Ring of Fire Broadcast Transcript ~

God’s Design For Loneliness ~

January 21, 2021

The Lord kept pressing upon me just how much the church body needs one another and yet, they do not believe it, let alone demonstrate brotherly/sisterly love to one another.  He began showing me several groups in the World who are more loyal and loving to one another than the average Christian, while they are yet sinners and what a blemish this portrays to His church.  He impressed upon me we better get it together and quickly, for time is very short and soon, very soon we are going to be placed into forced situations of needing one another and yet, no one may be found.  A call to love has gone out upon His people – Will we answer that call?  Some will and some will choose to stay in the false mindset of pride, stating, I have Jesus and need no other, which isn’t Biblical by the way – so as a gift He gave me this corrective and instructive teaching to apply to my own life.  It is a blessing because it drew up from within me what my heart cried out for and already knew and it also pressed repentance upon me for going against His design and listening to humans too much.

We are in a new season of preparation – He is gathering us together and those who want to come with Him are joining as one, partaking of love, feasting on Jesus – soon the door to the feast is closing, as He is personally tossing out the spots and blemishes who are not authentic in their demonstration of love.

You all ready to learn about – God’s Design For Loneliness?  Let’s get started!

I am already aware that many of you suffer silently in loneliness, thinking there is something wrong with you, afraid to speak up, confused and listening to whispers from the enemy that there is something terribly wrong with you – like you are incomplete, questioning your faith in Jesus and maybe why He is not enough for you.  I too know those self-condemning voices all too well – so rather than listening to man or even woman in my case, it is time we lay down all the words of vanity and go right to the Father’s words and search out the Scriptures for God’s true and divine plan, so that we have wisdom and strength in Him. 

Just to stir up your minds a little and open them to truth, I want to begin with a question, which we will answer along the way today…  Before the Garden fall, at the very beginning is where we too are going to begin today.  Back to a place where all things were perfect and good, way before sin entered the minds and hearts of others, be cleaned and washed by the purity of the Father’s design…  In a place and time where His design was untouched with the uncleanliness of humanity.  Because when our foundation is wrong, the whole thing is wrong… My question to you is:  If all things were design were perfect, void of the separation of sin and Adam communed fully with the Father – Why did the Father say to Adam, it is not good for man to be alone and created Eve?  What a perplexing question that is.  Right?

Well today, we are going to explore that Biblical truth, the Lord’s way, as the Holy Spirit unfolds God’s word and teaches us Himself.  We are also going to lay down all preconceived notions of man, which at times use God’s word selectively for self-gain in how they desire the Father’s will to be so they are off the hook so to speak from walking in submission to His design – today we are going to talk about – God’s Design for Loneliness and how it relates to the divine impartation placed within our heart’s desire.  And I hope to cover why you long for another to come along beside you on this journey called life.

So take a breath…. And let’s get started.  This teaching will likely make some of you nervous and for others bring a sigh of relief.  Regardless, the truth should always set us free, knowing it is already written upon the tablets of our hearts and if we are indeed a child of God, we should quickly come into agreement and alignment with what He has proclaimed – regardless of what the flesh desires.

In the New Testament there is a recollection of a time when Paul was very downhearted, lonely and depressed while out on a mission spreading the Gospel and yet he was with other believers his heart was longing for one he was especially close to.  He was pressed on every side, feeling hopeless and to help assist him – the Lord sent Titus to remain with him.

Let’s read the Word found in 2 Corinthians 7:

Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears.

Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;

And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.

So the Lord sent Titus to deliver something to Paul’s heart that only he contained.  Titus comforted Paul, who described himself as downcast in the soul.  The Lord delivered comfort to one by the way of another when that particular one was lonely and in need.  He didn’t cast a demon off, he didn’t shame him for feeling hopeless, yell at him to get up, quote scripture to him – you know what God did?  He sent a friend…  A familiar face to embrace in love.  Paul and the others were in need and Titus was given a command to go and within Titus God placed comfort to deliver to those who needed uplifted and they were.  Relationship.  Fellowship.  God’s perfect design.

Did you know we are actually created within the Image of our Father to fellowship with one another?  Our Creator enjoyed fellowshipping with Adam in the coolness of the day and He actually enjoys being in relationship with each one of us – it brings Him great pleasure to do so.  This helps us to understand why loneliness sets in within us and a desire to be connected comes by the way of the heart when we are disconnected from those we love.  It is the same desire the Father has towards us as His creation, that we have towards one another.  But for many reasons the enemy like always, skews and tampers with to make unclean that which the Father has deemed clean – including relational love in the image of our Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Communing and fellowship is how we were created to be with one another.  Humans are interactive by nature since birth.  Did you know a newborn can have all their physical needs met and starve to death of love if not nurtured and held and comforted?  We are like that newborn in God’s family in many ways.

Here is what the enemy does not want to see happen, because he knows divided we fall.  He isn’t afraid of us nearly as much individually as he is when we join with fellow believers.  The more light we shine together, the more difficult it is for him to remain hidden and he hates it when darkness is revealed and brought forth by truth.  He can accomplish much more if darkness is not revealed so he goes to extremes to keep us silent and not exposing his unfruitful works.

Hebrews 10 says:

 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Assembling here means to complete one another, gather together to worship the Lord.

We are incomplete without one another…. Even if we have the Lord, His Body is fitly joined together, one heart, mind and soul in Him.  We compliment one another in the Body by the tasks we have been given to complete the Lord’s work on Earth.  We have hands, eyes, ears, mouths, toes, arms, legs and all need one another to be a whole body.  Yay!  So see you are not so weird as people convinced you that you are!

We just read to not forsake gathering together to be complete.  Amen?  So a lack of connection stirs up loneliness for God’s children who are actually healthy in the heart.  The problem is we tried to join with most often with those who do not share or partake in the same love for Jesus that we have.  The Word calls this being equally/unequally yoked…  But wait… there is more – because honestly, many of us out of desperation for love have tried to join with others who do not share “in love” as we do…  We always love more, demonstrate love more than it is returned, are happy to compliment others for their growth, we pour out to those who do not “assemble” to love as we do.  Once we realize we are not in an equally yoked relationship, it helps to let go if possible and if not, to seek the Lord to restore all things new by His design, to be patient and wait for Him to move.  This is a tricky situation if you are committed, unless there is infidelity/abuse/neglect and such – which are all forms of adultery (being unfaithful in a relationship) – but let’s talk about that specifically another day because having sex outside of the marriage covenant is only one way someone is not faithful, there are many ways actually.  So if you are in one of those situations right now – pray and ask the Lord to lead you to stay or leave, depending on what His will is in your life.  It is during these times, I never trust my emotions or my heart – when I do I will stay when He wants me to go or go when He wants me to stay and most times He is seeking me to see if I will surrender to His will, then I am released from the desire of my heart.  He often doesn’t do things as quickly as we prefer – I remember Him telling me when married my husband was making me impure and I ended up waiting 7 years to be fully released.  Every situation is different and when I say released – it is about the heart, not the flesh because the flesh portion happens much quicker in my experience.  So above all else, seek Him. Amen.  Okay moving on…

The truth is Jesus sticks closer than a brother because He is all knowing to the truth of us – but even that doesn’t negate the joining of us with one another.

The only places I could find within Scripture that speaks of a true separation is where we are told that if an unbelieving spouse departs to let them go and then this one pertaining to marriage as well found in

1 Corinthians 7:

Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

So it is only through the agreement of both parties that you separate for a time to dedicate yourself to only the Lord, but we are instructed to come back together again or else the enemy will enter into the relationship and divide.

It is important to note, but we don’t have time to get into all of it today – that Paul often spoke of him not taking a wife as he did not burn with the desire to do so – it is evident the Lord used others to compliment him and ease his loneliness in a most precious way.  Which is the main reason we are even having this talk today – within the gathering together of Jesus’s Body, one to another we can live a very complete and fulfilled life.  Thank You Lord Jesus.  But for me and many of you as well, it is like we have a knowing inside that the Father did create us to compliment a partner in life – no two molds are the same, all are created differently for the fulfillment of greatest measured purposed on Earth.  It is the Father that places that desire within each of us, to be joined or be alone – one is not more highly esteemed than the other, just different.  My mom always told me there is a lid for every pot… just don’t boil over while in the process.  I do believe that – I do believe we are how the Father designed us before the fall – I just think we struggle with settling for something not that special, either giving up altogether or trying to make a square peg fit in a round hole., so we are always searching – never finding.

So don’t think it strange and don’t let anyone shame you for longing for, praying for and desiring to be a half of two, instead of incomplete as one.  Like I said God answered that question Himself at the very beginning by giving Adam an Eve and when He did so – He said it is not good for man to be alone.  Before the fall, like I said everything was perfect – there was no sin to separate God from Adam and the same is true for our eternal state of being.  Sin separates us not only from God, but from one another too.  When we sin against one we love – separation occurs by our own hand.  So in this beginning picture we see God and Adam communing together in the cool of the day and even with Eve too later on before they sinned – they had pleasure in one another and with the Father and the Father was pleased, they were pleased.  It is beautiful really.  So we see here it is possible to be in full surrender, obedience and purpose to the Lord and be one with another and you can also see you can be one with the Father and be alone and still have lack like Adam was before Eve.  Humans are created to be interactive and joined for complete fulfillment.

Like I said, unfortunately, we’ve looked for love in many wrong places, settling for wrong partners and friends, instead of waiting on God to deliver to us who He chose for us to be yoked with in Him.  Did you notice before how after every single thing the Father created He declared it was good?  He saw Adam and said this is not good… So He created Eve out of Adam and then declared it was good.  Have we just convinced ourselves that God changed His mind from the beginning?  Or do we just convince ourselves to bring comfort to ourselves on why things haven’t worked out?  Lately, the Holy Spirit has really been convicting me that if I truly desire to be surrendered and obedient I am not to pick and choose what portions of His word I want to come into alignment and agreement on in my own life, based on what I desire to agree with – He’s showing me either I embrace the whole truth or none of it and as all this is unfolding I am seeing the desires He placed within me – that it is those I am to hope for no matter what.  So I pray this encourages many of you as well.

Again, before sin entered the World, God declared it is not good to be alone, so He custom designed a female for the only male human existing on Earth at the time – all the animals already had counterparts, but remember He also placed within them a desire for one another, they already had a desire for the Lord – He joined them together, so that is truly three becoming one – a cord not easily broken.  Some might say it was for procreation to populate the Earth, but that is only the fruit of man not being alone, it is not the purpose of it, by what is written in God’s word.

Isolation was never created or called good – humans do that…  Relationship, human interactions with one another and with the Lord were His design from the beginning – it was His plan for humanity from the start and until the enemy began to lure Eve away, while Adam was distracted and then he weakened to the point of letting her convince him of going against what the Father said – 2 being 1 in the Lord was perfect, not shameful.  If they had not spent time apart, it is likely the serpent would not have been able to even get to Eve.  So as the love of many is growing colder in this World, relationships are severing all over the place and the enemy is at work in the process to redesign a masterpiece God already called good.  Lucifer divides in order to conquer and the Lord unites in order to strengthen and believe it or not, it seems as if the enemy is winning – thankfully he is already defeated and God will win this and all battles and by our reliance on Him, we too will overcome all things.

These life principals found in Ecclesiastes 4 that we are getting ready to read reveal a precious word portrait of the Father’s design of His family’s love one to another here on Earth.  Family in of itself is all about relational interactions – whether it be disheartening or dysfunctional or even frustrating at times… Love always remains between family and we remain loyal – family, real family is loyal to one another.  My brother Tommy John who is a few years younger than me and we used to fight like cats and dogs…  Today he is my very best friend, not because we haven’t ever been through any struggles – but quite the opposite really – we stick by one another, loyal and with love because many times, one another is all we have.  He is the other half of my 2 I guess you could say, proven by time he is always there for me – no matter what, just as I am him.  But as zealous as we are at love, we have the same zealousness for mercy, forgiveness, irritation – lol… like he hates it when I chew on the phone, just little things like that and when he corrects me – he’s usually right, but no one tell him that – I always have it coming and you know why he can correct me?  Because, we have relationship – he is there when I am down to comfort me – day or night and he is there to celebrate with me in the good times too.  Never correct someone more often than you love on them, not ever.  Anyway, I know this sort of love is possible, because I have experienced it – the problem is, sadly it is very rare.

Okay, back to our study…  We know lucifer isolated Eve in order she heard only him so he could coax her into disobedience.  And just to add to the 2 is better than 1…  Sadly, Adam left Eve’s side or she left his and they both were placed into a vulnerable situation.  You know the Garden is just so very telling of many things in the unveiling of truth and for today’s study, it is so important for us to see how the enemy can seduce the weaker one or even the stronger one without the covering of another.  And when we join ranks of agreement with the enemy through the uncovering, blame sets in, just as it did with Adam who blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent…. Not staying joined allowed the enemy to break the cord binding together, although not easily broken, it was severed and since both fell, neither could pick the other one up.  It makes me sad to think about really… What breaks that cord?  When you do not cherish the bond and nurture and care for it by partaking in love together.

Moving onto Ecclesiastes 4:8-16:

There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.

This is a mindset of the lonely – convincing themselves they don’t need anybody, even though our Father told us it is not good to be alone, these are the ones who protect themselves usually from past betrayals and hurts, who have slowly slipped into pride declaring I don’t want anyone close to me.  They become unyielding to others, will not listen to council and refuse comfort – sadly it is a sore and painful travail for them their whole lives.

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.

Two have a greater measurement of rewards for their work for the Lord as 2 can accomplish much more for Him than just one can.

10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.

Every human falls at times and requires and longs for another to come along beside them and help them to stand, it is a God given gift – a back and forth sharing in a relationship of taking and receiving.  Sadly those who only learn to take are left with the void of what it means to give and those who only give are just as void, cut off from receiving love as well.  When we refuse to be yielded to help by insuring we stand alone, we suffer more unnecessarily, because we have not allowed anyone close enough to help us up when we fall.  The Word tells us we often cannot get up without someone else’s help in addition to the Lord’s and when we pick ourselves up, we lack the comfort required to be made whole again.

11 Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?

We can grow very cold inside without human interactions and intimacy with others.  Receiving love through a vessel which contains the love of Jesus keeps us warm during the coldest of trials.  Love is transferable between two of God’s creation – to receive and to return is equally important for balance in our lives.  If we remained guarded and alone, we may be warmed for a moment, but it is fleeting at best.  Love is relational, just as our relationship with Jesus is.

12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

We need one another to overcome the enemy who pursues us day and night, to steal, kill and destroy us.  Without a covering to walk with us on Earth, the enemy can prevail in our lives in ways he otherwise would not.  A threefold strand represents you, another and of course our Lord – so that we are able to withstand (not be moved to falling permanently) assaults, but rather overcome them all and grow.  Through trials as we grow, walking together, we grow as one too!

13 Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.

Here we are shown the purpose of being childlike rather than a secluded ruler, isolated and alone.

So we will get back to this in a moment, but first I want to touch on some places in the New Testament that compliments what we just read in the Old, knowing many carnal minds are thinking I have Jesus, I need no one else.  We still have a command to be together with others in such a communing way and have a command in essence to divinely serve those who are lonely, in which togetherness in the Lord is the remedy.  We – the church – with Jesus first of course, is the cure for such loneliness and oh how so many are lonely in this World right now, even those who are following Christ, many are lonely, needing comfort and love by demonstration, not just words.  All the disciples were blessed to know Jesus personally, but when He sent them out – even they went out 2 by 2, not to mention how the animals entered the Ark.  When we simply just give lip service to others regarding our love, it is void of sustaining fruit.

The reason I often hang on the demonstration part is because over the course of my life, I’ve often been told by many they love me, over and over and yet – their actions reflected otherwise.  Being older and wiser now – I am not moved so much by words of flattery, seeing I was laden with sin and drawn to that type, but Jesus set me free and I can see clearly now to my own worth and when someone does not mean what they say and say what they mean, that is it not purposed for me to cleave. Yay!

In the Family of God, the Ecclesia, the Church Body of Christ we are to partake in much together – relational, with one another, celebrating being an actual Child of God –

Romans 12              says to REJOICE with one another

Galatians 5             says to SERVE one another and CARRY one another’s burdens

Ephesians 4            says to FORGIVE one another

1 Thessalonians 4    says to COMFORT one another

1 Thessalonians 5    says to ENCOURAGE one another

1 Peter 4                says to OFFER HOSPITALITY to one another

James 5                 says to PRAY for one another

And the list is endless really, we are to mourn when others mourn, feed, clothe, visit them, give them our cloak for covering, actually… If someone comes to us in need and they are a part of the family of God, we are not to withhold our hand from them.  Again… relational and purposed actions and deeds.

So what does this look like exactly?  Because there truly are many rewards we receive right here and now from our obedience to the Father.  These are not suggestions, but rather principals that our real brothers and sisters are to abide by, as well as us, and if we do not follow our Lord’s commands we can be in danger at times and things don’t always go well for us, do they?

Reviewing Ecclesiastes 4 –

  • Verse 8 spoke of how difficult it is when we attempt to just go it alone.  I think the word was “sore travail.”
  • Verse 9 reveals how much more strength and encouragement we will have when given Godly assignments when shared by two, rather than just one doing all the labors, causing weariness.  There are natural and spiritual blessings that come upon 2 doing a quick work, like a faster turnaround, when there are doubled efforts of – hands, feet, eyes, heart, minds, etc… the work is completed quicker and in fullness.
  • Verse 10 explains how when 2 are walking along, 1 falls and is too hurt to get up, the other one can lift you up, even to face danger ahead or carry one another to safety.  Sometimes we need another’s perspective in our time of pain, they often can see things we cannot.  Plus, we all need that 1 who will not walk away no matter what and yet loves us enough to tell us the hard truths, not just what we want to hear.  It also says in the Word, that if one is entangled in sin, you who are more spiritual, help that person up, help them to stand tall and keep walking on the straight and narrow path.  You must, you must have a close relationship with someone first or they will not receive what you are saying – again 2 is better than 1 for this command.
  • Verse 11 shows us how providing support, comfort and nurturing is so warming to a hopeless heart when all seems lost.  That sort of love is extremely comforting as a display of our Father on Earth through one of His vessels.  It also displays our willingness to be humble, bend down to assist another, even to the point of touching what may be unclean to most – because that is what love does.  Love gives of your time to another, it is a display of affection, placing one above yourself which makes them feel worthy enough to even be loved.

When it comes to love cherishing another – perception is everything, otherwise it is cold and work based.  We are commanded to love, but love cannot be commanded void of demonstration.  We often make the mistake of loving others the way we desire to be loved, but pure love doesn’t seek its own way, it seeks to embrace the heart of the other person so they experience our embrace. 

  • This King Solomon, we read about being so very wise, paid a heavy price, pretending he could go it alone, not needing love as he had the approval of the masses by his charm, intellect, position, speech and appealing appearance.  He was alone by his own vanity of choosing self-reliance.  Solomon had lost his purpose somewhere along the way, eventually only to find himself alone on an emotional island.  He said, paraphrasing here, how there is nothing better than a faithful friend, speaking of how he went out searching for one and found none – only many who needed one – had finally decided he needed another, but none was found – just more of those who needed him.  He had receive the reward of the admiration he sought for, but he was longing and empty inside, having no one to share his life’s journey with – all the up’s and down’s – he finally figured out when it was too late… how lonely life at the top can truly be.
  • So there are many dangers to going it alone – like this King who was isolated, he refused to be willing to receive advice or wisdom from others, he would not receive assistance, comfort or help and what is the saddest part of this whole story – his heart grew so cold he no longer could receive love, he stopped searching for it.  This is what happens if we place ourselves on the throne of our hearts – we won’t let love in any longer. 

So there is a moral to this story and there is a purpose to it as well, which I will share in a moment.

I just want to remind us all – some pearls of wisdom –

To have a friend you must be one.

To be loved you must love.

We always get back to the exact measurement of what we give away and when you continually push people away, one day they will eventually just stay gone.  Yet, those who partake in the feast of love with you, will never leave your side.

Our joy is made full, not by receiving love, but by giving all our love away so that when it returns back to us, we are kept warm in the heart as it takes two – one cannot keep their own heart warm.  There is one to give and another to receive, Jesus is the love we exchange.

I mentioned there was a purpose in all this, besides the obvious, of course.

ROF Ministries is getting ready to launch ROFCONNECT…  I spoke a little bit about it a couple months ago and some of you sent your email address in and you do group emails occasionally, which is fabulous, btw.

I said after the new year, Lord willing we would launch ROFCONNECT and start plowing the ground and see if it is what you all, those we love and serve benefits you in anyway.  Remember our vision is to “heal hearts His way…” So this is just another outreach we are going to try and approach it somewhat patterned after the Prison Ministry. 

We firmly believe no one should feel left out, alone, sad and hopeless – so if the Lord allows, we have a heart’s desire to be used by Him to assist others to connect.  Whether that be in a group or 2 by 2, that is up to you and up to the Lord.  We are going to move slowly, prayerfully and with fluidity by the Holy Spirit in this assignment.  The Lord recently laid upon my heart just how much His Body and children are going to need one another to stand firm and in balance and that love in action is the key.

So here is how it will work…  Nikki is my assistant with this little outreach.  She has a new email specifically for ROF which is:  NIKKIROFCONNECT@GMAIL.COM

All you have to do is email her and for now all who join will receive continual weekly encouragements and I strongly encourage you all to write each other within the group often – words of encouragement and be open to share in your daily struggles, so without chains we may love and comfort one another.  As we move forward, we will seek the Lord’s guidance on matching people up 2 by 2 or you all may even do that yourselves.  If we do that… don’t laugh, but it goes with a dream I had years ago called – “matched by heaven…”  I used to joke I would run a dating service through the Holy Spirit’s guidance with strict adherence to Godly principals.  Although, males and females are encouraged to join ROFCONNECT, it is not, not a dating service… and believe me, I will know if any sneaky ones try to make it that…  With that being said – I still believe… every pot has a lid and may the Lord have His way in this, it is for you all and for His glory.  So if you are interested being on the ground floor of this new endeavor just email Nikki and we’ll see what happens!  I honestly have no expectations whatsoever.

Lastly, the Lord really convicted me last week…  Saying, my church keeps preaching about loving their enemies and my own children do not display love to one another.  He reminded me how charity starts at home and how we are not to withhold our hands from our own flesh…  Why?  Because when we do this preaching to the choir sort of thing and we are not walking it out one to another – we are no better than the hypocrites, saying one thing and doing another.  We are similar to those religious ones who pass by a stranger fallen down in need to get to church, to declare our holiness before all men.

We must check our own hearts to see, am I a clanging cymbal or sounding brass?

In closing, lets read it as a reminder of how important demonstrating love is to the Father, no matter our gift, assignment or calling…  love is what He desires to spread more than anything else.  Remember?   We are known by our charity, demonstrations of love – not our wisdom, teachings, fancy prayers, ministries, revelations, dreams/visions, declarations, but by our charity – which is all that we discussed today in how we authentically embrace one another.

1 Corinthians 13

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Ring of Fire Broadcast Transcript ~

Saintly Instructions For Abiding – Colossians Study

January 18, 2021

CHAPTER 1 ~

Colossians is a word from the Lord to the faithful saints who love one another, who’s hope is in Heaven and keep the truthful words as the Gospel, which is to witness and strive for Jesus’s ways while here on Earth.

They bring forth fruit by their actions, knowing the grace of God and love by the Spirit. They know God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding and walk worthy of the Lord by desiring to please Him, showing only good works which others glorify Him for and are continually growing in their knowledge of Him, more than knowledge of anything else.

They are strengthened in might according to His glorious power, having patience and longsuffering with continued joy – giving all thanks to the Father by partaking in light as Saints in His inheritance.  They have been delivered from all darkness, being translated into the Kingdom that Jesus rules over, as He redeemed them by His blood, through repentance and forgiveness of sins.  As Jesus was the firstborn of many, they are too partakers of the invisible God.

The particular Saints believe it is through Him all things were created, that are in Heaven and Earth – visible and invisible, including thrones, dominions, principalities and powers – all things were created by Him and especially for Him and that He is before all things and by Him all things exist. 

They also know He is the head of the body, called the church as He alone is the beginning, as a firstborn from the dead so that in all things He might come first.  It pleased the Father that in Jesus all fullness shall dwell.  He made peace through the blood on the cross so that only by Him are all things reconciled unto Himself – whether in Heaven or on Earth.

He said that we have been alienated and enemies in our own minds at times, doing wicked things and works – but after receiving Jesus we are no longer that person in our actions, because our minds have been changed.  Because He died in the flesh, He is able to present us holy and unblameable and unreprovable in His sight – we are changed in the mind so our actions reflect His and are holy and pure. 

If we continue grounded in the faith and settled and are not moved away from the Gospel of following in Jesus’s footsteps and ways – all that we have heard about Him, which was preached to every creature under heaven – it is assured we shall remain in Him. 

Ministers for Jesus do rejoice in their sufferings for the body, suffering afflictions of Christ in our flesh for His body’s sake, who is the church.  We are made ministers according to God’s plan in order to fulfill the word of God.  We not only speak of it, we walk it out.

There is a mystery which was hidden from ages and generations – but that mystery is not hidden from His saints – as God makes known what the riches of the glory of this mystery specifically to us.  This mystery is actually Jesus abiding within us individually, our Lord, the hope of all glory. 

He is who we preach, warning everyone who will listen – teaching all who are wise so that we may present all perfect in Christ Jesus – belonging to Him, eternally.  We labor and strive according to His working in others, just as He works in us in a mighty way.

CHAPTER 2 ~

We as His ministers carry a great conflict for the body, whether we’ve met face to face or not in that all hearts might be comforted, are knit together as one in love, rich with the full assurance of understanding and acknowledging the mystery of God, the Father and of Jesus – in whom all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hid, only in them is where true and pure knowledge is found.

So we warn all – take heed that any man may beguile you with enticing words, we are together and one in the Spirit, regardless if fellowshipping in the flesh.  We have joy looking upon Godly order, steadfastness and your faith in Jesus.  Just as you say you have received Jesus, you must also walk in His ways, rooted and built up in Him, establishing your faith – just as you have been taught, being abounding with thanksgiving.

Beward – lest any man spoil you by their philosophy, vain deceit or any traditions supported by man – who considers the ways of the World rather than considering Jesus Christ foremost, as it is in Him you may dwell in the fullness of the Body of Christ because it is in Him you are complete.  Jesus is the Head of His body over all principalities and powers.

