THE END TIME DAYS MINISTRY JOURNAL
What does the Bible say about the VERY LAST DAYS and what we should do next?
by Mark and Maryna Conway, Alaska, USA
Daily Devotional link: Oswalt Chamber's-MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST
In these last of the end time days, you will need a good bible, a study bible for everyday reading. I personally use the New Living Translation and the NIV bibles. There are many other good bible translations. Read thoroughly Matthew 24, Luke 21 and Mark 13 for a good start on End Time Day scriptures about where we are living today.
August 24, 2016
8/24/2016 " This is the Day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. " Psalm 118:24
Rejoicing in the Lord and being glad comes from a pure heart fully trusting in the Lord God Almighty. I know this is true. How do we come to that "Miraculous" point in our lives where we Know that we Know that Jesus Christ is in complete control of our lives? If we don't know that we know that Jesus has full control of our lives, then who does have control of our lives? We really need to examine our hearts, as King David did in Psalm 139, verse 23, " "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24) See if there is any offensive way in me, about me, and lead me in the way everlasting."
" There is a way that seems right, but leads to death." Proverbs 14:12. This proverb seems counter productive. A way that seems, that appears to be right, but leads us in the wrong way.
My wife Maryna often refers to this proverb as when even an angel of light comes to you and says, "Go this way or go that way," beware, the bible warns us not to even listen to an angel of light (from heaven) who would come to you ( Galatians 1:8 ) who would deceive us and mislead us from God's way, His will for us in this life. Especially in these last days beloved, Jesus warns us in Matthew 24:4, not to be deceived. If Jesus warns us in the last days not to be deceived, there is a good reason why we need to have our spiritual antennae on at all times against any form of evil coming at us, and to PRAY IN ALL THINGS.
2 Thessalonians, starting with verse 9, comes to mind just now, " The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10) and every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11) For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12) and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
Let's back up here. Why does the bible say, "that the world is full of corruption and wicked people?" Philippians 2:15 tells us plainly, "Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a "world full of crooked and perverse people." 16) Hold firm to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ's return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.)
I went to the internet on google and use it as a bible concordance, typed in the words "World is corrupt and full of wicked perverse people." This was a verse that simply came into my heart this morning. I use the google app on my cell phone, but you can use your computer as a bible concordance too, looking up where in the bible a verse is that just "pops" into your head. It's amazing how this modern technology helps us today.
I took a year off in 1999/2000 to really seek the Lord. I felt I was not as close as I needed to be to hear God speaking to me. I had to move to do this, but, I sensed the Lord leading me to really seek His face. The reason I believe God asked me to go to bible school, I have to admit, was I was not very good at memorizing bible scriptures or where in the bible you could find what you were looking for.
Even though I felt bible school was very important for me to "take time off od being in the world" I learned about bible concordances to help find scriptures and Mr. Google, which was much easier for me to find what I was looking for in the bible.
I quit a good paying job here in Alaska and moved to a small town, on the Kenai Peninsula named Homer. There is a bible college there called, " Alaska Bible Institute." I spent a year there seeking the Lord and His will for my life at 49 years old. Kind of late in my life to seek God's will, I know, but, better late than never.
I found out that repenting of my wicked ways is necessary at any age, and turning to the Lord with a pure heart fully trusting the Lord with our lives is KEY to being in God's will and living an obedient life in this dark perverse world all around us. To this day, that has not changed but gotten worse, the dark perverse world all around us. Do you agree?
Yesterday, I got up very early to spend a quiet time with My Lord before my day began. I normally get a cup of coffee, sit down in my chair and just have a cup of coffee with My Lord. I say MY LORD, not because I want to sound holier than thou, but because I feel that Jesus and the Father are always there for me, that close to us if we believe we are children of the Most High God. So to call My Lord, the Lord just seems so offish in a relationship that we can come fully into the throne room of Heaven before our Heavenly Father and Jesus.
After my cup of coffee, I read from a daily devotion I have, called the " Daily Light ". It's a one year book with each day split up in Morning readings and Evening readings. Each morning reading is verses from the bible with the first verse being a central thought and supporting verses following on the morning page. Then, you have on the opposite page with the same order for the evening, a central thought verse with supporting verses following on one whole page.
Then I read my Utmost for His Highest after reading the Daily Light. It seems that most of the time, the Daily Light and Utmost for His Highest blend in themes, so it's a nice marriage for me to use the two together.
Anyway, when I wake up, this is how I try to start my day each day. Please keep in mind, satan does not want me or you enjoying this quiet time with the Him. In fact, many times, I find I'm attacked by the enemy in very settle ways, that if I don't recognize his presence, I can be completely side tracked from the direction the Lord is leading me to go that day.
Yesterday, I got side tracked beloved. Yes. My wife and I had a court appearance together later in the morning over a horrible experience we had with a "Christian contractor" who did some work for us and compromised our kindness to him and his crew while they were working in our home.
He completely took advantage of us in an opportunity to exaggerate his actual hours of labor and what he billed us for in the amount of work he said he did and the actual work he really did, so he could inflate his profit.
To give you an idea, he did one hour of work putting things back that he moved away from our walls, after completing two weeks of insurance covered work restoring our basement from a small flood. This man charged us for exaggerated hours of work with three total in his crew for a total of 12 hours in really, less than an hours work. Even with the amount of work they billed us for the work performed didn't add up to the 12 hours as he charged us for. We went to court to dispute his billing in small claims court to prove he was lying on his invoice. ( I did attempt to meet with him to settle out of court as the bible tells us in ( Luke 12:58. )
We did all this research before hand, taking photos of the area where they were working to prove our points to the court. I spent hours going over in my mind what happened that day, that they were here in our home and how much time they were here, writing everything down, praying about it all, making sure what I had written down was accurate and not exaggerated.
Long story short. The contractor showed up in court with not one attorney, but two attorneys. The contractor and his wife were witnesses, plus a phone in witness was called. As soon as the court session started, one of the attorneys took control of the courtroom with some kind of agenda to side track the whole reason we were there. When he had the phoned witness called, it turned out to be our insurance agent. You could tell the attorney had not spent much time preparing his questions, as there was a lot of confusion in his interview on line with the agent. The agent did not have enough information to be a good witness, understandably, because they do a lot of cases in a year and the incident why we were in court took place a year ago. No solid facts, just speculations by the agent.
Then when the attorney called the contractor to the witness stand, he stood there and lied under oath about actual hours and what they did for work. Totally unbelievable. Even the judge stopped him and had him repeat things like the hours he worked that he had changed during his testimony so she could clarify the truth. Then the wife, who was the billing secretary for their business went to the witness stand and began to lie with nearly everything she spoke out of her mouth. The attorney lead the whole conversations, building his case for his clients based on their lies being truth and a false statement about a missing payment by the isurance company.
My wife and I had a moment to present our dispute, but, we did not have an attorney present. We were helpless in even giving our dispute of the billing thoroughly because of the rambling questions from their attorney. We literally felt like we were thrown out before the lions in that court room. The people lying won over the truth. We lost the case. But, Maryna heard the Lord say to her, " Vengeance is mine." I heard," God will not be mocked, what ever a man sows, that shall he reap." both are similar in Truth. We all live to that law.
The first thing Maryna and I found ourselves doing after we left the courtroom was praying for the contractor and his wife. I had to repent of being offended by him bearing false witness against us, saying that we were lying about the actual work done and the hours we said they worked. He did concede that part of the work he charged us for was driving to and from his shop, an hour away, but that didn't account for the other 9 hours of non working time he billed us for. Oh well...God's will be done here, in Jesus name.
So beloved, I'm happy to share with you that we are real people today, children of a Most High God, living in a real world, surrounded by wicked, evil, corrupt , perverse people, as the Word says. We have our work cut out for us praying for others who come into our lives, good or bad people alike. We have our work cut out for us praying for our brothers and sisters in the Lord who need our prayers and help for what ever they are going through in their lives that they NEED our prays and help. The bottom line is in the end time days we live in, nothing, I mean nothing is going to be easy that comes from the Lord, except the Yoke of Christ and our burdens which are light when we walk with Jesus 24/7. "We will be judged not by what we say, but what we do." 2 Corinthians 5:10.
Blessings in the Truth of Christ all around you. Blessings of protection in the shadow of the Almighty, in Jesus name, Amen. Mark
8/22/2016 " I indeed baptize you in water...but He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and FIRE! " Matthew 3:11.
He, Jesus, will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fire... I know a lot of people who say they have been baptized in the Holy Spirit, and felt nothing change in their lives. I've also known personally that when Jesus Christ flooded my life with His awesome presence for the first time, I was touched in a way that MADE me a different person from that day on. That took place in spring of 1970. Being born again is truly a personal experience with Jesus Christ that no other experience in your life can even compare. To be submerged in a SEA of LOVE from head to toe, a sea of love that penetrates through you like an XRAY light, that touches your heart with the sting of LIFE, nothing can compare with being submerged in Jesus Christ's Love, which comes from the Father of all Lights, Our Heavenly Almighty Father.
I don't mean to belittle anyone's own experience with being born again, not at all, we all have different experiences. I have heard many a testimony of people not feeling a thing, but ultimate change came either instantly or was delayed and unfolded with time in their lives.
God is very personal and reaches us RIGHT WHERE WE ARE. There will be Power from on High, the Holy Spirit within your heart bursting forward at some time though. There will be Fire that will set your emotions a flame with new revelation of relationship with the Prince of Peace, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, JESUS CHRIST. This I can guarantee you that Jesus will touch your soul with His Fire. Proof of Jesus touch is found all through God's word. Start with reading the book of John in the New Testament all by it's self, from Chapter 1 through all the chapters to chapter 21: verse 25. Look for that special touch of Jesus to overwhelm you with His Awesome Love and Fire somewhere as you read the gospel of John to seek the presence of Jesus Christ in your life.
Today's reading in My Utmost for His Highest is about Jesus' desire to baptize us in the Holy Spirit. I didn't know about the baptism of the Holy Spirit until later on in my life, as many of you have experienced also. It was not something that was ever preached in my church growing up and neither did my parents ever talk about it because they had never heard of such a thing.
I know that many of you who come to this site were just curious at first about what the bible says about the Last Days. I hope by now you know that not only are we in the last of the last days, but that in the Last Days, the Lord says through the Prophet Joel in Chapter 2 verse 28...
" In the last days I will pour out my Spirit upon ALL FLESH. That means everyone on the earth, you and me alike. Read what God says here, " In the last days, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved..." Joel 2:28-32.
According to Joel and the vision that the Lord gave him to share, there was a VERY powerful out pouring of the Holy Spirit coming to all of the people in the last days. There were also MANY experiences for the youth, the older folks as well as the Lord saw fit to those who experienced this powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit. God's outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Holy Trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit is, according to the Lord, for everyone, book of Joel chapter 2, verse 28 and 32.
We most recently saw the 4 blood moons from Sept 2014 to Sept 2015. We also saw two eclipses of the sun during that year where the sun was turned completely dark. Since that time, events on the earth have increased just as the bible said it would in the End Time Days, Matthew 24, Luke 21 and Mark 13.
There is no question that the world right now is experiencing the very last days beloved. Not a time to be scared, nor a time to be timid or panic. It is a time to draw close to the One who died on the cross for all your sins, even those secret sins that no one knows except you and the Lord. The only thing now that can keep you from the Kingdom of God beloved, from experiencing the baptism of the Holy Spirit today, is if those of you who aren't sure if you were to go to heaven or hell if you died today, is...Have I confessed all of my sins, repenting from everything that was hidden in my heart, every evil and wicked thing and asked Jesus to wash all my sins away with His precious blood of the cross? That is our first step to eternal freedom with Christ Jesus, the Lord.
If you prayed this prayer, the Word of God says that If you confess with your mouth, out loud to the Lord (God is everywhere) and turn away from your sinful life (repent) He is Just to forgive you of your sins and to bring you into Eternal life everlasting, AMEN! Then acknowledge Jesus Christ as your savior, that He died for your sins and all the sins of the world, so that those who believe in Him as their savior, will have everlasting life, RIGHT NOW!
This is Our Beloved Saviors desire for us in our lives and always has been to set us free of out sins to bring us into everlasting life with Him, Jesus at the Throne of our lives.
Now, according to the Word of God, " IF you ask the Father for the baptism of the Holy Spirit, He will give this blessing of the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him." Luke 11:13 and Matthew 7:11. It is not an automatic thing. You must ask the Father for Holy Spirit, which leads us into all truth. " For what ever you ask in my name, I will do so that the Father may be glorified in the Son." John 14:13. We have to realize that in asking the Father for the baptism of the Holy Spirit, there is a big commitment to Jesus in doing so. That's why Jesus does not "Just give the baptism of the Holy Spirit to everyone automatically. There definitely is an out pouring of the Holy Spirit upon all flesh, but not everyone will respond the same. Just because it is raining outside and you will get wet if you go outside and walk in the rain, doesn't mean the rain will do any more than touch you and roll off your skin. It so doesn't automatically enter into your body, unless you do something on your part, like open your mouth and turn your face up so that the rain can enter into your mouth.
With the same illustration of rain coming into us my going out into a rain storm and opening our mouth to the sky, we MUST ask out loud for the Father to give us the Holy Spirit knowing that our lives will never be the same again. We will have the Holy Spirit now in us, in a way that the Holy Spirit will make It's home in us forever, never to leave us, ever. Our Lives will not be our own to do our own will anymore. Our lives will belong to Jesus now, to do His will. That is the exchange.
So If you want the Holy Spirit to live in your life forever, to be the Lord of your life, know what you are about to do and realize the commitment to Jesus, Our Father and to the Holy Spirit beloved. Then, if you want the Holy Spirit to be in control of your life, make the prayer I mentioned above and commit your life to Jesus to do His will and work in you that will be done by Jesus Christ Himself living through you.
Be blessed with Jesus Christ in you, the Spirit of Christ living in you forever more. May our Lord Jesus Christ Bless you today, with His Spirit. And then, you will never have to ask Jesus into your heart ever again because He says He will never leave you nor forsake you. That is His promise to you. He will not break that promise, no, never, ever, ever. He will remain in your life to stay forever, AMEN! Mark
8/21/2016 " When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue them and honor them." " The eternal God is your refuge, and His everlasting arms are under you. He thrusts out the enemy before you; it is He who cries, "Destroy them!" " The Lord is my strength, my shield from every danger. I trust in Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with Joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving." 2 Corinthians 12:9, Psalm 91:5, Deuteronomy 33:27, Isaiah 40:30-31.
I don't know about how you are doing deep down inside your heart today. Is your heart troubled at all today? Do you ever feel like something is missing? Do you need a boost to get over a slump in your soul? If so, you are not alone.
Be blessed today my friend. Jesus says, " Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the Kingdom of God is yours." Matthew 5:3. It's not our nature to be pulled out of the world by the roots that once attached us to this world. Our pride is often times still craving for attention and ready to take charge when and if we let it. " What about me?" we often hear deep within. I think that is very normal, but, it is also very destructive if we listen too long to the moaning of our soul as it cries for attention.
Jesus, in His offer in calling out to us, " come to me, and I will give you rest," as Jesus patiently stands at the door of our heart and knocks. He is looking for that part of us deep within that feels the lack of God's presence, that part of us deep within our soul that will respond to His Love.
We need to know that Jesus still cares about us, no matter what. We need to know Jesus is for us, to release us to come to Him with open arms, as a child would come to His Father or Mother, just feeling a little down, needing that touch and embrace of Love to restore in us the " JOY" of knowing that we are Loved no matter what the circumstances are that are surrounding us in this life.
Sometimes, the cares of this world can become very strong around us. Sometimes, when we drift a little to close to not just the cares of this world, but maybe a thought of the past creeps into our mind or worse yet, into the deepest recesses of our heart that we didn't know were even still there. If there is anything in our hearts that will keep us from drawing closer to our Lord, it needs to come out by the roots. If the roots are not pulled out, you may not see it right away, but the roots will eventually sprout new leaves and continue to grow even stronger than it was before. Submission of our lives into the care of Jesus is the only way we can turn over those roots that are still there from things that extend way beyond our thoughts from our past. " By His stripes, we are healed." Isaiah 53:5. The Hebrew translation for "By His stripes," is " By His presence." "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17.
Have you noticed this pattern of God's plan for our lives, for our protection for our strength in pursuing the Kingdom of Heaven beloved. We keep going back to basics of knowing Jesus more through submission to the Holy Spirit. The Lord says, " I will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid or terrified for the Lord your God goes before you, he will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6.
We are going to see a huge shift in things happening in the world around us beloved, in these last days. It is so important, especially for those of you that I see frequenting this website, we need to go deep with the Lord, deeper than ever before. Our Lord Jesus has some very intimate time planned for us, so that we can experience His incredible Love and presence in our lives. Jesus wants us to experience His Love, like never before. Why?
A great time of testing is coming upon the whole world. For those of us who are keeping our eyes upon Jesus, trusting in the Holy Spirit to hold us up, to guide us, we will be safe. We will be protected.
Unfortunately, because of what is about to happen throughout the world, MANY who have said, " I trust in the Lord, or I love the Lord," who really haven't, they will cry out to the Lord, but He will not hear their cry. They were really never truthful in their wicked selfish hearts to get to know Jesus because they loved the world more. A great falling away is coming soon beloved, it has been planned since the beginning of time. Some are saying within the next 2 months, by October of 2016, something very big will happen.
These are not my thoughts, but are from those who are much closer than I am to the Lord who prophesy what is coming soon. I have seen visions of bad things happening in the world, I have heard the Holy Spirit in me saying, " Time is short, prepare for judgment upon the land," I have heard the Lord tugging on my heart and saying, let go of this thing or let go of that thing in your life, you won't need that anymore," but these were intimate things the Lord was telling me about myself to let go of. If I hadn't let go, I wouldn't be here today writing this down, sharing what I know the Lord is telling us to brace ourselves for only in His arms for a huge shaking about to take place on the earth.
It won't be like anything we ( the history of the world) have ever experienced so far, nothing from men. Even though much of what we have experienced so far in these last days has been like nothing ever before. Even so, we will experience Our Lord acting in ways," MUCH more powerful, in great distress unequaled from the beginning of the world than the earth has ever seen, and never will see equaled ever again take place. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened." Matthew 24:21-22.
Beloved, tell everyone you know that without knowing Jesus Christ intimately, what is about to happen in the world will tear them apart inside and out. 1 Colossians 1:17, " for Christ is the One who holds all things together, by Him and for Himself. " Every atom, every molecule, every cell of everything that exists is held together by our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the power that keeps everything that we see together.
Unless we know that we know Him, we will be cast out into utter darkness for eternity. We do not want to be a part of the lost. We do not want to be a part of the people who say, " But Lord, didn't I prophesy in your name, cast out demons, didn't I perform miracles in your name? But Jesus will say, ' I know you not. Depart from me you wicked and evil people." Matthew 7:22
Beloved, it will not be a good day for those who have been slackers ever since they became Christians. Saying we are Christians and BEING Christians are two entirely different things. Unless our righteousness exceeds that of the Pharisees, we will not see the Kingdom of God. Judgement is upon the church beloved. The time of testing us is here. Draw close unto the Lord and He will draw close to you. It's not too late for us who seek the Lord with all our hearts, all our soul and all of our mind. Mark
8/20/2016 " Come to me, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28. Come to me...this is our first commandment of Christ. Jesus said, " If you love me, obey my commandments." John 14:15. Come to me. That is our first calling of God. I hear many people say to me, "Yeah, I know God. I pray to him all of the time."
Just because one says they know God, does not mean they truly know Him. And many will say, " I pray to God all of the time," but neither does praying to God truly mean you pray, or talk to God either. I've been there. I know what praying to a god you don't know will get you. We often times, even though we think we know God, miss the mark, miss the target when we pray to God.
Knowing Jesus is very crucial in having a sincere prayer relationship with the One True God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent to us. John 17:3. Outside of this Love triangle, between the Father, the Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, there is not much of a relationship with us and our Eternal God at all. To Know Him is the first rung in the ladder to the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven. Outside of a relationship of reality with our God, the Only True God, there is no Kingdom of God or of Heaven. Darkness is the only reality of those who go around Jesus Christ to say they " Know God" or "Pray to God all the time."
In these last days, Jesus has given us the life line that connects us to Himself. That life line is the Holy Spirit. John 14, John 15, John 16 and John 17 all connect us to why Jesus came to the earth, died on the cross and desires us to walk in safety and truth with Him to eternity for ever.
Yesterday, I talked with an old friend I hadn't seen in years, 30 years in fact. I use to work with him. He dodged me on every thing I mentioned to him to do with knowing Jesus, the Kingdom of God and Heaven, and preparing ourselves for the tough days coming, just around the corner. He continued to say, " I live a good life, I have everything in order in my life, I'm pretty sure I will be going to heaven when Jesus comes, but he won't be coming any time soon."
I pray that Our Lord Jesus will come soon and very soon. I pray ever day that Jesus is coming soon, Amen! I know that Jesus will not come until that last person that Jesus has written their name in the Lamb's Book of Life has stepped forward and said " YES" to Jesus into their life, Hallelujah, Praise the Lord for that Great and Terrible Day of the Lord coming soon.
"Come to me," and I will give you living waters of Life." John 4:14.
However, the best news we can hear today in these end time days, in these days of Elijah, when we are being tested to the MAXIMUM in every direction of our lives, is " Come to me, and I will give you rest!" Amen! We will find rest in Jesus Christ when we submit to His Life in us, and when our lives become less and less allowing Jesus to rule and reign in our hearts forever more. This is the DAY, to come unto Him with our whole hearts fully trusting in Him, who is able to do what we couldn't do. Jesus is the lifter of our hearts, the lifter of our Souls, Amen.
Jesus we Love you and worship you for YOU being our all in all. Mark
8/19/2016 " The person who wishes to boast should boast only of what the Lord has done." " Let not the wise man gloat in his wisdom, or the mighty man in his might, or the rich man in his riches. Let them boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who is just and righteous, whose love is unfailing, and that I delight in these things." "Everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I may have Christ." 1 Corinthians 1:31, Jerimiah 9:23, Philippians 3:8. Amen! These are the most important things today beloved. Meditate on these scriptures and draw close to your Lord Jesus. Mark.
8/18/2016 " No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who Love Him. But we know these things because God has revealed them to us by His Spirit, and His Spirit searches out everything and shows us even God's deep secrets." " Have you never heard or understood? Don't you know that the Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of His understanding." 1 Corinthians 2:9-10, Isaiah 40:28.
No one knows just how much God Loves us. We barely know that He loves us anyway. Only by His Holy Spirit can we even "Taste and see, the Lord is Good." Psalm 34:8. One of the first big breakthroughs of my life was when the Lord impressed upon me that I needed the Holy Spirit in my life always. I thought it was automatic that the Holy Spirit would come into my life permanently just asking Jesus to be the Lord of my life. Not so. I needed to, I had to "Ask Jesus for the grace and the supernatural will of God to submit to the Holy Spirit in my life. It was not an automatic transition. "How much more will your Father in Heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him." Luke 11:13.
Jesus audibly told me after I received the Holy Spirit, " I will never leave you nor forsake you." This was my breakthrough into the Kingdom of Heaven. I would never be the same again, Praise God. My heart desires began to change immediately from this mighty act of Love from Jesus in my life.
If you haven't experienced this mighty change in your life, You need to ask the Father for the Holy Spirit, so that you will experience the "Baptism" of the Holy Spirit in your Life. It's not a hocus pocus magical thing. It is a promise to those who are being lead by the Spirit of God to the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus died for our sins on the Cross so that we could experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit beloved. I know that many of you have had this incredible experience already, PRAISE God! Pray for your family, your friends, your co-workers, your neighbors to have this experience beloved.
For those of you reading this for the first time, stop right now and ask Our Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ for this wonderful, incredible experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit of God in your life. Pray that by the grace of Jesus Christ in your life, God will grant to you the blessing of the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you into all truth through the Holy Spirit living in your heart, your temple to God, which is your spiritual sacrifice to Him for ever. It is the most powerful blessing to the Lord you can do right now. Activate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that is already available to you if you have the Holy Spirit already in your lives. "The Holy Spirit will be poured out like rain in the later days," the bible says. Joel 2:28.
Don't expect to be like John the Baptist over night. You may feel like John the Baptist, but there is a long road ahead of you from here on out. One thing is for sure that you "will understand," No eye has seen, No ear has heard and no mind has ever conceived the things that God has planned for those who Love Him." Now, the Spirit of God will little by little, bite by bite, step by step...open up to you these unknown things you could have never experienced before the Baptism of God's incredibly Awesome, Holy Spirit.
May the Peace and Joy of God's blessings from the Holy Spirit be with you always, in Jesus name, Amen. "Come, Lord Jesus, Come. "
I have a special request for prayer from all who are reading today. This Saturday, August 20th is my wife's birthday. I am asking the Lord to bless Maryna with an awesome birthday. A breakthrough of heavenly proportions in her life, in Jesus name. I am hoping the Lord will help me to be the best husband I can be for Maryna, which I know would be His will. It also means a huge sacrifice of "my selfish self" to be all that I can be to and for Maryna. I am willing, thank you Jesus for your grace to do this.
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Lord, bless Maryna like never before, for your glory Jesus, in your name, Amen. Thank you beloved. Mark
8/17/2016 " Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of Love and good deeds. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of His coming back again is drawing near. " Hebrews 10:24-25.
This word From Paul is for us today! With the chaos we see spreading like gangrene all around us in America and all around the world in acts of anti Christ and anti Love in the world today, the encouragement and outbursts of Love and Good deeds are just what we need from our Lord in these days of trouble in a world that is drifting away from our Awesome Father God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit! It's in these last days we NEED Jesus even more than ever! I see the need to be PLUGGED in more and more...as in never unplugged. The moment we let our guard down, the enemy advances right to our own front door. Satan is not shy. He is cunning and quick to trick and accuse us, to interfere with our calm every day lives with confusion and chaos. The Word the Lord gave me recently that resonates in my heart and mind so loud is, " You have been compromised."
"You have been compromised." What do you think that means, Mark? I really didn't know right away, but I know that it was a warning...very alarming, like I had been deceived...really deceived. Jesus talks about this to us in Luke 11:35, " Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. For, oh how dark is that darkness." This is how cults are formed, when one has a revelation that they "THINK" is from the Lord, but in truth is from our very enemy, the devil. TEST all spirits beloved. If they do not bear fruit of the Holy Spirit, if they are not supportive of God's Love for everyone and distain for sin and evil, we are looking at darkness, not true light.
After much meditation and prayer over this one word of warning from the Lord, " You have been compromised," I realized days, even weeks later that being compromised happened way before I came into the picture, before my life began. It is a warning that in everything in the world and every place, evil abounds.
Paul tells us that even though evil abounds and is ever increasing everywhere around us, "GRACE" abounds all the more!" Romans 5:20. In other words, even though the truth is " we have all been compromised by this world and the things of the world," we still have that choice, choose Jesus, choose God's Grace over deception and evil or sin. The grace of the Lord is powerful and incredible in changing the environment around us. "With God," all things are possible.
We are being tested everyday in one way or another my beloved friend. Life is like a race, as Paul describes. We are all running a race where only the one who pursues the finish line with all determination to win, will actually win. Anyone who is running the race half heartedly will come in dead last. Amen. There are no rewards where there is no sweat and where there is no gain toward the Kingdom of God. Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, then, all the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven will be added to your life!
We must be desperate to do the Lord's will in these last days beloved. The enemy would say to us, " But you are not in the last days. You have plenty of time to eat, drink and be merry. The end is no where in sight, no time soon. Just relax..."
"Oh, how dark is the darkness..." Luke 11:35. The devil would deceive you about the end times. It is right at our heels. It is already upon us beloved. Pray, seek the face of the Lord and know Him. The harvest time is already in our dawning. Be prepared. Be ready with great expectations of seeing God have His way in the world today.
Press forward today. Read your Bibles, join in with like minded, like Holy Spirit believers and pray together today. talk to someone you know, whom you know have resisted the good news of the gospel and tell them, " you know, I appreciate you and who you are, I just want you to know how much Jesus really Loves you and was willing to die for your eternal freedom." Then step back and pray for that person that the Grace of God, which is way more powerful than the evil all around them, is able to do what you have not been able to do before. Praise God for them and fight for them to be saved from eternal damnation! To God be the glory. Come Lord Jesus, come. Mark
8/16/2016 "God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful." 1 Corinthians 1:27.
Think about this. What does the Holy Spirit think about men's wisdom compared to God's wisdom? Jesus tells us plainly what God thinks of men's wisdom. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul in regards to the wisdom of children as being more in line with God's thinking. Jesus said, " Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like "little" children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:3.
Why do you suppose Jesus felt it so important to tell us to become like " little " children, to enter the Kingdom of heaven? Any time I see the word, world or worldly, I see our demise. " Have nothing to do with the world or the things of this world. " 1 John 2:15. Because, if we don't, we will not see the Kingdom of Heaven...ever!
Men's wisdom has to do with the thinking and things of this world that are passing away. We who are born again, born of the Spirit, we are not of this world! We are born again into the Kingdom of Heaven, and the proof of this is in the way we think and the fruit of the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit in us. If we are born again, our thinking will change. Jesus does heart surgery on us and gives us a new heart. We no longer have the heart that we use to have for the things of the world, but we have a new heart for the things of Heaven, the Kingdom of God through Christ in us. Is that you beloved? Really be honest with yourself. If that is not your True heart, you are not there yet. " How much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him? " Luke 11:13.
Jesus said, " you are either for me, or against me." Matthew 12:30. " You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness." 1 Thessalonians 5:5. This world we now live in is a world that is soon passing away, gone, never to be seen again. It's not a "repeat of history, " as some might say- that is an excellent example of worldly thinking. Worldly thinking is saying, " The things of the world will get better, it always has been like this, history tells us so. Things have to get better." That is not true, it's a lie. Be not deceived.
We know that is not true, because we have a New Light of Life living within us, the Holy Spirit that tells us things that are only true. Only God the Holy Spirit is in touch with our Heavenly Father, who knows all things. We know these things to be true because we have God's word to tell us these things and the Holy Spirit within us to confirm these things are true.
If we are true to the Holy Spirit, we know that even at best, our human thinking of righteousness, as Paul the apostle said, " is but filthy rags." Romans 10:3, and Paul said that, " even our thinking must be transformed. " I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, "to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed ( compromised) by this world ( the thinking of men) but be transformed by " the renewal of your mind, ( your thinking ) that by testing you may" discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:1,2.
We are locked into a life of obedience to the Holy Spirit, beloved, Today. Today is the acceptable time of the Lord. How we live today determines how and where we live tomorrow. There are people who say they are Christians who have no clue what is happening in today. They love the world and the things of the world. They go to church, they pray, they even lay hands on the sick, cast out demons, they say they know God. But the Truth is, Jesus said, " Many will come in my name saying ' Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles" and I will then tell them plainly, ' I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers." Matthew 7:23.
