Tinkering around the edges

I was just wondering what the Lord was up to this evening, wondering if maybe he’d like for me to do something different from what I was doing (reading stuff online), like pray, study, or what… when he said, “I’m tinkering around the edges.” Huh?

“When I see a loose thread, I’m pulling it.” Loose thread? What does that mean? I asked.

Some loose threads lead to knots, he said. Knotty problems. Knotty emotions. Knotty headaches and heartaches. So, I’m carefully pulling the loose threads, untangling the knots.

I suddenly visualized knotted muscles, knotted nerves, knotted relationships, and now a gentle scarred hand, painstakingly and patiently untangling those knots, soothing as he goes.

Scarred no more

Like many people my age, I have several scars on my body. One large one across my chest is from breast cancer surgery a few years ago. There’s a small one on my upper arm and another small one on my face, both from skin cancer surgery some years before that.

One scar is a faded half-circle from an accident with a kitchen knife as a child – I was trying to slice myself a hunk of cheese and sliced my finger in the process. Another almost forgotten scar is a tiny circular hole on my neck from a BB gun shot as an even younger child, when a childhood pal’s carefully aimed shot bounced off something and hit me instead.

It missed anything vital, thankfully, but it bled like crazy. My playmate ran one way and I ran the other, and we both tried to keep my grandmother and his mom from finding out about it.

This post is about scars, a dream, and a loving God.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Last night I had an interesting dream. In a room somewhere I was standing talking to two men. I had just prayed for both of them to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which they did. Then I heard a voice say, “Now you pray in tongues,” and so I began to do just that. The prayer was directed at just one of those two men.

As I prayed, words began to flow that I knew weren’t my usual prayer language. There was an authority, a sense of commanding something, not just asking for something.

I saw a v-shaped area of the man’s neck and upper chest, scarred from multiple small slashes. My words changed to English as the Lord began to speak to him.

“You have been cut over, and over, and over. You have been attacked and hurt, injured and damaged again and again with small slices and slashes. Now a thick scar has grown over that area, not hiding the injuries, just covering them. The scar doesn’t prevent more attacks, they still come and the scar grows heavier,” he said.

“Today the scar is being healed, soothed, erased and removed. The damage is being reversed.”

I watched in the spirit as the Lord’s hand gently moved over the area, and with each pass of the hand another layer of the scar disappeared. In a few moments the skin was clear, clean, blemish-free and healthy. And supernatural strength was replacing weakness in him, not just on the surface of his body, but deep in his soul and spirit.

At that point I woke up and knew the dream wasn’t just a dream. It was prophetic. I began to intercede and ask the Lord to perform that word.

Somewhere there is someone who is scarred from multiple attacks of the enemy. His (or her) mind, heart, and body have been injured. A protective scar has developed to hide the damage, but the Lord sees it.

And the Lord wants to fill that person with the Holy Spirit and with God’s own creative power, to make them completely whole, healthy and strong in spirit, soul and body.

Amen.

2016 – what will it be like?

Praying before sleep one night last week, I asked the Lord about next year. “What will it be like? Worse than 2015? More disasters, chaos, tragedies? More wars?”

“Appointments met,” he said. “Promises kept. Prophecies fulfilled. A year of kairos moments.”

Kairos – the appointed time, in due season, the fullness of time, at a fixed and definite time, for a certain time only.

It’s going to be an interesting year.

Prophetic posts

JesusConversingFor whatever reason I felt over the last few days that I should re-read / re-post these. They go back several years. If you’d like to read them in order, just start at the bottom of the list.

https://estherspetition.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/rebellion-has-consequences/

 

The river of God’s glory is becoming visible

The River
6 May 2015

The river of God’s glory is becoming visible. Eternal, unlimited by time or place, one nation or one continent, the river of God’s glory has been obscured by clouds of doubt and unbelief.

Desperate pain, prayers for rescue, repentance, pleas for mercy and for His presence, are clearing away the clouds.

