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Hearing His voice when all seems fog.

fogIt was another pea soup kind of morning on our commute to school. White fog laid lazily overtop the countryside like a heavy comforter, and showed no signs of rising anytime soon. The cars slowed, sending red hazy light into the clouds behind them.

The headlights coming from the other direction reminded me of The Jungle Book. The car approaching became Shere Khan, his glowing yellow eyes the only thing visible.

The menacing eyes came closer and closer through the fog until soon a maroon minivan rusting at the wheel wells slowly rumbled by. I silently reminded myself that I am nearly thirty years old and my imagination should at some point slow down. #SherekhanTraumaForLife

After we dropped little man off at school, the girls and I were unloading back at the house when a loud noise filled the air. An airplane was landing at the airport nearby, its massive body not far above our home but we couldn’t see anything through the white. The sound was loud enough to silence our conversation as my one year old pointed up. The intense blast reminded me of the upcoming Feast of Trumpets.

Fast forward through the morning a couple hours and there we were at the table, scribbling blue P’s across a scrap piece of paper and reading Nehemiah.

“Malchijah the son of Harim and Hashub the son of Pahath-Moab repaired another section, as well as the Tower of Ovens. And next to him was Shallum the son of Hallohesh, leader of half the district of Jerusalem; he and his daughters made repairs.” Neh. 3:11-12

The names go on and on. Names like Hallohesh and Harim, Melatiah and Jadon. All of them small characters in the Bible, listed once: building a wall.

This job was anything but small. These exiles, led by Nehemiah, took a huge risk. They had incredible faith that led them out of the life they knew in Babylon, and out into hostile territory to rebuild a wall that had been long demolished. They faced opposition immediately.

“Now it happened, when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being restored and the gaps were beginning to be closed, that they became very angry, and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion… and our adversaries said, ‘They will neither know nor see anything, till we come into their midst and kill them and cause their work to cease.’

… So it was from that time on, that half of my servants worked on construction while the other half held the spears, the shields, the bows, and wore armor.. those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon. Every one of the workers had his sword girded at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet was beside me.” Neh. 4

These workers had an enemy that they could see watching them from afar, plotting a plan of destruction. So they took up their swords and took up their hammers, and set out a watchman and kept working. And I’m sitting here on this foggy day thinking, Wow. Is this really any different?

When the trumpet sounds this week, may it remind me to the very center of my soul: the body of Messiah has an enemy that is angry with the walls of salvation. We have an enemy that would love nothing more than to come into our midst while we do not know it and cannot see. We have an enemy that would like to kill and cause our work to cease. Like a roaring lion, he seeks whom he may devour.

“Therefore, put on the full armor of God… with the belt of truth buckled around your waist… take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Eph. 6

If we are going to be doing kingdom work, we need, we need, we need, the sword of the Spirit (which is the Word of God) girded onto our bodies with the belt of truth. They conspired against Nehemiah by wanting to create confusion and come into their midst without them knowing, and I can tell you the plan has not changed.

May the trumpet sound. Let the warning awaken: confusion is for destruction. Confusion is the fog that will obscure your ability to see the menacing eyes that are but a stone’s throw away.

In all honesty? I can’t see everything clearly. I can’t see the whole picture, the mysterious plans laid out, the easy ABC version of the Bible. I feel like that fog can be thick in today’s world.

But praise be to the LORD Messiah, the trumpet sounds. Through the thickest fog, the sound cannot be stopped. Praise be to our gracious Father, for the still small voice that is leading when we stop and seek.

“Shema (hear!) O Israel, the LORD is our God, the LORD is one.” Deut. 6:4

Be still. Seek. Listen. Obey.

Take up your armor and keep working.

“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face shine upon us- so that Your ways may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations. May the peoples praise You, God; may all the peoples praise You.” Psalm 67

Abba may Your face shine upon us, so that Your ways may be known on earth. May Your face shine upon us, so that Your salvation may be known among all nations.

Because all of this? Every glorious sunrise, and singing songbird, and every flower stretching arms wide, it is for Your glory. Every child born with eyes of wonder and little fists reaching out, it is for Your glory and praise. May Your salvation and Your ways resound among all nations.

Let’s do this Kingdom work. Like those names listed one time building a wall, this is important. You are unique and valuable. May His face shine upon you. May the armor of God cover you. May the joy of the LORD fill you.

And may all the peoples praise.

-Aubrie

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Whisper

Whisper.

Gracefully, the whisper dances

Swooping, swaying, bending

Like the soft breeze upon the grass.

Can you see the sound beckoning?

 

The whisper does as whispers do,

The voice is heard by the listening few

But the dance of the whisper continues.

Can you see the sound beckoning?

 

Noise.

Like the tip-tap of a pen at pause.

Bills and deals need signing

Papers, projects, floor-plan designing.

Noise upon noise: confining.

 

The chit-chat of socializing

or internet style ostracizing

The world, a wide web now polarizing.

Noise upon noise: confining.

 

Politicians pushing policies

Like puppets fulfilling prophecies

Darkness falling, can we see?

Noise upon noise: confining.

 

Confining: like deafening

Dull of hearing, life-threatening.

Distracted to the point of surrendering.

 

Whisper.

Gracefully the whisper dances

Swooping, swaying, bending

Like the soft breeze upon the grass.

Can you hear the sound beckoning?

 

Life like grass.

Green, brown. Withered, past.

The noise does not last.

All of this noise does not last.

But I can see the sound and it’s beckoning

And I can hear the sound and it’s silencing.

The noise is all but lost on me

Because the quiet whisper calls to me.

 

Stop.

Can you hear it?

Can you see it?

 

The still small voice is beckoning.

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So Long Target { and why shutting them down is not my goal }

So Target has made the headlines.

trans bathroom

I do not have a Facebook news feed but if I did I am sure it would be full of opinions on it.

And knowing the hundreds of different views would scare me away from writing this. Because what if our opinions are different? The horrors!

Seriously, this is something I battle.

But that pyramid lesson is fresh so I will write on.

Target has made a bold statement with the bathroom situation.

They are leading the way for retailers to progress the progressive movement.

Progressive, only in the sense of constant forward movement away from what was. It is, in my opinion, currently a movement that is progressively digressive in many ways.

