Thursday, November 29, 2012

Focus on Heaven by Pastor Rusty Bowles

Almost everything I am hearing right now is for the body in preparation for the coming outpouring… 
God has told me to spend the month of December focusing on heaven and not earth.

He said; 
"Focus on the heavenlies and being seated there. Do not be concerned about the outcome of the recent election, or how congress will act. The government is on My shoulders and I am well able to turn it wherever I want it to go. It is your time to lift up your eyes to the heavens. Lift up your spiritual eyes and see what I am doing and where I am leading my remnant church. Listen to Me with spiritual ears and be ready to obey all that I tell you to do. Banish fear and doubt from your vocabulary. No longer use phrases such as “I fear that” or “I am afraid.”  Walk with Me says God, for it is a season of fulfillment.  Fulfillment of dreams, prophecies and visions. If you will hearken to My voice in this hour you will see things that you thought impossible come to pass."

Pastor Rusty Bowles
Church of the Latter Rain
1456 Beltline #139
Garland TX 75044

Monday, November 26, 2012

Face Recognition

I've been sorting and cataloging photos for the past few days.  It's been so much fun!There are some wonderful programs out there to work with.  They even have "face recognition!"  That's not just high tech spy thriller movie-stuff anymore! Once you have tagged a face with a name, the program will continue to pick that face out in other photographs!

But it reminds me that God doesn't need face recognition programing!  He knows us by name, let alone by our faces.  How great is HIS Love for us!

Indeed, while you were yet in your mother's womb, I knew you and took delight in you! Psalm 139:15-16, Jeremiah 1:5.  Not only do I recognize your face my dear one, but I long to see it! Song 2:14 Come won't you, into the garden of My Love?
Come and share in delights known only to Me, but that I long to share with you!
Have I not told you if you will but call to Me I will show you great and lofty things that are hidden and unknown to you?  I have kept them fenced in and reserved for our time together that I may unveil them to you, my love.  Jeremiah 33:3 Amp.

For I delight in you. I delight to gaze upon your face, and study you as you work and as you sleep.  I long to share in the wonder of an open field of flowers, or the joy that a child finds in simple things like rainbows and caterpillars and puppy dogs.  My heart aches for you when you run, run run all the time and are so weary beyond comprehension, tired and stressed and burned out. This is not the life I intended for you, My Love!  But, I wait patiently for you to come to Me. To unwind and bask in Me.  I will wash over you and wipe away your cares, replacing them with the fresh air of the Wind of My Spirit.  I will refresh and restore your soul, if you will just come and lie down in the green pastures of my Presence and my Spirit and drink from the Water of Life... My very Word given to you!

You think you don't have time to come and be still in My Presence. But I tell you this my dear one;  "You don't have time not to!"  For in My Presence is fullness of Joy and it is where you will find the river that will carry you forth into My Purposes and plans for you!

So come and gaze upon My face, filled with love for you, and let me gaze upon yours...

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Thoughts From Me to You

Everyday is a good day for thanks giving.  "*If we lived everyday with thanksgiving in our hearts, wouldn't it be called Thanks-living?*"  Thanksgiving in our hearts enlarges the space to receive more to give thanks about.  Gratitude for the "little things" often prepares the way for the big things to arrive on the scene!  Some gifts in life are too big to adequately express in words how much they mean.  All we can do is humbly say, "thank you," knowing there are no other words we can give and yet knowing it is such a simple and feeble gesture in comparison to the grandeur of the gift. Jesus your love and sacrifice is that kind of gift. And so I humbly say, Thank you Lord. Thank you for WHO You are and then for all you do.  What a wonder You are! Worthy of all Praise,Thanks and Adoration.  This Thanksgiving Day we Give You Thanks Lord. Amen.

And to all of you reading:
May your Thanksgiving celebrations be wonderful, 
happy, peaceful and blessed.

