A Word Of Encouragement And Hope From The Father’s Heart To Yours:
“As many of you have sensed, it has been a year of pruning and though it’s been difficult to endure, I Am a God of hope! With pruning comes a sweet and bountiful harvest.”*
“It was also a year to see the leaven of heaven rise! My leaven brings a lightening of your load. My leaven brings a flavorful taste of heaven. Taste and see that Your Lord is good. My mercy really does endure forever. My loving-kindness surrounds your daily walk.
“Many have cried to Me to end the pain of the pruning, but once you have been pruned it is time for healing. Then will come a season of growth. I Am the Author and Finisher of your faith and am more interested in developing your character than anything else; and that comes when you persevere in tribulation. This will instill a hope in you that no one can take so that no matter what is going on in the world around you, you will not be disappointed!
“I love you. Do you truly believe that – even though I have not rushed to bring you out of the circumstance that has caused you pain? Do you see I’ve systematically exposed the leaven in your life that has contradicted My plan for you?
“I warned to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees. This is the leaven that causes religious people to puff up with the hot air of self-importance. Legalism is the wellspring of pride, arrogance and elitism. These believe they are high and mighty. This is what causes their noses to physically go up in the air and look down on others expecting them to live up to their standards. I Am the Standard!
“I warned to beware of the leaven of the Sadducees for their religion is founded in error. Like the Pharisees they think they have it right, but they are scripturally wrong. They lead others into error and sin. I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life and no one can come to the Father except through Me,”says the Lord.
“I warned to beware of the leaven of Herod – that is to say, THE WORLD’S SYSTEM. His was the fleshly way of doing things. He was thirsty for power and never was satiated. He always wanted more, but was continually lacking. The governments of this world are like rivers in My hand. As you have seen world leaders’ fall this past year, you will see Me move in ways that are unprecedented. What I will do in the coming days will be undeniable – though some will do their best to refute that it’s Me. The earth is the LORD’S as are those who dwell therein.
“If you have allowed the Leaven of Heaven from twenty-eleven (2011) to be worked into your hearts, you will see more from the Third Heaven in the coming days. If not, ask Me, and I will help you make up for lost time. My desire is to show you My perspective as I see things much differently than you do. I have unusual battle plans and strategies to release. My perspective on world events will allow you to see beyond what is happening on earth and prepare you for a harvest which will increase in and beyond twenty-twelve. I have a hope and a future for you. I Am the God who sees.
“The time of times is upon you. If you look up, you can see the rising of the water. I gave a sign through a surfer who gloriously rode a 90’ wave. What I said through that specific event was that the wave is upon you and it will soon be time to ride it. Position yourself! Position yourself! Position yourself!”
Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine for your light has come! The glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
“Keep doing the things I have asked you to do. Keep studying. Keep seeking Me. Stop condemning yourself and watch the shackles fall off. Stay by My side and you will know what you need to do. Keep your eyes open. Keep your eyes on Me.
“Watch and see what I do in this day and hour. Eye has not seen what I will do. Have I not spoken it? I will surely cause it to come to pass. All will be surprised. Some will be delighted, but more will be in terror because they’ve failed to understand.
“It is my desire that you bring more people to the Table of My Delight. The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.”
Scriptures To Ponder: Matt 11:28-30; 13:33; 16:6; Mark 8:15; Romans 5:1-5; 12:1-2; Hebrews 4:16; 12:1-2; Jeremiah 29:11-14a
Ministry Note: There is a great expectation for ministry – which is sharing the Father’s love to nations. The Lord asks who will go and my heart’s cry is “send me!” I am particularly seeing all of Europe (especially where the “ground” has been very rocky, thorny, barren difficult to plow) becoming fertile and workable soil for the Kingdom of God. The people of Europe are as clay in the Potter’s hand! If this ministry has been a blessing to you, please sow into this work. You may contribute online by credit card at www.thefathersloveim.org or send a check or money order to:
The Father’s Love Int’l Ministries
P. O. Box 1573
Flowery Branch, GA 30542
May you be blessed by the Father’s love.
Sincerely your sister and co-laborer in Christ Jesus,
Rev. Judy Bauman
A Word From The Father’s Heart To Yours: Will You Embrace Your Destiny?
“I have called you to the nations* to a destiny and I am asking you now, Will you embrace your destiny?
“This is a time of new beginnings and you are called for such a time as this. Know that you were chosen to be in this day and in this time. There is a vast cloud of witnesses who beckon you to move forward in the power of My Resurrected Son.
“Do not come to Me with your list of all your inadequacies and tell Me why you are unable to line up your will with Mine. I already know you are unable and that is precisely why I called you! You must know that what is impossible with man is possible with Me. I Am that I Am! I Am sufficient for all you need. Do not say any longer that you are unable. That, dear child, has already been established!
“Will you will lay everything down and pick up your mantle, continually wear it, and go where I send you? I will give you everything you need when you need it if you will obey My promptings. As you obey, the provision you need will already be waiting for you on My path, so do not look at what you do not have as you begin to step out in your destiny. Have faith and know that I will provide for you. Shed the garment of doubt and clothe yourself in My mantle.
“Will you honor Me by quickly coming into agreement with Me when I ask you to do something? Know that I start with small things. As you comply with My Spirit in the small things, I can move you into the bigger purpose that I have. Do not despise small beginnings, dear one. I start there with everyone. Even Jesus had small beginnings.
“I have called you to a destiny; will you embrace your destiny?”
You ARE More Than A Conqueror!
“Will you honor Me by looking at what I can do instead of what you can do?
“Beware of the spirit of fear and timidity. Will you embrace the call on your life or not? If you embrace fear you cannot also embrace your destiny of faith in Me. When you embrace fear you are proclaiming that I am not faithful! You may not realize this is what you are doing, but it is. Faith cannot exist where fear resides. You must exterminate fear. My love fights fear! My love conquers fear! I set before you a choice. Choose faith or fear. I will give you the answer, choose faith!
“Fear expects Me to be unfaithful and to break My promises to you. Fear expects the worst before it has happened. Faith will cause you to see the miraculous through the eyes of your heart first and then you will see the miraculous right before your very eyes. You have to see it first by My spirit, then you will see it in the natural. You can attract what you fear to yourself, or you can attract to yourself what you hope for. The choice is yours. I give an established warning: Guard your heart with all diligence for out of it the issues of life flow.
“Know that I desire for you to expect the best before it happens. I desire that when you see a storm approaching, you will expect Me to move on your behalf. Doubt your doubts! I have called you to be MORE than a conqueror. What this means is that you can know you have won the battle before ever entering it. The Greater One lives in you. You ARE more than a conqueror because I have already won!”
