Monday, May 25, 2015

In Loving Memory of All The CHRISTIAN MARTYRS and CONFESSORS Who Died on the Battlefield of Planet Earth, for Confessing the Name of JESUS Before the Face of Men

~ ~ ~  or, a TRUE Memorial Day to Celebrate  ~  ~  ~
The CHRISTIAN MARTYRS' LAST PRAYER
by Jean-Leon Gerome



For our citizenship is in Heaven, from whence also we look for the SAVIOUR, the LORD JESUS CHRIST... 

TO HONOR AND REMEMBER THOSE WHO HAVE DIED AND THOSE WHO ARE DYING FOR THE LORD+ THIS VERY DAY.


Anabaptist Martyrs in Ghent, 1550's
Precious in the sight of The LORD
is the death of His+ Saints.
 


WHO+ shall change  the body of our humiliation that it may be fashioned like unto HIS+ Glorious Body according to the working whereby HE+ is able even to subdue all things unto HIMSELF.+ 



St. Stephen, the first  Martyr for CHRIST

WORDS OF JESUS from Matthew 10: 28-29  ~  ~  ~


And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear HIM which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your FATHER.

But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Whosoever therefore 
shall confess ME+ before men, 
him will I+ confess also 
before My+ FATHER 
which is in Heaven.

But whosoever shall deny ME+ before men, 
him will I+ also deny 
before My+ FATHER 
which is in Heaven.


Think not that I+ am come to send peace on earth: I+ came not to send peace, but a sword.

For I+ am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 

And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

He that loveth father or mother more than ME+ 
is not worthy of ME+: 
and he that loveth son or daughter more than ME+ 
is not worthy of ME+.

And he that taketh not his cross, 
and followeth after ME+, 
is not worthy of ME+.

He that findeth his life shall lose it: 
and he that loseth his life for My+ Sake shall find it.


Dear LORD JESUS

Enable us with Thy+ Blessed HOLY SPIRIT with the power of Pentecost to seal our testimony to THEE+ with our blood. Help us to be as steadfast as our family of Martyrs and Confessors.

Almighty GOD, Whose most dear SON+ JESUS CHRIST went not up to joy but first HE+ suffered pain, and entered not into glory before HE+ was crucified; 

Mercifully grant that we, walking in the Way of the Cross, may find it none other than the Way of Life and Peace; 

Through the same, Thy SON+ JESUS CHRIST our LORD. Amen ~
The Collect, Monday before Easter, Book of Common Prayer, 1945


In the name of The FATHER, 
WHO created us, 
and His Beloved SON+ JESUS CHRIST , 
Who+ saves us, and 
The Blessed HOLY SPIRIT, 
Who sanctifies us.  
Amen



Monday, May 18, 2015

The YEAR of Our PENTECOST !











COURTESY of caligraphy by STEVE 


















Then he answered and spake unto me, 
saying, 
This is the word of the LORD 
unto Zerubbabel, 
saying, 

Not by might, 
nor by power, 
but by My SPIRIT, 
saith the LORD of Hosts.

+  +  +

A showdown of power between The LORD'S PEOPLE and the global evil  is appearing on the horizon.  

The LORD'S PEOPLE will have only ONE STRENGTH:  The LORD JESUS HIMSELF+.  

HE+ is all we need

May The LORD prepare our hearts again for that great Day of Pentecost which is yet to come... when nothing will be able to stop the Coming of The LORD in Power and Great Victory ... coming to reclaim this earth. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Why Do We Forget ASCENSION DAY ?


COME BACK,  Oh, COME BACK ! 



Ascension Day is a Christian holiday celebrated 40 days after Easter to commemorate Jesus’ bodily ascension to heaven in the presence of his apostles. Some Icelanders go to church; others relax at home or take part in outdoor recreation. Children are given the day off from school and most workplaces are closed. 

