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MESSAGES FROM THE CLEFT OF THE ROCK – Part 1

April 21st, 2013

Recently I heard a teaching about Moses, and how God spoke to him on Mount Sinai. Moses asked God to show him His glory, and God offered to show him His goodness. Because no one can see the face of God and live, God put Moses in the cleft of the rock so he could see God’s back as He passed by. At the end of the message, the preacher looked straight into the camera, pointed his finger, and said, “God is also going to speak to you from the cleft of the rock.” He was looking right at me, and I immediately cried out, “O God, please do give me messages and reveal Your mysteries!”

Since that time, on numerous occasions I have asked God to speak to me from the cleft of the rock. Today I am sharing with you a few of those messages. Once again, I am in awe of how much my Lord longs to reveal His heart to me, as I am willing to seek after Him, if I truly want to receive what He has for me. In fact, the messages keep coming, and more stories will be forthcoming, thus the “Part 1” in the title.

REASSURANCE: God says: I am fully in charge; My hands are on the reins. Do not be troubled or angry at men for the things they do. You each choose your side, and when you take your place in that camp, you run with the game plan of that leader. This is a time when the chasm is widening between heavenly and earthly worldviews, and it will soon be impossible to run from camp to camp or to try to stand with one foot on each side. What you see in Washington – the polarization and stiffening of minds – is indicative of what is happening all over the country. Always remember that as the night gets darker, the light gets brighter and it illuminates farther. You have chosen well, My child. Now put on your armor – and hold on.

And speaking of government, the Lord reminded me that as a born-again, regenerated, child of the Most High God, I am a resident of the Kingdom of God. I am ‘in’ the world but not ‘of’ the world, so my residence here is like that of an ambassador. When an ambassador is sent to a foreign land, he is under the protection of his homeland. Although I am expected to obey the laws of this country, its government is not really my government, and I do not hold any power over how it operates. Although I am considered a legal resident of this country and therefore I am allowed one vote, in truth, that one vote really does not hold any power. The enemy is the god of this world, and he has set up his own evil plan, which is totally at odds with my Kingdom values. I shudder at how huge our government has become, and it continues to grow larger. When I asked the Lord where this is all going, He gave me a simple explanation. He reminded me about a verse that talks about Jesus’ reign when He returns, prophesying that of the increase of His government, there shall be no end. The devil is a counterfeiter and he is simply inserting himself into that place, as he plots to increase government and power all over the world, under the misconception that this increases his power. Won’t he be surprised when Jesus returns in glory and takes His place as King of kings and Lord of lords? All the world’s governments will topple as the devil is thrown into the bottomless pit, and every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord, indeed! So, I guess I will turn off the news and be at peace as world leaders continue to build this house of cards. Jesus, come quickly!

WHEN TO SPEAK: God says: You are passionate – I made you that way. With My help, you have built a strong foundation and your feet are firmly planted on the Word. You know what you believe and you are unshaken; your faith is strong. You do not compromise on your beliefs or water down the truth. You are like the house built on a rock (actually, built on The Rock!) and you will not be intimidated or moved from what you believe is truth. That is all good stuff.
You also have an opinion about almost everything. That is okay too. The secret is in knowing when to voice your opinion, or your belief, on any given topic. Except for a few core people in your life, you do not owe anyone your opinion or belief, even if they ask for it. You can always say, “I don’t have an opinion I care to speak out right now.” I want you to stop before you speak, to determine whether or not your words will bear fruit. If not, stay silent. If something does not directly affect you, if you do not have a vested interest in a matter, then your opinion is usually irrelevant. If the other person only wants to prove his point, then do not challenge him. Do not be so quick to judge, or to think you know that person’s motive. Love more; speak less.

