We need to be more Mary than Martha in this hour

We need to be more Mary than Martha in this hour

Luke 10:38-42  (ERV)

38 While Jesus and his followers were traveling, he went into a town, and a woman named Martha let him stay at her house. 39 She had a sister named Mary. Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to him teach. 40 But her sister Martha was busy doing all the work that had to be done. Martha went in and said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are getting worried and upset about too many things. 42 Only one thing is important. Mary has made the right choice, and it will never be taken away from her.”

The Lord spoke to my heart this morning.  He said we need to have the heart attitude of Mary and lessen Martha’s attitude.  Both of these sisters loved Jesus.  In reading the passage above, there is an implication that Martha was the oldest of the siblings.  If that is the case it would explain a lot of why Martha was so “busy” preparing for Jesus and the apostles’ visit to their home.  It was her responsibility to have a meal ready, the home welcoming, and make the guests comfortable.  More than likely, Mary would have been helping her in these tasks.  On this occasion, Mary was so caught up in the presence of Jesus, she ignored all the usual physical responsibilities to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen.

The one phrase from the Scripture above shows the heart of Martha; “doing all the work that had to be done”.  There had to be food prepared, there had to be mats put out for the guests to sit upon, there had to be water to wash their feet upon entrance into the house.  Mary ignored all that to sit with Jesus and hear what He had to say.  We cannot judge Martha, we can understand her and see where she missed her opportunity to be with Jesus also.  She chose to fret about perfecting the home-welcome, instead of welcoming the Lord.

We are in the same place this year.  We have been so focused on survival, on doing the best we can to keep our homes, our families, our ministries, etc… going that we have neglected sitting at the feet of Jesus and hearing what He has to say.  We are missing time with Him, building relationships.  May we resist being too busy to be with Him.

Trusting God = Relaxing in Peace

Looking at this photo gives a lot of us a creepy feeling.  The road seems to narrow and looks dangerous and even scary.  The Lord really spoke to my heart about my reaction to this photo.  He told me very clearly, “If you would trust me, hold my hand and let us just walk down this road, I will show the hidden treasures and secrets hidden on each side of the journey.”

I was startled at that statement and realized, though I thought I was trusting Jesus along my journey, I was holding on too tight to His hand, still really walking in a place of fear.  When I deliberately stopped, breathed deeply and put my trust back into Him, the hidden things in the photo started revealing the truth.

  1. First, there is a road already created that we can walk on.
  2. Someone has already gone ahead and prepared the road.
  3. It looks like it shrinks from the position the photographer took the photo, but as you walk closer, the perspective changes and it won’t be as small as it looks now.
  4. If I am walking this road with the Lord Jesus, there is no need to fear.
  5. If fear is not allowed on the road with us, we can indeed stop along the way and look at the wonderful things hidden on the sides of the road.
  6. I imagined small patches of violets, rabbits, and other small furry creatures wandering there.  The whole photo changed into an adventure instead of a place of fear!

May we all reach a place of trusting in the Lord, kicking fear out of our journey and shift to joy and peace in our personal walk with the Lord Jesus.

Christians have a form of “Night Goggles” powered by Faith in God

Christians have a form of “Night Goggles” powered by Faith in God

Christians have a form of “night vision” goggles. We have the Holy Spirit to lead us through all the dark and unknown places. Our faith activates these goggles. When we chose to trust God, He releases the answers to us. I remember hearing Corrie Ten Boom at a camp years ago. One thing she said has stuck with me all through these years.
She was worried about whether or not she could face persecution and stay faithful to Jesus. Her father, a very wise man in the things of God, asked her when he gave her the ticket for boarding a train. She thought a moment and answered him that he gave them to her at the time of boarding. He replied back that was the way God did us in times of trial. He gives us the “ticket” to go through it at the time of need, not before.
We can trust Jesus through the days ahead with joy and peace, knowing He sees ahead and has already made a way through it for us…1 Corinthians 10:12

Pray-Plan-Prepare for 2021

Pray-Plan-Prepare for 2021

 

The Lord spoke to my heart to press into spiritual preparation for 2021. We are called to follow Him, not lead Him. Our part is to spend time in His presence and read the Bible. As we do that, we will get the instructions for our personal life and our part of the next season for the Body of Christ. I am excited to see what the Lord Jesus is doing in this season. He is the Light of the World so even in this dark time, we will be able to see clearly ahead if we follow Him. Be blessed this new season.

Freedom and Joy in Your Life

Freedom and Joy in Your Life

Do you want freedom and joy in your life?  Call upon Jesus Christ to be your personal Savior, who will forgive you of all your sins and set you free from the devil’s trap.

Ask Him into your heart today.  Then you will know freedom from all of your past.  You will receive fullness of life in Jesus.  Ask Him to give you the Holy Spirit to help guide you.

John 3:16-18 New International Version

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

John 14:26 The Passion Translation

26 But when the Father sends the Spirit of Holiness, the One like me who sets you free, he will teach you all things in my name. And he will inspire you to remember every word that I’ve told you.