You have a circumcision inwardly made without human hands, in which you now put off the body of flesh and the sins which corrupt, through seeking to follow Jesus’s ways.  Your old self was buried with Him and now you are risen with Him through your faith that Jesus is your Savior by the operation of God upon you, who also raised Jesus from the dead, you have been raised.

You were dead in your sins, revealed by the uncircumcision of your flesh ways, but He quickened you together with Him and forgave you of all your transgressions.  He blotted out all that was being held against us, that which is contrary to a child of God – He removed it all and nailed it to the cross.  He spoiled the plans of principalities and powers by making a show of them openly, while triumphing over them at the same time.

Let no one judge you in what you eat or what you drink or in respect of holydays, the new moon or even what they deem as the Sabbath days – which when they do is just a shadow of that which is to come later on.

Let no man beguile you either of your reward through volunteering for humility, the worshipping of angels, discussing things he has not really seen – which describes those who are vainly puffed up by their fleshly minds.  For they do not hold up Jesus as head of His body – who gives nourishment through ministering, being knit together in Him – the body increases with the increased knowledge of God – which is the only way of truthful knowledge.

Because if we are dead already with Jesus, then we are also dead to entertaining the rudiments of the World.  Even though we live in it and are subject to its ordinances (rules), consisting of directives to touch not, taste not, handle not – including all things we may perish from using – why simply follow the commandments and doctrines of men?  They direct only to show their own wisdom and humility while neglecting the body of Christ, not being honorable to satisfy their own fleshly ways.

CHAPTER 3 ~

But if you are one who is risen with Christ, you are also one who seeks only those things which are above – which is where Jesus sits on the right hand of the Father.  So from this day forward, set your affection on things above, not on things on Earth.  Because you are dead to sin, your life is hidden in Jesus so that when Jesus appears, who is our life – He is appearing through us in glory.  Therefore, mortify – which means to destroy – your members on Earth who display – fornication, uncleanness, unhealthy/excessive affection, evil impulses, idolatry and coveting what others have – because of these things the wrath of God will come upon His own children because they are so disobedient in these sinful ways.

Although, it is true – you used to be like this, because you too walked as a disobedient child – but now being hid in Jesus – you walk in His ways, putting off all anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication that is still coming out of your mouth.

Do not lie to one another as if you have put away how you used to be, but how you act is the truth of how you really are – rather, put on the new man, which is renewed in the knowledge after the image of Him that created Him – knowing Jesus is what is most important – all are equal to be hid in Him, if they chose to do so.

Put on as His elect ones who are holy and beloved, much mercy, kindness, humbleness of the mind, meekness and longsuffering – as you forbear one another, forgiving one another continually.  If you do have a disagreement with someone, forgive, just as Jesus forgave you.  And above all else, stay in a constant state of affectionate and brotherly love by have an attachment to one another – which is the bond of perfectness for the body of Christ.

Let the peace of God rule in your heart, as you are one body in Him, so be thankful.  Let the word of God dwell in you richly in all wisdom as you teach one another – and also as you admonish, which is gently warning someone through encouraging advice – using psalms, spiritual songs to edify the Lord through the grace you have in your own heart.

And may whatever you do, every single thing – whether in word or action – do all of it in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving all thanks to Him and the Father too.

Wives submit to the leading of your husband, not trying to rule over them as if you know better how to guard your household, loving Jesus through them, loving them is just like how you love Jesus.

Husbands, love your wives, never being bitter towards them. Just love them, as Jesus loves and cares and is attentive to His church.

Children you must obey your parents in all things in order to find yourself pleasing the Lord.

Fathers do not provoke your children to anger, which will only in turn frustrate and discourage them to want to just give up.

Servants obey those who are over you in the flesh, not just when they are looking, nor as being a man pleaser – but with singleness of the heart, fearing not man but God alone.

And in all things you do – do it with your whole heart as you were doing it to the Lord Himself, not unto men, because you must know what you do to others you are doing to the Lord to receive the reward of your inheritance since you serve the Lord Jesus Christ.  But he that does wrong, shall receive the wrong which he has done, no matter who he is because God is not a respecter of persons – He treats all the same.

CHAPTER 4 ~

Masters who rule over servants, always give to them that which is just and equal, knowing we too have a Master in Heaven – may we replicate Him while leading others continually.

Continue in prayer and be watchful, always with thanksgiving.  Pray for us that God will continue to open a door to us by His mouth to speak about the mystery of Christ Jesus, for all His servants are truly in bonds to Him so that He manifests within us when we speak – so it isn’t us speaking, only Him.

May you walk in wisdom towards those that are without and may you be right on time when assisting them.  Let your speech always be with gracefulness, seasoned with salt – not to much, not to little, but accepted and good to ingest of, pertaining to the Word and may you know fully how to answer everyone’s questions by the Spirit and truth.

So before anyone totally discounts this Word by discounting themselves as a leader, lets stop for just a moment and consider if Jesus lets us off the hook really that easy.  Because the truth is anyone who says they are a Christian is anointed, qualified and called to lead others, many places in the Bible this is called being a servant – as one who is being transformed into the Image of Christ, a vessel in which He abides and works through, led by the Holy Spirit which also resides to guide and direct us individually – a true disciple in Him, leads others.  In fact, if we are really a Christian, everyone who comes in contact with us daily, should walk away from an encounter with Him through us.  So if you say, I am a Christian, what should follow is – and I love _______, fill in the blank.  It might be comforting others, loving other, sharing the Word with others, praying for them when they are sick, teaching them about Jesus and His ways, etc…  Being a Christian means Christ follower and in that, just as Paul spoke – others are going to look to us as examples on how to follow Jesus.  The title of Christian is not a given pronouncement like Mr. or Mrs. or Doctor before your name, it is a way of life. 

Even the disciples who spent time continually in Jesus’s presence while on Earth had a difficult time embracing this truth and there is more than one account when they argued amongst themselves – so much so, they even split up over disputes, betraying one another or not feeling as if they were on the same page all the time.  Can you imagine, in the upper room as they gathered in the presence of the Lord Jesus before He was to go to the cross, they were arguing in front of Him about who among them is the greatest?  Its in Luke 22, lets read a little about what happened.

This was right after satan entered into Judas for the ordained betrayment of all time – Jesus had told them that the hand of the one who will betray Him is with Him at the table that very moment, Jesus told them it was already determined He be betrayed, but that a woe would come upon the weakened vessel who did the betraying.  The same is true in our lives as well, many do betray us and it is allowed for God’s purpose and ours, but those who do so will suffer great woes.  Immediately after Jesus stated this, the disciples get into an argument about which of them would do such a thing, which then turned into a boasting of self that stirred up much strife over which of them should be counted as the greatest.  Which it seems Peter was the worst and due to his pride ended up denying the Lord Jesus three times, after proclaiming he was willing to go to prison and death with Jesus.  As the story goes, pride always comes before a fall – a woe granted in that satan may sift us as wheat to purify us from our own ego and pride.  And right after that – Jesus command they and us pray we enter not into temptation… then as Jesus went to pray in preparation for what was to come – all the disciples fell asleep – none stayed awake to pray with Him – Jesus told them sleeping was equal to falling into temptation.  And lets not forget, Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss – which is so profound and spiritually eye opening, isn’t it?  It is not those we meet on the street who can betray us of the heart is it?  Nope, it is those closest to us that can do the most damage.  The fact it was mentioned Judas betrayed with a kiss is very telling and a teaching in of itself for another time.

So lets read the word and see how Jesus responded to this silly dispute.

Luke 22:25-30

25 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 26 But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. 27 For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.

He is telling us here that we were created to follow and lead others and those who are the World look up to are benefactors.  But that is not for us now, not now that we are within the Body of Christ – instead we exist for His pleasure, to do His will, to imitate Him as the young is greatest among us and to govern – you must serve others.  So He asked them who they perceive as greater?  The one who sits at the table or the one who serves those who are sitting?  Jesus said it is the ones who are sitting at the table to receive that are the greatest and that He is the One among who serves them.  I believe we can all agree Jesus in our opinion, we would consider the greatest of all, but He served, didn’t He? 

The reason many feel worthless and feeble in the mind is because before you were saved you were sitting at the table to receive and you surrendered your heart to Jesus in a most precious way and guess what you are still doing?  Being served, rather than transitioning over into being a servant – you are still, after all this time, taking and taking when you should be leading, loving, comforting, encouraging and leading others with your time, talent or treasure.  Jesus told us to make disciples of all men – to be fishers of men, but so many in the church have fallen asleep, tired and too lazy to stay awake and alert as the Body of Christ, serving and praying until Jesus comes.

Okay, lets apply the Word we learned today ~

  • The Lord never changes and He is continually resisting the proud, they get sifted by satan, purified in the process in order they stand in Him as His hands and feet, rid of self glory.
  • When the Lord resists the proud, He also releases to the meek, activating them and giving them charge to be salt and light on the Earth.
  • One quick way to recognize those who are self-elevating are those who boast on themselves or glorify themselves in how holy they are because of their own deeds.  They are also quick to point out the faults of others, blind to their own awareness – yet obvious to all.  These are called faultfinders – they ignore the plank (blinding fault of theirs) and yet see the miniscule speck of fault in others.  And by the way – the plank is actually ego which makes them blind to humility and they cannot perceive their own weaknesses.
  • Jesus must be revealed to us before He is revealed through us, keeping in mind Jesus is love.  An empty glass has nothing to poor out… but self I guess.  When Jesus’s love is revealed to us, He pours in then we can pour Him out to others so that all we say and do is done with love.
  • Speaking a truth is not the same as an accusation.  Jesus called some  vipers, the disciples also often spoke the truth of who was before them – idolaters, thieves, murderers, prostitutes and so forth, but the key here was for redemption, not a death sentence and remember… accusations rarely speak the truth, usually contain an element of false embellishment or flat out lie.  This is meat, not milk and your baby flesh likely wants to resist it – but it is time the church grow up, time is just too short.  Sadly, we cannot even teach on this subject fully, there is too much resistance, even right now many do not want the fullness of the Scriptures, preferring to have their ears tickled by what they already perceive as truth to themselves, rather than grow by the nourishing word.
  • Speaking the truth about someone in love is not judging them, proclaiming a sentence of death by consequence over them for that sin is judgement.  But can we hear these words?  Or do we prefer to hear smooth words of mixture?  We’ve all fallen short of representing the Lord’s glory haven’t we?  Best to just confess it to overcome it – comforting and loving one another for the purity of His body, than to just keep hidden all that which is soon to be brought before all through the light so very soon.  Jesus is coming soon – are we ready?  I mean truly ready? Or when satan comes, will he find something still within us to cling on to that we hidden deep inside?  I saw satan fall like lighting – have you all?  He has already been defeated, it is my prayer we embrace Jesus fully and surrender our whole hearts to Him and be none of reputation here on Earth and like I say all the time, those with nothing to hide, hide nothing.
  • When we are hidden in Christ, we lay down our reputation so His is witnessed to others.  Those who are joined to the Lord are one with Him and He is displayed through us by the characteristics we display to others.  This is called integrity – remember, a part from Him we can do nothing but display ourselves.  The problem with many in the church today is it portrays the image of self, not Jesus.
  • Jesus was betrayed and broken in the heart and scarred more than anyone in history and yet He loved extravagantly, never to forsake us or others.  He is always calling us unto Himself and is trustworthy to guide us through the pains of this life.  He sits with us when we are weak, He carries us until we are able to walk upright again and all we have to do is reach for Him, He is there.  It may take all of what we are to do so, but in return we get all of Him.
  • When we attempt to do the will of God by our own might or power we wear ourselves out in the process quickly and begin to take things by force, it is then our burdens become very heavy.  We then flounder as Jesus no longer infuses us with His peace, but instead we are leaning on our own understanding, rather than trusting Him for the outcome.
  • We dwell in the Father’s house, which is where Jesus dwells – Jesus within us and us within Jesus.  This oneness is unique to anything found on Earth and we are joined together through Him and are at rest from our own works to make things happen, especially joining to those we are unequally yoked with.
  • As Jesus works in us inwardly, His works come through us outwardly so that it is evident Jesus as author and finisher is prominent in our lives.  We no longer do His work, we are His work.
  • Jesus as the master builder is building His people together, while the enemy is being used to tear down all that which is not found solely in Him.
  • As Jesus is revealing Himself more and more through us, religion is being shaken, as are those who are religious and contain the doctrines of men.
  • A worker of iniquity is right in his own eyes only and against anyone who is against the revealing of that iniquity so that they gravitate to those who flatter them with their lips.
  • We are only usable in the Kingdom of God to the measurement we no longer exist in what work we are doing for Him, as we have one COLLECTIVE purpose – Christ in you, individually and collectively.
  • Jesus is shattering all the faith words spoken to us and over us by man, so that only His word remains within us.  It is by faith we can do all things because it is not us doing it, but Jesus is performing His purposed will through us.
  • One day we will see that everything we deal with daily is His love on display through us and our faith is increased as our eyes are opened to see spiritually that the bad which happened to us actually worked together for our own good.
  • If you were the only person on Earth, Jesus would still do and would of still done everything the same – that is just how important you are to Him.
  • Being in God’s presence is the only fruitful place to be, being in obedience is also the safest place on Earth, no matter what is falling down around you.  So whether that is the viper’s den, lion’s den, ICU, jail, etc…  whatever trial you may be in at the moment is a starting place to surrender as we are just now learning what it means to abide and remain hidden in Him.  He is breaking off of us to be content with outside influences so that we are content only with Him residing within our hearts.
  • Never forget, we are safe and secure in His hands.  But do we believe it?  Do we understand Jesus was safe in His Father’s hands when He was anointed, put on trial, scourged and slayed?  Do we embrace or resist the Father’s sovereign plan, trusting Him no matter what situations we face?  Are we ready to relinquish all control and attempts to try to alter the Father’s divine plan or do we, like Judas take matters into our own hands for self-gain?
  • Remember – being a Christ follower, a true follower who imitates His ways, mannerisms, integrity and love – is not for the faint hearted.  It is actually the hardest thing you will do while on this Earth journey, requiring we lay our own lives down fully, to never pick them up again and settle it in our hearts to not be like one of those who told Jesus to come down off the cross of suffering to save His own life.
  • Encourage yourself believing – to live is Christ, to die is gain.  Dying to self, dying in the natural is really no biggie if you know where you are going.
  • As prisoners in this World, where you can barely breath since it no longer has anything of worth to offer us, we understand that death to self is the only way out and is where true freedom rings.

So as the Bride is making herself ready – it is my prayer we stop being that runaway bride, who avoids all things unseen and rise up as His Beloved, it is surely time.

With all the uncertainty in the World and especially our Nation at the moment, I am so very grateful Jesus is drawing us into Himself, as He calls us with His love. 

Fatherless, Orphans, Strangers & Widows ~

FATHERLESS/ORPHANS, STRANGERS & WIDOWS ~  Basically those who have been abandoned, having only the Lord to rely on as their source.  Although, it is true people may come and go throughout different points and times in our lives for a season, none have remained permanently. 

In order to make sense of all this and especially for those of us who are sensitive of the heart and rather than seeing clearly that something is fragmented within the other person – we have a tendency to take this upon ourselves, looking inward and saying – there must be something wrong with me, am I unlovable?  We are a very rare collection of people from that respect – One of our greatest qualities is we love deeply and fully – and this is something others will not understand unless they suffer it as well. 

When you give your all, when you love wholeheartedly and deeply – you suffer loss fully and wholeheartedly.  I can always tell who gets this and who doesn’t by how they interact with others.  It is very eye opening to just observe.  Most people love only on the surface, so they have no placement or are not familiar with loving others fully.  They may try to convey they are the same or even give in such a way – but they don’t… And how do we know?  By how easily they walk away…  Those who are abandoned, do not abandon – not ever in the heart – because they do not desire to inflict that sort of pain upon another, which is why we often remain in a holding pattern, longing, after others have separated from us.

Jesus understood this pain of the heart – which is why He in turn said – He would never leave us or forsake us, He too was abandoned, betrayed and left alone by those who He called His friends.  I was thinking about in the Garden how He was in view of what He would have to endure, asking just one disciple to stay away and comfort Him and pray with Him – but they all fell asleep.  We too have been in that same position at times, haven’t we?  Surrounded by those who say they are there for us – but when it is time for demonstration – they aren’t. 

So for a few – chosen by the Father – to be His child in such a precious way, just like Jesus – He becomes our only true source emotionally, physically, mentally – just all the way around.  There is really such a beautiful ending to this sacrifice we make in the natural which fuses us to Jesus, Who sticks closer than a brother, so that when abandoned He rises up as our only source of happiness, joy and hope.

Our Father takes great notice when we care for the least of these, the “strangers, fatherless, orphans & widows.”  There is one example after another when He pointed out in His word just how righteous someone is who tends to this select group and it is mentioned over and over in the Word, which tells us just how important this is to Him.

So I pulled out several Scriptures, to clarify this priority of the Father to His family – but I am finding who really comes to the comfort of the fatherless, orphans, strangers and widows are just that — the fatherless, orphans, strangers and widows.  We know Job was counted righteous because of the love he showed to this particular group and in turn become just like them, abandoned by all who said they would stick with him.

Because the Lord’s Words are so comforting, giving us placement in our identities, I am going to read several of the Scriptures which mentions us – as they portray the truth we may not matter to many, but to our Father in Heaven – we matter the most.

Exodus 22:22 

Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.

Deut 10:18

He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.

Stranger – foreigner in the World, misfit, the least of these

Deut 24:21

When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vineyard, thou shalt not glean it afterward: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.

The Father always makes provision for us who have been abandoned

Deut 26:12

When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled;

Job 6:27         

Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend.

Job 22:9

Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.

Job 29:12

Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.

Psa 10:18

To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.

Psa 68:5

A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.

Psa 82:3

Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.

Psa 146:9

The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

Isa 1:17

Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

Jer 5:28

They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.

Jer 7:6

If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt:

Look at this —- oppressing the stranger, fatherless and widow is equaled with shedding innocent blood

Jer 22:3

Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.

Jer 49:11

Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let thy widows trust in me.

Ezek 22:7

In thee have they set light by father and mother: in the midst of thee have they dealt by oppression with the stranger: in thee have they vexed the fatherless and the widow.

Vexed – mistreat, treat violently

Zech 7:10

And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.

Mal 3:5

And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.

James 1:27

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

I often refer to us as “Messiah’s misfits” and it is time to grow…  to grow into the truth of us.  From being a spiritual orphans to sons and daughters of the Most High God and Father.  John 14:18 tells us – He will not leave us orphans and in Revelation He promises that one day in a time to come – all will know He loved us.  Mathew 17:11 promises us that Elijah will come in the last days and restore all things – which includes us.  We are being restored, while the World turns and people go on about their own lives – The Father’s spirit is pouring out upon us, turning our hearts towards Himself and we are being separated out – and being drawn unto Him.  There is a crown of life promised to those that simply just love Him.  James 1:26 & 27 – reveals a great mystery…

If any man among you seems to be religious and does not bridle his tongue, but deceives his own heart (about himself) this man’s religion is in vain (about himself).  Pure religion (untainted by ego) and undefiled (no mixture) before God the Father is this – to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction and to keep himself unspotted from the World.  VISIT – not just lip service, this type of love is an action word – it is walking out the principals of love via demonstration of love.  It is a knowing that what we do for the least of these – we are actually doing to Jesus – and once our eyes are open, we tread very lightly, but fully understanding we are in reality loving Jesus through others being the recipient of shared and complimented love where they is one source – HIM.

Once we grasp this kingdom way – we will never seek nor entertain tainted and false love again, which is counterfeit, producing no good fruit.  We go from looking for love in all the wrong places to only allowing into us love which the Father ordains is permitted for our goodness and growth.  And it is okay if you aren’t quite there yet – this is all about growth, not perfection.  Are we growing?  That is the question which we need to be asking.  And both have fruit which help us determine if we are embracing the identity of being an orphan or a child of God.

Let’s go over some of these tell-tell signs to assist us in measuring our growth or if we have become somewhat stagnant or stuck in place.  Obviously, I have already reviewed this list and if I am honest discovered I seem to gravitate at times to embracing being an orphan and not a child of God.  As I go over this – you might want to take a mental note of just which mindset you see yourself agreeing with.

WORKSHEET by Johnny Long – which I altered a bit and helped give me strength and clarity on just what is truth and what is a figment of my own mind.

Applying what we’ve learned, pearls ~

  • Our spirit knows the truth of us, but our minds do not grasp Spiritual truths continually.  In our spirit we know we are a child of God but in our minds/hearts we believe we are orphans.  Whatever truth we cling to and believe – that is what we will walk out daily.  An orphan identity is bondage, which a child of God is freedom to be you.
  • Fatherless, orphan, stranger, widow in Greek all means the same thing pretty much – UNCOVERED & UNPROTECTED.
  • When we feel abandoned we will often believe we are failing on every level, but the truth is – we may be failing on every level but God’s – since only He knows the truth of us and our hearts, every tear we’ve cried and every struggle we could barely get through.  And although man judged outwardly – only our Lord knows our obstacles, our weaknesses and desperation to overcome them and how our soul seeks to be pleasing to Him.
  • An orphaned soul knows the Father as ruler only, not understanding He disciplines His own children for our good – not because He is mean and enjoys causing us pain.
  • Abba means Father/Daddy – it is intimate and personal — our hearts cry out “Abba Father…” continually and He is always attuned to our cries.
  •  It seems we all have a common thread, which is – those who were appointed to love and care and cherish us didn’t, especially during our formative years, meaning when we were young.  We are often not loved unconditionally, just the way we are and those who say they love us continually raise the bar – equaling our performance to their demonstration of love – this is an unholy alliance, not replicating the Father’s love towards us, but confuses our souls to become fragmented.  And since some love is better than none, we are groomed to carry this way into adulthood.
  • Many will compete with others for loving attention, isolate themselves, become paranoid and jumpy, have depression, hopelessness, suffer from anxiety and people pleasing, show lack of boundaries, overcompensate, become fearful of love, distant and easily offended or defensive.
  • I want to encourage you to cry out to the Father as much as you need to – today and as you grow, especially when we are at the end of our rope and all we have left are tears which flow outwardly from a shattered heart.
  • As lawlessness increases as a result of the love of many running cold, so is the after effect of people not feeling loved – the two go hand in hand.
  • There is a special group of us who were abandoned and/or abused by our natural fathers, which place us into a particular position of not understanding the love of our Heavenly Father.  Knowing our own father, who we could see did not engage with us, makes it harder to comprehend a Father we cannot see would love us any differently.  We can be that change agent in the lives of many – especially our brothers in the Lord – even Paul called himself a Spiritual Father, saying we have many teachers, but not enough fathers, which conveys to us this problem is not something new in our society but was prevalent in Jesus’s time as well.
  • One major issue Jesus had with those He was among was that the men often put their wives away and abandoned their children, which tells us this is nothing new – so keep in mind all those who have done so and not owned the error of their ways will face our Heavenly Father one day and give answer to Him.
  • It is a real truth our Heavenly Father immediately accepts us, which is why we must love the truth and not make the mistake of comparing Him to our natural father.  We often get it backwards thinking if so and so does not love us like Jesus loves the church – He doesn’t either.  Jesus already set the command in place and it reflects on those who do not to a greater degree than it reflects on us not being lovable.
  • The Word tells us our Heavenly Father desires to gather us under His wings as little chicks – meaning He desires to protect, nurture and comfort us – to sustain us to life everlasting.
  • Every single person at some point has suffered loss – but if we forget that, we may in turn think the person we are dealing with is who we meet today, not really seeing the truth of them and that they have walls up with a smile on their face, but rest assured the truth is always revealed, soon or later.  One can only maintain a falsity for so long.
  • Religious people are often plagued with an orphan spirit and unaware of it’s influence over them.  They often compete with one another, are insecure and try to prove themselves worthy of their calling – I’ve heard them even boast on their own humility, which are all signs that person is not sure of just Who they belong to.  In the Kingdom of God – when we know who we are and who’s we are – we are settled in quiet peace, calm, knowing we are each on our own path with Jesus.
  • Those being influenced will frequently secretly take advantage of others, appearing pious openly and need a lot of attention to make up for their lack of worthiness.
  • Isolation is a big red flag we are influenced by this orphan identity – when you deep down you do not feel you belong in God’s family, which is often the residue of not being accepted by your own family.  Psalm 61 speaks to this affliction in the soul saying – you gravitate to a mindset of doing it all on your own, frequently withdrawing, hiding from others, being overly dependent, mistrusting of people still trying to prove yourself as being needed.
  • The Father did not create us to live in a vacuum and said from the beginning two is better than one.  The enemy tries to keep us from embracing the Father and His family, the brethren and it is only orphans who say they need no one as a shield of protection.  The Body of Christ is just that – a living and activated Spiritual body, which compliments one another and all parts are necessary for functionality and growth.
  • In the wilderness we often become delusional thinking we need no one, in isolation.  Fear and insecurity rules over the days of the wilderness and we become very unsure of our placement in the family of God – feeling vulnerable, uncovered, unprotected – so we tend to cover ourselves and hunker down in protective mode.  We become wretched, naked and blind without realizing it.
  • When we have a deep desire to be needed it reveals our weakness for wanting constant reassurance that we are okay.  The truth is the Father doesn’t need us, He loves us and if we get into a mindset where we think He needs us, those we are appointed to love suffer – you will be constantly seeking many to fill your needy tank.
  • If we need accolades from others every time we do something for the Lord – we are not doing it for Him.
  • Those who need constant reassurance are just trying to prove themselves – but we are commanded to be pleasing to One, our Father in Heaven.  What is amazing about Him is we get credit for attempting to please Him through His safety, acceptance and love for even trying to obey since He accepts us just as we are – while men seek proof, He knows our intentions.
  • Humans generally love us by how we measure up to what pleases them and often withhold love if we are not measuring up to their demands – our Father is totally opposite of humans in this way.
  • Humans will sometimes walk away or reject us when we do not do what they want us to do – but here is the beauty of our Father – He pulls us closer for instruction when we not obedient or misstep.  We need to just accept this truth as a first step… We have no father on Earth and no one on Earth will or can love us like Jesus – this is a timely word for the season we are currently in. 
  • Orphans often are plagued to perform, feeling rejected and therefore must continually make themselves in disposable to others.  They do not see they already add value, but will work constantly to overcompensate and be recognized as valued.  They constantly feel driven to gain identity in work and expect the same diligence from others or view them as weak.  Note:  If you are surrounded by someone like this for very long and if you do not share in their demands to perform they will cast you down and then away, forgetting we all have a special gift to complement, not compete.
  • Orphans have an ingrained mistrust of others, being fearful they will be punished at anytime they make a mistake.  Our Father’s love is undeserved and unearned, the same is true for His favor upon us as His children.
  • To overcome this identity and grow into the full knowledge of the truth as a child of God we must realize our minds are still carnal in many ways still.  We must get bare before the Lord authentically and confess our fears and faults – crying Abba Father – it is amazing but truly weakness is our entrance to join fully with Him, He actually seeks out those who need Him in such a precious way.
  • We also need to stay in the Word to nourish our souls back to health – this helps our hearts and eyes to be opened to defeat all the lies the enemy whispers to us on a daily basis and the negative self talk we have with ourselves on a regular basis.  Oh and a side note – you do believe what you say by the way or you wouldn’t say it – whether that be about ourselves or others.  A trap we often get into is speaking ill of ourselves to others so they comfort our flesh or carnal souls – when we should be taking all of this to the Father, knowing He alone can set us free and deliver us from these lies.
  • Humility places us into perfect position to receive the Father’s blessing – He offers it continually, but we often reject it.  His love will never grow cold, He will never leave us as others do and He actually loves us even more than we love ourselves.  You do realize you love yourself, correct?  You bathe, clothe, feed, warm/cool yourself – you tend to and nurture yourself – which are all demonstrations of love.  Well, our Father wants to do all this and more because we are His children.
  • When His peace settles into our hearts, wounds are healed, worry dissipates, wholeness takes place and we finally grow into a place where He is all that matters, because to Him we matter the most.
  • In our weakness He rises up strong within us.  All things we can do when all things we desire to do originate in Him and we simply cannot lose.
  • In His wholeness we are covered unto completion – all that is missing is returned and He fills in the gaps of our hearts.  It is through this heart change and we go from having a heart that is full of holes to a Holy heart sustained by Him alone.
  • By His grace we get continual do-overs and second chances – He is not a 1 strike and you’re out Father – as we seek Him more and more we receive the gift of the unction to repent, which equals how we go and sin no more – it is not so much we lose the sin, but rather we shed off the desire to do that sin.  It is not by might but by surrender that grace abounds so willful sin doesn’t.  It is so important to understand none of us could even repent without His help – we wouldn’t know right from wrong without His guidance.
  • It is His protection which enables us to trust Him during difficulties and He is so very patient, giving us opportunities daily, over and over to learn to lean on Him.
  • When we live for the World and those in it – we can easily become hopeless, but when we live for the Lord we are filled with everlasting joy.
  • His blessing and promise is to keep us continually, to not lose us as He shines His face upon us daily.
  • As a reminder, it is not necessary we go around constantly telling everyone about our hardships in life – they cannot do one thing to remedy our brokenness – keep in mind the Lord comes to our aid and He already knows all about what we’ve gone through and the heartbreaks we’ve faced.  We need to be satisfied and at rest knowing under His covering he will trouble those who trouble you.
  • Our Lord has amazing qualities built within Himself to satisfy all our shortcomings and needs.

