Getting Back What Was Lost

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In a dream, I was sitting next to God, and  I asked “Why are they all behaving that way”, as I watched with Him from Heaven as the people raced around below on the earth.  He said, “because they don’t understand my love for them.”  

And my heart broke, because His heart was aching to help them, but they didn’t think He was real enough to love and help them, and when the people prayed to Him for help, and He would try to send them earthly help from the people in the churches, none of those people would go and do what He was asking them to do.

They couldn’t get past the voice of the enemy filling them with thoughts of doubt and unbelief.

There was a day coming and it was very near when all of His children would clearly hear and understand the truth, because God was removing the thick layer of lies that has been polluting the world for generations.

 

The doubts and unbelief were being blown away and the Truth was intervening like had never before been seen or done.  God was full of excitement and ready to do wonderful things for all the people that had suffered so greatly.

It will be like the days of Noah for God. Only the earth will now be uncovered and no longer submerged by evil. Wickedness shuts its mouth and a humbled mankind is what remains.

Hope, Faith & Love are all we need to have right now! And the greatest of these is love! God is LOVE, and His love is perfect.

On a day when God spoke to me while I was awake, He said, I am now arising and I will put all of your enemies underfoot. You will soon look up and the wicked will no longer be there. 

He said the next thing to happen was for us to go up.  He said that “the new can’t come down until we go up, but no one is going up until the people all turn and help others”, he said.

This is the time of restoration and healing the nations. Every believer that has been restored to health and wholeness now has a job to do to bring others that are sick and suffering to the Truth, so they too can be healed and raised up in Christ.

I don’t believe that this is a suggested bit of advice, but it was commanded by Jesus to be done when he said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”

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A servant is not greater than his master, so wash each other’s feet, because Jesus washed our feet. He gave us the peace of the gospel for our feet, so walk in peace and love to help those in need.

Truth or a Lie

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God is the solution to every issue we face as individuals, a community, a nation and a world.  We need to ask God to help us, so we don’t have to be in fear of going to a concert or sending our kids to school.  God is perfect love, and He created all of us out of that perfect love, so why would people be against knowing the One that loves them more than any human being ever can or will?
The future generations need to know that they don’t have to live in fear or be buried under the weight of shame and guilt or carry the sicknesses that are said to be passed down in their family blood lines. Jesus gives you the way to a new family blood line that is pure, holy and righteous without sickness and past curses carried down from a family.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but that is great news to me! That means that I don’t have to worry about suffering the issues like heart disease, breast Cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, or mental issues that were all part of my old family tree. God gives me a new family tree that is healthy and free of all the broken past diseases and sufferings! I am completely healthy and can honestly say that I never go to the doctor.
 I received a new life and a new family blood line the day I understood that Jesus gave me a way out of the past and into the perfect presence of God the Father. Give your kids a new blood line from a pure and healthy tree of life, and give them hope for a brighter future where evil drowns and mercy flows like a river to heal the hurts. Suicide, rape, sex trafficking, drug abuse, child abuse, and all sickness and disease really can be a forgotten thing of the past if we will all lay down our pride and stubborn ways of living for ourselves, and instead we ask for Jesus to lead us to the Father right now.
 I am not talking about accepting a man made religion, I am talking about accepting the Truth and letting go of the lies! There is a better way, and it comes from perfect love that is our Creator. God loves you with an everlasting love, and if you are tired of being sick and tired and stressed out, there is a better way. By believing in the TRUTH. God’s peace and love are so easy to receive and when you know you are loved and accepted, you have hope and dreams really do come true.
 Leaving the negative mindset of the past, opens the path for peace and divine healing and love to flow into your life. We all have a choice to make. We can choose life, or we can continue on the path to death by not accepting and believing in God’s Truth.  Jesus is the Truth, the Life and the Way.  He is the manifest Word of God.  He is the light of the World that shines out darkness in us.

“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭107:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The “fatherless Generation”

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About five years ago, I saw a news story about a four year old girl that was killed in the Arizona Foster Care System, and my life has never been the same.  This beautiful child lost her life after a daycare worker tried to keep her from waking the other children by placing her hand over the girl’s mouth.  The news said that the daycare worker would not be charged for the murder of the girl, because it was an accident.  The woman never intended to kill the child when she suffocated her on the first day that she attended the state run daycare, so it had to be an accident?

