What do you think a sign from heaven would look like? Would it be a paraplegic standing and walking? Would it be finding jewels on your living room rug? Would it be a storm reversing itself and missing your house? While all these things could be signs from heaven, I find it interesting that in the story of Christ’s birth, the SIGN from heaven was that the shepherds were going to find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. The sign wasn’t the angel of the Lord speaking or the host of angels appearing and singing. We’ve heard the Christmas nativity story so many times that it is easy to gloss over this remarkable SIGN from heaven. We need to think about this scene more carefully!
Given the choice, everyone wants a clean environment for a baby’s birth. Right? Babies are so susceptible during the birthing process, as is the mother. It is an exciting time, but it is also a very nerve-wracking event! Have you been to a stable or barn lately? They are stinky and dusty with a lot of grime, and manure! Can you imagine having to give birth in such a filthy place? This is where the animals eat, and if you think your dog’s dish gets gross, can you imagine the mess a farm animal makes when eating. YET, this is the very place God chose for a sign.
Something else to ponder is the social status of the shepherds who were basically nomadic gypsies who lived in shabby mobile tents. They didn’t have the facilities to bathe as people who lived in a more stable environment would. They were chided and looked down upon in those days. So let’s look at this scene again. God chooses the stable for His Son to be born. He chooses the manger as a bed for this Newborn King. He chooses the shepherds that society doesn’t give a second thought. Yet, this was all by God’s design!
It’s not the way you or I would have done it, is it? Yet God is doing this even now in ways we can’t imagine. He is doing marvelous things that we too often fail to recognize that are actually signs from heaven. A few years back, I wrote a Christmas song called “Born To Die” that I hope to share one day. The manger isn’t how we would have done it at all and neither is the Cross! But God uses the most unlikely things to bring about the greatest and most unimaginable miracles. We must learn to trust God no matter what turns life takes, or how a situation looks like to our natural eyes. He has a plan! Glory to God in the highest indeed!!!
The apostle Paul wrote that God chooses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. Why didn’t God send the angels to reveal the sign from heaven to the religious leaders? Why didn’t He tell them that His Holy Child had been born and would be found in a manger? Would they have believed their Messiah would be found in an animal’s feeding trough? I think not. Nevertheless, the lowly shepherds did. So let me ask you, could something that is difficult going on in your life, actually be a sign of God’s working?
Blessings to you and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Free to Rejoice in the Father's Love - Always Judy A Bauman
We Are Not Alone
Today as I write you, I rejoice in the Father’s love and pray you do too. We can know that no matter what turns life may take, the LORD God will be with us. He will never leave nor forsake us. This is His promise! During difficult times, sometimes referred to as a “dark night of the soul,” we need to set our face like flint and seek the Father’s will in the situation. Jesus lived this by example.
Be Strengthened The Father will always provide a way for us when we seek Him. The Bible teaches that the testing of our faith is precious to God. He tested all the patriarchs and their examples are found all throughout Scripture so that we may learn from them. God shares the good and the bad times to strengthen our walk with Him – heart, soul, mind, body, and spirit. He wants us to see by Biblical example that whatever we are going through, we are not alone and that there are solutions. This is also why hearing the testimonies of others strengthens our resolve. I believe HOW we go through times of testing will speak of our growth in Him to those around us. (See Matthew 5:16)
Be Led of God’s Spirit Right now, some of you reading this post may feel abandoned by God or that you are in trouble with Him. I pray you will learn to see through the eyes of your understanding (see Ephesians 1:18) and not be swayed by your feelings. Feelings are fickle and can change from one moment to the next. The eyes of your understanding is spiritual insight that God gives which supersedes your natural abilities.
