I wrote a blog post yesterday, of which I have yet to publish.
After I finished writing the initial draft, I experienced an intense attack of Spiritual Warfare.
I don’t know what it was; a stress attack, emotional anxiety, heart attack?
It happened as I was about to scan and upload a photo I had already pictured was a perfect match for my blog topic. I already have the music video. But I had to stop. For the first time in my life, I nearly couldn’t breathe. And yes, I was scared.
I hope to go back, re-read, edit it and post it soon – someday.
Troubles on the Path
Jesus told us to expect troubles in this life. He told us to be prepared. I thought I had been doing that. I guess I haven’t been doing enough.
I’ve read enough scripture to know that as a follower and fellow believer in Christ Jesus I am not only to share His Good News and encourage others I am also supposed to be a Watchman on the Wall.
I read about this the first time I read the Bible in a Year on the YouVersion Bible App. It’s not that I didn’t take that assignment seriously, but to be honest I guess I have been hesitant in doing so.
However, I don’t want to find myself at the end of my life or at the Judgment Seat of Christ and not have done what I was called upon to do. I have no legitimate reason not to. Well, other than feeling like Moses – and not feeling capable or competent about SHOUTING IT OUT.
Per God’s nudging; I am “Sounding The Trumpet”
My carnal flesh can’t believe I am saying this, even if my Spirit knows better.
I’ve written very little about The Blood Moons and The Shemitah (though I have briefly mentioned them in previous posts). If you aren’t familiar with these topics: GET familiar.
Today’s post, His message for me – to share with ANYONE willing to listen and hear is:
GET RIGHT with HIM, NOOOOW!
Several years ago, roughly 2007/8, I was cleaning up the kitchen. This was when we were still on the West Coast.
Standing at the counter island, it was early in the day when I felt something, like a pause in time. I had officially started my walk with God (that year or the year before), and it was His Spirit communicating (though I didn’t fully understand it at the time.).
As we paused together in that moment, He told me to prepare because the “Winds of Change” were approaching and we would be leaving that house SOON: at the time – in that moment, that’s all he said.
He wanted me to emotionally prepare and not be taken by surprise. Even though His Whisper came as a surprise, it was the kindest thing he could have done for me; given me advanced word. Different than a word of warning, this was more a “notice” of sorts that not only was he in control but he cared about me enough to share his intentions and not have me blindsided.
By the end of 2008, we were gone. When we left, we hadn’t sold the house. Take note though, he didn’t say the house would be sold. He simply said, we would be leaving. Yeah….
That’s the memory that stands out the most. The one he wants me to use. There are others. Gentle “notices” that led to many more emotional losses.
The point being, when the Holy Spirit speaks, I have learned He speaks for a reason.
Heed. Listen & Act.
I am Sounding The Trumpet because, this time, the Winds of Change are imminent. Something BIG is on the horizon.
Be Prepared: Physically, Emotionally, Spiritually.
If you do not know God; Repent and Accept Him today. Get Baptized.
If you are not in the best physical shape. Take baby steps to get there.
Do what you can to make things right with your brothers and sisters. This is what I was doing yesterday. I was writing a Birthday post to my deceased sister. I was asking for her forgiveness.
We live in a temporary world. Hard as that is to imagine, it is a process of recognition I am working through. The year long purge or transitional purge I have been working on and written about are no accident.
Time is SHORT
We are not at the end of the World – because the world actually doesn’t end. We are in The End of Days (which started during the book of Acts, sometime around Jesus Ascension) but many parts of scripture indicate the End of Days would not be infinite. Things as we know them, will change. If you think death and taxes are the only sure things, think again.
I want to be honest with you. Life is good. It is a blessing and it is beautiful. But the world we LIVE IN is still full of sin and it’s the sin that ruins it for everyone.
I don’t know what’s coming, specifically, yet. But I do know that something is coming, because I’ve heard him whisper “Winds of Change,” repeatedly and again. This time, He is sharing it with me but not just for my benefit. This message is for ALL of US.
Get Right with God – before that Trumpet is blown.
I do not feel competent to speak on my own, but this is your venue and here I am. If anyone out there has ears to hear, help them to listen. Help them open their eyes and remove the veil that separates Truth from Lies; to discern the dangers of the visible and the invisible.
This world and everything in it belongs to you. You have made clear to me that I arrived here with nothing and will leave with nothing, EXCEPT my relationship with YOU.
Thank you for helping me to Sound The Trumpet: Prepare us for what’s to come and cover us with your protection.
Thank you for your Grace, Forgiveness, Unfailing Love and the Peace that surpasses ALL understanding.
In Your Name, ALL God’s Children Prayed – Amen
May His Blessings Be YOURS,
I don’t know why God put it on my heart to write to you this morning.
I guess ’cause in hindsight, yesterday was a Monday and I didn’t “Armor Up” the way I should have. Yes, I took it to God at the end of the day.
But I find myself tearing me down, even though I know I’m supposed to be forgiven.
Is this what you felt like every time you stumbled?
I remember you always told me when I was little I could talk to you about anything. And as I recall, I did.
I miss that. I miss you.
Although I manage to stumble through Mothers Day, Christmas feels 10x harder. Even with two awesome kids. It seems like I shouldn’t feel this way.
Christmas is about Joy and Peace and a Prophecy of Promise. But with this Shemitah year, it seems like a roller coaster ride on “steroids!” And you know I am NOT fond of roller coasters!
Christmas, the holiday, is the time of the year I fell in love with, largely because of you. God may have given us a Baby to save our Eternal Souls but He gave each of us a Mom to hold, hug, and turn to when the World wasn’t kind.