John 16:24 The Passion Translation

24 Until now you’ve not been bold enough to ask the Father for a single thing in my name, but now you can ask, and keep on asking him! And you can be sure that you’ll receive what you ask for, and your joy will have no limits!

 

When Jesus Went To Hell

When Jesus Went to Hell

A short story by Wesley Stout… 12/18/2020

A heavy fog first descended on Jerusalem, not a storm that blew in but, that fell straight down as if covering up an army of unearthly invaders. The darkness was almost like swimming at night. Torches were lit until the wind and rain came and put them out. It was the lightning that lit the way. Continuous lightning, that flashed from cloud to cloud and tree to tree, one striking before the deafening rumble of the last had diminished.  The soldiers were slowed but no less determined to push the poor men up the hill and onto their crosses. They had become possessed by the purpose, the fervor, the undiluted concentration of the intention of Satan to achieve what he had planned and worked for these thousands of years. Yeshua of Nazareth was being crucified.

It was all going exactly as planned. The Sanhedrin had played their role perfectly, Pilot had protested but relinquished his authority to the noise of the people, Herod had bowed to the mob rule as well and the fate of physical dimension was falling into Lucifer’s blood-soaked hands.

This Yeshua also called Jesus, had worried him at times. He had won the hearts of many people but His ambition to be king had never dominated Him. Now Lucifer was thinking this had been key to His downfall. It was almost done. A few more hours of anxious anticipation and the long wait will be over. Then it happened. Jesus of Nazareth was dead. Before Joseph of Arimathea could claim the body, the demons had already shackled the weary soul of Jesus and dragged Him off-planet.

In the darkness, they waited. Outside the glow of Earth’s blue glory, for the Courts of Heaven to begin the session. The demons were the most massive and powerful that Hell had to offer, ugly, smelly, without conscience or moral value, yet full of anxiety. This is Jesus, the supposed Messiah, The King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who had so willingly laid Himself down at their brutal feet. They spoke nothing, being afraid that this Son of God would burst into His glory and destroy them, but it did not happen. By the time the court opened for business, at three a. m. Jerusalem time, they had begun to feel confident that they had control of this would-be-Messiah but what would Father Jehovah do to them when they brought His Son before Him in chains.

As they walked through the entrance, everyone was silent. All of Heaven had come to witness this solemn event. Great beasts stood with their wings down. There was no beautiful music or unbearable light, only quiet respect for the accused. Father Jehovah took His seat with the usual acknowledgment yet respectfully and under-jubilantly stated. A great angel approached the Judge’s Bench and said, “Today we have only one case on the docket. Lucifer versus Yeshua. Father Jehovah looks at His son, still battered and bleeding from the crucifixion and tears flow down His face. Then He looks at Lucifer and says, “make your case.”

Lucifer, who had already taken his seat at the prosecution’s table stands, like a pompous Caesar, struts out before the bench. He skips past addressing the Judge and gets straight to his accusation. He claims that Yeshua (Hebrew) Jesus (English) had taken all the sins of the world upon Himself and now must be condemned to Hell for them. He rambles on and on, swelling with pride and victorious boldness. He waves his arms in overexaggerated gestures. Several times he stopped, expanded his chest, held out his arms, and absorbed the electricity in the space around him until bolts of energy danced out from his body. When he finally rested his case, even the demons were grateful that he had shut up.

Jehovah said, “Son, how do your plea?”

Jesus said, “I am guilty Sir.”

Jehovah said, “You realize that this means that you are guilty of every sin, ever committed on the Earth and that you will be sentenced to the damnation of every person on Earth?”

“Yes Sir.” Said Jesus without expression.

Satan fell from his seat as he wriggled in ecstasy. The Saints and the Angels of Heaven fell to their knees and Father Jehovah rose to His feet. He lifted the heavy gavel and dropped it. He turned His back to the courtroom. He could not look at His Son because God cannot love sin.  He said with his back turned, “I love you son and I am proud of what you have done. I am sorry that I cannot help you now.”

At that second Jesus felt a nudge within Him and that still, small voice of the Holy Spirit said, “The gifts of God are without repentance. I am with you. Let’s do this.”

Down through the floor of the courtroom they descended, those demons, Satan, Lucifer, and Jesus. Down through the storm, still raging in the atmosphere, through the sea as the Earth had rotated, they were now over the Devil’s Triangle. Into the deep, into the earth, and down through the crust of the earth to a series of great caverns, hot with sulfuric gas and flowing brimstone.

“This is my home,” yelled Satan, “Where you put me years ago. But! But! But Now! Look at what I have done! You are here also, and I have regained the Earth! Look at you! You have taken it all! I see you, Jesus! I see a child molester! I see a drug addict! I see a murderer! I see a liar and a cheat! I see not only a sinner but the chief of sinners!”

