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No Thank You

How can three little words cause so much pain?

Yashua said No Thank You to Food, Presumption, and Power when the devil tempted him at the beginning of His earthly ministry. (Matthew 4:3-11) Are those temptations any less a snare for us today?

When we say No Thank You, we may expect these words of Yashua found in Matthew 5:11, applied to us, “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.”

No one likes to be maligned, scorned, discounted, beat upon, but that, according to the words of Yashua, is what we should expect when we say No Thank You. But do we compromise and justify our actions to avoid having to say No Thank You?

Do we compromise our No Thank You’s by justifying what kind of and the amount of food we eat presuming that just one time won’t hurt and after all, we don’t want to make waves — let’s just go along to get along! Or how about the things we buy or the words we say or our actions as in “I love you,” but behind my back is this knife that I will use if you dare cross me. How much do we compromise to avoid pain?

Hebrews 12:1-3, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Yashua, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”

There is a price to pay for saying No Thank You to this world’s temptations. We will be treated poorly and may even die for our No Thank You, but just look at the reward; John 10:27-29, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”

The response to our No Thank You may cause pain for a moment, but keeping our eyes fixed on the prize, it’s well worth the price!

John 14:1-3, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in Yahweh; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”

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You and Your Household

Three plus years ago I posted a video teaching titled “Take A Lamb” that is a study about you and your household being saved. In Joshua chapter 2 there is the story of Rahab who hid the two spies being saved along with her family and from the book of Acts chapter 10 we have the story of Cornelius and his entire household being saved and the story of the jailer from Acts chapter 16 being saved along with his household. There is an aspect to these “you and your household” stories that I had not noticed until today that I now want to share with you.

These stories of the households of Rahab, Cornelius and the jailer were those who were gathered into their house. This is an important spiritual point; the folks who were saved were gathered into the house. read more…

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Grandma, Is Santa Claus for Real?

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It’s a tricky question to try and answer when ones  grown children support the Santa Claus reality for their children’s “fun” and “wonderment”. “Don’t spoil the magic of Christmas by telling them there is no Santa Claus,” they say.

Having celebrated Christmas for most of my life and propagated the Santa Claus fantasy with my own children and now watching them continue to propagate this fable with their children I pray for wisdom and discernment to know how to walk these troubled waters. Too late in life I came to realize that I was lying to my children when, for fun, I told them about the magic of Santa Claus, and various other “magical” beings like the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny. Children believe us, their parents and teachers, when we tell them things as supposed “truth” only later to be discovered as lies and fabrications.

My grandchildren came home from school the other day all excited about the magical antics of something called, “Elf on the Shelf” where as the story goes an “Elf” is sent from the North Pole to watch the kids and report back to Santa. To help keep the belief that the “Elf” is real, each night the “ELF” goes to see Santa and is found the next morning in a new spot. The movement is what makes the “Elf” seem so real to the kids. Of course, parents or teachers, as in this case, the “Elf on the Shelf” was being used in my grandchildren’s school, are doing all the different placements and writing the notes and depositing the before Christmas goodies to encourage “good” behavior from their children or students. I finally broke into their excited chatter and said, “It is only a story.” “No, Grandma, it’s real, he’s magic; we can’t touch him or his power goes away,” both my grandchildren repeated several times with strong conviction.

I remember back in the Nineties George Otis Jr. going to the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock, Nevada to film a documentary of the goings-on. The one scene in his documentary that has stayed with me in vivid detail over the years was the scene where Zoe, or Life, was seduced by the devil and taken off to the fires of hell while a child’s piano tinkled Jesus Loves Me in the background. So very ineffective against the onslaught of the glitz and glamour of the enticements of the world and its wicked ways!

Have you noticed that almost everywhere you care to look the theme is “MAGIC!”

At the Frankfurt International Book Fair I attended this October I was told that the current publishing theme is “magic”. If your book has an element of “magic” in it, you will most likely get picked up by a traditional publisher. Magic is what’s selling!

Magic is seducing our children straight into the flames of hell! Did you know that the foundation associated with The Francis Schaefer Institute in the past has given the Harry Potter books an OK? Just a fun story to read to your kids! And we wonder why there is such a tremendous rise of all things associated with Wicca and the Occult!

Think about this… if you tell your child that Santa is real over and over again, multiple times and in multiple ways until one day they come home from school or a friend’s house or from church and with down-cast eyes and tear-stained faces or with defiance in their voice tell you that Santa Claus is not real, he’s only make believe; “you lied to me”, how do you expect them to believe the stories you have been telling, or want to tell them about their Savior, Jesus/Yashua? What is truth in their young minds?

Santa Claus is NOT just an innocent, fun concept to help make the Christmas season “magical” for your children. Watch this video link, Krampus Christmas parade, and then tell me that Christmas is an innocent, fun-loving time of the year to get together with family and friends; drink some egg nog, maybe burn a yule log, have a big dinner, open a mountain of presents then have a fight with your spouse while you listen to the kids whine, cry and complain about the presents they didn’t get.

I have never been so happy on Christmas day as the year 2002 when my husband and I decided not to celebrate this day. We have continued to avoid, as much as we can, the events of this day that defines so much heartache and unmet expectations for so many people.

I refuse to perpetrate the lie of Santa Claus. I believe this lie, and others of its ilk, is responsible for the alarming statistics of so many of our Christian young people leaving the faith of their fathers and mothers for the seduction of the devil and the flames of hell.

So, when my grandchildren ask me if Santa Claus is for real or tell me with such conviction about the antics of Elf on the Shelf I turn the conversation to the story of the birth of our Savior. It has now become the asked for story at bedtime. And NO, I do not believe that Jesus was born on December 25; but He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died a cruel death on a tree, but rose to life on the third day and is now seated at Father YHVH’s Right Hand in the heavens. He did this for you and me that we might be saved and live in relationship with Him for all eternity. He is coming to this earth again and He is going to gather up all who believe in Him and take them to live with Him forever. This is the Greatest Story ever told and it is TRUTH!

 

The Power of Blood

The life of all flesh is in the blood. (Lev 17:11)

Put on the full armor of YHVH, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Eph 6:11-12)

As believers in Messiah Yashua we must wake-up to the fact that we are in a spiritual struggle for our very lives. We must learn to effectively “wrestle” in the spirit realm and resist the temptation to fight the person/people. When Yashua said, “When I return will I find faith on the earth” was more than a rhetorical question!

July 5, 2016, my husband and I were in the middle of a thousand mile return trip home when the FBI Director, James Comey, announced that he wasn’t recommending prosecution of Hillary Clinton for “suspect” email activities. When we heard that announcement we both sensed in the spirit and felt in the atmosphere a literal, dark, heavy weight descend around us. This oppressive darkness remained for the next several hours. From past experience we knew that this heavy oppression was demonic and it was time to hide in the sheltering presence of YHVH. (When the wicked rise, men/women hide themselves… (Prov 28:28))

I have mentioned this before, but it is worth repeating again; the story of the king of Moab sacrificing his son on the wall, found in 2 Kings 2:26-27. “When the king of Moab saw that the battle was too fierce for him, he took with him 700 men who drew swords, to break through to the king of Edom; but they could not. Then he took his oldest son who was to reign in his place, and offered him as a burnt offering on the wall. And there came great wrath against Israel, and they departed from him and returned to their own land.”

Let’s look at one parallel to then and now which concerns the shedding of innocent blood; the 1973 Supreme Court approval of abortion on demand. According to the above scripture the shedding of innocent blood feeds demonic wrath.

A few years back I had an opportunity to read Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. This book is story after story of the shedding of innocent blood fueling great demonic wrath; Catholic neighbors living in harmony with their Protestant neighbors one day and the next day one rising up against the other and slaughtering them in mass. A more modern example is of the war in Rwanda, or Pol Pot and the killing fields, China’s “cultural” revolution under Chairman Mao, Stalin’s purge; all of these examples caused the slaughter of millions of lives and what was the end result; nothing but the consolidation of the power of the enemy! The devil is ruthless. John 10:10 tells us that he only comes only to steal, kill and destroy.

In the few days since Hillary Clinton was let off the proverbial “hook” on July 5, let’s take a look at what has happened: riots in Baton Rouge due to a police shooting and the news tells us that the riots are planned to resume; shootings in Minnesota, Tennessee, Houston, Texas, Atlanta, Georgia, Missouri; demonstrations and violence in Phoenix, New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Louisiana, Washington D.C.; and the deadly ambush that killed 5 police officers in Dallas, Texas; and only 4 days have passed since that determination to not prosecute Mrs. Clinton!

Every time innocent blood is shed great wrath is released upon the land. During the 1990’s I counseled people who had been or were involved in satanic ritual abuse. Story after story all attested to the same fact that satanic ritual abuse involves some form of shedding innocent blood. What could be more innocent than taking the life of a baby? Women, called breeders, purposely get pregnant knowing that in the eighth or ninth month of pregnancy that baby in their womb will be killed as a blood sacrifice to the devil. The person paying for this blood sacrifice gets something from the devil in return, almost always it is a request for more power.

Are the Liberal/Progressive/Communist agenda movements involved in blood sacrifices in efforts to gain more power, (this article taking note of one person in particular)? All it takes is money, a pregnant woman, and an occultic officiator to perform the ritual. Has great wrath been released on this nation since the dismissal of Mrs. Clinton’s email probe? Does she stand to benefit from actions of this sort?

Is the “fix” on? Have the people involved knowingly or unknowingly been influenced to act in a manner in line with the devil’s mandate to steal, kill and destroy?

A timeline:

June 9, Obama endorses Clinton for president and later in the day meets with AG Loretta Lynch.

June 26, Bill Clinton has a private meeting with Loretta Lynch in Phoenix, AZ.

July 1, AG Loretta Lynch announces that she will do whatever the FBI recommends.

July 5, FBI Director declines to recommend prosecution of Clinton.

That same day at 2:25 Clinton and Obama, on Air Force One, take to the campaign trail.

July 6, Shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA which has led to:

Riots, civil unrest, violence, demonstrations, more killings.

Were blood sacrifices involved in her quest for more power? Is it all just circumstantial? Maybe… Believable? Maybe… Probable? Maybe… Possible? If historical precedent is any guide… Absolutely!

Solomon tells us that there is nothing new under the sun. If there were blood sacrifices to gain power in ancient times what would make us think that this tactic of the devil and those sold out to him would not be put in play for the very same reasons in our modern era? Now, as believers in YHVH Yashua what can we do?

Revelation 6:9-10 tells us, “And when He broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O LORD, holy and true, wilt Thou refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

Blood cries out for justice! A few years ago I heard a story that investigative agencies were developing a forensic tool that could actually read blood. Not that the blood was A or B or O or AB type + or -, but could actually read the victim’s spoken words etched in their spilled blood. They said the blood talks! We know from scripture the power of the shed blood of Yashua to save our souls from hell; so it stands to reason that the devil must have a counter to that incredible sacrifice of one God/Man for our salvation to use blood sacrifice to steal, kill and destroy; shed enough innocent blood to tip our nation’s scales of justice in his favor thus releasing upon the land great wrath and the sheeple will blame God, cursing Him for not keeping them from the devil’s stealing, killing and destroying ways!

Every time you hear a news report of the shedding of blood, or you go by an abortion clinic ask YHVH to cover that spilled blood with the holy, shed blood of YHVH Yashua; ask for the release of wrath from that incident of stealing, killing, destroying. Ask that YHVH’s power destroy the authority of the one who brings chaos through wrath. Ask that spells, hexes, vexes, incantations, witchcraft of any kind be released from the land and those words of the devil be replaced with blessings, shalom, love, kindness, evidences of the fruit of the Holy Spirit.  
And finally, my friends a word from 1Peter 5:8-9, “Be on your guard and stay awake. Your enemy, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that all over the world YHVH’s followers are suffering, just as you are.”