Beneath the Waters (A Christian’s analysis of the Iceberg analogy)

According to Freud, the mind is like an iceberg, was he right in saying this?  I believe so.  Although icebergs are magnificent and eerily beautiful to behold, they are a real threat to sailors/helmsman simply because the majority of the iceberg (4/5ths to 8/9ths) is submerged under inky black waters and as such they have no awareness of just how big or wide the iceberg truly is.  The most important part of the iceberg is that which the helmsman has no awareness of, it is hidden from their physical perception, nevertheless the unknown truth still remains, there is something potentially destructive beneath the waters.

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Beneath the Waters (A Christian’s analysis of the Iceberg analogy).

Linking up with Rhoda @ Living to please God.

Shall He find faith on the earth?

I lay awake early one morning pondering the words of a dear friend, she writes:

So many people I know and care for are going through some very trying times… everything… that can be stretched, tested and tried seems to be getting the full force in recent months and years.

As I lie here I can’t help but nod my head in agreement, things seem to be getting tougher and harder across the board but I see this trend most especially amongst God’s Children.  Alongside this trend, is the obvious desire to escape from it all, to find a way out from all this hurt, pain and coldness that seems to be becoming second nature within the world.  Unfortunately Christians are not exempt from this either and I see this most clearly in the rise of prosperity teaching which teaches people to have it all now, and the consequence of this is greater coldness, self-centredness and materialism which slowly causes the individual to break out of the sheltering wing of the LORD and become firmly rooted in the world.  So now we see a world in pain, straining under the weight of living and its people frantically looking for any way to ease the load and to shift the burden, how far do you think mankind will go to make themselves comfortable?  What does the Bible say?

I have never been one that has clearly understood eschatology (the study of the end times) but I have always possessed an understanding that things will get increasingly hard and that there will be a time of great tribulation, so I am shocked when I hear Christians brothers and sisters say that they will not be affected by any of this because Jesus (Yeshua) will come and rapture them out.  Is this really and truly what the Bible teaches us?  Matthew 24 covers the signs of the end in some depth, Yeshua said:

9Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.  And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.  And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Verses 9-13.

What can we see here? A few things:

  • Betrayal, who is doing the betraying?  I sincerely believe that betrayal will come within the body of Christ, when things get too hard there will be people who will choose to save their own life and turn against their spiritual family.  We have seen this occur previously in history, and we should not be surprised that human nature should repeat itself.
  • Mass deception and the rise of false prophets.   Who will we be more inclined to listen to someone who tells us that we don’t have to suffer anymore, that we can have all we want now or a distant God who wants us to suffer the worst tribulation in all history (verse 21)?
  • Coldness and hatred, the hearts of men will turn cold, there will be no love left to give only a desire to take and survive, but Yeshua says: “but he that endures unto the end, the same shall be saved.”  Ahhh, we see that word ‘endurance’, God tells us that living in the world during these times will be something that we will have to endure until the end, there is no ‘get out now’ button.

There has been a proliferation of end times movies which show the Body of Christ being ‘raptured out’ before things get too scary and too traumatic, this reminds me of memories of childhood where when a horror movie would come on the television, I would simultaneously hide behind the sofa and peek over it to see what was going on.  I feel that Christians are now watching the world, behind the sofa (safety net of the rapture), scared of what the Bible says the future will hold and using the concept of a pre-tribulation rapture as a safety net.  Is this true, will we really not have to go through the tribulation at all?  What does the Bible say?

Yeshua said:

“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”

 verse 22

Who are God’s elect, God’s chosen ones, if not those who faithfully confess and hold on to the commandments of God and the testimony of Christ?  Yes it’s true, God’s people will still be here on earth during the time of the great tribulation.

But does this mean that the rapture will not occur at all?  No. if the rapture refers to the catching up of God’s people to meet Him (Yeshua) in the air, this is a biblical truth (verses 31, 40 and 41).  But this event occurs after the tribulation, not before and not during it:

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Verse 29-31

Why am I writing all of this and what do I hope to achieve?