P.S. Here's a little Acrostic for your American Thanksgiving Day
T Thankful Hearts
H Happy Times with family n friends
A Amazing Food
N Nifty Decorations
K  Keeping Traditions
S  Saying Grace
G Giving To Others and Giving Thanks
I   Incredible Football  (for some folks)
V  Very Full Tummies
I   Indescribable Desserts
N  Napping on the couch
G  Grateful hearts Giving Thanks again and again
NEM 11-21-12

All quotes/thoughts original except the one with the * (asterisk)  Author Unknown.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A Vision, and 3 Songs

I received this email today:
November 8, 2012
 I stirred from a vision of a female immersed in water, face up. I believe her eyes were open and there were flakes of some sort floating above her eyes. The first thing that I thought of was when scales fell from Paul’s eyes. This woman did not look like me. Could this be the church? Could it be America?
What do you hear?

First, I will speak of the woman.  As I read this, I saw a fully developed woman, just floating in the water, as if she was waiting or resting.  Immediately I saw a baby inside a womb in the sac of water, totally immersed, awaiting its birth.  When a baby is born, it does not have a say in the place or the setting. For such a time as this that child is brought forth. Who knows how that one will grow to touch nations.  But God does.

Secondly, there were flakes above her eyes.  Distracted by the flakes, that is where her focus was.  The enemy of us all, would have us to get sidetracked and focused on the wrong things, so as to sneak by us.  Also yes,  they are blinders, blocking her vision, blocking the light, from opening her eyes.

3rdly, Is this the church? Is this America? Or is this the American Church? Yes, Yes, Yes!  However, when she becomes immersed in the Spirit (the water) and allows herself to be washed again by the water of the Word, then revelation will come, her eyes will be opened and the scales and blinders will fall off of her.

Upon hearing the election results, an old protest song against the Vietnam war began playing round and round inside of me:  “Where have all the flowers gone?  Long time passing.  Where have all the flowers gone?  Long time ago.  Where have all the flowers gone?  Girls picked them everyone.  When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?”

When will we learn Lord to put You first in all we do?

Next it shifted into; “I wish we’d all been ready” by Larry Norman.
Life was filled with guns and war
And all of us got trampled on the floor
I wish we'd all been ready

The children died, the days grew cold
A piece of bread could buy a bag of gold
I wish we'd all been ready

There's no time to change your mind
The son has come and you've been left behind

A man and wife asleep in bed
She hears a noise and
Turns her head, he's gone
I wish we'd all been ready
[ Lyrics from: ]
Two men walking up a hill
One disappears and
One's left standing still
I wish we'd all been ready

There's no time to change your mind
The son has come and you've been left behind

The father spoke, the demons dined
How could you have been so blind?

There's no time to change your mind
The son has come and you've been left behind
There's no time to change your mind
The son has come and you've been left behind

I hope we'll all be ready
You've been left behind
You've been left behind
You've been left behind

This is a reminder and a warning.  Jesus IS coming back! And, if you think it is bad now, the world has yet to witness the depths of darkness, depravity and suffering that will be.  So, we must resolve to preach Christ, no matter the cost and win the lost!

And then it has changed to:

 We have overcome- by the Blood of the Lamb- By the power of His Blood we shall stand.  We have overcome by the Blood of the Lamb- and He will bring the victory!

No more to be defeated.  Our hearts are filled with His praise For through the blood that Jesus shed for you and me We walk in victory every day.

It seemed as though Holy Spirit was taken me on a musical journey of emotions and thoughts and then bringing me back to where lies our power and from whence comes our help.

While looking up these lyrics I came across this video by Desperation Band.  The lyrics cause you to refocus…not that we can or should totally ignore  our surrounding situations,.  Just that they should not dominate us, but rather we should dominate them! 

Notice the last verse: “Power in hand, speaking the Father’s Plan
You’re sending us out, light in this broken land.  All authority, every victory is Yours…

Here am I, send me! Send me! Use my hands, my feet, and my voice.  Let me speak the truth in love!  Let me issue edicts from above.  Let me declare the manifold wisdom of God to the powers and principalities.  Let my voice, our voices, be the voice of change, bringing back the nation from godlessness to Righteousness. From liberality to morality!  From plurality to Theocracy! One nation UNDER GOD.  And when God is running things there is no darkness or shadow of turning, for in Him is Light and Goodness and Justice and Virtue and Wisdom.  

