Messengers of Darkness & Straining Gnats Part 2 ~ Ring of Fire Ministries Broadcast Transcript, August 31, 2021 with Angela

Good Morning Blessings – Thank you for joining me today on this ROF Ministries broadcast.  Today we are going to wrap up our study from last week which was interrupted when my internet went down, in which we were studying Mathew 23 and straining gnats.  Before we were so abruptly interrupted we were almost ready to go over the last woe, which is placed upon those look narrowly upon others, while ignoring they have areas in their lives which are not obedient and surrendered to the Lord.  We discussed how a “woe” is simply to suffer a consequence – or rather a reaping of pain we’ve sowed in our mistreatment of others or the results of sin in our lives because we view ourselves very holy already…

So today we will go over the last woe and then go over Romans 2, while discussing what it looks like when we are inflicted with a “critical spirit,” which goes hand in hand with straining gnats – faultfinding of others, while swallowing a camel of continued sin in our own lives.  Those who do this wear a holy façade as a mask to be admired and lifted up to rule over others… pride again, which always paves the way to a great fall.

So let’s do this…

The Seventh Woe

Jesus concludes the “woes” by showing that the Pharisees claim to honor the prophets of old, but they are just as guilty as their own forefathers who persecuted and killed messengers from God – this critical nature gets passed down, generation to generation and it proves you are who you commune with most often.  If you are not a faultfinder, then you will find it very difficult to be in the company of faultfinders, we are told to not partake in their iniquity so we do not absorb that sort of quality which provokes the Father to wrath upon us.  God’s measure of wrath eventually reaches a tipping point. For that reason, Jesus declares that at that appointed time these hypocrites will suffer the consequences of the many righteous people unjustly harmed at their hands.
Matthew 23 ends with Jesus’ lament over these souls. Speaking from His divine perspective, He mourns over how He would have protected these hypocrites, but they refused. This was also the end point of Jesus’ public ministry, in which there will be no more opportunities for the people to hear directly from Him. Worse, the city will soon experience horrific wrath as the protection of God is removed. And just as it is written, the next time the people of Jerusalem will see Jesus, openly, will be when He returns as a conquering Judge and King.  Its pretty uncanny how all this is increasing from that day Jesus warned the hypocrites who was in His midst, until the times in which we live and must deal with them ourselves.

You see when we strain gnats, we set ourselves us in a higher authority than others, where mercy flows inward but does not flow outwardly to others and we cannot perceive or understand the possibility that just maybe… Everyone is doing the very best that they can.  When we sit in darkness like that, all we can perceive is the darkness within others and we are compelled to straighten them out, correct them and all sorts of weird things… We measure others by our own holiness and anything that does not represent our characteristics, giftings, mannerisms – we see as a gnat that needs removed.  And all the while, we ignore the obvious within ourselves… the camel.

For some reason, when first saved we are so thankful for much because in that moment we realize just how much we have been forgiven for.  But like with all things time passes and we often take for granted that which our Lord Jesus so freely granted us – salvation, to be washed clean by Him.  And as things begin to be removed from our lives, we sort of get this “holiness” state of mind, like we are better than others.  And those who grew up in religious households of cleanliness are the worst in many ways – of self-righteousness, not realizing they could follow the most pristine ways of living and still be a filthy rag like the rest of us.

You can instruct the sheep all day long, but until you smell like them you will not reach them, or at least not in the way in which you are purposed to reach them.  Afterbit we are going to talk about this “critical spirit” – about Romans 2 a little bit and ask the Lord to teach us His ways of being sent out to preach the Gospel in an effective way for the sake of the lost and the Glory of His Name.

So the challenge for this purifying season is… Pay attention to yourself, the thoughts which pass through your mind in reference to others.  I’ve been shocked since doing this myself, often catching myself looking harshly upon another… so humbled and thankful the Lord is giving us this correction right now, very timely and very needed.  If it isn’t a salvation issue for someone, you might want to consider – it is even necessary to bring to their attention or – Am I just straining a gnat.  We will get a lot more into this in a little while, just to make sure we are in a good placement with the Lord on High to represent Him just as He is… loving, embracing, full of compassion and welcoming to all who are need of saving.  I haven’t forgotten how far I’ve fallen before – and hopefully you haven’t either.

Many of us stink right now…  in order to draw those close to us in order they be loved like Jesus.  You just don’t know who you are and how special you are and how Jesus is building a masterpiece – that’s you!  With boldness He is raising you up to give Him glory in ways the holy dressed up ones cannot.  There is no way they can reach who you can – no way… they lack the compassionate love of Jesus and for them – they are very awkward, when they try – it comes off a insincere and those who are messy have a keen sense of hypocrisy.  You my loves are a unique and rare blessing that the world has been waiting for, which gets me so very excited!  I just cannot wait to set back and watch how the Lord is going to use you!  You shine like the SON, with His power behind you – LOVE… something which cannot be bought, imitated or replicated by will…. It just is and it is an obvious part of your DNA.  So keep shining like the son. 

Alrighty, so in a bit…  We will go over Romans 2 and this critical religious spirit, asking the Lord to reveal to us any of that which is still within us and to purge it forever. 

The Lord is really pressing us to pay attention to times we are tempted to “strain gnats” in someone else’s life and take captive those thoughts, hold your peace and be made whole.  Amen?

There was an amazing quote I read from Toby Mac and I believe it is something Jesus would tell us too:

DO NOT MOCK A BURDEN YOU HAVE NOT ENDURED.

We are told to be Holy in all manner of what we speak… If something does not reflect the image of Jesus, then we need His help to overcome and represent Him in all our ways.  I thank Him for showing us more of how we do not follow in His footsteps as we decrease, so that He may increase within us and within the whole World.

This critical spirit trying to attach itself to us can only cling to self-righteousness, viewing oneself as Holier than another (that’s the plank in the eye btw – called self/ego).  Doubleminded believers are stumbling like drunk men/women, roaming to and fro to seek knowledge that will never, ever prepare or grow them in that they are Spiritually prepared for the intense heat that is looming on the horizon.

The truth only feels like condemnation when you are not willing to change your behavior and repent for your sins.  And herein is the sickness indwelling those within the church today.  The Spirit only knows truth and the only way to win these battles are by the Spirit, nothing done in our own strength will prosper for the Glory of God, only self glory – aside from totally surrendering to Him.  Many of you are getting beat up for running ahead of God, unarmored by missing the very first step in battles… surrender to Jesus, a requirement for victory.  Flesh always is irritated by another’s flesh and flesh always contends with flesh, but remember – satan cannot cast out satan – in our flesh we cannot overcome the flesh within someone who does not want to get free and stay free. 

When you are sober in the mind – delivered from the worry regarding the cares of this World you rest in Jesus and are anxious about nothing and although it is horrible right now, we haven’t seen anything yet.  Those who have ingested the tree of knowledge of good and evil are confused, perplexed and drunk right now – we knew this was going to happen, the Lord showed us this weeks ago, giving us time to repent and get on board wholeheartedly with Him.  They are hearing voices which are not of the Lord and parroting them all over the place – evolving into messengers of darkness, not light.  God’s children are messengers of light, sadly there are fewer than we wanted to believe.  These messengers of darkness are anxious about everything at the moment thinking they are in battle with an enemy who is not defeated – where messengers of light are declaring the gospel truth that the enemy has already been defeated.  Unfortunately, they will be greatly sifted as wheat, fighting battles of entanglement with darkness that are unnecessary refusing to resist the enemy so that he flees.  Whether they realize it not, the enemy is posturing and staring them right in the face saying exactly what was said in Acts 19 to a Jewish priest and the sons of Sceva –

15Eventually, one of the evil spirits answered them, “Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” 16Then the man with the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. The attack was so violent that they ran out of the house naked and wounded.…

When we have anger rise up within us when in a battle – spiritually or naturally, we are compromised and not surrendered to the Lord and we have already lost.  Spiritual warfare is not the learned ways of war that is man taught – which resembles the cutting off of the ear that Peter did, which Jesus put back on and healed by the way – which is indicative of a desire to harm and injure – not walking in victory spiritually.  Vengeance brings suffering and harm to your opponent and belongs to God alone – we are to rise above the turmoil, having peace and victory in Jesus alone – as we tread upon serpents and scorpions not handle them for another victorious notch on our belts of pride.  Again, the Lord just keeps pressing me that if this sort of approach continues we shall be sifted – do not entangle with darkness to defeat something that you already can trample upon as Jesus defeated all darkness – all means all.  When we enjoy the “fight” it shows we value the fight over valuing Jesus in us as He is our all in all – several right now are operating out of a punishing spirit, to make someone pay.  James 1:24 tells us the desire Jesus has for us to be mature and complete, not lacking anything – so one more win, one more devil cast out, one more, one more… is not what makes us whole – He does.  It is no wonder the enemy will wear out the saints of the most high God – we’ve been fighting battles for the sake of engagement, with an enemy who has already lost.  Many within the church are using friendly fire pointed at one another and are in severe danger of losing it all because we have lost our ability to resist the enemy.  One major reason the demons you try to deliver others from will not flee is because it is their counterparts which are influencing you to go into battle with them, instead of surrendering to the Lord, putting on the full armor and standing therefore…  Just stand – don’t run and don’t engage – just resist and when Jesus’s power flows from within you – the devil flees you.  Do you realize when you take your proper placement and someone tormented is in your midst that person gets a reprieve from their torment by the light you overshadow them with?  I say all this out of a place of love, many of you have battle wounds that were inflicted in battles you were never sent to fight and it breaks my heart.  In the Spirit – we look to the souls that need saved, when we look to one who is lost we see a soul because that is what Jesus sees and desires to save – when we are battling in the flesh, all we see is how the flesh of that soul is being influenced by darkness and sin and way too many are entangling with the enemy, over defeating him to operate.  With our full armor on we can fight for that soul spiritually, flesh armor we go to battle with someone’s flesh laden with darkness.  Armor protects, yes?  It is not a weapon.

Will you let Jesus purify you?  To remove all the obstacles of offense and stand and speak as a child of light, having come out of darkness all the way.  No more mixture, no more bitterness, vengeance, points to prove or overcompensating strength in self.  Wow… How did I get off on that ramble?  Forgive me, I am supposed to be talking about looking upon others narrowly with a critical eye and spirit.  I am not sure who that rant was for, I pray it blessed someone – its just that I can tell several of you are listening to the wrong voices, because when you are anxious what you’ve taken in, comes out and what you are proclaiming reflects that our Lord has not defeated the enemy, nor does He remain steadfast and firm as victorious in all situations and so can you – His power resides within you, so never let your fear be greater than His power.  Remember – whatever we feed grows and whatever we starve dies, the problem is many are not feasting upon the fullness of the truth.  And it is by our own appetites we choose what we eat and what we take into us, comes out.  It is so simple a child could understand.  Many of you are anxious right now because of what you seek and take into you produces to grow anxiety and overshadow what truth you have been granted.  This is opposite of your purpose because when truth is received it overshadows all darkness and kills it so it does not prosper in your life.  I must admit I feel somewhat of a helpless feeling at times, very similar to many of you who desire those you love to call out to Jesus – I have that same desire for you all to go deeper into Him and desire His words, which are sincere and the only pure truth, to defeat the carnal mind of knowledge.

Funny Catholic School story…

Some of you all need to be a little more cautious about where you put your lips… because you don’t know how clean they are when they don’t come from the source of truth.

Next we need to study ROMANS 2 just a bit which talks about God’s Righteous Judgment and the circumcision of the heart, regarding hypocrisy – and like with all times when we study God’s word, we go to Him and ask that He cleanse us by the washing of His word over our hearts to purify us, making us clean and whole, lacking nothing.

Romans 2 –

Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. Judging is not the issue so much – but rather judging another when you are guilty yourself – hypocrisy – is what the Father abhors.  As a matter of fact Paul got a little upset that no one would judge evil matters – it’s a trap in which you begin calling evil good and good evil.  But that takes some precepts to understand, maybe another day.

But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? What a number the enemy has done on the church – to actually believe we do not have to maintain a life of surrendered repentance, continually we are to decrease in that Jesus may increase within us.  We are to be growing in the Lord and dying to all that is not a reflection of Him.  Because of His love towards us – we feel a need to repent when we still sin, it is a gift in so many ways to keep us on the narrow path to life everlasting.

But in accordance with your hardness and your [a]impenitent heart you are [b]treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the [c]Greek; 10 but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no partiality with God.  Position, stance, entitlement will get you nowhere with God – He is Holy and also shows no partiality to anyone.  Any hard hearted person who refuses to repent will reap what they have sown and His wrath is perfect, as He is all-knowing, He not only sees what we do, He knows why we do it.

12 For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law 13 (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; 14 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, 15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.  We cannot deceive ourselves into thinking God turns a blind eye to unrepentant or willful sin, He calls that being a rebellious child – you can hear messages all day long and read the Word every second of the day – but unless that message or truth is applied by you in your own life it is fruitless.  All truth will circumcise the heart to change and our actions quickly follow because what we desire is light, not dark in nature – then we grow.  As we think, so are we…  Once you are saved, you are cleaned and everything thing changes and its daily we die to self, not one time.

The Jews Guilty as the Gentiles

17 [d]Indeed you are called a Jew, and rest[e] on the law, and make your boast in God, 18 and know His will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law, 19 and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and truth in the law. He did not have issue with what they knew about Him and the works they were doing openly before men.  But the next part puts the fear of God in me like no other.

21 You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? 22 You who say, “Do not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law? 24 For “the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,” as it is written. This literally scares me to death – this would be like if we studied the word only to measure others by or to know what is coming upon the Earth for signs, never activating it within our own souls.  And what upsets me the most – is to dishonor the Lord in such a way – to not represent Him just as He is – pure, victorious, holy, sinless, etc…  That I myself actually blasphemy Him because I do not walk out what I talk… this literally makes me tremble.  Those who do this will go with all the hypocrites to where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth – even though they preached, healed, performed all sorts of signs, miracles and wonders and even prophesied in His Name.  They may have had all the knowledge about good and evil anyone ever could and yet… they didn’t know HIM.  They were messengers of darkness, not light.  And how did they know evil so intimately?  They were entwined within it deeply – outside clean, inside white-washed tombs, decaying and dead.

Circumcision of No Avail

25 For circumcision is indeed profitable if you keep the law; but if you are a breaker of the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. 26 Therefore, if an uncircumcised man keeps the righteous requirements of the law, will not his uncircumcision be counted as circumcision? 27 And will not the physically uncircumcised, if he fulfills the law, judge you who, even with your [f]written code and circumcision, are a transgressor of the law? 28 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; 29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose [g]praise is not from men but from God. Those who seek praise from humans, may very well appear to have a heart change outwardly, but inwardly where it counts to the Lord, they are uncircumcised or rather unchanged.  A child of God has had a dramatic and lasting heart change, which is circumcision only God knows and only God will give praise to His child for their total surrender and placing themselves into His hands for His will to be done in their lives by turning away from their own self-will of flesh lusts.  This is just me – but the main part we have to play in our own salvation is simply surrender to the Lord, no matter the cost, persecution, suffering, mocking or anything else the enemy throws at us or friends and family use against us and especially when our own desires which do not align with the Lord try to distract us.  We submit to God – then resist the enemy and He flees.

Hypocrisy is dangerous ground, because we see the enemy residing within everyone else, ignoring the fact he is trying to influence us as well.  Peter was used, Judas was used and others…  some repent like Peter did and others will fall as Judas did, both believed they were doing God’s service – this is also why people slay you, thinking they are doing God’s work – it is my prayer, you do not do the same and slay others thinking you are doing God’s work.

So before I go – I just want to go over a little bit about a critical spirit, someone who criticizes others.  Another word for that would be to scrutinize someone, the Bible calls it looking narrowing upon another person – like examining someone’s life by nit-picking and placing them under a microscope, while cutting themselves or others they like a ton of slack – this is what the Lord calls… partiality – unfair and unrighteous judgment.  And remember, if we judge that way – we too will be judged with partiality (absent the blood of Jesus).  So this is an excellent life lesson to heed to no doubt.

There are times when the Lord will flood your life with a sin so much you begin to hate that sin to the degree you will never participate in it, hating the sin is imperative for going and sinning no more with something we frequently struggle to overcome.  Quite often He purges that tendency of sin out of you by inflicting you at the hands of another so it becomes something you never have to deal with internally as a struggle.  When He does this as long as you stay humble always in this area (never prideful thinking you did anything great in your own strength to avoid the sin) you will despise the sin so much you will never entangle with it and He will use you to resist, purge out and defeat that darkness within others – this is a piece to what the shadows of His disciples healed – they countenance overshadowed those who were seeking Jesus.

Applying that truth… I am very well qualified to talk about a critical spirit which resides in so many people, especially religious sects.  I grew up in the south and from the time I was five until fifteen I basically was an orphan who gravitated from home to home to anyone who would love me.  It wasn’t really until I ended up in Nebraska with my mom who moved away when I was fourteen to marry a man she knew only a few months by phone and a couple visits.  Not only did everything in my life change physically, it also changed spiritually… I ended up right in the midst of a critical home, which was one pain I had not suffered up until that point, although there were many prior, in a strange state and around no one familiar to me that I loved.  I sat at a dinner table daily in which they took on the role of criticizing everyone and everything – what people did, who they were, their positions, clothing – I mean everything anyone other than them were under their constant scrutiny and it made me physically sick – and they still do this today and it still makes me sick.  They measure everyone to their own viewed perfectness and if you are not exactly like them in thought and deed you are a target and you are in the wrong.  Period.  And if you do not chime in and side with them – they view you as their enemy and you become a worse target than the one they are slaying with their lips.  So like I said, when I stepped into the goings on of that house, it felt very dark to me and unfamiliar. 

May I be honest?  I see that tendency in some of you all at times… Please know I pray for you, I do not speak out about it to others, but it does greatly hurt my heart.  Some of you will look narrowly at another over politics, the cares of this world, sins and struggles, denominations/doctrines, walks of life, how someone speaks or types, clothing, the vaccine, markings – all sorts of things really and all of them are carnal and based in flesh ways.  Just because someone is different than us, does not mean they are wrong or against us.  Jesus said – those who are not against us are for us and yet… Many today think someone is against them because they are different, deeming someone their enemy, when in truth they just sin differently than you – but all of us are worthy and in need of being saved.  In those times of being against anyone, we are not with Jesus, regardless of what we think…  Just because we believe we are doing God’s service, does not mean that we are.

Those who do such things are right now being bundled up as tares… And I thank the Lord for this time He has given us to take an up close and personal look into our own hearts, minds and lives and take our eyes off of our neighbors, hearsays, the cares of the world and such and place them right back where they belong – to study Jesus’s ways and imitate Him the best we can.  Most people these days are like smoldering volcanoes ready to erupt and rather than washing themselves with the Words of our Lord Jesus, they are running to and fro fanning that flame with anyone who is angry too – so they feed off of one another to the point of erupting in anger.

A critical spirit will manifest within anyone who does not have a heart change and refuses the correction of the Lord.  Those with a critical spirit always are looking to blame someone for something… we hear it constantly in politics right now and with those who are wrapped up within the cares of this life, especially those who seek news over the good news of the Gospel.  What they are not saying outloud is that they would do it better and they are the answer to every problem we are facing – while gathering evidence to apply as blame for all that is wrong in their lives and the world.  In our lives we face those who perceive themselves as perfect and well qualified to rule over and measure out what everyone they come in contact with is up to on an almost daily basis.  Rather than understanding they need mercy and grace for their own shortcomings they will point out all the ways in which others are falling short.  They give no mercy and one day when they need mercy from the Father, there will be none available – they will be judged just as they were judged, outside of the blood of Jesus covering them – because they refused to cover others, lusting to expose others.  We know the power of life and death is in the tongue – what is inside comes out by words… some speak blessing, some cursing… but those who are in the most danger speak mixture of blessing and cursing directed towards others.  I call this serpent speech – the Bible calls it having a forked tongue. 

Those with a critical spirit are in severe spiritual danger as they truly are messengers, only of the darkside, not the light and they are hell bent to hurt and destroy the object they deemed bad or evil at any given moment.  And they are very tenacious, crafty and bold while doing so.  They are very religious quite often and see everything as sin based – even sickness to them is sin based, ignoring the fact God uses all means for His glory to raise us up incorruptible for His glory – even sickness.  They view trials with critical presumption that we are going through as a result from sin, rather than comprehending it is the oil we need to be sent out into the Harvest.  They edify evil and love to talk about its influence in the World, on others and quite often call unclean what the Lord has deemed as clean under His shed blood.  They love to proclaim “fault” on their rooftops – by illuminating who is causing this and that – rather than increasing their own love light so that darkness is exposed and defeated without assaults of the flesh ways.  Those with this spirit are unreasonable, easily offended when you point out their shortcomings and judge everything unfairly.  They have already created in their minds the conviction before anyone even steps onto the witness stand to share their truth – they are narrow minded, it is their way or the highway, believing they have the full story and are all knowing.  They have ears to hear but will not and eyes to see only what they want to see.  They look down arrogantly upon others, seizing every opportunity to find fault until they have enough record of wrongs to convict.  They can only see good in others when that person is in agreement with them – otherwise they call what is seen evil, even when it is not and vice versa.  And they love to measure people by the rule of law, especially with Scriptures – but they do not measure themselves.  Sadly, they use scripture as a sword, in which one day they themselves will die by for wielding it at others continually.  They have unreasonable strict standards they hold others to and yet they themselves do not follow their own rules and when you meet one expectation, they raise the bar higher each time – you can never ever please these type of people – they will always find something they disapprove of in you, because that is just what a faultfinder does.  They complain and nag people a lot – just to the point they wear you down so much, you have to separate yourself – I call then energy drainers, they suck the life right out of you, having a problem for every solution given.  They strain gnats by watching others to slip up and make a mistake, so they are elevated when you fall down.  They are not whole, but shattered pieces of remnants of carnality mixed with truth.

So what does our Lord think about these sort of qualities being present in His children?

  • We should never assume just because the Lord is silent in a situation that He is absent.  He doesn’t consider slackness like we do.  He alone is the one who is worthy to keep record of all rights and wrongs in the book of remembrance, which will be opened one day.  Our Lord does not miss one single word thought or spoken and in the end all will be revealed in His time.
  • Jesus came to Earth clothed in humility and came to bring to us a way to be reconciled back to our Father in Heaven.  In order to know how our Father feels about this critical spirit, all we have to do is look to Jesus – because they are one.  By observation we can see how Jesus behaved towards those who were in sin and falling short and how He compassionately lifted many out of a sinful life without being critical of them.  Jesus was moved by compassion towards every heart that was troubled and hurting and crying out in need, wounded and in pain – He was the only one who could cast a stone, but didn’t and when He spoke of the hypocrisy of those who were caught in a sexual act of adultery with the harlot – it was the religious who fled, keeping their sin and she was cleansed and made whole that day.  So pointing out shortcomings of others may lift you up in the eyes of men, but keep you in bondage until the day of destruction, unless you repent.
  • Our Father hates the criticizing of His creation one to another, which is outlined in Proverbs 6…

He finds this spirit using His own children detestable, how frightening is that?

