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Do We Still Cast Out Demons? (Part 9)

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A pastor friend felt frustrated in his calling. So, he fasted and prayed, crying out to God, “Lord, I need Your power to do miracles and deliver people from demons.”

He continued in this fashion for days until he felt the Lord had whispered to his heart this message: “If I had what you have right now, I’d go out and do miracles.”

This was not what the pastor expected. He thought he’d receive a new Acts 2 experience from heaven with a mighty rushing wind and tongues of fire. He sat down and thought about what he had in his divine arsenal.

“I have Jesus living inside me, the Holy Spirit as my helper, and a Bible. That must be enough to do miracles,” he said aloud.

Okay, was my pastor friend’s revelation scriptural? 

But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. (Luke 11:20-22)

Before Jesus arrived on earth, nobody – including anointed prophets, priests, or kings – could defeat Satan in a head-on spiritual battle. He was the god of this world and headed the kingdom of darkness. But Jesus is our stronger one who appeared on earth to destroy the works of the devil.

The Apostle John wrote:

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

Jesus went a step further when he commissioned us as His disciples:

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations… (Matthew 28:18-19)

As we can readily see, we have the Greater One living in us who is stronger than Satan – and – we have authority through Jesus to walk on earth as He walked during His earthly ministry.

I believe the pastor’s revelation is accurate. We have everything that’s needed to do miracles and cast out demons.

So, if we’re not casting out demons right now, the fault must on our end and not the Lord’s. We can either change our thinking and walk in scriptural faith to defeat the god of this world or continue in our powerlessness.

(Conclusion For Now…if you’re interested, the full series to date can be seen here.)

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Tuesday’s Prayers for Prisoners (9/15/2015)

The above four-minute video begins by saying: “And then there’s China…”

The first scene in the video shows a church meeting at 4:30 in the morning for two hours to pray and worship God. They do this everyday.

Another scene shows a church meeting in a cave, another meeting on a farm, another had an outreach with one thousand people giving their lives to the Lord, another shows a house church in Shanghai where there is now over three thousand house churches…

Another scene shows a church service being held inside a building where the temperature is 120°. The jam-packed assembly met for twelve hours straight!

The last scene shows a hungry group of believers in a remote area who were so packed together that everyone had to stand because there was no room to sit down. The visiting preacher asked how long he should speak. The reply: “From 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. with no breaks.”

The preacher did this for three days. You see, the people had no Bibles and were hungry for God.

Today, I prayed:

Lord, I pray for all Chinese believers who hunger and thirst after righteousness to be filled by Your Spirit and then go and make disciples of all nations, including America. (Based on Matthew 5:6 and Matthew 28:19)

Join with me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for prisoners in Asia, according to Hebrews 13:3.

Why Asia?

1. 4.4 billion people live in Asia.

2.. 85.4% of world’s unevangelized people live in Asia. (Unevangelized means they may have heard the gospel but have no understanding on how to respond.)

3. The world’s three largest non-Christian religions – Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhists – are based in Asia.

4. Of the 37 countries of the world that are less than 10% Christian, 32 are in Asia. Of the 14 countries, that are less than 2% Christian, 12 are in Asia.

5. 85-90% of unreached people live in Asia. (Unreached means that they have never heard the name of Jesus.) (Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation)

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Inside Israel

The Shuk in Jerusalem

The Shuk in Jerusalem

Once again, it’s time to hear from our sister in Jerusalem about what she is witnessing there as a believer in Yeshua. Put your prayer shawls on and pray for Israel and Sister J. Now here she is …

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I greet you in The Name of The Lord Yeshua h’Meshiach, Jesus Christ.  May He be blessed and glorified, and may you be blessed and encouraged.  In ALL things may HE have the preeminence.

