Are we being used?

If you call yourself a Christian, then these words are for you.

How are you responding to and interacting with the waves of chaos that continually overtake this country? Are you quickly offended when someone has a different opinion and feel it necessary to voice yours? Do you think that your voice is somehow louder and will be heard and believed above ALL others shouting at the same time? Are any of your actions biblical?

Chances are, if you are acting like EVERYONE ELSE, then they aren’t. And the truth is that you may be playing into the very thing that you think that you are fighting. As you may be aware, our enemy is not each other but Satan himself. Our battle is not against each other. There is a spiritual war for all of the souls in the world.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)

Satan does not want those who don’t already believe in the saving knowledge of Jesus to hear that truth. Have you ever considered that you may be being used by him to accomplish his goal of others not hearing about Jesus? Probably not. But, being a Christian does not make you immune to his schemes. Many are playing right into his hands.

You see, Satan can no longer have us. So what can he do? He can make us INEFFECTIVE! He can DISCREDIT us and keep us from being the voices of truth to a lost world. And he does this by tempting us to act like the world and not like Jesus at all!

Sure, you may be right in your opinions. But, realistically, how often do you change someone’s perspective on heated issues, especially when getting into arguments through your phone or computer screen? I mean, really?!

So STOP. Stop allowing Satan to have a foothold in your opinions and your responses. Stop acting like the world and be silent until God tells you to speak to someone.

19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (James 1:19-20)

Ask God to allow you to actually see the person you disagree with the way he sees them. Just maybe God is bringing your attention to them in order to be in prayer for them. Or just maybe your judgement is God’s way of bringing up something similar in your life that needs attention. 

Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. (Romans 2:1)

It is time to recognize the schemes of our enemy and to resist it! Our actions, if not led by God, could discredit our witness and push others further away. So, please, stop getting offended so easily and feeling like you have to be a part of every argument. Just stop. You are adding to the problem. If Christians stopped speaking when it didn’t matter, then maybe more people would listen when we speak at times that do.

Please take some time with the Lord and ask him about your actions. What does your fruit (actions) say about your relationship with him?

16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. (Matthew 7:16-17)

If you are quick to speak and get offended, chances are that you aren’t spending enough time in the Bible and in prayer with God. The closer we are in relationship with the Lord the more we start reflecting his image and act like him.

18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

As I mentioned before, our battle is not with each other. It is not a physical battle. What we see in the physical world is merely a manifestation of what is happening in the spiritual realm.

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh.For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

We must fight the spiritual battle by spiritual means. How? We learn to put on the full armor of God before we go into battle (Ephesians 6:10-20). We also do this by reading our bible to learn about the ways of God so that we will know the ways of our enemy and by spending time in prayer to build relationship and to fight for others. All of this allows God to transform us into his image so that we can be the true reflection of Jesus and to become a better witness to the lost. Even Jesus fought this way when he was tempted by Satan in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11). He used his sword, which is the scripture, every time Satan tested him. And Satan fled!

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

I pray that as the body of Christ, that we will no longer allow the enemy to use us. The world needs the knowledge of the hope that we have in Jesus. We are in a war and it is time that we recognize his schemes, put on our armor and fight!


Truth in the midst of chaos

Before this election season comes to a close, there are some things to think about that have nothing to do with a candidate. While everyone else is focused on details, there is a need for a broader perspective. And since many of the pulpits are silent on current issues, I am compelled to sound the alarm of truth.

What is happening that is causing all of this chaos of varying opinions and our need to be so openly forceful in our beliefs? Chaos and force. Two very strong words that have described and guided the social atmosphere and emotions of this confused country during this season. Could there be something going on that we cannot see that has pushed us to this extreme?

No matter your spiritual beliefs, you can feel the change and you can feel the tension. There seems to have been a sudden push toward what we are experiencing, like it came out of nowhere. Like we are being collectively squeezed and suffocated, we are in a panic to survive and we are running about screaming where to go and what to do. But, we are confused and don’t know what is happening, therefore don’t know which is the way toward survival. We are yelling at each other thinking we know the way, bumping into each other, pushing and fighting, scratching, pulling and completely oblivious to what is causing the madness.

When we continue to do things the same way and expect change, it is insanity. We MUST consider a different perspective. If we’d only look up. Take a step away.  Ask some questions. Seek something outside of where we are and what is going on. What we are doing isn’t working. What is guiding us isn’t doing us any good. We are killing each other and we are killing this country.

And what we continue to do isn’t working because we are reacting to what is physically happening. But, the battle that we are fighting isn’t in the physical. The reason that we can’t control or change what is going on, the reason that there continues to be chaos and madness, even though there are many opinions on which way is best, is because we are attempting to fight a spiritual battle by physical means.

We are fighting each other. And as we rip each other apart and force our opinions, the chasm of this country grows wider. WE are not each others’ enemies! But, there is an enemy that is playing us and it has just been too easy. We are suckers. We have been caught up in the chaos that has been dangled over us like a carrot and we are too blind to stop chasing it!

12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)

This country, that has stood for Christian values since its inception, is being fought over. The powers of darkness are trying to win rights over this land. What we are physically seeing around us is but a glimpse of what we aren’t seeing. It has been years in the making, one step at a time. One right after another challenged and overthrown. How else can you explain how the country with the largest Christian population is also the greatest exporter of pornography and full of Christians who think that it is ok? The water has slowly gotten warmer and now that it has reached it’s boiling point we don’t know how we got here and have no clue how we can jump out. 