Here is the Father’s definition of a critical spirit –

Haughty eyes

Lying tongue

Hands that shed innocent blood

A heart that devises wicked schemes

Feet that run swiftly to evil

A false witness who gives false testimony

Anyone who stirs up discord among the brethren

That passage is quite sobering isn’t it?  Kind of makes you tremble inside.  And right here, we just read why He hates all these things – it stirs up discord among the brethren – this should not be so.

I had someone write, saying they cannot pray for our President because all they see in him is demons… And I thought my word, you are not seeing his demons – you are seeing your own.  I once was ministering in cot chat and some devil actually took out of context what I wrote by copying and pasting it into facebook totally out of context just to shed my innocent blood…  Listen people, a very intense wake up call is coming by fire soon – I don’t know when I just know that it is coming, please I am pleading with you… If you are going around doing the bidding of satan, as a messenger of darkness criticizing anyone as a false accuser, please drop everything you are doing and go to the Lord openly and with humility today.  He is so merciful to forgive and teach us His ways so we grow into His likeness and all that is required is for us to ask, to tell Him I am guilty and in need of purifying in this area and He is mighty to save and cleanse us from all wrongdoings, so we hate the sin which dirties us and we for real will go and sin no more in that area.

You know Jesus had such a precious way of asking people questions in order to prompt them to look inwardly at their own heart condition while taking their eyes off of others, as a loving peacemaker who continually sowed seeds of love.  So today, before I go I am going to do that very thing…  Just so we can make sure that the gnats we are strainin are truly worth the cost.  Are you so sure that the assessment you’ve made about another human being so pure in truth to the point that you are willing to risk forfeiting all of your eternity in Heaven for?  And if not, then let’s hold inside that accusation, rather than against the person and do as we are commanded – which is to be slow to speak and pray for all those who spitefully use us, harm us, have gone the way of satan and are perishing and to love them with singleness of the heart and mind.  When Jesus returns again, it will be as judge and He will judge all of us according to our deeds while here on Earth.  Some will enter into life everlasting and some into everlasting punishment.  It is important to remember, all souls who are His will return to Him. 

If we can imagine…  there will be one who is deeply in fault, yet clinging to Jesus with all their might, having a heart after Him and yet, they will enter into His Kingdom, while those who are faultfinders will not.  Faultfinder is an interesting word, isn’t it?  A faultfinder looks into someone to find their faults – and don’t we all have them?  It seems like to me we’ve been choking on camels long enough – we need some heart therapy in which compassion grows in the light of love, not darkness.  What we seek in others we will find – it is just for some you have to dig a little deeper is all.

One last thing… I was thinking of how the serpent went from a little creature crawling on the ground eating dust in the garden to a dragon during the final moments in which we live today as a minister I was listening to mention it.  We have fed into this serpent’s ways, puffed him up, giving him more latitude and courage than what was ever granted to him by our Father.  He’s grown because those inside the church have ran scared, declaring all the harm he causes as if he is equaled to our Creator.  The evil knows time is short… more than we do sometimes I think.  Knowing this truth and walking it out means… we truly are anxious for nothing, except of course… for Jesus’s appearing – that we truly long for, don’t we?

Straining Gnats Part 1 ~ Ring of Fire Broadcast Transcript, August 22, 2021 with Angela *broadcast interrupted*

  • Today we are going to talk a little about “straining gnats…”  Because we are all being prepared, called and chosen to be sent out as the hands and feet and even fingers of Jesus.  What we say and even type is to at all times reflect Jesus’s heart and His intentions, evidenced by being holy in all manner of conversation.

There is a saying I simply love floating around facebook right now – which really struck my heart and is a guideline I try to live by continually.  It says…

Before your words pass out of your mouth, let it pass through these three gates – Is it true?  Is it kind? And is it necessary?

With the spirit of offense rapidly increasing in the lives of everyone of us on Earth right now… We all need the wisdom and direction of the Lord when interacting with others.  Offense is a big umbrella and is so many actions which stream out through us from it.  Offense is basically inward pain complimented by lack of peace, love and mercy. Anytime the source of what we say is based in one or all of these attributes –  what we say will not be grounded in truth, is rarely kind and never necessary to say. 

We do not like to be on the receiving end of this approach ever, do we?  Well, sometimes the Lord allows us to receive what we have sown into others as a life lesson so that we realize words do damage too and He will not tolerate a critical spirit to represent Him, because He is not critical and never strains gnats.  Which is a good thing or else we all would be doomed already.

Let’s read it quick, then we can discuss more, its in Mathew 23 and I want to remind us, this is Jesus Himself speaking:

Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. Therefore whatever they tell you [a]to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. They love the [b]best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’ But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your [c]Teacher, [d]the Christ, and you are all brethren. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. 11 But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whoever exalts himself will be [e]humbled, and he who humbles himself will be [f]exalted.

13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. 14 [g]Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.

15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of [h]hell as yourselves.

16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obliged to perform it.’ 17 Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that [i]sanctifies the gold? 18 And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, he is obliged to perform it.’ 19 Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift? 20 Therefore he who [j]swears by the altar, swears by it and by all things on it. 21 He who swears by the temple, swears by it and by Him who [k]dwells in it. 22 And he who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by Him who sits on it.

23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. 24 Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!

25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and [l]self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.

27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and [m]adorn the monuments of the righteous, 30 and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’

31 “Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt. 33 Serpents, brood[n] of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell? 34 Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, 35 that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.

Jesus Laments over Jerusalem

37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 38 See! Your house is left to you desolate; 39 for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ”

Okay, well thank You Lord for opening our hearts and ears to Your truth – the perfect and only way You have set before us in which all of our mouths are shut to resist.  We thank You for Your corrective love, which keeps us continually on the straight and narrow path and are so very grateful You have set Yourself as the perfect example we are to follow.  Amen.

MATHEW 23 overview –

This passage is entirely the words of Christ and reveals how he silenced the religious people during His anointed time here on Earth while ministering to people.  How Jesus handles such difficult situations is truly astonishing to me and something we should review quite often as we seek to follow in His footsteps and ways.  We are given a command to imitate Jesus continually and if we are not familiar with His interactions we too will fail to be an imitator of Him. In this chapter of the Bible, Jesus begins to describe various ways in which the scribes and Pharisees have failed in their God-given roles in leading the people.  They loved to be lords over people, but rejected the notions of Shepherding and all that comes with it.  People often say if you don’t smell like a sheep, you aren’t serving the Lord as His hands and feet.  I totally get that and I often am covered in vomit.

Jesus begins in Mathew 23 by acknowledging that the scribes and Pharisees carry a certain level of legitimate authority. They sit, metaphorically speaking, on “the seat of Moses.” They loved to be spiritual rulers over others based on knowledge, especially about God and His commands. Jesus does not tell the people to rebel against these leaders. Rather, He warns us not to imitate their hypocrisy, He reveals their heart motives and spiritual blindness throughout this chapter.

Many people were impressed by the Pharisees’ religious deeds, which only fed their ego all the more. Jesus condemns how the scribes and Pharisees behave, however, because they do everything for the wrong reasons – void of love and to make themselves look holy. Their motive is not sincere and they are lacking humility, so everything they do in service to the Lord is to be seen and approved of by other people. Above all, Jesus says, these religious leaders live to be noticed, respected, and praised. They show off by making their wearable articles of worship ostentatious, in other words everything they do is to make sure others view them as holy. They compete for the most prestigious seats at feasts and in the temple, which represents places of gathering. They love to be called by their official titles in the marketplace – which certifies and feeds their egos. Jesus bluntly condemns these attitudes and tells His followers not to make the same mistakes they do and He is saying that to all of us today.

In this Chapter Jesus pronounces God’s judgment on those who do this type of thing. This comes through a series of seven “woe” statements about their hypocrisy. The term “woe” is more or less stating you will suffer in one way or another if you operate like these who strain gnats, while swallowing a camel.  They are the ones who have a plank in their own eyes, but set themselves up as gods to see specks in others.  Jesus didn’t do this sort of thing, being the One who was qualified to cast a stone, He most certainly didn’t. I can almost imagine Him shaking His head while saying “ooh…this is bad,” as He peered into the coldness of their religious hearts.  We already know this is within all of us, it has been for generations – even while building the Towel of Babel, the Father confused the languages partly for this reason.

When we feel we are the solution to everyone’s problem we become too invested in their salvation so we lord that salvation over them, often going in the opposite direction of Jesus, who offers and invitation, not a demand.  When we cross lines and blur qualifications in walking with Jesus a woe is promised to us and remember woe is unnecessary suffering because we willfully refused to imitate Jesus and His ways.  So let’s take a look at these woes Jesus spoke about.

First Woe

This is the first of many times in the chapter where Jesus calls the scribes and Pharisees “hypocrites.” This is derived from the Greek term which literally refers to stage actors. These are people who behave in pretending, artificial ways, entirely different from their real thoughts. In this case, these are leaders who tell people to do something, while they themselves do the opposite or deny they also are not perfected yet, blinded by self-righteousness they can only see other’s sins. Their faulty leadership slams the door of eternity in people’s faces, by demeaning them as not holy enough to enter into the Kingdom. Their own choices will not lead them to heaven, and those who follow their example will be lost, as well.


Second Woe

Israel’s religious leaders put considerable effort into convincing others of their views and we witness this a lot in our day too.  All this accomplishes, ultimately, is that the converts are also damned. Jesus says such people are “twice the children of hell,” since they’re following false teachers and following a false faith – like the blind leading the blind in which both fall into the ditch.  I cannot remember a time in my life where people are refusing to resist the temptation to “pressure or force” others to agree with their opinions on things, religion or not… It is increasing at a rapid pace, voiding the Father’s granting every human freewill and when you do not fully agree with their opinions – the attack and label you their enemy.

Third Woe

Jesus now calls the Pharisees and scribes “blind guides.” This is a criticism He has used before. Blindness is often used in Scripture to symbolize those who reject God’s message, making it impossible for them to perceive what is spiritually true. In this case, Christ points to their irrational approach to vows and tangible holy things. Logically, swearing by any of the sacred objects would amount to swearing by God in heaven. Instead, the scribes and Pharisees imply that some oaths can easily be broken, a practice Jesus has also condemned. Attempting to create loopholes in one’s integrity is not only dishonest, but also foolish. Those who do this may be brilliant of the mind, which is a quality of lucifer, yet lack any sort of resemblance to Jesus void of mercy, forgiveness, compassion and love.  What are they blinded by?  Self/ego… just like the one who has blinded them, they carry his characteristics – lucifer.

Fourth Woe

These religious leaders carefully give ten percent of their crops, even the tiniest herbs. This was not wrong, as it means applying the law of Moses to the tiniest details of their lives. However, the other details of the scribes and Pharisees’ teachings left enormous aspects of God’s law unresolved. Their emphasis was on legalism, technicalities, and religious knowledge versus a heart change. Scripture says they should have put equal emphasis on justice, mercy, and faithfulness. This error is as absurd as using a screen to clear insects out of drinking water, while swallowing a massive animal.  This is what I like to call “knit picking”… An example would be like someone attacking a person for coloring their hair, while they don’t shower or use deodorant or you fault finding a drunk person, while you lust over and flirt with another person’s spouse.  When we are focused on the faults of others – we miss a great opportunity in our lives to be convicted our of own sin by the Holy Spirit, to confess and repent and go and sin no more in that area.  Not to mention, if we judge others wrongfully, we are on very dangerous ground for the same to be done unto us.

Fifth Woe

The scribes and Pharisees are committed to their public image; they go to great lengths to “look good” to other people and to be recognized as someone holy. However, their spiritual state is one of hypocrisy and death. This is like wiping the outside of cups and dishes while leaving the insides filthy. Echoing His other teachings on the subject, Jesus tells them to clean inside first and the outside will follow.  The same is true for healings… everyone is fixated on flesh wellbeing, while ignoring the sickness of the soul.  They will even judge/attack when someone is suffering an illness, denying their own souls are perishing inwardly.

Sixth Woe

Using a second, even more graphic analogy, Jesus contrasts the Pharisees’ and scribes’ outer appearance with their inner spirits. Grave sites in that era were often covered in lime, and some had decorative objects. These were appealing to the eye but did not change the decay and death under the surface. In the same way, hypocrites will use pious outward actions to cover inner hypocrisy and lawlessness.  Which is why everything is being revealed right now of what was hidden within people.  Those with only knowledge of the constrainer, verses the abiding of Jesus within the heart through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, are finding it more and more difficult to restrain themselves or rather hide who they really are by the heart.  People right now for the most part are walking volcanoes, ready to erupt on you at any given time.  Therefore, do as Jesus says and maintain the stance of being wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove – mainly because it is so easy to inadvertently provoke others these days.

Amos Study ~ Broadcast Transcript, August 15, 2021 with Angela

So Wow…. Welcome to today’s ROF Ministries Broadcast and thank you for joining with me today to celebrate and give glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus.  As the days grow darker, you shine brighter – so hold onto that which you have, the World needs a lot more of you!

Update – sent out another book and 10 Bibles this week – received another letter from Steve saying he personally prayed over each Bible and who they would go to.  I’ll read you a portion of his letter because he mentions you all.

So much is going on spiritually and manifesting in the natural these days – people are falling away from being centered on Jesus and proclaiming the good news of the Gospel in a way we haven’t seen before.  It is the constant cry of my heart that none of you lose your crown by the temptation of glorifying evil over the good and holiness of our Lord, Who is worthy to be lifted up.  So many are caught up with the cares of this World, distracted, running to and fro and losing their peace which surpasses all understanding. 

But for the remnant it is time to rise and shine… Just as Isaiah 60 declares.  What is your appointment?  Well, it’s in verse 1 and 21 – let’s read it.

Vs 1 – Arise, shine for thy light s come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

Vs. 21 – They people shall also be all righteous; they shall inherit the land forever; the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.

When His light rises from within us, He is glorified.  And He is glorified when no darkness can be found within us anymore.  And remember – you are what you desire.  Hence, the falling away…  If you are so led, I encourage you to read all of Isaiah to see what is unfolding before your very eyes. 

I feel so unbelievably blessed that the Lord has commanded me to aid in the preparation of His bride, to speak to the meek and weary and to encourage you all to keep holding onto to the hem of His garment, looking to and glorifying only Him.

Romans 9:17 tells us – We have been raised up so that He may show power in us so that His name might be declared throughout all the Earth.

Wow – less and less people now want to hear His Name declared anymore.  But there still remains those vessels of honor, who honor only Him – the remnant for who He will cut time short for – those who Jesus has not become a stumbling block or source of offense for – YOU, He is coming just for you!  So hold tight to your faith during this shaking which provokes knees to bow and hearts to confess Jesus is Lord, in that they return to Him, having gotten off course with the cares of this World, which are nothing more than distractions to test us to see just who is in love with Him and who is not.  It is getting so much more obvious just who says “Lord, Lord” and yet their hearts are far from Him – it is good the distractions are here, which help us to see who is who, in that we are not deceived by religious means.

It is perplexing to me in a way that so many I thought were among the flock are standing up, but on the wrong side – the dark side – just as it is written in Daniel 8:23 that in THE LATTER TIME OF THEIR KINGDOM, WHEN THE TRANSGRESSORS ARE COME TO A FULL, A KING OF FIERCE COUNTENANCE AND UNDERSTANDING DARK SENTENCES SHALL STAND UP.  Today within the church many are standing up, revealing who they are by the understanding of dark sentences contained within them, by their passionate pursuits of darkness, formulated out of the desire of their hearts.  If you read on to verse 25 – it says HE SHALL CAUSE CRAFT TO PROSPER…  Why would witchcraft prosper?  When one gives placement to it and evil powers, over the Lord’s power and glory.  Soon, very soon – the Lord Himself is going to shake all evil powers and they will be destroyed forever.  It says in the Word – he shall be broken without hand… Thank You Lord.  Evil may be having its day at the moment during the separation, which is purposeful… but it is already finished and the good guys win – Jesus defeated all evil and darkness on the cross and through Him, abiding in and following Him, we can too. 

It is like He transforms your mind in such a beautiful way when you fall in love with Jesus, it is amazing how He does this, but little by little your mind, your heart and everything that is unrighteous about you melts away.  I often think about how blessed we are that our Lord loves us so much He won’t leave us like He found us.  When He knocks on the doors of our hearts and we invite Him inside to dwell with us – We are saved by His loving grace and yet… that is not enough for Him, He goes all the way with us on this journey, holding us tightly through it all and takes all the fragments of our souls and sweetly mends us back together in Him, making us whole.  Through His life saving power, He cleans us and removes from within us anything which taints or darkens our light and we shine brighter and brighter to give Him glory.

I love this Scripture from Isaiah 52:7 which says — How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publish peace and brings good tidings of good and that publishes salvation and says unto Zion, thy God reigns.   

Are we saying this?  Are we like a vessel of honor who honors the Lord continually – giving people hope when met with oppression, that speak of His calming peace in the midst of the shaking storms, being one who speaks only of the good He does and the salvation from all tumults, darkness and sin.  Do we share the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?  Which is – GOD REIGNS.  Everything else is just vomit. 

It seems like right now, under the guise of watching, people are not proclaiming that God reigns anymore.  They may sprinkle it in occasionally to be correct, but preaching the good news is rare these days by disobedient and gainsaying people. 

Romans 10 has much good news within it regarding how God reigns – but the Lord relies on you and me to be those who are instant in season and out to be light bearers of His majesty all the time to anyone who will hear and those with ears to hear and a heart to receive, will receive.  Remember, what you receive into yourself, always comes out.  We have a command to preach the Word, His word in an instant.  With all the bad news and reports of confusion the Lord has anointed His remnant to speak by His voice to calm those who are chaotic and unsettled. 

In order to be saved…  All must realize that we are to have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge and not being ignorant of God righteousness – going around establishing our will and what we deem is righteous or not – because the Lord has already established what is profitable within our souls as dwellers in His Kingdom.  We are to submit to the righteousness of God.  If His word is in us – in our mouth and hearts – then it is only His word that shall come out of us, as it is with the heart we believe He is righteous so that is what the mouth confesses.  When we do believe on Jesus, let us not be ashamed to speak of Him with great faithfulness. 

It is written, whosoever calls upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.  Many are preaching a different gospel right now – one that does not glorify the Lord’s rule and reign over darkness.

Instead, as Romans 10 shows us – How will people hear without a preacher (messenger of the gospel), those who God sends forth to deliver a message of peace and good things?  We know faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.  I am just curious who all can see the famine of the word of God taking place all over the World?  Even inside churches – which is why they are getting ready to crumble, so the Lord may build His own church of purity.  It is my prayer your feet stay beautiful as you continually lift up the name of the Lord, no matter what comes your way – let nothing or no one stand in the way of you giving God glory in all things believing He is victorious every single time.

Father’s heart message —–  August 5th — What an encouraging and timely word – thank You Lord

I have been so immersed in the Book of Amos lately – it is like so timely for right now and it is good news, I mean really good news for all us doormats and castaways!  I’ve taken pages of notes in my time of study and Lord willing I will share more, but today just to see if I can get you a little motivated to at least read the Book of Amos, I am going to tell you a little bit about why this book is spot on for us today.

OVERVIEW OF BOOK OF AMOS —-

Amos – hypocrites and the castaways

Who wrote the book?

Amos was a prophet for God, who was a Shephard of sheep by profession and grew figs trees.

He did not consider himself to be a prophet – but had such a heart for the oppressed and voiceless in the World.

Amos had a warning in his spirit and prophesied “two years before the earthquake” just before the halfway point of the eighth century BC.  He was sent to the northern kingdom to deliver a message to the prideful regarding their tolerance of moral decay and mistreatment of the poor – which is really huge – he had such a calling upon his life to go before the Lord and warn those who oppress the weak and needy.  God sent Amos because the He was getting ready to judge (by earthquake) those who harm little ones and then turn around and blame them for being in pain, after they inflicted the pain upon them, themselves.

Amos was fed up after seeing what was happening continually, sharing God’s heart towards the least of these. While most of the prophets spoke of redemption and restoration in their prophecies at the time, Amos devoted only the final five verses of his prophecy for such consolation. Prior to that, God’s word through Amos was directed against the privileged people of Israel, a people who had no love for their neighbor, who took advantage of others, inflicted pain, and who only looked out for their own concerns.

More than almost any other book of Scripture, the book of Amos holds God’s people accountable for their ill-treatment of others. It repeatedly points out the failure of the people to fully embrace God’s idea of justice. They were selling off needy people for goods, taking advantage of the helpless, oppressing the poor, and the men were using women immorally.  They were drunk on their own success and intent on strengthening their financial position, the people had lost the concept of caring for one another; Amos rebuked them because he saw in that lifestyle evidence that they had forgotten God, setting themselves up as gods – tempting the Lord to anger by how they treated who He loved.

With the people of Israel in the north enjoying an almost unparalleled time of success, God decided to call a quiet shepherd and farmer to travel from his home in the less sinful south and carry a message of judgment to the Israelites. The people in the north used Amos’s status as a foreigner as an excuse to ignore his message of judgment for a multiplicity of sins.

However, while their outer lives gleamed with the rays of success, their inner lives sank into a pit of moral decay. Rather than seeking out opportunities to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly, they embraced their arrogance, idolatry, self-righteousness, fame and materialism. Amos communicated God’s utter disdain for the hypocritical lives of His people. His prophecy concludes with only a brief glimpse of restoration, and even that is directed to Judah, rather than the northern kingdom of Israel.

Injustice permeates our world, yet as Christians we often turn a blind eye to the suffering of others for “more important” work like praying, preaching, and teaching. But the book of Amos reminds us that those works, while unquestionably central to a believer’s life, ring hollow when we don’t love and serve others in our own lives.

We learn from this Book just how it tempts the Lord when we do not apply justice, when we twist His ways to meet our own conceptions, look away from sin – rather than repenting and just how angry it makes Him when a child of His is harmed by a hypocrite.  This book confirms that we can let go, turn the other cheek however many times we need to because our Father sees all things done to us and it is a very fearful thing to fall into the hands of His anger.  It may seem at times like evil is prevailing, but God is storing up His wrath for His appointed time and every single one of us will be held accountable for all things done purposely in secret that have not been repented of in which we harmed others.  Vengeance is mine says the Lord, so we can rest knowing as we pray for those who persecute us and continue to walk in love and forgiveness, never repaying evil with evil –  Our God, Who is mighty to save, will come to our rescue, every single time.

