May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight, LORD
my Rock and my Redeemer.
As I was praying for our nation, I saw a snake (a sea serpent) slithering all around the feet of the people and it began to make its way up their bodies to their throat area and than wrap itself around the neck of the person tighter and tighter so that the entire air passage was closed off causing them to not be able to speak or breathe. I then saw another snake (a python) wrapping itself around the body of each person, squeezing the life out of them, until there was no life left. I saw the bones dry up and fall to the ground. But I heard the spirit of the Lord say; “I will breathe in you again. I will make a way where there seems to be no way. I will show you streams of living water in the desert place.”
I was then led to Ezekiel 37:1-6
The Lord took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with bones. He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dried out. Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?” “Oh Sovereign Lord,” I replied, “you alone know the answer to that.” Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”
I Hear Your Cry
The wind of my spirit will move through the land
The wave of my healing will saturate the sand
It will come in a moment just as it arrived
this mighty affliction in which folks abide.
I will pour out my Spirit for the humble and blessed
have petitioned to heaven that the land be at rest
I have heard their cry that on me they rely.
What is sown shall be reaped from the quiet place
peace shall abide where chaos did rage
as the hand of your father is about to convey.
So come to me, stop your worry and fret
My arms have not shortened, nor my ear dull to hear
You’ve cried out from the valley of gloom and despair
have I not promised to meet you there?
You’ve cried out for the worry
You’ve cried out for the loss
that I will bring them one day to the cross
They worship a savior who still hangs on a tree
But I have risen the grave is empty.
By: Kathleen VonSeggern
Then they call to me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. Ps.91:15
When David (as a boy) went out to fight Goliath, Saul gave David his own armor, which David tried on. But Saul’s armor didn’t fit him, so he refused to wear it. 1 Samuel 17: 12-58 I believe there are several reasons why Saul’s armor did not fit David. But the one that recently stood out to me, is that David was already wearing the armor of God. Another armor would have been much too confining!!
We are told to, Be strong in the Lord and His mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Ephesians 6: 10-13 (NLT)
But what is the full armor of God?
The belt of truth:
Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life” John 14:6
The breast plate of righteousness:
The Lord is righteous in everything He does. Psalm 145:17
The shoes of peace:
He will keep in perfect peace all who trust in Him. Isaiah 26:3
The shield of faith:
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word God. Romans 10:17
The helmet of salvation:
For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
The sword of the spirit:
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword. Hebrews 4:12
I believe that what God is saying to us when He says put on the whole armor of God, is “Come up a little higher. Come closer to me, for it is in me that your protection lies.” When we truly look at what the armor of God is, does it not paint a picture of who Christ is? The more time you spend with someone, the better you get to know them, sometimes even taking on their characteristics. Should we not desire to become more like Christ, and represent Him to the world for who He is?
We are not to be entangled with fear. But we are to know whose provision we operate under, and that He always provides what we need, when we need it. God is calling you to come up a little higher, to draw closer to Him. We need to be at peace in the journey, because He has already gone ahead of us. For He leads his sheep; He isn’t behind them driving them like cattle. Before the words were ever spoken from your mouth, angels were already being disbursed to accomplish that which he has planned. The full armor of God comes upon us when we praise Him. Praise Him in the journey for His protection is already upon you.
Someone once defined Fear as False Evidence Appearing Real.
Fear has been known to cause all kinds of physical, emotional and spiritual problems. Fear can cause anxiety, it can steal our joy and make us blind to God’s obvious provision. Fear can postpone our God given right to live in spiritual freedom, knowing that God has a divine plan and a purpose for our life.
Hagar was a woman who was sent away with her son by her husband Abraham. She wondered aimlessly in the wilderness and when the water was gone, she put the boy in the shade of a bush. Then she went and sat down by herself about a hundred yards away. “I don’t want to watch the boy die” she said, as she burst into tears. But God heard the boy crying and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, “Hagar, what’s wrong? Do not be afraid! God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Go to him and comfort him, for I will make a great nation from his descendants.” Then God opened Hagar’s eyes, and she saw a well full of water. She quickly filled her water container and gave the boy a drink. And God was with the boy as he grew up in the wilderness. He became a skillful archer, and he settled in the wilderness of Paran. His mother arranged for him to marry a woman from the land of Egypt. Genesis 21: 14-20 (NLT)
I believe that the fear of watching her child die and dying herself in the wilderness caused Hagar to be blind to the provision of God. The scripture clearly states that God opened Hagar’s eyes and she saw the well full of water. The well was already there. God had gone before her and prepared the way. His provision was already there.
I am sending an angel before you to protect you on your journey and lead you safely to the place I have prepared for you. Exodus 23:20 (NLT)
That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life-whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Matthew 6:25-27 (NLT)
God open our eyes that we might see, our ears that we might hear and our hearts that we might receive. Help us to worry less and trust you more.
It’s been said that we all have our cross to bear. But who’s to say which cross is heavier? There are times when life can be overwhelming such as the worry and stress of finances, sickness, or death of a loved one, and holidays just to name a few. You may handle life situations differently than your neighbor but that doesn’t mean that your cross weighs any less.