Today it is the bathrooms; next year it will be something different.

And we have people raising fists on both sides of the aisle, shouting to convince.

But shouting doesn’t convince. I don’t want to shout and I don’t even want to convince.

To persuade or guilt one another into a desired outcome is no victory. I respect your own ability to think and seek truth; these are simply my thoughts out loud.

“For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.” 2 Timothy 3

Unholy. That word catches my eye. In the last days, men {people} will be unholy.

What is holy?

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…” 2 Timothy 3

Scripture. There it is found. The instruction in righteousness, the blueprint for holy living.

“A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the Lord your God.” Deuteronomy 22:5

And here we have a great divide. Who believes in this God? Who believes in His Son? Who believes that the Father and the Son are one? This is the Father. This is the Father that the Son is one with. Holiness is important to Him. Holiness is important to His Son as well.

“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully on the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.’” 1 Peter 1:13-16

What is our response to this? For many it is offensive, this talk of lusts and ignorance, obedience and holiness. They war, we’ve all warred against this. Why do I have to change? How dare you call me sinful?

It all hinges on truth. His Word is either incredibly true or it’s not. If it is incredibly true, then we have a drastically different life ahead of us. Our thoughts, actions, decisions, everything hinges on His truth. There is no dictation of sin in others; there is persistent pointing to the One who holds the authority of what is sin. There is persistent pointing to the One who paid for that sin. There is persistent pointing to repentance and reconciliation, because He’s real and true and how can we bury that?

But He offends a lot of people. His way of holiness that wars against our flesh is offensive to those who do not love Him.

“… You will be hated by all for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” –Jesus, Matthew 24:9-12

Lawlessness. That word catches my eye. There will be offended people, deception, and lawlessness. The law of God will be trampled underfoot because it offends. Turn on the news and you can see this in action.

The deception is deep people. His name has been slandered, false prophets promoting this idea of grace-filled lawlessness. They dictate their god, divorcing him from righteousness. They carry their god wherever they please and many follow because they use His name. And these deceived people could someday find themselves surprised.

“Not everyone who says to Me ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven… I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” –Jesus, Matthew 7: 21 & 23

I never knew you. And you never knew Me. Workers of lawlessness. Deception and lawlessness go hand in hand.

If you talk about embracing and promoting biblical lawlessness to a group of young people today, no doubt you would hear applause and cheers.

But if you talk about embracing and promoting biblical lawlessness before the throne of the Most High God…. Can you imagine it?

We must know the real Him.

“The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant.” Psalm 25:14

Those who fear Him will be shown His covenant. Like the covenant of holiness between a husband and wife.

And we must know our real enemy.

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12

I am not against a person. I am not against a group of people who want to use the wrong bathroom. I am against the principalities that I cannot see. I am against the rulers of darkness who want to spread more darkness and confusion. I am against spiritual hosts of wickedness who want my mind and the minds of my children to love lawlessness and hate righteousness.

I would love for every single person who feels trapped in the wrong body to search for pain that is trapped in the heart. What have you been through? There is a God who makes forgiveness and freedom possible. There is a God who holds broken hearts in blood stained hands and heals and cleanses.

But you see? Those spiritual hosts of wickedness hate that. And they work against light to bring confusion and darkness. To trap those who already feel trapped.

I want no part of it.

There is not a shirt that is cute enough or a convenience factor that is worth it enough for me to give legs to anything that attacks truth.

I am not trying to shut Target down. Most likely, they will plow ahead with momentum and continue to support the message with force. It is not my goal to defeat and subdue these opposing forces. My goal is to be more fully surrendered to One who has already overcome.

The change I’m making? It’s in me. It’s in training my eyes for war, to see beyond the temporary trends. It’s in learning to forgo something that I want because in the end how will my actions, in any way shape or form, assist a message that attacks the truth of my King and encourages others to hate His Word? Yes, they’ve announced the bathroom deal. What about the things that haven’t been announced? What sort of money do they give to different organizations that tirelessly and passionately promote lawlessness? The spiritual battle is real on both sides of the fence, at work even in those who don’t believe in it.

We have to have spiritual eyes open wide.

Recently, I came across these words written by Kara Tippets in her final book, And It Was Beautiful. She went to be with the Lord last March.

“Last week, when I heard I may have another long road to travel this journey, I turned to Jason and cried. I told him how day after day this place is losing its grip on me. Driving down the street, this place sometimes feels so vulgar, so wanting my money without care for my heart. Billboards blare at me what to buy, what to think, how to vote. But the tie that binds me here is relationships. Sickness makes those bonds more real, more important. It’s people who grip my heart.”

I needed to hear that. She lived with the eternal as forefront thought. Because her temporary stay here? It was fleeting, going, and she knew it. The things that we obsess over were like moth and rust and she saw it. Our temporary stay here is fleeting as well. The rhythmic pulse of our hearts will one day stop and life will no longer course through our bodies. This cessation of life has to affect the way we live it.

“No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.” 2 Timothy 2:4

We have been enlisted to fight.

May we spur one another on, encourage, and challenge each other to fight and fight well.

Aubrie

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The Pope Visits: Shakira Sings “Imagine” and World Peace

The Pope visited the other day.

To be honest I haven’t a clue what he said, but I will look into that soon.

I heard Shakira sang a song for the Pope. “Imagine” by John Lennon. Have you heard of the song? This is how it goes.

shakira“Imagine there’s no heaven….” Again, this is in front of the Pope; the commander and chief of the Catholic Church, who as far as I know still claim to believe in Jesus Christ and the authority of the Bible. And was anyone there gathered in His Name? Then He was also present. Regardless, He heard. Ok, let’s start again.

 

“Imagine there’s no heaven

It’s easy if you try

No hell below us

Above us only sky

Imagine all the people

Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries

It isn’t hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for

And no religion too

Imagine all the people

Living life in peace

You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will live as one.”

