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“Standing In The Loop”

December 31, 2008

I was almost expecting something to come up, but it never did. I was almost certain that I would have to explain why, after so much anticipation, the trip to Chicago had to be postponed. This fear never materialized and so CR and I spent a large portion of the day (Dec 30) in Chicago, handing out tracts and talking to any who would listen. While the general attitude wasn’t as hard as I had anticipated, (I think that Kalamazoo is spiritually colder) everyone was in such a hurry that even quick conversations were hard to strike up. (It seems that the devil is a master of distractions) Had we not been loaded down with tracts, little may have come from the visit. Nonetheless a lot of truth went out and the word of God will never-ever return void.

Generally I’m not a very outgoing person, but in the streets, there is so much joy in my heart that it’s like a hundred holidays rolled into one. I can say from the bottom of my heart that spending a week in the center of a metropolis sharing the gospel would be ten times more desirable than a dream vacation to some luxurious resort in the Carribean. I would rather dwell among the chaotic souls in need of Jesus than barracade myself in a lukewarm church that equates material gain with godliness. It’s a fervent desire that seems crazy to the world and even to many saints. And while I’m fully aware that a large city is a bad place to be when it all goes down, if  I could move to Chicago tomorrow, I would be there before noon for this very reason.

CR and I thought about this; almost simultaneously a few days ago. “What if it all goes down while we’re in the loop?” We know from scripture that unimaginable tribulation lies ahead and is already at the door. The economic turmoil of the past few months is nothing compared to what’s coming. So if suddenly a cataclysmic event transpires and we’re stranded in the windy city, “we’ll have a captive audience.”  By the grace of God, the trappings of this world no longer move me. The thoughts of those events coming to pass on the earth no longer rattle me; rather make manifest the need to get the gospel out “now.”  By the grace of God who, in his mercy called us out of darkness, my heart is not in this world. And when I’m in the streets with a backpack full of tracts, all that matters is compelling the eternal ones to come to Jesus while there’s still time.

Every venture seems to bring about an encounter with one particular person that puts an exclamation mark on the trip. Today it was a saint named Derek who we met him during a brief stop at Pacific Garden Mission.  He accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior about a year ago, while staying at the mission, and is now involved with a street ministry that goes out three; sometimes four times per week. Whenever we encounter someone like Derek who is completely sold out to Jesus, it’s a real blessing and encourages us to let go of everything that would come between us and Jesus.

Well I’ll be going for now. On previous post, in the comment section, Code alerted me to the January eddition of the Last Trumpet Newsletter being available. It’s entitled America A Nation Unprepared and alerts the reader to the lateness of the hour along with sharing insights into things that will never be covered on CNN.

I wish to all a blessed day and a blessed 2009 in Jesus.

 UPDATE DECEMBER 31

Greetings again. The year to come promises be one of astonishing turmoil in the physical realm. Here are two links that sum up the coming turmoil. One may seemto be “out there” to any who follow along in the predictable patterns, but these are strange times and the old grammerically flawed saying of “you ain’t seen nothing yet” applies to the times in which we live. Please check these links out:

THE NEW WORLD ORDER BEGINS

THE GIANT CREATURES and the ALIENS

These are times when we simply must abide under the shadow of the almighty. There are events soon to break forth that will astonish even those who have been monitoring their rise insofar as the intensity. But if we are abiding in Jesus, our astonishment will not turn into fear or panic. Panic will cause people to make choices that they never dreamed they would ever consider. 