According to kirkjan.is, Ascension Day is..

 one of the oldest Christian holidays and marks the beginning of Pentecost or Whitsunday. It has been celebrated since 400 AD.

Remembering the Ascension in Shekinah Glory of Our Risen LORD is good... 

not just because it is traditionally 
remembered by the church proper 

... and not just because it IS WRITTEN 
in Scriptures... 

but because it strengthens our on-ward walk towards JESUS ... a strengthening ever needful as the time is drawing close for persecution and judgment to occur in our own backyards.

Why DO WE celebrate Mother's Day, Father's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine's Day more emphatically and with more joy than we celebrate 

Ascension Day ? 

If we would have experienced the anguish of heart and hope first-hand at the crucifixion of Our innocent LORD JESUS... 

If  we would have witnessed Our Beloved Resurrected LORD JESUS eating honey comb and fish... 

If  we would have walked along that road to Emmaus and heard HIM+ open the Scriptures unto our burning ears and hearts... 

Then... perhaps then, 
we would not miss keeping the HOLY DAY remembrance of Our Risen LORD JESUS rising up to Heaven in some kind of a shekinah glory cloud... 

with the Angels telling us ... this SAME JESUS which is taken up into Heaven 

... SHALL COME AGAIN 
in like manner 
as we have seen HIM+ 
go  into Heaven

+   +   +

In the soon coming days, we will ALL BE CRYING for The LORD JESUS to return swiftly and end the testing of our faith. There are enough natural disasters and man-made disasters  upon us to have men's hearts failing them for fear, if we look at them seriously and globally. 

Let us SET OUR AFFECTION on things above, above all, upon JESUS HIMSELF +.  

That is the only thing that will strengthen us when persecution comes as the globe  reels and rocks like a chased roe or persecution comes by demon-possessed rulers and their gunships targeting the Followers of JESUS CHRIST. It is real. It is happening. 

Yes... there is COMING A DAY when we will NOT FORGET His+ Glorious Ascension... and we will long to be lifted up with HIM+ ... as HE+ is returning in the clouds !  


Oh, LET HIS+ FEET
TOUCH
 the Mount of Olives 
once again, 
O LION of JUDAH ! 

Take up your throne, 
Jerusalem.

Bring RELEASE TO THIS EARTH
and the CONSUMMATION
of HIS+ Kingdom's Reign... *

LET it ALL COME ! 
MARANATHA ! 

May The LORD grant us His+ Strength to stand faithful unto the end, dear ones.  


* Lyrics from LION of JUDAH,
sung by JM Talbot, written by Ted Sandquist

Friday, May 8, 2015

#3 Pre-requisites for ANSWERED PRAYER ... TAKING HEED !






2 Peter 1:10

Wherefore the rather, brethren,
give diligence to make 
your calling and election 
sure: 
for if ye do these things, 
ye shall never fall:

Take HEED:  If our calling and election WAS NOT ABLE to be IN JEOPARDY, then the Apostle Peter would not have told us to be diligent about MAKING IT SURE AND CERTAIN, would he ?

Yes, without a doubt, there is a danger to the spiritual sluggard and a serious warning to such a one here in this verse. 

The Disciplined Life of a CHRISTIAN .... is not optional.  Listen to what this well-disciplined ORDER of Christian sisters writes: 

MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD
Used with permission from: 
www.canaaninthedesert.com
Author - Basilea Schlink,
Publisher - Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary

 You must be self-controlled and alert, 
to be able to pray.

 1 Peter 4:7 GNB  January 29, 2014


“If you want your prayers to reach the throne of God and be answered, make sure you fulfill the conditions. 

1      Lead a life of self-control. 

2      Be disciplined in your words and actions, in eating, drinking and sleeping, and enjoyment of physical pleasure. 

3      By continually placing every area of your life under the dominion of Jesus Christ, you remove the obstacles to answered prayer and will experience the help and grace of God.”

