Saturday, December 22, 2012

Do Not Fear The Darkness

Donna Raphael


Do not fear the darkness even as it grows deeper.  You are in My light and will shine forth ever brighter.  You will shine forth with My love and truth.  Many will come unto the light and find the way.  Remember it is always darkest before the dawn.  A new day is coming!  Do not despair for these are days of glory, and the power of My hand shall be seen and known!

Daniel 12:

And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Be Still And Know That He Is God


Today there is no thought of going online and reading any news.  This is a day to hide indoors with my Father in heaven and hear His still small voice.  Many voices are speaking in this hour and it is overwhelming if one does not know the word of  God.  Then for those prophetic voices who want to hear the Lord clearly we realize we cannot be reading other prophetic words as we need to be sure we are hearing clearly from God ourselves.  

Today it is inclement weather, winter is here and the bible says so long as the earth exists, sowing time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease. Looking outside through my patio doors I am actually enjoying seeing the snow fall in what is the first real winter snow storm.  Last night it rained and so we have had a mixture of snow and freezing rain till this morning. 

It is a great indoor day to get ever closer to the Lord.  To shut out the world and all the crying voices, even for just a moment.  Silence is at times golden.  No television but the clock ticking on the wall reminding me to redeem the time because the days are evil.  As I came downstairs this morning it was and still is my intent to dig into the Word of God and sit with my heavenly Father.  How good is our God to sometimes send us blustery, cold winter days to give us time indoors with Him.

Yes, there is much to prepare for, but the preparation of our hearts is the most important.  Many are stressed and feeling the pressures of the season, and the pressures brought to bear with all that is going on in this world.  Father sees it all and we must sit with Him to see it through His eyes.  He is a God who never slumbers or sleeps.  We are reminded of the disciples who fell asleep when they were to be watching with Jesus and could not watch even one hour.  Today it is my intent though the flesh is weak to sit with Father and just enjoy His presence.  Asking for nothing but being thankful for who He is.  

Are you thankful today for who Jesus is and what He has done in your life?  Then why not take time aside from your busy schedule, stop what you are doing if you are able, if not now but sometime today and just thank Jesus, for the price paid for your freedom.  Truly He paid the price in full and has done much in our lives.  Let us praise Him today for who He is and see the glory of the Lord manifested in our lives.

So long as the earth exists, sowing time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease. Genesis 8:22 (CJB)

Seek Adonai while he is available, call on him while he is still nearby. Isaiah 55:6 (CJB)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Waiting Rather than Fretting

Waiting Rather than Fretting

By A.W. Tozer

Of one thing we may be sure; we can never escape the external stimuli that cause vexation. The world is full of them and though we were to retreat to a cave and live the remainder of our days alone, we still could not lose them. The rough floor of our cave would chafe us, the weather would irritate us and the very silence would cause us to fret.

Deliverance from a fretting spirit may be by blood and fire, by humility, self-abnegation and a patient carrying of the cross. There will always be "evildoers" and "workers of iniquity," and for the most part they will appear to succeed while the forces of righteousness will seem to fail. The wicked will always have the money and the talent and the publicity and the numbers, while the righteous will be few and poor and unknown. The prayerless Christian will surely misread the signs and fret against the circumstances. That is what the Spirit warns us against.

Let us look out calmly upon the world; or better yet, let us look down upon it from above where Christ is seated and we are seated in Him. Though the wicked spread himself like "a green tree in its native soil" (Psalm 37:35), it is only for a moment. Soon he passes away and is not. But "the salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble" (verse 39). This knowledge should cure the fretting spirit.