Seeds Of DestinyProduce Fruit!
“I have planted in you seeds of destiny. Will you allow the Living Word to water those seeds? Will you allow the Light of My Salvation to shine through you until those seeds grow to bear fruit?
“My dear one, do you not yet know that I desire for you to have an entire orchard of trees that overflow with fruit? There is sweet succulent fruit to be grown, harvested and enjoyed. All of the harvest will be brought to My banqueting table. My banner over you is love.”
Your Faithful Abba
*Nations - ethnos, peoples, lands. We all have a sphere of people where the Lord has given us His power and His authority. Please pray and ask the Lord to confirm to whom you are called and where you are to go in Jesus' name. Wisdom is proved right by her children.
In this dream I was coming out of a building with a group of people. We had been at some sort of seminar, but I didn't recognize anyone in the group. As we were walking out under a long awning, I saw right in front of us a large but thin and mangy looking male lion prowling down the middle of street. He saw the group, but paid no attention to us. As he looked for prey, the lion saw some children playing unsupervised. They were directly in front of him and to our left. As he started to stalk them, they all scattered to get away from him. The lion picked out one young boy as his victim and I could see that he would quickly kill the child if someone didn't stop him. I yelled really loud; not a word, but a noise. The lion turned toward us and the group groaned, gasped in fear, and shirked back. It was clear that they were distraught by my bringing the lion's attention to our position. When the lion saw the group was not going to stop him, he quickly turned back to his original course and again went after the child.
The lion had nearly caught the child when I yelled really loud for a second time. Again the agitated lion turned from his pursuit of the boy and came toward us. The group had the exact same cowardly reaction as the first time. The large animal seeing we were no real threat turned back towards the boy and again began hunting him down. I felt I had to do something to distract the lion away from the child. Since the people didn't seem to share my conviction to help him, and I felt that I shouldn't endanger them further, I decided I needed to leave the group and divert the lion on my own. However, as I stepped out from under the awning and began to cross the street, I immediately became the mangy lion's targeted prey! It had become increasingly aggravated by my diverting it from its intended victim and swiftly came at me. I hurried back into the group under the awning and the mangy lion turned back to attack the boy for the fourth and surely final time. I felt if I yelled another time the group might abandon me to the lion, but if I didn't the boy would be devoured right in front of us. I had no idea what to do to save him.
Suddenly, from out of nowhere, another lion leaped in with a man riding on his back. This lion was majestic! He was very fit, had clean gracefully flowing fur, and was adorned with a beautifully jeweled, golden saddle. The man riding the magnificent lion swiftly withdrew his sword and killed the mangy lion before it could come any closer to the child. Praise God! I woke up feeling such deep relief and joy! I was thanking God for that child's salvation. As we know, God is rarely early but He is always on time!
The group of people 'under an awning' would appear to represent an assembly of people under the same protection. Most likely a church group, but there was no clear leader. It may have been because we had come together for a seminar. We had been inside learning, but when we came out and were faced with the enemy, we as a group did not know what to do. [2 Tim 3:7] It could be that the group is more symbolic of the 'church' in general. (Referring here to believers of all Christian denominational backgrounds.)
The mangy lion would be Satan roaming the earth to see who he can devour. [1 Peter 5:8] He was boldly walking down the middle of the street for anyone to see which exposes that he has been left unchallenged for the most part. When he was only slightly confronted, the lion threatened the group in such a manner that not only frighten them, but also caused them turn on the person who exposed the enemy's ploy. (Kill the messenger!) Theirs was a typical human reaction when comfort and safety are threatened. The lion never really made a truly aggressive attack toward the group. The way he came skulking towards us was more to intimidate us to inaction than to actually harm us. I believe he was making sure we were not going to get between him and his intended victim. He was concealing that he was, in reality, afraid of the group and stopped us from confronting him by using intimidation. This would reveal that many demonic attacks are designed to frighten us just enough to keep us at bay, so they are free to ravage the weak. Satan hopes he can seem so menacing that we will totally withdraw our assault against him and his cohorts. We are further led to believe (by our own flesh), that if we don't challenge the approaching lion and stay in our area of comfort, we will be alright. To me, this borders on debauchery. We do need to stay together, and there is comfort in that, however, we also need to come together to protect those who are too weak to protect themselves. The lion was distracted from his intended kill by only one voice. Can you imagine how quickly he would have fled the scene had everyone joined together and started yelling at him? If he would have gotten that child, he surely would have returned for more! (This may have been why he was so bold in the first place.) We need to learn to attack the enemy on a united front and protect God's children!
The unsupervised children seem to be symbolic of; A) lost sheep [Luke 15:4-7 and Matt 18:10-14] B) Those who are young or immature in the Lord and have yet to find spiritual covering - orphans of the Lord so to speak. [1 Co 4:15] C) The children that some have forbid to come to Christ [Matt 19:13]
The boy singled out by the lion seems symbolic of one of these children at their weakest, but I believe any of those children would have been an easy target.
I believe that yelling was a type of intercession the man of God heard and understood that he needed to take action. [Rom 8:26, 27] It being a noise was more like a trumpet was blown or an alarm was sounded. [Joel 2:1]
My choosing to leave the group while the enemy was afoot was a foolish and dangerous thing to do. Much to my dismay, even though the enemy was thin and mangy, I was no match against him on my own. [Jude 9] Though I recognized something had to be done, in the end I realized I was not going to be able to save that child without help. This reveals that when we get outside a group of believers we become easy prey for the enemy. God does not call us out in the middle of a battle. If we are to leave a group we are not to leave during times of conflict but during times of peace. Even though the group did not come to the aid of the child or react the way I thought they should, I became the target when I stepped away from the safety of fellowship. [Proverbs 11:14, Heb 10:25] I was protected when I came back under the awning and stood with them. [Eph 6:13]
At first I thought the man and the lion were both Jesus. However, as I reflect on this dream I believe that the regal lion is Jesus; the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and the man is one who has been chosen to serve the Lord as a protector of His flock. This man of God is symbolic of those who ride or operate in the power of God, who have been chosen by Him, have learned to wield the sword of the Spirit, and know how and when to protect the lost sheep. When the majestic Lion of the Tribe of Judah came in carrying the man of God, he withdrew his sword, which is the word of God, and he killed the enemy! [Eph 6:17] Christ, the word made flesh, in the man is what brought the victory! It takes men and women of God who not only know how to wield the sword to beat such a foe, but they must be given the authority by God to ride atop the Lion of Judah to lead Christ's church. It would be dangerous to sit in that saddle presumptuously. This is a place only the King of kings can grant! It would also seem prudent to point out that it would be unwise to be in direct opposition to such a God-appointed person.