Go Boldly Jesus is our High Priest, and because of this fact, we can go boldly to the Throne of Grace in our time of trouble. He doesn’t require we sing three songs, study for an hour, run out and do a charitable act, and then pray for an hour before approaching Him. No – He says, “COME BOLDLY!” We don’t need to beg and plead for mercy or attempt to cover our own sin before approaching the Father. If we could cover our own sin, then we wouldn’t need a Savior! We are to RUN to Him at the very moment we need help. When we “come boldly to the receive mercy and find grace in our time of need” we are actually obeying Scripture! (See Hebrews 4:14-16) This coming boldly to the Lord is something that takes some practice because it comes naturally to try to cover ourselves.
Jesus Has You Covered This ‘cover up’ is the same mindset Adam and Eve had in the Garden when they sewed the fig leaves together. They were hoping to hide their sin, but it obviously didn’t work. God saw it. Here is what is amazing: He took skins and made clothing to cover them. A blood sacrifice was required to cover their sin, and this was a type and shadow of what Jesus does for all mankind! If we turn to Him and repent, He will cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Declare the Word of God over your feelings and situation and see the Lord’s hand swoop in and cover you. When God covers your sin, it is covered! Now that is the gift of God and our biggest part is to receive it and rejoice in His freedom. Again, I remind you, whom the Son has set free is free indeed! Do not allow your heart to be troubled, but put your trust in the Lord. AMEN!
In the Father’s love,
Judy A Bauman
Hebrews 4: 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 Holy Spirit woke me up a couple of hours before I normally arise and prompted me to share an urgent message with you. Though I am reluctant to, there is too much at stake not to obey Him.
The Lord’s been speaking to me for some time about the racehorse American Pharoah, and more recently about the differences between the two pharaohs of Egypt found in Genesis and Exodus. To quickly sum up and clarify, the pharaoh in Genesis that I refer to is the one who God gave a dream that only Joseph, the imprisoned Israelite, could interpret. This dream warned of a great famine and revealed how to prepare for it. The pharaoh, seeing Joseph’s godly wisdom and discernment, set him over all the land of Egypt to oversee the storage of grain for the famine. (See Genesis 41) Because of Joseph’s leadership and keen insight, all the people in the known world, and particularly his father, Jacob, along with his brothers were saved. We know this to be the 12 tribes of Israel.
The second pharaoh’s story is a long one and is found in the first 15 chapters of Exodus. It is written in chapter one that after Joseph and all his brothers had died, a new pharaoh came to power that did not remember Joseph. This leader was paranoid about the numbers of Israelites living in his land and enslaved them. After hundreds of years of captivity, this pharaoh was commanded by God through Moses to let the Israelites go free. As we know, 10 plagues later he finally did, but then changed his mind and caught up with them at the Red Sea. Because this leader would not bend to God’s will, it did not go well for him or his people.
Both of these pagan leaders believed themselves to be gods, HOWEVER, one was pliable in the hands of the Lord and the other hardened, cruel, and unmoving. Keep this in mind as I share a little history as to how the Lord unfolded this analogy of the “American Pharaoh.”
While sitting in a cafe on June 16, 2015, I was reading a prophetic post about a racehorse named American Pharoah (misspelled on his legal paperwork). He had won the Triple Crown ten days prior and was the first horse to win that prestigious trophy since 1973. It was a big deal! Only 12 horses have won the Triple Crown in history.
You may be asking yourself, where is Judy going with this, and does God really speak through such events? Please stay with me as the Lord does indeed use odd things to confirm a revelation is from Him and not from our own minds. I could site many biblical examples of odd things God has used to demonstrate His power and sovereignty.
Though the cafe was closing, the staff told me it was all right for me to stay and enjoy my coffee while they cleaned. The prophetic word I was reading at that moment was about how God was going to raise up unlikely leaders, which He would then use to put godly leaders in place – as He did with the pharaoh in the days of Joseph.
For years, I have heard multiple prophetic voices proclaiming a generation with like callings of both Joshua and Joseph will arise and lead the people in desperate time, so I was very interested in the post. I was trying to tune out the news broadcast from the TV behind me; however, the broadcast was getting louder and louder as the staff kept turning up the volume.
The person giving the speech was saying that the U.S. was in trouble and that there were things that could be done to fix it. I agreed with what he said that day; however, the speaker was very blunt, abrupt, and often rude in his statements. I thought to myself, the media is going to eat this guy for lunch!
