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Holiday Attitudes, revisited !

This message is one I posted last year about this time. It is one of those classics and bares worthy of a repeat. I realized it more so this morning as I was standing in line at Wally-world and people started fussing because of others trying to jump in ahead of those who had been standing for a couple of hours to get in the store. WOW ! What a time for HIS Light to shine ! Anyway, read it and enjoy these days;

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I have spent probably 60% of my adult life working in the public in retail Management. Christmas was always ” The Make It or Break It ” time of year and pressure was always there to “Make It”. You know, “MONEY”!

People start going through the “Hustle and Bustle” of the Holidays and the next thing you know, “ATTITUDES” come along. Tempers flare. I think you get the picture. For a lot of people, the joy is overshadowed by the commercialization of what should be ” Happy Holidays ” or ” Merry Christmas”

For us who consider Ourselves in the Body of Christ, we find ourselves not always immune from this phenomena of “ATTITUDES”.

So what kind of witness is it that we are walking around in during this time of year.

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Revelations 12: 10And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

 11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

 12Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

We, who confess Jesus as Lord of our life, have already overcome satan and all that the “world system” can throw at us , by letting Jesus be our Lord. SO, we have a lot to be “Thankful” for during Thanksgiving. As well as, every other day of the year.

My question is concerning your “testimony”. When we are out in the world, especially over the next few weeks, will our testimony be of “good report” or will it get mixed up with the things of the world and become of “bad report”. Will “anger” override “Love” from you during this time of year? Will “worry” override “trust” in the Lord? Will “sadness and loneliness” triumph over “Joy and Gladness” for all of the “Goodness and Grace” from God the Father?

What will be the report of your “testimony” this Christmas and Holiday season? Are you an overcomer of the world or have you been overcome by the world?

If you are a “Born Again” child of God, then your report should be good and you should be joyous in all things!

If you have not given your life to Christ Jesus, then I invite you to do so. Find a “Born Again” child of God and tell them of your desire to quit living under the guilt and condemnation of the world.

Romans 12:1&2 , tells us to “present ourselves to God as a living sacrifice”, which is an ongoing process that may take the rest of your natural life here on earth. It is a process that daily we come face to face with those things we have to ” Deal With”. Those “Issues” that we wish would go away. We have to let God reveal to us, through the Holy Spirit, all of the junk, “The ATTITUDES” we have, the”anger” we have deep in us , whatever it is that comes between us and God, We have to let Him show us and help us sacrifice those things in order to lead a life of an “OVERCOMER”.

We have to not “Be conformed” to the ways of the world. We have to get rid of that old “stinkin’ thinking” and have the “Renewed Mind of Christ”.

This Christmas season, dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, be a blessing to everyone you come in contact with. Share with them the best Christmas present that they could ever get.

Let you ”Testimony” be of the “Good News”!

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Prophetic word from Kay Arthur in June 2008. UPDATED !!!

Email from Beth Moore

Dear Ones,


On June 27th and 28th I attended a conference in Atlanta called Deeper Still. I was one of three speakers the others being Kay Arthur and Priscilla Shirer. I looked forward to a special time of worship and having God convict me of my sins and lead me to areas in my life where I need to change. I have been to similar conferences for years, although none this large and with so many well-known speakers. There were over 20,000 women in attendance at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta – they said it was the largest crowd ever.I had an idea of what to expect from the conference, but nothing prepared me for what actually happened. I feel led to share my experience with family and friends. This is important, so stay with me!When Kay Arthur took the stage you could just tell that her spirit was heavy and there was a certain ‘heaviness’ in the atmosphere even before she started to speak. She said that she had been literally physically sick to have to bring us this message and right out the gate she said, ‘We are in grave danger.’ She said that God had revealed to her that a literal famine is coming to America .. Physical, not spiritual. She said that God is moving in judgment against our nation. I know I can’t describe this well enough, but the atmosphere was om inous.Kay is a seasoned speaker and she had to BATTLE to get through her message. She stumbled over scriptures and had an extremely difficult time. At times I was almost expecting her to collapse. At one point she just had to stop and pray. There was no person, myself included, that I could see who did not have tears streaming down their faces. As you may know, Kay Arthur is normally a very confident, composed speaker, but she was literally in a spiritual battle and it was taking place right before my eyes. I have never seen anything like it.

She went on to give 7 things that Christians must do during this time and I am going to give those to you now:

1. Return to God. Jeremiah 4:3 – Break up the fallow ground – return to Me. Repent. Get on your face before God and ask him to break your heart with the things that break His heart.

2. Mourn. Jeremiah 9:17-18 and Ezekiel 9 – It is time to weep because our
nation’s sin is incredible.

3. Pray. Jeremiah 36:7 – Pray fervently, passionately for America .

4. Love God’s Word. Jeremiah 20 – You MUST love the Word of God and be in the Word of God. I was particularly convicted here because I know I have not been as deeply in His Word as I need to be. She said we must get serious about this.
5. Love others as Jesus loved them. Jeremiah 31:3 and John 13:34.

6. Introduce people to Jesus Christ. It’s time to get serious about this. This is no time for timidity. Jeremiah 31:31; Jeremiah 33:1-9, 15, 17.

7. Rest. If you will do these things, then rest in the fact that you have done God’s will. She said that it is going to be vitally important for us to get enough physical rest. She went on to say that God has not given us a spirit of fear and that if we are obedient to Him, we will be protected. She said to read Ezekiel 14 over and over until you understand it. This is what God will do if a country turns against Him. She said that this is going to be a calamity (she used the word calamity in such a way that you knew this is going to be no small thing for our country), and gave many more scripture references, but what I have given you are the main points that s he made.

