Sidewalk Prophets: Prodigal

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Wolves are Raiding the Flock!

Right now it's 3:30 AM and I'm at my dad's.  He took me to see a doctor yesterday and today I have to go to the hospital for my infusion of Remicade.  Today is the last day of the loading dose.....and my dosing will either be every month or every two months....depending on what my doctor decides is necessary.  That is why Remicade is good....It has flexible dosing so the med can be tailored to the needs of the patient. And factors like weight also will affect the dose.

In March or April  I will be having surgery on my fused ankle, to take out the hardware. I am hoping that this will greatly reduce the amount of pain I have in my ankle.  However the surgeon said she thinks that it is just the PsA causing all this pain. That would be very bad news and leads me to ask "Why did I go through the immensely painful surgery a year and a half ago---if the ankle was just going to keep on hurting?"  My other ankle is also crying out for help.  But I will not have it fused. That just was NOT a good solution.

I went to church last Sunday...It was the first time in three months that I'd felt well enough to go.As I sat there...I looked around the room at the faces of this faith family, whom I love. I saw such pain....angry, hurting, sad faces.  Some people I know what they have been struggling with.  With others it is just a mystery.  But the truth was that there was heavy oppression in that room.  I could not hear the sermon, I could not sing...all I could do was lift up these people to the Father. Because I had not been attending , this level of pain took me by surprise.   And  my heart broke for my pastor because he truly loves the Lord and has poured himself out in service to our congregation.  And it has been a time of great difficulty for him.  Struggling with resistance from the enemy and the self-ness of people; with apathy and coldness of heart.  I am glad I attended...It was a wake up call to me.  Our church is not healthy.  There is dire danger.  The enemy has more than a toe hold and I fear that pastor's energy and encouragement will fail.  I have promised the pastor, myself, and the Lord that I will begin to take the task of warfare more seriously.  I will also attempt to fast.

Something has  got to give way. 
Mt 11:12 ISV
“From the days of John the Baptist until the present, the kingdom from heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent people have been attacking it,
That verse can be understood in two manners, both of them true.  When the Kingdom advances there are violent beings - both human and spiritual- whose goal it is is to steal, kill, and destroy God's Kingdom and these forces must be resisted on the same plane as from which they have been waging war against God's people. That means that spiritual beings must be fought "with weapons not made by hands" but by prayer, intercession, Spiritual battle and fasting.

And the other manner in which this verse is true is this:
And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize—a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion].
And this means basically that anything worth having in a spiritual sense must be obtained by an effort of energy extended in that direction. And because there are powerful beings OPPOSED to your effort to obtain heavenly bounty, it takes energy and yes, violence, to wrest this from the enemy and to capture and protect the spiritual blessings that God desires his Church to own as a spiritual possession.  
Jesus said :I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.
 Mt 16:19
 We hold the keys. As any psych patient can tell you, the thing that separates "us" from "them" are the collection of keys worn on the belt of the staff.   Keys denote authority and also freedom. We have heavenly authority.  But we will never use it in a beneficial manner until we begin to understand what is at risk.  The enemy plays for must we.  The enemy's onslaught never takes  a rest.  Neither must we.  The thing is that we are "playing keeps" for something that is already ours." Y'shua already has paid for and purchased these blessings and rights to the Kingdom...however should our grip loosen; Should our eyes droop and our attention flag, the enemy is right there-moving in and stealing what is not his.  He is ready and willing to take it by violent force.  

Wake up, Church!!  Get broken before the Lord...confess your sins and your lethargy.  Pray for strength in battle.  You intercessors, this is a a wake up call.  The fox is in the vineyard.  The false shepherd and the wolf are raiding the flock. 
Call on the Shepherd and then pick up the weapons God has given you and join the battle!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Some Favorite Passages from the Prophets

   Most of these passages are well known and much loved by God's people...Don't let their familiarity blind you to the amazing messages written by men who had difficult lives. Delivering dire news to God's people did not make them popular.  But the responses of these prophets reveal the loving heart of the God they served.

Jeremiah 29:11-14

For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’
 Lamentations 3:19-27

Remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and bitterness. 
Surely my soul remembers
And is bowed down within me
This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail. 
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I have hope in Him.” 
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the person who seeks Him.
It is good that he waits silently
For the salvation of the Lord.
It is good for a man that he should bear
The yoke in his youth.

 Habakkuk 3:16-19 NASB

And in my place I tremble.
Because I must wait quietly for the day of distress,
For the people to arise who will invade us.
Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will exult in the Lord,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. 
 The Lord God is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.

Isaiah 40:28-31(NASB)
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.
He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who lacks might He increases power.
Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly, 
Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
Isaiah 45:2-3

“I will go before you and make the rough places smooth;
I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars. 
“I will give you the treasures of darkness
And hidden wealth of secret places,
So that you may know that it is I,
The Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.