We all are called to prayer… which is unending communion with God!

If we will make the time to pray,

then God will make time to listen!

John 17
Jesus Prays for His Followers

1 After Jesus said these things, he looked toward heaven and prayed, “Father, the time has come. Give glory to your Son so that the Son can give glory to you. 2 You gave the Son power over all people so that the Son could give eternal life to all those you gave him.3 And this is eternal life: that people know you, the only true God, and that they know Jesus Christ, the One you sent.

4 Having finished the work you gave me to do, I brought you glory on earth. 5 And now, Father, give me glory with you; give me the glory I had with you before the world was made.

6 “I showed what you are like to those you gave me from the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me, and they have obeyed your teaching. 7

Now they know that everything you gave me comes from you.8 I gave them the teachings you gave me, and they accepted them. They knew that I truly came from you, and they believed that you sent me.9 I am praying for them.

I am not praying for people in the world but for those you gave me, because they are yours.10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And my glory is shown through them.

11 I am coming to you; I will not stay in the world any longer. But they are still in the world. Holy Father, keep them safe by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they will be one, just as you and I are one.

12 While I was with them, I kept them safe by the power of your name, the name you gave me. I protected them, and only one of them, the one worthy of destruction, was lost so that the Scripture would come true.

13 “I am coming to you now. But I pray these things while I am still in the world so that these followers can have all of my joy in them.

14 I have given them your teaching. And the world has hated them, because they don’t belong to the world, just as I don’t belong to the world.

15 I am not asking you to take them out of the world but to keep them safe from the Evil One.16 They don’t belong to the world, just as I don’t belong to the world.17

Make them ready for your service through your truth; your teaching is truth.18 I have sent them into the world, just as you sent me into the world. 19 For their sake, I am making myself ready to serve so that they can be ready for their service of the truth.

20 “I pray for these followers, but I am also praying for all those who will believe in me because of their teaching.

21 Father, I pray that they can be one. As you are in me and I am in you, I pray that they can also be one in us. Then the world will believe that you sent me.

22 I have given these people the glory that you gave me so that they can be one, just as you and I are one. 23 I will be in them and you will be in me so that they will be completely one. Then the world will know that you sent me and that you loved them just as much as you loved me.

24 “Father, I want these people that you gave me to be with me where I am. I want them to see my glory, which you gave me because you loved me before the world was made.

25 Father, you are the One who is good. The world does not know you, but I know you, and these people know you sent me.

26 I showed them what you are like, and I will show them again. Then they will have the same love that you have for me, and I will live in them.”

It seem to me that prayer is not just talking to God, advising him of our needs, and seeking after our provisions and wants.

Jesus in Matthew 6:25-34, makes it very clear that we are NOT TO WORRY, and we are not to be as the pagans and unbelievers are, who consume their lives and are always preoccupied with such things, as what to wear, what to eat, or where we live; but rather Jesus said for us to FIRST seek the Kingdom of Heaven, and His righteousness; and then ALL of these other things, these necessities of life, will be added unto us.

He goes on to say for us to give our entire attention to what God is doing right now, in this present moment, in what is called today; and for us not to get worked up and fret over tomorrow’s problems; about what may or may not happen tomorrow!

Jesus promises that God will help us deal with whatever hard things come up in our future, when the time comes… and for us to just deal with the present, with what we have on our plate today.

So prayer is what we are created for, because prayer is our having communion with our Creator, unending communion, which can happen only as we learn to abide in Him… even as John records in his Gospel, where Jesus said for us to remain attached to the Vine.

As I understand scripture, I learn that we were created for God’s pleasure, and not the other way around, as the world would have you to believe. The world certainly doesn’t revolve around us; but nevertheless, God has given us, who are in sync with Him, a position of dominion in the earth.

Prayer is also not so much us talking to God, as it is more about our being still and listening for God to speak to us.

All too often, especially in today’s hurried and rushed pace environment, where everyone is rushing to get somewhere, only to turn around and start over tomorrow. That is not what life is to be about.

In fact the Bible teaches that God exists outside of time and space, as we know it.

He made both time and space for our benefit; but eternity is not a long time; but it is the absence of time all together, and space too… as we understand it!

Consequently God ONLY exists in the NOW, and is only available for us to have communion with Him in the space of this present moment; and yet all too often our minds are worried and fretting over something we fear will happen tomorrow; or we’re regretting and grieving over something that happened in our past; and if our mind is in any one of those two places, then we are missing God completely… because God can only be accessed in the present moment! Selah

That’s why my favorite scripture is in Psalms 46:10, where we are told to “Be still and know that I AM is God!”

Even in this scripture is the name of God that was given to Moses on Mt. Sinai; which speaks of this very thing.

As Jesus is our example in all things, the Bible says that He ONLY did what He saw the Father do; and He only spoke what He heard the Father speak. In other words, Jesus was always in perfect sync with the Father.

He never took any rabbit trails and went off and did His own thing, as we do all the time, because it is in our nature to do so; and mind you, that predisposition for that behavior, which we ALL have, is exactly what sin is, because it goes crosswise with God’s original plan and purpose for our life.

But as the scripture says, we all like sheep have gone astray, but the Lord has laid on him, Jesus, the inequity of us all!

So prayer is about hanging out and being with Jesus, and learning to listen to and be lead of the Holy Spirit!

Therein ends today’s lesson. 🙂

Shalom,

Skip Barland


Learning to fly by instruments, and not by sight, sense, or feelings…


God is teaching us to spread our wings and fly…

as we’re learning to fly by Instrument Flight Rules (IFR)

by FAITH and not by sight


God’s Word

a Lamp unto my feet!


I will always remember the lesson my dad taught me as a boy. You see, my dad was a former fighter pilot, who flew P-51 Mustangs on bomber escort missions, with the Tuskegee Airmen over in Italy, during WWII.

He said that the hardest part of flight training, for him, was to learn to fly a plane by Instrument Flight Rules; where you have to disengage something you have trusted, and have been trained and condition to trust all of your life, and that is your feelings.

Instead, you have to disengage your feelings, and make yourself trust those little dials in front of you; that what they are telling you is true, in spite of the fact that your feelings are screaming at you the exact opposite.

You see if you are flying a plane in the soup, in inclimate weather, or in a fog, where you can no longer see the horizon, or have any visual reference points, and with all the G’s that are being exerted on your body, it is impossible for you to know what the attitude is of your plane. In fact, under those circumstances you could be flying upside down and not even know it!

He said that your feelings will scream at you to pull up or bank to the right or left; but that if you do any of those things, and ignore your only accurate reference point, which are those dials in front of you, then you will surely die!

When I later became a Christian, the analogy was amazing, and it hit me right between the eyes; because as Christians, we are asked to do the same thing, when we have lost our reference points.

When we can no longer see nor understand, and can no longer find our way in the natural, we too have to force ourselves to go against the grain of what we have always trusted, and we have to also learn to place our faith in our instruments, which is God’s Word… for we no longer live by sight, in what we see and feel, but we live by faith in the promises of God’s Word!

Also, as with the example with the pilot in inclimate weather, if you have never been trained to disengage your senses, and have had actual flight time doing so, either in a flight simulator, or with a flight instructor; if you haven’t ever had the actual experience of being in that situation, where you no longer have any natural reference points to rely upon, then the chances are, if you are ever caught in a real life situation, and have to choose between your feelings and those dials, you will most likely elect to trust what you have always known, and are familiar with… and again, you will die!

So if you are struggling with problems today, and cannot see your way through, and you have seemingly lost your way in the natural… understand that God is testing you, and He’s trying to teach you to fly, not by sight, but by trusting your instruments. Selah

In the following message, from Francis Frangipane, he also touches on this same subject, about finding your way in the dark.

Shalom,

Skip Barland



From: David
Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 9:00 AM
To: Undisclosed
Subject: Francis Frangipane

I thought you might enjoy this …David

Francis Frangipane:

Expect to See God’s Glory!

Light Shines in the Darkness

It is not enough to know God exists. If we will live in the awareness of the heavenly, we must be freed from the boundaries of the earthly.

To awaken faith, the Holy Spirit will take us through times when the presence of God cannot be clearly discerned. The Lord’s goal during these times is to bring to maturity our spiritual senses.