If the enemy can keep us wrapped up in the cares of this World by making them appealing to us in any way he realizes the spiritual nutrients our seed of faith needs to flourish and grow will be greatly diminished and we will not complete our assignment to be His vessels of light here on Earth.  If we don’t spread the Gospel, the lights go out and the good news gets overshadowed by all the bad news which blazes like fire everywhere we turn.  And when people are not hearing the good news, their hearts fail in fear for looking after/entertaining what if’s that are coming upon the Earth.

When the Lord told us not to be caught unaware/off guard…  He was not speaking of events but rather Himself….  I realize many of you prepare naturally – which is good, but honestly, you could have all the provisions of a king and be in a kingdom surrounded by the tallest of walls and not be protected without the preparations required to overcome in the spirit.  The safest place to be on Earth is in obedient surrender to the Lord, where you are seen when He wants you seen and hidden in Him when He wants you hidden.

Our assignment is to love others, preach the gospel, make disciples of all men, be holy in all manner of conversation – ALL – if it isn’t holy speech, then it isn’t Jesus speaking, to manifest the fruit of the spirit – not just contain it within, but manifest His fruit, we are to heal the sick, open the eyes of the blind and much more for why???  To above all else GLORIFY THE LORD – just as Jesus glorified His Father in Heaven.   Once adopted into His family, the cares of this World no longer appeal to us, we are about our Father’s business.  Amen?

It is within my heart that if we truly believed, I mean really of the whole heart believed that when Jesus comes He will destroy all darkness and evil at the brightness of His coming we would stop speaking so much about something that is promised a destructive end.   Like seriously, isn’t it pointless to keep ruminating constantly about something so miniscule in the whole scheme of such a victorious ending for the Glory of the Lord?  There is a remnant who professes darkness is defeated while at the same time entertain every aspect of its influence upon the Earth.  It is one thing to believe darkness is relevant here and now and a whole other thing to believe it is defeated.  Every moment of everyday darkness is being destroyed, every plot and plan of the enemy is brought to ruin and nothing get past the purposed plans of the Lord.  So much fixation on darkness is not healthy for the soul and is weakening the faith of many believers. 

Again… Jesus is going to destroy all darkness at the brightness of His coming – that is what we should be proclaiming to people, because that is pure truth, to give hope, blessing and promise.

How I got into Amos from the get go was, the Lord gave me a word to study within Amos one day – He is what He said to me:  Seek good and not evil so that you may live and God will be with you.  That is Amos 5:14. 

He then began to speak to me about all this sign seeking many are doing, reminding me the only sign which will be given is the sign of Jonah…  that’s from Mathew 12:39 – You all are familiar with the sign of Jonah, right?  It is actually a sign to repent – the only warning call going out prior to Jesus’s return for us to heed to is…. To repent.  That is a sign we all can surrender to and the call has definitely gone out. 

He calls all other signs hypocritical in nature – signs for the hypocrites to discern the seasons with…  He actually calls these people a wicked and adulterous generation in which no sign from Him will be given.  Ummm… that’s sobering….  One sign, the call to repent… Just one, before He appears, everything else is just leaven… a little ruins the whole part of your soul.  You can read it yourself in Mathew 12, I’m just paraphrasing.

Leaven is like bitter poison to the soul.  When we seek out evil and not good, it is like touching dead and unfruitful things which don’t prosper our souls at all and if people keep doing this they will decay inwardly and eventually outwardly (sickness in the soul and flesh sickness most often go hand in hand on this one).  I’m going to step out on a ledge here – just observe, many who do this are going to start getting sick, from what the Lord showed me.  But it isn’t a disastrous thing – just so He can sit them down, silence them and bring them back to Him as their first love.  As long as they do not curse Him during the process, they will be just fine, healed and made whole again, thank You Lord.  It is important when we see this happening we continue to love and pray for the person continually.  We are not any better, all of us have slipped off the path occasionally.  Never become an accuser of the brethren when the Lord shows you truth of someone and their struggles – just embrace them through the fire, hold them up in encouragement and faith, because we’ve all been there.

It is our human nature to see it to believe it – we often will seek signs as proof to what we already believe is truth in our minds.  We all have preconceived notions like tares woven into our ways of thinking that the Lord comes in to remove and destroy in His timing.  We may believe things are relevant when they aren’t or are in important sign when it’s a distraction and such – so we will look for confirmation to what we believe, then all of sudden Jesus destroys everything pertaining to cares of this life with the brightness of His coming into us.  Its just a process we all continually are going through as we move from glory to glory.  Once you reach that place of surrender you halt… no longer in need of one more sign – you’ve been given all the signs you need, knowing Jesus is the sign given to all men.

The reason we are wicked at times seeking more signs is because it is in those moments we are refusing to surrender and repent before the Lord and entering into His Kingdom, where He is the only light needed…  this is kind of deep, but once we enter into the place – we do not seek the sun, moon and stars for light – Jesus is our light.

We don’t know when… but one day the door will close, the Father will release Jesus to come, a day and hour no man knows, not even Jesus and those caught up with the cares of this world – in the valley of decision will miss Jesus’s return because to them He will come as a thief.  Sadly, they entered in another way, they entered in as a thief, so when He appears to them He will come like a thief.  Why?  Because all the signs they spoke of, all the plans they laid out, all the preparations they made were focused on being prepared for the sign they thought was given.  So it is true, they may be emotionally, physically and in the mind prepared for all the signs they were lacking preparation – which is repentance – in preparation for Jesus’s return.  They will miss Him, because He didn’t come after all the signs they believed would usher in His return…  Which explains the title of thief – He comes at an hour they think not – they prefer He delay His coming so the signs they professed would first come to pass.  They may have entered into the marriage supper by one way, just not the way and so…. Sadly enough Jesus will not let them stay, being thieves and robbers.

This is in John 10, we just recently studied that whole chapter, but maybe we should go over that portion again and then I will wrap up today’s broadcast.

JOHN 10

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.

Jesus truly is the good Shephard, I feel like a broken record… but if we continually look only to Him to lead us, we will never be misled or lost or caught off guard.  In essence as we abide in HIM, we are not only prepared for anything we are at peace in the midst of it all.  It is the fear of the Lord we are to contain, having fear of anything else is a total waste of time.  This is practice time, little by little things are coming upon the Earth to fear and the Lord is gently leading us to be mindful only of Him and when they come, lay His words and His encouragement to heart – to shake the dust off and keep walking.

I am not sure about you all, but sometimes I fail royally and yet other times I am noticing I am not bothered so much by what I hear, standing therefore, unmovable in trusting He’s got the whole world in His hands and as long as I am in it, He’s got me. 

He’s authoring and finishing us in such a precise way now – that when we do fall, we look right into His eyes immediately and He lifts us back up and we keep walking.  What used to last for weeks, passes within minutes to a few days.  We are growing beloved, yes we sure are.  Thank You Jesus!

Lastly, how do you know we are on the right and narrow path in preparation for His return?  Well, that’s the million dollar question, isn’t it?  We know there is proof we are ready and waiting the coming of Jesus’s return… Which is — that when He appears we will be like Him for we shall see Him, just as He is… And that process starts today, right now.  So we have a double hope in His coming – seeing Him and being like Him, purifying ourselves from all iniquity. 

Not one more sign but be shown before Jesus comes, not one.  Boy it’s a dangerous game to roll the dice believing all these signs must come to pass and then He will appear.  It causes you to prepare for signs rather than Him.  Searching for signs is a never ending whirlwind that catches way too many up in and steals intimacy of time with you and Jesus.  Being one who is basically prepared in the natural for nothing – I am trying so hard to understand those who prepare out of fear, if there is anything that is taking up more time in your life than seeking the Lord, it is urgent in my Spirit you turn away from whatever that is immediately, especially if it is laced with darkness and evil, realizing the season we are in.  Seek good and not evil in that you may live and that God will be with you.  Resist the enemy by entertaining Jesus in every thought, giving him no placement in your mind or life.

Some of you all remind me of my daughter Shelby a few years ago…  She kept having nightmares – which is odd to me and not permitted as my house is the Lord’s house.  But anyway, after further investigation I found out while she was at her dad’s they watched what I call unholy movies (zombies, weird stuff…) and that whatever she was introduced to there she would finish here…  After talked to her a few times and explaining the whole open door by what we watch and hear by our own choosing we let the enemy in to play with us – she always heard me, but in a few months it would happen all over again.  So finally, I stopped catering to her completely – I had numerous times pointed out the cycle to her and she then understood, it was at that point I realized I trained her how to resist the enemy and he will flee, but it is her choice whether to stand in that truth and be played with and tormented at times…  Imagining things and such…  The Lord told me I will not always be there to defend her and rescue her and that it was time to let her learn all the training I had given her.  Guess what happens now?  She not only resists the enemy’s entrance but shares it with others and guess what?  When she slips, because she does…. She recognizes it, suffers the pain of it and gets right back on course.  If she kept saying to me what she said in the beginning – that these shows were not that bad, that it didn’t matter, etc…  justifying her desire to entertain evil – then she would still be having these weird things happen and nightmares but since I sort of let the enemy sift her as wheat a little, at the leading of the Lord – she now has the power of Jesus within her to resist the enemy by her own choices through seeking good and not evil, so that she will live and God will be with her.

I see many of you in that very same situation…  Just someone today in chat I was observing – who by the way has grown so much, was really slipping mentally today and hadn’t slept in 24 hours after entertaining all this ungodly speech in the guise of Christianity.  I must it irritated me at first, then the Lord reminded me about this story regarding Shelby. 

❤️WHO’S VOICE DO YOU DESIRE THE MOST? AND BEING SPIRITUALLY UNCLEAN ~ ROF Broadcast Transcript, August 1, 2021 with Angela

Good Morning Blessings and thank you for joining me today on this ROF Ministries Broadcast!  It is always a pleasure and joy to fellowship with likeminded believers who have the same loving heart.  I am finding this privilege to be more rare as each day passes, which makes me even more grateful for each of you.

Before we start, I cannot tell you how thankful and overwhelmed I have been by the outpouring of love so many have had regarding the prison inmates.  You all are surely one of a kind.  It was such a miracle too – because that same day I received a letter from an inmate named Steve in CA and I want to read it, if that’s okay with you?  You will see why…

Steve’s letter

Isn’t that just incredible?  It is like the Lord laid an outreach on our hearts, knowing Steve’s request would soon be in my hands.  So Sunday I ordered 20 Bibles to be delivered and a devotional for another inmate to study.  Then, as if that is not enough…  John’s inmate, Brian, who is in a fairly new unit called Telford – wrote and asked him for Bibles too.  I ordered five right away and we sent a note to ask him how many more he will need.  We can only send in five Bibles at a time so we have to do separate shipments.  So I find all this totally amazing and totally from the Lord.  He always gets all the glory in these things!  I honor you all who are helping us visit the prisons, as well.  I truly could not do this without you.

Then Tracy emailed me with a wonderful idea…  She suggested that you all participate in our outreach by emailing me messages to type up and send to the inmates, that are personal to encourage them in the Lord.  I am so thankful the Lord gave this idea to Tracy and that she shared it with me.  So how does that sound you all?  We probably should try to do this before postage goes up, because that’s a lot of stamps and envelopes!  If this is something you are interested in – please send me an email with your inmate message and I will compile them all to copy and send out to each of the 350 inmates, along with a letter from me.  You all are a huge part of the ROF Ministry Outreach Team – this would be your opportunity to connect with the inmates in a new and precious way.  So thank you Tracy!  Please email me your note at:  Markedbyheaven7@gmail.com 

Okay…  Well, I feel like I have so much to share today – I don’t really even know where to start.  The Lord keeps showing me messages and the Word about the “seed.”  So I definitely want to talk about that soon.  Then He also has been showing me so much about getting caught up in the “cares of this World” which draws us away and competes or overshadows the increase in the seed He has implanted within the heart of all.  So it kind of all ties in together. 

Let’s hit the ground running…  There is nothing wrong or to be ashamed about if you desire the pure milk of His word.  You do know that, right?  We are to keep with the simplicity that is found in Jesus at all times, not running to and fro and swayed by every form of doctrine, laced by the opinions of men. 

Falling in love with Jesus means, you’ve fallen in love with the truth – He is the way, the truth and the life – plus, remember – He is the Word made flesh and His word actually dwells among us.

All this started last Friday in a text exchange between my ex-husband and I, as a matter of fact the past two Fridays the Lord moves on him and me at the same time and we share with one another – it is the craziest thing – but we are going with it.  And both times, what we are given compliments one another – its just wild. 

So he sent me a verse of the day, saying this is what the Lord is speaking to me today…  It was:  So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.  I then told him, that goes with the text I sent you a little bit ago to read Romans 10 – saying the Lord told me…  Faith starts out as a seed and only increases when we water it with the Word, but now you told me about hearing the word increases our faith as well.  I then said the Lord just showed me – all are given a seed of faith but it doesn’t grow unless we are willing to go all the way with the Lord by desiring more of Him ourselves.  So the Lord showed the both of us two ways in which that seed imparted into us will grow – by hearing the word and reading the word.  Then he texted me saying…. Omw, I am listening to a message and Bill Johnson right now is preaching about the seed of faith too.  And I wrote him back saying – Jesus is the word made flesh to dwell among us, which is the tie back to John 15-17 I gave you to read last week.  In the meantime, I sent him a message I had been listening to with Jeremiah Johnson talking about the Lord’s Prayer, so he started listening and texted me saying… omw again, I have been led to pray the Lord’s prayer lately and Jeremiah Johnson just mentioned Bill Johnson… and it went on and on, back and forth because Jesus showed up…  And if that is not crazy enough, would you believe the previous Friday the same thing happened to us only it was about garments and the Lord showed him the ones who get clothed must have faith and I told him it takes humility and surrender and he said surrender leads to faith and can be really hard at times to believe when you don’t know what to do.  I could go on, but don’t want to bore you… but what has been happening is we randomly at the leading of the Lord will send one another Scriptures that He places on our hearts and what is going on is…  It is cultivating a bond of agape love, which covers a multitude of sins between us – and we are within the family of God, in which the fruit of the Holy Spirit is manifesting.  You all know my story, right?  Did you catch it when I said this is my ex-husband?  Some of you know various details of what I’ve been through… But God!  My only frustration is… the piece of me I have to surrender is… Why did God wait to change his heart until after we were divorced?  I try not to entertain that thought…  but I’m just keeping it real with you all.  Just in case you have the answer to that question, because I don’t… lol all I know is God’s ways are higher than ours, indefinitely.

Anyway, chances are you all too have experienced a Holy Spirit flow with someone like that – I want to say it is rare, but really it is common – when two equally yoked believers get together to glorify the Lord  – the Lord moves in amazing ways – but it takes an open heart within all involved for that to happen or the spirit is quenched.  When we were marred we were unequally yoked, but now… heart’s changed by Jesus yoke us together equally in the family of God.

I want to talk a lot more about the seed next time, but today…  I am going to ask you what the Lord asked me the other morning…  Who’s voice do you DESIRE to hear?  I got the impression in my Spirit it saddens the Lord Jesus that many do not desire to hear His voice.  That is sad isn’t it?  When Jesus asks me a question like that, it is always because He wants me to look inward to my own heart first and then will often reveal more about the Body of Christ – it is not that He doesn’t know the answer, but that He is revealing a concern of His to me.  Quite often it is about me – like the time He revealed to me I was playing a Spiritual harlot or when it is a message to be delivered to the Beloved, that’s you all.  Usually, its both.

This time, I think it was both, to be honest.  He began to show me that if it is His voice we desire to hear, then we never will get into trouble by following another’s voice.  And I loved that – don’t you?  You all are probably thinking… well, duh!  But truly, listen to that word… If it is His voice we DESIRE, then we never will get into trouble by following another’s voice.  So I likely pointed out the obvious, but wait…  It’s not about the voice we follow – its all about the VOICE WE DESIRE to hear…  Heart’s desire…. Is Jesus our first love, is it His voice we desire to hear the most?   Because the voice we desire the most is the one we listen to the most.  That is the question.  Would we be okay if we stopped listening to every voice, only to hear His?  Or would we freak out… if the messengers all were silenced?  Jesus promised us that if we listen to His voice, He will direct our paths saying this is the way in which we are to walk continually.  Listening to and desiring His voice alone, seals you in a protective bubble in which you cannot be tainted with mixture.

Let’s read this, it is in John 10 –

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

Jesus is the door and it is only through Him that we may enter into relationship with the Father now and eternally, it is through Jesus we can be reconciled back to our first estate from our fallen nature.

But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

Jesus is our Shephard – He leads, protects and nourishes us

To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

As His sheep, we recognize His voice and He calls us by our name so that a stranger’s voice we do not follow and instead – flee from the voice of all strangers.  Jesus goes before us to lead and guide us and we follow only Him.

This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.

Jesus often speaks in parables so that you can understand in the most simplistic ways of a child by the spirit and yet, it is so innocent and pure it confounds those who are wise so they do not understand what He is instructing and teaching.

Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.

Jesus is pointing out that we have had times voices of thieves and robbers speak to us – who seek to kill, steal and destroy – but we cannot hear them and do not obey what they say

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

Pasture here resembles the Promised Land we discussed recently – in the pasture we find nourishment for our souls and eat of what Jesus provides, we are at rest and content being full with that which is good for the soul.  Pasture in Greek means – having no need of supplies in this life

10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Abundant life is a content spiritual nature in which Jesus leads us in every way – we do not entertain strangers but flee from them, knowing Jesus is Who we follow so our lives are abundant with Him

11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.

13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

Jesus is a good Shepherd and has laid His life down for us – a hireling (a paid worker) does not protect the innocent like Jesus does – they will say they do, but they don’t – they do not represent Jesus as a good shepherd – leaving the innocent vulnerable to wolves who seek to harm them.

14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

This is very comforting…  Jesus is a good shepherd, we can follow and trust Him – He knows us best and His sheep KNOW Him (which is very deep and intimate, involving love)

15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

Jesus is not exclusionary in what “fold” (a place where sheep were herded into at night for watching over) – that He chooses.  We see here He has many folds of His own that He watches over – not just us, but all that belong to Him – of which only He knows who are His, right?

17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

I love this… because it glorifies the power majesty of Jesus that no man can argue.  All power was given to Him, it hushes humanity as it is finished by His word.

19 There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.

20 And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?

21 Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?

When Jesus comes – He divides, of course He binds as well….  But these days especially…  He brings a lot of division between the pure in heart and those with great egos – those who do not desire to hear His voice and follow after only Him.  Those who are very caught up in the cares of this World – cannot hear His voice clearly, many like to only hear their own voice, not belonging to Jesus’s fold – they want their ears tickled out of a desire to hear a stranger’s voice.  But only JESUS CAN OPEN THE EYES OF THE BLIND…  and He is also the only one who can change a heart and only Jesus can open ears to His small voice that overtakes the louder ones.

Then the Lord gave me a vision…  Of puppies, many puppies….  Representing all the folds in the Earth today.  He began to show me how puppies are not born with their eyes open, but gradually over time as the way of the Lord has orchestrated they grow and mature and they do open their eyes as He has purposed.  We are not too different in such a way.  I then was led to check into lambs and if their eyes are open at birth and guess what?  They aren’t…  It usually takes a minimum of two hours before their eyes open – isn’t that amazing?  But occasionally a lamb is born with sealed eyes, which can last for days and it requires their Shepherd to place warm cloths periodically over their eyes to break the seal so they open.  This too is so much like us, isn’t it?  The Lord then reminded me that we need to stop trying to force the eyes open of His flock of sheep – that it is wrong and forceful and prideful really, to take the sight of another into our own hands in such a way.  He reminded me how all the folds of sheep are His and He will bring all folds of sheep into His flock in His own timing, in His own perfect way as He is the good shepherd and no matter who it is, His own will hear only His voice, when He is finished His work in their lives.  Thank You Lord.  Help us to not be a stranger’s voice in those You send us to, but rather let you flow out of us with words of gentleness and love.

Many of us within church circles need to repent for judging others before the time of the Lord because His work is not complete within any of us yet.

Once we are awake… We truly do desire the sincere milk of the word and listen closely to the Shepherd’s voice, even after following a stranger’s voice for so long, we will learn to only go where Jesus leads us in the way in which He leads us, never to depart from Him again.

So for days the Lord kept whispering into my heart – 1 Corinthians 1:11… like it has been constant…  It is short and simple saying…  BE FOLLOWERS OF ME, EVEN AS I ALSO AM OF CHRIST.  Now of course, this is Paul speaking.  But the Lord really started to lay many things on my heart about this verse…

Like, it is okay if we follow one another when someone is following Jesus.  But that is not all the time.  And we risk being the blind leading the blind at times when we are not following in Jesus’s example.  He began to show me times I may have been leading others, but not following Him like I should and times I let others lead me and they clearly were not displaying the characteristics of Jesus or speaking like Him, discussing topics He never did – how they are actually stranger’s voices, blind and I followed after them anyway and how that is all on me – because I desired their voice over His.

He then began to show me, it is our choice in what voice we follow.  We can love the truth and only listen to truth or we can want our ears tickled so much, that if we do not repent, we will believe a lie and follow after it.  Paul was not perfected in anyway and neither are we or anyone else.  The Lord laid on my heart, that we should never follow anyone 100% of the time because that would mean they are following Jesus 100% of the time, which no one does.  So if we apply this truth – we must measure out when someone is and is not… following Jesus and only follow them when they are.  Otherwise, we will end up in a ditch and possibly delusional, worst case scenario. 

Jesus is the only One who we are to obey and He is the only one who is perfect.  Obeying a human who has a voice and such can actually place us into disobedience with the Lord.  I often am reminded of the verse, a little child will lead them…  Meaning one who is innocent, meek – but mostly – in the care of the Father, fully.  Jesus watches over the little ones and it takes a similarity to a little one to be led by and hear the voice of Jesus.  So I guess you could say, if I am going to follow anyone, it would be that little one, who seems to be much easier led by the Shepherd’s voice in so many ways.

But He is reminding me again to say…  Only follow someone when you are sure they are following Jesus on occasions of what He said is flowing out of their mouths.  Follow me, follow one another, when… I am following Jesus or they are following Jesus – and may those with ears to hear, hear what the Spirit is saying to us all.

I really wanted to talk more about that seed, but I think it is going to need a full broadcast so that we dedicate enough time for the full message.

Something else about the innocent lambs being led by the good shepherd and those who are following Jesus is in Romans 16.  This also goes with the opening of the eyes… and how we need to cease from forcing others to see evil or investigate, before the Lord Himself steps in with correction upon His hand directed towards us.

Can I be honest?  I am wore out with being mocked and ridiculed for not having any desire for knowledge of evil and its ways.  This is just how the Lord created me, it is to no merit of my own – He simply did not put within me any desire whatsoever for understanding or knowledge about evil.  I cannot help it, I am not in denial or fearful of evil or have my head in the sand like many presume…  I actually have no curiosity or desire to know about darkness.  I haven’t really spoken openly about this before, but I know already there are a few of you just like me, so I will share, in hopes to encourage you and my own soul in the process.  I believe I have danced around the subject and beat around the bush long enough. 

