The Two Gangsters

Definition of a gangster from Webster’s New World Dictionary:  a member of a gang of criminals.

During the early afternoon, figuratively speaking, the living room of my home became a war zone, two gangsters appeared.  The bigger one seemed extremely exhausted but both looked past me with an expression of terror!  They looked at each other and the stout one said, “This woman is wearing us out, ‘Do you see who is here?  Let us get out of here!”  As I glanced to the other side of the room, there stood two angels poised for the fight.  Immediately the Word spoke from Psalm 91:11-12 verse (11)” For He will command His angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.”  Verse (12)” They will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” Apparently, these two angels were on special assignment because the two gangsters had come to attack me with evil intent.  The Word spoke this time from Psalm 103:20-21 verse (20)” Bless  LORD, ye His angels, that, excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His word.” verse (21)” Bless ye the LORD, all ye His hosts, ye ministers of His, that do His pleasure.”

 The battle has intensified and those who perform wicked deeds have become so bold in their wickedness that they do not wait until midnight to six am to carry out their wicked schemes instead they are now executing their evil plans during the day symbolically. The two gangsters showed up at my house in the early evening while the sun was still shining!

Wherever you (me too) are on your journey awaken from your slumber and be alert at all times!  Draw from the strength of Abba Father, be strong in the LORD and fully clothed with the armour of God, for we are constantly engaged in a battle against the forces of darkness.  This is a warning! Are you (me too) really paying attention to what is really going on in the spiritual realm?  In this realm, the forces of darkness are brutal and intentional.  We are to heed the instructions written by the Apostle Paul in the book of Ephesians 6:10-11 Verse (10)” Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”  Verse (11)” Put on the whole armour of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

Meanwhile in Christendom you can hardly gather men and women of Yahweh, who would willingly team together to pray with and for each other (Giving God thanks for the faithful, who are teaming together in obedience, God will bless and strengthen you) Satan, on the other hand has sent his army of demons to launch their vicious attacks on God’s people.  This reminded me of my dream. I was seated in the pew of a church; suddenly an army of demons burst through the front doors. A familiar woman was leading them and a tall slim man walked directly behind her he held a briefcase in his hand.  As I watched them they were all headed for the pulpit; they were specifically looking for something or someone.  They then began to scan the congregation but could not find what they sought.  Completely frustrated, one of the demons transformed himself into the likeness of one of my blood sisters and sweetly said, “Margaret, where are you?  Apparently, the army of demons was not aware of my presence and they didn’t realize I could see them and their evil activities but it was only a dream.  However, Can you imagine Satan sending out an army of demons against only one of Yahweh’s children?  The two gangsters are a prelude to what is quickly approaching those who dare to take a stand for Jesus Christ and speak out against injustices in our land!  The Good News is found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  In Him, we have the calm assurance of Abba Father’s, Word from  the book of  Isaiah chapter 54:16-17 verse (16)” Behold, I created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work, and I have created the waster to destroy.”  Verse (17)” No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.  This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of Me,” Saith the LORD.”

Awake! Awake! Awake people of Yahweh; rise in prayer to stop not only the two gangsters who have been assigned to assassinate our sons and our daughters in broad daylight but rise up in prayer to stop Satan’s army from advancing against those who are faithfully carrying out their kingdom assignments.  Rise up with righteous indignation! Metaphorically speaking, Rise up through the power of the Holy Spirit but always be mindful of how the two gangsters looked past me.  They caught a glimpse of two warring angels, who were poised for the fight, the sight of them terrified the two gangsters!  Be ever so mindful though, that demons recognize power and authority, they know when you and I are walking in power and authority.  We must make sure there are no unconfessed sins in our lives before engaging in battle.  The Word is speaking this time from the Epistle of 2 Corinthians chapter 5 verse (21) “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  The two gangsters along with Satan and his army will persist but you are a righteous seed and Abba Father, has empowered you with boldness as that of a lion!  Can you hear, see, believe and declare this Word without fear of contradiction from Proverbs chapter 28 verse (1)? (1)”The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.”

May Abba Father, undergird you with His strength and wisdom to stand up for Jesus Christ. He will divinely reveal His strategic plans written in His Word to defeat the two gangsters!