Therefore, do not accept that God has permanently hidden Himself from you, though during trials it may seem so. He is teaching us to see in the dark and to hear in the silence. He is making Himself known to our inner man so that, regardless of outer circumstances, we can continually be led by His Spirit.

To see God, beloved, it is imperative that our vision become spiritual and not just sensory.

To hear God, we must learn to tune out the clamor of our fears and earthly desires.

The outcome of this inner spiritual working is an increasing perception that nothing is impossible for God. The time of darkness, though it comes as an enemy, actually compels us to seek God more earnestly; we learn to even more revere God’s light.

Never mistake temporary darkness for permanent blindness, for today’s training is the very process that opens us to see God’s glory.

Ultimately, we will discover the truth of what Isaiah wrote, that “the whole earth is full of [God’s] glory” (Isaiah 6:3).

Lord, Open Our Eyes!

Did not Moses endure “as seeing Him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27 KJV)?

Indeed, the Bible was written by individuals who actually beheld the glory of God. To see the glory of God is our call as well. Our spiritual vision is not an imaginary device of the mind, but that which comes from the living union of the Holy Spirit with our hearts.

Did not our Lord promise that the “pure in heart . . . shall see God” (Matthew 5:8)? And is it not reasonable to expect that, if Christ truly dwells within us, we ought to perceive life with unveiled minds? Just as it is written,

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Yes, if we remove the veils of sin, shame and self-absorption, if we persist in seeking God, staying focused upon His Spirit and Word, we should expect to see the glory of the Lord.

Such open perception is Biblical and should be pursued! Yet there are those who say access to greater spiritual realities is a false hope and a heresy. I say, beware of the leaven of the unbelieving Christian. For such people would have you accept religion without vision as though to see God’s glory was sin.

Consider how many in the Bible actually saw the glory of the Lord: Abraham saw the Christ’s glory while he was in Mesopotamia.

Isaiah beheld Him in the year King Uzziah died.

Ezekiel fell before the Living One by the river Chebar.

David, Habakkuk, Solomon, and Zechariah all saw the glory of the Lord (Acts 7:2; Isaiah 6:1; Ezekiel 3:23; 2 Samuel 6:2; Habakkuk 3:3; 2 Chronicles 7:1; Zechariah 1:8).

Moses beheld Him, then Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the seventy Hebrew elders as well.

Exodus tells us these men actually “saw the God of Israel.” The Bible describes this incredible scene, saying that “under [God’s] feet there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself (Exodus 24:10). The concluding thought is staggering; it reads, “And they saw God, and they ate and drank” (Exodus 24:11).

Think of it: They beheld God! Could anything be more wonderful? Is there not a jealousy within you for that experience—to actually gaze upon the God of Israel?

Be assured, to behold the Lord’s glory is not only Scriptural but typical, especially during the pivotal decades between ages (which is where we are today). The fact is, over six million Israelites saw God’s glory on Mount Sinai.

Young men, old women, and little children—people of every age and physical condition—all saw “the glory of the Lord [as it] rested on Mount Sinai.” These same people actually “heard the voice of God” speaking to them (Deuteronomy 4:33)!

Yet, that unveiling of glory did not stop at Sinai. The entire Hebrew nation followed a cloud of glory by day and was illuminated by a blazing pillar of fire-like glory at night. This happened not just once or twice but every day for forty years! How much more shall the Lord of glory manifest Himself to us at the end of the age?

If you are a God-seeker, except for times of darkness when the Spirit refines your spiritual senses, you should expect to see the glory of God! There should be an anticipation that, any day now—as you enter your prayer room or go for a walk, or in a dream—the Spirit of God is going to appear to you in some marvelous and life-changing way.

Francis Frangipane
Ministries of Francis Frangipane
Email: 
francis1@frangipane.org

Our enemy, the devil, is already defeated!!!

We each need to understand this…

That Satan and all his minions have been defeated at Calvary’s Cross!

Colossians 2:15:

“Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”

The Serpent, the Devil, is Already Defeated!

Jesus once said something concerning Satan’s fall from heaven that will help us understand how much power Satan has in comparison to our omnipotent God:

And the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” And He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning” (Luke 10:17-18).

When Jesus sent out seventy of His disciples to preach and heal, they returned exuberantly to report that even the demons were subject to them in His name.

They should not have been so surprised, however. Jesus informed them that in His preincarnate state, He had witnessed a very revealing demonstration of the Father’s supreme power over Satan: When the all-powerful God decreed Satan’s expulsion from heaven, Satan could not resist.

Jesus chose the metaphor, like lightning, to emphasize the speed with which Satan fell. He fell, not like molasses, but like lightning. He didn’t fall like a leaf from a tree or a rock from a cliff. Oh no. Satan was in heaven one second, and in the next—BOOM!—he was gone!

~ Norm Rasmussen, Director, Precious Testimonies

Dear God,

We are living in a world today that is in desperate need of a shepherd; for we have all drifted and have strayed away from your path; from your laws, and from the requirements of your Word.

Many in the church have grown weak and anemic, having removed themselves form a daily, moment by moment, reliance upon the leading of your Holy Spirit.

Many have tried to serve you, and as is the subject of this article (below), having not the power of the Holy Spirit; having denied the power, and miracles in these days; they have gone out in fear, fearful of an already defeated enemy.

Lord, deliver us from evil, and restore to your church the victory and power that is already ours; which has been robbed from us, through the intimidation, lies, and deceit of the enemy; help us to live in that victory that is already ours, that has already been paid for in full, through the Blood of our Saviour, Jesus Christ!

In His precious Name we pray. Amen

Shalom,

Skip Barland


2 Timothy 2:3-5

“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier
of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs
of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

From: Charisma [mailto:info@strang.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 3:03 AM
To: theskipper@cox.net
Subject: Prophetic Insight: Removing the Head of the Serpent

Removing the Head of the Serpent

Kay Winters

Tuesday, 15 June 2010 12:00 AM EDT

Recently I had a prophetic experience that clearly portrayed the condition of the church in America. My husband and I take evening walks that sometimes bring us through affluent neighborhoods. We enjoy viewing luxury homes with their beautiful waterfalls and fountains. Sometimes I venture to curiously peer into the backyards of these homes, finding exquisite pools, sports courts, fireplaces, and landscaping that reminds me of a Thomas Kincaid painting.

As we were enjoying our walk one evening, my husband suddenly blurted out, “Snake!” After jumping in the opposite direction, I saw a three-foot-long rattlesnake about a foot away from where we had been walking.

Having been raised on a farm in Georgia, I am familiar with the behavior of snakes, especially poisonous vipers. Snakes react to ground vibration, so I was mystified about why the snake was not hissing or coiling to strike us. To our surprise, the snake ignored us and slowly slithered in the opposite direction. He seemed to be right “at home” in the landscape of the neighborhood.

We decided to alert the homeowner regarding the snake. I rang the doorbell and was greeted by a man in his 40s. I said, “Sir, there is a rattlesnake in your front yard. Perhaps you might want to dispose of him.” He froze and didn’t respond. Knowing the snake could quickly escape, I continued, “Sir, this is a neighborhood with lots of children.”

Finally, after another long pause, he replied, “OK, give me a moment.” I could tell he did not want to be bothered, but my last statement provoked him to action. After what seemed like an eternity, the homeowner emerged from his garage with a six-foot pole that had a huge, razor-like blade attached.

I was amazed to see that the rattlesnake was still moving across the landscape at a snail’s pace. The homeowner looked terrified as he cautiously approached the snake from behind. He repeatedly raised his weapon high in the air, practicing his potential strike, yet hesitated to deliver the death blow. Not wanting to embarrass him, I kept silent, but I couldn’t help but think, What is wrong with you? Remove that serpent’s head now!

Serving God or Mammon

At that instant, I realized that the situation with the snake was an analogy for the present condition of the American church. The homeowner represents the church, and the rattlesnake represents Satan.

Sadly, Satan is not intimidated or threatened by the church. In fact, he wanders in and out of the body of Christ often without resistance or consequence. There is no need for Satan to hiss, coil or strike at us because we pose little threat to him. He knows the focus of the church at large is not Christ-centered but self-centered. We have set our hearts on temporal treasures, in lieu of eternity, seeking the hand of God instead of the face of God. Even our ministers have been deceived, considering the size of their congregations, offerings and buildings as the measuring rod for success. A distorted “prosperity” gospel has taught us to use our faith almost exclusively to obtain larger homes, cars and 401K accounts.