Telling me I am going to face evil in ways the Lord has not shown me is very similar to hearing a stranger’s voice – it does not resonate as truth within my spirit at all – and remember, no one knows the plans the Lord has laid out for us but Him.  Because I do not fear evil in anyway.  Nor do I give it placement over me, knowing it must go through the hedge of fire placed around me by the almighty first and He purifies all things which may enter into me by His presence – in that – all darkness which comes at us is purified or consumed before entering into us.  This includes our minds, our souls or even our flesh.  When something taints me, when I give it entry into my life – it will either conform to the Lord Jesus abiding within me or He will remove it or that person in His timing.  This is how I operate and live… Giving no placement to the devil and surrendering to Jesus is how we resist the enemy and he flees.  The second I discern someone is not following Jesus, I stop following them for the moment.  If in my mind or in His word, I cannot find Jesus saying or doing something – then I look away from it altogether because it is the cares of this World which seeks to deplete the nourishment of my soul and the seed of Jesus which resides within.  But that is just me… And it is often heartbreaking, because Jesus will often shut doors and remove people from my life that I love so very much and honestly, I want to cling to them and He often has to pry my hands loose so I will let go.  So this is my testimony and I really do not like talking about myself at all, but am in hopes it will encourage some of you to just stay true to yourself, to listen to Jesus’s still small voice continually and He will lead and guide you into all truth.  And if need be, He will open your eyes to see what he desires you to see – whatever that may be.  Whatever He desires for you, His will shall be done, this is to be an encouragement that you are fearfully and wonderfully made in Him and by Him and that you should not change for anyone at any time, except for Him.

If you are like me, you think there is something wrong with you…  You are even told there is something wrong with you often – and lately its especially concerning evil and knowing about it.  If that is you, I want to give you a Scripture the Lord gave me many years ago that I cling to, often silently, when I hear the mocking and scoffing…

Romans 16:19 –

For your obedience is come abroad until all men.  I am glad therefore on your behalf; but yet… I would have you wise unto that which is good and simple concerning evil.

Simple concerning evil… simple here means – harmless, unmixed and pure – relating to the mind – not having a mixture of evil, being free from guile and innocent – no understanding of secular writings, blameless

We know to the pure all things are pure and that it is only the pure in heart who see God.  Please believe me, I am not saying I am pure or anything like that – anything good within me is only Jesus, I guess you could say I have just suffered so much at the hands of evil – I want nothing to do with it in anyway.  Suffering is how the Lord freed me from seeking knowledge of evil.  When you have had so many evil things done to you, you realize evil is like a hot stove you avoid at all costs.  Jesus is reminding me now how the enemy desires to sift us as wheat… I guess many of us have had the evil touch sifted right out of us and we’ve learned from a young age, if you dance with the devil you will eventually get burned.

So I cannot see like most see… I try so hard, but I cannot.  I see everything on a spiritual plain.  I wish I could see more in the natural at times.  But it is so hard to explain…  Maybe a few of you are the same, so you can help me get this out.  But when a tragedy comes or is soon to arrive – I see God’s intervention in souls, when someone is sick, including myself – I see Jesus touching us to make us whole in our souls inwardly and the outwardly will follow, when I hear a song on the radio – even a secular one, most often I can hear whispers woven into the message about the Lord, even if His name is not mentioned – He is there.  When tragedy strikes I see hearts turning and knees bowing, finally calling out to the Father Who loves them so very much.  And when I have watched tv in the past, like the Kardashians so many years ago – the Lord gave me such a huge burden to pray for them day and night and as I occasionally checked in on them throughout the years – a few months ago I heard Courtney pray, actually saying “in the Name of Jesus” before a meal – Do they stumble, of course, but so do I – but do I see the Lord revealing Himself to them and drawing them near?  Absolutely…  And when I visit the Catholic Church with family and hear of all the good they do for the least of these, my heart breaks in love because so many stone them without seeing how they just want to serve the Lord in the delusion they are not aware they are in and many really, really love Jesus and I cringe when I hear lies spoken of them all the time, resembling the mocking of Jesus based on hearsays.  And this is just a little of how I see…  So does my heart break all the time – it sure does.  And maybe this is just my cry for help – because I’ve never fit in, nor do I now and maybe I am one of the lost sheep who just wanders and wanders all the day long, where He has to leave the 99 to come find me.  I often question if I am even worth saving, which I highly doubt I am, but He doesn’t seem to mind.

And if you can tolerate me for just a few more moments…  I want to elaborate on what the Lord meant when He said “touch no unclean thing” and warned us not to call unclean what He calls clean.  When you Spiritually look upon another, they may be totally broken, dependent on drugs, drunk, a prostitute and chief of sinners but have a heart of gold – like a hidden treasure no one can see, except Jesus and what He shares with you about someone.  I call this seeing through Jesus’s eyes – because weren’t we just like them or maybe many of us still are?  Do you understand there is a difference between being unclean and being in bondage?  What I just described is what it means to hate the sin and not the sinner – you hate for them to suffer so very much unknowingly they entangle themselves with things that fragment the soul – you lose sleep because you wonder just how much pain they’ve suffered to cause them to de-value themselves to the point they need to self-medicate the lack of love away.  Just as the prostitute is so lonely for love she will sell herself for a connection and she is convinced a bad love is better than none at all – she also believes she just possibly may be swept off her feet one day, just maybe and she hates herself – well all these I’ve mentioned hate themselves and blame themselves for the pain inflicted upon them – because they really believe they deserve nothing better.  But Jesus knows and He embraces, even those who others call unclean.

So these are those who are in bondage – but Jesus looks at the heart, He also knows every single detail of every hurt that would drive someone to the point of sinking so low they have no way out but Him.  So He visits them…  Do you know how He visits them the most?  Through you and me…  They are not unclean by His standards, they are in prison – whether it be of the mind, their own choosing or just how life unfolded around and in on them…  Most of them have very precious and fragile hearts and all of them have imparted within them a seed of faith, just waiting to be watered by love.  A key way to know who these precious ones are is – they do not repay evil with evil, they suffer the evil done to them in drastic ways.

And then there are what the word calls the “unclean” and I am talking Spiritually here – unclean inwardly.  The outside vessel or cup as the word states it – may appear shiny, holy and clean – but inside is full of mixture – these are the unclean we are not to touch, or rather let them taint us – giving us blemishes and spots.  You can read more about this in Leviticus 5 but it is also mentioned in 2 Corinthians 6.

I’ll just read it and discuss it quickly and be out of your hair, for today anyway!

2 Corinthians 6 –

We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says:

“In an acceptable time I have heard you,
And in the day of salvation I have helped you.”

Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much [a]patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by [b]sincere love, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Just look at all the situations we too have been in – don’t they resemble the same as these ministers of the past and the Word reminds us how to respond in every situation – never be offended so our representation of Jesus is blamed. 

11 O Corinthians! [c]We have spoken openly to you, our heart is wide open. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections. 13 Now in return for the same (I speak as to children), you also be open.

This is an incredible word – nowadays, everyone wants to feel good or it isn’t coming from the source of truth – but the Word does not restrict us unless we refuse to abide by it – then it greatly offends and being in opposition to direction, correction and discipline – we call foul, saying, that’s not loving or stop judging…  Being a minister of light does not mean you hinder the word, and when it restricts the powers of darkness – they blame and lash out – so what will we do?  All things in love.  Amen?

14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what [d]fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what [e]communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial (another name for satan/wickedness or worthless)? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you[f] are the temple of the living God.

So here is the mixture we discussed to prepare the way for the rest of the Chapter… the mixture/unclean thing is:  fellowship with darkness when you are righteous, communing/sharing back and forth about darkness when you are light, or have any agreement with wickedness or satan when your Savior is Jesus as Lord in your life, or what sharing in the unbelief regarding anything which may come if you are a believer and lastly, why have any idols in your heart when God resides there?  YOU ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD and we will see clearly why He says that in a moment – but first – Can you see the mixture?  Anyone who is promoting lawlessness, darkness, wickedness, idols – are considered unbelievers and we are not to —- receive into us what is being imparted – we are unequally yoked – because they are full of mixture and we are pure.  Yoking is — intercourse with beasts – yep… I know, shocking right?  Intercourse spiritually that is – intimately entangled with and you know what else?  Paul forbid all Christians from having any contact with any idolaters – shocked again, right?

As God has said: “I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”

17 Therefore “Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”
18 “I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty.”

It just totally blows my mind how Jesus warned more about interactions with the religious than the sinners…  And because of that – they called for His death, the religious did and even said He had a devil in Him, plus much mocking and scoffing…  He embraces the weak and looked away from the strong…  My word, we are humbled and grateful in the heart all over again. 

It is a lovely promise…  If we would just come out from among them, just as He said – if we would just be separate and not touch what the Lord calls unclean – He will receive us and He will be a Father to us – we will be His son or daughter because… thus sayeth the Lord Almighty.  I just read it, He said it…  I hope you will read that Word for yourself today – 2 Corinthians 6.

So before I go, please hear my heart on this, because the enemy just loves to twist my words to cause offense…  I am very well aware of the truth that many have taken a walk on the darkside that I have not – which is why I cannot speak to those things I have not personally experienced.  I honor and love those who are called in such a precious way – those who did entertain dark entities, experienced its grip and even had deep curiosity of its ways, the Lord loves those who are entangled with darkness itself and wants them totally free – so He has qualified the called who are sent to go forth into that darkness and retrieve them from the fire they are in.  My prayers go out for these chosen vessels – understanding it is a fine line they must walk, one slip and its over and how quickly they can be reeled back into its deep abyss.  These mighty warriors are so much better than I and they need our constant love and prayers, no doubt. 

I pray Jude 20-25 over them – let’s do that today together –

20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

22 And on some have compassion, [j]making a distinction; 23 but others save [k]with fear, pulling them out of the [l]fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.

24 Now to Him who is able to keep [m]you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
25 To [n]God our Savior,
[o]Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and [p]power,
Both now and forever.
Amen.

Well, time has run out – so Lord willing, next time we will go over the “seed” of faith more…  I am really excited to study that together! Again, I cannot thank you enough for those who support our prison ministry.  You really are visiting those in prison with us, may Jesus bless your heart for all that you do to make this possible.

❤️FACING THE GIANTS & ENTERING THE PROMISED LAND ~ ROF Broadcast Transcript, July 22, 2021 with Angela

Good Morning Blessings!  Thank you for joining me today on this ROF Ministries broadcast!  I am really excited about our talk today, giving all glory to the Lord!  He is just so amazing how He insures we are settled and at peace in His trusted care.  I recently was listening to another messenger, who happened to mention Caleb and I just knew I had to take a deeper look into what the Lord wanted to share with us.  I pray this message today gives you great hope and encouragement to stay the course on the straight and narrow path, with your eyes continually fixated on Jesus – no matter what comes your way.

The title the Lord gave me was…  Facing The Giants.  Some of you likely saw that movie years ago – today’s message will tie into victory in the most trying situations we face each day. 
Giants…  These giants in our lives – they are scary, huge, threatening, situations/people out of control – in truth a giant can be anything the Lord requires us to face that can only be overcome through His power.  Not by might, but only by Spirit is how we overcome all giants.  No worldly weapon formed by us can defeat these spiritual giants which manifest in the natural fragments of our lives and quite often they only reside in the mind.  I guess you could call it being pressed in the corner with no way out and whatever that giant is – it will overshadow, saber rattle us and do all it can to infuse us with fear to the point we see no way out.

I don’t know about you… But I have a tendency to run away from giants… lol  I am sure some of you can relate – but listen, some of you come out swinging and fighting in all your might – well, neither approach works when you are called to slay the giants we face.  It requires the power of the Spirit of God to rise up within you to defeat any sort of enemy.  Any flesh entity that is labeled a giant, must also have the spirit of a giant – fierce and a force to be reckoned with.  I would be remiss if I did not mention the many believers who seem caught up in the curiosity of giants these days – thankfully, the Lord is raising up some David’s who are anointed to slay all giants in the land, both physically and spiritually – making them truly unsuccessful and of no effect.

One reason this Bible story caught my attention so much is because it mentioned the Promised Land, which is something the Lord has been placing upon my spirit lately.  There is a spiritual Promised Land before us and as we begin to walk by spirit and not sight, we can fully enter into this secret place today  – how exciting is that!  I long to have that deep rooted faith in Jesus so much that nothing can move me away from His sovereignty in my thought life – that whatever life throws at me…  I look to Him and say, I trust you Lord and mean it – and know it…  I am sure you all feel the same way.  I pray that we can stop going around and around the mountain until we are wore out with doing it our way while dwelling continually in the security of His way.  To me, that is abiding within His Kingdom which is at hand… evidenced by the proof of entering into this Promised Land where we no longer fear, seek of or as spies – run away from the giants we see, edifying them with reports of how mighty they are. 

We seem so occupied like spies who are spreading a bad report among where we camp/reside, passing fear, never quite fully entering into that Promised Land.  Let’s talk about it a little… It’s in the Bible, of course, and I just give an overview of what happened as a refresher to us all.

Caleb story

Here in this Bible story we gain wisdom to not believe or entertain the bad reports, the fear trying to be instilled within us by spies of what they have been shown as giants in the land.  When the Lord leads us and we seek only His guidance, He leads us unto a Spiritual Promised Land where our souls will prosper and all darkness is irrelevant to have dominion or permission to effect our lives in anyway.  So we must ask ourselves?  Who’s report are you going to believe?  God’s or the spies who bring back a bad report laden with fear?  No giant or fallen angel has been able to defeat the Lord yet, so as we abide hidden within Him, they cannot touch us either.  By entertaining the bad reports, we give entry into their power over us – spiritual speaking we “see” them and they then can “see” us – we willfully walk out of the hedge of protection in such a way.  These beings enter in by doors we open out of curiosity most often.

It really is sometimes hard to wrap your mind around the fact even Moses was not permitted to enter into the Promised Land – the land flowing with milk and honey – which is divine peace and security with reliance on the Lord.  He saw it, but did not enter into it — don’t be like Moses… lol…  where you see the total abiding hidden within Jesus and yet, do not enter in. Yeah… don’t do that!

Moses & the Promised Land

So we see here what can happen if we do not wait on the Lord to intervene by taking matters into our own hands or if our faith is vested more in self of what I can do in my might, over what the Lord has already done – defeating darkness and anything touched by death.  And how would we know?  By the reports we are receiving and giving out….  Is it the good news or bad reports?  This is a very corrective and convicting word on many levels and is extremely serious in nature to the Father.

The Promised Land is complete and total reliance on the Father where there is joy unspeakable following a wilderness experience where we learn to lean upon Him, are humbled and yet keep within our hearts His word.  We each are on a Spiritual journey of highs and lows, we’ve have our hearts shattered and our dreams and hopes dashed to pieces at times – the Bible calls this walking in the desert, as well – but is it of the Father’s heart to lay no additional burden upon us in order for us to believe.  When we still are not walking fully with the Lord during these seasons it can be dragged out for a very long time if we are still seeking to live a sinful life such as complaining constantly, if we are not fully trusting in the Lord as the victorious one and if we are still stiff-necked and wanting our own way, rather than submitting to His.  For these reasons, what would possibly be a very short journey can turn into a life long one… until we surrender our wills and surrender fully to the Lord we are still blinded to the sovereign rule and reign of Him on Earth.  The Israelites had an eleven day journey turn into 40 years for these same reasons.  Thank You Lord for sharing this truth with us today.  And just like in Israel’s day… many will never enter into the Promised Land because they choose to continue wandering in the desert in a constant cycle of complaining, worshiping idols, elevating darkness, looking for signs and seeking God’s reactions over relationship with Him.

The wilderness experience is so very valuable to our journey here on Earth, as it breaks us free from sin and bondage while the Lord’s continual hand is upon us to mold us into the image of His Son, Jesus.  However, if often lasts way longer than it needs to because we refuse to be purged of all rebellion.  The wilderness does not taint our souls, but rather exposes what was already laid dormant and hidden – which if we agree to the purification process – it is purified up and out of us, so that we become a new creature and a vessel of usage and the Father does a quick work when we align with Him, rather than against Him.  We go from being a child of disobedience through the wilderness experience, to an adopted child of God, as an heir to His Kingdom, crying Abba Father, having shared in the suffering with Jesus so that we may also share in His glory.  (Romans 8:14-17)  Once we are fully adopted, the promise is fulfilled and we are no longer orphans, just as the Father promised.  It truly is a glorious promise, isn’t it?

When the Lord beckons us to face our giants, all our fears… He does so in order we see just how powerful He is and that nothing can come near us without His permission then the tests greatly dimish, we go from wandering in the wilderness of worry and fretting over what will be and enter into the Promised land, where all needs are met and victory is satisfied by resting in Him, honoring Him and trusting Him for all our tomorrows.

Truthfully, most battles cannot be fought without Him, although we often try and always no battles are won unless He has a hand in them – In Jesus we are victorious and separate of Him we can do nothing.

Seeing darkness and evil ways does not give us a hand over them – that’s what the spies thought.  Knowing about evil does not help us defeat it – only knowing Jesus assists us to defeat darkness.  But when we look to Jesus who already defeated all evil – we see victory in all struggles, as overcomers in Him.

This is why I do not like glorifying evil in any way, shape or fashion.  It is also why I refuse to listen to spies who all they want to do is share bad reports of how great the giants are in the land.  The sad thing to me is – that everything imagined or true that has been reported on or conjured up – people will have to face one day.  Yes, they will come face to face with that thing – then a decision will be made by them to have faith and surrender fully to the Sovereignty of the Father.  But there really is a better way, a narrow way.  A way in which we dwell in the secret place of the Most High and are under the shadow of the Almighty.  No longer under the shadow of darkness – but where the Lord is our refuge and fortress and we trust in Him.  It is in this place of promise that we are delivered from the snare and all pestilences.  We are covered, we trust in Him and it is His truth that shields us from the bad reports of twisted spies.  While looking to Him to feed us truth we shall not be afraid, entertain or be amused by the terror at night or arrows unleashed at us.  No pestilence that walks in darkness or destruction which is to come may come near us.  All around us many will fall but nothing shall come near us.  We will only see the reward (manifestation) of the wicked from afar because we made the Lord our refuge and the Most High our habitation (where you abide).  No evil shall touch us, no plague shall overtake us – for the Lord has angels to watch over us continually and keep us in placements of security.  We will be risen up above the effects of evil so we do not trip and stumble.  All ferocious threats shall be under our feet for us to trample because we are unmovable in our love for the Lord, so we shall be delivered.  We shall be high above all threats because we know His Name.  We shall call upon the Lord when we are in need or being threatened in anyway and He will answer us because He is with us in troubled times.  We will be a vessel of honor, satisfied by the revelation of Salvation – saved from all evil which perishes – in Jesus Mighty Name.

Now isn’t that good news?  I basically just paraphrased Psalm 91, which you are familiar with I am sure.  To enter into the Promised Land, requires more than just knowing Psalm 91 – you must live it and believe it with all your heart without being enticed from words that separate you from God’s truth.

Resisting the enemy for him to flee means… resisting all the bad reports he is handing out.  Do you know this?  We are not to know the deep secrets of satan, it says in Revelation.  Entertaining this mixture will keep you out of the Promised Land and wandering and floundering with a lack of direction and clarity – you become not sober and the enemy steals your joy and peace.  But the Lord’s plan is a much better plan.  His promises bring life and life abundantly.  It is not we no longer see darkness – but do not seek to see it and are not moved by its threats any longer.  All fear melts away in the presence of our loving Lord.

They say there is nothing to fear, but fear itself.  How true is that?  When we no longer seek to save our lives, what can threaten us anymore really?  Our lives are hidden in Jesus – He is our source of life, so all striving to save your own life can stop.  You don’t have to believe me, we can look to the Word and let it speak truth into our souls – which is much better than my rambles, no doubt.

Now there is something truly victorious that happens when you stay within the confines of the good news…  You begin to look narrowly upon the enemy’s saber rattling and are settled believing – is this the one who made the nations tremble?  You begin to see just how ineffective and small he actually is and how great our God is in comparison – it says the Father sits in the Heavens and laughs at the enemy’s plans – that should be us, as well.  Abiding within the Promise Land of our Lord means – you are untouchable, the enemy is resisted and under your feet.  This is spiritual water walking for all those who keep their eyes fixated on Jesus – you will not sink, feel the weight of the World or look to any other than Him, you will no longer believe a lie, because you love the truth, Jesus who leads the way to life

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Ephesians 6 tells us:

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

As an ambassador to the kingdom, we speak boldly the good news of the might and power in Jesus who defeated all effects of darkness in our lives today.  By doing so, we quench all fiery darts yielded our way – in other words, they are of no effect, fruitless and unable to move or sway us away from victory as an overcomer and Saint in God’s Kingdom.

Please remember and cling to Jesus always as your blessed hope, no matter what the enemy may do to bring destruction via distractions – actually all he can manifest are distractions.  Trying to keep up with him and his plans will make you weary and wear you out – remember many Saints in the last days will be worn out, unless you contain the patience to wait upon the Lord to move and act.  Those with eyes to see, look at the bigger picture seeing God moving to defeat all darkness, as it is revealed.  Revealing darkness binds it’s power to operate, which explains why it seeks to remain hidden – only hidden things create curiosity, right?  It is the element of curiosity which stirs up within humanity to seek out the ways of darkness.

Romans 8 tells us a good word to cling to in these last days especially, knowing all things work together for our good and for all those who are being called into His purpose:

31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

33 Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

So what shall we say when we are bombarded with the bad reports of spies all the day long?  Our only answer is… But God.  To point continuously to Him in faith that in Him and because of Him, we shall not fear.  We believe we are loved by a loving Father and nothing can separate us, His children, from His love being poured out upon us.  No charge brought against us to cause fear of what the enemy may bring upon us for harm’s sake will prosper in our lives.  He told us – tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, perils and weapons will not have dominion over us because we are more than conquerors through Jesus because He loves us. 

He wants us 100% persuaded and convinced that death, life, angels, principalities and powers of darkness, anything present in our lives which threaten us or anything to come which will be a threat to us, any creature or even giants… that nothing can separate us from the love of God found in Jesus.  He said nothing can separate us from Himself… He means nothing and knowing this without a shadow of doubt truly is residing within the Promised Land of the Kingdom at hand, today.

I pray each of you realize just how loved you are by our Father, Who doesn’t choose to send people to perish in everlasting torment, they choose that path themselves.  His desire is for all to be saved and it grieves Him when someone denies His providence in their lives.  Many right now are in mental torment and the Father has sent you as a light to guide them into freedom by speaking good reports of victory into the shadows of their thoughts.