It’s a “Yellow Day.” We were told that we were about to be blessed with more very oppressive heat, but this sha’arav (dry desert heat) that took everyone by surprise, has literally covered the country with the thick, hard to breath dust and sand of Iraq and Syria. The saying that it is “an ill wind blows no good” seems to be clearly illustrated in dull yellow.  Thick layers of dust cover everything from the pomegranates at the shuk to the laundry on the line, as well as trees, plants, birds and cats and the entire contents of our homes.

As the countdown to Rosh Hashanah races toward us, an apparently unheeded weather advisory was issued to stay indoors and refrain from any unnecessary exertion.  Particularly at risk are the young and old, people with heart or lung problems and pregnant women.  Local airlines were grounded and visibility is nonexistent.

Actually, because the sun is obscured, the 34-37 degree Celsius (in Jerusalem about 100 degrees again), the heat does not feel quite as oppressive as it is expected to feel for the rest of the week when and if the sand moves out of the area and the temperatures continues to soar.

At the shuk today many people covered their mouths and noses in an attempt to breathe easier, but the mood was dusty and yellow.

The weather, though an obstacle to preparations, will not prevent Rosh Hashanah from arriving at sundown on Sunday night, so we must do what we can.  Today, Tuesday, is my last day off so I had no choice but to join the throngs who also felt that they had no choice but to keep shopping.

Rosh Hashanah is the Feast of the blowing of Trumpets (rams horn − the shofar) as I said in my last email.  We are commanded in scripture to have a festive meal and to do no customary work, aside from the blowing of the shofarim, but of course many things have been added.

As this is considered a New Year celebration, there is the giving of gifts, not big ones, but gifts of thanksgiving, just to bless one another.  It might be apples and honey, or a beautifully engraved honey vessel, another trademark of the holiday.  When wishing one another a sweet new year, apples dipped in honey are served. Even in the streets, scouts or other groups offer plates of apple slices dipped in honey to passersby’s  with the greeting “shana tova o’metock o bracha” (a good new year, sweet and blessed).  Sweets, dried fruits and nuts or small household items are shared and perhaps towels or a bowl.  At the traditional dinner, fish is served among many other foods, with the blessing, “May you be the head and not the tail in this new year.”

But of course, this is only the first of the three main fall feast and they are BIG.

The month of introspection has been ongoing as people prepare their hearts for Yom Kippur (the day of atonement). It’s a bit more than a week after Rosh Hashanah – the most solemn time for a Jew when the entire nation grinds to a serious halt with fasting and prayer, repentance and introspection. This is the day it is said that the book of life in heaven is open and our destiny for the year ahead is sealed. The day is taken deeply seriously by even the secular. It’s when the entire nation repents and stands before God and not just here.  Jews in the diaspora, your nations, will likely take off from normal routine and take a day of fasting and prayer. It is a fearsome day to most.

So Rosh Hashanah holds within it the weight of the narrow path ahead.  That in turn leads to the great rejoicing of the weeklong Feast of Tabernacles. Whew!  I’m tired already!

There are very interesting things to observe as Rosh Hashanah approaches.  I hope that this doesn’t sound superstitious as I feel that it should be reported.  A black and white poster is posted around a neighborhood when someone dies.  It usually says “Blessed is the Judgment/Judge” and has the name of the person who passed away, their family, the time and place of the burial (usually within 24 hours), and the address where the family will be sitting the weeklong shiva (mourning and receiving people).  The amount of signs DOUBLE during this season.  Why?  I don’t know nor does my boss (the doctor) as we brace ourselves. He shares with me each morning who else has gone.

Indeed, as I have shared before, my dear earthly Father went between the first and second days of Rosh Hashanah. He told us that he wanted to hear the shofar blown, and a rabbi came to the hospital to blow it.  He was gone before the second sounding on the following evening.  I have asked Rabbis about this. Their reply,” Well, the books are open.  He Who is All Wise and has written our days opens them again.”

In any case, I see the notices up, two to a spot, all over town.

And restitution is made − SOMETIMES!

