Thursday, August 29, 2019

Ponderings on Being Born Again

      After a discussion last night in our small group I have been thinking about being born again.

      The discussion began with someone asking how to respond to a person who says they are a Christian but because of grace--God's forgiveness--they can continue living as they did before they were saved.   Could it be the person is not really saved?  Wouldn't a person who really understands the love of God want to do everything with Him in mind, to please Him in all their actions?
      We agreed in theory this is what would happen, but we also agreed that God looks on the heart and therefore some who are doing things we are judging as not appropriate for a Christian actually have the intention and desire (but because of past hurts or other factors do not have the ability) to do what pleases God and He judges them accordingly. We decided we are not to judge but to pray for them to come to spiritual maturity.
      I began thinking about the natural birth process. These are just my ponderings.  I haven't put it all together yet.  I don't know if it even fits, I'm just thinking and sometimes I need to think out loud to know what I really believe.
       I do believe in the natural order that life begins at conception, but it must grow and mature in the womb before it is able to be born into the natural world.  When it has become a viable life--one that is able to live without the insulation and nourishment of the womb--it is born into the natural world where it still needs care to bring it to maturity.
      In the spirit could the moment we give our lives to Jesus (what we often call salvation) be compared to conception?  Could it also be in the spiritual world that we have a time of growth where we are  nourished and brought to an understanding of what it means to walk in the spirit with Jesus as Lord before we are actually ready to be born again?  Could being born again actually be what we have often called the baptism in the Spirit?
       There has been much discussion in many different circles about whether we can lose our salvation. In the natural, once we are born we can't go back to the womb, so it would seem that once we are born again, we can't go back to life before we were born again.  But if we turn away and live a life rejecting God, does that mean we were never really 'born again?'  Could it be our spiritual lives were aborted before we actually were mature enough to be born again?
      Some consider falling into sin as rejecting God.  I don't believe that is always the case.  We are weak and often do things contrary to what we believe or desire.  Obviously, we can totally turn away from God, but even then He looks at our hearts.  Often people turn away in great discouragement, not because they choose evil.  Is there also a parallel in the natural world that some people die before their time?  Could our rebellion cause us to die before we reach maturity?
     As we discussed last night, it is not our place to judge, but to pray we all come to the maturity in Christ that God desires for us.
      What do you think?  I would love to hear your ideas.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Another great quote found on The Patriot Post

Observations: "Trump has been strongly pro-life, strongly pro-American, strongly pro-Israel, strongly pro-capitalism, and he has pushed back against the freedom-robbing regulatory state. He cut taxes and he left evangelicals alone. He didn't sue the nuns. He doesn't want our guns. Voting for Trump is not 'trading Christian values for political power.' It's voting in self-defense against the radical, evangelical-hating left and hoping for the best — and getting more than expected." —Bryan Preston

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

You Can't Fix Other People, But You Can Fix Yourself

Watching this should be mandatory in schools today!!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

"Daughters of God, Your New Beginning Is Here!" Lana Vawser

This is a "now" word from Lana Vawser, I believe.