The warming water is called deception. It is what the ruler of the darkness, Satan, uses to gain control and distract us from what is truth. When we are slowly deceived it doesn’t seem so bad and is easier to tolerate than if the lies were thrown at us all at once. We have allowed things to happen while giving Satan all the access he needs to bring us to the all out spiritual battle we are now facing.

But, all is not lost. The battle is not over. Satan has not and will not win. This chaos that we find ourselves in can be stopped. And it begins by recognizing it for what it is. It is an attack. It is an attack on our beliefs and the souls of every person in this nation.

Satan is trying to silence the truths of Christianity and take away our credibility. What better way than to tempt us to act like fools and not like Jesus at all? How many of us during this season have gone against all that scripture teaches us that we should be? And each time we do it, it gets easier to do it again until we are no different than the world. And when we are no different than the world, what is the point in trying to lead anyone to Jesus? You see what Satan has done? Are you ok with be played and manipulated? You should be ticked that he has corrupted your passions.

But, here is my advice: Repent. Redirect your passions toward prayer and reading scripture. Follow the counsel from James 1:9 to be slow to speak. We don’t always have to voice our opinion. Sometimes the strongest opinion is to not have one. And this does not mean that you should be passive. Take your thoughts to God and let Him work it out.

The way to fight the spiritual battle that we are in is through prayer. Stepping away from the situation and allowing God to fight the battle. Showing Satan that we are not his pawns and we can’t be fooled into playing his game. We must stand firm and not be tempted and swayed into the ways of the world.

If we continue on the paths that we are currently walking on, things are going to get worse. God is allowing everything that is happening to get our attention and to test our hearts. His desire is for us to see the truth. By allowing things to get so obviously bad, it is God’s desire that we recognize what we must do. That we must change our ways in order to get a different outcome.

I am not trying to instill fear. Those who are secure in Jesus and put all of their faith and trust in him have no need to fear. But if you don’t know him, then you have no hope. The only peace and the only hope is in belief of and in following Jesus. He is the one who came and died for our sins so that we might have life forever. Otherwise, we are left to fight our own battles, to die for our own sins a death that lasts forever.

Judgement is coming to this country if we don’t repent and turn from our wicked ways. Christians are the ones to blame because we know better and are supposed to be the example of Jesus. No one will know who the true Jesus is if we don’t act any different than the world. Do you want to ignore the warnings from God and stick your heads back in the sand? The results will not be good for you. I promise. And so does God.

I believe the results of the election will be a good indicator of the health of the church. But, is hard to know exactly what is going to happen at the end of election day. There have been so many rumors of various things happening that we don’t even know if we can trust the results! But, I do know this: God is still in control! He is not surprised by the two candidates that we have to choose from or the craziness that has transpired over the past months. He knows what must happen to get people’s attention and to bring about his purposes. Throughout scripture we see that time after time when God’s people turned away from Him that it took trial and suffering to bring them back. And like a good father, He “disciplines the one he loves.” (Hebrews 12:6)

So if it takes this country going through persecution, judgement and other trials as a consequence of this election to turn the people to God, then so be it!

But, don’t lose hope. Take a step away from the chaos and into God’s peace. Allow God to help you see what is going on and that He is still in control. Allow God to test your heart and your motives of living for Him. Are you being selfish or are you willing to do and live through whatever is necessary to bring others to a saving knowledge of Jesus? No matter what happens God knows what is best. Rest in Him and shine brightly the hope of Jesus to this country that so desperately needs it. Keep your focus on God in the days ahead. And in a world of confusion and hatred, choose peace and love. Choose Jesus.


3His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

10Therefore, my brothers and sisters,a make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

(2 Peter 1:3-11)


Urgent WARNING to the church

Please heed the words that God has placed on my heart for His beloved:

The world stage is being set for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled. Many things are coming together very quickly. Aside from the powers of the Middle East taking their places (Luke 21:20), chaos and evil is raising its ugly head all over the earth. There are many scoffers as predicted (2 Peter 3:3), but the signs can’t be denied. All over the world, in recent times, there has been record-breaking weather, mass animal die-offs, volcanoes awakening, evil rising, building hatred toward Israel and lawlessness, just to name a few. What once was a godly nation, the U.S. has become the image of 2 Timothy 3: 1-5 along with many other nations around the world.

In this country, we have passed the point of no return. The dominoes have already begun to fall. We have become separated from Israel–therefore, we shall be cursed (Genesis 12:3). Lawlessness is rampant and we have turned away from the godliness on which we once stood. We are currently basking in God’s residual blessings, but judgement is coming.

Trust must not be placed on man. What must happen will happen. No one and nothing can thwart the purposes of God (Isaiah 14:27, Job 42:2). Many are distracted by the upcoming election and are placing their hope in a new administration and they are obsessed with it. I am here to tell you that no matter the outcome, things will NOT get better. Use your time to proclaim Jesus and not a candidate.

God is now allowing things to happen to draw His remnant to Himself, to prepare us for what is coming. We MUST turn our eyes and focus toward Him (Colossians 3:2). And as evil rises, persecution of the church will increase. BUT in that, the true church will rise with the powerful manifestations of the Holy Spirit through which miracles will begin to become more and more abundant. As Satan continues to show off and throw his tantrums, God will show Himself through those in the church who are loyal to Him.