Paul says, " that we must work out our salvation in fear and trembling." Philippians 2:12. Unless we deny ourselves and take up our cross " DAILY " we are falling short, we are not in Jesus' life boat, but in our own life boat. Jesus must be the master of the helm, the captain of the boat, His boat. We are nothing, except for the life we live in Christ Jesus. We are beautiful transparent children of God that the light of Christ either shines through us or we have no light, we just think we do, because we are still thinking as the world would have us think, only for ourselves.
Heavenly Father, help us TODAY to repent by the light of the Holy Spirit. Only you know the way to eternal life for us. Open our eyes to see the Way, the Truth and the Life, through Jesus Christ, who is our Light. Help us to " Bear one another's burdens, to fulfill the law of Christ in your perfect will for doing good through us and serving others in your Kingdom. Open the eyes of those around us that you have sent to us, so that they might see Christ in us, that you will be glorified, and Jesus, please keep us as " little children" thinking like the people you created us to be, to simply submit to you in our lives and bring you glory as we await that awesome day of the coming of our Lord to redeem God's children once and forever. Thank you Jesus for dying on the Cross for all men's sins, including mine, that I may be acceptable to God our Father, through your precious blood Lord Jesus, in your name I pray, amen.
We Love you Lord! Come Lord Jesus, come! Mark
8/14/2016 "I will be patient as the Lord punishes me, for I have sinned against Him. But, after that, He will take up my case and punish my enemies for all the evil they have done to me. The Lord will bring me out of my darkness into the light, and I will see His righteousness!" " Show me the path where I should walk, O Lord, point out the right road for me to follow." Mic. 7:9, Psalm 25:4.
I hope you start out your day with a devotion similar to Oswalt Chamber's My Utmost for His Highest, or maybe you have a bible study you follow. That is great for getting the cob webs out of our minds. We need some "Fresh air" each day to get our thinking right and begin to experience a "Heavenly lift" in our day.
Today, Chambers begins talking about what "grieving the Spirit of God " does to our daily walk with the Lord. He talks about being disciplined by the Lord, "Punished" for our disobedience to Him. Jesus says to us, " If you Love me, 'obey my Word, or command." We don't always do that beloved, but you can be sure that if you Love the Lord, He will point out right away that, " you missed my will in this area" where ever that might be."
Jesus Loves you and me. "He Loves the whole world." For God so loved the world...He gave His only Son, that we would believe in Him and be blessed with everlasting life." John 3:16. Jesus is all about Love. Love of a Father for His Son. When we experience the Love of the Father for His Son, Jesus, in our lives, we will experience the Love that the Father has for us and how much our Heavenly Father will protect us as we live out His will in our lives until Jesus Christ comes to clean up the world once and for all time in His Second Coming.
Today, Jesus will bring us out of our darkness, into His Marvelous Light. We will see His Righteousness, for sure! There is nothing complicated about walking the right path of the Lord. Just trust in Him. Know in your heart that Jesus will not let you down. He will always be with you and me, no matter what is happening around us. "Point out the right road for me to follow" Lord. Take my hand and walk with me, and I will walk with you where ever you lead me. I want to always be with you my Lord Jesus.
We Love you Lord and we thank you for your awesome, Great Love for us individually and for the whole world. I can't imagine how you do that, "Love the whole world," but you are God, and that's what you do. You are our Amazing God full of Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound of your Love. I am truly blessed by you Lord Jesus, today and forever for your great Love for me, for us. Thank you Jesus for setting us free to be what you created us to be, now and forever, Amen! Be blessed beloved. Just soak up the Love of our Awesome, Wonderful, Great God and Father of Heaven and earth. Hallelujah ! Mark
8/13/2016 " Do you Love me Peter? Then feed my sheep." Jesus Christ-John 21:17.
This word of Christ is a very powerful statement of Truth, not only to Peter and the apostles back then, just before Jesus returned to Heaven after His resurrection from the dead, but this statement is also for us who believe in Christ today. This statement is reflected in Oswalt Chamber's My Utmost for His Highest reading TODAY. Pray about this, pray about doing God's will today and having the Lord bless us with His grace to get things done in what is, " JUST THE NICK OF TIME," to FEED HIS SHEEP.
One thing I am convinced of in these end time days, If we are listening for the Lord to speak to us at all times, we won't miss anything the Lord would have to tell us now that would effect the life of someone else. We may not "hear" what the Lord is trying to tell us, but we will have heard His still silent voice saying, " STOP! Go a different way, or ' Don't go that way, there is danger there!' Hearing what the Lord is telling us is not that hard, unless you are easily distracted by the cares or things of the world. Too many people are waiting to be saved by Jesus beloved. Now is the acceptable time of the Lord Jesus Christ!
In America, we ( I) have become so dependent on having my cell phone with me no matter where I go, just so I won't miss any important calls, texts or emails. It all comes to my cell phone.
I must confess, this is an obsession that the Lord pointed out to me months ago. He pointed out that I would soon have to let go of this worldly obsession. Why? It was all a distraction to hearing the Lord, to trusting the Lord and often times, a source of grieving the Holy Spirit for lack of trust in the Holy Spirit would tell me anything I needed to know when I needed to know whatever was so important at the time. Grant it, a cell phone is a convenience to our every day living, but not so much a necessity. On my phone were business contacts, phone numbers of people whom I had no other record of their phone numbers, email service, texting messages and basically all contacts...you name it, it WAS all on my cell phone.
Yesterday, God humbled me in a profound way. My day of reckoning finally came about my obsession of the cell phone. The lesson was impressed months ago when my cell phone coverage was breaking up so bad on the local level. I changed cell phone companies twice in two months trying to get a company with better power strength so I would stop dropping calls. ( Are you wondering what this has to do with anything in the end times?)
Well, it does. We all have something that is distracting us in our lives from hearing that still silent voice of the Lord. This is grieving to the Holy Spirit, and just as todays reading in MUFHH, we see that God finally gives up on us until we reconnect with Him in repentance and in dying to whatever is distracting us from obedience to Him. Do you hear me? We need to turn off the antennae of the worldly minded to the spiritually minded Holy Spirit so that we are waiting and ready at all times for a warrior job to be done, right now by you, and maybe only you!
So yesterday, I went fishing with some friends for needed salmon in one of the near by rivers and my cell phone got wet and fried in a pool of water. That's it, all contacts...gone. All texts...gone. All emails...gone. Nothing of importance was saved. Just what I needed. It was a hard lesson, but a timely one beloved. The one thing that seemed I needed to get rid of the most to set me free to do the Lord's work, was just one thing that I did not have the sense to limit it's distractions and give it up...so the Lord knew what was going to happen and allowed it to happen for His Glory!
You might think, well, that's questionable about being God's will Mark. Any other time, I would agree. But we are not living in JUST any other time. We are in the last days time where every moment is critical and important. If we have a distraction in our lives that will detour us or keep us from hearing the Lord's voice, that distraction must go. Absolutely must go...or the Lord will move on and use someone else to do His will, that was originally assigned to us. Remember, " Our lives no longer belong to ourselves, but our lives belong to the Lord to do His will and not that of our own will."
So this was a hard lesson for me and hopefully may give you encouragement to deal with your own issues with the cares of this world that Jesus says, " Have nothing to do with the cares of this world."
Brother's and sister's in Christ. Jesus should always be the center of our lives and why we are still on this earth today. We could have been raptured by now, if it were God's will. You were selected for such a time as this to be born into this awesome creation of Almighty God. You are surrounded by angels for protection so that you can be the David sent to kill the Goliaths of the world. You have a great anointing of the Holy Spirit at your disposal when ever you need His power to do God's will.
As we draw closer to our Heavenly Father and to Jesus Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, we will find that all we need right now is a connected line of thought and obedience with the Holy Spirit to stay in touch with God's will for us RIGHT NOW, TODAY. Jesus wants to use YOU today to make a difference in someone's life. Be open and ready, be sober and alert to hear the Spirit of the Lord call upon you to be first in line to do His will.
May the power of our Most High God be with you. May our Lord Jesus Christ keep us safe from our enemy, the devil and his co-horts who are out there to distract us and keep us from doing the Lord's will.
We all must, NEED TO, give what ever the Holy Spirit is telling us to give it up...for the Kingdom of God is at hand! There are way too many lives the Lord has to save using folks just like you and me. Unless we aren't listening because we are distracted by the "Things of this world."
WAKE UP beloved! Jesus said for us to not become influenced by the things of this world many times and in many places in the gospels as well as ingrained in Apostle Paul's letters to the Churches. Wake up from your spiritual slumber and put on the antenna of the Holy Spirit so we can hear clearly what He is telling us to do right now. Pray, pray, pray. Seek the Lord's face in Prayer right now. Confess that you have neglected to do God's will in your life everyday, all day long. Maybe from being just lazy or easily distracted by the enemy of His righteousness, Our Lord Jesus Christ.
May the peace and Love of Jesus Christ go with you now as you are blessed by the grace and peace of the Lord Jesus Christ to go out and do great things for the Kingdom of God today, in Jesus name, AMEN! Mark
8/11/2016 " The Lord is faithful; he will make you strong and guard you from the evil one." " He died for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live." 2 Thessalonians 3:3, Galatians 1:4.
Oh, if we only knew the extent that God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ loves us beloved! There is this plan that was from the beginning, that God-The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit, together would rescue us from this evil world...period! We were never meant to be content in this current mortal world. It was never meant to be paradise for us.
Yesterday, I mentioned we should all read Romans 8. I hope you all had a chance to experience Romans 8 yesterday. If not, check it out today. Paul talks to some length about how even all creation waits anxiously for the sons and daughters of God to be revealed to the world. Why? So that God's perfect will can be fulfilled and the Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of God will be revealed to the whole universe! God has had this planned since the beginning of time and we, today, were created for a time such as this, to experience the birth pains of the New Heaven and Earth coming soon, after the great tribulation.
We must all go through this great tribulation period beloved, so that those who do not know or have a clue that God loves them will cry out to God to save them from the evil world, just as we have done at the right time when God chose us to reveal Himself to us and just as we see Paul share in Galatians 1:4.
Remember, that the temptations that come into our life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptations ( and only God can do this) from becoming so strong that you can't stand up against it. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you will not give into it. The Lord is faithful, He will make you strong and guard you from the evil one.
So, what do we do in the mean time beloved? What do we do with the time we have left on this earth and how do we live to please God? We pray. We worship the Lord. We meditate every moment we sense that the Lord is desiring our attention and look for opportunities the Lord will bring our way at work, school, at the market, walking on the street, where ever the Lord would have us to be. We continue to live in the Holiness of God's presence, doing good where ever we go and to whom ever God puts on our path. Pray for your neighbors. Pray for those who do not know the Lord Jesus and look for doors of opportunity to share what Jesus has done for you without beating people over the head with scriptures or "what you know" that will choke them off from lack of understanding. All we have to do is share Jesus' Love...you catch them, Jesus cleans them up.
I'm a fisherman. I live in Alaska, what would you expect! The Lord humored me once by what someone once said to me, maybe you have heard this phrase: You bait the hook and catch the fish. That's all you have to do. God supplies the bait and the hook, the rod and reel and you just do the required action to go "catch them." Then, once you catch the fish (people) Jesus will clean the fish (people) as He sees fit. They all belong to Jesus, not us. It's not for us to clean up the people that "hear God's word" or how they respond to God's word. We are to simply love them and pray for them. God does the rest. Now, sometimes, those whom the Lord sends to us will want to " stay around us for a while " just as Jesus had followers who stayed around for a while. Then we have another obligation, to disciple them with the word of God, to teach them what Jesus is doing in their lives and how Jesus and the Holy Spirit desire to take them on full time into the Kingdom of God.
One of the things my wife and I find very helpful in our time of preparing for the tribulation period coming, is prepping, or preparing for those difficult times. I see that those times are closing in very fast. It's like winter is coming fast and we need to "batten down the hatches," meaning to board up the windows and doors for a long hard winter is on it's way, storms that would normally blow off the hatches if they were not bolted down.
We have a very difficult time ahead of us beloved, so I hope you are saving extra food for your families and friends around you, not just for yourselves. We also need to prepare for any medical attention some might need. Extra bandages, ointment like Neosporin for wounds, aspirin, ibuprofen, soaps, toothpaste and extra toothbrushes for hygiene along with all the other things you and your neighbors might/will need. Read our TIME IS SHORT page for ideas on what you would need.
For example, if there are little children or infants, you will need special supplies such as diapers, vitamins and toys for the little ones. If there are pets, extra food for them and things your pets need that you wouldn't normally have on hand. Farm animals will need extra food too and special needs for cuts and antibiotics too. Extra gasoline for an electrical generator...many things like that you will see on the TIME IS SHORT PAGE.
We are getting closer and closer to needing everything organized so we know where we can find these important things we will need in times of crisis. We know there will be earthquakes like never before, so keep important needed things away from windows for example. We know there will be signs and wonders in the sky such as huge falling to the earth asteroids, meteor showers striking the earth like never experienced before. Volcanic eruptions like never before. I don't mean to scare you, but these are things we know from the Word of God are on their way. God is saying, " I will protect you," those of you who will do my will to help the injured during this time and lead them to me. We are the ones God is going to use to help people who do not know Jesus to come to know Him. We know that more do not know Jesus than those who know Him in our world today. We must be there for them beloved. Get prepared. Get the things you have and need organized to help those with needs such as : Food, clothing, blankets, pillows, shoes, socks, underwear, Bibles to hand out and bible studies, seeds to plant food if you live in the country, tools, lumber, large carpenter Visqueen Plastic rolls and duct tape for building shelters, repairing fallen walls, roofs, etc., nails...all these things will be needed.
Don't forget to purchase silver now for bartering later when there is no monetary system such as banks. You will eventually need to purchase things you will need from those who have to sell, like gasoline, food or medical supplies, clothing, blankets, etc.
We will be the hands and feet of Jesus no matter what happens and when ever it happens. I can assure you this, the majority of the people on the earth will not be ready for what is coming. The bible says in Matthew Chapter 24, that since the beginning of time nothing as bad has ever happened, and nothing will ever be as bad until the end as what we are about to experience in the world beloved.
Jesus says the times will be just as the times of Noah. That means most of the people will be scoffing at your preparing. Get serious about this, pray about it and do what you can while there is still time. The evil one would tell you this is all a panic scare, not to worry. WRONG! DEAD WRONG! Do the right thing and prepare. That way, when everything begins to unwind, you will have something prepared for yourself, your family and your closest neighbors. Be prepared to feed, cloth, heal, and disciple those the Lord will bring to you in time of trouble. It's that simple. God will bring them to you, you won't have to go looking for them when these things begin to happen. Just be prepared beloved. Jesus is counting on you now more than ever before.
May the Lord give you wisdom and strength by His graces. May He protect you with His Mighty angels and mercies. May the Lord's face shine upon you and bring you strength and hope for those around you, in Jesus name, amen.
8/102016 " To Know the Lord and experience the Mighty Power that raised Him from the dead! " Philippians 3:10.
Ever since I can remember, I have dreams now and again that I can fly. Not fly like a bird in the sky, but flying more by just moving through the sky in a breezeless lightning speed. Or, I can just hover and move more like dust rising up off the floor in a sun beam.
To this day, I look forward to this re-occurring dream as the Lord blesses me with it, as it fascinates me with the thought of a supernatural means of transportation without any effort on my part, much like Elijah must have traveled up to Heaven in a whirlwind. 2 Kings 2:11-12.
Do any of you ever dream a similar dream like this? I believe that when we get to heaven, we might all be able to move about in the same manner. I have, upon occasion in these dreams of flying, taught others to fly in the same way. It was as easy as jumping up into the air and slowly moving away from the ground and up to the top of trees in different manners, much like swimming in water some of the times, but still floating or moving above the ground. I like to think of it as just one of things that as children of God, separates us from others in and of the world.
In a similar sense, to Know the Lord, to experience His Mighty Power is very similar. It's all an experience of walking in the spirit and not in the flesh. You have to experience the presence of the Lord Jesus, His Mighty Power working in you, to really understand how small we are and how GREAT HE REALLY IS! In the natural mind, we can not touch this experience. It's not for anyone to know. But, in the Spirit, we can know Jesus intimately close, very intimate and other things we could never experience in the flesh. That is Jesus desire and the desire of our Great God and Heavenly Father, that we might Know Him and Jesus Christ whom He has sent to us. Our experiences with Jesus will take us " Out of this world! "
In these last days, there is so much going on, it boggles my mind. In fact, unless we keep our eyes on Jesus constantly, we can become lost in all that is really going on around us and in the world. We need to be aware of what is going on, but not be taken by it. You don't have to go far to see the world around us is swimming in a sea of turmoil like never before.
Jesus said, " I did not come to bring peace to the world, but to divide the world." Luke 12:51. And, that is exactly what is happening in the end time world around us today. It is very perilous times, just as Paul warned Timothy in 2nd Timothy, third chapter, 1st verse. Go read it.
The word becomes a life preserver for us in these times of trouble. What else can pacify a heart that longs for Jesus so much to come and take us away from the world we are experiencing forever! All creation is crying out for the coming of the Lord right now. Even the secular world can see that nature is perplexed also with what it can not change. That's how I feel. But, that is exactly what Jesus wants us to feel, that desire for intimate closeness to Him and how much we need Him, even to the point we cry out, " Come Lord Jesus, come."
Don't get me wrong, I am glad that I am here on earth still, and I know God has a plan for me to do good and glorify Him each day with the life He has given me. That is part of why I write this blog, this journal each day for myself and for you. I hope this inspires you to do something much the same too! We should all keep a journal so that we can stay in touch with Jesus every day in an intimate way that is tangible and real. We can all do what ever God calls us to, how ever great or small that might be.
I love the book of Romans. I'm thinking about reading chapter 8 again. There is so much in chapter 8 that speaks to me deep, very deep into my soul. Especially where Paul talks about how great is Christ's love for us. Go check it out. I'm going to. Try reading the words OUT LOUD. It may sound odd at first, but it really helps me to hear it out loud sometimes to really get a grasp of the power of each word to change and transform us and our thinking.
May the Lord Jesus bless you today and keep you safe. May the Lord encamp a host of angels around you to protect you from the evil one and bless you with His Peace, which surpasses all understanding, in Jesus name, Amen. Mark
8/09/2016 " But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me to be, and wants me to be." "Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know Him! Then He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring." Philippians 3:12, Hosea 6: 3.
Yesterday we talked about how imperative it is to have Jesus Christ living in us. There is nothing more important in our lives than, " That we might know the Lord!" Hosea 6:3. Knowing Jesus gives us the confidence and security of the TRUST factor in an Amazing Almighty God who loves us more than we can ever know in this short life here on this earth. Once we KNOW Jesus as He would have us to know Him, He secures our relationship with us through the Holy Spirit in an amazing way that separates us from everything we knew before in our lives in this world.
I have realized that in these last days it is so important to prepare our hearts for the second coming of the King of Glory! To really know that we know you Lord Jesus, that is my prayer for all who visit here today, In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.
With this knowledge of Christ's Love for us, let us go out with the confidence of Christ's great Love for us to share His Love and change the world around us, witnessing that because we know you Lord Jesus, and the power of your Love for others, you are the only One who can change this world, Your world. Amen. Mark.
8/08/2016 " But he who stands firm to the end will be saved." Matthew 24:13.
"We who stand firm with Christ to the end, will be saved." Beloved, the hardest thing we will ever experience as followers of Christ, is facing Truth in our new Life as born again believers in the Kingdom of God, "sharing in the sufferings of Christ and sharing the afflictions that Jesus Christ endured for our sins in our own lives" for the Kingdom of God. (Colossians 1:24) Jesus said, " I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6.
Who ever told us the walk of a Christian would be an easy walk was an all time liar. If we thought being a Christian would be a walk in the park, we have been "For All Times" deceived. If we thought in being a Christian life would become easier, get out of the lie NOW. The truth is, as you will see, just like Jesus was left alone to agonize in the garden before his Crucifixion, we too will be abandon to ourselves and learn to suffer just as Jesus did, only instead of being alone we will have "Christ in us " to hold us up during our suffering and afflictions. The Good News is we will have a helper we didn't have before-the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ in us!
I want to encourage you with very powerful verses that we can take very serious about how Jesus and the Father's desire for us is to empower us with the Holy Spirit to not only guide us into all Truth, but to give us what we ask for.
" I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, who will never leave you." John 14:16. " If you only knew the gift God has for you and who I am, you would ask me, and I would give you living water." John 4:10. " If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him. " Luke 11:13.
" You won't need to ask me for anything. The truth is, you can go directly to the Father and ask Him, and He will grant your request because you use my name. " John :16:23. " The reason you don't have what you want is that you don't ask God for it." James 4:2. "When the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all Truth. He will not be presenting His own ideas; He will be telling you what He has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by revealing to you whatever He receives from me.
" John 16:13-14. " So I pray that God, who gives you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in Him. May you overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. " Romans 15:13.
8/07/2016 " Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of MOST will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved." Matthew 24:9-13.
When you read Matthew 24, as in verse 9, many people say, " Well, didn't that already take place shortly after the early church in Rome when the Christians were persecuted because of Jesus and fed to the lions?" That's true, the Christians were persecuted by the Romans and hated by Roman pagans because of their belief in Jesus. And, there has been persecution of Christians ever since the early church began all the way up to the present age.
What is really different about now, the present days compared to any other time in history that makes the persecution of Christians fit more into the Last Days-end time days is the age we are in. Technology is such that because of satellite TV and satellite radio, anything that happens world wide is shared instantly with the whole world. Didn't the prophet Daniel prophesy in Daniel 12:4, that the end times would be during a time when there would be an increase in knowledge and many would be rushing here and there.
There is no time in the history of the world where technology is so advanced as today, plus, with the fruition of all the events Jesus states that will happen before He returns is front and center stage where the whole world is watching as each event is revealed and unfolds right in step with prophesy of the Old Testament and New Testament prophesies.
Along with Jesus prophesy of Christians being persecuted and killed for just being a believer in Jesus Christ, Jesus said that at the same time, " MANY WILL TURN AWAY" from the faith and will betray and hate each other." Matt. 24:10.
Why would this happen? It all plays into the end time scenario of the leviathan spirit, the spirit of satan controlling people belonging to the world views, world faith. The leviathan spirit we talked about in 2 Thessalonians 2nd chapter yesterday, the man of lawlessness will cunningly convince MANY worldly people by manipulation of the meaning of words to believe that what is wrong or evil, is really politically correct to say is right for people of today and what is Truth, what is right in God's eyes, is really politically correct to say is evil or wrong for the people of today. Is this not happening today? Two words, " Supreme Court" of the USA.
With Most people in the world today following after their own sinful pleasurable nature, ie., idolatry, pagan worship, sexual immorality, prideful power, anti Christ thinking...what do you think the consequences will be? God will not be mocked. " For what so ever a man sows, so shall he reap." Galatians 6:7. As Jesus states in Matt. 24:10, " as Many turn away from their faith, they will betray each other." THE GREAT FALLING AWAY from God.
This is taking place today in the world and in the luke warm Christian church of today. Do you see this happening? If you don't see this, I pray you ask Jesus to help you with the necessary revelation of His word so that the Lord open your eyes to the Truth of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God at hand right now, today. Because of the false prophets in the world and of the luke warm Christian church and in the world, Jesus says that the wickedness in people's hearts as a result of the wickedness in the world, " MANY " hearts will grow cold. MANY hearts will grow cold, beloved. This should greive our hearts. I know it greives the heart of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus told me the day I met Him that "He would always be with me." I was 19 years old and going my own way in the world at the time I met Him. To this day, I know Jesus has never ever left me. Yes, regretfully and sorrowfully, I have left him when I fell away and my heart began to turn cold...that's what happens when we grieve the Holy Spirit over and over again in a long period of time. We begin to wallow in sin and wickedness and our hearts grow cold. But, Jesus is always faithful to us. " He never leaves us nor forsakes us! " Praise God, thank you Jesus.
This is the reality of today beloved. We are living in very troubled times and it's only going to get worse. I'm sorry if I sound gloom and doom, but there is nothing happy go lucky about people going to hell because they were deceived into believing wrong was right and right was wrong. For them, if they are not set free, their gloom and doom will last forever.
"Lord , bring the lost brothers and sisters into our lives so we can pray and turn them over to you for cleaning up for the Kingdom of Heaven. Help us make a difference, according to your will, in Jesus name, amen.
May the Grace and Peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ protect you and always be with you. Mark
8/06/2016 " Don't be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don't believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us. Don't be fooled by what they say. For the day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed-the one who brings destruction." 2 Thessalonians 2:2-3.
Obviously in this 2nd letter to the Thessalonians from Paul, Paul is encouraging the church in Thessalonica not to worry about the end of the age, the second coming of Christ any time soon. A time of great rebellion against God must come first, lead by a lawless powerful individual, motivated by an evil wicked heart. This would be someone of such great power and influence of satanic power that he would influence the whole world that God is not whom everyone thinks God is-this individual would preach "anti God," and hard humanism.
I believe this individual with such great power and influence is now at work already today organizing world wide rebellion against our lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He will do it in such a slow calculated way that even most Christian church goers won't notice him having an evil agenda, because they are luke warm and don't know Jesus anyway.
If we read over this second chapter of 2nd Thessalonians a few times ourselves, we will see the finger print of Jesus working to fulfill God's will through this evil individual, this "Judas" spirit of leviathan who's influence over the world in a very clear clever tactic to deceive anyone who is not living for Jesus now.. A leviathan spirit is not only anti Christ, but everything that is an abomination to our Heavenly Father. This person will deceive many by his cunning speech, astonishing miracles, ability to do anything he says he can do as though he controls everything ( like God) and quick, seeming to be supernatural ability to manipulate and mesmerize people to think that wrong is right and right is wrong. 2 Thess. 2:9-13.
I believe for those of us who are walking close to Jesus, trusting God through these perilous times of trouble, we will have no doubts who this man of lawlessness is well before Christ exposes him to the world as the man of lawlessness . I believe that Jesus Christ is allowing this individual to do what needs to be done, just as Paul states in 2 Thess. 2:7-8, to fulfill God's will to the disobedient to Jesus cry for a return to the Truth on the earth before Jesus Christ's soon return. Have you ever read closely this second chapter of 2nd Thessalonians before? God blew my mind the first time I read it about twenty years ago. God can do anything he wants to do. Even to allow evil to test His children's loyalty and Love for Him and the Kingdom of Heaven. Guard your hearts beloved!
Beloved, there must be a great falling away from God and from the "Kingdom of God thinking," for God's will to be done before Jesus Christ's second return for His bride, the Holy Remnant Church of believers. This could not be possible back in the early Thessalonian church that Paul was talking to and Paul states why very clearly here in the second letter to the Thessalonian church. He does tell us what to look for in the last days though, praise God! We will not be surprised like the rest of the world when the lawless man is revealed. Jesus said," By their fruit you will know them." Matthew 7:16.
In the mean time, we must pray every chance God puts on our hearts for our family and friends who do not know Jesus to come to know Him. Time is running out beloved. The hour is nearly past for our repenting and turning to the Lamb of God, the Savior of the world. The Kingdom of God IS at hand.
Blessings of grace and favor of Christ. Mark
8/05/2016 "The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and His ears are attentive to their cry; the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles." Psalm 34:15-17.
In these end time days, no one needs to tell us that evil is changing right for wrong in front of our own faces. Evil seems to just have it's own way in the world today. It's all broad casted by the known worldly media as truth, completely bias of the righteousness of God and what God's children desire in life..
When what God calls good and Holy and the world today through it's own wicked and evil leaders call evil, hateful, the world's age is over. " Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight." Isaiah 5:20-23. " Vengeance is mine says the Lord." Romans 12:19.
I love the comfort God gives me knowing that the promises of God are for protection for His children. "The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him and he delivers them. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing." Psalm 34:7-9. Here is another promise of God in Psalm 91 that we can claim in these perilous times: "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty...under His wings you will find protection...Because he loves me," says the Lord, " I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name....I will be with him in times of trouble, I will deliver him and honor him." Psalm 91 1,4,9,10, 14 and 15.
Beloved, the current world is wreathing, squirming of wickedness. The leviathan spirit is let loose to divide the goats from the sheep. Nearly every evil spirit is let loose to cattle drive civilization into chaos and ruin now. This is only the beginning beloved. We still have a long ways to go before it's all over. Brace yourselves, we haven't seen anything yet. That's why I'm telling you, get completely under the shadow of the Most High God, under the shadow of the Almighty's wings because we are about to see trouble in the world like the world has never seen before. Things will happen by God's hand to show the world how miserable it really is without the Salvation of Jesus Christ as Lord of Lords, our redeemer of God. We who belong to the Lord are not under the curse of the world any more, but the world is, to find out what happens without Jesus as Lord of their lives.
I try not to let the things in the world derail me from focusing on the Kingdom of God and Christ in me. For us to witness the deception of the world, the lies and corruption which are so powerful everywhere over people without Christ now, it's scary how mislead the world's people without Christ really are, they are like blind people being led over a cliff being manipulated by the cares of this politically correct world.
We need to pray for those around us who are deceived, every chance we get. Please read 2 Thessalonians 2nd chapter. It's not too long. We will talk about it for the next few days and how we need to listen to Paul in this 2nd letter to the Thessalonians for advice for us today!
The Peace and protection of the blood of the Lamb of God, our Lord Jesus Christ be with you as you endure the promises of the Kingdom of Heaven while in this world, but , not of this mixed up chaotic world. Mark
8/04//2016 " Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If ANYONE HEARS my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. " Revelation 3:20.
Get to know this verse. Memorize it if you haven't already. In this verse is the call of the bride groom to His bride, to anyone who hears Jesus voice.
Before this exchange of the bridegroom's knock at the door and the bride opening the door, the bride and groom have already met and agreed to their marriage. This exchange of answering the door is a very important exchange of Trust and Obedience. It is also a very cultural Hebrew tradition before the wedding feast can begin. The bride is gathered in from where she is living for the final marriage ceremony and celebration.
What has taken place before the marriage feast and celebration is SO important beloved. There must be a time of waiting, getting to know the groom and the groom being familiar with his bride. If the bride does not know the groom's voice, how will she recognize his voice when he comes knocking on her door? There was a strict rule in those days and still is to this day in most parts of the world. You do not open your home's door to anyone that you do not recognize their voice as a close friend or relative. Forbidden !
The enemy of the house is very clever. He will say anything, never giving up to deceive you, disguising his voice or even sending an angel to manipulate the bride to open the door so the enemy can devour her. Remember always, there is an enemy of God's who has no power over you unless you open your door to him. " Be alert and on guard, of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls about like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:8.
In these very last days are very exciting times. It is a time of separation of good and evil. The wheat from weeds. The sheep from the goats. Jesus is coming soon for His Bride. It's a time of jubilee for the children of God's Love, but a very sad day for those who have rejected God's Love. Even though many of God's children are martyred or persecuted badly for being Believers in Christ or Christ Seekers, their suffering is short and their grace is big to help them get through their time of suffering. Glory to God.
These precious days we are in right now are a time of getting to know Jesus. If you do not know Jesus yet, time is getting very short. If you do not know His voice, you need to become more desperate now in your seeking Jesus as your Lord and Savior than ever before to know Jesus' voice. This is a desperate time for desperate measures. It's not too late, that's the good news! But, the time is short.