I pray this encourages you in some way, to face the giants without fear by standing on the good news of victory found solely in Jesus.  May you rest in His arms, knowing not one hair on your head is harmed when covered by His protection and share this truth at every divine opportunity the Lord lays before you.  He has great plans for you, so may you rejoice in knowing you are surely saved, all the way around saved and not just for eternity but for every obstacle and threat which comes your way today.  May all darkness which surrounds you be repelled by His mercy and grace.

Remember, the Father is not in Heaven wringing His hands over what the enemy is doing here.  He is Sovereign and in control of all darkness, which is being dispelled more and more each day along with all the bad reports and soon, very soon, the spies will have nothing to report as the majesty of God appears before all, as a witness to His sovereignty.  It is my prayer, you see that today, rather than needing a display.  God’s children do not need to see it to believe it, all they need is a tiny seed of faith and He shall give the increase day by day, we just need to be very careful to who and what we are listening to right now due to the increase in deception – the Good News is our only way out, when we love the truth, no longer desiring to believe a lie.

❤️SPIRITUAL DNA & THE 12 TRIBES ~ ROF Broadcast Transcript, July 16, 2021 with Angela

Good Morning and welcome to today’s ROF Ministries Broadcast.  How are you all doing?  I myself have been through the wringer it would seem again…  I guess this is our new norm! 

Trip with Uncle Chots – seeing things through a child’s eyes…

Journeying with Jesus is surely not for the fainthearted.  I’m learning if we say nothing sometimes, we are coming into agreement with iniquity all around us in order for it to flourish.  And those who prefer iniquity over righteousness do this weird thing, which I call a hit and run…  They will hit you with fiery darts out of their lips and then run away quickly, unfortunately they don’t stay away for long… lol…  Did I just say that outloud?  Yes, I did.  These are the agents of satan, as the Bible calls them – thorns in the flesh, to keep us humble, purify us and test us to see if our love walk matches our talk.  I must admit, sometimes mine does and sometimes it doesn’t, needing much more refining.  I tend to bridle my tongue when I should speak up and speak up when I should bridle my tongue quite often…. Lord help me.  Maybe some of you can relate?

We really need the word of the Lord, don’t we, to mold, fashion, oversee our lives, command us and cut things down which should not remain and will not be transferable as we transition into eternity.  Every word we read, we can apply into our lives with the assistance of the Holy Spirit.  May we continue to lay to our hearts our Father’s words and instruction.

I really want us to move forward in our studies, but before we do, I keep feeling a pressing in my spirit to finish up the Bridal DNA portion we were studying by focusing on the 12 tribes as overcomers of all things in this earthly realm.  With that being said, can we just walk by spirit today and not sight?  In order to fully grasp what the Lord is revealing to us we need to let go of all flesh as a spiritual being having a temporal experience, as one being sent here – only to return there, to our Heavenly Home.  Our DNA, as a child of God does not match any DNA of the earth and it definitely is not defined by male/female gender roles.  To get the revelation of God in today’s topic we must let go of that one aspect, to walk in the Heavenly realm together – where none are male or female, just souls. 

This shouldn’t be hard… You are already acclimated to including males within the Bride of Christ so for today I am asking you to consider that females could also be included within the 144,000 – which likely is going to scare some people off, while others you will have a confirming I knew it moment.  Many are fence riders, the Scriptures are okay to twist and apply to benefit what they already believe. Like it is okay to call a male a bride, but don’t dare touch the 144,000…  Well, obviously that’s not me.  So if you’re ready… Let’s do this!

We are going to hit the ground running right into Revelation 14 in a moment where the tribes are mentioned.  In order to understand why the tribes are not definitive male or female we must comprehend what a tribe is and was.  Back in the day to be within a tribe that belonged to the Lord it required just two things – 1) you must be a CHILD OF GOD 2) a part of a kindred of people – a family who shares a similar character AND THE TWO COMBINED places upon you DNA CHARACTERISTICS spiritually of just WHO YOU BELONG TO – hence, the word tribe is used.

So, here we go… Some people in the World today BELONG ALREADY TO THE TRIBE (family of God).  And that is the topic of today’s study, thank You Lord. 

Jesus’s Tribe and the Bride of Christ are intertwined –  both rejoice at His voice and another she will not follow, her joy is made full in HIM (John 3:29) and she has made herself ready (by surrendering and clothing herself in humility, wearing garments of praise unto Her King) – she is surrendered and longs for purification – she wears fine linen, His righteousness, clean/pure of mixture – is white and ready for harvest.  She never wears stained, strange or blotted garments.  In essence, she is hidden within the preeminence of Jesus – no one can tell where she ends and He begins – they are one.

So it is pretty obvious the Bride is spiritual, as all things spoken of in the Word, we just need the Lord to remove the scales from our eyes to see.  Take the sun for example, to those on Earth it is a ball of energy which radiates extreme heat.  To the Father, it is a luminary – a celestial being to rule the day, which actually means a cheerful lightbearer.  Now isn’t that something?

As one who is grafted into the branch we are all Jewish, containing the marking and searing of God upon us.  As a New Creature in Christ Jesus we are not Jew or Gentile any longer, not male or female, not free or bond – our identity is in Him.  Basically, we are dead to self, decreased so that He is increased and seen within us.  I’m sure you get my drift…

In keeping with all that revelation, let’s move into Revelation 14 and I will paraphrase, just like before pulling all Bridal Tribe information out to keep it more condensed from within the Bible so that we comprehend the redeemed qualities of this Bridal DNA found within the 12 tribes.  These are the 144,000 mentioned for those with eyes to see and ears to hear.

Here we go:

  • Bridal Tribes – the 144,000 are those WHO DWELL WITH GOD, identifying only with Him
  • Father’s name is written upon their foreheads
  • Their souls are before the Throne of God and they sing a new song, because their hearts have been changed
  • They have been redeemed from the Earth – meaning pulled away from it
  • They are undefiled – pure – no desire for fornication with the World or its ways or people who inhabit it
  • They are virgins – wise, awake, watching for their Bridegroom Jesus to appear and always longing/looking for Him every moment of everyday- this scripture compliments the wise virgins we have been studying – not fornicating with the World, like a harlot – they have full devotion to Jesus
  • The follow the Lamb wherever He goes, He leads, they follow their great Shephard, they do not take the lead – but follow in His footsteps, He alone is their example – they do not look to others to imitate, just Jesus
  • They have been redeemed from among men, chosen, as a first fruit (forerunner upon the Earth – things often happen to them first so that they may come along beside and assist others).  Something about a “first-fruit” you may not know is they are picked early because they are ripe and ready for harvesting early before all the other fruit.
  • There is no guile in their mouths (not beguiled, innocent and pure) because there is no guile in their hearts – purity resides due to the purification process they’ve been through – only the pure in heart shall see God – their hearts are pure, therefore so is all that flows out of it through their mouths – no mixture or bitterness will be found within them
  • They are without fault and blameless because they do not blame, find fault or accuse others and especially the Lord – they have returned to the innocence and simplicity of a child
  • They have been sealed by God as stated in Revelation 7 and carry the title of His servants, living and breathing for His assignments and commands to be carried out upon the Earth as chosen and good and useful vessels
  • They are a part of a great multitude no man can number (only the Lord knows the exact number) – they are from all Nations – which means “gatherings” here in this Scripture. 
  • They wear white robes – no longer wearing strange garments unfitting for royalty within the kingdom, while representing God’s Kingdom with excellency
  • They carry palms in their hands – not weapons, palms represents victory, triumph, peace and eternal life indicative of an overcomer.
  • They all came out as an overcomer through great tribulation (struggles, attacks, obstacles) and washed their robes (willingly surrendered to the purging and cleaning) and still choose Jesus through it all in order to BECOME WHITE – realizing it is a process and choice to walk through fire to get to Him – they may have little strength, but will never deny His Name
  • They stand before the throne spiritually, serving Him day and night, in HIM, HIM in you as One
  • They no longer hunger or thirst – as He is their source of substance for life – in all matters they go to Him and are satisfied
  • Jesus feeds them, leads, them and wipes away their tears with His comfort – He meets all their needs because He has made Himself available to those who seek Him with their whole hearts
  • They are clothed in fine linen, which are the righteous acts of the Saints, when we do unrighteous deeds our garments are spotted and unclean – we become compromised and tainted
  • They are blessed because they have been invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb – resembling just as the disciples walked the Earth with Jesus in His day, we have been granted a humbling opportunity to feast with Him each day – Those who He abides in and they in Him are partaking of life continually, no longer touching, seeing or tempted by the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.  Its all about purity and what you receive into you that is not pure – by hearing, seeing, consuming defines the real truth of who you are in your soul nature.

Okay… I am sure most if not all of you can relate to most all of what He has given us so far.  The best advise I have for anyone these days is:  Just seek Jesus with all your heart, He never fails or looks away from one who is seeking Him and that’s a promise only He can and will fulfill.

Now… Sadly most today are seeking the signs over the sign – the appearing and return of our blessed hope, Jesus.  Most of this is going to fall upon the leaders within the church and are of no fault of your own, unless of course you choose knowledge once the truth has been revealed to you.  Many of us just go with what is being taught within the church realm for a very long time, then as we grow and venture out on our own a bit we begin to thirst and hunger for the Word ourselves, in that the Lord can teach us through the Holy Spirit.  Prophecy in the Old Testament is purposed way differently than the New Testament.  The OT is more about signs, while Jesus and the NT speaks mainly of Him, AS THE SIGN – so much so He told them it is a wicked generation which seeks a sign.  It was like THE SIGN they had been waiting for was standing right before them and they couldn’t even see it.  Well, the same is true to a degree today.  It is time to wake up virgins and see that prophecy, the Book of Revelation and all that has been written since Jesus departed is pointing for us to look for His return in the same way He left – in the clouds and to keep our eyes singularly focused only on Him, so that as the elect it is not possible for us to even be deceived.

Jesus spoke of the day of His return most often – even promising a crown of righteousness which is reserved only for those who love His appearing – love it to the point you long for it.  The less the World is within you or that you look to the World to satisfy your life – the more you long for His return and Him.  Not to escape, but to be one with Him in a way you cannot recall experiencing before by memory, however you soul knows the familiarity of your destiny already.

We know many will be offended at His return, evidenced now by how offended they get when you mention it…  These are those who neither love His appearing, let alone long for it.  Hopefully, all that will change the closer we get to this glorious day, by how signs are increasing more many are being stirred up and jarred awake and seeking Him in spirit and truth for the very first time in their lives.  Signs excite me for one reason alone, they point to Jesus’s return – they are not mesmerizing, enticing, stirring up my curiosity or anything other than… Jesus’s return is closer, as the signs get closer together as birthpains – I can breathe a little easier, strengthened to hold on another day.  Remember, shaking is like an alarm clock to a sleeping soul – and once more, the Lord is going to shake both the Heavens and the Earth.  If you are watching for Jesus every moment – you will not be caught off guard or soon shaken by any turbulence you will be faced with.  Look at it as an announcement of His arrival.

With all that is going on around us – we should be even more mindful to live Holy and righteously before Him, knowing at any moment He could return.  Our consistent prayer of the heart is that all come to the knowledge of this truth – that Jesus become their embraced promise of hope.  His eyes are right now searching the Earth for those who are His and never forget He sees everything we do, even in secret, we cannot hide anything or thought from Him.

It is undeniable many self-proclaimed believers don’t even want Jesus to return, let alone love the thought of it.  These are what we would call unwise virgins – and some even pray He delay His coming, sadly.  I often cringe when I hear them and pray the Father forgive them, they know not what they do.  I often hear the excuse they are afraid they have loved ones who are lost…  or maybe that statement is just said in ignorance – but the truth is – Jesus will not lose one of His own, so we trust, that He will come right on time and none of His will be lost.  Have you ever thought that He has ways we may not be aware of and that possibly since all will be without excuse that He may be the one who shows up to usher souls into eternity so that everyone has a final chance to accept or deny Him?  I often thought of that, obviously, but it is only one example to rest in knowing – He is not an exclusionary trickster who would find delight in secretly sending people to perish eternally.  If the Lord says all will be without excuse, then all will have a chance and be without excuse if they deny Him and that’s good enough for me.

We’ve often talked about the wise virgins, but here are some characteristics of unwise virgins who actually desire the Lord Jesus delay His coming, because they simply are not ready in whatever way that means to them personally:

  • They often smite their fellow servants
  • They tempt the Lord and discount the truth names can and will be blotted out of the Book of Life
  • They have this sort of false humility cloaked in spiritual pride – like once saved always saved or that you can do anything you want to do and still go to Heaven with willful rebellion and sin or on the otherside of the coin they judge others outwardly by the natural eye and deem others lost and unredeemable based on whether they measure up to their personal convictions and self-righteousness.  They judge before the time everyone but themselves.
  • They enjoy the pleasures of the World too much, the positions they hold or the honor they receive from men
  • They live on a temporal plane of focus rather than an eternal one, where Jesus is their all in all
  • When Jesus comes for His Bride, the wise ones – these all will be left behind because they were playin in the World too much and mainly in the church – they also are fully immersed into works based religion – winning souls and such… forgetting just who is the author and finisher of every believers faith.  The Father doesn’t need us, He loves us and uses us to assist people in ways that bring pleasure and glory to Himself.

Jesus’s Bride longs daily and continually for His return.  Just imagine someone you love so very much has been gone for a very long time – you’ve waited months to see them, dreamed of holding them again, you’ve even had daydreams of what it would be like when you see them again – how it all would play out…  Are you with me?  Many of you have had those same dreams as me and likely many times like I have…  Just imagining how He would come and what I would do, oh my…. It overwhelms me to think about it…

Just pretend for a moment you knew this loved one was coming and when they got within 10 miles they called you – you are dressed and ready, looking out the window and expectantly awaiting their arrival – you didn’t even sleep much the night before.  Everyone with me?  Okay… they call to say they are 10 minutes away – I’ve got a very important question for you… Would you say to them – hey, can you stop and pick up bread and milk on your way here or once you arrive just wait outside in the driveway, I have to mop my floor quick?  Of course you wouldn’t…. noooo way!  Lol

Well I used that example to give you a hypothetical word picture of the wise and unwise virgins – those who have fallen deeply in love with Jesus and those who haven’t.  Anytime we love someone in truth and purity we long for that person when they are absent from us.  Sadly, that type of love is rare these days – even towards Jesus.  There truly is only a remnant of first fruits who are ready and waiting to be harvested early.

Deep down many are really fearful of the Lord’s return because they know they are not ready for Him to come and are in denial of the why’s surrounding this unsettledness in their soul.  When a soul is still connected to the World in some way they prefer He delay and do not embrace the blessed hope of His return.  There is an absolute truth on this one…  When you have fallen in love with Jesus, you would walk away from everything, let go of it all to be unified with Him in every way and if that is you – then you are almost ready for harvesting.  For those who are a Bride in waiting there is an excitement of expectancy, not dread, with the thought of her Bridegroom returning. 

All over the place right now, messengers are sounding the alarm trumpet – Jesus is coming, which is a burden we carry with us all the time.  It seems to disturb and irritate those who are not longing for His return and just like an early morning alarm is irritating when you prefer to sleep – we irritate those who prefer to stay asleep.  I only say this so you understand why, you are rejected, mocked, ridiculed and such – if you are personally anointed by the Lord as a handmaiden to assist in getting the Bride ready, be prepared for much scoffing from inside and outside the sleepy church.  Repentance goes hand in hand with this trumpet blast on your lips – which only adds fuel to the fire of what you have been commissioned to proclaim that is irritating to many – repent is always on your lips because the Lord has shown you and you know without a shadow of doubt… the time is at hand – both to repent and be ready at any moment and few people want to hear it – without true and remorseful repentance a soul cannot be ready to enter into the Kingdom and it is a constant worry of the heart.  None of this gives a lot of comfort when given such an assignment, except I find it settling to have clarity and understanding on why people do what they do so we don’t take the opposition so personally.  Therefore, I hope this helps comfort you, as well.  Over time you just get used to it, I guess you could say.

One last thing…  We are told the Bride will make herself ready…  We can’t overlook the process of being made ready as if it is something that happens to us, knowing the Bride makes/participates in making herself ready.  In truth it is something we participate in willingly, by coming into agreement with the Lord having His way with us on every level.  We surrender all of self/ego in our rebellious nature as the old creature to be formed into a new creature.  Everything with the Lord is choice based, we have freewill to follow Him or not.  I realize many do not like hearing this because they do not like any responsibility regarding their faith, especially the ending of the journey here.  But, it is time to wake up to the part we play in our own choices and salvation – Jesus did it all for us upon the cross, but it is our decision whether we embrace Him and what He did or not.  And remember, only Jesus can change a heart and in order for Him to do so, that heart must cry out to Him first for saving – hence, why the shaking wakes up those who sleep in the Earth right now.

Not all of this waiting has a negative connotation to it – As a bride is making herself ready, she waits for her bridegroom to arrive – time and waiting seals the preparation process and cultivates excitement within us, heightening our expectancy.  As we look forward to that wedding day and the day draws closer and closer we can hardly stand it, which is how we should be in waiting for an ultimate heart’s desire.  Excitement about Jesus is never wrong – as a matter of fact He is Who we should be most excited about every day!  Watching for, hoping for and believing He is coming will alter your whole life because it gives you a real reality check over your priorities in this life.  Your walk is cleaner, your talk is more holy, your life is full of joy and peace when you are believing at any moment Jesus could come for you.  No wonder the enemy doesn’t want people looking upward to His return. 

And just as it is written, I’ve said many times that day will be great or terrible, depending on which virgin you are – wise or unwise.  I think we get lost in the wise part – remember this example was given in context for one moment in time – Jesus’s return.  Sadly, people twist and apply it to about every topic they can think of these days.  Let’s not do that – let’s keep it in context of how it was shared…  Wise or Unwise about – Jesus’s return and being ready for that event.  This wise and unwise label was not speaking of Scripture, signs, knowledge of good and evil and half of the subjects being taught today within the church house.  Nope – it was speaking only of a Bridegroom seeking a Bride who is ready, alert, watching FOR HIM to come get her and take her into the Bridal chamber, where the door is shut to all who were not wise about His return. 

Unfortunately, American churches especially, have evolved into being “anti-return of the Lord Jesus.”  That’s a scary but true thought.  Scary for them anyway.  This is mainly so because many within the American church operate by the anti-christ spirit and they do not even know it and that you all is an even scarier thought, isn’t it?  There is great push back surrounding Jesus’s return because it messes with comfort zones and egos and for those of us who are watching, we really look silly and like fools.  We need to realize that many who do gather in His Name, do not even know Him – because to know Him is to love Him, to love Him means you always want more of Him and until we are each FULLY reconciled unto Him we will not be FULLY satisfied, which explains why many of us long for that day of full reconciliation and also gives understanding why many do not.

We were given a commanded responsibility to do what?  Watch and wait for what?  Jesus’s return.  And while we are in waiting we are told to pray we are worthy – and dare I say it lest I offend many?  Pray that we are worthy to stand before Jesus when He comes and escape ALL that is coming upon the Earth.  So yes, I quoted it – I repeated that which was written by the inspiration of the Lord Jesus. 

There are many things now coming upon the Earth and there will be many more increasingly so.  It just boggles my mind why anyone would choose prideful thought patterns over what is clearly written we are to do during this time?  We frequently read things we may not agree with or understand in the Bible all the time – but that’s a mute point.  If it’s written, we need to obey it to the best of our ability, period. 

So I warn you…  If you haven’t yet applied this Scripture into your life – when you do so, you will be mocked, scoffed and ridiculed and called many names for taking the word as truth, just as it is written as a promise we can cling to on rough days especially. 

You will find when you are excited for Jesus to return, you lose all hopelessness of being stuck in this World, no longer running away from anything which is coming or has come, but rather are filled with great joy each and every day.  People may look down upon you as if you are trying to escape being here, but that isn’t true, no not at all – you just have simply found the one who your soul loves – Jesus.  And like the bright and morning star He is, you are overshadowed in His love so much that each day your desire grows more and more intense.  It is like you have this little secret between you and Him and no one can steal that promise away from you – you just know, He is coming just for you.  When people say that to me – I just tell them, I am not running away from anything, I am running to my Lord Jesus on that day if I am still here and not looking back or going back to get anything…  I am outta here!

But until that day He calls us home, in whatever fashion He chooses…  We must occupy this Earth until He does so, be His hands and feet and love lights in a place which is growing dimmer by the second.  We will work while it’s day, knowing many are called but few chosen and to serve Him by serving others is one of the most humbling and honored positions on this Earth to keep us intimately connected to Jesus.

Well, I hope this message today gave you some hope and joy in the Lord Jesus while you wait to be fully reconciled back to Him.  Many of us have a tendency to strive to hard to get close to those in our lives who might discount us or not put in the effort we do to be in relationship with them.  I pray you are encouraged today and motivated to put the same effort or more to be close to Jesus above all other relationships here on Earth.  By doing so, you will be fulfilled and satisfied while you are waiting.

I’m not quite sure what we will study next time, only to share what I am studying at the moment – 1 Corinthians 14:29 – which says:  Only two or three prophets should speak, and the others should judge what they say.  Talk about a hornet’s nest… lol…  to judge means, evaluate, consider and weigh by the Scriptures.  I will tell you, the Lord is showing me a true prophet is not threatened by having their words judged or measured by the Word of God because they have a humility within them and fear of the Lord in reverence pertaining to His word and have already judged themselves accordingly.  Realizing by the same way we judge others we too shall be judged – is not a threatening statement if we have pure hearts and clean hands.  Should the Lord lead me, I will discuss what He is showing me, otherwise this just could be a personal lesson – I just don’t know yet.

I want to thank you all for gathering with me today and thank you for your prayers and support of ROF Ministries. 

❤️AFFLICTED WITH BLAME ~ ROF Broadcast Transcript, July 1, 2021 with Angela

Today’s study is going to be especially eye opening spiritually in dealing with “blame…” in a way that we may not have considered before – thank You Lord.  I titled the broadcast “Afflicted With Blame” because in almost every email I get, people are blaming themselves rather than walking in freedom through Jesus.  Also, it seems all the inhabitants of the World are blaming one another for something at the moment.  So this study is relevant and timely and dedicated to all of us who are or have been… afflicted with blame.

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What prompted this study was the many females in abusive or neglectful relationships who were coming to me saying, “its okay, I feel I deserve to be treated this way…”  Which truly was like a thorn piercing my heart.  I then began to study entering into the Promised Land spiritually speaking – the fullness of freedom where you are complete and whole in Jesus, content in plenty and want, loving others and loving yourself so that you actually do, let go and let God.  When you reside in the Promised Land – you have peace which surpasses all understanding because you surrender to the Lord on High, where you are infused with His Sovereignty. 

Few enter into this place of 24-7 Sabbath rest in Jesus – not because you aren’t invited, but rather because we tend to cling to things in this life, both past and present, like residing in a prison with bars – forgetting the Lord loves to work all things together that we have done or others have done to us, together for our good, according to His perfect plan and glory so that we have life and life more abundantly focused on HIM.