My WARNING to those who profess to be Christians is this…don’t allow the world to distract you and lead you to think that all is well (1 Thessalonians 5:3). You must place your focus, attention and time on God and ALLOW Him to show you what is happening, instead of being prideful and arrogant and thinking that bad will not happen to you or in your lifetime. That is absolutely not biblical! Do not be blissfully ignorant! Do not be a part of the lukewarm church in which God despises (Revelation 3:16). The enemy will try to convince you that these aren’t the end times because “it has been the end times for centuries.” And while scripture says that no one knows the hour, God does give us signs of the season for His people to know when the day is approaching.

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. (1 Thessalonians 5:1-6)

The church has been lulled to sleep and has had their ears tickled for far too long by leaders who are themselves being deceived and who are afraid to proclaim the truth. And many in the church believe that the rapture will save them from any sort of tribulation, when in fact Jesus tells us that we WILL indeed face tribulations (John 16:33). The church has been more concerned about its own selfishness and not the lost or the truth of God’s word. We allow too many people to sway our opinions and tell us what we should believe as truth instead of going to God and His Word.

We are a generation of selfishness, impatience and self-centeredness. We want things our way and forget that our time on earth is not about us and our comforts. It is about God and His sovereign plan, which may include you not liking the situation you’ve been put in or your safety. Stop complaining and ask God why you’re upset instead of stirring up discontent among others (Proverbs 6:16-19, Romans 16:17-19).

We will one day soon stand before God and be held accountable for what we ourselves have done and NOT what others have done to us (Romans 14:12).

Things are coming that the world has never seen (Luke 21:26). If you are doubting, then you are doubting that God’s word is true and that He will do what He says (Proverbs 3:5-7). And if you are offended then there is something in your heart that needs to be addressed before the Lord.

What I am saying is not easy, not popular, not comfortable or fun, but I can no longer disobey God by keeping quiet about what He is telling me. The enemy has kept me silent for far too long and I am ready to face the consequences of my telling the truth, however it is received.

We are now living in what will be the most difficult yet exciting times in human history when the sheep will be separated from the goats (Matthew 25:32-33) and God’s power will be made manifest as the world awaits the coming of our Lord. And don’t just assume that you are safe. In the times ahead, those who aren’t where they should be and don’t have the words of truth in their hearts will lose hope and be led astray (Mark 13:22James 5:19-20). God will be putting His followers through the fire to test our hearts and show the world His power and glory.

You are responsible for you. Take this information to the Lord and FERVENTLY pray about it (1 John 4:1). Don’t just take my word for it. Ask God and He will answer (Jeremiah 29:13, James 1:5, James 1:6). Ask God to tell you in what ways you have been disobedient and REPENT. 

AWAKEN church. PRAY.  REPENT.  FOCUS on God and rid yourselves of the distractions of this world.  STAND FIRM in the Lord (1 Corinthians 16:13). Do not be afraid. 

Now you have heard and are responsible for what you have heard (Luke 12:47-48, Hebrews 10:26).


“Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:28)

 “Blessed are you when people hate you,when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.” (Luke 6:22-23)

Are we true followers?

There are billions of people in this world who don’t know Jesus. BILLIONS. And almost 3 billion have never even heard his name. But, there are still billions who have. That is great, isn’t it? But do those who have heard know the truth about who he is? Does what they think they know about Jesus come directly from the source or from those who claim to be followers? Are those followers portraying the truth or is it tainted? Those followers may be showing others the wrong Jesus and in turn pushing people from the true knowledge of him and at the chance of really knowing him. Would it be better to not have ever heard than to only have seen what isn’t true?

The task given to the followers of Jesus is to represent his image and likeness here on earth. If we aren’t doing all that we can to clearly reflect that image then we are showing others the wrong Jesus. We are leading people to believe that Jesus is something that he is not. There is the cliche that we may be the only Jesus that some may ever see. And that is true. But, what Jesus are we showing them?

The enemy of this world, Satan, is doing a pretty good job of distracting us, turning us against each other, having us go to anything and anyone but God in times of chaos. So, we forget, or never even learn how we are supposed to act, how Jesus would act. No wonder the world calls us hypocrites! We are dysfunctional and not unified. The Word is our blueprint for unification. It is what gets the body of Christ on the same page and teaches us how to be followers, how to reflect the correct image so the world won’t continue to get mixed messages. Besides, how can we call ourselves followers if we aren’t truly following. Following requires knowing our leader, watching where our leader is taking us.

Following requires discipline and sacrifice. Spend time with the leader and get to know him. Learn his ways and how he would respond to situations, what he’d want you to do with your time.

We aren’t put in this world to just enjoy entertainment, stay safe, work and pay bills. That is what the world tells us to do. But, Jesus calls us to be different and to not be of this world. This life should be about others and not ourselves. We are called to love one another. NO. MATTER. WHAT.

We are called to pick up our cross. Do you know what that means? It means that we are to do whatever it is that the Lord has for us to do. We are to set aside the world and all of the ways that it entices us and follow the path set before us to bring the news of the saving grace of Jesus to a lost and DYING world. What’s more important than that? Surely not our self-preservation or entertainment.

Forget about races, cultures, socioeconomic classes, age, gender, sexual orientation or anything else that brings about division. We are ALL God’s precious creations. And He loves us equally. He doesn’t care about national borders or that we were born in different situations. He cares about the souls of his beloved creation. We need to ask God to show us others through His eyes. We need to know how much love he has for each and every person on the planet. Even our enemies.

