Monday, April 25, 2016

Clinton--the Ultimate Pollyanna

Greetings in the Lord!

Yesterday in church our pastor gave a sermon based on the old movie, "Pollyanna."  Yes, he did.  He even showed a clip from the movie that was supposed to be a poignant message (eyebrow raised), "If you go looking for the bad in people, you will surely find it."  This is what we've been reduced to--modern conventional wisdom.  He did make a loose reference to Jesus by saying that Jesus promoted "good news" to people, i.e. any message other than a feel-good message need not apply.  Did I mention that he leaves our church in June--I wonder if he will torture us with movie "wisdom" and adages until he's gone?

Anyway, that does explain the Scripture verse the Lord had me read in my devotional time before church.  It comes from Jeremiah 28, and it is a whopper.  It tells of Jeremiah confronting the false prophet Hananiah in the temple; Hananiah was telling the people of Judah what they wanted to hear--"The God of Israel says, 'I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.  Within two years I will bring back to this place all the articles of the Lord's house that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon removed from here and took to Babylon.'"

This false assertion stirred up Jeremiah so that he replied, "Listen, Hananiah!  The Lord has not sent you, yet you have persuaded this nation to trust in lies."  

Jeremiah also gives in this passage an important bit of information that gets readily overlooked in the modern church and its infatuation with all things prophetic--"From early times the prophets who preceded you and me have prophesied war, disaster and plagues against many countries and great kingdoms.  But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the Lord only if his prediction comes true." 

Therefore we can know that "feel-good" messages (especially prophetic words) need to be closely scrutinized.  Both in the Church and in the secular world.  This leads me to the main point of this blog--Hillary Clinton.  She is building a campaign on "America is already great!"  This is a lie.  We are in a desperate situation in just about every category--economically, politically, militarily, educationally, socially, on and on.  Rampant moral decay, violence, and corruption abound, and yet she would have us believe that everything is OK.  She is the ultimate Pollyanna!  (I do wonder if her permanent cheery, over-confident smile is prescription induced--probably?!)

Nevertheless, love him or hate him, the only candidate that is 'telling it like it is' is Donald Trump.  He is speaking on issues that are truly timely, prophetically important, and socially relevant.  While definitely not a saint, I discern that he is a trumpet for the Lord, speaking out and addressing issues that make him the right choice for this nation.  And Lyin' Ted?--enough said.  We can no longer keep our heads in the sand about the condition of the United States--if we aren't brave enough to stand up and contend now, there will be nothing to fight for later.

~Be blessed and be a blessing

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Here am I--Send Me!

Greetings in the Lord!

This morning in prayer I saw a vision of a giant United States flag blowing in the wind.  It was waving proudly, shame was being removed; it was being blessed by the nations again and spoken of with kindness.  And Americans began to feel happy to wear its colors, proudly lifting their heads as their hearts welled up in thankfulness to God for His many blessings on this country.  I saw people from all walks of life, skin color, and language start praising God for the United States. The red in the flag is the blood of Jesus and those who sacrificed their lives for this nation; the white is the purity and truth that will come forth again, and the blue, well this is special.  I felt that this blue stood for "prophetic," as a prominent prophetic voice will rise up in our nation, and from all over our land.  Prophetically, people will decree the words and truth of Jesus Christ, and it will cut through all the lies of the wicked: no more PC, corruption exposed in business and government and religion and our entertainment industry.  Yes, these voices won't necessarily be from the Church, mind you, but the Lord will raise up voices from all walks of life to decree His truth and revelation to cut through the web of lies that have been oppressing this nation from many different angles. 

Then the Holy Spirit said, "Trump will give the 'speech of the ages' and people will ask, "Where did he get those words?"  His opponents will be astounded and flabbergast at his words--"if only I had thought of that," they will say privately.  But the word of the Lord is going to be unleashed in the United States and it will cause many who have been spiritually asleep or dead to rise up again and pursue truth like never before.  With joy people will go to the front lines and turn back the battles raging at our gates--in education, immigration, government, Hollywood, and with religious extremism.  People will be happy to sacrifice their time and talents to saving this great nation under God. 

"Woe to me!" I cried.  "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty." 
Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.  With it he touched my mouth and said, "See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for."
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?"
And I said, "Here am I.  Send me!"  Isaiah 6:5-8.