What you hear these days, on the news and in circles of conversation, is more about causing division and strife among the people and less about the merits of any given issue. When you have a global view of current events, and when you understand Kingdom concepts, you can see that this is just one more move toward the end plan of the enemy. This would be a good time to re-read the Book of Revelation. We are all systematically being herded like sheep into the pens of the enemy to form a new world order where the plan is to form a small elite class and a huge servant class. In order to lead us into that pit, we must be tricked into giving up our individuality, our understanding of right and wrong, our sense of personal accomplishment, our patriotism, and our religion. The less we debate an issue, and the more we quietly stand firm in truth, the less we are drawn into the bait-and-switch trap that seeks to portray us as the culprits. The Word tells us: Be still and know that I am God. Rest in Me. All is well. Operate in love and compassion. Cast off that spirit of division. Return good for evil. Love those who speak evil of you.

CONVICTION: Jesus says: See My scarred back? It was shredded to ribbons as the Roman soldiers took out their hatred on Me. In their hearts they knew I was innocent. They also knew their own lust for power had gotten out of control, and simply being in My presence convicted them of their sin. Retaliation is a common reaction when a person is challenged to examine his own heart. For a believer, conviction is a natural response that follows the uncovering of sin, but it is not always an immediately welcomed experience. As the light of Truth flows through a person and begins to prune his soul, those around him sometimes get the brunt of his pain, especially those closest to him. When you are the recipient of such an action, do not take it personally, and especially, do not think it is your job to enlighten him. Always remember that I am the one to deliver conviction. You do not need to add to it (unless your input is specifically requested) nor should you try to alleviate their discomfort – it has a meaningful purpose. All you need to do is remember that another person’s attack against you often has very little to do with you. I am your example; bleed love.

RECOGNIZING THE AUTHENTIC: As I was reading one more book about the upcoming events looming on the horizon, my heart was broken for the lost souls who will faint with fear when all of hell’s fury breaks loose. The Word tells us that unless those days are shortened, even the hearts of the elect will grow cold. I pondered how born-again believers could possibly fall away and forget the finished work of the Cross. God reminded me about the Israelites who, only days after experiencing the parting of the Red Sea and the annihilation of their enemies right before their eyes, melted down their jewelry and made a gold calf to worship! They said, “This is our god. This is who brought us safely out of Egypt.” Good grief! Who could actually believe that a statue crafted with their own hands could actually have any power? And yet, that is exactly what they did. Likewise, I remind myself, any of us can be deceived and led astray.

So, I cry out to the Lord, and ask Him what I can do to finish well, and stay strong on my foundation of faith in Jesus. Of course, He reminds me that I am not the one who does the work; I surrender to Him and abide under the shadow of His wing as He does the work in me. I acknowledge that to be true. Then I ask how I can prepare for all the deception that will be poured out on the earth, and how I can stand against the lies of false prophets. His answer is so simple and yet so totally complete. He reminds me about how bank tellers avoid taking in counterfeit bills: they become so familiar with the authentic that they can immediately spot the counterfeit. In the same way, I am to be so familiar with the authentic, Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of the Father, the Lord God Almighty, that I too will immediately spot the counterfeit. Now how simple is that? Thank you, God, for keeping me on the narrow path of truth, and for keeping me grounded and in perfect peace, in You.

FEAR OR FAITH: God opens a door and invites me to walk into my destiny. In order to do that, I must come into agreement with His word. However, at the door stands both faith and fear. Fear reminds me of everything that can go wrong. Its job is to frighten me enough to cause me to turn away from God’s plan for me, thereby missing my destiny. Faith involves my choosing to come into agreement with God’s word before, and until, it manifests and becomes my reality. Only when I apply faith can I step through the doorway and walk in my calling. Although all of heaven is cheering me on and encouraging me to choose faith, the choice is always mine to make.

MORE ABOUT FEAR: Last week the Lord rocked my little world when He told me that only unbelievers struggle with fear. Immediately I envisioned myself delivering that message at the front of church during a service, and being stoned to death. As I began to protest, He asked me to stop and think about it for a minute. He showed me that I could take a closer look at any issue that had fear attached to it, and in that spot, I could see that I was no longer believing the promises of God. It goes without saying that anytime I am not believing what the Word says, I am operating in unbelief and that officially makes me an unbeliever in that place. I could not argue; all I could do was repent for my unbelief and ask Him to change my heart. I bristled at the idea of being called an unbeliever, and I vowed right there to put a guard around my heart and a filter on my ears, and I would not allow fear to speak to me again. I have added that phrase to my arsenal, and I am reminding my friends that only unbelievers struggle with fear. Can’t say I am always the most popular girl at the table, but it certainly is an effective tool.

