“For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.
Beloved, I can see it! I see God, the Creator, the Master Architect and Builder of time and eternity, and everything in between. I see Him carefully and meticulously weaving His Body together, like a fine garment. Threads (people) of many different nationalities and backgrounds, flaws and all, are being hand sewn into fine fabric, woven together by the Lord, and will be a fine garment on display for the entire world to see…
This fine garment will reveal the true glory and splendor of the Lord!
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be exalted And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made [c]straight And the rough places smooth; 5 The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Isaiah 40:3-5
Recently a number of previous insights and prophetic words have been reiterated as though stressing not only their important relevance but also and maybe more stridently because their manifestation is now drawing close. There’s been an increasing number on the parable of the separation of the wheat and poisonous weeds(!) known as darnel, or tares, now being applied to the sifting and cleansing of church denominations.
The latest on this is Neville Johnson’s letter from The Academy of Light in Australia and, in my humble opinion, is essential reading – especially in nearly coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the inward ‘voice’ I heard upon opening my Bible to re-read that parable: “This is ALL about to be fulfilled” (as told in The Endgame Is Now In Play and which started my writing upon prophetical matters).
Thank you Neville for writing as follows (emphases mine)
I’ve worked with teenagers my entire adult life. As a youth worker and mentor, I’ve been involved in their lives and heard their struggles. For those seeking to follow God, and even for those who aren’t, there is much confusion about how to view sex.
They aren’t alone. Adults don’t seem to be handling it very well either. The sexual revolution has indoctrinated our culture that sex is fine any time with any person as long as two people are consenting. They state that it is your right to give free expression to this desire. How can it hurt anyone to show love?
Many years later, we see the hurt in so many tangible ways. We see thousands of abortions and with it a rise in depression and suicidal thoughts according to a report from CBSNews. We see STDs like AIDS that have wiped out entire generations overseas.
Being a disciple is more important than you think!
Being a disciple is MORE THAN merely going to church!
Being a disciple is MORE THAN reading a daily scripture!
Being a disciple is MORE THAN singing in a choir, working in a soup kitchen, going on a mission trip, or being involved in a ministry of the church!
Let me be very transparent! I was raised in the church, joined the church at a young age, served in the church, and did ministry and outreach outside the church. BUT I wasn’t a disciple. I thought I was, because that’s what disciples do. Well yes, disciples do all of those things, but THERE’S MUCH MORE to being a disciple of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ than that.
Being a disciple means seeking to be a dailyfollower of Jesus Christ and His teachings. It means having a relationship with Jesus Christ and seeking to walk in daily communion with Him! Being a disciple is not like the “apple a day keeps the doctor away notion,” meaning that we just simply say a bible verse a day, keep it moving, and everything is good in our neighborhood. Being a disciple means that daily we seek to dwell and live in the divine presence of Lord. Being a disciple of Jesus means that daily we seek to meditate in His word, seek to hear His voice, and seek to be led by Him!
While this may seem like a lot, it’s really not. Once you take the leap and really begin to tap into this spiritual realm or lifestyle of spiritual living, you’ll discover that Jesus has an amazing and uncanny way of making it easier for us to navigate the concourses of life. Notice I said, BEGIN TO! The Lord doesn’t wait for us to become mature in this, before He steps in and shows Himself strong in our lives. All we have to do is go to with a desire to seek to become a disciple and He’ll lead us down His path…
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened…Matthew 7:7-8
Beloved, it’s going to be absolutely necessary for us to be disciples..
LOOK AROUND!WHAT DO YOU SEE?
Beloved, we are in a very crucial and critical time! Calamity is all around us, and it’s pervading every realm there is: The spiritual, social, political, economical, the environmental, and the like. You can look at all of our lives, and see that we’re all being impacted and affected in some way, shape, form or fashion.
I know someone reading this has accepted Jesus as Savior, and that’s the first step. I know someone reading this message reads scripture on a daily basis, and that necessary as well. Someone else reading this message goes to church and bible study and is actively involved in the work of the church and that too, is what we should do and be doing. But there’s more that the Lord wants us to grow into, and that’s becoming a disciple of His.
I hear the Lord saying, “Get your houses in order!”
Well, what does that mean and how do we do that? How do we get our houses in order? The mandate and marching orders have been given for what it truly means to get our houses in order, and there’s also a very descriptive passage of scripture that paints a very vivid picture of what being a disciple looks like..
First, the mandate!
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, …Matthew 28:19
How do we get there?
“teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you… Matthew 28:20
Jesus’s promise to walk with with us along the journey of discipleship!
“and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” Matthew 28:20
What being a disciple looks like!
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand….John 2:27-28
The BENEFITS of being a disciple or walking in lockstep with Jesus, our Savior, are endless. We get to daily experience His presence which is unshakable. We get to walk in His word and wisdom that never fades over time, nor does it diminish or flee during our troubles. When we’re walking as disciples we walk in His power, His might and His strength, that’s able to move mountains. When we daily seek to live as disciples of Jesus, He leads us to green pastures and beside still waters even when the government shuts down, even when our employer cuts back or lays-off, because we listen to His voice and we follow His instructions.
Beloved, the BENEFITS of being a disciple of Jesus Christ are endless! We experience His protection. We become aware of His sovereignty and we learn to accept and we desire to abide in His will! When we’re disciples we learn that no matter where we find ourselves in life, that the Lord always has our BEST interest in His heart because we abide perpetually in His hand!
Are you a disciple?
If not, it’s ok, as long as you don’t stay that way…
Well, how do I become a disciple?
“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me….Matthew 16:24
Becoming a disciple simply means that our life and living is no longer about us, but about living according to the Lord’s will. It’s recognizing and realizing that the Lord wants to be involved in and lead us in everything that we say and do, so that He’s glorified. So we simply just go to the Lord and say, “Lord, here am I, lead me, as You see fit….
Time is but a vapor. Death is not an option. Preparation is…
My husband has preached a lot of funerals this year. This past week there were 3. Three funerals in 4 days makes one ponder death more than normal. Keeps you constantly checking your relationship with Jesus.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.” – Romans 6:23
We prepare for birthdays, college, weddings, anniversaries, retirement, but few prepare for death. We tend to ignore it’s presence as if ignoring it, makes it not real. We ignore the fact that our never-dying souls have an eternal address and it’s the preparation we do while on this earth that determines where we will spend eternity. Those who do prepare for death often think that making the arrangements ahead of time, and leaving loved ones their earthly belongings, is preparation. However, true preparation is…
Last night’s / early this morning’s Super Wolf Blood moon was pretty amazing here in Arkansas. We got a clear view, no clouds. These are some shots I took from the eclipse beginning to the blood moon to the end:
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? Psalm 8:3-4
Eclipse Almost In Totality
O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made. I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed… (How Great Thou Art – this is a link to my favorite version)
To Him who made great lights, for His mercy endures forever— the sun to rule by day,