I believe the ending of this dream reveals that it will take strong leaders who operate in godly power to teach the body of Christ how to wield the sword and to show that the body of Christ that we are already more than conquerors. [Rom 8:37] This way it won't matter what we are engaged in doing or what group we are among when attacks come. We will all (Christians of all denominations) know what to do and we will be more than able to stand victorious in Christ. [Matt 11:12] The enemy being utterly destroyed, not just distracted, was the work of a true commander. Those who ride in Christ's authority take note.
“Who is your first love? Who loved you first? I love you with an everlasting love that will keep you strengthened and encouraged in this day and hour which you live.
“Many say that they will embrace their destinies, but their hearts are far from Me. I say to take up your cross and follow Me! Few do. They only follow when they think I am saying I will bless and prosper them. These only follow because they think they will be fed. Many claiming to be leaders are truly hirelings, and while there is a place for them, they are My last choice to watch over and feed My sheep.” (See Matthew 16:24, 25; John 6:26; 10:12)
“You have heard: The wealth of the wicked is laid up for the righteous. And many are asking why I have not yet released wealth to them. Heart motivations are being weighed in the balance and many have been found lacking. James wrote that you have not because you ask not and when you ask you ask with wrong motives. You say your desire for money is for the purpose of giving to charity, but if you are not faithful with little, you will not be faithful with much. If you are not faithful now, what you have will be handed over to one who is. I do not honor faithless promises that say they will be obedient when there is enough. The real desire is to spend wealth on things that can be shown to make others think one is blessed of Me!” (See James 4:2-4; Matthew 25:14-30)
“Do you not know you are building your own kingdom with this thinking, and not the Kingdom of Heaven? Child, you want the wealth of the unrighteous to spend on yourself and yet do not see the wickedness of this thinking!
“Many of you have already lost much and you may think I am pouring salt on your wounds, but I am not a god of torture. It has always been My desire to bring people to a place where they know they have to change directions, like Balaam, or they will perish. Do I want you to walk in the error of Balaam? Must a donkey rebuke you?” (See Numbers 22:1-35, Jude 11, Revelation 2:14)
“Return to your first Love! Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is near! Remember from where you have fallen. Do the deeds you did at first.” (See Revelation 2:4)
“Your oil is dwindling and the hour is late! It will not keep you until I return. It is the love of money and the need to acquire wealth that has become your downfall. Your light will go out in the gross darkness to come. Where does your loyalty and trust lie? In the wealth that you can amass or the trust you have in Me? You can only serve one.
“Do you want to intimately know wealth, which is fickle and treacherous, or Christ and Him crucified? Will you embrace your cross and follow My Son, Jesus or follow your own desires? Again I ask, “Who is your first love?””
A Word From The Father’s Heart To Yours: My Best For You
“You have an enemy and he is after your time. There is only so much time allotted to each person on this earth. If the devil or his cohorts distract you, dissuade you or cause you to be weakened in your resolve to serve Me wholeheartedly, then he can keep you from My best.
“Even doing GOOD THINGS is an enemy because it will keep you from My best. If you have committed to do a good thing, I will expect you to fulfill your vow even if I have something better for you to do. I will release you from it in due season, but you must learn from this difficult lesson. I want you to always inquire of Me before committing to a work. Just because it sounds good and may be good doesn’t mean it’s My best for you.
“I will tell you the way to go – listen for the peace in your soul. Obedience to My will brings forth heavenly blessings. I will restore as you walk in My best. Remember, My best can take on many forms and requires humility. Greatness in My kingdom rarely translates to greatness on earth because few can withstand the temptations that come from it.
“I Am the Shepherd and Guardian of your soul and My way is the best for you.”
Scriptures To Ponder: Deuteronomy 5:32, 33; Nehemiah 6:3-9; Isaiah 14:12; Psalm 22:25; Matthew 4:8-10; Galatians 3:9; Colossians 3:15; James 4:10; First Peter 2:25
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A recent interaction with a friend prompted me to seek the Father. While I know this friend loves the Lord, there seems to be a terrible spirit of contention in nearly every encounter. The Lord led me to look into autoimmune diseases and I’ve learned that this is when the immune system is overactive and perceives normal body tissue as harmful and literally attacks itself! This “attack” seems to be very prominent within the Body of Christ in the day and hour we are in with everyone voicing their opinions on forums, twitter, facebook, and other venues. Often people don’t truly think about what they’re saying nor do they ask for clarity before they spew out insults – they just cruelly launch into judgment, strife and contention with the goal to be RIGHT! However, even if they are correct, they’re completely void of the heart of God for His people. It is a spiritual autoimmune disease at work.
We must remember that we are to love one another and provoke each other to good works and love. This is the Father’s heart towards us who believe that Jesus is the Lord. We must remember that none of us are perfect and none have perfect teachings, doctrines or theories.
This word is what I believe the Lord spoke to me in 2008 concerning the Body and I am encouraged by it again today. I pray it blesses you.
A Door of Hope for My Body:
“Precious One, yes, you are My Precious One. Please give ear to what I Am about to say. Consider your body – the human body. Look at all its working parts. Each and every part of your physical body affects the rest of your body.
“Look at a body that is in top physical condition and behold its beauty. Behold the skill of the Craftsman who created it! Every organ, every muscle, every tendon works together with one goal in mind. The skeletal structure is perfect from the largest bones in the leg to the tiniest ones found in the ear. Every single body part is important.
“While there are some body parts you can survive without, if given the choice would you not choose fullness? Even the stubbing of your little toe can cause you excruciating pain and in that moment the importance of that body part comes to the forefront of your mind. There are an endless number of examples I could give you, Beloved, of how your body hurts when one part hurts or malfunctions. Many of you have living examples in your own bodies, as well as in others around you, to know that given a choice you desire good health. You know that each body part is in agreement so that you can function in your daily life. It is clear that when the body is functioning the way I designed it, this is the most desirable state to be in. This concept is simple.
“Illness, disease, defects and injures can keep you from accomplishing your dreams and goals, so generally you do what you know is best for your body to live your life optimally. Sometimes, and more often in wealthier regions of the world, a person will give in to their body’s demands and cause themselves to become unhealthy. Addictions to drugs and alcohol as well as food and mind-numbing activities that keep the body sedentary commonly hold My body hostage. This happens when a person refuses to listen to their spirit and instead listen to their flesh, so multiple addictions are often the result! This causes a number of breakdowns in the body – both immediately and in the years to come if the flesh continues to get its desires.