I’m not sure how the Pope reacted to it, this song about world peace, peace finally after all these years! And the recipe is right there:

1. Stop believing in heaven

2. Stop believing in hell

3. Live for today

4. Stop believing in religion

5. Stop believing in something to die for

Mix that all together, uproot Jesus Christ and the Bible from out of our lives, and peace…. sweet peace… we’ll have it. Won’t we? That is certainly what Nero thought, along with many excited Roman fans as they watched Christians burn at the stake or run from hungry lions. Christianity was getting in the way of peace. Jesus, Prince of Peace, had taught people righteousness; He called for the repentance of sin and the dire need for His salvation; He told His disciples that they belong to His kingdom, and their hearts were filled with His Spirit of Holiness, and He brought peace. He brought peace. And those early Believers, they died for it. They broke Lennon’s World Peace recipe number 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. So did Jesus.

And as I see Shakira singing this song to the Pope, my heart beats faster and I want to plug my ears. What is this?!?

This is Christianity today. Blend it, mix it, dictate it, and eventually eradicate it. This has always been the goal of the enemy. This is his one mission. This time he’s using world peace as a cover slogan. Perhaps he knew “Get rid of Jesus and everything He stands for!” wouldn’t be as catchy. No, the title “Jesus” must stay in order for this to work (up until the final deception of the anti-Christ, the name Jesus will be upheld but they will change who He is to lead many into deception). They will do away with repentance of sin and salvation and heaven and hell. This Jesus will endorse whatever we wish him to. We no longer have to battle the flesh or feel bad about ourselves for anything and how peaceful that will be.

Do you believe in heaven? Do you believe in hell? Do you believe in anything at all worth dying for? You truly must answer that for yourself. Very soon. You must sit down and decide if you believe the Bible to be true and if you do, you better put on your big boy pants and brace yourself.

“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” Jesus, John 15:18-19

“For I am ready not only to be bound, but also die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” –Paul, Acts 21:13

While I view this song choice as very specific towards the direction the world is going, perhaps you feel it was just a random pick meant to “entertain” the Pope. I urge you to consider how the teachings of the Bible clash with today’s culture and only more so to come. I urge you to think deeply about it. You need to know in the marrow of your bones what is true, because it is worth dying for.

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

lennonJohn Lennon has long since passed away from this world now. Though his song about imagining a world with no heaven and no hell is still influencing people today, he has found out the truth; he has met the Prince of Peace, let us hope before he died. Perhaps if he could, he would write differently now? If we could go to the throne of God and then come back to live for a limited time on this earth, how would we do it differently? We all would in some way.

His son, Julian Lennon who was left by his father at five years old, told the London Telegraph, “I have to say that, from my point of view, I felt he was a hypocrite. Dad could talk about peace and love out loud to the world but he could never show it to the people who supposedly meant the most to him: his wife and son. How can you talk about peace and love and have a family in bits and pieces- no communication, adultery, divorce? You can’t do it, not if you’re being true and honest with yourself.”

Beloveds, I write not to belittle anyone, but to fight against the lies of this message of God-less peace because it is going to keep coming at us. John Lennon was simply a man and one filled with his own pain. He lived a hard life, having his own parents separate at the age of four and being sent to live with his aunt. He barely saw his own father. And these hearts, so many hearts around the world suffer like this. We can’t keep the message of salvation and the reality of a very loving God in the dark! The time is now!  Hurting people desperately need peace, and like Lennon many turn to drugs, or alcohol, or pills to find some sort of solace from the storm. We serve the King who calms the storm, and reconciles all the pain and the sin. Who is going to tell them?

And while they sing songs imagining God away, creating their own fabricated peace, we the body of Messiah cannot keep quiet. We absolutely cannot. Their blood will be on our hands if we refuse to share the Word of God (Ezekiel 3).

I do not listen to secular music, but upon doing some research about current singers, (because I don’t believe music is just music- it contains powerful messages if you’re listening), this song by Pitbull was interesting:

Lines taken from the song “We Are One”

“It’s your world, my world, our world today…

Show the world we are one

One night watch the world unite

Two sides, one fight and a million eyes

Full heart’s gonna work so hard

Shoot, fall, the stars

Fists raised up towards the sky

Tonight watch the world unite, world unite, world unite”

 

Two sides. One fight. Isn’t it? That’s all it’s been since the beginning.

And as this world unites, with fists raised up towards the sky, where do you stand?

They believe it’s their world. Theirs to run, theirs to control, theirs to receive the worship.

I know it’s not.

And I’ll leave you with this warning,

“For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.” 1 Thessalonians 5:2-4

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,

Aubrie

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A Prayer For Those Who Persecute

Human being

Who are you?

 

Muscle, blood, skin, bone

Soul, emotion, spirit

 

Powerful and hungry for more

Powerless and crying for help

 

History: over and over and over

There you are, anger coursing hot

Pain cut deep

So infected is your wound that you listen

You listen to the lies

Those answers they give:

Darkness. Power. Death. Hate. ….healing.

 

But it isn’t, is it?

Your heart still bleeds

I see it beneath the mask

Your bloodlust never quenched

Because your bleeding never stops

 

Muscle, blood, skin, bone

Soul, emotion, spirit

 

Human being

Who are you?

 

Oppressed, you oppress

Pain, it multiplies like a disease

And death, its stench rises like a black cloud

And it spreads until who can see through it?

 

That boy

There he lay while the water laps his face

A human being

A human being

And millions more

Who can see through this dark cloud?

 

That black flag, it waves

And those black eyes, they terrify

And you hurt, I know

Your pain runs red through your hands

Your hate turns it black

Is there any turning back?

Yes, turn back

 

Human being

Who are you?

Isn’t that what you really want to know?

Powerful, your powerless

Chained, bound, blind, screaming

 

Stop.

The oppression

The hate

The killing

 

What has it done?

What do you really want?

Healing? Freedom? Come to Me

 

Yes, I reap where I haven’t sown

Come to Me

My light shines in the darkest dark

 

Darkness: human being is that you?

Come out

Come to Me

 

“Arise, shine for your light has come.

The glory of ADONAI has risen over you.

For although darkness covers the earth

And thick darkness the people,

On you the Lord will rise

Over you will be seen His glory

Nations will go toward your light…

 

The Spirit of Adonai Elohim is upon Me

To proclaim freedom to the captives,

To let out into light those bound in the dark.” Isaiah 60-61 CJB

 

For the Light has come

The Light has come

And that is who I AM.

