Category Archives: Knowing God

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Praising God for Closed Doors…

There was a time I felt that closed doors left me accursed.

I must be doing something wrong. Nothing is going right for me. These were the words that poured out of my heart almost daily. Weeks passed, then months, then years, still nothing. Being obedient and doing what was right had also not brought me the outcome I expected. I sought Godly counsel, pleaded the blood of Jesus, fasted and prayed, verbally denounced generational curses, and did all I could do and still nothing. I experienced hardship after hardship and felt the pains of injustice. However, my complaints seem to drift further apart and eventually they nearly completed faded. Sure, I would have moments of tears or express disappointment, but something inside of me had transformed. I had developed a trust that changed me.

As I moved up and down the hallway filled with closed doors, there was always ONE door that remained. You guessed it, my sweet and faithful Jesus! However, I didn’t want Jesus you see? I wanted answers. Answers I felt were through all those closed doors. My thought to myself was, I have Jesus?! so he can’t possibly be what I need, I want more. Yet God could see what my heart could not. Without words he knew, “my daughter does not believe that Jesus is enough for her” and so he had to show me. SHUT THOSE DOORS he commanded. And no matter how much help I sought nor who tried to help me, those doors were not going to open, not until I knew that Jesus is ENOUGH! Revelations 3:7 “What he opens noone  can shut, and what he shuts noonecan open.”

Now I look back and understand all those years of closed doors. Behind all those “no’s” or “not yet” had been a strategic plan of our Father to transform me. I can honestly say my heart is now joyful inside. My mourning has reconstructed into songs of praise unto the Lord. The best part of this new experience is that my joy does not depend on my ever changing circumstances. Think about it, if just one of those doors had come open at the wrong time, I would have placed my trust in the answer behind that door. If just one had opened up to me prematurely, sure I might have thanked the Lord for it, but I would have never truly understood that Jesus is EVERYTHING. That’s God’s perfect Order. John 20:26 “… Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

My faith walk with God had to get to a place where my heart knows that Jesus is ALL I need, PERIOD. If you find yourself in a hallway of closed doors, REJOICE! JESUS IS ALL YOU NEED. Jeremiah 31:13 “…I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.”


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The 10 Commandments

The 10 Commandments

 


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The Upside Down Rainbow illustrated by Ava

Listen to the Podcast here! The Upside Down Rainbow

I was looking into the sky the other day and I thought wow, this rainbow is really upside down isn’t it. Now I obviously know that the rainbow above the ground is seen as a hallo, but now I am seeing it below the ground from here in Arizona.

 

People say there’s nothing magically about rainbows, it’s all science.

Since when did science stop becoming the amazement factor and why does anyone ever consider this a point to take away from God as our creator? The science behind how God made things has always been there, we are the ones discovering it, not creating it.

 

This got me thinking about the symbolism of the upside-down rainbow.

The word Rainbow appears only 6 times in the Bible.

3 times it’s mentioned in the first book of the Bible Genesis chapter 9

Ezekiel was a prophet whose time overlapped with Daniel & Jeremiah. He has a vision of the throne of God, this is actually how God inaugurated him into the office of prophet, he sees Jesus, “Above the vault over their heads was what looked like a throne of lapis lazuli, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.” That’s in Ezekiel Chapter 1. You might want to go read it and try to picture what he saw.

Then the rainbow is introduced once again in the Book of Revelations, this same throne is described in Revelations 4:3, “And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne.”

I’ve heard Christian mythological explanations of the rainbow that were cool visuals.

One story says If God were pulling back on an arrow in his wrath, the rainbow is a reminder that after the flood of all mankind except for Noah and his family, God placed the arch of the rainbow in the sky, to point towards heaven, he did not pull the bow towards people, rather himself. This was a promise to us, and that’s what we usually see is this beautiful rainbow,

Jesus comes and takes that wrath right!

Now check it out, here we see him in the End of the book clothed in this rainbow!

Revelations 10:1, “Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars.

 

The rainbow is a promise in the beginning, and a fulfilled promise in the end! How awesome is that.

I think the symbolism of this upside-down rainbow, which is actually our ability to see the halo affect of the rainbow is just how close we are getting to see Jesus.