The child’s Foster parent (a single male with no blood relation) commented that the girl had no one who loved her, and that she was all alone in the world.  He said that her death would be just like her life, and no one would care.  His outward demeanor was half melancholy and half sarcastic, but neither showed the signs of a compassionate parent.  He looked like he had no business caring for any child, especially not one that the state gave him custody as a single, unrelated man.  This story was heartbreaking and suspicious to say the least.   I couldn’t bear the thought of what she must have suffered in this world all alone, and the fact that no one was going to fight for her life or death was an injustice that was beyond comprehension.

l spent the next two years determined to end child abuse.  I made my way into several non profits by doing anything that was needed to help them.  After countless hours of child abuse research, awareness efforts, volunteer projects, and legislative initiatives, I realized that the numbers had actually increased by 40% on the number of children in the Arizona Foster Care System!  My heart was aching for these little ones, and I was desperate to help in any way that I could.

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I remember driving in my car, and trying not to cry after losing the battle with a child sexual abuse prevention bill in the AZ legislature, and suddenly I just started talking to God.  I had zero knowledge of the bible, but I knew that God helped me at least two times in the past when I cried out for help, so out of utter desperation, I cried out for these innocent children.  I spoke a very detailed prayer asking God to please help me, because I simply couldn’t save these children without Him!  I asked Him to rescue just one child a day, because I thought that one child was better than none, but God had a better plan.

Three days after I poured out my heart in prayer, I received a call from a nonprofit that I served on the Board of Directors.  The founder of the nonprofit wanted me to come and meet a girl that the police had brought to them after she was rescued from a motel in Scottsdale.  The police received an anonymous tip that the girl was being sex trafficked.  By this time, I had already forgotten all about my prayer, but I heard a little voice whisper, “She is alive, because of your prayer”.  I had never heard that little voice before, but there was no mistaking what I heard, and I immediately asked when they found the girl.  The woman tried to tell me it was on a Saturday night, but my prayer was on a Friday night, and I told the woman that she was wrong, and that the girl was rescued on Friday night.  The woman didn’t understand why I was being so insistent on the day, but she agreed to call the police and get the exact time and day, so that I would stop hounding her about it.

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A few hours later, the lady called me back and wanted to know how I could have known the day was Friday, because the police confirmed that the girl was in fact rescued on Friday, but she wasn’t taken to the safe house until Saturday evening.  The lady asked if I had been involved with the FBI operation that had taken place that same night across the nation.   I had no idea what she was talking about, but in order to get more info, I said, “what have you heard?”  She said that 168 children were rescued that weekend in the largest sex trafficking bust at that time in the US.

As soon as she spoke the words, that same small voice that I heard earlier whispered, “Think bigger!  I want to save more than one child a day!” Holy Crap!  God heard my prayer!!!  I didn’t even know for sure if God was real when I prayed that night.  I only knew that I couldn’t fix the issue on my own, and I had come to the end of my finding the solutions after two years of sleepless nights trying to figure out a way to stop the evil that was destroying our children, so I went to the last place I could think of for help.

Not only was there a God, but He was eager to answer that prayer and all the prayers that have followed!

This is just one piece of a beautiful story that is still unfolding, but I am ready to share all of the pieces, because I am not here to create a legacy about my life, but I am here to share in a legacy that is much greater than my own life.  I know an awesome God that loves every single person, and He is ready to be found by everyone!

Man can’t solve the social injustices alone, because man is the reason for most of them.  God is the One that can do what is impossible for man, so if you want to see your community free from crime and evil, I suggest that you start by partnering with the Creator of all good!  Use your voice by praying for the lives that are suffering all around you.  If you don’t know how to help someone, PRAY for them!  God knows how to do what you don’t or can’t do on your own, so just show love for others by praying for them.  That is the greatest thing that you can ever do to help a hurting life.