Unraveling and Revealing
Recently I heard the Lord say, "Daughters of God, your new beginning is here." From this statement I sensed, strongly, the Lord's heart to encourage you, His daughters. A decree from Heaven surrounded me, declaring a new beginning over you! A shift has been decreed and a great UNRAVELLING and REVEALING is now beginning to take place.
The Lord spoke to me that this unraveling and revealing is beginning to manifest in the lives of His daughters in accelerated ways in this new era. God is unraveling the chains that have held you. God is unraveling the mindsets that have contained you. God is unraveling the oppression that has suffocated you. God is unraveling the whirlwind of despair and discouragement that have continued to keep you in a place of disorientation.
The Lord is now revealing exactly what the new beginnings look like. You are coming into fresh revelation of your identity. You are coming into greater clarity of your calling. You are coming into greater awareness of the Spirit of God operating in your life and through your life. You are coming into a season of CONFIDENCE in the voice of God and what He is speaking. No longer will you be tossed, to and fro, by confusion and the enemy "twisting" the Word of the Lord, but you are coming forth with an assurance of the Lord's voice like never before.
You NEED this confidence in hearing the voice of God because of WHERE He is going to send you. You need it for the new assignments, the new doors, and the new and adventures and ventures with Him. The Lord has to make sure that you are concreted and fortified in HIS voice alone. (Photo via Unsplash)
There has been an intense boot camp and resistance training happening for the daughters of God in many ways, where the Lord is building spiritual faith muscles in His daughters. He is building the faith muscles to push back against circumstances and what the enemy is saying and for us to stand in the Word of God alone.
The Lord is building the fortification and confidence in His voice so that the Esthers may go forth with the fire of His Word in their bellies to bring major change to cities and nations, shaping and influencing culture, and seeing the Kingdom of God extended.
You Are Writing a New Story
I heard the Lord say, "You are writing a new story." The journey is changing. One story has ended and now another begins. The Lord has so many divine surprises for you in this new era, and it is the responsibility of the daughters of God to BE READY!
It is IMPERATIVE in this hour to be praying and asking the Lord, "How can I be ready? God, what does it look like for me to be ready? Lord, make me ready." It is vital that the daughters of God are found with enough oil in their lamps (Matthew 25:1-13). The King of Glory is coming (Psalm 24:7-9), and there is a divine, significant moment upon the daughters right now of coming further into their identity, inheritance and influence.
Don't be afraid of the new story, it is a story where you will see the Lord MAKE HISTORY in your life and through your life. You will see Him move FOR YOU and THROUGH YOU in ways that are going to change how things have been and how things will be FOREVER. 
There is a lot at stake right now. It is so crucial to be in the secret place with the Lord delighting in Him, knowing Him, keeping the affections of your heart upon Him alone and following His direction.
Rewired and Required
I had a vision and I saw Jesus working on the brains of His daughters. He looked like a surgeon—the "Master Surgeon." He looked up at me smiling and said, "The time for the divine REWIRING has arrived."
The I was immediately surrounded with a strong sense that, in the lives of His daughters, the Lord is bringing to the surface the "thought patterns" and the "strongholds of the mind" that are not in line with what He says, His Word or the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).
The Lord is bringing these mindsets to the surface in many ways, and they are coming up "one after another, after another." Do not panic or be discouraged as they arise. The Lord is bringing them up so you can repent of aligning with them, breaking your agreement with them, and asking the Holy Spirit for His truth. (Photo via Pixabay)
In this process a MAJOR rewiring is taking place. It's a rewiring that is meant to produce healing, deliverance, freedom and upgrades.
The Lord then showed me the word "REQUIRED." Again, the vision of Esther came before me and I heard the Lord say, "THEY WILL BE REQUIRED OF." You will be called upon. You will be placed in specific divine moments in this new era, set up by the hand of the Lord with your mouth FULL of the wisdom of God to speak forth to one, to one hundred, and to many—wherever the Lord sends you. But now is the time where you are being "REQUIRED OF" to take your place and move into all that He has for you. Now is the time (Esther 4:14)!
You have known deep battles of the mind and torment of the mind, but the Lord is breaking them through the deeper training that is upon you of renewing your mind, living by faith, living in a higher reality, and coming up the mountain.
Ask for God's wisdom (James 1:5) and you will be filled to the brim, overflowing with His heavenly wisdom, discernment, direction and blueprints from Heaven. The shift has arrived! Your new beginning has BEGUN. Watch the unraveling and revealing take place! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Lana Vawser
Lana Vawser Ministries

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Encouragement to Continue in Praise & Worship