HE IS our –

Provider

Healer

Abiding comfort

Loving presence

Shepherd

Prince of Peace

Banner against our enemies

Strength

Joy

Father and Husband

So I know it has been a long time since I spoke – and I am sorry for that…  If I told you everything that has been going on, you wouldn’t even believe it – but it has given me so much time for the Lord to cultivate more mercy and compassion within my heart for those who are hurting as I do sometimes. 

One major thing that opened my eyes in this study was how off I was in my identity and that although many of these horrific things did happen to me – they do not define my nature – where my soul originated from and will return to again – my first Estate, our Heavenly Home.

Lately it is all I can do to keep up with emails, keep the prison ministry intact and do two things – Not deny His Name and Keep His word, just like it was written in Revelation –

Revelation 3:8-12

I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

So during this time of year, we can sometimes just walk around like a shell – going through the motions, feeling like an outcast as we put on our best holiday faces, pretend to be joyful, praying others do not notice…  It is like our flesh is engaged and our souls have checked out.  I see now why the Lord placed a delay on our study about the orphan identity – it was purposed for such a time as this.  I realize many of you have no one, while others have many, but they do not “belong”…  those we are placed amidst are not always our people.  And just like this World is not our home, they are not our everlasting family.  It is almost as if we have to let the Lord shut those doors, in order we enter into His rest completely.  Jesus said – He will not leave us orphans, instead He will welcome us into His family as a child of God.  It is my prayer that you fully embrace just how the Lord is guiding you to separate completely from all that which He did not appoint or ordain for your life – knowing He is guiding us and preparing us to not have to endure the hour of temptation like the rest of those who occupy Earth.  Is it painful?  Oh yes, indeed it is.  Do we stay in a weakened state from this point forward?  Could be…  But remember this – one day all will know just how loved we actually were by Him and if all you can do at the moment is just those two little things in verse 8 – which are not denying Him and keeping His word then that is really all you can do and Jesus knows what little strength we would be in during these days. 

Surrender is a beautiful thing and a burden to bear.  From the outsider’s point of view it looks like you are falling away, but to our Lord Jesus you are falling into Him.  You are a child of God, growing each day into fullness of the Name of Jesus, like a voice crying out in the wilderness – nameless, faceless, stripped bare before Him – this is the process of taking His Name, we decrease and He increases within us and it is purposeful. 

You are not a doormat and soon it will be your time to speak and shine.  Again – the Father Himself is particularly fond of the strangers, widows, orphans and fatherless.  All of this is purposed so we stop doing things out of our own strength and surrender fully to Him.  He doesn’t need us – He loves us. 

I pray this teaching has been both an encouragement and a blessing if even in only the smallest of ways.  Those of you with such precious shattered hearts are on full display in the placement of a harsh and merciless world.  You shine like the son, drawing those who are hurting unto yourself as Jesus resides within.  Only Jesus can heal what others break – so I encourage you to continually seek His embrace.

I pray you have a blessed day in Him.

❤️Angela

Hope Deferred Makes The Heart Sick ~

I had an epiphany…  And I can’t wait to share it with you all.  You remember that verse in Proverbs 13:12 which says – Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life?  Well, this is just amazing…  For one thing, I never really noticed the second part of this verse before – where it says once what you hoped for arrives it comes like a tree of life – I am paraphrasing here.  For some reason I always stopped at – Hope deferred makes the heart sick.  Ugh… that hopeless feeling – I am sure all of you are fully aware of that dark cloud, aren’t you?  If not, well….  I don’t know what to say… lol  But anyway, I must admit I am sadly familiar with its lonely embrace. 

Anyway – Hope deferred or rather – delayed or seized from us, removed – can make our hearts sick.  Well that was a true eye-opener to me.  I got the delayed part – but stick with me for a bit here – because it also means a hope seized away and removed from us…  I just love how comforting clarity in the Lord’s words are to us, don’t you?  This surely explains a lot – doesn’t it?  When we have hope in something and it is taken away or removed from us, it does make our hearts sick at times, right?

Moving on – Heartsickness…  The heart in this reference is the soul of a person, our inner man – our conscience – where our emotions and passions and even courage resides – it is actually what makes you, you… the unique part of us which defines and sets us apart from all others – outside of the flesh body.  We may lose these flesh bodies, but our souls remain – just like the ones who cry out from under the alter in Revelation, saying how long oh Lord…  The same is true for us.

But anyway – those souls crying out were “sick” or rather – grieved, weak, sorrowful, wounded – just as we are at times.

But guess how this is defined in Hebrew?  It is the same as a woman in travail with birthpains… wow…  Now how amazing is this? But it gets better – it also means to be polished and made smooth!  Here all along I thought this was something I experienced that was severely wrong with me… well there is, but that is beside the point lol

So this just goes to show how important it is that we feast upon the Word with the Holy Spirit’s eye opening revelations which enlighten our hearts, healing and comforting them.

But wait – there is more…  so when our desires marry the Lord’s desires then our heart is healed unto wholeness, but when our desires do not align with His perfect will for our lives – it is removed and yes it is painful but if left in place, we would not be whole. 

Sooooo…. Do you ever feel like you are compromised?  Which is actually how all this started for me…  I was feeling greatly compromised – then the Lord started showing me just how much I have compromised from what I know to be some of my greatest heart desires – sort of like of giving in, to get along and it happens so gradually over time – one day you look in the mirror and don’t even recognize the face staring back at you anymore. 

Jesus tells us to be unmovable… to be grounded and uncompromised in Him.  And I totally get that…  but sometimes we forget just “who” is the savior and that we are not.  We forget that He gave of Himself so all could receive life everlasting – that He is poured out like a drink offering to all… We forget to let Him be God and that we are not and somewhere along the way – we give pieces of ourselves away, like little pearls so much so we become fragmented in the soul and we cast the goodness of us away to those who do not cherish us or appreciate us and in turn will trample those fragments to traces of dust. 

So there are some things you just “know” internally, like since you were little – those dreams of innocence, remember?  Before the World told you what you couldn’t do or be or how you envisioned your life to be.  Those desires placed within our hearts by the Father for His glory and purpose flowing through us.  Before the heart pain and rejection…  When you believed you were fearfully and wonderfully made and the sky was the limit.  When you dreamed of doing what you loved and loved God while doing it…  So dream with me a little – it’s safe here to do so.  Maybe you saw yourself as a fireman or police officer or in the military because He placed within you to protect others and keep order as a peacemaker.  Or maybe you wanted to be a doctor or a nurse because He placed healing in your hands, anointed with mercy and compassion.  Or maybe you desired to be a farmer or truck driver as one who fed others and gave them provision.  Or a teacher – to instruct others so their life be one of growth.  The list is endless really and as for me I always wanted to be a wife and mother – one who nurtures and cares for little ones and growing one in every way, training them and getting them ready to fly on their own, to take what I imparted into them and build upon it, doing greater things than me and with that, it is almost as if I am created to submit to and support a Godly man, in order his life be just a little bit easier because I am in it.

So now that I got your attention – can you see how the enemy has tried to redefine your heart’s desire or steal it or taint it or even that out of desperation, manipulation, force or just how it all played out – we’ve gotten away from embracing that we were born for such a time as this…  As we cling to what we’ve been told over the spoken words breathed into us by our Lord – we’ve lost ourselves a little bit or a lot, because you already know I am a hot mess…  We’ve become fragmented and our hearts are sick – very sick at times.  Our hopes have been deferred most often because they really were not our hopes, instead we were settling for many things the Father did not have in store for our lives. 

Let’s bring this full circle – lets complete the full verse…  it says – when the desire comes, it is like a tree of life.  When we return to that innocence, letting go of all the people pleasing, which we can’t maintain anyway and all the labels of what appears right in other’s eyes and simply just be who God created us to be with that very desire He placed within us we shall be strengthened once again.  It seems like we’ve all chased after a lot of counterfeits haven’t we?  And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Jesus is our true and everlasting Tree of Life and is spoken of in Genesis once eaten of we will live forever.  Seems to me like we’ve eaten enough mixture of good and evil for long enough and that its time to just be YOU. 

In Revelation 2, the Church of Ephesus had works and labor and patience and could not bear them which are evil, they tried those who were false apostles only to discover they were liars and they had not fainted but guess what they left?  Their first love…  they no longer loved what they were doing.  They were given a command to go back and do the first works (hint: what they knew was placed within them) – Oh I pray you are getting this – they were told to repent and if they overcome they were granted permission to eat of the tree of life.  Thank You Lord for Your nourishing word of truth.

The Word certainly has much to say on this whole tree of life subject, I was a little shocked to find out just how much Scripture is so relevant for us.  Let’s go over some of them ~~

Revelation 22:14-15

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.

Proverbs 15:4

A soothing tongue is a tree of life,

But perversion in it crushes the spirit.

Proverbs 11:30

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,

And he who is wise wins souls.

Genesis 3:24

So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.

John 1:4

In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.

THE TREE OF LIFE ~ BUILDS, IGNITES AND KEEPS BURNING OR KINDLES FIRE IN LIVING THINGS

Remember, Jesus is coming to bring fire upon the Earth wishing it was already kindled…

So let’s tie this all together, okay?

We eat of Jesus, the Tree of Life – He builds us, ignites us and keeps kindling our fire, when our hope is not deferred or quenched by outside forces we become what we partake of – HIM and we too become trees of life with fruit others may be blessed to partake of for their own building up, fire kindling as a living thing on Earth.

When we lose our desire – our first love, we start to wax and wane and our fire isn’t kindled and our lamps start to go out. 

I know most of you thought this Scripture in Revelation 2:4 was referencing Jesus, but it isn’t – no, not at all.  It reads – Nevertheless, (speaking of works here) I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.  It goes on to say – Remember from whence you’ve fallen and repent and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

They fell away from doing what they loved, it is almost as if they were no longer being authentic, sincere, true in the heart. 

Even this teaching today deals with our being adopted as a child of God – our identity as being raised up in pureness of who we were created to be in the Kingdom of God. 

So I say, dream with the Lord, I am praying He stir up within you a renewed hope in just who you are, before others told you it was wrong…  You were created with a purpose and whatever that purpose is you will not feel complete and whole until you embrace the truth of yourself, void of compromise. 

It is usually the hardest task that is the most rewarding and almost everything we do for the Lord requires two key elements – patience and love.

Now I realize this is meat – not milk.  It goes without saying… We are not talking about having pleasure in unrighteous things or being drawn away by lustful desires, motivated by selfish gain or monetary rewards or status or things like that.  We barely brushed on the subject of pleasure in righteousness and this truth is deep, void of flesh. 

Psalm 37:4 tells us that when we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our heart.  This embracing truth establishes in His ways and His will for our lives.  When we place Him as our centric focus – He removes all desire which does not align with His plan, which is perfect, for our lives, just as He orchestrates our steps in life.  In order for our hope to be restored He must become our hope.  A real issue in the church today is that we believe we must lose all things to follow Him – but that is not what He conveyed.  Instead He instructed us to surrender to Him and put away all things temporal and of this World.  Our hopes, dreams and passions founded in Him will come into fruition in which He alone gets the glory, as He is a God of the impossible, making all things new.

So with the new year upon us – this is a great time to reflect back on our lives and take inventory on just what we have compromised on within ourselves and let them all go.  It is also the perfect time to get truthful with ourselves regarding what is holding us back, making our hearts sick and hopeless and let it all go.  It is never too late for a Spiritual evolving or rebirth – a time for growth.  Many of us have been weighed down by demands that the Lord never intended to be put upon us.  We’ve compromised in ways He did not call us too – mainly ourselves and our true nature.  For the Lord to use us as His hands and feet, we must be purged from all mixture and counterfeit residue, walking in Spirit and truth whole-heartedly. 

I want to encourage you to dream with God again and open your eyes to see nothing is impossible with Him when we believe.  Believe in yourself and how you can do all things with Him as He strengthens you.  It seems like we have been apart from Him long enough, trying to muddle through each day, doing it our way haven’t we?  Our Father longs to give us the desires of our hearts and just because they are delayed does not mean we should lose hope or give up on those desires.  It is my prayer we will continually seek first His Kingdom, so that all things pertaining to it may be added unto us. 

In His Love ~

❤️Angela

The HAMAN Story from the Book of Esther ~ Broadcast Transcript of November 9, 2020 with Angela

Good morning blessings family – thank you for joining me on today’s ROF Ministry broadcast.  It certainly is going to be something we need to really take to heart today.  And all we are going to share today is found within the Book of Esther.  I know many of you want to study this whole book and Lord willing I would be honored and happy to do so, should the Lord lead us that way.  But, for today, we are going to learn about Haman, the villain within the study of Esther. 

I feel like it has been forever and a day since we’ve been able to gather together and study the Bible like this – I continue to be overwhelmed by the outpouring of your love, support and prayers, I am without words honestly.  I can testify to the truth that the Lord is with us and only seeks to do good towards us and no matter what never forsakes us – in this trial Jesus’s presence and peace has been with us each step of the way and even in my fearful moments, He was there to remind me it is all going to be alright.  We are on the mend here, just taking it one day at a time and learning to lean on and trust the Lord when you need Him most.

Alright, we better get started – I hope some of you were able to read the Book of Esther or at least portions of it in preparation for today’s study.  You will see as this unfolds – how no weapon formed against us or the plans of God will be allowed to prosper and how remaining silent is not always the will of God, plus many other pearls of wisdom in this timely study, with all that is going on in this carnal World.  One thing I learned in this study is… We often just hide away, expecting the Lord to do all the work in bringing down the plots and plans of the enemy and yet… Esther was anointed, called, prepared and eventually filled to speak forth truth to reveal what was done in secret.  Did you know some carry this Esther anointing today?  Some of you listening to me right now know, you are in preparation for a date with the divine in which….  You will know the time is at hand and if you perish, you perish – but you must proclaim the Words of the Lord.  Those who like to hide their darkness, will not receive what we learn today and will likely try to convince you it is ungodly to expose darkness at work.  In truth, as we will learn today – exposing darkness without first being purified and prepared, just as Esther was and also how Mordechai was called is what is forbidden.  But I don’t want to spoil the lesson here, let’s get started!  We will eventually study more about Esther herself – who resembles the Bride of Christ, but first we are going to take a look at Haman – I can’t say I’ve ever really done a study solely on Haman before – he usually is just glossed over, but we are going to see today how the Lord uses evil for divine appointments of those who He chooses…

Who was Haman the Agagite in the Bible?

Haman is the ultimate betrayer in the book of Esther and an evil man who tried to annihilate the Jewish people. The story begins with a beautiful young Jewish girl named Hadassah, an orphan who had been raised by her cousin, Mordecai. The Jews had been living in exile in Persia, and, when King Xerxes (also known as King Ahasuerus) banished his queen – ordering her death, as she refused to come before him during a drunken feast so he could show her off, which at that time was viewed as unfaithfulness – but that’s a whole other story… So the king decided to choose another queen, Hadassah was taken into his harem, requiring months of preparations before she could even approach the King. She was eventually chosen as the next queen, and her name was changed to the more Persian-sounding Esther.  There is a whole lot more to this story – but that is the jest of the story.  Many believe – me included – that the Book of Esther portrays the end time Bride, of which many of us are included within today.  So this Book has always been close to my heart.  Esther represents the purity of the Bride and what is valuable to Jesus – not founded in riches of gold.  Esther prior to being chosen went through a long and rigorous purifying process, just like we do.  Lord willing, soon we will study the Book of Esther, getter to know her more intimately, as many of you have requested we do so.

But for today’s discussion, we are going to focus on Haman – because in truth we are surrounded by Haman’s all over the place or may even have an element resembling his nature within us, as one who plots and plans in their crafty ways our demise and you will see at the end of the story – how nothing slipped by our Lord and how He intervened and turned all the schemes that Haman had devised right back on his own head.  Reaping and sowing has never been so evident, as it is in the Book of Esther.

Haman is first mentioned in Esther 3:1: “After these things King Ahasuerus promoted Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, and advanced him and set his throne above all the officials who were with him.” Haman had become one of King Xerxes’ chief advisers, but power went to his head. It is often that we are most blinded by those we deeply care for, so much so we cannot see they are joined with us for selfish gain and not the purity of the heart.  When everyone began to kneel and pay him homage – honor by bowing down to him, he noticed that Mordecai, Esther’s adoptive father, did not bow. Mordecai, being a Jew, knew God’s command about bowing to anyone but the Lord (Exodus 20:4–5). So Mordecai quietly remained standing when all others bowed to Haman as though he were a god. This infuriated the arrogant Haman (Esther 3:5).  We see this a lot today – you become an outcast when you refuse to worship a man – which is what paying homage to actually means.

Since the king had entrusted Haman with much and trusted him – he gave ear to his counsel in that, Haman went to the king to suggest an evil plan that would destroy Mordecai and the entire Jewish race, which Haman characterized as rebellious rabble-rousers – it was a false accusation, of course (Esther 3:68). The king, not knowing Haman’s true motives – was blinded to see the actual darkness within Haman, signed a proclamation that on a certain future day the Persian people could rise up, kill their Jewish neighbors, and take their possessions (Esther 3:13). The Jews would not be allowed to defend themselves. In this way, Haman was sure he would get his revenge against Mordecai.  We must be very careful who we take counsel from, many are used today for plots of evil and we cannot even see it.  If you sense someone is manipulating your thoughts in anyway – then seek the Lord on how to proceed.

When Mordecai learned of the king’s edict, he was grief-stricken and sent word immediately to his adopted daughter, Queen Esther, pleading for her help – believing Esther was currently residing in the king’s palace via a divine appointment from the Father. Esther was fearful of going in to the king without having first been summoned – because doing so in those days carried the consequence of death, but, drawing strength from Mordecai’s words, being obedient to his Godly wisdom, she made her famous statement, “… I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16). She asked all of the Jewish exiles to fast for her for three days prior.  Esther is a beautiful example of the fortitude even the weakest of vessels have, to lay your life down to the point of death, should it be required and how obedience is better than sacrifice.  We, especially women, have been taught that silence is golden – but in this account we learn, the Father does at times rise women to speak up in a mighty darkness shattering way.

Queen Esther requested a meeting with the king, which he granted (Esther 5:1–2). She then invited him and Haman to a feast she was giving. The king was delighted with the invitation, and so was Haman, who boasted to his wife and friends about how important he was (Esther 5:11–12). Pride always comes before a fall…  At the banquet, Esther requested that the king and Haman attend another banquet the next night. Haman was “joyful and glad of heart” on his way home (Esther 5:9), yet the very sight of righteous Mordecai refusing to bow filled him again with murderous rage – see how the battlefield is truly in the mind? At his wife’s suggestion, Haman erected giant gallows, 75 feet tall, upon which to execute Mordecai – see more hidden darkness and plots and plans here?  But remember – God sees all things and even knows the intentions of other’s hearts who seek to harm us.  Now you recall the edict he tricked the king into signing, right?  To eliminate all the Jews, remember… The king was not even aware his wife Esther, who he dearly loved was also of Jewish decent, but Haman sure did.  Haman knew she too would be slaughtered and did not care – this is a prime example of what ego can do to a person, giving no regard for others, only self.  Side note:  An edict such as this one, was similar to an oath and could not be retracted – not even by the King himself.  Talk about being in an impossible situation, needing God’s intervention – this truly was one of those times, wasn’t it?
Continuing on…  But God, in His sovereign workings within the hearts of men, arranged for the king to have insomnia that night (Esther 6:1). King Xerxes called for his record books to be read to him, and he learned that Mordecai had once exposed an assassination plot against him, years prior, but no one told him – it was custom in those days to honor someone openly who did such a gesture. See you just never know how the Father is going to reward those things we’ve done in secret even years ago and use them to activate His presence in our lives today. 

Here comes my favorite part… The king realized he had never honored the man who saved his life. As he pondered how to rectify this oversight, Haman strode into the room, intending at that moment to ask the king’s permission to hang Mordecai on the gallows he had constructed. But get this – Instead, the king asked Haman, “What should be done to the man whom the king delights to honor?” (Esther 6:6).

Arrogant & narcissistic Haman, who believes the World revolves around his desires, was thinking the king was referring to him, and here is how he answered, “For the man whom the king delights to honor, let royal robes be brought, which the king has worn, and the horse that the king has ridden, and on whose head a royal crown is set. And let the robes and the horse be handed over to one of the king’s most noble officials. Let them dress the man whom the king delights to honor, and let them lead him on the horse through the square of the city, proclaiming before him: ‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor.'” (Esther 6:7–9). Haman could hardly contain his excitement, imagining himself honored in such a way – the Bible calls this a vain imagination.  See what happens when we desire to be the center of attention, full of envy and self?  And see how the Lord intervenes when we sin in such a way.

“‘Excellent!’ the king said to Haman. ‘Quick! Take the robes and my horse, and do just as you have said for Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the gate of the palace. Leave out nothing you have suggested!'” (Esther 6:10, NLT). So Haman had no choice but to obey the King and to lead the man he hated on the king’s own horse, honoring him through the streets. Haman went home in disgrace, with bitterness, rage and jealousy filling his heart. Haman was livid Mordechai would not bow to him and look… He ended up having to bow to Mordechai – see our Father rights every wrong doesn’t He?

Just then, his servants told him it was time for Esther’s banquet.

This would be the second banquet, the king was so pleased with his gracious and beautiful wife that he asked her what she would like, even up to half of his kingdom (Esther 7:2). Then Esther told him of Haman’s evil plot to destroy her people. Pointing to him, she said, “This wicked Haman is our adversary and our enemy!” (Esther 7:6, NLT).

The king was so enraged that he went outside to cool down. While he was gone, Haman, in fear for his life, fell at Esther’s feet, begging for mercy – talk about tables turning. The king walked back in and saw Haman clawing at the queen as his mind was totally given over to jealousy (similar to how our Lord is a jealous God), and his fury reached its peak – which by the way is what we are currently waiting for when Jesus, our Beloved shows up on our behalf. “Will he even assault the queen in my presence, in my own house?” he exclaimed and Haman was ordered to be executed at once (Esther 7:8). The guards rushed in and hauled Haman to the very gallows he had constructed for Mordecai (Esther 7:10). There he was executed.

Again… he ended up being killed by the very weapon he had devised to use against God’s people.  Can you hear me?  Please take this to heart.  When anyone plots to harm one of God’s children, the debt you have to pay, may be delayed but is not canceled unless we, in truth of the heart, humbly feel sorry and repent, pleading for mercy, seeking reconciliation.  If you do not understand anything else from today’s message – please take hold of this truth. Those who touch me – or touch you – either in deed or word or thought are messing with the apple of God’s eye and it not only tempts Him to intervene, once He does it is very fearful to fall into the hands of our Lord when angered.  I see this as a very serious warning to some.  When we do not take matters into our own hands, God takes over, remember that.

Then Mordecai helped the king write another proclamation that would allow the Jews to congregate and defend themselves against any aggressors (Esther 8). The Jews were victorious. Esther was given Haman’s estate, and Mordecai was promoted to Haman’s position as chief adviser to King Xerxes. Haman’s fate is an example of poetic justice and divine retribution. What Haman designed for evil God used for good in the lives of people who trusted in Him (Genesis 50:20) and put it all woven into His documented word as a precious promise and pearl for His Bride.

And by our hearts – let’s just say… They lived happily ever after!

So that’s the story, but I think the Lord is directing us to study just a little more deeper into Haman – his characteristics and what drove him as a weakness to fall in such a horrible snare to do wickedness against his own by trickery and deceit, those who reside within his occupied kingdom. 