There is a big condition I should tell you. Jesus always has that one condition. Deny yourself. Give up your own self thinking, you will have to repent ( allow change to take place in your life). Give Jesus all of your attention and Trust the Lord with all of your heart. This is God's will for you beloved. To " draw close to the Lord, and He will draw close to you. " James 4:8
Now, you have something very special to work on today, to meditate on, getting to know your beloved Jesus. Read the three letters from the apostle John toward the back of your bible just before Jude which is before the very last book Revelation. I think these short letters from John, (very short) will bless you and your relationship with Jesus very much. If you haven't heard Jesus voice yet, really pray and seek Christ at the foot of His Cross. Put yourself in the place of the thief next to Jesus, who was dying from himself and asking Jesus for forgiveness and mercy for his many sins. Then listen in your heart for Jesus response to your sincere prayer of humility.
Finally beloved of Christ. "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desire of your heart!" Psalm 37:4.
8/01/2016 "And Jesus disciples said to Him,' tell us what will be the sign of your coming and the end of the age?" Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ' I am the Christ, and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come." Matthew 24:3-6.
Monday, August 1, 2016, I would like to share with you what Jesus has shown me and others how clearly He stated how the end time days would unfold through revelation of His Word, dreams and visions among the modern day prophets and how near we really are to the very end of this age. 1 Thessalonians 5:20. "Do not scoff at prophecies, but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil, stay away!"
Many of us are not familiar with the modern day prophecy I'm talking about. 1 Thessalonians was written to the modern day church as much as all of our scriptures are. The modern day Christian church today, as a whole, I have to tell you, is the luke warm church that Christ rebukes in the book of Revelation 3:16. Most of you know that already. If you don't, trust the Lord and try to follow me through as I unpack for you what the Lord has put on my heart. Test what I am sharing with the Holy Spirit, not your own carnal thinking. Test what I am saying by the Word of Truth you already have in you.
We will uncover some of the most obvious things Jesus said would happen, and then together we can see just how close we are to the end. The great deception Jesus is talking about in Matthew 24:3 and 4 is already upon us and has been for some time, longer than any of us alive have known. It has just increased to where even the secular world notices the deception now. The luke warm church does not see the deception right now, because they are not being taught by their pastors any end time revelation to recognize or even see that they are luke warm and being deceived. Only the Holy Spirit can reveal these Truths of reality to us about the end time days, not mere men or even myself. The first revelation knowledge I received by the Holy Spirit concerning these end time days was back in 1970 when I was 19 years old. I had no bible back ground at the time! Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit was leading me to the right people to be discipled from there on out.
First, let us all pray for Jesus' blessing and personal revelation knowledge from the Holy Spirit to us, in Jesus name, amen.
( Most of us don't know a whole lot about the Holy Spirit, and that's OK for now, for those of you who are new to Jesus Christ and the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Christ and Father God and God the Holy Spirit are a Triune Godhead. We know there is only one God in the whole universe and everything was created by Him and for Him, ( Colossians 1:16). How do we know there is only one God? Through the revelation of Jesus Christ to us as God through the divine Word of God, (the Holy Bible) AND through " Jesus Christ, who is the only mediator between God and man." ( 1 Timothy 2:5.)
The Word of God was revealed to us miraculously, Supernaturally by divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit to chosen men of God, to write what the Holy Spirit told them to write down through the ages word for word. We know this to be true as Jesus Christ came to the earth from Heaven to fulfill the law and the prophets as the only Son of God so that we might know the Truth concerning why we were created in the first place by the one true God, to spend eternity with God and all the saints in Heaven forever. "Eternal life is this, that they know you, the only true God and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 17:3. )
Beloved, I know that many of you are very familiar with these truths, but for the sake of those who come to the endtimedays website on a regular basis and don't know these things, or who may not even have a clue what revelation knowledge is all about, these basic truths are important in order for them to know where we are in God's time line today with the end times, so we are just setting up some foundational teaching before we move on in the next couple of paragraphs.
There are a few verses from Jeremiah 31 that help make things very clear for the serious minded Christ seeker who is reading this now. " The day is coming," says the Lord, "when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors..." I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor or say to one another, ' Know the Lord,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest," declares the Lord "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." Jeremiah 31:31-34.
If you have done your home work, and have read Matthew 24, you will see a chronological timeline of events leading up to the end of the age when Jesus returns for His bride, the faithful church...that's us beloved! You should be excited that Jesus is coming soon for us, His ever ready bride!
Well a lot is yet to happen before Jesus comes. A lot has already happened leading up to the last days, and has been ever since Jesus ascended back into Heaven to sit at the right hand of Father God, but events will NOW begin to snow ball as in a few weeks and they will begin to really pick up in events in the world that everyone will experience at the same time like never before. In Christ's time line, we are in the beginning birth pains of Christ return found in verse 7and 8 of Matthew 24. "Nation will rise up against nation, ( the United Nations-UN ) and kingdom against kingdom, ( the Kingdom of God against the Kingdom of Darkness.) There will be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in many various places. All of these are the beginning birth pains Jesus was talking about in Matthew 24."
Keep your eyes on the middle east, particularly Israel, God's special chosen people. Please pray for the Hebrew people every chance you think about them, God will bless you for it. They will be coming under fire soon by the UN and the rest of the world to divide their land, God's land to be taken from Israel and given to the Palestinians, lead by now President Obama of the USA.
It will seem as though Israel is all alone. But we must pray that God's will be done. In the outcome, everyone who has put their hand to the pen, signing against Israel will suffer by the hand of God. Prophets are saying that because Pres. Obama has lead in the division of Israel, the United States will be divided physically by a great body of water right down the middle from the great lakes region north at the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico in the south following the Meridian fault line through the heart of the USA. This is to show the whole world that Our Holy God is and always has been in control of all things! This could happen as early as September this year, 2016. By the way, there are 15 major nuclear powered reactors on that fault line of the Meridian fault line. This in and of it's self will be a huge disaster that will reach gigantic purportions never dreamed up by our corrupt government. These same prophets are saying that divisions in the country between poor and rich, national origins and politics have already divided America. God says, "A house divided can not stand." Mark 3:25. The USA is not looking very good right now.
Expect to see civil war in America the prophets are saying before this time next year. I believe it could happen much sooner. Worse than civil war in the USA will be the catastrophic disasters coming to America by the hand of God in the way of serious earthquakes, continued serious floods, volcanic eruptions in Yellowstone Montana and Mt. Rainier in Washington State. These two volcanoes alone will wipe out millions of people.
Beloved, we have our hands full for praying for America. I know many of us will be effected by these things. I am praying for repentance in the land of the USA, in Jesus name, and Thy will be done Oh Lord, that you might be feared by all by your might and power. It's time to draw close unto the Lord beloved. Things are getting serious in every venue of life, no more wasting time sitting around watching the news. PRAY, pray, pray...Mark
7/31/2016 " You have given me an inheritance reserved for those who fear your name." Ps. 61:5. " You did not choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for using my name." John 15:16. "How we praise God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly realms because we belong to Christ." Ephesians 1:3. To know that we are chosen by God to spend eternity with Him and all the saints of God in Heaven where there is no more death, no more suffering, no more pain to distract us from the presence of Christ, God our Father and the promises of eternal bliss with God in heaven for all eternity... "Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh the joys of those who trust in Him! Let the Lord's people show Him reverence, for those who honor Him will have all they need. Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will never lack any good thing. The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance! " Psalm 34:8-10
And, " We know that God causes All things to work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose for them." Romans 8:28.
What more can I say? "If God be for us, who can be against us? Since God did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won't God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else?" Romans 8:32-33.
God is Good all the time, God is Good! ...Hallowed be your name God our Father in Heaven. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven...according to Your Will. Help me to not complain when things don't go the way I thought they would go, and forgive me Lord for not trusting you always to do what is right and just for the whole world. My you bless us Father with The Peace of Christ Jesus our Lord and your presence be forever with us, in Jesus name, amen. Mark
7/30/2016 "Pray about everything!" Philippians 4:6. " The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results." James 5:16., and " We don't even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God's own will. " Romans 8:26-27. So, in these end time days, give thanks and pray in everything, "for this is God's will for those who are in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Beloved, Pray without ceasing, give your burdens to the Lord and He will take care of you. This sounds way too simple. God's will for us each day from here on out, no matter where you live or what your personal circumstances are, is to be close to Him, that's why the praying without ceasing. That's why we must see God in everything and why we give thanks rather than complaining over our circumstances. My flesh wants to complain, but my spirit, which groans with the Holy Spirit in me, sees that we need intervention with the Father to get us through what ever situation we may be in at the time.
Did you know that God surrounds us with His angels for protection? Psalm 91:11. Think about that. Not so much to protect you, but because of His investment IN you, which is Christ Jesus. If God has put Himself IN you, and you continue to live in right standing with the Holy Spirit doing God's will, being mindful of the Holy Spirit's presence in you continually, ( I will never leave you nor forsake you...) then there is a huge number of angels around you that you have no idea about who follow God wherever He is, just because He is there with you. "Greater is He who is in you, than he who is in the world." 1 John 4:4.
Stepping out as a warrior of the Most High Army of God does not require much of us except the willingness to participate as Christ leads us and to learn to walk by faith and to trust God for everything. Ephesians 6:10 through 19 is essential to study and to understand that we must have the full armor of God on at all times and to learn/to know how to identify the enemy, the devil and his evil cohorts so that we are ready at all times to step into battle with the Lord at our right hand. The battle belongs to the Lord and His angels That is why we must not be afraid, but put our full trust in the Lord to do what He says He will do for us. "Without faith, we can't please God. " Hebrews 11:6.
There is so much going on in the world today beloved, I know. That's why the first thing we must get right is our everyday lives, are we as close to Jesus as we can be? We MUST keep the volume up on the Holy Spirit station/ channel, so that we are keenly sensitive to hear the voice of the Lord telling us to step to the right, turn around or step to the left. At times it's as though we are in a mine field and just need to know where to step every step of the way. We must be Holy as God is Holy. Walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh, and of course do everything in Love, for the glory of Christ Jesus who is leading us. Our attitude must be that of Christ's. We are overwhelming victors in this world, with Christ Jesus as our Lord. Submit to the Holy Spirit. The Kingdom of Heaven is nearer than you once thought, even at the door. Hang in there beloved. Time is short.
Just a closer walk with thee! The Lord bless you. Mark
7/29/2016 " If you Love me, obey my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever." John 14:15 -16.
"If you Love me... Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him. John 21:15-17. Peter was one of Jesus closest disciples. Why did Jesus have to ask Peter three times if he loved Him? Did Peter deny Jesus three times just before Jesus crucifixion?
Our right relationship with Jesus always has to do with Love, His Love and what we do with that unconditional Love He fills us up with. Again, Peter, " If you love me, feed my..."
When Jesus knows we are ready for His service, when we have all it takes to get the job done, then Jesus asks us, "Do you love me?" Then love those who don't know me yet. That is the new commandment from Jesus. John 13:34. "I am giving you a new commandment. Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other." This " loving others as I have loved you " is not an easy thing for us to do. In fact, it is a Supernatural thing from heaven that Jesus is asking us to do and we are unable to do it by ourselves. That is why Jesus says in John 16, " And I will ask the Father and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever." That advocate is the Holy Spirit. This is all serious stuff beloved not to be taken lightly at all! Jesus is saying that if we love Him, we MUST love everyone with the Love of the Holy Spirit the Father will give us to get the "Loving them as I have loved you," job done right. These "NEW" commandments are the big artillery folks, in God changing lives through the Holy Spirit in us. 1 Peter 4:8 says, "Continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins." " Love covers all offenses." Proverbs 10:12. " Love your enemies!" These are all new commandments Jesus is telling us we must obey.
7/28/2016 " Live a life filled with love for others." Ephesians 5:2 What a powerful statement of the Holy Spirit. What a powerful Truth! " A Life filled with Love"...a tree loaded with sweet delicious fruit.
Growing upon a farm, my dad had a small peach orchard. We had about two hundred Golden Alberta Peach trees. I have to tell you, Golden Alberta Peaches are probably the biggest, sweetest peaches on the face of the earth. I'm told that now a days, they are very rare, almost impossible to find.
During mid season of the peach harvest, after the just ripening firm peaches are picked for canning, we would leave the remaining peaches on the trees to become tree ripened. The largest trees were left unpicked with the larger peaches. We had a small fruit stand where people could stop by and buy small or large quantities of what ever fruit was in season or they had the option of going into the orchard and picking their own fruit.
Needless to say, every year we had a gathering of many of the same people who wanted what we called dead ripened Golden Alberta Peaches for eating. I can still picture the look on people's faces, taking them out to the few trees loaded ( filled ) with huge soft ball sized peaches ready to fall off the trees. The aroma of " peach sweetness" permeated the air as you stepped up to the large Golden Alberta peach trees. ( My mom would send me out to those trees just after sun rise to pick up any peaches that had fallen off the tree during the night. She would peal the thin skin off the peaches, slice the peaches into bite sized bites and cover them with sugar and put them in the refrigerator to cool. )
To top off the story about the Golden Alberta peaches, we had two milk cows we milked each day, twice a day. After we milked the cows, we would chill and bottle the milk. With the raw milk, cream would separate from the whole milk and rise to the top of each bottle of milk as it settled and cooled. Mom would scoop off the cream, about a cup or so from each bottle and put the cream in a separate bottle and keep for the peaches, other fruit or for coffee or cooking with.
Remember those bite sized peach slices mom put the sugar on and put into the fridge to cool? Later on in the day, after working out in the summer sun, mom would call us in for a cool treat. It was a bowl of those chilled bite sized sweetened Golden Alberta peaches smothered with fresh thick cream. Mmmm, good!
Here's my point in the delicious peach fruit story:
When we have such Love for others with a love that comes from the source of all love, from God our Father, we are like those special trees saved for the tree ripened, ready to fall Golden Alberta peaches always meant for others who knew they were there.
Our Heavenly Father knows exactly what love others need. If we are willing and open to receiving the Father's Love through Jesus Christ, the fruit of the Holy Spirit in us is sweet Love, much sweeter than mom's peaches and cream, and for all those whom the Father sends to us each day to share His Love with.
Jesus Christ is the Vine and we are the branches in these end times, John chapter 15. If we live each day for Christ, for God's will, the Holy Spirit will produce a sweet Love for others through us to experience God's Love through Jesus Christ and the cross of Christ for all. " Live a life full of love for others." Ephesians 5:2, and "You will know when you have passed from death into life when you have Love for one another." 1 John 3:14. The Peace and Love of Christ be with you all. Mark
7/27/2016 " Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Matthew 6:10
In todays Daily Devotional byOswalt Chambers Chambers talks about how if anyone desires to do God's will, it's not so much us having an understanding of God's will, but, being obedient to God's will. Why we think we have to understand why God's will is a certain way is foolishness and prideful on our part. Just do it! "If we Love God, we will do what He commands." John 14:15.
I have a situation, as many of you may have found from time to time. It happens to be a dispute over money owed or not owed. I had been unjustly billed by a company, whom I know the owner, and know that he attends a Christian church. He over billed me for some work that he and his crew did for me. I called him and told him my issue with his billing. He told me not to worry about it, that he would take care of the over charges."
Long story cut way short, (this took place a year ago) he did not take care of the over charges and we continued to be billed with interest added to our total bill. His company is now taking us to small claims court next month. My wife and I have prayed about this issue many times over the past year, hoping that the owner would "take care of it like he said he would."
I felt the Lord nudging me to call the owner and talk to him about working the billing all out before going to court next month. Today, in my daily devotion by Oswalt Chambers, this verse popped up again, second time in his devotional in two weeks..." If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them, then come and offer your gift." Matthew 5:23-24.
I called and talked to the owner of this company. I explained to him I was prepared to face him in court and defend myself in court to his false charges, that I had spoken to an attorney and there was no way he could win with the evidence I had on his over charged billing charges. Today, I told him, "I had read about the scripture from Matthew 5:23, and read it to him. I told him that I believed he had something against me and I was willing to reconcile with him if he was willing to get together with me and look over the billing with me and I would pay him "What he felt I owed him." He said he didn't know, he would have to talk it over with his wife first.
Beloved. There is a practical lesson here for all of us. Obedience. I had to contact the owner today! I don't have to know what is going on at their end, just be obedient to the Lord. I don't know what the outcome is going to be or how it should be, but I know the Lord knows, so I HAVE TO DO MY PART, which is to be obedient to the Lord's commands. My wife and I have prayed the Lord's will be done now in this whole matter, in Jesus name.
So the lesson here is to love God and love the owner. Honor God and honor the owner for Christ's sake. I don't have to know what God is teaching the owner, that's none of my business. What I hear my gracious Father saying is, " Do good to others and glorify the Lord."
The world we live in is Crooked and perverse. " Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights, like stars in the sky in a world full of crooked and perverse people." Philippians 2:15.
The Lord bless you. Mark
7/26/2016 " There is a path before each person that seems right, but it leads in death." Proverbs 14:12. "You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad and it's gate is wide for the MANY who choose to travel the easy way. But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and ONLY a few ever find it." Matthew 7:13-14. This passage was pivotal in my decision to follow Jesus.
I had thought being a Christian, asking Jesus to be Lord of my life, that would give me the needed protection that I needed in my life so that life would become easier for me. I was focused on scriptures like, "take my yoke upon me...my yoke is easy and my burden light." Matthew 11:28-30. Welllllll, that's taking this scripture out of context, miss interpreting the meaning of this scripture. Jesus was talking about something different than living an easy life contrary to what a lot of people might think.
Jesus said that in this world, that we would have trials and tribulations. ( John 16:33.) That does not sound like an easy path way for followers of Christ. A follower of Christ must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Jesus. We are commanded to Love God more than anything else and to love our neighbor as ourselves. To Love even our enemies and to pray for them. These things the Lord asks of us are not easy.
In these Last Days, I see the Christians in the mid east, in Iraq, Syria, Turkey and other parts of the world suffering greatly. The persecution they endure day in and day out, even to being martyred for the not rejecting the name of Jesus. This is not easy beloved. Look at the lives of the Apostles, Paul and the millions of martyrs over the couple thousand years since Christ ascended back to Heaven. They were heavily persecuted, imprisoned and some stoned to death while others were crucified or beheaded all for the name of Jesus.
God is so Good. I love you Jesus! Every day we have the opportunity to present Jesus to a dying world around us right where we are at. We can share Jesus to every one that we meet in one way or another, and sometimes through the actural words of the scriptures. Mostly in the acts of kindness to others.
Did you know that we will be judged on judgment day not by the words we used, but by the acts of kindness and love toward others. ( Romans 2:6-11) It's important to know the word and share it. Preach the Word in season and out. "Do good to others though," ( Hebrews 13:16) all in the name of Jesus for His glory.
" A main road will go through that once deserted land. It will be named the Highway of Holiness. Evil-hearted people will never travel on it. It will be only for those who walk in God's ways, fools will never walk there. Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know Him! There are many rooms in my Father's home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence." Isa. 35:8., Hosea 6:3., John 14:2., and Psalm 16:11.
I asked Jesus this question shortly after I first met Him. I had just read Matthew 7:13-14 about the wide road and the narrow path and how many would follow each.
My question was, "How many people are MANY?" and " How many people are just a FEW?" Jesus answered my question with, "Many-are most and a Few-are not very many." He also said, "the narrow road is very difficult to find, very difficult to find. You can't find it by yourself. Unless you are looking for it every step of the way, the narrow road is more like a game trail in the woods. It can only be found with the help of a Guide who knows how to find the trail and how to keep on the right trail as it wanders through the woods. That Guide is Christ's Spirit, the Holy Spirit, the only guide to the Kingdom of Heaven.
Grace and Peace of the Lord be with you. Mark
7/25/2016 " Once you were dead, doomed forever because of your many sins, in which you use to live when you followed the ways of the world." Ephesians 2:1. Now that is gloom and doom! Dead, Doomed forever because of your many sins. "But take heart. I have overcome the world. You are overcomers because of Christ in your life living in you through the Holy Spirit, your hope of glory is in Christ Jesus while you are in the world. Keeping in mind though, you are no longer of this world but called out of the world to be sons and daughters of the Most High God through the precious blood of the cross of Christ." Read the book of Ruth today. Just four short chapters in the old testament just past the book of Joshua. Mark
7/24/2016 " Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the Kingdom of Heaven." Matthew 5:20.
This statement of Jesus is earth shaking to ALL who think that by showing others how good you are, that you obey the obvious laws that others can see in your life that you obey all of God's laws. The decisive issue is the motivation of our hearts! "Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain." Psalm 127:1.
Beloved...unless our righteousness comes from the presence and power of the Lord's life living full time in our hearts and minds through the very presence of the Holy Spirit living within us, our righteousness is no different than that of the scribes and pharisees.
Who do we think we are fooling, living like godly people without the Holy Spirit of Christ living and controlling His life in us??
I was visiting with a group of Christian men yesterday, having lunch with them. One of the men, whom I know very well, asked me how I liked retirement now? (I retired from full time work last February.) I said that I really enjoy what I am doing now. I have more time to devote to doing the Lord's work. "How so," he said. I said, " I have a ministry website the Lord told me to start called, " The End Time Days Ministry." He said, putting me on the spot in front of the other men there, " This is not a ' Gloom and Doom ' website is it?" I immediately heard the Holy Spirit give me the answer and repeated it, " It's Gloom and Doom only to those who are not being obedient to the Lord to prepare for His second coming, those who are not drawing closer to the Lord now than ever before." I said, " The Gloom and Doom" is the reality all around us and in all the world without Christ in us and submitting to the voice of the Holy Spirit every day to walk with Jesus."
Without Jesus being on our throne, without Jesus in the driver's seat of our lives, without His presence in our immediate life, we are living in a gloom and doom world. Proof of this statement is found over and over in the new and old testaments. Philippians 2:14-15 is proof of what we are experiencing today..." Do everything without grumbling or arguing so that you may become blameless and pure., " children of God without fault in a "WORLD FULL OF CROOKED AND PERVESE PEOPLE." It's obvious through the media of today that evil exists everywhere around us. We all hear what the news says about today's world, " that no where in the world is safe any more." "Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world." John 16:33.
The word of God says," God's law was given so that all people could see how sinful they really were. But as people sinned more and more, where sin increased, grace increased all the more !" Romans 5:20.
I just want to give praise to our Lord Jesus Christ who is the reason for us living in this day, pressing on in the world to make a difference in where we all live, preaching the Good News, showing that Jesus loves us and cares about people today and what they are going through, the fears, the sorrows the persecutions by even those in our own household.
Jesus is the Lilly of the field. He is the Sweet Rose of Sharon. Draw close to Jesus today, you will be glad you did.
May the Lord Jesus Bless you and Keep you close to His side, in Jesus name. Mark
7/23/2016 " But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us...sanctification..." 1 Corinthians 1:30. The mystery of sanctification is that the perfect qualities of Jesus Christ are imparted as a gift to us, not gradually, but instantly, all at once, when I enter by faith into the realization that He "became for me...sanctification..."
If you went to the link above for Daily Devotional Link you would have seen the beautiful photo of the curling ocean wave as it rolled into shore in the sunset of a what appeared to be a stormy day. If you didn't link at the top of the page, please do so now and read along for what Oswalt Chambers is sharing that is VERY applicable to us today. I love how Oswalt Chamber's gift to all humanity to share his revelation of the knowledge of the Word of God is so real to you and to me. Oswalt Chambers sees the sanctification of Christ as not some "thing," but the realization of the presence of Christ in us, as sanctification in and of itself. The realization of "Christ in us "as our hope of Glory...Colossians 1:27. I feel so compelled to just read again the message of Oswalt Chambers for today until this very powerful rhema Word takes root and begins to flourish in us as the Lord Jesus would have it to. I pray and hope that you would take serious what God is doing today in us through the Power of the Word and Christ in us to bear much fruit of the Holy Spirit for a sick and dying world all around us.
7/22/2016 PM " The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. " 1 Peter 4:7. " Be patient. And take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near. The great Judge is coming. He is standing at the door! Yes, I am coming soon! James 5:8, Revelation 22:20, 2 Peter 3:10-11.
I am writing a second entry to our journal for 7/22, in what my heart is sensing from the Holy Spirit. I have not commented at this point over the terrorist brutal acts of evil and wickedness happening around the globe this past year and in the most recent past, even today. Many believe that evil terrorism is all tied in with the Islamic Jihad, with radical Islamic terrorism-basically a caliphate of Muslim conquest of their religion throughout the whole world. I believe this is very true to some extent in what we see with our eyes. We must remember, " Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked !" What so ever a man sow, that shall he also reap." Galatians 6:7.
The western world and all other nations and people who have patterned their lives after the western world, including the Islamic world, are under judgment of our Lord Jesus Christ. "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A man's enemies will be the members of his own household! Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. " Matthew 10:34-40.
Beloved, We are all facing judgement right now. This time we have journeyed into has been referred to as a "time of sorrows," and that it sad time is for all, especially those who have no relationship with the Lord Jesus , period. I think of the martyrs who have given up their lives for Christ and how full of joy they are today in paradise, in Heaven with Christ, who have taken their obedience to Christ to the fullest step here on earth, loosing their life for His sake. Help us Lord Jesus by your grace to do your will in the days to come until you come in glory for us. Praise to your Holy name, Lord Jesus. Mark
7/22/2016 AM " Oh, that we might know the LORD! " Hosea 6:3. Oh, that we might know the Lord today, while today is still today beloved! We know that Adam and Eve knew the Lord. We know that Noah knew the Lord, Abraham and Sarah knew the Lord, and Jacob, Moses...and a long list of other famous Bible people all knew the Lord. Sooo, why not us too? Why not? Thanks be to our Lord Jesus Christ! "All things are possible, through our Lord Jesus Christ. " Mark 9:23, Matthew 19:28
I am so thankful for Our Lord Jesus Christ, for " Christ died only once as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He personally carried away our sins in His own body on the cross so we can be dead to sin and alive for doing what is right. We have been healed by His wounds! By that one offering, He perfected for ever all those whom He is making holy." Hebrews 9:28, 1 Peter 2:24, Hebrews 10:14, and Hebrews 7:24-25.
It is God's will that we might know Him, more than we could ever know Beloved! The Hebrew translation for, "We have been healed by His wounds," I am told, the word wounds or stripes is better translated as "by His "PRESENSE ."
James 4:8 says that if you will " Draw close to God, He will draw close to YOU! " Read Psalm 139 today and tell someone what God thinks about you and about them. Our God is so vast and all present in the universe, yet, He takes time to watch everyone " being formed in their mothers womb. His thoughts about us are more than there are grains of sand on the earth." Thank you Father God for creating us for yourself, to Love us so much you would send your only begotten Son to make it possible by the Cross of Christ for us to be with you forever in Heaven with Christ and all the saints forever. Thank you Jesus forever and ever mine. Praise the Lord forever.
I once heard that God's love for all creation is beyond anything we could ever imagine. In every part of the world, there is beauty that pleases God...and no wonder, He created it all ! I live in Alaska, also a very majestic and beautiful part of the Lord's Creative design. I hear the many birds in the trees each day when I am outside, which is most of the day, every day, especially in the summers. Here is a wonderful thought about our Lord Jesus that I wanted to share. Colossians 1:16 says, " For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; ALL THINGS HAVE BEEN CREATED THROUGH HIM AND FOR HIM. " Knowing all this about our Master, Jesus, how much could you think or imagine that Jesus thinks about you and me during one day of our life? Especially when He tell us " He will never leave us nor forsake us? " Deuteronomy 31:8 and Hebrews 13:5.
As we enter more into the times of the very last days Beloved, which we have already seen the beginnings of, things in the world are going to get pretty bad, we know this through God's word, " For then there will be great distress, anguish, great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be." Matthew 24:21. I encourage you today to draw even closer to the Lord than you ever have. You will find refuge in the shadow of the Almighty in times of trouble. I know I must or I could never bear the suffering and torment in the world as bad as it will soon be.
May the Joy of the Lord be your strength today. Christ in us, our Hope of Glory. Be blessed in Christ Jesus, our "All in All." Read John 15 sometime today for uplifting encouragement from Christ Our Lord. Mark
7/21/2016 " The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in Love." Psalm145:8.
My last post is a sobering reality of what we all could face at any time soon. Our enemy, satan, Lucifer is a foe that not even the angels of God mess with, " But, even Michael, one of the mightiest of the angels, did not dare accuse the devil of blasphemy, but simply said,' The Lord rebuke you!' This took place when Michael was arguing with the devil about Moses' body." Jude 1:9.
Beloved, should we worry about the devil interfering in our lives? Let's let the Lord answer that for us. " Lord, our wickedness has caught up with us. We have sinned against you. So please, help us for the sake of your own reputation. Lord, we confess our wickedness and that of our ancestors, too. We all have sinned against you again and again. " Jeremiah 14:7. Then the Lord says," Turn to me now while there is still time! And Give me your hearts." Joel 2:12.
The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin. Every day we are consoled by the Holy Spirit to produce good things in our lives and to please the lord. "The Spirit makes us holy." 2 Thess. 2:13. "Awake, north wind! Come, south wind! Blow on my garden and waft it's lovely perfume. " Song of Solomon 4:16 . "Just see what this godly sorrow produced in you! Such earnestness, such concern to clear yourselves, such indignation, such alarm, such longing to see the Lord, such zeal, and such a readiness to punish wrong. You showed that you have done everything necessary to make things right." 2 Corinthians 7:11. Finally, " For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord." Ephesians 5:9-10
7/19/2016 " Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His Mighty Power. Put on the full armor...of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For we wrestle not against each other (flesh and blood) but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:10-12.
Yesterday I mentioned a couple of spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms that are very real forces in high places in our world today, probably more than we will ever know or care to know. If we knew how influential those forces of evil are in controlling the world's moral fabric, future of the youth and overall global economy, we would be flabbergasted by how cleaver satan really is in influencing nations, desires to war against other nations, and exchanging wealth through manipulation of these powers of darkness in the world. Just look at the media and how powerful the word of the media is today in deceiving people world wide by what they claim to be the truth.
Yesterday, I was listening to a panel of prophets on a Christian program talk about how the evil in the world is being orchestrated by relatively few leaders in the world right now, by design, to destroy nations such as Israel and the United States.
One example given was the lack of preparation for an enemy EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) attack on the United States against our power grid. It's a known fact that an EMP attack on the power grid would eliminate power to possibly the whole nation through just one large atomic bomb exploded high enough the earth's atmosphere that it would do no damage to the people or the Earth, but the atomic rays, gamma and beta to name a couple, would fry substation wiring as well as computer programed power controls to blow the power grids to kingdom come.
To restore the substations back to normal could take up to ten years, all the while with no power.
Why ten years? The power component parts are very expensive, so the power companies only keep a minimum of replacement parts on hand. The only manufacturer for those parts is in China and could take up to a year to manufacture one componant. According to Dr. Vincent Pry, US gov. specialist on EMP attacks, says that in an EMP attack, with all power gone and the US in the dark, no electronics any where would work. We would return over night to the horse and buggy days before electricity to survive. A number of reports have been published that state that within 90 days without power, 90 plus per cent of our American population would not survive.
