The Weeping Of The Holy Spirit

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2012: The Day Of Anything Can Happen

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2012: The Day Of Anything Can Happen
By Joni Ames

As we enter into 2012, we are entering into “The Day Of Anything Can Happen.”

In the past few years, we have been introduced to crazed gunmen on the rampage, terrorism, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and tornados on catastrophic levels, just to name a few wild events. We have been sensitized and then desensitized to them.

We’ve watched nations rise against the tyranny of their own wicked leaders and die in the streets, in order to gain freedom.

We’ve seen evil leaders hunted down and killed, with bloody video tapes spread across the Internet for the whole world to view.

In the process, we’ve seen kingdoms of the earth topple, one after another, right before our eyes.

We’ve seen religious icons, who should have and could have comforted and led the people into greater levels of faith and peace in the midst of such things, fall instead.

In essence, we are beginning to see the reality of what comes as a result of nations, people, and leaders that defy the Living God.

Even today’s newscasters are reporting that what we are seeing is happening, “in Biblical proportion.”

What’s left to happen?

According to the Bible, “We ain’t seen nothin yet.”

Jesus said in Matthew 24 the likes of what we are about to see hasn’t been seen before, nor will ever be seen again.

“For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elects sake those days will be shortened.” (Matthew 24:21, 22 NKJV)

In other words, up ahead we will see and experience escalation of all of the above, on terrifying and unbelievable levels.

So much so that men’s hearts will fail them because of fear.

Like it says in Habakkuk 1:5, we won’t hardly believe it.

“Look among the nations and watch Be utterly astounded! For  I will  work a work in your days  Which  you would not believe, though it were told  you.” (Habakkuk 1:5)

What to do in 2012

Prepare for the worst case scenarios.

We’ve been being told/warned for quite some time to “Prepare!” Some have. Some have “sort of” begun. Most have done basically nothing.

While we will still pray, it is just plain wisdom to also get prepared NOW for any “worst case scenarios.”

To get an idea and perspective of what it could be like if the California or New Madrid fault lines “blow,” go to You Tube and watch videos of the recent Japan quake.

To get an idea and perspective of what it could be like if some nutcase hits a button that causes atomic holocaust, look up Hiroshima.

No one is going to send out a 30 day warning and send you some money so you can prepare if you haven’t. This IS your warning. Prepare to the best of your ability to do so NOW. Whether a tornado, earthquake, or atomic bomb, things happen at the spur of the moment.

Be sensible and stock up items your family actually likes. Then rotate them so that they do not become outdated and toxic.

If possible, stock up items with 20 year shelf life. But practice using some now as well so that you are familiar with how to use them.

Have a means of alternate heating as well as having a hand operated water well, if possible.

“Be wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove.”

Do not tell everyone what you have stocked up and where it is. When “stuff” happens, desperate people do desperate things. Do not set your family up for a home invasion or worse. Learn from the story of Joseph and “Zip your lips.”

Many are preparing to defend their families with guns and ammunition, in case of actual war on our land. Each one has to make that decision for them self.

Prophets, newscasters, leaders, and dreamers are warning of serious events in 2012.

Severe weather
Catastrophic Earthquakes
Volcanoes
EMP bombs
Atomic attacks
Severe diseases released
Biological warfare
War on US soil
Civil unrest
Political hysteria
Asteroids & other sky related phenomena

My friends, it doesn’t take much to see and know that dangers in all of the above arenas exist. However, as the Word of God tells us, it should not catch us unaware. Therefore it should not catch us unprepared.

Truly, we are in “The Day Of Anything Can Happen.”

In the process, as we continue to stay steadfast in trusting our God, His Church will “rise and shine,” (Is. 60:1-2) and become the spotless Bride That Jesus paid for! – And She will bring along a precious harvest to present to Him.

This article is mainly being sent to Christians on my email newsletter list. So please don’t think I’m being condescending when I say,  let’s be prepared spiritually as well. The enemy has not been playing fair and has been hitting believers hard. Therefore, we need to be in the Word and stay in it. Let’s not get off base in some weird doctrines. We additionally need to keep an eye out for and help each other stay spiritually well and sane.

