During a conversation with a friend I remarked on the
difference between the word allow and the word permit
where the Lord is concerned. I am so blessed as I
ask the Lord to help me understand His ways and
His heart, how faithful He is…..
I have known for years that God does not ‘allow’
sickness, poverty and pain. But He does permit
it because in giving mankind ‘free will’ God limits
Himself as His gifts and callings are without
repentance–so He does not violate His own
Allow means to give full agreement and approval
to something. Permit just means to give permission.
The Lord does not bring sickness to teach us
something, even though He will bring good
out of what the devil means for evil. (Rom 8:28)
What a blessing to understand the heart of God and what
He wants for us….hope this will help you as it has
impacted my life:
Scripture references used;
Genesis 1 & 3 Revelation 4:11 Job 1 & 3
Luke 22:31 Acts 10:38, 39 Psalms 5:4
Ezek 18:23 & 32 Rev 12
We find that Paul tells us in I Corinthians 11 to follow the words of Jesus at the last supper in communion–eating the bread representing His Body and drinking the wine representing His Blood.
I personally love to take communion and I know some teach about taking it unworthily and I agree we need to know what and why we are doing this physical act that connects us to the Supernatural Kingdom of God! So I think it is a good idea to ‘judge’ ourselves (verse 31) as 1 John 1:7 tells us the blood is continually (right now, today) cleansing us from all sin–study of the Greek in that verse tells us it is ongoing–What a thrilling thought–No end to that blessing. Do we have to confess our sins? Why wouldn’t we want to? Just between us and the Holy Spirit….how cool is that!
But the ‘unworthily’ part I believe is more about knowing, recognizing and thanking Jesus for the price He paid with His Body and Blood. “Life is in the Blood” Leviticus 17:11 tells us….however, I just couldn’t understand why Jesus body had to be broken, especially since I knew He had no broken bones? (John 19:36) So as I do all the time I ask the Lord to help me.
Reading a small book on communion the other day, the Holy Spirit interrupted me with “the body carries the authority on the earth” and I put the book down and smiled and thanked Him for such a great word of understanding–the body carries the authority on earth and the blood carries the Life–I began to mediate on that and so much fell into place–here is what it opened to me:
God breathed the breath of life into Adam and Eve that was carried in their blood. (Genesis 1-3)
God gave them authority and dominion in the garden manifesting in their body.
Adam and Eve with their disobedience came into agreement with the Angel Lucifer–Satan. (Genesis 1-3)
We have authority in our bodies today….we control all around us with what we think and do.
The Body of Jesus was broken to crush the authority of man’s fallen nature, and that authority has been given again to man in His resurrected Body of the New Covenant!
Being a part of Christ Jesus–born again believers–we take communion of His broken body in remembrance of Him to heal the broken authority of our physical bodies, and the Blood (wine) that covers, redeems, delivers, protects and heals to confirm our New Covenant. Praise The Lord! (Exodus 12:13; Eph 1:7; Col 1:14; Hebrews 9:22; Rom 3:25)
Lord, lead us from Glory to Glory in all that You have paid for and provided! Amen! and Amen! (2 Cor 3:18)
Pressing in and pressing on…..
Tragedy strikes across the world–with 9 people shot in Church this week in America, and Christians beheaded in the far east…and just as I was working on this the news reported 3 more violent incidents in the world today killing hundreds.
These messages are intended to help understand the dark evil side of the world we live in and how to arm yourself and family against violence….out of a sadden heart and with great faith in God, especially from Luke 10:19 and 2 Timothy 1:7 I respectfully offer these two messages to you:
Blessings and POWER from our Jesus,
If we could only see into the Supernatural….Wow, that would sure change a lot of things….however, knowing Jesus we believe in the Supernatural Eternal that dominates our world and the ‘here-after.’
Lots of things to pray for, especially the families affected by the recent earthquake. However, please allow me to bring something a little closer to our realm. MaryAnne Butler, Vice-President of Blessed Abundance Ministry and friend since 1978, graduated (as my son, Greg would say) to be with the Lord on Mother’s Day, 2015.
This email is to honor her and share the miracles I saw God work in her life. She has been one of my heroes for years because she fought to be rid of an allergy that caused all her skin to itch. She prayed, sought medical doctors, alternative doctors, nutritionists, etc. She would get better, but never completely free…..the hero part is that she could not dye her hair, wear make-up or jewelry, and even some fabrics were irritating….. so the ‘hero’ part is that she never lost faith in Jesus and her attitude was always great! Oh, she had her down times, but her ability to keep on, keeping on was awesome!
We don’t think much about friendship as a ‘miracle’ but it is. The blessings we receive from others, the prayer partnership we share, is part of the Kingdom of God within us, and many lives are changed by our prayer agreement–more than we ever know.
Transition is the word the Lord gave me about the anointing He gave her. As she was continually in the middle of changes in business, relationships or friendships she was praying for smooth transition for all who were involved. And, most of the time the recipients had no idea they were being blessed. Now, how many of us would think of that or even do it (unless of course we were ask to) ?
Last August MaryAnne (she liked MerryAnne) was told she had liver cancer. We all began to pray, she chose to do chemo-therapy. As she went through three attempts to handle this she had to have a ‘pace-maker’ installed in her heart, lost her hair, and was unable to eat very little. She had her down times but still held her faith for healing and prayed for everyone around her. She would stop the technician when he gave her blood transfusions and say, “Wait I have to pray this is the blood of Jesus you are using.” She inspired other patients around her and helped them though their transition as she went through hers.
One night a couple of weeks ago, I watched a episode of NCIS Los Angeles. One of the detectives brought in a huge cactus. At the end of the show as he returned to the office there was a beautiful large white flower on the top of the cactus. That next morning as I prayed for MaryAnne I had a vision of a beautiful tall cactus with a gorgeous white flower at the top and the Lord said to me, “MaryAnne is like this cactus, taking in hurts and pains all her life and now she is like that beautiful flower blessing all who know her.” I shared this with her and she was in tears, it touched her heart–ten days later she was gone. The miracles she was responsible for through her prayers only God knows, and now she may know too. The vision was a miracle, especially since God seemed to use a TV program to set it up.
If there is one word to describe MaryAnne, it would be KIND. She had a few distant relatives however, no children, never having married, she was family to everyone around her, one of the most generous, kindest person ever–and oh, yes she was just a young 67.
Thrilled to think of her in heaven, but sure leaves a hole in our heart–we will all miss her–the world was a better place because of her. And, we will have to pray more to fill the gap because we are now missing a great prayer-warrior!
Pressing in, and on pressing on in her memory…..
I feel it is so important as we honor all Jesus has done for us,
that we also take a look at what it will do for us today!
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Blessings to all….we are so blessed to celebrate this
Easter Holiday as we enjoy the “heart” of it for us
through the Holy Spirit!
Pressing in and pressing on…..