Embrace Your Cross – Reminder

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There are some things in our lives which causes us  
great pain and suffering; yet Abba Father refuses  
to remove them. The Apostle Paul reminds us of this  
in 2 Corinthians 12:8-9, he says… (8) ” For this  
thing I besought the Lord thrice; that it might depart  
from me. (9) ” And He said unto me, my grace is  
sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect  
in weakness. ” No one knows exactly what the Apostle’s  
affliction was, it is described like a thorn in his  
life: and as you know a thorn in the flesh really hurts.  
This affliction caused the Apostle Paul much pain and  
discomfort. In whatever you or I may be going through,  
Abba Father is working out a wonderful transformation  
in our lives through the crosses we are called to bear.  
Can you imagine the Apostle, who was a self-sufficient  
man ? Having to deal with such a vexing debilitating  
problem. He prayed for Abba Father to remove it, but  
God refused to remove it. Instead, He promised the Apostle  
Paul that He would demonstrate His power in him…. you  
know what? During Apostle Paul’s affliction, he  
realized it kept him humble, and reminded him of the fact  
he needed to stay in constant contact with God. The truth  
is as we come to grips so to speak with our limitations, we  
will rely on God our Abba Father for our effectiveness: rather  
than on ourselves.  
 
In your daily walk with Abba Father. What is it that you are  
facing ? Could it be a chronic illness? Divers’ addictions?  
Rebellious children? Spousal Abuse? It may be none of these,  
whatever it is you are going through, embrace your cross. For  
as you rely on Abba Father’s strength and His grace, He is  
developing Christian character in you. Yes, as you (and I) admit  
our weaknesses, we affirm, God’s strength. The fact is, you and  
I at some time or the other will encounter hindrances and set  
backs: but it is during these times you must depend on God your  
Abba Father, to see and experience His power in demonstration;  
to bring you through. Embrace the cross you are called to bear  
without murmuring and complaining, surrender your plans and your  
dreams to Abba Father. May this poem, the pen wrote entitled  
EMBRACE YOUR CROSS challenge and inspire you!  
 
Your cross may seem offensive and inconceivable  
To bear….  
Yet your cross, you must bear.  
Embrace your cross;  
It will empower your purpose  
To fulfill…. the Saviour Jesus Christ  
Went ahead and embraced His cross;  
Carrying all your shame, humiliation  
And pain…. Yes, Jesus suffered and shed  
His blood, so you can embrace your cross.  
With a confident assurance that to embrace  
Your cross, is the strength in your life which  
Will keep you humbly before the throne room  
Of God….Embrace your cross today and embark  
upon a life transforming encounter with  
Abba Father, bringing you into the light  
Of your destiny…. embrace your cross!  

Come Up Higher

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There He stood at the top of the mountain beckoning to me down in the 
valley, to come up higher in Him. Then looking around in the low valley, 
saw a green smooth path leading up the mountain side, but it led away 
from Him. It was a rough side which lead straight up to Him. Immediately, 
the decision was made, and my feet began the climb. Upon arrival, He was 
not there! Where did He go? Did He elude me? My feet then escaped 
some deadly traps on top of the mountain. Soon after overcoming discovered  
an unusual sight, people walking on a sea of glass and if that was not enough: 
there before me, the most beautiful river flowing like in the garden of Eden. While 
gazing upon its beauty, awakened saying, ” I’m going to make it.” Yes, it was a 
dream, yet it gave me hope and once again I was healed! These words caused me 

