The Day is coming.

Well, God did it again…

I had just read this post by Pastor Benjamin Faircloth:  Article by Pastor Faircloth

I was very moved by what I read, as it resonated so strongly in my Spirit as being True!  So I went to the Lord and asked Him about it, and this is His reply:

Your days are numbered in my Book: I know the End from the Beginning! Time is up; time for your own machinations, devises, schemes and petty plans. My Time has come: time of judgment, mercy, grace and reaping.

The Day is coming, soon, when you will no longer work; for the darkness has arrived. My Flock will be scattered, each will need to hold fast to My Staff.

I will NOT leave or forsake you, you who hear my Voice will follow ME.


I then asked God for confirmation from His Word, and He gave me these passages (He tends to give me whole chapters, instead of just single verses, for some reason!):

  • Psalm 23
  • Isaiah 19
  • 2 Peter 3
  • Hosea 4

If you read the article I linked to above, you’ll note that Pastor Faircloth is talking about the judgment pronounced in Isaiah 47.  I noted that all these passages that God gave me, in confirmation, relate to the very images/descriptions in Isaiah 47!  They also relate to the word He gave me just now!

Blessed be the Name of the LORD!! He is merciful, gracious and kind to tell us what He requires, and then, on top of all that, He gives us what we need to be pure and righteous: the precious Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ! Amen and Amen.

So the question is now for you, the reader:  what will you do with these Words?  It’s time to repent.  I mean, really repent. I mean, really, fully repent.  Stop relying on the “wisdom and knowledge” of the world (verse 10 in Isaiah 47) and rely solely upon God Almighty!

I pray you’ll be found in His Flock as this Age draws to an end…

Soon and Very Soon!


After reading this article on, from Pastor Faircloth, I felt compelled to spend time with the Lord.  I went to my prayer closet and began to pray…

I asked the Lord if this article was from Him, and I received the verse Numbers 23:19 which states:

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

I knew then that this was indeed the Word of The Lord!  I spent some more time in prayer, praising and thanking God for answering so quickly, and continued to spend time with Him.  I then was urged to grab my pen and write.  The Lord told me:

I am coming soon, make ready! Lift up your head for your redemption draweth nigh.  Tell my people that my judgment is swift and merciful.  All that I do is Just, Right and Holy.  Am I not a righteous judge?  I deserve the reward of my Son’s suffering!

There is none other; none beside, none above, nor below.  None before, nor after.  I AM that I AM!  I am coming, be ready.

There is no time for other things:  I own Time.  Do not turn to the left or the right; do  not step off my Path; don’t let your foot stumble.  I give you everything you need:  your very life comes from Me.  Do not forget that I AM the God who brought you out of Egypt!  AMEN & AMEN!

I then asked God for confirmation from His Word and He gave me these passages:

  • Habakkuk 2:9
  • Micah 6:8
  • Revelation 3:17-19
  • Jonah 2
  • 1 Peter 3:9

Some of these passages are below:

  • Habakkuk 2:9   Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!
  • Micah 6:8  He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
  • Revelation 3:17-19  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
  • 1 Peter 3:9  Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

I encourage you to read Jonah 2 as well, as it’s the beautiful prayer of repentance from inside the belly of the whale and a picture of God’s great deliverance!

I then heard the Lord say:

I love you.  I’m coming soon for my Bride…

What a precious Word!  God is so Just.  God is so Good!  I echo the writer of Psalm 119, where in verses 39-41 he declares:

Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good. Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness. Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word.

Amen and Amen, indeed!!


A Word from The LORD


God is so good to let us know what He wants, what He’s doing and how we can please & obey Him!  His Word endures forever!  Jesus told us, in Matthew 24:35, that “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”  That means we can count on the fact that God WILL do what He says He will do!  This fact should inspire us today, and give us confidence and hope…

This is a Word that God gave to me on 2-23-2016.  I had been spending time with God, as usual, in prayer.  I didn’t ask God for anything, He just gave this to me, and asked me to share it with others:

A Word from The LORD on 2-23-2016:

Son of man, lift up your head for your redemption draweth nigh. I will not delay in coming to you; as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, so shall my coming be. (I understood this to mean that it WILL happen).

As I have spoken, so shall I do. I am looking for those consecrated wholly to Me; a pure, unadulterous bride; robed in pure white, washed in the Blood of the Lamb: My Son.

Do not waiver; stand strong; be courageous; I will not delay, I am coming soon, very soon.