Jesus could feel the heat of Hell, the blood drying in his hair, the wounds on his body, and the stench in his nostrils. He spoke from a battered body but not from a battered spirit.  “Satan!” He shouted. “Agent of Lucifer hear me! You have traded your hold on Earth for the Son of Man also known as the Son of God. I have accepted the curse and damnation. I have accepted the law of sin and death solely upon myself. You can no longer claim one soul on the earth. All your accusations must be addressed to me.”

Satan rose in delight, “True, Son of God, but I can still lie to the people and convince them to accept the law of sin and death back upon themselves. I can make them doubt you and curse you! I can control them and convince them to damn themselves despite the sacrifice that you have so bravely made. I do not need to have them forgiven from sin. I can make them commit new sins and contracts for their souls. I can still have the kingdom of Earth that you thought you had won back. Who is the king now? Ha! Ha! Ha!”

“Remember the law, Satan!” Jesus shouted. “The penalty is paid! Now know the full measure of the law! Only the one who has been offended has the right to forgive. I stand offended by you and by the sinners of the Earth. I have the right to forgive. While I have accepted the weight of the law upon my account, I remain innocent of even the least of these offenses and I choose to forgive them all, every sin and every sinner. The sins are delivered to Hell but I have now forgiven all sin, I am no longer guilty but forgiven. I am the Messiah! I command you to bring all the captured souls that you have claimed, those who have died looking forward to me. As Moses led the slaves out of Egypt, I now will lead the faithful out of Hell.” Jesus began to glow as He spoke until all of Hell was alighted. Now standing in His full glory He shouted, “Hell! Open your gates! I have become grace! I have not only taken your keys and have become your key as well as the key to Heaven, life and death are in my hand. Release those who have waited patiently for my coming! I am here and they are leaving!”

As Satan shrieked in horror the hordes of saints that had waited in The Bosom of Abraham, that purgatory, that place of waiting for Messiah, moved out like a tidal wave, cheering and shouting glorious praise as they came. Jesus became surrounded by the saints who picked up the fetters that had fallen from His body and tossed them down into the pit. They rose together, upward, leaving their captivity.

Meanwhile, back on Earth, in Jerusalem, things were quite sad. Even the Sanhedrin felt the wrong that they had done, yet they repented not. The storm had passed, the sky was glowing with the first rays of light and Mary was approaching the tomb. Jesus walked up behind her and greeted her. She was given the honor of first believing and telling the disciples to prepare for the new era of grace. The King of the Jews, now the Personification of Grace, had proven Himself to all that they had ever hoped for.

As Jesus’ soul had left the body the Earth was moved. Now, throughout the day, the souls of the dead who had waited faithfully continued to rise from the chasm that had opened during an earthquake. Moses, Elijah, Elisha, David, and others were now taking time to walk the streets of Jerusalem and bear witness to what great thing Jesus had done. These were some of the things that convinced Rome that Jerusalem had killed a god and deserved to be burned.

As Jesus arrived at Heaven with the millions of saints following, He was met by Father Jehovah who embraced Him with immense gladness and honored Him with a new body.  Jesus, however, chose to keep His Earthly appearance, complete with holes in his hands and feet. Father Jehovah proclaimed Him Emanuel, King of King and Lord of Lords, Messiah.

Now, for over two thousand years, Heaven still rejoices. The wonder has not stopped or diminished. As new souls enter, they become a part of that celebration. Soon. Very, very soon the plan will be complete. Earth will be destroyed and rebuilt. The age of grace will end, and eternity begins. Those who choose not to accept the grace will be condemned by their own volition and will be thrown into a place called The Lake of Fire, with the demons, to be forgotten.

For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved John 3:17.

Greatness is never measured by one’s magnitude but by their sacrifice. How great is our God!

 

 

 

Let’s Go Into 2021 Living by Faith

Let’s Go Into 2021 Living by Faith

Hebrews 11 New Living Translation 
Great Examples of Faith

11 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.

By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.

It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“he disappeared, because God took him.” For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.

It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. 10 Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.

11 It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise. 12 And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.

13 All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. 14 Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. 15 If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. 16 But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

17 It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, 18 even though God had told him, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.” 19 Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.

20 It was by faith that Isaac promised blessings for the future to his sons, Jacob and Esau.

21 It was by faith that Jacob, when he was old and dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons and bowed in worship as he leaned on his staff.

22 It was by faith that Joseph, when he was about to die, said confidently that the people of Israel would leave Egypt. He even commanded them to take his bones with them when they left.

23 It was by faith that Moses’ parents hid him for three months when he was born. They saw that God had given them an unusual child, and they were not afraid to disobey the king’s command.

24 It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward. 27 It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible. 28 It was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and to sprinkle blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would not kill their firstborn sons.

29 It was by faith that the people of Israel went right through the Red Sea as though they were on dry ground. But when the Egyptians tried to follow, they were all drowned.

30 It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho for seven days, and the walls came crashing down.

31 It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

32 How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. 33 By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. 35 Women received their loved ones back again from death.

But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. 36 Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. 37 Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half,[d] and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. 38 They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.

39 All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. 40 For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.