Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thank Who?



This morning as I was busy doing my webber net thing and copying down recipes for the upcoming Thanksgiving festivities, I happened upon this article.

It brought tears to my eyes...

The More Important Thing by John Paul Jackson

Several years ago, when Streams Ministries was still located in New Hampshire, I started hearing footsteps. Some of the time, it would be my editor coming into my office to tell me I had a phone call or something else, but at other times, no one would be there. I would hear someone enter, but the office would be empty.
Well, this is strange, I would think.

The Busy Body of Christ
All of us have experienced different seasons of busyness in life. I don't mean periods of time when we are swamped for a week or two; I mean entire months and years of busyness, when we don't have time for God because we are trying to do things for Him. In this story, I was in one of those seasons. I had not slowed down in a long time.
One day, I was in the office by myself. I heard someone come into the room and assumed that my staff had returned. I was on a roll, so I kept working, figuring they would tell me what they needed.

But no one said anything. The steps stopped right behind my chair, and the next thing I knew, I felt arms around me. The physical presence was so real that at first, I thought I was being hugged. But when I looked down, nothing was there.
I began to weep, overwhelmed by incredible love and compassion. Conviction dropped over me like a blanket. In a moment, I knew the Lord was showing me that I had gotten too busy for Him. I wasn't giving Him time to touch me.

No Substitutions
We can have phenomenal experiences in God: visitations, translations, transportations, trances, dreams, visions, etc. We can learn to recognize His voice and have angels bring us messages of profound revelation. We can have extreme prophetic gifting and direct the courses of nations. But none of these things can act as a substitute for Him. Doing what God has called you to do is an excellent thing-but not when it takes His place.
Obviously, walking in our calling is very important, but we can't ever forget why we are walking in our calling-why we wanted to take this road in the first place. Our focus can easily shift from God Himself to being busy with what He has given us to do.

Practice the Presence
Around the time of our move to New Hampshire, it seemed like everyone wanted a piece of my attention. I felt constantly pulled on. I love people and I want to help them, but that day in my office, I felt the Lord was letting me know, "John Paul Jackson, you've gotten so busy working for Me that you don't have room for Me to touch you. You don't make time for Me to touch you, like you used to."
It may seem like an oxymoron, but sometimes we are so busy going after Him that we fail to wait for Him. As Isaiah 30:18 declares, God moves and acts on the behalf of those who wait for Him. They give Him time, and He responds.
No matter what happens in our relationship with God, what level of gifting we have, where we feel God has placed us in His body, the influence we may or may not have-we need to keep our gaze on the more important thing: God Himself.
Throughout our lives, there will be times when God calls us to hard work and other times when God calls us to rest; in both seasons, He is here. Where are you? Learn to hear His voice. Seek Him out. Let Him touch you. Practice the presence of God and grant Him the desire of His heart.
From: identitynetwork.net jpj article
Oh, how He loves us!

Friday, November 11, 2011

11/11/11



I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, [which] shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, - Isaiah 62:6 KJV

Friends of mine emailed me to alert me of what is happening. I am thankful for this because we do not have regular TV reception in our home (we gave up cable, etc.).

UN recognition of a Palestinian state is one step closer to collapse according to the internet news (click on ynetnews). Although the Palestinians are no longer pushing for full state status this year in the United Nations, the proposed strategy is for them to request upgraded status:

...Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian leadership, is expected to convene his leadership council by the beginning of next week to discuss alternative options.

It is likely that they will approve the presentation of a resolution to the General Assembly, which can upgrade the Palestinian Authority from its present status as an observer entity at the UN to that of a "non-member state" without recourse to the Security Council.

Known as the "Vatican Option", it would give the Palestinians the same status as the Holy See, which cannot vote on resolutions but which – crucially – is regarded as a sovereign state.

Although no decision has yet been made, a Palestinian official said a resolution could be tabled before the General Assembly meets on November 29, when it traditionally discusses Palestinian affairs. [Excerpt taken from:
telegraph.co.uk]

We need to be in prayer especially now for the peace of Jerusalem, because (as I mentioned in my previous article written September 17--click on Urgent) upgraded observer status could be interpreted as implicit UN recognition of Palestinian statehood because the assembly would be acknowledging that the Palestinians control an actual state.

The advantage of this option to the Palestinians is that it would require only a simple majority of the General Assembly. Since around 120 countries have already recognized the state of Palestine to date, it would likely win such a vote overwhelmingly.

If the Palestinians were to be recognized as a non-member state, they would be able to sign certain international treaties, such as the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which they cannot currently sign. This would mean thousands of lawsuits against Israel and isolation and demonization of the State of Israel...

...and you know what happens to those who would do this (see Joel 3:1-2 and Deuteronomy 30 if you don't remember).

These are amazing and prayerful days we live in!













Thursday, November 3, 2011

Here Comes the Bride!

While doing research on the seven festivals of the Lord, I came across writings that were done on the subject of Who is the Bride of Christ?

Ed Chumney (who I have been quoting profusely in my blogging) wrote a book by that title and you can actually read it on-line at
hebroots.org. Although he is one of my favorite authors and I greatly esteem this brother, I am not sure about some of his teaching on what he considers mandatory for a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. But he has given me pause to think and to seek out more of the Truth.

We should never stop seeking the Truth.


Another author has caught my attention recently--the late J. Leland Earls whose articles and booklets are posted at the website of firstloveministry.com. Brother Earls presents Biblical evidence that Christ will receive His saints to Himself in TWO groups and that the first group of saints to be translated or raptured will be the Bride of Christ. WH-WH-WHAT?!

I remembered that Enoch had been translated (Hebrews 11:5), so I allowed my curiosity to drive me to read on even though off the top of my head I could not think of any scripture to back this statement up. His first scriptural illustration was the Wise and Foolish Virgins of Matthew 25:1-13. His definition of who the Foolish Virgins are will surprise you!

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five [were] foolish. They that [were] foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. - Matthew 25:1-4 KJV

Who are the Wise Virgins? "The wise simply had EXTRA oil with them (a type of the FURTHER WORK of the Holy Spirit in the BAPTISM of the Holy Spirit and subsequent purifyings and prep­arations by that same Spirit). Most Christians, brainwashed by the traditions of man, simply do not want to accept the fact that MORE is required to be READY to be taken by the Lord than simply being a born-again believer." [Quoted from
firstloveministry.com/Earls]

I want to emphasize here that I am making NO ATTEMPT to judge any individual member of the family of God to determine if they are the Bride of Christ. I simply am presenting to you what I pray is spiritually stimulating information that will cause you to go deeper--deeper in your understanding of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in your life and deeper in your relationship with the Lord Yahshua, Jesus.

I believe our Lord and Redeemer and Lover of our Soul longs for an intimacy with each one of us individually--an intimacy that is deeper and closer than any earthly relationship! Marriage between two saints is to be an example of Christ's love and desire for us~

So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. - Ephesians 5:28-32 KJV


Longing to be a Bride...