Weeping Endures For A Night

It is important that we are not distracted from that which Father has called us to do. When He has called you to pray and intercede it is important that you continue to do so. The battle is on and the enemy is trying to distract God's people with much havoc in everyday life. Many are going through large battles at this present time. It seems that there is extreme pressure being brought to bear upon many who belong to the Lord and it is time that we come to terms with the truth that grace is only given as each new day arrives. We are told not to think of tomorrow because today has sufficient evil.
We see this is so true as this past week's events have unfolded in the terrible massacre of innocent little children as well as adults in the quiet town of Newtown, Connecticut. One cannot wrap their mind around the evil that has occurred and we truly need to hold on to Jesus and reach out to others. We need to be a comfort in this time of deep wounding that has struck into the heart of the nation. Not only America has been touched by this senseless act but we across the border in Canada have wept tears of sorrow with you and are praying.
It is time for us to come together as one body and lift our voices heavenward to the Lord who is the God of all comfort. Truly there is no other place to turn to at a time like this. We have to move forward and at the same time grieve the loss of precious lives.
What is our part in protecting our respective nations. We are told to watch and pray and so we must continue to do so. Also to walk in love toward those that are outside and redeem the time because the days are evil. I am weeping in writing this for truly any innocence left in the nation is gone. Yet, we as precious believers must lead as light and truth and let our light shine in the darkness of this world. Jesus said, 14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Matt. 5:14 (NKJV)
This morning I was reminded that we must live one day at a time and that grace is there for this day alone. Manna in the wilderness was provided one day at a time and we to must daily feed on the Word of God for help and strength in this time of trouble. Let us love one another with a pure heart and be willing to reach out to others during this difficult season that has affected so many lives. Weeping endures for a night but joy comes in the morning. Let us pray that through these circumstances those that do not know Jesus come to know Him as their Saviour and Lord. Indeed He is their help in this time of trouble.
Let us continue to be on guard, watch and pray for that which the Lord lays on our heart and take time to hear His still small voice asking Father God to order our steps for each new day.
Let us pray Psalm 91 over our homes, families and nations and continue without doubt to TRUST IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Another School Shooting - Why?

“Another School Shooting – Why?”

Prophetic Moments – Issue #56 – December 14, 2012
by R. Loren Sandford
Like everyone else with any sense of compassion, I am profoundly grieved at the tragedy of twenty children and seven adults murdered in Newtown, Connecticut. Many of us are asking why? It seems so senseless, so incomprehensible that someone would visit such murderous impulses on innocent children barely out of infancy. Know and understand that this incident is not the judgment of God. Matthew 18:10 says, “their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.” I would have difficulty understanding what kind of heartless religious spirit would say that children were killed as a result of the judgment of God, although I know that some will.

Historically, when a society sickens, its sickness tends to express itself in extreme and concentrated ways through individuals vulnerable to its influence or predisposed to wickedness. It would be something like a systemic infection erupting in a focused way through a pimple or a boil. For example, Germany’s societal illness following the humiliation of their defeat in the First World War found concentrated expression in the evil of Adolf Hitler. The reparations – vengeance – the victorious allies imposed contributed to that sickness and paved the way for what came later. Consequently millions of people suffered and died. Many tried to blame Hitler as if the entire burden of guilt were his, but the failure of the allies to forgive had something to do with it and Germany as a whole had to bear its collective responsibility. Corporate sin found a conduit in an evil man who expressed it in concentrated form.

Thus it is today in America as we see incidents of senseless mass killings increase in frequency. We may comfort ourselves with the thought that we are a good people and that these things are being done by demented and evil individuals, but this doesn’t answer the question of why this kind of thing simply did not happen prior to twenty years ago. It does not tell us why this seems to be accelerating in frequency now. Gun control is not the answer because guns are not the cause. Americans have always owned guns but until recent history we have not had to worry about being fired upon in a theater, a mall or a school. Guns are not the problem. The problem lies in the heart of our society and in our cultural decay.

Matthew 24:12 reads, “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.” The spirit of lawlessness is loose in the land. From government to populace, we as a society have chosen to ignore, even to reject, God’s clearly stated laws, moral standards and principles, choosing a culture of self rather than a culture of selflessness. In the name of freedom we call evil good and good evil. True integrity is in short supply. We can’t even trust our elected officials to obey the laws they have sworn to uphold. Historically, while we may not always have actually behaved as righteous people in this nation, we at least acknowledged the truth of God’s moral standards and understood what righteousness is. We no longer do, while those who actually take a stand for God’s truth are considered to be dangerous, intolerant, judgmental or too far to the right to be taken seriously.
Now we pay the price as our societal lawlessness and the consequent erosion of love make possible this proliferation of heinous crimes, shootings in malls, theaters and schools. Our collective sin and lawlessness find concentrated expression in a few demented individuals whose depravity is freed to erupt in violence because our corporate lawlessness has weakened the structures of society spiritually and morally that would restrain it. In that sense, we all share responsibility for these tragedies. I see it as the cumulative effect of broken marriages, fornication, adultery, deception and corruption at every level of our culture. The structures of society that produce whole people are broken. Broken people do broken things.