Finally, he piqued my interest and I turned around to see who the brave, but brazen, soul was that I was hearing speak. I was shocked –no, stunned – to see Donald Trump announcing his candidacy for the President of the United States! The Holy Spirit immediately showed me a VERY INTERESTING connection between this man and what I was reading about the pharaoh of Joseph’s day. Believe me when I tell you that my opinion of Trump didn’t faze the Lord, but His opinion sure affected mine!
People are saying it stinks that we have to choose between two evils. (By the way, this is said every election.) But let’s step back from our own opinions a minute and look at the bigger picture. If you look at the two pharaohs of Genesis and Exodus, you can see a picture of what the Lord has been speaking to my heart concerning this election. Though both pharaohs were wicked in their own right, one relented to the will of the Lord, and the other defied Him. The first one in Genesis acted wisely, the second, foolishly. This first pharaoh saw a leader that would bring about restoration and preservation for the people and put him into position. The people under the rule of the second pharaoh suffered terribly, and his heart was so hard, he didn’t seem to care.
Understand, I am NOT saying the Lord has told me the outcome of the election. He has not. I’m just telling you the prophetic picture He has given me about it. No matter what happens, I have His peace. Though a lot of confusion has been sown into this election, and it will no doubt get uglier before Election Day, our God is not the god of confusion. We have a choice. God used the pharaoh of Joseph’s day for good and I do believe that His desire is for us to have a leader that is pliable in His hands. God gave us freewill. The question is, will we ask the Lord how to cast our vote, or do whatever we want? I do know we must give an account for our words (spoken or omitted).
If you are outside the USA, please pray for the United States during this process; however, if you are having a difficult time deciding whom you will cast your vote in the coming US election, I hope you will look beyond the candidates. Think about how many plans and people a president puts into place. Think about the nomination for the Supreme Court that is on the table. Don’t be fooled into thinking that a no vote or a third-party vote is a righteous one. As Edmond Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” This is why I cannot remain silent on this issue.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe.
In the Father’s love,
Judy A Bauman First shared 2016, resubmitted for your discernment
Jewels from Judy: Come Let Us Reason Together!
Judy A Bauman
Come Let Us Reason Together!
This morning, I awoke with such an intense sense of urgency for the people of God. I have wrestled all day with what the Lord showed me in a moment. There is so much confusion right now about things going on in the world, especially for those tuned into the constant barrage from the daily news cycle. If you are feeling perplexed about the upcoming election, you are not alone. It is not commonly known, but over 25,000 professing Christians are not yet registered to vote, and many that are registered do not bother with it. Does this surprise you? It did me!
Many church leaders have taught that Christians are not to mingle with governmental issues, but we need to ask, is that truly Biblical? There are some Scriptures that seem to point to that conclusion; however, if we rightly divide the word of truth, we see there are many more Scriptures that reveal God takes great interest in all areas of our life, not parts and pieces of it. Given there is so much written in the Bible about different governments and how they affect the people, I believe God is keenly interested in it.
Do Not Be Silent; Use Your Voice for Good
God gave you a voice and He gives you the choice to use it. Know that not only is your “yes” or “no” being weighed in the balance, but so is your silence when He asks you to speak. If you feel confused, go boldly to the Throne of Grace, and stop paying attention to what others tell you to believe! Instead, ask the Father to give you spiritual eyes to see what true issues are at hand. He will! Say “yes” to God’s ways and “no” to what He detests. This is wisdom.
As the Lord urges, let us come and reason together. Please, do not stay silent and do not turn a blind eye at this crucial (kairos) moment of time. If you are an American and are not registered to vote, please register today. It varies from state to state, but please do not delay because October 5, 2020, is the cutoff day for most states. Beloved, the time is now to be a united voice and bring God’s ways back to the United States of America. Selah
In Righteousness and Justice, My Word will Stand Forever
Judy A Bauman
“Where there is evil there will be more, but in righteousness and justice, My word will stand forever. Do not look to the right or to the left, and do not call conspiracy what most call conspiracy.