I am writing this in love, because I see the signs spoken of in Matthew 24, not just wars, earthquakes and famines but those more subtle signs which are taking place within the heart of mankind.  People are not only getting colder, darker and more desperate, but people are becoming more and more afraid as the world seems to break down all around them.  Does God want us to live in fear?  No!  Yeshua said that when we see all these things that we should look UP because our salvation (He, Yeshua means salvation) draws near.  If you read my post on the Last Trump, you will recognise that it focuses on the second coming of the Messiah and reminds us to be soul-ready for His arrival.  Am I really there yet, are you?

Chapter 24 ends with stark warnings to His people:

  • will we allow the deceiver to break into our house and steal our salvation from us while we are too busy in the world (verse 43)?
  • Will we grow tired of waiting and frustrated with the trials of life, that we begin to mistreat one another and become more and more like those in the world (verses 48-49)?

The Lord says that the recompense for the world will be very, very heavy because He will avenge His elect (Luke 18: 8).  When the Son of Man returns, shall He find faith left on the earth?  How is your faith today, shaky, barely visible?  We must be strengthened in our faith in order to be amongst those who do still have faith, no matter how little when our Messiah returns.  And I sincerely believe that all this stretching, testing and trying that my friend spoke of is God’s way of saying to us: I love you so much that I’m making you go through this now so that your faith is strong enough for the time to come ahead.  No my dear friends, it’s not easy, none of our spiritual ancestors had it easy, why do we expect any less for ourselves, does God rate us any higher than He did His prophets?  Please as Yeshua said, let us learn our lesson from the fig tree (verse 32) and be ready, let us not rely on false glimpses of hope but instead let us help to build each other up in faith and truth in readiness for the day that our Messiah returns.  Even if we are not alive for His return let us live and die marked in and by faith.

Please share your thoughts, I really am interested in them positive, neutral or negative.

Missing the Last Trump (Second Coming Series)

A few years ago, the Lord led my husband and I to start celebrating the Biblical feasts.  It wasn’t something that we felt we had to do to ensure our salvation but something that we were convicted to do out of love for God and an increasing knowledge of the role of Israel and the Jewish people in the origins of our faith and in prophecy.  Last year, things were quite bad for me health wise, I had been attending a Messianic fellowship at the time so I knew that the fall feasts of Trumpets, Atonement and Booths would soon be upon us.  Even though I had an awareness of this, it was a dulled knowledge that became more and more muted by the worries, stresses and strains of life.

It is an unwritten rule in our relationship that I am the person that keeps tabs of the dates of each individual feast, when it starts and when it ends and which days are rest days.  Although Judaism as a whole tends to use a calculated calendar which predicts where the feasts fall each year, we feel led to use the method of reckoning in the bible which is based on the citing of the new moon month from Israel.  This means that I have to regularly check validated sources online to check when they determine the feast days to be.  Last year it totally slipped my mind.  It wasn’t until my husband asked me what date Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement – 2nd fall feast) would be that I realised that the Fall Feasts had already begun without any knowledge on my part.

At first I felt quite nonchalant (I have to be honest) after all Rosh Hashanah only marked the start of the Hebrew civil calendar so I hadn’t really missed much; but slowly a surge of remorse began to flood over me.  I remembered that each biblical feast points towards our saviour in one shape or form and that this very fact meant that this feast was important to God and therefore should be important to me.  I recalled that Rosh Hashanah also named Yom Teruah (Day of Trumpets) was a prophetic feast which marked the second coming of Messiah in glory ready for Judgement over the earth (Matthew 24: 29-31):

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

With the understanding of exactly what the Day of Trumpets signified came a wave of guilt, and I began to berate myself over and over, how could I miss this feast day, any feast day?  And then I heard the voice of the Holy Spirit speak over my inner turmoil and say to me, “Be thankful you did not miss the real thing!”  I can tell you that those words really arrested me; it was sad and unfortunate that I had missed the Feast of Trumpets, and I made a concerted effort to celebrate the remaining feasts, but I was extremely glad, grateful and thankful that I had not missed the real Trumpet call!