Used with permission from :
MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD
www.canaaninthedesert.com
Author - Basilea Schlink,
Publisher - Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary
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Photo of GARDEN of GESTHEMANE


What constitutes a "discipled" life ?  If our churches do not issue a call to discipleship, then we must establish a Spiritual discipline ourselves.

·      Yes, daily Scripture reading
·      Yes, daily worship... prayer, praise, thanksgiving
·      Yes, a devotional TIME set aside solely for that purpose 
·        Yes, a time for QUIETUDE... sitting still to hear His+ Voice.... spending quality, priority time with JESUS our LORD.

And like it or not, some PRAYERFUL, CHRISTIAN restrictions placed upon our own flesh in the area of
·                    food and drink
·                    dress,
·                    entertainment
·                    music
·                    and in the company we keep.

Why discipline ourselves in these areas ?

[ NO.  Discipleship is NOT "legalism."  JESUS HIMSELF+ told us we MUST be HIS+ disciples.]

The first reason is to control the flesh. 

We must teach it to submit to our New-man following the Will of CHRIST JESUS, not to continue doing the same things our old man, our Adamic Nature, has trained us to do.

[ Most of us have not been blessed with parents who submitted their SELF to The LORD and / or who taught us that we must submit our SELF unto the LORD in order to be well-pleasing unto HIM+.]

Our Flesh is supposed to be dead with CHRIST after Baptism.

Alas, the flesh has a habit of reviving itself time and time again, though. By making ourselves submit in any little way, we will be mortifying the deeds of the flesh... in a little way.

  Being faithful in little will indeed enable us to be faithful in more,  strengthened to mortify the deeds of the flesh ... in the greater battles we have in our own inner man against the Old Man values and habits we have acquired. 

That submission to discipline enables us to fight the GOOD FIGHT of FAITH in the Un-ending Battle Against SELF.

If we want prayers to be answered, then we MUST engage this most-unpopular-of-all fight of faith:  putting SELF to death.

Our LORD JESUS sacrificed His+ Life to empower us to fight our Adamic nature and put SELF to death. 

BUT... it is our battle, our decision.

HE+ will not do it for us. 

Yes indeed, HE+ will help us and has helped us; we CAN win in this battle to die DAILY to our flesh.  HE+ will send His+ Blessed HOLY SPIRIT to help us. 

BUT... HE+ will not do that  part for us which HE+ knows is our own prerogative to do ourselves: that is, turn our will over to HIM+.  

HE+ cannot yield for us.

HE+ cannot MAKE us 
choose TRUTH in the inner man. 

Only we OURSELVES can YIELD over the controls to HIM+. Only we ourselves can choose to follow in the inner man The TRUTH Our LORD shows us. JESUS is The Way, The Truth, and The LIFE. 

Do we want our prayers answered?  

Then we must yield all control over our SELF-WILL unto CHRIST JESUS.  

Then it will come to pass what is written in Psalm 89: 7

 GOD is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about HIM.

Ah LORD GOD!
Behold, THOU has made the Heaven and the earth 
by Thy great power and stretched-out arm 
and there is NOTHING too hard for THEE ! 
Jeremiah 32:17




Sunday, May 3, 2015

#2 Pre-Requisites for ANSWERED PRAYER





1 John 5:14-16

And this is the confidence that we have in HIM+, that, if we ask any thing according to His+ Will, HE+ heareth us:  And if we know that HE+ hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of HIM+.




JESUS is "accessed" by TRUTH.

HE+ is surrounded and indeed, embodied in the Spirit of TRUTH. HE+ is the way, the truth, and the Life; not one person comes to The FATHER, but by HIM+ WHO+ is the way, the TRUTH, and the Life.

When we confess our sins to HIM+, do we tell HIM+ something HE+ does NOT know ? 

NO. 

JESUS already sees our hearts and knows every word on our tongue before we speak it.

