Why do I believe?

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Funny how something simple can lead to something more, and unanticipated….

I’d said I was going to close Facebook lest I get sucked up into the vortex of it and lose a portion of my life, but then…

I scrolled upon a posting of an acquaintance of some years back who had posted a question enough to keep me reading.

I read his reply to his own question along with the comments of some of his friends.

As the answer to his question is something I am passionate about in my own personal life, and knowing many are the scripture passages I’ve highlighted to attest to the fact, I decided to compile a listing of some that speak what I feel in my heart.

Below is a selection of some of them that testify to the heart of the matter.

I hope they are a blessing to you, or should it be you are one who does not yet believe, these might enlighten your mind and prick your heart so as to understand why those who do believe, believe.

St John 14:2

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man commeth unto the Father, but by me.

Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

Romans 15:13

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Romans 10:9-12

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

Romans 10:4

4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth

Romans 10:17

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God

John 20:31

But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

John 1:12-13, 17

12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

John 3:18

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 14:2-4

2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

1 Thes 2:13

For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

1 Tim 4:10

For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

Acts 16:31

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Hebrews 11:1, 6

1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Isaiah 40:31

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

John 4:42

And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

John 10:38

But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

Psalm 112:6-7

6 Surely he shall not be moved forever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.

7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.

Ephesians 1:18-19

18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

1 Peter 1:8-11

8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

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Putting it all together

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This morning I had a jaw dropping, AHA, moment…

Which came about upon my seeing the background photo of a newly posted youtube presentation by Steve Cioccolanti.

It was then that details I’ve been learning through the teachings of others, along with personal messages I’ve either received or been led to see, all seemed to merge together to lead me to see the bigger picture.

I’ve been known to say something big is coming, and now I believe I can see that this something big is definitely coming and is practically on our doorstep.

Friends, family and neighbors: we need to be prepared; and by prepared, I mean spiritually even more than I mean physically.

It’s time to get ready NOW; those closest to me know that which I’ve been known to quote by singing: “it’s the end of the world as we know it” is literally going to become a reality for us- of this I feel confident.

 

That we really are in the end of times became real, for me, with the following dream:

Raining Fire update and revision and or Raining Fire

From the moment I was awakened to understand I was to remember this dream, I’ve felt a strong conviction it is from the Lord, and it IS something that will come to pass.

A few months later I had this experience:

The End of the Line?

Which was followed up the next month with this experience:

Judgement coming to America?

I am not the only one who is being led to see this, as this video will attest to. Note that this video was put out recently; a couple months after I posted that last blog.

 

My aha moment came this morning upon seeing the aforementioned photo, which brought to mind my dream of last October.

update made Dec. 4, 2017: What I believed to be an aha moment, in August, was not what I thought it was. I continue to believe that the total solar eclipse, as I’ve believed all along, was and is a warning to the nation of America, that God will allow his judgment to come upon us, because we have allowed Him to be, effectively, removed from this country.

I also believe the constellation, popularly known as the Revelation 12 sign to be a significant warning, but I believe that warning applies to the Nation of Israel.

In August, prior to the solar eclipse, I went ahead and listened to that youtube to learn what he had to say in regard to the eclipse. From it I learned some important and valuable information, thus I highly recommend watching the following:

 

As I have done for years, I continue to ensure my pantry is full of nutrient laden foods and containers of safe drinking water, enough to sustain my family for at least two weeks. I also keep other necessary supplies, including first aid supplies, should we not be able to purchase anything for a period of time.

I also think it wise to take measures, as much as one can, to secure up our house for an earthquake, as it’s possible we may experience the motherlode of all earthquakes in the near future. I believe this earthquake will be a part of what will take place as foretold in Revelation 6, which I suspect may be a part of what I was shown in the dream I had in October of 2016 which I blogged on but then added to when I learned about Revelation 6 and recognized the possible correlation of my dream to it. Raining Fire update and revision

But most importantly I will continue to stay close to the Lord in prayer, scripture study and thought, as I fully believe that to be of the highest priority.

I believe the return of our Savior is nigh at hand.

And because I fully believe it is my life beyond this mortal realm that is everlasting, it’s for that life I want to lay up my treasures; anything of this life can and likely will become worthless in a quick moment of time.

 

 

It’s becoming clearer

I’m hard pressed to describe my feelings upon listening to the following youtube.

What I do know is, while doing so, the dream I was given back in October 2016 suddening came to my mind and I believe I’ve a very good idea when it will take place in relation to events surrounding the “blessed hope”, which is for those who have chosen to believe on the name of Jesus Christ.

Acts 16:30-31

30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

For those not familiar, or for those who want a refresher, my dream is blogged here: Raining Fire, and here:Raining Fire update and revision

I hope, along with reading of my dream, you will listen to the following youtube and see if you recognize the correlation I am making between what she shares and my dream–specifically where she talks about something happening just prior to the days of darkness.

