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Let These Dead Bones Live- Part 1

Here is a life changing sermon THRIVING IN A MOMENT CALLED NOW by Pastor Derek Smith from Bolton, England. I admit it. I am in the valley of dry bones. God gave me the Word for 2014 was “My Cup Overflows.” And since then, things have dried up.  My ex still isn’t paying child support. I still have not found a job after this broken leg. And this Thanksgiving we were served Foreclosure papers. Yeah. Yippee!  So, I am listening to the Word – for hope, for peace, and to build my faith.

I really don’t know what God is up to. I have been here in the valley before. But I do know that God is faithful – and He is still on the throne and He has a plan for me and my family.  He has opened up new doors for me and my music – I have started playing out in the community lately. And He has provided us a new home to rent that is $150 less a month than the mortgage was. And this house is not falling down around us like the other one. We are blessed – even though our bank account doesn’t show it.  God has blessed my husband abundantly with many big jobs. He even has enough work to hire a very good friend of ours. Things are changing. God is good.  But it is a journey.

 

THRIVING IN A MOMENT CALLED NOW is based upon Ezekiel 37. Remember this story? Hey Zeke – lets go for a walk – to the place of death…where nothing grows and there is no life. Sound like fun?

SERMON NOTES:

Do you miss what God is doing by waiting for something to happen to thrive?

Do you have dry places, dead places in your life?

Is the hand of the Lord upon you and has He brought you to the valley of dry bones?

Has God allowed you to travel to a place where only God can get you out?

Every problem that the non-Christian faces still comes to us. We still have problems, but we have Jesus to help us cope with them.

There is often a journey that is going to cost you. There is a journey to thriving. It could be a journey to:

  • breakthrough
  • great marriage
  • great business

We can’t take shortcuts. We have to embrace the journey that God wants to take us on.

God teaches us in Ezekiel 37. The Hand of the Lord was upon Ezekiel. It brought him to the valley of dry bones – not to a really cool place like Hawaii, or England – it did not bring him there. Very dry bones in the valley – a place of death. Surrounded by death God asks Ezekiel to walk over dead bodies thinking “Why have you brought me here? What are you doing God?” (I can relate to this!!!)

Some of us are trying to get OUT of a place God has put us IN.  God is NOT trying to punish us – never. That is not His character. Sometimes He allows us to go into places to bring us through so that we can pick up all the incredible testimonies, revelation, and truths that God can’t always get to us.There are diamonds there for us to pick up.There are diamonds in our brokenness. If you are going through Hell – keep going.If you can pick up those diamonds the journey will be shorter. If we learn what to do in the place of death, you can take those diamonds and it will be a shorter trip.

God is not making us a child – He is making us a Warrior.

The Church is not a Hospital – it is a Battleship.

The church is not here to make us comfortable. It is to equip us to go out and be a radical follower of Jesus so you can bring life and light and hope into the dead valleys that people don’t know how to get out of. But you do!

Do you feel barren?

Are you done?

Maybe it’s your finances, or your health?

Does life feels like you are being surrounded by death?

Do you open the front door to your house and feel death?

Do people not get you?

Are you in the valley of dry bones? Good News – We are not staying in this valley!

Things to do in the Valley:

 

1. Stop arguing with God – you are here. Accept it. (ok, it’s taken me 12 months to do this – but today I accept it. I am in the valley, I guess God has a few more things to teach me. It’s not because I was a ‘bad little girl’ either. I have been serving Jesus. I have been seeking, and praying, and reading my Bible uh, oh – I better get on to Reason #2, I’m “spiritualizing”.)

2. God will ask you ridiculous stuff. Put away the Bible College answer. God knows we are there. Its our lack of revelation that keeps us in the valley. Don’t spiritualize about where you are. Don’t make a theology about it. (I don’t know why I am here. I am going to stop arguing and start hunting for my diamonds. Oh yeah – to all those gossipers who are laughing at me here – I heard what you said. Yes, when Spirit filled people gossip and slander – Spirit filled believers will hear it.  You can laugh or accuse or point fingers all you want – I don’t care. God is not mad at me. I am not in the valley because He is punishing me for my sins. I am forgiven and free and I am still going diamond hunting with or without you!)

3.  Don’t make your home in the valley. Don’t put out the porch swing. We are travelling through the valley.  We are not making home in lack, we are not making home in sickness, debt, or disease. We are passing through this valley. We are making home in THRIVE. (I am NOT staying here. I will get through this and I will THRIVE!)

Stay tuned for Part 2 coming soon!

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Is Your Flesh Raping Your Soul?

Well, I knew after the last post, TO SIN OR NOT TO SIN, I would be “opening a can of worms”!  Law vs grace – it has been an issue ever since Jesus came. Here is an interesting comment I got from one of my followers on Google+.  I know there are some typos, but He does bring up a good point.

Is our quest for perfect flesh raping our soul?