We confess our sins --- admit to the wrongness of our doings --- in order to tell The LORD: we are NOW walking in the Truth about ourselves. HE+ already knows the truth; we are the ones lacking in ENOUGH truth to call our own sin, OUR SIN.

This element of TRUTH in the inner man seems to be at least ONE of the keys to healing, both emotional and physical.

For example, if we know drinking bleach will poison us, do we continue to take small sips of bleach through the day... then ask The LORD to heal our intestinal issues ? 

Of course not. 

Stop drinking bleach first, The LORD tells us ... if we walk in truth. IF WE DO NOT WALK IN TRUTH, however, we will not be able to hear The LORD give us His+ directions.

HE+ oftentimes takes pity on us, knowing we are so tied up in a knot that we are not able to quiet ourselves down enough to hear HIM+. Then HE+ simply moves. HE+ will do that with healing, also... at times. 

But OTHER times, HE+ sends His+ people to us to warn us to stop drinking bleach.

If we are walking in TRUTH in the inner man, then the HOLY SPIRIT will nudge us and say: "Listen to that warning. " 
If we do,  then we are on our way towards our healing, rejoicing in CHRIST... and drinking no more bleach !

If we are NOT walking in TRUTH in the inner man --- if we have replaced TRUTH with pride or any of a hundred other hindrances to the TRUTH in the inner man --- then we will ignore HIS+ word to us, either the Written Word or the spoken word from our brother in CHRIST. 

It will seem "foolish" to our ear because we are natural-minded at that point or area in our life AND ARE NOT WALKING IN TRUTH there.

At this point, we need to EMPTY ourselves of our own ways and values, and humble ourselves before The LORD, saying, "ANYTHING YOU+ tell me to do, LORD, I will do." And mean it.

It may mean forsaking a job, forsaking a relationship, forsaking certain enjoyable activities which are not necessarily sinful, forsaking the medical profession, forsaking white flour and white sugar, or forsaking our own established priorities that keep promoting SELF-indulgence. 

It may mean moving out of a comfortable home nest, where parents are not right with The LORD. It may mean moving out of the country, with all the discomfort that might bring. 

WHATEVER The LORD shows us to do to establish a TRUTHFUL existence in the inner man with JESUS, we must do.

When TRUTH with JESUS becomes established, healings will take place. Maybe not instantaneous always, but the pathway turns for the better.

The LACK of TRUTH in the inner man hinders more prayers sent up by Christians than any other cause. 

For, when we establish a tight bond of TRUTH with JESUS, HE+ guides us into asking according to His+ Will. When that happens, Scripture teaches that THEN whatever we ask ---- according to His+ Will --- we will have.

There are some pre-requisites for healing for us in this church age. 

TRUTH in the inner man is one of them for persons who know The LORD or, know ABOUT HIM+.

JESUS sends miraculous healings oftentimes to people-groups who HAVE NEVER HEARD the GOSPEL and many turn their hearts to HIM+ when they see the healings. 

It seems when that happens, healings come to those who are "little" in their own eyes. They may have a rough demeanor, but underneath it all, they are the "little" people, un-sophisticated ones, on the face of this earth.

But we in the Western Civilized Church are TOO sophisticated, too high-minded, strangely enough to receive many healings. 

TRUTH in the inner man knocks all that sophistication out of the person. TRUTH in the inner man will bond that person to JESUS very tightly; he will not be able to abide a lie operating in or near him any longer.

It is HARD to be humbled by sickness. It is HARD to be humbled by TRUTH. But, no-one who turns a deaf ear to TRUTH in the inner man will be able to be healed, I am fairly certain.

It seems we WANT our physical healings intensely, but JESUS wants us to be WHOLE of heart, unified with HIM+ in EVERY way, doing His+ Will. 

HE+ will go to great lengths to achieve this.

We DO know that in Heaven, all healings will be complete! 

And that is where TOTAL TRUTH in CHRIST JESUS reigns. 

CHRIST the KING+ 
ever reigns on high; 
O come, let us adore HIM + !