If we lack faith, we can “get us some” by devouring more of His Word, which tells us, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by The Word.” His Word does not go forth and return void. It accomplishes what it is meant to do. It will help to keep us in perfect peace as these events unfold.

If you are a backslider or are not saved, it’s time to do business with God. He is the only way we will have peace in the days ahead. Simply repent and receive Jesus as Lord and Savior by crying out to Him. He hears and receives all who call upon Him.

Then, let’s all do the natural things mentioned to prepare, and encourage others to do so too.

Let us not faint nor be weary in well doing. Instead, “Be only strong and courageous!” And you will do great exploits in the Lord!

Prayer

Lord, we thank you in advance for the year ahead. We ask you for wisdom, direction, good health, provision, protection, and courage for our families, ourselves, and each other, to do what we are to do and shine for you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

– Joni Ames
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BELIEVE IN THE PROMISES OF GOD! by Joni Ames

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BELIEVE IN THE PROMISES OF GOD!
– Joni Ames
INTRODUCTION
 
I was thinking the other day about how, the older I get, the younger old age looks! As I read about Abraham being 100, and Sarah being 90 when they finally had their promised child, I marveled! Being in my late 50’s, with many promises yet to be experienced, I’m encouraged through their legacy of faith to keep pressing forward in order to see the birthing of my promises as well.
 
The Word of God is full of many accounts of how the persistent faith of average people becomes the finished product of mighty miracles. I believe the Word of God truly is our manual for life, as the scripture says, “It contains everything we need pertaining to life and godliness.” (2 Peter 1:3) The reason? Because it has worked that way for me.
 
Throughout my life, I have learned to go to the Bible as my number one resource manual concerning life. It wasn’t always that way. I often looked to other people for advise. However, that never caused me to experience peace of mind or personal fulfillment. It was only through going to the Word of God that I found those things.
 
EXAMPLES OF FAITH
 
It causes one to pause and consider our ways as we read of the many trials and pitfalls that Abraham, and each of our Biblical heroes encountered, yet continued to press on and pursue the promises until finally achieved. In today’s world of “instant” food, “fast service,” and drive throughs, people are so accustomed to a “name it, claim it, get it,” attitude that they go into a major mental setback when things have to be worked for. That’s why many are snared when they realize that there is a price to be paid for walking in the anointing. The price is of time, experience, study, prayer, and true relationship with the Lord. Knowing the Lord in a “gnoskis” – intimate way. (ref. http://www.intimacywithgod.com/knowgod.html)
 
While traveling in the ministry the Lord has called me to, I often have people come to me and ask me to lay hands on them and “impart” to them what I have. I have jokingly said, “What? You want my bills, the long hours on the road, and the exhaustion too?!”
 
The type of relationship with the Lord that yields the anointing comes only by being willing to spend time with Him. We spend time like we spend money. The problem is, when we spend money we can earn more. However, when we spend time, it is gone forever. Therefore it is wise to spend time on that which matters, so that there is everlasting fruit. When we do so with the Lord, we will never regret it. He is faithful to produce what He promises!
 
 
IN THE BEGINNING
 
One of the most important things we all have to battle in our relationship with the Lord is doubt vs. faith. We must learn to not second guess ourselves and our ability to hear His voice. The Word clearly tells us that we, as His Sheep, know His Voice. (ref; John 10:27)
 
Again, that “knowing” is in an intimate, “gnoskis” way. Much like being able to know the sound of our loved ones so well that we know the sound of their cough, sneeze, or even their footsteps. That type of relationship only comes through time spent with a loved one, as we pay attention to them in such a way as to learn and recognize those sounds.
 
I met a man once who was very kind to the women he dated, yet wondered why they would dump him for someone else. He longed to have a relationship that would lead into marriage, and couldn’t understand why they would leave him for a less kind suitor. As I watched him, I saw that he was constantly looking past them when they were together talking. It caused the women to feel uncared for. He did the same thing when conversing with business contacts, which also caused him loss of business deals. We can’t get to truly know someone in an intimate way by looking past them.
 