What do we do as believers in Christ to prepare for the possibility of this EMP attack happening any time soon? Many of the government senators have supported bills to study and prepare for such an event happening. Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas has spoken out agreeing with Dr Pry at the out come of deaths after an EMP attack.
7/18/2016 " My people are being destroyed because they don't know Me. Since you priests refuse to know me, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children." Hosea 4:6.
This is one of the most powerful verses today in these end times that God warns those who choose to forget God's laws and make up their own, to refuse to know God Jehovah Yahweh, to reject Jesus Christ as our savior and Lord, to tempt the Lord God Almighty to forget to bless the children of this generation who has rejected God in the past 60 to 70 years.
What were our fathers and grandfathers thinking of? Of course the curse on America goes back way further than 70 years. The curse that I'm talking about is when a government says," We will make an oath, a covenant with satan and reject the covenant with Almighty God, to join with Lucifer and make him the strength of our nation.
That's a whole nother story beloved. Before we can get a handle on what is happening in our own camp, we need to see and recognize who the real enemy is, satan and his evil cohorts...principalities and powers in high places. I'm talking about the Illuminati, the occult sciences of Freemasonry and Rosicrucianism to begin with.
If you don't know about these two elite " secret societies" that exist in the world, you might want to check out your internet to learn at least something about both of these evil powers that are very real in the world today to understand what is happening in the world economy and at the root of the present evil that exists in the world that is spinning out of control. As Christians, we know that we can not serve two gods, we will love one and hate the other. The god of this world has many names, but it is the same character, satan. He is very real. The bible is very clear about satan and his power to deceive God's children. He is called the thief by Jesus, " The thief comes but to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that you might have life and have life more abundantly." John 10:10.
We need to recognize just who we are really following in our faith. Our God is "the Father of Heavenly lights." James 1:17, " Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." Jesus said in John 8:12, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." I hope that we all know that satan is the opposite of Christ our Savior, satan who is the force of evil against the light of Christ. The truth is, satan was defeated by the Cross of Christ at Calvary. But when people, when a nation forsakes the Cross of Christ, another power comes into play which the Holy Spirit, the bible warns us against. "Be not deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man shall always harvest, reap what you plant, sows." Galatians 6:7.
I have way more to share that the Lord has put on my heart. Please pray for me right now. I need a break.
More to come today.... Mark
7/17/2016 " And I, if I AM lifted up...I will draw all peoples to myself." John 12:32.
The last sign that Jesus told His disciples that must take place before His "Second Coming," ( Matthew 24:14 ) was that the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ would be preached throughout the whole earth.
This statement of Christ is a command, which Jesus always begins with an "IF" or "UNLESS" as we have shared before. When we see the IF come out, Jesus looks for our positive response, to do as He commands. "If I AM lifted up, I will draw all peoples to myself." Before we can even begin to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ with Holy Spirit anointing, with the persuasive power to save people's lives from doom and eternal damnation, we must draw closer to Jesus than ever before. We must have a relationship with Jesus that is so very real that His light permeates our thinking and doing or else we will mock the very God who saves us with our worthless religious gibberish that will not impress anyone including ourselves. " Religious gibberish is nothing new to Jesus and will get us no where in the kingdom of Heaven, but thrown out into utter darkness from God's very presence." Matthew 7:21. God will not share His glory, remember that. " I AM the Lord; that is my name! I will not give my glory to "anyone else," nor share my praise with idols." Isaiah 42:9.
Would you like to experience the most incredible moment of your existence with Jesus? If you could, to step from the reality you are in right now to the reality of Heaven, knowing you would not be able to return to this life, would you say, " YES, I would," would you? Think about that for a moment. If you had to think about it for a moment, then you are not as in Love with Jesus as you may have thought you were. We would probably all hesitate for a moment. We have so much to learn about our Lord's Love for us and we can learn, "IF" we can just let go of ourselves and fall into the arms of our All Loving Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.
This is what Our Loving Lord God shares with us,
" Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I put my trust in Him. For He will rescue you from deadly disease He will cover you with His feathers. He will shelter you with His wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying all around you, these evils will not touch you. Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.
If you make the Lord your refuge,, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For He will order His angels to protect you wherever you go They will hold you up with their hands so you won't even hurt your foot on a stone...
Then The Lord Our God says, " I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer: I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my Salvation." Psalm 91
The Lord Jesus be with you today and every day, forever and ever, in Jesus name, amen. Mark
7/16/2016 " Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think." Romans 12:2.
" We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what He wants to do in your lives, and we ask Him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others,. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better." Colossians 1:9-10.
" May Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven." Matthew 6:10. I pray that in these last days the Lord do in me what He had planned since before the creation of the earth...that His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven, in Jesus name! I hope this is your prayer also, to glorify God doing His will today.
Doing God's will requires more than we can understand. We must have the faith of a child to do the Father's will and not get our stinking thinking in the way of God's perfect will. I pray for the grace of God, through Jesus Christ in us to do the things He would require of all of us today, in these last days as the whole world prepares for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are living in a time that Christ has raised us up from the dead for.
Keeping our eyes upon Jesus all the while, there are individuals out there who are divine appointments for each and every one of us, whom the Lord has hand picked for us to be the hands and feet of Christ, to have the heart of Christ to reach out and touch and heal them for the Glory of the Kingdom of God!
Beloved, the world is spinning much faster now, today, than we can keep up with. Things in the world are happening left and right so fast that if we even try to focus on what is happening in the world, it is too overwhelming for most of us.
Be the best you can be where Jesus Christ has planted you. As the harvest field is already ripe for the harvest, keep in mind the harvesters are not us, but the angels of God, not mere humans as ourselves. ( Matthew 13:39, Revelation 14, 14:15. ) Pray each day for God's will to be done in your life, just as Jesus did in the garden, " Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me, yet not my will but thine be done.." Luke 22:42.
Things are going to seem more like a war zone around us, and they are in the spirit realm. What we see happening in the world is only a glimpse of what is really happening in the spirit realm. It will take more effort on our part to be alert, sober in the spirit, to be ready at the precise time God says to act as the Lord says, "NOW, this is my will for you to do, do it right now!" Yes, obedience is paramount to carry out God's will in the real time we live in day in and day out.
I heard a woman being interviewed on the news right after the carnage in Nice France on Thursday night when the semi truck plowed into the crowd of people at a high rate of speed say, " We pushed our children out of the way immediately to get them out of the way of the truck. If we hadn't pushed them out of the way, the truck would have hit and killed them." We know now that 84 people were killed by the speeding truck, of which 10 were young children. To be on our toes right now to do God's will, will take the mind of Christ to listen to and of course will require our immediate obedience to do. The Lord is looking for people who are not timid or afraid to act quickly upon His commands.
We don't know how many opportunities Christ presents for us each day that if we are not ready, we will miss the opportunity if we are too focused on our own momentary problems or issues. Please don't get me wrong, sometimes we have issues or problems we are facing right now that need our attention, and we need to take care of those things right now. We need the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to know God's will. I pray that our Lord Jesus Christ would bless us with the grace and wisdom to know the difference in His priorities and the power of the Holy Spirit to have a sound mind to hear clearly when the Lord speaks to us to hear His instructions clearly and precisely so that we don't miss a beat to obey His every command.
We are warriors in this world to the end. " Despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. We are MORE than conquerors through Him who loved us." Romans 8:37.
The Peace and Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all and may Christ continue to direct your steps until He comes in overwhelming Victory! Come Lord Jesus , come we pray, in Jesus name.
7/15/2016 "Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!" Matthew 12:50
Beloved, nothing means more to our souls than to experience the Love of Christ in our hearts from or for our spiritual brothers, sisters and mothers. Jesus points this out again and again in our lives from certain individuals who are by design of Christ's, God inspired brothers, sisters and mothers to us. What a tremendous blessing the Holy Spirit has for all of us when we recognize the hand of God on a special person in our lives whom the Lord has sent to us to bless us through their ministry of kindness, goodness, and Love of Christ toward us.
I think of my wife Maryna first and her ministry of love to me and how much I appreciate her as a gift from Jesus to help me. I think of people in my church body that I have been blessed to get to know on a personal basis, ( We all need that!) more than just a weekly shallow greeting in church with a forced smile like, "Good morning, How are you doing?" "Fine, how are you doing?" " Oh, just fine. So glad to see you." Then you pass on to the next person and parrot the same greeting your self. Every done that? I have...it never feels that good, does it?
Then you have special friends , Old Friends we like to call them, class mates or friends from childhood. There is something special about those friends that may go deeper than you or I will ever know in this world.
I have one friend who my wife and I were fortunate to meet up with just yesterday after having not seen her for a long time. We are 3,000 miles away from each other now.
That would be a long time friend from childhood, Brenda C.B. and her husband Ray. We had a wonderful time at dinner reminiscing our youthful times together in grammar school and how things are now. Maryna, Brenda, Ray and myself even went for a short walk after dinner around our small farm, just enjoying the company of each other, watching the animals just being farm animals and experiencing life together for just a few short moments.
We tend to pray more diligently for them to experience blessings with hope for the best for them, than someone whom that we don't know so well. I think that is normal of most of us to have a very special friend or two with special reasons that God has put us together with them in a special way, so that we have close intimate friendships with people who are "our brother and sister and mother" spiritually. I believe that is what Jesus was referring to in Matthew 12:50.
I hope that all of you have such friends and family too. We need very close intimate friends that the Lord has intertwined, integrated in with our lives to help us be ourselves and feel real Christ like life appreciation for each other. It's so easy to become too busy for all the wrong but seemingly right reasons and miss out on some of the most powerful blessings from the heart of our all loving God and Father, Lord Jesus Christ. Through those special friends who care more about you than your casual acquaintances from church or work, you experience that very intimate Love that only the Lord can bless you through. Thank you Lord Jesus for special friends and family members who are obedient to their Father's will to Love us as themselves, to lay down their lives for their friends. May the Lord Jesus continue to put special friends like that in our lives, for His glory, In His name, amen. Have a Jesus Christ blessed day, Mark
7/14/2016 " The ground covered with thistles represents a man who hears the Word of the good news of Christ, but the cares of this life ...choke out God's word, and he does less and less for God." Matthew 13 :22.
Today, I understood the Lord wanted me to read yesterdays message again. When I did, verse 22 stood out like a sore thumb. " The Cares of This World..." What are the cares of this world?" Why that could be anything that takes first place in our thoughts over the Kingdom of God, our relationship with Jesus.
Here's an example: We had a flooded basement a year ago. After the water was cleaned up, which clearly left a water line in some places two inches up the walls, we contacted our insurance company over the damage. They contracted a water restoration company to come out and dry the walls for us. In order to dry the walls, in some places they needed to remove the cabinets and counters that blocked the walls damaged by water.
When the contracted contractor came out, I had an opportunity to meet him and to visit some with him. He said that he recognized me from church from a number of years when I was the worship leader in our church. He then became what I thought was a thoughtful friend in Christ.
After the walls were dried, about two weeks later, the contractor then showed back up and took his equipment out that dried the walls and asked me if we wanted help putting everything back where it was. I was somewhat puzzled why he was asking me this, as I thought that was part of his job, not mine. He said no, that was not his job, unless we wanted to contract him to do it. I then told him, " That's OK, I'll do it myself." He then told me, " we can do it and your insurance company will pay us." So, of course I agreed. They did the work putting the things back.
About a month later we got a bill from the water restoration company for doing the work to put everything back. "That's not what he told us," I told my wife Maryna. I called him and asked him why he was billing us instead of the insurance company. He said, " don't worry about it, I'll take care of it," so I thought it was all taken care of.
A month later we got another bill for the work done by the restoration company again, this time stating PAST DUE. I felt angry over the continued billing to us. The very next day, I was in the hardware store and saw the contractor. I went up to him asked why we were still being billed for the work he said the insurance company would be billed for. He looked a bit surprised at me and said, " Just call and talk to our billing secretary. " "She can explain it to you." I said, " No you told me you would take care of it." He became angry and walked away from me saying, " Just talk to the billing secretary," and that was it. I did not want to talk to his billing secretary, he said he would take care of it, " so that was that on my side of it,"
So for a year we continue to get a bill from the restoration company for the work of putting our furniture back where it was before the work was performed.
A week ago, we got a certified letter from our local court house saying that the restoration company had applied for a complaint of small claims against us stating we owed them for the restoration work. I wasn't surprised.
So here is where the test is beloved. The question, after hearing my side of the story, " What is the right thing to do as a Christian, when a fellow Christian wants to take you to court?" What does God's word say we are to do?
My wife and I have prayed about this issue since the very beginning when we got the first bill. I felt we were deceived by the contractor from the beginning when he said we would not be billed but the insurance company would be billed for the work they did to put things back where they were. Then we got the bill anyway. I felt deceived. I was going to go the extra mile with this guy, even if it meant to go to court and stand up for my self to prove I was deceived by the contractor!
OK. Here is where I really need the Lord's wisdom beloved. I have just read 1 Corinthians 6:1-10. Paul states clearly what to do. He says exactly what to do!
There is my point. If you are not sure what the Lord wants you to do in your circumstances, pray about it. Probably the opposite from what you feel you have a RIGHT to do, is what the Lord would have us do. This is the point. What ever I DO, I do to the Lord.
So, I must do the right thing and God will bless me for it. And the right thing is to do exactly what Paul states I must clearly do in 1 Corinthians 6:1-10. I must go to my brother and ask forgiveness and make everything right before him and the Lord. Amen. Praise the Lord.
I will do the right thing beloved in my case today. I hope that my sharing of my own struggle with doing the right thing according to God's word has encouraged you. This is just one simple thing that can become a stumbling block in our daily walk that has grave consequences if we don't obey what the Lord wants us to do. I first must admit that I have sinned not only against my brother but against God. It doesn't matter whether I am wrong or right in this matter, what matters is to do what God says I must do. Period.
And the Peace of God is restored and the people all rejoice in doing what is right before the Lord!
The Peace of Christ be with you all! Mark
7/13/2016 "The good ground represents the heart of a man who listens to the message and understands it and goes out and brings thirty, sixty, or even a hundred others into the Kingdom." Matthew 13:23.
What a contrast to verse 22 in Matthew 13, " The ground covered with thistles represents a man who hears the message of the good news of Christ, but the cares of this life and his longing for money choke out God's word, and he does less and less for God." This is one of the greatest lessons of wisdom Jesus Christ gives us as a litmus test to show us where our heart is beloved. We are either rich soil where the Kingdom of God will flourish, or we are like the ground covered with thistles, the cares of this life and longing for money are choking out God's word before it can even take root in our hearts.
Beloved, this scripture keeps coming to me from the Lord, I am sure of it, even this morning in a dream before I awoke. I tried to go back to sleep, I had only a few hours of sleep, but the urgency to write down this message was over powering my need to sleep. This is fresh revelation knowledge from the throne room!
Seek first the Kingdom of God, that rich soil of Christ Jesus our Lord and Lover of our souls. Be born again if your not. Allow Jesus Christ to take off the blinders of the thorns and thistles that the enemy has spun and woven over your eyes. I know that some of you know what I mean, the Lord has shown me this truth. Don't think you are the only one who has been deceived by the world and the things of this world.
We have all been deceived by one thing or another. This does not keep Jesus our Lord and deliverer from loving us less and wanting to set us free from the chains of sin in our lives. It's never too late to repent even of the slightest or greatest sin that hinders us. The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin beloved! I pray for you, in the name and power of Jesus to set us all free once and for all time of any sin that is slowing us down from seeing the Kingdom of God at hand, near by. I ask that we all pray for those who want to be set free from deception, who have heard the message Jesus is sharing in Matthew 13, to desire the rich soil in their lives rather than the cares of this world or the riches of money that will never satisfy the longing in our hearts for the Truth of Jesus Christ and His Righteousness that sets us free to be a child of God, a son or daughter of the Most High God! Thank you Jesus. You are our light in a dark world where deception is all around us.
Lord, I pray that you would bless us with your Grace of Life and light today, that we might see you and your Kingdom Plan forever for us to be your bride in Heaven, surrounded by your angels and saints, freed from sin and sorrow, free of death and suffering, where all are blessed by your heavenly presence continually, In Jesus name, amen.
The Peace of Christ be with you today beloved, May the Joy of the Lord be your strength. Mark
7/11/2016 " Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have put aside all else, counting it worth less than nothing, in order that I can have Christ, and become one with Him, no longer counting on being saved by being good enough or by obeying God's laws, but by trusting Christ to save me; for God's way of making us right with Himself depends on faith-counting on Jesus Christ alone." Philippians 3:8-11. Counting on Jesus Christ alone to save us! Amen! I am counting of Jesus Christ alone to save me. How about you?
Salvation is really very simple. Acknowledge Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. He paid the price for our freedom to be sons and daughters of the Most High God at the cross of Calvary. He said when it was all said and done," It is finished!" John 19:30. Now the hard part that is yet to come. Living each day by faith. I like today's devotion by Oswalt Chambers. It's all about being set free to acknowledging Jesus Christ in all things. In reality, that is not an easy thing. When we can see Christ in all things, spiritual and worldly, when we can turn off self realization and turn on Jesus Christ realization in all things, we begin to transition from the worldly into the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.
I believe the message is always the same from Christ in us, "Seek first the KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND ALL THINGS WILL BE ADDED UNTO YOU!" Matthew 6:33. Pray about this beloved.
One other thought this morning. What do we do in the mean time as we wait for Christ's return? "Bear one another's burdens and fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2.
When I was in bible school, I had a vison about what it means to bear one another's burden and fulfill the law of Christ.
I was in a cafe' with a few other bible students. Suddenly the whole cafe' trembled as in an earthquake and the building slanted at a very sharp angle. Then the floor fell out underneath us exposing a very deep, what seemed like, a bottomless pit. I heard the screams of those around me and everyone began to grab anything to hold on to, to avoid slipping into the bottomless pit. I too began to slide down toward the dark hole. In a frantic attempt to save myself, I grabbed at the back of the bench seat I was sitting in, but my weight was more than it could bear and it began to tear. Just then the bible student next to me let out a blood curdling scream. I looked at her and her face was bearing the face of terror. I too was beginning to slide faster and faster off the seat and toward the dark hole.
Then I heard Jesus say to me, " Pray that the gal across from you will stop sliding toward the dark hole. " I began to pray immediately for her to stop sliding and she stopped. To my surprise, the moment I began to pray for her to stop sliding, I also quit sliding. We both seemed stuck to our seats. I then said to her, " start praying for the others around us to stop sliding and Jesus will make them stick too. We did just that and all the people we could see immediately stopped sliding. The vision ended with this verse from Galatians 6:2, " Bear one another's burdens and fulfill the law of Christ!"
As we continue to wait for the second coming of Christ, let us pray for those around us who are trying to make it without Christ in their lives slipping toward the bottomless pit. We must bear their burdens, praying for them to be saved and thus, fulfill the Law of Christ. Jesus is counting on you and me to "Wash one another's feet to fulfill the law of Christ!" Then, we will hear the last trumpet of God and the angels and Jesus will come in the clouds and draw us all up to Him to be forever with Christ in the Kingdom of Heaven! Hallelujah, Praise the Lord!
The Peace of Christ be with you today. Mark
7/10/2016 " I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not. Think about all He endured when sinful people did such terrible things to Him, so that you don't become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin." " Let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy He knew would be His afterward. Now He is seated in the place of highest honor beside God's throne in Heaven. Since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude He had, and be ready to suffer, too." John 15:20. ; John17:14. ; Heb. 12: 1-4. ; 1 Pt. 4:1. It all makes good sense that if Christ suffered, we too will suffer in this world.
I think about all that is going on right now in " the world " and how Jesus warned us that in the world we would have difficulties, tribulation, ( John 16:33.) and then Jesus says to us, "Be of good cheer. I have overcome the world." John 16:33.
As long as our eyes are upon Jesus, we have the sense of good cheer. We have peace through tribulations, through trials and testing of our Spirit within us. If we are walking in the Spirit, we are finding strength within to endure to the end. If we are walking in the flesh, we don't even see or understand why the world is acting the way it is right now.
Pray in the Spirit every time you feel distracted by things happening in the world. Pick up your bible and begin to read Psalms or the gospel of John, chapters 14 through 17. Separate yourselves from those who distract you from walking in the Spirit who are very much part of the world still. Forsake not the fellowship of other Christians who have the Holy Spirit in their lives and who walk in the Spirit.
This morning, the Holy Spirit said to me, "Be doers of the Holy Word of God and not just readers." What ever the Holy Spirit leads us to read in the Word today, we must be obedient to God's call to "Walk" in obedience to God's word today. There is a lot going on in the world around us that can be a huge distraction to us and where God wants to take us today. Remember Jesus warned us, " the word of God that is spoken to us is like seeds planted by the sower. The ones that fall in among the thorns, when they sprout up are chocked off by the thorns, which are the cares of this world. " Don't be a part of this world any more than sin is a part of the Kingdom of God. Matthew 13:7. The parable of the seed sower is for us today. I know you have probably read Matthew 13 many times before. I believe there is a fresh revelation there for us today about today. I pray the Lord Jesus will bless you as you read it today and mediate on what the Holy Spirit wants to teach us from Jesus encouragement in this passage from Matthew chapter 13. Go there now and read Matthew 13 for fresh Manna from our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Peace of Christ be with you beloved.
7/08/2016 " Vengeance is mine, says the Lord, and recompense, for the time when their foot shall slip; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and their doom comes swiftly. " Deuteronomy 32:35. English Standard Version
God created us for a time such as this. Make no mistake beloved of Christ, you are fully equipped right now to make a difference in the lives around you through what God has already done in your lives through Christ Jesus at the cross. You have been truly blessed and equipped with the power of the living God, with Christ in you, with the Holy Spirit-the Comforter as Jesus puts Him so wonderfully.
The days we are living in right now are in the shadow of something much greater than we all know in our realm of reality. Open yourself up to the Holy Spirit of Christ and ask Jesus to show you what the days ahead will really be like. We are in a sense, all sitting on a bench in a large life boat in a huge open sea as a huge black storm is brewing off in the horizon coming closer and closer to our life boat. Jesus is in the middle of the life boat at the helm, at the wheel, steering the life boat straight ahead into the storm. We can sit in the life boat safe from all dangers because we are with Jesus all the way, no matter where the life boat will go and what is about to happen when the storm hits us. We can be sure though, it is the biggest storm since the beginning of time and there will never be another like it.
OK, with that said, I know that I know that the incidents we have seen so far in our world time reality with 9-11, with the twin towers bombings, with all that ISIS has done so far to put fear in the world and in America, with the most recent mass murders in San Bernardino, Orlando and now Dallas all put together, these events are NOTHING compared to what God has said He will do. JUDGMENT is here NOW. Very soon that judgment will pour out the vengeance of the Lord upon the United States of America for it's wickedness and the evil direction and control of wicked lawless leaders in high places controlling the direction of the nation of USA. This judgment will quieten everyone. Everyone everywhere will fall into a mourning like never before.
It will be the worst of times for the unfaithful, the unbeliever who worship idols, worship the death symbol of the skull-satan and evil, who worship all immorality of mankind and demons, who have all continually turned their backs from their only hope, Jesus who is the Lord of Love, the Lord of Lords, for their own lawlessness and wickedness and all forms of darkness. At this moment coming, which I believe can happen within the next hour, or day or within the next week-that soon! Every knee will bow, every tongue confess in true contrition of heart, that Jesus Christ is Lord!
Beloved, stay close to the Lord even now. We are approaching a very dark storm of storms in a land that has moved away from the protection of our Almighty God and embraced the arms of satan for pure enjoyment of themselves. We who are close to Jesus will be protected and all else will be swept into a whirlpool of darkness, extreme calamity that they have brought upon themselves.
Take this weekend to be alone with the Lord to reflect on God's call for your life. Listen for the Lord to speak to you. Read the Word, read Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, The whole book of Revelation, the psalms, whatever the Lord tells you to read. Be in a quiet place where you can " be still and Know that I AM God."
Pray NOW for those in your family, your fellowships or neighborhood or friendships that the Lord have mercy on them, to open their eyes to see Jesus and be saved from the coming storm. Pray the Lord put people on your path so you can share Jesus with them and set them free from hell's fire! There is no time left to waste. Be not deceived by ANYONE who would mock you or scoff at you for what the Lord has told you to do right now. They are not your friend or a friend of Jesus, but of satan. Jesus said, " If they are not for me, they are against me." Matthew 12:30. Do not even touch them or their filthy rags.4
Go with Jesus Love and safety, in Jesus name. Mark
7/08/2016 " Taste and see the Lord is good." Psalm 34:8. " Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4. These two verses remind me of eating at an expensive restaurant. A restaurant that allows you to sample a taste of a dinner before ordering it. The word delight also reminds me of when you really like a specific dessert served in only one restaurant that is prepared in a unique way that no other restaurant serves at all.
I don't mean to make you salivate, just sharing some insight to understanding God's word in a different light. To take delighting in the Lord, to taste the Lord and see that He is good, is beyond description in our own words. These two descriptions of the Lord, " To take delight and to taste and see the Lord is good have to do with feelings or the senses of taste or smell. I delight in the smell of flowers that have different aromas. A rose for example, or fresh lavender or frangipani. All three have distinct aromas that I delight in their smell. In the same sense, to taste is a real sense we can almost all relate to.
So what's this all have to do with the Lord and relationship and the end time days? Philippians 2:13. Paul says, " it is God who works in you, both to will and... to do, for His good pleasure." What that says to me is when we are devoted to do God's will in our lives, ( delight yourself in the Lord, to please Him for His sake, not for our rewards) that is to say, when we are loyal to submit to the Lord in all we do, we don't really think about what we do so much. The desire to do good comes from the Holy Spirit in us, controlling our desires. ) If we believe that in our relationship with Jesus , who we put first in our lives in all things, according to Philippians 2:13, God works in us to give us the right desire to do good for His Good Pleasure! God working in us to do good! God gets all the glory.
So we experience the delight that the Lord has in us, in our relationship with Him to live for Him alone. Then we experience the Taste of the Lord's pleasure in us, which fills us with His Joy, Peace and Love that we experience in real time! God is good, all the time! Our God wants us all to himself, remember that.
The end time news will get darker and darker as we get closer to the end beloved. The news in Dallas , TX was shocking to say the least. Our hearts go out to those families and friends that have been crushed by this senseless horror of death to those police officers killed on July 7, 2016. Unfortunately, I'm afraid that this is only the beginning of much more sad news to come in the near future for America folks!
The Lord has put on my heart that We haven't seen anything yet. Our nation, as a whole from the top down, the government leaders from the president of the United States to the supreme court, from political politicians in national and state offices have turned a blind eye toward God. Our US government has declared war on the Kingdom of God through prejudices of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, through persecution of Christian pillar principals of moral and spiritual ideology of God's Word to protect us and His desire for all people to Know Him and Jesus Christ whom He has sent to us to show us the Way to eternal life. It's more dangerous in America now for a Christian to live in freedom of their faith than many of the other idol worshipers and pagan believers than to be set free with Christ in Heavenly realms through the Cross of Christ.
Our government leader would rather denying the very power to save our nation from the evil power that now covers us with corruption and is chocking the life right out of us than to surrender to Christ all our problems. God has made it clear that He will not be mocked by anyone. If the US government wants God out of America, then Our Lord will oblige us by stepping out of the way and allowing our enemies to over take us. That was not His plan, but the gangrene has already grown now too much to reverse God's judgment on America. We are going to have to endure to the end now beloved, and it isn't going to be very nice for most Americans.
But, for those who press on to please the Lord doing good to the Lord will be saved at the last trumpet call of God to that High calling of God in Christ Jesus forever, AMEN! Praise God forever, Hallelujah! Mark
7/07/2016 "Oh, that we might know the Lord!" Hosea 6:3. " Enter by the narrow gate...Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to ( know Jesus,) LIFE. " Matthew 7:13-14.
" To Know that you know the Lord, what Peace and Joy shall flood your soul." I shared much of this daily journal yesterday. This morning early, I felt the Lord encourage me to read over what I had written yesterday and to add to it because there were people coming to this website today who would not have had the chance to read yesterdays Journal had I not updated it this way. As I re-read yesterdays journal, I realized what the Lord wanted me to add to what was already there, so those of you who read yesterdays, I believe you would really enjoy the encouragement of the Lord in re-reading all of todays update.
Thank you for your patience and time. ( I love to read " My Utmost for His highest " before starting my journal. The Lord always inspires me from the revelation that He gave Oswalt Chamber for his lectures, which I read as a daily devotion in My Utmost for His Highest, as you know and hope you do also, even though you may not read from our website each day.
Here is where I began yesterday with a testimony which all of us can be encouraged from:
When I was a young teenager back in the sixties, I didn't know God and knew I didn't know God. I went to church and catechism weekly, was even an Alter Boy and thought I might be a priest one day. But my knowledge of God was more on an intellectual level, what " I " thought that God was. I really didn't know God nor did I know His Word or His Truth. I wished I knew Him, but I couldn't even debate that I knew God. I hadn't even opened a bible until I was 19 years old. I had been taught that the bible could only be read by a priest and any interpretation of the bible had to come from a priest. That's how it was.
The day I met Jesus though, all these things changed. I heard Jesus call me by my name. I asked the voice I heard who he was? He answered me, " Jesus."
Immediately as He said His name, I heard a choir of angels began to sing to Jesus in a heavenly beauty that I can not describe in terms of music other than to say it was the most beautiful sound I have ever heard.
I never saw the face of Jesus, face to face during my encounter with Him, as so many others have said they have. I don't deny they may have seen Jesus and talked to Him face to face. I did however see the brilliance of His light and I felt the warmth of His presence, but I was unable to actually "see" Jesus with my eyes.
I remember different things I experienced that day, even to this day, 46 years later, as though they happened moments ago. One was the smoke, the fog like canopy that enveloped around me as Jesus spoke to me. It has a very honey/spicy aroma, an aroma that is very unordinary. I also felt a helpless feeling, which I can only describe as the fear of the Lord, experiencing the presence of His power, the power of the creator of the universe and I'm talking to Him, He's talking to me. I was humbled beyond words by His great Love for me, that is what struck me more than anything else about that awesome meeting with Jesus.
When Jesus spoke to me, there was a presence of authority that chilled me to the bones, yet I experienced Jesus deep Love within me as an everlasting Love. Jesus Love is life in and of It's self, His Love changes you, heals you instantly of all the ungodly presence in your life. As long as you are in Jesus presence, you are a changed person. Jesus is LIFE.
How long did this experience with Jesus last? It seemed there was no time when in Jesus presence. The time I spent with Jesus in this supernatural Heavenly realm seemed endless, but, after Jesus told me all He was going to tell me that day, He simply said, " I have to go now, but I will always be with you." Immediately, the feelings I experienced that were heavenly, were gone and I felt completely back to normal again living in real world time. A scripture clearly comes to mind right now in describing all these things that happened to me to share with you.