“So it is with My Body – the Body of Christ.
“My Body has many parts and they are all designed to work together. Many of you do not know why you are hurting so deeply. You do not know why you crave the things that are not good for you. The struggle in My Body is at an all-time-high because there are so many parts all over the world that are hurting and wounded and ill and addicted.
“Church, allow Me to take you out from what you have been doing. Give Me a short season in your life to make some adjustments. I Am the Master Surgeon* and I can heal you and bring you back into perfect health. You can again be a body that enjoys health and beauty. Give Me this season to teach you and lead you. As My Body comes to Me for healing, then I will place you anew in the Body of Christ.
“Come into the wilderness with Me and I will speak comfort to you. I will give you food and drink that will not draw you to itself but to Me. Come anchor yourself to Me and I will keep you from going adrift in the tempest. I will open to you a Door of Hope and beckon you in, but it is you who are given the choice whether or not to come inside.
“My beautiful Body is battered and it is My desire to heal you and make you whole. I long to answer Jesus’ prayer that His own would be as one as He is one with His Holy Father.
“It is My desire for the Body to have their joy fulfilled, that you would be kept from the evil one, for you to be consecrated by My truth, that you would be sanctified by My Word, and for you to be one as I Am in Jesus and He is in Me. We want you in US so that the world will believe.”
Scripture References: John 8:31; 17:6-26; Hosea 2:14, 15, 23; Proverbs 23:1-3; First Corinthians 12
A Word From The Lord’s Heart To Yours: I Am Faithful
“Come here and sit at My feet and let Me tell you about the day that has dawned.
“There are wars and there are earthquakes and famines. These will increase and it will seem like the very earth itself is going to tear apart at the seams, but you are not to worry or be in fear. Haven’t I told you many times not to entertain the spirit of fear? My word is true.
“My Church needs to stop trying to fit Me into their little boxes. Make no mistake about that. The religious order has portrayed Me over the years as acting and talking with certain mannerisms, but they don’t even know Me! How could they know what type of tone and inflection I would use when speaking when they don’t even know Me?”
As the Lord shares His heart, I ponder how many times I have heard Jesus quoted by people and they made Him sound as if He’s angry, or worse – feeble. In my encounters with Him, He is neither. When He is firm His words are wrapped in compassionate love, grace and mercy; and they always carry a spirit of hope that boosts faith. He enjoys joking around. This has often caught me off guard because I have this notion that when Jesus talks, He is always going to be serious. Sometimes it would seem He says things to purposely shock me. He doesn’t mince words and He isn’t big on small talk.
Breaking through my thoughts, He continues, “Most people who are the “higher-ups” in religious institutions do not have any kind of real relationship with Me. They tell people all about Me without a revelation of Who I really Am. Sometimes they stumble into the truth the way a blind man might stumble into a ditch, but they really don’t have a clue. They would not be able to sense if I stepped into the room with them or if I had gone out for coffee.
“These power-hungry people are without a doubt the biggest tools Satan wields to hurt My body. He will not win no matter how many he deceives, but it is My lost sheep I want snatched from his grip. I want you to kick the enemy* where it hurts and watch him release My lambs. The prayers of the righteous avail much. Pray as the new day dawns – not in fear but in faith because I Am Faithful.
Psalm 33:3-5 Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. For the word of the LORD is right and true; He is faithful in all He does. The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of His unfailing love.
Scriptures To Ponder: Matthew 24:6-7, 27; Second Timothy 1:7; Romans 8:19-22; Hebrews 10:19-24; Matthew 23:13-28; Ephesians 6:15*; Jeremiah 3:12; Revelation 19:11
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This short story is a testimony of the Father’s love after 9/11/01 I dedicate it to all who lost loved ones in those attacks - especially Nina and her mother, Evan.
Will We Remember?
Walking through the ash and debris near “Ground Zero” in New York City (NYC), I clearly remember, and will never forget, the surreal magnitude of the scene. On September 21, 2001, I had flown in to volunteer at the Family Assistance Center, but a local Christian woman offered to first accompany me to the site of the World Trade Center (WTC). As we emerged from the depths of the subway into Lower Manhattan, a horrible stench met us. Pungent smoke permeated the atmosphere from the fire, which had been burning since the attacks. Everything was covered in a thick layer of white ash. Stores stood motionless; their merchandise looked more like monuments than everyday goods. A cacophony of wailing sirens and deep growls from the machinery echoed off the city walls. The nation looked on as frantic workers cleared the wreckage searching for survivors.
Under the safety of a temporary corridor, the throng moved like one giant body. It collectively came to a halt as people gasped at the horrendous panorama of the WTC’s skeletal remains. Some observers had to steady themselves. Many wept. Shocked by the magnitude of it, the ability to hear, think, or feel had left us. All we could do was look at the ruins and destruction set before us, then at each other with tears of disbelief.
Several city blocks away from the daunting work at Ground Zero, some of Lower Manhattan was open to the public. My guide pointed out the building where her church had been located. It, along with many of the buildings at Ground Zero, had destabilized foundations. Authorities were determining whether repairs were possible, or if the structures around the WTC would need demolishing. We stopped to pray for her church and the surrounding buildings. When we finished praying, we looked up and were shocked to find no one else was in the vicinity! It was eerie. The surrounding buildings sheltered us from the noise, causing “the City that never sleeps” to be unnervingly quiet! In a hushed whisper, my companion revealed she was a native of NYC and had never experienced such deafening silence.
We slowly walked, block after block, taking in all we saw. What we witnessed in this deserted area left its mark on my soul. Many vehicles sat abandoned in the streets, while others in parking garages had anomalous objects, like office equipment and pieces of furniture, surrounding them. One car was so violently jolted out of its parking spot; it hung outside the third story of the five-story garage. Sorrow hit our hearts like a dagger when we realized the owners of some of the vehicles might not have survived. Shrouded with thick ash; the City was indeed in mourning. We did not touch anything, and even though we felt grief, the peace of God was tangible.
What I witnessed in the rubble of NYC reminded me of the overwhelming ruins of my own life before I asked Jesus to rescue me. For years, I rejected His help. He had been there holding out His hand, but I refused to take it. I knew I didn’t deserve God’s love, but He loved me anyway! Just as those in NYC carefully removed each bucket of debris from Ground Zero, so did the Redeemer of my soul remove the ash from my life.