The book of Esther several times points out that Haman was an Agagite—This is significant because, centuries earlier, King Saul had been commanded to destroy all the Amalekites (1 Samuel 15:1–3). Saul disobeyed and in complete disobedience allowed some of Agag’s descendants to survive. Haman the Agagite and his attempted genocide of the Jews serve as reminders of the importance of obeying God completely and to not take matters into our own hands due to our carnal nature.

Who were the Amalekites?  They were longtime enemies of God’s people.  When we associate with people who desire to harm others, we cannot deny it shapes our core identity – like spirits, minds and hearts collect together – it is like the gang which gathered together with one common target – to kill Jesus.  It is this mob mentality we are witnessing today.  There most certainly are remnants of the evil Amalekites among us today INSIDE THE CHURCH.  Did you know ministries are actually formed on one sole basis – a commonality of heart, mind, soul and spirit?  Which is why many will gather with one commonality – they are against a particular group.  Some of you all gather the same way… I actually watch you run to these dens of iniquity, I say nothing but I certainly pray a lot.  Michael and I recently had this discussion and its going on and yet many are blind to it, Lord help us.  Some actually gather under the pretense of being against others behind the scenes – while chatting with you at a love feast in the chatroom.  Lord have mercy.  And one day…  God is going to rise some of us to actually speak up, revealing the truth in His appointed time, all throughout the World.

Okay, let’s take the Word – making it active and apply it into our own lives today, as Haman is set for an example to us who took accuser of the brethren to a whole new level – into plotting and planning the demise of God’s chosen…  So today we are going to take a look at four key attributes Haman had, which are contrary to the nature of our Lord and therefore, should not be found in us either.

What drove Haman?  He wanted to be HONORED… He wanted all eyes on him, he was so overtaken with attention seeking desires, he would do anything to be noticed, embraced and honored.  And just like he got so angry when Mordechai would not bow to him when he demanded attention – we also see this happening in the church today.  Need I say more?  Okay I will… Haman was filled with wrath – so he started picking up his phone, going to chatrooms and sending emails, forming mobs against others… lol…. Well not really, but you get my drift?  When we feed another person’s ego, who wants too much attention – we are bowing down to their ego demands… ouch… sorry about that one, but it is truth and some of you all see it every day.  We are creating monsters in a sense when we do this – we are to put down our childish ways, not feed them and if you stop embracing their demons – well brace for the fury of hell to be unleashed upon you.  Have you ever tried telling a 16 year old no, when you let them have their way for the prior 15 years?  Well, its something like that…Please remember – these Haman’s are inside the kingdom rubbing elbows with us and will be until God does the revealing of what is being hidden.

In Esther 3:5. we see the first lesson from Haman’s story:

When Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow or pay him homage, Haman was filled with wrath.

What does that word “wrath” mean?  Burning anger!

How does this apply to us?

Haman’s heart was POISONED with burning anger when Mordecai didn’t show him any honor by bowing to him.

But what about us?

When people don’t show us honor or recognition or attention for what we do or say or needs we have–whether it’s at church, at school, at home, at work, wherever–do we allow our hearts to be POISONED by NEGATIVE FEELINGS? Maybe, like Haman, we allow our hearts to be poisoned with burning anger.
Or perhaps with the poison of jealousy.
Or the poison of sadness.
Or maybe we allow our hearts to be poisoned with discouragement.

Many right now are poisoned in the heart because we do not all agree on everything.  Not being able to hear the point of another is a huge red flag.  I call those who are unruly and unteachable… set to be beaten with many stripes.

Whatever the case may be, Paul wrote in the book of Colossians that we shouldn’t be copying this trait that Haman had, and allow ourselves to be poisoned with negative emotions.  And how do you know these negative emotions have a grip on you?  You cannot refrain from spreading them to others via words or attitudes.  Those who do this bounce around from gathering to gathering continually – seeking to be lifted up by others.  If they won’t get honor and attention one place – they will leave and seek it somewhere else.  As they enter, they have not shaken the dust off – which is the residue of complaint of where they were before, as there is always something wrong with them and always something wrong with everyone else.  They seek a mob to join with who they have a commonality with to be against others, not for them.

Side note:  We are to love others as we love ourselves, which is quite telling by the way – people who condemn others are one of two things usually – either they are so full of pride they only see the faults of others and measure everyone according to their own walks or they continually condemn themselves and therefore do not love themselves much and are on the ready to love you the same way – by condemning you all in the name of love in words… But we know the Lord told us to love in word and deed. Amen.

Haman Had Mood Swings

Haman had a huge issue with being controlled by his emotional desires
In Esther 5:9 we see another flaw we can learn from Haman’s life:

So Haman went out that day joyful and with a glad heart; but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king’s gate, and that he did not stand or tremble before him, he was filled with indignation against Mordecai.

We see here Haman all happy when Esther just invites him and the king to her banquet. But the minute he sees Mordecai, he allows the sight of Mordecai to poison and destroy the joyful happiness in him.

How many of us do the same exact thing?  Happy one moment, then hopeless the next all due to circumstances we cannot control.  We may even be in a good mood until so-and-so shows up.  I am so thankful the Lord showed me the error of my ways in this, I must admit it is still a struggle at times…

There are times we do act like Haman and allow the joyful happiness in our hearts as God’s children, to become POISONED and DESTROYED by one or all three of the following:

  • We see or are forced to interact with someone we dislike (similar to what happened to Haman)
  • A trial hits
  • Someone insults us, doesn’t agree with us or falsely accuses us

And honestly, the list goes on and on! How many of us allow the joyful happiness we as Christians have the blessed privilege to experience in our hearts and souls to be POISONED AND WRECKED by feelings of anger, sadness, doubt, envy, jealousy, or discouragement? Are you or I acting like Haman and allowing our FEELINGS to CONTROL US rather than FAITH IN GOD? Are we allowing our emotions to dominate us and our desires instead of allowing God to be in control?  Quite often we let the enemy steal our joy in such a way, forgetting all things are purposed and planned according to what God has ordained for the betterment of our lives in relationship to Him, knowing He gives and takes away and our Father knows what’s best for us as His child.

Haman Planted The Wrong Field

Haman spent his time sowing the field of self with a bitter heart of intention–and he reaped the bitterest consequence- the demise he planned for another captured actually him – resembling of why lucifer fell – due to ego and pride.

If we look at our hearts as a field of harvest – we will see whatever is inside the truth of us is coming out by words and actions.  Our words cannot hide what we do and what we do or don’t do reveals that which is not said.  When we want to be “as God” setting ourselves up to be God, soon to follow is a desire to be worshiped as God… the higher we climb the harder the fall.  Rebellion is the most nasty thing which can remain in our hearts, purge us Lord.

Are we good this morning?  It just seems like every single message the Lord gives us right now proves out how short time is for us to make ourselves ready as His Bride and sometimes I honestly feel bad for even sharing what He corrects me with to you all.  Because I continually pray to Him, Lord please do not let me deceive myself into thinking I am more pure or faultless than I ought to… This is what comes out. 

Now for the final lesson from Haman’s flaw-filled life – He reaped death in the same manner of which he had intentions towards another.

We will focus in on Esther 7, verses 9 to 10:

Now Harbonah, one of the eunuchs, said to the king, “Look! The gallows, fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai, who spoke good on the king’s behalf, is standing at the house of Haman.”
Then the king said, “Hang him on it!”
So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king’s wrath subsided.

Because Haman was planting the poisonous seeds of pride, anger, deceitfulness, craftiness, selfish desire and attention with wrath in himself, he harvested the ultimate consequence:  Death in the same manner he plotted to take down the children of God.

Many years after the events of the book of Esther took place, Paul wrote these words to the church in Galatia found in Galatians 6:8 –

If you plant in the field of your natural desires, from it you will gather the harvest of death; if you plant in the field of the Spirit, from the Spirit you will gather the harvest of eternal life.

Just like Haman planted and cultivated the field of his narcissistic pride and emotional desires, and harvested the weeds of death, the same exact thing could happen to US which is why we are to keep watch over and guard our own hearts.  It is so imperative we are mindful continually of the type of fields we are both planting and nurturing – tending to and fostering to grow.  There are fields of positive spiritual character for growth or–like Haman–are we planting and cultivating the field of selfish and carnal desires, especially in our view of others. 

At times we may think we are praying FOR someone when we actually are praying ABOUT someone.  Do we approach God’s Throne with accusations like the enemy – full of reproach and complaints or do we genuinely and of the heart of Jesus lift them up to Him in a lovingly prayerful way?  He really convicted me on this one – as I reflected back on my own prayer life He showed me at times, even with my own children, I have approached Him with a list of complaints as if He does not know even deeper than I all that they have done against Him in rebellion.  I pray this touches your heart as well, to consider just how we are praying for others.  Are we praying for our unsaved loved ones in a prideful way, looking down upon them, while lifting ourselves up?  Again, He severely corrected me regarding praying ABOUT someone rather than for them.  What a gift repentance actually is from our Lord, when He places a conviction upon our hearts causing them to change.

So back to Haman… and especially back to God’s plan which supersedes all weapons formed by our enemy.

Esther 2:22 speaks how God always reveals what evil does in darkness.  Here is how it reads – But Mordechai found out about the plot and told Queen Esther, who in turn reported it to the king, giving credit to Mordechai.  That day – rebellion was revealed, along with the plots to harm God’s chosen people.  I just love how when you read the Bible, specifically the Book of Esther, the Holy Spirit ushers us into the Word so deeply it is like we become eyewitnesses to what was, what is and what shall be.  We know the Holy Spirit breathes life and power into Scripture, causing Biblical figures to leap to their feet and come alive as role models for us to learn from.

Esther resembles us, the Bride of Christ, as a lavish recipient of the favor of the Lord upon her.  She had Christ-like people skills, manners, compliance, surrender and especially her modesty and humility.  That same favor is offered to us, when we lay our lives down for the purpose of Jesus.  By our simple willingness to release our self-wills and follow God’s instructions we are placed into perfect reception for the indwelling of the Lord inside us as His Bride and Body.  Impatient and self-promoting people who are disobedient, fortifying their wills, don’t win favor this way – it is those who respect authority, who are not insulted by instruction, who practice the art of truly listening and who follow through by doing what they have committed to do are equally yoked with Jesus, their Bridegroom.  People who resist following an earthly authority’s instructions, backbite/gossip and minimizing behind the superior’s back, aren’t apt to follow God’s commands either – they still have much rebellion within, unwilling to yield to others and even the Lord.  When we do not like being told what to do by others, resisting at every turn – we also tend to resist God when He is giving instructions.  I realize taking instructions can seem like an unattractive way to win favor, but as fortitude is formed, it becomes second nature to comply at the leading of the Spirit, rather than seeking to prove a point – choosing the excellence of Christ is to represent Him in every way possible.  It is the Kingdom mindset to place all others ahead of yourself.  In God’s Kingdom, the least are the greatest, don’t forget that.

It was because of Mordechai’s position, not necessarily himself, that placed him as a target by Haman.  He was one of the officials as a government employee – often sitting at the king’s gate as the eyes and ears of what was happening in the king’s kingdom.  It was pretty ironic that a Jew was placed by the Father in such a position and he would be the one chosen – yet hidden from – the king to jump to his defense.  The Lord really corrected me a lot in this study about how the World is not evil, people are and that He is always in charge and sovereign, no if’s and’s or but’s… In Esther we see a clash of light – Mordechai and darkness – Haman.  Mordechai was steadfast, trustworthy, wise, hidden and overlooked.  Haman was prideful, full of anger/hate, self-seeking, wealthy and very crafty. 

It is during the last days, the enemy can most easily wear out the saints – the more we fear the more weary we get and the less we obey.  When we fear the Lord, we walk securely in obedience fearlessly about what man or evil can do to us.  Remember, the knee will bow to something – it might as well be to the truth.  Amen.

There is really even so much more we can glean from this life story of Haman, but for now I think we will stop right here.  Remember, offense was not given any placement within Esther or Mordechai – they just simply sought the Lord when faced with adversity.  Haman on the other hand, walked around continually in offense – so this seems like a real wake up call to me, wouldn’t you agree?

A day is coming when the least shall rise up and speak, darkness shall be revealed by truth – which by the way is how the Lord is going to reveal all hidden darkness, it is with pure truth – He is a just God… He is just… do you hear that in your spirit?  JUST should cause your spirit to leap, even if only a little.

If He is just – If He is for justice and He abides within us – then we too shall be for justice.  Did you know the Lord actually requires this of us?  Micah 6:8 says —

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Justice, Mercy, Humility —- and this is what is required of us, I cannot wait to study this more!

Lastly, before I go…  We need to have a little talk soon about “The Orphan Spirit” which has been plaguing many of us… I should probably call it ORPHAN IDENTITY… All of us who have been abandoned, betrayed and not loved by those who said they did or were in placed positions within our lives to do so and didn’t, were certainly placed within a special sphere to receive love from the Father, Who’s love is authentic and pure.  I always like to give you all a hint into what the Lord is doing in my personal life with the intent I will share it with you when He released me to do so.  So there you have it – Justice through us upon all and the purposed identity of an orphan.  It is a work in progress, just like we are.

Again, thank you all for joining me today – it is my prayer that in all we do and say Jesus alone is glorified.  May we continue to decrease, in that He may increase, in our lives and throughout the whole World.

Thank you for your support and love and prayers.  I am slowly getting back into answering your daily emails and appreciate your patience while I do so.  I am continually wrapping each of you in my love and prayers and thank the Lord for the presence of you in my life always.  Don’t forget that we don’t know fully what tomorrow holds, but we know Who holds all of our tomorrows.

Love and Bless each of you – have a very joyfully blessed day!

Slow To Anger ~ Broadcast Transcript with Angela

Slow To Anger ~ October 1, 2020

Good Morning Blessings to each of you today – thank you for joining me for today’s ROF Ministries broadcast!  I certainly pray you are at peace today and staying firming placed upon the narrow path, which leads us to Jesus in His righteous ways.  I was thinking about how the broad way is a more external pathway, while the narrow way is internal and of the heart surrendered fully to Jesus.  Outwardly, our wills and ways lead us, inwardly His will and ways lead us.  You can easily tell now who is being led by the flesh with one easy to spot key — how they react to their surroundings and those around them or what they see or hear.  So with that – “react” is our word of the day, that we are going to measure ourselves by.  Just how are we “reacting” to all that is going on around us, especially other people? 

I didn’t watch the debate the other night, but what little bit I did observe, it was a disaster – a prime example of how not to react to someone or something.  It’s pitiful really… Lord help them.  Offense, accusation, interrupting, showing disgust, false shaming statements, being boastful on self, prideful, etc… Are all examples of how a child of God does not react by walking in Spirit and truth.  I am finding myself perplexed on how anyone who truly loves Jesus could uphold such behavior?

And if it’s not bad enough…  We have those who say they are Christians, displaying more characteristics of the World than Jesus all by how they react.  So today is going to be another truth hitting measuring rod and mirror into the Word to see just how we measure up according to the commands of Jesus in His likeness.  You all ready?

Love never fails, unless we do.  As long as we are walking in love – love covers all shortcomings and prevails.  For contention or strife to set in, we must surrender to it, becoming a spokesperson for it to have it’s way – losing patience equals losing graceful responses.  So the same is true for anger…  We must give placement to anger for anger to override love.  We all get irritated at times, but it is our reaction to the irritating which sets us on the course in the direction we shall go, anger or love… To be angry and sin not is – we sense anger and irritation seeking to influence us and we choose love instead.  All these conniption fits we’ve thrown, have to go.  It is time to put away all childish ways and grow… Grow in love, that is.  To check ourselves as to how often we actually do walk in the purity of love is to really consider in truth – how often we get angry?  Is it daily? Hourly? Weekly? Or when we don’t get our way?  Whatever the case may be – we must be honest with ourselves and mainly with Jesus – Just how often are we upset and angry?  This is no time to be in denial – time is too short for any of that.  Oh and for all of those who are passive aggressive, yet still angry – that counts.  Passive aggressive anger is for all those pouters out there, who may have an occasional hissy fit but on a regular basis withdraw and withhold love.  Not everyone who is angry lashes out and gives people a cussin… lol

Okay so now that we have that settled – all are included in today’s study, because all get angry sometimes.  We are going to start out today in James 1 –

19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

  • We are to be faster to hear someone than we are to speak to or about them
  • And in this – He basically just said our anger/wrath is founded in self-righteousness, not God’s

So we are going to sidestep just a moment and talk for a moment about how to respond to a reproach in a fearless and Lord seeking way.

It is true – words from others do hurt our hearts at times.  Let’s take a look at a portion of

1 Peter 3 –

Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?

14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

So here we are… We at times are slandered, reproached, reviled and yet… If we remain in righteousness we protect our conscience from being seared in many ways and the Lord is sanctified within our hearts so that we do not repay evil for evil and then they will fall directly into the hands of the Lord and He will deal directly with them.  And I so love the last verse… What an uplifting verse that is – since we all suffer at times, He encourages us that it is so much better to suffer for well doing than because of our own evil actions.  Wow – thank You Lord.

When we fearlessly in Jesus, respond or not – to slander or reproach or they who reviles against us – there is so much growth fruit produced and love prevails!

It becomes a – teaching moment, purging moment, growth moment in love, blessings in suffering for the sake of Jesus (carrying our cross daily), an opportunity to whole-heartedly in faithfulness choose Jesus.  Adversity also exposes who our enemies are in truth – when we may otherwise be blinded, it exposes when someone we thought were close to us are intentionally coming against us and exposes deficiency in our own walks.  So it is truly revealing how with the Lord’s hand placed upon us – He works all things together for our own good, since we are being called according to His purpose and plan.  He promises not to leave us ignorant to the enemies devices, but often we reject His wisdom, don’t we?

When we respond without fear, without railing accusations in return or defending of self we are then in right position to see clearly by the Spirit and consider the source – the accuser – the one who the enemy is using to be his vessel of usage to actually be – the accuser of the brethren, who throw his wielded fiery darts.  By refusing to engage and participate – we are not returning evil for evil and not engaging with evil in anyway. 

  • Remember – you do not have to respond to an accusation whatsoever.
  • The enemy wants us to be provoked in order we stoop to his level in putting someone to an open shame.
  • Our flesh always wants to save face and justify itself – but remember, Jesus gave no placement to the devil by responding.  Giving an answer not only makes us surrender to evil by permission to rule over us it also deflects Jesus as the focal point in our lives.
  • When we are preoccupied with explaining ourselves to vessels of iniquity it empowers them and remember they will never be satisfied with the answer we give anyway – it is a trap.
  • The whole game he is playing here is to get us ensnared into who is right and who is wrong so that we too become a vessel participating in and with the spirit of accusation.
  • When we keep a good conscience before the Lord, it does not become seared, in which we no longer see a need to repent for wicked ways and instead justify iniquity within ourselves.
  • Scripture tells us truth is always revealed and when we bow out of the entangled web of infighting the Word tells us “God will reveal the truth about you and those accusing you will be ashamed”… If we disengaged completely, the Lord takes over, so we should have some comfort in His ways which are perfect.  This is what it looks like to be one after God’s heart.
  • Sparring with others only robs us of our peace and trying to defend ourselves against faultfinders only fuels their fiery darts.  If you explain one situation, they will find another to rail against you with and it becomes a cycle of hate. So it is a lose-lose situation for all involved and heartbreaking for those on the sidelines, who feel compelled to take a side. 
  • When we are unruly, we are unteachable and not willing to yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  Unteachable people have hearts which are very far away from God, evident by how they react and treat those who are opposing them.

Many honor Him with their lips but their hearts are far from Him – be not deceived, listen you all…. Every single thing right now is about sowing and reaping, it is almost as if the reapers are here… just sayin…  God is not mocked, mocked by pretending to walk in love outwardly, while inwardly you are laced with sin, especially fuming in anger.

Listen, the religious know all about the rules, traditions and even Scripture – but guess what?  They do not know the nature of our Father – Our Father in Heaven, Who sows mercy, grace and love continually upon His children.  Our Father who disciplines His own children because He loves us.  Our Father who allowed all the sins of the World to come upon His Son in order that we be saved.  Our Father Who is just and merciful and full of lovingkindness towards us.

Hey – some of you all need to stop blaming the devil for what our Father is allowing in your lives to draw you back into His loving arms.  Just because a momma saves her child from pulling the boiling pot of water off the stove does not mean that same child doesn’t have blisters on his hands from touching it to begin with.  Some of you all, look at those blisters you have – they will heal in time, but are you ready to stop touching that stove yet?  Reaping and sowing…. Don’t cry about being gossiped about when you talk about others at every turn – which is totally different than being persecuted for your faith by the way.  How you react and respond is everything of who you really are…  I heard an amazing message yesterday about how we like to appear all holy and then get a phone call and we are all ears to hear the faults of another – a gossiper always wants the whole story, often chasing after the one offended and this happens all the time in the chatroom… Again, we cannot mock God, He knows full well the intentions of our hearts.  I am glad Michael shut the chatroom down at night and during unproductive times – as a matter of fact, I asked him to do this three years ago.  When you have people gathering to get the dirt on others to spread gossip – then its becoming a place where unholy alliances gather.  I think you all call yourself “lurkers” – which I’ve never liked that word.  You do realize the opposite of the lurker is the prey you are spying on, right?  Lurkers are nosey if the only reason they are there is to see what others are talking about – that isn’t “serving” the Lord, how about you go lurk at the Salvation Army and feed the homeless?  Or walk your city block and pray for the members of each house on your street?  There are so many opportunities to spread the Gospel of peace in this dark World.  But gathering information on others is not on God’s to do list, that’s for sure.  Okay, that’s my rant for the day… When we are about the Father’s business, we are busy not busybodies.

So back to our study…  We are to be slow to anger, because our Father is slow to anger.  Love puts the others first by demonstrating charity (giving of self) to them.  Charity actually is:  LOVE IN ACTION, deeds – not simply words.  We have many that gather with us at our feasts of charity who do not gather to share in Jesus’s love – they want to take what is offered, yet they lack “charity” – they lack giving, only seeking to receive and these spots, as the Word calls them – they can suck the life right out of a person, if we are not careful.  And they bounce around from place to place because discontentment resides within – they are never at peace and never happy in one place for too long – as fault gatherers they stay until where they are a fault is found, then in a huff they leave – looking for the next best thing.  It is chaos, division from within – they bring it in, because it resides within them and yet… since it follows them everywhere they go – there is no peace.

Agape Love – is what the brethren of Jesus’s body share one to another and it is pure and it is rare.  Agape or rather affectionate love shows goodwill (giving natures), tenderness (very gentle), benevolence (healing of the heart), kindness (mercy) and helps others within the body to grow in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  When gathering with 2 or more together at an agape feast there is a fostering for growth of mutual love and exchange of love – given and received, it replicates being equally yoked to love, Himself.  Love is tangible – it is not some made up concept.  God is love – you can sense Him, embrace Him, walk in Him and most importantly abide in His Love.

A beautiful display of this sort of love is found in the bible in a way you may not have considered it to be so before…  At the celebration of the Lord’s supper we found poor Christians mingling together with the wealthy, all partaking of the same food provided and we are taught in Scripture, the rich gladly provided for the food they partook of.  Jesus says all come to Him – none are counted out to feast upon His love and share it one to another.  Provocation of any kind is at enmity with love and is bordering hatred.

We learn from His word that love is not easily provoked in 1 Corinthians 13:5 – which is a beautiful description of love shared among believers – each more greatly concerned with the wellbeing of the others than they are for themselves.  Love is what we do when living inside the Kingdom, because our identity is love, Himself.  By demonstrating goodwill to one another it is the highest form of sacrifice in love we can offer unto Jesus.  By loving others, we actually are loving Him to a higher degree.  It is Him loving through us and it is rare and it is precious.

We display His love by –

  • Sharing in the sufferings of others, because He does
  • Never inflicting pain on others, either verbally or physically, because He didn’t
  • To sincerely be for the life and not the death of everyone, because Jesus is

I say all this to hopefully and prayerfully prompt us all to realize in truth the only heart we have a hand in changing is our own.  If things are a mess, and nowadays they certainly are – when we change, it automatically fortifies a change in others.  And when we fully surrender to the ways of Jesus – it may take some time, but truly only 3 things remain – faith, hope and love and anything outside of those things, roll right off our flesh, no longer provoking us to respond.  This is the nature of fellowship with other believers.  One obstacle many are facing right now – and I did too years ago, so I get it – is we’ve joined to fellowship with those the Lord did not place us with out of our own strong freewill – we’ve talked about this a lot, but anyone or anything that is above Jesus in our lives is being severed.  It is not that we cannot be with others as much as whoever we place above Him, well now – He is severing ties all over the place and saying Hey come and see, this is your mother, father, brother, sister…  We have chosen in the past to be unequally yoked with many and now sits in our heart a complaint as if the Lord is requiring too much of us.  We’ve all done this by the way, the Lord is calling us to acknowledge our part and confess to Him how we’ve errored off the path to righteousness.

The Lord told us we can attain – tongues, prophecy, understand all the mysteries of God, have knowledge, all the faith possible, we can sell everything and feed the poor with the money we gain, we can even reach the point of death and if we do not have LOVE void of self-concerns, then we have nothing.  That is surely a sobering statement isn’t it?

Charity suffers with others for as long as someone else suffers.  It also is kind, never envies others, never boasts or is not prideful, it does not behave inappropriately or seek selfish gain, is not easily provoked/offended, never considers for one moment to do evil upon another, is not happy when someone is caught in iniquity, it never lies and is always rejoicing in the truth, it conceals the shortcomings of others – rather than putting them to an open shame and never, ever betrays as it is always displaying fidelity towards others.  Love never fails or falls away, it hopes and trusts in the Lord to make a way and it endures all things by remaining calm when mistreated.  PURE LOVE TRUSTS THE LORD, knowing He is sovereignly protecting, guiding and teaching in the truth we are being kept within the shadows of His love.

Wow – that is quite sobering, isn’t it?  Seems we all have some purifying left within our hearts, don’t we?  There is a great falling away right now that we are witnessing at the moment and it is increasing at an alarming rate every single day.  We are studying this to insure we do not fall into it’s smothering grasp and be carried away by offense.

The Lord instructs us how love never fails – love never falls away, people fall away from love, but love always remains.  Prophecies may cease, mans words shall be erased, knowledge will vanish because we only know in part/which is mixture.  Mixture is being emptied out of our hearts in that which is perfect may come and reside within. 