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Living from Victory. Learning Love.

“When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God is with you…. Do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them; for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” Deuteronomy 20

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It can be hard to not consider the line-up, can’t it?

The force of the enemy can be pretty discouraging. The eyes take it all in, the brain processes, the verdict emerges on the inside long before we even hit the field: defeat. We are going down here. Be very afraid.

Fear is a big green monster who loves to take charge and run the show and he will do it every time he is allowed but he must first get permission from his mother. And his mother, sneaky, slimy monster that she is will quickly give the “go-ahead” nod as soon as she feels like her victim is secure. And she tightens her grasp, Monster Love of Self, as self tries to run for his life.

Fear is directly dependent on love and trust of self. If you have one, you have the other as well. Love of self quickly gives birth to a myriad of chains. It’s the Octomom of sin that entangles.

I write as one needing to be taught, learning as He’s teaching. Writing in the midst of learning about love, fear, and the line-up. But I don’t want to wait until I live perfectly; that day will never come so I share truth even as I beg for the Spirit to help me stand on it. Let’s do this together?

“Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:17-19

Perfection in love is the antidote for fear. When love is askew, and the thoughts of our hearts and the actions resulting are about ourselves (for our protection, prosperity, success, reputation, esteem, justice, pain, etc.), fear must come alongside because in all reality, everything is on the line. The thing we hold most dear is wildly out of our control. But control is exactly what we reach for. How handy that fear comes with his own set of tools! They’re all lined up nice, Fisher-Price style, and we reach for it with relief. “Yea…” Bang-bang goes the fake hammer on the fake nail, “… This oughta do it.”

It’s sad, really. The lengths we go and the compromises we make, the energy we put into loving ourselves and protecting ourselves from pain and God’s “lack of goodness.” The energy we put into making sure everyone else loves us or at least esteems us. Success, achievement, fans, followers, friends: what must I say that you will agree with me? What must I do that you will admire me? Fear drives it in deep. Because what if they don’t? Who is going to love you? You won’t be worthy even of your own love!

“We love Him because He first loved us.” Oh that we would have faith to believe this!

Do you see who will love you? Who already does love you? “He first loved you.” Now what is your response? Do you love Him?

Look at thoughts, actions, words, time, energy. Do you love Him?

Look at thoughts, actions, words, time, energy. Do you love yourself?

*Note that I am talking about the “unhealthy” love of self, above God.

I don’t believe there is anyone with a perfect score in these areas, but Yeshua, perfect our love. May our love, the desires of our hearts and the pulse of our lives, be completely on You.

You were esteemed not. Neither do we need the esteem of men.

You surrendered to the will of the Father, even until death. May we die today, right now. May our reputations and desire for praise melt away in the reality of Your love. Teach us what it looks like to really love You.

“Whoever believes that Yeshua is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world- our faith.” 1 John 5:1-4

Faith. Faith is the victory that has overcome the world. Whoever is dead to self and born of God overcomes the world through this faith. Without faith, if you don’t really believe the Word, the world is not overcome-able. In fact you will most likely be overcome by it. There is no rest for a heart that cannot trust His promises. Expect to be overcome with fear, overcome with the pursuit of all things needing, overcome with lack of love. For all its banners saying otherwise, this world is in fact not a loving place. You cannot reject the source of love and yet claim love.

But the faith, the victory…

“I lay down and slept. I awoke, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of tens of thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around… Salvation belongs to the Lord. Your blessing is upon Your people… Know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly. You have put gladness in my heart, I will both lie down in peace and sleep. For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” taken from Psalms 3 & 4

Sounds similar to Deuteronomy doesn’t it? Tens of thousands of people lined-up against you. Horses, chariots, power, position, tanks, the strong arm of (in)justice. The points and stares, whisper to whisper, “Yea, that’s the one. Can you believe she thinks that?” The rejection. Is that one of the greatest fears? I’ll do anything, just don’t reject me.

But why? And as He leads me gently to love, knowing love, living love, that mother monster begins to slip. What is my life here on earth that it has me panting to uphold it?

I am loved in the largest way possible. As are you. What is the rejection of people to me? What is the sparkling esteem of man to me, all rusting on the inside? 

“The earth will grow old like a garment, and those who dwell in it will die in like manner; but My salvation will be forever. Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, You people in whose heart is My law: do not fear the reproach of men, nor be afraid of their insults… Who are you that you should be afraid of a man who will die?” Isaiah 51

Who are you? Big question to answer, especially when it is the King asking you. Who are you, sons and daughters of the living God, that you should fear a man? One day all of the whispering mouths will lie silent, the fingers will be motionless, the esteem of others that we so valued will be buried six feet under.

But the victory is this, the peace is here: You have been bought at a price. You belong to the Kingdom of Righteousness which has already been victorious. This world can take nothing from you nor give you anything you need. You have been called out to live from this victory. You have been called to love from this victory. Love Him! See the thousands lined up and fear not, salvation belongs to the Lord and every enemy is defeated in this. Even unto death, “Oh death where is your sting?” Truly, where is the sting of death from the body? We have already died and been born again. Everything we hold dear is eternally safe in the palm of His hands. Our children, spouses, parents, siblings, friends- everyone we hold dear is held dear by Him. All of our days are numbered by a good God. What has fear to do with us? This is radical isn’t it? Radical perfect love.

Perfect love. Love- not on self, but love as it should be, on Him, for Him, consumed with Him- has nothing to fear. It is obedience, humility, worship, and gratitude, followed by every precious gift the Spirit brings to fill us overflowing.

“Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.” 1 John 4:17

In His love,

Aubrie

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In the Shadow of Your Wings

Perhaps you’ve heard the latest news regarding Planned Parenthood?

I can’t let my thoughts stay here long. My fists clench and my heart beats faster and my stomach wants to vomit out the reality of demonic evil surrounding us. How is this happening? How is it that a woman has the ability to casually eat a salad while talking about killing a baby and crushing its head in such a way so as to pull out the body from the womb and sell his or her lungs, legs and liver for money? There aren’t any words here.