“I Am calling a regiment of people to come together and stand in the fire until they see Me in there with them. Many will leave, but for those that remain, they will not only see My glory but so will those around them – especially the unbelievers. They will see My glory arise from the flames of man’s bent toward destruction. What looks like a terrible disaster will yield My glory, and as it arises the lame shall walk, and the deaf will hear. The blind will receive sight. This is true for the spiritual as well as the physical.
“Do not tremble or be in fear at this word. Stand tall and be valiant. I will cause those who trust Me to trust Me more. I will cause them to rise from the ashes of death and destruction and walk freely through areas of great turmoil. These are My ambassadors of peace. I have called them forth for such a time as this and in them, you will see My dunamis power explode. In places of great despair and fear, My love will explode on the seen in unprecedented ways.
“Do not fear, My little scribe, I know this was not what you expected, but you have asked Me for meat and not milk. This word is for My warriors, not for those wrapped up in their cozy lives. I never said it would be easy. I never said there would not be suffering or persecution. In fact, I warned you there would be. However, I also told you that you are Mine. I gave you My peace and reassured you not to fear. Do not fear for I Am with you. Do not be dismayed for I Am your God. I will strengthen you – yes I will help you. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Yes, I will strengthen you! You are not alone. I Am your ‘Plus One.’”
Scriptures to Ponder:
Isaiah 8:12, 41:10; 51:1-2; Daniel 3:8-30; Proverbs 11:19; 1 Peter 3:8-12; Isaiah 60:1-2; 61:1-3; Mark 13:5-37
Originally written in my notebook on October 24, 2006. While it was shared in November of that same year, it has been updated September 24, 2020
To Be A Disciple of Christ
“To be My disciple means to walk as I walked - to be as I Am. First and foremost - I Am Love! I love you and I desire you to walk in the type of love that I displayed and modeled for you.
“The Only way I could walk in that love as the Son of Man was to spend time with My Father. I loved Him first. I love My Father and He loves Me. We are separate, but we are One. As the Son of Man, I faced many opportunities to rightfully lash out at people, but the love that I had - that love that came from My Father - overrode the temptation to sin in anger. The times you read in Scripture that gives the impression that I was angry (like when I spoke the ‘woes' to the Scribes and Pharisees and when I cleansed the temple) were from the love of the Father. It was not anger as much as it was sorrow. I know there is much debate on this, and I do not bring you a new doctrine. I bring you My heart cry. Love one another as I have loved you.
“Many cry out to see Me, to see My face, and I tell you the truth that when you look at one another you are looking at Me. Do not look to those who are obviously [following] Me to see Me, though you may have to start there to grasp this concept but look to the least of the brethren. What you do to them, you do to Me. What you do with each other, you do with Me. What you do for them, you do for Me. Understand that I desire for you to care for one another. One person cannot take care of the whole world! You can in no way fathom how many are alone with no help.”
Suddenly I saw the entire world and as it turned, I could see millions, maybe billions of hurting people in that flash of a second of time and it was overwhelming!
The Lord continued His important message, “But if you will touch people around you in My name and with My love, then if those that you touch with My love will turn and in kind and touch those around them with My love, and those then also touch others who are around them with My love - THEN MY LOVE WILL BE LIKE A FIRE SPREADING THROUGH A DRY FOREST!”
“I Am the light of the world and in Me there is no darkness. As My disciples reflect the light of My love, they ignite others to reflect the light of My love. I Am a Consuming Fire! But I do not bring a destructive fire. I bring a fire that burns off the ropes and sets men, women, and children free. My fire is My passion for My church. I burn with love for My church. Touch each other with this pure and holy fire. Touch each other with this pure and holy love. IGNITE those around you with holy fire.
“Be careful not to allow the enemy of your soul, Satan, to manipulate you into perverting My love. My love sets people free. My perfect love destroys fear. My love covers you. My love will never lead you into immorality. Be aware! Satan will use your own desires to sin against Me. You must be wise! You must be diligent! You must stand guard!