" For my thoughts are not your thoughts," says the Lord, " and my ways are far beyond anything you could ever imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9. ( Read the rest of Isaiah's prophesy in Chapter 55 for a real blessing! )
I believe that anyone can experience the intimate presence of Jesus if your desire is desperate enough. I was drowning in the Pacific ocean at the time I met Jesus. I was struggling to stay alive at the time to just stay above water. I cried out to the Lord desperately at my last chance, literally at my last breath hoping that He was for real. I was so desperately hoping for God to reveal Himself to me, because I did not want to die unless I knew that there was really a God. I was desperate to know God was real. I did not want to disappear into utter darkness and cease to exist forever, even though that is not what Jesus says happens to the those who do not know Him. ( No, in fact, quite the opposite the Word of God says of the fate of those who do not know Him, which is much worse. )
I have experienced Jesus presence a number of times since then, not many though. Some for a moment, or for a few moments-just long enough to know that it was Jesus I was experiencing, but those moments were never for very long. Jesus longs for us to keep seeking Him through prayer and reading His Word and spending time with the Holy Spirit, which we can do all of the time, as much time with Jesus as we wish, time with Him in Faith.
Faith. Jesus wants us to live by Faith, which comes from Him, but is very different than experiencing His presence without end. Jesus says, " I will never leave you nor forsake you," Amen! But the experience of Jesus never leaving us is experienced in faith. "Without faith, we can not please God." God's reality is found in His Word and in His presence with faith. AMEN !
I hear of people who say they live in God's presence continually. I don't know that reality, maybe they do. I know that in the past, there were people who lived in God's presence continually, Moses for one when He was in the wilderness. The disciples lived in the presence of God continuously through the presence of Jesus while He was with them, that was real and the disciple John knew a continual presence of God at times when he was writing his books for the bible as did the other writers of the bible scriptures.
So how do we experience the presence of God in a way that will change our way of living? That's totally between you and your creator God. How desperate are you to be the person that God has called you to be, or put another way, how much do you long for an intimate relationship with your all loving God? You decide, it's your life. It's your call. How much do you want to Love Jesus? Our Lord will take as much of us as we give Him.
" Many are called, but few are chosen." Matthew 22:14. Pray that you are of the chosen, in Jesus name.
Today is the day, if you hear His voice, harden not your hearts. Come to the Lord with open arms and "Taste and see the Lord is Good." "Those who delight themselves in the Lord, He will give them the desires of their heart."
Peace of Christ be with you. Mark
7/05/2016 "Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know Him! Then He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring." Hosea 6:3.
We all, everyone of us, according to Paul have a sin that weighs us heavily down that hinders our progress in the Spirit. " Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us." Hebrews 12:1. Ask God what that sin is. There is a sin that compromises our progress with the Lord, keeping us from knowing Him. God wants us to let go of that sin. It's only cutting us off from being all that we can be with Christ. What sin is in your life? What sin is in my life? Do we struggle with worry? Do we struggle with including Our Lord in ALL of our decision making? "Let not your heart be troubled." John 14:1. Let us "Commit our ways to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will bring it to pass ! " Psalm 37:5. Go for it beloved! With God on your side, all things are possible. Have a great rest of your life in Christ. We can't go wrong with being on Jesus side. The Lord bless you, in Jesus name! Mark
7/04/2016 "Be not conformed to the behavior, to the pattern and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think." Romans 12:2
God calls us to be " independently free " from the world's thinking in Romans 12:2. Today, in America, we set aside July 4th to reflect on the call to be independently free from the tyranny of unjust rulers who want to control us and over burden the people with causes of corruption and submission to evil hearted rulers.
For the early American's it was taxation without representation. That's where Independence Day began in 1776, fighting for freedom by the early Americans, the original 13 colonies who later became the United States of America to be free from Great Brittan's control over the early American's quest for independence.
The original colonies came to America seeking religious freedom and were prepared to fight to the death to save this new freedom they had learned in America. They had tasted what it was like to live totally dependent on the Lord for all their needs. They had learned to " abide in the Almighty, under the shadow of His wings." Psalm 91:1 We can learn from the early settlers about trusting God, resting in the Lord, being patient and waiting on Him. Psalm 37:7 Another favorite verse worth mentioning is Psalm 34:8. "Taste and see that the Lord is good."
These verses are all about trusting in the Lord and experiencing His peace and presence through total dependence on the Lord. This is the new thinking that Romans:12:2 is talking about. If we don't trust the Lord with our life and the lives of others we love and care for, then we tend to worry. Beloved, this worrying is not from God and is not His will for us. In fact worrying is taking what's not ours, that is a situation or circumstance that belongs to God and trying to manipulate it into something that fits our own will rather than praying and just trusting God for the outcome. I like what Oswalt Chambers has to say about having nothing to do with worrying. Did you know that worrying is sinful? Check out todays devotion on not worrying.
The world says, " make something of yourself so that your own pride will make you stand out. " Be independent" be better than everyone else, be smarter than everyone else, be more talented than everyone else. The world says to excel in any and every way possible so that you will LOOK better than everyone else. Whatever it takes, "I'm going to be the best ever!" That's how the world views themselves at the top. But, where does that put you in the end? Where in line with your Savior will you stand when it's all over?
Jesus gave us His best. Jesus showed us that He indeed was the Son of God. Jesus not only showed us that God sent Him , ( as Nicodemus, chief high priest of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem quoted of Jesus in John chapter 3 ) but was with Jesus every step of the way to the cross.
What does Independence Day mean to me today in these end time days? Oh, that we might all know the Lord! Being free from the stress of worry! Hallelujah! Thank you Jesus.
7/03/2016 " Be not deceived. God cannot be (never,) mocked. You will always reap (harvest) what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay, corruption and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. " Galatians 6:7,8.
"Be not deceived!" Matthew 24:4. Jesus warns us too, as He did His disciples "Be not deceived in the last days." Jesus is telling us that one of the first signs of the last days is a " Great Deception."
In the early days of the church, deception was going on in the church. ( 2 Thessalonians 2:1. ) Today we see deception not only in the church by some of the most powerful world church leaders, but also because we have the technology we have today with TV and radio to blast false teachings all over the world.
We see deception in every aspect of human existence from false religions, godless ideologies being taught in public schools and universities, the entertainment world both visual and audio (music) in America and all over the world that support an anti-Christ world society replaced with humanistic godless power of blind unholy, godless propaganda including anything ungodly is good and anything really good and holy is evil and hateful to the world. Lord Jesus, have mercy on us!
Thus, the things Jesus told His disciples and today's church to look for in the last days are so obvious even to the unbeliever. In this website we have studied Matthew 24, Luke 21 and Mark 13 backwards and forwards over the last 10 months here. We have studied and prayed about all of us having an intimate relationship with Jesus and the Father and the Holy Spirit. The signs Jesus said to look for have all been fulfilled. Even the moon turning to blood red. Not just once in the last year, but twice plus an eclipse of the sun, not to mention the two blood moons in 2014.
Because of satellite TV and radio, the Good News of the Gospel is going out 24/7 all over the world too. That was the last sign Jesus said to look for before His second coming. We are literally sitting on the edge of the second coming of Jesus Christ where Jesus said, " if that time were not shortened, no one would survive. " Matthew 24:22, Mark 13:20.
So what are we waiting for?
We are in God's own timing right now beloved. America and the world will see the vengeance of the Lord in judgment upon the earth that will blow our minds like "nothing the world has ever seen before nor ever will again." Matthew 24:21. Hollywood will seem like child's play when we see what God is doing to show His power.
When God does something He says He will do, make no mistake, He will do it in such a powerful way that "EVERY KNEE WILL BOW AND EVERY TONGUE CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD !" Philipians 2:10.
According to our Christian bible, We have not seen anything yet compared to what we will see in the near future. (I'm talking about before this 2016 summer is over, according to modern day Christian prophets.) Christian people who love the Lord with all their heart are praying now, "Come Lord Jesus, Come! Make no mistake beloved, Jesus is on His way. He will not arrive a day too early nor a day too late, that's for sure. When He arrives on the earth, the whole world will stand up and take notice to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
Have you noticed how the younger generation has worshiped the dead dried up skull of a human body for about 15 years now? Even the pre-kindergarten children wear shirts and clothing with skulls all over themselves. I know the parents think it's "COOL" for them to wear such stuff, but in most cases, the little kids don't really know what death really means yet. However, this gives us a barometer of what is going on in the minds and hearts of people today in the world. The world's greater population is slowly turning into lifeless zombies who really need Jesus in their lives! They are crying out for help in their behaviors. We can not stand back and say, " You deserve it." Jesus wants us to pray for our brothers and sisters everywhere to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in these last days of the latter rains! There is still time to pray for the lost. We see them everywhere of everyday!
When I share what God has put on my heart to share about the end time days time with others, as you might guess, I'm rarely received with excitement. Even my own brothers and sisters in the Lord scoff at me saying the days we are in are not the last days, we are just repeating history or some other excuse for not wanting to believe God's word. Even when I have my bible open and show them what Jesus says about the end times...they want to ignore the subject and move on to talk about something else less threatening to them.
So I pray for them that God would open their eyes to see things as He wants them to really see how they are. You know beloved, that is really all we can do to help others to know Jesus more intimately, that is to pray for them. I sleep very well at night knowing that I have done all that I am suppose to do each day to live the life Christ has given me and to do His will in sharing the gospel of the Good News of Christ to all according to His will. He does all the rest.
We just need to Let God be God. We are not little gods helping God out by running all around the place saving each and ever soul we happen to run across on our way to Heaven. Thank you Jesus for already doing everything that needed to be done at the Cross of Christ for us to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
I am eternally grateful for your Love Oh Lord. Bless each and every person who comes here today with a special blessing of your Peace, Joy, Love and acceptance, Lord Jesus. Hallelujah to the Lamb that was slain! Jesus! You are Lord!
7/02/2016 IF anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also .... So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple." Luke 14:26-27, 33.
This quote of Jesus in Luke 14:26 is probably the hardest decision I have ever had to make as a new Christian in my born again life. This was where Jesus spoke directly to my heart as a new Christian that if I wanted to really be a follower of His and continue down the narrow path, I needed to declare my allegiance to Him and to Him alone or get off right there. I knew that IF I was going to be serious about who I was in God with Christ, I needed to pledge allegiance to Jesus Christ right here and now, or give Him up forever.
I think we all come to that point sooner or later in our lives where Christ puts us on the line...Unless you take up your cross...or Unless you obey me... unless you love me, you can not be my follower.
Later on, much later on in fact, while I was attending bible school at Alaska Bible Institute in Homer, Alaska, we were studying the scriptures where Jesus specifically used one or both of these two words, " IF " and/ or " UNLESS." These were called " Hard Sayings of Christ. " I learned why the words IF and UNLESS were so Hard! You don't have to be a bible school student to understand that when you see Jesus saying IF you don't do this or UNLESS you do this or that, you can not be my disciple, He really meant what He said.
Beloved, the same is true for us today in these last days. There is no hope in this world for peace anymore. Time has literally run out. God is literally separating the sheep from the goats right now at this moment in this world today. Very soon, In this end of the end times, Jesus' process will be complete. Those who will choose Jesus and those who will reject Jesus ON HIS TERMS!
Just to give you a little background from a farmer where this saying, "separating the sheep from the goats" comes from, sheep ranchers mix goats in with their sheep to lead their sheep to food and water. Domesticated sheep are very dumb animals and thus very helpless. They need to be lead to food and water. They will starve to death or die of thirst if left by themselves to survive. Sheep need a leader in the group to follow. Goats on the other hand are very smart and independent. A goat simply relies on their sense of smell and sight for both food and water.. The goats smell water, they know to go to where their nose says to go. The same is true for grass and other leaves that goats feed on. When the sheep see the goats leading, they automatically follow the goats.
Maryna's, (my wife) father and grandfather were sheep herders in Namibia, (or West South Africa, the old name for Namibia.) They had a huge ranch where they raised Karaka sheep. Their herd was in the neighborhood of 7 to 8 thousand head of sheep, which grazed on what you and I would think was barren desert land with no vegetation for anything to live on. But, the land was perfect for the Karaka sheep, who were valued for the lambs soft long hair wool skin. Maryna tells me her granddad had between 200 and 400 head of goat that were mixed into the herd of sheep each day to lead the sheep to feed and water through the day. At the end of the day, the shepherds that were in charge of caring for the herd, they would separate the sheep from the goats because they could not sleep together. They were not compatible bed partners.
So the term to " separate the sheep from the goats," is a very practical term to the sheep shepherds.
In terms of Christians being true Christians, Jesus is very clear about who is His disciples and who really are not. It's like seeing the difference between a physical goat and a physical sheep. Their baying sound is very similar. In fact, unless you have had goats ( I grew up with Toggunberg goats) and know their distinct sound when they bay, from a distance one would think that sheep and goats are the same sound, but they are not.
Ironically, Christians and true followers of Christ when they talk, sound the same, they use the same language, like "born again", are you "saved" and things like, " I'll pray about it" or " I heard the Lord..." They both talk the same talk, but that doesn't mean that they are the same. Jesus even warns us about people who will say on judgment day, " But Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, " I never knew you. Away from me you evildoers." Matthew 7:22-23.
WOW! That's pretty serious words, hard words from an all loving God, but it's truth from one who knows the heart of every person who says they are His. Jesus knows those who are really His.
In todays reading from Oswalt Chambers My Utmost from His Highest says, " No one on earth has this passionate love for the Lord Jesus unless the Holy Spirit has given it to him. We may admire, respect, and revere Him, but we cannot love Him on our own. The only One who truly loves the Lord Jesus is the Holy Spirit, and it is He who has " poured out in our hearts" the very "Love of God" ( Romans 5:5) . Where ever the Holy Spirit sees an opportunity to glorify Jesus through you, He will take your entire being and set you ablaze with glowing devotion to Jesus Christ. "
We Must Have an intimate relationship with Christ through the Holy Spirit. If you aren't sure you have the Holy Spirit in your life, ask Jesus for the Holy Spirit and He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit. YOU HAVE TO ASK JESUS TO GIVE YOU THE HOLY SPIRIT. YOU DON'T AUTOMATICALLY RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT JUST BECAUSE YOU ASK JESUS TO BE YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR. Jesus disciples had Jesus as their Lord and Savior, but they had to go and pray and wait until Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to them. Read ACTS chapter 1 and 2. Trust me on this one. Only Jesus Himself can baptize you with the Holy Spirit in your heart. It's not automatic. "ASK, and it shall be given, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened." Matthew 7:7
Just because someone says they are a Christian and they sound like a Christian from their talk, that doesn't mean they are a Christian. "Be not deceived in these last days beloved." Matthew 7:22 and Matthew 24:4. You will be tested by many to your allegiance to Christ and His Word in these last days. Some in your own church, some in your own family may want to tear you apart because you belong to Jesus, " wolves in sheep's garments." Matthew 7:15.
Finally today, Jesus gave us the only litmus test we need to know if whether we are true followers of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, " By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. " John 13:35.
Blessings and Honor, Gory and power, unto the Lord most High...! We Love you Lord! Jesus is Lord!
Mark and Maryna
7/01/2016 " Just as a man thinks within himself, so he is." Proverbs 23:7.
July already? Time is blazing past us as though the missions of God's own time line, His will for the earth must speed up exceedingly to meet His own deadline set since before the world was created for the second coming of Christ to the earth for His intimate bride, the Holy Church of the Bride Groom. And it pleases God our Father that we are ready and anxious for Jesus to come for us soon and very soon.
That is the first duty of an end times prepper. Second duty is to find like minded, kindred Holy Spirit brothers and sisters to fellowship with. Thirdly, save up as much non perishable food as you can afford and get your hands on and put it in a safe place It's going to be a long hard battle in the end to just protect your food and families from people with all the wrong intentions. They will have noting to eat or drink. Some of us will need to help our neighbors from our abundance as God multiplies what we have for others to share with.
Pray God use you as a seed sower of the Good News of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God! Please read the Time is short page for a list of things you will need for perilous difficult tribulation times. If you get raptured early, good for you. If not, you will be glad you have saved back food and other necessities from your pay check for your family and friends. Lastly, pray for your enemies. Those who will persecute you and kill you because you are a follower of Christ the Lord! Be not afraid to be a witness of God's Love to those who would harm you. The Lord will give you the peace that surpasses understanding at just the right time. Bless you child of the Living God.
As we talk more openly about the end times and how we got here, to the last days when being closer to Jesus than ever is so desperately important to keep our focus from being deceived, keep in mind, not everyone will agree with you about the days we are in. In fact, according to the Lord Jesus Christ, only a few will find the narrow path that leads to eternal life.
Why? Because it is a very difficult path, very unpopular, scoffed at and you will be mocked by even those closest to you if you choose to follow this path.
It's off the beaten path that most of the people of the world will tell you to travel. That very narrow path is not well kept like the wide path. There are no rest stops and it's very steep and hard to climb. This path looks more like a path leading to no where. Even if you try your hardest to travel it, the narrow pathwill break every spirit of pride and humble even the most humble of souls. You see, the narrow path is rarely traveled. It doesn't even look like a path at all. It looks more like a mountainous game trail that is no wider than the trail of a small deer or mountain goat. What's worse is, It is impossible to find on your own. But, with Christ Jesus at your side, or better yet, with Jesus carrying you most of the way, you can't miss the trail.
Yesterday, we talked about just how close or far away we are living from the Kingdom of God at any given point in our born again lives?
The Kingdom of God is "inside us!" Jesus said, " The Father and I will come and make our home with you." John 14:23. Don't you know that where the Father and Jesus Christ dwell, all Heaven dwells? If God is with us, who can be against us? Paul the apostle always knew that no matter where He was, he was never too far from the Lord. " Christ in us, is the Hope of glory!" Colossians 1:27. We really are what we believe we are. Lord, help my unbelief, in Jesus name.
Where do we stand in the world around us? Everything from the business of wars and rumors of wars, the global economy, the corruption of our world by the principalities and powers at work against the Kingdom of God? What's new since Jesus ascended back to heaven? The world, is what it is. We are not of this world and we were never destined to be only of this world. This world is passing away and the works of the world are passing away with it. Our home is in the Kingdom of our God, our Heavenly home forever with Christ our Lord and all the angels and saints of God. We will learn in our New Home in Heaven to live according to how God has planned us to live forever. Our lives will be complete, our bodies being heavenly bodies, our minds being heavenly minded. No pain, no sorrow. No death, no suffering. Jesus Christ has done all things according to Our Heavenly Father's will. It is finished. The evil one is defeated once and for all by the Cross of Christ...his power is striped from him in the New World coming, in the New Jerusalem where he will never see the light of life ever again for all eternity. He will be locked away in the flames of the Lake of Fire, helpless and forever damned, never to interfere with God's plans for Heaven and God's people, who will be safe for all eternity with our only God and Savior Jesus Christ in a world without end, amen. Praise God! Thank you Jesus.
If you want to expedite the Kingdom of Heaven, hurry it along, praise God, start praying that God's will be done on earth as it is in heaven, believe that God said that He would do what He said He would do in the end times and Praise the Lord! " The Lord inhabits the praises of His people." Be thankful for what the world is going through, the travail as all creation cries out for the coming day of the Lord! We are almost there beloved. Hang in there. Just a few more people are written in the lamb's book of eternal life and then...Jesus will come again.
6/30/2016 " The Kingdom of God is at hand." Mark 1:15.
Today I heard on the news talk about the Orland, Florida massacre last week and how dreadful the killing of the 50 people is for America. It is headlined as the largest terrorist act since 9-11 in America. All of the major news networks have covered this horrific act of hatred every day since the terrible event last week. As a Christian, Maryna and I were deeply grieved over the killing, the murder of these 50 souls, 50 children of the Creator of the universe, not to mention all the injured and their families and friends who have been traumatized because of the murdered and injured. A Christian news agency made the statement of, "Could this have been another wake up call of God?" I don't know.
On many other Christian news networks, I keep hearing that it's not too late for God to change the course of judgment on America and the world. Really?
We are grieved about 9-11 and the 3,000 people killed in the plane crash bombing of the Twin Towers. We are grieved about the 50 people killed in Orlando. These deaths are horrible.
Let me share something even more horrible. Nazi death camps. Innocent men , women and children were slaughtered in the numbers of over 12 million people. That was horrible, horrible terrible horrible we all agree.
But, there is one more horrible that is worse than any horrible we could imagine that is going on right now in America and all over the world. This horrible thing, which is an abomination to our Great Holy God, is happening every day in America. Un-repented sin. Un repented sin, in and out of the church. Un repented immorality within the Christian Church and throughout the nation of America. We have become a nation no different than Sodom and Gomorrah. We have been warned over and over again for our wasting away of our morality.
Beloved, I know that you Love the Lord more than anything on earth. I know your hearts are grieved also, but It's been said by some of today's prophets, that America is already in judgment for it's godlessness un repented behavior, mostly in the Christian Church. And, the most un repented sin of all that grieves God the most is happening in every city of the United States and protected by USA law every day.
God is so grieved over this horrific merciless mass murder of human beings than anything else in America and it continues to grieve God every day without end...that is the ABORTION OF INNOCENT HUMAN LIVES, which were created by the Master of Life and of the entire universe, in the numbers killed each day of 3,000 plus unborn babies EVERY DAY of every week of every year since 1973. That's more lives than 9-11, more lives killed that Hitler had killed in his death camps.
Have you noticed any remorse for these murders and numbers of abortions each day? Have there been attempts to abolish this act of innocent killing of unborn babies to no success because of supreme court law of the land? Who's choice is it to pull the trigger then on these little helpless babies anyway?
At least 3,000 women each day have that legal right in America and use that right for their own convenience. Three thousand women who pull the trigger on an un expectant sleeping baby in their mother's womb. And who cares?
Who cares about that little helpless life cut off from a future to be loved, held, kissed and hugged. That precious life is scrapped off the abortion table and thrown in a trash can usually, then disposed of in a dumpster where it's carried off to a grave site in a city trash dump. We talk about the Nazi concentration camps and gas chambers and how horrible the holocaust was, but it's not even appropriate to talk about abortions and what happens to those millions of helpless innocent lives of those precious unwanted babies.
Un repented sin and 70 million heart broken, unwanted, unloved, unborn, defenseless cold blooded bizarre murdered babies. Does America care...we reap what we sow. God will not be mocked. Judgment is here on the church beloved. Pray for the church for repentance and revival. WAKE UP CHURCH, in Jesus name.
Jesus, forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us...and our nation. Jesus forgive me for my un repented sins, some I am not even aware of like judging my neighbor, talking behind my neighbors back, not loving my enemies or praying for them...I have so many un repented sins I'm not even aware of like not being totally thankful of you on the cross for my sin and the sin of the whole world, not even thankful or telling you I'm thankful for you going and preparing a place for me in heaven. Help me to be more thankful Jesus for you and all you do for all of us, the good and the evil. Finally Lord Jesus, I know your word says that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! I confess this now, on my knees to glorify you Lord Jesus and my Heavenly Father! I pray, we pray, your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Come Lord Jesus, Come. Please come soon, we Love you Lord and lift our voices up to you. We declare that satan, you are a defeated foe, thanks be to the blood of the Lamb of God, the word of our testimony and that we are not afraid to die for you Sweet Jesus! Amen. Mark
6/29/2016 "Put on the full armor of God"..." Be alert and of sober mind. Your great enemy, the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour." Ephesians 6:10-18; 1 Peter 5:8.
Besides growing in maturity with Christ in us in these last days, there is something we should all know right NOW. There is a very active enemy of the Kingdom of God. That enemy is the same enemy we read about from the first book of the bible, Genesis, through the last book of the bible, Revelation. Satan, Lucifer, the devil...he is part of a force of reality that will come at you with one thing in mind, to steal, to kill and destroy you and your perfect will to the Kingdom of God. John 10:10a, " But I have come that you might have life and have it abundantly and satisfying. " John 10:10b.
I think most of us know the reality of what satan is up to, but many people and children of God are not aware that the devil is prowling around, and in some cases can be very near by us if we are not alert and sober minded to recognize that he is near. If we continue to live a sin filled life, for example, satan is closer than you know. Either the Spirit of Christ in us controls our lives, or sin still controls our lives. Habitual sin is a fruit of evil, not what we want to be wearing with Christ in us. If sin is still your master, you are in big trouble.
In the world today, sin is mistaken as something little, not to worry about it, even in some Christian churches, false teachings concerning sin will cripple any progress in the Kingdom of God if not taken seriously. The early apostles knew very well the dangers of "compromising with the devil." Thus, Peter tells us in 1 Peter 5:8 that the devil is prowling about like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour." "Guard your heart!" Proverbs 4:23.
A few years ago, I had the tremendous blessing to visit Namibia. Namibia is a small country in southern Africa that use to be part of South Africa, called South West Africa. My wife, Maryna was born and raised in Okahandja, near the capital of Namibia, Windhoek. She is a true Afrikaner, her ancestors coming from Europe, Holland, France and Germany way back in the 1400's about the time of Columbus. ( A very short intro to my lovely wife Maryna.)
We visited a national park in northwestern Namibia called Etoshia Pan Wildlife Park. In this very large wildlife park were many of the big five African animals in the wild. So many in fact, you are not allowed to get out of your car or even roll down your windows when they are present, and especially no feeding them. We had to sign an agreement that if we were caught breaking the rules, you were subject to very expensive fine. It was more for our personal protection than to try and raise money for the park.
We were fortunate to have my brother in law, Hardus Meritz, driving us through the park, and knowing where all of the great places to visit in the park were to see the wildlife there and the importance of obeying the wildlife rules. We stayed several days in a very protected high fenced in protected camping area next to a watering hole called Okaukuejo Camp Grounds, where ALL the animals in that area came to drink from the water hole at all hours of the day and night. There is an amphitheater there where you can sit and observe the wild animals in their own wild habitat in close up proximity. The main rule we had to follow while we sat and watched the animals behavior was to remain quiet and silent during the entire time observing from the amphitheater.
Nearly every animal of Africa that you could imagine would eventually make it to the water hole there, with the exception of the crocs, hippos, water buffalos and primates. But Lions, let me tell you! And elephants, and herbivores, too numerous to count them all. A steady trail of zebras, rhinos, gazelles, kudus, baboons and the like of all ages from young babies to old slow moving great, great grand pa's!
On several occasions we had the opportunity to watch a pride of young females lions from a very short distance attempt to kill a young baby rhino and a baby giraffe in the evening. On another occasion in broad daylight, a blue wildebeests was surrounded by about four young lions. The manner and strategies of the lions to distract the protecting adults to get to the young was startling. They work as a team to get to the young. During the night, large flood lights lighten up the area around the watering hole as bright as a ball park or soccer field at night. We slept very safe from the wild life just outside our camping area by a ten foot high fence constructed of 3/16 inch stout wire strung very tightly about six inches apart up the fencing. What was very exciting to me was to experience the roaring of the male lions. Several times while we were just sitting around a campfire at night, males lions near the fence would blast out a huge roar. One time, with camera in hand, we sprinted in the area of a roaring lion to take a close up photo of the male lion. I had never before been so close to a full grown male lion so large. They seemed to be as tall as a large pony horse.
In the two nights we were there, we slept in tents on the ground a short distance from the fence. The first night, sometime in the middle of the night a male lion roared out so loud, it seemed like the lion was just outside our tent. The roar of the big lion seemed to literally shake the ground below me when it roared. That's how powerful these huge wild creatures really are in the wild of Africa.
The other thing I noticed was the older crippled animals were easy prey for the lions, as they were usually alone and solitary, away from the protecting herds. We watched a couple of times the behavior of hunting lions on the prowl for dinner at the watering hole, but they were unsuccessful. Our first night there, we watched a baby rhino being attacked unsuccessfully. The adult rhinos came to the rescue running off the big lion pride. A couple of people sitting near by said, "You should have been here last night. Right next to the fence where they were sitting a pride of lions pulled down a kudu and tore it to pieces. Some people who were standing and seated nearby were actually splattered with blood from the kill." Keep in mind the seating was high enough above a protective wall and fence that no one was endangered by the close presence of the wild animals.
My whole point in sharing the story of our experience was how we were actually watching in the wild lions on the prowl, give us a good visual of what the strategies that lions employ to devour their prey. The focus of the lions seemed to always be catching the animals they were preying on off guard, over powering the weak and the sickly or older animals by catching them alone, away from the other animals that seemed to protect them. What a great lesson of God's word, like " Forsake not the fellowshipping of the brethren." Hebrews 16:25
Of course Jesus will protect us as long as we stay close by Jesus, our Great Shepherd. The angels are assigned to protect us too as the bible says. Psalm 91:11. We are safe as long as we have on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18, which if you're not familiar with these verses, stop now and dig into Ephesians chapter 6 verse 10 through 18. You must experience the reality of what Paul teaches us to constantly wear as our protection against the tricks and wiles of the devil against children of God. This is spiritual protection beloved. Not trying to scare you. You need to know that when we are in battle for the Lord, whether you are a prayer warrior as an intercessor, preaching the gospel or teaching in your church or fellowship, you have protection in the Cross of Christ for salvation AND when we go out to do the work of God, battle protection against our enemy, the devil, when we are wearing "The full armor of God!" Do not be mislead. Any time you are doing the work of the Lord , you will be exposed to the attacks of the evil one and the principalities and powers of darkness in high places.
Keep close to the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the protector of our hearts. " Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full into His wonderful face...and the things of the world will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.
Have a blessed day in Jesus beloved. Mark and Maryna
6/28/2016 " I press on that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me." Philippians 3:12. The pressing on, the "doing what ever it takes" to get the job done. That seems to be the test for me each day. Some days I wake up and I'm just tired, I just want to go back to bed. I find these days to be the most rewarding if I " just give it a try." If I just get up in faith, there comes a supernatural strength to continue on. I must admit , these are the tests we most often have as we are growing in the power of Christ in us. Christ laid hold of us so that He can use us for His sovereign will/work to do good to others. Jesus Christ is doing the good work through our hands, feet and mouth to present the Gospel of the Good News to the whole world. Once we have stepped up to the plate as we should without being pampered, we have stepped up in the ladder closer to the Kingdom of God, of Heavenly realms where Christ wants us to be right now. Yes, that's right! it is God's will that we exist not in the worldly realm, but to live today in the heavenly realm with Christ. Ephesians 1:3,4,5. "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. " This is God's purpose for Christ Jesus laying hold of us ! It is our Lord Jesus Christ who made all things possible for us, through His awesome Love to go to the Cross for us , so that He could use us as His vase.
We have already been given everything we need, all the tools ( every spiritual blessing in Christ) to get the job done right from God our Father, in Christ Jesus who, by the way, in case you haven't gotten it yet, Christ Jesus in us is the very real " Holy Spirit of Christ, or Spirit of Christ in us who empowers us to do the things God calls us to do IN Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:1-13.
Christ in us is God's will for us so that God can accomplish what His desire is for the world so that Christ's law will be fulfilled, the Good News will reach the four corners of the earth and then Jesus in His fullness of Heaven, will return to the earth for His pure spotless bride for all eternity with Him in Heaven. This is the Promise of Christ for which we have all been called beloved. Then, it's all eternity in Heaven with Christ, just as Jesus revealed to John in Revelation, when it's all over.
SO now, we must press in and press on for the calling of Christ to do our part, to be a transparent vase holding the bouquet of Christ in us for all the world to see! Praise God, thank you Jesus. Come Lord Jesus Come!