My heart broke as I was in the shuk at a small dry goods shop that I frequent.  The owner is a religious, a kippa-wearing (kippa- the small skull cap worn by religious Jews) man about 75 years old from, I believe, of Uzbekistani background.  He is usually very soft spoken and kind, and in this season, when people are seeking a clean heart, I did not expect what I found.  The shop was full of customers but the proprietor and another man of the same age (indeed they could have been brothers) were engaged in a screaming match over an item or a refund.

“You should not be allowed to wear a kippa!  You are a sinner! You are not a religious man, but a fraud!” shouted the suit clad distinguished yet disgruntled customer.

‘You are nothing but a lowly Kurdi (from Kurdistan) and you tell ME that I can’t wear a kippa? You don’t deserve a kippa!  Take it off!” the proprietor shouted.

These are about the worst disgraces they could have thrown at one another.  I wanted to jump in and say, “You are brothers!  It is almost Yom Kippur!  What are you doing?”

I was also concerned for their blood pressure, but mostly it just grieved me to see this display of anger between two men who obviously knew one another.  I lifted them in prayer and then turned back into the crowds where I watched the assortment of people. Many were poor and elderly, mixed with tourists and young, strong men pushing about carts trying to deliver crates of fresh fruit and vegetables, nimbly maneuvering through the dense crowds.  The ever present street cleaner deftly reached between some 20-30 shoppers to whisk away a can of olive pits, the remnants of the many free tastes.  The beggars line the entrances to each alley and compare their take as they chat with one another.  Even the thick yellow can’t diminish the character of the shuk before a holiday.

 

As I rode the train back home I couldn’t help but notice two big men speaking English and looking quite perplexed.  One was covered with tattoos and holding 2 books that I recognized right away as being Christian.  They were trying to make sense out of our train map. The train only goes from one place to another. One line, back and forth, but it can still be confusing.  Seeing a number of Hebrew speakers trying to help them, I went over and asked them in English if they needed help and where they were going.

We were soon deep in conversation and I was able to tell them that I was also a believer.  They were from N. England and this was their first time over here.  “You know?  This country of yours gets a bad rap,” one of them said.

I smiled. “Yes I know.  What have you found?” I asked them.

“Well, all that we hear is that you people are so rude and cunning but all that we see is the most kind and helpful people and you know, we have been in all of the Arab neighborhoods, and we are starting to understand that this is not so simple.”

I smiled and we carried on talking for quite awhile until it was time to get off.  We DO get a bad rap and it is hard to take, so filled with lies.  It is painful and hardest on Sabras (native born Israelis) who have no idea why they are so hated. So this conversation was refreshing.

It reminded me of the woman in line in front of me at the market.  It was the first day of Rosh Hashanah sales and the store was packed. The wait in line was long.  Suddenly the woman turned around and said, “What is this?  Everyone is shopping for the war?”

People turned around and I asked, “Is there a war? I didn’t hear the news today yet.”

She sighed. “No, but why is everyone here today?” she asked.

“Getting started for Rosh Hashanah” was the obvious answer.

“We still have 10 days. Why today?  I’m tired and want to get home.  I’ve been up since 4 a.m.”

“Well, I leave for work at 6 and am also up at 4am, but why are you?” This is a perfectly acceptable question for Israelis.

“My daughter works and I have to babysit for my 1 year and 1 month old Granddaughter.”

I smiled back at her as she nodded joyfully. “How WONDERFUL! Brachot (blessings). I wish I could do that again because my children and grandchildren are living outside (of the country) right now.”

Her face fell in pity and she slapped her cheek. “Oh no!  I’m SO sorry.  The only thing worse than being tired from babysitting is having your children living outside.”

We nodded as her turn came.  “I’ll do a bigger shopping tomorrow morning,” she said.

“And I will be at work again − that is why I’m here now.”

She turned back to me and in all honesty said, “Give me your list.  I’ll shop for you if you want.”

And that is the Israel that I walk among.