“To be My disciple means to be like Me. I Am like My Father. We are holy! Be holy as I Am holy and IGNITE those around you to be holy. I would not say this if it were not possible. This can only be done as you are led by My Spirit. So, follow your Guide. Heed your Teacher. You were created in Our image. Come, Follow Me.”
~Lovingly spoken by the Spirit of the Lord
This word was given to me after telling the Lord that I knew what I thought it meant to be a disciple of Christ, but I wanted to know what He said it is. When I originally shared this, I gave many Scripture references to go with it, but in rereading it, there were so many, it was overwhelming. If you want Scripture references, I will happily provide them for you.
22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him. 26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly
For the salvation of the Lord.
Jewels from Judy: Fathers, Do You Know Who You ARE?
Judy A Bauman
Dear Readers: When I received this word from the Lord twelve years ago, I first heard it directed specifically to fathers. However, I came to understand that this message is not just for fathers nor for men only because we are all one in Christ. See Galatians 3:28. This “download” from the Holy Spirit blessed me with a true revelation and understanding of our being created in God's Image. While it is especially for all who are called by His name, manhood is by design a reflection of God and I bless all those who read this post in the Father’s love.
Fathers, Do You Know Who You ARE?
“Do you know who you are, son? Man was created in My image, and in My image, you reflect My love or lack thereof. You are the very reflection of God Almighty on earth. When people look at you, they see Me. When your children look at you they either see My love, grace, mercy, faithfulness, and patience or they see your judgment, condemnation, perfectionism, apathy, and anger as a reflection of My character. Do not allow a bitter root to spring from you and defile many. The fruits of the flesh and the fruits of the Spirit are very apparent. So, what are you reflecting to your children and to those you mentor? What do you reflect to those who are subordinate to you? As an example, how do you speak of those who are superior to you in authority?” (See Hebrews 12:15; Galatians 5:19-26; 1 Tim 2:1-4; Ephesians 6:9; Titus 3:1-4).
“Many desire to know exactly what I have called them to do and where they are to be. The perfection of My plan will unfold moment by moment and day by day as you bend your will to Mine. Do not look to the right or to the left. Let not your hearts be troubled. Do what I have asked you to do and then we will move on to the next thing together. Do not despise the day of small beginnings. He who is faithful with little will be given much.” (See John 14:1; Joshua 1:7; Zechariah 4:10, Luke 16:10).
“Right now, I want you to listen to what I tell you. You have heard that before the terrible Day of the Lord I sent the prophet Elijah. My Son Jesus made it clear that John the Baptist came in the spirit of Elijah to restore all things, and yet John clearly did not know who he was. The angel told his father, Zechariah, but John did not understand the depth of his calling.He did not know he was the Elijah to come and restore all things.” (See Matthew 17:12-13; John 1:21; Luke 1:11-17.)
“Now I ask you: Do you know who you are? What was and what is the purpose of Elijah's coming? Yes, he destroyed the false prophets of BAAL, but what was it he was to restore? What do I desire to be restored now? Does not My word tell you? Does not My word make it plain? The Old Testament ends with this strategic information and the New Testament in the Gospel of Luke begins with it. So, can you not see for yourself how plain I have made it?”
Malachi 4:5-6 Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.
Luke 1: 17 It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." [emphasis mine]
“Many of you believe you are ready for My coming, but you are not ready. The hearts of the fathers MUST return to the sons. The hearts of the parents must return to the children. In the days to come My promptings will become very pointed and exacting. A breaking is coming! The fathers are the ones closest to My reflection on earth and I am soon putting My foot down. Those who are repentant will see great breakthroughs in every area of their life, but those who are not will suffer great judgment from My hand.