Our spiritual eyes have been encrusted with an infection that has distorted our vision. Blinded by materialism, we pursue mammon while Satan lies quietly at our feet. Our pursuit of pleasure has hardened us to not only the cries of the needy but also the whispers of the Holy Spirit. We don’t want to have our routines disrupted in any way. In effect, most of us are wearing a sign that says, “Do not disturb!” We have to be provoked to emerge from our comfort zones to serve at home, at church or in our communities.

Like the church of Laodicea, the American church has been deceived by riches. We are unaware of our spiritual poverty and blindness. As a result, many American Christians unknowingly worship the idol of mammon. In His mercy, the Lord has used the downward spiral of our nation’s economy and monetary system to warn us not to trust in uncertain riches but in Him who freely gives us all things to enjoy (see Rev. 3:15-19; Luke 16:13).

Trampling on Serpents

We are destined to trample on serpents and scorpions, crushing Satan under our feet. However, one key element that enables us to triumph over the works of the devil is the depth of our repentance. Only profound repentance for our spiritual complacency and idolatry will cure our spiritual blindness, enabling us to identify the serpents in our lives. No longer ignorant of Satan’s devices, we can shake the kingdom of darkness, cause Satan to flee and erect a “No trespassing!” sign on the landscape of our lives.

Jesus gave us the power to overcome the enemy. “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19, NKJV).

We must become a generation of snake killers because our battle is against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in heavenly places. As soldiers of the cross, we must exchange our cordial passivity for a violent militancy and remove the heads of the serpents in our lives. Indeed, His power working in us can break any yoke and cut through any chain, and His light in us can overwhelm any depth of darkness.

“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).

The snakes we encounter will hiss, coil and strike in fear at the Greater One who lives within us. As we exercise our authority and God-given power, many of these serpents will flee in fear. But what about those serpents who resist and refuse to exit our lives? We must say, “Off with their heads!” (See James 4:7; 1 John 3:8.)

About the author: Kay Winters is co-founder, with her husband, Rob, of Prepare the Way International, an itinerant prophetic ministry based in Phoenix, Arizona. The Winters’ mission is to ignite a spiritual revolution and reformation in America through preaching repentance, prophesying restoration and promoting revival. Kay’s ministry emphasis is identifying and mobilizing intercession against spiritual strongholds that prohibit racial reconciliation, revival and the healing of our land. Today’s Prophetic Insight was adapted from Prepare the Way’s newsletter, The Messenger, and is used by permission. The newsletter is available on the ministry’s Web site www.preparethewayint.com.

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When God speaks, are we listening?


When God speaks, are we listening?

There is ONLY one way this works…

Below is a message from My Utmost, for His Highest, where Oswald Chambers explains how God will use us, if we are willing to die to our self, and commit all to Him.

The fact is, we can see this pattern all throughout scripture; that when God does something, or is requiring us to do something for Him, it comes at a great inconvenience, and it interrupts what we are doing.

Such as happened with Moses on the day He placed a calling upon him, and assigned him the mission to be His spokesman, to go and deliver the children of Israel from their Egyptian bondage.

As we examine the events of that day, we notice that all of this happened in the normal course of his daily activities, while he was at work.

Not only that, but we will also notice that it happened and came at him most inadvertently, at a 90% angle to what was involved with, at the moment, and what was going on at the time.

In other words, it was something that could have very easily been overlooked, or missed completely.

It was after all Moses’ curiosity and inquisitiveness that drew him to investigate this unusual phenomena of this burning bush that wasn’t being consumed; but his attitude and response could have just as well been to just ignore it; saying I don’t have the time for such things… because he was too busy doing his thing.

The same is true today with us; just as it was in the case with Moses.

God likewise will often approach us at 90% angles to, from what we are doing and are involved with… and often He will do so in ways that are most unexpected, but nevertheless ordinary and familiar.

Often, for us to do what we are being told, it will require our interrupting our schedule, and going in a completely different direction; that is both inconvenient and out of our way. Selah

The question is, and the test for all of us, is how much have we surrendered our lives and also our daily activities to God; and have we truly made God the Lord of even our Day-Timer?

I think we all have pretty much had the experience of going about our daily activities, and feeling this tug on our hearts, that comes completely from out of left field, nudging us to go and speak to someone, or to do something… that would take us completely out of our way, and cost us time that we don’t feel we can spare.

Could this be God testing us, and giving us the opportunity to experience a miracle, and to be used?

Let me relay to you the following story:

“A GALLON OF MILK”

As it happened, this guy had just attended the Wednesday night Bible Study at his church, where his Pastor had been teaching on the subject of listening to God, and obeying His voice.

The message really inspired him, and he couldn’t help but wonder, “Does God still speak today to people, like He did in the Bible?”

After the service he went out with some of his friends for coffee and pie; and they were all discussing the message.

As it happened, there were several in the group who talked about how God had led them in different ways, and how he had spoken to them, and used them.

Well, It was already past ten o’clock and it was getting late, and so the man left his friends and started for home.

While sitting in his car, he just said a prayer, and said: “God… If you do still speak to people like that, like I read in the Bible, would you please speak to me. I promise that I will listen, and I will do my best to obey.”

As he drove down the main street of his town, towards home, he had the strangest thought come to his mind, out of nowhere: “Stop and buy a gallon of milk.”

He shook his head and said out loud, “God, is that You?”

He didn’t need any milk, and nor did he want any; and so he let the thought pass, as he continued home; but again, the same thought came again, more persistent this time… “Buy a gallon of milk!”

The young man immediately thought about Samuel, in the Bible, about how he didn’t recognize the voice of God at first; and how on three different occasions, he mistook God’s voice to be that of his teacher, Eli.

Not wanting to miss out, after just committing himself to obey, should God decide to speak to him, he said: “Okay, God, in case this is you, speaking to me, I will go ahead and buy the milk.”

After all, it didn’t seem like too hard of a test of obedience; and besides, he could always use the milk himself.

So he turn around and went out of his way, and stopped at a local convenience store.

So he purchased a gallon of milk and then started off on his way home again.

As he passed Seventh Street, he again felt this nudging in his heart: “Turn down that street.” But he thought to himself, “This is crazy,” as he drove past the intersection.

Again, he felt that he should turn down Seventh Street, and he couldn’t get the thought out of his mind!

He had every reason NOT to do it, as It was getting very late, and he knew that he had to get up early in the morning; and besides, this little detour would be taking him completely in the wrong direction.

Remembering his promise to God, however, he turned around at the next intersection, and headed back to Seventh Street… and in a half jokingly manner (feeling a little silly about all of this), he said out loud, “Okay, God, I will do it!”

So he continued several blocks down Seventh Street, when suddenly, he felt an urge to turn down this one street and stop.

He pulled over to the curb and looked around, wondering what was going to happen next?

Here he was on this cul-de-sac street, in a semi-commercial area of town; and although it wasn’t the worst of areas, he nevertheless felt very uncomfortable, especially with it being so late.

It was now already close to midnight, and of course all the businesses had long ago closed; and from the looks of things, most of the houses looked dark, like the people had already gone to bed.

He was feeling most uncomfortable, but nevertheless that nudging was still there, in his heart.

Then there arose this still small voice, from inside saying: “I want you to go and give the milk to the people in the house across the street.”

This was so weird, and he said: “Is that you God?”

Now mind you, it felt like all of these thoughts were his own thoughts; but they were coming at 90% angles… and certainly these were not things that he would have thought to do, himself.

Anyway, he looked at this one house, that God seemed to be highlighting; and it was all dark, with no lights on; and it certainly appeared as if the people had already gone to bed.

Feeling totally ill at ease and shaking in his boots, he was about to open the door of his car, when he sat back in his seat and said: “Lord, this is insane! Those people are obviously asleep and if I wake them up, they are going to be very mad at me, and I will look like a complete idiot!”

However this persistent nudging would not leave, and since he did promise, he swallowed his pride, felt his fear, took a big gulp to swallow, and against all his better judgment, he crabbed the milk, and proceeded to cross the street, towards the house.

“Okay God, if this is you, I will go to the house and I will give them the milk. If you want me to look like a crazy person, okay. I want to be obedient. I guess that will count for something; but if they don’t answer right away, I’m out of here!”

