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Do you know what you are a part of?

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,”

Hebrews 12:1

Ten years ago I went on a mission trip with my church to Costa Rica.  For one week we went to elementary schools in different towns doing vacation bible school.  My teammates and I created a game centered around Hebrews 12:1.  It was sort of like an obstacle course and when each child got to the end they waited for the other children cheering them on as they crossed the finish line.  The point of the game was we wanted to teach the children when they become a follower of Jesus Christ they don’t have to go through the journey alone.  There will always be other believers helping them along and at the end of that race, Jesus will be standing there to welcome them into the kingdom.  Sometimes I have to ask myself, do I know what I am a part of? Who do I belong to? I am a member of the body of Christ and I belong to God.  I have been bought with a price anxiously awaiting the day of redemption.  Out in the world, we may feel isolated sometimes because of our faith but there is no other religion in the world that teaches that you are not alone and that you are a part of a body, you have spiritual gifts to be used to help and edify one another until The Day arrives.  There are many, many others that have gone before us and paved the way for the gospel to be reached to the four corners of the earth.  They are now a part of the cloud of witnesses cheering us on while we remain here on the earth until we finish the race. 

Right now we are living in the most thrilling yet arduous time in history, the end of the age.  More than ever we need to come together as a body.  The greatest mission is right now.  Do you know what you are a part of? We are a part of the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  I know its tough right now with all the fake news out there.  Trying to discern the truth from all the lies.  It’s especially, bad in the church when many have claimed they have heard from the Holy Spirit on certain matters that are totally contradictory to the scriptures.  False prophets leading many astray with false signs and wonders operating in a counterfeit spirit, causing great confusion.  We all know that God is not the author of confusion, so we ought to be following Jesus, who is the Truth. 

We are so close to the end, I know because many of us are growing weary.  We have either stopped going to church or fellowships.  Stopped praying and reading the Bible.  Its a battle sometimes just to get out of bed.  There’s anxiety, uncertainty, feelings of being overwhelmed because we see the world deteriorating around us and growing colder and darker. Feelings of inadequacy and ineffectiveness for God.  Waiting for the other shoe to drop or next spiritual attack.  All of these are the enemy’s tactics to get you disqualified or knock you out of the race.  The enemy wants you to take your eyes off the finish line.  The enemy may put some stumbling blocks before us that got us to fall, but I want to tell you to get up! Help is on the way! That help is riding in on a white horse and His name is Faithful and True! He is bringing with Him a great cloud of witnesses! Brothers and sisters we have known that have completed their race before us. Fathers, mothers, grandparents, friends, children, all waiting and cheering you on.  Jesus at the end waiting to say “Well done good and faithful servant!” Brothers and sisters in Christ we must endure to the end and pray for one another.  I know its rough now and it’s going to get a lot rougher, but when we see Jesus it will all be worth it.  Maranatha! 

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Will you love your enemy?

“But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.”

Luke 6:32

For the past few months, I have had some issues with my supervisor at my job.  He lives a homosexual lifestyle, but it is his pride and arrogance that makes him difficult to work with not to mention he lies and tries to manipulate circumstances for his own personal gain. I have another co-worker that is homosexual that I get along with just fine.  He knows my beliefs and we have a mutual love and respect for each other. However, my supervisor insists that he is also a Christian yet loves to antagonize evangelicals by telling them he has a “husband.” He also uses extremely offensive language throughout the office not so much anymore since he said something crass to my one of my coworkers and I just had to say something about it.  Anyway, this is not to bash him, but just to paint a picture of the type of people that exist out in the world.  Using my discernment and investigative skills I found out that my supervisor had been lying to me about circumstances revolving around a possible job promotion for me.  I was deeply hurt, but should not have been surprised because he practices deceit daily.  I called my husband from the car, sobbing.  I would think it, but I finally managed after much resistance to get out the words “I hate him!” The moment I said those words, I felt like the biggest hypocrite in the world.  I would tell my kids “hates a strong word” “never say you hate someone that is the same as murder.”  God knows that is not what I want to do.  After that, my husband asked, “can I pray for you?” I said yes of course and he prayed the most beautiful prayer over my circumstance. Then I had to ask the Lord for forgiveness and what was harder to ask the Lord for the heart to forgive my supervisor.  I’ll be honest it was really difficult. 

Later that day I literally had a Psalms 23 moment, when my supervisor bought lunch for the office and asked me to sit down and eat lunch next to him.  I had to sit at the table and eat with my enemy.  He also invited his supervisor and another supervisor from the corporate office to eat with us.  I wanted to be anywhere but there.  Having to put on a smile when I didn’t want to.  When the other supervisor showed up, she said hello to everyone. But when she sat down, she looked at me and complimented my appearance and said “Wow you are glowing! Are you happy?” I thought to myself Hallelujah that must be the light of God shining down on me letting me know that He was there because I really needed him at that moment to help me get through that lunch.  Not even 30 minutes ago I was crying in the car, then to someone pointing out before my enemies that there was something special about me.  God works fast! My attitude instantly changed.  I no longer had to force a smile, joy had started to spring up.  I also was able to get through the rest of the day with my supervisor no problem. 