Many people have asked me where my loving God was on 9/11. I can safely say He was in the same place He was when Jesus went to the cross. Nothing in our lives surprises God. He knows the cost of giving mankind the gift of freewill. Some use their freedom to hurt innocent people, as the terrorists did on 9/11; others, like the public servants of NYC, use it to help souls in need, even at the cost of their own lives. I pray you realize Jesus bought and paid for your sins with His own life. He chose to take your punishment. It is for the sake of freedom Christ set us free! All things are new when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior. There was an outcry for us to remember 9/11. It would seem memories fade. The Good News is the Lord never forgets His love for us. Will we remember Him?
“It is My good pleasure to give you the keys of the kingdom. If I Am for you, who would be against you? I pray that you will know the height, the depth, the width of My love for you, and the fullness of reconciliation that became available on the Cross of Calvary. You are reconciled to Me. Come boldly in your time of need. Do not wait. Do not tarry. Do not kick at the dirt with your head down.
“Have I not proven that I Am Faithful? Even when you aren’t – I Am Faithful! Even though you were undeserving, I still died for you. Since I was willing to die for you to be reconciled to the Father, why would I not be willing to come to you when you call for My help? Like any good parent, brother or friend, I want you to come and embrace My counsel.
“I need you to stand. This message is not just for you, but for My whole Body. I need you to stand.
“Being still is standing. There is not a void of action when you stand. You are taking a position. Whether it be on a wall, in a battle field, or any place you find yourself. Standing is an action. (Please read Luke 1:19; First Kings 17:1; Second Chronicles 20:17; Exodus 14:13; Ephesians 6:11)
“As you stand, pray prayers filled with faith and hope. Let them cut through the doubt and unbelief you wrestle with in your daily walk with Me. Let faith and hope help you to divide between soul and spirit. Prayers fueled by faith and hope will honor your God and King. These are the prayers the Father answers with exact precision. You will see that My power is made perfect in your weakness as you approach Me with confidence.”
“I give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; I need you to stand.”
More Scriptures To Ponder: Luke 21:29-36; John 3:31-36; First Corinthians 13:4-7; 13; 15:58 and 16:13; Second Corinthians 12:9; Romans 12:11-13; Mark 9:23 and 11:24-26; Matthew 17:20; Hebrews 11:6; Psalm 89:28; Jeremiah 15:19-20; Ephesians 6:10-19; Second Chronicles 20:1-25
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The other night I had a vivid dream that has troubled me. I asked the Father its meaning because it is far outside my realm of influence. I believe it is significant enough to share the word I received through the Holy Spirit, as well as some other insights. I submit it for your consideration.
Part I – The Dream:
I was in a huge open courtroom that could seat 500+ people and it seemed full. The walls were oak with huge glass windows so the courtroom could be observed from the outside. Its sides were abnormally shaped. (I looked up shapes and it ends up being a perfect pentagon.)
In the morning session the judge came out, but on the way to his bench he stumbled a little; he quickly recovered, sat and presided. He seemed to be someone I knew as a friend and respected. Later we all broke for a late lunch/dinner. I had been invited to attend the luncheon with the judge and his supporters. There were people eating and making connections with one another. This seemed to take a lot of time.
Then we all went back to the courtroom for the evening session. Everyone was dressed more formally. We all stood as the judge came in. He was walking headlong and very fast – too fast for the short distance to his bench. Again he stumbled. He tried to catch himself several times but couldn’t. As he went down, 3 or 4 men who appeared to be deputies of the court ran to catch him. They were not in uniforms; they were dressed in black dinner jackets with gold badges, but none could reach him in time to break his fall. The judge hit the floor very hard and most people in the courtroom – including me were aghast and horrified as we stood by helplessly and witnessed his fall.
Shockingly, the sound of snickering from young men seated near where the judge fell could be heard. It grieved me deeply. Their mocking laughter and snide comments seemed not only inappropriate in this place of honor, but terribly insensitive to the judge as he lay on the floor in pain. I felt his enemies would use this to ridicule the good judge and his fall would likely be played again and again on news reels and you-tube. This small group of disrespectful voices would end up being loud and vocal, making a mockery out of him and overwhelm the feelings of compassion that was due this good judge.
For whatever reason, I had already planned to leave the courtroom early, so I quietly stepped out. There were plenty of people attending the judge, and while I would have liked to help, it wasn’t appropriate for me to come to his aid. As I left the courtroom, it occurred to me that the judge had stumbled both that morning and again that evening; I knew this was very significant because he was a surefooted man. I felt there could be something medically wrong with him.
Alarmed, I went to two large men dressed in black jackets and gold badges who were walking toward the courtroom. I told one of them I thought the judge may have fallen because of a medical condition and that they needed to get him to a doctor. As I exclaimed to the man, “He stumbled twice today!” he looked at me like I was crazy and walked on. My thought was I was wasting my time with this guy anyway as he was only an “usher”. I felt the judge’s life was in jeopardy and somehow I needed to find someone who had real authority to get him the help he needed. ~ End Dream
Part II – The Prayer:
“Father, interpretation belongs to You. What does this mean?” (See Genesis 40:8; Daniel 2:20-23)
Part III – The Interpretation:
After praying the Lord immediately spoke this to my heart:
“Judy, it is actually very simple. You admire and look up to righteous judgment. It is, in a sense, your friend. But you have seen it stumble and now it is moving in a manner that it cannot remain upright. No matter how many men run to its aid, justice is falling. The mockers are there. Mockery has become normal in the land. There is little respect for dignitaries.
“Everything is in travail – the governments, the earth, the people. Remember this – though a righteous man falls, he will rise seven times.”
“It is time to arise and shine! It is time to roust the troops! It is time to sound the alarm for justice - because righteous judgment has stumbled and fallen! Judgment is ill. Its equilibrium is off. Judgment comes first to the house of the Lord! Strengthen that which remains. Do not run away, but face the enemies of your God and protect the downtrodden of the nations.
“The weapons of your warfare are not natural. They are love and hope, praise and thanksgiving, peace and joy. Let My weapons rise and watch your enemies be scattered; but use the weapons I give with purposeful understanding. Skillfully use My sword on the devil and his cohorts to remove their teeth and talons from the flesh of My Church. Be vigilant. My word is a sword and should never be used to harm those I gave My life to save. Scripture is first a mirror to see your own reflection and conform your image to Mine, and second as a tool to build up My Body. If needed, use My sword on people more like a scalpel in the hands of a skilled surgeon. It is a delicate procedure to surgically remove disease and avoid causing deep scarring to My beloved. My word must be applied carefully and with My heart of compassion. Follow My lead. Do not misuse Scripture to bring harm to another or you will be found in contempt!