So he walked across the street, went up on the front porch, and rang the bell.

He could hear some noises inside, and finally he heard a man’s voice yell, “Who is it? What do you want?”

Then the door opened, before he could get away; and there was this man standing there, before him, in his jeans and T-shirt.

He looked like he had just gotten out of bed; and he had this strange look on his face, and certainly he didn’t seem too happy to have this stranger standing on his doorstep, waking him up.

“What is it?” He asked.

The young man thrust out the gallon of milk, “Here, I brought this for you.”

The man didn’t say a word, but took the milk and rushed down a hallway, speaking loudly in Spanish.

Then from down the hall came a woman carrying the milk toward the kitchen.

The man was following her closely, holding a baby; and the baby was crying.

The man then came back to the door, with tears streaming down his face.

He then began speaking and half crying, he told the stranger: “We had just prayed, when we heard your knock on the door. We had some large bills this month and we ran out of money. We didn’t have any milk for our baby; and my wife had just prayed for God to send an angle with some milk for our baby.”

His wife then called out from the kitchen,
“Are you an angel?”

The young man reached into his wallet and pulled out all the money he had with him, and put it in the man’s hand.

He then turned and walked back to his car, with tears rolling down his cheeks.

Well he certainly got his answer, that God truly does speak today; and even with all the uncertainty and the fear that he had felt, he knew that it was ALL well worth it.

The fact is, he couldn’t have experienced this miracle any other way… without his willingness to first look like a fool; surrendering his will, dying to self, and committing all of his fears to God. Selah

And likewise, so must we…

Shalom,

Skip Barland


—–Original Message—–
From: My Utmost For His Highest
Sent: Sunday, June 13, 2010 1:30 AM
To: Skip Barland
Subject: My Utmost For His Highest : “Getting There”

Getting There

June 13, 2010

. . . come, follow Me —Luke 18:22

Where our individual desire dies and sanctified surrender lives. One of the greatest hindrances in coming to Jesus is the excuse of our own individual temperament.

We make our temperament and our natural desires barriers to coming to Jesus.

Yet the first thing we realize when we do come to Jesus is that He pays no attention whatsoever to our natural desires.

We have the idea that we can dedicate our gifts to God. However, you cannot dedicate what is not yours.

There is actually only one thing you can dedicate to God, and that is your right to yourself (see Romans 12:1 ).

If you will give God your right to yourself, He will make a holy experiment out of you— and His experiments always succeed.

The one true mark of a saint of God is the inner creativity that flows from being totally surrendered to Jesus Christ.

In the life of a saint there is this amazing Well, which is a continual Source of original life. The Spirit of God is a Well of water springing up perpetually fresh.

A saint realizes that it is God who engineers his circumstances; consequently there are no complaints, only unrestrained surrender to Jesus.

Never try to make your experience a principle for others, but allow God to be as creative and original with others as He is with you.

If you abandon everything to Jesus, and come when He says, “Come,” then He will continue to say, “Come,” through you.

You will go out into the world reproducing the echo of Christ’s “Come.”

That is the result in every soul who has abandoned all and come to Jesus.

Have I come to Him? Will I come now?

Bible in One Year: Ezra 6-8; John 21

©2010 RBC Ministries

God’s message for you today… “It’s gonna be all right!”


A Tribute to

David “Pop” Winans

(April 20, 1934 – April 8, 2009)

David  ‘Pop’ Winans was born on April 20, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan.
He was raised in the Mack Avenue (COGIC) where his grandfather Isaiah Winans was the pastor. At the age of 18, Winans began singing with the Nobelaires quartet group. A saxophonist and clarinet player, he later joined the Lemon Gospel Chorus in 1950. There he met his future wife Delores Ransom, who sang in the ensemble.After their 1953 marriage, Winans juggled multiple jobs (car salesman, taxi driver, custodian and barber) to take care of the ten children the couple would eventually have.Aside from his various entrepreneurial activities, Winans began to preach sermons in the late 1960s and was very active in his community.

He started a youth organization in 1968. “We had 300 kids, ten little league baseball teams, a track team, arts and crafts. We were trying to do everything we could to help the youth,” he said in 1999.

Winans is survived by wife, Delores, multi-Grammy award winning children: The Winans (Marvin, Carvin, Michael & Ronald who passed in June 2005 at age of 48); BeBe & CeCe, Daniel , Angie, Debbie, and eldest son David Winans II, and 23 grandchildren.

This is a vintage live performance from The Winans…

The original studio recording can be found on the 1990 album


David “Pop” Winans is a legend in Christian Gospel Music!

Even though life for me started at a very early age, in Chicago, nevertheless I was raised in Detroit, Michigan; but I didn’t hear about the Winans’ family until after I had moved to California, where I met Jesus and was saved.

All I know is from the first time I heard of the Winans family I have always loved their music, and in particular I have always loved to hear Pop Winans sing.

He was certainly the patriarch of his family, and what a talented and musical family he has.

Pop Winans could certainly get down, and he knew how to sing a song!


Certainly, it is plain to see where the family talent comes from, in both David and his beautiful wife of 55 years, Delores… affectionately called “Mom and Pop Winans.”

Finally, I’d like to leave you with this last video recording that was recorded of Pop Winans, with a few words of wisdom for all of us:


Jesus said, “Why do you call me Lord and do not what I say?”

Let us learn from the parable

of the wise and foolish builders!

Luke 6:46-49

The Wise and Foolish Builders

46Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?

47I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice.

48He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.

49But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation.

The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”

There is a devotion below, from My Utmost, for His Highest, that deals with God’s ultimate plan and purpose for His creation; and for the sons and daughters of Adam; and to the extent we have failed to do this, and teach this to our children, our nation has suffered, and is today on the verge of collapse, from the inside out.

The question often arises in life, “What am I here for; and what is the purpose for my life?

For many the question is asked, “Is there any reason or purpose, or is it all just an accident of nature,” as our kids are being taught in school today, that it is?

I’ve often thought what a stretch of the imagination it is to even think that all of this, that we can see in creation, was the result of happenstance, without considering the only real choice there is, that we are created by an all knowing, all powerful, and all intelligent God!

All we have to do is look in the most powerful of telescopes and we see nothing but an endless expanse of order and sheer beauty; and if you turn around and focus inward, and look through the most powerful microscope, you see even more of the same, in endless order and endless beauty, none of which even makes sense to the natural mind, that all of this could have come about without an all intelligent, all powerful, and all knowing God!

To say that all of this, that we see in creation, happened by happenstance, just by chance, as some kind of freak accident of nature, would be like saying a tornado blew through a junkyard, and produced a 747 Jetliner on the other side!

How foolish does that sound; and yet that is what we are teaching our children today, in our public schools, colleges, and Universities!

As for me, I’d sooner believe that the tornado happened, to produce a 747 Jetliner, than to believe all of life and creation happen like that, by pure chance and coincidence!

Yet that is the wisdom of man, as is exhibited today in much of modern day science; and is even being taught as fact in our text books, that are used to teach our children in our public schools, colleges, and universities… and all it the result of a secular humanistic culture and society that has been built upon a lie; that denies the existence of God!

In fact, if there is any one message that is taught in our public school system today, all across our land, it is that God is absolutely irrelevant to anything that is of any importance, or consequence in your life!

So really, is it any wonder that our nation is in the condition it is in; where we have men and women in position of leadership, in both corporate and political capacities, all across our land, at every level, who have had absolutely no biblical education or training whatsoever, and what’s worse they have been conditioned since earliest childhood to despise and to disrespect not only the Bible, but Christianity in general.. and so is there any wonder that our nation today is going to hell in a hand basket?

So naturally the question arises, for a nation that was begun back in the 18th century, and was founded officially in 1776, which was the year our nation was first born; how is it that we have degenerated to this?

Especially when you consider that the whole structure and organization, in the formation of our Constitutional Republic, the layout of our government, and the writing of our U.S. Constitution, all of these things were designed and formed literally based on our forefather’s faith and belief in the Holy Bible, and in the God of the Bible; and so with that history and that heritage behind us, how is it that today all of this history is banned in our public schools; and any teaching about God to our children is considered illegal… and folks it has been that way ever since 1963?

As we look around ourselves today, and as we see all that is wrong with our culture, our society, our government, and even our world… the question arises for many of us… how did we get here?