It made me think that the bow has turned back around? That his wrath has once again flipped. This time we read that the earth will not be destroyed by a flood again,

 

2 Peter 3:10  ”But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.”

This sounds like a very bad nuclear war, asteroids, or volcanos, it could be many disastrous things but listen, for those who accept Christ

1 Thessalonians 5:9 “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

 

Years ago I had a vision that rainbows started popping up all over in the sky and I knew in my spirit that it was time, Jesus was about to return, the time was finally up. My spirit leap with joy knowing he was going to return. The time is getting closer my friends.

If you haven’t met the rainbow maker, you can do that right where you are in this very moment.

 

Let’s pray,

Dear Jesus, I accept you as my savior, you are the rainbow maker. I’m so glad science is able to explain to me your wonderous ways. Help me not to doubt you. Bring me signs and strengthen my faith. In Jesus name, Amen.


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Wonder Woman – A Surprising Emblem for Christians

 

*spoiler alert!

Directed by a woman and starring a woman, the 2017 Wonder Woman movie, has a surprising parallel with the Christian church. Movie goers watch the ultimate fight, as a spiritual metaphor emerges for Christians and the corporate body of Christ. A classic tale of good versus evil, Gal Gadot who plays Diana as Wonder Woman represents the god killer! She is fearless but uncertain of her identity. Ares, the fallen god of war, exhibits immense power. He professes Diana’s true identity while simultaneously makes an effort to entice her to join him on the dark side of this war. In his rage against humanity, he points out the futility of a fallen and blemished species, undeserving, weak and cruel! Diana sees what the darkness in people can do. She would be blind not to acknowledge the pain people cause each other in their greed for power and thirst for war. Nevertheless, she also feels love which proves to be more powerful. She thrusts her sword towards Ares to destroy him but it quickly disintegrates, “only a god can kill another god” Ares professes. Her weapon did not have the power, she did, “you are the god killer!” he confirms. She can’t believe what she is hearing. Is it true, is she the god killer?

This scene powerfully depicts the Christian church likened to Wonder Woman and her fight against Ares likened to our battle with the devil. Satan is always enticing, tempting, and gloating how humans hurt humans to turn us against God and each other. There is no good in him. He incites evil and we have all felt his pain. He delights in the suffering that we’ve caused each other. In doing so, he hopes to deceive us into joining his destruction: he knows his impending doom is quickly approaching. The church is powerful and strong when submitted to the holy spirit but she often forgets her identity in Christ. Jesus explained to Peter,

“upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18).”

Jesus is the rock that the church is built and he has empowered his people to defeat the forces of darkness. Say it with me, hell will NOT prevail in your life.

The church is filled with the “god killer” who has authority over Satan’s plans and schemes. A queen remembers well, “There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom like that of the gods (Dan 5:11).” We are filled with power, fully equipped to defeat our enemy and we need to rise up and fight the devil! Yes, some have perverted the truth of this power. They have puffed themselves up as equals to God to acquire earthly wealth and acquire a cult type following, but ignore them! This is not the purpose of our power. Jesus sent out seventy-two of his followers: they came back to him and reported,

“…Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” Jesus replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:17-20

Is there an Ares in your life who has set out to defeat you!? It is time to rise and defeat the enemy in your life. Resist the devil’s enticements. Refuse to have an identity crisis. We can do it, we are filled with the holy spirit; more powerful than any other god (little g)! Believe the word of God and trust Jesus. It is not through our own power but from the spirit of God who lives in us. Cast away those mountains in your life, Jesus said, “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it (John 14:14)”.

WE only need to believe.  In this battle with Ares, Wonder Woman renders powerful imagery likened to the Christian empowered by the spirit of God, fully able to defeat the enemy. It is not a Christian film, it makes no claims to promote morality or meet any other Christian standard. Go see the movie!


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By Faith! Hebrews 11

This is straight out of God’s Word! BY FAITH!!! No Commentary Necessary!

Hebrews Chapter 11

Faith in Action 

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings.And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.

By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.”For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised landlike a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice.He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”  Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.

By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons,and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.

By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born,because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.

By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.  He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.  By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.  By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.

By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.

By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.

By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.

 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword;whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.  Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated—  the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.

These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised,  since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.