So STOP. STOP making it about yourselves and where you live and what you deserve or what you are entitled to. We could have all just as easily have been born in someone else’s situation. Stop complaining. Stop whining. And stop pointing fingers at someone else.

And pick up YOUR cross. And learn how to follow Jesus so that others will see his true reflection. The truth of who he is will be the only thing that can save this dying world. Spend time in the Word and stop posting every feeling on social media and go to God with it.

Now more than ever the world is watching us and we have to make sure that they see the truth, otherwise why would they want Jesus?


The scariest thing that I have ever done.

This time last month I was in Nicaragua with a large group of college students. It was my first time leading a mission trip by myself. I was in a country that I had never been to before. I had to meet and get acquainted with our ministry contacts a couple of days before the team arrived, which means I traveled alone. Oh, and I knew no one.

If you had told me a couple of years ago that this would happen I would’ve thought you were crazy. What?! Travel to a country that I don’t know, alone, to be with people that I’ve never met? There would’ve been no way!

Fortunately, I had a good friend who’d been there multiple times prepare me the best that he could. (And he believed that I could do it.) I always try to go into a trip prepared but to have no expectations. Well, no matter how hard I try to prepare and have no expectations, God always seems to show me otherwise.

This time I went in with this criteria in my head about what a trip leader is supposed to be. Essentially my plan of action was to be someone else, the others I have seen lead. So, of course, God had to set me straight because He had different criteria in mind for me.

The bombardment of my mind to tear down these expectations began the first night. The day was coming to a close and I was in my “dorm” room. It suddenly hit me how alone I was. Aside from the security guard, I was on the several acre property by myself, in a foreign country, where I knew no one. I have never felt so alone in my life. It was a stark reality that made me feel like a child who just wanted to go home. I began questioning everything…my past, my present, my future. Am I crazy thinking that somehow could do this? Did God really want me here? Do I truly hear from God? Maybe this missions thing isn’t for me because surely I wouldn’t feel like this if it were. I was scared!

It was like all that I had learned from my past that had been gaining me momentum toward my future and purpose came to a screeching halt and hit a brick wall. Crash!

The rest of the week God was there to pick up the shattered pieces. He left the pieces that I didn’t need and put the rest back together bit by bit in the gentle way that only He can.  He left the lies, the doubt, the anxiety, the expectations at the crash site. And he began to show me in different ways why I was there and the leader that He created me to be. Piece by piece…I don’t have to be someone else to be useful. Bit by bit…I have something that others need. Piece by piece…I just need to be me.

God gave me the courage to take a group on a 3 hour prayer walk on our very first outing. God gave me the boldness to talk to people about Jesus and to pray for them. He helped me to be an example to others and show them the blessings received when stepping out in faith.

God allowed me several opportunities to really listen to and talk with several of the team members. I was able to encourage them with my experiences and my stories and through scripture that I had learned.

God gave me opportunities to teach others how to hear from God. I heard team members share ways God had spoken to them. I saw faith grow through moments of revelation and their searching for God’s voice throughout the week.

God showed my group that by responding to God through obedience that He will continue to reveal Himself. He did so by bringing healing through shared stories. He brought redemption to hurts from the past and gave new hope for the future.

I can look back over the past couple years and see how God had been preparing me for this moment in my story, this next stepping stone in His plan for me. I can see ways that He has shown me that…I’m not truly alone because He is with me. I am capable of doing more than I believe. I have nothing to fear. He is my security. I am useful and have gifts and stories that others can learn from. I can be an encouragement to others. I am enough because my strength comes from Him. He has a plan for my life and a purpose for every experience.

There have been small lessons with each previous stepping stone, or experience in my life. They each collided on this trip as a sort of test of my faith and trust in Him. It was the perfect storm of difficulties hitting me at once. It was as if He was saying, “Do you remember the lessons that you have learned? Do you remember that I was there and helped you through? Now, don’t you see that you can trust me in this?”

He has a plan for me. I have a purpose. I don’t have to be qualified. I am qualified because I am His daughter. God is going get me through. If He calls me to it, then He will walk with me through it.

Because of God, what started out as the scariest thing in my life ended up being a turning point in my faith. I now believe that I can do anything that God has purposed for my life.

What does the TRUE church body look like?

So, what DOES the true church body look like?

It looks like people believing in you when you don’t believe in yourself.

It looks like people surrounding you in prayer when you’re about to step out into the unknown.

It looks like people knowing that your true strength comes from God and believing that He is faithful to provide it.

It looks like people laying down their own selfish ambitions for God’s plans.

It looks like people speaking words of encouragement and truth when you are believing the enemy’s lies.

It looks like people stepping in to help you when you are overwhelmed and can’t do it all.

It looks like people that you can trust to accomplish the tasks that you’ve entrusted to them.

It looks like people coming together despite our differences and choosing to allow God to lead all of us together as one.

It looks like a body of believers who will stop what they are doing, surround you and pray for you when you are about to do the scariest thing you’ve ever done in your life. And they love you and believe in you and are being truthful when they say that they will pray for you through it all.

Tomorrow morning I leave for Nicaragua to lead my very first mission trip by myself. I will be flying to another country by myself. I will be going to a place that I have never been by myself. I will be leading a group that I have never met in ways that are new to me. I may be by myself, but I won’t be alone. My church will be with me. My God will go before me, walk behind me and alongside me.

I am beyond thankful that God has provided me with a true church body and that I never have to be alone, even when I am by myself.