God then gave me these Scriptures, in this order:
– Ezekiel 9
– Jeremiah 11
– Jeremiah 23
– Habakkuk 3:19
– Isaiah 31
– Jonah 4 (especially v.9)
– 1 John 1:9
– Revelation 3:22
What a blessing to receive a Word from the LORD!  So, the question for us today is this:  what will you do with this Word?  Does it inspire you to submit more to the Father in obedience?  Does it give you hope?  Does it increase your faith?  The Bible tells us, in Romans 10:17, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Walk with Him today in submission and faith and obedience.  God bless & keep you…

What’s In Your Wallet?

Luke 18 records a fascinating conversation between Jesus and someone identified as “a certain ruler”.  For the sake of discussion, we’ll call the ruler Fred.  Fred asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life.  This conversation is also recorded in 2 other Gospels:  Matthew 19 and Mark 10, and is recorded very similar to this account.  Jesus responds with a great Truth that’s only recorded in Matthew 19:  “If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.”  What a revolutionary teaching this is!  Jesus clearly points out the link between obedience and blessing,  obedience and life, obedience and salvation!  The key to the life of Christ in us is simply learning to obey His commands!!!  Obedience is the key that unlocks the life of Christ within each of us!

Ok, back to the story….  Fred explains that he has indeed kept all the commands of God.  And here comes that dreaded three letter word, “but”…..   Jesus says “You still lack on thing.  Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, and follow me.”  OUCH!

Now why did Jesus say that?  Fred has obviously done all that was taught to him, or he probably wouldn’t have come to Jesus publicly and asked the question in the first place!  I’ll bet there were lots of Fred’s friends standing around him, nodding their heads in approval when he said he had obeyed all those commands!  I’ll bet Fred was feeling pretty good when he heard Jesus’ answer to his question!  And then Jesus drops a bomb on Fred.  “You still lack one thing….”!  Man, that’s gotta hurt!

Oswald Chambers, referring to this passage in his devotional “My Utmost For His Highest” says this about Jesus’ question:

“Have you ever heard the Master say a hard word? If you have not, I question whether you have heard Him say anything. Jesus Christ says a great deal that we listen to, but do not hear; when we do hear, His words are amazingly hard. … Have I ever heard Jesus say a hard word? Has He said something personally to me to which I have deliberately listened? Not something I can expound or say this and that about, but something I have heard Him say to me? This man did understand what Jesus said, he heard it and he sized up what it meant, and it broke his heart. He did not go away defiant; he went away sorrowful, thoroughly discouraged. He had come to Jesus full of the fire of earnest desire, and the word of Jesus simply froze him; instead of producing an enthusiastic devotion, it produced a heart-breaking discouragement.”

Yes, Jesus’ words are ‘amazingly hard‘ at times.  But it is in those times when we push on to the point of obedience, that the life of Christ is supernaturally alive in us!  Note the following statement by Jesus as a response to the disciple’s question of “Who then can be saved?”:  “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”!  There it is!  Did you see it?  In Jesus’ simple reply to the disciple’s burning question, He gave us the key to unlocking the life of Christ within us:  it is only possible with God!! 

How many of us go through life trying to obey what God has taught?  How many of us are finally confident enough to come to Christ because we think we’ve got it all together, only to hear a hard word; a word that so discourages and disparages us that we leave with our tail between our legs, utterly discouraged?  Oh my friend, thank God for the hard words of Christ!  Thank God for His unending love, compassion, mercy and grace that He bestows on His created!!  He cares so very much for you and for me that He’s unwilling to leave us at the doorstep of victory!  If it weren’t for the hard word now and then, we’d never know that we still “lack one thing”!!

Do you see the beauty of that hard word?  Like an unyielding coach who is intent on extracting every ounce of talent from the young athlete, God is intent on completing His work in our life!  We need to hear that we still “lack one thing” so that we’ll give that one thing over to Him and be rid of it forever!  We need to let go of that thing onto which Jesus puts His finger and says “you still lack one thing”!

What kind of a God would He be if He left us in our incomplete state?  He has promised that He will provide the means by which we can overcome this “one thing” – don’t forget the promise of Jesus in this passage, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”!!!  Jesus gives us hope in three little words He said to Fred – Jesus says that after you have sold all your possessions and given to the poor, then “come, follow me“!

Come follow me“:  the key is found in the relationship with Christ!  When we obey that one thing that Jesus points out, we can then rely on the relationship with Him to provide what we need!  In fact, it goes one step further:  it is only in the relationship with Christ that we’ll have the resources we need to obey that one thing!!!  Jesus taught what it means to “come follow Him” in Luke 9 and Matthew 16:  “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”  Hearing the hard words of Christ and obeying them are part of this denying ourselves, taking up our cross and following Him!

My friends, what is it that you’re hanging onto today?  Have you heard the hard question of Christ to your soul?  What is it that you must do, today, in order to follow Christ?  Do that one thing that He asks of you!  Don’t delay.  Don’t put it off. 