Abba we live in a dark world. Please set Your people apart, high upon the Rock. Open the eyes of the heart to see You, hear You, know You. May Your light shine through the darkness and the filth and that any chains of deception and death may be broken by the power of Yeshua. Pour out Your Holy Spirit upon us; anoint us and equip us for the work set before us. Hide us in the shadow of Your wings. Amen.

A prayer of Moses the man of God (taken directly from Psalm 90-91):

LORD, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God… teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom… Let Your work appear to Your servants, and Your glory to their children. And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands. Yes, establish the work of our hands. He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.’ He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler… ‘Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.’”

The word shadow has been placed on my heart.

In Hebrew, the word is tsel (pronounced ts-ayl). It means protection, shade, shelter (Strong’s Concordance). The English definition of shadow is:

1. a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface (noun).

2. follow and observe {someone} closely (verb).

I found out this week that when God said, “Let Us create man in Our image..” the Hebrew word used for image was tselem. So to recap:

Shadow = tsel

Image = tselem

Interesting. Do you see how closely those words are related? In Hebrew, every word has a “root word” that it is built from. It is easy to see that the word tselem was built from the word tsel. Shadow is the root word for image.

Now think of it this way, “Let Us create man in Our shadow… (Our tsel, Our tselem).”

A shadow is your reflection upon the earth, is it not? People, this is who we are. We are His reflection upon the earth. We are His image, His body.

The tabernacle was a shadow as well, a reflection upon the earth of the heavenly original. As it says, “They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: ‘See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.’” Hebrews 8:5

Consider the name of the man who God anointed to build the tabernacle:

“And Moses said to the children of Israel, ‘See, the LORD has called name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding…” Exodus 35:30-31

In Hebrew the name is B’tsal’el (Strong’s Concordance #1212) and it means: in the shadow of El (El being the Hebrew word for God). Do you see that word shadow in the middle of the name? Tsel-El. Shadow of God. His name begins with the letter bet- thus giving the “b” sound at the beginning. The letter bet means house. Do you see the amazing depth of our God here?

He anoints Bezalel to build His tabernacle on earth. The man he chooses has a name that literally means house, shadow of God.

We are that tabernacle, His house, His shadow, and there is so much protection here. Outside of His shadow, you lose the protection. Rebel against Him and be certain you are choosing a dangerous route.

“Again the LORD spoke to Moses saying, ‘Speak to the children of Israel: tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations… and you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the LORD and do them, and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined, and that you may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy… I am the LORD your God.’” Numbers 15

The men of Israel, in obedience to the command of God, made the tassels (called tzitzit) and placed them on the corners of their garments. It was a constant, daily reminder to remember the commands of the Lord and to not follow their own hearts and eyes into deception. “Be holy… I am the LORD your God.”

tallitThe tassels were also put on the corners of their prayer shawls, called a tallit (tah-leet). The reminder was the same: you are a person under the authority of God.

“Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings.” Psalm 17:8

In Hebrew, the word for “corners” is kanaph (kanaphim plural) (Strong’s #3671). It means corner, covering, edges, wing, extremity. So the tassels are on the kanaphim of the garment. This is the same exact word used in Psalm 17:8 where it says to “hide me in the shadow of Your wings.” Hide me in the shadow of Your kanaphim. Keep my heart safe as I live under Your authority.

Obey what God says and you are living under the shadow of His wings, His boundaries, His authority. Obey what God says and you are under the protection of His tsel (shadow).  Hide me in the shadow of Your wings. And isn’t that what He says time and time again? Obey Me. I have given you the path of life. Listen to Me. I love you and I want what is best for you.

“Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment (Hebrew word kanaphim). For she said, ‘If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.’” Mark 5:25-28

She reached out and touched the corner (hem in some translations) of His garment. His wing, exactly where God placed the tassels, the reminder of obedience and holiness. Perhaps she knew the Scriptures: “But to you who fear My name, the Sun of Righteousness will arise with healing in His wings (kanaphim).” Malachi 4:2

Has your heart suffered many things? Have you looked for help in all the wrong places only to grow worse? There is healing under His wings and His wings alone. Fear His name. Fear prompts obedience. Repentance and obedience are the two ingredients for reconciliation with Your Messiah who is the healer of any and all wounds, anywhere, anytime. There is healing in relationship with Him and walking His path of life and not our own deceptive paths of death. Un-forgiveness is the biggest trip up (for all of us I’m guessing). Choosing to refuse forgiveness is walking in rebellion along our own path. For our own well-being, we need to listen to God when He says to forgive seventy times seven.

It is in these daily choices that our lives reflect the true Light of the World. We are made in His image. This is who you are. If you have sin or guilt, repent and get up again. He is eager to forgive and replenish the dry areas. Do you know how invested He is in you? His hands prove it.

Letter by letter, the word shadow means: fish hook, harvest, to lay down, shepherd staff, authority. When we walk in His shadow, this is exactly what we are: fish hooks (“fishers of men”), people who lay down our lives to His authority, harvesters.

The other day, after all this stuff has been jumbling around in my brain for a while, my son and I were walking through a parking lot, the sun shining over-head, fingers laced together. Out of the blue he says to me, “Mom, I am walking in your shadow.” I stop and look at him. He’s looking down at the pavement, enjoying the sight of his shadow overlapping mine. I couldn’t help but smile from the confirmation.

Abba, in a world that is upside down and rejects Your way, call Your people together. May we walk in Your shadow, may we be that shadow, the reflection on earth of who You are by the power of Your Spirit in us. Anoint us with cups overflowing for the work You have called us to.

-aubrie

 

Talitha Kumi

She’s dead. She’s dead.

No more to rise,

No more to walk.

No more to see the light of day.

She’s dead, they said.

 

Lying lifeless she appeared to be

As dead as they had claimed.

The mourners gathered,

Weeping and wailing,

Not believing in His Name.

 

“She is not dead, only asleep.”

Yeshua declared in all authority.

Then with gentleness He took her by the hand.

“Talitha! Talitha, kumi.”

 

Awaken daughter. Arise and walk!

Your time has surely come.

Talitha kumi, little girl get up.

Judah and Ephraim are one.

 

I am one God.

I have one salvation.

I have one covenant.

I have one nation.