Many people read the Word of God that way. They read the Word the way they speed read books. They jump over vitally important sentences, which does not allow you to have the understanding needed. Especially when it comes to the Word of God. We must cautiously, lovingly, embrace each sentence and caress the meaning within each chapter and verse in order to truly understand its’ meaning. That’s why the Word tells us that “untaught and unstable people twist the scriptures because they don’t know God.” (ref.: 2 Peter 3:16)  – Through “gnoskis” knowing Him and His Word, we will also know ourselves and our path in a more defined, purposeful way.
 
 
“LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION”
 
Being in the proper geographical location can mean everything to walking in our purpose, call, and destiny. In Genesis chapter 12:1, God told seventy-five year old Abraham, “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee.”
 
In verses 2 & 3, God told Abraham that, if he did that, these would be the results:
 
(2) And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing;
 
(3) And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
 
God promises that our obedience in such a move brings great reward. “And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.” (ref; Matt. 19:29)
 
I found this to be true in my own life when, at 29 years of age, I moved my two small children and myself away from everyone and everything I knew to go to work at Jim & Tammy Bakker’s PTL TV Network/Heritage USA. I have never regretted it. It was the beginning of the Lord changing me and reshaping me and my mind, heart, and spirit for His use. He has given to me “family” in the Body of Christ that has stood by me through many trying situations. And He has given to me a life of serving Him and His people that has brought forth great fruit. When God promises something, He delivers!
 
Even more recently, the Lord spoke to me to move to West Virginia just before the whole mortgage and financial collapse. He warned me that troubled times were up ahead, and that it would be important to downsize and simplify my lifestyle. Additionally, that in the days ahead, loved ones needed to be closer together to help one another.
 
 
RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS ARE KEY
 
Abraham did some stupid things, but his obedience yielded great rewards and he became “very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.” (Genesis 13:2) In fact, his obedience even caused his nephew Lot to also prosper so much that it says in verse 6, “And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together; for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.” They were so prosperous and their blessings so great that they had to part company and each of them dwell in their own region!
 
Quick obedience equals quick results. As soon as they obeyed the Lord and parted company, God met with Abraham to bless him even greater, with vast amounts of land and the promise of an equally vast heritage. Let’s read about it in Genesis 13:14-17:
 
(14) And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward;
 
(15) For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever.
 
(16) And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth; so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.
 
(17) Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.
 
 
THE TEST OF TIME
 
“Through faith and patience, we inherit the promises.” (Heb. 6:12)
 
“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” (Jer. 6:16a)
 
God’s promises stand the test of time. It is up to us to stand the test of time in our faith and still believe, and not settle for less, no matter how much time passes before the promises given to us come to pass.
 
I had many prophetic words that were given to me twenty years or more ago that are just now coming into greater levels of fulfillment. There have been times when I thought maybe I was believing in a fable, or had done something that canceled the promises. The truth is, just like a baby has the best chance of surviving if they are in their mother’s womb the total nine months, so it is with the promises of God. They must go “full term.”
 
Waiting is hard, but there are many “ladies (and men) in waiting” – just like Sarah who simply have to await the timing of the Lord. In the process, we need to “occupy” until it comes. That means, “To seize possession of and maintain control over by or as if by conquest.” It is faith with works. (ref. James 2:14-26)
 
When I was 29 years old, we had a New Year’s Eve service at the church I attended. A kind older gentleman had taken scriptures and put them on index cards for each one to pick out of a bucket as their “word for the new year.” Mine was Luke 1:45, “Blessed is she that believed, for there shall be a performance of those things told her by the Lord.” I have clung to and cherished that promise all of these years! Yes, Lord! That was the response to Mary the Mother of Jesus regarding her promised child being the Messiah. His Word truly stands the test of time, and He is no respecter of persons! It is my promise as well! And so since I believed it, I pursued it. I choose to continue to press towards the mark of the prize! (Philippians 3:14 & 1 Corinthians 9:24)
 
 
CONCLUSION
 
God is faithful! No matter what happens, His Word stands as Truth, and continues to withstand the test of time! I am His witness and know and have experienced this personally, intimately, and assuredly!  There is no one and nothing more sure than Him!
 
