A Filthy Mind Trick and God’s Genius Masterplan – From the series “Love Has Enemies”

There are times when the enemy tries to convince you that you are not ready for the new, even when God told you that you are. It is easier to believe the former since some of the old patterns are emerging. The enemy’s trick is to entice you into sin so that you feel guilty and ashamed. You think you failed, and I think that is the truth! You have been unfaithful (if you are reading this and nodding because you understand), but you have nowhere else to go, so you turn to God! You have learned to trust Him. You run to Him, you seek to be with Him still. That is why He is so proud of you!

I recently saw a movie where the protagonist lets his love betray him so that she can get to the place she needs to be. He is deeply hurt in that moment but he continues to do what he must do to move both of them forward. They do eventually meet, as the girl realizes that he let her betray him FOR her, to make the evil plans of the enemy turn into greater good for her. This is what sometimes happens with us, I realized! “Look at the great cloud of witnesses!,” I hear Him say. “You are not going through something that they did not go through. I declare you free, so be free! Tell those spirits to back off! Go and offend some people with your laughter as they mock the freedom that I have put in you!” My friend, if He told you you are ready, then you ARE. Do not fall into the filthy mind trick of the enemy. Wear the new man, know who you are!

You know when you sometimes watch something and you are in awe of how genius the writer of the plot is? Well, I then hope that you do not forget who made those people and not just them, but the entire universe!

GOD IS GOD AND HE. IS. FOR. YOU.

I Will Jump For You – At The Crossover

There are times when no one else can take this step of faith with you. You know it is personal; it goes deep. Ultimately, it is your decision and yours alone to trust God and surrender. You sense it is a big decision and you find it hard to let go completely. You already partly let go but this is where you need to die. You do not need any more signs and wonders to believe – no, you must just believe! Once and for all!

The desire to be cleansed is huge. The Holy Spirit has evoked a godly sorrow in my heart – I am at the threshold and I realize I never want to go back to my old life. I do not want to live double-minded before the Lord. I desire to be clean.

See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done.

1. Corinthians 7:11 NIV

“God, if I can’t hear your voice right now because I am not willing to hear, would you just speak louder for me? Would you just shout out to me what you are saying?,” my desperate cry as I am walking outside on a Sunday afternoon. I close my eyes to listen and there! I hear Him loud and clear: “I love you, my child!,” and He continues, “I am desiring you! I want you!” I see Him there, standing further away on the opposite side of what seems like a dark valley of death between us. I know it is not real but only in my imagination. It is my fear and unbelief that make me dread the crossing.

Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

John 12:24-26 NIV

So what now? Actually, we both know. God and I, we both know that I am going to take this step. I am going to cross over because He believes in me and is for me. I will die, only to be resurrected again. He is going to catch me as soon as I jump!

You were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Ephesians 4:24 ESV

I do not want to hold onto my ways of coping with the emotional pain inside of me any longer. This inner child inside of me, crying out that she wants to be loved, is growing still before Him, to trust Him when He says He loves her. And the fretting goes because she finally sees! She shouts back to Him, “I trust you, God! I know your voice. Meet me there, Abba. I will jump for you. Because I know You will catch me.”

The Patient Love of God

It takes time for faith to grow. Some things just are not made right until we believe. Sometimes we have to go through a season of intense endurance to finally prove that faith. Without patience, it does not work.

Recently I had a brief moment with the Lord. I was lying down on a bench on a mountaintop – that is where we usually meet. I was just enjoying the breeze and the sun. I waited for Him to speak because His words always comfort me.

“Patience, my love,” He said.

It was that simple. He had promised me something and I would be blessed when I believed (Luke 1:45). He was reminding me that I needed to remain patient. If I really trusted Him, I would wait. That is, I would rest in His love, enjoying every day with thanksgiving, staying close to Him and always keeping an eye out for His ways to speak. If so, I would know when the moment comes. I would recognize His voice. I would know that it was God.

My friend, I bless your faith in this hour. I pray that you will let go of any striving. I pray that no matter how often you feel let down by God, that somehow your heart would be protected by Him. For the Holy Spirit is the one who works faith in us. It means everything to Him when we love Him patiently like Jesus did.

To close this up, I want to share some elementary verses about faith from the book of Romans. God bless you, my brave sister and brother in Christ! You are almost there!