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“Scanning the Horizon” (2009)

December 29, 2008

Ephesians 5:17 “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”

desert-treeThis pondering of the year ahead contains no earth-shattering revelations or prophetic words of understanding which have been kept hidden until this moment. It’s more of a re-establishing of things that we already know and an exhortation of how we should respond as we see the day approaching. It’s not an entry into the array of debatings that dominate the arena of prophetic considerations as we are beyond the season of endless dialogue. Today each of us must proclaim the truth of Gods word from the housetops; even in the face of unparalleled oppositions which will appear to have a solid alliance with reason. (Reason apart from divine revelation has been the downfall of untold millions) A few will listen, however, most will not. Sadly, the “most will not” category contains many professing christians who love this present world. For the sake of the few who have ears to hear, and for our own well-being, we must be in a place to “hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”  

As the year 2009 is soon to be upon us, there is simply no substitute for hiding the word of God in our heart and quality time spent with him in prayer. There are, without a doubt, many resources which offer up solid information and chronicle the unfolding of events. A number of these are linked to on the “End Times/Prophetic Sites” page. But nothing can take the place of the revelation and discernment that the Lord Jesus will grant to those who love him. Those who, from their heart, have let go of this world along with their own agenda. Loving not our lives can be a real challenge and we indeed must “die daily.” Whenever the cracks in the status quo grow larger, the spirits of self-preservation and panic try to re-assert themselves.  But when we reach a place where our only desire is to the Lord and we can say, with all sincerety “Thy will be done” there’s a supernatural peace and contentment that will withstand even the most unthinkable of events.

This is something that cannot be taught in a theology class or “worked up” through a ten-step program. It can only come from the Lord as we seek him with all of our being; laying aside every distraction, every idol that was once embedded into our heart, and every transgression that may have seemed insignificant, but caused separation. It’s imperative to ensure that we hold the promptings of the Holy Spirit in higher esteem than our own carnal reasonings or the opinions of the brethren who are “only looking out for us.” As the ambience continues to deteriorate, we will either be led by the Spirit of God or lured by the spirit of another. Those who are following from afar, and not in a secret place with the Lord Jesus will be frantically seeking one to lead them by the hand when everything familiar has vanished the brave new world that, according to scripture, will mark the end of this age is no longer deniable. 

Three familiar verses; all of which have been quoted much in the history of this blog, are needful to bring up before proceeding:

Daniel 11:32 “And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits.”

II Thessalonians 2:2-3 “That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by letter as from us, as that day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.

II Thessalonians 2:11-12 “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

These verses all reveal the dangers of not having a close relationship with the Lord Jesus. We’re fastly approaching a time when those who have a superficial profession or are trying to serve two masters will be manifest. As such, the single most important admonition concerning, not only the coming year but throughout the time remaining, is to get close to Jesus and become ever more familiar with his word. Shut out every voice that’s contrary to the word of God; regardless of credentials, and get in close to Jesus who is always as close as the mention of his name. He will open to us the scriptures and grant discernment as we witness the final seconds of this age wind down. As we get in close, we’ll hear the promptings specifically catered to our situation. We’ll know when to remain, when to flee, and have confidence in carrying out the instructions from on high that make no sense in the natural.

Daniel 11:35 “And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.”

The trial of our faith hasn’t really been covered here, however, a dream that I had early on the morning December 23, suggests a time when we shall be cast into prison and hauled before rulers as a testimony against them. The dream started out with CR (a brother from work) and I were at my house, but preparing to head out somewhere. As we were getting into the truck, a car came into the driveway and blocked us in. A man emerged with a briefcase that he opened in front and displayed for me. The interior of the briefcase was divided into several little comparments and each one contained an item of evidence concerning things that I had spoken about over a period of time. He began to ask me questions about various items of evidence. His voice was very machine-like; as though he was probably an android. Several questions were asked about various pieces of the evidence and I responded to each one; expecting this to eventually end at which time we could head out.

CR remained ready to get into the truck as this dialogue was ongoing. Then two more cars pulled into the driveway; coming from opposite directions and meeting at this address. Two men emerged from each vehicle, took cover behind the car doors, and pulled out handguns which they trained on CR and myself. (I was unable to make out what type of handguns they were but their size was almost cartoon-like) Any false move; so much as a twitch would have been the end of our physical lives. I cannot remember the exact words of the primary speaker, but it was obvious that we were to be taken into custody for our vocal proclamation of truth and the testimony of Jesus. One notable aspect was that all three vehicles were older makes; like early eighties perhaps. 