 
PRAYER
 
Father, thank you for Your Word, Your Son, Your Holy Spirit, and Your Love! You are Faithful and True, and I love you! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
 
– Joni Ames
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“ASTONISHING TIMES AHEAD” by Joni Ames

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Dear Friends,

 
Has the enemy been causing you to wonder why you have been going through so much and as if you have been abandoned? Have you felt as if you have “missed it,” or “gone crazy,” or have lost your “grace” to continue on? Or as though you have somehow fallen out of the protection of the Lord? Has the collective harassment of man and the spiritual realm gotten “to” you in a big way? Do you just plain have a big “WHAT?!” in your mind and heart that you have been holding up to the Lord?
 
Many have been going through such a season. The truth of the matter is that it is likely none of the above. Simply put, it rains on the just and the unjust, and you are part an arising remnant, being ironed out and having the “spots” removed to become that pristine Bride of Christ, awaiting Her King.
 
DAYS OF AWE
We are now in the time period on the Jewish calendar known as the “Days of Awe” – Rosh Hashana to the Day of Atonement, headed into a new year. 
 
Changes, changes, changes. Time to shift gears. 
 
God asked Adam, “Where are you?” In this season, He is asking that of us too. So let’s ask that of ourselves, as well as, “Where am I headed? “Where do I want to go?” & “Lord, how can I get there?” Then as we pass beneath His Shepherds Rod for inspection & promotion during this time and the Lord speaks to our minds and hearts, let’s write down what He shows us (Habakuk 2:2-4). Then go for it, as it says in Philippians 3:13-14: (13) “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, (4) I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”
 
“ASTONISH”
I heard the word “astonish.” It means, “To strike with sudden and usually great wonder, surprise, or fear. Also: “To amaze, surprise, astound, bowl over, dumfound, flabbergast, floor, rock, shock, startle, stun, stupefy, thunderstrike.”
 
I had a sensing that what we are about to see happen will “astonish” us. It will be the days of Biblical proportion. A “great and terrible” day of the Lord. Great for those of us who know and serve the Lord; terrible for those who do not.
 
The news media will be reporting things that will cause even them to seek the Lord all the more, and they and the people who watch will truly be astonished.
 
The greatest thing we can possess in this time is God’s “peace that passes all understanding.” That’s not something that can be bought or sold. It can only be given by our God, and received and walked in by us as we run to Him for safety and sanity.
 
This past year was the “beginning of woes” in natural disasters. This coming year there will be others. The Watchmen/women must be on the Wall of Intercession and stand in the gap. Those who can and are able to help must step up to the plate. Many are being called now to be in place. For some, that means they are being led into and trained for disaster preparedness and even the chaplaincy throughout the Land in order to assist those in need. For others, it means they are preparing their homes, land, or churches for what is ahead. The heart of the church is being sensitized and prepared, “For such a time as this.”
 
There will be a restoring of the righteous fear of God as these things occur. Many will flock to the Church to find answers and provision, for the government will fail them. But it will also cause some ungodly ones to get angry and lash out against the Christian church.
 
Because of increased persecution of Christians, more and more are being called to restore the “Book of Acts” type of “House to House” churches. They are a part of the remnant that will “endure to the end.”
 
God is calling forth champions and heroes that legends are made of. Those who will travel even by motorcycle or horseback to do the bidding of the Lord, even in dangerous territory.
 
I heard, “Prepare, Prepare, Prepare. Prepare while you can.” – Very important to install those water wells and hand operated pumps; stockpile food and resources; to begin now to grow your own food; and even prepare your homes, barns, and/or land for those who will need to take refuge with you in the days to come.
 
As I heard the word “prepare” repeated, I was made known that it meant mentally, physically, and spiritually, for we will need to be ready in every way.
 
There will be those who find themselves homeless at times in days ahead, while others who have the provision will arise to the occasion and provide. Some will live in their vehicles or in tents on land that has been reserved to be “places of refuge” that God has been preparing for these days. Others will share homes, and some will even live within the walls of church facilities.
 
