Tuesday, February 28, 2017

HE+ SHALL PURIFY...


Behold, I will send My messenger, 
and he shall prepare the way before ME:

and the LORD, whom ye seek, 
shall suddenly come to His+ temple,

even the Messenger of the Covenant, 
whom ye delight in: 

behold, HE+ shall come, 
saith the LORD of Hosts.



But who may abide 
the day of HIS+ Coming?

and who shall stand 
when HE+ appeareth? 

for HE+ is like a refiner's fire, 
and like fullers' soap:



And HE+ shall sit as a refiner 
and purifier of silver: 

and HE+ shall purify the sons of Levi, 
and purge them as gold and silver, 

that they may offer unto the LORD
an offering in righteousness.
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Now the GOD of peace, 
that brought again from the dead 
our Lord JESUS,  
that Great Shepherd+ of the sheep, 
through the Blood 
of the Everlasting Covenant,


Make you perfect in every good work to do HIS will, working in you that which is well pleasing in HIS sight, through JESUS CHRIST our LORD.

 to whom be glory for ever and ever. 
Amen. 
Hebrews 12:20-21
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The Time of the Preparation for the GREAT PASSOVER is upon us once more. 

Repentance is due now .  .  .

for WHO may abide 
the Day of HIS+ Coming ?  

As the people of YHWH were in the wilderness 40 years, as Our LORD JESUS CHRIST was in His+ wilderness being tempted by the devil for 40 days, let us SET ASIDE these next 40 days before HOLY WEEK and even now, remove the leaven out of our hearts and homes and lives.  

As followers of JESUS,  we know HE+ forgives the repentant one.  But let us walk these days in the awareness that we are mortal: 


"Remember: you are dust 
and to dust 
you shall return," 

REPENT and 
BELIEVE the GOSPEL.
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

The GREAT Passover... the Time of Preparation

 
But HE+ was wounded

for our transgressions,
HE+ was bruised

for our iniquities:
the chastisement 
of our peace

was upon HIM+;
and with HIS+ stripes

we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5
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The Lenten Season is upon us once again. It starts on Wednesday, March 1. 


It is the season observed by many Christians in many church groups to remember the GREAT Passover of the LAMB+ of GOD… the Greatest Passover … and the Last Passover… recognized by GOD. 


The Lenten Season is NOT the sole property of the Roman Catholic, the Eastern Orthodox, or any of the liturgical churches. It belongs to all Christians everywhere.



During this time on the Christian church calendar, Ash Wednesday ( arbitrarily selected)  starts the remembrance of The LORD'S journey towards Jerusalem as HE+ headed towards His+ Crucifixion.


Many churches observe this Season as a time of serious reflection upon what it cost The LORD to save us from our sins --- and the Second Death in the Lake of Fire, for all Eternity ---  and thus, as a serious season of repentance. 


During this time, Christians try to bring the body under more control of the HOLY SPIRIT. To do this, supernatural strength is required. So, Christians fast, calling upon The LORD for help. 


Some Christians choose to fast from a favorite food (coffee,  pizza, chocolate, popcorn, sweets, all snacks,  etc.) simply as a way to REMIND their flesh that the spirit is in control, not the body. When they do this, they are usually shocked at the battle such a small commitment begins between their flesh and their spirit. 


Others choose to fast from a meal or  do one or two days of total fasting. Oddly enough, THIS type of fasting actually is easier; there is no battle, once the commitment is made. The "eating" time then becomes Quiet Time of Refreshment from The LORD.


There are other types of "fasts" that some Christians do during this( arbitrarily selected ) 40-day season.


Here are some little ways one could choose to submit the body to the spirit:  



   No parties or social get-togethers.
No games.

No reading, apart from the Bible.
An hour of total silence per evening / day.

No "chit-chat" or long conversations.

No un-necessary conversations.

Limited social interaction, be it by phone, emails, or visits.

No dining out.

No DVD's, No magazines, No computer... Nothing that could be construed as "entertaining."
No music or no up-beat music.
Only dark purple clothing is worn or no bright clothing until after the Resurrection.



The purpose of fasting is not to be ascetic but to cut away worldly distractions IN ORDER TO FOCUS more fully upon The LORD JESUS.


Time with HIM+;

Stillness with HIM+.


UN-CLUTTERED TIME WITH HIM+

.... a stillness that is SO STILL

that it ceases to think about

the day's events and duties.


Some Christians have heavy work-loads. Some work in the public; some attend classes and have time-absorbing assignments and exams; some have small children in the home; some home-school.


Whatever the situation,

The LORD will

show the WILLING HEART

what kind of fast is pleasing to HIM+

... and how much

... and WHEN

it is to be done.


Even a 5-minute break with The LORD . . . 
and a brief meditation on a verse of Isaiah 53 or a verse of a Psalm --- instead of a cup of coffee and a doughnut --- will increase the closeness one has with The LORD during this season.  Much good fruit of repentance and Quietness before HIM+ refreshes the body more than coffee and doughnuts.


