3/31/2020 3,716

3,716 died today; spirits departed from this world while we prayed, “In wrath, remember mercy.” We speak as though to put God in remembrance of Himself. We talk as though a just God needs reminding that He is merciful, as well. But no. God’s attributes are always infinite and immutable. He does not change. He is forever merciful and just, gracious and good. He’s still as He has ever been, never laying aside one aspect for another.

3,716 died today, and it is we who need re-membering. Jesus never told us to pray that He would remember us, but instead, we are to remember Him. We who have dismembered Him from our lives, our churches, our world, and in doing so severed ourselves from the vine and our branch is withering. In our desperation, we need to re-member a holy God to ourselves – the Living, All-Powerful, Sovereign God, whose hand reaches out still. In our brokenness and frailty, in our inability and grief, we must welcome Him in His wholeness and strength, His power and wonder back into our world.

In repentance and communion, we invite Him in His fullness to consume our fear in His love and restore us to Himself. We cry aloud in awe of Him to revive us, our communities, our nation, our world, and once again release ourselves to become the work of His hand instead of our own. We pray He will make Himself known as we fall upon His mercy, and once more lead us out of darkness into His purifying light.

3,716 died today, and God is not unfeeling or impersonal. To us, it’s a global number, but to Him, it is many names. Names of those for whom He died. Names He greatly loved. And if we are to have His heart, ours must be rent ’til the number for us becomes a name.

Joel 2:12-13, “’Now, therefore,’ says the LORD, ‘Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.’ So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm.” 

3/23/2020 Christ Revealed

Throughout this national trial, many church leaders have focused on the last days and prophetic words within the book of Revelation. I, however, would like to point out that it is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, so that everywhere we look, we should see Jesus. I have been going through Revelation with the sole purpose of discovering who Christ is in it by identifying His names. It is as complete as I can make it, but perhaps your translation provides different names. Besides each name is the verses in which I found it.
 
One interesting discovery in this short study is that God, in all of His attributes, is mentioned most often, with the Lamb, Lord God, the One who sits on the Throne, and the Almighty regularly mentioned. What does that mean during our times of trial? It reemphasizes that redemption is God’s priority, that the sacrifice of the Lamb covers us, and that He remains on the throne regardless of the opinions of others. He has not abdicated it, nor has He abandoned His Lordship. God remains sovereign and is continually seeking to reconcile man to Himself. His hand is stretched out still.
 
I pray you are encouraged by this list and will praise Him with us, as we honor the King of kings and Lord of lords.
 
The Revelation of Jesus Christ Firstborn from the Dead (1:5) Ruler of the kings of the earth (1:5) Lover of man (1:5) Deliverer of man (1:5) Alpha and Omega (1:8, 21:6, 22:12) The Almighty (1:8, 4:8,11:17, 15:3, 16:7, 14, 19:6,15, 21:22) The One who was, and is, and is coming (1:8, 1:4, 4:8,11:17, 16:4) Son of Man (1:13, 14:14) First and the Last (1:17, 2:8, 22:12) The Living One; was dead & is alive (1:18, 2:8,7:2) Forever Alive (1:18, 4:10; 10:6) Holder of the Keys of Death and Hell (1:18) The One who holds the seven stars &walks among seven lampstands (2:1) The One with a sharp, two-edged sword in mouth (2:12) The Son of God (2:18) One whose eyes are a flaming fire & whose feet are like bronze (1:14, 19:12) One who examines minds & hearts (2:23) Shepherd (2:27,7:17, 12:5, 19:15) Potter (2:27) One who has the seven spirits of God & the seven stars (3:1) The Holy One (3:7, 4:8, 6:10, 16:4) The True One (3:7, 6:10) The One who has the key of David (3:7)
 
The One who opens & closes doors no one else can (3:7) The Amen (3:14) The Faithful & True Witness (3:14, 1:5) Our Lord & God (4:8, 11;11:15,17, 15:3, 4, 16:7, 18:8, 19:6, 21:22, 22:5, 6) The One Seated on the Throne (4:2,3,9-10, 5:1, 13, 6:10,7:10,11,15, 20:11, 21:5) The Originator of God’s Creation (3:14, 4:11) The Lion from the Tribe of Judah (5:8, 17:14) The Lamb (5:6, 9, 12,13, 6:1,10, 7:9,10, 14,17, 12:11, 13:8, 14:1, 4, 10, 15:3, 19:7,9, 21:9, 14, 22, 23, 27, 22:1, 3) The Root of David (5:8, 22:16) The Victor (5:8) Worthy (5:9) Judge & Avenger (6:10) God, Living (1:1,6,8,2:7,3:2,12,5:10, 7:2,3,10-11,15,17, 11:19,12:5, 14:7, 15:2, 16:9,10,14, 16:21, 17:17, 18:5, 19:1,4, 5, 9, 10, 15, 17, 20:6, 21:2, 3, 7, 10, 11, 23, 22:1, 3, 9, 22:18, 19) Guide (7:17) Messiah (11:15, 20:4,6) Maker of Heaven and Earth (14:7) One Seated on the Cloud (14:15,16) King of the Nations (15:3) Jesus (17:6, 19:10, 20:4, 22:16, 20, 21) Righteous One (16:4) King of kings (17:14, 19:16) Lord of lords (17:14, 19:16) The Beginning and the End (21:6, 22:12) Faithful & True (19:11) Word of God (19:13) Bright and Morning Star (22:16)

3/16/2020 A Preponderance of Peace

To My children, I am giving a preponderance of peace amid this pandemic of fear. Be assured that My love has not changed – I am the Immutable God. Choose to walk in My love and be still, for surely, I will deliver you through this storm. Is anything too hard for Me? When the world asks, “Where is their God?” your tranquility will be their answer. I am yet speaking and moving among you. Choose to listen to My voice and walk forward, having shod yourselves with the gospel of peace. Let your testimony be that of a calm and quiet spirit and one who knows their God! Is. 26:3-4, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, for in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.” NKJV

3/5/2020 Sacrifice Your Promise

Are you willing to sacrifice your promise for My Person? As Abraham was willing to sacrifice Isaac, so too, must you place the promise I gave you on the altar. Your inheritance is indeed great, but relationship with the Father, the Promise Giver, transcends it all. Apart from Me, the promise means nothing. Just as the prodigal son chose to demand the father’s promised inheritance and then came to ruin, many of My people are demanding My promises outside of their proper time. Many, too, are those like the elder son, who focused on increasing his inheritance by work and never stepped into the fullness of his position in the father. Be wise. The father released the son’s inheritance, even at the risk of losing his son, though the father watched diligently every day for his return. The father longed to give the elder anything he asked, but the son never stopped to bask in the depth and breadth of his father’s love. Neither son won, for the true inheritance was relationship with the father. Unclasp your hands and release even what I have promised and, in relationship with Me, you will find everything you need. Gen. 22:1-19, Luke 15:11-32, 2 Cor. 1:20-22, “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” NKJV