Prepare for “suddenlies” of all kinds. And know that God has you hidden beneath the shadow of His Hand to love on and nurture you in the days ahead. He owns this world and all that is in it, and provision is in His Hands to distribute. The angels of Heaven have been prepared for this Day.
 
Do not second guess yourself if the Lord awakens you and tells you to “GO NOW!” and to “DO THIS!” or “DO THAT!” – Be ready for it.
 
One day when I was getting ready to go to work when I worked at Jim & Tammy Bakker’s PTL/Heritage USA, the Lord spoke to me to make an extra lunch and take it to work with me. At first I thought I was crazy, but then I thought, “What would it hurt? If someone else doesn’t need it, then I’ll have it there for tomorrow.” We started every day with devotions, and when ours began, one of my co-workers said she forgot to bring her lunch. I said, “That’s ok. God had me make an extra lunch for you.” He is SO faithful! That was obedience on a small scale….But it was big to that lady that God did that for her! She wept!
 
Then I’ll never forget the story of how David Wilkerson heard the Lord tell him to have his people make sandwiches – lots of sandwiches – the weekend before 9/11 happened. He didn’t know why. He and his people simply obeyed. And they were first responders to help feed the many rescue workers during that time.
 
“ASTONISHING TIMES” ahead, for sure. Times that will amaze, surprise, astound, bowl over, dumfound, flabbergast, floor, rock, shock, startle, stun, stupefy, & thunderstrike many. But we have an astonishing God who is greater than anything or anybody who has GOOD plans for us! Plans to prosper and not to harm us. Plans to give us a hope filled future! (ref. Jer. 29:11)
 
Our job? That’s in Jer. 29:12: “Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me and I will listen to you And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
 
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Father, Son, & Holy Spirit, we come to you in the name of Jesus. Here we are, Lord. Use us. Speak to us, for we are listening and searching for You and Your answers with all our hearts. We ask you that we would be found faithful and obedient in these times. Let none of us pass through this life until we have fulfilled the purpose, call, and destiny for which you formed us. Cause us to be blessed to be a blessing and encouragement to others, and to glorify You by building and supporting Your Kingdom and making YOU famous! We love you! In Jesus Name, Amen.
 
– Joni Ames
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GOD’S RULES FOR BATTLE by Joni Ames

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GOD’S RULES FOR BATTLE
by Joni Ames
 
As many of us know, there has seemingly been an increase in the level of battle or warfare in these times. Just as the weather has been heating up, so has “life,” in general. Many have experienced panic attacks, fear, depression, and hopelessness on pretty serious levels. Some that I know have either had to go on medication or even had to be hospitalized for a nervous breakdown. We are talking about Christians. Now, before any of us try to “judge” that, let us just remember that Jesus warned of these times over 2,000 years ago.
 
This isn’t something “new.” We’ve all gone through warfare and battles before. However, there seems to be an increase and excelleration in the levels of warfare, as well as the amount of it, in the times we are in.
 
So how do we posture ourselves to “make it through” these times? Thankfully, we have the Word of God to turn to for our answers.
 
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While engaging in listening to my “Daily Bible Lesson” on my smart phone recently, the Word of the Lord for the day addressed, “God’s Rules For Battle,” out of Deuteronomy, Chapter 20. Let’s take a look at that….
 
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Rule 1, (Verse 1): DO NOT BE AFRAID
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“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.”
 
WHY? – “For the Lord your God is with you.”
 
Even if we have armies of people coming against us with all kinds of artillery, we need to remember that GOD IS WITH US!!! And if GOD is WITH us, He is FOR us, so who or what (worthwhile) could possibly matter that would come against us?! (Romans 8:31)
 
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Rule 2, (Verses 2-3): “DO NOT LET YOUR HEART
BE FAINT, DO NOT BE AFRAID, DO NOT TREMBLE
OR BE TERRIFIED.”
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(2) So it shall be, when you are on the verge of battle, that the priest shall approach and speak to the people. (3) And he shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel: Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies. Do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them;
 
Whenever a point is repeated, it deserves an even greater amount of our attention. Obviously, it is extremely important. We will see even more “why” in the verses that follow. But let me just insert a few things about fear here first.
 