“Discern the signs of the times. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. Endure to the end and receive My power to be My witnesses to the ends of the earth.
“John baptized with water, but I baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire. I am bringing a fire to burn up the chaff. Stand fast at your position on the wall. Do not run, but stand and behold the salvation of your King and Righteous Judge. I will not stumble but will bring swift and precise judgments in My timing. Do not fear! Remember, all this must happen before I return.”
After pondering this further, clearly the “pentagon” shape of a courtroom speaks of government; and the seating for a large crown and the big windows speaks of the public being able to view the goings on there.
My impression on the time frame between the judge’s first and the second stumble seems the time period from when America became a country in 1776 to 2011. There were small stumbles in the nation’s beginning that mostly went unnoticed, but now the US government is running head-long and its fall will be great unless the Lord steps in to catch us. This reminds me of what Jesus said in Matthew 7:24-27 about building on sand or rock. It’s not just a matter of hearing the words of Jesus, but acting on the words of the Master out of a heart of obedience. Justice is stumbling – America and needs the Great Physician!
While fellowship and networking is good, a lot of it is for self-promotion. There has been a lot of filling our bellies and “hobnobbing” – this is true not only in the US government but governments around the world as well as the global Church. Divine connections are important in every arena in life, but much of it is man trying to elevate himself.
As I pondered the United States celebrating her 235th year of independence this month, the Lord led me to Luke 2:35. This records when Simeon prophesied over Mary. It causes me great trepidation – as it seems to relate to my beloved country. “A sword shall pass through your own soul – so that the reasonings of many hearts may be revealed.”
As Christ’s Church and remnant, we must pray for those in authority as Scripture has commanded us to do. I have long held the belief that our governments are failing because the Church has not taken serious the command to pray for world leaders. We seem happy to belly-ache about it, but refuse to lay down our own agendas and pray. First Timothy 2:1-7 is very clear on this matter.
Please consider what a colleague of mine wrote in regards to the “luncheon/dinner” portion of the dream:
“Are we as a body spending too much time placing too much importance on surrounding ourselves with supporters and making the "right" connections to the detriment of "letting our light so shine in the world”? Have we so encapsulated ourselves or "separated" ourselves within the Christian world that we have contributed to Justice falling? There have been and always will be mockers. However, to what extent have our own actions/hypocrisies rightly provided fodder for mockery? There are those who connect for the sake of connecting and name-dropping and those that do the same to facilitate action. And what's even crazier is there will be a mixture of both in any network. May we all be found promoting the kingdom agenda and not promoting our own position or beliefs! Prophets will know/discern what God is about to do – using Elijah's departure as an example in II Kings 2, but how many will actually seek to be a part of it?”
If you believe the Lord has shown you something further about this dream (or any of my writings) feel free to contact me.
Important Scriptures to ponder on this subject: Proverbs 24:16, 17; Isaiah 1:16-19; 60:2; Joel 2:1; Judges4:6; Matthew 3:11; 24:3-51; Romans 8:22; Second Corinthians 10:3-5; First Peter 4:17; Jude 9-16, 19-25; Revelations 3:1-3; 19:11
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I Am gathering My church to the River. I Am bringing those who will lay aside their feelings of insecurity and get into a new realm of joy! I Am releasing joy! I Am releasing promises. All of My promises are “Yes in Christ” so the church will come into alignment with My will and say, “Amen” to their Father’s glory.
Stand and behold the City of your God! Stand and behold the glory of your risen King!
Honor your King by receiving My joy and My promises because in Me you live and move and have your being. In Me you have everything you need. If you look to the kingdoms of this world, you will have what this world offers. But if you look to the Kingdom of your God you will never be disappointed because nothing is lost in My presence.
Take hold of My joy!
Take hold of My promises!
I Am with you wherever you go!
A Word From The Father’s Heart To Yours Concerning The Death Of Osama Bin Laden
This word came to me as I inquired of the Lord about the recent news of Osama Bin Laden’s death. I was personally struggling with it, as rejoicing over the death of a person does not seem right to me. I did feel a relief, particularly for the families who lost loved ones on 9/11, but also am concerned about retaliation. At any rate, this is what the Lord spoke to me concerning his demise. My question to the Lord, “Father does Osama’s death help us?”
“Yes. When wicked men fall, there is a sense of justice being served. There are six things I hate and one is an abomination. I hate a heart that devises wicked plans – whose feet run rapidly to evil. Bin Laden was such a man. He continually spread strife and taught others to do the same.
“The fear of the LORD is to hate what I hate and love what I love. While it is true that I want none to perish but to come to everlasting life through repentance, the hearts of some are so hard and wicked they stubbornly refuse to turn.
“This man’s feet continually ran to evil and he hastened to shed blood. He ambushed his own life. This is the way of everyone who prospers through violence. Those who practice evil will be cut off, but those who wait upon Me will inherit the land. This is My promise. Osama Bin Laden mocked the USA, but his sin was against Me. I Am not mocked. Everyone will reap what they sow. As David said, May the LORD repay the evildoer according to his evil."
To that I say, “So be it.”
Scriptures to Ponder: Proverbs 16:27-30; 1:15-21; 6:12-19; Second Peter 3:9; Galatians 6:7; Second Samuel 3:39; Psalm 37
A Word From The Father’s Heart To Yours: Come Away From the Ledge of Despair
As great as your imaginations can be, no one can imagine what I will do when I return. Eye has not seen and ear has not heard all the good things I have in store for you.
Do not be dismayed by the things coming on the earth. Though they are great, let not your heart be troubled. I have already overcome and have given you what you need to overcome too.
If you speak My words and blessings, then these things will not overcome you, If you speak words of fear and glorify (give your strength to) what the demonic powers are doing and how they are conspiring against the people of the Land and the saints of the Church, then you will be overcome. The grief will cause your heart to sink like a lamb caught in quicksand. The more one struggles and fights and seeks out others speaking fearful words, the quicker the sand will fill your lungs and smother out the life I have died to give you.
I Am the Breath of Life! I give life and give it in abundance. My anointing breaks the yoke of bondage.
Come away from the ledge of fear and allow Me to love you and fill your heart with hope and delightful expectation! Come away with Me, My beloved. Come away from the ledge of despair and run into My awaiting arms. My arms are mighty to save. My arms will not drop you. My arms will hold you close and bring you deep within My heart.
Come beloved! See all the good things I have prepared for you.
