Harp and Story

As for Me and My House…

An article we recently read asked, “If something does happen on December 21, where would you want to be?”

That is the question we put to you today. Where would you want to be? Where should you be?

Now more than ever we need to make a stand and proclaim, “As for me and my house, we will serve YHVH!”  Which side do you support?  Remember there are only two seeds; one good and the other evil, there is no third choice.

Choices are being made…  Attendees of the Democrat convention vociferously “booed” when the “all in favor” vote was taken to add God and Israel back into the party platform.

The American public by a margin of 51% to 47% voted to keep as president a man who is the antithesis of what “Christians” say they believe and almost 92% of all Americans say they believe in God and 76% of those say they identify with a Christian denomination.

Actor, song writer, comedian Jamie Fox said at the Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas and was wildly applauded for his comments, “It’s like church over here. It’s like church in here. First of all, give an honor to God and our Lord and Savior B__ck O__ma,” he said to the audience.  Responding to his comments, radio host and Fox News commentator Mary Walter said the “Django Unchained” actor’s reference may root back to reliance on government. “The intellectually superior don’t need the crutch of religion,” she said on Fox News, according to Mediaite. “Those of us clinging to our guns and religion… we’re somehow less evolved. It’s about a societal religion as opposed to a church religion, because if the government gives you everything, the government becomes your religion, and he’s our leader.”

The Synthesis 2012 gathering, from December 20-23, celebrates the end of the Mayan 2012 Calendar with a hopeful message for humanity. During the 4-day International gathering, Synthesis 2012 brings together some of the top international world music groups, electronic dance music, dynamic visionary leaders, spiritual teachers, shamans, the local Mayan community, teachers of healing arts and healthy, eco-conscious living. The event blends ancient culture, Indigenous ceremony and live world music with state-of-the-art electronic dance, visionary arts, sound healing, projections and inspiring films.

Jeremiah 51:8, Revelation 14:8 and 18:2 all have the same message, Babylon is fallen and destruction is around the corner. Again we ask, “Where should you be…”

For Thought – consider this in light of the US president: Daniel 8:23-25 And in the latter period of their rule, when the transgressors have run their course, a king will arise insolent and skilled in intrigue.  And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; and he shall destroy to an
extraordinary degree, and shall prosper and perform; he will destroy them that are mighty and the people of the saints. And through his cunning he will cause deceit to succeed by his influence; and he will magnify himself in his heart, and he will destroy many while at ease; he will even oppose the Prince of princes; but he will be broken without human agency.

How are we controlled?  The following is taken from: http://www.christian-faith.com/forjesus/jezebel-spirit

Jezebel: “…this harlot spirit has an influence that extends into Hollywood and the TV programs Christians pollute their minds with, into the United Nations, and in fact into the whole global political, economical and religious system of the world which is now seeking to unite all people everywhere under the antichrist. It gets into the church as a spirit of ungodly control and seduction which encourages people to “live it up” in the world as long as they are submissive to the church leadership and don’t move in the Holy Spirit. It seeks to kill the prophetic even in Pentecostal churches, and this has happened in many places already.

To say ‘No’ to this spirit you will start to experience opposition in this life. You can dream along well enough and live a life of carnal pleasure, telling yourself you are Christian, without having too much trouble from this spirit, because in this way you are still held captive. Try to break free and you will see what it is.

God has promised to judge and destroy this spirit and its works. This will not come without pain to the people of the world.

We may well be entering the season of this kind of judgment, with the collapse of economic systems. Yet, I believe that this Babylonian spirit has not yet come to the zenith of its power. We will have to persevere and endure for some time yet. Things may get worse before they can get better.

Even so, we can get the claws of Jezebel and Babylon out of our own lives. We do this by taking an uncompromising stand for truth in an age of religious expediency. We do it chiefly by embracing the cross. Those who do not are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction. (Philippians 3:18,19).

“For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame–who set their mind on earthly things.”

We have to be willing to actually suffer for Jesus if we want to defeat this evil power. It is by saying ‘No’ to the cravings of our flesh and to carnal ambition that we can be the true servants of the Lord in an age of “deep darkness” (Isaiah 60).

The cross is the place where we truly meet the Messiah. Any “anointing” which is not rooted in the cross is a false jezebel anointing. Such false anointing can be used to gather people together to hear what their itching ears want to hear (2 Timothy 4:3). And many are impressed because the people so gathered can be induced to give large amounts of money to the cause. This then multiplies the influence of this false spirit.

If we keep the cross central in our lives and our teaching, we will do much to escape this spirit; for there is no deliverance from its witchcraft and its sorceries on the fleshly side of the cross. The man who is dead and hid in God will escape her, but the ungodly and the fool will not.”

Taken from Know Your Enemy by Mark Fairley. “The Jezebel spirit manifests as domination (control) through manipulation used from a position of weakness usually by a female or through intimidation used from a position of strength usually by a male.  The Jezebel spirit will often initially use manipulation but then switch to intimidation when she (the spirit) is in power.  The spirit targets men of influence and leadership.  She seeks to replace legitimate authority with illegitimate authority – she has a deep hatred of true spiritual authority and always seeks to replace it with illegitimate authority. She does this through emotional pressure, witchcraft and excessive sensuality.  Jezebel wants control more than anything.”