RESPONDING TO HIS VOICE: My daughter has been in desperate need for a different job, and the entire family has been standing in prayer with her. Last week she interviewed for the job she really wanted, and the tension increased significantly. Every time the Lord put her on my mind, I would pray for His will for her, and for her peace and patience and endurance. One afternoon as I lifted her up to the Lord, He spoke into my spirit, “The job is hers.” My heart pounded with excitement as I asked Him how I should respond to that. He said, “Call and tell her.” “What? No! I can’t do that, Lord. The risk is way too high. If I tell her and then it all falls apart, she will never forgive me!” It seemed as though time stood still as I argued back and forth, trying to make God understand, and it seemed as though He just waited there, smiling. Finally I relented. “Okay, Lord. I love her so much and this just terrifies me, but I love You even more and I will be obedient.” So, I sent my daughter a text, asking if she had time for a call. She was busy, but she promised to call in about thirty minutes. That was the longest half hour I had experienced in a while! Finally she called and I gingerly began the dreaded conversation. Halfway into my first sentence, she interrupted and asked if she could say something before I started. Here it comes, I thought, this is where she tells me she does not want to hear any of my weird stuff (she thinks I am a little ‘out there’). “Sure,” I said, and then she said, “I have a new job.” Can you believe it? As she was on her way out to the hallway to return my call, she got the welcomed call offering her the job. Oh, what relief! I gave myself permission to breathe again, as I smiled over the Divine Setup I had just experienced, and I knew God was smiling, really big. I cannot describe the encouragement this has brought me, reminding me that I do know the voice of the Lord, I ‘hear’ Him in my spirit, and I can trust in that. I pray the experience also blessed my daughter, who now heads into a new chapter in her life.

A LESSON ON LOVE

September 3rd, 2012

Lately it seems that whenever I ask God for a fresh word, He begins to speak about love. I will tell Him, “I already know about love; I want to hear something new!” That was our dialog again today during my morning walk. After making my usual comment, all I heard was silence. So I said, “Are You telling me that I still do not understand love?”  He spoke an encouraging word into my spirit, telling me I am indeed learning. However, He also reminded me that it is important to continue to strengthen my foundation where love is concerned, so my assurance of His love will carry me through as the world continues to shake. So I said, “Ok, Lord, tell me more about love, because I desire to blossom in the middle of the storm, standing firmly on a foundation of Your love.” Following are some thoughts He ran through my mind as I walked.

Recently in a church service, my husband was deep in thought during worship. When I asked him what the Lord was speaking, he laughed as he told me how he was stunned by what he heard. It turns out that as my husband was fully immersed in praising God and declaring His goodness, the Lord began to tell him that if he would widen his stance (this is golf language), he would have an easier time getting out of the sand traps. Now how un-‘religious’ is that? How deeply does God care about even the small things in our lives? And if He notices even the tiny distractions, how much more is He watching over the big things? I was struck by the depth of His love, so much that He was even attentive to my husband’s golf game! By the way, it worked.

You get the pleasure of hearing even more about my incredible husband. A year or so ago, God called him to an extremely early time once a week, to meet with Him at our local prayer center for an extended time of intimacy. He has been faithful to show up every week, and His blessings have been huge. Because we have been out of town the past couple of months, that precious meeting with the Lord had to be put on hold. Having returned home this week, my husband was really looking forward to resuming their time of fellowship. Apparently, so was Jesus. In the middle of the night prior to that early morning meeting, Jesus awakened my husband and asked him, “Are you coming? Are you coming?” He sounded so excited, like a child who has been promised a trip to the amusement park. Needless to say, that was the end of my husband’s sleep time; he got up, cleaned up, and rushed to meet his Beloved. My soul sings as I ponder this encounter, knowing Jesus is equally excited to meet with each of us. My heart overflows with love as I imagine His delight when I enter into His presence. Love is indeed a choice and not a feeling; however, the emotion that follows after pure love is beyond description, and I can hardly wait to experience it once again!