Yom Teruah - The Last Trump
Yom Teruah - The Last Trump

I learnt two things from this whole experience:

  1. That I really shouldn’t allow the worries of life get in the way of my salvation, no matter how stressed and anxious I am or how overwhelming and difficult life gets that I should always be spiritually awake and not become dulled to the reality that Christ will return again and that I should be ready.
  2. That we can also be seemingly upright on the outside, going to church, celebrating the biblical feast days and generally doing “good works” without being soul ready for the second coming.

This really made me think about how ready we are as Believers for the second coming of our Lord, I truly believe that many of us as it stands fall into the category of either being too numb and uncaring of our faith and our daily walk because we place most of our time and energy on the cares of this world and as such are in danger of not recognising the signs of His return.  Whilst others are too focused on their own righteousness, and the pride of their own works that they no longer look outside of them to take time to look around and see that they have come off the narrow road that leads to salvation.  We need to earnestly pray against the spirit of pride, fear and idolatry which is present in both of these scenarios.  Let us pray:

Abba Father,

Your word says that we do not know the hour of Your return and that only You know but that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up and so You call us to be ready and alert so that we are not caught off guard too.

Lord God, I pray for your people that we will let neither the worries of this age or the deceit and wickedness of pride from preventing us for preparing ourselves for your return.  Lord, make us soul-ready for your second coming whenever it shall be.

In Yeshua’s name I pray.

If you would like to find out more about the significance of the Feasts of Trumpets for Christians here is a great article.

Note:  a special thank you to everyone that helped me to spread the word of the free kindle booklet download, the last time I checked on Sunday, 29th January there had been 95 downloads, which was only 5 away from the 100 that I was aiming towards!

Urgent request – Free Kindle Booklet Download

Dear friends,

one of my goals for 2012 is to develop the Ministry that the Lord has placed in my heart, I have recently published the first I hope of many ministry booklets on Amazon Kindle and this weekend they are available for free!  I am trying to spread the word to as many people as possible as I am aiming to acheive 100 downloads.  You can help me to meet this goal by downloading the booklet and by telling others about this opportunity, I hope to make this offer available again in February (as Kindle gives 5 days of free promotion for Select subscribers) but I say, why wait?

The best thing about Kindle ebooks is that you don’t need an actual Kindle to read them, you can read them on your computer/laptop, Android phone, ipad or iphone all you have to do is download the necessary software via the Kindle website.

In a nutshell, the booklet contains poems, meditations and reflections on healing, health and wellness from the perspective of Christians who are seeking God’s healing touch in all areas of their life.  I know from feedback that many people have been blessed just by reading it and have had a mini dose of healing along the way.  If you are going through any type of health/healing crisis spiritual, emotional, mental  or physical I am sure that you will find something within the pages that not only encourages but supports and speaks to you were you are at now. Or, maybe you know someone who is broken, waivering in their faith or struggling on the journey, I know that this booklet will also be a great encouragement to them to know that they are not alone in their experiences and that God also has spoken to and is very much present in the lives of people in similar circumstances.

The Free download window is between 12.00am (midnight) Pacific Standard Time Saturday the 28th January to 11:59pm PST January 29th of January.  Please download a copy yourself and please tell others about it too (affiliate link).  You can also find more about the ministry by visiting the On the Road to Healing website.

I am also looking for contributors for the next edition of the booklet, to be released in early March so if you have have experienced God’s healing touch in your life in any way and would like to give a testimony or share a lesson you learnt in a reflection, meditation or poem than I would love to hear from you.  Or if you have experience of working with hurting Christians in any shape or form and you feel you could offer encouragement in the form of a prayer, reflection or hints and tips please get in touch with me.  I would like the focus of the next booklet to be on faith and the faith journey so anything related to this area would be greatly appreciated.

