Eleven days after terrorists flew two commercial airliners full of passengers into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center (WTC), I found myself walking through the ash and debris at “Ground Zero” in New York City. I remember, and will never forget the surreal magnitude of the scene.
I traveled to NYC to serve as a volunteer at the emotionally charged Family Assistance Center. The night of my arrival, I went to a service at Faith Tabernacle where I met a local Christian woman who offered to accompany me to Ground Zero the following day. Our goal was to pray over the City. As I waited for her the next morning at a local cafe, I noticed many weary police officers were also there grabbing a quick bite and cup of coffee. One officer I spoke with told me that he had not had a day off since the attacks, they were all pulling double shifts, and he had not even been home to see his wife and three children! While he held onto his strong NYPD persona, I could see the toll the past 11 days had taken on him. I told him I would be praying for him as he headed out the door and he thanked me.
Just then, my new friend came in and we took the subway into Lower Manhattan. As we emerged from the depths of the subway, a horrible stench met us. Pungent smoke permeated the atmosphere from the fire, which had been burning since the attacks. A thick layer of white ash covered everything in sight. Stores stood motionless, and the merchandise inside 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 watched with anticipation as frantic and exhausted workers cleared the wreckage searching for survivors.
Under the safety of a temporary corridor, a throng of onlookers moved like one giant body. We collectively came to a halt as each of us gasped at the horrendous panorama of the WTC’s skeletal remains. Even though we had seen it unfold for days on TV, we could only look in bewilderment at the massive ruins and destruction set before us. Some observers had to stop and steady themselves. Most looked at each other with tears of disbelief; some screamed in dismay and wept uncontrollably. The sheer magnitude of it, even though we had seen it on the news, was shocking. The ability to hear, think, or feel had left us.
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 of her displaced church. It, along with many of the buildings at Ground Zero, had destabilized foundations because of the massive building collapses. Authorities were determining whether repairs were possible, or if the structures around the WTC would need demolishing. We stopped and especially prayed for her church, but also over the other huge buildings thought to be at risk. When we finished, 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 as a native of NYC, she had never experienced such deafening silence in her lifetime. The City was indeed in mourning. Block after block we took in all we saw as we slowly walked through it. Sometimes we prayed together, but mostly we prayed under our breath. When we ran out of words, we prayed in the spirit.
This deserted area of Lower Manhattan left its mark on my soul. Many vehicles sat abandoned in the streets – shrouded in thick ash. Parking garages full of cars were not exempt. The white powdery substance covered everything. Oddly, inside one parking garage we saw anomalous objects, like pieces of office equipment and furniture. We tried to imagine how office furniture could land deep inside the covered parking garage. It didn’t seem physically possible. One car was so violently jolted out of its parking spot that its front-end hung outside the third level of the five-story garage! Sorrow hit our hearts like a dagger when we realized some of the vehicles belonged to victims. Even though we felt deep sorrow, the peace of God was as tangible as the blanket of silence and solitude that encircled us.
What I witnessed that day 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. Like that car, my life was precariously perched, and the slightest shift could have caused me to plummet into total destruction. I knew I didn’t deserve God’s love, but He loved me anyway! Just as the workers at Ground Zero carefully removed a mountain of debris bucket by bucket, I know the Redeemer of my soul removed, and continues to remove, the ash from my life. If we will receive it, He truly will give beauty for ashes as Scripture promises.
Many people have asked me where my loving, faithful God was on 9/11, and I can safely say He was in the same place He was when Jesus went to the cross. Nothing 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 as you read this that you realize Jesus bought and paid for your sins with His own life. He chose to lay down His life because He wanted you to be reunited and reconciled to God the Father. It is for the sake of freedom Christ set us free! Everything changes when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
While life may not be easy, with God, all things are possible! The question is not so much, where is God in the day of tragedy, because He will never abdicate His throne; the questions we have should be addressed to the one who looks back at us in the mirror. Will we trust and have faith in God no matter what life throws at us? Will we remember to seek our Father, who is our Ever-present Help in times of trouble? Even if we forget, the Good News is that the Lord never forgets His love for us.