Pressing on, I asked the Lord what else He wanted me to know about love. He began to show me that if the spiritual foundation stones on which I stand are mortared with love, then nothing will be strong enough to crumble it. In that place I can be in perfect peace, no matter the circumstances in which I find myself. Knowing that my Heavenly Father loves me deeply and unconditionally, I will be absolutely certain that He knows my situation, and His love has caused Him to already make a way for me. When I am wrapped in that love, the enemy cannot possibly trick me into allowing fear or worry or doubt to invade my soul. I will have no trouble declaring His goodness in all things, no matter how they look or feel, and no matter the outcome. Love fosters absolute trust in Him who is absolutely trustworthy.

As I walked, soaking up the sun and breathing in the fresh air, a particular song rose up in my head and I began to sing, “Your love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me.” Oh, how I hope you know that song! And I hope it is rising up in you as you read. God has indeed promised to never leave us or forsake us, according to Hebrews 13:5. In these troubled times, His promise is so comforting and so reassuring, bolstering my courage as I walk out my life with joy and anticipation, free from fear because I know His love covers me like bubble wrap.

I tried to capture all the words in my head until I got back home so I could write them down and share them with you. (Note To Self: you have a wonderful hand-held recorder; too bad it’s at home!)

Meanwhile, the Lord continued His lesson on love. He assured me that even when His voice is quiet, He is still gazing at me with love-struck eyes. We need not wonder if He has gone away because He has promised to always be within hearing range. He reminded me that when I ask a question and there is no immediate answer, I can very quickly run through some possible reasons for His quietness. Am I walking in unrepentant sin, having moved away from God, and He might be speaking but I cannot hear His voice? Is the last thing He told me to do still not done and He is waiting on me? Do I already know the answer because He has already told me, but I am like a child who asks the same question hoping for an answer more to her liking? Can the answer be clearly found in Scripture and He is drawing me to look in the Word for it? Has He put a ‘not yet’ in my spirit but I am determined to keep going there? Could I have been an absentee child lately and maybe He is longing for me to pursue Him a little longer? Love assures me that at all times and in all things, He continues to be actively involved in my life, even when He is silent.

As we made the turn toward home, Abba began to remind me that even when hard things come, His love endures and His goodness is never in question. As a parent, I can remember that my children did not always see the big picture. They did not always understand my decisions and even when they did understand, they did not always agree. Sometimes we wonder why God allows hard things to happen to us, but when we are certain that every action He takes comes from a position of hot burning love for us, we can trust that all is well, and from that place we can take His hand and walk through the storm. Perhaps a particular difficulty is in the form of a test I must pass, or a lesson I must learn in order to continue down the path He has set for me. This is a good time to remind myself that when I said ‘yes’ to Him, I agreed that He could refine me as needed. Refining hurts.

When I experience a really bad thing, if I am sure of his love for me, then I know two things. First, God did not cause it (even thought He allowed it); the devil is the one who brings evil into this world. And second, God will surely bring good out of that bad thing. Why is this bad thing happening? Perhaps I have opened a door that allowed the enemy to come in and torment me, through sin or disobedience or carelessness. Perhaps I received the brunt of someone else’s bad decision. I must always remember that God gave each of us an absolute free will, and He would break His promise if He interfered with each wrong decision we make. I do believe He would have pressed upon that person’s heart to stop what he was doing, but once the person decided to follow through with the bad act, God had to allow it. However, I also absolutely know that before the act ever took place, God had already made a way to bring good out of evil. All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to his purposes, according to Romans 8:28.

God’s love reminds me that all is well, no matter how my life turns. He has everything well in hand, and I have nothing to fear. But if I let go of that truth and allow my spiritual ears to listen to the voice of the enemy, then fear, anxiety, worry, stress, discouragement, and loss of faith all storm in through that open door and they proceed to tear away at my soul and my body. That is when I get sick or bitter or hopeless, and my foundation begins to crumble.