We each, by freewill, play a huge role in entering into this secret place of calm in the midst of the storms of this life on Earth, by making ourselves ready to be in a receiving position for all our Lord Jesus has to offer us.  We must be of a mindset that we are willing and joyful to give up everything we hold dear just to have one source of life – Jesus.  It is not as much if we will lose these people and things – but rather….  Are we willing to do so to follow Him?

You may be wondering what entering the Promised Land has to do with the affliction of blame.  In order to understand how they connect, we need to go all the way back to the Garden of Eden, to right after the fall  and see how the curse placed upon humanity is one we carry within ourselves, until our old nature is purged and we become victorious in Jesus and overcome… being afflicted with blame.

Blame has a counterpart – named shame.  Shame says… all that happened to me I deserved.  And the worst part of it is – many of us blame ourselves for actually enticing others to harm and sin against us.  Now hopefully that part perked up your ears a little bit.  Shame is the clothing we wear when we are afflicted with blame.  It is a garment our souls surround themselves with in place of humility.  Shame appears as false humility…. Help us Lord, to be as the royal children we are purposed to be and get out of the valley of decision on whether to follow You or not in fullness.

I mentioned the ladies who blame themselves, but we have many men who do the same thing.  We have been beaten as children, sexually abused, verbally assaulted, abandoned, betrayed, cheated on, unloved and mistreated, all at the hands of others.  So if we believe we deserve it – we do not walk in the liberty that Jesus makes all things new and we crucify Him daily – yikes, I don’t want to do that anymore, do you?

To walk in the freedom of Christ Jesus means to be free from all bondage – yes, I said all.  So here is how we embrace the curse over freedom…. We transfer the blame – because someone has to be at fault somewhere, somehow and to give placement to fault – believing it has to land somewhere – so we put all that blame on self.  The curse is:  blame itself.  Where can it land, let me seek someone to be the scapegoat of blame and false humility comes in when we blame ourselves.  We may not be the accuser of the brethren – but we are masters at accusing ourselves.  So the invitation to freedom this day is:  lets just lay all blame, yes all of it, at the foot of the cross where Jesus overcame all curses and not pick it up again, so we walk in freedom as a new creature in Christ Jesus.

The reason this so easily ensnares us is we get into mindful patterns of thinking that go against life in the shedding of innocent blood.  We do not see Jesus as Savior, but believe we must be the ultimate sacrifice in order to attain Salvation by our own works.  Our thinking is:  I am going to hang myself on the cross before someone else hangs me on it again.  Like I said, these mental patterns are always wanting to hang someone.  Many hang others, but we who feel unworthy of love – hang only ourselves.  We sure may not curse another, but are very skilled at cursing ourselves and the truth is – ourselves are the only ones we have power to curse. 

Let’s get into the Word and go all the way back to the beginning of it all and since the warning in my spirit about the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil still persists, I will read the whole chapter and then we can talk a bit.

Genesis 3 –

Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Notice how he enticed her by asking a question to provoke her in the mind and engage her

And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

Eve by nature felt as if she had to answer him – we as females often feel like we have to answer someone – but we really do not, that is of the flesh nature – sometimes no answer to another is the Lord’s direction for us

But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

There were 2 trees in the garden – the tree of life (Jesus) and the tree of knowledge of good and evil (mixture)

Because the tree of knowledge of good and evil contained awareness of evil – it was actually a tree of death – they were not to entertain it in anyway, knowing evil always brings death by thought and/or being entwined within it

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

Again, the enemy was stirring up questions within Eve’s mind – he knew of evil and also knew that it would not bring physical death but rather spiritual death – just like partaking of evil things do to us if we seek knowledge about it

For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Now he was feeding her ego – she started to think our Creator God was hiding something from her and her curiosity to be like a god, knowing good from evil was the driving force behind her receiving knowledge directly from evil himself

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

It was at this point Eve stopped walking in obedience, enforcing her own freewill by choosing to listen to the seductive serpent’s voice over the voice of the Lord and why???  Her heart changed from desiring that which was good to the soul to that which was good to the lusts of the eye of pleasant things – she desired to be wise over being innocent – the wisdom which comes from knowing about evil was the exchange she gained by losing her innocence. 

She also convinced her husband Adam to eat of this fruit, which he did  by his own will – which is not surprising really, they were one flesh and rather than covering and supporting one another to be obedient to their Father, they fell together

And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

When we lose our innocence nakedness is shameful and our immediate response is to cover our sin.  Do you realize when no dirty things are present nakedness is beautiful and not tainted?  It is not that nakedness is sinful, it is the thoughts, desires and lust which empowers impurities that overshadow that which the Father of lights intended for His good pleasure.  Without lust present, sexual encounters would be just as He designed – but that’s a whole other story.

And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

No matter how old we are – even as a young baby we have within our old creature to hide when we do wrong and that remains until the day we leave this Earth.  When the Father formed us, He blew the breath of life into us and we have an internal radar called our conscience and as long as it isn’t seared with a hot iron – we will always know when we are in rebellion, always.  We may deny it, but it is there to remind us and keep us in a constant state of repentance.  An un-seared conscience is similar to a lifeline band and cord which keeps us aligned to the Creator – the umbilical cord is you will.

Un-confessed Sin ALWAYS separates from the Lord.  Un-confessed sin sears our conscience, keeping us as children of rebellion.  A child of God may fall into sin, but they do not stay there.  We know all have fallen short of the glory of God, but a child of God will have a constant desire to be back into His good graces and to be pleasing in His sight – the Bible calls us, children of obedience.  The point is not so much do we fall, but rather our response when we fall.  Do we hide or do we run to Him? 

And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

Now obviously God knew where Adam was, He only asked because Adam did not know where he was…  He was pointing out to Adam that he had fallen at that moment.

10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

So sin not only separates us from God, it makes us afraid of Him – let that sink in a moment…  Because people often say the Father is mad at us when we sin… That is a piece to us making ourselves like gods in our wrong thinking.  Sin separates us from God and when we are separated from Him our thinking is way off from this respect, so that in our guilty nature we deflect our own sinful way back onto the Lord.

11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou should not eat?

Now obviously the Father knew Adam had been disobedient – He knew that way before it even happened – one thing, did you notice He knew ahead of time, but did not prevent the fall?  I point that out because we are always trying to prevent others from falling, rather than letting them too learn the lesson of how sin enters in so that they learn the beauty of a Savior.

I just love how the Father prompts a confession out of Adam by using questions, rather than accusations in order to stir up repentance within Adam – Jesus often did this as well.  Asking reflective questions helps us to see our shortcomings, confess our faults and be cleaned to go and sin no more in that area.  We do have a part to play in Salvation – admission of guilt is the first step by the way.

SO NEXT COMES THE IMPORTANT PART TO OUR LESSON FOR TODAY…

They both fell and ran and hid – and when the Father came to them… we are going to read their first and natural response –

12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

13 And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

Again – they disobeyed, they covered themselves and hid from the Lord and then…  ADAM BLAMED EVE AND EVE BLAMED THE SERPENT.  And here we just witnessed the first – accusing of the brethren.

14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

This is just so complex and way more than we have time to go into today – but we have woven into our beings a supernatural enmity with the manifestations of the enemy in order to resist him and every single thing he touches.  The seed within us is faith in Jesus – as it grows and we become more conformed to Him, we shall be a constant irritant to the enemy.

16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

Ladies ever wonder why you desire a man and are never fulfilled?  This is why… it is an unattainable desire that can only have placement in Jesus for complete fulfillment.

17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

Covered in flesh by the Lord on High

22 And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

And here is the remnant of freewill that comes with walking in the flesh – losing innocence and becoming one now who knows good and evil UNLESS… we seek and receive from the Tree of Life (Jesus) in order to live forever.

23 Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Okay – well that’s that…  I only read this last portion to remind us we have a choice whether to only seek sustenance for our souls from the Tree of Life or to continue on partaking of mixture about good and evil.  We will not live forever eternally if we keep rebelling and not choose life.

But today’s topic is blame… And these erratic mindsets we tend to lean towards.  And most of you listening to me today – have overcome blaming others, but have switched it back to blaming yourself.

I remember from the time the abandonment came from my dad (which I was told and thought was my fault) to right after being sexually molested by the neighbor guy (I thought at 5 I had caused this to happen in some way) – I lived a full life of over 30 years blaming myself for all the bad things that had happened to me.  It was not until Shelby was 5 that I realized this little girl could not stir up sexual lust within a man.  It was like I had to see myself in her at that young age to realize, I once was innocent too and did nothing wrong or enticing to stir up sexual lusts, unaware of what that even was.  And nothing is more irritating to me than to hear someone minimize what happened to me only because the Lord did not require them to walk through it themselves.  At the very least they either severely lack compassion or they know good and evil by their own familiar ways and have preyed upon another in a similar way, so they have more mercy for the perpetrator than the victim. 

This is how blame forms our lives most often – from the garden, blame has to land somewhere, rather than people taking ownership for their own hurtful actions and wrongdoings – they blame the weaker vessel for their overpowering acts.  I see it all the time now, in my own life and life of others. 

The perpetrator blames the innocent and the innocent receives the blame as the scapegoat to carry the sin committed.  Some will even keep you around just for that task – to have someone to carry the guilt for the sins they commit.  And we as victims will take that shame and blame upon ourselves like we deserve this mistreatment and nothing could be farther from the truth.

Instead, and for some of us from birth, the Lord has used us to draw out from within others their darkened shortcomings.  I want to call us “revealers” as we in the light, expose and reveal the darkness within others without trying to or meaning to – it just happens.

It broke my heart a couple weeks ago when Beautiful Bea shared that she deserved all she got in being caught in harm’s way.  I saw at the moment how inflicted she and many of us had become one with blame.  Then the Lord started to remind me how He defeated all blame at the cross – us blaming others, of course – but especially ourselves.  Only Jesus can carry the burden of sin of another person – that is not our job – so we are fully released as saviors in anyone’s world.

Now – the release is for the offering, but will we receive fully all the Lord has done for us?  Please hear me on this – We should most certainly make amends to be at peace with all whenever possible and a huge part of that is owning it when we’ve hurt someone, even inadvertently.  But, those feelings of guilt and shame which transfer to blaming ourselves for the times we were naïve and blindsided by the pain inflicted upon us by another – needs to be fully released in that Jesus may come into us in fullness, making us whole and complete – no longer fragmented in the soul.

People often speak about letting others off the hook – well today is the day the Lord has made for us to let ourselves off the hook, in order we be sober in the mind and the blame curse and all the afflictions which follow are broken – so we actually do become a new creature in Christ. 

Many of us need to forgive ourselves for the hurtful and wrong things done to us, especially when we’ve put ourselves into compromising positions naively to be mistreated and taken advantage of.  It was not your fault… Jesus prayed Father forgive them, they know not what they do – Can you forgive yourself?  Because He already has…  It is a full release – you are no longer that person.  You’ve gleaned wisdom, mercy, compassion, discernment, forgiveness, love and many other attributes during this process – because that is just how our Lord works – He lets no weapon prosper in our lives that has been formed against us – it may sting a little, but it will not prosper, in other words – multiply and overtake our lives – unless we refuse to accept the fullness of the cross – which cancels all blame, directed not just towards others but ourselves, as well.

I know, I know… Many of you desire closure with some of the people who have hurt you in the past – it is the closure you are hanging onto, not the person.  Please let that sink in.  The truth is – we may always get that closure we are seeking.  Not everyone is willing to have you placed before them as a mirror to the harm they, themselves have caused, in which you are a constant reminder of their shortcomings.  Their ego will not let them embrace the truth of themselves.   So they go around deflecting the blame upon you.  I experience this almost every single day, so I get it.  It wasn’t until recently that the Lord showed me the way to His full release, which I am sharing with you all today.  I now refuse to accept their blame upon me.  I understand that no, it is not okay to deflect your harm upon me like I was the cause to bring of you what was in you.  I realize now that the Lord may have used me, but He is my way out of the shame and blame so it no longer prospers in my life. 

To let go and let God deal with all those who’ve harmed us, to never seek vengeance, even upon ourselves is totally a walk of freedom, so that God’s love may flow again. 

Moses missed entering into the promised land – but that should not be the case with us.  In the promised land we give answer to no one but the Lord, it is life and life abundantly in being one with Him.  In the promised land, Jesus alone sits on the throne of our hearts. 

Okay…  So applying what we learned – I really need the Lord Jesus to help me share this beautiful pearl He gave me with each one of you today – for clarity and release so that you have wisdom and understanding which is applicable in your daily lives, to ease the burden of frustration, rejection and simply seeking fulfillment from empty wells.  Help me Lord to help those listening so they walk free in Your perfect love.

With the Lord’s help I am going to try to pull all this together that we have been studying regarding the purity of love because oftentimes we get in this mindset that bad love is better than no love at all. Many times we’ve discussed the woman at the well, who was thirsty for love and was found wanting so many times before she stopped drinking from wells outside of Jesus.  We’ve discussed Mary Magdalene who shared in intimate love with Jesus, as an exchange of love – where He actually received love back from her – as well as John, who was near and dear to Jesus’s heart, as another example of love exchanged.  We learned how many followed Jesus because HE FED THEM, not out of the partaking of love together with Him.  We studied how we are to guard our heart continually, knowing it is out of the heart issues flow forth – so with all that being said, the Lord showed me something beautiful the other day, which broke within me a desire to please, helping me to stop trying to force love from those who are simply not capable to love me like Jesus and to also be grateful for those He did place in my life who I not only pour love into, but there is an exchange of love, back and forth – we share in the purity of Jesus’s love one to another.

If we are honest, we will realize there are many empty wells out there we have tried to siphon love from, only to be left wanting and in hopelessness.  I am going to call those people the ones we are to pour Jesus’s love into continually.  We do not receive or rather drink from them, while at the same time we continually love on them in a most precious way, no matter what happens – our love towards them never fails to exist because it is Jesus’s love and it remains continually. 

Then there are those who we exchange love with – we are not guarded and are safe to both give and receive, it is not one taking all the time and it is not one giving all the time – love just flows, is constant and precious.

The problem is – we have been looking for that pure love in vessels who do not have a desire for an exchange of love, but are looking to only receive from us.  I know, that hurts, doesn’t it?  Because it could be a spouse, parent, child – or someone else very near and dear to our hearts that we never stop pouring into – which is good, however, disappointment comes when we expect an exchange – to receive and it never comes.  This is why hope deferred makes the heart sick – we are simply expecting someone to give something to us that does not reside within them, not yet anyway.

Here comes the freedom part…  First off and most important – LOVE EVERYONE, giving love away is limitless because Jesus is love and He is our source of love – it is never-ending.  But with that…  we must be very wise and gentle about who we let love us.  I hope you can hear what I am saying…  We do not reject or abandon anyone, but for many our expectations of what they give back need to be extremely low or nothing in most cases.

We also may have someone who has touched our hearts and then they betray us time and again – we’ve tried speaking to them in order to share in peace and yet, they are resistant to reconciliation…  After prayer and seeking Jesus, it is okay to move that person – by guarding your heart, from the sharing position in your life to the outpouring position in your life, at the leading of the Holy Spirit.  By doing so, you protect yourself from bitterness, you place a seal of preservation over the relationship so love remains and you no longer have any unmet needs – because you realize that person no longer has a heart to be one with you in a sharing of love. 

Now stay with me…  Jesus used Peter as an example to this truth by asking Him three times if he loved Him, only to tell Peter later that he will deny Jesus before the rooster crows and it happened.  Jesus loved Peter dearly and Peter even thought he loved Jesus – however, he was not committed to that deeper sharing of love that goes the distance, that cherishes, is set on nourishing and fostering the intimacy of exchanging love. 

All of us have had strained relationships throughout our whole lives, no doubt.  The Lord on high does not require us to be abused, mistreated and held captive by faulty love – or rather drinking from other wells…  loving those who persecute and harm us is just that – loving them, laying your life down for them…  But it has nothing to do with receiving love from them.  Like I said, this is why we get very frustrated at times and what the Lord showed me is that He is opening our eyes to see in truth all the empty wells we’ve been drinking from in order to release us in fullness of desiring that “dry well.”  Praise the Lord!

With Jesus as our living water where we thirst no more, no more looking for love in all the wrong places – we have a deep exchange of love with Him, in the secret place.  But in addition to that is the brethren, those in our lives who are pouring love continually into us on a regular basis – not to take from us, but who’s love is genuine and pure and very, very rare.  And sometimes, we have no one at the moment who loves us like Jesus and He is our only source.  Then other times He will sprinkle in love vessels, when we need it the most to come along beside us IN WORD AND ACTION, to comfort and assist us on this life’s journey.  These are our friends and what a blessing they are…  Our hearts are safe in their gentle hands through the partaking of love. 

They demonstrate love – not all talk, but are sincere and are there for us, no matter what – on our good days and bad days, in struggles and celebrations – when we stumble, they lift us up and when we mourn, they mourn with us and when we have something good happen, they rejoice with us…  they share in our lives just as we do theirs, in all the same ways.  These people love us enough to tell us the truth and we love them enough to hear it.

So here we are, time to get alone with Jesus and do some real soul searching in prayer and ask Him to help us see with purpose all the intimate people in our lives and their placement within our hearts.  Ask Him to show you if you are expecting love returned from an empty vessel and if so, give Him that burden and lay that person at His feet – not expecting to receive any love back, but only give it.  Once I started doing this recently – I found my list of giving was almost endless, but my list of who I am to receive from was extremely short – very short as a matter of fact.  As the Lord began pointing people out to me, I began removing them from the position of intimacy to the position of pouring into and as I did so – it was like He touched my heart and began shutting doors to wounds, healing me and making me whole – with a caution, to not trust or let that person back in – to the place He purified and healed – but to just simply love them, expecting nothing in return or rather no love demonstrated back to me.

If any of this is stirring up your heart, please know I am praying for you and asking the Lord to guide you and set you free in this area of wounding.  I know many of you have lost your voice from past hurts and have become a doormat on every front and the Lord wants to make you whole in this area.  To let go of all expectations and receive His seal upon your heart.  I pray you take some time and meditate on all I shared today, seeking the Lord to guide you in this journey of healing into the Promised Land.

Thank you all for joining me today – I pray this message was a blessing in some small way.  I do have a prayer request for us to collectively pray for ROF Ministries, if you are led to do so.  I know many of you all are mighty prayer warriors – and we need the Lord’s intervention for blessings to flow abundantly into ROF, I cannot tell you how grateful I am that you will join with me in prayer, knowing the Lord is capable to do way more than we hope for – thank You Lord!

❤️VESSELS OF HONOR & DISHONOR ~ ROF Broadcast Transcript, June 21, 2021 with Angela

It is very easy to discern just who belongs to Jesus and who does not at the moment — what we seek and talk about is what we are full of.  Period.  What we are fixated on is on the throne of our hearts, no doubt.  And what is within, is coming out of us and most of the time… it is “us” because in the last days, many have a tendency to be… lovers of self.  How do we know?  We try to conform everyone within our reach to ourselves.  And I mean personally, this is a constant area I have to surrender to the Lord, moment by moment and thought by thought.  To respect the freewill of another and how Jesus is molding them into His image is something we must strive to overcome daily, lest we deceive ourselves in a most horrific way.  This is also a topic rarely discussed – or at least I’ve rarely heard anyone speak about it.  And yet, I see it within me and others continually.

The purifying love of Jesus is the fire which burns away all of our iniquities, as a purposed vessel.  Like a burning and shining lamp, which lights the way to Jesus – always and continually, not only giving Him glory without ceasing – but also encouraging others to do the same.

All who belong to the Lord, turn away from evil and His special vessels – play a part in keeping themselves clean, pure and undefiled.  From the moment we say yes to the Lord, He washes away every sin, throwing it into the sea of forgetfulness – but it is our choice whether or not we seek His righteousness continually and stay clean, becoming a witness unto His majesty of light and love, His vessel of usage while here on Earth…. Entering into the Promised Land of abiding with Jesus continually – giving up everything to follow Him, looks a lot different than just Sunday worship.

This is the invitation to life and life more abundantly, which requires full and total surrender to the Lord and letting go of all excuses of why we cannot follow in His footsteps.  This commitment is a total release, never filled with excuses of why we can’t and what we have to do first and go back to get or tend to. 

The Word of God is a light unto our feet and when we lay it to heart, it gives us great direction and purpose to see more clearly His instruction to enter into life, without snares, fear and obstacles in that we become overcomers over all things grounded in truth.

Today we are going to study –

2 Timothy

Chapter 1:

We have been so blessed to have within us His love and a sound mind, no longer walking in fear of anything which has come or is coming.

Our calling is one of holiness, unattainable by works – but because of Jesus’s purpose and grace.

Death was defeated – so it is not to be feared.

Suffering may come for a moment, but is not purposed for us to be ashamed but rather for us to give to Him to keep us pure.

In order to be of a sound mind and sober we must receive fully the words written in Scripture, as the Holy Spirit will keep us continually when we are seeking truth.

Chapter 2:

When times are hard – we are not to entangle ourselves with the affairs of this life, but remain a good soldier for the Lord and seek to be pleasing only to Him – He will grant us understanding about all things, if we seek Him continually.

We may suffer at times, often by the hands of others – but God’s word is not bound and we shall be released.  If we die to self, in Him we shall have life.

Those that suffer shall reign with Him – but if we deny Him, He will deny us.

Study to show yourself approved before God alone so that you are able to rightly divide the word of truth.  (Humans speak many things – but without familiarity with what God said, you cannot discern what is and is not of the Lord)

Shun (reject, do not listen to or entertain) profane and vain babblings – wicked/ungodly & empty/useless matters – because all that does is increase more ungodliness within you and within the World.  YOU are the doorkeepers which light up the World – never forget that…  When your light goes dim, so does the world and darkness has more freedom to operate.

Guard your speech – lest you be responsible for singlehandedly overthrowing the faith of others.

The Lord knows who is His and His plan is that all who speak His name, also depart from iniquity.

In His house are many vessels:  some of His vessels bring honor to Him and some do not. 

If we purge ourselves from seeking darkness and iniquity we shine as a vessel of honor, we are sanctified (set apart, having no darkness within us) and are prepared for every good work.  Vessels of dishonor refuse to have iniquity/darkness purged out of them.

Vessels of dishonor will not:

Flee youthful lusts (old nature)

They ask and seek foolish questions just to generate strife

They are entangled within the snare of the devil, taken captive by him at his will – and they do his bidding here on Earth – he uses them basically – these are vessels of dishonor

Vessels of honor will:

Surrender to the purging of the Lord in order to bring honor to Him in all they do

They have fled all lusts and follow righteousness, faith, charity and peace – calling upon the Lord out of a pure heart (no mixture) – they are gentle to all, teach others and are patient.  With meekness giving instruction to those who oppose themselves – knowing perhaps the Lord will grant them repentance so that they acknowledge the truth, rather than believing a lie.