Pastor Walters:

BLIND RELIGIOUS WHANT PERFECT BODIES WHILE THEIR SOULS CONTINUE TO WITHER AWAY,
GOD I DESIRE TRUTH IN THE INNER MAN
ALL FLESH IS A WORK OF ERROR;GOD ALL FLESH ITS WOUND IS INCURRABLE, NO THING AVAILES EXCEPT A NEW CREATION. I CAME TO DESTROY YOUR LOVE AFFAIR WITH YOUR CURSED FLESH AND SEPARATE AND HEAL YOUR OUL; DELIVERING IT FROM THE DARK VEIL AND PRISON OF THE FLESH[GRAVE CLOTHES
JESUS TO THE RELIGIOUS FOOLS; YOUARE LIKE WALKING GRAVES AS ARE YOUR HOUSES, YOU WHITE WASH THE OUTER MAN, BUT INWARDLY YOUR SOULS ARE STILL FULL OF DEATH AND ROTENESS, YOU HAVE GONE BACKWARDS,
GOD I DESIRE RUTH IN THE INNER MAN [SOUL] CAST OFF YOUR LOVE AFFAIAR WITH YOUR CURSED FLESH;
JESUS BEFORE I CAME AND TOLD MEN THE TRUTH, NO MAN EVER HATED HIS FLESH=DEATH;
FROM THE BROTHER OF JESUS; HOW THE FLESH RAPES THE SOUL; TWICE CURSED IS THE SOUL THAT LOVES THE FLESH;[ITS GRAVE CLOTHES]=PAUL=JESUS=JOB= ALL SAID THE SAME THING; THE FLESH GARMENT IS A GARMENT OF DEATH, AND A PRISON GARMENT; THE SOUL MUST ESCAPE BY FAITH IN WORD OF GOD;
THIS IS WHY; JESUS SAID ALL MEN OF FLESH ARE SPIRITUALY DEAD; AND ARE BUT WALKING INVISIBLE GRAVES WHICH INNOCENT SOULS STUMBLE OVER AND DIE; BEWARE THE CONCISION [ FALSE RELIGIOUS MULTITUDES WHO GATHER IN THE VANITY OF THE FLESH=UNCIRCUMCISION; SAID JESUS;
PAUL WE THE TRUE ARE THE CIRCUMCISION, WE KNOW NO MAN AS TOUCHING THE FLESH;

 God’s Word for You:

A New Covenant

“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—  not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord.  But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.  No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” (JEREMIAH 31:31-34 NKJV)

A New Covenant

For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.  Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord.  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.  None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”   In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. (HEBREWS 8:7-13 NKJV)

Which Mountain are You On?  

Mount Sinai and the Law

or Mount Zion and Grace?

From: rodiagnusdei.wordpress.com

My Prayer for You:

Dear Lord,

Please teach us more about Your Love and the Love of the Father with Your Holy Spirit.  Let us leave the old covenant law nailed to the cross where You put it.  Forgive us for putting our ‘laws’ before Your grace.  Forgive us for thinking it’s all about us and what we do or don’t do.  We cannot earn Your Love. Thank you for reminding us that it’s still not about our flesh.  YOU provided the perfect sacrifice for our sins: Jesus did it – it is finished.

We have lived as a Fatherless Orphan too long.  You promised to reveal to us mighty and wonderful things.  Teach us Abba Father, give us a Grace Revolution, and let us walk in the grace and favor Jesus died to give us,  in Jesus Name.

House of Cards – The Harbinger II

I came across this video today from Jonathan Cahn.  America is crumbling.  Our government is closed – shut down. We have cut GOD out of our schools, our government, and our finances.  The following are my views – my opinions. Take it or leave it.

The bricks have fallen – the sycamore has fallen down – a sign of judgement.  America is being uprooted. 

Isaiah 9:10 NKJV

“The bricks have fallen down,
But we will rebuild with hewn stones;
The sycamores are cut down,
But we will replace them with cedars.”

“WE WILL REBUILD” – the words our President used in his first speech to Congress.  A Nation in Defiance of God. Legalizing Gay marriage, killing our children with abortions everyday, and building golden calves.

“Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.” (Psalm 127:1 NKJV)

This is now at the End of Wall Street – a dead sycamore tree.

 

Below is the ‘symbol’ that we have put in lower Manhattan to represent Wall Street. Wow, talk about a nation abandoning God. Please pray for a Spirit of Repentance to come to our country.

7000 lbs of Bronze – didn’t we have a problem with golden calves and idols?

 

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

(2 CHRONICLES 7:14  NKJV)

Ready for the ACTS Church?  The Revival is coming! There will be judgement and revival. Messiah will come when there is a falling away.  Get ready for Israel to come to Jesus! The way it began will be the way it will end.  Jesus is the alpha and the omega – the beginning and the end.   The church is coming back to Jerusalem, not Rome.

We are called to be radical. Let us enlarge our consecration to Him.

If we get serious with God, He will get serious with us.

Let us grow up and put away foolish things.

The world is waiting.

Prepare the way of the Lord.

When the night gets darker – let us shine brighter!

Arise people of God to your calling! Let us rise for such a time as this!

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Let Our Praises Rise

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LET OUR PRAISES RISE

BY Ramey Whalen

My voice is the sound of a thousand bells
Hear me nations, *hear* Israel
My song is the water of the purest well
Hear me heaven, fear me hell
My dance carries thunder from the throne of Yah
Look at me, and know He is GOD!
Let our praises rise like a weapon in Your hand
Let our praises rise O God
Let our praises rise like a weapon in Your hand
Let our praises rise O God
My hands hold the cure for every disease
They’re covered in blood and oil and leaves
My laughter and tears create things unseen
Atmosphere changes, God released
My worship is armed with spirit and truth
Sacred, accepted, pleasing to You
God of eternity, wonders and majesty
God of creation, ancient, alive in me
God of all nations, uncharted galaxies
God who is Spirit, alive in me

(Thanks to OnFire for these lyrics,
Thanks to Ramey Whalen for these lyrics)