For me, it makes sense–particularly as I have always and still have complete confidence the dream I was given was a message from God. I didn’t know, at the time, why I was given the dream. I’m still not sure. I just know I was, and I trust fully there is a purpose, and I find with time, and combined with the messages given to others, it begins to become more clear.

Most importantly, I know that since it was from God, I need to pay attention; I also believe I need to share my experience with others.

Salvation

The Word of Faith Brings Salvation

Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 10: 

Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.

For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.

For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.

For Christ is the [a]end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is [b]based on law shall live [c]by that righteousness.

But the righteousness [d]based on faith speaks as follows: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down),

or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).”

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching,

[e]that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

10 for with the heart a person believes, [f]resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, [g]resulting in salvation.

11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be [h]disappointed.”

12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him;

13 for Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+10&version=NASB

To whom else would I go?

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‘ Then Jesus said unto the twelve, “Will ye also go away?”

 Then Simon Peter answered Him,

“Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life,

 and we believe and are sure that Thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.” ‘

John 6:67-69

 

Today

What if today were the day the Lord was coming for his Bride;  the true and faithful followers of Jesus Christ?

Would you be going with Him, to meet Him in the clouds and be with Him forever?

Are you spiritually ready?

We never know when, and even today could be that day.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

16 For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first;

17 then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Judgement coming to America?

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“Judgement is coming to America”.

Okay, I realize that is both a phrase rather cliché as well as a phrase sounding extreme. But before you write me off as “mad” or a “nutter”, I hope you’ll hear me out.

To start, in October of 2016 I was shown, in a dream, a vision of something to come. You can read about it here.

Then there is what happened last night:

Just minutes after 1 a.m. I woke up abruptly, in a sweat, which may have had more to do with the fabric of my nightwear, but more importantly I awoke in a bit of alarm at what I had just heard in my sleep.

I’d been having what I’d call a flash dream; one that seemed mostly of symbolic pictures and was a very brief dream. It is what was spoken that caused me to awaken with a start.

I heard: “Saturday will be the start of a weekend from Hell”.

I knew when I heard it and when I awoke it was not meant as a personal warning that applied to my personal life but that it was meant more globally; just how far reaching I don’t know.

Upon awaking, while I can’t define why, my immediate sense was this was the Lord speaking, so my response was to pray, in which I said if it was the Lord speaking I was listening and could I please have some form of confirmation.

I was so charged with adrenaline I got up for a drink and some melatonin to help me in getting back to sleep. While standing at my kitchen sink with a cup of water in my hand I felt prompted to read scripture.

I sat in my recliner with Bible in my lap having no idea what I should read. I opened the Bible and soon found I was looking at the heading of Lamentations chapter 4.

I have no recollection of ever voluntarily reading from Lamentations. Truth be told, I tend to avoid chapters from of the Old Testament as it’s typically so hard to understand. Thus it is the only time I read from it is if I am directed to, and typically the only way I understand what I’m reading is with enlightenment to my mind by way of the Holy Spirit.

Last night, in the middle of the night, found me not only reading, but understanding what I was reading, and the implication of it being very clear to me.

After reading Lamentations chapter 4, I flipped some pages ahead and found my attention was drawn to Ezekiel chapter 18. With this I could, again, see practical application.

This Sunday, June 4th is Pentecost Sunday. If you, like I was until recently, are unclear on what Pentecost Sunday here, this link will take you to an article about it.

http://www.refinery29.com/2017/05/156868/what-is-pentecost-spiritual-meaning

Early this past Tuesday morning, before I awoke, I heard in my sleep, “Pentecost is in four days”. At the time I was perplexed by this, and didn’t speak much about it because it didn’t make sense to me.

However, going forward in 24 hour blocks of time, from when I heard those words to four days forward brings it to Saturday morning, June 3rd, which is this Saturday.

That experience has taken on more meaning to me after my experience last night.

I realize the 4th chapter of Lamentations is written in regard to Israel, however, as I read it in the middle of last night, the impression that came to me was it is a message for America.

Like was Israel, as described, America has become like tarnished gold that has become dull through wickedness. And because of this wickedness, judgement and punishment is coming to humble the people of America. Of this, many are the warnings that have been issued, by others.

As described in Lamentations, where once we ate fine food, I believe we will beg for bread and be destitute in the streets.

While all of the text seemed to speak to me, verses 6 and 22 seemed to particularly stand out. I originally read from the KJV, but for easier readability, I’ll post them in HCSB version:

6) The punishment of my dear people
is greater than that of Sodom,
which was overthrown in an instant
without a hand laid on it.

22) Daughter Zion, your punishment is complete;
He will not lengthen your exile.
But He will punish your iniquity, Daughter Edom,
and will expose your sins.