    A few months ago we started a monthly event during the summer months at the Linn Park Amphitheater which we are calling "Elevate Praise."  I was excited and encouraged because I felt it was an inspiration from the Lord, but attendance dwindled until the last event had only about 60 people. (We have one scheduled event left on September 8).  I started to get discouraged and began talking seriously about it with the Lord.  Were we to continue?
    He has brought several encouraging words to me since then, including His perspective that one person whose heart is turned toward him in worship blesses Him, so of course He loved it when 60 people came together with the express purpose of worshipping Him!
    A few days ago I came across a video of Ruth Heflin on YouTube and then watched an interview with a woman who had been her friend.  In it, she mentioned that Ruth said, "We are to praise until the spirit of`worship comes; worship until the glory comes; and then stand in the glory."  I long for this type of worship but have rarely experienced it corporately because many churches and worship leaders equate singing a few songs/hymns with worship, not understanding they are to be a gateway into His Presence.
    Ruth's book, Glory: Experiencing the Atmosphere of Heaven, was mentioned in the interview so I ordered it from my favorite used book site: and began reading this excellent, inspiring book!
   Ruth says on p. 10 that "On New Year's Eve the Lord spoke to us and said, "Even now, while you are praising me, I am pouring out My Spirit in another part of the city.""  This excited me so, because it is part of the vision we have for Elevate Praise--that as we worship Jesus, those in our cities and surrounding areas will be changed.  How exciting and it certainly encourages me that we should continue!
    Then as I was reading further in the book today (pp. 110-111) an idea I had never considered was presented.  Ruth said. "You may feel that everyone else can worship better than you.  Everyone seems to be so eloquent, so articulate, while you struggle with your inhibitions.  That's not true.  Maybe they can make a better pizza than you.  They might do better on a particular job than you.  But your worship is distinctive, it is uniquely "YOU."  It touches the heart of God.  He longs to hear YOUR words of love, the expression of YOUR heart, the groaning of YOUR spirit.  Even if it comes forth in very simple utterances, even in sighs, don't compare yourself with others.  God desires YOUR worship."
   Had you ever considered this?  You are uniquely created by God to worship Him.  He has given you a unique sound that only you can produce.  How amazing!  How wonderful to be able to give something to God that only we can give!

Then another means of encouragement came today through this article which was posted on the Elijah List.
Prophetic word released on August 13, 2019:
Recently as I was in worship, the Lord began to highlight to me the season we're currently embarking upon with the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock here in America. 
As I continued to worship I heard the Lord say, "I am releasing a massive revival within the global worship movement of our time. Yes, I am hitting the reset button on worship as we've known it. I'm releasing a fresh wave of My Spirit on the global worship movement in ways you've never seen before. I'm ushering this generation into a new era where holy worship unto Me will be restored and raised up all throughout the earth.
"There are new sounds and new expressions of worship that will break out in every place of the earth. Over the next 90 days, I am inviting My Bride into a new place of worship, a new place of intimacy, a new place of glory. Yes," the Lord said, "we're coming into days of ascension."
This is where we will literally see people begin to fix their gaze on the Lord. God is inviting His people to ascend the mountain of the Lord.
An Invitation to Ascend His Mountain
I saw God inviting people, through the vehicle of worship, to the high places over cities, over regions, over nations. Yes, even over various spheres of society. The Lord says that the next 90 days are very crucial for people to turn their hearts and fix their eyes on the Lord. This worship revival that is breaking forth in the earth right now will cause a ripple effect within nations. It's coming to disrupt chaos and confusion. It's coming to dismantle the powers of darkness through the sound of laid-down worship. 
It's time for the lovers of God, those who are passionate, to rise up. There's a release of new songs that will be born out of the chambers of intimacy. It's an hour where new songs and music will be released. Yes, it's the sound of vertical worship. It's the beautiful sound upon the beautiful mountain of the Lord. The Lord says, "We will ascend Mount Zion. I'm taking My global Bride to new heights and new realms in Me."
Worship in Unconventional Locations
I began to see, in the spirit, people worshiping outside in the most unconventional locations. I saw people worshiping in large stadiums and being consumed by the weighty presence of God and the sound of pure worship. I hear the Lord saying: "Movement of worship will not be confined to the four walls." I saw worshipers being raised up on the various mountains of influence, specifically in education. (Photo via Unsplash)
The Lord says, "I'm gonna cause the secret place to be revealed in public places, where worship will begin to infiltrate schools across the world. New worship training schools will be raised up and they will receive new marching orders. A new and fresh fervency is coming upon worship schools in this hour. Pastors and leaders will begin to share about My presence and share about true worship unto Me. It will be an experience, not just a mere teaching. It will be encounters of My glory, of My fire and of My presence. 
"I am bringing My Bride into a time of experiencing My manifest presence in unprecedented ways. Yes, the Man whose eyes are filled with fire and whose voice is like the sound of many waters will go to manifest and show up in the place of worship. Wherever you build an altar to Me, I will show up," says the Lord.
Revelation 1:14"The hairs of His head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire."
God says, "It's time to park around the presence. I'm inviting My people all across the world to park around the ark of My glory. Families will begin to gather around the table of My presence in living rooms; people will assemble for worship at their jobs; worship will spread in schools and breakout in the streets. There is a righteous redemption that is coming, likened to Woodstock, but it's a holy movement of worship. Think it not strange that Woodstock began in Bethel, New York." (Bethel means "House of God.")
The Wedding Veil of the Bride and the Crown of His Authority
Dear friends, there is a return of holy worship that is coming back to the house of God. This revival movement in worship will unleash an uncompromising wave of purity, holiness, righteousness, healing and justice in the nations of the earth. The Lord says, "Not only am I raising up worshipers, but I am filling the earth with the songs of the Bride and the songs of the Bridegroom."
I began to see a wedding veil land on top of the Church once again, and shortly after the wedding headdress came over the head of the Church, I began to see a crown come down over the wedding veil.
The Lord says, "As My people worship in this hour, I will release the crown of My authority. I am doing away with the separation between the sound of intimate worship and the sound of warfare, for I am raising up kings and priests. I am raising up My bridal warriors. Out of the place of lovesick worship I will release My authority. I will release My revelation and, yes, I will release keys and strategies to overturn the powers of darkness."
3 Months of Increased Revelation and Visibility
The Lord says, "This will be an hour of increased revelation and visibility of My Spirit. This movement of worship will lead the way even over the next 3 months, even as you step into Rosh Hashanah.(Photo via Pixabay)
"Get ready to see a new sound come out of South America, specifically out of Colombia, out of Venezuela, and out of Brazil. Get ready to see Australia and various nations within Africa and the UK break forth in the new sound and new songs. I'm even raising up a new wave of Celtic worship. 
"There is a new dance and a new sound that is rising up out of the nations; it's gonna bring provision. Places that are in war and in danger, where people are bound in chains spiritually and naturally, will hear the sound of the Lord's protection. There is a breakthrough sound of worship."
Isaiah 60:1"Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you."
To the Songwriters, Musicians and Worship Teams
The Lord says over songwriters, musicians and worship teams, "A new day has come. Yes, it's time to write the songs, it's time to produce the new music." There's a convergence sound of generations, nations, tribes and tongues that needs to be heard.
"Get ready," says the Lord, "there is a radical uprising for burning hearts that will release holy worship unto Me that will sweep across the earth in this season, and the days and seasons to come," says the Lord. Let your worship go forth! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Torrey Marcel Harper
Global Prayer Room