Well, at least here in the U.S., to answer that question, I think we have to go back to 1963.

Now I’m sure things began to unwind and change for the worse long before that; but that is the year that one woman, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, took it upon herself to file a lawsuit against the Baltimore School System, which voted in her favor 8-1 to ban school prayer and label it “unconstitutional;and even though not all prayer was immediately banned from schools at that time, through a process of time, almost ALL school prayer is banned today, in public schools.

My question is, where was the church all during this time, and how is it they just sat by idly, and let this happen?

Just look at what has happened since, as the result of that one decision, that was initiated by one woman:

What Happened When the Praying Stopped?

ALEDO, TX (FR) – How did the removal of voluntary prayer from the schools of the United States affect our nation as a whole? That question has been answered in detail by a research company in Texas which has gathered and tabulated statistics from hundreds of sources relating to the rates of moral decline in America.

Specialty Research Associates, under the direction of David Barton, has released a report entitled America: To Pray or Not to Pray which uses over 100 pages of graphs and statistical analysis to prove that crime, venereal disease, premarital sex, illiteracy, suicide, drug use, public corruption, and other social ills began a dramatic increase after the Engel vs. Vitale Supreme Court decision was made in 1962 which banned school prayer.

Prayer in schools prior to 1962 was utilized in school districts all over the U.S. in many varieties. Some teachers used extemporaneous prayers, simply expressing their thoughts and desires; others implemented structured prayers, such as the Lord’s Prayer or the 23rd Psalm, or others approved by local school boards.

New York students prayed each day: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence on Thee and beg Thy blessing over us, our parents, our teachers, and our nation.” It was this simple prayer which came under fire and went to the Supreme Court for the landmark decision.

Says David Barton, “It is impossible to know how many of the 39 million children were involved in daily verbal prayers, but most accounts indicate that a clear majority of the students voluntarily participated in daily school prayer. Is it possible that the prayers that were being offered by these children and their teachers across the nation actually had any measurable, tangible effect?”

It was this question that led Barton to uncover the statistical proof that the removal of prayer did indeed take its toll on America. Below are just a few of the examples featured in Barton’s report.

A. Young People

1. For 15 years before 1963 pregnancies in girls ages 15 through 19 years had been no more than 15 per thousand After 1963 pregnancies increased 187% in the next 15 years.

2. For younger girls, ages 10 to 14 years, pregnancies since 1963 are up 553%.

3. Before 1963 sexually transmitted diseases among students were 400 per 100,000. Since 1963, they were up 226% in the next 12 years.

B. The Family

1. Before 1963 divorce rates had been declining for 15 years. After 1963 divorces increased 300%each year for the next 15 years.

2. Since 1963 unmarried people living together is up 353%

3. Since 1963 single parent families are up 140%.

4. Since 1963 single parent families with children are up 160%.

C. Education

1. The educational standard of measure has been the SAT scores. SAT scores had been steady for many years before 1963. From 1963 they rapidly declined for 18 consecutive years, even though the same test has been used since 1941.

2. In 1974-75 the rate of decline of the SAT scores decreased, even though they continued to decline. That was when there was an explosion of private religious schools. There were only 1000 Christian schools in 1965. Between 1974 to 1984 they increased to 32,000.

a. That could have an impact if the private schools had higher SAT scores. In checking with the SAT Board it was found that indeed the SAT scores for private schools were nearly 100 points higher than public schools.

b. In fact the scores were at the point where the public schools had been before their decline started in 1963 when prayer and Bible reading/ instruction was removed from the schools.

c. The scores in the public schools were still declining.

3. Of the nation’s top academic scholars, three times as many come from private religious schools, which operate on one-third the funds as do the public schools.

D. The Nation

1. Since 1963 violent crime has increased 544%.

3. Illegal drugs have become an enormous & uncontrollable problem.

2. The nation has been deprived of an estimated 30 million citizens through legal abortions just since 1973.

If you would like a copy of America: To Pray or Not to Pray?, send $7.95 to Specialty Research Associates, P.O. Box 397, Aledo, TX 76008. All of the figures and statistics compiled in this book are taken from data made available by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Center for Disease Control, Statistical Abstracts of the United States, Vital Statistics of the United States, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other official sources.

Now let’s move forward 10 year, to 1973… and see what happen that year?

ROE v. WADE

Decided January 22, 1973

A pregnant single woman (Roe) brought a class action challenging the constitutionality of the Texas criminal abortion laws, which proscribe procuring or attempting an abortion except on medical advice for the purpose of saving the mother’s life.

A licensed physician (Hallford), who had two state abortion prosecutions pending against him, was permitted to intervene.

A childless married couple (the Does), the wife not being pregnant, separately attacked the laws, basing alleged injury on the future possibilities of contraceptive failure, pregnancy, unpreparedness for parenthood, and impairment of the wife’s health.

A three-judge District Court, which consolidated the actions, held that Roe and Hallford, and members of their classes, had standing to sue and presented justiciable controversies. Ruling that declaratory, though not injunctive, relief was warranted, the court declared the abortion statutes void as vague and overbroadly infringing those plaintiffs’ Ninth and Fourteenth Amendment rights.

The court ruled the Does’ complaint not justiciable. Appellants directly appealed to this Court on the injunctive rulings, and appellee cross-appealed from the District Court’s grant of declaratory relief to Roe and Hallford.

http://www.tourolaw.edu/patch/roe/

Let’s look at what actually happened, and what was the real reason behind this legal action, that has resulted in the death of over 50 Million unborn babies to date, in the U.S. alone!

The Truth Behind

Roe vs. Wade

By TooManyAborted.com

Published: February 20, 2010

Roe v. Wade has been celebrated as the Twentieth Century’s defining case for woman’s rights. It opened the door for women all across America to have a legal “right” to kill her baby in the womb. It is the case that is the flagship of Planned Parenthood’s and other abortion providers’ agenda and is central to the pro-abortion rights movement. Jane Roe was the central figure in this ruling. Many people don’t realize that she actually gave birth to her child, gave her up for adoption, and as of 1995, everything changed. She became a Christian (Roman Catholic) and was Roe no more. Norma McCorvey (aka Roe) passionately defends unborn/preborn life and is fighting to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The Supreme travesty (ruling 7-2) found that Texas violated “the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which protects against state action the right to privacy, including a woman’s qualified right to terminate her pregnancy”.1 The effect of that decision struck down state laws across the nation that charged doctors with a felony that resulted in imprisonment of at least a year, fines and in some instances cancellation of their licenses. Some states elevated the penalty against a physician to the level of murder when the mother was also killed.

But here’s the painful irony.  The ‘Due Process Clause’ was the foundation for Roe v. Wade, forming the majority opinion. This phrase is found in the 14th Amendment,2 one of the Reconstruction Amendments–amendments that finally ascribed humanity and personhood to black people. Yet, in some perversion of justice, this amendment was twisted by our Supreme Court and used to strip any humanity and personhood protections from the unborn. This inexplicable reasoning extracted a right to abort from these words: “Nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process of law”. This is perplexing. A right to kill an unborn life culled from words that expressly forbid such. This amendment was passed in 1868 and ascribed citizenship to Black Americans. Yet, 36 states did not change their abortion laws because there was no right to abort inherent in either the 14th amendment or the constitution.3 The authors of the 14th amendment never intended for it to be related to the matter of abortion in any way.  And now, 50 million lives later, people still don’t know the simple truth about how Roe v. Wade was a supreme abuse of power exercised by 7 profoundly unjust justices.

The motivation behind the Roe case however, was less about women’s rights and more about an over-arching philosophy that never waned–population control, especially of those who were less than desirable.  As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg revealed in a July 7, 2009 New York Times Magazine article, she and others commonly believed “at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”4 Roe was the case the pro-abortion community showcased to ensure population control of blacks, the poor and other minorities.  Norma McCorvey was on drugs and an alcoholic and homeless.5 But as is the case with Planned Parenthood, charity and solving the root of the problem is not within their purview (see section on Margaret Sanger).  The right to exterminate life, even while a women’s life is falling apart, is all that is paramount.