“But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he makes sinners right in his sight when they believe in Jesus. Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.” (Romans 3:21-28 NLT)

The Faithful Gather – A Series of Prophecies and Dreams PART 1

It has been a while, brothers and sisters! Astonishing and horrible things have happened all around the world this past month. As someone living in a country that actively welcomes refugees from the Ukraine, everything that is happening on the east side of the continent feels much more real to me now than it might have been elsewhere. These past three weeks have been a mixture of a) working together with brothers and sisters in Christ to open up spaces to receive new Ukrainian friends, b) processing a series of dreams about the nations, c) searching God for understanding on the sudden decline of my own health, and d) leading the RESURRECTION bible study (FYI: you can still join!). Sounds like much, but God had already told me at the end of last year that I would be “sprinting” in March and April 2022 and to get ready for it, so I keep running; but you are welcome to pray for me for healing, faithful perseverance and steadfast love! Thank you so much!

So, where do I start? This is PART 1 of a series of prophecies and dreams I seek to explain. The next parts will follow over the next few weeks because there is much to digest and so many treasures to find in the written Word! Here are some impressions I had during prayer:

  • God is pouring out a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy as in Zechariah 12:10 right now so that a fountain may be opened for us to cleanse us from sin and uncleanness (Zechariah 13:1). This is happening in the Ukraine. In Russia. Everywhere. It is time for this. Receive this spirit for your unbelieving friends and family! If you are an intercessor, I encourage you to spend some time repenting on behalf of cities and nations as the Holy Spirit leads you, because the harvest is ripe, the harvest is now. God also highlighted Ezekiel 9:4 to me: “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.” He is looking for those.
  • I hear there is going to be a blast in relationships over the next few months (March-May 2022). Old acquaintances are going to renewed and above all else, people are going to be plugged into congregations! Ask the Lord if the timeline of this prophesy aligns with yours, so that you may trust and receive or reject and wait for another timing. It is not your fault if you are still lonely without congregation around June, the time just has not come for you yet.
  • God is guarding over us. I do not say this lightly to evoke some positive emotion. It is a declaration of truth. I hear the Lord is guarding over us and placing His angels around us 24/7.
  • The end-time prophecies are being fulfilled. I am not saying that Jesus is coming this year; but the end-time prophecies in the Bible which remain unfulfilled are being fulfilled. This is obvious, of course, but it serves as a reminder that everyone is affected, not just Israel (yes, Israel, not Ukraine. In the end, it will be about Israel). If you feel led, you can spend some time going through the chapters in the Bible which contain such prophecies. May He give you strategic prayer points as you read and give you advice in how to prepare specifically for emergency situations. Moreover, thank God for a steadfast, persevering spirit among our persecuted brothers and sisters at this hour! We prophesy everlasting life over them as they choose to remain faithful unto death!

Alright. Let’s take a short break here. In the next post, I want to share two specific dreams and interpretations. It will follow in a bit.

God Can Take Care of Himself; the Proud Will Fall

When the Philistines captured the ark of God, they brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon and set it up beside Dagon. And when the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon and put him back in his place. But when they rose early on the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the Lord, and the head of Dagon and both his hands were lying cut off on the threshold. Only the trunk of Dagon was left to him. This is why the priests of Dagon and all who enter the house of Dagon do not tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.

1 Samuel 5:1-5 ESV

Sometimes our pride and fears drive us to rush ahead of God. We fail to wait and become unwise in managing the revelation we have received from God. “He is too slow,” we might say, “He is not coming through.” Can we deny these thoughts? All in all, we are doing it for God and He is just not responding the way we would have Him.

This morning I hear the Lord say to His people that it is enough! He can take care of Himself and nothing we do, no matter how noble the cause, will push Him into a box. He is God, the Creator of the universe. Let the whole world know and bow before Him! Lift up His name and get ready to be in awe of the grand schemes of Jahweh!

Dagon is no match to Him. Dagon is believed to be the father of Baal but what if he is the idol of idols? His head shall be cut off and so his hands! The fear of God shall set mightily on all who serve them!

Lift us His name! Drench your days and nights with worship and proclaim that in His time, what needs to fall will fall and what needs to be raised will be raised. Tremble before the Lord and learn to truly cherish the revelation He has given you. Learn to manage wisely with love and self-discipline. I feel this fire, this roar inside of me this morning that even if His own house and His own people fail to honor and treasure His thoughts properly, He will show Himself holy to the world. He will make the proud fall.

The proud will fall.

Amen.