“The Jezebel spirit will try to steal your vision, make you anxious and depressed when there is nothing significantly different in your circumstances, and if there are difficult circumstances this spirit will tell you that they are insurmountable, impossible and overwhelming.  Jezebel will make you feel like dying when in reality you are YHVH’s man for the hour. Spiritual life may seem irrelevant and pointless and you lose the desire to pray and the faith to try; demonic voices will tell you that it is all hopeless; you may suddenly find yourself in unreasonable anxiety fearing tragedy or death, becoming pessimistic and cynical.  Much of what is called depression is actually Jezebel. Jezebel wants to paralyze with fear, condemnation, depression, apathy, or whatever it takes until we withdraw.  The only answer to those under Jezebel’s attack is perseverance in battle. And remember that YHVH who defeated Baal on Mount Carmel can do the same today.”

Rev 3:14-19  “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation. “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.”

Where are you going to stand?  In the LIGHT or in darkness – “As for me and my house we will serve YHVH.”

John 3:19-21  And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” 

Paradigm – Expectation – Emotion

Every now and then I find a book that challenges the paradigm of my personally held world view. I came across one of those books awhile back and here is a profound thought from that book; “Your paradigm determines your expectation which governs your emotion.”

In Genesis 18 we find Abraham resting in the shade of his tent when suddenly he looks up and sees three men approaching him.  He jumps up to greet them and offers them refreshment.  Before the men leave Abraham they prophesy that Sarah, Abraham’s wife will conceive and have a child at this time next year.  Our focus in this story now turns to Sarah.  She is listening to this conversation behind the tent door.  From Genesis 18:11-15, Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?” The LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’  Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.” But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. He said, “No, but you did laugh.”

Sarah’s paradigm was that she was past the years for child-bearing.  This was fact, her reality.  None of us would dispute her point of view; a woman 90 years of age in any culture is not expected to bear children.  From this paradigm her expectation was to remain childless until she died.  Twelve years earlier she had given her hand maid, Hagar to Abraham in the hopes of fulfilling the promise of YHVH for a posterity; Gen 16:2,  “And Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the LORD has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.” The emotion of Sarai from that decision is recorded in Gen 16:5-6, And Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my servant to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the LORD judge between you and me!”  But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your servant is in your power; do to her as you please.” Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her.

When the Angel of YHVH latter announce to Abraham that his wife Sarah would conceive and bear a child at this time next year, Sarah’s emotion generated from her expectation based on her paradigm caused her to laugh.  Her laugh was not one of joy, her paradigm would not allow for that, her laugh was of unbelief, mockery, that is why the Angel of YHVH confronted her.  Is anything too hard for YHVH?

Every month Steve and I read through the Psalms.  Taking a quick look through the Psalms that David wrote especially, one can quickly ascertain his paradigm, expectation and resulting emotion.  David’s paradigm is that YHVH is in control, evil men can devise all they want, but YHVH orchestrates their actions, they can do nothing outside of the will of YHVH.  David’s expectation is that no matter what happens YHVH will, at some point, set the course correct and his emotion is to turn his thoughts to praise and hope in YHVH.  Let’s take a look at Psalm 27 for instance.  David is reaffirming his place in YHVH; YHVH is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? YHVH is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?   This is David’s paradigm.

David’s expectation is found in the next few verses; Psalm 27:2-5, When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. One thing have I asked of YHVH, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of YHVH all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of YHVH and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.

And now David’s emotion based on the expectations of his paradigm: Psalm 27:6-7,  And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to YHVH. Hear, O YHVH, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me!

We all are driven by emotions based on our expectations fostered by our paradigms.  If our paradigm is one of lack because that is of course the truth, my paycheck is only for this amount and that amount doesn’t even cover my living expenses so therefore how can I ever expect to take a month off, oh woe is me, I never get to do anything – heartbreak, despair, discouragement…  Or how about this one, I’m old, my health is failing therefore you can’t possibly expect me to run a race as if to win, I’m too tired, too worn-out, o woe is me, I might as well just give up; or my kids are walking with the world, they don’t want to have anything to do with YHVH, oh well, even if I did try witnessing to them they probably wouldn’t be interested anyway, the world has too much of a grip on them, o woe is me, they’ve abandoned me, I’m just too tired to keep trying to connect with them.

Can you see how easy it is to be governed by the world’s paradigm just like our scriptural example of Sarah, and not rest and rely on the instruction of YHVH.  And just what is His instruction?  Paul gives us a heads up in Philippians 4:4; “Rejoice in YHVH always: again I will say, Rejoice.”  At the end of the day it all comes down to this; turn your eyes upon Y’Shua, look full in His wonderful face and the things of this earth will grow strangely dim in the LIGHT of His glory and grace!

If we want to walk, talk and have our being in the commission of Matthew 10: 6-8, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received freely; give freely; then it is necessary to have a Ruach led paradigm shift.  The paradigm of Matthew 10 is, go to those who don’t yet KNOW Me, who don’t yet have a relationship that produces a heart change with Me and share the wonders of YHVH’s glorious kingdom.  How can we know the glories of His kingdom unless we live in His kingdom?  The expectation of Matthew 10 is a flowing of Living Water that will heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons, bring YHVH’s children from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of LIGHT.  And the emotion is recorded in Luke 10, they rejoiced!

Rejoicing is the outcome of being in the King’s paradigm!

Why then, would we want to be in any other paradigm with any other expectation but His best for us?