Speak the Fathers Plan. It has not changed!  It is still the same!  He still uses the weak, foolish and base things of the world to confound the wise! 
Speak the Father's Heart. Do not lay blame and criticize or play that game. Do your part. Pray for Christ to be formed in our elected officials.  

Pray, "Our Father,  (oh that means we are related and family, so love each other and fight for not with each other!) which art in Heaven (and thus you have a much broader view than we, so help us to see) 

Hallowed be thy Name.  ( Your name is still tops Lord!  There is none greater than you!  And because there was none greater, you swore by your own name and made a covenant with Abraham- and thus with me and you) 

Thy Kingdom come,(with its rule and its way) Thy Will be done,(without balking and reservation) in earth ( I am an earthen vessel, so In this piece of earth Lord!) even as it is done in Heaven... 

Give us this day (following you one day at a time Jesus!) our daily bread.  (You are our bread, our very life and sustenance!  We need your touch upon our lives.) 

Forgive us our debts, (we owe You so much! And we say thank you so little!  We make so many mistakes...and lose our way.  Thank you for coming to Earth to show us the way!) As we forgive our debtors.  (Teach us how to forgive debtors without excusing sin. Loving the person, hating the sin. Help us Lord. Get the religiosity out of us, and bring on the real!)  

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom(authority) and the Power and the Glory! Forever and ever. Amen. So be it.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Waiting for You_Prophetic Word

America waits, some agonizing, many glued to the television, watching numbers as the night crawls by slowly.  We are waiting the announcement.  Who will our next president be?

So too, Heaven waits.  Not just for America to choose a president, but a path of life or a path of death.  This is the same choice that God holds out to every nation on earth.  Heaven awaits your choice earth.  Will you choose God or will you choose self?  Will you choose Kingdom ways, or man's ways? 

Long ago Israel was faced with a similar choice.  To have God as their Head, or to choose a King.  They wanted a king, so they would be like everyone else.  God gave them what they wanted, much to His heartbreak and their own detriment.

"There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 14:12 & Proverbs 16:25

On a mountain top long ago not once, but twice God gave us choices.   In the wilderness He spoke through Moses and said, "See this day I have set before you, Blessing or cursing, Life or death.  Therefore Choose Life!"  Then again on a hill far away stood an old rugged cross... and once again a choice was given.  The sacrifice of an innocent man for the guilty.  The spotless Lamb of God, to redeem the wretched sinner; ME!  And You! All of you! 

 If you do well, will you not have honour? and if you do wrong, sin is waiting at the door, desiring to have you, but do not let it be your master.  Genesis4:7 (BBE)

"Awake awake o sleeper! Time has gone by and it is time to arise!  Arise before the Bridegroom cometh! Get thee ready!  Prepare your hearts!  The deceiver comes to deceive many. Do not be among those found drifting, dozing, asleep at the wheel!  Do not be taken in by vain words, swelling lies and promises!  Do not listen to men, Listen to ME, says the Lord!  I will not lie! I do not lead astray.  I have come to show you the way.  The way of Salvation. The way of the Kingdom.  The way of My Heart!  I AM your only refuge. I AM your strong tower!  I am your very present help in time of need!  The kingdoms of this world cannot save you, cannot keep you. Only I can do that!Return to ME, the Giver of Life, the Giver of all that is Good.  Return and be not forsaken, be not barren in the things that matter most!  Return to ME, for I am waiting for you."

Isa 55:1  Wait and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing]. [Revelation 21:6, 7; 22:17]
Isa 55:2  Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [the profuseness of spiritual joy]. [Jeremiah 31:12-14]
Isa 55:3  Incline your ear [submit and consent to the divine will] and come to Me; hear, and your soul will revive; and I will make an everlasting covenant or league with you, even the sure mercy (kindness, goodwill, and compassion) promised to David. [2 Samuel 7:8-16; Acts 13:34; Hebrews 13:20]

Friday, November 2, 2012

Beloved, Just a few thoughts to share with you…by Opal

Guest post from my friend. Hope it touches your heart! Nancy

Beloved, Just a few thoughts to share with you…

I was just looking around my home and praising and thanking Abba for how extravagantly He has blessed me, through no goodness or works of my own: EVERY good and perfect gift comes from HIM! 