VESSELS OF HONOR embrace the purification process, no longer desiring anything of darkness – give only God glory and will enter into the Promised Land spiritually speaking and eventually eternally.

VESSELS OF DISHONOR still entertain darkness – which does not give glory unto the Lord

2 Timothy is purposeful because it is written specifically for those of us remaining during “the last days…”

Chapter 3 I am well qualified to share about, because I stumbled so many times in this area by being so naïve – until the Lord Himself opened my heart, eyes and ears to only trust in Him.  And Chapter 4 is so very relevant to all of us today – we are in the season of this Chapter right now.

Chapter 3:

IN THE LAST DAYS PERILIOUS TIMES SHALL COME.

Because – growing inside the church are many who only love themselves, they want what someone else has, they boast on how they follow Jesus and their own accomplishments/wisdom, they are full of pride – egotistical, demanding people conform to their practices or ways or be damned, they are blasphemers (rail against, verbally abuse) one another – this particular Scripture is not just speaking about blasphemy against the Lord on High – but towards others, they are disobedient to those over them in the Lord or naturally, unthankful for what the Lord or others have done towards them, unholy – seeking after things which are not holy, are lacking natural affection – which means “unloving,” trucebreakers – meaning falsely accuse, incontinent/unreasonable, fierce – forceful, despise those who are seeking a righteous life, traitors/betray others, highminded/convinced they know it all regarding the Bible, Jesus, religion, love pleasure more than they love God and lastly – they appear to be righteous and Holy and yet they lack the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells within them and are operating on their own —- Thus sayeth the Lord – FROM SUCH PEOPLE TURN AWAY from them – so that we do not get entangled, mingled, made impure, or simply put – turn away from them so that we do not become like them, by conforming to their ways.

I told you this chapter was a reflection of the old me…  so here it is:  these sort of people sneak in to fellowship with you/hide to abide with you by taking captive silly women laden with sins who are easily deceived due to their own internal lusts and lead them away to follow after them, because they are always in learning mode, never embracing the knowledge of the truth.  Ladies – we seem to have this struggle more than men, so always be cautious.

These men/women resist the truth because their minds are corrupt and reprobate concerning their faith.  Again…  what has corrupted their minds?  Their designed FAITH and they generally have no heart of repentance and get greatly offended if you point out something they themselves are doing wrong.

Thankfully and glory to God — They shall proceed no further and their folly (understanding/madness) will be revealed before all.

Everything we’ve endured – the afflictions, persecutions, etc… the Lord will deliver us from them all.

Everyone who chooses to live a Godly life in Jesus shall suffer persecution.

We’ve been warned that – evil men who seduce others shall increase in number and plots as they are deceived and bent on deceiving others.  Our only protection is to continue in what we have learned and been assured of in truth this whole time we’ve been following Jesus and to know who we are following after and heeding to – and here is the most important part – that from a child you’ve known the Holy scriptures, which made you wise unto salvation through faith in Jesus alone.  All scripture is given by inspiration from God – SO DON’T QUESTION IT OR WAIVER no matter who says what to you – Scripture profits us/benefits us in our souls for doctrine (to measure by), reproof (manifested proof), correction in our walks – keeping us on the straight and narrow path and gives us instruction on what and how to apply righteousness into our lives based on Jesus’s righteousness due to the fact ours is shady at best.

Scripture is imperative as a child of God so we are complete to do His works, not our own.

We are to be holy in all manner of conversation.  This applies to words spoken and heard.  So if it isn’t holy, we should not be inviting it into our lives and entertaining unholy speech another day.  Remember – turn away from those who speak about unholy things, as the Lord instructed us.

Chapter 4:

When Jesus appears in His Kingdom – He will judge those full of life and the dead, so we are given a command to PREACH THE WORD in an instant all the time – continually, no matter what season we are in as His disciples.  Nothing shared is to override the preaching of the word of the Gospel – no topics are to take precedence for those who are vessels of honor, for the disciples of Jesus – for those who are chosen out of the many who are called..  Preaching the Word is not isolated to mere preachers, but is a supernatural ability and desire for all those who love Jesus and are considered an endtime harvest worker – you, me, all of those who are vessels of honor are purposed to reprove, rebuke and exhort by the leading of the Holy Spirit, it simply is not an option or a gift, but a commissioned delight.  We have been given an assignment to make disciples of all men.

Reprove – Convict, correct, expose darkness by shedding the light of truth, chasten

Rebuke – Forbid

Exhort with longsuffering and doctrine – Strive with, encourage, instruct, teach, strengthen with patience, consistency, perseverance, bearing another’s burdens

And why?  Well, this is where we are today and the purity of the heart in this season is being revealed.  A heart set on Jesus is open to correction because they want all the wisdom possible to be more pleasing to Her bridegroom.  To the measurement we have died to self, the less offended we shall be.

What is unfolding?  The time has come when “they” will not endure sound doctrine (the written words) because they have lust for things which are not in the Word – they heap unto themselves – crave, seek, receive, search for to hear – from teachers who satisfy their itching ears.  It is almost as if they cannot help themselves – like this lust for knowledge is an insatiable, unquenchable lust that will never be enough or satisfied.

Take for example a chigger bite – you all have had one of those before right?  No matter what you do, you cannot stop itching it – the only relief you get is if you smother the area and it dies.  You itch it, have a moment of relief then have to itch it again and again.  Same is the quest for what the Lord calls “fables” of men, knowledge that may possibly be permissible in your life but is not profitable to add holiness into your life in anyway.

Those with itching ears turn their ears away from the simplicity of truth found only in sound doctrine and seek falsehoods.  The Bible defines a fable as:  a narrative, story, invented falsehood, a tale or myth.  And I cannot remember a time in all my years that the church has been so inundated with fables as it is right now.

1 Timothy 1:4 & 7tells us to not give heed (listen to) fables because it generates questions and does not edify godly faith and that we are to refuse profane old wives’ fables, but instead practice godliness.

Titus 1:14 says these fables are like commandments of men that turn others from truth.

2 Peter 1:16 says it best –

For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

Shouldn’t that be true of us, as well?  To stand in truth, to not be swayed by the satisfying of the itch to even hear falsehoods of intrigue? 

This is just my opinion and pearl…  Could this most possible be the great falling away and although few may be able to discern it – it is happening right now at an alarming and increasing rate.

Like always, the Word gives such perfect instruction to apply into our daily lives.  If we continue on in 2 Timothy 4 we have some of that instruction for us personally to apply into our own lives.

It tells us to WATCH ourselves in all things, ENDURE AFFLICTIONS and DO THE WORK OF AN EVANGELIST (those who bring good tidings of the Lord Jesus and are not apostles – so this is a command for us all, each one of us who follow in Jesus’s footsteps) in order to MAKE FULLPROOF your ministry.  When you make something foolproof, it cannot be altered or penetrated by any foolish means.  It also means to remain IN TRUTH UNTIL THE VERY END.  Which totally compliments the wise and foolish virgins.  Wise virgins are not given over to fables in this case, but foolish ones are not firm in their foundation so their lights will eventually go out – THEIR FAITH IS NOT FOOLPROOF because they have chosen the broad way over the narrow way.

Lastly, Verse 8 has within it one of my favorite scriptures which reads:

Henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge shall give me at that day and not to me only but to unto all them also that love His appearing.

Oh my – how I cling to those words on bad days.  This scripture is not talking about today – it is a promise of a future day, the day when Jesus appears.  Do you love the thought of His appearing one day?  Oh boy I sure do and I often dream of that day. 

Please do not let anyone steal your crown… Let’s read it:

Revelation 3:11 – Behold, I come quickly; hold fast that which you have, that no man take your crown.

Royalty, chosen vessels of honor – are the only ones with a crown, meaning victorious over every single obstacle the enemy throws their way to distract them from the simplicity found in Jesus.

There are six crowns mentioned in the Bible, to save time I will just name them and where to find them in the Word.

– “the crown of life” (James 1:12 and Revelation 2:10),

– “a crown of righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8),

– “a crown of glory” (1 Peter 5:4),

– “a crown of rejoicing” (1Thessalonians 2:19),

– “an incorruptible crown” (1 Corinthians 9:25), and

– “crowns of gold” (Revelation 4:4).

Please don’t be intimated by the word crown or let the enemy tell you that you are not worthy.  A crown just simply represents being victorious over something in your life through Jesus.  Not to mention it is worn upon the head, representing the mind of Christ in place of a carnal mind.  So of course it makes sense why many would not love His appearing… they prefer to relish in or make excuses for sin and dance with darkness, rather than overcome it.  So no… they do not love His appearing at all and when He does appear their faces will gather blackness and it will be a terrible day for them, but great for us for when He does appear we shall shine like the son at the brightness of His coming.

There are many people out there right now who do come in the Name of Jesus as their Savior and yet they are in a very subtle way drawing our attention away from Him, weakening His power and triumphant sovereignty over evil, death and darkness.  They are upholding a different angle of doctrine, which is deconstructing the simplicity of Jesus and His Word, His teachings, His signs, etc…  In essence, they are glorifying evil – ever learning in knowledge based doctrines and fables, having no love for the truth.  It is true they may sprinkle in a little bit of Jesus to keep us engaged – which is why mixture is so dangerous and subtle.

2 Thessalonians 2 speaks about the day of the Lord and exactly what precipitates His appearing….

Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of [a]Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first…

And I stopped there for a reason… because when people hear this Scripture they only hear one thing most of the time… that the man of perdition is revealed.  Which is the lesser meaning to this word… but for some reason it is all people fixate on, again intrigue with darkness overshadows the love of truth in so many people.

The warning message for us is not about the man of sin, but that we can be shaken in mind or troubled by a spirit, a word or a letter or that we can be deceived by many means and that Jesus will not come again until the falling away comes first…

You are may want to review all of 2 Thess. Again… such a timely word for us, due to the strong delusion so many are falling into – I must admit it is very hard and heartbreaking to watch.

But in all that – we will hold fast to our crown, to the promise of Jesus’s appearing and love it, hunger for it, desire it as He alone is our blessed hope.  Amen?

So right now in our master’s kingdom are vessels of honor and dishonor.  It is our choice which vessel we will be.  With the Lord’s help, if our desire unites with His power – we shall be cleaned and continue on this journey of refining into a vessel of honor.  But remember, the Lord does not go against our freewill – just as He did not intervene in Adam and Eve’s freewill. 

I think sometimes we forget just why we were created to begin with…  In Isaiah 43:7 – it says we are created for HIS GLORY and verse 10 says – We are to be His witnesses here on Earth and the servant He chose so others would believe and see Him and understand that He really is God and it is repeated at the end of the verse again – THEREFORE YOU ARE MY WITNESSES SAITH THE LORD, THAT I AM GOD.

So it is no wonder the enemy wants to wear us out during these last days and keep us a distracted witness, rather than a vessel to witness of the glory of the Lord on high.  Every single thought we have that is not edifying or word we speak that does not lift up the name of the Lord, are just thoughts and words that gratify the plans of the enemy.  That’s surely a sobering thought, yes? 

Before I go, I want to share with you all one of my personal favorite scriptures that just wraps around my soul in comfort to encourage me to keep pressing on towards the Prize…

It is in Philippians 4 and is a heartfelt letter to – the dearly beloved, who is his joy and crown – to encourage them to stand fast in the Lord.  Today it is my message to each one of you.  Not my words, but definitely is the desire of my heart in prayer for your lives each day.

Philippians 4:

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.

11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

May Jesus keep your hearts and minds pure and may we all learn to be content in plenty and in want knowing we have found life everlasting in Jesus.

❤️EXPOSING DARKNESS ~ ROF Broadcast Transcript, May 29, 2021 with Angela

Good Morning Blessings to you all – thank you for joining me today on this ROF Ministries broadcast. 

The Lord just kept pressing upon me that we’ve already been told, we’ve already been warned of all that is to come and how still, so many are seeking signs and yet, all that is needed sign wise has already been given.  It is those who when Jesus appears, He will come as a thief…  We are not watching for signs, we should be watching for Jesus, our blessed hope and the promise of His coming is what we cling to every moment of everyday.  Exposing darkness is like an insatiable lust and take it from me, one who has the scars to prove it – it leads to nowhere real fast.  It places us right into the hands of satan, who desires to sift us as wheat…  Exposing darkness and judging before the time go hand in hand and you will find yourself not sober in the mind when you walk that treacherous path – for a time anyway, because the Lord will never lose one of His own, thankfully. 

Let’s just go over real quick a portion of 1 Corinthians 4:

Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.

For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.

Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

There are mysteries of God we are to be good stewards over – like an overseer or manager of, which requires one to be faithful unto God first and foremost.  The Lord wants to show us as His ministers many mysteries, but He will only reveal to us that which will not cause us to fall and is purposed for His glory.  We too are very similar to Paul in this passage – we know nothing really, we are not to glory in the World, or life or death or things present or things to come but only be thankful and glorify that we are in Jesus.  Keeping our hearts, eyes and ears fixated on Him continually will shield us from judging too soon, events/others and risking calling evil good or good evil.  A very timely word for these days is – trust the Lord who will both BRING TO THE LIGHT HIDDEN THINGS OF DARKNESS AND MANIFEST THE PURPOSED PLAN AND ADVISE ALL HEARTS, revealing who does have the praise of God on their lips in truth and who does not, with sincerity of the heart.

The Spirit is quenched when evil is glorified and lifted up – so a purging fire is on the horizon – not for the World so much, but for the church body and is greatly needed these days with so many messengers out there today fixating on evil, rather than speaking of the good and sovereign ways of our Lord, Who rules and reigns over all darkness.

You all are always so merciful and gracious to me and tolerant of when I step out of the box of the common ways of thinking and take you with me, to just ponder and consider Scripture outside the context of what we are told and I cannot tell you how thankful I am for your lovingkindness.  It was many years ago the Lord told me my foundation was broken and to go all the way back to the beginning of it all and let Him lead, guide and teach me – forgetting all that man has said through the Genesis of it all. I cannot say this journey of the renewing of the mind has been easy, because it isn’t…  its often like swimming upstream when you go against the grain and walk only with Jesus.  But many of you already have firsthand experience with that fire journey. 

Soooo keeping with the outside of the box mindset…  Let’s go over 1 Thessalonians 5 in reference to times and seasons with the Words of the Lord so we are comforted together to edify one another, letting God who is of peace sanctify us in wholeness so we are preserved blameless in body, soul and spirit, until the coming of our Lord Jesus.  And then, we will start on our journey to learn more about Bridal DNA today.

1 Thessalonians 5:

But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

  • This is why we are to pray we are worthy to escape all things coming upon the Earth.  There’s just so much too this, we don’t have time to go into today.  But to keep it short… times and seasons will distract us from the main event – the day of the Lord, if we get entangled within it.
  • We’ve already been told all we need to know, so please stay on the path, not looking to the right or left with overwhelming curiosities of what dark influences are up to.
  • This whole peace and safety thing – is quite possibly not what we thought.  We’ve been led to believe it was war based, but instead, it is walking in darkness based…  they say peace and safety (meaning:  exempt from rage/havoc, that they are in peace with others, have salvation, content with Earthly position, not fearing God and in a blessed state and sure of their position after death.)  PEACE AND SAFETY actually means you think you are right with the Lord, refusing to entertain you just possibly are not.
  • We have a tendency to be more pre-occupied with what is coming upon the Earth all the time, over Jesus arriving at any moment these days.  The Bible calls this… being in darkness, not walking as a child of light
  • We are not appointed to God’s wrath, we are His children – this scripture is not speaking of nation arising against nation and their wrath, but God’s wrath upon those who are disobedient.  But that is not us – we have a divine appointment with salvation and through the leading of the Holy Spirit we are walking with Jesus on this journey called life on Earth.

But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

  • Again, context is everything, which is why each of us need to read the Word for ourselves…  This whole chapter is about walking in the light verses darkness and doesn’t even mention wars and rumors of wars.

Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

  • When sober in the mind – you watch for Jesus, you are an awakened virgin who looks continually for her Bridegroom, sensing His near approaching.

For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

  • Comfort ourselves together and edify one another – which is truly decreasing within the church these days.  Seems most people want to see what evil is up to over sharing the Gospel of our Lord Jesus.
  • Comfort one another… boy would I really like to talk more about that one, but there’s really no time for it today.

12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

  • Admonish means – to gently warn someone who is on the wrong path, which leads to harm in their lives
  • Notice here it says to KNOW them which labor with you – to know is to be sure about, be aware and consider – the truth is we often do not really know in this manner many who labor among us like we should.  The Lord was reminding my how careless I’ve been at times just assuming someone is His because they come in His Name.

THE NEXT PART WE SHOULD BE GRATEFUL TO THE LORD FOR HIS INSTRUCTION AND DAILY APPLY THESE WORDS TO OUR JOURNEY.

13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

16 Rejoice evermore.

17 Pray without ceasing.

18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

19 Quench not the Spirit.

20 Despise not prophesyings.

  • Prophesy is not the revealing of evil plans – Prophesy is speaking of the Revelation of Jesus within events relating to His Kingdom coming and His triumph over evil.  Pure and true prophecy will always, always glorify Jesus and how He is victorious.  Events come and go and have for over 2000 years and even since creation, they are hardly relevant except to increase our faith and dependence in our Savior.  All prophecy points to Jesus – to reveal HIM, not to put the spotlight on darkness.

21 Prove all things; hold fast to that which is good.

22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

  • ABSTAIN from all that is evil – ugh… I could spend a whole broadcast on that one Scripture.  Resisting the enemy means – you don’t let one thought come into your mind about what he is about – When you abstain from something, you have no commonality with it – no association, nothing – and you definitely don’t talk about it all the time or become pre-occupied with it in your minds.  If evil practices are the focus of your thoughts/conversations there is something terribly wrong spiritually.
  • Oh my how I want to talk more about this.
  • Why is the Lord giving us these instructions?  Sooo… let’s keep reading –

23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

With mixture of good and evil…. We are not sanctified and whole – So we are being purified, preserved, made blameless and ready for the coming of our Lord Jesus.

  • So many are fragmented right now in their minds and souls from partaking of the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. 

24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

25 Brethren, pray for us.

26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.

27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

  • Wow… Thank You Lord, I did as You instructed…  I read this epistle to the Holy brethren who are joining me today or will listen at a later time and thank You Jesus for the sealing protection of Your truth which washes over our minds and hearts to whisk away and cleanse us from all that defiles and ensnares us at times.  Your way is perfect, You lead us Lord Jesus and we shall follow, no longer permitting the whispers of strangers to distract us from You or ensnare us off Your path.  Amen.

Okay Beloved Bride – Are you ready?  Let’s at least start our Bridal DNA study before another moment passes.  Yay!

❤️BRIDAL REVELATION ~ ROF Broadcast Transcript, June 7, 2021 with Angela

Good Morning Blessings – thank you for joining me today on this ROF Ministries Broadcast.  It is with a humble and grateful heart towards the Lord that we are able to fellowship together and today I am most grateful for Him and for each of you.

The last time we gathered together we talked about how the Book of Revelation is specifically about the revelation of our Lord and Savior Jesus.  Well today we are going to proceed in our discovery of a hidden gem hidden within this book and those hidden within Him – the Bride of Jesus.  It is our highest heart’s desire that we find Him written within the book and if we look closely and listen intently to His words we will discover ourselves also written upon the pages and records of His purposed plan.

When our hearts are open to Him, all the chaos flees and we become one with His heart’s desire for us to know Him by love, spirit and truth.  Sign seekers will read the Word for more signs, hearts who seek Jesus’s heart will discover Him in ways beyond they ever imagined.  Being betrothed to Jesus means, you are constantly watching and waiting for Him to appear every single moment of every single day and love when He does so appear.

Do we expectantly wait for His return in the clouds – definitely…  But do we only wait for that day – not at all, knowing His appearing is yes and Amen, it is moment by moment and breath by breath – for He is with us continually.  Only He can satisfy the ache of the heart of His Beloved, which generates that desire to know Him more.  He fuels the flame within us.

So as I said, just like Jesus is hidden for us to seek – so is the Bride hidden away for a time…  Many are confounded, even the wise, as to why we, with unbridled hope cling to the appearing of Jesus.  No mocking, scoffing, being pulled off course or stumbling will derail us off this course – mainly because we had nothing to do with this – this is something placed within you and you either contain this growing seed or you don’t.  It is a true mystery like no other, no doubt. 

Jeremiah Johnson was speaking about how the Father showed him, the two brides who are in a dual – like a fighting match against one another.  I see that – Do you all see that happening too?  He spoke of The Bride of Christ and how the harlot bride lashes against her mightily.  I’m experiencing this – as I imagine many of you all are as well.  It seems every day we have more questions than answers, yet we will trust in the Lord for all things – He is our husbandman, easy to surrender to, without question and very different than any human with flaws.

The Bride of Jesus at the moment seems to have been whisked away Spiritually – is awakened to love now by Him (not all are awakened to love yet) and is totally lovesick over Jesus, it is almost as if He’s cutting ties to relationships that made us impure – while pulling us into the Bridal Chamber, alone with Him for a time and a season.  Those who have already entered in – are IN LOVE with Him.  The pursuing and wooing has passed and now is the time to bask in the presence of His love, as He calls us up higher. 

Those who are still mixed within the World, self, signs, etc… May still be in that valley of decision, trying to decide whether they want to surrender and give all of themselves to Him.  They may even love Him, with a part of their hearts, but still withhold a piece for themselves.  They are still in the wooing phase – in which we all have been in that season ourselves, haven’t we?  Or maybe that is some of you right now – and if so, just keep seeking Jesus with blind trust – He will never lose one of His own.

Isaiah 54:5 says –

For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

Betrothal is such a beautiful experience – it is like our hearts come alive, no longer cold and stony when we perceive the love the Father and Jesus has towards us.  Most often we struggle even given placement to our Lord’s love when we measure it against the faulty human love we’ve been hurt by.  If I may suggest – what has worked for me lately in discerning the purity of people’s intentions and love towards me – I’ve been measuring their love to the Lord’s – not the other way around… Just like Jesus told the husbands to love their wives as He loves the church – it is possible to love one another in the family of God in purity, when the Lord is our example and source.  I believe we have in the past separated from the love of the Lord because we think, due to heart pain inflicted by others – that His love is similar to those on Earth.  By measuring others to Jesus, we begin to have opened eyes to see just who is and is not sincere – but most importantly we seek only one source for trusted love – Jesus and we will stop running from Him out of fear He will forsake, abandon or hurt us like others have.  Every single thought, intent and action our Lord has towards us is safe, love based and pure.  Okay… We just took one step down the bridal aisle – so smile!