6/27/2016 " Jesus replied, ' I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to the spirit." John 3:5,6.
Note that the word Spirit in this verse is capitalized in all the translations of this verse. This Spirit Jesus is referring to is the Holy Spirit. Then why didn't Jesus just say, "Holy Spirit?" Good question. In these end times, it is so important to understand the foundation of our faith and what the Kingdom of God is really all about to understand why the end times are what they are. Let's look at what a religious leader in Jesus time was thinking:
When Nicodemus came to Jesus, He knew that Jesus was sent by God (verse 2). Nicodemus's question to Jesus was, " How can a man be born a second time into his mother's womb? Jesus told Nicodemus the truth about what is of the flesh is flesh and what is of the Spirit is Spirit. Nicodemus seemed a bit confused, only because as Jesus explained, that unless he was born again, even he could not understand what Jesus was referring to when He said to Nicodemus, " but the Spirit gives birth to spirit and then I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?" The rest of chapter 3 is very powerful.
Jesus refers several more times to the heavenly revelation of being born again, but Nicodemus doesn't seem to get it. As Jesus explains to Nicodemus, He refers to Light in verse 19 with capital L, as Light referring to a person again, "Light has come into the world". Verse 21 summarizes everything. " But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God."
The question that Nicodemus brings up after Jesus tells him a second time, "You must be born again," Nicodemus says, "How can this be?"
God has shown me that even in my own life, in my Christian upbringing, I was forced to study the scriptures from an early childhood by my parents, but never really understood in my mind even the things of God. I believe that so many Christians today have the same experience-no spiritual rebirth, failing to understand the things of the Holy Spirit just like Nicodemus.
In these last days, it's so important for us to get it right. A mistake now could cost us way more than what we could even imagine in terms of Life and our future. After years of floundering about, I FINALLY, through direct revelation of Jesus Christ in my life, I experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit and began to understand the things of the Spirit that made no sense to me what so ever before. Only as a baby in the Spirit in the beginning, drinking in the word as in drinking the milk of the word did I begin to understand things that seemed to go right over my head before.
I can't begin to tell you all I've been through to get where I am now, but it all started with being Born Again in the Spirit. I had a lot of people praying for me, some I didn't even know.
John 15:16 Jesus says, " we didn't choose Christ, Christ chose us and appointed us first to go and bear fruit-fruit that will last. Jesus spends a great deal of time telling us about the Holy Spirit from John 14 through John 17.
As we are nearing the end of the end times, the very last days, we will need all the help we can get. In fact, Jesus calls the Holy Spirit, the Helper, the Comforter. The Holy Spirit is the power that makes us like Christ. With the power of Christ in us, a great deal more responsibility is placed on us. But the rewards are out of this world !
" I pray that God, who gives you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in Him. May you overflow with hope though the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13. "For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love. " Romans 5:5. Be blessed of your Heavenly Father through Christ our Lord, amen. Mark
6/26/2016 " We plead with you not to take the grace of God in vain." 2 Corinthians 6:1. " In all that we do, let everything we do, do as unto the Lord." Colossians 3:23. Anything else is in vain. " Unless the Lord builds the house those who labor to build do so in vain." Psalms 127:1.
There are a couple of ways to look at the word vain. One meaning for vain can mean, " to not take seriously," or as Merriam-Webster's dictionary puts it, " idle, empty, hollow, without worth or significance." This seems suitable for 2 Corinthians 6:1. If vain means " for nothing, to no avail, serving no worth while purpose" according to Yahoo Answers. This meaning for vain applies to Psalm 127:1.
Grace is the over whelming power of God to change our lives to conform to His will. I like what Oswalt Chambers has to say about grace "for today only," today in his devotional, My Utmost for His Highest. Grace is like the manna given from heaven to the Israelites daily as they traveled through the desert as daily bread, the manna was only good for that one day. Chambers talks about grace that God gives us one day may not be meant for the next day.
In these last days, we must be dependent on God's grace for our lives to co-exist with the Lord's life and will through the Holy Spirit in these end times. Any other form of co-existence with God would be in vain. As a "New Creation," Born Again" believer in Christ, everything we do must be of a NEW sound mind. Our thoughts must line up with God's thoughts, even our actions must be spot on to God's will, other wise we are laboring in vain. God will not share the glory beloved. He must do the work in us, we simply submit to His perfect will in our lives where He gets all the glory.
One of the first things I realized in my new life with Christ when God called me to be a believer in Christ back in 1970, was I needed to change the way I thought by allowing the Holy Spirit to change me. This has not been easy beloved! It's not my job to change me, but to submit to the lord's work to change me from the inside out. In fact it has been very hard to allow that change to take place in my life. Time and time again I see that is still an on going process in my life, I am a work in progress. I have had to re-learn everything all over again, to " make every thought captive to the obedience of Christ..." 2 Corinthians 10:4,5. Even my reasoning has been contaminated by the way the world filters everything. We are "brain washed" by the modern world from the first day of our life, through our upbringing, public school to college to be programed to think a certain way.
I had a big problem with "modern math" back in the early '60's. I had just learned the basic math skills, memorized multiplication and division successfully when after I had advanced to the next grade, we were taught, " Now forget everything you have learned in math up to now and grasp this new theory of what they called, " modern mathematics." I went home to my parents and asked them to help me understand it. It nearly drove my Dad crazy! He was even a math major and could not figure it out.
I never did get it. My whole point here is, I can not think like God would have me think without supernatural help. That is why the cross is foolishness to the world. The Lord can only change the way I think by His word and the revelation of His word.
The grace of God gives me the needed faith to understand the things of God through the power of the Holy Spirit in me. If we are born again, truly born from Heaven, God gives us the power to change the way we think, Romans 12. " Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship. 2) Do not conform to the "Pattern of this world" ( the thinking of this world,) but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. THEN you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will. 3) For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each one of you." Romans 12: 1-3.
So beloved, God so Loves us. He is transforming our thinking and our doing by that tremendous Love and His presence, His grace in our lives. His presence in our lives brings us fresh manna each day, maybe a dump truck load of grace or a cup full of grace, either amount is just the right amount for this day to give glory to God, to be obedient to God's will, " to do everything as unto the Lord." God is so Good, all the time, God is so Good.
Maryna and I hope and pray that your day is bringing glory to God, thanks to the grace, mercies and favor He so generously pours out upon You. May the Peace and the presence of the Lord be with you all of this day, in Jesus name we pray, amen. Mark and Maryna
6/25/2016 " For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God? 18) And, If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner? " 1 Peter 4:17, 18.
Today, in Alaska, we are experiencing the beginning of summer. There is this brilliant hugh of green everywhere. When you can see the sky, it is as blue as a blue sky can be, un-tainted by smog or smoke, with the most beautiful clouds...just like the post card pictures you might see of Alaska. A bouquet of song bird's voices blend together in a heavenly aroma that takes your breath away even into the middle of the night in most of Alaska during this time of year with the midnight sun stretching across the sky, even into the early morning hours. We enjoy in Alaska, as with other places near the Arctic circle twenty hours or more of daylight.
When you can not see the sky, the rains fall gently from the sky, the chill of the moist damp air turns one to spend the day inside, quiet and restful. A day inside would not be the same without a cozy fire in the wood stove or in the fireplace. Sounds like a fairy tale dream place. Yes...and no.
Yes, for a moment in time. What a wonderful place to live if it weren't for the mosquitos and the other pesky insects that bite. Alaska is a beauty to behold, but, like everything everywhere else on God's earth, the reality of life on earth changes quickly, with the good, the contrast of bad is present also.. The untamed reality of life is full of hard work, sorrows as well as joys and beauty. Along with the midnight sun of summer comes the cold dark days of winter, with it's harsh freezing bite ever gnawing at your bones. All life stands still as the north wind blows and the snow begins to cover the death of winter.. In the moment of quiet there is a feeling deep within one's self of uncertainty...Judgment. Judgment is the shadow that always lingers with us, isn't it? Judgment for not doing what we should have, or doing what we should not have done, not being what God created us to be.
We all have our regrets, that's normal. What is better even still is the reality that Jesus is alive! Jesus Loves! Jesus brings us life! No one, no one thing can rob the Truth of Christ from us. Even though judgment is real, judgment will soon be over for all eternity. The Truth has over come evil once and forever. That is the Gospel of the Good News of Jesus Christ! Thank you Jesus for setting us free by your precious blood of your cross at Calvary. What was too late for man to change, the penalty of our sin, you have changed forever dear Jesus. Thank you Jesus! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
" Where the Spirit of the Lord is, their is freedom. " 2 Corinthians 3:17. There is a song that comes to my mind that goes like this: " Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me. Spirit of the Living God, fall a fresh on me. Melt me, mold me, fill me...use me. Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me. " Praise God, thank you Jesus for your fresh Holy Spirit that changes our hearts, changes our thinking and changes our sorrows into dancing!
Lord, we know that judgment has already begun in the house of God, the Christian church today. We pray that you have your way, just as your word proclaims. We know that our past sins are as scarlet and are in deep need of your precious blood to cleanse us Jesus. Your word tells us that because of our sins, we have brought you great sorrow. Even though we have experienced sorrow, it would never be compared to the sorrow you have been through for the many who will reject your Love and forgiveness, rather to choose their own path of destruction and judgment in hell, which was never meant for them. If there be even the slimmest chance, use us Lord Jesus to share the Good News anyway with those who reject your precious Love for them no matter what we may see as the outcome for their souls. With you, especially with you and your love, "All things are possible."
Glory and praise and honor to you alone Lord God, Heavenly Father forever and ever, in Jesus name, amen. Mark
6/24/2016 " The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10) But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. 11) Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12) waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of the Lord, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! New Living Translation (NLT) 2 Peter 3:9-12.
WOW! The first verse is all about us. " But is patient toward YOU...not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." verse 9b.
The Lord is patient toward us beloved. But, " Once saved always saved," you might say, ( I once said.) I wonder why Paul then told us to work out our salvation in fear and trembling? Phil. 2:12.
In these last days, it is imperative that we persevere to the end in sharing the gospel with as many as the Lord would have us to. We see right here in 2 Peter 3:9, God's will for the whole world, "not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. Paul is sharing with us what it takes, " fear and trembling" for others beloved ! If we don't have love for others who are going to go to hell if they don't give their lives to Jesus, their very salvation could have been dependent on your sharing the gospel of the Good News of Christ to them before it is too late! God is counting on you and me to be His hands and feet. The Holy Spirit will lead us to the right people, and does every day, praise God! Our job is to pray for others, to love others as the Holy Spirit gives us grace to do so. If we deny this simple act of God's love to anyone, to share Christ with others, then the Love of Christ is not in us and we are doomed, according to 1 John 3:11-24. We live in a proactive life now with Christ in us. If we deny Christ to love through us through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are not doing God's will in these end times.
There REALLY is very little time left ! It is our duty to God to get right with Him first, to repent of whatever is weighing us down from doing the work of an evangelist, preaching the word of God in season and out of season. The enemy satan knows his time is short also. Satan's plan, and God is allowing it to happen, ( 2 Thessalonians 2nd Chapter 9th verse through 12th verse) is to take as many of God's children as he can to hell with him.
Jesus does not want that to happen. Jesus is counting on us to Love our neighbors and reach out to them in Love, the Love of Christ. " Preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and if you must, use words." ( St. Francis of Assisi, 13th century.) Part of that Gospel of Jesus Christ may be you helping feed others who have no food in the upcoming months when the stores will run out of food and no one has money to buy. Are you storing up food just for yourself? It is in giving that we show our Love for others, and in giving that we receive, for Jesus said, "What ever you have done for the least of these, you do to me." Matthew 25:31-46. Start saving up twice as much food as you possible can afford for those who will not have food when the tribulations starts.
I believe we are really coming down to the wire on the end times, last days brother's and sisters. There is really very little time left to prepare for the tough times ahead. Statistics say that 90% of the people of the world will not be prepared at all for the judgment days coming upon the earth. The end will really come as a thief in the night to most of them, the majority of people will be totally unprepared. Most will be starving within a couple of days in the USA, as well as dying of thirst literally. Water supplies will be for the most part contaminated or destroyed. Look at the areas flooding right now in the USA. All that water, but undrinkable without proper filtration. The drought areas of the USA are increasing more and more from California up to Canada and as far east as Montana. These are the produce producing states that normally have plenty of produce to provide for the populations. Corn, beans, potatoes and grains. We are in trouble beloved.
Judgment has already fallen on the USA and God's judgment won't be turned back now, it's too late. The USA is now more mocking God more than ever before. The United States is no longer united as a nation, but divided. It now has to pay the price of reaping what it has sown. We have as a nation lost favor with God. He has stepped back now that we have tied His mighty hands behind His back to help us, because as a nation of unrepentant sin. Many of God's children will be protected from the perilous times coming as they continue to trust the Lord to protect them and to worship and thank the Lord as they draw close to Him in these times of trouble.
But many will turn away from the Lord in anger because they were ignorant of God's Word, did not know God's word concerning even the last days but mocked those who have tried to tell them of God's repeated warnings by His prophets of today and in the scriptures about these last days and the Holy Spirit's own warnings to them..
NO, the USA cut itself off as a nation of God most recently when it cut off Israel, God's own chosen people as an allied friend of the USA and the USA agreed with Iran to protect her from any Israeli attacks.
The USA cut itself off from the Lord when it passed laws to abort, kill, murder human lives in 1973 to the number of nearly 100 million babies up to now in the most inhumane brutal murder of innocent, helpless human lives made in God's image for the convenience of women, in most cases, to not bear the child they helped conceive because it was not convenient to their life style. Even more so, not to mention the controversial billions of human lives denied their godly right to life, also aborted through modern contraceptive birth control practices since the early 1950's. YES! The same as murder.
WHAT? You must be out of your mind. No. Test the Spirit here.
Pray about this one beloved. If it's not true, I wouldn't say it. We are so quick to judge a woman who aborts her baby. What about the billions of women over the years who have prevented a baby from even being conceived by taking a pill or putting a foreign object in her womb to prevent conception just for her own convenience and freedom of pleasure of sex only? This is a modern abomination to the Lord that has been rarely confessed before God by either man or woman, husband or wife that cuts off a soul, a spirit from being in right standing with God the Holy Spirit. Pray about it beloved. Better to confess the sin than to face judgment for it. Is it God's will that any should perish, even the prevention of a would be conceived child?
We are all guilty of this sin. I figure, mostly because of a seared mind and false teachings, doctrine of demonds about birth contraception. The right response from this right now if this is you is just REPENT OF THIS SIN of satan to God the Father and to the Lord Jesus Christ from willfully on your own decision to prevent a life from being born from the act of intercourse and allowing God's design for life to take place to experience it's own birth right to the Kingdom of God! Become right before the Lord and repent of the use of birth control right now and be done with this guilt and brokenness with the intimate Father of all life, through the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross that cleanses us from ALL sin.
Both birth control and abortion are satan's attempts to put more people in hell by allowing any and all man made killing of would be human lives designed by God to be birthed, willfully preventing the birth of a human life that God designed intimate conception for. Read Psalm 139 if you don't believe me.
Finally, for today, the USA cut itself off from the presence of God when the supreme court passed law redefining the unity of marriage between a man and a woman TO marriage between anyone to anyone. The USA government cut itself off long ago from a meaningful relationship with God when it took God out of the public schools and government buildings and replaced God with their own gods and idols of technology, sociology and immoral living as "if it feels good, do it policies." These policies are called "doctrines of demons" that in the bible, Paul talks about, doctrines that itching ears want to hear to justify not only lustful sin, but everything from drug educed sins from recreational drug use, (Pharmacia,) or also known as witchcraft in the bible to worshiping idols and false gods as many other abominations of our Holy Elohim, El Shaddai, Almighty God.
1 Timothy 4:1, " The Spirit clearly says that in later times, the last days, some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things, doctrines of demons taught by demons. 2) Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron."
Beloved, we are in a race to the finish line right now. No more games, no more covering up, hiding behind lies. Run the race only to win! Take off every weight of sin that will slow you down. We need to put everything on the ling at this point and live 100% for Christ and His will for the time remaining. Get ready, Jesus is really coming soon, in fact, He is on His way. Look around you, the signs of His coming are nearer than we thought before. Pray, Come Lord Jesus come. Mark
6/23/2016 " Do not judge others, and you will not be judged ! For in the same way you treat others, you will be treated. The standard you use in judging is the same standard by which you will be judged, or, you will be judged according to the measure you use as it will be measured to you." Matthew 7:1.
This is what happens to children of God when they begin to loose the light of Christ in the last days. May I share a personal testimony/confession with you. I mean no offence to any of you about my own incident which I am going to share, this was a recent personal conviction the Holy Spirit showed me of myself.
Before I share that conviction, I recently read in a Christian periodical that of all the world's religions, which includes ALL of them, pagan and Christians included, people of the Christian faith, Christian ideology, are most likely to be critical of other people ( especially other Christians of different denominations ) by 80% based on their own understanding of the Word of God. WHAT? In other words, 80% of all Christians are critical (judgmental) of other Christians, and of course all non-Christians too. I was shocked !
Then the Holy Spirit showed me that I was part of that 80%. What? NOT ME Lord! "YES" you, Holy Spirit shared. "Uh Oh..." I thought. Boy, I need to clean my act up right now I thought.
" That is your problem," Holy Spirit said. No matter how hard you try to clean up your act, the end result the same, your self cleaning up is a stench to the Lord, my Heavenly Father and Jesus. It's not my/our job to clean up my act...It never was my job. If you think it's your job to clean up your act, to make yourself more like Jesus, guess what? Ever heard of a religious spirit, a self righteous spirit? That's not the robe that Christ has for us to wear. It is stained with sewage, to put it lightly, and fits way too small.
The Snow White robe Jesus has for us fits perfectly and it's washed sunshine bright by the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, Yeshua Meshach, our messiah. There is no other way we can please the Father, for we have all fallen short ( ever heard that before) we've all been cleansed by the blood of the Cross of Christ at Calvary. The same blood has cleansed all others just the same as our own sins, PRAISE BE TO THE LORD! THANK YOU JESUS ! The others in the world may not know they are cleansed, but Paul says we have all been saved by the One who hung on the tree, "But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When He was hung on the cross, He took upon Himself the curse for our wrongdoing.
For it is written in the Scriptures, " Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." Galatians 3:13. And Jesus said, " And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, I Will Draw ALL people to myself." John 12:32. Jesus will draw all men unto Himself, by Himself. So what do we do now? I needed to repent of my judgmental self righteous spirit. Yes. The light I thought I had inside of me was rather becoming dimmer and dimmer. It's not hard to fall into the sin of self righteousness beloved.
Be careful, guard your heart. We are extremely fragile, vulnerable people of God with a perfect bulls eye painted on our backs for the enemy and his horde of spirits and demons to aim at. And, thanks be to our Lord Jesus Christ who if we sin, or should I say when we sin, He has our backs. " Jesus is our advocate to the Father, who pleads for us on our behalf if we should sin. Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous." 1 John 2:1.
How humbling reality, truth is, when the light we think that is light within us is darkness. Oh how dark is the darkness. Better yet, blessed be the Lord to rebuke us for His name's sake through a loving brother or sister who can see we are having trouble and who prays for us for direct revelation from the Holy Spirit.
So, beloved, " when there is a problem in your life and it's not going away, pray. Find out if there is sin in your life that has cut you off from God," (Isaiah 59:1-2 ) and quickly repent, confess your sin so the Spirit of Christ in you can set you free. I need to pray for others more, especially those God shows me who need to get out of darkness into the light of Christ! We are always to pray. that's our job...pray, pray, pray. The rest is up to the Lord.
Lord, help me not to try and do your job, to be like a judge, but to be myself and do my part in praying for others in these last days. Thank you Jesus for setting us free. We Love you Lord! Mark
6/22/2016 " Listen! The Lord is not too weak to save you, and he is not becoming deaf. He can hear you when you call. But there is a problem...your sins have cut you off from God." Isaiah 59:1-2.
We have been talking about why we might have trouble hearing from God in recent journals. Oswalt Chambers mentions this in his recent daily devotions, that because of un-repented sin, we cut ourselves off from God's mercies. Today, if you hear His Voice, harden not your heart! Beloved, today, the Lord emphatically has impressed upon me that we continue to judge people all around us based on our own standards of right and wrong. I believe that is the plank in our own eye that keeps us from seeing as we ought. As Apostle Paul says, " The wrong we see in others is the same wrong we too have in our own lives.
Paul says about judging others, "Therefore you have no excuse or justification, everyone of you who judges and condemns others; for in passing judgment on another person, you condemn yourself, because you who judge ( from a position of arrogance or self righteousness) are habitually practicing the very same things which you denounce. Romans 2:1
6/21/2016 " Share each other's burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2
One of the most simple positive ways of knowing we are doing and obeying God's will is to obey this simple request of Christ, "to bear one another's burdens to fulfill the law of Christ," (which is to Love one another as we love ourselves.) Jesus is all about giving of ourselves. Not a showy giving, but a giving of our heart. " Give and it will be given unto you, a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Luke 6:38. Gods example of His love is to always love more. That's God's Love! You can't out love God and you can't out give God. Impossible!
Jesus shows this over and over again in His life's ministry testimony in the gospels of the Good News of Christ. "Love your neighbor as yourself," "do good to others," " heal the sick, raise the dead, drive out demons," " if you love me, feed my sheep," "Love your enemies," "Wash one another's feet as I have washed yours," the list goes on and on. Jesus came with one purpose, not to be served, as a King would expect, but to serve. Our Lord came for all of us, to show His good pleasure about loving unconditionally the whole world. He demonstrated this by freely giving of His life on the cross to make us free from our sin nature. No one has ever done this nor ever will again give so much of them self as Jesus did during the events leading up to and the crucifixion of His life for us.
There is an active participation that takes place after we meet Jesus in our life and give our life to Jesus as He becomes Lord over our lives. One catch to bare in mind, if we give our life to Jesus, our life no longer belongs to ourselves, for our life belongs to Jesus from now on, we can't take it back even if we try to. We do have to let go of our old life habits completely though or we will not experience God's peace and joy over our lives. That is the hardest thing to do, but with Christ, all things are possible. Grace, grace, grace. Pray for grace. The grace of the Lord is what I pray for all of us. More grace and faith to do God's will, to persevere to the end in these last days for the Kingdom of God. One of those really profound statements of Christ is, " And these signs will follow those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on the sick people, and they will get well." Mark 16:17-18. Matthew 10:8 also says, " Jesus said, heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give." These signs and wonders are normal with true believers in Christ. However, these signs and wonders are about as rare among believers as hen's teeth. I must admit, I'm not fully there myself all the time, but striving to be all that God wants me to be in these last days. We must beloved, be all that Christ would have us to be IN HIM. That means less of ourselves and all in for Christ in us, " Christ in us, the hope of glory, as Paul tells us in Colossians 1:27.
Brothers and sisters, the reason Maryna and I started this website is that the Holy Spirit put on both of our hearts to do this now. We started this website back in October of 2015, in obedience of helping others who felt also the urgency to prepare for Jesus second coming because He is coming soon. We can sense this in our spirit, right? There is really very little time left.
Number one, "We all first have to come into right standing with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That you must do on your own, first priority. We must yield to the Holy Spirit as He is our guide through to the end from here. After we realize this revelation from God, ( and only from God, not from me,) we MUST continue to listen for the Lord's voice.
REALLY! I stress this, Unless you hear the Lords' voice in these last days, it is impossible to obey His commands. He will train you up, the scriptures say. Jeremiah 31: 31-34. Be encouraged by these verses beloved in Christ. They are for us in these days !
If you say, " God doesn't speak to us today like He did in the olden days past." This is a lie from the devil. DO NOT LISTEN TO THE DEVIL, listen to the Word of God that tells us just the opposite. I thought the same once too. Then the Lord opened my eyes through His Word. It's not about me, but about what needs to be done to encourage the second coming of Christ that we are all waiting for. The Lord could do it all by Himself right now, in the flash of a light. Instead, as Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me, will do the same as I have done and even greater things shall you do, because I am going to be with the Father and I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son !" John 14:12
I pray the Lord will open anyone's eyes that has a need to be opened by the Holy Spirit right now, in Jesus name! And I thank you right now Father, in Jesus name, for all things are possible with you in our lives, amen. Thank you Jesus. Come Lord Jesus. Come and have your way, in your name, amen. Mark
6/20/2016 " If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your dwelling. For He orders His angels to protect you where ever you go." Psalm 91:9-11.
" He sees everything I do and every step I take." " You can lie down without fear and enjoy pleasant dreams." Job 31:4, Prov. 3:24.
The bible says we are a slave to whatever controls us. If evil and sin are scott free to reign in our hearts and lives, we are most surely a slave to sin and evil which controls us. In the last days, we will see this pressure all around us wondering, why? Why is evil so powerful today in the world?
But, If on the other hand, by the grace of our Heavenly Father, we have been blessed through having the anointing of God, the blessing of God to be the dwelling place of the Spirit of Christ in us, the temple of the Holy Spirit and we strive to yield to the Holy Spirit's leading us in our life each day, we are BORN AGAIN, controlled by the Holy Spirit instead of this evil around us. It's a part of the reality of life that has been known since before the world was even made beloved. The world has never been meant as our final destination. We are like Moses and the Israelites going through the desert searching for the Promised Land. The promise of God is in the Kingdom of God, not the riches of the world. Some how we can not let the riches of this world become a distraction to the promise of Christ in Heaven.
These are very powerful words of our Lord. Read this again and pay attention to the verses as they both start out with "IF." " If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High God, your Heavenly Father your shelter, no evil will conquer or defeat you...He orders His angels to protect you where ever you go!" Ps. 91.
This is our amazing God! Even though all around us, things are becoming darker and darker, evil seems to be in control of powerful countries like the USA, Russia, China, the Vatican, the Islamic mid eastern countries and so many other countries around the globe, Our Heavenly Father has not forsaken us. He will single us out as His own for protection " IF " we make Him our refuge, our shelter, our hiding place! He will encamp His angels all around us for protection.
In these last days, will we as followers of Christ experience tribulation ourselves? That's a tough question. What kind of tribulation are we talking about? Tribulation is defined as distressful, anguishing, troublesome, suffering times.
Look at the Christians that have been martyred recently in the years since 2001 that the twin towers were bombed. In America, in Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya. Do you think they have experienced tribulation before they were martyred? Or what about the 6 million Christians killed by Hitler in World War II along with the 6 million Jews? The 100 million people killed by Stalin in Russia.
Going a little deeper from the obvious martyred for their faith, what about the aborted 70 million unborn innocent babies of the USA since abortion was legalized in 1973 alone, not to mention the hundreds of millions of abortions in the whole world's aborted innocent, who were defenseless against their killers, "those whose hands shed innocent blood?" ( Proverbs 6:17). Don't you think they suffered too? Don't you think they felt anguishing, distressful pain being tortured, some while still in the womb having their heads crushed so that the later staged babies could come out easier? Probably many of you don't know what happens if the aborted babies come out crying or struggling for breath? I'm sure many of you do know that many aborted babies are alive when they come out of their mother's womb. They are definitely murdered.
I knew a personal friend who went through a late stage abortion back in 1973. Her experience was definitely no less that a tribulation. The people handling the abortion did not know what to do when the baby started gasping for air and then crying started. She said it was a nightmare that she wished she had never decided to do. She said that, "not a day goes by even now that she does not hear the cry of her dying baby."
The tribulation Jesus talks about in Matthew 24:29 is unlike anything we could ever imagine. Jesus talks about the " sun being darkened, the moon shall not give her light and the stars shall fall from the heaven and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30) And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven : and then shall all the tribes of the earth morn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." This is all AFTER the tribulation.
Then, we read in Rev. 3:10, " Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth/world." Many say this verse is in reference to the rapture for Christians before the tribulation period. To endure patiently, keeping God's commands is a huge task. Praying for others, our family, our relatives, our neighbors, our friends and yes, our enemies to be saved from those things that await those who reject the Good News of Jesus Christ is God's will for us who are in Christ Jesus, Job 42:10.
There is a connection of God's protection when we obey God's commands, especially when it comes to praying for the protection of others and how God will then protect and restore us in a hurting world of confusion and darkness.
Going back to the opening verses from Psalm 91, my heart is certain that as I put all my trust in the Lord, He will protect me with His angels no matter what is happening around me, even the Great Tribulation, thanks be to Our Lord Jesus Christ. We have this privilege because of the Cross of Christ, the Love of the Father for the Son of God and for the whole world, John 3:16 .
God is so Good. He loves every detail of our lives because of Jesus in our lives. Thank you Jesus forever! Mark
6/19/2016 "And Jesus said, 'Now this is eternal life; that they know you, THE ONLY TRUE GOD AND JESUS CHRIST, whom you have sent. " Gospel of John, chapter 17: verse 3. Write this verse inside your forehead, in the priority chapters of your mind!
The character of the creator of all life is this simple verse in John, chapter 17, verse 3. Remember this verse. Jesus will put you to the test for sure and knowing there is only One True God and only One True mediator between God and Man, the Lord Jesus Christ. This anchor of our faith, Jesus Christ, is the only Way, Truth and the Life that will always bring us closer to the Father and pull on your heart strings when you hear false teachings that will try to lure you away from the ONE and ONLY true God AND Jesus Christ as your personal connection between you and the ONLY True God, the ruler of the Only Kingdom of God.
Why is this so important to know in these last days? Jesus has warned us that in the last days you will be deceived by MANY false prophets and teachers of the gospels of Jesus Christ. Matthew 24:4. That's right. God is allowing satan to deceive us though false teachings even using the gospel of Christ to bait us. Also through miracles and lying wonders . Denying the Truth, the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit who leads us in all truth. 2 Thess. 2:8 through 12. "Be careful." " Guard your heart."
Why is it so important to KNOW there is ONLY ONE TRUE GOD? Why can't there be other gods that all lead to heaven, to eternal life? Look around the world. Look at what false gods have done to civilizations all over the world who follow false gods and worship false idols. None of them have a savior or Lord. It's all about achieving perfection on your own, which is possible. Think about this, worshiping a "holy cow?" Worshiping a fat buddah idol just to name a few ridiculous ideologies? Then we have idols of worship like the "big bang" or atheist ideology. What eternal hope is there in these prideful theories of creation. No Truth what so ever, no life what so ever from a supreme Being. No wonder our Creator God is so Jealous of these false idols and gods. They offer no hope, no chance of faith or a future with an ALL LOVING GOD who loves you as a husband loves his wife.
We are most fortunate in this day we live in, to simply look around the world through the media available to us through the internet, through satellite TV, Newspapers and magazine periodicals...The ability to see reality is so available to us. We must be careful though because not all media is godly and not all media is Truth. Pray and as the Lord what media is reliable to the Truth of Christ. I like Trunews, CBN news, the Economic Collapse Blog.com news, the Jim Bakker show news, World Net Daily news, just to name a few. (You will fine their links in our contact page of this website.)