Jesus tells us to rid ourselves of all mixture, childish ways – to contain the purity of – speech, understanding and thoughts.  As we grow into spiritual maturity all childish ways are done away with and are actually rejected by us personally/tossed into the sea of forgetfulness – which is part of the schism in the Body right now.  Some are full on with Jesus and others still prefer to play around, leaning on their own carnal understanding.  When we look into the mirror of His word, in the reflection of self we see mixture – a little bit of Jesus and a little bit of us – which is called “seeing darkly in the mirror” or seeing in part.  As we mature we know HIM as He knows us – through the eyes of LOVE, we are known to Him and all.  In this process of cleansing we become cleansed, empty of self and pure and when that happens, again – what remains?  FAITH IN JESUS, HOPE IN JESUS & LOVE IN JESUS – we have then been purged of the World’s carnal influence, self-seeking ways, our old natures and all rebellion – against God and others.  Jesus said – if you love Me you will do as I say….  We evolve into beings who are obedient to one voice – we hear one voice and we follow it… HIS.

The Lord speaks quite harshly on “idle words”… these words are fruitless, dead and not profitable for life.  Cursing others, self or God forbid, even the Lord… Any word not profitable for FAITH, HOPE OR LOVE is an idle word.  Only the children of perdition as spoken of in Hebrews 10 use such idle words.  Mathew 26 says they have taken the broad way to destruction and are set to destroy others.  They may say destructive and disruptive things or give opinions, they are full of misery and oppose others at every turn.  We are to be for life, they are for death.  We display the nature of the Father, Who seeks life for all, they deny His nature and will often prepare a mind list of why you must die – counting faults, rather than digging for treasure hidden within someone.  The Word tells us they sadly will be excluded from the Kingdom of God and it is evident this severing is occurring right now.  Romans 9 tells us they are vessels of wrath because they have their minds on flesh or Earthly things, found in Philippians 3, they are ungodly as written in 2 Peter 3 and because they embrace death, search for it and point it out in others… they are wallowing in the Book of death – their names are not recorded in the Book of Life or else they have been blotted out – by their choosing of their own rebellious ways, unteachable – which is mentioned in Revelation 17.  It is so sad, but they have the mark of the beast upon their hearts – what they worship, they bow down to and it is self-ego.  They love self, way more than they love the truth and therefore are so compromised the beastly animalistic ways have set up inside them, as found in 2 Thessalonians 2 states – they mystery of iniquity is fully at work within their hearts, recognizable by their pride, ego and worship of self.  It is very sad to me, but on that day when Jesus returns – they will view Him as their enemy, although they may have worshiped Him with their mouths, their hearts are far from Him, so He will say, depart from Me, I never knew you.  He will say to them, your works were evil in power, signs, lying wonders, mesmerizing masses to deceive and beguile because when I really appeared before you – I was hungry, but you gave Me no food, when I was thirsty you gave me no drink and so forth… Because what you do unto the least of these, You did unto Me… Love, consoles and suffers long.  The wicked shall be revealed at the brightness of His coming, consumed by Him and destroyed – but do you know why?  His light always destroys by overtaking and overshadowing darkness.  So if we still have mixture within us when He appears, guess what happens?  We are set for consumption and destroyed.  Now remember, this is only for those who did not receive the love of the truth when it was offered – we can choose whether to receive or deny His love and His truth and His ways.  The Lord knows who is and is not truly seeking Him with all they are and who just says it for show – those pretending are sent a strong delusion so that they believe a lie because they have pleasure in doing unrighteous acts – too many to name – it is not that we all don’t make mistakes, it is the denying our shortcomings – which is a form of rebellion – that gets us into trouble.  I’ve known actual people who not only lie, they begin to believe the lie they told to the point they are delusional in their thinking so much so they want to argue their way out of getting caught, by trying to convince you that you are crazy.  The Word tells us the devil is the father of all liars.  This is no time to be excusing our sinful ways – lets just admit our fallen nature and keep praying and seeking the Lord to come to us in our time of weakness so that we are granted that gift of repentance and walk as children of light.  Not one of us is guaranteed to even wake up tomorrow – time is too short to be snagged on pride, we’ve all fallen short of His glorious ways – it doesn’t matter so much how we’ve fallen short, but rather that we whole-heartedly seek Him for reconciliation.

I was reading in 2 Thessalonians 3 – which is so timely for right now!  We surely need the Father’s assistance to sustain us within the World we live at the moment.  All over the place people are so very cunning and crafty – embracing you with their words of love and stabbing you in the back when you aren’t looking or aware they are around.  So I was praying this Scripture to the Lord and asking for Him to deliver us from unreasonable and wicked people who portray themselves as having faith and love in Jesus but do not.  I was asking Him to keep us from evil continually and direct our hearts to love Him and others and to patiently wait for Jesus.  May He divinely help us to withdraw ourselves from those who are disorderly, unruly, rebellious and refuse to submit to God’s authority or others He placed over them.  May He pour out His spirit of conviction upon those who are deviants, busybodies and unrepentant, showing them mercy to turn from their wicked ways before it is too late.  Amen.

This is all in 2 Thessalonians – I am simply interceding in agreement with what the Lord already wrote. 

I need to remind us how in verse 11 it says, it is useless to the Body to be inquisitive about other people’s private business or to busy yourself with what someone is doing, being nosey or too pre-occupied yourself with what (Michael) I mean – others are doing. Lololol    Sorry, I just had to throw that in there…  I know people who actually lose sleep watching for Michael… that’s just crazy, I don’t even do that myself, which by the way, makes Michael very uncomfortable – that I know for a fact.

I was thinking about how in verse 13 He tells us not to grow weary in doing good – our own labors wear us out don’t they?  It seems Jesus pours into us and pours out through us, but when we “do good works” it can get exhausting.  When we are doing good with Jesus, rather than by ourselves – we are strengthened in Him – to live uprightly, being righteous in our thoughts and actions, obedient, surrendered to Jesus and disciplined… Which actually strengthens us and it is the easier, calmer way to live.

He goes on in verse 14 to tell us – those who do not obey Him we are to not keep company with them.  Which actually means to associate with, mingle, entertain, be intimate with so that they become ashamed (in order to repent) – this is not saying we shun them, but rather DO NOT ENGAGE OR ENTERTAIN what they are doing – we do not participate in it.  Now a couple things about this – one is, if we share in the same sin as them we will overlook their disobedience because we do not want to change ourselves and somehow we convince ourselves if another is doing it, it is irrelevant.  Sinners just love someone they can sin with equally.  Some people take great offense at this Scripture because they are seeing it through their mindseye, but this is totally for the betterment of the other person – not for saving yourself – when you disengage in the disobedient behaviors of another it is so they make a course correction in their life, it is also how you passively can redirect someone without preaching to them.  Remember, this is about them, not you.

Let’s say you have someone who calls you and every time they do – they always work their way around to a topic of complaint or finding faults in others.  You hang on the phone, not injecting, just listening – but you don’t speak up either.  By doing nothing, you are telling them without saying – what they are doing is acceptable in your presence… We are to avoid such darkness, not go along with it by being silent.  Instead, as led by the Holy Spirit we can tell them we are happy to talk to them about anything but gossip, complaints or faults in others and when they start in – we say, sorry I need to go now.  If we do this on a consistent basis, eventually that door for the enemy to enter into your conversations will be closed and hopefully, this person will realize and be ashamed enough to repent.  If they refuse to stop, then you do not have to keep taking their phone calls, in hopes they will reflect on their own disobedience.  Saying nothing is not doing them a favor.  Often when we take a stand of boldness in the Lord – they will lash out and cut you off and that is okay, that is their freewill and an excellent time for us to intercede and pray for them continually.

We are told in verse 15 to not count this person as an enemy, but love them enough as a brother or sister for that matter to admonish them.  And of course, we do these things with a heart of love for them – don’t admonish anyone you do not have a close inner relationship with – but an intimate one of the heart.  Admonish sounds so much harsher than it actually is – because people walk around already in offense.  Admonish in Greek simply means to:  warn, caution or gently correct.  Remember – rules without relationship breeds rebellion.  If you do not have a relationship with someone, don’t try to instill a rule on them – love always is the key or else they will rebel. 

Recently, I had someone I have no relationship with try to put the smack down on me and it even made me rebel against them – meaning reject what they were faultfinding about as it wasn’t grounded in love, I thought who are you to tell me – I don’t even know you and you certainly do not know me, obviously or you would have never have done what you did….  Lol  so see, none of us want to be admonished by someone who does not love us first.  And listen closely, do not be deceived – PEOPLE PERCEIVE WHETHER LOVE IS AUTHENTIC OR NOT – words mean hardly anything – love is a presence you carry that others discern.

I should point out here – that not everyone is empty enough of self yet to actually admonish anyone.  If we are not empty of self and go around admonishing people – well, the Lord will remove His covering hand for a time and the enemy will tear you to shreds – I learned this the hard way, so please take it from me, you don’t want to go there.

We cannot have anger, strife, envy, competition, pride, disobedience, self-willed power and such within us or what we reveal or unleash upon another will come back to us multiplied AND the Lord allows this reaping so we become more wise in what we sow.  Believe me, I’ve been beaten with many stripes…

The Lord commands us to not be a stumbling block to someone by embracing or entertaining their sinful practices, we do not condone disobedience in another, but rather surrender to the Lord ourselves and Him alone, in that He may use us if He so desires. 

The truth is we are all a mixed bag of souls at the moment and what you look for in others, you will surely find.  Sometimes it may be harder to dig deep inside someone to see the hidden treasures – but they are surely there – seeds of faith, hope and love, just beginning to blossom to life.  If we are looking for faults, mistakes, sin, evil and such within others – we will surely find that too.  But Jesus called us to water seeds already sown in that the Father may give increase to that seed.  Most often, even the worst of the bullies on Earth respond to a little sprinkling of love.  They soften even just a little and it really fills you with joy.  The call the Lord placed on my heart for us all for today is… RESPOND ONLY IN LOVE TO LOVE.  We do not even need to respond to the negative of another, just give attention to the positive – if only it is fleeting – look for opportunities to draw out the good treasure of another, no matter how sparse it may be.  This is called edifying another!

So how we respond to others is everything!  That is the takeaway from today’s study.  If someone is spewing evil and we respond with good – guess what remains?  The good in us remains intact.  If someone is full of anger and we respond in peace – the peace within us shall remain.  Help us Lord not to fuel the fire raging in others, but instead by the living water of love to extinguish all that which torments and rages those we love so dearly.  Amen.

A good place to start for many of us is to just stop responding all together.  To do nothing in response to anger before learning how to respond appropriately.  I call it – don’t get down and dirty rolling in the mud with someone – just refraining is a step in the right direction.

Thank you all so much for joining me today.  I pray today’s life lesson makes your life just a little easier to handle in this tumultuous World we are living in.  Please keep clinging to that which is good – Jesus, no matter what!  Love and Bless you so very much!

Restoring Wounded Relationships ~ Instructions with Angela, Broadcast Transcript from September 23, 2020

Good Morning Blessings sweet family – How are you all holding up?  I am so joyfully blessed you joined us for today’s ROF Ministries Broadcast.  I am not gonna lie…  My body is just so very extremely wore out – and maybe that isn’t a bad thing… For some unknown reason on Friday I just got this overwhelming urge to do a deep purging and cleaning of my garage, which led to my shed, which led to my storage room in the basement.  I took a ton of things we no longer use or need to the Goodwill, made three trips actually – filling every space in my car I could each time.  My soul is so happy to pass on what we do not have need of – but my lower back is paying the cost… lol  This so reminded me of how the Lord is purging us as well in so many ways – which can be painful, like my back and yet produces the ultimate joy within us to be cleared of all the junk in our lives.  One man’s junk is another man’s treasure, so they say…  Well today my body feels like a piece of junk.  Lolol

Let’s get started right away – you all ready?  First I want to thank each one of you who sent me such precious and heart touching emails – in so many ways, your life’s journeys, joys and struggles mirrors my own and I find the Lord’s hand in our lives amazing!  I pretty much got all your emails answered, except for a couple, I believe so anyway.  It was interesting, I did notice a trend in your email flood – I am gonna share it and possibly later we can talk about it more…  The majority of you felt personally responsible, heartsick and at a loss of direction and hope – as if you let the Lord and your loved one down – because they are not on the same page as you Spiritually.  We do really need to address this as a family – but first I think we should get into our study and hopefully, some of your questions will be answered and your eyes and hearts will be opened just a little more to see by the Spirit in truth.  Oh and your hearts are precious by the way – it is evident you truly do care for those who the Lord placed in your lives, even if they have betrayed or separated from you, either emotionally, physically or both.

The other day we laid the precepts for today’s study on RESTORING WOUNDED RELATIONSHIPS and we don’t really have time to review all we discussed unfortunately.  Hopefully, you were here with us or had time to listen to the archive, so that today we can hit the ground running.  Speaking of running – we are running a race aren’t we?  And Jesus is our prize – so let’s keep moving towards Him, keeping our eyes on the Prize at all times. 

Just as a reminder, today we are checking all hopelessness, feelings of regret, pride, highmindedness and the “I can’t’s…” at the door.  Oh and the butts too – lets leave them behind this morning.  Our Lord on High is Mighty and able to do exceeding above all things we can even dream to ask Him for – He is in the continual miraculous state of operation – and the truth is not so much of IF HE CAN, BUT RATHER ARE WE WILLING.  I did get some emails of excuses “why” you cannot seek restoration the Jesus Way – and I giggled because some of you forgot how far you had fallen, didn’t you?  You remember?  You were also that 1 dirty and lost little sheep that Jesus had to leave the 99 for and go get – wandering out there in the World, doing naughty things and denying Jesus by your actions – you and me, we both had a heart which was very far away from Him.  Your invitation today, should you choose to accept it is – Will you join with Jesus – His way, to go after that one lost sheep you say you love?  Will you lay down everything for the sake of that one and simply seek Jesus for the next steps.  And if so – then lets get busy and discover more about us and quite possibly why those who have a conflict with us, actually do.

Heavenly Father – We ask that You would teach us more today on how to restore back to those we’ve drifted from and care deeply about, by the precepts of Your Perfect Son Jesus, Who is the only example we are to follow here on Earth.  We come humbly before You this day in full faith and belief that You are not only easing us into repentance in a most loving way – but also preparing the hearts of those we long to reconnect with, in that we can put the past behind us and start fresh and new.  So continue to open the eyes of our hearts Lord – it is on Your solid ground we stand, believing nothing is too great for You, believing You are the God of the impossible and of fullness of restoration in all things.  Grow us continually in Your love, so that we are a blessing to those who are in need and hurting.  Thank You Lord for Your constant and abiding presence.  We love You Lord with all that we are.  Amen.

So I am pretty sure I suggested you all read Mathew 5 to prepare for today, which just happens to be one of my favorite chapters in the Bible – since I love hearing Jesus speak to us through the Beatitudes.  It seems with all the harshness surrounding us and love running cold in many and such – Mathew 5 is like water in a dry desert for a parched soul like ours.  We touched a lot on this chapter the other day and since you hopefully read it and it is very long – to save time I am not going to read the whole thing today, be I will pull out portions to discuss as we go along.

Mathew 5 is an excellent measuring rod for us personally – helping us to see what we yet need to go to the Lord to help us on to overcome in the flesh by the Spirit and to be purged of – it also helps us to reflect more and see more easily the part we are potentially playing in the process of this severed relationship in need of a touch from the Lord for full restoration.  We always need to make sure to not assume we didn’t hurt someone when they say we did and we also should not gloss over the fact if someone is hurt and comes to us – it is our duty to drop everything and make all attempts to make amends with them. 

  • When LOVE ABOUNDS – perception is everything – so if someone is not sensing love flowing from us – it matters not so much what we say – but if they perceive love
  • God’s highest goal for us as His children, when we belong to Him is that OUR LOVE ABOUND – we go the extra mile, in this sense – even if we were wronged, we would go to the person who is troubled and hurt
  • Remember now – in our study, this is regarding meaningful relationships in our lives – the inner circle, where you shared of the heart one to another and some hurt on both or either side has pulled you apart.  A good example is how Jesus frequently pulled His disciples aside from the masses to commune, pray, teach, eat and rest with.  Even Jesus had those He was closer to than others, yet He loved all.
  • Just to review – our attempt for restoration is love and the other person – it is not to make someone agree with us or not pointing out sides or faults or who is holy and who is not – if you are in this place – then you are not pained enough in the heart to do whatever it takes to “win” your brother or sister back into your life.  This is not a “my way or the highway moment” this is “the Jesus way…”  for restoring what was lost – and He is the centric lead in this miracle joining. 
  • Love abounding is loving when you disagree – to love the Jesus way you do not have to agree with someone’s lifestyle or choices – to love like Jesus is to love EVERYONE in their potential as a child of God.  And if we have the Holy Spirit abiding within – we should grieve as He does when we are not at peace whenever possible with all.  This is not about trying to get someone to see your point of view, trying to get everyone to approve of, be happy with or love you – when love abounds – it is not about you – it is about them.
  • There is something that takes place before someone betrays another – and it is in the Word, it is… offense.  Offense is the pathway to betrayal.  So here is another reason we need to guard our hearts from walking in offense, because when offended we walk a path to betray.
  • And like we learned last week – it is imperative we approach this person in private.  Those who state something negatively openly to confront someone want to win the fight due to rebellion within them.  But, those who go to the person privately, seek to win their brother or sister back into their life.
  • This study is not about dealing with a “fault-finder” – because that will take another study and Jesus did not entertain those who find faults with others continually.  When you try to resolve an issue with someone who seeks fault within you at every turn – they will simply find another fault to lay to your charge.  Lord willing we can study that at a later date.

Today we are going to focus on – What to do when a real relationship we were in was wounded, especially when a clear injustice was done against one or both parties.

I say the relationship was wounded – because no matter what happened or who you are – when love is lost, even if you wanted the separation it causes heartache – unless, I suppose you are emotionally compromised, heartless or self-seeking – and do not have the capacity to value true relationships.  Thankfully, that is not any of you joining me today!

  • Jesus said – Blessed are the peacemakers – think about this…  Jesus honors you and is with you in the process of reconciliation – He is for restoration so much so, He died so that we could be reconciled back to the Father, so like I said the other day – He takes this very seriously and so should we.
  • Jesus will be with us every step of the way towards reconciling – He will help you to reconcile – just you taking the initiative is you displaying the beatitude attribute of peacemaking, whether they receive it or not – guess what Jesus said?  You are blessed, so there is definitely a release for blessing in just attempting to reconcile with another and having a heart to make amends.
  • The Word even tells us, we will be called children of God by people, which is very rare these days – with all the turmoil going on, families abandoning and betraying one another, love is shallow – as most seek self-gratification and when you cannot be used any longer – you are tossed away.  So just look at you, even entertaining a step in action for reconciliation makes you stand out in many ways – especially humility, tenderness and love. 
  • Being a peacemaker is not the way of the World or many self-proclaimed Christians.  Jesus said we are known by our love – so trying to reach out to someone who wants nothing to do with you – reveals you are being motivated and moved by the Kingdom of Heaven here on Earth – wow!
  • Side note – there are many workers of iniquity that do not know Jesus’s heart and therefore, they do not know you.  And we cannot be fooled by their words ABOUT Jesus – as they do have many words at times.  It is evident by their actions whether they actually know Him and to Know Him is to love Him and those He dearly loves, you love, as well.
  • It takes time, energy and value to encourage another to walk in love – So don’t give up!

WHEN SOMEONE YOU HAVE BEEN IN A MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIP WITH HAS HURT YOU DEEPLY and some time has passed – so you’ve processed through the negative emotions with Jesus’s help, you looked inwardly for what you could have done differently, you’ve humbled yourself and repented, you’ve apologized and asked forgiveness for any vengeful thoughts – you are more at peace, washed clean by the Lord Jesus in heart, mind and soul – your purity has been restored, in the Lord’s eyes, you are innocent and yet – your heart still aches.  You know partially why?  Peacemakers always have an ache in their hearts because there is no peace continually on Earth yet.  You have a genuine love and concern for the Spiritual wellbeing of others – so much so you frequently get yourself into some compromising positions, don’t you?  Hey, I get it…  story of my life too!  So once the Lord has suffered with you through the purging process of all vengeance – rest assured your heart will be drawn to that person for reconciliation – it is the Jesus way!  And if you discern that person is hurting, at that point, all your pain doesn’t matter – what does matter is that they are troubled – which concerns you more than what they did to hurt you.  You are then at the point of being mercy motivated where you are more concerned about them than you are yourself.  When love abounds – you will walk through fire, if you have to in order to help the one who wandered off onto dangerous ground, drowning in a sea of resentment.

  • When you love like this – you desire is to help them however you can by pulling the thorn of pain out of their heart, as an act of love – whether you caused them pain or not doesn’t matter anymore – all that matters is they no longer have pain of the heart – this is when it is so happy to love, by the way.
  • Quick to listen, slow to speak – that’s what the Lord says, especially in this sort of time of reaching out – If we are open to hear them, we often will discover our part in their pain and suffering – patiently listening, without justifying yourself or making excuses, opens the door to reasoning together with them – yes, together and guess what you are doing?  Excelling in love!

And whether they notice this or not is the not issue here, because Jesus sees and is delighted to see us loving like Him.

Jesus told us there are so many sacrifices we can do to glorify Him while here on Earth – however, He tells us to stop and halt all of it if we are in need of restoration with someone, that we are to drop everything and go to that person who is hurt by our words or deeds – to run to them as fast as we can and do our part in making amends and then come back to sacrifice for Me.  Jesus impressed upon us an urgency to resolve the conflict and to even wait to worship Him until the attempt is made for reconciliation which conveys to us that even peacemaking is a form of worshiping Jesus and I never really considered that before until now – that peacemaking is just as valuable to Him in servitude to His kingdom in that it is an obedience before sacrifice moment expressed through tithing – a giving of yourself to another who is in pain.

  • When we honor one another in a most humbling and precious way – we are also honoring Jesus to fortify the unity of the family of God – displaying a loyalty and commitment to Him and one another – like a faithfulness unmated here on Earth.  When we acknowledge our own shortcomings, asking for forgiveness we grow in love – individually and together.  Remember, what we do unto others, we actually are doing unto Jesus.
  • The great fellowship of the trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, models for us how to relate to one another.  Just as 2 Corinthians 5:19 states the whole point of the Gospel is – God reconciling us to Himself as He is the Head of the family – under Him – caring for one another as the treasures of Heaven.

We read James 3 last week and studied how we should reflect and identify what actually does offend another person, in that a woe does not come upon us personally for hurting someone to the point they are offended.  As a reminder, it does not say the offended person has a woe – but the one who offends does.  James 3 also talks about the covering we receive from Jesus when we are offended and hurt by someone inside the Body of Christ.  It is self inside us – which hurts when we are targeted – therefore, we do play a role in our own offense by how respond when injured in the heart.  And that right there is where the rubber meets the road so to speak.  Do we lash out?  Fight back?  Hold a grudge?  Become bitter?  All which are not the attributes of Jesus – to lay our lives down, releases Him to intervene but also requires we take no vengeance upon ourselves – because He said, vengeance is mine – we do not repay evil with evil, but rather with good.

Some of us feel as if we have targets on our backs, because we do – some of us are very naïve and trusting – especially with those inside the church.  The truth is, there are many within the church being used as agents of satan seeking to devour us and will use the most crafty ways to inject us with their poison in order we become bitter and enraged, not letting the Lord be Lord in dealing with them.  The Lord desires us to call out to Him in our time of need, He actually commands it so that all that is hidden in darkness is revealed as He shines a light to reveal the truth of another.

  • We should not become a victim so much we are actual agents/protectors of our wounds.  This is evident when we respond ungodly to the situation by participating in the offense – then we too have blood on our hands.
  • The injustice against us causes pain and anxiety but should never cause bitterness or retaliation.  If we are not submissive to the Holy Spirit pain will rush upon us like a flood.
  • It is a good idea not to fixate on the injustice done – but rather focus on our response to be Christ-like, trusting in Jesus to comfort us and bind up wounds to heal our hearts so that the outcome is purposed in the kingdom, not dividing it.
  • The fruit of doing things Jesus’s way guards our hearts so that we glean wisdom to learn from our mistakes and not be taken into a similar snare again in the future – we become wiser to the tactics of the enemy waged against us – don’t forget he wants us to corrupt ourselves and not be triumphant. 

Galatians 5 tells us – If we bite and devour one another verbally we will consume each other – this is through slander, arguments, defending of self, accusations, seductions, etc… To be consumed means your attention and focus is captivated by the wrong doing, rather than overcoming all things through Jesus.

James 4 instructs us to avoid at all costs debates and conflicts, which frees the wounded heart.  Anyone who walks with Jesus does not enjoy or participate in such sensual activities anyway – so it should be a welcomed relief we are told to avoid them.  We also are not to cast our pearls (wisdom) before swine or they will take them and use them against us.  So let’s be real careful who we share what with, the enemy is totally prowling about right now, especially inside religious environments.

There are 2 types of wisdom –

NATURAL                                           &                                    HEAVENLY

Self                                          perspective                                God

Chaos & Disorder                        results                            Peace & Righteousness

Agreement w/darkness            response                  Agreement w/life laid down

SELF WISDOM contains ~

Self-seeking, jealousy, selfish ambition, arrogant, lies against the truth, carnal, denial we personally contribute to our own bitterness, blame shifting – all which the Lord is purging out of us so that we have a Heavenly mindset when faced with opposition in order to rest in the resolve of Him.

When we come into agreement with God, we walk as He walked, our lives are laid down in patience, love, gentleness – and what comes forth, what is both said and done – they are equal – walk matches talk and what we produce are good deeds – the evidence of that which is hoped for – Heavenly wisdom.

We either have strife in the heart or peace in the heart and what is inward, flows outward.  Being hurt is not a green light to become bitter, but a yellow one to yield to the Lord.  When we cling to bitterness it will take root and grow – we must be intentional in plucking it out continually and it begins with owning our own part in the disconnect we have with others.  Our inheritance is – to love others who do not like us or persecute us or turn away from us because we are just like our Father and Jesus is the first of many brethren, and hopefully the more we observe Him we become more like Him.  Or at least that’s the goal anyway.  Shaking the dust off totally is ridding ourselves of all residue from the harm another caused and believe it or not – leaving a village does explain certain times it is best to not engage with someone, by the Lord’s leading – if doing so is corrupting you or them.

Quarrels among us are fueled by something…  You all know what fuels a fight, rather than quenches it?  Anger – but do you know why?  Wrong expectations of others and desires which are not in God’s will.  So the Lord is purging us quickly because for way to long many of us have ended up on conflict with many people over time.  Some of these wrong desires are:  Envy, jealousy, desired to be loved/admired/worshiped, coveting – wanting what others have, etc… Anytime we are outside of the will of what God desires for us – anguish of the heart is cultivated.  Can we just admit we need the Lord to get us out of these situations we got ourselves into and then repent for complaining we are in them?  Because that is really what needs to happen for full release.  Yet, I am hesitant to even say this because I am the guiltiest of all for this pitfall.