 

Arise, come my daughter

From the four corners of the earth.

Be gathered together, my coat of many colors,

It is nearing time for birth.

 

I give to you My tallit of blood.

My holy, righteous covering.

Wear it, share it, to the world declare it.

My Spirit now is hovering.

 

My girl of twelve,

Awake awake.

Take Me by the hand.

The time has come for you to know.

The time has come for you to stand.

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The Break-Through of Babylon

“For Jerusalem stumbled, and Judah is fallen, because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of His glory. The look on their countenance witnesses against them, and they declare their sin as Sodom; they do not hide it.” Isaiah 4:8-9

“My Well-beloved has a vineyard on a very fruitful hill. He dug it up and cleared out its stones, and planted it with the choicest vine. He built a tower in its midst, and also made a winepress in it; so He expected it to bring forth good grapes, but it brought forth wild grapes… What more could have been done to My vineyard that I have not done to it? Why then, when I expected it to bring forth good grapes, did it bring forth wild grapes? And now, please let Me tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away its hedge, and it shall be burned; and break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down… But they do not regard the work of the LORD, nor consider the operation of His hands. Therefore My people have gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge; their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness.” Isaiah 5

It happened. The people continued to make their own rules; the line between right and wrong went from blurry to upside down. The religious system became merely another catalyst for control: mankind is supreme. “Yes- we will continue with worship because that is what we do, and when we do what we are expected to do, we gain worship. And the details? Obedience? That is for us to decide. We run the show here.”

It happened, just as the Lord said it would. The once prosperous, rebellious Israel was taken down. On the ninth day of the fourth month, the walls of Jerusalem were broken through and Babylon came marching in. This isn’t just a story here. Imagine the sights and sounds. Terror. Confusion. “How did this happen? Our city was so secure!” For a year and a half prior to the breakthrough Babylon sat patiently waiting, buying its time until Israel was too weak to go on. Inside the walls, the people slowly withered away. The lying priests, the greedy judges, the young people who were once drunk and filled with pride, all of them sat together surrounded. Starving.

And then it finally happened: break-through.

“By the fourth month, on the ninth day of the month, the famine had become so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land. Then the city wall was broken through..” Jeremiah 52

Shortly after that, captives were taken away and the city was burned to the ground.

Did they recognize the judgment of God? I bet many did. I bet many did not. Those who hear His voice hear it; those who do not remain stiff-necked and formulate a great number of reasons as to why things are happening the way they are.

Judgment is a big taboo word these days. “Grace and judgment simply cannot coexist. The Father brought judgment; the Son brings grace and love.”

This thought process poses a problem with the concept of the God-head, three in one.

Is the Father God? Or is Jesus God? Did God the Father retire from His position on the throne? Do you serve one God or two? Or three, counting the Holy Spirit?

Did Jesus (Yeshua) exist before the foundation of the world? Was He there when God said, “Let Us make man in Our own image?” Is He the God who always was and always will be?

Yes. A thousand times yes.

Abba: Creator, Deliverer, Sustainer, Judge, Giver of the Word, Holy Righteous King, full of love, grace and truth.

Jesus: Yeshua, Salvation, the Word made flesh, Deliverer, Holy Righteous King, Judge, full of love, grace and truth.

Holy Spirit: the very Spirit of God the Father and His Son Jesus, sent to help us.

All in One. From the beginning of time to the end and everything in between; from Sodom and Gomorrah to the deliverance out of Egypt; from the giving of the Torah to the captivity in Babylon and the amazing redemption at the cross, to today and all of the tomorrows to come. We serve One God. One God who does not change.

Let’s read the words of Jesus, shortly before He was taken away.

“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” John 17:20-23

Jesus is talking with His Father here. Do you know His Father? If not, read the Bible- front to back, back to front, again and again and again. Turn off any distractions and read His Word. If you really know Jesus, you should know His Father as well. As Jesus stated, they are One. The Father is in Jesus. Jesus is in the Father.

Here Jesus says that He wants the world to know that the Father loves them, and that it is the Father who sent Him. Remember, this is the same Father who commanded people not to murder, lie or commit adultery. This is the same Father who commanded a man not to lie with a  male as with a woman (Leviticus 18:22). This is the Father, full of love, teaching His people how to live (and what is sin) and sending His Son to redeem them from their sins. This is the Father who took away His hedge of protection from around Jerusalem and allowed them to go into captivity because “their tongues and their doings” were against the LORD. They had no knowledge; they called what was evil “good” and they called what was good “evil.” Even in His judgments, He is full of grace. I correct my children because I love them. Certainly He is no different with His children, even today.

On June 26, 2015, we as a nation positioned ourselves for judgment.

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In an unprecedented way, we have spoken loud and proud against the Lord.

I know people will scoff at this concept. That is ok with me; I do not write to convince anyone of anything.

I think we as a people have been slowly starving for some time now. Hungry and thirsty, our bones have become brittle and dry. Too busy to eat, we are lacking bread and water. Too full of ourselves, our hunger has left.

Babylon has surrounded her target. For years, decades, she’s been there. A familiar face, she smiles and boasts of love and freedom. Freedom to be, freedom to rule. “Do as thou wilt” is her seductive wild card.

God… a controversial topic now. Push Him out! But our pennies, our old copper pennies that have been passed from pocket to pocket for centuries still bear the mark of our beginnings.

“In God we trust.” It’s embarrassing isn’t it? With our porn production and consumption, our blasphemous songs and movies, our right to murder, our lust for money, and now our gay pride. “In God we trust.” We blaspheme His holy Name.

As a collective whole, please know that our nation does not trust the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We do not submit to Yeshua or His Father. We are rebellious and think nothing of it. We trust ourselves, our supreme selves, and the smooth sounding rhetoric of those around us. {But take heart- there are many, many, within this nation and around the world who place their trust and hope in God. Let’s be one, as Yeshua and God the Father are One.}

“And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities… In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’ … and she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her.’” Revelation 18 (prophesying about Babylon the Great)

For the Believers everywhere, hear the Word: “Come out of her {Babylon}, my people, lest you share in her sins…”

Because of the famine in the land, Babylon broke through the walls. It was the ninth day of the fourth month on the Hebrew calendar.