I hope you know that I would not have sent this to you if I had not been profoundly affected by it and feel it is of great importance to share it. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you will do with this information what you feel led by God to do.

Love in Christ Jesus, Beth

After I got this email and posted this “word”, I was made aware that this wasn’t exactly what had been said. For that I am sorry. After you click the link below to Kay Arthur’s site, read her response, it would still be wise for us to consider this “word”, at least from the teaching aspect of it. A word such as this one from someone outside of the regular “Prophetic Network” should not be dismissed. WAKE UP AMERICA! Here is the link :

http://www.precept.org/site/PageServer?pagename=gen_AmericaAtTheCrossroads&gclid=CP6ksqKakZcCFQpknAodFHBpBA

GOD is speaking !!

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Persecution of The Body, here in the U.S. !

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Of course the liberal media in California tries to say that the “Chistians” are stirring up trouble.

Visit these links, watch the videos and prepare yourself for what IS GOING TO HAPPEN in your hometown, wherever you are at , sometime in the near future.

 {1}  http://www.hispowerportal.com/video/elijahjezebel-showdown-by-lou

{2}  http://www.ktvu.com/news/17986914/detail.html

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YWAM ! More persecution.

praying-handsThis is a request for prayer for YWAM missionaries and their churches in Orissa , India .  The request came from Mable Hurst, an associate of HCJB Global. 

 

Please read and make this a matter of urgent prayer.

 

 

 Dear beloved sponsors and friends of Good News India ,

 

We have never seen anything like this. We knew that Orissa was the most resistant and hostile State in India as far as the Gospel is concerned. In addition, we brushed off the continuous threats and harassment we faced as we went about His work. However, none of our staff imagined that they would see this kind of carnage….. Moreover, it seems to be totally under the radar of the Western Media ….. Let me explain…. A militant Hindu priest and 4 of his attendants, who were zealously going around the villages of Orissa and  reconverting’ people back to Hinduism, were gunned down by unknown assailants in Central Orissa last weekend. Immediately the Christians were blamed. The cry rose up…’Kill the Christians!’ Then horror began….

 

In the past 4 days, we have first hand witness to hundreds of churches being blown up or burned and many, many dozens of Christian tribal s have been slaughtered. For no other reason than they bear the name of Christ. Night and day I have been in touch with our Good News India Directors spread across 14 Dream Centers in Orissa… they are right in the middle of all this chaos. In Tihidi, just after the police came to offer protection, a group of 70 blood-thirsty militants came to kill our staff and destroy the home. They were not allowed to get in, but they did a lot of damage to our Dream Center by throwing rocks and bricks and smashing our gate, etc.

 

They have promised to come back and ‘finish the job.’ Our kids and staff are locked inside and have stayed that way with doors and windows shut for the past 3 days. It has been a time of desperately calling on the Lord in prayer. More police have come to offer protection.  In Kalahandi, the police and some local sympathizers got to our dream center and gave our staff and kids about 3 minutes notice to vacate. No one had time to even grab a change of clothes or any personal belonging. As they fled, the blood thirsty mob came to kill everyone in the building. We would have had a mass funeral there, but for His grace. In Phulbani, the mob came looking for Christian homes and missions. The local Hindu people, our neighbors turned them away by saying that there were no Christians in this area. Therefore, they left.  We had favor. The same thing happened in Balasore. All our dream centers are under lock down with the kids and staff huddled inside and police outside. The fanatics are circling outside waiting for a chance to kill. Others were not so fortunate. In a nearby Catholic orphanage, the mob allowed the kids to leave, locked up a Priest and a computer teacher in the house, and burned them to death. Many believers have been killed and hacked into pieces and left on the road…. even women and children. At another orphanage run by another organization, when this began, the Director, and his wife jumped on their motorbike and simply fled, leaving all the children and staff behind. Every one of our GNI directors that I have spoken to said:

‘We stay with our kids….we live together or die together, but we will never abandon what God has called us to do.’

 

More than 5000 Christian families have had their homes burned or destroyed. They have fled into the jungles and are living in great fear waiting for the authorities to bring about peace. However, so far, no peace is foreseen. This will continue for another 10 days…..supposedly the 14 day mourning period for the slain Hindu priest. Many more Christians will die and their houses destroyed. Many more churches will be smashed down. The Federal government is trying to restore order and perhaps things will calm down. We ask for your prayers. Only the Hand of God can calm this storm. None of us knows the meaning of persecution. Now our kids and staff know what that means. So many of our kids coming from Hindu backgrounds are confused and totally bewildered at what is happening around them. So many of their guardians have fled into the jungles and are unable to come and get them during these trying times. Through all this, I am more determined than ever to continue with our goal: the transformation of a community by transforming its children. Orissa will be saved… that is our heart’s cry. If we can take these thousands of throw-away children and help them to become disciples of Jesus, they will transform an entire region. It is a long term goal, but it is strategic thinking in terms of the Great Commission.

 

What can you do? First, please uphold all this in fervent prayer. Second, pass this e-mail on to as many friends as you can. We must get the word out and increase our prayer base for this is spiritual warfare at its most basic meaning. We are literally fighting the devil in order to live for His Kingdom. The next 10 days are crucial.  We pray for peace and calm to pervade across Orissa.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Please pass it on and help us to get as many people to partner with us on this cutting edge effort to fulfill His mandate: Go and make disciples of all nations…. Prayer works!

 

 

Blessings, Chip & Sandy Wanner 

Col 2:2 MBI Team

Facilitators to YWAM frontlines

 

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