God BLESS you,

Your sis J

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“Are We There Yet?” (Part 1)

My son Scott learned early on how to travel four hundred mile trips to his grandparents’ house. He took his favorite pillow and blanket along with him and slept for at least half the trip. The long trip then became a much shorter one for him.

On the other hand, my daughter Susan was the exact opposite. She was always so excited about seeing her grandparents that she would never fall asleep. It didn’t matter what time we started out, early morning or late at night, she was wide awake the whole trip.

Twenty-five miles into the journey, she would ask, “Are we there yet?” She would then repeat this question for the next three hundred and seventy-five miles until we finally arrived at the grandparents’ home.

This still makes me laugh because it’s sort of the way I’ve acted during my whole Christian walk.

When I began my Christian journey on May 20, 1985, I listened and read hundreds of messages from the Word of Faith movement. I devoured teachings by Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Charles Capps, Marilyn Hickey, and so forth.

“Lord, am I there yet?” 

Yet, just when I was ready to take a front row faith seat, I received a powerful revelation on grace, which forced me to prune back some of the faith teachings I had learned.

Then, I jumped on the Prophetic Movement and Spiritual Warfare movement bandwagon. Once again, I listened and read hundreds of teachings by Roberts Lardon, William Branham, Bill Hamon, Cindy Jacobs, and so forth.

“Lord, am I there yet?” 

But when I went through the worst trial of my life in Ames, Iowa, I discovered some of their teachings did not work, which once again forced me to do some more pruning.

This has happened in every step of my journey so far.

Okay, guess what?

Carol and I are now joining the Hebraic Roots movement, but this time, I’m not looking to arrive at some endpoint where I will wear a prayer shawl with a talis bag, blow a shofar, and make aliyah.

You see, this time I’m looking for the revelation of Jesus in this movement and how it will help me fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith for the rest of my life.

So, I won’t be asking: “Lord, am I there yet?”

(Continued in Part 2)

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Thursday’s Prayers for America (9/10/2015)

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This time I saw words streaming through the ceiling on what looked like hologram ticker tapes carried on laser beams. These words flowed to the ears of the creatures, the supervisors, and everyone in the room. I read them: “Alternative life style.” “Pro-choice.” “Gay pride.” “Toleration.” “Christians are bigots.” “Abortion is a woman’s right.” “Separation of church and state.” “San Francisco Pride.”

With each new message, the creatures spoke into the ears of supervisors. A source from above orchestrated everything.

The angel pointed up.

“Look.”

The ceiling and roof opened up, allowing me to see into the second heaven. My eyes took a few moments adjusting to the spirit realm, but then, I saw a creature sitting on a large brass throne, blocking a portal coming out of the third heaven. Light rays attempted to flow through the portal, but only a few rays were able to pass by the large creature.

The creature’s appearance alternated between looking like a beautiful angel dressed in white and that of a gigantic monster version of the dingy, gray gargoyles, sitting on the supervisors’ shoulders. Like the smaller demons, the creature never rested. It caused fear in the hierarchy of demons below it and, at the same time, seemed fearful of its own cruel masters in the ranks above it.

The words I saw, streaming through the ceiling like hologram ticker tapes, emanated from this creature. I saw additional word streams coming out of the creature’s mouth, heading toward Sacramento, Hollywood, Washington, D. C., New York City, newspapers, television networks, movie studios, publishers, corporations, and thousands of other places.

The angel interrupted my thoughts.

“What you are seeing is the spirit of depravity. It is a ruling principality over San Francisco and guards a gate of Hell over the city. So powerful is this spirit that its wickedness is spread throughout the nation.

“The reason the spirit switches back and forth between appearances is it is creating confusion by this maneuver in the minds of people, whereby good is called evil and evil good.”

(Excerpt from my novel, Jonah, by Larry Nevenhoven, 2012, Amazon eBook)

I’ve included the above comic book-like illustration of Ephesians 6:12 from my eBook to underline a major point: almost all newspapers, television networks, and movie studios are a part of the world system and under the influence of Satan and his demonic horde.