The river is becoming visible again.

You can’t put the river in a box.
You can build docks and quays, piers and ports, but you can’t enclose the river.
You can build a dam and make a lake, but you can’t stop the river.
You can use the river or abuse the river, but you can’t kill the river.

You can ignore the river or acknowledge the river. Best let the river fulfill its function.
Best let it take you where it’s going.

“Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.” (Ezek. 47:5)

“And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” (Rev. 22:1)

“For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab. 2:14)

An era is ending

“But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.” (I Cor. 14:3 NIV)

A teacher once told our Sunday School class that prophecy today isn’t authentic unless it does one of those three things, and therefore it would always be pleasant or positive. Since the main subject of that day’s lesson was something else, I gave her comment little thought. I didn’t know much about prophecy at the time, Old Testament or New Testament.

Then one day I read Acts 21:10-14. The passage describes a prophet named Agabus, who came down from Judea to give Paul a prophecy about his upcoming trip to Jerusalem. It wasn’t pleasant or positive. “Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’” (verse 11)

Hearing that, Paul’s friends tried to persuade him not to go to Jerusalem. They thought that since God was warning him about the dangers awaiting him there, that trip wasn’t God’s will for him.

But Paul knew that it was. The word Agabus delivered was encouraging and comforting to him, because it confirmed what the Lord had already shown him. “I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” (Acts 9:16) He needed his friends to pray with him and for him, as he followed the itinerary God had set for him.

Once again this week I’ve gotten emails from several prophetic-type ministries, full of pleasant and positive words for 2015. Long-awaited answers to prayer are coming. Revival is coming. Awakening is coming.

I believe those words are authentic for many people. They will see breakthroughs this year, answers to their prayers. But at the same time, the Lord is still sending out the types of prophecies that Paul received. The following is one of them.

Why am I sharing this? Because just as in Paul’s day, prayer is needed, persistent prayer, unceasing prayer, informed and intelligent prayer, that in the midst of the increasing turmoil and tragedy, God’s will, WILL be done.
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February 28, 2015

Last night I asked the Lord to speak to me, instead of me just talking and asking him for anything. About what? he asked. Anything you like, I said.

The world is winding down, he said. The era is ending. The planet is experiencing it right along with the people.

I thought about the record storms that have hit this country in the last month, record ice, snow, cold temperatures. And not just America, record-breaking weather has occurred around the globe. Consequences of spiritual rebellion being carried out in the physical realm?

As I was wondering what “the era” meant, he said, this era of grace.

“Where sin abounded” — and it is certainly abounding, I thought to myself — “grace did much more abound.” (Romans 5:20 KJV)

I thought about the hundreds or thousands of Christians being slaughtered for their faith in Africa and the Middle East. Yet at the same time, ever-increasing numbers of people are coming to Christ. Multitudes are being born again in the midst of unimaginable horror.

And I thought about the fact that those murderous inhuman beings are infiltrating the United States now. One recent headline said there are ISIS groups in all 50 states now.

They are indeed inhuman, the Lord said. They are no longer normal human beings, they have been co-opted by evil. There is no humanity in their thinking, no “fellow feeling” for babies, children, women, the elderly, anyone, not even those of their own ethnic origins. Not even those of their own religion.

They know only blood thirst, hunger for power, world dominion. Deceived, corrupted in the very core of their soul, they deceive and corrupt their own followers.

This era of mercy and grace and peace with God is more and more being shared by an era of grievous evil, which will certainly be followed by judgment and justice.

Chaos, disaster, destruction, mass murder, horrendous cruelty is accelerating, spreading as a plague across Asia, Africa, soon Europe and eventually the Americas. I was dumbfounded at what I was beginning to visualize, the possibility of it happening here in our own streets.

How long do we have? I asked him, before there is no more opportunity for people to hear the gospel and believe? Pray, was all he said. PRAY.