Fast Food

I always thought that the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand in John 6 was about Jesus doing a miracle to show the people who He was, as a means to provide a witness to who He was and why He was there.  And it is that, but I believe it’s much more than that…. It’s more than creating ‘fast food’ for the multitudes!

In v. 5 Jesus asks Philip the following question in order to test him: “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”. Hmmmm. Did you see it?  Do you get it?  Jesus asks Philip an ‘impossible question’ in order to test him!  I used to think, “what a crazy question!” How else could Philip have answered?!?!?  But now I see that Jesus orchestrates almost everything in our lives to test us! He designs opportunities for us to practice trusting in Him!  The question to Philip is designed to help Philip learn an invaluable lesson:  a lesson of trust.

The core premise of the disciple journey is that we are not our own: we’ve been created by God and bought back by Him (through the price of His  Son, Jesus)!  Because of this, I no longer can (or need to) rely on my own self for any provisions, I need to fully and wholly trust in Him to provide as He is the source of our life. And so, in order for us to practice this truth, God orchestrates events in our lives to help us trust Him!

Ok, back to the food thing…. How did Philip respond to Jesus’ test?  v. 7 tells us that Philip fails the test.  He couldn’t see Jesus as the all-sufficient provider that He truly was.  Philip was still seeing with natural eyes, not spiritual eyes.  Philip was still thinking in the natural instead of the supernatural. Apparently, Philip had a faith problem – a problem of belief (see “Got Faith?“). He was still trusting in himself, in the natural, the normal: the ‘pattern of this world (Rom. 12:2).

Philip was counting on natural resources – note how his answer is based on having enough money to buy food! Instead, he should have been counting on the supernatural resources of the God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills!  Had Philip not been with Jesus at the wedding in Cana?  Had he not seen Jesus heal and deliver?  Had he not witnessed the supernatural in action in the life of Christ?  Philip is learning to trust Christ in all things…. So are we!

What about you?  Are you ready to pass the test Jesus has for you? In what area of our life is He testing you? Do you see His questions as testing/preparing us, or as mistrust or some other reason?  Do you have a faith problem?

The question for us today is this: HOW do we see the supernatural? How do we count on supernatural resources instead of our own?  By keeping our focus on our relationship with God! By “not conforming to the patterns of this world, but being transformed by the renewing of our minds” (Rom. 12:2a)! By denying ourselves, taking up our cross daily and following Jesus (Luke 9:23). By making each and every choice by first asking God what He wants in this thing – not what we want. Remember that ownership thing I mentioned earlier? 

Only then will we learn to see things as God sees them, to understand His heart and Will (Rom.12:2b), to see that if God needs something to be provided to make ‘it’ happen, He will be the provider!  God is our Jehovah-Jireh, our Provider!  We can trust Him in all things.  He is a trustworthy God!

I believe there’s a Godly principle at work here: If a physical need arises in the midst of doing God’s service, then He will see to it that it’s taken care of!  (I’ll have a future blog post here about this topic from John 11)

So, the feeding of the multitude in John 6 isn’t only about Jesus showing what He can do.  It’s about His great love for us – love that wants us to be all that He died for us to be!  It’s about us learning to trust God.  It’s about us learning to see with ‘spiritual eyes’ instead of physical.  It’s about us learning to rely solely on our Jehovah-Jireh, our Provider.  It’s about us practicing to trust God in all situations and circumstances.  It’s about faith and belief and our relationship with God.  The next time you hear a question from God, be very careful how you answer….
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Got Faith?

Faith is an incredible thing.  It’s been attributed to heroes of the past.  Heralded in men and women who’ve accomplished Herculean feats.  Touted as the one thing to solve the world’s problems.  Faith is incredible.  On a recent trip through Hebrews 11, I noticed some things about faith that I had previously missed.

One of those things is that faith is belief in the absence of proof!  I spent a good deal of time in the early 90s studying and learning about ‘evidence’ in order to defend my faith.  The idea seemed to be that if we had proof of God and answers to ‘questions’, then we could lead people to God and defend what we believed.  Now, after reading Hebrews 11 again, it seems that God is saying that we don’t need proof to come to Him and believe in Him.  It’s our faith that leads to Him, not evidence and hard facts!

Note in verse 1:

“faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” 

So, isn’t God telling us that if we have faith, we don’t need facts and evidence in order to believe?  He tells us that faith is being sure:  sure of what?  Sure of ‘what we hope for’. What does that mean?  It means that we can count on things that we can’t see.  We can be sure of the possibility that God does indeed exist.  Sure of the fact that God loves each of us and wants us to have a relationship with Him.  That’s why He sent His son to solve our sin problem, because that sin kept us from having a relationship with Him!  We can be sure that God is who He says He is and that He does what He says He will do (Numbers 23:19)!

