As a teenager, I endured quite a heartache when my older brother was killed and then three days later my mother shot my dad then herself. It was definitely not something anyone could have prepared for. During the funeral, I remember now the one verse that meant very little to me then, but now has encompassed my life. “My grace is sufficient for you…….” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
God’s Sovereign Grace Reflects His Very Character
Many years have passed since that very sad, confused and terrible season of my life. I have had many more ups and downs, and challenges and opportunities to depend upon God’s grace through the years. The sovereignty of God allows believers to understand that He is always in control and that nothing that comes our way, good or bad, has permission to do so without first
being filtered through His loving care for us. (Romans 11:36; 1 Corinthians 8:6).
Many believers are yet to understand why hardship in their lives proves God’s loving care towards them. Let me just say, without the fire, there would be no gold, and through our trials, God says that our faith is more valuable than gold. When we experience the dynamic duo of God’s sovereignty coupled with His grace, (an unmerited favor from God), we begin to understand the very core character of God’s nature. The very reason that we are saved is because of God’s grace because, without His grace, there is no opportunity of salvation. “For by grace are you saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8)
Why Sovereign Grace for Believers?
Some may question as to why God bestows His sovereign grace on believers? I can assure you that it is NOT because we deserve the gift of salvation, but only as to demonstrate "the riches of His glory" (Romans 9:14-23). That grace is still available today to all, and to any who dare to trust God with their lives. A life in control of God’s sovereign grace is not easy, but the one thing that we can always depend upon is that He will never leave us or forsake us.
When Our Dreams Are Shattered
As a young girl my dreams for life, as I knew them back then, were shattered. If not for God’s sovereign grace to guide, save, lead, direct, heal, promise, defend, uphold, encourage, love and provide for me, I would be very afraid of what my future had to hold. You see, the glue of God’s grace has been the only thing that has been able to hold me together when everything around me
seemingly falls apart. Anyone outside the sovereign grace of God has a reason to fear. Don’t stay outside from love of the Father. It is only through His grace and sovereignty that we can overcome this world.
Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you
have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that, by testing, you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12: 2 (ESV)
If God has been stretching your limits, taking you to new horizons and entrusting you with more than ever before, chances are you are becoming a bit unsettled and longing for the good old days. God is always on the move, and that means He is always re-arranging things in our lives so that our perspective is being keenly enhanced and our abilities to be used by Him are increasing. We can’t possibly stand still and see that kind of change…we must be a people on the move with God. If you have decided that you’re not comfortable with what God is doing-------GOOD!
We Are Not Called To Be a Comfortable People
God never called us to find our gifting’s, our purpose and His plan for our lives, only for us to remain dormant, complacent and comfortable behind the four walls of our homes or churches. If you are becoming uncomfortable at the challenges God has placed in front of you, you are in good company! Moses certainly wasn’t comfortable about going back to Egypt to demand that Pharaoh let God’s people go, and Abraham wasn’t comfortable waiting several seasons for the fruition of his son to come on the scene, nor was He comfortable in taking Isaac up to the altar of sacrifice and giving up the one thing that God had promised him for decades. Joshua could not possibly had been comfortable going into a strange land to fight and to conquer the Philistine nation. David could not have been comfortable as a young lad daring to take Goliath down. Indeed, we are not
called as Christians to be a comfortable people, but on the contrary, we are called to become a peculiar breed.
Peculiar People Don’t Blend Into Society
Maybe God has called you to be more vocal about your faith or to be a forerunner against the establishments that desire to strip us from morality in this nation. I am so glad that Hobby Lobby founder, David Green, is fighting for his rights as a believer not to be forced to impose certain healthcare criteria upon his employees that goes against his faith and the faith of our forefathers. People may look at Mr. Green like he is out of his mind to think that he can take on such a tasks as to represent religious freedom, and others would indeed agree that he is a bit peculiar.
I say that unless we as believers start standing our ground, becoming peculiar in our businesses, our homes, our land, we will be run over by the common minority. We have had no better time than the present to live up to that charge given in 1 Peter 2:9 “But ye are a chosen generation,a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;”
So in closing, if you are blending in, trying to remain comfortable in your convictions, and refusing to move forward in what God has called you and all of His children to do, you are missing the prize given to those who run the race of faith and run it well! Step up and step out of your comfort zone saints. Now is no time to withdrawal or retreat to our safe havens of conformity when it comes to the things of this world.
