It’s Going to Be Okay

July 9, 2019 amazingtangledgrace

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away’” (Revelation 21:3-4).

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One could say that I’ve had an epiphany over the past day or so. As I think back about the different dreams and visions I’ve received, including many of those I’ve shared in this blog, I am seeing more and more how they correspond to actual events. I would like to share a few with you today.

In Wormwood, I wrote about a dream, which coalesced into what was a determined and methodical attack. I looked across the room where a woman was constructing some sort of gallows on which she intended for me to willingly hang myself. By this point in the dream I was exhausted, despite the fact I was asleep, and all I could do was fall to my knees and weep. I asked Jesus to please forgive me for my pride and lack of faith, and as I was uttering those very words, “Jesus please forgive me”, the woman rushed across the room toward me. The last thing I remember is seeing her face morph into something ugly and hearing her cry out, “No!” I felt arms wrap around me from behind and then I woke. I realize now that the dream was not only a revelation of what was happening all around me then, but a warning of what was to come in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

In Spiritual Oppression, I wrote about a vision I received n which I saw a dark heaviness laying on top of a woman with the intention of crushing her spirit; however, I also saw Jesus standing by her head. The vision was nearly engulfed in darkness, except for the light illuminating from the Lord. As she surrenders to God falls upon His grace, the Spirit spoke that the stone set against her will break. The Lord was communicating that He hasn’t abandoned the woman in her long struggle—God showed me what was. In The Wall, the Holy Spirit came to me in another vision concerning the woman, and He commanded me to speak against a wall. I was not told to simply request that the Lord do something, for the Lord had already taken action. Instead, my instruction was to declare what God had already done. So, I spoke against the wall, and the wall began to crack; and then a little more, and then the wall fell. Light shined through the cracks, as the wall collapsed, light shined and shined and eventually filled the whole expanse, and the stronghold was toppled by God’s decree—God showed me what is. Recently, I was praying concerning the woman and her situation, which still appears to be quite perilous, and God reminded me of His decree against the wall—God showed me what will be. Speaking with regard to prayer in the face of trials and temptations, the apostle James instructed believers, “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do” (James 1:6-9); therefore, I will believe without wavering with the measure of faith I have been given.

In Teachable Moments, I wrote about a dream in which I was lead into home full of darkness, so much so I was frozen with fear. The darkness was so heavy and so oppressive that I could hardly move under its weight. Jesus was with me, and I told Him that I could go no further, but I also would not flee. Then a man turned the corner and started up the stairs toward me; I believe he was Satan. He had the outline of a man, but he appeared blurry and greyish in color. I tried to look at him directly, but my line of sight kept being redirected around him. I rebuked the man in Jesus’ name, but he was unmoved. I asked him, “Would you dare defy the name of Jesus? Would you defy the Son of God?” And the man answered, much to my surprise, “Hell yea!”, and rushed me. Immediately, I awoke startled and shaken. The power of darkness was emphasized, not to glorify the enemy, but to glorify God. All the Lord asked in that moment was to trust Him enough to stand my ground. The scripture that came to me when I wrote the account initially is John 15; Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. Jesus’ words came alive that night, and they remain every bit as evident to me today, apart from Him I can do nothing.

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away’” (Revelation 21:3-4).  The spiritual realm appears to be rich in symbolism, much like a dream; the intangible is tangible. The rules governing our physical reality are not applicable. I perceive a shared consciousness, seizing all the senses at once; words aren’t spoken idly. War rages all around us; the spiritual is all around us; worlds intertwined, yet separate. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). But take heart, brothers and sisters in Christ, for the strong man was bound at the cross (Matthew 12:29). Jesus is preparing a place for us just as He promised. I’ve seen a translucent city of gold; the New Jerusalem, and it is a sight to behold!

I wrote about the night I met Jesus in The Night I Met Jesus (24-Hour Fasting and Prayer Event Message, November 2, 2018).  One of the things the Lord said to me was that He is always with me, and that He has always been with me; moreover, Jesus said that He stands behind me on my left, with his hand on my shoulder; His right hand, I believe. Jesus told me that He would be with me until the end of this world. What a glorious promise to hold onto, and it’s a promise that is neither new, nor given just to me—read Matthew 28:16-20. Be at peace child of God; whatever it is, it’s going to be okay! Thank you for reading.

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One Question, Four Answers

WHICH MOMENT OF JESUS’ LAST WEEK ON EARTH SPEAKS TO YOU THE MOST?

 

Mark 15:16-19 carefully details the mockery that Christ endured at the hands of a battalion of about 500 Roman soldiers inside the Praetorium. After He was falsely accused of leading an insurrection, the soldiers taunted Jesus by putting a twisted crown of thorns upon His head, wrapping a purple robe on His bloody body, placing a fake scepter in His trembling hands, and saluting Him with sadistic glee. Through enduring these various forms of abuse, Jesus as our high priest took upon Himself the shame of innocent victims living in a fallen world. Victims of verbal, emotional, sexual, and physical abuse need to know Christ as not only a guilt-bearing Savior but also a shame-bearing Savior—one who identifies, empathizes, and heals.

—Mika Edmondson, pastor of New City Fellowship in Grand Rapids, Michigan and author of The Power of Unearned Suffering: The Roots and Implications of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Theodicy

 

Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane—“Not as I will, but as You will” (Matt. 26:39)—is one I think about often, as it reveals much about the nature of prayer. When we pray, we are not asking God to magically do things we want, but rather we enter God’s presence and ask that our hearts and minds be transformed. We’re tempted to see problems in the world as out there, in other people; it’s much harder to recognize the darkness, greed, hate, lust, and anger in our own heart. In prayer, we follow Jesus in asking for our own transformation—not to make us better people, but to make ourselves available to embody God’s love and compassion in the world.

—C. Christopher Smith, editor of The Englewood Review of Books and author of How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church

 

After all Jesus went through His last week on earth, He could have said “OK, Father, I’m done with them.” But that’s not who Jesus is. I find it moving that He took the time to come back to the disciples a second time after His resurrection—and in particular that He decided to give Thomas a chance to touch His wounds and believe. He could have been “done” with Thomas, but He proved Himself again. He did that so there would be a record of it for people like me. I appreciate that about Jesus. He knows us, and He loves us still. His love is never done.

—TaRanda Greene, member of Cana’s Voice and solo vocal artist. Her latest album is The Healing.

 

I can’t imagine being at the table with Jesus in the upper room. After He took the cup and bread, giving thanks, He said six words I can’t shake: “Do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19). I kind of think of communion now as part of a progressive dinner party that began in the upper room and ends in the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. We attend the same meal those disciples did; we’re just down the street a little. Believers who come after us attend the same meal, but it’s held at another house. The body and the blood is timeless, and believers get to be there for the finale in heaven. We remember every time, but He remembers as well. It’s His covenant with us, and I can’t wait to find place settings with my name and yours at the ultimate Easter banquet.

—Sarah Harmeyer, speaker and founder of Neighbor’s Table

https://www.intouch.org/read/magazine/faith-works/one-question-four-answers-holy-week