THE PERFECT STORM

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God is a God of love, tenderness, mercy and grace. God is a God of holiness, purity, light and virtue. God is also a God who is almighty, omniscient, righteous and just.

Light cannot exist in darkness and holiness cannot exist where there is evil which is why sin, of all kinds, separates us from God. God commands that His children be Holy for He is Holy. If this were not so, it would not be written: “as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15

The absence of holiness has caused God’s hand to move away from this world. Unfortunately, the more God’s hand is lifted, the closer the enemy moves in. The more the ebb tide recedes, the more the rocks are revealed. If you have ears to hear, you know that the Lord is speaking. He is warning you and preparing you as His perfect storm is brewing. “Behold, I am fashioning a disaster and devising a plan against you. Return now everyone from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.” Jeremiah 18:11

Look around you and you will see the signs of the times… Evil in the world is no longer hiding in plain sight. It has become darker, more blatant and is readily accepted by the people. We are seeing more leadership in the Church falling and failing the Church body. They focus on entertaining instead of interjecting God’s Word. They are busy growing their congregations, chasing the dollar and prostituting themselves as they build their own kingdoms instead of God’s. As the result, the world is yielding black and bitter fruit from the evil seeds that have been planted.

Strange phenomenons and Geo-physical events (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, wildfires, cyclonic storms, floods, droughts, avalanches and landslides) are increasing and becoming more commonplace. Closer to home and as it pertains to us, you must know that judgment will also come to the United States. In 2008, the Lord revealed to me in a vision evidence of powerful earthquakes that will soon come to devastate coastal and mid-western states. I was shown two columns that listed names of major cities that will be destroyed. There were approximately 10 or 12 total. Time is winding down. Destruction, like none that has ever been experienced on this Earth, is at hand. If you have eyes to see, you know that there are many behind the scenes preparing for those who are waiting to be unveiled. It is happening now, even as we speak. Russia’s Putin is setting the stage for the anti-Christ who will soon come onto the scene.

So, what do you do? First, you must understand that the people in this world have sinned. They are guilty of rejecting the Truth who is Jesus, the Anointed One (Yeshua HaMashiach, the Hebrew translation). And because God’s people have not repented and cried out to Him, for we are the only one’s who can move God’s hand through prayer, judgment must come upon the world. You must also understand that everything that will happen will be for the purpose of creating a perfect storm that will usher in these last and final days. If you are a Believer, look to the Lord for guidance and listen to His Voice, alone. Be careful to guard your eyes and ears for lies and deception is the rule of the day. It is extremely important for you to know Whose you are and Who you are following for many will be deceived into taking the mark that will be associated with the enemy. Do not receive this mark. You must refuse it, at all cost – even if it means your death. Know that those who refuse will suffer persecution and many will be killed. However, there will be a few who will remain faithful and they will rise above it all. If the Lord is truly with you, you will be among them. You have been given a small window of time to repent of your sins, turn away from evil, align yourself with God (Elohim, the Hebrew translation) and share your testimony with others as a witness to the existence of the true and living God. Use this time wisely.

In the very near future, Satan will unveil his own who are evil doers who have been given a short leash for a short period of time – by God – to do as God has allowed for God even uses the devil as all is under His control. The perfect storm will be used to sift and separate the people. When all have been tried and tested, those who follow Satan will suffer defeat and destruction. They will follow the devil into Hell and be tormented for all eternity. Those who follow Jesus will be victorious. They will be united with Him and live forever in eternal glory.  Where will you be?

“You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away: Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:9-10

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GOD TEACHES ME A LESSON ABOUT STRONGHOLDS

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Mature Christians would agree that the further they remove themselves from the trappings of this world, the closer they are drawn to the Lord. There is a direct correlation between the willingness we have to die to self which includes losing all that we believe gives us life here on this Earth and the ability we have to fully live for Jesus Christ. Everything in your life must be evaluated based on its relevance to your relationship with God. In doing so, you will find that it all either draws you closer to the Lord, or it pulls you away from the Lord.

If you have a desire to go deeper in your relationship with God, you must be willing to reach beyond the basic Christian requirement of reconciliation with the Father. You must be willing to allow God to completely have His way with you. This process, as uncomfortable as it may be, will serve to purge you in ways that will reveal a closer, more intimate relationship with the Lord.

The flesh needs purging to cleanse you from carnality which gives you a distaste for sin. The soul needs purging to cleanse you of pride and a stubborn nature which points to unrighteous thoughts and emotions. The spirit needs purging to cleanse you of self-righteousness and self-sufficiency which helps you recognize that you are weak in yourself and strong in the Lord. This is necessary for spiritual maturity and advancement within the spiritual things of God.