I really don’t want to go on and on. I don’t want to blubber my way through this. So, I am going to find my way back to my original goal. To let you know something that feels really important today, to tell you “several something’s” – even though you left this world behind decades ago:
I Love You.
I’m so glad I was your daughter.
As little as I remember about you, I know I am becoming more like you everyday. I can feel that in my Soul.
Besides my Creator, you were my biggest fan, my cheerleader and the wind beneath my wings.
Without you, there would not have been a me.
I know you wanted to stay here with me and watch me grow from your baby girl into a young woman. I guess God figured He had that covered. Whatever His purpose or plans for my life …like you, I trust in Him.
God is GOOD, ALL the time. And. God is ALWAYS GOOD.
My search for Christmas goes on. Even if it’s tucked away, I know God will lead me to it.
God Bless each of you. There is a Hope to be found that will bring us what we need! Just ask and it will be given to you (Matthew 7:7)
I’d felt a burden last week to do something I’d never done.
I felt The Lord calling me to Fast. I’ve heard about fasting and I know it’s Biblical; I’ve read about it.
I really need to hear from God. I really need to receive His wisdom and clarity. I can’t imagine anyone wouldn’t!?
Well, actually….I know that’s not true. I know the idea of hearing from God scares the pants off of a lot of people. Some agnostics, some new believers…
However, I’m not writing to make friends or “tickle” ears – I’m writing to Shine the Light of God’s truth. The truth that will set us all free….
There has been a lot happening around us as I’ve mentioned.
Trying to make sense of it, we’ll that’s another story. Sometimes, we won’t be able to make sense of anything. And sometimes, the only thing we’ll get is the Peace of God that He allows to fill us and keep us calm in the midst of the storm – that is if we ASK for it.
I believe there is a storm coming, friends. I don’t think there’s any other way to say it.
I know I’ve mentioned on previous blog posts the book, “The Harbinger” by Jonathan Cahn. Well, in the years ’01 and ’08…those events happened during a Shemitah year cycle. The Shemitah is part of the Hebraic calendar. If you haven’t read The Harbinger, I encourage you to read it.
Right now, I am in the middle of the sequel: “The Mystery of the Shemitah.” To be honest, I’d never heard the term Shemitah before last year.
Even before I started reading the Shemitah I felt the call to fast, but once I started it I knew I had to try. The reason is that God is working on me. He wants every part of me. He wants me to lean on HIM fully and completely. He wants me to know what it feels like to TRUST him and have no hesitations in doing so.
Whatever is coming our way in the next 12 months…I pray that each of us is ready for it. I have asked God for mercy and for his protection. That being said, nothing may happen…but that’s not what history of the Shemitah has shown.
If God’s Word is true, if what I’ve learned about the Hebraic calendar is correct…based on the patterns that have been laid out so far – then I am going to do what God has asked of me and be the “watchman” on the wall and sound the “WaKE UP!” call. Get to know who Jesus is – T O D A Y.
Back to FASTing:
Anyhow, as I “entered” my feeble attempt at my fast last week…I felt like I didn’t know enough about it to do it successfully. That I didn’t understand the mechanics of doing it right.
I shared my first attempt with a friend, expressing my dissatisfaction with my effort. Fortunately this friend is both grounded in Christ and has fasted a good deal, because her words kept me from feeling defeated.
“There is no right or wrong way to Fast. Follow the direction of the Spirit. Let Him lead.”
I also hadn’t had a clue as to how to pray as I fasted or what to pray. I wasn’t sure how God wanted me to worship Him, or how to present myself to Him; for him to know I longed for his presence.
What I didn’t know kind of surprised me.
Prayer and Fasting do go hand in hand but they don’t always have to.
Prayer isn’t limited to bowing your head, hands folded, sitting in a church.
PRAYER is conversation with GOD.
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Fasting isn’t limited to Food. It’s not limited to the time of Lent.
Fasting is about putting aside that which we idolize or depend on – and REFOCUSing our minds on Christ. Seeking Him to help us, feed us and nourish ourselves through HIS WORD.
Now, when matched up side by side, Prayer and Fasting are a combination that touch the heart of God – Right where HE is sitting on his Heavenly throne.
The real point of fasting is to take our WORLDLY focus and fixate on HIM.
Allow HIM to fill us UP completely and in doing so remaining prayerful that HE will speak to us and confirm within us, what we need to know.
What I didn’t realize is the way I live is more or less a form of “Lifestyle Fasting.”
I don’t need much…I am a simple person. The only thing I crave is to know Jesus more….
I am now looking to him to help me write this blog because I just can’t do it justice solo.
I listen for his voice throughout the day.
I’m mindful that with every bite of food I eat, someone somewhere has none.
I’m more fully reminded as time marches on that the enemy is out there on the prowl, scheming to steal, kill and destroy – And that is what keeps me going here…because
above all, I recognize how many lost souls there are, everywhere. Maybe reading, right now….
People who are willing to “put off” and procrastinate on the “Jesus” thing because they are too wrapped in THIS world to learn about HIS world.
The World HE made for You and me. To share THAT world with HIM.
Fasting and praying may not be for everyone…but Jesus is. He’s here, today.
What will you do when you can no longer procrastinate, because the opportunity to say YES to HIM is gone?
Scoff if you will, But Jesus didn’t turn his back on the cross.
and Jesus wouldn’t turn his back on YOU – Just give him a chance.
Give Him a chance to change YOU and then go change your corner of the world!
Allow God to change you and discover the Light you were made to Shine!
Wherever you are, I pray you discover who you were meant to be as a Child of God….
and that you are blessed by HIS presence,