Will you join my church in praying for me and the team as we go out to do God’s work?

Prayer is the Secret Weapon

prayer weapon

So, it is becoming more and more apparent that this world has gone crazy. Its seems like every other day we hear about another tragedy. And, of course, everyone wants to share their own opinion on how to fix the problem and settle the issues. It is easy to point fingers and place blame when we are bystanders.

I’ll admit that it has been hard for me to stay away from picking sides and forming my own opinion. In all honesty, I just don’t know who in the world to trust. In the midst of the frustration of making sense of it all and logically trying to figure it all out, I formed an opinion that I wasn’t completely sure of. My flesh was satisfied, but my spirit was unsettled. I felt that the two were in a tug-of-war. So, I cried out to God for wisdom on which side was right. And God said that I didn’t need an opinion! He told me that just because humans were setting sides and flocking to one or the other didn’t mean that I had to do the same. He said that my position was to pray.

God calls His children to be set apart, to be different than all others. So, it makes sense that he told me that I didn’t need to choose a side. So, when the world is running around in utter chaos trying to figure out who to blame, who to fight or condemn in order to make things better, remember that we are called to be different.

Our world today and our position in it reminds me of the story of Jesus calming the storm. Jesus and the disciples were in a boat and a storm begins to crash all around them. The men were fearful as they are being tossed around and threatened by water filling the boat. Jesus was sleeping peacefully and they didn’t understand how. But, at the disciples request, Jesus speaks and calms the storm. Like the storm, our world is crashing all around us, loud and rocking us back and forth, pushing us from one side to the other. We are fearful by what we see and feel. But, if we are on the boat with Jesus then there is nothing to fear. And we can come to him in the midst of all of the chaos and confusion and ask him to calm the storm.

God has been pushed out by too many for far too long and it is time that we invite Him back in. Our prayers are the invitation. And not just passing, generic,  memorized,  check-it-off-the-list prayers. I’m talking from the gut, on your knees, heart crying, all out, with everything from within us, pleadings at the throne of God. We have got to come to Him with complete surrender of our own agendas and opinions and willingly take on His.

There is a reason why scripture says that we can’t live on just food but must consume the Word of God as well (Deut. 8:3). It is the Word that will satisfy us, give us insight, bring hope and healing, understanding of God’s agendas and be a weapon when we need it. The scriptures are to be used as a weapon in fighting against evil. We cannot fight evil and darkness by physical means. It must be done in the spiritual from where it comes.

Knowing scripture is knowing God’s heart and His plan. When we pray in accordance with scripture we are coming into agreement with God and coming alongside Him in battle. Praying scripture is the ultimate weapon. It is an invitation for God’s plans to come to fruition.

The ONLY way that anything is going to change in this world is if God’s people get serious about prayer. When the world wants to blame, kill, condemn, imprison, reject, persecute and go to war to rid it of an enemy, we must be set apart and have a different approach. Prayer is not what everyone else is doing. We are to pray boldly and consistently while waiting expectantly. Don’t be afraid to pray big prayers and ask for God to move in ways beyond our imagination.

“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:16

“Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:3

We have to put away the desires of the flesh and of this world and fervently ask for His will and agenda to be done in us and through us.  Jesus entrusted us to be the vessels through which his story would be told.

Followers of Jesus are the only light in this dark and evil world. We must not be afraid to let the light of Jesus shine through us into the darkness. Darkness cannot exist in the light.

Remember the song we sang in Sunday school as kids, This Little Light of Mine? Well, it’s now our new battle cry. Go out into the world, eradicating the darkness by letting your light shine. And pray fervently like the world depends on it, because it does!

 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:14-16

The ONLY solution for world peace

World peace

I’ve been trying to keep up with all of the events that have transpired over the last week or so. There has been so much going on that has stirred my spirit that it is difficult to choose a topic in which to write. But, there is one overall theme that really stands out that connects them all…how to solve the world’s problems.

At the heart of the turmoil all over the globe is that our beliefs are being questioned and tested, whether it’s about racial inequality, homosexuality, abortion, political control, gun control, religion or one of the other controversial topics. There is an anxiety and a sense of urgency to choose a side in which to defend. Divisions in humanity are spreading like a deadly disease. Humanity is sick and growing ever so with an increasing need for a cure.

Our flesh cries for peace and longs for an end to the suffering, anxiety and turmoil. Our flesh searches for a solution to mend what is broken. The reality is that the divisive issues have existed since the fall of man, when the disease that is sin entered the world and shattered God’s perfect will for human existence, peace, harmony, the joy of a full life. Since that moment, man has searched for a thread to mend the tear that sin has ripped in the fabric of creation.

And all along, our Creator God has been calling us, trying to show us the one solution to all of our problems. He allows suffering so we will finally call out to Him for help. He has placed a longing and a desire in our souls so that we will search for Him, look to Him for our solutions, our cures. But, the disease continues to pull at humanity’s fabric, ripping it to shreds, tearing away any evidence of its original design. The more tearing, the less truth we see as it is obscured or completely undetectable. But, God has the thread of truth to sew the fabric back to its original design…the thread of Jesus.