So the whole story is… How we are treated (we cannot control) and how we respond (we can control) –

An injustice was done – then we got stuck – in self-seeking perceptions – self is always a snare.

This is not to say we cannot have pain – but rather what do we do with it when it comes?  We should be giving it to Jesus rather than holding onto it for dear life – being betrayed is not our identity – Jesus is and He was betrayed with a kiss, so it is simple – so shall we be and have been.  The closer you are to someone the deeper the pain they can inflict, because we let our heart guards down, believing they would never hurt us.  But, they did, didn’t they?  The test is – What do we do with the betrayal after it occurs?

Bitterness only has a hold on us, when we cling to it – waiting and waiting for the person to reflect and come to us trying to make amends – honestly, that may never happen – even the waiting can rule over us if we are fixated on another’s heart change.  We must do more than forgive – actually that is the easy part – we must view ourselves in truth that the pain of what occurred inflicted our souls so much we’ve become one with that heartache.  Only Jesus can change a heart and our prayer needs to be He start with us personally.  He is setting us up with wisdom because regarding betrayal by the ones we love – has barely even began to happen.  He is teaching us to cling to Him – not one who is not of us, not our hardships, not this life or anything or anyone we hold dear – just to Him.

Until the heart changes – we are not in the truth, instead we lie against it.  Victims boasting of wrongs (me guilty again) is a form of arrogance – thinking ourselves to be higher than we ought to.  IF and I am saying IF here because I am seeing I have lack in this – so IF, you really want a relationship restored you must own your part of it crumbling as the first step.  We say we want things resolved, but do we?  I am seeing a resistance in us to go all the way – to abound in love to fortify that which was lost – quite often.

Earthly/carnal/sensual thinking – embraces the negative emotions during conflicts. While residue from our past hurts cultivates confusion.  When we are willing to take an honest look at ourselves we can see into own our behaviors which do harm others.  Unfulfilled expectations prove out that which was not in God’s will for our lives and lets just admit it now – we joined ourselves with many from being loved starved and are now paying the price.  Our lack prompts us to want more of a someone than they are willing to give, we may desire to be desired, seek comfort or honor, love, to be served and easily become a taker – while those with a servant’s heart came to serve – not be served, are givers clothed in humility, are their brother’s keeper seeking opportunities to pour love outward by cultivating healthy relationships.  Most people are a mixture of both right now, but the more whole we are becoming – healed in the heart – we are moving into a place of conforming to Jesus and His ways by the fullness of His loving embrace that satisfies a longing heart.  The Lord is gently guiding us to a place of contentment whether we are in plenty or in want here on Earth, just as it is in Heaven and it is painful and glorious at the same time.

This morning the Lord was speaking to me in Scripture – He does that a lot with me, but anyway – He started telling me about me – and this pertains to you, as well.  He said – now you see through a glass dimly, but when you look into My face you will no longer know only part of the story – but all will be revealed for it is then you will know and be known just as I am…  (1 Corinthians 13:12) and I said okay Lord – He then said, don’t you want to know how you are known?  And I said yes, of course and He said LOVE…  Love is how I know you and it is love which makes Me known to you and it is love by which you shall be known.  How amazing is that?  Our identity is LOVE and until we understanding how fully we are loved, we wander around outside of the identity of who we really are – to be known as He is, is love.  You all probably already knew that – but I wanted to share, because it totally blessed my heart and quite possibly may help someone else to be known as they are known – by His love.

You know this study has stirred up some past wounds in my own life which I prefer to not even look at – I am sure you all can relate.  We prefer to just leave things as they are, don’t we?  Yet, the Lord is drawing us even more unto Himself and revealing to us all the ways in which He comforts us and sometimes He points to times in our lives where we were so hopeless or low in spirit that He was there, remaining a constant life preserving influence to sustain us through it all.

Okay, let’s keep moving, we are getting almost to the end of this study.  The Lord presses upon us how indicative our responses are to the truth of us – He wants us to be gentle, fair. Reflective, considerate, generous when approaching someone who has harmed us in some way – keeping in mind we too have weak moments of our own.  Those closest to us – unravel and reveal our shortcomings, don’t they?  When dealing with someone, it is important we humble ourselves, admitting we too are not perfect – and just as Jesus told us – a soft answer, defusing anger – humility cultivates peace in every situation.  Harsh answers fails us and fail the process towards reconciliation, revealing the contention still remaining in ourselves and others.  If things go down this road – we should stop the conversation, seek the Lord, reflect on Him and rejoin another time.

Again, the key to restoring is…. Be willing to yield – listen and hear… Don’t just hear the person, listen to them of the heart.  The Lord told us to be eager to listen and slow to speak.  We can hear every word someone says and not listen to their heartcries.  Being slow to speak is actually being yielded – a lot of people just listen – not concentrating on what is being said, only hearing enough to come back with their side in a manipulative, convincing way – we are to be open hearted, teachable – we can even ask questions to learn more of the person, rather than justifying of self when it is our turn to speak.  Ask the person to teach you – how you hurt them from their stand point.  We should be easily persuaded to recognize our own faults – because isn’t that what we are hoping the other person will be like?  Why do we think we are exempt?  Our willingness to hear and listen reveals just how eager we are to rejoin to the person in love. 

To listen is to:  set up a rebuttal in the mind, defines who is a right fighter, is focused on forcing the other person to change and defends self.

To hear is to:  talk straight to the heart of the other person and receive their point of view, to explore ways we may come together in agreement, to allow God to use you to be the change inside the relationship and to find a starting place of moving forward in love and forgiveness.

When we have internal opposition and conflict which is unresolved we are closeminded, combative, resistant, thinking highly of ourselves without faults, refusing to put ourselves in another person’s shoes – lack of compassion, mercy and love.

The Lord tells us to be full of mercy – to be generous with His love poured out to all – but it really says something about us when we treat a stranger with more mercy than a loved one, doesn’t it?

We can be extremely merciful in love and not trust someone – remembering love covers a multitude of sins, ours and theirs.  You can love someone and not trust them.

We are to be kind to our enemies who are not in a repentant state of mind – not to promote them or qualify what they are doing, but to simply be generous in our love towards them.

It is okay to agree to disagree – no one has to be right for love to prevail and both can be wrong and love can still prevail – which is how we are to have peace with all men.

This may irritate some people – but we do not have to agree with someone to forgive them.  Forgiving is simply saying in the heart – we all fall short of the glory, so I am letting you off the hook for your mistakes.

Pray to Jesus and ask Him to assist you to return to the first love with this person – the first love is when you overlooked many things prior to their flesh irritating yours.  When familiarity sets in so does offense.

And lastly on this particular portion – Everyone’s perceptions, everyone’s – are clouded by an element of self.  Remember mercy triumphs over judgment and because our hearts are liberated in Jesus, the healing process is standing ready to begin at any moment once we surrender to Him – as a role model of His ways, it will open the door for others to be mercy motivated as well.  Mercy wins every single time.  We become victorious regardless of the outcome, when we show mercy to others as mercy given to them is mercy we receive back from the Lord – so it is a bottomless gift to all who desire to attain it.

Once a relationship is restored – we must do our part to honor, protect and keep it by the purity and integrity of our Lord by word, deed and follow through.  Our heart’s intentions are not enough – it is through integrity we keep our word to both the Lord and others we value to keep in our lives.  At times we may fail – in which we should own it, apologize and try to do better next time.  The more we yield to the Holy Spirit and are yielded to others, the more rare it should be we do not keep our word and miracles blossom up all over the place, especially when those we love are hurting – integrity is an attribute of Jesus Himself.  Integrity waters a relationship to grow in love.

After all this we studied today – I am quite amazed at how easy conflict resolution actually is.  What is not easy is letting go of all pride, in order we surrender to the Holy Spirit and walk the talk.  All we have to do is remove self out of the equation…  Which is much harder than I initially thought.  It seems we are often much easier on ourselves than we are on other people – now that’s truth right there, isn’t it?  Can you see how often we scrutinize the walk of others, while desiring everyone cut us a lot of slack?  Yikes… These double standards are not good at all – so thankful the Lord is giving us time to repent. 

You see this a lot in ministry – leaders being ultra loving and patient with the flock and severely harsh and demanding on family.  I myself have to be very, very conscientious of this – using the inmates for example, look at all the mercy and love I give to them and yet…  my own children I hold to a much higher standard and demand.

This is hypocrisy really, Lord help us to be genuine, honest and sincere in our love one to another showing no partiality knowing we all fall short at times and it is not productive to deny it is so by appearing to be loving and kind openly before a crowd, while privately or around those closest to us – we are unmerciful and unkind.  Help us Lord to worship You in spirit and in truth and not be disingenuous in our interactions so that what inspires us we do for show.  Cleanse and purify our hearts Lord and help us through Your strength as we lay our lives down for the glory of You.  We thank You Lord for Your instructions on how to be more like You in faith, hope and love for the restoration of all that is fragmented in our lives.  We trust You to lead and guide us for what steps You desire we take next as You go before us to mend that which is fragmented in the relationships we value the most.  Prepare our hearts Lord and theirs so that we can make amends and become one in You in a most precious timely way.  In Jesus’s Precious and Holy Name we pray.  Amen.

Thank you all so very much for joining me in this teaching – it was a little overwhelming to the heart at times but it also gave us much blessing and hope that where love is – expect miracles and great things to come to pass for our Lord is truly the overseer of the impossible.

Please keep our inmates in your prayers and ROF Ministries as well.  We appreciate your loving dedication and faithful support and are so humbled by your giving, making it possible for us to do what we do for the Lord!

Do you all wonder why we have these topics?  You do understand that Jesus is going to marry His Bride, not His church – right?  He will marry His kind, those He is equally yoked with- when His Bride has made herself ready – ready by fully surrendering, washing our garments through repentance – purity as we are hidden in Him.  All throughout Scripture it talks about brides – but if you want to see a picture of the Bride in Scripture – read the Beatitudes in Mathew 5.  Handmaidens tend to the preparation of the Bride – the invitation has already gone out, our time of preparation is rapidly coming to a close.  So this is why we have been studying the topics the Lord desires us to have clarity on – so we are known as He is known… through the eyes of love in that we adopt Jesus’s ways, no longer seeking our own, as a wife fully submits to her husband – so will we. 

So we are blessed when all kinds of evil people are against us and when we are excluded at every turn – so was our Groom, Jesus – but what He cares more about is – Do we respond as He would in each situation?  Are we a like-minded equally yoked couple – Jesus and you and me?

We know Him well enough to follow in His footsteps by now – Don’t we?  What did Jesus do when people attacked Him?  He gave it all to the Father, displayed love to them and waited however long it required for the Father to vindicate Him.  What happens when we release this to the Father – bitterness has no seed to grow from and take root to grow within us.  There is only unity surrounding Jesus and so…  let it be so within us as well.

LITTLE STRENGTH ~ Broadcast Transcript from September 13, 2020 with Angela

Good Morning Blessings, thank you for joining me today on this ROF Ministries broadcast.  Wow – what an abrupt seasonal change here in Nebraska – Sunday it was 100 and yesterday dropped down to the lower 40’s. Susan called it weather whiplash and I giggled… It most certainly is!  The Lord is really keeping us on our toes these days, isn’t He?  He allows the storm and He also calms it, He is so worthy of our praise and worship – thank You Lord for Your divine overseeing of our lives.  Spiritually speaking we are water walkers….  With all the chaos, storms, fears below our feet, so long as we keep our eyes fully fixated on Jesus, He promises us we will not sink and drown.  He is pulling us up and out of all the turmoil – so hey, we are gonna be okay…  Or at least that is what I keep telling my own soul.  Lol

So it seems lately it is so easy to absorb the negativity which surround us each day – mainly because we care.  We genuinely care for the wellbeing of others and so much so it can deplete us to some extent.  As what is truly within someone is surfacing – including us – the closer we get to Jesus, our eyes are being opened to see as He sees.  And I often think to myself, Lord I am not strong enough for this burden I carry for others, both in the World still and even those in the church.  The pressing can be a bit much at times.  What is the pressing?  The pressing is that Jesus is the answer to all our troubles – He is there waiting, to take hold of their hand and help them through the dark place they are in.  But only those with ears to hear will hear and therein lies the dilemma.  It is stunning to me to actually know so many who profess to be Christians and yet get angry if you encourage them by pointing to Him.  And that right there is what I was not prepared for – how about you?

But we press on, towards the high calling, to the mark, to Jesus, our Prince of Peace and the one our soul loves.  Because, its all about choices…  The choice we make today, lays the foundation for all of our tomorrows and it is evident, sowing and reaping has never been so real.  It is true we may not have the full picture to what the Lord is doing – but keep in remembrance, we have always been granted enough direction and wisdom to obey Him.  During these speculative days of men, it is imperative we perceive and embrace God’s heart.  The media platforms are so full of mixture and how they are discipling people to their own views of what is truth is staggering.  As our eyes become opened to the fullness of the Word, it is so easy to discern what is mixture now – but who can endure it?  It is within the Church people are actually making money to make you afraid.  The scare tactics they are using is evidence they have stumbled to a new low.  To not only serve the fruit of knowledge of good and evil, but to profit from it? Oh my… Lord have mercy.  Who knew over a year ago when the Lord gave me the words “selling the drama” it would come to this?  I want to remind us all that Jesus should be exhaulted above every name.  And above all knowledge, wisdom, revelation, signs and wonders… We have a choice to make each and every day – It is my prayer we choose Jesus lifted up.  When He is our choice, nothing moves us to react, but rather we respond by compassion just as He would.  As we cease from our own labors now, He does a mighty work within us and through us, so nothing has to be calculated on our parts.  Jesus alone is our stability in that we are not tired, weary and feeble in the mind.  And remember a double minded man is unstable in all his ways…. Guess what he speaks with?  A forked tongue – serpent speech is toxic and poison.  We are either moving from strength to strength, growing in our intimate relationship with Jesus or weakness to weakness.  The beauty in Jesus is, when we are weak, He is strong – so it is a win-win, when your life is surrendered fully to Him.

As the truth is being exposed in who we are actually dealing with – let’s remember to make our yes, mean yes and our no, no.  We cannot remain inconsistent in our actions and love to one another anymore and have credibility.  Our walk must match our talk and if it doesn’t, well… when the pressing comes it will when its over, that’s a guarantee.  The Lord is not looking for big grandiose performances – He is looking for sincerity of the heart.  The smallest of gestures done by us by the purity of the heart is huge in His eyes, which the grandest of gestures with mixture are not accepted as a Holy offering unto Him.  I love this – because no one is counted out, as long as we give our all – we’ve done all we can and that glorifies Jesus to the highest degree.  Consider the ant, comes to mind…  Some of us are like a teeny tiny ant, but recognized by only Jesus, so much so no one would scarcely consider us – but our Lord most certainly does.  So it is in this mixed up World we find ourselves, I mean find our true selves – as worshippers of Jesus.  It is by seeking Him within us, finding Him and placing Him above all else that tries to enter and taint who we were created to be from the beginning of time.  As we wash ourselves with His Word, our eyes begin to open, no longer tainted by the darkness, we rise and shine like the children of light who are purposed to be those beacons pointing to Him and Home.  I was thinking about how in the Bible people are often referred to by the word “sea” and I was pondering with our Lord how it is the sea of people who often seek to drag us downward, spiraling along with them – so for this reason it has never been more eminent we fixate our eyes continually on Him or we could be swept away so easily.  Sadly, the truth is there are a lot of demons out in the World these days dressed as humans.  And if we get caught up in their chaotic confusion we too could drown.  Lately, I find myself often gasping for air, due to the toxicity of others – which reminds me to hold fast to what I know, as the Day of the Lord is quickly upon us.  So this is a great reminder that if we are locked into anyone or anything more than Jesus – if anything IN THIS WORLD has our attention more than Jesus does – then our broken condition is often self-inflicted, isn’t it?  Does that make sense to you all?  We are not often the victims we think we are, we just decided to dance with darkness way too much.  I am speaking to myself here, as well and I never really thought of it this way before.  The truth is – evil company corrupts.  And I know we need Biblical precepts for that truth, because it sounds sort of offensive, doesn’t it?

Let’s read in 1 Corinthians 15:33 – Be not deceived; evil communications corrupt good manners.

It would be a really good idea for you all to read that whole chapter – but for now, you get the picture, right?  Speaking about evil – corrupts us, because to recognize something we must be familiar with it.  In the next verse it says – Awake to righteousness and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God; I speak this to your shame.  Again pretty plain and simple, once awake, once righteous we stop sinning in this way, by discussing evil ways – having knowledge about our Lord, focused on Him – no time for entertaining evil, let alone be curious about it.  We are then filled with THE GOOD NEWS, we speak of Jesus at that point, if we are really changed into a new creature. 

He goes on to speak of different kinds of flesh bodies and how we are raised up from death and corruption to incorruption and from dishonor to glory and from weakness to power.  We are sown upon the Earth a natural body, the Word tells us, we are raised up in Jesus as a Spiritual body.  WE ARE A NEW CREATURE IN CHRIST – this is not only speaking of what is to come, this is relevant for where we are today.  Verse 48 tells us – as is the Earthy (speaking of humans) are earthly so are the Heavenly, also are they that are Heavenly and just as we once bore the image of the earthly, we shall also bear the image of the Heavenly.  He goes on to tell us – flesh and blood (alone) cannot inherit the Kingdom of God (which by the way is at hand – not necessarily in some distant time and place, but now for His own) and he says to us that also those who are in corruption will not inherit incorruption.  He is speaking about death here because without Jesus we are already perishing.  There is a mystery here – that not all shall sleep (natural death/remain an old creature) but we shall all be changed – in a moment, in a blink of an eye, at the last trump upon sounding the dead (corruptible) shall be raised incorruptible and BE CHANGED.  He goes on to tell us the corruptible must put on incorruption and the mortal (perishing) must put on immortality.  And this He tells us is – when death (eternal death) is swallowed up in victory, death (corruption) has lost it’s sting against who?  Us, what? Our flesh… Because at the end of the Chapter it says, THE STING OF DEATH IS SIN AND THE STRENGTH OF DEATH IS THE LAW but we have been given victory over all sin which so easily ensnares through our precious Lord Jesus. Wow – for those of you all who caught this – I bet you are doing a happy dance in your chair right now.  No one has to sin any longer unless we choose to do so.

When the Lord calls us – when He tells us to rise up, walk… be healed, made whole our countenance changes, doesn’t it?  All the curses of death which were upon us were smashed and in their place is actually victory over sin and death which does corrupt – we have living power within us to really for real – go and sin no more!!!  And as a man thinks, so is he… so if we think we are a sinner – we will walk out a life of sin BUT if we think we are victorious over sin and that it cannot sting us to corrupt us anymore – guess what we will walk out?  A sinless life, we are being raised incorruptible by evil darkness losing it’s grip, no longer walking by lusts, rather as children of the daylight.  Someone please tell me you see this spiritually!  Once we perceive ourselves not as sinners, we will be more steadfast, unmovable and constantly abounding in the work of the Lord.  The enemy wants us to thirst for evil, so that we believe we are sinners who crave to sin so it is okay to just be a sinner – but we were created for so much more than this!  Once you see this – someone can offer you some evil to dine on, listen to, watch or partake of and YOU, your INCORRUPTIBLE SELF will so rapidly and easily say – no thank you. 

Oh my word… how did I get off on this topic?  Lol… oh well, Oh I know… Evil company corrupts good manners – like a rotten potato will corrupt a whole bag of them unless it is removed.

So some of us are having bad potatoes removed from our lives and it hurts our hearts deeply, doesn’t it?  Yet, we trust the Lord – that it is best for us and them because He has a purpose and a plan which is perfect, knowing the end from the beginning and all that’s in between… It doesn’t mean they are bad or we are good or that one is higher or lower than another – It simply means His will is being done eternally in our lives and theirs in which naturally there must be separation.  We will find a greater understanding of how He is purifying us in such a beautiful way in Colossians 3 ~

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God;

23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

So you see at every turn the Lord is showing us to not behave in death and darkness – to return to the innocence of HIM to our initial plan and purpose – to put away old and childish ways, which are not our divine appointment for today as children of light and love and children of God, not children who disobey Him because we know Him and to know Him is to love Him and when we love Him we will do just as He says.

Okay… moving on…. Literally. Lol

Now we need to have a serious discussion…  Because many of us are ultra-sensitive in the heart and spirit right now.  The World has rejected those who are not its own – so therefore, those in the World have rejected us and wow, it can be very heartbreaking.  And don’t think about this from the stand point of saved and unsaved… but rather those who are loyal and those who are not.  Those who were purposed to love and haven’t walked it out – those who professed love and when it came time to push through, walked away.  And to deflect they will usually turn it on you, so they do not have to own up to their part in the abandonment.  Its okay, listen, people did the same thing to Jesus – just remember when He was going up to pray before His death and He pleaded with a few disciples to stay awake with Him, He surely was in need of comfort and agreement that night and they all fell asleep – so an angel came to strengthen Jesus.  You remember that Bible story?  Well anyway, some have done the same thing to us… they “fell asleep” when they prior professed they would diligently stay awake and walk with us.  And we too have another comforter sent to us to encourage and strengthen us, just as Jesus is in our times of need.  When God allows this to happen I always remind myself, His ways are perfect and chances are He used me for a season and a reason and that He very well could be intervening to save me from something horrific I have no idea about.  It is in HIM WE MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING, it is in Him we find gratification to our souls, peace which looks ridiculous in the storms and life everlasting because He really will never leave us or forsake us – He is not like man, who will lie, thankfully.

In spiritual maturity we understand that not everyone thinks like we do or acts like we do – so to swim in the mind sea of “I would never do that to someone” only stirs up discontentment and chaos – so let’s put that to rest right now and lay those thoughts at the feet of Jesus.  To no longer seek to control or hold anyone to legal binding words – just forgive, release and bless those who have hurt you in such a way, as you hand them over to the Father for His saving mercy and grace to embrace them with His love, in order they have a space and time to repent.

Alright, to bounce off this… I need to discuss something very important with you all.  This message right now is for those who are highly sensitive in nature to the wellbeing of others.  Those who have a gift for discerning if someone is “okay” spiritually or not at any given moment.  You are sort of a heart reader – and can easily tell when the words of another are not quite lining up with what is in the heart, causing you much internal pain of the heart.  If this is you – please listen up for a moment.  It is likely you are wondering not only what is happening but why? 

I love a quote I received today from Pastor Russ Walden, who said – The Lord called us to have character, not be one.  Which means, He called our walks to match our talks, to no longer put on a front of holiness in the view of others and then do iniquitous evil things when no one is looking.  When being purified, all the mixture is burned off – and it is our job to make ourselves ready for the coming of the Lord.  When we first are saved by calling out to Jesus – He washes away all our past sins, making us clean – our sins are thrown into the sea of forgetfulness and are gone, forever.  We have a fresh start, a reset, and are actually born again, spiritually speaking – How amazing is that?  Thank You Lord.  However, from that point forward, it is our job to repent and turn away from iniquity to truly go and sin no more.  And when we do sin and are convicted that we immediately go to Him with a sorrow in our heart for being disobedient – to be cleansed once again, to resist all forms of evil and not partake in it any longer – repentance is key to being in God’s family.  Right now all over the World the Father is pleading with His people to get right with Him, I keep wondering how far He will have to go before they listen and return to Him?  It is heart-wrenching at times to view from afar – while we sit quietly in prayer.  And this is what it looks like to be sensitive in the Spirit right now…  It is like you are overwhelmed with a solemn and sober heart to lament on behalf of others, having put away childish things.

Finally, as I kept going to Him in tears on behalf of the backslidden and those caught in mixture – pleading and praying and often thinking this is just too much to bear…  The Lord comforted me to comfort you all, who are feeling the same as I am.  And this is a portion of what He said ~

A Message Delivered ~

The Father’s Embrace of Those with Little Strength

September 13, 2020

My Precious and Crushed Daughter –

It is I who placed the Earth into motion and ordained who would come and who would go and when.  It is I who gathered the angels together and sprinkled the skies with the light of their glory and it is I who plucked each one, purposely sending them as Messengers down to Earth for the glory of My Name.  For they have tasted and seen that I am good to deliver the fullness of My love.  They do not resist the fullness of Me, but rather embrace the way in which I lead them back to My security of safety.  All that I do, I do for the remnant of faithful followers who call out to Me day and night with their whole hearts, which cannot be divided. 

Presently, who the World calls My church, is infiltrated with imposters, seeking to save their own lives, through their own wills to be done and I will not plead with My people much longer.  For you My chosen ones, it is time to be still and know I am God.  Let the heathen rage and seek knowledge of good and evil, denying the wholeness of Me, in which there is no shadow of turning.  They will trip upon the snare of pride, which so easily draws them in, as they gather unto themselves those who are of a likeminded soul, mirroring themselves. 

Again, I say to you – come out and be separated, sit in the silent, secret place with Me until My indignation passes. Pray continually, longing and looking fervently for that day of hope, when I gather My elect from the four corners of the Earth.  I command all things into existence – your hope is found securely and solely in Me. And now that your eyes have been opened, you must trust Me with all things, including those you love, especially those you surround yourself with, who are mixed with miry clay; distorting the vision of the blind leading the blind, only to find both of themselves within a ditch of knowledge. 

The tide has turned now, in which calamity after calamity is the call I put forth – but who will hear?  Who will see?  Who will call out to Me in truth, turning from their wickedly devised plans, confessing their faulty finds one to another?  Until My people mourn, there is no saving grace.  Until My people hear from Heaven, there is no resolution or rest for the soul. 

But you My child, who the World has counted out and the church members have refused to hear, are safely and securely in the bosom of My love – so absorbed, you hear our hearts beating as one.  You, My love, are just now in full observation of seeing on display, that which I love and that which I hate.  Is that word “hate” too much for you?  Do you not realize I despise evil and did not create it, as man has spoken that falsity to you?  Again I say, I did not create evil.  All that I create is good, but rather it is man who strips the purity away from what I create, infusing it with evil through pride.  It was pride which caused lucifer to fall and it is pride which has always set the course before, the fall of all men. 

My chosen vessel resist pride and evil at every turn, seeking obedience above all sacrifices, even so, before the alter of My Son Jesus.  I know you have little strength and have not denied My name, but you must hold fast until I come and not be swayed by the words of man, who’s breath is like tongues of fire to destroy.

