June 20, 2014
Have you ever tried to stand up in a boat during a storm ? Or better yet, have you ever tried to stand up in your storming circumstance? Standing up on the inside with strength and faith is possible because God is still on the throne and everything is under control.
Do you wonder if this is what Nancy might have meant by Shift , sift or drift? We have been in one place or another and now things are shifting. In that shift we have to believe that God is still on the throne no matter how calm or severe the storm.
Isaiah 50:23b Because those who hope in ME will not be disappointed.
John 14:1 & 29 So do not let your heart be troubled,
Trust in God. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid.
Isaiah 55:12 . For you shall go out with joy, and be led out in peace.
I had a dream recently that warned me to “WATCH THE BACK DOOR!”
I pondered what that could indicate and two things came to mind: It was the year of doors, and it was phrase, “Back door friends are best.” I began asking God to show me what this could mean. It was a warning to be very watchful and especially, those or those things coming through the back door of your life. Those things, or people that seem safe, familiar and comfortable. Yield everything to God. Everything! Don’t be taken off guard!
There is a door opening for the Great Harvest. You can hear it from the turbulence and friction in the earth today. There is a Sound. It is the Sound of the Lord. We will begin seeing the evidence more and more. It is a shift, the sifting, and subtly drifting away.
Isaiah 26:20 Go, My people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you. Hide yourselves for a little while until His wrath has passed by.
Have you ever thought about God’s Glory burning? I’m convinced that whenever we choose to do right in those hard situations, it seems painful at the time, and can often be lonely as if few, or less than are doing what is the right.
God’s Glory. It burns!
It burns flesh off, destroys little foxes and truly tests attitudes and thoughts of the heart. It causes a shift in our minds and hearts and opens our eyes to see how we are or are not aligning with God’s thoughts and heart. It Burns! Whatever is left? That’s what is real. It’s what is lasting; Eternal! It’s what shines bright in the dark and it ends up changing everything in our path. What are we left with? A pile of ash or a blinding brightness. The brightness of His Glory begins to activate a drawing hunger that is contagious and reveals pure un-adulterated glory.
Yes, the Glory burns but suddenly it burns good and the price to be able to walk in it is worth everything. It may seem like it takes too long at times, but it is worth the “wait” in gold!
The Lord gives us many warnings, but a couple I feel to mention are those who might be like those “friends” who come to the back door. His Word is pretty clear about naming some things we need to watch for: false prophets showing up in sheep’s clothing but they are really wolves … ferocious wolves!
Matthew 7:15 warns to Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
However, by their fruit we will recognize them!
God tells us in Matthew 10:16 – I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
We need to be watchful, Amen!
Something Dwight Moody once said,
“When I was a young Christian I thought that God kept His gifts on shelves and the best gifts were on the highest shelves and I would have to reach up. I learned later the best gifts are on the lowest shelf and I had to stoop down.”
Let us never forget, we are really preparing for our heavenly home. We don’t miss what He is doing in this hour. Even the disciples, while walking with Jesus, had a few issues. At times they thought it was all about them and this world; Concerned with who would be the greatest.
We are in the world but not of the world. We live in a Kingdom of eternal excellence and Joy of many generations. Our Lord is our everlasting Light. Yes, we rejoice in this Hope of the Glory of God! God is our glory.
IT IS TIME FOR THE KING; HE ALONE IS ON THE THRONE! Amen!
Catching up with Nancy this week, I got a good report that she is stronger, healthier and excited with all the Lord is encouraging both Sarah and her. The book is certainly a learning process and they so covet your prayers to put in written form what the Spirit is revealing.
Also, please keep in prayer the upcoming conference (June 26-29th) at The Rock Church, 19025 State Route 339 Waterford, OH 45786. Nancy, Sarah, Liz, and myself (Debbie A.) will be flying out next Monday. We will connect with Ute and others PTH friends in Ohio.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
PTH Assistant Director, Ketchikan