THE MOUNTAIN IN THE SEA

“I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer” (Matt 21: 21, 22)

A mountain in the Bible stands as a symbol for many things. One of them is an evil stronghold, an obstruction along the way. It is positioned to block your vision of the finishing line. The aim of the enemy is to blind you to the reward, to the destiny, and crown promised by God. This mountain is demonic. It speaks discouragement to weaken your faith. For example, when Nehemiah came back from Babylon, to rebuild Jerusalem, the enemy attacked him with doubts, fears and discouragement. The devil represented by Tobias and Sanballat opposed him saying that he was not able to finish building the wall. In the natural, things were very difficult. Even among the people of God, few had faith but many had doubts. This resistance to the work of God, to spiritual progress, is a mountain that has to be ‘thrown into the sea.’ Nehemiah proved to be a true leader, defeated the opposition, and finished building the wall of Jerusalem!

This is another word of faith: “Then he said to me, ‘This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts.’ What are you, O Great Mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’” (Zech 4:6,7). The counsel God gave to Zerubbabel is this: in the fight against all opposition, the human power will fail, but the power of the Holy Spirit will never fail! This is the promise of Jehovah Sabaoth, the Lord of Hosts. God challenges Zerubbabel to finish building the temple by praising and giving Him the glory.

God’s grace, His unmerited favor rooted in the Cross of Calvary is revealed as a mighty overcoming power that nothing can quench! God’s grace means victory in the war against doubt and failure. Against all odds, the roof of the Temple shall be finished at the sound of fearful praise: ‘Grace… Grace!’ Jesus Christ, the Capstone shall overcome!

It is foolishness to start the Christian race by grace and then try to finish it by human strength. Both the foundation and the roof shall be done only by the grace of God! Our salvation and our sanctification are possible only by the grace of God! The grace of God is a mighty weapon! Use it! You cannot ignore a blockage in an artery and hope that things will improve! The patient will end up with a stroke!

Child of God! Do not deny the reality of spiritual attacks! Do not accept defeat! Do not remain spiritually stagnant! Do not be passive! Fast and Pray! Listen to the voice of Jesus and you shall hear encouragement and victory! He said that if you have faith in God you shall destroy the enemy’s stronghold! Faith is 100 percent! Doubt is 0 percent! The size of the opposition does not matter; it can be a mountain, a hill or the sea. Your faith in God and in His grace shall overcome all oppositions! Fear not! Declare war against the wickedness in high places! God will perfect all that concerns you! Move on in your destiny! You can do it! I believe the Word of God!

In Christ I declare:
I am saved! I am free! By faith I destroy all opposition in my path as I follow Christ! I fear not! I keep moving on! I believe! All glory to the Lamb who was slain from the foundation of the world!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen!

(From my Book The Doe of the Morning)

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(In the picture: Me during a trip to Israel. I was seated on top of an ancient stone olive press. Jesus said: ‘If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea’ (Mt 18:6). This millstone is very heavy!!! I could not move it!!! )

MEMORIES 

Memories light the corners of my mind
Misty water-colored memories of the way we were
Scattered pictures of the smiles we left behind
Smiles we gave to one another for the way we were…

Memories may be beautiful and yet
So many memories too painful to remember
The way we were!

Can it be that it was all so simple then
Or has time rewritten every line
And if we had the chance to do it all again
Just tell me, tell me, would we, would we?
Could we, could we?
(Jewish poem)

Memory defined: the mental capacity or faculty of retaining and reviving facts, events, impressions, etc., or of recalling or recognizing previous experiences.
What is the purpose of memory?
a. To preserve our past
b. To learn
c. To connect
d. To tell the story

“Bible memorization is absolutely fundamental to spiritual formation. If I had to choose between all the disciplines of the spiritual life, I would choose Bible memorization, because it is a fundamental way of filling our minds with what it needs. “This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth. Meditate on it day and night” (Josh 1:8) The Bible should me in your mouth! That’s where you need it! How does it get in your mouth? Memorization!!” (D. Willard)

Memory

YES, LORD! YOU KNOW THAT I LOVE YOU!