I awakened and looked at the clock which revealed that it was around 6:00 am. During the dream, I remember having no fear concerning the event playing out in the driveway. Just knowing some of my own faults, I believe that at least a certain amount of self-preservation would manifest under such conditions. Yet the grace of God that passes all understanding will be sufficient for whatever we face. Evidence of this can be found in the link to the writing by Cory Ten Boom in the blogroll, or by reading the account of Stephen in Acts chapter 7

Well, I’ll close this out for now. As we watch events unfold on every front; economic, geo-political, geological, astronomical, and in the realm of supernatural manifestation (Luke 21:26) the question that is often asked is “what do we do? Do we run or stay put? Do we store up resources for the lean times or give away all that we have?” There’s no cookie cutter answer for everyone concerning our position in the time of the end. The only way to know is to remain close to the Lord and know that he knows them who trust in him. (Nahum 1:7) And when we are given clear direction, we should not spend time comparing it to reasoning based on a landscape in transition, but to just be obediant and know that “everyone” will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ and confess that he is Lord of all.

I Peter 4:17-19 “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”

The trip to Chicago is now planned for Tuesday (Dec 30) as CR doesn’t have anyone to watch his kids on Monday. Please pray that the Lords will be done in this time. Also, please check out this posting that I found at Dare to dream entitled MILITARY GOVERNMENT POSSIBLE IN US? We are in very strange times.

I wish to all a blessed day and a blessed 2009 in Jesus. May our hearts be in heavenly places.

 

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“You Say You Want a Revolution”

December 27, 2008

Actually I’m referring to Jeralds site A REVOLUTIONARY GOSPEL. To get the whole of it, one really should start from the beginning, but any reading is thought provoking and brings to light the sheer awesomeness of the Lord. This site is linked to on the blogroll, however, the blogroll is so long that, even perched atop the alphatetical listing, it becomes buried. Thanks Jerald for sharing your incredible insights in this venue.

CR has also started a blog and I’m looking forward to this also. It’s called PRAY IT 4 WORD and was started yestrday. Wow; a blogger whom I know in real life.

I also ask for prayer concerning Monday as CR and I are planning to head into Chicago to share the gospel. I’m concerned that something will come up and foil the trip, which has happened so often in the past. I had desired to go there on election night as it the crowd in Grant Park would have been a great place to pass out tracts; explaining to any who would listen that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and that we should NEVER place men in higher esteem than that which is written. (In hindsight, the crowd in Grant park was having such a love fest with the next president that I don’t know if anything would have come out of such a trip) We know that the whole world will, at some point, wander after a man and that the conditioning for such a following is well underway. Until the man of sin is “revealed” any speculation is merely that…speculation.

I’ll update later, concerning Monday; even if it gets foiled. I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

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“Wise Men Still Seek Him”

December 24, 2008

Seting aside a day to remember the truth that Jesus came into the world, (a world that he created) born of a virgin can only be positive; so long as the focus is kept therein. It’s not commanded in scripture, however, any focusing on the uncompromising gospel of Jesus Christ is good. As families gather at this time of year, it does present manifold opportunities for sharing the gospel as we strive to focus on matters of eternal significance. It goes without saying, however, that amajority of activity that transpire around this time of year (such as black Friday) tend to obscure the gospel of Jesus Christ and focus on the “here.” So before going into this further, the following familiar passage is needful:

Romans 14:5-6 “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.”

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As we grow in the Lord Jesus, we find an increasing desire for that which brings us closer to him. Increasingly we desire heavenly things while the baser elements lose their appeal. We will increasingly seek to let go of every weight, every sin, and every fleshy endeavor that takes our eyes off Jesus. Holidays tend to amplify those wrestlings that go on throughout the year, such as the continuing need to discern between that which is temporal and that which is eternal. When it comes to Christmas, I’ve been at both extremes of the spectrum. During the season of rebellion, I was completely entatuated with the season. Later on I thought it good to not even mess with it; often stating the way that the holiday came about (placing a christian holiday over the pagan observation of Yule) and quoting Jeremiah 10:2-4.  