As humanity reaches out to the false threads to solve ‘world peace,’ scripture tells us that Jesus came to this world “not to bring peace, but a sword.” The sword is the Word of God and the Word is Truth and the Truth is Jesus…the true thread (see also John 1:1). Jesus came, essentially, to be that sword of truth to slash through all of those false threads that Satan tempts humanity into believing will solve our problems. When in reality the false threads only make the fabric ugly, weak, dirty and worthless.

torn fabric

Jesus is the answer to the world’s aches and pains–not the solutions that mankind try to put into place such as interfaith tolerance, redistribution of wealth and resources to the impoverished or new environmental resolutions (See Agenda 2030). Only through allowing Jesus to expose the false solutions by revealing the truth that he alone is the cure, will there be true peace and rest, healing of our human brokenness, and the healing of all of creation. For he alone is “the way, the truth and the life.”

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3:17)

The design has already been set. A solution has already been written and fulfilled. Jesus came that “we may have life and have it to the full.” Yet, many seek elsewhere for this fulfillment. Man is currently trying, through the plans of the United Nations, to create rules in the attempt to bring about global change toward the goals that Jesus already died for. The plans of man will be “thwarted” because Jesus is being left out of man’s designs.

The story of the tower of Babel is one instance in history when man, in defiance to God, decided he knew better than God. A group of people came together to build a tower to “make a name for themselves” that they may no longer be scattered, so they’d have a place for themselves. But, they didn’t ask God if this was a good plan, or if it was in His will. So, God struck them will many languages so that they could no longer communicate and make sinful plans together. And, the thing the people tried to avoid became a reality…they were scattered throughout the land. Their plans were thwarted.

If our foundations, individually or globally, aren’t built upon the Word and will of God, then anything built upon it will fall (Matthew 7:24-27). In other words, if our basic beliefs and practices aren’t foundationally secure in the plans and will of Almighty God, then no matter what laws are passed or unification efforts are made, none will succeed! You can forget the hope that the many nations, religions, economies, leaders and peoples of the world could ever come together as one under one agenda and be successful, ever! Because of the disease of greed, selfishness and dishonesty, nothing manmade or man-created exists that can bind us together and diminish our differences. The supposed love for humanity and the environment aren’t enough without the thread that is Jesus, who alone is the common thread that could ever truly bring us together.

By reading, or listening to, the speeches given by global leaders at the U.N. 70th General Assembly and by the Pope over the past couple of weeks, it is obvious that there is a call for global governance (see below for links). And, as it appeared to me, the overwhelming reaction of despicable adoration to the presence of the Pope in the U.S. proves our longing for a solution. I encourage you to take some time to familiarize yourself with these speeches. Look at them through the filter of scripture and their underlying inferences to see how it corresponds to prophecy fulfillment. (I especially recommend the Pope’s speech to Congress and Israel’s PM’s speech to the U.N. See more links below.)

Like I have said before, we aren’t fighting a battle against world leaders, differences of opinions, or attempts to have things our way, but a battle against what is unseen. And what is unseen is a dark, deceiving, unfair, unloving, vicious and unrelenting spiritual enemy who will stop at nothing to pull humanity away from the truth.

Did you hear that? The enemy will stop at NOTHING! Satan will go so far as to appear beautiful and right, alluring us with his smooth words that are so perfectly placed that it will appear to be truth. It will APPEAR TO BE TRUTH. And he is counting on YOU to NOT filter it through scripture and the Holy Spirit.

I pray, with tears in my eyes, and groanings from deep within my soul, that you will see with clarity, the wool that the enemy of humanity and all that is true, is pulling over your eyes. We are in a war. We ARE in a WAR. WE ARE IN A WAR. What are you doing to ready yourself for battle?

Seek the Lord that you may see clearly the plans of the enemy. Seek the Lord for his specific plans for you in the war. Put on the armor of God and know, precious child of God, that in the end, and even now, that God is the victor! Don’t you want to be a part of that? Don’t you want to be a part of defeating the enemy in giving him exactly what he deserves, which is us living for God to the best of our abilities? I do! Go out and prepare for war, because we are in the middle of it!

“Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

Link to the U.N. General Assembly news and speeches: UN speeches, Israel’s PM’s speech

Link to a few of the full transcripts of the Pope’s speeches:  Interfaith ServiceSpeech to Congress, Pope addresses U.N., Speech at White House, St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Here is a great video with a realistic perspective on eradicating poverty: When Helping Hurts

(All pics from Google images.)

It’s about to get real

stay alert

As children of God, we are called to keep watch at all times. We are to pay attention to what is going on around us spiritually and physically and to study the Word of God so that we know what to look for.  We are to be aware of the times of the end and so that we aren’t caught unaware and unprepared. And we need to be prepared for what will happen while waiting for Jesus to return.

I’m convinced that the Parable of the Ten Virgins  (Matthew 25:1-13) is a warning for God’s people to not be caught unprepared, or not keeping watch. In the parable, only 5 of the virgins, or God’s people, were awake with oil in their lamps and ready to go when the groom, representing Jesus, shows up for them. The other 5 were asleep, unprepared and were left. Does this sound as serious to you as it does to me? I don’t want to find out what happens if I’m caught asleep and unprepared.

And while we are awake, waiting and keeping watch, there are many prophetic scriptures throughout the Bible that tell us specific things to watch for, such as wars, earthquakes, lawlessness, Christian persecutions, etc.  Also, Genesis 1:14 says that God created the lights in the heavens (moon, stars and sun) “for signs and for seasons.” The Hebrew word for sign is owth which means omen. So, the heavenly lights were not only created for indicating seasons but also for omens from God. It is a way for God to signal warnings to His people.