The Lord was in the process of purging me of a stronghold that was hindering my spiritual growth as well as my ministry at the time that I received the following vision. I would not have believed this about myself if the Lord had not allowed me to have this experience.

Several years ago, I lay in bed late one night wide awake and restless. The room was dark and quiet and my husband lay next to me sound asleep. Suddenly, I heard the sound of a whirlwind blowing in the distance. I could feel nothing but the wind seemed to move closer to me for the sound grew louder with intensity. As I looked around me to see what was happening, I saw a small, bright light appear in the distance. It gradually increased until it consumed my entire bedroom. I was physically incapable of seeing nothing other than a blinding white light and hearing nothing other than the almost deafening sound of a strong wind whirling all around me.

I was not frightened for somehow I knew it was the Lord. I had experienced His presence before, so I lifted my head up off my pillow and struggled to hear His voice again but I heard nothing this time but the sound of the whirlwind.

For a moment, I thought I was blinded by the brilliant white light, then out of the corner of my eye, I saw a figure standing beside my bed on the right side of where I lay. Its shape had a bodily form but there were no recognizable features. It consisted of nothing but light which was even brighter than the light that consumed my room. As I tried to focus my eyes on the form, I saw It move. It leaned over me and placed Its arms under my body and I could feel my legs and waist begin to lift up off the bed.

Within a split second, many thoughts began to flood my mind. I was reminded of a prophecy that had been spoken over me years before telling me that I would walk on Holy Ground. I wondered if this was the day the Lord would take me to Heaven. “Would I return?” I wondered.

I then began to have thoughts of my young grandson growing up without me. I remembered my son, whom I have not seen in years, and the hope I held onto that told me I would see him again. I remembered my two daughters, my sisters and my husband and the plans we had made together. “I am not ready to go,” I thought. I could see nothing in the room around me but I could feel everything, so I reached out my left hand to touch my husband who was lying next to me. I could feel his pajamas so I grabbed a hold of the elastic at the top of his pants hoping my husband’s body would keep my body from continuing to lift off the bed. Within an instant, the loud sound of the whirlwind stopped, the brilliant light that had consumed my bedroom disappeared and the brilliant white bodily form was gone. I lay there for a second or two stunned by what had just happened then I woke my husband and told him everything.

I prayed to God about my experience and asked Him to explain what had happened to me. The Lord answered. Although I have heard the audible voice of God speak to me in the past, this time He chose to speak silently to my spirit. He told me that the experience I had was given to reveal a stronghold that was hindering my walk and preventing me from fulfilling the call God has on my life…

Jesus said, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it – lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:26-33

When we read and understand this scripture in its full context, we know that Jesus is explaining to us that we must be mindful of the cost of our discipleship and how important it is to pay. To truly follow Christ, we must be willing to follow Him – at all cost. We must be willing to trust Him fully with our life even if it means giving up EVERYTHING. We must be able to recognize all that draws us closer to the Lord and all that pulls us from Him. Jesus sacrificed everything for us. Just how much are we willing to sacrifice for Him? It is important for us to know and agree to the cost it will take to follow Jesus. And we must acknowledge this going in because the enemy will take full advantage of any fickleness or double-mindedness to get you to compromise your walk with the Lord.

A stronghold is a faulty mindset that hinders your growth in Christ, and it can be rooted in anything or anyone. The stronghold that the Lord wanted to make me aware of happened to be rooted in my family. Due to possible conflict or separation, I had stopped speaking to my family about God. I had also stopped delivering messages that the Lord had given me for them. It became apparent to me after the vision that my plans concerning my family had become more important to me than God’s plans concerning my family. The relationships I had with the people I loved had become more important to me than God’s Will for my life. Was I willing to lose those whom I loved the most in this world in the process of being obedient to God? It was a hard question to ask and an even harder question to answer. The Lord had to show me this in a very dramatic way for I would not have believed it otherwise.

Any stronghold that we have in our lives will eventually become a spiritual weakness. It makes you weak and vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy. If they are not dealt with, they will open a door to the enemy and allow him access to your life and to the lives of your family. This walk is not for those who are holding onto the things, and the people, of this world for dear life.

Take the time to thoroughly examine your own life to see if you have areas that have become strongholds. If so, they are hindering your walk with the Lord. Make sure your thoughts concerning anything and anyone line up with what Jesus has to say about it. If you find that there are discrepancies, you must correct them as soon as possible. If you don’t address them, you can be absolutely sure that the enemy will.

I HEARD THE LORD ASK, “ARE YOU READY?”