to sit up in bed at 2am in the morning, ” Come up Higher in the way you are living, 
come up higher from the cares of this life. Come up higher in your study of the 
word, and in your prayer life. Come up higher, for the wages of sin is death. It 
is time to unwrap the gifts I have given to you, which will activate My river to flow 
abundantly from My throne to you! Come up higher from the noise of the nay Sayers, 
and all who oppose My will and purpose for your life! Come up higher to receive 
My specific instructions for your life. Come up higher to see more clearly and to truly 
understand the deep and hidden things. No more will you wander around in darkness. 
The light of Jesus Christ is guiding your every step, leading you to the table I have 
prepared for you! Come up higher and you will be able to really love those who attempt 
to destroy My purpose and will for your life! Come up higher to be transformed in My 
presence. ” Still sitting, the word resounded from Isaiah 55:8-11. (8) ” For My thoughts 
are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the LORD.” (9) ” For as the 
heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than yours, and My thoughts 
than your thoughts.” (10) ” For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and 
do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give 
seed to the Sower and bread to the eater, ” (11) ” So shall My word be that goes forth 
from My mouth, it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and 
it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. And be led out with peace; The mountains 
and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall 
clap their hands. ” Being reminded of the Psalmist David as he fled to the refuge of Abba 
Father’s presence. Read it for yourself from the Book of Psalm 61:1-5 & 8. (1) ” Hear my, 
O God, attend to my prayer,” (2) ” From the end of the earth I will cry to you, when my 
heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I. ” (3) ” For You have been 
a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy. ” (4) ” I will abide in Your tabernacle for 
ever, I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah. ” Pause and calmly think about that as 
you focus on verse (5) ” For you O God have heard my vows, you have given me the 
heritage of those who fear Your name.” (8) ” So, I will sing to Your name forever; that I may 
daily perform my vows. ” 
 
Friend, despite what you are going through amid it all, stop! Take a deep breath in, 
now breathe out……There! Question, can you hear Yahweh, saying to you, come up higher ? 
The word is resounding this time from the Book of Revelation chapter 22. Jesus is speaking, 
(12) ” And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give everyone according 
to his work. ” (13) ” I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning, and the End, the First and the 
Last. ” Yahweh, says to you and He says to me, (14) ” Blessed are those who do His commandments that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates of the city.” 
Beware of what is outside of Him as He calls you to come up higher! (15) ” But outside are dogs 
and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices 
a lie. ” COME UP HIGHER! (17) ” And the Spirit and the bride say, ” Come! And let him who 
hears say, ” Come! ” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of 
life freely.” Come up higher today! Tomorrow may be too late…. COME UP HIGHER!

The Pastor’s Wife

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The Pastor’s wife suffers many things and in silence she sometimes will with draw from everyone. She is wise enough to know not to have any clicks in the church and to treat everyone equally. Her focus is not on preaching in the pulpit. She is a woman of prayer and desires to become a yielded vessel unto the LORD! 

Though often criticized and misunderstood, the Pastor’s wife perseveres and learns to cry out to Abba Father in prayer and supplication; in response Yahweh is answering the Pastor’s wife prayers which reminded me of just this past weekend how I experienced an urgency to catch up on some household chores and I worked up until almost midnight that’s when I heard these words as they rang out, “The Pastor’s wife!”  

Immediately I felt the pain of rejection, frustration and weariness of a day of working so hard only to feel an emptiness within; Abba Father interjected, “Those hours of working non-stop were a demonstration of what the Pastor’s wife has to go through; He continued, ‘she is often given a book to read to teach her how to be a Pastor’s wife.  She is given instructions to sing in the choir and become actively involved in every aspect of the church. Abba Father also revealed that the emptiness which I felt after completing my chores is the same way the Pastor’s wife feels after doing everything, she could do to please her husband and the church.” 

This revelation totally astounded me as I tried to maintain my composure but instantly I fell on my knees in awe as the LORD gave me a flash back of a few days before my husband’s induction as Pastor, it was as if all hell had broken loose so to speak; my response as I walked the floor of my home was, “LORD, I cannot do this! I cannot be a Pastor’s wife.”  Abba Father replied, “You have not even begun yet!”  This reply had placed me back on track and the scales of being ignorant of what the enemy had successfully done with his lies to cause me to give up before getting started. The Word spoke to me from Isaiah 43:1-2, (1)” Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine.” (2)” When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame kindle upon you.” 