  • FALSE Roe v. Wade allows abortion up to 3 months. TRUE It allows abortion through the 7th month.
  • FALSE Jane Roe’s pregnancy was a result of rape. TRUE This pregnancy was not due to rape.
  • FALSE Jane Roe aborted her child. TRUE She gave birth to her child and gave her up for adoption.
  • FALSE Jane Roe is the poster girl for abortion. TRUE In 1995, she became a ProLife advocate.

Doe v. Bolton – The nail in the coffin

A companion case to Roe, Doe v. Bolton, removed the restrictions a state might place on when an abortion could be performed. It allowed for abortion at any stage to protect the “mother’s health.” This case was decided on the same day as Roe on January 22, 1973, and originated in Georgia.  Just as Norma McCorvey, Doe in this instance (Sandra Cano) was duped and used by her lawyers.  She never even wanted to have an abortion.6

Her appeal to the Supreme Court was refused and dismissed in 2006, although the woman behind the law that allowed Partial Birth Abortion, never personally testified in court in the original case.7 Those who champion women’s rights (especially of a right of a woman to be heard in her own legal case) are painfully silent about this travesty of justice.  This is the sham of so-called “women’s rights”.  You have rights as long as, ideologically, you agree with NOW, NARAL, or Planned Parenthood.

Footnotes

1 ROE v. WADE, 410 U.S. 113 (1973) 410 U.S. 113 ROE ET AL. v. WADE, DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF DALLAS COUNTY APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS (No. 70-18.)

2 Amendment XIV: Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

3 Justice Rehnquist, Dissenting Opinion. ROE v. WADE, 410 U.S. 113 (1973) 410 U.S. 113 ROE ET AL. v. WADE, DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF DALLAS COUNTY APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS (No. 70-18.)

4http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/12/magazine/12ginsburg-t.html?pagewanted=4

5http://judiciary.senate.gov/hearings/testimony.cfm?id=1553&wit_id=4394

6http://www.operationoutcry.org/pages.asp?pageid=40664

7http://judiciary.senate.gov/hearings/testimony.cfm?id=1553&wit_id=4393

About the author of this article:
Operation Outrage is led by public speaker and activist, Catherine Davis, who is a graduate of Tufts University and attended the University of Bridgeport School Of Law. She is focused on positive change through education, local/state involvement, and peaceful action. Together, The Radiance Foundation and Operation Outrage are exposing the abortion industry’s destruction of the African-American Community. Learn more at 
http://www.toomanyaborted.com/

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So as we look at our world today, and the sad example we here in the United States of America have become, and how our society and our culture in general has been on the decline for so many years; and then you ask yourself the reason why, and how is it that we got here? I think the ONLY answer that makes any sense at all, is that we got here by not following and obeying the laws of God; and by breaking covenant with Him.

One thing is for sure, to the extent we have removed God from our culture and our society, both have suffered; and the same is equally true in our personal lives as well!

God didn’t just put us here to take up space, and to live as we see fit! Whereas it is true that He gave us each a free will to choose how we will spend our lives; the Bible is very clear on this point, that it is God’s one desire that we each of our own free will and volition will choose to spend our lives upon Him!

The Bible also tells us that we only have the time between when we are first born into this world, as a child; and then when we exit in our death, when our physical bodies return to the dust, from which it came, to make that decision.

Jesus is the only example we have, as to what God intends for us, and how our lives are supposed to be lived, and that is why Jesus is called the “Last Adam.”

We learn about Jesus, that He only did the things He saw the Father do; and only even spoke those things He heard the Father speak; and so Jesus lived out His entire life in perfect sync and harmony with the will of the Father.

To the extent you and I fail to do that, is what SIN is all about; where (as we learn in Isa 53) that “All of us as sheep have gone astray, and the Lord has laid upon Him (Jesus) the inequity of us ALL!”

So what am I saying in all of this?

Let none of us think that we shall escape being accountable before God, for how we spent our lives… because the Bible is very clear that we will ALL have to stand before Him one day and give Him an account!

For those of us who have made Jesus Christ Lord, not just in name, calling ourselves Christian; but have made Him Lord in that we have died to ourselves, our ambitions, our wants, and desires; and have given ourselves completely over to His service; and are living our lives, by faith, as best we can, just as Jesus exemplified… for those people, who are by faith following Jesus, ONLY those people (says the Bible) will spend eternity in Heaven!

Now the truth is, none of us can do that perfectly; and that is why we ALL need a Saviour; because Jesus paid the price for our SIN, meaning our missing the mark of God’s standards; and so those of us who have been born-again, the Bible says that we have been saved by grace… and therefore are recipients of God’s unmerited favor!

Everyone else, who has lived their lives as they saw fit, to serve themselves… each of them, the Bible says, will have to stand before God accountable for their own sins… and folks believe me when I tell you, you DO NOT want to be in that group!!!

So my suggestion is, if you haven’t already done so, why not make your peace with God today?

To find out how to go about doing that click on the following website: http://needhim.org/.

Shalom,

Skip Barland


—–Original Message—–
From: My Utmost For His Highest
Sent: Saturday, June 12, 2010 1:30 AM
To: myutmost@utmost.org/
Subject: My Utmost For His Highest : “Getting There”


Getting There

June 12, 2010

They said to Him, ‘Rabbi . . . where are You staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and see’ —John 1:38-39

Where our self-interest sleeps and the real interest is awakened. “They . . . remained with Him that day . . . .” That is about all some of us ever do!

We stay with Him a short time, only to wake up to our own realities of life. Our self-interest rises up and our abiding with Him is past. Yet there is no circumstance of life in which we cannot abide in Jesus.

“You are Simon . . . . You shall be called Cephas” ( John 1:42 ).

God writes our new name only on those places in our lives where He has erased our pride, self-sufficiency, and self-interest.

Some of us have our new name written only in certain spots, like spiritual measles. And in those areas of our lives we look all right.

When we are in our best spiritual mood, you would think we were the highest quality saints. But don’t dare look at us when we are not in that mood.

A true disciple is one who has his new name written all over him— self-interest, pride, and self-sufficiency have been completely erased.

Pride is the sin of making “self” our god. And some of us today do this, not like the Pharisee, but like the tax collector (see Luke 18:9-14 ).

For you to say, “Oh, I’m no saint,” is acceptable by human standards of pride, but it is unconscious blasphemy against God.

You defy God to make you a saint, as if to say, “I am too weak and hopeless and outside the reach of the atonement by the Cross of Christ.”

Why aren’t you a saint?

It is either that you do not want to be a saint, or that you do not believe that God can make you into one.

You say it would be all right if God saved you and took you straight to heaven. That is exactly what He will do! And not only do we make our home with Him, but Jesus said of His Father and Himself, “. . . We will come to him and make Our home with him” ( John 14:23 ).

Put no conditions on your life— let Jesus be everything to you, and He will take you home with Him not only for a day, but for eternity.

Bible in One Year: Ezra 3-5; John 20

Identifying the Antichrist and the misinterpretation of last day’s eschatological events…


Last Day’s Eschatology …

getting it right!

As we look to our Bible and to history, it is clear to see that the first century Believers, that were the Covenant Children of God, among the Jewish people of that time, that all of them, even the disciples of Jesus, they all had it wrong, as to how Messiah would appear, and what He would accomplish.

Could this also be happening today?

Could the popular Bible teachers of our day, also be wrong on their interpretation of these end of days prophecies? I think so.

The WND article (below) discusses this possibility.

There are also those, who are equally mistaken, among some within the church today, who believe that God has replaced Israel with the church… this is also not so!!!

God’s promises to Abraham and to his descendants are still intact, and they will ALL be fulfilled as promised.

God has no “Replacement Theology,” and He never has.

In fact, it is my belief that the errors of today’s interpretation of eschatology is not the only area where the church has been wrong..

One of the basic beliefs and tenets of the Orthodox Jewish believers, even until this day, is to search for the “Lost Tribes of Israel,” who have been separated from their sister, House of Judah, ever since around 750 BC.

Listen to this prophecy that was given by Hosea, which was directed to the House of Israel; and get a clue as to where these lost tribes have settled, and what they will look like.

You will note that each one of the children, who were named here, were named in order to give a message to the House of Israel.


Hosea 1

1 The word of the LORD that came to Hosea the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.

The Family of Hosea

2 When the LORD began to speak by Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea:

” Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry
And children of harlotry,
For the land has committed great harlotry
By departing from the LORD.”