Pray what?! Pray that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. II Peter 3:9, “The Lord is … not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentence.”

Mysteries of God

MysteriesIn recent weeks I’ve read a lot of offers to inform me of God’s mysterious will for 2015 – for a fee – from people young and old, male and female, some of whom I’d heard of before, others not.

Most of these folks are self-proclaimed prophets, some with unknown track records, some with quite questionable track records.

A few of these offers come with glowing testimonials that all their previous prophecies have come true. We’re supposed to take their word for that, of course.

I’m not taking any of these folks up on their offers.

Now, I do believe there are legitimate prophets in the world today. However, none of them are offering to sell me their revelations about 2015. If they believe God is asking them to tell the world a specific message, perhaps a warning, perhaps an urgent request to intercede, they just go ahead and do it, free of charge. Those I actually pay attention to.

And I do read articles by authors I trust who teach and expound on end-time scriptures. They are giving their interpretation of scriptures and never claim to be prophets with esoteric knowledge.

If you know me, you know I love spy novels, dramas and murder mysteries.* Science fiction, historical adventures, crime novels or contemporary espionage – as long as the plot is complex enough so that you can’t figure it out too soon, it appeals to me. A touch of humor never hurts, either.

Apparently God loves mysteries too. Secret things. Hidden treasures. And he is quite willing to reveal his mysteries to those he loves and who love him. “He revealeth the deep and secret things;” “There is a God in heaven who revealeth secrets.” Daniel 2:22, 28

Jesus carefully planted clues to the best mystery of all time, the whole reason he took on human flesh – to enable us to have a direct connection to God, by way of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Want to know one of God’s secrets for 2015 (or today, or next week)? You don’t need to go out a buy a prophecy. Just ask him.

Since the coming of the Holy Spirit, God will reveal his mysteries to any believer who wants to know, not just to a hand-picked few (as he had to do before that). See John chapters 14-16, especially 16:13: “He will show you things to come.”

He doesn’t want us to remain ignorant about those things. The reason he walked the roads and towns, talking to curious listeners, collecting followers as he went, has been explained by the Holy Spirit and recorded in the scriptures.

Revealing why he took the time to teach and train them, why he chose twelve of them to be apostles, Jesus told the disciples what was really going on. God’s mysteries were going to be unveiled to those who not only listened, not only followed, but believed what he was telling them.

Sometimes Jesus taught the principles of God’s kingdom in parables to the crowd, then explained the meaning privately to the disciples. They asked him one day why he was doing that. “He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” Matt. 13:11

“All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.” Matt. 13:34-35  (Quoting Ps. 78:2.)

“And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.” Luke 8:10

Jesus wanted the disciples to understand God’s plan. But if the Pharisees understood what he was really saying, they would have tried to stop that plan much earlier than the Lord wanted. “Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”  I Cor. 2:8

Jesus had a timetable to keep. He didn’t want any monkey-wrenches thrown by the enemy.  And so he carefully crafted clues to God’s mysteries, knowing that once the Holy Spirit came, the disciples would get it. And that is exactly what happened.

The Apostle Paul explained it in his letter to the Colossians, and described the various aspects of God’s mysteries in several other epistles:

“Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Col. 1:25-27

“Let a man so account of us as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.” I Cor. 4:1

“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.” I Cor. 13:2

“For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.” I Cor. 14:2

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” Rom. 11:25

“Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:” Rom. 16:25-26

“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” I Cor. 2:7-10

“Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:” Eph. 1:9-10

“How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:” Eph. 3:3-6

“And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God” Eph. 3:9-10

“And (pray) for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.” Eph. 6:19

Paul prayed for believers he had not yet met, which certainly includes those living today: “That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Col 2:2-3

That’s my prayer for myself, my family and friends, and for the entire church these days.

* Originally titled, Why I Love Murder Mysteries: http://scfamilymemories.wordpress.com/2010/11/18/mimi-my-ordinary-grandmother-part-ii/