FACING OUR GIANTS

“In God I trust, I shall not fear”

Like David, we all struggle with fear and if we hold on to it, we naturally turn our hearts away from God.  The remedy to fear is praying this Proverbs 56 verse.

Are you not asking yourself, what’s happening to my country, to church, personal relationships or the rest of the world, as I do?

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”  —John 16:33

My recent tribulation is serving me well.  One night I cried out, “God, what is wrong with me?”  The next morning, the Lord gave me this saying, “I do believe, help my unbelief.” So, I found the verse in Mark 9:24.  It’s the story of a father and his evil possessed son asking Jesus to heal him, with the father adding, “if you can,” which shows doubt.  Jesus asking, “What do you mean, if I can?” and Jesus stated anything is possible if the father has faith.

What the good Lord showed me through this narrative is that my faith is far from perfect; I do have faith!  Please help me to have more faith!  That is what the father said to Jesus, and that please Him and he healed the man’s son.

That night before falling asleep, the Lord said to me, “I must heal your broken heart before I can heal your infirmities.”  I knew what He meant and surrendered it all.  The next two nights I had encouraging dreams about my family member.  On the fourth day, I began to experience an inner healing all over my body – Praise God!  He forced me off the bullet train, sat me on a cart without a horse to mending my broken heart, healing my body to feeling reborn – with one major change. I know now how to rebuke fear and activate the power of God in me to command fear out of my life.

God, help us all to live pleasing to You.

IT’S TIME TO SING

“The remnant lifts up its voice with a joyous shout.”

–Isaiah 24:14

“2022 is the Year of Intercessors.

The blessing of the Lord is reset every morning for you and me.

He will dance with us as we thrive and overcome.

We will grow in faith.

We are on the brink of deliverance or loss of free speech.

Confront either moments of freedom or tyranny.

What if tomorrow we decide to return to normal and everything changes?

Are we ready to meet God’s tomorrow?

Intercessors, let us rally together for the light of freedom.”

Thus says the Lord through the voice of Prophet Robin D. Bullock

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TO MEASURE OR NOT

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“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

–Philippians 1:6

This quote reminds me of when I can easily irk my Beloved when we decide to cook together.  The friction arises because he measures according to the recipe, while I naturally follow my instincts –that’s how my French family taught me.  That said, I work hard at changing this shortcoming because I love it when we cook together.  Besides, I know that God is changing me slowly but surely, loving us just as we are.

Do you have a shortcoming you can’t seem to shrug off?  If so, may this verse activate in you to enjoy its promise.

NOTRE DAME DE PARIS AND CHURCH REFORM

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“In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.”

–Blaise Pascal

I have learned from my French family that the French authorities have announced that Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral will be fully restored in 2024 from the devastating fire in April, 2019.

Yesterday, the French Catholic Church announced it will sell its assets to compensate victims of sexual abuse.

Hopefully, these two events will be the beginning of the much needed reforms that God prophesied recently, saying that the Roman Church will be split in two if it does not change.  Time will surely tell, and believers should not slumber during this time by keeping prayers constant.

THE LATEST WARNING

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Of late I have been awakened by a howling sound in the night.  Can it be the hungry coyotes scaring the dogs in our neighborhood already?

I’m paraphrasing what the latest warning from the prophets declare:

Don’t be alarmed by what you see happening in November on the world stage.  What may seem to be a setback is really a setup.  Stand your ground in faith and pray hardy.” 

This prayer request from Mary Queen of Peace was given in May 2017.  It echoes what is current today.

“Dear Children,

“I am calling you to pray – to offer sacrifice – sacrificing yourselves.  I am calling you to reveal truth and merciful love, for faith is all the more diminishing in hearts.  You must do better.  Only those who are pure, humble and filled with love sustain the world – they are saving themselves and the world.  I am beside you, I will help you.  Pray for your leaders to have all the more light, so as to be able to illuminate all those who live in darkness.  Thank You!”

Lady Queen of Peace, pray for us.

THE CLOAK OF A PERSON

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Saint Paul says “For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”

–2 Corinthians 2:15-17

My first time hearing this Bible verse intrigues me and relates to the blind man from Jericho named Bartimaeus who was sitting by the roadside when Jesus walked that way.  The blind man called out while the crowd tried to dismiss his plea.  “Son of David, have pity on me.”  They changed and said to Bartimaeus, “Take courage, get up, Jesus is calling you.”  The man threw his cloak away saying, “Master I want to see.”  Jesus told him, “Go your way, your faith has saved you…instantly Bartimaeus received his sight and followed Jesus on the way.

It’s a struggle, isn’t it, to approach God when we need something from him but are not willing to give up our comfortable cloak of whatever.  All week long I struggled with excruciating pain in my mouth even as I cried out for help.  God surprised me with giving me a new tooth but did not fully realize the cost of this miracle until I heard and was touched by Bartimaeus’ miracle.  Thank you, Lord.

We live in a time of holding on to what is comfortable on the roadside.  Abortion is okay these day, yet it is an abomination to the Lord.  People argue about the vaccinated and unvaccinated while few acknowledge that mandates restrict freedom.  What is it with the cloak of pride that it cannot be let go?

Father Michael at Divine Australia touches on this matter in another way.

“We should have the smell of the Shepherd’s cloak because Jesus can’t fit into our own cloak.”

This is our challenge – We should all become “the aroma of Christ.”