Are You A Steward of the Mysteries of God? “Tell My Church that in order for them to receive answers, they must seek My face and be still and know I Am God. As they do, the shakings of this age will pass through them.1 I will tell each of you where to go, whether to the right or to the left, and what to do. I will give answers.2 I will build My temple with those willing to be My fellow-workers. Those whose work remains will receive a reward.3 That is My promise. These are Stewards of the mysteries of God, and they must be trustworthy. The kingdom of God is not just words but the power of My Holy Spirit. All other power is counterfeit and seeks its own will. Hide yourself under the shadow of My wing. I Am your Refuge and your Fortress. Make Me your dwelling and you shall not be afraid.”4
This is a very short excerpt from an encounter with the Lord shared in the book, Jewels from the River (page 172). To order your signed copy, please go to https://thefathersloveim.org/bookstore. Both Jewels from the River and Jewels from the Harvest are available there and the set is on sale. These books are also available on Kindle, Nook, and iBook.
During a time with the Lord this week, I heard Him say:
“The birthing process of this era may appear to be breech, but there is a divine turnaround coming. It is in process! I speak to Christians, those who are called by My name. I am calling you to come deeper into My embrace. You will not run to-and-fro looking for whom you will follow. "When you follow Me, I will show you where to go and who has My heart.
“Do not look to the right or left but seek My face and I will be found by you. The era being birthed is one that I have breathed into, and it was spoken into existence by My mouth. This is why the thief has come at this hour to steal the breath and to cover the mouths of My people. I have used what he meant for your harm to reset My church, My ekklesia. The dividing line between good and evil is now clearer for anyone seeking to find Me as they seek in spirit and in truth.
“You will easily be able to see those who are foolish because they refuse to use their resources to prepare as I tarry. You will hear the goats and separate them from the sheep. They do not belong. The goat's butt up against the sheep and can cause great harm when left on their own. The harvest is ripe, remove the tares. They are easy to spot, for when the wheat is ripe it bows low, but the tares remain upright. This represents prideful, arrogant men and women who refuse to hear the Holy Spirit's conviction and repent. They are as the Pharisees of old who had the Son of God standing before them, the One the scriptures speak of, yet failed to recognize Him. Money, power, and fame are their gods. They only mention My name to get what they want.
“The wolves in sheep’s clothing will be revealed for what they are! Ask Me for spiritual discernment and I will show you. There will always be the confirmation of two or three witnesses, so be wise for the days are evil. The enemy seeks to knock you off balance, so walk circumspectly. Prepare your heart now because the revealing will reverberate through the church just as a major earthquake is felt with severe aftershocks. Decide now who you are following, and if it's man and not Jesus, confess it is sin because I will have no other gods before Me.
“Do not fear! The birthing process of this era may appear to be breech, but as I have said, there is a divine turnaround coming. Christ is the head of the church, and I will not allow a breech, a stillborn, a miscarriage, or an abortion to rule this epoch of time. The enemy has been allowed a short season to think he has the upper hand, but I will always have the last word!
“I Am slow in My coming because I am allowing time for repentance; however, in the fullness of time, what I am birthing will come forth with power. It will not be stopped by any demonic power working in the spiritual realm or through man in the natural realm.
“You have been hidden as I prepare for the great revealing of the sons of God. Continue to prepare! Work the work I've given you. If you will be faithful with the little I have given you, I will give you much as the turnaround is made manifest.”
Scriptures to ponder:
2 Chronicles 7:14; John 10:1-5, 10-15; Ephesians 4:11-15; Isaiah 40:11, 41:10; Deuteronomy 5:32-33; Ephesians 5:15-16, 6:15; Matthew 25:2-4, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-40; John 5:39; Deuteronomy 19:15; Matthew 18:16; 2 Corinthians 13:1; 1 Timothy 5:19; 2 Peter 3:9; Romans 8:19; Exodus 20:3; Hebrews 12:25-29
I really hope you read these Scriptures because they are SO GOOD! Plus the Lord will speak to you through them in ways I never could. Glory to His name!
Blessings in the Father’s love,
This is what I heard the Lord say to share with His ekklesia:
“Awaken to Me, My beautiful one. Awaken to from your slumber. Shake off the weariness and the discouragement because the time you've been waiting for is near. As I told my prophet Habakkuk, ‘For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it, for it will certainly come, it will not delay.’”