Listen, while Satan only comes to do three things to kill, steal and to destroy there is something else you should know, his most effective tool is discouragement; then he tags teams with those two imps lies and deception then subtly fear will attempt to take over your life. The Word is speaking again this time from 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 

I just stopped by to encourage the Pastor’s wife who may have reached your breaking point and may even have become despondent because of what you have and still experiencing as the Pastor’s wife. The books you have read (even though they contain a wealth of knowledge) to teach you how to become a Pastor’s wife have failed. You have been faithful and obedient, but it has left you empty but there is a deeper call from within. Yahweh has His hands on your life and is giving you an open invitation to the feast He has prepared just for you! Do you not know that everything you have gone through was the process to bring you to your place of destiny? Be still right now and please pay close attention; you were not called, excuse this expression to be “A jack of all trades and a master of none.”  You are the Pastor’s wife and even before you were in your mother’s womb God chose and ordained you to be the Pastor’s wife. He placed within you the Breakers Anointing to destroy yokes, to lift burdens and to break shackles! Abba Father is calling you to intensify your prayer life and increase the time you spend in the secret place of His presence. It is time to pay closer attention your (me too) home and to really minister to the Pastor. You have been given the anointing of Jael to defeat and to destroy the works of the enemy – The fire of God is upon your life to transform the atmosphere in your home to not only chase the enemy away but to cancel the works of darkness. Little foxes are being sent on special assignment to destroy not only your marriage to the Pastor but to also destroy your home. This is a red alert to the Pastor’s wife even though where you are on your journey, you may not be able to identify with this, I hear it resounding, “Pay closer attention to your home!”  The little foxes are getting in and are not only opening the back door but are boldly taking the hinges off your front door while you are at home. Good news though, God has seen this and is now intervening on your behalf! 

Abba Father is even now stepping in to heal your broken wounded heart; He is restoring all that was stolen from you. The Pastor and the entire congregation will see in short order that you are God’s beloved, and you will function and be respected as the Pastor’s wife. A time of refreshment is coming for you. Yes, God is re-routing you and reviving you to demonstrate His Word through you. The question is though, are you willing to forgive others, then forgive yourself (me too) for believing the lies of the enemy? While you are pondering on that two-part question just know that you have been redeemed, the slate has been wiped clean, but will you step up and answer the call of Yahweh on your life or will you continue with business as usual? 

The Word is speaking from Isaiah 41:10 “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.” God will empower you to do mighty exploits for Him even while you are being criticized, misunderstood during those extremely challenging times. You have been chosen to be the Pastor’s wife to be a backer for him and to keep him saturated in prayer. Look to your true Source, go to the secret place of God’s presence, and walk in the Power and Authority Yahweh has given to you to function in every season of your life as the Pastor’s Wife!

Midlife Crisis

depressed woman having headache and stress

While sitting in women’s meeting at church everything inside of me felt as if it was burning up   from the chest to the lower extremities, I said to Abba Father, “I’m going to scream in here!”  The reply came back, “You know Jesus, call on His name,” Listen this was a midlife crisis for me and so intense it was that I forgot to call upon the name of Jesus! 

Here in the Bahamas and around the Globe people are experiencing midlife crisis.  Marriages and families are falling apart. The murder count is escalating daily, promiscuity is on the rise and the pimps are taking it to an all-time low! The drug dealers are reinventing the trade in a subtle way.  Have the nations forgotten that Yahweh reigns? Violence is overtaking our land and the sin of lawlessness is now the order of the day. There is also a strong uprising of movements who are bashing and beating each other down. Children are being abused and confused because their fathers have abandoned them and there are mothers who have left their true calling and have gone after the ways of the world! Our leaders have become too power hungry and have blasphemed the name of God! There is a foul spirit spreading rapidly squeezing the prayer life out of Yahweh’s people, it is a midlife crisis; every abomination is taking place throughout the land! 

Wherever you are on your journey you may be walking during a midlife crisis. Your home may be torn up and you have not even gotten a wink of sleep lately so to speak. Your relationship with your spouse and children has become so estranged that you may not remember the last time you had a tender moment with your son or daughter. I hear it resounding; You could be in the middle of a midlife crisis, yet it may feel more like a nightmare which will stop as soon as you awaken from sleep, but I just stopped by to tell you, you are not having a bad dream, but you could be experiencing a midlife crisis! Could it be that you are engaged in a spiritual battle and have been ignoring it for quite some time hoping it would work itself out? Can I tell you? The soldier enlisted on the battlefield and refuses to fight will become a casualty! There is a clarion 911 call for you (me too) to continue to stand in Christ! The Word is speaking from the book of Galatians 5:1 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”  Stop crying and pulling out your hair, leave off biting off your nails and worrying about your midlife crisis! The Word is speaking again this time from 1 Peter 1:3-7, (3)”Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  (4)”to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,”  (5)”Who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”  (6)”In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,”  (7)”that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,” 

Listen, while I sat in the women’s meeting on the inside of me there was a battle raging, it felt like the fire was burning up everything within so much so that momentarily I became so consumed by the pain and discomfort, all I wanted to do was scream but my spirit reached out to Abba Father instead. The Word spoke, Psalm 14: 4” Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call on the LORD?”   For me it was the menopausal hot flashes which caused me to really forget to call upon Jesus and almost succumbed to the heat consuming wave! 