Ezekiel chapter 18 is about personal responsibility for sin. I believe verses 26-32  speak the message I am to share:

26 When a righteous person turns from his righteousness and practices iniquity, he will die for this. He will die because of the iniquity he has practiced. 27 But if a wicked person turns from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he will preserve his life. 28 He will certainly live because he thought it over and turned from all the transgressions he had committed; he will not die. 29 But the house of Israel says, ‘The Lord’s way isn’t fair.’ Is it My ways that are unfair, house of Israel? Instead, isn’t it your ways that are unfair?

30 “Therefore, house of Israel, I will judge each one of you according to his ways.” This is the declaration of the Lord God. “Repent and turn from all your transgressions, so they will not be a stumbling block that causes your punishment. 31 Throw off all the transgressions you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. Why should you die, house of Israel? 32 For I take no pleasure in anyone’s death.” This is the declaration of the Lord God. “So repent and live!

As I am not a prophet, I can’t say what is going to happen, or that anything will actually happen; my intention is not to prophesy anything.

I am merely sharing my experience as I’ve had it. If nothing happens, out of the ordinary, this Saturday, June 3rd, then we should all thank and praise God.

But as I have had experiences in the past where I’ve believed I heard a word from the Lord, and then events followed that confirmed to me it was not just my imagination, but was in fact from the Lord, I don’t dare not share what I experienced last night.

I believe this to be a warning of things to come and I feel it my responsibility to issue the warning.

Bible prophecy tells us there will be an end to this world of sin. Prior to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ returning to the earth there will be a time of judgement, and I believe that time is fast approaching.

I believe the most important things we can do are as follows:

1) Sincerely pray, seeking to draw near, or nearer, to our God and repent of all things we, individually, are in need of repenting of.

2) Sincerely pray for the protection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

3) If not already done, immediately stock our pantries with emergency food, water and other emergency supplies; stock enough to sustain ourselves and our immediate families for at least two weeks.

4) Pray, read scripture, and pray some more.

Even If

In thinking back on it, I realized I could have guessed something was coming. Yes I did notice and think it curious that this song kept playing through my mind; when I say continuous I mean it very literally, for the previous 48 hours.

I do like the song, very much. I was very touched by its message the first time I heard it. But to wake in the middle of the night to hear it playing in my mind, after noting it was playing in the background of my mind (each time I paid attention) throughout the day, struck me as curious.

So within the first day or so after waking up in inexpressible pain, the fact that song had played through my mind continuously for 48 hours prior to being struck with this trial was not lost on me. That very first morning, prior to being able to take a first dose of prescription pain meds, I cried out to God: “WHY THIS!”

I’ve known pain and I’ve known sorrow, but to date, I have never known endless physical pain in the level it is debilitating.

When, on the third day, something shifted somewhere within my hip/back, so that the intense, continuous nerve pain settled down to a low roar, rather than an intense roar, I was so thankful. For the first time I could now carefully hobble on my feet, as opposed to only being able to crawl, and even sometimes not being able to manage that as the attempt left me lying on the floor crying in pain.

Thankfully after a week that included a massage and a chiropractic visit, the pain became bearable so long as I was continuously on medication. After a second chiropractic visit and massage there were days I was able to go long stretches with minimal medication in my waking hours, but nights were terrible. I was waking every two hours in terrible pain that had me taking another Excedrin and hobbling about to shake things loose, then massaging  pain rub up and down my entire leg from my hip to my ankle on the outer side of my thigh and shin. The pain seemed to originate from my hip joint.

I’d yet to see a primary care physician as I’d lost touch with the one I’d found four years earlier as she had moved from the facility where I once saw her, and I didn’t know where she’d gone. Thus far I’d only been able to get into see a Holistic Doctor. He set me up with natural pain meds and the massage therapy. The natural pain meds worked along with the OTC drugs and helped reduce my use of the harsher medications; I appreciated this as I worry about the health of my liver. The massages helped ease the tightness of my muscles from the cramping that came with the pain.

By the end of week two I was doing better in the day time, as far as pain. I was still unable to walk or be on my feet for more than a couple minutes at a time. However, the loss of sleep for not only me, but also my husband was taking its toll. My husband insisted I go to the ER for an MRI as thus far we’d failed to get a referral for one from the Holistic Dr. As this problem was not resolving on its own, we wanted to find out just what the problem is.

A visit to the ER turned out to be frustrating at best. As I feared, the ER doctor deemed an MRI unnecessary. She must have had a preconceived determination of my condition even though she didn’t actually even examine me. She politely but condescendingly informed me MRI equipment is very sophisticated machinery and as I’m not a professional athlete or dancer I didn’t need one. I figure what she meant but wasn’t saying is that as I’m a lowly housewife who likely strained a muscle reaching too far across the coffee table for another bon-bon while watching my soaps, I merely needed a shot in the ass (which she provided) along with a prescription for a sedative, which she prescribed. The shot for pain actually caused me more pain as my leg muscles were already extremely tender. The sedative did NOTHING for reducing pain which is what was preventing me from sleeping at night.