Today, my thoughts are independant from both camps. For me, the traditions that many enjoy this time of year can seem entrapping, the hyper-materialism is vexing, (although I do enjoy showering the kids with presents) and the incredible expenditures of capital and energy for the purpose of creating a holiday atmosphere seems warm and cozy, but lacking in eternal significance. I know that I sound like a grinch on this and I’m not criticizing any who engage in such. My wife loves to go full tilt when it comes to keeping Christmas, as can be proven by the army of ceramic and stuffed snowmen in our living room. (it’s almost creepy) But as the Lord grants us increasingly vivid glimpses of the world to come, temporal things simply lose their appeal. Whereas I used to love the cozy feeling that came from a well-decorated house, today I can take it or leave it.

This isn’t restricted to holidays; it takes place in every venue of our lives. For example, I used to really love football, but now I couldn’t care less about who wins, who loses, or what have you. (And I praise God for delivering me long before the Lions embarked on their “perfect season” this year) When we begin to get a taste of the world to come, the elements of this world; even the ones steeped in tradition and laced with fond memories of Christmasses long long ago, begin to lose their appeal. It’s not that caroling in the snow is a bad thing; it’s just that thinking on the deep things of God and spending time in his presence is far more fulfilling. As we set our affections on things above, the things of the world, festive or otherwise, will diminish on their own.

nativity-2At times the fleshy elements of this time a year cause me to wish that we could just go from November 30 to January 1. Yet the fact that God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son into the world, born of a virgin is beyond incredible. He was tempted in all points as we are and yet without sin; showing that we have a Savior who is well acquainted with our battles. He endured the most painful and humiliating death possible; although at any moment he could have called ten thousand angels, revealing a love far beyond anything that we can comprehend. A tomb lies empty where they laid his body, proclaiming to all the world that Jesus has conquered death and is alive forever more.

And when he returns, every eye shall behold him. Every saint, every scoffer, every abuser, every lawyer, every proclaimer of truth, every merchandiser, every pretender, every king, every prisoner, every adulterer, every rich person, every poor person; “everyone” remaining upon the earth, will see it. It will be an event of such a magnitude that none will be able to deny what is taking place. That day is fastly approaching.

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I don’t know if this post is making sense or not. It’s a topic that, if not proceeded with properly, can lead to incredible misunderstandings as many tend to be very beholden to tradition and a continuance of the familiar. I know of people who run themselves to the point of exhaustion as they try to put together a perfect Christmas. They attend two or three family dinners on Christmas day; only to return home completely exhausted. They become almost enslaved to a date on the calendar as every 25th of December must be made to replicate every one from the past. Yet Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The upkeep of traditions has no bearing on the everlasting as Jesus is eternal and unchanging. Last year at this time, we were in Orlando, and despite the superfiscial environment down there, it was a nice break from the franticity that normally accompanies Christmas.

The title of this post is a phrase that’s often heard around this time, however, it’s true every day of the year as Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Whether we classify ourselves a “one day above anotherer” or an “every day the samer” may we all look to Jesus and ensure that he is Lord of every area of our life. That our foremost desire will be to draw ever closer to Jesus and seek to be in his perfect will. As we do this; truly placing him first in our life, many of the contentions and questions will simply go away. The fellowship that we’ll have with one another as we look completely to Jesus will be “out of this world.”

nativity-31Well I should probably be going for now. I wasn’t planning to do a Christmas post because I know that my thoughts on this are not widely shared and, to be honest, it’s much easier to not enter such contentious waters. My prayer is that we will all draw closer to Jesus with all diligence. If we love him wholeheartedly, everything else will fall into place as it should. (Even if we happen to have a tree in the house.)