What about you? Is what you are walking in feel unbearable? I hear it resounding, “You could be experiencing a midlife crisis!”  And just as Abba Father divinely intervened and reminded me to call on the name of Jesus during my midlife crisis, I encourage you to call upon the name of Jesus. Pause for a moment! Take a deep breath in, now breathe out! May the breath of Yahweh transform your entire life with His healing Power to withstand every midlife crisis you will or may encounter and as you move forward in faith and obedience, I hear The Word ringing like a telephone from Philippians 4:13, will you pick up the receiver? If you will declare this; “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” You will make it victoriously through every Midlife Crisis!

God Will Take Care of You

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Sometimes life can blindside and turn your whole life upside down be assured there is consolation, comfort, and renewed hope in the Word of God. The sons of Korah who were the temple assistants who wrote Psalm 46 and described the fear of mountains or cities crumbling into the sea, however, in the face of utter destruction. The writer expresses a quiet confidence in God’s ability to save him. Let us read those three verses together – 

Verse (1) “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Verse (2) “Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,” Verse (3) “though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” As we brace ourselves for this pending storm and understand that the Almighty God, our Abba Father is aware of where you are and is right there with us! Yahweh is Faithful and will not fail you! God will manifest His Word. Recently I noticed my youngest daughter almost walked into the dining room wall! Several times it was evident she could see nothing. Suddenly she began to struggle while walking and limped extremely hard. It saddened me to the core of my being and drove me to my knees. The Word spoke from Psalm 29 verse (1) “Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Verse (2) “Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name; worship the LORD in the splendor of His holiness.” Adoration, honour and praise flowed from my lips while the high praises of thanksgiving unto the LORD filled the prayer room. When I arose from the floor on my knee and discovered it was the breaking of the dawn! I knew there was the hope of complete healing and deliverance for Nia. She awakened early feeling refreshed still limping a bit, but the pain had subsided, I took her to have an eye examination, but as the test progressed, I realized she was failing the test. Very gently they gave the news! They could not help Nia, and gave her a referral for an appointment to see a Specialist. While I driving my car home, I said, “LORD, I believe you are still working miracles! Nia needs a Healing now!” We went to Prayer Meeting and although we were few, the presence of the LORD filled the Atmosphere as the conductor began to worship and give glory unto Abba Father. She said, we will now sing from our Church Hymnal number 53, O God How Great Thou Art. I turned to Nia and said, Sing Nia! The Spirit of the LORD took enveloped her as she fastened her eyes on my lips, beautiful sounds of melodious singing flowed from her lips, she sang the four stanzas. Listen I could hardly contain myself while I fought back the tears – This was like a storm of life to me, but God not only manifests His great power in nature. He also teaches us that we can trust Him to give us both peace and strength to weather the storms of life. 

Listen as I hasten to conclude, and we hunker down to brace ourselves for this pending storm. Remember God is the Provider. He gives refuge, security, and peace His power is complete, and Abba Father will rescue those who love Him. At the prayer meeting while the miracle unfolded, I heard the LORD whisper, “Nia is reading your lips and she is seeing with her eyes!” The Anointing was upon her as joy filled her soul and the church seemed filled to capacity, although we were few. The limping fled the scene and her vision increased while healing flowed unceasingly! What a miracle in the House of God! The question is, Will you trust Abba Father to take care of you and keep you safe until the storm passes? Will you stand firm on the Word of God and activate your faith to receive your miracle? God is your refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. God will take care of you! 