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Love Through God’s Eyes

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I came upon a man about to collapse crossing the street in Mesa, so I stopped my car and asked if he needed help.

I know that most people don’t understand why I feel the need to stop and help people that I see on the streets, but I don’t understand why they don’t feel the need to help.  If I ignore the human lives that are suffering and feel alone and unloved, how will they ever know that they are loved, and that God is able to heal and rescue them from their despair?

The man today looked like he was going to die if he didn’t get help, and I finally insisted that he get in my car before he passed out in the street.  He was barely able to speak, his body was twisted and in constant motion.  I assumed that he was a drug addict or just really sick, but either way, I knew that he needed help.  I have some knowledge on what addictions do to the body and mind, but I have no experience with helping someone that is addicted to heroin, and this guy was in terrible shape, and I figured that it was either up to me to lead him to God, or he would die.

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I prayed over him many times, and I asked him to surrender his life to Jesus, so he could heal him, because nothing that I was speaking was going to be enough. I fed him lunch, and asked God to bless his food to help his body receive the nutrients it needed to be restored enough to at least function long enough to speak a full sentence, but that wasn’t happening in the 3-4 hours that I spent driving around with him in my car.  I finally decided to just play some music that I thought might help to ease his mind from the severe wd symptoms that he seemed to be suffering from at that time.  I guess that the demonic spirits that had his life and body bound didn’t like that much, because he started displaying worse signs of wanting to come right out of his skin. The faces and strange sounds that came from him were not normal human speech or expressions.  He was going in and out of what appeared to be demonic possession as the spirits were fighting to remain with him, so I just started singing loudly and would ask him to repeat the words with me that proclaimed deliverance and being well with the soul.

I told him that I wasn’t going to leave him until he was free from what had a hold on him, and I meant it, because I knew that God would never lead me to this guy if he didn’t want me to help him escape the bondage.  I was thinking that perhaps I should have been better prepared, but I have no idea how to prepare for something like that, so I just gave it all to God to handle when I saw no signs of improvement.  After awhile he sort of came out of some of the suffering and what appeared to be a torturous hell from my view, but he still wasn’t able to sit still in his seat or talk clearly.

I drove him to where he said he lived, and  I thought that he might be okay if I left him there and just continued to pray for him, but then the drug dealers rolled up, and I could tell that part of him wanted to go join them, but he said that he didn’t want to stay there, because he knew that if he did, he would end up at their apartment doing drugs.  I didn’t want that either, but I also didn’t want to force someone to change because I thought that they should, so I told him that it was his decision to make, and I knew that God wanted to help him through the battle that he was in, but I wasn’t sure what that really would entail.

I found a nearby detox center and drove him there, but I had no idea if they would take him or if they would require insurance or even a full name, and I had none of that info to give them, and he wasn’t in any condition to fill out paperwork. At that point, I stopped in the parking lot, and began to tell him that this suffering now was actually part of his healing that would later help him to lead many others out of the same bondage.

He said he was molested by a man when I asked him to tell me his story, but he didn’t say anything else, and he really didn’t need to, because I already knew why God put him with me at that moment.  I told him how I first came to know God was real and that He was able to do big and awesome miracles, and it was when I cried out to God to help the children that were being sexually abused and no one else would listen or help these hurting lives.  I told him how God listened and rescued 168 kids that very night that I prayed for his help.  I told him that God didn’t want him to carry that shame or guilt anymore, and that it was not going to continue to keep him locked in addiction to escape the pain of the past, because God can remove all of that pain and heal him completely.

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We talked about his dreams as a child and how it was not too late for his life to be transformed into what it was meant to be before evil tried to destroy it.  The guy was only 24 years old, but I truly couldn’t tell if he was 20 or 40, because the drugs had messed him up so badly.

When I finally left him, he was almost speaking full sentences, and he no longer had that fear and pain clinging onto him.  I can’t tell you what happened after that, but as I drove away, I started sobbing.  The pain was so heavy on my heart knowing that his struggle was nowhere near over, and that no one cared enough to help him.  I couldn’t find any place to take him that I knew would give him the care and support he needed.