 John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

One more thing before I go, and this definately brings into focus the eternal aspects and spiritual warfare that goes on unabated. This morning, as most of us are planning for tonight and tomorrow, CR had some Jehovahs Witnesses come to his house. As he told me about it a short while ago, he professed to not knowing how to deal with them, however, he just talked about Jesus and they soon went away. He noticed in their literature, a blatant inability to confess that Jesus is the Christ. Praise God who grants us discernment; even when we don’t feel prepared to handle a situation. The Lord is doing an awesome work in CRs family as well as mine.

One final tidbit. I have learned that L.A. Marzulli has a blog on WordPress. He hosts Steve Quayles radio broadcast on Wednesdays and explores the alien phenomenon from a christian perspective. It was from this man that I learned of the number of christians who have thwarted attempted alien abductions by calling upon the name of Jesus. (Someone should tell this to the guy who stopped by CRs house today.) Here’s a link to the site; namely to a recent posting about the Matreya.

MAITREYA…NOT AGAIN

L.A. Marzulli has been chronicling the activities of this guy ever since he first came on the scene in 1982. WE ARE IN VERY STRANGE TIMES!!! Mr Marzullis site is also on the blogroll.

 I wish to all a blessed Christmas and new year in Jesus.

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Neverending Stories

December 21, 2008

The Gospel Tract Society publishes a tract entitled “You Will Never Die.” While the text isn’t written in quite a fashion that I would have chosen, it does confront the reader with the fact that we are eternal beings. While most would claim to believe this, few consider the gravity of this truth. They are content to hold on to their “personal beliefs” and rationalize why those beliefs must be accurate as opposed to objectively pursuing the truth concerning this issue. The moment that the Lord brought each of us into existance, the fabric of the everlasting was forever altered. There will never again be another moment when we “are not” but there will be a moment when we will cease to occupy a position in the arena of atoms. A moment that can arive either with multiple warnings or sneak upon us in the middle of the night. Each time that we leave our home, we have no promise that we are going to return.

A visit to any cemetary will confront one with markers containing names and the dates between which the bearers of those names walked through the valley of decision. One day while tending to my wifes Grandmothers memorial I happened to notice a marker of a man who lived from 1775 to 1856. It caught my attention because it’s the oldet memorial that I’ve ever seen in this town. This man was born a British citizen and passed into eternity five years prior to the opening shots of the civil war. It goes without saying that he lived in a much different world than us from a technological and societal standpoint. As I began to consider what kind of life this person might have had, the really important question arose:

WHERE IS THIS MAN NOW?

His memorial continues to bear witness of a life once lived. Yet for over 152 years, this individual has been in his eternal abode; 71 years longer than the 81 years in which he inhabited a vessel of clay. His occupation in life, where he lived, (Constantine I assume; at least for a time) how many assets he accumulated, his earthly credentials, pet doctrines, and reputation among his contemporaries became of no relavance the moment that his final breath was completed. When a person enters eternity, the only thing that matters is “does their name appear in the Lambs book of life?” The answer to this question determines whether a soul will abide forever in the presence of the Lord Jesus, who paid for our sins with his own blood, or will be forever separated from God in a place of everlasting torment.

II Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

This seems a very simple theme, and yet one that’s needful to revisit. The affairs of this life often work to obscure the line between those issues with eternal ramifications and those which lose all significance at the moment of ones passing. When the moment arrives that we are to depart this present world, we’ll no longer be concerned about the career path that once dominated our life or the array of storylines that we followed daily. The geo-political wranglings of this present world and the seven day weather forcast will not be issues of pondering upon the completion of our allotment of days in this realm. Our possessions that we diligently collected and protected will serve only as reminders of resources that we spent on our lives in this world instead of sowing into endeavors of eternal significance like evengelism and tending to the needs of those around us. 

John 6:27 “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.”