Additional References: Matt. 5:13, Matt. 28:19, Romans 1:6
by Jane Morin
“Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.” (Psalm 51:11)
I’ve known pastor after pastor, and servant after servant who has posed this question at one time or another in their days of ministry. No, I cannot answer the question for you, but what I can say is that we can cause the anointing to flee when we make the wrong decision for our lives in regard to choices of this world. This happens when the things of this world become more valuable to us than the presence of God. If we have been holding on to addictions, unreconciled convictions, and deliberating about God instead of deliberately following His will, we will find ourselves, one day crying out, “Oh God, do not take your Holy Spirit from me!”
The Church is in dire straits my friend. We are no more ready for the return of Christ than we were ten years ago. The Bride is not spotless, as we have opened the doors to false doctrine, sensationalism, gossip, envy, complacency, strife, selfish- pride, jealousy, and even hatred of the brethren. How can we pretend to be seeking revival, renewal or spiritual awakening when we are constantly tearing at each other’s anointing? Why must we sense that we are in competition with the family of God? It is evident that the church is suffering from a crisis of character.
The anointing always comes with a price, and with that anointing will come warfare, spiritual warfare. Let us, as the Body of Christ choose to be on the right side of that battle, interceding, standing in the gap, encouraging, holding up the arms of God’s man or woman, following the
straight and narrow, and loving the family of believers that God has given us. Let us not nitpick at
someone’s anointing until they feel hen pecked, belittled, unproductive and unloved by the family of God.
There is room in God’s heaven for every one of his children to carry the anointing that He has purposed for them. Discouragement can be the catapult that causes God’s servant to lay his or her
anointing down. When discouragement sets in and takes hold, it can cause the anointing to flee,
because it often leads to man trying to please men, instead of God. When I sense discouragement coming upon me, I begin to pray hard for a word that will keep me out of the pit. When we are called by God, anointed for His purpose and walking in that plan, we can expect barriers, believers, and doubters of our calling to surface.
If you are asking today, “Where has my anointing gone?” chances are you laid it down somewhere in the midst of a battle or fleshly decision to follow after your own desires and not the desire of God for your life. King David must have formerly been in possession of the Holy Spirit to be pleading
with God not to take His Holy Spirit away, as we see in our focal verse. If we have discovered that we are standing alone, it can be a very frightful revelation, for to be without His presence can be the worst separation for a believer while here on earth.
There is no anointing without the presence of God, dear one. Let us remember to cultivate our relationship with God daily, so that we can not only observe and sense His presence, but so that
we can walk in the anointing of His presence. The Church, as a whole, has forgotten her First Love, and thus she is suffering from a lack of the anointing given only through the Holy Spirit. It is the most sobering admission when we find ourselves outside of His presence, for that is where doubt, discouragement, frustration, and compromise begin to have their way. Let us repent beloved, and let us never dare to allow His anointing to part from us again. Let us make a choice now, never to turn back once we are called by God to fulfill His holy mission. The anointing will see us through, if we are set to hold on to the truth!
by Jane Morin
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God will stand forever. (Isa. 40:8)
As I was out mowing my one acre lot yesterday, the heat was beating down incessantly upon me. Here in West Texas we have been experiencing a drought. Many of my neighbors, including myself, have encountered the loss of a large number of trees and grass on our property due to the dry season. What I have noticed, as I have mowed, is how the weeds have just taken over where the grass once thrived. In seeing this, I felt God gave me a WORD for the CHURCH today.
In seasons, where the lack of rain has brought severe drought, weeds still abound. In fact, I put weed killer on a few weeds in front of my house a year ago, and I could almost hear them cry out , “More, more, oh the moisture is great…bring it on!” Needless to say, they did not die from it.
When God’s people experience a spiritual drought or lack of rain from the Spirit of God, sin seemingly abounds. The weeds, mentioned above, represent sin. Even when God’s people appear to be fainting from the lack of rain, sin is still abounding all the more. In times of drought, we should know as children of God, that we need to press in all the more, rely on God all the more, pray to God all the more, trust in God all the more, and rejoice in His presence all the more!