From Joel 2:

30 “I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth,
Blood, fire and columns of smoke.
31 “The sun will be turned into darkness
And the moon into blood
Before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.

And we can’t use the excuse that the Bible says that no one knows the day or the hour of the Lord’s return. I believe that Matthew 24 is clear that only those who aren’t watching will not know, as those in Noah’s time were surprised by the flood. And God told Noah to prepare for something that was coming that had never happened before. We may not know the exact day or the exact hour but God can give us signs and warnings that point to a narrowed down season. Besides, God always warns his prophets of what is to come.

From Revelation 16:

15 “Look, I will come as unexpectedly as a thief! Blessed are all who are watching for me, who keep their clothing ready so they will not have to walk around naked and ashamed.”

We are to stay awake and be prepared for what may happen. There may be things to come that will cause financial collapses and food shortages. There will be wars, famines, pestilences, natural disasters. Are you prepared for those things? Yes, I believe that God takes care of His people, but it always requires some work and diligence on our part. Even Joseph and Noah had to make preparations. Making preparations are how God can takes care of us.  

In keeping watch I have found that in addition to the heavenly signs, there are many events converging this month that are unprecedented. Because I do not believe in coincidences, I can’t help but think that it is significant. Could these be major signs of impending destruction, downfall or massive changes to our world? Are these warnings from God to His prophets of what is to come?

These events include  celebrations of Jewish festivals (waiting to be fulfilled), signs in the heavens, meetings of world powers, festivals of debauchery and evil, days specially marked by unGodly belief systems and others. These events and more tell of the current state of the world.

The following is a list of events that have happened or will happen just this month:

  1. August 30-September 7–Burning Man Festival
  2. September 13–the end of the Shemitah
  3. September 13–Solar Eclipse (Jewish belief that it is a sign to the nations)
  4. September 13–Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
  5. September 14–the beginning of the Year of Jubilee
  6. September 14–Jewish Feast of Trumpets
  7. September 14–Freemason Year of Light begins
  8. September 15–Jade Helm military exercises end
  9. September 15–70th session of UN General Assembly begins
  10. September 21–International Day of Peace
  11. September 22–Chinese president to visit U.S. (Seattle)
  12. September 23–Autumn equinox
  13. September 23–Day of Atonement
  14. September 23–Pope visits the White House to meet with Obama and parade in DC
  15. September 23-24–CERN hits full power in attempt to open parallel universe
  16. September 24–Chinese president to visit White House to develop a “great power relationship with the United States”
  17. September 24–Islamic Feast of Sacrifice and end of Hajj, pilgrimage to Mecca
  18. September 24–Pope addresses US Congress for the first time in history
  19. September 25–500 days to avoid climate chaos ends
  20. September 25–Pope addresses UN Assembly of World Leaders and for the first time in history the UN will raise the flag of the Vatican
  21. September 25–Pope holds multi-religious service at site of 9/11 and One World Trade Center
  22. September 25—Pope holds mass at Madison Square Garden
  23. September 25-27–Tomorrow World Festival in Atlanta said to hold the keys to open the gates to another world (connection to CERN?)
  24. September 26–Pope to attend World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia
  25. September 27-October 5–Jewish Feast of Tabernacles
  26. September 28–Chinese president to give his first speech to U.N.
  27. September 28–The fourth and final Blood Moon of the tetrad (Jewish belief that it is a sign for Israel). Each of the 4 blood moon occurring on Jewish festival dates and is said to not occur again in conjunction with Jewish festivals again for another 400 years.

You may have looked at the list and thought, so what do all these events have to do with one another? Well, take a look at what happens in the end times described in Revelation and other prophecies of the Bible. God tells us how it ends. Nations will war against each other like never before, God’s people will be martyred by beheading, there will be increased immorality, pestilences, mourning, famines, fires and the enforcement of the mark of the beast and much more! But, how does it get to that point? Do you think that one day the world will just go ballistic and things will start falling into place? NO! It’s a slow deception.

Satan has been on earth for a long time and has had many years to devise his plan of slow deception on mankind. He uses man as pawns to carry out his evil plan. He knows how it all ends, but takes every chance he can get to spread as much evil as possible. Just as God desires that no man should perish, Satan feels just the opposite. He knows that his time is short and he doesn’t play nice.

Throughout history Satan has weaved himself into every aspect of the world. He has manipulated, seduced, corrupted, bribed, coerced, deceived and evolved. He has also repackaged his plan to keep it hidden and unnoticed. Why do you think that there are so many religions? The Bible says that if you are not for God, then you are against Him. That is whether or not you are purposefully against Him. You are clearly and deliberately on God’s side or deceived to be on the other!

devil deceives

The Bible also says to not give the Satan a foothold. He will use any and every chance to wiggle his way into your life like a disease. He looks for places to corrupt, for ways into your heart and mind. He lies and justifies to make you believe what he says. He is stealthy and sometimes charming. And throughout time, the disease has grown and is evident now more than ever. Does the following verse from 2 Timothy 3 not describe the spirit of the current world in which we live?

“That in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, [a]haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God...”