Monday, August 12, 2019

Indiana State Fair

   Country Guy and I went the the Indiana State Fair on Saturday with one of our grandsons and his girlfriend.  We had a really fun time!  Of course, we ate too much!  Have you ever tried Duck Fries?  Neither had we, but they were actually excellent!  We also had corn dogs, gyros, cheese curds, a hamburger with doughnuts on it, mini-donuts, ice cream and sati-baba.  Fortunately, we decided early on to buy only one of many of the items and all try it, otherwise we would have been sick!

     We toured the tiny houses, the aquarium, watched the dog tricks show, rode the Sky Train, and petted goats, sheep and pigs.

But by far the highlight for me was the Perceron/Clydesdale Six Hitch show.  Since our committee decided it was not a wise use of our money to host the Heritage Days Draft Horse Show anymore I have been missing those beautiful horses. The Fair had 18 entries with the competition divided into 4 separate events for maneuverability.

After judging all were brought back into the arena.  So many beautiful horses!!

Three of the 18 had been to our Heritage Days Horse Show in previous years so it was fun to cheer for them.  Amazingly, our grandson, who had never been to a draft horse competition, picked the first place winner--Jackson Fork Ranch from Bondurant, WY-- out of the 18!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Neil T Anderson "Spiritual Warfare" Full exclusive interview

I've been watching/listening to youtube videos of Neil Anderson's messages this week.  He has so much wisdom and imparts it in such a calm, well understood manner.  This one has many nuggets that are also found in many of his other videos.  I have since ordered some of his books through to share with others.