“There is an APPOINTED time, My love, and if what I Am doing in you is birthed too soon, it will not accomplish all I have for you to accomplish in your time – your days on earth. I have much more written in your book, so do not believe the lies the enemy has been feeding you. See what has come between us and abhor it. When a word or thought comes that is contrary to the way I speak to you, reject it vehemently!
“In John 10:10, there's a clear distinction between what the thief does and what I do. That one verse divides hell from heaven, wickedness from goodness, hatred from love, and I want people – all people to know it! You know there is a great divide between good and evil, but many think that evil in the world is my doing. It is not. Evil comes when sin goes unrepented. It opens a door to the enemy of your soul and he is an opportunist.
“Beloved, I am slow, s-l-o-w, in My coming because I'm giving many the opportunity to repent, so be patient in My timing. I haven't forgotten you. I'm not upset with you. I'm not wringing My hands, as I knew your end before your beginning. I know My plans for you. Do not allow yourself to isolate, as that creates much internal turmoil. You were created for such a time as this, and My timing for your life is perfect. Walk with Me and watch what I do and speak what you hear Me say. If there's no life in the words you hear, that is the Infiltrator, the serpent of old, who comes to kill steal and destroy.
“My dear one, I come to give you life and that in abundance. I speak to your soul because your spirit understands these words of wisdom. I speak to you and say, ‘awakened to Me.’”
In the Father’s love,
Judy A Bauman
~ Scriptures to ponder:
Galatians 4:4-6 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Psalm 139:16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.
John 5:19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. 12:49 For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.
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The Lord invites us many times in Scripture to seek His face. King David writes in Psalm 27:8 When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
How does one “seek God’s face”? Why does He ask us to seek Him? This has been a pursuit of mine since walking with the Lord. One thing He showed me about the FACE is that all five senses of a person are found in their face! We see, hear, touch, smell, and taste all in the face, and is also where one's thought life is revealed. For example, we can see people’s joy or anger, love or hatred, peace or depression by looking at their faces. We can look at them and follow their eyes to see what they are looking at or notice what they hear. We can see the look of pleasure when a cool breeze brushed their face or see the agony of fierce heat. By looking at one’s face, we can tell if they have eaten something sweet or something bitter; we can watch as they enjoy the melody of a favorite song.
God wants us to seek His face so that we can perceive what He is saying to us. He desires to perform His word as promised to, “heal the land.”
Many times, we don’t seek God’s face in our decisions because we know He will disapprove of what we want to do. We want to loudly sing that old Frank Sinatra song, “I did it my way!” However, if we will seek His face, His perfect will for our lives, not His permissive will, He will bless it. What seems right to us can often be destructive. I urge you, if you are in the midst of making a life decision without seeking God’s will – His Face – in the matter, we already know it is not the right choice. How much better to sing, “I did it God’s way!”
In the Father’s love,
Judy A Bauman
~ Jeremiah 29:11-14a "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.I will be found by you, says the Lord,"
“Do you see how distracted you’ve become? I want you to be willing to seek My face anew. I will not force Myself upon you. What I want you to conceive is yours alone. There is no other person on the planet who can do what I’ve called you to do, not past, not present, not future. You and you alone have My plans that are written in My book. Do not look to others to do what I have called you to do.
“Do not allow anything, and I mean real or perceived, to hinder your walk with Me. I am not condemning you. I am cheering you forward in the calling to which I have called you. There is no condemnation in Christ for those being led by My Spirit. You are led, but there are times you let go of My hand, and like Peter, you begin to sink.
“Beloved, there are things going on in and around you that are not of Me. Seek My face! I won’t hide from you. You will find Me, and I will lift you and you will find your feet on solid ground.”
~ Psalm 27:8 When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
~ Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, whodo not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
Dear Friends of The Father’s Love Int’l Ministries,
A dear friend of mine, who is also an advisor to this ministry and serves on my board, writes a very insightful blog. It dawned on me today that I should share her website with you and also one of the blogs. I pray it blesses you!
In the Father’s love
Judy A Bauman
What are you hearing today from God's Word? By Barbara Sependa
God’s Word is sharper than any two edged sword, and it is His Word that is able to cut through to divide soul and spirit, joint and marrow. It is the Holy Spirit that brings us the revelation of God’s word and teaches us all things. Jesus promised that He would ask the Father to send the Holy Spirit and that He would lead us into all truth. Jesus knew that without the Holy Spirit we would be as lost sheep without a shepherd.