How would your life be different if you were certain of God’s love for you, and if you knew you had nothing to fear? How much better would your body operate if you bathed yourself in peace and love and trust? God gave you those options, and He gave you an absolute free will, so you can choose to operate in those things if you like. If you build your foundation with stones of faith and truth, mortared with God’s eternal love, then no storm can take you out. You will walk in power and purpose, spreading the Gospel of the Kingdom everywhere you go.

This is what you were created for. Choose to open your heart and receive God’s unfailing love. I John 3:1 says: See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! Child of God, sing it again: “Your love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me.”

DYNAMITE

June 5th, 2012

 

This morning during my time of fellowship with the Lord, I asked Him what He wanted to talk about.  In my spirit, I heard Him say, “Dynamite.”  Strange, I thought, but fine with me, so I said, “Okay, tell me about dynamite.  I know there is going to be a good message here!”

This is what He shared with me:

Dynamite comes from the Greek word dunamis, which means power.  A stick of dynamite is full of power but has no impact until it is ignited.  Once the fuse has been lit, there is no changing your mind; it is going to fire.  It must be placed and aimed with precision and purpose in order for it to fully take out its intended target.  Freshly packed dynamite contains the most power.  After it has been sitting around for a while, it does not cause as sharp a blast.  It loses strength and predictability when it gets dampened. 

Why do I need to know these things?, I wonder.  I hear Him say, “Because I have filled you with power, like dynamite, and I am encouraging you to take aim and blast away.  Disintegrate the old broken-down walls made up of religious rules and politically-correct baggage, all meant to silence your voice and control your activity.  Prepare for construction on a new foundation based solely on My words.  There you can build a platform on which to launch life-producing wisdom and truth.  Your spirit is fresh and your faith has not been dampened, so seize the moment.”  Well, okay then.  Tell me more. 

The air gets really hot around a blasting site, and debris tends to fly everywhere if the immediate area has not been protected.  The bright light can be blinding if you do not protect your eyes.  When you see dynamite in action, you know some major rearranging is taking place and this site will be forever changed.  The old and useless is gone forever as a place is being cleared for something brand new:  cleaner, more efficient, nicer to look at, more able to meet the needs of its occupier. 

Dynamite can be dangerous if mishandled.  It can be stored but it must be protected.  The slightest spark could set it off, and it will blow up things you did not intend to destroy.  People might get hurt.  That stock is forever spent.  You can get more, but it will cost you.  There is no ‘undelete’ button so once you have fired, there is no going back.

Dynamite can be controlled, but its consequences cannot be completely managed.  It is wisdom to have a backup plan in case something goes wrong.  You must give it plenty of room and sufficient time to complete its mission.  Dynamite has been used for good, but it has also been used for evil.  It has been in existence for many years.  Over time it has often been replaced with new technology; however, it still is the old standard that continues to work just like it has always worked.

It takes a skilled person to know how much dynamite is needed to complete a particular job.  Too much and you take out the entire neighborhood; too little and you have just made a mess – everything is broken and rendered useless, but it hasn’t gone anywhere.  Properly handled, it is an effective and wonderful tool for change.  Improperly managed, it is deadly and destructive.  You get your hands burned, or maybe your arm is blown off, while the problem remains.

God says, “I want you to know that, like dynamite, you are power-packed and you have been created for a specific purpose.  Your aim and your focus will determine where the power goes.  The degree in which you love will determine your effectiveness – you decide if you will operate like a surgeon or a butcher.  You have been given the opportunity to spread the good news of the gospel of the Kingdom of God to a lost and hurting world.  I have sent Holy Spirit to guide and encourage you.  An anointing has been placed on you to break chains that hold captives in bondage.  You have been given a voice and a message of truth.  I have given you a limitless supply of wisdom and understanding, power and authority.  You determine how strongly you walk in it, and how much you want to invest in your calling.  Will you will be found in the middle of the action, or in the storage cellar, waiting for the next opportunity to make a difference?”