Remember, I am trying to acheive 100 downloads, so please download and pass on the information to others who you feel will be blessed.

Blessings in Messiah

Versatile and Blessed Blogger Awards

Versatile blogger and Blessed Blogger Awards

January has already been a month of highs and lows, but I know that even in those moments of grey God is preparing a technicolour blessing for me just around the corner. One of these blessings arrived in the form of a nomination for the versatile blogger award by Martha L Shaw from In Love with the Lord, which I am extremely thankful for particularly because it was so… unexpected. I have been thinking quite a bit about how much I actually enjoy blogging and being part of the blogging community, I feel that it is another avenue of catharsis for me and in addition it has provided me with the opportunity to meet so many new people who I already love in Messiah and admire greatly. Even though I personally don’t really think that I am a versatile blogger, I do hope that my blog has been a blessing to others and this led me to think about each one of you that has blessed me in so many ways. I know that part of receiving this award is to nominate a set number of other bloggers who I believe are versatile bloggers but to be honest, I’m not so much interested in versatility but as to how much I’ve received just by allowing me to be a part of your blog life.

So in addition to nominating the following bloggers for the versatile blogger awards, I would also like to award you with the Blessed Blogger badge simply because you bless me.

Versatile Blogger Award

Nominees and awards for Versatile (Blessed) Bloggers (NB: I know there are rules for nominating people, but I’m changing the rules a bit to make it optional for you to nominate others or write about yourself if you so wish – I don’t believe in chains etc.) Continue reading Versatile and Blessed Blogger Awards

Commitment and Covenant: Covenant Healing

Commitment and Covenant: covenant healing

The last few days have been very difficult for me in so many ways, sometimes I’ve wanted to step out and do something when God has told me to leave it, let go and trust Him, at other times I’ve wanted to just give up because all the waiting and the hoping seems so futile against the agony of reality.  But there is something that keeps me on the path that God has laid out for me and that is His promise to me and my acceptance of that promise; He has whispered something into the depths of my heart a promise of something to come and in return I am asked to follow Him and stay on that path and He will lead me there.  I have desired this thing for so long, but it’s never been something I’ve been committed to work for, it has always been like a hazy dream somewhere in the distance, something that could or would happen when all the broken pieces of my life were made whole, so why now?  What has caused the haziness to solidify into something more substantial, more real that causes me to step out in faith and obey?  Two things, He has given His word and I have accepted it. Continue reading Commitment and Covenant: Covenant Healing

Perseverance and commitment

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I find it funny that when God gives you a word such as perseverance that relates to building up a godly characteristic, He really makes you earn your stripes.  Since this word was given to me things seem much more difficult and challenging in the areas I know I need to persevere in.  But whoever heard of perseverance being easy right?  The truth is that you can’t build a godly characteristic on ease or simplicity.  I understand that God is challenging me in order to build and equip me because, to persevere means courage, strength, trust, faith and letting go, all areas that I know I struggle with.

Continue reading Perseverance and commitment

Ministry article published

I guess perseverance does pay off as an article I wrote late last year on the Health and wellbeing ministry God placed in my heart to set up  has just been published online…

This gives me extra motivation to stand firm in the work God has given me.

This week I’m linking up with Rhoda for the Friday UK fellowship

Perseverance

My keyword for 2012 is ‘perseverance’, I didn’t so much choose this word but accept it as something that I know God wants me to excel in this year. You see, I’m the kind of person that thinks BIG thoughts and then runs full steam ahead with them, but although this has proved beneficial in that I have learnt many new skills, the downside is that once the initial spark for the idea disappears so does any energy and motivation I have to follow it through. Since I left permanent employ in 2009 I have started a number of projects and business ideas, all with fantastic goals but when things got tough as they inevitably do, I began to lose motivation to continue until finally I would give up. I can’t even begin to tell you how many websites that I have created and how many domain names I have purchased for every ‘great idea’ I’ve had, really it’s ridiculous!