As evening came, Jesus said to His disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So, the disciples took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with His head on a cushion. The disciples woke Him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, He rebuked the wind and said to the water, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then He asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey Him!”
Mark 4:35-41 (NLT)
God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NLT)
Some of the biggest obstacles we face are in our mind. Life at times can be overwhelming!
But where is the source of your strength?
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 (NLT) There is so much power in this one scripture.
When my heart is overwhelmed lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2 (NLT) (That rock being Jesus)
There is no problem so big that He cannot solve it, walls He cannot break down, or storm He cannot silence. Sometimes we just need to cry out to Him, and allow Him to calm the storm in us.
Being overwhelmed isn’t always a bad thing. We may at times be overwhelmed with joy, at the birth of a child, the anticipation of seeing someone or a new job. But have you ever been overwhelmed with the presence of God in your life. By just spending time with Him in a quiet place? When the disciples cried out to Jesus during the storm, He calmed the storm around them, but He also calmed the storm within them. And I truly believe at that moment they were overwhelmed by His authority, His love, and His grace.
Overwhelmed by His presence overwhelmed by His grace as I seek His face daily in the secret place. I hear His voice calling saying come closer to me child. If you’ll take my hand I’ll guide you through the muck and through the mire. There’s safety in my presence, just let me walk with you. Allow me to lead and guide you, for I will see you through. The winds and waves can’t touch you, the Lion’s mouth will close. For I your God have spoken, and from the grave arose. So, look to me and trust my plan for I have made a way. My child it is the breaking of a brand-new day. Keep your eyes focused, keep your heart set on me for my desire is to make you into what I’d have you to be. Kathleen M. VonSeggern
I have never parachuted from an airplane, but I find myself fascinated by those who have. I find myself at times lost in the wonder of it all. Wondering what it might be like to experience such a rush of open freedom. You could land in a tree, in a thorn bush, in water, or in a field. Or what if the parachute never opened?
Fear of the unknown can keep us from many life experiences. For me, stepping out of my comfort zone and writing a blog has been a journey. Although most of the journey has been within me, my own thoughts and feelings God gently reminds me that He’s got my back!!
Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in the you. In God, I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me? Psalm 56:3-4 (NKJV)
I find myself feeling discouraged at times, never knowing if hearts have been touched or lives are being changed. Then God reminds me that my parachute opened today. Each day when we open our eyes from a night of rest, we can be thankful that our parachute opened. We can step out into the calling of what God has for us. Each day when we open our eyes we can be thankful for another day to be able to touch someone’s life someway somehow. Whether it is to give the stray ball back to a child, smile at the store clerk, or wish someone a good day, we all have a purpose in this life.
Great or small, God see’s it all.
I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praises to my God as long as I live. Psalm 146:2 (NIV)
You may land in a field, a tree, a thorn bush or in water, but wherever you land the hand of God is there to lead and to guide you each step of the way. For as you praise him, and listen real close, you can hear him whisper,
“I love you and I’ve got this.”
I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he can guard what I have entrusted to him, until the day of his return. 2 Timothy 1:12 (NLT)
Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 (NLT)
Today is a new day. Yesterday is past. Tomorrow is unknown. But if the one who holds the universe in His hand is the one who packed your parachute then life is good, because your parachute opened today and He has a plan for your life.
For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)
IT Looked Like: The Israelites would die at the hand of the Egyptians or drown in the Red Sea. Then God said to Moses “raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so the Israelites can go through on dry ground” When all the Israelites had reached the other side, the Lord said to Moses, “Raise your hand over the sea again. Then the waters will rush back and cover the Egyptians and their chariots.” Of all the Egyptians, who had chased the Israelites into the sea, not one survived. Exodus 14:21-31
IT Looked Like: Three Hebrew boys would burn in a furnace. At the king’s command Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego where firmly tied and thrown into a blazing furnace. But when the king looked in the furnace he saw 4 men unbound and unharmed walking around and the fourth looked like the son of God. When they were brought out of the furnace the governors and royal advisers saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.” Danial 3:19-27
IT Looked Like: Lazarus was dead, “But when Jesus spoke the dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said “take off the grave clothes and let him go.” John 11: 1-44
IT Looked Like: Jesus was dead. But in the morning on the first day of the week the woman took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. Suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. They said, why are you looking for the living among the dead for He is not here He has risen. Luke 24:1-6
Even though all these events seemed impossible, there is no mountain too high, no journey too long, no valley too deep, that the prayer of faith in God cannot help you through! You may be at a point in your life where it looks like a flood of sorrow and heart ache is going to overtake you. God is bigger than your broken dreams, your broken heart or your broken body. In Him there is hope. He’s done it before and He can do it again.
Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
Have you ever waited with anticipation for something or someone only to be filled with disappointment when it or they arrived? Maybe it didn’t come at the time you were expecting or in the proper packaging (not being at all what you expected). Life can be disappointing when we put our hope and trust in people and things rather than in a loving caring God. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12
The Israelites had great anticipation of leaving Egypt and going to the land God had promised them, a land flowing with milk and honey. But when the trip wasn’t as they had expected they began to complain.