~Be blessed and be a blessing.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Blow that Trumpet, Donald Trump!

Greetings in the Lord~

Well, the month of March proved to be quite a ride for Donald Trump.  For months as the frontrunner, it appeared that he got overly used to packed rallies of mostly adoring supporters, so this month was a bit of a kick in the teeth for him.  Not only that, but most news reporters and definitely 24-hour news sources like CNN were setting him up for ridiculous soundbite after soundbite, and it has quickly taken a toll on his campaign.  Only the Lord knows from here what His plans are.

Having said all that, I would like to share some of my personal testimonies regarding Mr. Trump, and the things the Lord has said about him along the way.  My first glimpse of his candidacy was in September, 2015, in a dream of all places.  At the time the Lord was showing me that He had my back in an encounter with a radical Muslim where I teach.  In the dream, I was hidden from the threat of violence from this person under the Lord's wing, just like Psalm 91.  The interesting thing was that off in the distance was Donald Trump; he also needed to be hidden/protected, but I'm not sure he fully understood that.  I felt like the Lord was showing me that he was embarking on things that he was not prepared for and that I needed to pray for him and his family's protection. 

After that dream I really didn't pay him much more attention, just what was in the news headlines.  However, February rolled around and this time the Lord was very clear--fast and pray for him for 40 days, starting in March.  Right-o; I'm doing that.  I also started to follow him more closely on YouTube--watching rallies, interviews, etc.  Boy, has he really been taking it on the chin!  I've never seen more biased reporting and vicious attacks on a person; I've also been praying blessings on him. 

Well, then he came to Arizona and the Lord told me to go to one of his rallies.  That was another hu-u-u-ge eye opener.  At this rally the protesters blocked the major road leading into the small town that was hosting the event, but instead of getting mad, I sat back and observed the protesters.  It was obvious what was going on.  There were about 5-6 organizers (professionals?) who had recruited some local young people to join them.  They were vile and obnoxious and did not clearly articulate what it was specifically they were protesting when people approached them and asked.  It was the most contrived protest imaginable.  The rally itself was very nice, you could feel the electricity in the air.  So, the $25,000 question is--is he doing God's work?  Absolutely!

When I share that some people will begin to argue with me, citing every negative news quote and criticism about him out there.  But God is not interested in what man thinks or says about life's events.  Instead, on 3/22/16 early in the morning, the Lord showed me a vision.  I was standing before Donald and he was impressed because I was taller than he.  The Lord had me anoint him "king" and declare to him that he would be "a trumpet for the nations--to blow God's truth over the earth; to expose corruption, lies, and the abuses of rulers of the nations."  The Lord said, "Many are your enemies, but I will protect you from them all.  The Lord Himself is your high tower, your Rock of refuge." The Lord continued by telling him to "bind his will to His will," "seek and ask for God's wisdom to guide him," and to be "faithful to his wife always."  Then the Holy Spirit came and filled him and healed his abdomen. 

So, that was my March and assignment to pray and intercede for Donald J. Trump.  Of course, I still pray for him, but I also feel led to tell all those who voted for him in the primary that they have an obligation to pray for him, too.  He needs our prayers.  Like it or not, the Lord has anointed him for just a time as this--he is proclaiming and discerning what is coming down the pike for us as a nation and is unafraid to voice it.  Praise God!   

~Be blessed and be a blessing. 


Monday, December 21, 2015

Word for 2016

Greetings in the Lord!

Well it's almost Christmas, joy to the world!  I enjoy the holidays and this year was no exception.  I truly am thankful to God for all His blessings in 2015, even as challenging as it was at times.  But this past year, in those trying times, I felt a breakthrough.  Yes, a deeper reliance on God and comfort in the storm that I had not felt before.  Praise God for that!  I imagine that many of you can relate to what I am saying: the winds haven't really dissipated much, but there is a sort of calm knowing to it all--that our God is indeed in control.

2016 will be much more of the same that we saw in 2015, I'm sorry to say.  Yet, for the righteous who have been spending time with their God, the rocking of the boat isn't quite as unsettling as it used to be.  People may criticize and say we are just becoming numb to the world's often chaotic and violent events, but I beg to differ,  I discern by the Holy Spirit that the people of God are indeed maturing in Him--turning to Him when the enemy hurls his filth and able to provide comfort for those in mourning.  Praise God!!