But at the end of last year and leading into 2012 I felt God firmly telling me that I needed to persevere in the work that I held in my hand right now and that it really didn’t matter if things looked bleak and forlorn on the outside that I must: Continue reading Perseverance

A Prayer of Spirit and of Faith – part 2 (Yeshua)

In the first part of this post I wrote about the importance of having a strong prayer life but with a particular emphasis on praying in spirit and in faith.  There are many forms of prayer which is evident within the Bible, from the Lord’s prayer to Hannah’s soul cry, but sometimes we really do need to pray as if we are fighting in a battle and that’s because we are!  As I mentioned previously I’m not too keen on casting and binding any which way, I feel that sometimes God wants us to go through a certain situation to strengthen us so it doesn’t matter how much we cast or bind as God’s will is much, much, much greater than our own.  However, I do believe that there is a way to pray effectively against the enemy whilst acknowledging God’s will and superiority in all things and a great framework for such a prayer is psalm 118.

Each morning I pray psalm 118 in addition to my normal prayers, I love the power behind the words but I also love the simplicity and elegance of the heart shown behind the words.  I think that this is a really powerful prayer that tells a story of a soldier on the battlefield surrounded by a multitude of enemies who remembers that he has a God who loves him and fights on his behalf.  The words of this psalm shows that David knows that God is on his side and that he can and will defeat his enemy because of this simple truth.  Next you see the battle weary soldier, walk up to the temple gates, through the gates is protection, safety, deliverance, rest, peace and so on… I have adapted the psalm for my own personal battle and it fills me with so much strength whenever I pray it.  I hope that it does the same for you  too.

Shalom

Psalm 118

O give thanks unto YHVH; for He is good: because His mercy (love) endures forever. Let His people now say, that His mercy endures for ever.
Let His children now say, that His mercy endures forever.
Let them now that love and fear YHVH say, that His mercy endures for ever.

I called upon You YHVH in distress: You answered me, and set me in a large place.  You are on my side; I will not fear: what can the enemy do unto me?  You take my side along with those that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon those that hate me.

It is better to trust in You O YAH than to put confidence in man. 
It is better to trust in You O than to put confidence in mighty things.

The enemy has compassed me about: but in Your name YHVH will I destroy them. They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of YHVH I will destroy them.  They compassed me about like bees: but they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in Your name O YAH I will destroy them.

You (the enemy) have thrust sore at me that I might fall: but YAH has helped me. YHVH is my strength and song, and is become Yeshuati (my salvation). The voice of rejoicing and Yeshua (salvation) is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the YHVH does valiantly.  The right hand of the YHVH is exalted: the right hand of the YHVH does valiantly.

I shall not die or remain in sickness but live in health and wellness declaring the works of YHVH.

You have chastened me severely: but You have not given me over unto death or to illness. (He has not alloted this to me as my portion).

Open to me the gates of righteousness so that I will go into them, and praise You: This gate of the LORD, through which the righteous shall enter (Yeshua, Jesus is the gate (John 10:9) and this gate is now open to all who believe in and trust in Him bringing salvation to those who love and fear Him, so I will praise Him now!)

I will praise You: for You have heard me, and have become Yeshuati (my salvation – the One who Saves!).

The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.  (The people of this world tell me that prayer and faith will not help me but I know that my healing is built on this stone, this Rock of Ages).  This is YHVH’s doing and it is marvellous in me eyes. This is the day which the LORD has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.

Save now, I beseech thee, O YAH: O YAH, I beseech thee, send now prosperity (health, healing and wellness).

Blessed is He that comes in the name of YHVH: we have blessed you out of the house of YHVH.  God is YHVH who has shown us light (or) bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.

You are Eli (my God) and I will praise You: You are my God, I will exalt You.
O give thanks unto YHVH; for He is good: for His mercy endures forever.

Amen.

Join me this week as I link up with Rhoda @ Living to please God.