrupt your worship to God. 

Take the Word with you into the secret place and discover WHO you are IN Christ.

We are not just attending “church,” but we are catching a glimpse of Jesus and his Glory.

Reach out and touch something greater, for God desires a close relationship with us all.

There is a wake up call, to stand in the gap for our city, and also for our nation.

We ask, “Why don’t we see revival?  Give us the KEY.”

The key was given to the church at Philadelphia.  The Key of David - - Worship and Praise.  The door is open and no one can shut it.  Hold Fast and enter in.

The key is granted to those who submit to a life style of devotion.

While David tended  to his sheep the Philistines were attacking his nation.  David sang and praised the Lord. 

We listen to the world’s events and although we should be aware, we are not to be concerned and be in fear.  Love will overcome.  David turned over the troubles to the Lord.

God inhabits the praises of His people. 

You might ask, “Why am I here?” 
God says, “You are here to make a difference.”

Jesus opened the door to the Holy of Holies when the veil of the temple was torn in twain.  Now we have access right into the throne room where Jesus sits.

You may ask, “Why am I still empty?”  Keeping rules didn’t fill the emptiness.  Many were rejected by their parents, thinking it was their fault.  They said they loved you but they hit, abused and violated.

In Christ you are accepted and loved.  Allow Jesus the forgiver to release your parents and bring you peace.  In this world there is evil, but God weeps over cities, over Jerusalem and over nations.
 
Get a revelation of His love.  God the Father gave Jesus to take your punishment and carry away your sin.  Love others the way God loves you.
 
The Key of David is for you.  The Door is open.
 
The question is, "Are you ready to walk through it?"
 
His only begotten son to take your place and carry away your sin.  Love others the way God loves you.H
The Key of David is for us; “The door is open and the question is “will you walk through it?”
 
His only begotten son to take your place and carry away your sin.  Love others the way God loves you
The Key of David is for us; “The door is open and the question is “will you walk through it?”
 
His only begotten son to take your place and carry away your sin.  Love others the way God loves you.
The Key of David is for us; “The door is open and the question is “will you walk through it?”
 
The Key of David is for us; “The door is open and the question is “will you walk through it?”
His only begotten son to take your place and carry away your sin.  Love others the way God loves you.

 

The Key of David is for us; “The door is open and the question is “will you walk through it?”

Saturday, May 16, 2015

GOD SPEAKS


God Speaks: Lesson notes taken at Open Door Church; Bible Study – edited for clarification.

God speaks in various ways.  Usually He speaks to our spirit; through promptings, that seem like a premonition, a knowing or even a “Gut feeling.”

God speaks to us through His ministers and teachers as truth is illuminated in our hearts and minds.  God speaks most often through His Word (The Bible) as we read it with a teachable spirit, and are ready to listen for God’s plans.

Although it is not often; God still speaks at times in an audible voice.

Throughout the Bible there were many instances when God spoke with a voice.

In the beginning God spoke words to bring Creation into being.

Moses at the burning bush heard God speak. Exodus 20: The Children of Israel heard the voice, saw the fire, and the glory of God, but were so frightened, they told Moses to go up on the mountain and listen to God for them.

Abraham heard God tell him to leave his home and trust God to show him a Promised Land.

The boy Samuel heard God speak and he grew up to become a Prophet. 

Job was in a hard place but God spoke to him out of the Whirl wind.

God spoke to Elijah asking him what was he doing hiding in a cave? (1 Kings 19)

In the New Testament a voice from heaven spoke when John baptized Jesus; “This is my Beloved Son, Hear Ye Him.”

On the mount of transfiguration a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!"(Matthew 17:5)

The Children of Israel are a covenant people that was given to them at the mountain through Moses.

A New Covenant was coming down on the day of Pentecost. 
 
A covenant is like onto a “Marriage Vow.”  God takes covenant very seriously.

The church is the Bride and Jesus is the Bride Groom. The importance of Covenant was for protection and relationship. 
 
God declared that He ONLY would be our God.
Exodus 20:3-5  You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.

The Covenant was broken by the worship of other gods.  God loved His people even though they cheated, and He never released them from His caring.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the “Word” and the Word was God and was with God.

Jesus is the Living word and He is God along with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

The Law is now written on our hearts. Jeremiah 31:31-33. 

Romans 2:15 Who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

How do we line up with His Word in our hearts, and are we manifesting His Word daily in our lives?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

That's Not How I Was Raised - guest Beth Jones


 


"And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One)." Ephesians 2:6, AMP 

It’s fun and interesting to be around various kinds of people who were raised in different ways. 

Some people were raised in an environment of lack, poverty and barely having enough. Many were raised by a single parent. Others were raised in a home full of wealth and a ‘you can do’ attitude. 

