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Only what's done for Christ will last."

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Time is Late

I went to the Renaissance Festival in Shakopee last Saturday with my friend and our two youngest daughters. Her daughter, and my daughter. I just realized that you have to be specific these days. What was once assumed is no longer so.

The girls dressed in costume. My friend and I wore our mom uniforms: jeans and tops.

It was muddy and cloudy, a rain had soaked the ground earlier in the morning. Still, crowds turned out, and long skirts soaked up the dirt and feet got brown with the clay of the gravel that this event sits on.

I auditioned for a role at the Renaissance Festival 30 years ago, when it was just beginning. As a conservative Christian I didn't really fit in, and when it became clear that I'd be expected to camp out all weekend with lechers I backed out.

Still, I attended the Festival then, and enjoyed the costumed finery and the pretend history, the madrigals and the food.

It was time to go again, after 30 years. And bring Cherie, who is, as you know, a devout LOTR fan.

Yes, there were indications of other LOTR fans present at this affair. The Tree of Gondor decorated many a cloak.

But I saw much more.

First of all, this event is the PERFECT spot to try out a new gender.

I was surprised by how many wenches spoke in masculine voice. Likewise, young knights had the voices of maidens. You needed to engage in conversation to detect an anomaly, but since I did that regularly all day I was amazed at the prevalence.

Also remarkable was the Lack of costume. Wenches  (?) advertised their busts and midriffs. Openly.

The shops all had pentagrams, hexagrams, trees, amulets of darkness and dark healing. Incense, elf ears, horns were for sale.

So many people were wearing horns it was truly creepy. Baphomets? Goats of Mendes? Jebaalon?

A dragon with big blue eyes and black horns (dragons have horns, I guess) beguiled small tots into his/her arms for photo ops.

There were psychics and "priests," jugglers and jousters.

The architecture was nice.

But there was something spiritually dark over the entire place. Oppressive darkness.

I could sense it, and I think there was something freakish happening in the invisible world. I had several characters come up to me, and engage----as these actors are wont to do, but there were some other bizarre encounters that I cannot explain. Perhaps they were demonic.

Maybe my "aura" indicated something---? I had to wonder.

People who do not believe in the supernatural are completely clueless to the spiritual warfare that goes on all around. I was most definitely on enemy turf last Saturday and I could feel it.

And so could they.

"Why is everyone talking to you!?" my friend said, "You're freaking me out!"

Engage? Pray.

The time is late. We are seeing the manifestation of demonic entities in people---but also in other ways.

The next day I went to Jan Markell's last class on prophecy in Eden Prairie.

The hour is late. There is a convergence of many prophetic signs.

Here are a few:

Russia/Iran/Turkey alliance (Ezekiel)
Earthquakes (large ones)
Disease and unheard of destruction (Fukushima Pacific Ocean contamination)
The sun and its changes---Wormwood/Niburu/Planet X on the way?
Astonomical signs (the age of Aquarius) are indications of change
Unprecedented "500 year" floods
Economic uncertainty (the banks---who runs them? Are they sustainable with the current economic situation worldwide?)
World population, poverty, famine, war
Demonic activity

These are the things I watch.
Jan pointed out that the easiest "crown" to get from the Lord is the one for "watching."

I'm getting that one.  I've been watching my whole life, and I'm going to continue.

The "Bema" seat is a seat of judgment for believers. Good, and bad. Our works will be set out before us and rewards will be meted out.

This is NOT the great white throne judgment, where believers will be separated from unbelievers. Remember, the world is condemned already. It's going down in a fiery blaze.

But after that, or perhaps during that bridal feast after the Rapture of the Church, there is this time of reckoning with the Lord. Crowns are given out, rewards.

Perhaps there will be some type of admonishment. That isn't theologically clear, though some would say our sins will be no more---therefore nothing negative could come back to haunt you.

I'm not so sure about this. The Bible supports both sides. It's up for debate. Just to be sure I want to live a life of righteousness, and confess my sins, repenting of those things that displease the Most High God.

As a believer I need to go to the cross daily---I'm saved. I know that. But I need to live a disciplined life of holiness, sanctification, and that is a daily grind.

It gets easier when the Holy Spirit gives the power, and I've spent time in the Word and prayer.

It's easier when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, and your spiritual eyes have been opened. Your spiritual ears can hear.

Don't kid  yourself. If there is sin in your life you must question your salvation.

"Work out your salvation with fear and trembling."

The Holy Spirit convicts of your sin, and if you think you are "A-Okay" you're probably not.