WARNING ! Do not make the daily news a form of idol worship. Jesus wants us to be aware of what is going on in these last days in the world, but never become obsessed or addicted to too much TV, even the world news. Be obsessed instead daily with Jesus Christ and His Good News that He brings us each and every day, all day long and all night long through just knowing Jesus, the Holy Spirit and His constant Love and Holy will for us, His constant care and provisions for us, why the fact that He summons His angels to watch over and protect us even when we become too busy with the cares of this life and forget Jesus with the business of the world to distract us.
Our God is TRUE LOVE, the Love of a Father of children, which the world doesn't know except through Almighty God and we don't even know Almighty God without Jesus Christ to reveal Him to us. God is mysterious to most who don't know Him.
God has many names from over the years as the Word of God reveals His names to us, mainly through the character of God revealed through His very different names by design. God's names are widely expressed, Elohim being the first, "Creator of all things in the universe", Adonai, Yahweh, El Shaddai, Jehovah are just a few other names of the very same God we know as our Elohim, our Heavenly Father. God for knew in the beginning that the nature of men would look for other gods to worship, other idols to hold dear to their hearts.
One of God's character that I appreciate is His Love, not just the Love of a Father to His children but the jealous Love of a husband to His wife. That's how much our Abba Father Loves me/us. Deuteronomy 4:26, Isaiah 54:5, Jeremiah 31:32.
"Draw close to the Lord beloved, and He will draw even closer to you. " James 4:8. Knowing this great truth of Jehovah's character, let us " Seek to live a clean and holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord." Hebrews 12:14. "Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts." Ps. 15:1-2.
" Unless you are born again, you can never see the Kingdom of God." John 3:3. " Nothing evil will be allowed to enter-no one who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty." Rev. 21:27. " You must be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy." Lev. 19:2. " Obey God because you are His children. don't slip back into your old ways of doing evil; you didn't know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God-who chose you to be His children-is holy."1 Peter 1:14-15. " Throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. You must display a new nature because you are anew person, created in God's likeness-righteous, holy, and true." Ephes. 4:22-24. " Long ago, even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes." Eph. 1:4
Blessing in Christ Jesus Our Lord! Mark
6/17/2016 " By Faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He really exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Hebrews 11:5-6. "
Without faith, we can not please God ! The apostle Paul has so much to share with us about faith. In Ephesians, he tells us we are "saved by grace through faith," Eph. 2:8, Hebrews is a mystery book in the New Testament that no one knows for sure who wrote it, but, Hebrews 11 is known in the bible as the FAITH chapter. Read it !
The important thing about faith that I know, is it is a gift of God, as much as His Love is a gift, His life is a gift and Jesus and the Holy Spirit are a gift we do not deserve. As we journey into the end time days, we will NEED Faith to continue on. In Ephesians 6, Paul says that we need to put on the full armor of God. Faith is the shield that we are to use as part of the full armor of God to "extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one." Ephes. 6:16 God is calling us to be His mighty warriors beloved in these end time days. We will need to know and use the full armor of God before we go into battle with the Lord as things "Heat Up" where those fiery arrows will be nothing new to us.
Faith, remember, is believing in something you don't see! Only God the Father can give you faith to motivate you to be what He created you to be. We are Human-beings by design. God is a Supreme Being. We are earthly vessels for a Heavenly Being. You must have faith in God to be effective in your Christian walk beloved. Your day must be enlightened by the Father's Light, which is faith from Him.
Last night, Maryna and I watched a very uplifting program where medical Dr. Mary Colbert spoke about an experience she had last Christmas with the Lord. Mary is the wife of Dr. Don Colbert, a very devout Christian Medical Doctor who just so happens to be a born again believer in Jesus Christ. His wife, Mary is experiencing a sudden increase in her faith that has propelled her into the prophetic gifting of Prophesying the word of the Lord to the church today. God spoke to her to share the 5 pillars of faith. I am going to share those five pillars of faith later on today that God spoke to Mary Colbert.
Later: Mary Colbert said that on Christmas Day after a long tiring day cooking and hosting friends and relatives to Christmas dinner, cleaning up and finally going to bed later on that night after everyone had left, she turned in to go to bed. She barely remembered going to bed, she was so tired. Mary said that before her head even hit the pillow, she was asleep.
But the moment she fell asleep, her eyes slammed open suddenly and the bedroom seemed as bright as day light. She said she was wide awake and as alert as if she had slept all night. Then Mary heard the voice of the Lord call her by name. " Mary, wake up. I have something I want to tell you that you must write down so you can share the message with the whole world. The message is the Five Pillars of Faith every believer must know to prepare themselves for the Last Days. Get a pen and pad and write down everything I tell you Now.
1. FAITH IS ACTIVE, IN CONSTANT MOTION.
2. I WANT THE KIND OF FAITH THAT EXCITES ME !
3. FAITH IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THINGS
4. CLOSE YOUR EYES. WHEN YOU CAN SEE THE THING YOU ARE BELIEVING FOR, YOU WILL SEE BY FAITH WHAT YOUR BELIEVING FOR AND IT WILL BE DONE.
5. LOVE IS THE FUEL THAT PROPELLS FAITH.
Pray and ponder these things in your heart. Let the Love of the Lord flow over you as you read and meditate on these principals of living. The Lord bless you and keep you now. Mark and Maryna
6/16/2016 " A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences." Proverbs 21:20.
The time to be prepared for tomorrow is now ! Beloved in Christ, God is not dead! He is very much alive and in control of all things. You wouldn't know it by the way things "tend" to be going in the world. The tendency right now of the " world " is a blindly searching for solutions to MANY issues from global warming to Islamic terrorism to global economic collapse. All are important issues, and if something doesn't happen soon, the world will turn into a chaotic whirl pool of failures after failures, which will cost lives and governments falling apart like in Venezuela right now. Two years ago, Venezuela was one of the strongest nations economically and politically. Today, it is total chaos with economic collapse and government overthrow in the near future, again.
The USA is no different. Global investments in American stocks are going the other way right now at alarming rates according to Michael Snyder at the economic collapse blog.com. Read the 15 facts why the USA economy is in current imploding stages and facts about why foreign investors are selling their stocks which have supported US investments for years. Why is the world loosing faith in the US of A ?
It's time to start doing what you have been putting off today. Begin with a soul search on our knees to the King of Kings. Our best beginning is to get honest with the Lord of Lords and find out what Our Lord has to say about us and where we need to change in our own lives first. Sometimes it's just the view of where we are heading from a different angle, like a heavenly angle. We need to see where God is heading so we are heading with Him and not against Him. Jesus is always the answer to the world problems we have today. Now, where is our purpose and plan line up with God's direction and plans.
I hope as things in the world seem to become more complicated, that you experience the peace that surpasses the peace that the world gives by taking the hand of the Prince of Peace and holding tightly to His strength and stability as we pursue God's will for us each day. The Peace of the Lord be with you.
6/15/2016 "So you too must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return." Matthew 25:13.
So you too must keep watch... we must be prepared. I must admit, being prepared is a huge part of waiting and watching for the Lord's return.
Proverbs 27:12 says, " A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences." and Proverbs 21:20, " The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but the fools gulp theirs down." Finally, 1 Timothy 5:8, " if anyone does not provide for his family and relatives, he has denied the faith and he is worse than an unbeliever."
Part of pray, pray, pray is be, be, be. When praying, we must expect a response from our Lord. God responds through His Word, through His prophets and often through the Holy Spirit in us if we are in close relationship with Our Lord.
I strive to be in close relationship with Jesus all the time every day. I say strive, it's not easy and sometimes I don't do what I want to do and sometimes I try not to do what I shouldn't do, but Praise God for those times when I fail to be the Christian believer God wants me to be, as God wants us to see REALLY where we are in our spiritual walk with Him. Bottom line is we must be, and by being, we must be doing. Breathing is doing something, but watching and preparing is what Our Lord is asking us to do now to prepare for the much harder times coming very soon.
You need to have food stored up now. If you don't have extra canned food, frozen food and freeze dried food, you are not prepared for the perilous times just around the corner. If you don't have extra coffee, tea, powdered milk, sugar, salt and pepper, you are going to be in for hard times beloved. I hope you have a supply of medical first aid supplies, a lot of aspirin, ibuprofen, antibacterial gel such as Neosporin, clean rags for large bandages, soaps (liquid clothes soap, dish soap, bars of soap, tooth paste, mouth wash, dental floss, deodorant and other things for good hygiene care of the body. I hope you have a short wave radio, a two way radio set so you can stay in touch with your loved ones if you go out. Get some Silver Eagle 1 oz coins for bartering and purchasing. Buy as much as you can afford as cash, banks and stocks will be worthless by this time next year. It's a good investment and will increase in value anyway as the global and US economy plummets. Also, as these perilous times hit full force, we will not have electricity, no cell phones or computers. We will be in the horse and buggy days all over again.
The city is not a good place to be. The Lord showed me for the first time in 1974 and again in 1994 when I made the choice to sell my business in Washington State and move to Alaska. It wasn't easy by any means to move out by faith, but being obedient to the Lord's call was the greatest decision I have ever made when I began to move toward moving to Alaska. Praise the Lord. Thank you Jesus. It only took about a month to make all the transitions needed to finally pack up and leave for Alaska once I knew it was God's will to move there.
I moved out into the country (bush we call it in Alaska) to be able to grow a garden, hunt and fish to live basically off the land. Things are doing quite well right now, I met and married Maryna, who's from Namibia, South Africa. Maryna grew up on a large sheep ranch in the desert country of Namibia. I grew up on a farm in Eastern Washington, so we had that in common.
We have some chickens for eggs, goats for milk, turkeys for meat plus other "smart things" to increase our survival. A beautiful garden full of fresh vegetables in the summer, a river less than five miles away full of salmon in the summer and fall months. Moose and caribou are fairly abundant. Yes, I have a few guns and rifles and plenty of ammo for the guns. All but one is hidden. We have become educated about prepping over the past 10 years or so by reading a lot of good books that help you understand why to prepare and by listening to others who have been doing it for a long time also. We started prepping early on, just because of the likelihood of a catastrophic event such as a severe earthquake here in Alaska, which is not uncommon. Our biggest concern right now is an EMP event, whether through enemy attack by atomic bomb explosion above the atmosphere or extreme sun flair from solar storms on the sun that can shut down the electrical grid in a heart beat.
Being prepared means being, planning, doing something other than thinking about doing something. I know all this prepping takes some investment money, tell me about it! We have been buying what we can afford for some time now, knowing that the Lord wanted us to prepare for hard times when food and other essentials will not be available. We are still not where we would like to be yet, but time is running out. We are coming into very hard times beloved, really hard times.
When the hard times hit, the government is not going to help us out in these up coming hard times, because they WILL not be able to. A little bit of preparation is better than nothing at all right now. Start saving up essentials like we have listed on the TIME IS SHORT page of this website. Read down to where the list of items begins. Don't be over whelmed at all the things we have listed, I know our list is more comprehensive than most lists, but it suffices for us. We have been prepping since just before 2000, remember Y2K? That was a close one, I thank the Lord that we didn't have a melt down of existence as was predicted, but it served as a warning that something terrible was going to happen soon, as the bible tells us. That something is here now beloved.
Keep sober, keep focused on your relationship with Jesus and the Kingdom of Heaven. Never let your guard down. Keep preparing and watching at what is going on in the world. Don't be consumed with all the negative going on, but be aware of these things as things are heating up in the world and the USA. Stay in the Word every day, pray as the apostle Paul encourages us to do in all things and be thankful for your circumstances that you are in right now. Praise God beloved. The Kingdom of God is at hand and the glory of the Lord is now ! Finally, pray about where the Lord wants you to be for the next year. The prophets are telling us that by this time next year, we will be in the middle of the tribulation period where there is no hope of turning things around, that the world, the USA will be reaping by next January what we have sown as a nation. Keep the Faith, blessings always, Mark
6/14/2016 "Be not afraid, for I am with you" Isaiah 41:10 and 43:5. Over and over again we see our creator God, our Heavenly Father reaching out to us to comfort us, to help us realize, " I am for you, not against you..." Jeremiah 29:11. Through Isaiah, God is reinforcing His position in relationship with us. Our Daddy God wants us to know that even in times of trouble, which these end time days are full of, " a thousand fall to the left of you and ten thousand fall at your right, but I the Lord am with you, directing your path saying, ' Go this way, turn and go the other way...' When we are totally sold out to Jesus, God our Father will lift us up, will strengthen us through even the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ in us. But, Christ is not in us automatically as many would think. It is by our choice that we " Abide in Christ, " not the other way around. Jesus says, "IF" you abide in me, not if I will abide in you. We must make the determined efforts to abide in Christ. When we get to that point where we give up our own will and accept God's will for all our circumstances, " Then," Jesus Christ can comfortably abide with us, just as in John 15:4, where Jesus says, " just as a branch abides in the vine," the fruit comes through the life of the vine to the branch, not the other way around.
If we give every circumstance of our lives to Jesus, He will open up new pages of life we could have never seen on our own. We become very good passengers along with Jesus Christ. We become more at rest and more thankful that the battles we encounter day by day are meant for the Lord to handle and for us to "watch and pray" as Jesus asked His disciples at the garden of Gethsemane. As we allow Jesus into more of our life, we will experience healing, especially in the areas of our life that we have guarded so secretly. Yes, those areas of our life we have not given yet to the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. We must surrender ever fiber of our life as though our life here on earth depends on Jesus Christ for that life.
There is a song called, Breathe . It goes like this, " You are the air I breathe...your holy presence in me...I am desperate for you, Jesus." We are so dependent upon Jesus, just as our bodies are so dependent upon oxygen from the air we breath to our blood, to our brain, to our heart to stay alive. We can not do anything by ourselves beloved. Whether we know it or not, we are desperate for Jesus all the time in our life. We are desperate for His Word, for His eternal Life.
Read, read, read the Word each day. Bath in the psalms, the Gospels. Get to know Jesus more and more each day by your own efforts as if the Word were a life line you absolutely have to have to exist. Let us bless the Lord and Glorify Him in our praise and thanksgiving. Let us give ourselves as a living sacrifice to God (Romans 12:1) so that Christ will abide in us, and we in Him! Have a great day beloved, knowing that you are not alone, the Lord is constantly with you!
6/13/2016 "Come, follow me..." Luke 18:22. Come follow me... If all of us would listen very closely, we can hear the Lord's voice speaking within us a message of salvation each and every day. God's voice is usually not a blaring voice over a loud speaker, although God can do even that.
I once worked as a car salesman for a season. The Lord Jesus had a most powerful, profound lesson for me as I worked in a dealership that was hustle and bustle. Everyone was out for their own and that's how most car dealerships operate. The job of a car salesman in most dealerships is to make as much money as your can each day selling cars, period.
Just to tell you how ended up a car salesman, first it was not a choice of job I really desired. A fishing buddy of mine talked me into working at his dealership after I sold the portrait photography business I had in preparing to move to Alaska. I was a fairly new Christian believer, I had finally made a serious commitment to Jesus for my life after 20 years of half believer and half worldly strong man. It took over twenty years since the day I met Jesus to finally see that Jesus now demanded ALL of my life, I felt He was very serious about my life and I needed to "Come, follow me. "
Little did I know that Jesus was going to take my life in a completely different direction than I could ever imagine, but it was God's will that I work in this car dealership as a car salesman. ( By the way, that is still the biggest struggle in my life today, to be 100% committed to trusting Jesus with my life no matter what or where He directs my path. The most important thing for a committed believer is that we hear Jesus voice so clearly that we do not hesitate to be obedient " Johnny on the spot." When Jesus says move, it's because His timing is MOVE RIGHT NOW !
After I got the swing of things working at this dealership, working about a month into the job and selling a few cars, one day, an older gentleman suddenly appeared at my desk. He said, " do you work here? " "Yes, I do." "There is a used car out back I want to buy," he said. ( Most salesmen never hear that statement. Most salesmen, as one is taught, have to "Work" their client to get to a sales deal. )
"Can I show you which car I want to buy?" he said. Sure! So we walked out back to where the car was parked. As we walked to the back of the lot, I looked the man over pretty close to see where he was coming from. You are trained to figure out who your dealing with by the way a person dresses and by the way they talk. This fellow was in dusty old blue jeans coveralls. He had a dirty old baseball cap on, three days growth or more since he last shaved and his white tee shirt was crusty with dust and sweat below his neck as though he had been working and sleeping in the same clothes for a week. So my assumption of this character was he was either a potato farmer or possibly a farm hand or just retired living and working on his own little farm.
When we got to the car he wanted, I could tell the car had just arrived from a used car auction by the sticker in the window. I asked the old timer if he would like to drive the car, take it for a spin? "Nope," he said. I just want to buy the car for my wife. ( Our dealership policy, as with most dealerships is, you have to have the client drive the car first before you spend the time working the deal. ) I tried to explain our policy to the client, but he wasn't interested AT ALL in driving the car. It was a very nice luxury Chrysler New Yorker, very low miles.
He said, " Lets go make a deal." "OK, I've never done it this way before, but lets go talk over price and see what the sales manager has to say," I told him as we were walking back to the office building. He then said, " seven thousand five hundred dollars." " What, " I said? "Seven thousand five hundred and not a penny more," he said. "Oh, you will pay seven thousand five hundred and not a penny more," I replied back to him, " We'll see what the boss says," I replied, not having a clue what the asking price was on the car, as the car had not been detailed yet for the lot with the price code for the salesmen to see on the window what the asking price was.
As we got inside the office building, I had our "dirt farmer" filling out paperwork as I went to the sales manager to talk about the price of the car. He was busy at the time, so knowing I was new, he asked me if I had done everything I needed to do before coming to him for a price. I Told him, "The old man doesn't want to drive the car at all, just wants to buy it for his wife. " You know our policy about everyone drives the car, now go have him drive the car," the boss said. Ok, I'll see what I can do.
I went back to the farmer and told him our policy. He stood up angrily and yelled, " Just sell me the car!" Everyone in the office building could hear the farmer's excited voice. I was a little embarrassed, but calmly asked him to sit down and I would see what the boss would do. As I walked to the sales desk, I was red faced knowing what the boss would say, but thought it would help the client see I was on his side. As I got to the sales managers desk the dealership owner's son came up and stepped between the sales manager and myself and said something to the manager. They talked a minute or so and then the owner's son walked away.
I stepped up to the sales manager's desk and started to speak, but he cut me off and said, " Seven thousand five hundred and not a penny less," almost as though he was upset and didn't want to waste any more of his time on the deal. I looked the sales manager straight in the eyes and said, " That's exactly what he, the dirt farmer said." Then go make a deal before he walks!
I went and shook my clients hand and he looked at me with such a joy on his face, I almost cried for him. He said, " My wife is going to love the car." We finished the paper work, he called his wife and told her to come down to the dealership, that he had a special surprise for her." While we waited, my client loosened up a little and shared with me that he had a wheat ranch out of town ( the Tri-Cities) in Eastern Washington where I lived at the time. He said his wife had been battling cancer and was doing much better now, and that he had promised her the day before, ( Sunday when we were closed,) when they drove through our lot and she spotted this car, he would buy it for her.
This is just what happens when you let Jesus be the driver in your car and you sit in the passenger seat and just trust and obey, let our Lord Jesus do the work for you. "Come, follow me."
I pray that you remember this story and not because it is true, but the bottom line that happened as I watched this nice old dirt farmer walk out the door with the keys to his wife's new/(used) car.
One of the senior car salesmen came up to me just after I had opened the door to let my client out. I could see the farmer's wife get out of another car and walk over to him as I watched with interest. The farmer handed his wife the keys and gave her a big hug. She had a smile from ear to ear that could make the sun shine! I felt so touched by the whole deal, I knew it was a God thing moment. I was full of joy, not from what I had made off the deal, but from seeing such a happy customer, who was giving the car to his wife as a Love gift.
The Senior salesman said to me, " That was one of the quickest deals I have ever seen in my life! Good Job rookie." I could barely hear the salesman through my fresh thoughts still fluttering in my mind over the joy of the man and his giving of himself to his wife. I turned to the senior salesman and said, "Praise the Lord, it was nothing!" It was nothing on my part, that's the whole thing. As the senior salesman walked back to his desk and I continued to watch the emotions of the people outside as they walked around and looked at the car, suddenly over the loud speaker above me I heard a clear announcement, " I choose whom to bless and whom to take away from." It was as loud and clear as I am writing right now, I was standing right below the speaker, so there was no mistake at what the announcement was. I turned and yelled to the salesman, " Did you hear that announcement over the loud speaker? " "What announcement, " he said. "About I choose whom to bless and whom to take away from."
The salesman looked at me as though I was crazy. He said, " I didn't hear a thing." The message evidently was not meant for him to hear. So often, when we are following Jesus, the intimacy of Our Lord Jesus is meant for only one person, you and you only. I have only shared this story a few times in my life as the Lord has not given me liberty to. " Today, If you hear His voice, harden not your heart." Hebrews 3:15. Today, make it a point to go to your prayer closet, to that quiet place where you are not distracted and sit down and listen. Listen for that still quiet voice of the Lord that says, " I choose whom to bless and those whom to take away from," or what ever else the Lord Jesus would have you to hear. I know this for certain, Jesus Christ is standing at all of our doors knocking. He says, "if you hear My voice and open the door, I will come into you and sup with you." That is, to make himself at home in you, to be comfortable with you and you with Him.
Don't let this opportunity get away from you another day. Do it today! Go be with Jesus in that quiet place that He seeks to meet you in. The Lord be with you and with your spirit.
By the way, That message I heard that day at the dealership, " I choose whom to bless and whom to take away from," comes from Job. " Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away, may the name of the LORD be praised." Job 1:21. Also found in Romans 9:18.
6/12/2012 "Come, see where I live..." John 1:38-39. The disciples were taken, smitten by Jesus! "Who is this man, except He be the messiah?" Where does He live? Where is His Kingdom? Where are His protectors, His knights, His security force? This man must be of noble birth, He is so...far greater than any man I ever have known!
The disciples were smitten by Jesus. Immediately after meeting Jesus, they knew there was something special about Jesus that they should follow Him. When John the Baptist explained to his disciples that he was not the messiah, but that Jesus was the messiah, his disciples began to follow Jesus. Later on we will see that those following Jesus were so curious about where Jesus lived that they could hardly stand it. Jesus explained to them that even foxes have their own dens to sleep in, but the Son of God has no place to lay His head. Yet, they continued to follow Jesus drawing closer and closer to Jesus as Jesus allowed them to draw closer and closer.
In these last days, the bible says that God will speed things up to completion of what was prophesied in the last days to fulfill everything in His time table. We will see things in the world coming together and see the Lord's hand in the timing, just wait and see for yourselves! The main thing we should do in seeing these things, these events of God being fulfilled, we MUST let go of our selfish ambitions. If we don't let go of our own selfish ambitions, we will miss what Our Lord is doing all around us and miss our calling in His Kingdom right here, right now.
Are you a part of the last days being fulfilled? I hope so. We all have a mission right where we are at. The first mission is to "COME" to Jesus with both hands empty and reaching out to grasp both of Jesus hands. If we don't have both hands empty as we reach to Jesus for His hands, how will Jesus grab both of your hands if one or both are still holding on to "your own agenda? When Jesus says, "Come to me, you who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest..." or " Come with me and I will show you where I live..." Come, means leave your "Old" self behind and follow Jesus and He will show you great things you have never seen before. "Come and I will teach you" that I am in charge because I hear the Father's voice and do everything He tells me.
Jesus is telling us right now to prepare for really tough times coming. Prepare for people scoffing at you for not wanting to " Have fun right now with them," some will be your own family members. Yes, your own brothers and sisters will be calling you to come with them, but, just like Jesus told his followers when they came to Him and said, " You mother and brothers are calling for you," Jesus replied, Only those who do my Father's will are my mother and brothers and sisters.
What is keeping us from being totally committed to Jesus and the will of the Father in our lives? Could it be our own selfish pride? I love what Oswalt Chambers said in his devotion today about selfish pride. When we say, " But I'm no saint," when giving or making up excuses for not doing something the Lord asks us to do, or when ever we have something we feel is more important that we are doing right now to stop and have God use us.
We need to die to self beloved so we can experience Jesus turning the plain water into the choicest wine. Who would ever know that this plain Nazarene man was actually the Son of the Living God, Savior of the world and redeemer of our souls? If we were not following Jesus everyday, all day long, how would we NOT know where Jesus lived? "Unless we die from our self, take up our cross daily, we CAN NOT be Jesus followers. Plain. Simple. To be or not to be? Die to self today and be 100% committed to the Lord Jesus Christ, no holes barred.
" Bless the Lord, Oh my soul and all that is within me, Bless His Holy Name. " Be blessed today in Christ the Lord!
6/10/2016 " And you will know the Truth and The Truth will set you free. " John 8:32.
I really appreciate the truth. You can always tell when someone is speaking the truth about anything. There is a freshness about the air, a blessing of anointing in your spirit, Life being spoken and sown into your heart.
On the other hand when you hear a lie, a deception, it is clearly so. The truth needs not to be explained, where as a lie has to be explained, usually by another lie and becomes more cloudy and needs further explanation just to clear up what is being talked about.
I Love the Truth and strive to live the truth in my life to glorify God. That was not always so. There was a time in my life when I didn't know the truth from a lie in my own life. Praise God for His deliverance from the lying world I was rescued from. Now, I can see I wasn't alone back in the day. Lord, help us to pray for those who live in lies as though it is the only reality. Help us to not be judgmental of people who live in the world of lies and darkness, but to be a light in their darkness to lead those folks out of the darkness of lies into being set free from darkness into light.
Yes, " You will know the truth and the truth will set you free." John 8:32. Be Free to really live beloved as Christ designed us to live, in truth and in life. Mark
6/09/2016 "Ask and it will be given, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened for you." Matthew 7:7
Ask means to beg. I didn't realize that until this morning. I read Oswalt Chamber's My Utmost for His Highest each morning to wake up with my coffee. Check it out and then continue if you wish.
Todays reading talks about real faith in action from real need. Not want, but real need. When I was 24, I sprained my left ankle very badly. When I twisted it, I had my full weight on the left leg coming down from jumping a fence. I heard by ankle snap, it was actually quite loud. Instantly the pain shot up to my brain like a branding iron. I was carted off to the emergency room of the local hospital by my brother. I thought for sure something was broken in the ankle from the sound I heard.
After spending a couple days in a splint and the swelling had gone down some, I went back to see a Doctor. He put a cast on my left leg from the foot to my knee. He said, "come and see me in six weeks and we'll see if we can take this thing off." What? ( It was the beginning of summer and I had big plans for outdoor things to do, like fishing and camping and... six weeks? You've got to be kidding. The reality of life hit me square between the eyes.
The very same night, I went to a prayer meeting at a pastor's home. I had never been to this prayer meeting before, but a good friend of ours had asked us to give it a try sometime ago, and it just seemed like a good time to go, not really thinking about my ankle or prayer at all. I went there thinking, probably lots of good cookies and good looking girls there to check out. My mind was occupied with everything other than my need, my ankle.
The house was full of people, and here I was on crutches trying to get through everyone. Then, suddenly, a man appeared before me who took one look at me and said, " I bet I know why you're here? " " Why," I thought? He came back, " You want to be healed! " What, I thought? " Oh, yeah. Sure, I said. " " Let me get my son to help pray over you," he said. He grabbed his son about my age and he had me sit down. He asked me, " Do you believe that Jesus can heal you today? " I hesitated to answer. I was a new Christian and just wanted to be honest about it all. He came back quickly, " That's OK if you don't, we do. Jesus is going to heal your foot right now. " He and his son put their hands on my left ankle area and he prayed this prayer, " In the name of Jesus, I command this ankle to be healed." That was it. No fancy words, no preaching during the prayer of faith or encouragement, just the raw Truth of Jesus Name, I command ankle to be healed.
I felt nothing. No sensation of heat, nothing. The man ended up being the pastor who was heading the prayer meeting. The meeting lasted about two hours, then they brought out the cookies! Mmmm.
After I got home, I was talking with my brother about something and suddenly my ankle in the cast began to itch. Then it began to feel warm. Then, it was extremely hot, as in someone poured boiling water down the cast. I cried out to Ray, "My ankle is on FIRE !" Ray simply said, " Oh, that is the Holy Spirit healing your ankle." "What," I said? I had never experienced healing like that before. This was three days after the injury where my ankle was as swollen as a soccer ball !
After about a half hour of agonizing pain and heat, the signs of something going on went away. My cast that was fairly tight, was now one size too big on my foot. The cast was flopping around. Ray said, " Let's take the cast off and see if it's healed !" Not NOW, I said. Tomorrow, we'll see if it's still loose...long story short, the next day it was loose. We took a hack saw and cut off what we could and smashed the rest with a hammer. We took the cast completely off. I thought, I must be crazy. Then Ray said, lets test the ankle. Let's run around the block. So we put on some running shoes and took off gently jogging around the block. As we were coming around the corner where you could see my house, Ray says, " I'll race you to the house !" We took off at full speed to the house. No pain, none. Ray then said, " I'm going to call the pastor and find out what we do next, so he did.
As Ray was talking to the pastor who did the praying over me, He said, " Do what? OK. " Ray hung up the phone and said, " You have to go back to the Doctor who put the cast on and show him your healed ankle and tell him what you did." I went back to the Doctors office the next day and the receptionist asked me when I came in, "Where is your cast?" She was excitedly surprised when I said, my ankle is healed! The reception area was full of patients, so I took a place in line to wait my turn. Immediately, the receptionist called my name out saying, " The Doctor will see you now Mr. Conway.
He examined my ankle thoroughly asking again how it was healed. I told him the whole story about the pastor laying hands on it and commanding in the name of Jesus that it be healed. He didn't act surprised at all. He twisted it, he had me stand on it and twist with full weight on it, everything to try and muster up some pain...nothing, no pain. He said, " You are fortunate young man. I don't see healing like this often. He wrote down on his clip board and showed me, " Un explained miraculous healing of the torn ligament in left ankle."
God can do anything He chooses to do, even when you don't expect it. He breaks all the rules of answered prayer just to show how in charge He can be. Never under estimate our God! If He can make the stars in the sky and put a baby in the womb, He can do anything beloved. Our God is a Mighty God ! Be blessed and know that if you ask, God hears your every requests. If nothing happens, don't give up. Maybe it's the timing. Keep asking, keep begging. Sometimes your Heavenly Father NEEDS to see you begging for His touch. Draw close to the Lord and He will draw close unto you!
Praise God for His Goodness and mercies and favor! Thank you Jesus for your unending Love.
6/08/2016 "Be not deceived." For many will come in my name, claiming, ' I am the Christ' and will deceive many." Matthew 24:4-5.
These are the teaching words of Jesus Christ to His disciples when they asked, " When will the end come and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age? " Matthew 24:3.
I have heard only two interpretations of the verses 4 and 5 of Matthew 24. One is that many will come who will claim they are the Christ, the messiah and will deceive many. Yes, that has happened, but the significance of their testimony is foolishness. These false prophets were never bearing the fruit of God, were more insane than rightly thinking people.