3 So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. 4Then the LORD said to him:

” Call his name Jezreel,
For in a little while
I will avenge the bloodshed of Jezreel on the house of Jehu,
And bring an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel.
5 It shall come to pass in that day
That I will break the bow of Israel in the Valley of Jezreel.”

6 And she conceived again and bore a daughter. Then God said to him:

” Call her name Lo-Ruhamah,[a]
For I will no longer have mercy on the house of Israel,
But I will utterly take them away.[b]
7 Yet I will have mercy on the house of Judah
,
Will save them by the LORD their God,
And will not save them by bow,
Nor by sword or battle,
By horses or horsemen.”

8 Now when she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, she conceived and bore a son. 9 Then God said:

” Call his name Lo-Ammi,[c]
For you are not My people,
And I will not be your God
.

The Restoration of Israel

10 ” Yet the number of the children of Israel
Shall be as the sand of the sea,
Which cannot be measured or numbered.
And it shall come to pass
In the place where it was said to them,

‘ You are not My people,’[d]
There it shall be said to them,

‘ You are sons of the living God.’

11 Then the children of Judah and the children of Israel
Shall be gathered together,
And appoint for themselves one head;
And they shall come up out of the land,
For great will be the day of Jezreel!

When you hear people today talking about how they have found one of the lost tribes, and they are on some remote island or some other remote place, running around with Jewish Yamakas on, practicing the Jewish faith, then you can know that they are not the House of Israel, because God very clearly says that they will no longer be known as “God’s people,” and the reason is because they no longer will be practicing the Jewish faith.

Not only that, but it also says that in that lost condition they will multiply as the sand of the sea, so obviously we aren’t looking for a small group in some remote part of the earth.

None of this ever happen to the House of Judah, because they have always retained their culture and their faith, all down through the centuries; but that was not to be for their barren sister, House of Israel.

Here are a few more clues:

Jeremiah 3:8

8And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

House of Judah was never divorced by God; and furthers more, we read:

Jeremiah 3:16

16Then it shall come to pass, when you are multiplied and increased in the land in those days,” says the LORD, “that they will say no more, ‘The ark of the covenant of the LORD.’ It shall not come to mind, nor shall they remember it, nor shall they visit it, nor shall it be made anymore.”

God is plainly letting us know here that wherever the Lost Tribes are to be found, they will exist as a great number of people, and they will not be practicing the Jewish faith.

Shalom,

Skip Barland


From: WorldNetDaily [mailto:alerts@alerts.worldnetdaily.com]
Sent: Friday, June 11, 2010 2:38 AM
To: Skip Barland
Subject: As all eyes on Greece, is Antichrist rising elsewhere?


Author: European Antichrist
looking more and more unlikely


Says atheists will have field day with popular Bible interpretation

With Europe on the verge of economic collapse, what about all those popular predictions that the European Union would become the world’s political powerhouse, giving rise to the endtimes prophecies of a world dictator known to Bible students as the Antichrist?

Joel Richardson, author of a bestselling book on Bible prophecy, says atheists will have a field day mocking Christians for the incorrect interpretations about the last days.

“Nearly 20 years ago, I intently watched as a very popular Christian television prophecy teacher declared, ‘the present formation of the European Union is literally the fulfillment of Bible prophecy right before our eyes!'”

He wrote in WND. “According to this teacher, the creation of the European Union represented a biblically prophesied revived Roman Empire. Because the last-days empire of the Antichrist as described in the Books of Daniel and Revelation is portrayed as a 10-nation alliance, this teacher confidently declared that when the number of EU member states reached 10, this would signal the imminent return of Jesus Christ. And soon, the number of EU member states reached the magic number 10 just as this teacher had predicted. Then the number reached 11, and then 12. Soon there were 20. Today there are 27 member states. The teacher’s very confident predictions failed.”

Richardson said the formation of the EU in 1993 spurred even more prophecy teachers to set their sights on Europe.

“But the present harsh realities in Europe may soon cause all of this Euro-centric, restored Roman Empire prognosticating to come crashing down,” writes Richardson.

He also expects many Christians to become disillusioned as the EU fights for its very survival, rather than for the global dominance that was predicted.

The author of “The Islamic Antichrist: The Shocking Truth About the True Nature of the Beast” wants everyone to know that if the EU falls, it is not an indictment of the truth of the Bible.

“Despite its popularity, the Euro-centric end-time perspective has never represented anything akin to Christian orthodoxy or dogma,” he writes. “Throughout the history of the church, many great Christian leaders have looked not to Europe, but to the Middle East for the emergence of an end-time empire.

In fact, going back to the first few centuries of the church, the consistent testimony of the early believers is that the Antichrist, his empire and his religion would arise from out of the Middle East, and not Europe.

As such, rather than tacking in the wind yet again, what many teachers and students of Bible prophecy are awakening to is the reality that the biblical prophecies about the last days are thoroughly Jerusalem, Israel and Middle-Eastern-centric.

What many Westerners, and perhaps Americans most of all, often fail to recognize is the fact that the Bible is a thoroughly Eastern book. Always has been. As shocking as this may be to some, the Bible was not written primarily for Americans.”

When “”The Islamic Antichrist” was released last fall, it immediately zoomed to the top of the religious charts at Amazon and the No. 1 spot among all books at Scribd – an online e-booker retailer.

Yet Richardson, a student of Islam and the Middle East, found few churches in America welcoming him as a guest speaker. He was not invited to address many prophecy conferences. He found himself as a “political incorrect” outsider in most evangelical circles.

His book makes the case that the biblical Antichrist is one and the same as the Quran’s Muslim Mahdi.

“The Bible abounds with proofs that the Antichrist’s empire will consist only of nations that are, today, Islamic,” says Richardson. “Despite the numerous prevailing arguments for the emergence of a revived European Roman empire as the Antichrist’s power base, the specific nations the Bible identifies as comprising his empire are today all Muslim.”

Richardson believes the key error of many previous prophecy scholars involves the misinterpretation of a prediction by Daniel to Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar.

Daniel describes the rise and fall of empires of the future, leading to the end times. Western Christians have viewed one of those empires as Rome, when, claims Richardson, Rome never actually conquered Babylon and was thus disqualified as a possibility.

It had to be another empire that rose and fell and rose again that would lead to rule of this “man of sin,” described in the Bible. That empire, he says, is the Islamic empire, which did conquer Babylon and, in fact, rules over it even today.

Many Evangelical Christians believe the Bible predicts a charismatic ruler, the Antichrist, will arise in the last days, before the return of Jesus.

The Quran also predicts that a man, called the Mahdi, will rise up to lead the nations, pledging to usher in an era of peace. Richardson makes the case these two men are, in fact, one in the same.

“Today, many scholars, students and teachers alike are acknowledging the consistent testimony of the prophets as pointing us to the Middle East,” he writes today. “As any realtor will tell you, it’s all about location, location, location.

Likewise, as any astute Bible student should know, the first issue that must be established when attempting to properly interpret the Bible is context, context, context. And simply stated, the context of virtually all biblical prophecy is Israel and the Middle East.

Jesus will not be returning to Paris, London or Independence, Missouri, but rather Jerusalem.

Literally every last one of the final battles as depicted by all of the biblical prophets take place in Israel and the surrounding vicinity.

When the prophets specify which nations surround Israel to attack her, the wording used in Hebrew is goyim caybib, which translated means ‘the surrounding nations.’

These are Israel’s neighbors; they are not references to Belgium or Luxembourg or Rome.”


Joel Richardson is a human rights activist, lecturer, and artist. Involved in evangelism and ministry to Muslims since 1994, he is the co-author, along with Walid Shoebat, of “God’s War on Terror: Islam, Prophecy and the Bible” and co-editor of “Why We Left Islam: Former Muslims Speak Out.”

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REMEMBER… GOD is in control!!!

Jehoshaphat’s Prayer

O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? …’If disaster comes upon us—sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine—we will … cry out to You in our affliction….

O our God, will You not judge them?

For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, BUT OUR EYES ARE UPON YOU.”

2 Chronicles 20:6-12

There is a cycle that we can learn from the Bible, in how God deals with a disobedient people.

Now we can learn from this history, and correct the problem, or we can repeat it… it’s our choice!

Here is the cycle:


1. Peace and prosperity: God’s gifts to the people He loved.
2. Apathy and compromise: They took His gifts for granted and forgot to thank Him.