I just cried out to God and told Him that it wasn’t fair that he had to suffer like that because of what happened to him as a child. He would have died if I didn’t pick him up today, and part of me wanted to die knowing that he was just one life that was out there among thousands just like him that no one would see or help.

I asked God to please make sure that his life was surrounded with protection and that he would never be alone again.  I knew that I couldn’t do anything, but I also knew that God could do everything he needed and more, so I gave him to God and told God that I knew that He was the only One that could save that kid, and I knew that He would do just that.

I told two people about my day, and both of them acted upset and concerned more about my safety than that poor guy that was barely an adult, and a very broken one at that.  I told the people that if I was worried or in fear, that would mean that I didn’t trust God, and I knew that God sent me to find that guy before he died on the street.

I just want to say that if anyone ever sees a person in need, and they don’t stop to help them out of fear for their own life, than they need to truly examine their relationship with  God and know that perfect love casts out fear.  God is perfect love, so if you truly trust and believe in God, than please let go of the fear ,and see and hear the people that are suffering all around you everyday.  We are the light that shines out the darkness if we are in Christ and doing the works that He did.

The church isn’t a building, it is the people that make up the Body of Christ, and if the people in the churches don’t start getting outside the walls, the Body of Christ will never rise up!

The people inside the church buildings are saved, so let’s stop focusing on how we can entertain them and get into the streets and find the lives that are dying  without Jesus!

Just The Way You Are

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 Some people have the idea that they need to get themselves all cleaned up before they can come to God, but that is not what God wants from us.  Jesus came seeking mercy and not sacrifice.  He came to win back the lost souls, and He even died to make sure that this was possible.  His death, life and resurrection are what sets us free.  Free from the condemnation of sin; free from the guilt and shame; free from the past mistakes; free to come to the Father just as we are.
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In God’s great mercy and grace, His steadfast love pours out through His Holy Spirit into all creation.  Call on Him, taste and see that He is good!  His love is an everlasting love.  The whole Bible is a book of the greatest love story ever known.
Once you have read the book in its entirety this revelation of love is clear.
It is a story of many lives that walked with God, ran from God, didn’t know God and those that thought they knew God, but never knew Him at all.
God is love; Perfect love that is undefiled and without end.  He created each of us for a purpose.  He doesn’t want any of us to perish.  He wants all to come to repentance and live eternally with Him.  To repent of ones sins means to acknowledge that we are sinners and that we need a savior.  No matter what you have been through or are in the midst of now, God has made a way to bring you back to Him, because He loves all of His creation.  That way is through accepting His Son, Jesus Christ, as your Lord.  He covers you in his righteousness and cleanses you, so that you can approach the Father yourself.
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I have heard people say that not even God can make a way out of their circumstances, and I want everyone to understand that NOTHING is too difficult for God.  If you don’t believe me, why not give Him a try and see how He can take that broken, shattered mess of a life and turn it into a beautiful story of redemption through His steadfast love.  Read the book of Psalms and read how David struggled through his life with ups and downs, but through it all, God never let him go.  He hasn’t changed since the beginning of time, and He is able to handle anything that you can throw at Him.
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The life of Jesus Christ in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John give a reflection of who God is for all of us to see and understand that God isn’t the one that puts the heavy burdens and laws on our lives.  God is the One that loves us and wants to heal all of our diseases and heal all of our hurts even when it means going against the laws of man.  Don’t let the doctrine of men keep you away from God, because God’s heart is full of mercy and grace for your life, and He wants more than anything to have you with Him.
God will cover you in His love and protection, so that you can get through anything that this world might do to you.  Just know that God is love and all good things come from God. Don’t believe that God wants you to be sick to teach you a lesson, or that He has caused someone to suffer for His plans.  He will take what Satan has meant for harm and use it for good, but He is not the cause of that suffering.
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I included the lyrics to a song that the Holy Spirit put in my mind recently when I was thinking about how I should talk to God.  I know it might sound strange or ridiculous to some, but I assure you that I would never have looked up the song otherwise.  I didn’t really know the song until that day, and I would have never thought that it could be a message from God, but I promise you that God gave me the song when I asked how I should talk to Him.
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Don’t go changing to try and please me
You never let me down before
Don’t imagine you’re too familiar
And I don’t see you anymore

I wouldn’t leave you in times of trouble
We never could have come this far
I took the good times; I’ll take the bad times
I’ll take you just the way you are

Don’t go trying some new fashion
Don’t change the color of your hair
You always have my unspoken passion
Although I might not seem to care

I don’t want clever conversation
I never want to work that hard
I just want someone that I can talk to
I want you just the way you are

I need to know that you will always be
The same old someone that I knew
What will it take till you believe in me
The way that I believe in you?

