Friday, January 22, 2016

PASTOR ABEDINI.... HERE, at LAST !

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Pastor Saeed landed on American soil onto the waiting arms of his mother!  His feet flew not touching the ground as he fell into his loving mothers arms.  

As we all know the prayers of a godly mother are powerful.  And God's will WILL be done!

Pastor Saeed is with Franklin Graham and his loving family.

No human can understand the evils he suffered at the hands of demonic peoples.   The dark spirits of that region are unimaginable to us in the West.

We at I Am Not Ashamed will stand by Pastor Saeed, and remain vigilant in our prayers for peace and comfort.  It will be a long road but God is just beginning His miraculous work through this man of God.  

No works of darkness will prevail as our Lord and Savior intervenes for His servant.  Darkness will not prevail, join with us in welcoming this man of God home.

Remember the Words of Our LORD JESUS CHRIST:  

Come to ME+ all you who 
are weary and heavy laden, 
and I+ will give you rest.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

When the SALT Has LOST its SAVOR....







Ye are the SALT of the earth;
but if the salt have lost his savour,
wherewith shall it be salted ?

 it is thenceforth good for nothing,

but to be cast out,

and to be trodden under foot of men.

Matthew 5:13

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We human beings ALWAYS have freedom to worship.
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What we do NOT always have is the freedom to worship... without persecution.

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When we speak of "religious freedom" we usually mean freedom for CHRISTIANS to worship AND participate in society without persecution.

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That was the reason Puritans fled England: they could worship... but not own property or engage in other "normal " societal functions. They were out-casts and some were persecuted by not having a means to earn a living.

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Historically, The LORD alone grants Christians from time to time, from era to era, from one country or another, the freedom to worship JESUS CHRIST without persecution.

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However, historically, it has never been a PERMANENT CONDITION or state of being for Christians.

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Constantine was a famous example of a ruler who "gave" Christians the right to worship AND function in society without persecution. Different rulers throughout history is a variety of lands have been so appointed by The LORD to grant Christians the freedom to worship AND function normally in society.

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This "appointment" has NOTHING TO DO with the ruler's qualifications, but rather, it has to do with The LORD'S GOOD WILL ordaining a season for Christians to live without persecution. But, it is ONLY for a season.

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We see this, for example, in Thomas Jefferson. He was a deist, at best. He made his own "Jefferson Bible" by cutting away the parts of the Holy Bible he found offensive. This included all things referring to the Divinity of JESUS CHRIST. [ See the Wikipedia article on "Jefferson Bible" for Mr. Jefferson's horrendous views regarding Our LORD JESUS CHRIST.]



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Yet, The LORD used this apostate man to establish a statute for religious freedom which would benefit Christians, allowing them to function in society.

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Mr. Jefferson, who did NOT honor The LORD JESUS CHRIST, was prominent in establishing "religious freedom" for all... precisely BECAUSE he was not a Christian and did not wish to live under religious rule: Let every man choose his own "god."

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Thus, when we give thanks for religious freedom of choice, let us keep in mind The ONE+ Who+ actually does this: giving His+ Followers a reprieve --- for a season --- so that we may function normally in society.

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But keep in mind: 
the reprieve 
is ONLY for a season.

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As soon as Christians assimilate into society so that the distinction between Christians and worldlings no longer exists, PERSECUTION COMES. The LORD Himself+ removes the "freedom" to be a Christian AND to function normally in society , at the same time.

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Oh yes, we will STILL have freedom to worship CHRIST JESUS... just like the strong and living Church does under persecution in North Korea. Man does not have in him the ability to force us to stop worshipping CHRIST. We simply will not have the freedom to function in society AND to serve CHRIST JESUS , as before.

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Thus, we will have to choose.

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That is what PERSECUTION does for the church: it makes each person choose deeply and irrevocably to whom his allegiance lies: to the world or to CHRIST JESUS.

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We cannot have both.

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Pastor Saeed Abedini made his choice. He paid dearly for it, but great will be his reward. He remained "the salt of the earth."
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Will we ? 
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Ye are the salt of the earth:

but if the salt have lost his savor,

wherewith shall it be salted?

it is thenceforth good for nothing,

but to be cast out,

and to be trodden under foot of men.

Matthew 5:13

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Persecuted Pastor ABEDINI FREED !


Pastor Saeed Abedini, held and tortured in an Iranian prison for being a Christian, has been released on Saturday, January 16, 2016.  His release, by the Hand of GOD, was included in the prisoner swap of 7 Iranians for 4 Americans.

All GLORY, HONOR, and PRAISE BE to The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, Our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, Who+ lives and reigns with THEE, O HOLY FATHER, in the unity of Thy HOLY SPIRIT,
ONE GOD,
now and forever, world without end. Amen !

PS--- We believe that Pastor Abedini's release was by the Hand of The LORD, not by the hand of man, in answer to the prayers of HIS+ Followers... with the added blessing of 3 other captives released at the same time.

Glory be to THEE+, O LORD.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

LEFT BEHIND...


RACHEL'S TOMB
in old Bethlehem
Rachel... still weeping for her children
because they are not.
 LEFT BEHIND...