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As I lay in bed sleeping early the morning of August 5, 2017, I heard the audible voice of the Lord. “Are you ready?” He asked me. Then I felt a gentle touch on my shoulder. I opened my eyes and lay still for a moment or two thinking about the question I had just heard. Then, I responded in a whisper, “Ready for what?”

I waited but heard nothing more. Later that morning, as I prepared for church, I heard the Lord speak a second time. Only this time, He spoke quietly to my spirit. “Are you ready?” He asked again. He continued by telling me every experience that He has allowed me to encounter and every person He has placed in my life has been for the purpose of equipping me and preparing me for everything that He has for me. The question was to prompt me to ready myself for what He has prepared for me at this particular time in my life. So I thought about my life and tried to reconcile everything I have gone through – the good, the bad and the ugly. This included the circumstances I was currently going through which was probably the worst experience to date that I could remember…

Just a few months earlier, I watched in disbelief as my life literally shut down around me. It all began in March, 2016, after my husband received a dream. In the dream, the Lord showed him a dot on a map which was located in another state. There were no instructions in the dream, just a visual image. We later realized that the dream was a message from the Lord preparing us for a geographical move. I got the message pretty early on however the idea seemed so ridiculous to my husband at the time that he refused to believe it because it didn’t make logical sense in light of everything that was going on in our life at the time.

As it appeared to us, the Lord was blessing my husband on his job. He had received a double promotion the year before and the money was better than it had ever been. Also, I had just launched what should have been a successful online home décor business. Our ministry and family life seemed to be thriving and we had just found out that my oldest daughter was pregnant with our second grandson. However, God’s plans do not always line up with our plans which can often be deceiving.

In addition to my husband’s dream, I had also received a few dreams. One relayed a message from the Lord that I should not work as I had been working. It was during this time that the Lord told me that I was to focus on my writing which is a part of my ministry. The other dream warned me of changes that were to come to my husband’s place of employment. It was shown to me that this change would result in him losing his job – which came to past. Still, however, we ignored these signs for our eyes and our hearts were telling us something different. Eventually, God’s timing took precedence over ours and the Lord began to shut everything down.

Still not understanding what the Lord was doing, we tried everything we could to cling to our life as we knew it believing God would turn things around. But nothing was fruitful. As our finances waned, it became crystal clear that the Lord was, in fact, uprooting us from one place and moving us to another.

As one who prefers to plan ahead, this was especially difficult for me. With only a geographical location in mind and tears in my eyes, we moved reluctantly towards the unknown. We had no idea where we were going to live, what we were going to do when we got there and how we were going to afford it all. Miraculously, on the day of our move, money showed up in my bank account that just happened to be exactly enough for what we needed to do to get from point A to point B – no more, no less. Little did we know that God had already paved the way before us and opened doors that only He could have moved.

In the months prior to our move, the Lord had orchestrated events that led us to meet a pastor and his wife who were located in this new place and we quickly became friends. After arriving, we faithfully attended and actively participated in their church. My husband immediately found work and I continued with my writing. I even pursued getting my real estate license and we began to look for a house. Just when we thought things were going to settle down, the Lord instructed me to give a word of rebuke to the pastor and his wife. Obediently, I gave the word as the Lord instructed – thus ending our friendship. Shortly thereafter, the Lord made it known that He was moving us again.

Upon arriving at the second new location, we encountered a family crisis, survived a hurricane, continued to struggle financially and nearly lost all of our earthly possessions. The mounting stress was almost unbearable and it was taking a toll on our marriage. Yet, in the midst of it all, I have to say God was still there. He never abandoned us. He provided for us, sustained us and even performed a few miracles along the way. Although nothing happened the way I had hoped, everything happened as God would have it.

In fact, it became clear to me that the more I was losing in the natural, the more I was gaining in the spiritual… I heard God speak more. I received more messages through dreams and visions. The Lord revealed to me more wisdom and taught me more lessons. There was even an incident where God allowed me to experience spiritual warfare, upfront and personal, when He revealed to me in a dream the shocking details of a family member’s life and her deep involvement in witchcraft. I was in awe of the Lord and how He orchestrated everything. Not knowing what to expect, we approached the family members who were involved prepared to confront the demonic. It was all so surreal. No one could deny that God is God for everyone admitted that everything He had shown me in the dream was absolutely true. It was a terrible time and yet it was an amazing time all at the same time.

As I stood in the mirror preparing myself for church that morning, exhausted and overwhelmed, I thought about it all. So I gave the Lord an honest answer to the question He had asked. “No, Lord,” I responded. “I am not ready.” Then quickly, I remembered Who it was that I was talking to and the call that was on my life. I also remembered the promises that I am holding on to – and I could not deny the faith I have in Jesus Christ to fulfill it all. So quickly I added, “However, I will be.” So I continue to pray for the faith, strength and right attitude to successfully fulfill all that God has for me, in Jesus’ name.