“Jesus said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My sheep.” (Jn 21:16)
 
Jesus ‘hired’ Peter as an apostle, knowing that he will deny Him in the future. The Lord did not ‘fire’ Peter forever. He later reinstated him to ministry. This is great lesson for all of us! The reason why we make mistakes in hiring or firing people it is because we do not see things thru the eyes of God. We evaluate people and circumstances as relating to the present moment. God is Spirit and He is eternal. He not only sees the future but He is able to create the future. He also changes the hearts of men, something that we cannot do. That is ‘the advantage’ of God over us. We should accept our limitations and bow before Him! By His Word God creates new things. His Word is settled in heaven and on earth. For example: “God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable (can never be withdrawn; are without repentance)… God does not change His mind about whom He chooses and blesses… God doesn’t take back the gifts He has given or disown the people He has chosen” (Rom 11:29; different translations).
 
To me, The Lord Jesus Christ is not only my Savior, my Friend and Lord! He is my Boss. In the past, working for men or even for myself, I never had the peace, joy and courage I now have. I now work for the Lord! He is the most excellent Boss. By His Spirit He teaches, encourages and chastises me. Most of this work is done in the quietness of the background, under the shadows of His wings. Most of the time, men cannot see my pain or my joy. Wisely, He does not promote me to any level of visibility until I am ready to withstand the pressure coming from others who are jealous of my gifts. I love Peter because like him, I made mistakes and I was called back to loving once more. “Thank You, Lord Jesus!!!”

MY FAITH STANDS

“And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren” (Lk 22:31, 32)
 
This conversation between our Lord and Peter is just before the Cross. Jesus warns him and encourages him in the same time. ‘Satan has asked for you…’ Satan, the accuser of the brethren has asked for permission to ‘sift’ Peter. Interestingly, that permission was granted by God. The word ‘asked’ is a strong word meaning ‘insisting, demanding to come for trial’. This reminds us that the devil is a personality and not just an ‘evil influence’. Here we see that some of the devil’s wicked desires are granted to him by God. In particular, the devil enjoys sifting the believers. But the process of sifting shall give glory to God at the end. To sift it means to violently shake something with the intent to separate the components. In particular, sifting wheat means to shake the grains until both chaff and impurities go away and only the good grain remains.
 
This is a great revelation: the devil is allowed by God to shake, to sift, nations and people. In the following verse the devil is called ‘the man’: “Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms; who made the world as a wilderness and destroyed its cities, who did not open the house of his prisoners?” (Is 14:16, 17)
 
Peter boasted of his unshakable love for Jesus but he did not know his weakness and he was ignorant of his fears. The sifting shall remove all fleshly empty boasting, religious worship and flattery praises. The fleshly things shall be shaken and fall but the eternal things of the Kingdom shall remain. This is the promise of God: “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain” (Heb 12:26, 27). The faith of the believers shall be purified and become like gold that passes thru fire. Maturity and strength shall be the result of spiritual shaking and sifting.
 
At the Cross, our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Prince of Peace and the Desired of the Nations, completely destroyed the power of the devil. On the Cross our Lord ends the sifting by saying: ‘It is finished!’ . No man can stop the process of ‘sifting’ except our Lord Jesus Christ thru His intercession. Behind the devil, our Lord is the One who supervises and limits the loss. Jesus winnows His grain. “His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” (Mt 3:12). This is the promise of our eternal High Priest, that during all trials His prayer shall sustain us and His grace shall be sufficient to carry on. ‘I have prayed for you…” Say it to yourself: “Jesus Christ prays for me, right now!” That is all I need to know right now!
 
The devil wants to destroy your faith but Jesus says that your faith shall not fail. Your faith shall stand! The devil wants you to backslide but Jesus says that no one of His sheep shall be lost. The devil wants to destroy the unity of the Spirit in the Church and in your marriage. But the end of such a trial of fire is joyful strength that shall be a testimony to the other brethren. I encourage you to look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith! Kings and kingdoms shall pass away, but there is something about His name…JESUS!!!
 