Faith also is certain of what we do not see!  I don’t need evidence to convince me that what I can’t see is really there! I just need faith!!  What is there to be certain about that we don’t see?  We need to be certain that Jesus is who He said He was, that God is orchestrating all things in our lives.  We need to be certain that God’s Holy Spirit is indeed dwelling in us and is Lord of our lives, living out the Life of Christ through our each and every choice and decision.  We need to be certain that God is always at work.  We need to be certain of many things….

Verse 3 begins with “by faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command.”!  How many resources are expended on searching for ‘proof’ that God created the universe?  The writer of Hebrews is telling us that we just need to believe it, by faith!  None of us were there, none of us can fully prove exactly how God created the world.  God is telling us through this passage, that we don’t need to worry about it!  We need to just accept it, by faith!

The question for us today is this: do we need evidence to believe?  Isn’t God saying that true faith, the faith we need to come to God (v.6) is based on our ‘being sure’ of what we can’t see or fully know!  And this ‘being sure’ then leads us to action – to believe and accept that it just is. Period. End of argument.  Faith settles the matter!

The reason Jesus said that we can’t see, enter & understand the Kingdom of God unless we become like a little child is because of FAITH!  Who has greater faith than a little child?  They just simply believe that things are the way they think they are, and (most importantly), they act on their belief!

What is God telling you today about your faith?  Is it lacking?  Is it ‘true faith’?  Or is it based on what you know: the evidences you’ve learned, the things you can see, touch, feel, measure, quantify.  As in the Santa Claus movies, “seeing isn’t believing, believing is seeing”!  What an affront to an immortal, invisible and all-knowing God for His creation to “dis” Him in our quest for more proof!  He desires for us to simply belief, by faith, that He is there.  He asks us to live ‘being certain of what we do not see’ and ‘being sure of what we hope for’…  Does that describe how you live your life?

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Wolves Among Sheep

I’ve always been fascinated by the passage in Matthew 26:6-16, which is also recorded in Mark 14 and John 12.  It tells of Mary’s extravagant act of worship, without abandon, without any appearance of seeming ‘sensibilities’:  she anoints Jesus with an expensive jar of perfume (‘pure nard’)! 

What fascinates me, besides the obvious act of worship, is the reaction of Judas Iscariot to the event.  John is the only Gospel to record that it is Judas who raises the objection to this act of worship, “But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. ” (4-6)  Judas finally reveals his true nature and character:  he is a wolf among lambs!  Both Matthew and Mark describe how Judas, after this event, went to the chief priests and made the deal to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver! 

There’s no coincidence in the sequence of events here:  Judas has been staying (I won’t call him a ‘follower’) with Jesus and the disciples, handling the money as treasurer.  However, his heart has never been in it – he hasn’t given his heart to follow Christ.  He saw this as an opportunity to get out of this ‘new kingdom’ what he wanted:  money.  He’s been tagging along, helping himself to the group’s funds as he saw fit, waiting for Christ to finally setup His Kingdom so Judas can really rake in the big bucks!  A wolf among sheep – waiting for the right time to pounce on the helpless lambs!  And now this – Jesus completely destroys Judas’ hopes of any earthly, wealthy kingdom!  How is Jesus going to establish a wealthy treasury if He continues to allow people to waste their money?  And especially waste their money by doing such foolish acts, like dumping perfume on His head!!?!! 

Judas has had enough:  this guy (Jesus) isn’t likely to get Judas rich any time soon, so there must be another way!  Aha!  Judas recognises an opportunity when he sees it, and goes after the sure thing:  he’ll make a deal with the chief priests for some money so at least he gets something out of the last 3 years of waiting!!  Reading this passage, I can almost hear Judas’ thinking, “Man, this guy just doesn’t get it.  He’s never gonna build up a wealthy kingdom this way.  I need to find another way to get my money, cut my losses and get out….” 

Judas’ motives and his true heart condition are exposed in John’s recording of this incident.  Judas was a wolf among the sheep.  Does this mean there will always be wolves among sheep?  Well, the parables of the wheat and tares, among others, suggest that this could be true.  The question this brings to my heart is this:  what about me?  Am I a wolf or a sheep?  Am I looking to Jesus to get something, or am I following Him because I want to?  I believe there are many today who are part of Christian circles solely to further their own agendas – to expert power and control, to gain prestige and accolades, to make money, and a myriad other selfish reasons.  Are you one of them?