Followers of Jesus Christ, I am here to ask you the very same question. “Are you ready?” The life of a Believer is not easy and it is not for the weak or the faint at heart. Regardless of what you’re going through and regardless of what your life may look like, know that God is still in it. He has a divine plan for your life. I want to encourage you to look beyond what you see in the physical and focus on what God is doing in the spiritual. He has spoken His Will concerning you. He is sending His angels before you to prepare the places you will go. He is touching the hearts of many and granting you favor with the people He has destined for you to meet. He has placed power in your words and His authority in your hands. He is going to use you according to His Will and He will do whatever He needs to do to bring it to past. But, even in all of this, He will not force Himself or His Will upon you. You must be ready and willing to receive it.

Pray and ask the Lord to strengthen you for His Call. Ask Him to grow your faith so that you will believe and not doubt when times get hard. Ask Him to lift you higher so your standards will not be lowered. Do not allow the spiritual warfare that we all must battle to get the best of you. Put on the Armor of God, get back in the fight and boldly proclaim to the Lord, “I am ready!”

I leave you with the following Scripture to further encourage you: “Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad – for these trials make you partners with Christ in His suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing His glory when it is revealed to all the world. If you are insulted because you bear the name of Christ, you will be blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you… it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by His name for the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News?” 1 Peter 4:12-17

Prophetic Dream For The Church: Imminent! Get Your House In Order!

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In May of 2017, I received a vision where the Lord showed me a single word. Very clearly and very boldly, I saw: IMMINENT.

A few days prior to this vision, the Lord gave me a dream that came with a warning for the Church body: “Get your house in order!”

God is reaching out to His people in these final days. He is warning us that time is drawing very near to the return of our Lord and Savior. The Church must be ready for the IMMINENT return of Jesus Christ!

On May 13th, 2017, I received this prophetic dream…

In the dream, the Lord showed me working as a landlord for a large, diverse multi-family community. Within this community, there were many buildings. Within each building, there were three types of dwellings. There were two single-story apartments on the left – one on the top-level and the other on the lower-level – and a two-story townhouse on the right.

I saw myself walking from building to building thoroughly examining each home for cleanliness and looking for evidence of trash. First, I checked the outside of each residence – the area that is most visible to the public. Then, I used my master-key and opened the door to check the inside of the residence – the interior where the tenant actually lived. Finally, I walked to the back of the house and opened the door to the patios and porches – the area where many cover and hide the ugly things they don’t want anyone else to see.

As I examined each home, I noted everything I saw that was unclean. At the homes where I found dirt and trash, I left a written notice informing the tenant that they were in violation and at risk of being evicted. I gave them a warning to clean their house and remove all the trash. I also notified them that I would return very soon, at an unspecified date, to inspect their homes again. I made it perfectly clear that if their house was still dirty at the time of my return, the penalty of an eviction would surely be enforced.

A few of the tenants took my warnings seriously and quickly did what was necessary to comply with the landlord’s orders. Some were complacent thinking they had plenty of time. Others became angry. They complained and criticized the landlord. They rejected the warning and did nothing at all. The angry tenants felt that the landlord had no right to tell them how to live. It was their life and they felt that they should be able to live it any way they chose.

I, being the landlord, kindly explained to these tenants that this property was being managed by me and I was being held accountable to the owner who had given me all authority to impose and enforce rules and guidelines that I deemed necessary to keep the owner’s property clean and in good order. I further explained that I would not force them to comply for everyone has the freedom to make their own choices however,no one can choose the consequences that would surely follow their actions. Then I awoke from the dream.

After the dream, the Lord showed me that the Landlord I portrayed was a representation of Jesus. The buildings represent the world. The tenants represent the people. The apartments and town homes represent three categories of people who make up this world. The apartments located on the lower level represent those who are considered the least by the world. The apartments located on the upper-level represent those who are considered just above the least by the world. The two-story town homes represent those who are considered privileged and wealthy by the world. The landlord required everyone, regardless of their status, to comply with the conditions that were set for the community. Everyone was treated the same. No one was exempt as Jesus is no respecter of persons.

As the landlord in my dream I carried a master key which gave me access to everyone’s home. I was able to see the facade on the outside, how people lived on the inside and the hidden things pushed to the back. Jesus sees all. He sees the lies, the heart and the dirty sin.

When the time comes for Jesus to return, no one will have an excuse for everyone will have received ample notice and warnings. Those who choose to ignore the warnings will suffer the consequences.

Are there areas in your life that are cluttered with sin and disobedience? If so, you are being warned to “get your house in order” before it is too late.

“Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17