Revelation 14:13 “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Dord from henceforth: Yea saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

 Each of us have a neverending story that will continue on throughout the eons to come.  An eternity which is being forged in this present realm. Not only our final destination, but also the standing in that final destination. I imagine that in the New Jerusalem, the greatest mansions will be granted to folks whose names we never heard of, but they faithfully gave their all as unto the Lord Jesus and not in service to man. Likewise the lake of fire will most likely also have degrees as does hell. (all of them will be unimaginably tormenting, so one should not take any comfort from this thought) The intent of this post is simply to highlight a truth that virtually all of us already acknowledge, but may not grasp the seriousness of. I fear that none of us are as sober-minded as we should be concerning this. (An area that I must work on as well)

Well, we must leave for church in less than an hour. Please keep this household in prayer; Kimmy, Morgan, Megan, Matthew, and Ryan; along with Morgans boyfriend Dustin, her former boyfriend Levi, and Megans friend Susan. (Susan professes Jesus as Savior but her lifestyle is kind of on the wild side) These are eternal souls who are up against divers wrestlings and the devil is seeking whom he may devour. When we begin to fathom what’s at stake, it’s astonishing how many professing christians continue to flock to the prophets of prosperity as they activate their “seed faith” in order to get more stuff. (I’m sorry; that probably doesn’t belong in this post. I think I’ll leave it.)

I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

 

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Checking In 12/19/08 (1123est)

December 19, 2008

Good morning to all. Today begins a layoff that will last at least two weeks and possibly a lot longer. This means that I should have more time to devote to this forum; updating certain things, responding to comments, visiting around, and somehow finishing my testimony. I don’t know how much longer we will have access to this venue and as such, placing out here that which the Lord has placed on our heart is imperative. There’s a strong sense in my spirit that next year at this time, we (the timbob household) will no longer be at this address and that much physical uncertainty is in the air.

Physical upheaval may abound, but the peace of God that passes all understanding is ever-present. It may well be that a collapse of the status quo will be the very factor that brings those in my family who know not God to faith in the Lord Jesus. The eternal standing of souls far outweighs any temporal inconveniences. So I look forward to the next two weeks and the next year with enthusiasm; knowing that the Lord is doing a mighty work and those who know him will be cities set on a hill as never before.  More on this later. As for now, I just wanted to offer an update; although I do plan to post sometime later in the weekend. That is unless “later in the weekend” finds me in an underground holding facility for the testimony of Jesus. (We never know what a day may hold)

When our affections are steadfast upon the Lord Jesus and we love not our lives in this world, it’s a liberty so complete that words cannot define it. (I cannot profess to have “arrived” at this, but I’m striving day by day) Jesus Christ is our life, our peace, and the one with whom we shall abide with throughout the eons to come “world without end.” This world is ending, but the age to come will abide forever. WOO HOO!

Colossians 3:1-4 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affections on things above,not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”

Please keep Morgan and Dustin in prayer. This is another area where I’m convinced that the Lord is doing a mighty work. It may well be that the biggest obstacle has been getting me to a place where I step aside and allow the Lord to do this mighty work. (It has taken a lot of prayer though. Praise God for being patient with us)

Here’s a link on Steve Quayles site that I found this morning and may be eye-opening.  SOUNDS OF SILENCE   I haven’t had time to read through it yet, but it seems to discuss psychological manipulation. Another link on Steves site is entitled MAITRAYA RISING and discusses one of many individuals who folks offer up as a potential antichrist candidate. Time will soon tell. To clarify an earlier error here, my fast visit to Steve Quayles site earlier caused me to think that the two links above were a single link. This is now clarified along with the erroneous address to the first story. I apolagize for any confusion. 