So, why do we believers continue to put much trust in what they say?

Today, I prayed:

Lord, I pray that we American believers are no longer captured by empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that comes from world system organizations and Satan and his demonic horde, without first filtering it through His Word and the Holy Spirit. (Based on Colossians 2:8 NLT)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you?

Join with me on Thursdays to fast and pray for America.

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Tuesday’s Prayers for Prisoners (9/8/2015)

 

The door burst open and Quon stood in the doorway, his face red with anger.

“Next time, you better have a baby boy or I’ll send you back to North Korea. You’ll end up in prison, and this time, you’ll die there,” he screamed with his fists clenched, ready to strike.

Twenty-year old Soo Jin flinched, lifting her arms to protect her face from the expected blows by her elderly Chinese husband. She said nothing, knowing her excuses would only provoke him to greater wrath.

“And don’t even spend time thinking about your baby,” Quon said, “she’s dead.”

“How? Can I see her?” said Soo Jin, looking up at his gray whiskered face, but revealing little response in her vacant eyes.

Quon shook his head.

“I told you if you had a girl baby I’d throw her in the river and I did,” he exclaimed as he turned and partially closed the door. He added, “Tomorrow, you’ll clean the barn. It smells like you. You’re such a loser.”

He slammed the door and locked it.

Soo Jin leaned back against the wall with her knees pulled up near her chest. Her breasts ached from engorgement, but the vaginal discharge from the delivery had ceased. She hoped to wash up in the morning after finishing her chores and then change into clean clothes. Yet, changing clothes presented a problem as Quon would watch on and might be aroused by her nakedness, something she could not bear to think about.

Although exhausted and filled with grief for her dead daughter, Soo Jin braced herself and refused to curl up on the mat. She needed to make decisions, ones she had postponed until after her baby was born. It now was time.

“Oh Jesus, if only You could help me today and not just when I’m dead and in heaven,” she whispered, not waiting for an answer or expecting one.

 

Fourteen months earlier, a frail woman at the prison camp near Hoeryong, North Korea, just across the Tumen River from China, told Soo Jin about Jesus. The woman quoted John 3:16 and stated that if Soo Jin believed in Jesus she would go to heaven when she died.

It was an easy decision to make because heaven sounded better than any future Soo Jin could ever have dreamt for herself. She asked Jesus into her heart. Peaceful warmth comforted her, but agony and hunger soon dimmed its effects. It was now a distant memory hidden in the recesses of her heart.

A friend convinced Soo Jin to escape the prison camp with her. This was another easy decision. Eating rice husks, having electric cattle prods stuck in every body cavity by guards, and watching mothers boil young children for food had driven her close to the edge of insanity and suicide. Escape seemed to be her only answer.

The two girls’ plan was simple: avoid the guards, cross the Tumen River at night, and live happily ever after in China. Their plan succeeded on two out of three counts.

As soon as they crossed the river, two traffickers captured them. Soo Jin’s thirty-year old friend was sold for 3,000 yuan ($761) to a Chinese prostitution ring. Soo Jin was purchased by the elderly Chinese bachelor, Quon, for 7,000 yuan ($1,066).

Thus began her yearlong ordeal at Quon’s farm. Farm chores. House chores. Constant sexual assaults. Beatings. Verbal abuse because she was a North Korean, a loser in Quon’s eyes. It all blended itself into a living Hell for Soo Jin.

Soo Jin made up her mind. She would no longer be a slave and a sperm depository for Quon. She would escape and take her chances. Maybe, this time, she would make it to South Korea.

“Oh, Jesus, why did You create me to be such a loser?” Soo Jin whispered.

(The above fictional story is an excerpt from Deceived Dead and Delivered by Larry Nevenhoven, Amazon eBook, 2013)

The above fiction was based on the testimonies of thousands of woman who have fled North Korea and crossed into China.

Today, I prayed:

Lord, I ask You to raise up thousands of women who have escaped from North Korea, anoint them with Your power, and send them back into North Korea. Help them, Lord, to overcome the Devil’s plans for North Korea with the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony and help them to love not their lives even until death. (Based on Revelation 12:11)

Join with me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for prisoners in Asia, according to Hebrews 13:3.

 

Why Asia?

1. 4.4 billion people live in Asia.

2.. 85.4% of world’s unevangelized people live in Asia. (Unevangelized means they may have heard the gospel but have no understanding on how to respond.)

3. The world’s three largest non-Christian religions – Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhists – are based in Asia.

4. Of the 37 countries of the world that are less than 10% Christian, 32 are in Asia. Of the 14 countries, that are less than 2% Christian, 12 are in Asia.

5. 85-90% of unreached people live in Asia. (Unreached means that they have never heard the name of Jesus.) (Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation)

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Inside Israel

The Shuk in Jerusalem

The Shuk in Jerusalem

 

Once again, it’s time to hear from our sister in Jerusalem about what she is witnessing there as a believer in Yeshua. Put your prayer shawls on and pray for Israel and Sister J. Now here she is …

I am thrilled to greet you, DEAR brothers and sisters, chosen for such a time as this to be knit together into His temple, for the glory of The King of kings and The Lord of lords, Yeshua h’Meshiach, Jesus Christ, the risen Son of God. He’s the Hope, Light, and Truth. May He be glorified and blessed and may you be encouraged and blessed.

As in many places, today is the first day of school here. I watched from my merepesset (balcony) as tiny boys with worried eyes grasped their parents hands while bubbly girls bounced and giggled and sang their ways down the street.  I have always been stunned by a basic difference between boys and girls, despite all of the variables. One thing they all have in common here though, no matter what age or gender is the telltale Israeli backpack. The tiny preschoolers (gan is the word for pre-school in Hebrew) seem smaller than their backpacks, but this is the trademark Israeli essential uniform: the loaded backpack.

Education is free here, but also expensive at the same time. When we arrived with a 12-year old in 1994, it took me by surprise.  Besides the various high school fees, we received a long list of books and supplies that were required as the schools don’t supply the books. They supply a modest building, tables, and chairs and teachers.  Coming from the USA where even my HOMESCHOOL supplies had been mailed to us by the state free of charge, we were surprised.  It was very insignificant though, compared to the long list of cultural differences we were scrambling to adjust to.

Today, however, as I traveled home with the now returning kids, I smiled for two reasons: (1) there were no terror attacks on this first day of school (although there was a rocket shot in the direction of Ashkelon that fell short and landed back into Gaza that jiggled the nerves of families in that region) (2) and that Israel somehow succeeds so well in instilling a team or family atmosphere right from the beginning.  It was fun watching the kids of all ages in their different groups.

When I was young I was always a loner, afraid of groups.  But because of the need to live together and sadly, fight together, a warm team and family spirit is planted deep in our society.  It was really evident today.

I thought of that last week as I witnessed a poignant street scene on Jaffa Road.  There are many street musicians, but one in particular always stands out to me.  He is a religious (Jewish) man who sings religious worship and plays a portable piano.  His music and voice are beautiful, and often people gather around him to sit and play along or sing. He encourages all to worship with his joyful smile.

This day, he was alone, except for a young woman in a motorized wheel chair.  They were deep in song together and she looked at him so peacefully. Their eye contact was striking, considering that it’s forbidden for religious men.  I kept walking as I watched and just some short distance beyond I noticed a third party; a beggar who lies in a pile of blankets on this busy street.  He was propped up on one hand watching them with a huge smile of joy. I thought about this odd scene, a scene that could have been from an old silent Charlie Chaplain film.

I long to share with you the heart that beats, so often in small places in Israel.

Surely things are hot, and not just the weather.

Israel is extremely concerned about the deal with Iran and the rapid embrace being given to it by western nations fawning over it.  Many other issues are also extremely alarming that really have not been seen since WW2.  The violent wars and turmoil in the region and the very rapid advance of Islamic extremism is hard to keep up with. Most Western nations are at a loss as to how to interpret what they see and hear. So they look at it through western filters and come up with inaccurate answers.

I KNOW that many, if not most of you grieve deeply over your leaders and so many are truly seeking The Lord.  We are ALL watching what swirls around us, knowing that very hard things stand at the threshold, awaiting opportunities. But, OH THANK YOU LORD, WE HAVE THE ANSWER in YESHUA. THE LORD.  THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIGHT WHO KNOWS THE BEGINNING FROM THE END. And His is the beginning and the end.

So we must, in the midst of the pressure, whether here or there, wherever you are, turn our heads and hearts and feet to Him.  There just is no other way.

Here, we are rapidly approaching the Jewish New Year although not biblically. And for the life of me I have sought the reason and have never gotten a good answer, even though The Lord told us that we were to start the New Year from Pesach (Passover).  I am confident that He will set it right some day, but meanwhile I am tickled that more and more people have ALSO begun to say, “Shannah tovah” (happy new year, or literally “year good” at Passover as well.

Rosh Hashanah is the first of the 3 fall feasts or holidays or holy days.  They are all commanded in scripture.  I began hearing the shofarim (rams horns) being blown on the first day of Elul, leading up to the month of Tishrai, which begins on Rosh Hashanah.  Not much is said about this holiday except that it is for the blowing of rams’ horns.

“Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.  You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.” (Leveticus 23:24-25)

 

There is much to be said about the meanings for the blowing of the rams horn, which is commanding and hauntingly beautiful.  I hope to write that before Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown on the 13th of Sept.  Meanwhile, people are scurrying around preparing.

Traditionally, this is a time of giving of gifts, of setting a beautiful table of worship and celebration and blessing others.  Apples and honey and their variations are the traditional foods that includes pomegranates which are ripening right now. Also date honey, nuts of all sorts, particularly almonds are also considered a blessing.  Indeed we ARE blessed as I look at the display of fall fruits: figs and dates, grapes of all shapes and colors, pomegranates and melons, we are truly blessed.

A small oasis in the midst of pain and turmoil. May we always look up.  May the body be LOOKING UP and truly preparing His temple according to His plan.

I was reading one of the exhortations in Matthew the other day and I stopped to weep and thought, “Oh Lord, don’t let me talk about weighty issues when I can’t even obey Your smallest command.  Let me see as You do and learn to walk with You.  And as we learn to really BE His obedient children, may it make those around us hungry and be used of Him to open the flood gates for surly the time is short.

God BLESS you,

Your sis J

 

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Do We Still Cast Out Demons? (Part 8)

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Early one morning, Smith Wigglesworth was awakened in his Yorkshire, England, home by a rustling sound in his bedroom. He rolled over and saw someone sitting in the chair at the foot of his bed. He squinted his near-sighted eyes and then recognized who it was.

“Oh, it’s just you, Satan,” said Wigglesworth as he rolled over and went back to sleep.

Wigglesworth told this story at one of his meetings, but what do you think?

(An excerpt from Storming the Kingdom by Larry Nevenhoven, 2014, an Amazon eBook.)

It’s easy for us modern skeptics to look at Wigglesworth (1859 – 1947) and consider him, his ministry, and his visions to be nothing more than ridiculous Pentecostal fantasies from the past. But the nation of Sweden and its king, Gustaf V, did not think of Wiggleworth as a tongue-talking charlatan. They took him seriously.

In 1921, Smith Wigglesworth held healing meetings throughout Scandinavia. Thousands were healed and saved. His success prompted Swedish doctors to convince authorities that Wigglesworth practiced medicine without a license when he laid hands on the sick. Thus, the authorities notified Wigglesworth that he was not allowed to lay his hands on the sick when he visited Stockholm. If he refused to obey the law, he would be arrested and sent to jail.