Almost a week a later, I woke up to go to work.  As I was getting ready in the bathroom, I picked up my phone and opened my email.  I subscribe to World Challenge devotionals by the late David Wilkerson, if you don’t know who that is, I implore you to read about his life and ministry; a true warrior for Christ.  I get his past devotionals daily in my email and I don’t always read them, but that day I did and I tell you there was a word in there for me.  The scripture he used was Isaiah 51 and to paraphrase God is going to take the cup of trembling and put it into the hands of those who afflict us.  When I read that I was about to shout all over the bathroom except I would wake up the whole house.  Later that day at work, I received a call from his supervisor that he would like me to interview for a manager position. The whole backstory to how this phone call arrived is a part of another web of evil my supervisor tried to manipulate. Long story short my supervisor does not want me to get that position for reasons that are selfish to him.  His supervisor told me that the person they had considered changed their mind and they are considering me again.  They don’t know that I prayed for God to reveal the truth to me about the whole situation and He did.  I had already made peace and had moved on, and was no longer seeking that position because I see what worldly ambition does to people and I wanted no parts of it.  If this is something God wants for me than I will be obedient.  But it is not my aim.  So when my manager found out that I would be getting another interview, he did not wish me well instead he looked very nervous, anxious and jittery.  Meanwhile, I had the peace that only the Lord gives and I was reminded about the scripture I had read earlier coming to pass before my eyes. 

I wanted to rejoice because I know that God is real and he is working on the behalf of his children, but not to rejoice in the downfall of my supervisor.  I had to remind myself that my final destination is not his final destination unless he repents and accepts Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior. If he is still living in his sins and unrighteousness on the day of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, then he will be in the lake of fire for all eternity.  That’s not only true for him but for all who love the world and the things of it and who practice sin.  I went from rejoicing to sorrow.  Sorrow because he and people like him have no idea how good God is and how much God loves them.  We must remember Jesus did not come to call the righteous but the sinners to repentance.  It’s easy to love those who are lovable, but if we are to be more like Christ in these final days we have got to love the sinner too.  We know what the end is for them.  Because we know that end we need to love them enough to not leave them in their sins but to let them know that Jesus Christ died for them and if they repent of their sins and put their faith in Jesus they will be with Him for all eternity in New Jerusalem.  My supervisor is not like anyone I have ever met in my life. But there is a reason we are in each other’s lives for the moment.  In the meantime, I will continue to pray for him and pray for an opportunity to share the real faith with him.  

With the love of Jesus.

Do you know your assignment?

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And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.-Matthew 28:18-20

I know it has been a while since I have written again previously.  The past couple of months have been a bit of roller coaster. Nothing devasting praise the Lord, but spiritually getting to the place in my relationship with the Lord where He wants me to be.  He is definitely calling me to go deeper especially as we see this age coming to a close soon.  I admit I did run the other way a couple of times and in those moments it felt as if I were in a spiritual desert.  Sometimes it felt like my prayers were not getting through or as I continued to settle for where I was, my walk became more like an obligation than a desire.  Could this have been a spiritual attack or was I walking in disobedience?  I will be bold and say that I was walking in disobedience.  The Lord told me what my assignment was and I just did not do it.  My disobedience may have left me open for spiritual attacks because I was definitely attacked there as well.  I even tried to pursue opportunities that the Lord did not tell to pursue including a job promotion.  All of those doors were closed.

Now that I am at the end of my rope and nowhere to run, I have been brought back to the foundation of my relationship with the Lord and that relationship began with Love and repentance.  God Loves me.  God Loves you! He loves us so much that He sent his own Son to earth to die on the cross for us and His shed blood cleansed and took away our sins.  He rose again, ascended into Heaven seated at the right hand of the Father waiting to return back to earth and be with us.  God’s desire is to be with His creation. That is why He is setting up His kingdom on a New Earth and we will rule and reign with Christ for eternity.  That sounds so amazing! To forever be in the presence of Love Himself.  So on my journey to a deeper relationship with the Lord.  I must remember how much I am loved.  He called me and I answered.  He chose me and I accepted. He has preserved me for such a time as this.  The Lord is calling us all to go deeper.  We are entering a period on this Earth which has never been before.  We all have assignments.  Our first duty is to from our commander is spread the gospel of the Kingdom of God.  Tell as many as we can that Jesus Christ is coming back and we must be born again to enter into His Kingdom.

Also, we must be ready to battle the powers of darkness, which are no match for the power of the Holy Spirit.  If we are walking in the Spirit as children of God living in victory we will overcome.  There are many blessings in the book of Revelation for the overcomer that I would like to do a separate entry about.  No matter what come what may whether it be an economic collapse, war, or natural disasters, which seems to be all converging at the same time.  Please know that if you are loved by Jesus Christ.  He will protect and provide for you during these uncertain times as long as we have Faith and trust in Him.  We focus too much on the event and not the author and finisher of our faith.

As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are to love one another and pray for each other and encourage each other to keep going.  This race is hard but we know who is at the end.  As for me and my assignment, I clearly heard from the Lord, “do the work of an evangelist!”  However that pans out, I just know that I am on the verge of something awesome for the Lord. I pray I get to pour it out more often on here.  For those who don’t know what their end time assignment is yet, my advice is to get in your prayer closet, surrender all, and wait. He will answer. I love you with the love of the Lord. Come, Lord Jesus!