The only good thing that came from the ER visit is they are a part of the same network that my previous primary physician is a part of and thus through a serious of phone calls I was able to get an appointment with her two days later. From her I was issued a prescription for drugs that actually afforded me a full five hours of sleep before waking with pain and I’ve a schedule MRI to see what the heck is going on with inside my hip and leg.

The day after my appointment with my primary physician my husband was driving me to another massage appointment. On the way, on the radio this song came on again. It was the first time I’d heard it in over two weeks. I recognized it with the first few notes and said to husband: “This is my theme song”. Normally I’ll sing along with the songs I really love but this time I could not as almost immediately I began to cry and continued to cry through the whole song.

Before my massage the holistic Doc came in asking some question and had me lie on my back then asked me to lift my right leg, which I did with no problems. He then instructed I do the same with my left; just attempting to lift it cause sharp pinched nerve pain to radiate in my hip and groin.

After my massage, while in the car waiting for my husband to buy slushies for the girls, I, seemingly randomly, tucked my right foot under my left thigh. I then pulled my right knee towards my chest holding it in a mild stretch. I then let go of my knee and for unexplained reasons it seemed to suddenly drop. In process of that drop I heard and felt a very loud POP in my groin. It scared and startled me, but I quickly realized I felt no pain so hoped it was not a negative. On the way home as I told Brian about it I realized the pain in my hip seemed to have eased up.

The next morning, although I still HAD to take narcotics to sleep (that pain is still alive and well) I noted my gait is improved. Then I got curious so laid on my back on the floor and repeated the leg lift. This time I was able to lift my left leg with NO pain!!

In sharing about this to my adult daughter, she suggested it quite likely my hip had popped out of socket!!

What’s scary about this is if this is correct, then I have almost three weeks of possible damage due to it not being corrected right away. As I’ve had a slippy joint for some time, (I now recognize the many symptoms of the past to suggest this) I’ll go ahead with the MRI as I still have plenty of pain and discomfort and don’t have any desire to go back to for a repeat of the past weeks.

In the meantime, even though I’m not back to normal, I’m so very thankful to be as improved as I am. I do have HOPE of healing, but NO MATTER what happens, what I now know, in my heart and soul, is “even if” it is well with my soul. I now know the Lord is with me, and He cares, and He’ll carry me through come what may.

Measure of Success

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It was the ultimate goal; heralded by the average red blooded American, and this person believed in it fully; they had the will, the determination and the drive to make it happen.

And make it happen, they would at all costs. While others wasted precious time in recreation recreation-1238050

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and children, a-child-1431845

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and other worthy and worthwhile pursuits,

this motivated soul deemed them unnecessary and sacrificed all for the fulfillment of “the” dream.

Alas, the hard work paid off!

With the mortgage paid on their million dollar condo condo-shots-1222076

And designer labeled clothing and shoes packed in the newly acquired designer Luggage ready-to-go-1472989

And five Star Hotel reservations lined up at various  points around the globe greece-hotel-1222019

And tomorrow marked as the day to, at last, set sail in the newly purchased Catalina 425 Yacht

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All the hard work, long hours, and other sacrifices seemed well worth it.

On the road home from running last minute errands  came an unexpected downpour, in which the sleek Alpha Romeo, yet another  prized and cherished possession,nice-car-alpha-romeo-1454825

began to hydroplane and spun out of control, thus becoming mangled beyond recognition when impacting a very solid immovable object. In mere seconds came about the end of life for both driver and car.175017523

No more would they reside in the luxury condo, or have use or need of the designer luggage currently housing the exquisite designer clothes. Despite the time, toil and sacrifice made, they would never now set sail in the gorgeous yacht that was an integral part of the long desired dream vacation.

Never again would they, or anyone else, ever again drive that dream car.

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Their last earthly breath had been spent; all the sacrifices, all the missed opportunities that allowed for the acquisition of the fine worldly possessions, was now in vain, as not one of the possessions could be taken or used where this person would now exist.

Yes, they had stored up treasure, but…..

Matthew 6:19-21

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Luke 12:16-21

16 Then He told them a parable: “A rich man’s land was very productive.17 He thought to himself, ‘What should I do, since I don’t have anywhere to store my crops? 18 I will do this,’ he said. ‘I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones and store all my grain and my goods there. 19 Then I’ll say to myself, “You have many goods stored up for many years. Take it easy; eat, drink, and enjoy yourself.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is demanded of you. And the things you have prepared—whose will they be?’

21 “That’s how it is with the one who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”