You have a human nature, and it can really mess you up. Even daily.

Have you taken on the New Man? The Spiritual Man? The New Nature?
That will be indicated by your life, your "fruit," your behavior.

If you are living in sin your "new nature" is questionable.

Better work that out. Repent TODAY!

Time is short.

I'm watching, and I think the Lord comes soon. I've been watching for years. Last fall, on the Day of Atonement, I was so excited for what was going on in the world----anticipating huge changes that are foretold.

We are on the fast track now.

Live each day as unto the LORD. Do good. Feed the poor, visit the sick, visit those in prison. Take care of the widows and the orphans! Help and serve each other. Learn to be the servant of all, as Jesus was. Learn of Him.

Tell the GOOD NEWS to all. Preach the Gospel. Lead people to salvation.

Worship the Most High with your whole being, and in all that you do.

You know what to do. Now do it.

And don't forget your armor. Ephesians 6. You're going to need it.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Titus 1:15-16

Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. Titus 1:15‭-‬16 KJV http://bible.com/1/tit.1.15-16.KJV

Thursday, August 18, 2016

It's About Sin

Sorry, my faithful readers. I've been distracted from my writing lately.

Dear children have been visiting, recovery from travels, and preparing for the upcoming school season have taken my time.

I've been mulling over this subject of sin, too.

The past three weeks the Pokemon craze has gripped our area. Creepy. Discussion on Facebook and generally has revealed deep seated beliefs about the game that are worth defining for me.

It boils down to the verse from 1Corinthians, chapter 10.

Verse 23: "All things are lawful for me, but not all things edify."

But we all agree that some things are simply sin. Paul agrees. Read Romans 1.

Here are the main violations, (but not all):

Ignoring God
Ignoring People (Not loving your "neighbor")
Not Honoring the Seventh Day
Not Honoring your Parents
Adultery (all forms of sex outside of M/F monogamous marriage)
Occult/New Age/the system of the Beast

Am I right? If you have issues with this list, I'd point you to the Word of God. I included the "Seven Deadlies" in there because they are the sins of the mind which seed the others.

Now, let's list some of the things of this age that many Christians believe are "lawful."

Addictive Substances
Harry Potter
Lord of the Rings
Contemplative Prayer
Modesty (Define)
Movies----ratings (!)
Computer Games
Essential Oils
Holistic Medicine

I stepped on some toes there, didn't I?

As a believer I have had to analyze EACH one of these subjects in light of my faith. I think every believer should!

You probably have a longer list? Things I forgot?

Are these lawful? Are these innocuous? Are these God-honoring?

I've navigated my way through these things with fear and trepidation, dabbling in some, promoting some, partaking in some. All things are lawful, right?

But as I've experienced these "gray areas" I've discovered something. Not all of these things are beneficial.

Are they neutral?

I don't think they are.

Underlying my faith is the knowledge that Lucifer/Satan is the god of this world, and he is out to destroy. He has power. He has a legion of supernatural beings at his command. The earth is not neutral territory. It belongs to him right now.

Remember how he offered Jesus part of it? He has authority over this beautiful place that God made.

Remember that we are in this world, but as believers, not of it.

I would contend that most of the things listed above are of this world. They are NOT neutral. They are tools of the evil one to ensnare humankind.

Instead of arguing for or against any of these things I would challenge all of us to self examination.

Dear friends, time is short. The devil is manifesting everywhere. We need to focus on Christ Jesus, and Him alone.

It's like that counterfeit money illustration that keeps popping up. In order to know counterfeit money the pros become intimately acquainted with REAL money.

Get into the Word. Meditate on the WORD. Live godly lives----balanced, clean.

We've been reading the little book by Richard Taylor http://self-help-ebook.net/20528-the-disciplined-life-the-mark-of-christian.html this summer. I think it is powerful. Helpful.

When you are living godly lives and you are filled with the Spirit you will have no questions about the above-mentioned issues of this age.

You will know, and the truth will set you free.

So discover for yourself what God thinks about these things. You will. I'm confident. Test the spirits, rebuke the demons, and let the Holy Spirit speak to your conscience.

Don't shut it off. It's so easy to ignore, suppress your God-given conscience. Don't do it.

Live a life of spiritual power. Discipline. Freedom.

We don't have much time left. The Banquet is being prepared above. Jesus is coming for His own Bride, those with oil, the Holy Spirit, believers. You don't want to miss that "Midnight Cry."

Get in the Word today!