We will see more of these tragedies. In my books I have written of the destructive effect of the culture of self we’ve cultivated in this nation. Conscience, based in primary care and concern for the welfare of others, dies when self-focus leads to lawlessness and lawlessness leads to lovelessness. This opens the door to demonic influence. I wrote in VISIONS OF THE COMING DAYS that we would soon see an upsurge in demonic activity as a result of drug abuse, sexual immorality and rebellion against the laws and principles of God as expressed in Scripture. Tragedies like this most recent one bear the marks of demonic inspiration. Our collective rejection of God’s laws and principles opens the door for this.

What must we as Christians do? It’s time to take issues of biblical righteousness and integrity seriously. It’s past time to preach the gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ who captivates hearts and changes lives until they conform to the image of the Son. It’s long past time that we cleanse ourselves of the culture of self and learn to know the selflessness of our Lord and the power of the cross. It’s time to become real Christians.

Prophetic Moments is an occasional bulletin produced
by Pastor R. Loren Sandford

New Song Church and Ministries
Denver, Colorado.

Friday, December 14, 2012

27 dead in Connecticut school shooting: reports | CTV News

27 dead in Connecticut school shooting: reports | CTV News

Please be praying for the families of those that are victims in this terrible shooting. Also
for the many lives that have been hurt through this terrible crime. Our hearts go out to all
the families and we as the body of Christ need to be praying for them.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Prophetic Call

by Kathleen De La Hunt

"You are called to go ahead, You are called to hear my whisper, You are called to see my face , You are called to hear my heart beat, You are called to feel my heart breaking for my people. Feel my broken heart for my broken people! Until you can feel my heart for my people - you cannot be trusted to touch my people with your words for your words will destroy them!

Your heart needs to break for my people. You need to die so that I can live through you. Do you see what I see? Do you hear what I hear? Do you feel what I feel? Do you feel my urgency? Do you feel the urgency of the season? Do you know that I am coming soon?

Prepare yourself in my presence In my secret place. There I will break your heart for that which has broken my heart and then I will be able to trust you - once your heart is broken. Will you go ahead and prepare my Church... My Church that I am coming back for, My Church that knows my name, My Church that reflects my glory, My Church that wears my perfume, My Church that delights in my presence

Will you pay the price and follow me - Do you know the cost? It will cost you everything! Will you hear my call? Will you prepare yourself? Will you enter in to my secret place and see my face?

I want to show you my face, for those that have seen my face and have felt the breath of my whisper, can be trusted in the season to come with the treasure of my power. I am coming soon and I am looking for a people who will not shrink back, but who will stand when all else falls around them Who will not compromise my truth and who understand my love - the love of a FATHER for His children. For they will be the ones to bring the DESPERATELY broken BACK to me. They belong to me, they are my children and they need my truth to find me. Will you be my truth to this dying world? Will you be my eyes? Will you tell them? Will you show them? Will you love them? Even when they hate you and destroy you for my sake - will you love them - for me?"

Kathleen De La Hunt
Victory is Assured

Many in the body of Christ are walking in discouragement this morning because of hard times. You have not yet seen the answers to many of the prayers you have prayed and the enemy has tried to come in like a flood with his lies. Now is the time, this very moment to decide that you will walk in victory. You are not defeated! You are a people of God that are called by His name, for His purposes and for this time. Much is yet to be done to see the Kingdom of God come forth and fully manifest in the earth. 
Many are suffering and you will be used to alleviate much of that suffering with that which I have put in your hands. You have been given much and have the ability to help in the little things of daily life that make a big difference. Perhaps it is a word in season to someone that lifts their spirit. Perhaps it is just being a good listener. Ask Me how I can use you! You will see open doors and in ministering to others you will not be thinking of your own needs.

I will supply as you praise My holy name and reach out to others. I am Lord of All and have all things in My hands. I know what is going on in this world and you are not to fear but walk in faith and wait on Me. Yes, My Beloveds take time to wait on Me. Many of you are finding it hard to be still. Many of you are fearing the future but I say to you I am your future and hope. Do not be discouraged but take hold of My Word and dig into it without laziness and you will find your answers. Submit to one another in the fear of God and do not let go. Esteem your brothers and sisters highly in the Lord and see their heart. Break bread together and remember the price I paid on the cross till I come. The Day of the Lord is at hand. Serve Me diligently and you will see me move.

4 because everything which has God as its Father overcomes the world. And this is what victoriously overcomes the world: our trust.(CJB)