We’ve known people who were raised to address others with “Yes, ma’am” and “No, sir.” Others were raised to say “Please and thank you,” and still others were raised without any sense of manners or courtesy. 

Some people were raised to believe they are victims and the world owes them something. Others were raised to believe in independence and entrepreneurial instincts in a world that owes them nothing. 

Some people were raised to see the best in others; others were raised to be critical and faultfinding. Some people were raised to change the world; others were raised to destroy the world. Some were raised to give; others were raised to take. Some were raised to take for granted the finest; others were raised to make the best of the least.

How about you? No matter what side of the tracks you were raised on – I have good news for you! 

In Christ you have been “Raised up!” You have been raised up and seated with Christ in heavenly places so that you can live as His dear child, so that you can reign in life, so that you can be a world changer, a difference maker, a life-giver, a successful, compassion-filled, blessed, favored child of Almighty God, a mighty man or woman of faith and an Ambassador for Jesus Christ! 

Today – don’t let how you WERE raised dictate your life any longer; instead, step up to how you ARE raised and seated with Christ!  

Prayer: "Father, I thank You that I have been raised up and seated with Christ in heavenly places and that means that I have been authorized to live a life of faith-filled victory, authority, influence and difference making! Today, I step into the present-tense reality of how I am raised! In Jesus' Name. Amen."

 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Who Do You Emulate?




I Want My Daddy
Matthew 18:1-6  At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?  And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said,  Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receives me.   

But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
 
The sermon at Open Door Church, was a bit longer but this is a digested message to fit on one page.

Pastor Allan was in the motion of putting his guitar down when his young 5 year old daughter escaped from the baby sitter and ran down the Church aisle calling for her dad.
 
He took her tiny hands in his and prayed with her to have a good lesson in children’s church and kissed her on the top of her head.

He mused; a child’s will and desire is only thinking about themselves. 

The driving force to see her dad sent her running to meet Him.  Although this was an awkward time for Pastor, he acted as a gentleman like unto our Father God.

With God there is NO inconvenient time for us to run to Him.  God has a tender heart and is always a gentleman and does not force His will upon us. 

Children emulate their parents.  Who are you emulating? 

Realize we are children of the living God and we are precious in His sight.  May all doubt and fear be stripped away as we willing run to the Father God.  Do you realize that God is in you even in your brokenness?  A respectful yet humble person can get things done for the kingdom.

As the Pharisee was praying, he was bragging about how good he was.  He was proud and his heart was hard.  How is your heart?  Is it hard or soft?

At times we get caught up on what we can’t do, and fail to recognize what God is doing for us and for those around us.  He never stops loving you, no matter what.

The more we praise God and desire Him, He will show up.

This is important, that we learn to forgive and to accept forgiveness.  May we earnestly desire to serve God out of Love, and not out of obligation.

Press in because you want to love and worship Him.  The bent over woman pressed in and touched the hem of His garment and was immediately made well.

If we just do enough to get by – that is not pressing in.  Let’s not do average anymore, but press toward the mark of the High Calling.  No low bars, but let us raise the standard.

What was Christ’s standard of living?  He walked in the dust, but He spent many nights alone with God in prayer. 

Allow Jesus to take away all that is ugly and nasty in our lives and to reflect in our spirit and in our faces the joy of the Lord.  Be still and let God be God.

Un-forgiveness prevents us from loving people.

Sometimes it is difficult to forgive; someone stole our innocence, someone abused us, they cheated us, they stole from us.

When you hate and judge, you are judged.  When you fail to forgive it hurts you worse than it does them.

We are searching for acceptance, like a little child who is desiring to be welcome and to find a place.

No matter how long you have served our Lord, you are still a work in progress, so keep pressing in and keep running to the open arms of the Father.

 

The Loving Heart of a Mother Guest Roy Lessin



 

A godly mother is praised for the beauty her children find within her – precious jewels of an inner life with God. These are the treasures that last beyond a lifetime, for they are the true riches that bring an eternal reward.

God created a mother’s heart to be a unique and caring reflection of His heart. Through a mother’s touch, her tears, and her tenderness, a deeper insight into the compassion of God is revealed; through a mother’s words, ways, and counsel, a richer understanding of the nurturing of God is manifested; through a mother’s insight, inventiveness, and intuition a greater expression of the creativity of God is expressed.

God made a mother with a special kind of strength…not a strength that overpowers, but a strength that influences…not a strength that overwhelms, but a strength that overcomes…not a strength that overbears, but a strength that endures.

A woman’s femininity, womanhood, and motherhood are all from God. Her qualities, attributes, and characteristics are all crowns of God’s glorious creation.

A capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman—She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls.  Proverbs 31:10 (AMP)