Because of the spiritual famine in the land, the rebellion of Babylon broke through the walls of the Whitehouse. It was on June 26, 2015, the ninth day of the fourth month on the Hebrew calendar.

Judgment is coming. Please recognize it when you see it.

Grace is freely given to anyone who would like to take hold of it. I don’t care what sort of colorful past you may have (from lying to sexual orientation), you are one heartbeat, one decision away from receiving the holy blood of redemption. Our sin paid in full, by a God who loves with an unfathomable love. Replace pride with humility; there you will find Him. Replace a stiff neck with bended knees, and you will hear His voice, full of love, grace and truth to help you overcome the struggle with the flesh.

“Neither do I condemn you. Now go and sin no more.”- Yeshua

Grace does not exist if sin does not exist.

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13

This is the greatest love. This is the love that happened- why? To reconcile us to Himself. To cover, forgive, the sin that separated us.

And now we like to call it love to exalt the sin? We march around in parades, dripping with pride: Do as thou wilt.  Can’t you see her, that Lady Babylon, leading this parade? She’s marching towards death.

Get out. Get out and get under His wings. Anyone and everyone is welcome, but know that not everyone is there. Don’t be fooled by those who reject Him. Be careful, lest you find yourself humming along to their song. “..because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of His glory. The look on their countenance witnesses against them, and they declare their sin as Sodom; they do not hide it.”

Do you think that is still possible- to have a tongue and doings that are against the Lord? What a frightening place to be. Forget lining up with the culture! As it lines up against the Lord, I can assure you, there isn’t any strength in numbers. Humble yourself. Leave pride- any and all pride- and humble yourself before His Word.

In love, for the sake of Truth,

Aubrie

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An Urgent Call to Wake Up

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I’ve seen some pretty intense pictures the past few weeks. Perhaps you have as well.

A man’s legs are sticking out of the rubble. His entire upper body is buried.

Another picture shows a woman, belly to the floor, with one hand reaching out for her child who is a few feet away. Both are dead.

A picture from the slaughter in the middle east made me put my hand up to the screen to block its image, the sight of it was so gruesome, but it’s still there in my head. Bodies.. bodies everywhere. Women, children, babies, men. Blood and knives and slit throats.

Nepal, Syria, Iraq, Crimea, Israel, Ferguson, Baltimore, Chile, Gaza. The list is unending.

And now factor in the devastations that are not on a national level: a woman raped on a college campus, a man murdered out of revenge, a father who tells his boy that he is good for nothing, a little girl bullied so much that she’s scared to go to school.

Can the world bear this much pain? Will the earth literally hold up under so much evil? I don’t think it will. She is a ticking time bomb with a fixed day marked “finished” or possibly “going under some serious reconstruction.” He’s told us that.

“’Tell us… what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?’ And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘… For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come… the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken… Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.’” taken from Matthew 24

Please read that. Read that slowly and think about it. Do you believe it?

Do you really believe it? You don’t have to answer out loud, but answer yourself honestly.

I believe it. I believe we are seeing it.

I believe people before us were seeing it and our children will see it too. That’s the thing with labor: once it’s underway, there isn’t any stopping it. Yes, there are breaks in between contractions but don’t let the momentary calm fool you; labor is still in process. We are always one day, one year, one decade closer to the coming of the King and the unbelievable amount of chaos, pain and suffering should be a constant reminder.

While reading two news articles this week about two completely different events, someone described the situation to the reporter as “the end of the world.” And wouldn’t those be accurate words for anyone living those experiences?

Put yourself in one of the cages that ISIS has set aside for Christians. Imagine the chaos of mass murder in your hometown.

Imagine the collapse of your entire city, everyone helplessly trying to run away while the ground beneath swayed back and forth. For many, that was the end. A sudden unexpected end.

And here I sit at home, tied to chaos only through wireless connections.

While many are trying to find their loved ones, hoping to find something other than a smashed body, my loved one just asked me to jump on the tramp.

“Ah, but Lord, how do I do this? What can I do?”

Pray.

Pray for those who are experiencing immense pain and loss. Pray for comfort for the hurting.

And then something unexpected: pray for those here. Pray for those whose spiritual lives may be hurting even while they are surrounded in comfort. Pray for those whose pain and loss are not as noticeable. Peace, love, close relationship with Him… these losses are costly. Pray for myself! Humility, grace, forgiveness, love, discernment, faithfulness.. I need all these things and more to fight this fight.

At a family dinner someone said, “The people going through these horrible situations are feeling the urgency!” Spiritually speaking, there is blessing in that.

I want that urgency. We need that urgency.

“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” James 4:14

Vanishing mists.

It’s easy to forget that while we live in fullness and luxury. Amid the hustle and bustle of everyday life and goals that we sacrifice our time to accomplish, do we ever consider that we are all just a bunch of bottled up mists that are slowly vanishing?

Morbid thoughts I know. But the reality of death always seems to awaken life. You do not even know what will happen tomorrow. Seize the day at hand. More than that, grab a hold of God. Grab hold of truth, right now when you can soak it in and not be killed for it. Grab hold of life in raw form: the breath of God breathed into your spirit. Your spirit will never die. This is life!

When horrible things happen in the world, a common argument arises: if there is a God, why does He let this happen? Where is His protection?

We are so earthly minded aren’t we? Physical, physical. We can hardly wrap our heads around a different realm. If it’s a blessing, we expect it physically. If it’s provision, we expect it physically. If it’s peace or protection, we expect it physically. But this just isn’t the way it always works!

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!” John 16:33

Jesus Christ, Yeshua the Messiah, has lifted us high upon a rock. There is nothing to fear here! Our hearts are provided for with everything they could possibly need and more. Our spirits (again, the raw essence and very definition of our lives) are protected with a peace that can withstand any hardship. Through the ability to forgive, we do not need to fear being offended. Through the ability to acknowledge life for what it is, we do not need to fear losing it. We can’t lose it.

It’s only after we spend all of our time chasing everything that isn’t lasting that we lose sight of what it is all about. This is where we run the risk. We, who have all we need. We, who are always out to make more. We, who do not struggle with threats of earthquakes, volcanos, and ISIS massacres. Our lives are seemingly not at risk and yet they are. May these labor pains wash a wave of urgency over the entire Body of Christ!