Above all things, guard your heart, lest someone steal your crown of life, which is My righteousness dripping down out of Heaven’s throne to infuse you with the hope of My quickened return.  Be warned, as you continually long for My appearing – there are those who long for My delay, in order they be not caught in their snares of deceit; who will persecute and humiliate you, in order to pressure you to deny that which you’ve known from the innocence of a child. 

Those who belong to Me, will never be plucked out of the hand of My vineyard of readiness.  The time of My coming is at hand, each day I come and abide with those Who love Me, with the purity of their hearts.  Listen for and hear My still small voice, in the midst of the proclaimers of Earth based wisdom.  As I lead, you follow.  I am separating and I am dividing, by My calls to come close and be one with Me.  I am taking you beside still waters, where those caught up in works refuse to go.  I am searching high and low for those who are satisfied with only Me, knowing this World has nothing to offer them.  Watch – continually learn from Me, let me reveal to you more and more about those things on Earth, which I love and gather unto Myself and those things on Earth which I hate and cast away. 

Did you hear My trumpet call of choice, which has gone out?  It is through this call, those who refused to make a choice are forced to do so – and when your eyes are opened Spiritually, it is plain to see who is and is not with Me, as many attempt to purchase the fruit of their hands, which carry forth the desires of their hearts and not Mine. 

Love is not your ticket to Heaven, for even the heathens love one another, My Son is… The only way to enter into My loving embrace and acceptance.  At this very moment My eyes are searching the Earth to see who truthfully loves Him.  Every knee will bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord. 

The question is – Who is bowing and confessing now?  Who is clothed in humility now?  Who is within the containment of purity now?  Who is eating of the Tree of Life now?  For those My dear… They are the ones to watch.  Watch therefore… For when the sun sets in the West, the light shall arise in the East and all eyes will behold Him and His reward is with Him.  His reward shall shine with the brightness of His coming and all will know I have loved you with an everlasting love and be greatly ashamed they didn’t. 

Awaken My people out of the sleep of selfish pride.  Awaken to soberness and truth.  Awaken to the gathering unto Me, for My Bride is already, ready.

Eternally yours,                        

Your Father In Heaven

Okay…. That was a lot and probably a good place to stop for today and there are a few things in what He gave me I don’t even have full clarity on myself.  When the Lord speaks, it always shakes me a little or a lot truthfully.  Before I go, I must share the Scripture He gave me to go along with His words.  Although this may seem somewhat uncommon to you all, He gives me writings like this all the time – He just rarely releases me to share them.  All I ask is for you to pray about it, take this to Him and of course, test it by the Spirit and Scripture.

Proverbs 6 is what He gave me, for those with ears to hear ~

My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,

Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.

Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.

Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.

Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,

Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?

10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

12 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.

13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;

14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.

15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.

16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

20 My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.

22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.

23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.

25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.

26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adultress will hunt for the precious life.

27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?

29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.

30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;

31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.

32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

33 A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.

34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.

35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.

So we must ask ourselves…  Is the fullness of His Word too much for us?  Do we prefer to have our ears tickled with the candy coating words of what is pleasing to the eye and ear? 

When we still prefer to negotiate with one another or even the Lord over what He has conveyed to us in His Word, then it reveals just how much mixture we still have within us.  Jesus is coming for a pure chaste Bride – meaning no mixture what so ever.  When negotiating His word, has become something we fall back on, then we are on a very dangerous path.  The Lord is calling His own to turn back from all wicked ways of iniquity and really, for real… go and sin no more, abiding with Him always.

As we begin to love what the Father loves and hate what He hates we have proof internally that He truly is ruling and reigning over us in our hearts.  To no longer desiring to sin IS HIM RULING & REIGNING OVER US…  I know we have so much more to talk about regarding this, but I am going to leave it with that for today so that you may seek Him more and ask Him to reveal more of Himself and more of yourself to you.  It takes both to be His… To KNOW HIM and to KNOW OURSELVES.  He always reveals before He delivers, in that He gets the glory.

A FINAL WARNING ~ Angelic Influence ~ Broadcast Transcript from August 30, 2020

Good morning and God Bless each of you – thank you for joining me on today’s ROF Ministries broadcast.  Well, I wasn’t quite sure if I was going to make it today, but here I am.  How are you all holding up?  Hopefully, better than me, because numerous times last week, I almost folded up like a lawn chair.  It feels so good to be so blessed to gather and fellowship together with you all.  The Scripture “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak…”  Is an excellent description of the past week for me – not sin related, but just one attack on my flesh after another it seems.  I apologize for not being on air with you last Wednesday like I said.  I had to prioritize many things and my children have to come first quite often.  So I really appreciate you all and your generous love and mercy.  For those of you who prayed – I am very grateful.   Gabriel is feeling a little better and I am somewhat here – lol – so let’s get started.

Distractions, distractions, distractions…  They are increasingly everywhere it would seem.  Anyone or anything that takes attention or precedence over the Lord in our lives, places one in extreme danger right now.  You all love me, right?  Because, to hear and receive a portion of today’s message – you are gonna have to, because it certainly will not embrace soulish desires of good and evil – which is mixture by the way.  By now you are very familiar with lukewarm mixture.  So the Word tells us – MY people perish for lack of knowledge.  Right?  Practically every day I hear someone misquoting this Scripture, leading people to drink out of the well they are selling… This is how the Scripture truly reads – Hosea 4:6 —

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
    because you have rejected knowledge,
    I reject you from being a priest to me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
    I also will forget your children.

People are and will be destroyed for putting out of memory forgetting God’s precepts.  It is evident there is a famine in the land, can you see it?  The famine is here and what the Bible is referring to is no hunger for the Word of God anymore.  And because of this lack of hunger, souls inside the church are anemic, eating junk food mixture – partaking of knowledge of good and a little bit of knowledge of evil, thinking they will not surely die…  Well, yes they will.  How many of you see the separation, knowing there is not one thing you can do to stop it?  The line has been drawn in the sand – standing on one side are those who are longing for Jesus’s return, seeking Him with their whole hearts, drinking only from Him when thirsty and eating of His word to sustain them.  On the other side are those who dabble in His word, drink bitter wells and life giving wells to suit their craving while playing church, in a delusion a little bit of Jesus is enough to cover all their pleasures of unrighteousness.  So today’s message is—  A Final Warning, not my warning, but the Father’s warning. 

Anything we are standing upon other than Jesus is going to be pulled out from under us and consumed so it is removed forever.  Whether that be works, ministries, finances, our holiness, news headlines, family, friends, signs in the sky or on Earth, idol worship, fame, anything whatsoever – that does not glorify God in our lives is gonna burn and the fire is already kindled.  Some of you right now are having people plucked up and out of your lives without your doing because they are on the wrong side of a drawn line.  It is heart breaking and grieving to say the least.  This is not in the World per say where the line has been drawn – not even to sinners who are cold, but to the lukewarm, mixed up church – who have one foot in the World and one foot in the Kingdom.  Alright, well that was fun and it is only gonna get uphill from here on out, so put your marching boots on – here we go.

I was talking with a very precious brother to me the other day – who just happens to love me enough to tell me the truth rather than embrace me with a lie, and I could see just how much repenting I still had to do… And part of what came out of our talk was “there is simply no more time to make a choice…” 

Right now the enemy is using the “power of suggestion” to plow the field of our minds through curiosity to impart his hybrid seeds of mixture into us.  Since he has no power to corrupt us, he knows the gift of freewill we have, if through interest we can be stirred up – we will corrupt ourselves with his forbidden and dark secrets.  What we take into us by the eyes and ears are like seeds which can be watered by others we are in contact with and grow to increase.  Which is why we are told to guard our eye and ear gates.  If it isn’t Godly, then it isn’t God.  How simple is that?  Would God send something to us to receive that isn’t Godly?  Well of course not and to think differently is serpent speech.  We are to think upon these things – good reports, true, honest, pure, Holy, etc…  What we hunger and thirst for – actually reveals a craving we still have for darkness itself, meaning we still have much darkness which remains within us.  Light craves light and darkness craves darkness for sustenance. 

So like I said about the “power of suggestion”…  Many of these dreams and such people are sharing which supposedly come from God, they do not…  Forgive me you all, is that offensive?…  I want to get this out so we can move forward – I don’t even want to be talking about this at this moment really.  The Lord wants us to know, some dreams people think are prophetic are simply a sprouting forth of what they have taken into themselves, by the power of suggestion, which manifest in their dream states.  For example, what you feed your soul during the day, still ruminates at night when your flesh is asleep – your soul does not sleep, it is just going over and over all that which you fed it while awake.  When you remember a dream – most often it comes forth out of what you focused on during the day.  The power of influence the enemy has over minds right now is staggering.  Jesus is in the heart – the enemy is in the mind – mixture.  Once we are fully surrendered to Jesus, we have His mind…  Just what do we think Jesus thinks upon anyway?  Didn’t He only do what He saw His Father in Heaven doing?  The same is true for His followers.  Now on a side note – this is not to say people are not getting actual dreams as messages from the Lord to deliver and share with believers.  However, everything said or done that represents the Lord on High has a few key elements we should test by the Spirit to insure the placement is Him as the only Source.  Everything sent by Him glorifies Him, never evil.  His sent dreams are pure in truth with no mixture of opinions or suggestions, they are concise and complete – never to leave one guessing or questioning what was given.  He only gives that which will strengthen and edify His body, if it comes from a faulty source you will be left drained and feeling a little undone and chaotic – the enemy does this so we search even more knowledge of good and evil.  And lastly, all will feel embraced by Him if the dream is sourced from Him – even if it is corrective or a warning, it will be perceived as His love drawing us into the Light, not away from it.  For example, if you spend 4 hours one day searching about earthquakes or aliens then that night you dream of them – it is likely that came from your soul, which doesn’t sleep, ruminating over what you took in while awake – which is exactly what is happening almost every day right now.  So use your discernment before taking things as truth, it is likely just truth mixed in with a lie to stir up curiosity to comprehend the dark secrets of satan – which actually is a command that we are not to do in Revelation 3, I believe.  This hunger for darkness is so rampant right now, it is why the Lord wants us to turn away from it immediately, so we are not consumed by it and perish.  These dark entities want to convince us they are fleshly so that we do not war against them Spiritually – which is really the only way they can be defeated.  We know they are entities because take the Nephilim for example – they remained after the flood, just as they did before it.  What they are looking to do is have entrance into and evade to abide in our flesh so that we are used as vessels of unholiness to do their bidding on Earth.  How do they enter?  Just like lucifer did before the fall…. By stirring up curiosity in Eve, then Adam and their tactics are focused on us now.  There truly is, nothing new under the sun.

I feel like I am being harsh, saving words are harsh words sometimes.  And since we have no more time – just please love me anyway, I am sorry He pressed me to deliver this message, but I must be obedient above pleasing man, even when I prefer the contrary.  This is a fire He put within me and once I share, hopefully, it will pass, I pray so anyway.

Lord Jesus please infuse within me Your will and Your countenance to deliver this message today according to Your perfect plan.  Empty me of self, filling my mouth with only words You desire to convey.  Amen.

I guess you could say talking about fallen things, especially angels is one of my least favorite topics for many reasons, but one primarily is I am against glorifying evil by giving any attention to it at all.  So I am discussing it out of obedience primarily, but also so that rather than anyone leave desiring to know more of evil, but rather with a feeling of enmity with it – so much so you turn completely away from seeking darkness in any way to the point it makes you nauseous every time you entertain it.  So he Lord revealed something amazing to me yesterday about how it takes a darkened mind to comprehend dark sentences and for some of you – you will get this immediately, but “unclean” things are not for you to “touch” or rather explore in order to maintain your element of purity.  And I am not talking human flesh here – I am talking of spiritual darkness, wickedness in high places, filthy dreams, lawlessness and its devices, a craving for fornication with evil, that sort of thing.  Many of you were always kept from it, while others tasted of it – to never partake again.  As darkness is confounded by light, so are we confounded by darkness and yet, it never stops trying to taint the purity of you.  Take for example, my innocence was stolen from me at the age of five – which the Lord on high turned into a beautiful testimony to His Name.  However, for many, many years I was imprisoned in my own mind – confounded, blaming myself by actually thinking a five year old could sexually entice a man to the point he was consumed by lust in which he had to act upon it.  I know, sad, but true.  For so long I would cry out to the Lord, blaming myself, trying to understand my placement within the darkness until the Lord showed me I had none – it was darkness of evil within the other person provoking them to gratify the lust of pleasure in unrighteous things and since I had blame to deliver – I put all the blame on me.  I use the word “he” very lightly here, because it was actually his human vessel of flesh, indwelled by evil which sought to taint the purity of me – sadly, when people lust for evil, eventually, they give way to it and evil will have its way with them and those who the Lord permits to be as judges/targets for the condemnation of another soul.  This is icky, isn’t it?  But we’ve just barely scratched the surface.  Thankfully, the Lord has given us a small space in time to repent in truth, broken and laid bare – authentically and not just for show, knowing without true and remorseful repentance we cannot enter into His Kingdom.  Those who “prey” on anyone weaker than themselves or more naïve and trusting, for any selfish gratification – no matter what it is – is being used as an agent of satan.  There is no gray area here, none.  Remember, the enemy uses humans to carry out his bidding through demons standing ready at his command to enter and/or influence those vessels to harm others who are gentle as doves, to kill, still and destroy those who are purposed and marked for God’s usage. 

In order to see spiritually, we must go back to the foundation of when it all began – even before the fall, in Genesis 1 & 2.

You wanna see when we were actually created – it was on the 6th day?  Because we existed way before we were sent to Earth.

So here – ALL THE HOSTS ARE WHAT?  All the generations which will ever be in Heaven or ever step foot on Earth.  GENERATION is a word reserved for humans.  Again – when were all the generations created?  On the day the Lord made Heaven and Earth.  You can read it with your own eyeballs if you so desire. Lol

Hosts/Angels – none fallen yet, right? 

So by the Word of God – we receive His truth just as it is written. Amen?  You, my friend, are an angel who just happens to be in the flesh this very moment – that’s the good news.  Remember, angels are messengers – good and bad, fallen, not fallen – depending on who you serve and who your master is.  We know a third did fall, we know fallen angels are demons, right?  They were here before and after the fall and they are still here – because it says in the Word they were not destroyed in the flood – only their unrighteous/tainted human vessels were destroyed which they were using to carry out their wicked deeds.  It was sort of a re-set and it is obvious demons are influencing more and more people these days, look around at all the lawlessness.  Just like Jesus sent some into pigs who did not want to be sent to the bottomless pit before the time – they go around looking for barren souls to indwell.  He gave us a clue here – it was not time for them to go to the bottomless pit yet, was it?

This just makes us so grateful for Jesus doesn’t it?  He makes the demons tremble and the enemy is seething we have a way to be redeemed and he doesn’t.  And here is why he is in such derision…

Psalm 8:4-6

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet.

Funny how the enemy knows that which we do not…  God is mindful of us, He visits us, in our flesh bodies we are held to a lower presentation than angels without a physical body – meaning we are somewhat limited/confined by a flesh body, we’ve been crowned with glory and honor and have dominion to carry out the Father’s plans and every single thing on Earth is under our feet – meaning submissive to us by His authority. The enemy banks on the fact, we do not know who we are and if we did – anything unholy and unclean would never be touched by us again, we would not permit it – it would be truly under our feet, not embraced in our arms.

This is why Jesus told us to be careful who we entertain, because we entertain angels unaware.  Now for me, that says it can go either way – we could possibly entertain good angels, but in truth we also could be entertaining fallen ones – yuck.  Now this may be gross, but I am gonna share it anyway…  I propose to you the mingling of seed and not clinging too (remaining faithful and one in the flesh) has caused much mixture of cleanliness and uncleanliness.  It is called “fornication”…  Yeah I know, I hate to look upon my own filth too… but just go with me for a minute…  Chances are what we joined together with in the past – or maybe some of you all still do – was actually real fornication/mingling – and thank You Jesus for freeing us from that life of sin and death – I hope you can hear what I am not saying…. I am trying not to be too descriptive here.  It is nauseating isn’t it?  And it is back again… Same fallen angels, doing the same things which caused Sodom and Gomorrah to be destroyed…  and the same as in Noah’s day, etc….  Human flesh bodies are destroyed to slow down the progression of fornication but the fallen remain – demons.  Yes?  Are we good and on the same page?  It is sad, but I have ministered to females who have gotten tangled up with angels in a very seductive way – so we cannot stick our heads in the sands thinking something is coming when it is already here.

The enemy wants us to think he is coming – so that we do not see he is already here…  I would be way less concerned about his coming in the future as a giant, ufo and such and open your eyes to see – he is already at work before our very noses.  Again, since he and his minions cannot be redeemed, he is very angry, hell bent to destroy and take as many souls to hell with him as possible, why?  The Father is not mindful of him and he cannot be redeemed so he is drunk with vengeance.

So there has been numerous falling away’s… And we are in the midst one right now.  Just look around…  The angels fell when they listened to lucifer in his pride and were swayed by him to rebel against God and HIS COUNTENANCE, commands, ways, etc…  The same is true today.  The angels fell – and humans are falling away – one in the same.  Adam and Eve fell… the list goes on.

Mixture is evil.  Fornicating is mingling purity with iniquity.  For me personally, I prefer to remain somewhat ignorant to what evil and darkness is doing.  Don’t you?  However, we are to assist others in a Godly way and for us to deny this is happening will limit our outreach to those who are struggling.

Okay – so somehow in the midst of talking about a shortcoming I had, repentance and a final warning I seemed to have gotten totally off the subject at hand for a bit, because in truth I really know nothing hardly and what little bit that has been revealed to me I do know, I avoid since so many people cultivate curiosity within the church and edify evil which is forbidden.  Thank you for tolerating what the Lord has shown me on the matter, pray about it and seek the Lord’s guidance always and consider first what you are hearing and seeing and always lay to heart if the source is from our Lord because what is it they say?  A little knowledge is much more dangerous than none, and there is that mixture thing again.

So just to recap real quick before we go over The Final Warning ~

  • Genesis speaks of a demon intrusion – we need to avoid focusing on how they surfaced so much, being intrigued by the appearing of them in the natural sense – how it appeared in the flesh and activities of the flesh in order to not glorify evil.  We, as God’s children have everything under our feet – meaning – we should be able to trample over such things, not stopping to take a deeper look – if its evil, turn away from it, pretty simple.
  • Never forget this – The Bible means just what it says, plainly and sincerely – so read it that way, as a child would.  Don’t add to or take away one dot or tittle from what is on the page – so that you do not fall into a ditch of perception trying to figure things out or being the first to know something – which feeds the ego and is a snare because remember – setting yourself up as gods in such a way is exactly how people fall away from the truth.  Lucifer fell due to ego/pride the very same way.
  • Words are seeds spiritually speaking
  • The sons of god are angels and they mingled with humans – written word truth and I am at a total loss why that stirs anything up within us more than the Lord’s Prayer would, for example:

Genesis 6

And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

  • When a person is indwelled with demons they can become physically stronger, very intelligent, manipulative and forceful, often speaking in gibberish/foolish in the mind
  • Anytime we see sons of God in the Bible – it means “angelic” form – spirituality is not communicated by genetical flesh or bloodlines – we know each of us must be converted before entering the Kingdom from old creature to new.
  • We need to remove from our minds that GIANTS/NEPHELIUM are a race of people – because they are not – I know this sells good books, but it is heresay – just like we would not call the CHERBIUM a monster on Earth – NEPHELIUM is in the same angelic context… verification of this is how they both end with “ium”… indicating divine order and condition of the created kind.  We do not battle with flesh and blood, including Nephilim, it is not a race like humans are classified by race.  Again, the enemy loves to hide between the opinions of man.
  • Nephilim means pressing strength and here is a puzzle piece for you – they are commanded by the god of forces.
  • Also, real quick – the number of man is 666 which is the mark of the beast, correct?  Well these entities need a human host to indwell (make their mark upon) to carry out their bidding fully on the Earth – so they mingle – it’s the iron mixed with clay in Daniel, the feet of the statue in Daniel.  But they cannot overcome someone who has overcome by the blood of Jesus – we are overcomers – overcoming all temptation through Him.  Amen.  We must allow them to enter or they are forbidden to do so.
  • So in this demon/angelic invasion – these divine beings come down, speaking mingled truth with lies convincing humans they had something better than God’s way and people rebelled against God and His ways, just as they did.  It is important to note just who they targeted?  Women.  What was Eve?  A woman.  Now does all this sound familiar?  Adam and Eve fell, in the last days there will be a great falling away – it is the same thing, over and over again. Fornication and every unclean thing… Which is why we are commanded not to seek knowledge of good and evil and eat only of the Tree of Life – Jesus.
  • Since evil cannot create – it always tries to corrupt the purity of our Father’s creation – You, me, which is why we are to resist him and he will flee – entertaining him is giving him ear, just like Eve did and if you take the fruit he is offering, well you know what happens already…
  • The Father wants us to give no placement to the devil – to have absolutely nothing to do with it.

Job

1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them

2:1  Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord

38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

  • In job’s day, angels were always present & it was common
  • In context – verse 7 here reaffirms – creation & divine order describing the hosts of heaven present from the very beginning with god

Jude 1

For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

  • Angels here left their estate (condition) and abode (abiding with the father) – being reserved in chains in darkness – (cannot escape the darkness they promote – cannot be redeemed)
  • we see here, they were influencing Sodom and Gomorrah – after the flood – and we also know when jesus returns it will be like sodom and gomorrah on earth – interesting isn’t it – confirming they are not coming, they are here already
  • strange flesh simply means – opposite of them… they go after those who are pure to taint them and defile their flesh – wow… this is amazing because the word tells us our flesh is being raised up no longer to be corruptible. 

You need the scripture?  It is in 1 Corinthians 15 – it is when the corruptible puts on the incorruptible (the condition we were in before sin) and this is at the twinkling of an eye.  It is also why the Lord says in these last days he will shorten the days or else no flesh would be saved – all would be eternally corrupted. remember he said if possible the elect would be corrupted… the elect have the redeeming quality of purity so he protects that purity within us – as long as we stay in submission to him.

  • Jude is telling us here that angels are pursuing humans to mingle and corrupt them – confirming and mirroring what happened in Genesis 6.  And just like then, they are doing it now – they do not cleave, actually marriage within the host realm is not permissible like it is with us – but evidently mingling is…
  • Any human vessel not filled with the Holy Spirit can be indwelled by a fallen angel/demon and influenced to serve the god of forces
  • These entities are looking for a new abode (us) since they left theirs – and once granted access we too are shackled in chains of darkness just like they are.  The devil/demons always promise strength, pleasure, intelligence, love, dreams so that we fornicate with them, rather than be patient and wait upon the Lord for our contentment. 
  • We just cannot be too careful these days – you just never know who you are dealing with, unless Jesus is leading us through the Holy Spirit.
  • The whole human race will be fully defiled again, just like Sodom and Gomorrah – but thankfully He will remove us out before He pours out His destruction, just as He did with Lot.

Alrighty, let’s stop right here – I am running out of time and truly this topic is one of my least favorite topics to discuss – yet I do realize the purpose in it – there is no time left and the Lord is Giving His Final Call Out for His children to return home to Him.

A call to repent is blaring louder and louder, as the Father is pleading with His children to return to Him – just look around at all that is shaking and trembling and the lawlessness is overwhelming, which actually is the Father pleading with His children to escape the sins of the World in order they do not partake in His eminently arriving wrath, which clearly is at the door.

The shaking and trembling is His merciful grace extended to us so that we return Home to Him, He is waiting with open arms, pleading.  Will we return to Him?  Well, few will actually stay on the straight and narrow path – sadly, most continue on the broad way which leads to destruction.  Most in the church have become “dull of hearing” as the Word states, preferring to have their ears tickled than be converted – changed from old creature to new.  And just so we are aware, no one can be converted unless we repent.

Mathew 13:15

For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

2 Timothy 4:1-5

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

Well now, you can see that all around, can’t you?

And we did focus a lot today on man’s fables of Nephilim, didn’t we?  So that we do not also fall into the trap of not enduring sound doctrine.

Real quickly – Every soul is given freewill to choose life by choosing Jesus and being converted through complete surrender, repentance and walking out belief Jesus is Lord, to continue to grow each and every day by nourishment in His word, abiding in His will and seeking Him through prayer.  Knowing Jesus is not enough to be saved – our hearts must unite with Him, not be far from Him.

God sends no one to hell out of harshness – they just take the freewill they have been granted and choose death over life. Very similar to the fallen angels we just discussed.

TIMELY TRUTHS –

  • Everyone is responsible for their own relationship with Jesus
  • Everyone has been given an opportunity to repent and time to do so, which is depleting with each moment of each day
  • For those who choose death over life that He has offered – they will eventually fall away or have or are in the process right now and therefore, God sends them a great delusion so that they believe a lie, having pleasure in unrighteousness.  You cannot convince, force, scare, pressure, lure someone into life if their soul is bent on hell because whether they claim to be religious or Christians or not… their hearts are far from Him.
  • Only Jesus can change a heart – sometimes in the past we have tried guilting people into Heaven – ummmm… that doesn’t work.  If you lean to do this – you might want to read Jude for direction.
  • You must be 100% fully surrendered to Jesus in this last hour, no excuses and no exceptions – either we are with Him or against Him – either all hot or all cold and the last placement you want to be right now is lukewarm – a mixture/mingling of hot and cold.
  • In this exact season – Jesus is spewing the lukewarm out of His mouth – forcing them to pick a side – hot or cold… with or against… that middle ground of one foot in the World and one in the Kingdom is sinking sand and being done away with, everyone is making their eternal choices right now.
  • Jesus said – choose this day who you will serve.  Every word and action reflects the choice already made in the heart.
  • We are called to be preaching the Gospel and using words only when necessary.  No one wants to hear us babbling on and on about how wonderful we are now, but how are we known?  By the love we demonstrate.  SHOW HIS LOVE to the lost, boasting on self right now is like checking someone’s temperature when what they really need is a defibulator to the heart.  Maybe try waiting to be asked a question, rather than declaring something out of timing with a heart not quite ready to receive.  Do as Paul did- stay in the word, he gives excellent tools to win the lost over to the Lord and he rarely spoke of himself, even in a saving way.
  • WE MUST BE SPIRITUALLY READY TO LIVE IN THE NEXT WORLD, rather than so focused on what is happening in this one.  Many have this backward, they spend hours on end focused on what is happening in this World, neglecting to focus on our eternal home.
  • In our eternal home comes great rewards we earn while here on Earth.  And we will study that sometime soon because rather than storing up what will be destroyed our focus is to be on that which never fades away or diminishes even into all of eternity.
  • If we are receiving into us nonsense, then nonsense is what comes out.  What you feed your soul with is what you share out of your mouth – so these days, discerning of spirits, I have to say, is easier than I ever personally remember it being.
  • You must read the word for yourself – listening to ministers 24 hours a day will not cultivate intimacy with Jesus, invite the Holy Spirit to speak directly to you through God’s written word and He surely will.