From Cradle to Cross

HE+ suffered loss in lowest garb allowed,


HE+ wrapped HIMSELF+

in Swaddling Clothes

and then, in human Shroud.

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From rented manger
to borrowed Tomb

HE+ had not where
His+ Head to lay.


HE+ owned no Colt nor Room,

it seems,

though Temple tax ,

exacted,

paid. 


Fleeing sword 'ere HE+ could walk,

Egypt hid the Royal BABE+

from death by HIS+ own nation

at His+ birth

with Wise Men's laud and adoration.


Glory LEFT BEHIND, 

not grasped,

for us HE+ emptied Himself+

for FATHER'S Will

and by Obedience 


forged a path for us to trod BEHIND HIM+ still. 


By imitation of HIS+ loss

we accept the limitations

HE+ sets upon our brow

that we might come before Our FATHER,

embracing HIS+ Salvation

now.

 
Meditation Poem by Sr. Judith Hannah + ,
Order of the GOOD SHEPHERD+
Year of Our LORD,
1.14.2016 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

And ALL JERUSALEM Was TROUBLED.... EPIPHANY 2016 ... for the Monastic-At-Heart




Where is HE+  
that is born KING+ of the JEWS ?

Because in the Mystery of the Word+-Made-Flesh, THOU has caused a New Light to shine in our hearts, to give the knowledge of Thy Glory, O HOLY FATHER, in the face of Thy Only-Begotten SON+ JESUS CHRIST,  our LORD. 

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Where indeed  is HE+ that is born King+ of the Jews ? 

Shortly after His+ birth, the Gentiles came to seek HIM+. Not only did they seek HIM+, they came to pay homage to a new-born KING+ and to bestow upon HIM+ royal gifts fit for the Ruler+ of the Universe. 


The religious ones, the chief priests of Israel, did not seek HIM+ to pay homage to their LORD.   The scribes and lawyers with them did not seek HIM+ to pay homage to the Living WORD+ of GOD.  The Sanhedrin and ruling council did not seek HIM+... although they all were aware that the time was fulfilled that in Bethlehem of Judea their Messiah was to be born.  

The wretched and cruel civil authorities which were in place in Israel proper did not seek HIM+ in order to pay homage to HIM+ ... although they DID their best to find HIM+ in order to kill HIM+ before His+ Time. 

Where is HE+ 
today ?

Who is seeking 
HIM+
today ? 

Unfortunately, there is little if any UNCTION on "group-joining" today.  Today, the only REAL unction from the HOLY SPIRIT is on QUIETUDE. Going alone with GOD to learn to hear HIS+ Voice instead of the voice of the group or institution is of utmost priority during these troublous times.   

His+ Voice is saying: "Come Away, My Beloved, and listen to ME+. " 

Distractions come from interaction with others, with the world, with things that are not My+ Will for your life. Those distractions clog your hearing. Come away and listen to ME+; Learn to know MY+ Voice. 

Epiphany means a visible manifestation of a Divine Being, an Appearance.  In the New Testament, it is only used of CHRIST: His+ first coming in 2 Timothy 1:10 ... and His+ Future coming 1 Timothy 6:14. 

11 But thou, O man of GOD, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

13 I give thee charge in the sight of GOD, who quickeneth all things, and before CHRIST JESUS, Who+ before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;

14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our LORD JESUS CHRIST:

15 Which in His+ times HE+ shall shew, Who+ is the blessed and only Potentate, the KING+ of kings, and LORD of lords;

16 Who+ only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; Whom+ no man hath seen, nor can see: to Whom+ be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

Where is HE+ 
TODAY ?

If HE+ is not the KING+ in  your own personal heart, HE+ is NOT HERE, not for you. You will miss HIM+.


If you are looking to a group or organization to "be" CHRIST for you, HE+ will NOT BE FOUND there. HE+ shares the Throne with no-one.

If you are inconvenienced, resentful, and bored at being still and waiting for His+ Voice, then HE+ will not be speaking to you. 

But, 
if you SEEK HIM+ 
with all of your heart, 
HE+ will be found !
  

HE+ wills HIMSELF+ to be found by those who pay the price to SEPARATE themselves from their party and go their separate way to FIND HIM+.  

Once HE+ is found by you, HE+ will direct your path. HE+ will speak to you and your delight will truly be found in HIM+. 

Yes, ALL JERUSALEM was troubled. It should be. The time of His+ Appearing was ignored or hated by them, the very ones HE+ came to invite to the Marriage Supper of The LAMB+.   HE+ came unto His+ own, but His+ own received HIM+ not. 

In our day, ALL THE EARTH is troubled. It should be. The time of His+ Appearing is being ignored or hated by the inhabitors of the earth, the very ones HE+ came to invite unto the Marriage Supper of The LAMB+.  

They were not His+ own, but HE+ opened the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers when HE+ overcame the sharpness of death. What more could HE+ do other than DIE... the RIGHTEOUS LAMB+ of GOD , for the unrighteous sons of Adam.  

All are invited. 

The Invitatory: 

Come unto ME+ , 
all ye that labor and are heavy laden, 
and I+ will give you rest.  

Take My+ yoke upon you 
and learn of ME+. 

For I+ am meek and lowly of heart,
 and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  

For My+ yoke is easy 
and My+ burden is Light.

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