Jesus also knew that we would need the Holy Spirit, as we would not be able to understand things of the spirit without Him. Man would be left to the souls interpretation of things that can only be understood by the spirit.
To discern the word of God is to discern the truth about Jesus the Mighty Son of God.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword. It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Hosea 14:9 Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them. For the ways of the Lord are right, and the righteous will walk in them, but transgressors will stumble in them.
Jewels from Judy: The Eyes of My Heart Judy A Bauman
THE EYES OF MY HEART
“Child when you look into the eyes of My heart, you will only see My love and devotion towards you. If you look for condemnation, you won’t find it. If you are feeling condemned, come! Come look into the eyes of My heart and see yourself the way I see you.
“I ask you to guard your heart for out of it flows the issues of life. You have an enemy and he is the accuser of the brethren. So if the voice of condemnation is moving you, know that it is a voice that moves you away from My perfect love for you.
“Perfect love casts out fear, beloved, so allow My perfect love to cast out that fear and condemning voice. Stand in My holy light and allow Me to shine through the darkness. Let My love break down what walls you have built. Those walls do not protect you. They keep you from trusting Me.
“Allow Me to be your protection. I Am your Shield and Strength. I Am well able to keep you in My care. Trust Me, follow Me, invite Me to be with you. I will never forsake you. Look into the eyes of My heart,” says the Lord your God, “and see that My love for you is complete for all seasons.”
Scriptures to ponder:
Songs 2:10; Romans 8:1; 37; Proverbs 4:23; Revelation 12:10; Matthew 5:14; John 8:12; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Psalm 18:2, 122:7; 2 Peter 3:14; Hebrews 13:5
Note: Recently, I found this word in an old journal dated Jan 21, 2007, one month before launching The Father’s Love Int’l Ministries, Inc! It was earmarked at that time to be posted but was overlooked. I pray it and the Scripture references are a blessing to you. jb
Jewels from Judy: DO NOT BE DISSUADED – YOU ARE MORE THAN A CONQUEROR THROUGH CHRIST WHO LOVES YOU!
Judy A Bauman
Sitting with the Lord I hear His still small voice say, “There is something I have been longing to tell you.” While I am pleased to hear His voice, this comment tells me that I have not been paying attention to Him as I should. I apologize for being so distracted by life and He immediately acknowledges my apology and answers, “It is the scheme of the enemy to distract and dissuade My people.”
The word “dissuade” jumped out at me, so I looked it up in the dictionary. It means: “To persuade someone not to take a particular course of action.” I found the synonyms very insightful too. To discourage, prevent, deter, hinder, caution, divert, restrain, turn away, disincline, to make difficult, to warn, to alert, to be unwilling, to advise, to admonish, to frustrate, to act as an obstacle.
The Lord continued, “Remember, your enemy reverts back to what has worked in the past to discourage and dissuade My people from My purposes. I have given you each My inexhaustible power, My everlasting, all-encompassing, approving love, and a sound and well-balanced mind – the mind of Christ. I have given My people, who are called by My name, the ability to go into a battle knowing they have already won.
“This is what the apostle Paul meant when he wrote that you are, ‘more than conquerors,’ and you are more than conquerors because you can go into a battle knowing you have already won. You win because I love you.”
Your Ever-present Help in times of trouble
~ Scripture References:
Ephesians 6:10-13; Second Timothy 1:7; First Corinthians 2:16; Second Chronicles 7:14, Romans 8:37
As I sought the Lord, I heard, “I love to hear you come in worship, but I want you to know you are not required to ‘perform’ for Me. Do you understand? My love for you is not based on your performance. Your works do not save you, but your works done out of obedience to Me gives honor and glory for My kingdom’s good.
“I am making a new wine, and I want you to drink of it. This will not be something at all in conflict with My word, but it will be in conflict with what My church has been doing. Many are excited that I am doing a new thing, but unless they press into Me and hear My Spirit, they will actually reject what I am doing. I appreciate when My beloved ones are deliberate and intentional to lean into Me and hear what I have to say.”
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In the Father’s love,
Judy A Bauman