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Lord of all creation - I come to You now in the name of this Jesus I have heard about.  I was born into a sinful world and have lived in ignorance and rebellion to Your truth.  Jesus, I accept You as God manifested in the flesh, born as an offering for my sins.  Born to pay the price I am unable to pay - the price required for restored fellowship with my Creator.

I am sorry for all my sins and turn away from them. Please forgive me and make me a vessel fit for Your use.  I release any bitterness or unforgiveness in my heart and ask You to deal with those situations.  I believe You were born of a virgin, died on the cross, rose from the dead on the third day, ascended into heaven and are now sitting at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for me.

You are now Lord of my life.

JESUS IS COMING SOON! HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE IF WE NEGLECT SO GREAT A SALVATION?

Confess Jesus before men and He will confess you before the Father.
Take me home now please.

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None knows the weight of another's burden. - George Herbert
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a world upside down


i don't mean that in the way you might think.  one looks around at the world the way it is today and think "everything is the opposite of what it should be".  that's if someone has good christian, moral, biblical values.  "all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." - edmund burke


the fact is, the world has been in this state since the fall.  don't you imagine perversion was just as evil during the times of nero, the roman emperor - lust, greed, indulgence, self-gratification.  we have just found different ways and means of expressing the evil that dwells in men's hearts.

for a season we walked in the light of the Lord, influencing things for good.  but evil was always there, lurking in the dark places, just waiting for enough sin to creep into lives and make them it's captive.  sin always leads to captivity.  there is only freedom in the truth and Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." john 14:6

the Father has promised, "yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven." heb 12:26  i say it is time for the shaking to begin.  and Lord, let it begin with me.  let it begin in each of us who cherish Your name and seek to exalt it.  He has said, "and I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself." john 12:32

it is time for His people to once again lift Him up and shake up the world.  let the world say of us as it did of the early believers, "these who have turned the world upside down have come here too. " acts 17:6  it will never be said of a shallow, power denying people who are friends with the world.  "adulterers and adulteresses!  do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?  whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God." james 4:4  perhaps you would startled to see someone practicing actual idolatry, but is the church committing adultery with the world even now?

so how do we turn the world upside down?  "I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you." matt 5:44  we love the hell right out of them!  you say, "but Lord, i don't even like them".  that doesn't matter to God in the least.  in scripture, love is never simply an emotion but is always accompanied by action.  love is something we do.

i credit the following excerpt to a writing by joe mckeever.  he has words to help us turn the world upside down.

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no teaching of our Lord’s has been more attacked, slandered, ridiculed, and vilified than His calling on people to love those who hate them, to turn the other cheek when hit, to go the second mile with one’s oppressors, to give one’s shirt to someone stealing his coat.  and yet, this may be the most amazing, revolutionary, world-saving principle ever.  so, when the Lord commands us to love our enemies He gives four actions that explain precisely what He had in mind.

  • we are to do good things to our enemies (treat them the way you would like to be treated).
  • we are to bless our enemies.  that is, say good things to them (not necessarily about them).
  • we are to pray for our enemies.  ask God to do His will in their lives.
  • we are to give to our enemies (give of self and more, expecting nothing in return).

these are the four most basic acts of love:  do good, bless, pray, and give.  these four actions are what the Lord had in mind when He called on us to love our enemies. when we do loving things for our enemies, 12 things happen.
  1. God is honored.
  2. Jesus is pleased.
  3. the Holy Spiritis able to use our actions to accomplish His will.
  4. the devil is infuriated.  you are not playing by the rules.
  5. the enemy – those who did the bad things to you – are puzzled.  they fully expected you to retaliate and do unto them as they had done to you.
  6. the critics of the church are silenced.  they were all prepared to watch you respond to the bad guy with evil deeds of your own, which they would use against you.  but instead, you do loving things and they don’t know what to do.
  7. the church itself is blessed.
  8. christians going through hard times see your behavior and are inspired to do the same.
  9. outsiders are drawn to Jesus.  finally, they see someone doing the same kind of things He did!
  10. you yourself are blessed.
  11. your anger goes away.
  12. and according to luke 6:35, your reward in Heaven is great.
Nothing you and i will do in this life is more important than to show the love of Christ to people who get on our nerves, constantly harass us, persecute us for our faith, and make life miserable for us.  this is not natural.  it cannot be done in the flesh.  it’s supernatural and doable only by God’s Spirit.  only the godly and the faithful will do it.  the rest will respond with lawsuits, attacks of their own, slander of their own, and retaliation.
Jesus understood this. He said ...
– if you only love those who love you, where is the power of that?  lost people do that.

– if you only do good to those who do good to you, where is the power in that?  unsaved people do this every day.
– if you give only to those who plan to give back to you, big deal.  the world does this all the time.
but if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are not going to be allowed to retaliate.  you will love your enemies, do good to those who persecute you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who threaten you, and give to those who would take away what is yours.
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so you see ... there's nothing to it.  it just takes a little bit of Jesus in us. "'not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts." zech 4:6
and yes, it may cost us dearly, even as it cost the early church.  they may not have lion dens anymore but persecution will surely come.  even for the good works we seek.  it came for Jesus.  it came for the birthing church.  it will come for the end-time church.  "but none of these things move me; nor do i count my life dear to myself, so that i may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which i received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God." act 20:24
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Under the Shadow of the Almighty


Don't we all love Psalm 91 and how it speaks of the protection that can be found in our Lord. “A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you." Psa 91:7 There's that and so much more available to those who trust their God and believe He is able to deliver.

There's Daniel in the lion's den, in the midst of ravenous beasts who dare not feast. There's the three faithful Hebrew children who would not bow to an idol. They were not delivered from the fiery furnace, but there was a fourth who walked with them so they were not consumed. Then there's Joseph, betrayed into slavery, who remained true to our Lord and was elevated to the second command in all of Egypt.

You know me and my stories. Well, I have another one for you. Are you ready?

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There was an article in the National Geographic several years ago. It provided a penetrating picture of God's protection. After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno's damage. One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched statuesquely on the ground at the base of a tree.

Somewhat sickened by the eerie sight, he knocked over the bird with a stick. When he gently struck it, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother's wings. The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings, instinctively knowing that the toxic smoke would rise.

She could have flown to safety but refused to abandon her babies. When the blaze had arrived and the heat had scorched her small body, the mother had remained steadfast. Because she had been willing to die, those under the cover of her wings would live.

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What was it Jesus spoke over Jerusalem and in so speaking, speaks to us all now? “How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!" Matt 23:37

Our Lord wants to be our protector, our rescuer. He wants to rescue us not only from eternal separation (meaning damnation), but also from this world. Jesus, like the mother hen, gave His life that we might live. Just as the mother took her statuesquely stand in the face of imminent death, our Savior uttered not a word of defense for Himself. He took our offenses upon Him.

I don't know if hens have a language or not but I can just hear that mother chirping in anguish now, beckoning her little ones to gather under her wings for protection. And I can hear our Jesus beckoning us all now. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matt 11:28 I will give you protection from the wrath to come.

There are those who will while others run about excitedly, even venturing into the flames that would consume them. But the offer still stands. It is a whole heartened open invitation to "whosoever will".

Because of Him we have lives changed, testimonies given and God glorified.

“I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion." 2 Tim 4:17

“When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you." Isa 43:2

"He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives." Luke 4:18

He will not only save and deliver us, He will elevate us to kingdoms and authorities even Joseph never dared to dream of.

The invitation is for now, but the age of this "amazing grace" is quickly closing. I don't know what determines the close of this age. The word says simply says: "the fullness of the gentiles". But is it time? Is it a number of souls to be saved? Or is it a measure of sin that must be met? “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever." Deut 29:29

Let us grasp the things revealed to us. “You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times." Matt 16:3 We know how to discern the seasons, and it is the winter of this age, deep into winter.

"He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge." - Psa 91:4

Where do you want to be found - when the storm is raging, when all your other supports have failed, when judgment is coming and you stand before the judge? When all your life and deeds are under review and nothing can be hidden.

I know where I want to be - under His wings - under the blood. If you are hearing that chirping call now, come running. Danger is imminent!

We readily acknowledge that covid-19 is a deadly virus affecting our world. We just want to be sure everyone has all the facts before they make a decision. There are many side effects and even deaths that are being prevented from being reported. Pray to your God and make your decision about what’s best for you.

We are referencing three videos that are discussing the vaccine shots that are being offered. We believe it is everyone’s individual choice as to whether it should be taken or not. We also believe that all are entitled to view all differing opinions and many are being blocked these days.

We want christians to be blessed and informed. Our thanks to Daystar Television for making these videos available to the body of Christ.

Covid-19 - Part 1

Covid-19 - Part 1

Covid-19 - Part 2

Why is the government so insistent on everyone receiving the shot? And why are any alternative means of treatment mocked? There are pharmacies deciding to not fill a legitimate prescription by doctors. This is unheard of; until now. Already there are more deaths and adverse reactions that would have stopped all other vaccines; and many remain unreported.

We believe everyone is being prepared to obey without question. I remember a time when all people were rebellious to government interference.

Some have speculated this might be the mark of the beast. If that were the case, christians would have to knowingly reject. Christ. So, we do not believe that is the case. However, it does present one with an intriguing preview of the fear and pressure that might have to be endured by those refusing in the future. Even now, some countries are giving us a preview.

Take me home please.

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Ministry of Prayer currently has several outreaches. We believe Jesus is soon returning and like the Father, we are not willing that any should perish. Our hope is to offer encouragement to all - we pray that their faith fails not in these times.

To God be all the glory!

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