Hosea 2:16 says –

“And it shall be, in that day,”
Says the Lord,
That you will call Me [a]‘My Husband,’
And no longer call Me [b]‘My Master,’

Now I love this…  Do you love this Scripture too?  It is a promise over our lives… that as we are betrothed to Him, He is our master – which is awesome in of itself – but one day, on that day — We will call Him MY HUSBAND!  He is betrothing us to Him forever and we shall KNOW THE LORD!  Intimately Brides, we shall know Him.  What a promise and hope that is on a day when we may feel a little down and out.

Betrothal – is the only word in the Bible used to express the intensity of the passionate love the Lord has for us.  It is the same affection which describes Jesus appearing with fire in His eyes because He has His heart set with affection on YOU and me as His Bride.  One unique quality of the Bride that is securely hers is there is an exchange of love with Jesus – it is not one sided from only a receiving measure, it is an exchange – Jesus as the Groom can actually receive love from His bride and only His bride shares in this love in such a precious way.

Why does He have fire in His eyes?  Well, I am glad you asked… lol…

Think about this – ALL of us would be greatly upset if our love partner was in bed with other lovers, yes?  Well, so is Jesus.

To know this truth… will ease the pain when the closer we get to Him, He starts removing or blocking these other lovers from mixing with or tainting His Bride which makes her impure.  Right now – in many of our lives He personally, with fire is severing every single thing which stands in the way of intimacy and exchanging love with Him, for those who are betrothed to Him, He is doing this work within us – removing every idol on the throne of our hearts so He may take His proper placement in our lives.  Knowing why this is happening eases the sting of pain while He blocks entry to that which taints the purity of our love and His.  Or at least I pray it does.

  • Jesus loves us too much to leave us the way He found us.  Some of us have been great harlots no doubt, I know I sure have been.  Well, purifying means removing impurities and if that is a person, place or thing – it has to go.  Jesus is shutting many doors/entryways into our lives right now.  The quicker we surrender the quicker the process will go – He always shuts doors no man can, time to stop getting in the way of His will for us as His Bride and let Him be the head over us.
  • When Jesus says…. Come as you are – He doesn’t mean stay as you are – once we say yes, purification begins – His affection towards us changes everything, especially you.  It is all about inward transformation and if you are marked by Him for eternity – trust me He will track you down when we wander away from Him.  He sees our inward transformation, while man looks at the outward – Jesus is the perfect author and finisher of our faith –we are safe in His hands.
  • It is in the same way He went up – He is coming down…  So if you want to fixate on anything, keep looking upward, Heavenward as we anxiously await His arrival.  His Bride is so lovesick with Him, He is all she can see – no longer gazing around at signs (other lovers) pleasures in this World, or anything or anyone which so easily ensnares…  She’s dead (to self) and lives for His glory alone.
  • It seems we’ve served the devil at times with way more intensity than the Lord in times past.  We’ve lost sleep to party all night, hang out in chatrooms, research news/events and fornicate with many, many lovers.  While we fall asleep while praying, put off reading His Word, practically refuse to serve others with a million excuses and we’ve all hidden at times we follow Jesus from disapproving people in our lives and all that time for playing is over.

We have even tried to schedule a time to read the Bible each day and failed to follow through – placing other things of a higher importance than Him.

We’ve been seeking messages where the messenger’s voice is more captivating than the heart of Jesus – Virgins, time to wake up! Jesus loves us enough to stir us to rise and awaken us to His love – time to check and see if our love towards Him matches His or has waivered cold.

The World didn’t create Bridal Love – the Father did and the World imitated after His design – our measurement has been so off, Lord forgive us and thank You for giving us an opportunity to get in right placement with You.

Aren’t you tired with all the love lines and empty promises spoken by faulty lovers?  I know I am.  As we are awakened to love found only in HIM, we realize just how far off course and groomed we’ve become to be satisfied by every other lover but Jesus.  The good news is the deceptions we fell for that never came to pass are the very footstools the Lord is using to keep us close to the authentic love found only in Him.

For the Bride there is nothing like the thrilling love of Jesus.  A Bride continuously is looking for ways to be pleasing unto her groom – she is thrilled when He is pleased with her, as a matter of fact all her thoughts are consumed with ways in which she can generate His pleasure over her.  As her delights originate with Him, she is over the moon joyful when He is pleased with her in every way possible, knowing obedience is key.  Partial obedience is no obedience at all – the Bride desires to go all the way with Jesus – partial lukewarm mixture will not satisfy her, because she understands He is not satisfied with partiality.  Once you understand His way, partial truth is refused and vomited out of you, due to its tainting poisoning, we reject all that is not truth when it is the truth we love.

When we are lovesick about Jesus – we no longer fear death.  Death has totally lost it sting of placement within us, because we are already dead – to self anyway – We realize to die is actually gain.  Once we encounter Jesus’s expressed love, we desire to know more of Him and overcome the feeling of seeking to save our own lives – we have no feelings of deciding if we are motivated to seek Him each day, we just seek in Him in all things by the heart, not rote or forced abandon.  Betrothal is 24-7, not a mandate or sporadic – His DNA is written within every fiber of your being and is no more overlooked than what race you are – as a Bride you cannot be separated from Him – as one you move together and have your being, He is as close as the air we breathe.  Brides don’t just show up for meetings – because they never stop or hinder their meeting with Jesus.  No one has to mandate times for gatherings on the Bride’s behalf, because she never leaves meeting in the secret place with her bridegroom Jesus.

Okay… Well, take a deep breath…  We are just getting started!  Next we are going straight into the Book of Revelation, like I said we spoke about Jesus being revealed within the purpose of this precious book, but today we are going to explore just how His beautiful Bride is hidden and revealed within this book, as well.  And we are going right to where she is hidden in Chapters 21 and 22, plus some other areas within the Bible.  So if you have your Bible handy, you are welcome to follow along with me.

In this particular portion of the study, all I did is pull out every word out of the Bible I could find which describes Jesus’s Beautiful Bride in some way.  I promise you, I did not add to or take away any words which were already written by our Father as He gazed upon those who are selected, betrothed and promised to His precious son Jesus, as His reward.

I made a list in my study with His words to describe her, lets get started and hopefully you will see yourself in what I am about to share, again, remember, these are the Lord’s words – not mine.

THE BRIDE OF JESUS ~

  • She is already residing with Jesus
  • She returns with Jesus when He comes back to Earth
  • She cries a lot – but He wipes away all her tears
  • She sees much death around her, only to find shelter in His arms
  • She has great sorrow in her heart
  • She has suffered great pain during her journey on Earth
  • She has been made new
  • She drinks freely from the water of life – Jesus
  • She overcomes all things in Him
  • She worships one God as His child
  • She is Holy
  • She gives glory to God alone
  • She is precious
  • She has purity
  • She belongs to one of the 12 Tribes
  • She is being refined as gold
  • Jesus alone is elevated as her Temple in which she dwells
  • Jesus is the source of her light – there is no darkness within her
  • She shines light upon the Earth as it radiates from within her
  • Because of the bride – glory and honor are given to the Lord continually
  • Nothing defiled or wise may enter into her – no abomination or any deceitful lies are found in her
  • She is made up of only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life
  • She has the Tree of Life within her, so the only fruit she produces is good and the only tree in which she eats of is the Tree of Life
  • She contains healing for all who come near her
  • There is no cursing or complaining found within her
  • She performs a life lived in servanthood to the King
  • The Bride sees the face of her Bridegroom Jesus
  • His Name is written on her forehead
  • She will reign with Him forever
  • The Bride does His commandments
  • She does not add to or take away from His words
  • She is permanently written within the Book of Life

Now, if you’re like me… as I read this, all you could think about is how you are missing the mark on so many levels, but keep in mind – this is a beautiful description of the promised hope of a completed work within us – first there is betrothal (which is the preparation phase) and then the swept away season which many of us are currently in, while the full picture is a completed work as a BRIDE ADORNED AND PRESENTED TO HER HUSBAND – Jesus.  Everything I shared is already written, it is finished, declared and shall manifest in His timing, which is perfect.  There is no condemnation upon any of us who are in Christ Jesus – the only requirement during this betrothal is that our hearts are set on seeking Him continually in order we grow – Jesus does the purifying as we learn to surrender so that He may give increase into our lives.  There is only one obstacle which can remove His promise to us – rebellion. 

There is only one question which remains…  Have you fallen in love with Jesus?  Which is a typical question one would ask and expect before getting married to someone here on Earth, but is often overlooked when considering becoming the Bride of Jesus.  One amazing thing about Jesus is He is already in love with you – unlike many cases of marriage here, we can rest in peace knowing by Jesus we are already unconditionally loved, He has already laid His life down as proof of His loving heart towards us and Jesus means what He says and says what He means – there is no lie within Him.  He is not leading us on or looking to what benefits Himself – everything He does is for our good.  He is faithful and His promises, unlike man’s, endure forever.  Therefore, with that settled the only commitment which needs to be made is on our part and for us it is a risk free eternal investment.  His love is assured, we have nothing to lose and all to gain in Him.  Another beautiful thing about Jesus is no love we give to Him is taken lightly or rejected or squandered away.  Whatever treasure of love we offer unto Him, He is delighted to receive.  In this life, love is risky but with Jesus there is no risk – you are already loved and embraced.

Many people say they love Jesus, but are you IN LOVE with Jesus?  That right there is where our walks marry our talks.  So today, we are going to go over some characteristics of Bridal DNA and those who are actually IN LOVE with Jesus, their Bridegroom.

Have you fallen in love with Jesus?

  • If so, you are consecrated unto Him and contain a burning heart for Jesus.
  • You ache and long for Jesus’s return at every waking moment.
  • You are watching continually for His return and He is your blessed and only hope.
  • You are joined to Him as a three-cord strand, which contains – intimacy, betrothal – in a joining of fullness – He completes you in every way, because you seek Him to do so.
  • You now have received His Name, being bought with a high price, you are no longer your own.
  • Your encounter with Jesus is unlike and incomparable to any physical encounter you’ve experienced here on Earth.
  • You possess a deep longing within your heart for Him which keeps you awake and watching for Him every waking moment.
  • You have become lovesick over Jesus, realizing He is the only missing piece to your wholeness.
  • Bridal DNA reveals before all, His image has replaced the image of your past identity and it becomes more obvious to those who look upon you that it is no longer I who lives, but Him.
  • When in love with Jesus there is romance involved.  You pine after Him, your thoughts are captivated by His love.  Being “in love” with Jesus replicates on a grandiose scale Earthly love – Worldly pleasures cannot compare to His overshadowing love in our lives.
  • When Jesus has captured your heart, you daydream about Him, you lose sleep over Him, He is the first thing on your mind when you awake and the last thing on your mind when you fall asleep at night.  It is very similar to when you first fall in love with someone here – only ten times better! 
  • Those in love with Jesus pursue the higher promises and pleasures not offered in this World and easily abstain from all the World has to offer, knowing anything counterfeit is unmatched to Him.
  • Those who are in love with Jesus are being wooed into love by Him.  You respond in love when knowing more about Him is your number one focus – songs, sermons, gatherings, messages – everything is Jesus centric and your focus.  When He becomes that which your soul desires and have been touched by Him – you reject anything to enter into you that does not contain His glory and edification.  This happens so that you maintain your purity – the Bride guards her heart as to what or who she lets enter into her.
  • The reason the Bride guards her heart in such a way, because it is within the heart where Jesus resides in union with you.  There is to be no mixture in the secret place of intimacy shared only with Him – and this is twofold…  You don’t seek mixture or give it permission to enter nor does the Bride hand out mixture to others because her source is pure, relying solely on Him.  Purity of the heart is forged not forced – either its performed pure or not – no gray areas on this one – singleness of the mind and heart is a state of existence, not a process of which can be mandated.
  • When in love with Jesus, to be pleasing unto the King Jesus is your number one desire and you die to desiring the acceptance/pleasing of humans above the Lord.  Just as a wife in the natural must seek only to be appealing to her own husband or she is unfaithful in the heart already – same is true for Jesus’s Bride.  Jesus’s Bride does not seek attention from other lovers.
  • While betrothed to learn of our Bridegroom we must go where He leads, imitate Him in words and deeds – it is like where we end, He begins – oneness, in all aspects of who we are now as a new creature in Christ.
  • Prayer infused with peace is a way of life for the bride – 24/7 abiding with Him, evidenced by seeking Him continually to deepen your relationship with Him.  Your love language to Him comes from a place of awe, knowing you are dependent on the Lord in every way.  He is your only source of – joy, comfort, peace, love, hope and truth and you recognize and look for His presence and touch in everything.  Your nature is one with Him in contentment so that when good things happen and bad things happen – your heart rejoices that you are loved and He has nothing but good resting upon your life.  His love surrounds you and His touch orchestrates all within and without your days.  It is easy to praise Him in the storms and glorify Him in goodness knowing He is always by your side.
  • A bride is waiting expectantly for her wedding day – you may day dream of it, feel overwhelmed it is soon to be and have great excitement and nothing surpasses the thoughts of that dawning day.  You long for the day of consummation, trusting He has more planned for you than you can possibly imagine.  It brings Him pleasure you long for Him in such a precious way.
  • The Bride is clothed in humility and is speechless Jesus would even consider you to be His beloved.  You are meek and gentle, just as He is because you’ve spent much time in His presence, so that you share in the communion of His essence – His ways and mannerisms – as He is the only one we are to imitate.
  • The Bride looks only to the Bridegroom as her source…  She is faithful, committed and no longer seeking other lovers to complete her.  The Bride never, ever seeks attention from anyone but Him.

The true bride is actually very few in number – this is not a salvation issue, but rather an intimacy one.  The reason the bride is undefiled is because she is on a much higher spiritual plane than those who will be classified as guests or rather attendants, at the wedding feast.  Jesus is the Tree of Life for the Bride and she partakes of no fruit but His.  She cannot hear the whispers of the enemy, because all other voices are drowned out by her beloved’s still small voice – she cannot be led astray because she hears Him and rejects all other voices.  Isn’t that a beautiful love story, of all time and yet written so long ago.  Thank you Lord.  May we fall deeper in love with you every single day.

Lastly… The Bride escapes all things because she is worthy and hidden in Jesus.  Since nothing entangled Him, nothing will entangle her – they are one and He covers her in His love.  Through Him she escapes sin, hurt, wounds, the past and things which are not ordained to be in her life.  And yes… she also escapes all things which shall come upon the Earth, just as it is written.  I suppose I better read that quick as a reminder to us what was promised, since many refuse these days to believe it…

Luke 21 –

36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

So what are we escaping from exactly?  Well it tells us when we read the whole chapter, getting the exact scripture in proper placement and in line with the truth – I’ll just paraphrase some of the points Jesus was making to motivate us to seek Him and to be purified from all influences of darkness within the heart so we are worthy to stand before Him on that day.

If we watch and pray always that we are worthy enough to stand before Him and escape all these things that shall come to pass – then we are in obedience to His command.

I have no idea why people are so angered by this truth – but they are… and many are praying to be strong enough to stay here, why?  They are not IN LOVE with Jesus I suppose or still have much pride within yet.  But anyway, that’s on them and all things are purposed and in His control, which is way beyond my pay grade.

So here’s what is coming to pass and here is what we are told to pray we are worthy enough to escape, all from Luke 21 so we keep covered in the simplistic truth of the Gospel:

  • You will not be deceived when many come saying Jesus is Lord in their lives during the last days and you will not follow after them.
  • You will hear of wars and uprisings but will not be terrified knowing the end is not yet, no matter what you are being told by man.
  • Nations will fight one another because there is fighting among the Kingdoms of good and evil.
  • Earthquakes will take place, there will be famines, pestilences, you will see fearful things and signs in the Heavens.
  • People will harm you, persecute you and betray you inside the church – casting you into prison chains all because of Jesus’s name and proclaiming His truth.
  • All of this testing is turned into your testimony.
  • You will be given what to say in answer to those who attack in such ways.
  • Jesus will fill your mouth with His wisdom so your adversaries cannot win out or resist you.
  • Parents will betray you – brethren within the body of believers will betray you, even those you fellowship will betray you – causing even some to be killed.
  • You shall be hated by all men because of your faith towards Jesus.
  • Not one hair on your head shall perish.
  • Patience for the Lord to move on your behalf is how your soul is saved.
  • Jerusalem will be targets, many will flee into mountains as these are the days of vengeance so everything written may be fulfilled.
  • It will be woeful for those with children due to the distresses and wrath falling upon people.
  • Many will fall by the sword and led away captive as Jerusalem is trodden down by Gentiles so that their time is fulfilled.
  • There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars while all nations will be in distress, they will be perplexed on how to solve all the tumult affecting their nation, while they are tossed about like waves in the midst of a storm at sea.
  • Men’s hearts will fail them in fear as they see all this happening at once here on Earth, while the powers of Heaven shake that which can be shaken.
  • We shall see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
  • We shall see Heaven and Earth begin to pass away – but Jesus’s words shall not.
  • We must take heed – see to it – that our hearts do not become excited and overindulge with drunkenness and cares of this life (not remaining sober with the Word) or the day of Jesus’s coming will catch you unaware, let you be ensnared by the happenings in the World since it is where you dwell.
  • Lastly… WATCH AND PRAY ALWAYS THAT YOU MAY BE ACCOUNTED WORTHY TO ESCAPE ALL THESE THINGS THAT SHALL COME TO PASS AND TO STAND BEFORE THE SON OF MAN.
  • You all do realize TO STAND means, to not waiver in your heart, mind or soul from what He commanded and wrote, right?  It has absolutely nothing to do with being weak or weary, but means YOU DO NOT DEPART FROM YOUR FAITH, letting MAN deceive you.

So there you have it – you know these days the more knowledge I get the less I see I really ever knew or know for that matter – so I have to measure all things by the Word right now, I simply do not trust myself at all, let alone anyone else – the deception is just too high right now, its very dangerous to trust anyone, even ourselves at the moment.  So I am watching and praying to escape all these things coming upon the Earth just as I was told, regardless of what man is saying.  I really do not even know what to say about this anymore – I sound like a broken record that most don’t want to play…

Some days it just feels like we are fighting a losing battle on every front – with all the distractions and twisting of Scripture by man’s handling of God’s word.  I saw something the other day about how we must utilize fear to bring other’s to Jesus and that we must feed others as much about evil knowledge as possible… and nothing could be farther from the truth.  All we really need to do is point others to Jesus and He will lead and guide all into His everlasting arms.  Sounds simplistic doesn’t it?  The enemy tries to muddy the waters, throwing knowledge into everything so people run to and fro, because that is what he does – he runs to and fro upon the Earth seeking who can to devour as he impresses others to do his bidding. 

I know you all are fully aware the enemy wants to deceive us… But I noticed something that really stuck out to me the other day in Mathew 24, where Jesus was telling his disciples what signs were beneficial to watch for at the onset of His coming…

Mathew 24:4 says – LET NO MAN DECEIVE YOU…

And I thought, oh my… Lord Jesus – we are in it aren’t we?  It doesn’t say the enemy will deceive, it says MAN will.  I’m not sure about you all, but man has deceived me too many times to count and why?  Because I was seeking man as the source of truth, rather than Jesus, so I was fed a lie.  When we love the truth, it is only truth we live and breathe in and it is also only truth we operate in.

There is a saying which says… fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. 

Listen you all – we’ve had many red flags from deceivers, when all we really needed was one.  The devil is the father of liars and yet, when we still have fragments of lies within us – we entertain deceptions which are dangerous to our souls and we’ve all done it.  We’ve lied and been lied to – but in this season, a final call has gone out to literally and whole-heartedly fall in love with… THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE.

I am seeing now that there is no possible way for us to be deceived, unless we want to be.  I’ve been there and done that – and until we actually step out from among them and read the Word for ourselves, while seeking Jesus more than everything else, we are in a very vulnerable position to be deceived.  It is just as important to know Scripture in its proper context and placement as it is to know the Scripture itself, due to the fact the enemy right now is using messengers within the church by twisting the Word, to lure and snare many unknowingly.  Remember, the enemy actually quoted Scripture to Jesus – twisting the meaning of truth behind it, to lure Jesus out of a place of obedience and this is also how he lured Eve and Adam into a fall – by generating in their minds questions and curiosities that were not innocent and productive to their souls.  It is happening again and increasing in greater numbers by the day – people are being drawn away and falling away by their own appetites and lusts for mixed truth, deceiving and being deceived.

Anyway, enough of that… Today we focused greatly on the Bride, who being swept up in love with Jesus is separated from among all others, hidden and kept – betrothed and loved within the secret place of her Beloved. 

As we finish up our Bride Study next time we will talk a little bit about just how the Bride makes herself ready, the Bridal Tribes who dwell with God in Revelation 14 – which I already know will be controversial.  I’ll give you a hint… If you believe the 144000 are only males, then you must also believe the wise virgins are only females – correct?  Well, with the Lord’s help, we are going to unpack this great mystery next time we fellowship and just discuss some considerations for you to take to the Lord in prayer for clarity and truth.  Every single word in the Book of Revelation is Spiritual because we are spiritual beings having a natural experience while here on Earth.  Just because our natural lives end here eventually – His word is everlasting and never dies.  Every word written and spoken by our Father is everlasting and does not cease with our temporal passing.  Remember – in Heaven, we are neither male nor female…  And when we read His word and find our placement within it – our spiritual eyes are opened to the truth that every single word written is applicable to the soul and is not gender related. 

I have a question… Why is it we can so readily accept the Bride of Christ is made up of males and females, while totally discounting the 12 tribes quite possibly include females?  We still have a lot of flesh within us to die to, don’t we?  We have listened to the voices of humanity so much that we have allowed our minds to become cloudy from walking only in the Spirit to the point man’s voice is overriding the voice of the Holy Spirit way more than it should.

I am willing to consider all the ways of Jesus and how He is being revealed.  I realize there is a time and season on this journey where we walk more by sight – seeking and being fed by the natural, but the invitation has gone out now to come up higher and see and hear spiritually, for those who have eyes and ears to see and hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.  Its time for the blind to see and the lame to walk, but Spirit and not the flesh so all truth can be revealed.

Every word written in the Bible is like manna from Heaven to feed the soul.  So many in the World right now are screaming for gender neutrality at the moment… So today my plea is that we also as brethren dine on God’s words void of gender as to not miss one single pearl given for the purifying of our souls.  My prayer is that we receive in fullness all that was written and not discount something based on gender and when we study next time, with ears and hearts opened to the leading of the Spirit you might just possibly see you are already walking the Earth within a bridal tribe, undefiled by the World, having been redeemed from men, chosen as a first fruit without guile and following the Lamb wherever He may lead.  You see, if you automatically discount yourself based on gender – you may miss a divine appointment the Lord has set before you for such a time as this.  So if you want to prepare your hearts in advance for next time, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to led you while reading Revelation 14 and make some notes by the Spirit.  Time to wake up church, arise and shine for the light of Lord has come upon you.  Amen.