I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

 

 

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In My Chamber of Secrets

December 13, 2008

It has no fixed position, nor does it fit within the confines of a physical description. And yet it’s a very real place of refreshing; where a wearied soul can come into the presence of the Almighty. Here, it’s just us and the Lord Jesus while the storms rage on the outside. No neighbors to put on a show for, no brethren to conform to, no interference from the myriad of voices as they strive to be heard above the continuous static.  Here we enter in; leaving behind our titles and agenda as we come into the very presence of the Creator of all that is. The Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning; who has no beginning and no ending.  The one who loves us beyond comprehension and bids us “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

Words cannot describe the incredible privelage of having an audience with the Lord Jesus the very moment that we place our thoughts upon him. That he delights when we take time out to be with him; not out of ritual, but because we just love being in his presence. And in his presence, there is a peace, so complete and satisfying that it defies explanation. An absolute serinity in every part of our being as we just remain still and know that “God is.” During such moments, words seem intrusive and the spiritual song is far more appropriate. Like a river gently flowing, it comes forth with melodies and lyrics far too wonderful for this present realm. A heavenly song; sweet and void of selfish attachments. The following passage has been a favorite for years:

Psalm 84:10-11 “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”

Philippians 4:6-7 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (I love Philippians)

I’m trying to tie together several thoughts and it’s proving to be quite a task. There are so many needs around us; those who are unsaved, infirmaties, spiritual oppression from the enemy and what have you, that we should probably be in prayer 24/7. We often go into prayer for specific purposes and we are instructed in scripture to do this. As I Peter 5:7 admonishes us: “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” But there is a sweetness when we can just come into the presence of the Lord and focus on seeking him.  A time of just being with the Lord; much like on earth when we “hang out” with someone who is really close to us. It doesn’t really matter what’s transpiring in the ambience; so long as we’re together.

Such moments are priceless. When we can just get away and seek the Lord Jesus. Often during these times, the Holy Spirit brings to our rememberance certain needs, or calls us to intercede for someone who may be at the end of their rope. Oftentimes names will come forth and as the person is lifted up in prayer, it will swerve into a very specific need that may or may not have been previously known about. Other times, we may be granted insight concerning a particular situation or revelation concerning a particular passage of scripture.  It’s a time to put self aside and allow the Lord to lead us to where we need to go. Occasionally, such moments are simply beyond words and we silently abide in the presence of the Lord; overwhelmed by the awesomeness of our Creator who became flesh and dwelt among us. 

Psalm 63:6 “When I remember thee upon my bed, andmeditate on thee in the night watches.

The enemy will fight to keep us out of the prayer closet; every bit as much as he strives to keep us from hiding the word of God in our hearts. Two common issues that I must contend with are time and thought. Finding large blocks of time to spend in prayer is almost impossible with all that’s going on in my life. This is dealt with by actively striving to keep my thoughts on the Lord Jesus every possible moment. An even bigger obstacle is that of a hyper-active imagination that requires a constant casting down. Imaginations that don’t appear to be exactly bad, but they perpetually lead to more of the same and consume valuable minutes. Like this morning on my way to work. Somehow, I got into a particular train of thought until the entire drive to Three Rivers became “nothing more than just that- a drive to Three Rivers.” (This is premium prayer time; driving to and from work)

One thing is becomming more prominant as of late and is one reason that I was minded to do this post. I ponder end time events a lot and consider things which most christians find to be discomforting to put it mildly. Iny case, such thoughts don’t cause fear as they did in earlier years. Instead, they amplify the desire to just let go of every agenda, find a secluded place, and be with the Lord Jesus. Striving to tune out the background noise and hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. As the twilight turns to pitch black, only those who are close to the Lord and have his word hidden in their heart will be able to see where they are going. The time to enter into our chamber of secrets is now.

Well I must close for now. The passages at the bottom were from the earlier draft of this post, but they’re too good to remove. Gods word is pure and profitable, and incapable of returning void. The following link is way off topic concerning this post, but may be the topic of a future one:

DELUSION RESISTANCE This site discusses the alien abduction phenomenon and christians who have called on the name of Jesus to defeat these beings. I heard a fascinating program earlier this week concerning this. Have a blessed weekend in Jesus.

II Kings 6:10-12 “And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice. Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye nt shew me, which of us is for the king of Israel? And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.”

“AWESOME!”

 James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom,let him ask of God,that giveth to all men liberally liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shal be given him.”