“The fathers must heed and obey. This will require them to humble themselves under My mighty right hand, but those who obey will be lifted to new heights that will astonish even the best of them. At risk are financial blessings, healings and miracles, salvations and wholeness, and more than the mind can conceive. Many have cried out to Me for healing and financial breakthrough, but what they do not see is their relationship with their families is first on My list. Warn the men, Judy, that because they are a reflection of My glory on earth, it is time to align their will to Mine. The hour is late! It is much later than most believe. Let it be done on earth as it is in heaven. I Am praying for the fathers. I Am praying for the parents. I Am praying for you. Reflect Me well. Be who I called you to be - representatives of My love on earth. May it be done on earth as it is in heaven. Selah”
In the Father’s Love,
Judy A Bauman
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Luke 12:34 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” ~ Jesus
“My church has long been in a lukewarm state. People claim My name, but do not adhere to My standards. My will, My ways, My precepts, My commands are the way to life. The fear of the Lord involves not just reverence for Me but to love what I love and hate what I hate.” [Proverbs 8:13]
“When I said that the thief comes to steal and to kill and to destroy, that is exactly what I meant. I come to give life and given in abundance, but not so My people called by My name can live their lives in false freedom.
“The truth will set people free, not their version of truth, not what sounds good and tickles the ears of the hearer, not the truth of the world that produces the anger of man. No! My truth is eternal and will stand long after the dust of the lukewarm church has been scattered to the winds.
“This is a difficult word, and few will hear what I am saying; but to those who will, I say this: sharpen your sword – the word of God.
“When I said that the Kingdom of God suffers much violence and the violent take it by force, I was not speaking of physical violence. Remember, you are not warring with people, but with the demonic realm. While physical action must be taken when it is forced, the weapons of your warfare are not natural manmade weapons. While I have shared this with you before it bears repeating. Your weapons, My beloved Ekklesia, are praise, worship, prayer, instruction of My ways and will, and serious study of My word. Your firepower is the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit used in the manner I lead you and not in your own strength. Speak My word given at a precise moment needed. Your giftings must be led of My spirit.
~Love - Am love, so love others with the love which I have loved you.
~Joy - Not happiness, but joy even when all hell is coming against you.
~Peace - The peace that surpasses understanding which guards your heart and mind in Christ Jesus
~Patience – The anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. See the progression of patience in Romans 5:3-5.
~Kindness - It is the kindness of God that leads one to repentance.
~Goodness - You are to proclaim the goodness, the excellencies of Him who has called you out of the darkness and into His marvelous light.
~Faithfulness - Be dependable and loyal to me even if it cost you your life. Be willing to give it all to me and to my purpose. Unbelief will not nullify My faithfulness, but the one who continues in unfaithfulness will be cut off from My goodness and mercy.
~Gentleness - My spirit is gentle and kind. My people are not to Stir up hatred, but to call the sinner to repentance. It is not a weak position but power under control. Again, the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God in Christ. Remember, we are talking about the weapons of warfare.
Where there is no fuel the fire goes out. A gentle word spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
~Self-control - Must be cultivated in each soul. Actions follow one’s thoughts, so the warfare which must be won is the war being waged in your mind. Think about what you're thinking about. Do you have the mind of Christ? If not, study the Gospels and learn what Jesus said and did. Do not shy away when it's time to be bold and do not rush out when I am leading you to rest or stay away from an area. Remember Jesus not only hid Himself at times, but My apostles weren't permitted in certain areas by My spirit.
Seek Me early. Seek Me often. Seek My face, and you will find Me.”
"As you dwell in Me and teach others to do the same, you will find yourself growing in My strength and power. I set My seal upon those who will trust in Me and lean not to their own understanding. Calm your hearts for I am with you. My promise is to never forsake you.
“As you dwell in Me, you will learn to sense the direction I'm going and what I'm doing in your day. Do not allow your heart to be dismayed or alarmed. There is nothing new under the sun and you have read the psalmist even speak into the day and hour you are in (Psalm 74).
“My return is near, but not as near as some suppose, so keep working in My field where I have you until I come. Keep moving with the harvest. I haven't called you to hide, so come into the light and live as ambassadors of My will and ways."