Beware of The Lurking Lion

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Persistently every night for the past few months I have been awakened by the sounds of bones cracking and for some strange reason, ignored it.  However, I found it increasingly difficult to ignore as it continued to occur.  One particular night while in prayer on the prayer wall, I distinctly heard that sound again just outside the front window of my house and it made every hair on my body stand up!  The Word from the Epistle of 2 Timothy chapter 5 verse (7) God had not given to you the spirit of fear but of power and of love and a sound mind.  Spoke at that moment as the LORD empowered me to labour on through the watches of the night to the breaking of the dawn.  I asked Abba Father, to reveal what I was fighting against and no sooner did I lay down to sleep in a vision.  I saw myself standing near the front room window, suddenly without any warning, a lion rushed through the front room window with such a fierce force, causing me to hit the floor.  The Word spoke from 1 Peter chapter 5 verse (8) Be sober, be vigilant; because of your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.  I pondered on the words of the Psalmist David from Psalm 57 verse (4) My soul is among lions, I must lie among those who breathe forth fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows and their tongue a sharp sword.  Then I cried, O God, shatter their teeth in their mouth; break out the fangs of the young lions, O LORD.  More words poured forth from Psalm 10 verse (9) He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his lair, He lurks to catch the afflicted, He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net.  Then, I cried out to the LORD, from Psalm 35 verse (17) LORD, how long will you look on?  Rescue my soul from their ravages, my only life from the lions. Abba Father, beckoned me to take a closer look at the vision.  Amazingly, this apparent fall only looked like a fall, my feet were actually positioned on the floor in a crouched position and my hands were strategically on the floor.  In that instant, the Word spoke powerfully to me this time from Psalm 144 verse (1) Blessed be the LORD, my Rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; verse (2) He is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and He in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.  ESV.

 Men and women of Yahweh, Beware of the Lurking Lion, the Apostle Paul warns every disciple of Jesus Christ to daily put on the full armour of God. (See Ephesians chapter 6 verses 10 to 18) We must make it a priority to live a life of prayer, study the Word, along with fasting regularly and Walk in Faith and Obedience.  We are required to be alert at all times because the lurking lion is always near and waiting for a moment of weakness to launch his attack.  But thanks be to Yahweh, the God who redeems, each time the lurking lion plans his attacks.  The real Lion of the Tribe of Judah intercepts him according to the book of Revelation chapter 5 verse (5)  And one of the elders said to me, stop weeping, behold, the lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.

 I glanced at myself standing near the window in my front room.  As the lion rushed through the window with such a great force, I was a bit startled and fell backwards but landed with transformed hind feet ready to war in the spirit but not without the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.  What a showdown between the Lurking Lion and the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.  Beware men and women of Yahweh of the Lurking Lion!

On The Potters’ Wheel

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I was at a place walking through thick engulfing darkness, there was absolutely no light, but I was singing the hymn written by John H. Sammis entitled Trust and Obey, here are the lyrics.

Trust and Obey

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His word,

What a glory He sheds on our way!

While we do His good will, He abides with us still,

And with all who will trust and obey.

Refrain:

Trust and obey, for there is no other way

To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey;

Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,

But His smile quickly drives it away,

Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,

Can abide while we trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,

But our toil He doth richly repay.

Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,

But is blessed if we trust and obey.

But we never can prove the delights of His love

Until all on the altar we lay.

For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,

Are for them who will trust and obey.

Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,

Or we will walk by His side in the way.

What He says we will do, where He sends, we will go;

Never fear, only trust, and obey.

The telephone rang and awakened me; it was 3:30 a.m. It was a dream which seemed so real and before my feet touched the floor I heard these words, on the Potter’s Wheel!  Abba Father then drew my attention to the book of Jeremiah chapter eighteen where God had given Jeremiah a message for the house of Israel.  Let’s read it together beginning at verse (1) “The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,” (2) “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.”  (3)  “Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.”  (4)  “And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make it.”  (5)  “Then the word of the LORD came to me saying,” (6) “O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter?  Saith the LORD; Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.”  (7)  “ At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it,”  (8)  “If that nation against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.”  (9)  “ And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;”  (10)  “ If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, where with I said I would benefit them.”  (11)  “Now therefore go speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you:  return ye now everyone from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.  (12)  “And they said, there is no hope, but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.”