3. Rebellion (humanism) and paganism: They traded God for other sources of strength. “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.” (1 Samuel 15:23)

4. Famine, war, plagues and slaver: Showing the people the inadequacy of their own resources, God would bring them back to Himself.

5. Confession and repentance: The people recognized their need for God.

6. God hears, saves and restores: He blesses His people with peace — as long as they follow Him. When they turn to other gods, He stands back and waits.

Let us heed God’s Warning:

Deuteronomy 8:6-20

6 Observe the commands of the LORD your God, walking in his ways and revering him. 7 For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills; 8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; 9 a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.

10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. 11 Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. 12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 15 He led you through the vast and dreadful desert, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. 16 He gave you manna to eat in the desert, something your fathers had never known, to humble and to test you so that in the end it might go well with you. 17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.

19 If you ever forget the LORD your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. 20 Like the nations the LORD destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the LORD your God.

Below is an email I got from a brother, in response to an earlier blog, about the Gulf oil Spill; and I’d like to share my response with all of you:

From: Tim
Sent: Friday, June 11, 2010 2:48 AM
To: ‘Skip Barland’
Subject: RE: KEEPING IT SIMPLE. a possible answer to the gulf oil spill!

When I was praying about this the LORD showed me an explosive device on the wellhead, its intent was to damage the U.S. economy

I believe this was a deliberate act, the LORD says pray for justice.

Here is my response:

Tim,

You might be right about that… I’ve heard that some have suspected sabotage, possibly from North Korea.

Whether it is or not the result of sabotage, regardless, we are nevertheless without leadership in Washington; and worse, as the Bible says a house divided cannot long stand, I think that also applies to nations as well.

Add to that problem, when you also have a corrupt and flawed foundation in any house, you have a serious problem; and as Jesus said, “When the winds of adversity come (not if, but when they come), that house will not stand!

On the positive side, I also know that Christians are praying; and that fact alone gives us the advantage over any strategy of the enemy!

I also think with all that is wrong with our nation, and getting worse every day… this nation is ripe for a Revival!

From God’s perspective, all of these things, and even those things that are yet to happen (and I think very soon), which I believe will be much worse than an oil spill, if it brings America to its knees, and if it causes men and women to turn back to God in repentance, then it is well worth it!

Besides, from God’s perspective, that is always his ultimate reason and goal, when things like this happen… to bring us to our knees in repentance, and bring us home!

If the Bible teaches us anything, it is that God ultimately is in control of everything; and that is true, even though Satan is the one who kills, steals, and destroys!

Whatever happens, God either allows it, or disallows it (as He did with Job)… and I believe that often the outcome is hinged upon whether we, who are the Christians, are praying, and are as the 300 wise soldiers, in Gideon’s army?

We mustn’t forget that we are in a war, both in the spiritual and in also in the natural; and in every war there are always causalities.

Also in war all are affected, including both the good and the bad; and what makes the difference in which way the battle goes, will be those who have learned to fight, using their spiritual weapons; who also have learned not to be discouraged; and to rather keep their focus on Jesus, and on the battle… and not on themselves! Selah

The best we can do, as Christians, in these times is to do as Jesus said, “Be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

Let us stay close to the Word, and follow the Holy Spirit’s leading, moment by moment, 24/7; and most importantly, let us not be fearful, regardless of what happens.

Remember Jesus has promised to NEVER leave, nor forsake us; and regardless of how bad things get, or how bad they look, let us keep our focus on Christ!

Besides, I read the end of the Book (the Bible)… and guess what, we win!

Whatever happens, let us remember to keep Jesus first!

Shalom,

Skip Barland


Whatever your need is, God has already made provision for that need…


In Him, Jesus Christ, all the

promises of God are yes and amen!


I was sharing the Lord with a lady last week, and the question came up when I mention that Jesus was the Saviour of the world, “What do I need to be saved from?

Often even among Christians there is a failure to recognize what Jesus has purchased for us on the Cross of Calvary.

The Bible tells us, in 2 Cor. 1:20, that ALL the promises of God, in Jesus, are yes and amen; and also in 1 John 5:14, we are told that this is the confidence that we have, that if we ask anything in accordance with His will, that He hears us; and if we know that He hears us, then whatever we have asked of Him, then we know that we have those petitions.

So why is it that in the face of these promises of God, that can readily be found in the Bible, where God has already spoken what His will is in certain matters, why is it that we have people praying prayers for healing and other things, where God has already told us what His will is, they are praying “Lord if it be your will?”

It is for us to read the contract (covenant), found in the Holy Bible, and then to find there a promise that applies to our problem or circumstance.

The Bible tells us that these stories and accounts that we read in our Bible were given for our example, and for our edification.

The Bible is our Handbook for life, and in it we learn what our rights and privileges are, as God’s covenant children; but also it tells us what our responsibilities are before God, as well.

Jesus’ last words that He spoke on the cross was It is finished,” and so there is nothing more that God must do.

Everything necessary for us in our provision, in things we need for ministry, for our families, jobs that we need, or healing for our bodies, all of these things have been provided through what Jesus has purchased for us on Calvary’s Cross.

It is for us to learn how to write the checks of heaven, and how to appropriate what we need by faith; and by that I mean we find a promise of God, already written in the Word, and having found that promise, we then begin to pray it, confess it, and stand on it, until our answer comes! Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland



Meet another American Hero…


Meet Corporal Desmond T. Doss

(February 7, 1919–March 23, 2006)

Desmond T. Doss was the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor and one of only three so honored. He was a Private First Class (at the time of his Medal of Honor heroics) in the U.S. Army, assigned to the Medical Detachment, 307th Infantry, 77th Infantry Division.

On this day in 1945, Corporal Desmond T. Doss of Lynchburg, Virginia, was presented the Medal of Honor by President Truman for outstanding bravery as a medic, during the conquest of Okinawa earlier that year. Doss was a pacifist based on his religion, 7th Day Adventist, and refused therefore to kill or carry a weapon, but he served as a medic and was brave, brave, brave. He saved at least a dozen lives at the extreme risk of his own, and despite multiple wounds, including a compound fracture of his arm he bound to the broken stock of a rifle. Doss was the first conscientious objector to win the Medal of Honor.


This is an amazing story of faith and love, where a man following the convictions of his heart, thought it wrong to take another life; but nevertheless at the risk of his own life, he took numerous risks, while under fire to save the lives of countless soldiers, on both sides too; as he also risked his life to save enemy soldiers as well.

God must have assigned angels to watch over this Christian Brother, as he took the step of faith to trust his life and situation completely into God’s hands.

I feel this is an example of what faith is, where we abandon ourselves completely, into the hands of our Lord; and are willing to step out into the void, casting all of our trust upon Him; trusting that once we do, in accordance with God’s Word and the convictions of our heart, that God will sustain us.

I feel strongly that this is an example and a message for us all to look to in these days. Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland


From: RBC Ministries [mailto:donotreply@rbc.org]
Sent: Saturday, June 05, 2010 9:10 PM
To: theskipper@cox.net
Subject: Our Daily Bread — June 6, 2010


June 6, 2010

A Hero Who Healed

Do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. —1 Peter 3:14

Corporal Desmond Doss was the first conscientious objector to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor, the United States’ highest military award.

A devout follower of Christ, Doss believed that it was not right for him to kill others, but he wanted to serve his country so he volunteered as a medic.

During boot camp, his fellow soldiers ridiculed him for refusing to fire a rifle. They mocked him when he read his Bible and knelt beside his bunk at night to pray. But in combat, it was a different story.

During the World War II battle for Okinawa in May 1945, Doss repeatedly risked his life to rescue scores of wounded men.

Through his unselfish actions, he earned the gratitude and respect of his former critics and of those whose lives he saved.

In the face of unjust criticism, Peter told his fellow Christians, “Even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. ‘And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled’?” (1 Peter 3:14).

He urged them to honor God in their hearts and be ready to give a respectful reply to anyone who asked about the hope within them (v.15).

May our response to a hurting world that’s often hostile to Christ be one that demonstrates God’s love. —David McCasland

We’re told to love the enemies
That in this life we face,
For showing love that’s not deserved
Reveals to them God’s grace. —Bosch

To return good for good is human; to return good for evil is divine.


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