I said I love you and that’s forever
And this I promise from the heart
I could not love you any better
I love you just the way you are

Written by Billy Joel • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

#PokemonGo with a Purpose

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As my two sons were determined to hit the streets in search of capturing some fictional Pokemon creatures, I decided that it was a good time to teach them about capturing some hearts for Christ.  I told the kids to prepare some sack lunches, and I would drive them around to a few Pokemon packed parks.  It was a rainy night in Phoenix, and I knew that God had an adventure planned that went far beyond Pokemon play.

Within five minutes of being out on the wet streets, we saw a young girl standing near a QT store holding up a sign.  The sign said something about being pregnant, and I couldn’t read the rest, but I immediately made a U-turn in the middle of the road to go back and help the girl.  As I was pulling into the parking lot, I could see the girl was very young and she was sobbing and hysterical.  I jumped out of my car and ran over to her with open arms.  As I stood in the rain hugging this scared and broken teen, I told her that everything was going to be okay, because God heard her cries and had sent me to help her.

As we talked, I learned that she had been living on the streets for almost two months after her boyfriend dumped her when she refused to have an abortion.  She moved to Arizona for a guy that she thought loved her, and she was now pregnant and alone.  The sad truth was that the life she left in North Carolina wasn’t much better.  Her mother was in prison after she abandoned her and her six siblings for a life of drugs.

The girl immediately said that she couldn’t go anywhere without the other three teens that she had left in a nearby motel, because they needed her.  She had met the other teens while living on the streets, and they each had a story that was as heartbreaking as her own.  One young male had just lost his mother and was literally all alone in the world, the other two teens were products of a broken foster care system, so they only had each other.  The pregnant girl had taken them all in, and was trying to provide for this group of broken youth, because she was the oldest, and the only one that could rent a motel room.

She told me that it was just a really hard day, and she was sorry for being so emotional, because she didn’t usually fall apart like she was in that moment.  She said that people had just been so cruel and heartless that night as they would pass by her yelling out the car window things like, “Get an abortion!”, or even worse were the men that kept trying to pick her up for sex.

I  asked her if she had tried to get help from any of the social services available or any of the churches, and she listed off several places that she had contacted that included shelters that were all full or wouldn’t accept her because she didn’t have an Arizona id card.  She said that one church told her that they might be able to help her pay for a bus ticket back to North Carolina, but they had to approve it with their board first, so she was supposed to keep calling them back.  Of course, she didn’t have a cell phone, or a computer to access information to find resources, but she was pretty resourceful in spite of those so-called missing necessities that most of us think we can’t live without them.

The first thing that I did when I arrived was to pray for her, because I knew that God sent me there, and that He would make a way for her to get through this situation.  I told her that my heart was aching for the things that she was telling me, and she got defensive and said that she didn’t want people to pity her or look at her like she was pathetic.  I let her know that my heart wasn’t hurting for her, because I already knew that God was watching over her life, but what I didn’t know was what would become of all of the people that ignored her cries for help, or tried to take advantage of her or cause her more hurt with their cruel words.  She said that she just wished that everyone could experience what it is like to be alone and desperate to stay alive even for one day, so that their hearts wouldn’t be so calloused.  She said that she knew that this wasn’t her life forever, and that she was going to make it out of that situation.  I told her that I knew that was true too, and that this was just a moment in her life that God was going to later use for her to help many lives in that same situation.