The presence of the LORD filled the room and I sang again the hymn, Trust and Obey, only this time, the last two stanzas became personal as I put myself in each line.  Then as I sang the chorus, knelt humbly before Abba Father and repented for getting off The Potter’s Wheel.

Take a moment right where you are to reflect on all that is going on in this Bahama land and indeed the world.  I submit to you darkness is engulfing not only this nation but nations all across the globe.  This is a warning, it is time for the people of Yahweh to humble ourselves and pray, seek God’s face to hear His instructions like Jeremiah did in verse one of the fore mentioned scripture and it bears being repeated.  (1) “The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,” (2) “Arise, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.”  Jeremiah was obedient! (3) “Then I went down to the potter’s house, and behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.”  Will you this moment stop blaming the government for the darkness that is over taking our land, it is time for you and me to repent and seek for Yahweh, the God who has redeemed you and calls you His own;  The Word is speaking from 2 Chronicles 7:14  “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  The question is though, do you (me too) really want healing in this land?  Are you subject to the changes which are being made while you are on the Potter’s Wheel?  Who knows, maybe Yahweh has a calling on your life and has chosen you to go and speak to the leaders of our nation to effect a change in the government but how will you ever receive His mantle of power if you continue on with your shenanigans?

I was at a place walking through thick engulfing darkness, there was no light but I was singing the hymn entitled, Trust and Obey; humbly I knelt in prayer and repented for getting off the Potter’s Wheel and for trying to follow God’s plan but was doing it my way!  Is it possible that you and I have become like the men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem in verse (12) who lost all hope?  Have we become presumptuous enough to tell the Potter, we will make our own devices?  Have we imagined evil things in our hearts and dare walk through it?  I reiterate, stop your shenanigans and stay on the Potter’s Wheel!

Closed Session

a figurine of the lady justice on the table of a judge

In the Judge’s Chambers during a closed session the plaintiff would state his or her grievance to have the defendant, who would have to be present, bound over to keep the peace and to stay away from the plaintiff.  This is a desperate move and many times it is done out of fear for one’s safety.  The Word is speaking from the book of Job chapter one beginning at (6)”Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them.” (7)”And the LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?”  So Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.” This was a closed session; no one else was privy to this.  God issued Satan a challenge in (8)”Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”  It is of utmost importance to listen to Satan’s reply in this closed session, (10)”Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side?  You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.”  Satan continued (11)”But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to your face!” Do you see how cleverly Satan brought charges against Job?  But Abba Father had so much faith in Job that He actually gave Satan permission to launch an attack on Job with only one restriction  and that was he could not take away his life. (12)”And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.”  So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.”

Where ever you are on your journey it may seem as if you are being stalked and attacked from outside and within but you cannot make an appointment with the Judge to bring charges against the stalker because he cannot be seen with the natural eyes but could it be though that Abba Father is in closed session bragging on you and your faithfulness to Him; and the battle which is raging has everything to do with you continuing to stand firm in your faith?  Take note you could be in closed session and how you react and the words you speak could determine how you come out of it.

Let’s take a closer look at how Job responded to the attacks which was launched against him in closed session.  It is also important to bear in mind too that in one day Job lost everything! (20)”Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped.”  Now read what Job said from (21)”And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there.  The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”   During this most difficult time Job did not challenge God foolishly and unbeknown to Job the closed session was not yet over even though he had just lost all of his children and all of his wealth he was about to lose his health.  For Satan had returned to the closed session to attack Job’s health but what he really wanted was to take away Job’s life but God would not allow him.  Thanks be to Abba Father, Job stood the test and it must have been very painful especially when his wife approached him and told him it would be better for him to just curse God and die.  Still through this entire ordeal Job remained faithful to God.  Yet it must have broken Job’s heart when his three close friends lifted up their eyes when they saw him but could not recognize him because of the condition he was in and so they accused Job of having sin in his life still Job stayed the course and remained faithful to God!  In closed session the ruling was handed down and Job was cleared of all charges; Job had to do something for his friends who had accused him for God was very angry with them.  It is very important for you to have a forgiving heart toward those who assassinate your character and do evil abominable things to you.  Pray for them like Job so that God will turn it around in your favour. Job chapter forty-two tells of Job’s restoration, (10)”And the LORD restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends.  Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.”  Get this; Abba Father even gave Job seven sons and three of the most beautiful daughters in all the land not only that God allowed Job to live to be one hundred and forty years of age, seeing four generations!