In addition to all of the events listed above, there are other things happening in the U.S. and around the world that warrant our attention:

 (Click on the topics as most are embedded with links.)  Joint military drills (China and Russia, Canada and U.S., Europe). There has been an increase in seismic activity, civil unrest, racial riots, world stock market instabilities (China, Greece, EuropeU.S.), IMF meeting in October, changes in world governments (Guatemala, Greece), foreign relations and policies (IranCuba), decrease in U.S. military numbers, rumors that the Swedish people want the government to join NATO and Russia’s opposition, Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement, Trilateral CommissionU.S. border patrol issues, refugees flooding Europe and talks of the U.S. welcoming them here, internet security breeches and identity theft, talks of increased gun control laws, the U.S. rebellion against God regarding the definition of marriage, Obama nominating the first openly gay man to lead armyU.S. government no longer recognizing Jerusalem as part of Israel on passports, Iran nuclear deal, the Vatican recognizing Palestine. Pope Francis has also announced that the Catholic Jubilee Year of Mercy will begin on December 8. And, of course, the increasingly horrible topic of ISIS and the persecution of those not submitting to their beliefs and authority. I am sure that there is much more that I haven’t included. But, you get the idea. It is utter CHAOS!

And when there is so much chaos and unrest, the world will be in a position to welcome a solution. And just imagine if a global natural disaster was thrown into the mix? If we aren’t privy to Satan’s craftiness and cunning and aren’t aligned with the Word of God, then we will be easily deceived into believing in this solution.  We will just follow along with the slow and gentle evolution of change around us not noticing what is really happening. We will be like the boiling frogs.

frogs boiling

It is my belief that Satan has infiltrated the governments of the world to create this chaos in order to eventually introduce the antichrist, who’d be the “solution” everyone is longing for. The antichrist will  bring about a global government, economy and universal religion (Revelation 13) to bring order out of chaos.

Leaders have been groomed throughout the ages through secret societies (such as Skull and Bones, Knights Templar, Freemasons, Rosicrusians, Bilderberg group, Illuminati, Bohemian Grove, and so on) with the promises of money and power to follow and slowly implement the global agenda.

The world has already begun making strides toward this agenda as evident with efforts of nations joining forces such as the U.N., Trilateral Commission, NATO, European Union, Trans-Pacific Partnership, and so on. These organizations have been put into place to slowly introduce the idea of global governance with the world coming together for the same global causes, such as the 2030 Agenda, which is being discussed this week at the U.N. General Assembly.

So, back to the events taking place this month. If you follow the links embedded within the subjects and do the research you will find the common threads…deceiving the world into a unified solution to global issues.

Just this week we see the Pope mixing religion and politics as he addresses the U.N. with the agenda of his recent encyclical that includes climate change. Why was the Pope invited to a meeting of world leaders? It is to bring together the political authority and the religious authority using the subject of environment as a means to an end. (I’m sure that I’ll have another post about the papacy later.)

It just doesn’t make sense to me that our president would invite the Pope, the supposed leader of the Christian world, to the White House, when he won’t even fight for Christians being persecuted around the world. I believe it is an effort to reach people from different walks of faith into joining together, but not in the name of the one true God.

Please, don’t allow yourselves to be deceived. Study the Word of God, invite Him into every aspect of your life, ask Him to take the blinders off of your eyes so you can see the truth. When we know the truth, then we will know what isn’t. And the Word is to be our sword in fighting evil, just as Jesus did in the wilderness when being tempted by Satan.

We are to fight! Jesus says himself that he came not to bring peace, but a sword. Satan knows the Word, too, and if we don’t know it better and haven’t allowed it to be written on our hearts through the discernment of the Holy Spirit, then it will be twisted and used against us. We are also to put on the whole armor of God to protect us against the schemes of the enemy.

Don’t compromise your beliefs because of political correctness! Be vigilant and pray like you’ve never prayed before. Seek God on how he wants you to be prepared for what is coming because…

Ephesians 6:12 states: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Follow the links for other perspectives and additional info on this topic: 

The Mystery of September 23, Pope Francis Encyclical documentPope Francis Encyclical commentary   

My gloves are off!

I have been struggling lately with all that God has put on my heart to share. There is so much going on in the world that screams of Biblical end time warnings. My heart is broken and my soul is grieving for those who are blissfully unaware.

God has gifted me with awareness, observation and the ability to sense others’ feelings (burden bearing). These giftings aren’t always fun as I am often led to interceding in prayer for others. And as the days move along the things that I sense become heavier and heavier.

I have been unsure as to what and how much I should share about what is happening around us. I know that it is important to discern what is to be shared. But, I have this increasing sense of urgency in relaying certain messages. I want readers to be aware of what Satan is up to, the promises and goodness of God in the midst of the chaos, world events and how we may be affected and how to prepare physically and spiritually.

I feel that we no longer have the luxury of sitting by and watching the rest of the world crumble under the evil. We can no longer give excuses to ignore the signs and warnings. We can no longer say that we’ve heard it before yet we are personally ok and that  our families have so far not been affected. We can no longer say that it’ll never happen to us.

I am here to tell you what I have found and learned and the dots that I have connected. It isn’t pretty and will sound crazy. Unfortunately, though we all want to see the best in others and circumstances, the enemy will take advantage of our views and use them as a veil to cover our eyes to truth.  We must refuse to allow it. We must refuse to allow evil to rule. God put us all on this earth at this particular time in history for purposes that no others could accomplish. Let’s stand up and declare the victory that is ours by walking into those purposes in which we are called.

You can think that I am crazy, but I don’t care. The bible is full of crazies and I will gladly be counted as one along side them. It is time for truth and reality. The fun and games are over. From now on my gloves are off.

Read from 2 Peter 3:

Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”

17 You already know these things, dear friends. So be on guard; then you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing.