Archive for October, 2008

Oct 31 2008

Tightening Things Up

Published by under Spiritual

All this month as I have struggled with a severe flare up of my fibromyalgia, I have watched events unfold world wide. Throughout everything, as I have sought the LORD and prayed by the Spirit, I believe He is clearly laying it upon the hearts of His people to first of all tighten up our relationship with Him. Oh how we tend to become busy AND just plain lazy about taking time out of our schedules to engage in intimate communion with HIM, the Guardian of our souls, our Savior, LORD, Rock, Refuge, Strength, Shepherd, Advocate, and so much more. He simply must be our ALL in ALL, and we cannot afford to let our guard down for a minute. “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand.]” Psalm 91: 1 It is my firm conviction that we who are truly followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, who are His captives and bond slaves must be living testimonies of a people who walk out Psalm 91. I heartily exhort you to read it every day no matter how well you know it for it will indeed sink deeper and deeper into your spirit until you are a living, breathing example of what the disciple of Christ should look like. As we commune deeply with Father and Son, their LOVE is imparted to us so that blended together with the confidence imbued by the 91st Psalm we shall also be living expressions of the Heart of God. Then, my dear brothers and sisters, we are not only fortified ourselves but have the essential element of Christ Himself to pour out to all. We all know I Corinthians 13 also…”Faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love.” How deeply have we allowed these two beautiful chapters of sacred scripture to permeate our whole being? Let us ask ourselves this question daily.

It is indeed a time of unprecedented stress for all with the economic disasters affecting us in personal ways and knowing that the times ahead will very likely not become any easier. Some of us are thinking the “If only I had” thoughts. Well, some did not pay off homes, avoid using credit cards, make profitable investments, save money, etc., so let us move on and press into the ONLY ONE Who is able to move us through the problems facing us each day. Isaiah set his “face like a flint” (Isaiah 50:7) and so must we in order to press through every obstacle fully aware that the Lord JESUS is right by our side. Please check that awareness-status moment to moment. Are we perceiving that He is really right there or have we run on past Him of our own accord? Oh LORD have mercy on us and empower us to surrender to Thy will every moment of every day. This is the only way we shall survive this hour in history! You know it, brothers and sisters, and so do I. May we take ACTION today. You might enjoy reading “Enjoying the LORD”  on this website.

We simply must tighten up our expenditures and set money aside in a safe place at home. Buy only what is truly needed. As the “holidays” approach in this world’s system, let us not be pressured in the least by them… decorating, buying elaborate gifts, preparing expensive foods, and all of the rest. Even those in the world are cutting way back…”tightening things up,” so how much more should those called to a first fruits company demonstrate frugality and separation from ALL that Babylon represents. Thanksgiving is truly a beautiful day, but the rest is all pagan and not for Israel! Let us each re-evaluate how we respond to these secular beliefs and traditions. We honor the LORD’S birth every day deep within our hearts. That is our gift to Him! Is it not about HIS birthday? It is definitely not mine and probably not yours either! One gift to JESUS is the most perfect that we can give…His own LOVE flowing right back to Him!  How this ravishes His Heart.

We must tighten up our ability to transcend suffering!  We all know there has been much of it in years past, most are burdened now, and I believe that there is a great deal more on the horizon. Whether that distress be physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, social or in any other area, we need to tighten up the skills which we have learned along the way to ease it all. A treasured friend of mine recently wrote a short blog on taking mini-vacations, and that is exactly what I have done to cope in recent months. There are favorite places that I go here in Oregon that are within minutes of my home that lift me up so high that before I know it I feel in tight union with God. There is the place that I simply call the “high place” which is a butte from which you can view the entire Cascade Mountain Range. It is not only of spectacular beauty, there is also a profound silence up there. The glorious Indian Summer sunlight made me completely forget about my pain for a while. I picked fall grasses and weeds for table ornaments. It was wonderful. There is also the quiet of the desert to the east and the thrill of roaring mountain streams. Yes, I am so blessed here, and within all of this are God’s little (and not so little) creatures. No matter where you might live, there must be someplace that has elevated your spirits in the past…a park (pack a lunch and sit there in the car if it is too cold!), an art museum, an aquarium, a library, a café or a myriad of other places I can think of. Going out of our way, if only for a brief time, to these healing places, will enable us to transcend some of this suffering. Exercise (if possible) releases endorphins that will bring our ehtire being into balance. And, of course, prayer, WORSHIP, and the Word of God are the most healing things that I can think of!! GO THERE! Let us rise up and get out of ourselves!  

I sense it is an hour to tighten up our relationships within the Body of Christ. I actually know of situations where political differences have caused a breach in friendships. This is truly deplorable behavior in the Church! In his devotional The Glory of God and the Honor of Kings by Thomas Kissinger, the author speaks about LOYALTY. “…fellowship is glorious, wonderful, and strengthens us tremendously, but this same fellowship becomes dangerous when loyalty is not involved.” This concept was taken by Kissinger from Ten Dangerous Possessions by Bill Britton and among them is fellowship without loyalty. We surely do not “cut someone off” because he or she does not favor the same political candidates that we do. In fact, politics is totally of Babylon!! If we are to be “in this world but not of it,” how does any focus on the political arena affect a people holy, consecrated, and set apart? Why it surely should not involve us at all! Our citizenship is NOT HERE! We might be led to pray Father’s perfect will over elections, and we should pray for our leaders, but to become fiercely enmeshed in it is to me unthinkable. I have many friends who would rather entertain themselves with Rush Limbaugh in the mornings than to sink into the depths of JESUS CHRIST through early prayer and worship!! Yes, this is happening in spiritual Israel!!

Others are divided over slight differences in theological orientation, but whatever the differences, we simply must be a truly loyal people and tighten up our relationships.I was sent David Wilkerson’s last paper on coping with the “end times.” ( For us they herald a glorious NEW BEGINNING!) One of his main points that was that forgiveness is the most important thing that we can have to prepare. No one in the Bible spoke of stockpiling goods, although some of us might be led to do so in moderation. (This must not become an idol!) The whole point was that the condition of our heart is more important than ANYTHING ELSE for the times in which we find ourselves. This message truly spoke to me. Let us each make it a point to release forgiveness wherever we harbor resentment or even slight misgivings. NOW!

Regarding the “end times” David also quoted I Peter 4: 7,8″ “But the end and culmination of all things has now come near: keep sound minded and self-restrained and alert therefore for [the practice of] prayer. Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others].” And how shall the world know us? JESUS said by the love which we have one for the other!! Where do I fall short today?

It seems that along with relationships should come tightening up our mouths! We know so well what James says about the tongue: “But the human tongue can be tamed by no man. It is a restless (undisciplined, irreconcilable evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who were made in God’s likeness!” (James 3: 8,9) The power of the tongue is SO STRONG that with it we either bless or curse, speak LIFE or DEATH on every word that we speak. So let us THINK before we speak and practice HUMILITY and GENTLENESS and MEEKNESS. Yes, we do have POWER, but it is HIS POWER and not our own, and that power must be cloaked in these other vital attributes.

Then we must tighten up our thought lives! From His prison cell dear apostle Paul penned out these words which we have probably memorized but still do not walk out! “For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds of them].” (Philippians 4:8) Is there one of us who is not convicted and reproved by this message? It is a scientific FACT that we become what we think on and that our thought lives can even affect life and death. Thus, our very physical well being is dependent upon positive thinking…the first one being a spirit of profound gratitude. If we do not praise God daily that we were indeed chosen by Him, we are remiss. Have I done this today? Let us take an inventory of our thoughts and our verbal utterances each day. Do they truly reflect our faith, hope, and love?Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ!” ( II Corinthians 10:5) And may we definitely allow the Holy Spirit to transform us by the renewing of our minds. (Romans 12:2) Let us press on towards perfection in each of these areas until we are a truly exquisite replica of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. (Matthew 5:48, I Peter 1:22, Ephesians 4:13, Philippians 3:14)

May we unceasingly pray tenderly for each other in all of these things. (Ephesians 6:18)

In His LOVE,

diana

“He must increase, but I must decrease. [He must grow more prominent; I must grow less so].”

(John 3:30)  This is truly our BATTLE CRY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oct 11 2008

A Call to Arms

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As I awoke several days ago I heard the words “A Call to Arms” and then saw an outline although the details were blurred. I got up to retrieve my notebook on the other side of the night stand and began to write. The LORD presented four things for us to do in order to continue walking in the Secret Place of the Most High even while it appears that our entire world is falling apart. We SHALL have the PEACE and JOY of the LORD JESUS CHRIST even if we are losing our personal assets right now and the possibility of war looms on the horizon. The following are the four things which the LORD asked me to present to you:

A Call to LOVE

Yes, this is indeed the greatest way to fight any evil in our lives as the LORD’S ways are the antithesis of the world’s. I believe that this is indeed the hour of the manifestation of the entire love chapter…I Corinthians 13. It is through LOVE that the final harvest will be reaped by the Sons of God!! I do suggest that we all read and re-read the love chapter during these perilous times.

On the night before last, Father gave me this Scripture for the daily inspiration which I send out nightly. I feel it fits in so nicely here:

“Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive]. And above all these [put on] love

Colossians 3: 13, 14

and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony].”

I questioned that part about enfolding ourselves in the bond of PERFECTNESS, but the LORD said that perfect LOVE, the Father’s Heart, was the required virtue. As I wrote out that “Inspiration for the Day,” I recall including a prayer for an impartation of the Heart of the Father and for His Perfection so that we would be equipped for the age just upon us. Let us join together and call these things down as we do not have them inherently until the LORD JESUS Christ rises up within us and consumes all of ourSELVES! In the meantime, we can at least make an effort to walk in forgiveness with ALL people (a pre-requisite of LOVE) and to extend love to everyone.

Today, I sank in some pain and weariness before the LORD as I knew I could not perform my necessary duties unless HE was performing them within me! Helpless to move, I rested in the LORD and waited upon Him. The anointing instantly fell, and the first thing He had me do was to literally send love to all of those that He brought to mind beginning with those with whom I might have had disagreements! For some of these people angels appeared to take the loving thoughts and for others I was assured that they were being sent directly by the Holy Spirit. It turned out to be a dramatic and spiritually powerful and fulfilling experience, but I could not have done this through any SELF effort. We simply MUST be walking in the Spirit if we are to march in what He termed ARMS (or spiritual weapons).

Once I had been engaged with JESUS for about an hour, We got up and began to effortlessly get the tasks done, but I was extremely careful to remain centered in His Spirit.

The next mandate was:

A Call to Prayer

Although this seems pretty self explanatory, how often do we find ourselves neglecting the final weapon of our warfare outlined in the sixth chapter of Ephesians?: “PRAY at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people.)”I truly believe that when we are thus engaged the enemy will flee from us for that is essentially what God is telling us in Ephesians 6! I am certainly convicted on this point as my mind tends to flit from one thing to another and finally just seems to turn to mush at the end of the day. So to each of you reading this web log, please receive my own prayer for it has been held in the eternal realms just for you!

We are now reaching the level of maturity in which we do NOT PRAY unless we are doing so by the Spirit. Please note that I did not say in the Spirit. When we pray by the Spirit we are generally speaking in our native tongue those Words flowing from the Spirit of God within.  We are praying prophetically. When we do NOT KNOW how to pray, we simply say “Thy Will be done” for this person, nation, or situation or we pray IN the Spirit. Most of us know by this time that the Holy Spirit within us KNOWS what to pray in any given situation!! This might seem very elementary, but I believe that we need to be reminded and also that there are some reading this who do not yet know this concept.

The third mandate was:

A Call to Fight

Ah, that sounded a bit more like “arms” to my natural man, but immediately the LORD simply said “Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.” James 4:7  Resist is obviously an action word, a verb, requiring us to DO SOMETHING! When evil comes to us from the outside or enters our minds, we are clearly to consciously TURN from it!! God did give us free will, and this is His mandate to us. He WILL help us as James said to “Be subject to God” prior to his telling us to resist the devil. If we are walking in the Spirit, we WILL be subject to God!! I like the way James precedes this particular passage of sacred Scripture: “You [are like] unfaithful wives [having illicit love affairs with the world and breaking your marriage vow to God! Do you not know that being the world’s friend is being God’s enemy? So whoever chooses to be a friend of the world takes his stand as an enemy of God. Or do you suppose that the Scripture is speaking to no purpose that says, The Spirit Whom He has caused to dwell in us yearns over us and He yearns for the Spirit [to be welcome] with a jealous love?” James 4: 4,5

That passage both convicts me and simply melts my heart. To think that God yearns over us, loves the Spirit and loves us with a jealous love. Throughout Scripture God tells us that He is a jealous God! Oh LORD let us truly FEEL that LOVE that we know You have for us, help us to turn from evil, and do melt our hearts every minute of every day!!

I believe that with so much going on in today’s world we have the tendency to get caught up in all of the talk and debate and concern. This is indeed behaving like “an unfaithful wife!” Of course we are to be alert and watch… but then we PRAY. We crawl into Father’s arms…that One Who loves us with a jealous love and yearns over us and petition Him for HIS HEART concerning all that is going on and for the response He wishes us to have in the face of it. Not all will hear the same thing!! It depends upon our individual make up…the way we were fearfully and wonderfully formed, our circumstances, our position in the Christed Body, and so much more. Therefore, we must respect the Words that different ones are receiving and not bicker about them nor hold grudges! God forbid!

James also talks to us in the fourth chapter, verse six about the grace which the LORD gives us to turn from the world and resist the enemy (which the world is!) This entire chapter is very rich, and I encourage you to read it in its entirety.

The last mandate which the LORD outlined was:

A Call to Abide in PEACE

We all know this passage of Scripture which was one of the last things that JESUS told His disciples: “Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]” John 14: 27  Our LORD has left us with a priceless, TRULY PRICELESS GIFT – that of HIS OWN PEACE which must  mean the peace in which He walked while on the Earth. Let us reach out and seize it with JOY and then in the midst of disaster or personal agony or disturbance walk in both the peace and the joy of the LORD.

Last night the LORD gave me the following Scripture for my daily “Inspiration:”

“The voice of the Lord makes the hinds bring forth their young, and His voice strips bare forests, while in His temple everyone is saying, Glory!

“The Lord sat as King over the deluge: the Lord [still] sits as King [and] forever!

“The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people: the Lord will bless His people with peace.”

Psalm 29: 9-11

And He surely DID when He was incarnated. . .as that priceless gift. May we each be given the grace to walk in it regardless of our circumstances.

Written in His LOVE,

diana

All Scriptures are taken from the Amplified Version unless otherwise indicated. Anyone who is not receiving the daily inspirations and would like to, please simply email me at heartoftheeagle@gmail.com. God bless you.

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