As I finished mowing and digesting the spiritual lesson taught me from my tasks, I realized how God is waiting to pour out His spiritual rain upon us. How He desires for us to thirst and hunger after Him and His righteousness. I now understand how sin easily abounds in dry places, and I also know that if we are not equipped for the heat of this world or the sin that surrounds us, it will eventually overtake us too. We must remain in the Presence of God to become nourished, fed and healthy. Weeds or sin can thrive in desolate areas but Gods' people cannot. We need the rain of God and the reign of His Sprit to lead and guide us through such seasons in our lives.
If we will entrusts God and ask Him to help us through the dry times of life, and they will come, He will help us. We will find that we are rising above those seasons and times in our lives and becoming once again a living, jubilant, child of God, sharing hope to the nations!
by Jane Morin
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Until now, I have not revealed but to a handful of people the dream/vision that I had in December of 2012, revealing what is currently happening in the Ukraine. Why did God show me this, and not someone who may have been able to influence others, at least warn them? I do not know but my heritage as a Russian-Jew may have something to do with it, since the Ukraine is heavily populated by Jews.
As you read the following, keep in mind that Russia and China are now in agreement with what is happening in the Ukraine. That makes more sense now, being that my vision involved two armies.
I will let you determine what the vision means, but I have learned a very crucial lesson in all of this. When God gives man a dream or vision, it is our responsibility to speak up.
Prophetic Dream of Ukraine Invasion of 2012 Comes To Pass
In December of 2012 I had a dream. Whether I was in my body or not, I do not know, as the dream or vision was very real and it was a spiritual event that is engraved in my spirit since that night. In that vision, I was all too aware that I was being transported to a faraway place. I even made the comment "Holy Spirit, take me where you wish.”
As I looked down at my hand it looked like something out of Star Trek as there was a tremendous amount of visible light rays around my hand and I could see that I was moving faster (warp speed)than man ever has before. In just a moment I found myself standing near an outdoor train station. The brick arches were white and antique looking, like something from earlier centuries ago. I recognized that there was a train track behind me as I stood behind the arch and looked into the city square.
Black Horses and Horsemen In The Sky
My eyes looked upward into the blue sky that had white puffy clouds hanging overhead. Instantly the clouds began to turn an ash black color and form into horses and horsemen trotting across the sky. As I looked to the left, the same happened as white clouds formed into black horses and horsemen trotting across the sky and in front of that army was a huge banner of a head that represented death to me.
Immediately, a man dressed in a gold and royal blue military uniform appeared just before me. I could not tell if he could see me, but he was speaking in a language that I could not recognize. He was distinctly giving orders and making commands and I had a sense that a large army accompanied him. He then took out a golden dagger, made one more command, replaced the dagger and then walked forward towards me. I stepped behind the pillar as to hide myself and he passed on. I turned around and remember thinking to myself that the man cannot see me, so I am safe. I wanted to see what he was doing, as there was no noise or chaos, though I do know distinctly that he had ordered his troops to do something. As I walked over in front of him as he continued to send out orders, I stood directly in front of him memorizing his face. He had blond –golden hair, piercing blue eyes and appeared to be in his late 20’s. He was not much taller than myself, and I measured his height in my mind’s eye at 5’11. It was then that he stepped forward and spoke out “Excuse me” and then passed right by me. It seemed apparent that I was no threat to him.
Sharing My Vision With Family Members
The next day I told the vision to my husband and my daughter-in-law. We decided to pray to ask God for an interpretation. My daughter- in- law (who moves in he prophetic gift) said she saw the country’s shape but did not recognize it. She drew it out on a piece of paper and my husband said it looked like the Ukraine. As we looked up a map, we verified that the place was in the Ukraine. My husband helped me recognize the language and also to see a city square possibly Kiev or LVIV Ukraine. They both look familiar. We discovered that the Ukraine has one of the largest train stations in the world.
Why have I not shared this dream much more for the past year, especially since the Kiev, Ukraine demonstrations, deaths and pending civil war activity? I believe that God is telling His people of
impending seasons, of wars, of things that will happen in the future so that we can warn the CHURCH. I am guilty of not sharing what I knew. Perhaps if I did share others could have prepared.