King Gustaf heard about the new law and wrote Wiggleswoth a note asking him to find a way around the city ordinance so that the evangelist could minister healing to the Swedish people.

What did Smith Wigglesworth do?

Wigglesworth arrived on schedule and preached a faith message from the Bible. When he finished preaching, he asked the sick people to lay their own hands on themselves. He prayed a short healing prayer for everyone. As soon as he finished, miracles happened throughout the auditorium. The people who were healed jumped up and shouted with joy, which stirred up the faith of others to believe for their own healing.

The Sweden healing crusade turned out to be one of Wigglesworth most successful ones.

There’s no doubt that Smith Wigglesworth was a unique man, but he never considered his ministry unique. He believed that every Christian could do the same things he did, such as healing the sick, raising the dead, and casting out demons.

Okay, how could Wigglesworth think this way? And what was his secret?

(Continued in Part 9…if you’re interested, the full series to date can be seen here.)

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Thursday’s Prayers for America (9/3/2015)

How many of us think it’s a cosmic coincidence that the top two movies in America right now – War Room and Straight Outta Compton – are stories about African-Americans and mainly acted by African-Americans?

The main plot in War Room revolves around an African-American women named Miss Clara who teaches Elizabeth Jordan (Priscilla C. Shirer) how to handle her anger and marital problems through prayer. The whole emphasis is focused on trusting God and His redeeming grace to change the husband, Tony Jordan (T. C. Stallings), and their hopeless family situations.

The story line for Straight Outta Compton deals with the rise and fall of the hip hop group N.W.A (Niggaz Wit Attitudes), which includes the gangsta rappers Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Easy-E, DJ Yella, and MC Ren. The group’s music reflects the youths’ anger and frustration through its X-rated lyrics, which glorified drugs and crime, put down women, and revealed a deep hatred of police.

Only the Lord could schedule two such contrasting movies to appear on the movie scene right now in America.

Today, I prayed:

Lord, I ask that You move in the inner cities of America so that people’s minds are no longer controlled by their sinful natures, which leads to death, but are controlled by Your Spirit, which brings life and peace. (Based on Romans 8:6 NLT)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you?

Join with me on Thursdays to fast and pray for America.

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Tuesday’s Prayers for Prisoners (9/1/2015)

The above video is taken from a commuter train as it travels through the Mankhurd & Govandi belt in Mumbai India. These areas are slums, which are now larger than the Dharavi slum where the Academy Award winning movie, Slumdog Millionaire, was filmed.

You only have to watch two minutes or so of the video to realize how hopeless and overwhelming the prospects are for these slum dwellers. Although the Indian government has promised solutions, let’s get realistic, okay? These slum dwellers will most likely never see changes in their lifetimes. Maybe their children or grandchildren or great grandchildren will, but even that hinges on politicians keeping their promises.

Today I prayed:

Lord, give prophetic visions to believers with solutions for the slums of Mumbai. Let these visions be like burning fires in the believers’ hearts so that they can do nothing except trust You to fulfill these visions, no matter what obstacles may be in the way. Attract people, resources, and creativity to these visions to propel them to their completions. And Lord, I pray millions of people come to know You because of these visions.

Join with me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for prisoners in Asia, according to Hebrews 13:3.

Why Asia?

1. 4.4 billion people live in Asia.

2.. 85.4% of world’s unevangelized people live in Asia. (Unevangelized means they may have heard the gospel but have no understanding on how to respond.)

3. The world’s three largest non-Christian religions – Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhists – are based in Asia.

4. Of the 37 countries of the world that are less than 10% Christian, 32 are in Asia. Of the 14 countries, that are less than 2% Christian, 12 are in Asia.

5. 85-90% of unreached people live in Asia. (Unreached means that they have never heard the name of Jesus.) (Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation)

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