Scriptures to Ponder:
Isaiah 64:4; 1 Corinthians 2:9; John 14:1; Genesis 2:7; John 10:10; Matthew 11:28-30; Hebrews 4:14-16; Proverbs 18:21
An Exhortation From The Heart Of Jesus To Yours: New Beginnings
“It is a day indeed of new beginnings. The promises of restoration will be seen in every aspect of your life as you submit yourself to Me.
“Remember, I reach into the depths of your woundedness and work My way out. Your idea of restoration is for Me to start from the outside and work My way in. This is not the way I work, Beloved. If I gave you everything you want or think you need on the outside, then you would forsake Me and never be healed on the inside. I Am much more concerned about developing your character by helping you go through the difficult storms of life, than to deliver you out of them.
“I look for the hidden things of the heart. I Am the One who discerns the motivations of man. I Am the Revealer of mysteries and secrets. I Am the One who breaks through the stopped up wells of your heart and allows the clean water to come forth. Drink deeply of My well, child, and see how I Am cleansing you from the inside will make everything on the outside look differently.
“Indeed this is a day of new beginnings. So embrace My inner cleansings, for if you refuse Me you will never enter My rest nor will you fulfill your destiny in Me.
“Come and sit with Me as I will surely show you a more excellent way to cleanse the wounds of your inner heart. Then you will rise up with wings as eagles and soar to places you can only dream of now. Come and see where I stay; come where I abide. Then you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”
Very truly yours
The Restorer of the breach
Scriptures to ponder:
Psalm 146:7; Isaiah 41:10; Jeremiah 30:18; Hosea 6:1; Joel 2:25-27; Malachi 4:6; John 1:37-39; 8:32; Hebrews 4:11
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Since January 1, 2011, Daystar Church, where I am a member, has been enjoying “40 Days of Adoration”. This was spearheaded by an encounter Bob Hartley had with the Lord concerning 2011. Daystar’s pastor, Johnny Enlow, has encouraged us to join in a conference call each morning for a time of adoration to the Lord. Daily we focus on specific names or attributes of God. This time of adoration has created an atmosphere of worship to the Lord. Even though you may not have read Bob’s word or participated in the calls, I believe this teaching will be a blessing to you.
There is one small part Bob shared at the beginning of his encounter that I would like to address in this post because, to me, it will bring greater understanding to the other parts. Please understand this is my interpretation of this specific part of Bob’s encounter. I have never written a post on something someone else has received, so this is an unusual “Jewels from Judy”. This post more closely reflects how I teach than how I write, which is very different from one another. As always, it is up to you to discern if what I am sharing is of the Lord. May the spirit of the prophets be subject to the prophets! Amen!
Excerpt from Bob Hartley:
This encounter has been progressive, and was taken to a whole other level as I was taken from a view of 30 feet above the earth to five million miles in the heavens. I've had dreams of waves that would try to crash over the Body of Christ and I was only 30 feet above the ground, while the waves were 70 feet, and I and others were drowning. The Lord said, "I have measured you in hope and you have come up wanting. The way in is to adore, adore, adore!"
When I first heard the distances the Jesus showed Bob, I had to laugh. It truly tickled me. There has been a lot I have shared in past writings about seeing from the perspective of heaven in my encounters with the Lord, so this was lovely confirmation from the Father. When Bob saw the view at 30’ above the ground, the waves at 70’ and then the view of 5 million miles in the heavens, I believe the Lord was giving him, and us, a visual (mini-movie) of three spiritual realms.
Let’s break these distances down and examine them more closely.
What is the view of 30 feet above the Ground?
My interpretation is that the 30’ height that Bob saw from is the earthly perspective. This is a height you can see a fair distance (depending on the terrain and tree line). I believe this is a visual illustration that shows spiritually where we are when our eyes are focused on praying for our earthly needs (food, water, clothing, homes, jobs, cars, etc…). Jesus said pagans [unbelievers, idol worshipers, gentiles] seek after earthly things – what to eat and what to wear; but He made it clear to us that the Father knows of what we have need. We are to store up our treasure in heaven. Jesus taught us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and then all the things we need will be given to us. That is the promise of God, not man.
As believers we are to see with the eyes of understanding so we can know the hope to which we’ve been called. It has been my observation that this height is where most people get stuck in prayer – which is why Jesus warned us not to pray this way. Bob Hartley’s dream of the Body of Christ drowning here seems to confirm that praying at this level is a deathtrap.
The Lord gave me a word for a church a few years back that has really resounded in my heart. Since then I have shared this with many congregations. The Holy Spirit said,“Let the sound of your prayers match the sound of your praise.” All too often we go from joyful, thankful, adoring, praise and worship to prayers of “woe is me” and “the world’s going to hell in a hand basket”. Telling the Lord everything that is wrong, and everything we want Him to do, in prayer conveys an ungrateful heart to the Father. The one praying often wonders why their prayers aren’t answered. It is often because they are operating with a double-minded heart. (I know I have done this many times, so please don’t receive any condemnation as none is intended. My hope is to share a better way!) We need to operate with the mind of Christ so when we pray we can pray with confidence knowing what we ask for is the will of God. As we pray, “Father, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” we conform our will to His. We must learn to trust the Lord. Even if the prayer’s answer takes more time than we thought, we can have confident hope – knowing God’s will in the matter will help us fight doubt and unbelief until His promise is fulfilled.
We are to come into His courts with thanksgiving and praise. We are to magnify what He is doing and what He has promised He will do. All of God’s promises are “Yes” in Christ Jesus so the church can respond, “Amen!” The Lord is not honored when we are going through motions and jumping through hoops before we bring a petition to Him. He already knows what we need and our religious antics to try to get God to do what we want will not move Him. It brings no joy to the Father when we drone on and on about all the bad things going on around us. Anybody can see the bad and talk about it! What level of spiritual maturity does that take??? We are created in God’s image, the Father of life – the Holy and Anointed One! We are His voice and we are His Light-bearers! We are to proclaim the light in the dark situations seen, not state the obvious darkness covering the earth. We have clear direction in Isaiah 60 that we are to arise, to shine – for the glory of the Lord is upon us. We already have the prophetic word that darkness covers the earth and gross darkness on the people. Our calling is to BE THE LIGHT-CARRIERS of GOD! (lightcarriers) We are to be radiant and proclaim God’s promises. We are to speak the word of the Lord and declare what is supposed to be happening at the 30’ level – not state the world’s obvious problems, troubles and woes. As Jesus taught us, we are to pray for the Father’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
If we look from the earthly vantage point, which I believe Bob saw as 30’ high, then the 70’ waves will overwhelm us every time.