"I lift my eyes to the hills--where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip--He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, He who watches over Israel will not slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you...The Lord will keep you from all harm--He will watch over your life; 
  the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore."  Psalm 121

That is the best part of the word for 2016--the Lord will watch over His people.  It doesn't mean that terrible events won't happen, on the contrary.  The second part of the word for 2016 tells us we are in for a pretty trying year, maybe like none many have ever experienced.  The prophetic word is based on Revelation 6 and it includes the releasing of the four horses that cause these events.  The white horse has a rider with a crown and bow who is bent on ungodly conquest--look to the folks in Syria/Iraq to begin to radically spread their presence worldwide in 2016.  The red horse has a rider with a big sword and he ushers in wrath and violence.  The black horse's rider carries a scale--economic downturn and famine, but oil and wine are untouched.  The last horse is pale and it means death--by sword, famine, plague and wild beasts.  "Wild beasts"?  Yes, they represent demons that kill by the witchcraft radical jihadists invoke (called wazaifas or 'sacred spells', if you are not familiar with Islamic witchcraft) to kill their enemies in addition to their swords, guns, and bombs.  And by bombs I mean chemical bombs, as that is what I discern is being planned for 2016.  In a nutshell, not a pretty picture.

So, people of God, dig in and hold firm to Psalm 121, for He alone is our help!  For in life, and death, we cling to the truth found only in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.  He alone has the power to preserve us and keep us with Him, no matter in life or death.  Jesus came to do the will of God, and what was God's will?  That He would lose none of all that the Father had given Him, but raise them up at the last day.  (John 6:39)  Therefore, stand firm in your God!  "If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all." Isaiah 7:9b

~Be blessed and be a blessing.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Swarms will come--take shelter in the Lord

Greetings in the Lord!

This week I've had several dreams of significance, but will share with you the one from this morning and the passage of Scripture the Lord gave to help discern its meaning.

In my dream, I was visiting a house situated on top of large, rolling hills.  The hills were quite large and it was surrounded by wonderful fields of mountain grass--just like in the Sound of Music.  However, in the vicinity of this house was beautiful, thick Kentucky blue grass--obviously, the owners of the house had planted their own stock of grass and took good care of it.

At the next part of the dream I went outside and saw off in the distance a caravan of cars tearing up and down the rolling hillsides.  They were making quite a ruckus and intentionally not caring about whose lawns or fields they were destroying.  There was a giant red truck carrying many men and one silver Cherokee type of vehicle with more men in it; the other cars were regular passenger cars.  However, no matter what make or model the cars were, they all had huge tires with sharp treads on them--good for two-tracking and in their case, causing quite a mess in the grassy fields.

Then, I had the feeling to run for cover.  These men were bad news and on a rampage looking for any excuse to act out in violence to whoever would stand up to them.  They were looking for a fight and being destructive was the bait.  I ran back into the house, which was now a sort of cave and sought more counsel from those present.  What should we do?  I was mad about the motley crew of guys, but also realized that they were bent on destruction, a wicked bunch.  I went back outside to assess the damage around the house and it was now dusk and the land looked barren.  Resigning back into the house I said, "Well, at least they haven't wrecked the house, the lawn will grow back."

In yesterday's dream I approached a roaring female lion and got right into her angry face.  She was a brute beast, obstinate and hostile for no reason.  I grabbed clumps of hair in her muscular neck to make her be quiet but her neck was too thick--I could feel that no matter how hard I tried to choke her that it wouldn't even faze her at all--she was very "thick-necked" and stubborn.

"I will forsake My house, abandon My inheritance; I will give the one I love into the hands of her enemies.  My inheritance has become to Me like a lion in the forest.  She roars at Me; therefore I hate her.  Has not My inheritance become to Me like a speckled bird of prey that other birds of prey surround and attack?  Go and gather all the wild beasts; bring them to devour."