As I brought over all of the bags of sandwiches and snacks that we had prepared, I grabbed a handful of prayer cards that I keep in my car, and I remembered that when I was waiting for my boys to come out to the car, I had prayed over each sack and asked God to richly bless who ever ended up with the lunches, and to pour out His steadfast love in each life that received one of the bags.  I paid for another night for the teens to stay in the motel room they had, and I hugged her and gave her my phone number to call me if she needed anything later.  I knew that God had a plan for her life, and as I was saying goodbye, another car pulled up, and they were waiting to see how they could help.  I knew that was the person that God sent in response to my prayer spoken upon arrival.

As I drove away, I thought about how God was going to take that young soon to be mother, and pour out his love as a Father, and He will later be a Father to her baby, so that neither of them will ever be alone again.  I prayed for her one last time, but this time I spoke words of Prophesy over her life.  God is so faithful to lead each of us out of darkness, and to lead others into our lives that are able to release further blessings and protection over each of us.  I just thank you Father, that your love is an everlasting love, and that we never have to be alone or abandoned again once we let You in!  quote for serving

Love Won’t Condemn, Love Will Win!

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How much is too much for God to redeem?  Where is too far for God to reach?  Some of us walk around consumed by guilt, grief, sorrow, hurt, sickness, confusion and chaos, but what we are not understanding is exactly what we need to understand in order to escape those feelings, because we are under attack when we feel broken and afraid.

We are redeemed in Him!

Jesus Christ is the word of God manifest in the flesh.  He came into the world in order to free man from the punishment and condemnation of sin, and by taking the sins of the world, God is a loving and just God.  He knew that man was unable to ever return back to Him as long as sin was standing between man and God. Jesus died, so that we could have eternal life in him.

God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son.  That whosoever would believe in Him, would not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

“I hear You say,
My love is over
It’s underneath
It’s inside
It’s in between

The times that you doubt me
When you can’t feel
The times that you question
Is this for real

The times you’re broken
The times that you mend
The times you hate me
And the times that you bend

My love is over
It’s underneath
It’s inside
It’s in between

The times that you’re healing
And when your heart breaks
The times that you feel like you’ve fallen from grace

The times you’re hurting
The times that you heal
The times you go hungry and are tempted to steal

In times of confusion
In chaos and pain
I’m there in your sorrow under the weight of your shame

I’m there through your heart-ache
I’m there in the storm
My love I will keep you by my power alone

I don’t care where you’ve fallen or where you have been
I’ll never forsake you
My love never ends
It never ends”

The above are song lyrics by Tenth Avenue North -Song Title “Times”

Can the darkness hide the light?  The light will always overpower the darkness, so no matter where you are, or where you have been, God is able to pull you back to Him!

Never let go of HOPE! God is able to do ALL things, and He will never leave you or forsake you!

 

Wounded Dove

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  Why do you call evil good and good evil?

 For the churches that have been dormant and tried to look the other way, in a sea of injustice that has encamped our City and State, there are no more excuses for this lack of love among the people. God sent a fierce flame to burn through the hearts of the church leaders and call into judgment what they have overlooked with mega churches filled with nothing but inward focused lives that have left our streets filled with the most heinous types of hatred and evil. 

My voice is not to condemn  people, but to awaken the churches that are filled with people that are needed to love their neighbors.  Stop focusing on nothingness and get in the streets and find the hearts that need healed, then you will fill your church chairs and grow a community that cares!

Don’t build your church bigger with walls, break down the walls and send the Christ filled believers into the streets to show mercy, compassion and love in a broken and evil world, that is in need of redemption and a resurrection!  

Has God prepared his servants to simply sit and listen to others talk about how good God is, or has He prepared them to go out and show the world how good He is through actions in love and words of life?!  

I speak to every believer today when I say, NOW is your time!  NOW is your day to rise up and give all that you have received to the world around you!! It has taken God your whole life to bring you to this time, and there is indeed a purpose and a plan that He has called you to fulfill right now!  Get out of that church building and get into the broken and hate filled city streets to heal these hurting people!  

Don’t hesitate and don’t look back,  RUN the race that is laid out in front of you and use God’s strength and might through the power of His Holy Spirit within you to do what Jesus commanded us to do in the world; love our neighbors!!