Dear child of God, listen! The road may have been long and difficult but your future is better than anything you have imagined! The glory of Christ shall be revealed to the nations! The hearts of men shall be purified and they shall see the Lord! The weeping shall be replaced with rejoicing! The weak shall be strong and the poor shall be rich! There is a turning of the tables! The praises shall increase! The church shall be stronger! Your marriage shall be sweeter! Great shall be your children’ peace! May Christ glorify Himself in your life today!
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YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD TO BE A MOTHER

“And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken. For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him. And Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born unto him. And Sarah said, ‘God hath made me laugh so that all that hear will laugh with me.’ And she said, ‘Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age.’” (Genesis 21:1-7)

A lack of faith caused Sarah to laugh at God in disbelief. But an abundance of faith enabled her to laugh with God in delight.
This Bible story teaches us many things. The most important is that faith in God kills disappointment!

Dear sister, please listen: one thing is clear! The medical science says that after a certain age, your dreams to be a mother should die. But according to God, your Creator, you are never too old to believe that one day you will be a joyful mother!!! Do not laugh at God or at His promises! LAUGH WITH GOD!!! In His presence there is fullness of joy! Nothing can change that! God bless you as you believe!

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MY PRAYER FOR HEALING

Today I received a number of prayer requests from believers who are sick. I use myself as a point of contact. As I pray for my own healing, your healing shall manifest as well! Be healed! In Jesus name! Let the testimonies roll….
 
Let’s pray:
Dear Heavenly Father, I come to You in the name above all names! I come to You in the name of Jesus! You know me so well. You created me. You know the number of hairs on my head. You even know the thoughts conceived in my heart before I ever speak them. You’ve told me to come to You and ask for every need of life. I believe in You! I believe in Your Word! Your promises for me are yes and amen! You are Jehovah-Rapha, the God who heals, and You have the final word on my destiny, including the number of years I’ll live and serve You on earth.
 
Right now I need You. My body needs your touch. My soul needs your kiss. My spirit needs Your strength. I’m coming to You today as Your child, longing to hear from You and asking for Your divine healing. There’s so much I don’t understand about life. But I do know that with one touch, one word, You can make me whole again. Please forgive me my sins! Cleanse me of my unrighteousness and begin Your healing from this moment on, from the inside out.
 
I take authority in the name of Jesus and I command every evil spirit of infirmity, foreign bodies in my blood (viruses, microbes and parasites), demons of fear, doubts, strange weakness, empty religion, cults and secret societies, spiritual poison and untimely death… to leave me and go away in the name of Jesus! I break your hold upon my body! I destroy every evil covenant done on my behalf, using my name or my picture. I declare these null and void! Holy Spirit please fill me afresh! Give me a fresh powerful testimony to share with others, for Your glory and for their encouragement! In this my weakness I declare that ‘I AM STRONG’! In this my sickness, I declare that ‘I AM HEALED’!
 
My faith in the Word of God is 100%!!! I now rejoice! I now sing! I now dance! I now clap my hands! I now worship You Lord God Almighty! Thank You Abba Father! You are worthy of all my praise! In Jesus’ name I pray! Amen!
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DOUBLE MIRACLE

“The voice of the Lord makes the hinds (the deer) bring forth their young; and His voice strips bare the forests; while in His Temple everyone is saying: GLORY!” (Ps 29: 9; AMP)
 
Listen to the Voice of Jehovah: Worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness! As you go on… you will discover a double miracle: fruitfulness and blessings on your side and bareness, failure and disgrace upon your enemies! That is the power of the same voice! The voice of Christ is ‘like the sound of many waters’ bringing rivers of life into the desert and flooding the hiding place of the wicked. The Shepherd of my soul has wiped all my tears and mingled them in the spring of the river of life. Over there, I shall see my face in the pure crystal water. I shall remember some drops of pain from the past; not much, just enough to always remain tender and grateful (Rev 1:15; 7:17; 22:1-3).
 
In Christ I declare:
The Lord speaks into my spirit! God’s voice breaks and multiplies my spirit into fruit beyond counting; like the stars, forever! For His glory alone! In Jesus’ name, Amen!
 
(From my Book The Doe of the Morning)
(I took this picture: two doves on top of our roof)
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