"Many shepherds will ruin My vineyard and trample down My field; they will turn My pleasant field into a desolate wasteland.  It will be made a wasteland, parched and desolate before Me; the whole land will be laid waste because there is no one who cares.  Over all the barren heights in the desert destroyers will swarm, for the sword of the Lord will devour from one end of the land to the other; no one will be safe.  They will sow wheat but reap thorns; they will wear themselves out but gain nothing.  So bear the shame of your harvest because of the Lord's fierce anger."  Jeremiah 12:7-13

People hate to read words like this but the reality is, the United States has not bothered to reverse their moral decline in noticeable ways.  Yes, more Christians may be feeling the stirring in their heart that things are definitely askew, and some may be answering the call to fast and pray more these days, but in the big picture, this country is like Ephraim and Samaria--the northern kingdom of Israel in the days when she split from Jerusalem.  They have adopted all the idols of the countries around them and are content with a mixture of a knowledge of God and the daily practice of worldliness dominating their lives, or an outright rejection of God and His ways altogether.

Did you know that in the days leading up to the exile of the northern kingdom of Israel that they had quite a bit of wealth and affluence?  They had conquered surrounding areas with their sizable army and expanded their kingdom's boundaries to the furthest it ever would again.  As a country, they had weathered droughts and famines and earlier attacks of foreign nations and we feeling pretty good about themselves again--relative peace and prosperity filled their kingdom.  It was then that the Lord sent for "destroyers" to overtake them.  In the days of their economic recovery and burgeoning wealth and status as a nation.  Sound familiar?

Part of Donald Trump's allure for people is his confidence and strong talk of "getting America back on track."  And he just might be the one to do that--financially, speaking.  But what about our moral decline?  Our spiritual apathy or even blatant rejection of God?  Does he have any promising words about that....but so few are even concerned with this anyway.  A Pandora's box has been opened by legalizing drugs, homosexual marriage, normalizing sorcery and restricting the application of Christian values in our businesses, schools, and most public places.  I've lived in countries where a thriving Christian heritage was lost in a decade and ushered in wickedness and desolation--death in the thousands and in some places, millions resulted.  Prosperity is no sign of righteous standing with God, and prosperity cannot save you when disaster overtakes the land.

In these days, it behooves the Christian to see danger and take prayerful cover and counsel with the Lord.  The swarm will come on the hillsides, and those who retreat to their "caves" to pray and encourage each other will make it just fine.  God provides a safe place for all who take refuge in Him.

~Be blessed and be a blessing.              


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bulls of Bashan

Greetings in the Lord,

On Monday I awoke from a troubling dream.  In the dream I was in a house that was familiar to me, but it was filled with large animals, even the cats were enormous in size.  But the animal that caught my attention was a big, grey bull.  Its face was distorted and ugly, almost looking like a cross between a hippopotamus and bull, but the body was definitely that of a bull.  Unlike a regular bull, this one had little hair and its skin was a dead grey color.  "Strong death" is what I thought.  But instead of being afraid of this mutant animal the people in the house were stroking its face and saying how much they adored it.  Ugh!  They loved dearly this abnormal creature and were so happy to have it in the house.

When I awoke from this dream I discerned that this bull-creature was some sort of idol, a flesh covered demon?  I searched out some resources but wasn't satisfied that I had the full meaning yet.  Then, a couple days later I had another dream of bulls.  This time there was a herd of them out in a pasture.  Since I've lived in Syria and the Middle East, I recognized it to be there.  The bulls were a mixture of dark tan and black ones and lighter tan ones and they were playing some sort of game to pass the time.  Then, later in the day a chunk of meat was thrown into the herd and they began to fight over this flesh to eat as they were all very hungry!  I'd never seen bulls fight and play the way these were, they reminded me of a pack of wild dogs.  As I stood there watching, all of the sudden the one with the piece of flesh in his mouth started running towards me and they all charged after him.  I was scared as they ran past, as they shook the ground violently and caused dust clouds to rise up so I couldn't see them anymore.  I woke up and heard in my spirit, "bulls of Bashan."