As far as the man in the military uniform that was in my dream, I have come to believe that he was in the Lord’s army. He wore Ukrainian colors, gold and blue. Since my dream, affirmation came last November as chaos has broken out in Kiev and LVIV. The Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovich is on the run and demonstrations have calmed after 100 or more nationals died while standing up against the government.
The Agreement Signed Between Putin and Ynukovish
This began when Ynukovish signed an agreement with Putin to have the Ukraine once again fall under the diplomacy of Russia. The following day demonstrations began as the Ukraine has no desire to go back to Russia any more than the Israelites desired to be entrapped once again by Egypt. They want nothing to do with Kremlin control. This allows the course of world history to change. Putin economically cut off the eastern trade to the Ukraine, preventing them from receiving goods and needed supplies. Because of this, the Ukrainians have been experience economic collapse.
Now let’s look at the Bible. The European nations consist of 28 heads, but the bible says in the last days, that ten horns or ten kings will rule over the European empire according to Revelation 17:12.
What can we see coming? We can realize now that this is a giant step toward World War III. We can see that this is no trivial matter. The Ukraine is the center of Putin’s dream of a revived Russian
Today, almost daily we see prophetic fulfillment happening in the European nations. Russia’s greatest naval fleet is in the Ukraine. Without the Ukraine under their control, their empire will
Ezekiel 38: 1 says, “And the word of the Lord came unto me saying, son of man, set your face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him.”
The prince here is identified today as the prince of Rosh, or Russia. This is believed by those who study prophesy as Putin. Meshech is Moscow and the people of the east are called Tubal.
You see, if we do not know the Word of God, we will not understand these prophesies as they are being fulfilled before our eyes. Matt 4:4 tells us that we are to live by every word of God, so we must study the over 100 prophesies that tell us that Jesus is coming soon. All of this information is in those prophesies. Let us be careful at the same time, remembering that in these last days there will be many false prophets. That is why I am ever so careful to share anything that I have seen in the spirit with others.
We would do best by taking the Lord’s advice before he sent out His disciples. Jesus said, "I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves." (Matthew 10:16). Let us keep our brothers and sisters in Ukraine in our prayers and pray for their safety and deliverance.
by Jane Morin
Contact Email: email@example.com
Is your faith one that others can recognize in action, or has your faith been surmised to a few words falling from the lips of an unmovable believer who has either become dormant or complacent?
When I read Hebrews 11, I see generations of faith walkers, doers and believers in action! Hebrews 11: 1-2 says “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.”
Do you wonder what was being said here about the ancients whom were commended and how their faith was made known to others? In reading this faith chapter, you will find that these men and woman of faith were actively on the move with their faith. It wasn’t something they pondered on, prayed about and understood without moving forward.
For instance, by faith Abel brought God a better offering, Enoch was commended for pleasing God, by faith Noah built an ark, by faith Abraham obeyed, by faith Sarah was enabled to bear children, by faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, by faith Jacob blessed each of Joseph’s sons, by faith the parents of Moses hid him for three months and by faith Moses left Egypt, by faith people passed through the Red Sea, and by faith the army marched around Jericho until the walls came down.
As we read the historical testimonies of the faithful ancients, we realize they all had one sure thing in common. They were all a people on the move! Their faith caused them to perform great works for God and to accomplish great feats in His Name. What is your faith accomplishing for you today?
You see; faith without works is dead, according to the writer James, but works cannot save us. Works is not what will reward us when this journey ends here on earth and moves on into heavenly realms. Faith is a reward given only to God’s children. Faith can heal, move mountains, be courageous, speak boldly, and bring us immeasurable victory when we use our faith in obedience to God’s commands.
Let me encourage you today dear friend. The faith God has given you has also come with a call for action. Do not deny your faith by allowing it remain unproductive. Let us also remember that what I do for Christ is immaterial, however, what He can do through me is faith in its purest form and in these very works I will find that I am storing up treasures in heaven where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. If we dare to call ourselves the children of God, then let us dare to move out of our comfort zones and to do all of our work as unto the Lord, even in season of trial. We will then receive the crown that the Lord has promised to those who love Him!
By Jane Morin
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