What are the five 70 foot waves?
Seventy is very significant number as it is 7X10. Seven is the number of spiritual completion and perfection while ten is the number of perfection of divine order. It should be noted that seventy is biblically tied to Jerusalem. 70 AD is when Jerusalem fell to the Roman Empire. I have no specific understanding what this means today for the Holy City, but I do know Jesus asked us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. So pray we must! Though these were known to Bob Hartley to be troubling waves, the Lord expressed His desire to “turn the Valley of Challenge into a Door of Hope.” The Bible has given us plenty of information to recognize what to expect before Jesus’ return and every prophetic word in Scripture is always coupled with hope. (See Matt 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, 2 Tim 3, 2 Thes 2, Rev 19)
This 70’ level represents the spiritual realm above the earth, and in our own strength (the 30’ level) we will never overcome it. Because fear often grips our hearts and the hope we should have will likely be overshadowed by fear. The devil and his demons are known powers and principalities that operate in this realm – sometimes referred to as the 2nd heaven. Biblically Satan is known as the prince of the power of the air, the one who rules in wickedness in high places. Many spirit-filled Christians who practice spiritual warfare have actually gotten stuck in this realm and it’s why they are suffering horrific defeats. We cannot stay at this level – we must come up higher. We have to see what God is doing. When we focus on what the devil is doing – talking about what he’s doing and all the evil happening around us – we are in effect giving him glory.
It is easy to see the earthly woes and what the devil is doing, but the Lord is always doing something greater that rarely can be immediately seen. This is where our faith and hope [earnest expectation] in Christ must take a hold of our hearts! It is seeing what cannot yet be seen – the substance of what is yet to come. It’s being able to believe more in what God has said than what our eyes can see, our ears can hear, and all our senses can comprehend.
When Jesus was tempted by the devil, He was taken to the pinnacle of the temple and on top of a mountain. While this reveals the authority Satan has in high places, this isalso where the angels of the Lord do battle against the devil. The prince of Persia resisted the angelic messenger 21 days in this realm from reaching Daniel until the angel Michael stepped in to help. Daniel was like any normal man during this time – sick with mourning to the point he could eat only a little bland food. He had to get God’s understanding (His perspective). When Daniel finally did, he was strengthened again. Before that he was overwhelmed. We can learn a lot from this heavenly encounter! The “prince of Persia” has again reared its head against Israel. The spirit of Esther must arise to defeat the spirit of Haman. (ariseesther)
The Lord told Bob Hartley there are 5 Great Waves coming in 2011. Even as I write this there is another terrible uprising in the Middle East and all news channels are reporting on the “Exodus out of Egypt”. A volcano is creating havoc in Japan as it spews out ash and rock; and another crippling “monster” winter ice storm has hit huge portions of the USA. Australia has suffered great floods and now a huge cyclone has hit the northern side of that great nation.
The “waves” that affect individual nations, churches and lives may vary, but each one will be too big and will swallow us up if we do not come up higher.
What is the five million mile view and how do we get there?
The five million mile view is the perspective of heaven – also known as the 3rd heaven. Why would God want to give you His perspective? He loves you. HE loves you! HE LOVES YOU! Jesus died to bring the Blood of the Lamb to the Mercy Seat and He did this because God loves you. (John 3:16)
The best Scripture I know of which teaches us how to get the 5 million mile view and why we have permission to do this is found in Hebrews 4:14-16:
14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
The Bible teaches us how to get from a 30’ earthly perspective to a 5,000,000 mile perspective. Jesus is inviting us to see from His heavenly vantage point and not from the view of our problems!
How do we do this? “Adore, adore, adore!”
One of my all time favorite Bible stories is the testimony of Israel’s victory in Second Chronicles 20. Back when I was a new believer, it opened many doors of revelation as to who we are in Christ and the power that is available to us through true praise and worship! In short: the sound of victorious praise coming from Israel brought confusion to their enemy’s minds. The armies that were set to destroy Israel suspected each other of treason and they ended up killing each other! This story holds the very essence of victory in praising God!!! He inhabits our praise and He is our Vindicator. As we come seeking our Father in adoration and thanksgiving during threatening times, the enemy is fraught with confusion. When we hope in God, when all hope seems to some to be lost, this is when we are brought five million miles into the heavens!
The apostle Paul also gave us some wonderful insights as to our right to have God’s heavenly perspective in the book of Ephesians. He teaches we have a hope to which we have been called, and that we are seated together with and in Christ Jesus. Paul revealed that when Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Father in heavenly places, the Lord was FAR ABOVE powers and principalities and rulers of darkness. Everything has been put under His feet. He revealed that “the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” We can’t crush Satan under our feet if we are below him. To get above the devil we must go to the Throne of Grace!
My own encounters with the Lord (Jewels from the River) have come after spending large blocks of time loving the Lord and telling Him how much I adore Him. When we come to Him with a heart of worship, we gain His vantage point because we have set our minds and hearts to seek Jesus. These writings capture the hearts of their readers because the Lord paints a scene that our minds can understand and grasp. He has created a story painted using words that each person can then be taken to the River and see what the Lord has been so gracious to share with me.
I enjoyed how the Lord's explaination to me why He chose to give Bob Hartley this specific number of five million miles. Five is the number of grace and a million is a number the Lord used to make a specific point. As it turns out, we cannot actually get our minds around what a million looks like because we have a difficult time comprehending great numbers. To give you an example, I looked up how long it would take a person to count to one million. According to my source it would take nearly 23 days of doing nothing but counting. This is an example of the Lord using a hyperbole – which is an exaggerated figure of speech that is more symbolic than literal. A Hyperbole can push our imagination past our mind’s ability to comprehend. In effect, Jesus forces us think in ways past our normal thought processes! When telling parables the Lord used them all the time, but He never used a hyperbole without a reason. The objects of His exaggeration always had a purpose, as does the five million mile view He gave Bob.
It is my hope that you will read and study out these Scriptures, as I know the Holy Spirit will continue to teach you in and through them:
Matthew 6:19-34, John 14:30; Ephesians 1:18-23, 2:4-7 and 6:10-18; Colossians 3:1-3; 12-17; Philippians 4:4-9; Romans 16:20; Daniel 10:12-14, James 1:5-8; Proverbs 3:5, 6; Second Chronicles 20:1-31; Isaiah 40:26; 60:1-5; Psalm 3:6; 34:1-22; 68:17; 121:1; First Samuel 18:7
Bob Hartley’s 3 part word can be found in total at: