Today, I am asking the question: Should we believe man or God?
Man tells us this (is what God said) in Ezekiel 14:21:
For thus saith the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast? Ezekiel 14:21 KJV
“For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: How much worse will it be when I send against Jerusalem my four dreadful judgments–sword and famine and wild beasts and plague–to kill its men and their animals! Ezekiel 14:21 NIV
Let’s see the actual original Hebrew words God gave us and read them ourselves directly. Continue reading
I pray this Friday is finding you resting in his grace and love.
I have been through hell the past 3-6 months. Been totally lost in darkness, chaos and confusion. Had little to no desire to search for him or read his Word. Fear crept in and was (and still is) controlling me.
Friend, I don’t know if you have ever been in a similar spot, but if you have, you know the torment and turmoil one can go through when all the things he has trusted in are crumbling all around you.
I don’t know how I will make my next house payment as business has ground to a halt. I don’t know how I will restore the connection to my teenager. I don’t know how to get reconnected. But, I do know that our loving father does and I am asking him daily to help me with these things. He must do them as I can’t. “I” am only dead weight and my ways are of the flesh which are under the “letter of the law” and only seem to kill me 2 Corinthians 3:6. I find my ways are all dead ends.
In short, I believe I have “lost Jesus” who is life. John 14:6. Simon Peter’s answer in John 6:68 is upon my heart often as I beg him to please finish the work inside soon.
Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life John 6:68
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I have been studying the original words of scripture again the past couple days and I see something interesting to me.
Today, I am seeing there are four different original Greek words for the English word “flesh” (not counting built-in punctuation or verbs).
Pondering this along with the exact precise nature of God, I can’t help but wonder if in God’s mind and the true (yet hidden) reality there are 4 different kinds of “flesh”?Continue reading
I don’t know what happened, but the Spirit seems gone. He was very active for 3 years speaking and revealing powerful things to me.
Then, sometime in April I think, it seems he just vanished. That is why I haven’t posted. It would be me attempting to fake it. Before this was impossible.
Since that time, I have not been hearing him and really struggling with darkness on and off. Most days I have no desire to even study his Word.
“What’s the use”? I hear. “Nobody seems to care what God’s word says anyway”. For me, the power comes when I get to share the awesome things I hear with others and they receive them. If no one can receive them, I can’t seem to “open the package” it seems.
Yes, but true to what I am experiencing. And have been experiencing. Life has been very dark for the most part since that time.
I do hope he returns or “unhides” himself. Lord, where are you?
These are things that took me by surprise when I first noticed them. Have you noticed?
Is God our “minds eye” who allows us to truly “see” spiritual truth?
Have you noticed that “darkness” already existed in the second verse of the entire bible?
The word is “choshek” and here is the Strong’s entry for it.
H2822 choshek kho-shek’
from H2821; the dark; hence (literally) darkness; figuratively, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness.
KJV: dark(-ness), night, obscurity.
Have you noticed that in Isaiah 45:7 that the Lord tells us he is the one who created the darkness? Do you ever wonder when it was created?
Have you noticed that in Genesis 2:10 it says a river flowed out of Eden to water the Garden. How could this garden be in Eden?Continue reading
Who are the “Wolves in Sheep’s clothing”?
Have you ever pondered these verses and asked the Lord their true meaning?
“Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves Matt 7:15
So, what does it mean to be a “sheep” and to be in “sheep’s clothing”? Is this a religious or non-religious person? Why are they “ravaging wolves”? Who is this referring to?
Let’s look at Ezekiel 22.
“Son of man, say to her, ‘You are a land that is not cleansed or rained on in the day of indignation.’ 25 There is a conspiracy of her prophets in her midst like a roaring lion tearing the prey. They have devoured lives; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in the midst of her. 26 Her priests have done violence to My law and have profaned My holy things; they have made no distinction between the holy and the profane, and they have not taught the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they hide their eyes from My sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. 27 Her princes within her are like wolves tearing the prey, by shedding blood and destroying lives in order to get dishonest gain. 28 Her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ when the Lord has not spoken Ez 22:24-28
When do the “wolves” come in?Continue reading
Jesus tells us some very SHOCKING things. I am wondering if ANYONE actually believes these words? I have yet to meet someone who does.
You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved Matt 10:22
You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved Mark 13:13
and you will be hated by all because of My name Luke 21:17
Let me ask you this “Christ-follower” … are you hated by ALL?
Think about the person you know who knows God’s Word the best. Are THEY hated by ALL?Continue reading
Are you being un-shackled or “re-shackled” on Sunday?
Are you be RE-shackled on Sunday?
Do you ever find yourself committing to “praying more” or “praying harder” or “reading more scripture” or “attending church (more)” or “volunteering more” in order to improve your own righteousness or your standing in God’s eyes because of a message or sermon you heard?
Or, are you simply trusting in the Lord to do perform your FULL sanctification and purification?
None of the above things are bad, but we need to examine the motives of our hearts. So many of us do not take the time to stop and get quiet and ask the Lord why we are doing these things. I pray that you would take the time yourself and look into his original words of scripture on the subject.
Sadly, we are taught in Churches every Sunday that “God is not happy with you” because of “x” behavior or “x” sin. They won’t tell you directly, but our heart hears the message and the fear of the message causes us to act on our “lack”. We feel we must DO something about that sin that is NOW more than ever eating us up inside. So, we regroup and “start over”. We try harder and the cycle repeats until you crash again.Continue reading
Will you take a risk and water the King’s land?
Today, I am wondering: “is the King is thirsty?” If so, will you give him a drink?
“And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.” Matthew 10:42
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40
What is this “water” that the Lord is speaking of in these verses? Is it water we drink from a bottle or a faucet and bathe our bodies in?
Or is this spiritual water?
The Spirit is Free and in Color
Today, I believe I finally “paid my taxes”.
The Lord has been working mightily in my heart the past 3 years, but especially INTENSELY in the past 3 weeks. Today, being the day of “taxes” on the “first fruits” of the natural “land” (of our natural bodies), I believe I am hearing strongly from him. Scripture has come together in a way that you can’t imagine from Genesis all the way to Revelation as ONE. I am feeling a sense of tremendous freedom like never before inside.
I am absolutely and 100% convinced that great and MIGHTY things are coming that we can not fathom in our natural outer person.
At the same time he has been correcting “me” – Duane, the person you know me as in my outer, natural person. The things I write and share are NOT for the public. Sorry Lord. You know how zealous I am for all to know and see the truth of your grace.
These things are to remain hidden as they are for his own body (at this time) and not ALL is to be revealed … YET. Only those who are part of his body right now have been given the understanding of the (spiritual) parables he speaks in the Word and inside us. Mark 4:11, Luke 8:10, Matt 13:11. The rest who are under law still (as Pharisees and Sadducees) will only persecute his body as they haven’t been given the “keys to the kingdom” yet and will be offended and threatened.