The people said to God and Moses "why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt?“ Exodus 14:11 Then the Lord said to Moses tell the people to keep moving. Pick up your staff and raise your hand over the sea. Divide the water so the Israelites can walk through in the middle of the sea on dry ground. Exodus 14:15-16
Then Joshua told the people, “Purify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do great wonders among you. In the morning Joshua said to the priest, lift up the Ark of the Covenant and lead the people across the river. So they started out and went ahead of the people. It was harvest time and the Jordan was overflowing its banks. But as soon as the feet of the priest who was carrying the Ark touched the water at the river’s edge, the water above that point began backing up a great distance away, and the water below that point flowed on to the Dead Sea until the riverbed was dry. Then the people crossed over near the town of Jericho. Joshua 3:5-17
It occurred to me that: Both Moses and Joshua lead the people through on dry ground by the hand of God. If God had not parted the waters in both situations the people may have drowned or became sick. The point being; before getting to the place God had prepared and planned for them, they had to walk across on dry ground. Many times before God’s promise to us can be fulfilled we have to leave Egypt. We have to keep moving. We have to trust God when it looks like we might drown and there is no hope and the dreams and plans he has put in our hearts only seem to lead to dry places. We must trust God knowing that in all of this, he is building our character and it will happen in his time.
God has made everything beautiful for its own time. Ecclesiastes 3:11
Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true. Joshua 21:45
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
Trials- we all have them. No matter who you are or what walk of life you come from, no one is immune.
Trials can cause all kinds of emotion; Fear, regret, and pity, just to name a few. But how do you make it through?
How can you change the way you look at things and the way you come out on the other side?
Jesus said to cast all our cares on him because he cares for us. 1 Peter 5:7 For many of us this is easier said than done. How can you just do that? First of all you need to really know in your heart that he cares for you and accept his love for you. He paid a high price for you. John 3:16 If you make God your refuge then no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near you. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. Psalms 91:9-12
There was a king who sent horses, chariots, and a strong army in the night to surround the city where Elisha and his assistant were staying. When the assistant got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh my Lord, What shall we do?” the assistant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed “Oh Lord open his eyes so he can see.” Then the Lord opened the assistant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:14-17
We are told to remember our leaders, who spoke the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. If Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:7-8) then is not the God of Elisha the same God we serve today? Is Elisha not one of the leaders we are to remember and imitate his faith? There are angels all around us. So when you think about an army of angels all around you ready to fight for you, what do you have to fear? For if God is for you who can be against you? Romans 8:31
I pray that as you read this, your eyes will be open and your heart may receive God’s love for you. You need not fear. God has engraved you on the palms of his hands, so that he can never forget you; the scars in his hands are always before his eyes as a reminder of his love for you. Isaiah 49:16
The Israelites did not leave Egypt poor and helpless. They were very wealthy and had all they needed to survive. They had more than they needed to build, grow and prosper. We know that they took with them almost 10,000 pounds of silver and gold and over 5,000 pounds of bronze. Which was used to build the tabernacle. This didn’t include the wood, fabric, jewels, and other gold and silver that was used for Aarons vest, the altar, golden lampstands, golden calves, and livestock for offerings, etc. Exodus 36-39 God even gave special talents and abilities to the Israelites so they could accomplish that which he had called them to do. Exodus 31:1-11
God didn’t give them quail because they needed it, but rather because they wanted it! Exodus 16
He not only supplied their needs but their wants!
When the Israelites were leaving Egypt they were not just taking away cheap labor from Pharaoh and the Egyptians.
They were taking the wealth and riches of the land.They were taking the Blessing of God.
When we are in the desert during our wilderness journey we have all we need to survive.
God has already supplied all we need for the journey.
I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared for you. Exodus 23:20
I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. Isaiah 45:2 For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Jeremiah 29:11
Jesus was in the wilderness where he was tempted by Satan for 40 days. He was among the wild animals and angels to care of him. Mark 1:12
You have everything you need wherever you are.
God has promised he will never leave you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:8
When you think about the month of December what is the first thing that usually comes to mind?
The end of another year? Holidays? Family? Love? Sharing? Laughter? Chaos? Loneliness? Sadness?
The disciples were in a boat, during the night and the boat was a long distance from the land, tossed and battered by the waves for the wind was against them. During the fourth watch of the night (between 3am and 6am) Jesus went out to them walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." "Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water." "Come," Jesus said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith, he said, why did you doubt?" Matthew 14:22-33
While Peter was walking on the water, as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, he was able to walk on top of the water. But when he took his eyes off Jesus, he became afraid and begin to sink. When I think of Peter walking on the water, I like to think of the water representing the circumstances of life. Sometimes those circumstances seem to overtake us as we get so involved in what is happening around us. But in the mist of whatever is going on in our life, we can walk above the circumstances, rather than be over taken by them. If we keep our eyes on the main reason we celebrate Christmas we will continue to find peace and joy in the season that so often seems to rob us of the true meaning. Let's focus on who the season is really about. Jesus is his name.