My prayer is that the Father almighty in Heaven, Who created Heaven and Earth and you within it – ignite a hunger that is insatiable for His word.  I pray He stir up your curiosity of Heavenly things which come down from the source of light, so that you are filled to overflowing with His glorious truth and will.  I thank Him for His continued guidance and correction, which keeps us securely hidden in the shadow of His wings.  I praise Jesus that He is right here with us every moment of everyday leading us into His glorious light and fulfillment so we seek not Earthly or unrighteous pleasures.  I worship our Lord for sending the conviction of the Holy Spirit to assist and comfort us on our walk of conversion.  Lord please continue to come after us when we stray or wander off on paths which could be deadly.  Our hearts Lord are surrendered to You and we are so very grateful You so willingly and openly forgive us when we drift into destructive life patterns and stumble.  Continue to cleanse us Lord, purifying our hearts, renewing our minds and delivering us from all the old creature ways.  Heavenly Father I ask You to divinely separate us from anyone or anything which may lead us into mixture, unholiness, impurities or seeds of words which can taint our souls. We surrender our lives and wills to You Lord, welcoming You to have Your way within our hearts so that You alone rule and reign over, in and through us.  We ask all this in Your Perfect and Glorious Son’s Name, Jesus, Who came to set the captives free, of which we each were one, but now we are no longer our own, we belong to Him.  Amen

Your Unfolding Placement In The Last Days ~ Broadcast Transcript from August 19, 2020

Good Morning Blessings to you all – thank you for joining us today on this ROF Ministries broadcast.  How are you all holding up?  Nothing seems to be coming at us in an easy way these days, does it?  This reminds me of the Scripture in Revelation 3 – repent, I am coming quickly, hold fast to what you have, in that you let no man steal your crown – which is a mark of royalty.  Sometimes it is all I can do to breathe, let alone hold fast – you all know that feeling?  We have so many do this and don’t do that floating around, our heads can spin.  Sometimes you just need to keep it simple like a little child…  Seek Jesus with all that you are and you will never be so lost He cannot find you and Shepherd you. 

I know I said we would be back in Job… Well, instead the Lord pressed upon me to finish our five-fold ministry study.  Lord willing, next Wednesday we will be back in Job.  It was funny but I kept reading and reading and reading in Job – listening and waiting for the Lord to speak so I could put some study materials together.  I got up to Chapter 8 and stopped and said, Lord… You haven’t given me anything to share then I heard a nudging in my spirit that we must finish what we started last week.  So with that here we are.

Hopefully, you were with us Wednesday or had a chance to hear the archive, because today we will hit the ground running to build upon what we learned the other day about the five-fold ministry gifts.

Where do you fit?  Because everyone who is a misfit in this World, fits perfectly in the Body of Christ – yay!  Now that is good news, real good news for many of us and just as He formed us in our mother’s womb, He is forming us and knitting us together as one in Him.  That was natural, this is spiritual.  We learned the other day, the main requirement is just to seek Him with your whole heart.

We discussed how titles of this World, even inside the church of the world is not important, but how Jesus’s anointed apostles, pastors, teachers, evangelists and prophets are a display of the fullness of Him on Earth, through surrendered vessels like you and me.  You were counted out of the World to be counted into Jesus’s flock, which is very good news indeed and all are welcome.  So the invitation as gone out, just as we studied in Ephesians 4 and there is no time like the present to just lay yourself down in surrender and give all of yourself and the World’s entanglements to Him knowing, I just cannot do this anymore on my own, or even with the advice of friends.

WE are becoming His Church and it is beautiful and terrible and tumultuous and lovely all at the same time – just like a real birth is… very distressing until the baby is born and revealed to the World. We surely are getting closer to our revealing, aren’t we?

We need to make sure we understand there is no mediator between us and Jesus any longer – thankfully we can each go directly to Him anytime we desire and He meets us where we are, when we call out to Him from the heart.  There is no one on Earth, not even a leader you look up to, who can take the place of our relationship or fellowship with Jesus.  And we often have to give up many things, people and viewpoints, including and especially self, to meet with Him intimately in such a precious way. 

I am saying “5 fold ministry” today with a caution, because those exact words are not in the Bible, yet they do give placement to what we are talking about because man uses them a lot.  The 5 gifts of the fullness of Jesus would be a better description, Biblically speaking.  But for knowledge sake, we will call them the 5-fold ministry gifts, because there are five of them and they are for the sheepfold, so it totally makes sense.  These gifts align with the 7 churches in Revelation 2 and 3…. They actually “give witness” to the Church Body spoken in Revelation.  Interesting, isn’t it?  This ministry is ACTIVELY BEING THE CHURCH… doing church for all you doers out there… lol 

As followers and worshipers of Jesus – We have been anointed to do what He did, Amen?  Once filled with the Holy Spirit you have received power from on high… His power – to the measurement we have emptied out and He poured in… The more empty we are of self, the more power we yield upon the Earth through the Holy Spirit.  In Luke 4:18 – Jesus told those in the synagogues that “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovering sight to the blind and to set at liberty them that are bruised. 

Okay… There’s your assignment and it also is your anointing.  No wonder the enemy tries to keep us in a victim mindset, overcome with past hurts, wounded and rejected and drunk in the mind with offense.  If he can keep us focused on self, we do not grab hold of what was granted to us and set others free.  Can captives set free captives?  No… just like satan cannot cast out satan.  The prison is more in the mind than anywhere else – as a man thinks so is he, just as out of the mouth reveals the truth of one’s heart. 

We, by the power of our Lord should be:  giving good news to the poor, healing broken hearts, sharing about Jesus’s deliverance to those who are held captive by the grip of the enemy, opening spiritual eyes that are blinded and free those who are wounded.  I must say, these words really excite me!  Talk about freedom!  No blindness, no wounds, no longer poor, no captivity of the enemy whatsoever!  I want that in fullness, don’t you?

We surely will get there – The righteous are moving from glory to glory or should I say – growth to growth, which is more accurate really – we are shining brighter and brighter the more we surrender.  As overcomers, the upside to challenges is – everything which does not replicate Jesus is being cleansed away, while everything that does replicate Him within us is increasing.  The only downside is… we are dying.  Lol… to the flesh that is!  Spiritually we are actually coming alive!

Seems like we could use just a little more of a review from last week ~

We discussed the fullness of Jesus’s countenance given to us, based on the needs of others so that we display Him on Earth to grow and expand the Kingdom of Heaven here.  In the fullness of Jesus are five gifts which anoint His members of His Body for the goodness of His sheepfold, whether they have entered in yet or not… they have a divine invitation set before them and He uses us, when we are clothed in humility to accomplish His will by activated love.  In this, we carry within us what those we come into contact with are in need of through the sharing of Jesus’s virtue – we, like Him are being poured out as a drink offering to the fullest when emptied of self.

So a full and whole Body of Christ has these five elements of anointings in which we are used as His hands and feet, found in Ephesians 4 and for most of you this will be a review:

  • Apostle – Greek meaning:  a delegated messenger for the Lord sent with orders from Him to carry out – An overseer, shares in the sufferings of others in order to empower them for the Kingdom’s service, operates as a servant to uplift others in vision and sends out other messengers to perform God’s will, an ambassador of the Gospel
  • Prophet – Greek meaning:  One who is moved by the Spirit of God to interpret oracles or hidden things relating to His Kingdom pertaining to salvation.  Speaks often in warnings of what is to come with the underlying message warning to repent because that day draw nigh.
  • Evangelist – Greek meaning:  One who carries the Good News to spread it among the inhabitants of the Earth, they prepare the way of the Lord by gathering in the sheepfold, inviting all because all are welcome.
  • Pastor – Greek meaning:  A Shephard who tends directly to the sheep, they watch over, comfort, lead the sheep to wells of life giving drink and water, nurtures the wounds of the sheep, carries the sheep to find rest beside still waters, offers loved based correction and direction – keeping them focused on the narrow path in order they do not wander and be devoured and is constantly awake and alert to protect from sheep from adversaries.  Note:  Everywhere in the Bible when you see the word Shepherd it is synonymous with Pastor in the Greek
  • Teacher – Greek meaning:  One who teaches on the things of God and how they relate to the duties of man, one who unveils and instructs God’s written word to feed the sheep in a simplistic and understandable way so clarity is granted and the Word is applied in the lives of followers.

I know I’ve said this a hundred times it seems, but these are not titles before or after our names – they are a piece of Jesus operating through us as His hands and feet, more recognizable by others than ourselves.

Jesus was given dominion and power and glory over His everlasting Kingdom – which is expanding continually.  Since we abide in His Kingdom, our comfort will not ever pass away either, it will not be destroyed, overtaken or ruled over by darkness of any kind.  Everything rests on Jesus – HE IS… Our wonderful Counselor, our mighty God and eternal Father, He is our Prince of Peace too!

Again…  Where does He reside?  Within you, within me.  What is the timing of all this?  Now!  His Kingdom is at hand, internally present and continually activated.  It’s here and it’s surely increasing because it is expanding in the hearts of His people.  We are like shining lights walking around radiating all brightness to consume the darkness.  Hearts are being exposed and revealed and what is inwardly ruling is surfacing… It is evident some are perishing more than we realized, while others are rising to the occasion of His calling them forth and from this respect, it is both great and terrible.

Are you all familiar at all with forerunners?  One in particular you are very familiar with is, John the Baptist, he prepared the way of the Lord.  Many of you all are very similar… You prepare the way of the Lord to masses of people and chances are you do not even know it – but you sow seeds of truth and love into others, in which the Father gives the increase to every single day.

Forerunners look at the big picture of things and realize Spiritually, Jesus is building His Church – which requires no walls or natural devices to expand internally.  Although it does have rippled effects to the natural at times, but not always.  It is hidden and unseen to the naked eye, one must see spiritually to view Jesus’s Church Body.

We know His Bride is already beheld by Him, just not revealed yet, as we are still hidden in Christ Jesus.  We also are already ruling and reigning with Jesus, by Him being on the throne of our hearts – which that too will manifest in the not too distant future in His timing.  For now we are seated with Christ on Earth just as it is in Heaven.  This is amazing stuff isn’t it?  But here is a side note – if Jesus isn’t ruling over our own personal lives – then He is also not ruling through us over the Earth, we are.

We are told to “seek ye first the Kingdom of God” – We must daily ask ourselves this one important question – What am I seeking first today?  Because when it is Jesus we are seeking first – He then will take His seat inside us.  There is a battle for that position within our hearts and the battle maybe a little shocking, because in order for Jesus to take His appointed seat within us – something has to be knocked off…  Guess what that is?  Self.  This may irritate some of us, because we’ve been told just how holy we are already or how we’ve already made it, to some degree, or even that we are righteous.  Well, as long as self is on the seat of the throne of our hearts – then self is the origination of all we are.  If that is irritating – then you proved my point.  Lol…  Only flesh of self gets irritated by truth while the Spirit is truth and always in agreement with the Word of God.  Every single time we are offended we are not walking in the Spirit – wakeup call and note to self on this one.  Oh and by the way – the Spirit does get grieved with mournful sadness at the condition of man – but not offended and never lashes out or seeks its own way.  It is necessary offenses come in order to reveal the truth of us and when offended we display what is really inside that many try to hide. 

We are only permitted to operate in His Kingdom if He is the only one ruling and reigning according to His will, His way by His design.  Remember – we rule WITH HIM, not in place of or over Him.  If it is not His will being done, it is ours and the last desire we should seek is to rule over others – like the god of forces.  I call that being bossy… lol… always telling others what to do and how to do like a foolish child.

Also, keep in mind we are to preach the Gospel of Jesus’s Church, not the church we gather at, we are sent out to preach the Gospel of Good News – which in many cases has nothing to do with what man is prompted to utter.  The call upon our lives is not to fellowship with one another, the Lord said to not forsake it (meaning deny it) – but listen closely to me please – we are not to promote it either.  We build it at the Lord’s guidance and He will lead them to join with us, or not.  We don’t “sell” the gospel or count souls… we just share the gospel with others at His guidance.  There are a lot of people who are gonna be shaken here in the real near future… Mark my words. 

You know a Godly leader is authentic when he or she cares about the WHOLE FLOCK, not just their own.  When Jesus is ruling over a body of believers – competition, envy, strife, jealousy, backbiting ceases.  And right now, the purposed plan of offense is revealing just who is and is not counted among the sheepfold.

Because Jesus rules and we surrender to Him – we have POWER, SPIRIT AND TRUTH.  And nothing will mark you as an enemy of someone quicker than knowing the truth about them.  People will often reveal just enough to you for you to feel sorry for them, but anything more you know, if they have ulterior motives –they will try and discount you before you can reveal the truth of them, and it is highly doubtful you ever even would do so.  Those with nothing to hide, hide nothing, but they sure are paranoid.  Have you noticed how quickly you become someone’s enemy when they cannot manipulate anymore…. Ahh, the price for freedom.

Without a life fully surrendered to the Lord we will preach our news, our self-made kingdoms, our truth and our ways…  It is very formula based, like a ritual or key as to how things worked for us, denying the power and yet ever learning about the truth, and remember, knowledge puffs up and man’s words are found for a dime a dozen – so stick with what Jesus said.

Like I say a lot – the church is the forest – it is all over the World, not local or your favorite fellowship gathering place, which is a tree in the midst of a large forest.  The size of the tree doesn’t matter, but rather whether the fruit it is producing is good – to the Lord Jesus.

Our number one priority is – What does King Jesus desire?  Not how content are the sheep you flock with each day.  If we could stay focused on Him all the time – it would weed out all the goats and tares quickly due to offense, because they are so self-focused all the time.

I want to remind us too how important suffering is to our growth.  Suffering makes the church grow and grow and grow, as well as multiplies our strength.  In times of distress, one really comes to realize what does and does not matter.  Many people only seek God when they are in a crisis – it is sort of His introduction of Himself to us.  We’ve all been through this a time a two or if you are like me… about a thousand times. Lol  I can be really dense sometimes.

This is a real big issue of contention and strife – But there is no competition in Jesus’s Church.  None.  Politics in the Earthly church are rampant and still in the hearts of many who fellowship, but the Word tells us only fools compare themselves to one another.  Just a side note: if we did not feel threatened by another, we would not slander them either, to lift ourselves up.  Slander is forbidden by the Father and therefore, is not on the lips of His Saints or in their hearts either.   

Listen to what 2 Corinthians 10:12 says ~

12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

Comparison, size and power only matters to hirelings, those who directly answer to Jesus primarily are concerned that souls make it to the Kingdom, not how they enter there as long as it is through the Narrow Gate, Jesus.  This Scripture reminds us it is only the unwise who compare numbers or faith by the lifting up of self.  This is why we constantly talk about conforming to Jesus and not one another.  Again, Jesus’s church is full of His workers who care about one simple thing – that all make it in – not what door they enter in through except be it through Jesus, the only true door to Heaven.

We’ve gotten things so backwards it seems, no wonder judgment starts in God’s own household.  Most churches nowadays are accommodating sinners and compromising on Jesus.  Isn’t that backwards?  We should get back to welcoming, making room and accommodating for Jesus to enter, so sinners are not so easily comfortable with compromise and sin in our lives, so we are truly made whole, delivered, set free, healed and go and sin no more with the power and blood of Jesus Himself.  Jesus told us if we invite and accommodate Him, without partiality to sin, He will draw people unto Himself to commune with us.

I am in agreement if the whole church body right now would unite, BY THE HEART, in truth not just outwardly, we could alter the course of the World in a matter of days, let alone our Nation.  The Father says He appoints leaders over us that we deserve – you do know He is talking to us don’t you?  The World is the World but His words are for the church…  There are enough believers right now covering all of planet Earth to be a majority, so numbers are not the problem – unity is.  Take the chatroom for example – you cannot have 10 people in there without someone tearing someone else down, shameful really.  We are to build each other up, not tear one another to shreds.  If we can’t unify 10 people, how in the World could a Nation be unified?  Without surrender to Jesus and Him taking His seat and us being removed…  We not only deserve the shaking which is coming, it is His merciful hand doing it.  Too many ministers refuse to work together for the Lord’s Kingdom, because we’ve built our own and too many self-absorbed children are so busy measuring and correcting one another instead of seeking the Lord for themselves.  I often wonder how many will not make it to Heaven for judging so harshly Catholics, for example, only to later find out the one they shamed with fiery darts made it in and they didn’t?  I realize these are strong words, but time is to short to keep dancing around with the truth, we need immersed within it.  What a shocking surprise it will be to celebrate with the prostitutes and alcoholics around the throne with Jesus, while the robed righteous peer from afar off…  Well, that’s just a word picture – but it actually manifested in Jesus’s day just like that.

The Kingdom’s mindset is not minimal or singular in thought.  The Lord can do what He wants, with who He wants, anytime He wants and God forbid we question His ways.  He does not judge on size or number or even church affiliation, but rather if we are carrying out His will on Earth for His glory and working for Him while it is still day.  He told us all we need is two or three to gather where He is in the midst, to make a positive difference.

Hardly a moment goes by that I am not looking within and thinking – how did I get so out of whack?  How did the Church drift so far?  You know what I mean?  I think it happened so slowly and we’ve been so mesmerized by the World and what the enemy is doing – we kind of took our hands off the plow, so to speak.  I am as big a part of all this mess as anyone, just looking to the Lord for mercy and guidance on how to be a tiny ripple for change of our own ways in a pool of our own.  Then it dawned on me – we started placing high expectations on everyone around us to measure up to us or what we want or desire or imagined or whatever the case may be.  I’m guilty, I’ve done this with my own children at times even, Lord forgive me.  Sadly, the church has gotten just cleaned up enough, mainly outwardly and said – hey, now everyone look like me.  We’ve forgotten each within the body have a unique gift to complement one another to bring the fullness and wholeness of Jesus upon Earth.  We’ve gotten really out of balance by placing one gift above another or look to one particular person over another and sadly most of that is done by charm… but that’s a different discussion we need to have some time.  I can prove to you – you are drawn by an alluring voice of intrigue which speaks lies over the simple truth who stammers by word.  I will do that one day soon. Lol

We often by the flesh will discount someone, compete with them, brag on what we do and how we do it all because of a lack within us (revealing Jesus not on the throne, we are) so we crave admiration so we know we are okay.  Sadly, when we do this we expect everyone to flow in our appointed gifting and the enemy has a hay day – knowing through our own selves, we give him permission to hamper the church flowing as one.  The day the church on Earth took a gift and made it a position, we fell into a snare.  The enemy is not threatened if we have our eyes off him and on one another, looking for an opportunity to devour each other – he doesn’t even have to do anything but whispers lies into someone’s mind to cause them to be offended at each other and it is game on… Guess what feeds his disguise within the church?  Ego and pride – ours.  We will get so wrapped up in proving to others we matter – that we forget why we are truly here.  To be a servant… not to be served.  Amen

We have a real issue right now since people have given themselves titles while demanding others flow with them based on what they call themselves – all done by the works of their own hands, now everyone is so works based, worship of Jesus is the last on our daily list.  My prayer is that each one of us embrace our true calling for service in the Kingdom so that we rise up as a mighty army in strength, just as the Lord Himself ordained, in order to advance His Kingdom on Earth.

Unbiblical standards of knowledge, set up competition and strife, while through surrender, all are equally leveled laying at the feet of Jesus in worship.

 Does this seem challenging?  Maybe even a little bit?  It really isn’t too hard if we can just get over ourselves altogether.  No one is left out of God’s Plan in this – which I love – we only exclude ourselves.  You matter, you really do matter – but the problem is, we want to matter to others when all that really does matter is that we matter to our Lord.

So here is the beautiful part ~

You were given an invitation, remember?  And now you’ve been given an assignment.  But you need direction, I need direction –we all do.  Jesus is our control tower, we may be flying the plane – but without His guidance we cannot see anywhere we are going.  Just as pointless as it would be for a pilot to argue with or rebel against the guy in the control tower – that is how silly it is to ignore the leading commands of Jesus in our lives. 

Jesus has precious cargo for you to land safely with…  But who is guiding your plane?  I sure hope it isn’t the passenger 10 rows back with complaints or the stewardess who’s been trained with food and beverages but not skilled to land a plane and boy, I don’t think I would rely on the two year old throwing a tantrum over being told to sit quietly… Oh well, you get my drift…

I myself have drifted somewhat off course it seems… lolol Anyway, someone must have needed to hear that word.

All are counted in, all… Those in the Body of Christ know all parts are necessary and valuable, regardless of their divine appointments – it takes all.  Jesus goes with you…  You are not alone, not any place you go.  He does send us out as sheep among wolves – but never forget, the Shephard always sticks closest to His own flock.  So maybe you take Jesus with you to just the one or maybe you are one who gravitates to the masses of 99, whatever the case may be – It is all in His designed plan, who we reach and when we reach them and even how.  Every single part is vital in the sustainment of a healthy body, especially the Body of Christ.

If you are leading a hundred people – you still need that one person who will sit with the one in ruins, needing some extra tlc and compassion.  When you are calling for repentance and someone shows up with a broken leg or has a heart attack – you need that one with healing in their hands to intervene and bring one to life to rise up and begin walking again, when you are laying hands on the sick and one stumbles in strung out on drugs you need another to calm them with peace and love, to ease their paranoia and when another is operating under witchcraft disrupting the whole move of God you need that one who carries a frying pan to enter into the place to restore order… lololol just kidding, but you see what I am saying.

My last point is… there is no lone wolf in the Body of Christ.  Each part (person) is placed there for the giving of life eternal and the expansion of the Kingdom.  We really need to stop fishing for compliments so much and be made whole – the body needs you, just as souls are waiting in the balance for you to stand in truth, ready to report for the duty of servitude to the hierarchy of the Kingdom of Heaven.

And what’s so amazing is… in God’s Kingdom, the least are the greatest and I just love that, don’t you?

You know the Body of Christ is made up of many members and is as beautiful and uniquely diverse as each one of you.  Perfectly knit together in Jesus as the glue which holds us securely in place.

Each one of us were given gifts to uplift, grow, expand, strengthen and comfort one another in a most precious way – when love is prevalent among us, by design, we truly compliment one another unto perfection and if we don’t realize it now, we soon will because we actually do need each other.

Before I go, just one last portion of Scripture I would love to go over quick.

1 Corinthians 12 says –

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

If one is given a specialty of a particular gift – Why then do we personally think or even try to do it all just by ourself?  One is given a gift and another is given a different gift… The Word calls it “diverse” gifts given out by the same Holy Spirit individually and purposely to how it benefits the Body of Christ in fullness and to be administers over His Body so it operates according to His will, not man’s and we just read it is ordained to be this way so all profit – meaning increase within the Body for the perfection of the Saints.

One is given the WORDS OF WISDOM, another WORDS OF KNOWLEDGE, another is given FAITH, another the GIFT OF HEALING, another the GIFT OF WORKING MIRACLES, another to PROPHECY, another the DISCERNING OF SPIRITS, another the gift of SPEAKING TO DIVERSE GROUPS, and lastly one who can INTERPRET DIVERSE SPEECH.

So before we move, just look at that… Somewhere each of us fits in perfectly when we conform to the Holy Spirit’s leading and not our own.  One of the reasons the Body of Christ is so anemic is we expect others to operate with our gift the same way we do or they are in they in the wrong.  Well that carnal thinking is just plain wrong, because what the Lord says is each member is given their own particular gift to operate in by His anointed choosing.  And I bet, if you desire a particular gift – then that one is your passion to explore with the Lord.  So don’t let man conform or hinder you to perform a certain way – if so you will be without peace and fragmented in your calling.  I encourage you to go to the Lord, seek Him continually to reveal to you what your divine appointment is within the Body.  He certainly will show you that and so much more.

11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

14 For the body is not one member, but many.

And its not one gifting either, but many.

15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?

20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.

21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.

24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.

Look at this!  No one is counted out – all parts/members – us – are equally important for usage.

25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

Schism = division based on one’s opinion of another

Now – if we cherished one another we would tend to and look out for one another over self.  Including not making everything all about us – all the murmuring and complaining that is overdone by some, which also, we have others who prefer to be alone and independent like they need no one else – both creates division.

26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

No jealousy or envy in the true Body of Christ

27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

And here we are finally to our recent study… God set us up in His Church

29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?

30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

He is saying here not all are apostles or a prophet or a teacher – not all work miracles or have the gift to heal and so forth…  but possess the best gifts – which is the one you were granted by the way and I (Jesus speaking) will show you a more excellent way. 

How many know what the more excellent way is???  Do you?  I will give you a hint… It is in the following chapter… 1 Corinthians 13 – you all know that chapter – it is the LOVE CHAPTER… so LOVE IS THE MORE EXCELLENT WAY… 

And if we had time I would read it just so we could hear it again and be reminded… You can be a prophet, apostle, teacher, perform miracles, heal others, speak with great tongues or interpret other languages – but if you do not have LOVE…  you are nothing.

The truth is many people inside the natural church proclaim many things, title themselves many ways, preach a good sermon, talk a smooth walk – but it is worthless without love and remember LOVE ISN’T LOVE UNTIL IT IS PUT INTO ACTION by sharing it.  I pray we not only talk the talk, but walk the walk of love one to another.

Thank you all so very much for joining me today – I pray you are blessed by the love of Jesus and one another in a special way today, remembering how important you are to Him and those surrounded by you.  I pray we not take another moment for granted and go forth freely expressing the gifts He has bestowed and the love which paves the way for it to be activated.

And the priceless truth about this is – even if we are not sure of our gift or what to even do with it… We all have LOVE when we have Jesus and that is something we can utilize with every interaction we have with others on a daily basis.  Love really is a choice.  So choose wisely because how will everyone know we are Jesus’s disciples?  If we love one another – not by outward demonstrations… but by love alone.  And it is just that easy and just that hard.

I so enjoyed our time together, please continue to keep ROF Ministries uplifted to the Lord, we thank you for your love and support.  I love you very much, have a blessed day.

No broadcast this Sunday as I have a prior commitment – so Lord willing I will see you next Wednesday.