With some research and prayer, and the events that took place on Friday in Tunisia and France, I now fully understand that these 'bulls of Bashan' are charging to wreak havoc wherever they can.  Ancient Bashan was a place of the giants--the Nephilim of Genesis 6.  While I don' pretend to have all the answers on this subject, I can understand that this dream reference is to the demons of that place, and they are on the warpath to trample as many as they can.  What human agents are they using to trample people?  The Islamic extremists, of course.  It seems that the spirits driving these guys are these ancient enemies of God and His people.  As I pondered these dreams and their significance yesterday it was almost like a prophetic confirmation--I was literally run over by a bicyclist!  He was zooming around a blind curve and hit me from the side sending me off my bike.  By the hand of God I wasn't hurt; I should have flown sideways into a row of bikes that would have scraped me badly, but instead I landed behind my bike on my backpack so I didn't even hit the concrete.  Thank God for that.  Needless to say, this summer will be one for Christians to be prayerfully vigilant and cautious about their summer plans.  Pray before you plan your travels and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.  Pray Psalm 91 before you leave the house each morning and over your family and community.  This is not a time to take lightly the violent threats of our enemies.          

~Be blessed and be a blessing.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Wakey, Wakey, It's Time to Pray

Greetings in the Lord!

Today's word comes from John 16:1-3:

"All this I have told you so that you will not go astray.  They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God.  They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me."

Jesus was giving his disciples warnings about the coming days, but it is the same for many Christians nowadays.  Persecution and outright violence towards Christians is happening worldwide at an alarming rate.  Even here in the United States there is growing contention and animosity towards God and His people at every turn--against our religious holidays, celebrations, and gatherings; even the secular media tries to taint godly viewpoints and opinions as if they were extreme and intolerant.  Kind of the pot calling the kettle black, if you ask me.  And where are Christians in all of this?  Mostly asleep at the wheel, it seems.  In fact, another political campaign season is upon us and Republicans are not even sure if they can count on the Christian vote, or if they even matter in the big picture.  "Where is the voice of Christians?" they ask.  Do we have a backbone?  Are we sleeping in the garden while Jesus is calling for us to wake and pray?

"Pray that you will not fall into temptation."  Jesus withdrew about a stone's throw beyond them...When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow.  "Why are you sleeping?" he asked them.  "Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation."  Luke 22:40, 45-46.

Twice Jesus tells them that an ordeal is coming that will be so strong that it has the potential of causing people's faith in Christ to falter.  Later on, Jesus is very direct about the nature of the coming ordeal: "But this is the hour--when darkness reigns."  The enemies of God are poised to strike God's plans for our nation and the people of God and many are asleep from exhaustion, just like the disciples.  Sisters and brothers in Christ, wake up and call upon the Lord to supercharge you with the fire of the Holy Spirit!  Go to a quiet place and spend time praying to the Lord for strength, clarity and soberness of mind, to be free from distractions and enchantments of the world that entangle.  It is imperative these days that we be under the protection of the Lord.  This ordeal goes beyond human efforts, mind you.  It is darkness, spiritual darkness that comes on the scene.  Captives to this antichrist spirit are vulnerable to its deception and evil influence.  Earlier this week we saw another violent atrocity directed at God's people--make no mistake, racism is the label the devil wants us to use to describe this carnage when in fact, it is an antichrist spirit that is rising up on this land.  Anyone with any flavor of hate in them are vulnerable, and the media lets the devil off the hook by labeling it with something that ultimately has the potential to cause more divide in our nation.

Don't be deceived!  Yes, we have racism, and sexism, and homophobia, and so on, but go to the root of all hatred and you will see the devil fanning the flames; it is an antichrist spirit that is sweeping and blowing across this nation like never before and people of God must pray, pray, pray against this spirit.  It's in our movies, TV shows, video games, and educational curriculum by incorporating sorcery into our children's reading material.  If you are not vigilant, you will fall asleep from its enchantments and join in the apathy unawares.  Jesus was captured and tried in the wee hours of the morning, when most people were not even awake to make much a fuss.    

Pray that the powers of darkness would be broken off the captives to this antichrist spirit.  Pray that Jesus would visit all those who are seeking the One, True God Almighty--even those who are fasting for Ramadan; the Lord knows our hearts and can reveal Himself to anyone at any time, no matter what they claim to believe today.  He is the God of the impossible, a God that delights when one turns to Him with all their heart, able to forgive even the most vile of sins and make us white as snow.  

~Be blessed and be a blessing.