I can name a few false prophets in my life time that I am aware of, one being Sun Yen Moon of South Korea. I heard him speak in Seattle in the early 1970's. That was scary. I felt captive in the audience at the music hall the evening I saw him speaking after the mesmerizing performance of his performing team of dancers before his talk. Moon had a security force that kept you in your seat all through his very controlled presentation. It was nearly impossible to leave until the total presentation was all over. I tried to leave, but they blocked the isle way and asked me to take my seat NOW!
Another false prophet in my time was rev. Jim Jones. He was very charismatic. He had a way about himself that convinced thousands of people that he was a prophet of God and to do everything he asked them to do. He of course took several hundred people to South America and killed them in a suicide massacre on property he literally held them captive on there where it was nearly impossible for them to leave once they arrived there.
David Koresh was another who had a large group of Christians on a secluded compound in Texas. Lately, Rick Warren, a popular pastor, author and Christian Evangelist has turned false prophet by his teachings against the word of God and the Truth of Jesus Christ in his Christlim gospel, where he has united Islam and Christianity under one god and false teaching of the god of Islam, Allah and our trinity God of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Jehovah God, are one in the same god. This is a lie straight from hell, not even close to the truth of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit does not bear truth to this false teaching in any way, shape or form.
All of these were false prophets who were and are being exposed. Even now, there are so many false prophets throughout America and the world, on TV and coming to a theatre near you that without the Holy Spirit to give you discernment, you will be deceived by them and their teachings if you are not living for Christ every day!
There have been many who have claimed to be Jesus re-incarnated over the years since Jesus ascended back into heaven over 2,000 years ago. However, the correct interpretation I believe of Matthew 24:3, in what Jesus was telling us and if you think about it, would seem more likely in the days we are in right now, are the Many, many, many Christian evangelists and pastors and outspoken preachers, TV evangelist speakers we have today who claim to be born again Christians who's agenda is to teach what people's itching ears want to hear to line their own pockets and to lead people astray from the Good News of Jesus Christ.
I'm talking about the hundreds, thousands of " Christian " evangelists, authors, pastors and teachers through out our world right now, who preach "Jesus as Messiah and Lord" but whose agenda is to use Jesus and salvation to get rich, get into your pockets monetarily and in personal self induced power over thousands, millions, even some desiring billions of followers to increase their wealth. Their hook is " For you to be blessed with Monetary prosperity in this life now if you give into their ministry. They preach grace that allows one to live in sin, un-repented sin, because of their testimony of what grace allows. Both are very false teachings and bear no fruit of the Holy Spirit. This is what I believe Jesus meant by, " Be not deceived by their deceptions, their teachings that do not bear the TRUTH of Jesus Christ, the great commission of preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God throughout the four corners of the earth, which ushers in" Jesus second coming. " Matt. 24:14.
There is so much more beloved that I could share on how easy it is to be deceived in the world of today. What I can tell you to do to not be deceived is to PRAY in all things and read your bibles daily. Learn from Jesus. Read the gospel of John. Read the psalms, the Old Testament prophets and the letters of Paul to the early Church. Get into a good bible study and weekly fellowship with good bible believers. Meditate on the Lord Jesus day and night. Spend quality time each day ALONE with the Lord, early mornings preferably, very early in the mornings as much as possible when you mind is not so full of other thoughts. " Be not carried away with every wind of doctrine to be deceived. " If what you hear does not line up with God's Word, it is deception, a lie. Ephesians 5:6,7., Paul says, " Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be associated with them." This is our biggest threat against us and the Kingdom of God today beloved. Run from such ideas and people! See why it is so important to learn God's Word to test these things we are hearing today with the Truth of the Word. Holy Spirit be with us and in us!
Beloved, we are in some very tumultuous times today. The news on TV and for the most part in the news papers in America is full of deceptions. The US government is FULL of corrupt leaders, they can not be trusted. Our government system in the US is not concerned about the people's true safety or welfare. Unfortunately, all they care about, bottom line, is your money. Trust God! Put your trust in the Lord only! Pray for people in authority over us in the government, but, do not put your trust in our government today. They have fallen into the hands of the enemy already. Just look at the laws that have been passed in the past fifty years that have taken God out of our school system of teaching. Laws like abortion. Gay rights. Gay marriage. Transgender bathrooms. Can you believe that our government cares about the Kingdom of God? How can they when they allow these laws to be passed against the will of God's Kingdom. Yes, God has allowed these things to happen. He wants to see what you do about it in these last days. What can you do about it now? That's a good question.
Here is what I hear the Lord saying now. " God will not be mocked. What so ever a man sows, that shall he reap." Galatians 6:7. America is now reaping what it has sown. Until we as a nation repent of our wickedness, things will only get worse for all of us. There is no "Fix" for the USA except a total rebuild of the leadership in America that's foundation is Jesus Christ and His atonement at the Cross of Calvary. Jesus is our only hope. Only through Jesus Christ can the world be saved. Unfortunately beloved, according to the prophesies of old and of late, ancient prophets and prophets of God who are walking and talking today, this repentance will not happen until the judgments that are prophesied are carried out to the fullest against the many who reject God's message and desire to live in sin rather than in God's grace and Love. These things must happen to fulfill God's will on the earth before Jesus comes. God's will today is to demonstrate to the world, His Mighty Power and what HE WILL DO to those who forsake Him.
Lord have mercy on us who desire you Lord and your ways. Help us by your grace and Holy Spirit to live in the protection of Christ each day to desire to do your will daily for your glory. You are our strength when we are weak. We thank you and praise you. To you be all the glory, through Christ our Lord, Amen.
May you be blessed today in the Truth and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ as a beloved follower of the Messiah.
6/07/2016 " If you abide in me, that is, if you continue to move and be, to act and think and work from that central point of abiding in me...you will ask what ever you desire, and it SHALL be done for you." John 15:7.
In these final days, these last days, the most important focus we can have is looking forward to our eternal inheritance with Jesus Christ and all the saints in Heaven forever. The time is very near for our departure to be where God planned us to be for all eternity. Knowing this gives me great joy to endure to the end. To welcome every day no matter what that day will bring, just knowing that the Lord is with us, that we are not alone.
I wanted today to tell those who come here so often from Beijing, China, that Jesus really loves you and all of the people in your great nation. I also appreciate you and long to one day meet you in paradise, Heaven.
I know things are difficult there in China for Christians, persecutions and harsh tormented treatment of the brothers and sisters there. I just want to say, Great is your rewards in Heaven beloved. We lift you up to the Lord for His comfort and Love, along with all the saints on earth who are in harms way today and who will endure suffering we could not imagine. May all our martyred brothers and sisters be Joyfully relieved when they meet Jesus face to face today in that glorious paradise in Heaven that we all desire so much, even today if it were thy will Oh Lord. Bless our brothers and sisters as they seek your face, and prepare their lives to be a living sacrifice to you oh Loving Jesus. Bless them with your peace, Joy and Love, in Jesus blessed name, amen.
Knowing who we are in Christ is so refreshing in our spirit, soul and body, like a breath of fresh air! To realize that we were made to glorify Christ, to glorify the Father and Holy Spirit. Psalm 150 says, " Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Some days our Heavenly Father just wants to take us up by our hands and have us sit up in His big daddy powerful lap and listen to Him tell us all about why He created us and how much He loves us and everything about us that He wants us to know.
Here is what He says about us from Psalm 139 and a few other beautiful verses just how much He thinks of us and Loves us.
" You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. The Lord God formed a man's body from the dust of the ground and breathed into it the breath of life. And the man became a living person.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous-and how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book! Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
Are we not all children of the same Father? Are we not all created by the same God? In Him we live and move and exist. The Lord is like a Father to His children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable!
We know that there is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we exist for Him. And there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom God made everything and trough whom we have been given life. You gave me life and showed me you unfailing Love. " ( Ps. 139:13. Gen. 2:7. Ps 139:14-16. Mal. 2:10. Acts 17:28. Ps. 103:13. Ps 139:17. 1Corinth. 8:6. Job 10:12 ).
" What makes you my beloved, better than anyone else? What do you have my child, that God hasn't given you? And if all you have is from your Heavenly God and creator, why boast as though you have accomplished something on your own?
God saved you by His " Special Favor " when you believed beloved. Because you are very special to Him! You can't take credit for this, it is a gift from God from Him to just you! You are everything to Him.
Whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out His special favor on me. For everything comes from Him; everything exists by His power and is intended for His glory. Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you have already given us! " ( Luke 17:10. Rom. 3:27. 1 Corinth. 4:7. 1 Corinth. 1:31. Ephes. 2:8-10. 1 Corinth. 15:10. Rom. 11:36. 1 Chron. 29:14. God is so Good! We thank you and praise you O Lord!
6/06/2016 "Work out your own salvation...for it is God who works in you..." Philippians 2:12-13. This scripture from Paul has often times startled me. The whole scripture goes like this, " Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. " Phil. 2:12-13.
Working out our own salvation with fear and trembling? What fear and trembling would than mean? If Jesus has brought us salvation at the cross of Calvary, why would we need to work out our salvation with fear and trembling? Oswalt Chambers in his devotional today talks about just that. God, who works in you should always be in control. The opposite could bring us into harms way real quick! Knowing God's will is really important beloved. God's will is knowing Jesus intimately and focusing on Jesus everyday from the time we wake up until we turn in for the night. In these last days, I guarantee you will be tried and tested continually from sun up to sun set, and then some. Our two worst enemies will be stubbornness and our own self will, rebellion. They act very much the same, against God's will for us. Both are enemies with God the Holy Spirit. Stubbornness comes from unintelligent thinking, refusing enlightenment and blocking the flow of the Holy Spirit's enlightenment for us to do God's will.
We have to get rid of this spirit of stubbornness. The bible calls the "spirit of rebellion as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee." 1 Samuel 15:23.
What does that mean to the end time Believer in Christ? We need to prayerfully consider everything we do and say. If we don't, most likely, we will step out of God's perfect will for us today into obedience to a spirit of rebellion or stubbornness, which will cut us off from that peaceful gentle presence of our Lord. We really need to know that we are in that constant presence of the Lord through obedience to God and His will for us.
Yesterday, I found myself being coaxed away from the presence of the Lord several times through a quick change in direction without considering what I was doing. In my case, it was people who suddenly appeared near my path who caught my attention and turned my thoughts toward what they were doing. Both were distracting me from what I should have been doing and thinking within God's will.
One instance was a neighbor who texted me as my wife Maryna and I were coming to the end of our road to drive out onto the highway to go to town. He wanted me to know he was going to shoot his gun, ( target shooting) as he does from time to time. I didn't think anything of it and thanked him for letting us know.
The problem is we have a big dog who absolutely goes nuts, crazy when she hears him out shooting his gun. Our dog, Ginger will jump up on me with all her 85 lbs. and want me to hold her like a baby puppy. She will claw away at me each time she hears a shot. This time I was not there for her. We had left her downstairs in our basement living room with the other three dogs we have. I should have told my neighbor to wait until we could return home and be with her.
As it was, he was not the only one shooting. He had a friend over and both were shooting at his target. Long story short, when we returned from town, our dog was upstairs where she was not left. I knew something was very wrong. When we went down stairs, we came around the corner only to find that Ginger had clawed her way through a hollow core wooden door and left a mess behind that looked like someone had shot through the door with a shotgun blasting wooden chips behind the door for fifteen to twenty feet. Not only was it a huge mess, but I immediately realized that Ginger had gone through an extreme amount of stress to have done what she had done. I felt so bad for not listening to the Lord and returning to the house for the sake of our dog, knowing she might freak out. The lesson cost us a very stressful dog with splinters in her front paws and a destroyed wooden downstairs door. I felt really bad about my bad choice to ignore the voice of the Lord.
The other instance was similar.
We must carefully consider God's will always. Lord have mercy on me for the times I think I am safe to think my own will and to avoid listening to your still soft, gentle voice saying, " No don't go this way, turn and go this way." Forgive me Lord for my stubborn rebellious thinking. Help me to always listen to your voice, especially during these end time days. Thank you for the lessons you provide for us to draw even closer to you. Help me to work out my salvation each day by allowing your perfect will to work in me. Bless your Holy Name always Lord Jesus! Thank you for being slow to anger and rich in Love for me and for all of us!
By the way, I am reading an awesome/unusual book on survival of an EMP attack. If you are interested in knowing more about this book, go to Nathan Shephard, I survive the end of days.org. His video will be very informative to say the least and give you something to think in a different light. I agree with much he has to say. If you decide you want to invest in the books, beware, these are online books, not paper books. The books are expensive in comparison to paper back or hard back books, but full of valuable information on how to survive the Tribulation times as well as natural disasters, war and much more.
6/05/2016 - God's will for US today; " Rejoice always, pray continually, (without ceasing,) give thanks in every, all circumstances; for this is God's will for you who are in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. This is an update of today's journal in the PM, added to the AM-God's will is very clear to us in Paul's letter to the early church. "Rejoice! Pray without ceasing! Be thankful for every circumstance." Pretty simple? If the Holy Spirit is controlling our lives...yes. This is the big IF. Is the Holy Spirit really controlling our lives.
Many of us say we are Christians. We have gone through the steps of becoming a Christian. We know the correct terminology of a Christian jargon, we know how we should act around other Christians...but does that make us a true follower of Christ? Does talking and acting like a Christian make us a Christian? What makes you a Christian? Really, ask yourself. Have you crucified your flesh? Have you truly died to self? In these last days, if you haven't, you will not survive. I'm just telling it like it is beloved. Get right before your God. It's not sin that keeps you from Knowing God intimately, it's UNREPENTIVE SIN. Sin is nothing new to God. Sin does not separate God from us, sin separates US from God. Big Difference.
Selfish un-repented sin is what keeps YOU from reaching toward an ever Loving kind and gentle, slow to anger Jesus, Father and Holy Spirit intimate Love that our God wants you to know and walk in daily. The Good News of the Kingdom of God is within reach of YOUR hand right now. Reach out and grab it NOW, while you are being stirred within by the Holy Spirit. You will be so glad you did. Bless you now for being obedient beloved.
It seems that nearly every thing Jesus tells us that should be a blessing to us, most often has a BIG IF attached. It's true. "If you love me, you will obey my commands." "If you abide in me, I will abide in you." There are always conditions to every promise from our Lord, as if the Lord is really saying, " Are you really serious about following me? Then make sure before you take the next step along side me."
The condition is always one of obedience and Truth, "do we really love you," which was Jesus' question to Peter THREE times in a row, John 21:17.
In these last days, we will have more challenges thrown at us than we can really count. Each day we are on the firing line, tried and tested for the glory of Christ. It gives the Father great pleasure to give us all things in Christ!
Don't be surprised by the pressures we encounter each day. It forces us to draw closer to the Father and Jesus for our strength and support in these last days, and.....it gives all the glory to the Lord, who deserves all the glory!
Pray, pray, pray in every circumstance. We have this great treasure within us that we are not using as we should. God is counting on you and me to use what He has already given us to bring on the Kingdom of God in other's lives too.
Pretty soon, we as Christians will not have the liberty we have right now. A GREAT TIME of TESTING has already begun in the mid East. As we pray for our brothers and sisters there who are being persecuted every day, keep in mind, they are not alone. We will have our day too. They have known for years that their faith would be tested as it is today. They have seen the insurgence of Islamic terrorism coming for some time now in their own country, then within their own province and finally coming to their own communities.
Let us strive to do God's will each day beloved. We really don't have much time until someone will be ringing our doorbell asking us to step outside, "We need to talk with you." The days of persecution are not immune to any Christians. Jesus told us that we would be persecuted. If you are a pre-trib thinker, I really feel sorry for you. You have been tremendously deceived. If you think you are going to be miraculously spared the tribulations of these coming days, you would already be gone, raptured away. You are in the days of the Lord already my beloved brothers and sisters. People who are so committed to Christ are being killed daily for Jesus names sake. Christians today are being raped, imprisioned, tortured by Islamic terrorists all over the world now. Christians are being persecuted in countries like China, India, AMERICA for believing in the Lord Jesus Christ. Wake up those Christians who say they believe in the pre tribulation rapture. It is not biblical! Do not be deceived. The Holy Spirit would not contradict Himself. We are being asked, "Do you love me, then feed my sheep. Do you love me? Then feed my lambs. "
One of the things I love about these end time days is the amount of blessings we receive for doing God's will. It's really not that hard to hear from the Lord and what He wants us to do TODAY! Preach the word in season and out of season. Whom ever you encounter along the path you are walking was put there. They either know Jesus or they don't. We are not commissioned to be secret service disciples. We are not James Bond disciples with a secret agenda for the Lord. We don't hide behind the 007 number of Bond.
We are full of light. Our Father is the Father of all lights! Psalm 139 is full of wonderful encouragement from our Lord. Read it. Read where God tells us how much He thinks of us. Read about where He says He cares about every detail of our lives. Where he watched us being formed in our Mother's womb. Tell me that God does not love you more than there are grains of sand on the sea shore, more than there are drops of water in the oceans?
Someone out there is dying to hear those comforting words. Give them what they need and ....Bless the Lord, Oh my soul and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name. For He has done great things, He has done great things, He has done great things, bless His Holy Name! " Mark
6/04/2016 "Stay alert and keep watch!" Mark 13:33
Brothers and Sisters, We are in the last hours. I hope that you know what I mean. In the end time days, in the time line leading up to the very last day, we are at the end. It's so important to stay alert and keep watch! The things that need to take place will be happening quickly, before we even know it. I am hearing prophesies of all kinds, so you really have to pray and listen for the Lord's voice to tell you what is true. There is so much chaos in the world today with so many events going on in so many places...that's why the Lord is saying, "Stay sober." Sober as in don't get carried away in your emotions of the day we are in, and of course, don't be drunk for drunkenness's sake to get away from the reality of the time we are in.
The most recent prophesy I have heard, which was yesterday, is that everything as we know it now, is going to break loose on the earth in God's judgment on this evil world. As satan and all his evil cohorts are given permission by the Father to do what needs to be done, we are going to see the United States attacked by Russia with the explosion of a very strong atomic bomb at an altitude of around 20 miles up, creating and EMP explosion of electro magnetic pulse gamma and beta rays to take out America's power grid. Just after the explosion, Russia will invade the United States and take it over with ease. Part of that prophesy I heard before was President Obama was going to be our last president. That is the latest prophesy.
I have heard this one before, and I have seen a vision of invading forces coming onto American soil, even into my yard here in Alaska, so, we need to pray about this and what God is telling us. The time line for this EMP explosion and Russian invasion is January of 2017. Pray about this beloved. I'm just passing on what I have recently heard. My wife and I are as ready as ready for anything to happen at this point. We have food stocked up for the next three years, we have extra everything that we could possibly need. Our list of preparations is in the Time is Short page of this website.
We have been created for such a time as this. As we watch, which is what Jesus is telling us to do, God will bring people into our lives that will ask us, " So how are you doing?" Don't just say, " Fine. How are you doing?" We are to tell them what we are doing in our lives, " Watching and waiting for the return of Jesus Christ soon and very soon. " The conversation may continue something like this, " What do you mean you are watching and waiting for Jesus to return?" (They said.) You say, " God has told me the world is coming to an end soon. He says in His Word that these things that are happening today, were prophesied years ago as things that would happen in the last days, right down to the wars and rumors of wars in the mid east, to the increase in earthquakes. " and, " I listen to the Holy Spirit's voice that tells me the time of the end is nearer than we think." So, what do we do right now, they may say?
Number one, we have drawn close to the Lord. We are praying constantly to be close to the Lord. We are staying alert and keeping watch for the Lord's soon return each and every day, thinking about the Lord, meditating on the Lord day and night. Then, we are to listen. Listen for the soft gentle voice of our Lord Jesus telling us what we must do right now, today. Most likely, in this hour, we should be leading others to Jesus for healing and restoration before His soon return. Remember, it's is not God's will that any should perish, but that all should receive everlasting life through Jesus Christ. Listen, listen, listen.
Our Heavenly Father has given us His power to save others now, knowing what Jesus has done for everyone from the Cross of Christ, "That part is finished!" Now, through the love of Christ for others, His Love for people's souls, their eternal life is at stake if they don't know Him. We are to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with everyone! No exceptions!
For example, you meet someone. How do you know they need to hear the Good News of Christ? Because Christ is in you and most people who are living in darkness will resist you because you are full of Christ's light. Your Father is the Father of lights! You have the responsibility of sharing the eternal life that is living with you as though you are plucking those around you out of the flames of hell licking at their feet! Remember that the world we live in today is a dark world full of crooked and perverse people. Most people are hurt deep inside from the spirit of this world, which is set to destroy people from early childhood on. Without Christ, there would be no hope for any of us, especially those who do not know Jesus today! Today is all we have beloved.
" The day of the Lord will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. When people are saying, " All is well, everything is peaceful and secure, " then disaster will fall upon them as suddenly as a woman's birth pains begin when her child is about to be born. And there will be no escape. BUT, you aren't in the dark about these things dear brothers and sisters, and you won't be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief. For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don't belong to darkness and night. So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be sober. " 1 Thess. 5:2-6.
6/02/2016 " Abraham never wavered in believing God's promises. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was absolutely convinced that God was able to do anything he promised. " Romans 4:20-21.
In these days we are in right now, the Last Days, our faith will be tested more than ever. I don't need to tell you the world is getting craftier and slicker than ever before. Advertising is more and more manipulating than ever, using everything from raw sex to tempting every addiction there can possibly be out there. Try and watch a pro football game for example and you will see every trick in the book thrown at you to tempt you to eat, drink, be merry, and spend all your money on things you really don't need.
I believe it is crucial for us to understand the days we are in and how we need to " GUARD OUR HEARTS," against what Jesus said in Matthew 24 as " being deceived " beloved! You don't know what evil spirits can come through our eye gates and ear gates, in that we are so vulnerable for participating in even if it's innocently.
If you hadn't figured it out yet, we are very fragile individuals-body, soul and mind. I find that apart from praying and fasting, it's difficult not to be distracted or tempted just going through a normal day of activities. That's why we need to be constantly praying in all things. Put on the mind of Christ and to take every thought captive unto the obedience of Christ.
The mind is the main battlefield we will encounter in this life. What our mind can see, hear and desire is unlimited. Without good self control, which comes from the Holy Spirit, we are simply living in darkness, because the darkness is oozing in all around us.
Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of Good out there that Jesus is accomplishing through others and what Jesus has other people doing, praise God. We on the other hand need to hold each other up, pray for each other, encourage each other to be the best we can be, to do all things as unto the Lord!
Here's the truth, no matter where we go, we have at least one angel with us, sometimes two. We also have the Holy Spirit living in us, so we have at least two to three witnesses for everything we say and do. So, I don't know about you, but that puts us front and center in every secret place we could think we could go and hide. Sin is not an option beloved. But, even though we try not to sin, our human nature will betray us every chance it gets. Praise God, Jesus is always there for us, but sin always takes a toll on our spirit.
So here are a few bible scriptures I thought I would share that might just help us all in times of temptation or weakness. The scripture references will all be at the end to save time and space. May the Most High God Bless you in the Name that is above every name in the universe, JESUS CHRIST, Yeshua Machiak .
" As the scriptures tell us, " Anyone who believes in Him will not be disappointed." * " Jesus said to the disciples, " Have faith in God. I assure you that you can say to this mountain, ' May God lift you up and throw you into the sea, ' and your command will be obeyed. All that is required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart. Listen to Me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it." * " Anything is possible if a person believes." * " Woman, " Jesus said to her, " your faith is great. Your request is granted. " And her daughter was instantly healed. " * " You are blessed, because you believed that the Lord would do what He said." "We need more faith." ( Roma. 4:20-21, Rom. 10:11, Mark 11:22-24, Mark 9:23, Matt. 15:28, Luke 1:45, Luke 17:5. )
I hope and pray these scriptures make a difference in you thinking and fighting the good fight! Jesus said it would not be easy as in doing nothing. Nothing good comes easy.
May the Lord bless you with His Peace, Joy and Love in the Holy Spirit beloved. Until next time, "Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full into His wonderful face; and the things of the earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace." Pray for more light of His Glory and Grace! We can use all the grace of God we can get today beloved. Mark
6/01/2016 " Simon Peter replied, " Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life." We have come to believe and to know, that you are the Holy One of God." John 6:68, 69.
"We have come to believe and to know..."
What makes us any different than Peter and the rest of the Jesus gang? Jesus called His disciples out, " Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men." Jesus calls us out in these last days, "Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men." The difference is, we are constantly waiting to hear from the Lord, "Come....follow me here, come, follow me over there." It's not what we can do for God, but what He will do for us for His own glory!
In Oswalt Chambers devotional this morning, Chambers points out, " I know that in me, in my old flesh, nothing good dwells in me." Romans 7:18. What Chambers is telling us that the Apostle Paul knew and wanted us to know from His revelation of Truth, is that the raw part of us, ( Me) the flesh, is only dust, mere nothingness in the presence of God. But, the Word of God lives in us, through the Holy Spirit in us.
So as the heat gets turned up in the world today, everyone senses that something is going on in the invisible realm around us and there is a LOT going on. So, what do we do? Do we forge ahead anyway? What does Jesus want us to do? A little more Bible reading, devotional time, and prayer to " feel more useful?"
As Oswalt says, " It is much easier for us to DO SOMETHING than to trust in God. We mistake the panic for inspiration. I've got to do something for God, that will make me feel more like a child of God today! I would rather work for God than believe in Him. Would I rather believe in God in me to do what I can not do? '
To know Him. To be like Peter, " Lord to whom would we go for ever lasting life? " Peter knew that Jesus was God. He knew Jesus like he knew his own self, if not better. Peter has experienced the presence of a very powerful supernatural being in Christ Jesus, plain and simple.
He and most of the disciples had given up everything they had to go follow Jesus because they knew they could trust Jesus with their future, with their lives...He was God! They clung to Jesus every words for inspiration to live. They hinged their very existence on Who they were, when with Jesus, and how this One Man gave them reason to live and to follow Him each day...He WAS the Messiah, the Christ they had heard so much about from the time they were youth that was coming to save and rule the world in Peace and Justice. The disciples were living in a time when the world really needed a Messiah, a Savior from Heaven. Now that they had met the One and Only Holy One of God, they did not want to let go of Jesus, they did not want to be caught out of His sight.
Today, in these last days, we are the same as the disciples. The days show us the end is nearer than we believed before. If this is so, how much more do we need to cling to Jesus, to the Holy Spirit in us to know we can trust that today, we are in the presence of the Almighty. To know the presence of the Almighty...that is what we desire, and this is what our Heavenly Father desires of us, " To know the One True God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent to us."
We have a lot to do brothers and sisters in knowing Jesus more. "Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10. Our action of Trust means to allow God to have first place in our lives. He will do in us great things that we don't even know right now. We are in the preparation time, Just as Christ went through a preparation time. It's not about us and what we know. Life for us right now is all about our ALL and ALL, knowing who and what is in us! Becoming transparent enough, as a clear vase for a bouquet of beautiful flowers. It's not about the vase, but about the beauty of God that is in us! We must be as simple minded as children to understand what Jesus wants us to do...nothing. Jesus said, " My Yoke is easy and My burden is light, learn from Me... Learn that in the presence of God, believing in God being present in us, we just observe what an awesome God we have. Peter years after Jesus ascended back to heaven said, " Be Holy as I am Holy. And remember that the Heavenly Father to whom we pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward us according to what we do. So we must live in reverent fear of Him during our time as "foreigners in the land." Being Holy is submitting to the Holy Spirit in us.
Today, think about "Who am I who lives in the presence of the Almighty? Is not the One who created the Heavens and the earth able to accomplish all that needs to be done before He returns for His pure spotless bride?
Don't worry any more beloved. Won't God give you everything you need today? Psalm 91 keeps coming to mind. How about you? Let's read Psalm 91 and see how our Almighty wants to bless us today! Prepare yourself as a bride prepares herself for the groom the night before.
Blessings today in Christ Jesus our Lord! Mark
5/31/2016 "Anything is possible if a person believes." Mark 9:23
Catholic faith your perish was in, the priest upholds different doctrinal differences than even other orders of the Catholic faith have. How confusing can that be?
For example, the Dominican Order have completely different teachings of the Catholic faith from the Jesuit Order of the Catholic faith. They're theology can be completely opposite depending on who is the spokes person for that order, kind of like presidential orders of change. Anyway, growing up, we were simply taught to believe all we heard as truth from the parish connection with their order of faith. Not So! This is convoluted truth. The Word of God must be all truth or none at all. Only the Holy Spirit can set us straight on the Truth in our lives and in our hearts. We can and must trust in the Word of God, all scriptures being complete Truth. " All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." ( 2 Timothy 3:16 ) We must believe all of the scriptures as from God, for us to know Truth, or if only some of the scriptures, as some faiths would have you to believe, then we can't trust any of the scriptures as from God. It's either all or none. In the Catholic faith, I learned that many stories in the old testament, like creation stories from Genesis, or stories such as Joseph, Jacob's son, being pharaoh's number one man in charge of storing up grain for famine, to Jonah and the Whale story, were "fairy tales" like stories from fairy tale book, Mother Goose. Stories are like The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Get real! God did incredible things in a time that required incredible action. Noah did build a large boat the size of a World War II aircraft carrier to carry all these animals that God lead to Noah at the right time. It did take Noah a hundred years to build it, but he indeed built it. These stories are all Truth! If God said it, then it is TRUE!
In these end time days, we should always have our Holy Spirit antennae on. In these last days, the Word of God says that many will come in the name of Jesus and say blasphemous things and teach doctrines of demons to the people of God. These are called false teachers, false prophets. The Holy Spirit will point them out immediately . You have the gift of discernment from the Holy Spirit, which is the Word of God to show you false teachings. If what the false prophets and teachers say does not line up with the Word of God, you are being deceived by a false teaching or false prophet. Get away from them immediately. Do not listen to them. Expose them for what they are teaching, lies from hell. The Holy Spirit will tell you what to do or say.
In John 16: 26-27, Jesus is simply telling us that because of our relationship with Him, our intimate relationship with the Living Christ through the Holy Spirit, we have relationship non stop with Jesus Christ and the God Father. We are in heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. We are in relationship with the Father and His Love for us is RIGHT NOW ! This is life changing beloved, all because of the Holy Spirit which comes to us in the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Because of this intimate relationship with Christ which God our Father has blessed us with, we can ask anything in Jesus name because of our intimate relationship with Christ and the Father will grant it because what ever we ask will be in accordance with the will of Christ. Amen!
Get prepared to be challenged in your faith. Stay in the Word. Pray the Psalms daily, read the gospels each day and find yourself a good bible study with a good bible leader, someone who walks in the Spirit, is baptized in the Holy Spirit. Your leader does not have to have a degree in bible theology. They don't have to be the main peanut in the packet. Often times, God will take a humble person of no accord, no special talent and raise them up as an excellent bible leader/teacher because they will yield to the Holy Spirit and teach what the Holy Spirit would have you to learn and not what " men " would have you to learn. Moses was a good example of that. Praise God! All glory to God always! To God be the Glory, great things He has done! OK. We have our work cut out for us now. Go spread the Love of God through Jesus Christ our Lord in all we do and say. Remember, Time is Short, prepare for the days to come!
" Christ in us, our hope of glory! " Blessings, beloved in Christ. Mark