 

But HE+ was wounded ...


is a good place to start the Lenten Season of Meditations focused upon The LORD JESUS CHRIST.


Other good Lenten Season Meditations include: Isaiah 53, Psalm 51, Psalm 32, John 14, John 15,  and John 17. Revelation chapters 2 and 3 lend themselves to serious reflection for repentance, also.



During Lenten Season, there is no great rush ...
to finish a Psalm or Isaiah 53. Line by line, phrase by phrase of Isaiah 53 ... one phrase a day...  works well for the spirit to meditate upon WHY HE+ was wounded.


What did your life, your sins cost HIM+ ?


What are your life and your sins

still costing HIM+ ?


Is HE+ being wounded

by your sins

that you choose to hide

and not confess and turn from ?


Is HE+ again being wounded

because you refuse

to yield the controls over to HIM+ ?


Are you wounding HIM+

because you are being sovereign

over some areas of your "own" life ?


Are there any worldly values or goals

you are holding or pursuing

that are wounding HIM+ afresh ?


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Thus, whether "your church" does the Lenten Season remembrances or not, each Christian can still choose to observe the 40-day time of preparation for the Great Passover ... the greatest Passover the world has ever had, and the last.


Thus, I pray each one of you search your heart and see if HE+ is calling you to observe this season of the preparation for the Great Passover ... not from duty, but from a sincere heart of love for what HE+ has done for you. 
~ Sr. Judith Hannah  + + +

Friday, February 24, 2017

AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH...





A guest post by Brother Brendon  + + +

Our LORD+ warned us that as it was in the days of Noah, so it would be in the days just prior to HIS+ Return.

WE are in those days.

Evil and darkness are covering the earth. The nations are crazed. Good is called evil. Evil is called good. Human beings are yielding control of their minds and bodies over to unclean spirits. Human life is being accounted as nothing.

Because INIQUITY ( Vicious wickedness) has abounded, the love, the natural affection, normal human feelings have grown cold, and are near to death, and in some cases HAVE DIED.

In the present “days of Noah,” the followers of MESSIAH+ must separate themselves from the standards and values of the world and even of their own nation and societies.  ( As Noah did from that society.)

They must separate themselves from all that would distract them from actually following and obeying JESUS / YESHUA+, and keeping HIS+ Words.

If we do not do this and prepare ourselves for the Time of Testing (Luke 21:35) that is about to come upon the face of the whole earth, we will not know how to conduct ourselves in the Fire of Global Persecution.


The cares of this life and the deceitfulness of riches have caused the church to become complacent and spiritually dull-witted. It is time to wake up and draw near unto our LORD+ . HE+ promises that when we do HE+, will draw near to us.

Many possessions, houses, and lands will only be a burden in the coming storm. Our LORD+ has taught us to place our treasures in Heaven, where nothing can corrupt or steal them. All here is only Temporal, gone in a flash.

Evil is overtaking the earth.

The imagination of men’s hearts is only evil continually. Evil and debauchery is spreading at an epidemic rate, enhanced by modern communication. We must lift up the standard of Holiness and a Sanctified lifestyle.

We must

“Put on the Whole Armor of GOD”.


  Our battle is NOT against flesh and blood, but against “Kosmocrators and Archons,” Principalities and Powers , against spiritual wickedness in the heavenly places that move and operate in the atmosphere of this earth, that need no rest or food, and are TOTALLY MALEVOLENT, are unable to do ANY good, but can ONLY kill, steal, and destroy human beings.

Flesh and blood cannot stand

against these entities.

We MUST be

“Clothed with Power from on High“.


The times are getting VERY serious. These times will weed out the true Christians from the “Religionists” and the “Churchians”. Our LORD+ counseled Laodicia to buy from HIM+ Gold that has been tried in the Fire.

The FIRE is COMING! 

  Prepare for it as a soldier prepares for combat, by training daily. Spend time with your LORD+. Know HIS+ Voice. Obey HIS+ Orders. Do not go against HIM+ in ANYTHING!

HE+ is your Commander+ and Chief+, your great High Priest at HIS+ FATHER’S Right Hand.

HE+ Intercedes for you.

HE+ is your Life.

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HEAVENLY FATHER, STRENGTHEN US,

WE PRAY,

FOR THE BATTLE.

COVER US WITH THE MOST PRECIOUS ETERNALLY-LIVING BLOOD OF YOUR BELOVED SON+, MASHIACH+, LAMB+ OF GOD, AND CLOTH US WITH YOUR MOST BLESSED HOLY SPIRIT AND FIRE.

HELP US TO OVERCOME AND TO PROCLAIM YOUR ETERNAL SON+ TO THE WORLD IN THESE LAST DAYS.

IN HIS+ PRECIOUS NAME WE PRAY,

AMEN