The Judge’s ruling may not have been in your favour because of the clever lies of the plaintiff but Yahweh is divinely intervening on your behalf in closed session and like Job if you remain faithful and obedient you will come out stronger and wiser!  I hear it resounding stay the course, you are in closed session begin at this very moment to state your case as if you are in the Judge’s chambers and yes, you may be desperate but you do not have to fear for you are in the Court of Heaven and Jehovah EL ROI, the God, who sees has already handed down His verdict!  You have been tried and your friends (even family members) have convicted you like Job, now you have been vindicated in closed session!

The Captives Are Being Set Free

man wearing grey shirt standing on elevated surface

One afternoon as I entered the parking lot of a local business establishment, a man positioned himself on the pavement and had decorated a tray with a scrumptious meal, it was as if he was sitting at his dining room table. The reality, this was the man who had cursed me with horrendous words that burned within my ears. My response to avoid any type of confrontation was to leave the area. Abba, Father interrupted my thoughts with instructions, tell this drug addict it is possible for him to get to Heaven before I did. A bit apprehensive about this, I became hesitant but Abba, Father Spoke to me again from the Gospel of Luke chapter 13 verse (30) And behold there are last which shall be first and there are first which shall be last. As the Word of God were spoken out of my mouth. A radiant glow permeated the man’s countenance, and while I drove my car away Abba, Father gave me a revelation of many people who are being held captive but are now being set free. Drug addicts, prostitutes, homosexuals, and lesbians to name a few will get to Heaven before many of us Christians.  Yahweh Himself is healing and delivering them from the trenches of sin. God is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse from all unrighteousness. I was paraphrasing read from the book of 1 John chapter 5 verse (17) All unrighteousness is a sin, and there is a sin not leading to death. God is faithful and just to forgive and to cleanse from all unrighteousness. No more telling lies, stealing, fornication and adultery, no more backbiting, gossiping. Every work of the flesh is being demolished, there will be an increased hunger for the Word of God which shall overtake the land. True revival is being ushered in with a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Your children, who may have caused you sleepless nights are returning home delivered and completely whole. Your spouse who left or abandoned you shall come back, keep a forgiving heart. Salvation, Healing, Deliverance and Restoration is taking place in their lives because Yahweh has stepped in and is setting every Captive person free. Hallelujah! The Captives are being set free.

Jesus told the parable of the lost sheep, and it is relevant today from the Gospel of Matthew chapter 18 verses (10) Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones. For I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. Verse (11) For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.  Verse (12) How think ye? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?  Verse (13) And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep than of the ninety and nine which went astray.  Verse (14) Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. Elizabeth C. Clephane wrote the hymn text entitled:  There were Ninety and nine is so appropriate. “But none of the ransomed ever knew how deep the waters were crossed, nor how dark was the night the Lord passed through ere He found his sheep that was lost. ‘Out in the desert, he heard its cry, sick, helpless, and ready to die, sick and helpless and ready to die. ‘And all through the mountains thunder riven and up from the rocky steep, there arose a glad cry to the gate of Heaven, “Rejoice! I have found my sheep! And the angels echoed around the throne, Rejoice! For the LORD brings back His own! Rejoice! For the Lord brings back His own!

The captives are being set free.  God is working His Mighty works through you, who will yield completely to His perfect plan and purpose. The Gospel of Mark chapter 16 verses (17) And these signs will follow those who believe:  In My name, they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; Verse (18) They will take up serpents; and drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them.  They will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.  Yahweh has given you and I Power over all the Power of the enemy. Luke chapter 10 verse (19) Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Perhaps if you have not taken your rightful place in Christ, you too are being held captive without realizing it. The Apostle Paul wrote in his Epistle of Ephesians chapter 2 verse (6) And raised us up together, and made us sit together in the Heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” As I close:  Always be mindful of this fact, you (me too) have Power and Authority when seated in Jesus Christ, therefore, make a decision to renew your mind daily and put on the mind of Christ through the Word of God.  The Captives are Being Set Free!