But my heart groans and travails over the world often, seeing how impoverished most of it is: And I’m not talking about Americans who don’t have the latest electronic gadgets: I don’t even know what most of them are! LOL!  THAT’S NOT poverty! I have lots, including a computer and cell phone that takes pix and digital camera! Which has taken thousands of memories for me…mostly the wonder of God’s creation and LOTS of people pix!

Most of humanity is in poverty; spiritually, mentally, emotionally bound and broken and battered and bruised, starving, sickness and disease, need for new body parts, drinking water that kills and carries diseases, homeless, naked, with no hope, no goal, no sense of purpose and ALL the curses listed in Deuteronomy 28. You know what I mean…The millions who were just so adversely affected by Sandy and on and on and on…

And here’s what rends my heart even more:  Our God has made EXTRAVAGANT provision for EVERY human being!  (He is El Shaddai: MORE than enough!) And I believe every generation has fallen so short of what He has for us and for the world.

If our hearts bleed over the pain and suffering and injustice in our world, imagine being the One Who has made full provision and so little has ever been accessed and manifested.  I believe with every fiber of my being that we, collectively, are at a time in history where we have the opportunity to be part of the Body of Christ whose lives radiate and manifest God Himself, with supernatural manifestations of provision for ANY need for ANY life!

I talked to Him years ago that it would be cruel if He would let us feel the pain and suffering of others without giving grace and PROVISION to see it eliminated… And that I know HE is not cruel…and I could believe to SEE His GLORY manifested!
Romans 8:32  He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?

He blesses us, of course, to meet our needs, but SO FAR beyond that: to BE blessings to others!

The closer we get to Him, the more sensitive we are to His heartbeat.   By the grace of God, let’s keep saying “no” to our flesh” and a resounding YES to Holy Spirit as He nudges us!

We have seen the groans and travails of creation all over our little world, most recently through Hurricane Sandy. But here’s what the Word has to say about it:

Romans 8:12  So then, brethren, we are debtors, but not to the flesh [we are not obligated to our carnal nature], to live [a life ruled by the standards set up by the dictates] of the flesh.
Romans 8:13  For if you live according to [the dictates of] the flesh, you will surely die. But if through the power of the [Holy] Spirit you are [habitually] putting to death (making extinct, deadening) the [evil] deeds prompted by the body, you shall [really and genuinely] live forever.
Romans 8:14  For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
Romans 8:15  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Romans 8:15  For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!
Romans 8:16  The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God.
Romans 8:17  And if we are [His] children, then we are [His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His inheritance with Him]; only we must share His suffering if we are to share His glory.
Romans 8:18  [But what of that?] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (this present life) are not worth being compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us and for us and conferred on us!
Romans 8:19  For [even the whole] creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God's sons to be made known [waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship].  

Beloved, I believe, if our hearts are close enough to be groaning and travailing
over the pain of others across the world, we are experiencing the sufferings of
Christ and, likewise, are in readiness to see His GLORY manifested to see victory
over the curses sin and evil spirits plague our world with!  Decision by decision
choosing the spirit over the flesh.  Truly we have been created “for such a time as
this”!  I encourage you to read/meditate on all of Romans 8!  It is a mother load of
revelation knowledge!

Let Him ring the dinner bell” of signs and wonders and miracles to SHOW the world His great Love and see MULTITUDES!
Colossians 1:13delivered from the power (authority) of darkness and translated into the KINGDOM of His dear Son Jesus Christ!”

JESUS is LORD!   I pray for each of us: 
God’s will: Nothing more. Nothing less. Nothing else!   

 Opal 10-31-2012

Note from Nancy:
Nov 4th & Nov 11th is The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted.
The 4th is Europe and Africa. The 11th the  USA date.