May we join hands as Believers around the world to pray. Pray for those who are being led to slaughter. Pray for those who have just lost everything and will spend the next few years trying to rebuild. Pray for those who have lost children, parents, siblings, friends, and do not even have a body to bury. Pray for those in your own circles of influence, that our eyes could be opened to the importance of life and that every decision, action, and word said would be filtered with that understanding.

Certainly, greater is He who is in us than he who is in this world. Live this truth!

I really appreciate this short video by Pastor David Wilkerson called “A Call to Anguish.”

It’s only seven and a half minutes long. May our hearts be moved to anguish over so much that is going on in the world.

Love,

aubrie

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Hidden Prophecy in the Book of Esther!

In my post yesterday, I talked about Esther’s brave words: “And if I perish, I perish.”

Lord, continue to work on my heart and the hearts of Your people to bring us to this place of surrender! And for all of the men, women and children who are persecuted and killed on account of Your name, Abba, please pour out Your Spirit on them. Surround their homes with Your peace, and in places where chaos reigns, surround their hearts. Fill their hearts with You until they are overflowing, that those around them may see You and glorify Your name. That even those who are filled with rage and darkness would see a great light, and reach for Your salvation. Amen.

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This past January marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The Holocaust is a dark, bloody memory that will not soon be forgotten.

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The word holocaust means:

1. Destruction or slaughter on a mass scale, especially caused by fire or nuclear war.

2. Sacrifice by fire that is completely burned up.

A man from Persia (present day Iran) desired a holocaust for the Jewish people some time ago. You can find that story in the book of Esther.

A man from Germany (originally from Austria) desired a holocaust for the Jewish people a mere 82 years ago. You can find that story in history books and on the faces of our elderly.

A man from Iran (and probably a few other men from a few other countries) desires a holocaust for the Jewish people as soon as he is capable. You can find this story in the news.

The idea of completely ridding this planet of Jewish people is not a new one. It’s rather old. It is an ancient hatred.

For time purposes, this blog post is going to be rather staccato. Please bear with me till the end; the facts are just astounding!

In the book of Esther, and in other parts of the Bible as well, certain Hebrew letters are written in a different size than the rest of the letters. The copying of the Torah was such an important task, that every little detail was carried over, including the randomly different sized letters.

The book of Esther contains three of these letters, which occur during the listing of Haman’s ten sons.

“And in Shushan the citadel the Jews killed and destroyed five hundred men. Also Parshandatha, Dalphon, Aspatha, Poratha, Adalia, Aridatha, Parmashta, Arisai, Aridai, and Vajezatha- the ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews, they killed.” Esther 9:7-9

The first letter abnormality is in the first name and it is the letter tav (pronounced tahv).

The second is in the seventh name and it is the letter shin (pronounced sheen).

The third is in the tenth name and it is the letter zayin (pronounced zai-yeen).

In the Hebrew alphabet, every letter corresponds to a numerical value. They use their alphabet as their numbers! So, if you wanted to list things 1-2-3, you would write an “aleph-bet-gimmel” (the first three letters *for those who know the Hebrew alphabet song, don’t be confused-bet/vet corresponds to the same number 2).

Each letter has a specific value.

The numerical value for the letter tav is 400.

The value for shin is 300.

The value for zayin is 7.

Added together, this number is 707.

“Then Esther said, ‘If it pleases the king, let it be granted to the Jews who are in Shushan to do again tomorrow according to today’s decree, and let Haman’s ten sons be hanged on the gallows.’” Esther 9:13

After listing all of the ten sons who were already killed in the fighting, Esther makes a strange request here: to hang the ten sons. The ten sons who were already dead! Just keep these facts on your back-burner.

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juliusOn October 16, 1946, in Nuremberg, Germany, 10 high ranking Nazi officials were executed by hanging. This was not the normal means for execution. Firing squads were much more common during this time. But these ten were hung. Among those executed was a man named Julius Streicher who was the founder and publisher of a popular newspaper which was used widely by the Nazi regime to aid the spread of anti-semitism. When he mounted the platform of the gallows he made a final sneer, shouting “Purim-Fest 1946!”

Little did he know how correct he was. The ten men who were hung that day were prophesied about years earlier in a small book of the Bible- the story of Esther, through the unexpected hanging of Haman’s ten sons.

On the Hebrew calendar, October 16, 1946 corresponded to the 21st day of the seventh month (the month is commonly called Tishrei), which was interestingly also the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles (also known as Sukkot- see Leviticus 23:33-36).

So, to put these dates back to back:

October 16, 1946- The Hanging of Ten Nazi War Criminals corresponds to…. get this…..

Tishrei 21, in the Hebrew calendar year of 5,707!

Now fast forward to just last week. The Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a controversial trip to the White House to speak on behalf of Israel. He certainly wasn’t summoned by the “king” (sound familiar?), but he came anyways.

iran presIn a plea that sounded strikingly similar to that of Esther’s, he made clear what has already been made clear: Iran (remember, home-town of Haman) wants nothing more than to annihilate Israel off the face of the map (his words, not mine). This is Iran’s supreme leader Khamenei to the left.

Once nuclear capabilities are ready, holocaust will be the perfect word: destruction or slaughter on a mass scale, especially caused by fire or nuclear war.

He stood in front of congress on March 3, 2015 (last week Tuesday).

On the Hebrew calendar the date was Adar 12, 5775 (again, last week Tuesday).

(*and for those of you who are like me and are checking to make sure all these numbers add up, the Hebrew calendar year moves up in value in the fall- so this fall will be the year 5,776)

“And the letters were sent by couriers into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar…” Esther 3:13

But we know how that story ends. The 13th day of Adar was not a holocaust of the Jewish people, it was a victory. Their mourning was turned into gladness, and their sorrow into joy.

Do you think that all of these are mere coincidences?

Do you think that our God is so big and deep and all-knowing that He could work in ways like this to get our attention?

I do.

Our God is not dead; He is surely alive.

-aubrie

PS. I do not take any credit for the revelation of any of this information! This is all “out there” already for you to search out on your own if you so desire.

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