The famous sales trainer Zig Zigglar used to explain the letters of the word “FEAR” as standing for meaning “False Evidence Appearing Real.”
 
I’ve had many conversations with various friends of mine who are Christian Counselors, and they all agree that MOST of the cases they deal with are related to fear of some kind. Statistics show that 98% of those fears NEVER come to pass.
 
So FEAR, in and of itself, is a weapon of the enemy that can paralyze and rob us of our peace, and our purpose, call, and destiny. It can cause us to make seriously bad maneuvers that we would not make if we were not operating in believing those fears. Even though they (most likely) will not occur! In fact, fear can cause us to “loose our minds” and do many untimely and stupid things that we wouldn’t normally do! It can even cause us to seek “other” means of comfort or relief – such as alcohol, drugs, affairs, etc. – It is a trick and weapon of the enemy to try to CAUSE us to fail!
 
The Word clearly tells us that GOD has NOT given to us a spirit of fear! Rather, HE gives to us POWER, LOVE, and a SOUND MIND!!! (2 Tim. 1:7)
 
Fear actually is faith, by the way. But it is faith in the enemy, and not God.
 
Joshua was told, “Be ONLY strong and VERY COURAGEOUS.” – How could He be told to “BE” that?! Well, we can’t “BE” or “DO” anything without HIM. When HE is with us, He GIVES TO US the courage, strength, and faith we have need of! HE is the AUTHOR and FINISHER of our faith! (Heb. 12:12) – So if we “use it all up,” He can make and give us some more!!!
 
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Rule 3, (verse 4): REMEMBER – GOD IS WITH YOU!”:
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Again, this is being repeated, because it was already told to us in verse 1. But in verse 4, we are again told that He is WITH US!:
 
(4) “for the Lord your God is HE WHO GOES WITH YOU, TO FIGHT FOR YOU against your enemies, TO SAVE YOU.”
 
We are reminded of this in The Great Commission in Mark 16:20: “And they went out and preached everywhere, THE LORD WORKING WITH THEM and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.”
 
He is WITH us, NOT against us!!!
 
He doesn’t take our hand over to the edge of the battle and throw us to the enemy so He can watch us get beat up and laugh at us! He walks us to the edge to get a good view of what happens and says, “Watch this! I’m going to fight FOR you against your enemies to SAVE you! Watch Me WIN this battle FOR you!” – Woo Hoo!!! – Yay God!!!
 
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Rule 4, (Verses 5, 6, & 7): GET RID OF DISTRACTIONS
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(5) Then the officers shall speak to the people, saying: ‘What man is there who has built a new house and has not dedicated it? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man dedicate it. (6) Also what man is there who has planted a vineyard and has not eaten of it? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man eat of it. (7) And what man is there who is betrothed to a woman and has not married her? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man marry her.’
 
Anyone who had fought in battle can tell you – distractions can kill you. It is so important to be sure that your mind is on what you are doing at ALL times. It’s not just YOUR life on the line, but the lives of those around you.
 
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
 
2 Corin. 10:5 says we need to be, “Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
 
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Rule 5, (Verse 8): GET RID OF FEAR
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(8) The officers shall speak further to the people, and say, ‘What man is there who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house, lest the heart of his brethren faint like his heart.’
Get rid of fear! Gee, haven’t we heard that before?! <smile>
 
But here we get a clearer reason: Because fear is “catchy,” like a bad flu bug.
 
Remember when the “spies” gave the evil report to the Israelites? In Joshua 14:24 it says, “(7) I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart. (8) Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me MADE THE HEART OF THE PEOPLE MELT, but I wholly followed the Lord my God.”
 
Fear can cause us to miss out on our Promised Land.
 
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SO, HOW DO WE POSTURE OURSELVES IN THIS TIME?
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Let us do as the Word says and renew our minds daily with THE Word. (Rom. 12:2) – The Word of God contains everything pertaining to life and godliness, and it does NOT go forth and return void. (Is. 55:11) – Read it, pray it, wash yourself and your family with it. Soak in it. Saturate yourself with it.
 
Cast down the fearful imaginations the enemy brings to your mind (2 Corin. 10:5) and bring them into the obedience of Christ.
 
War with the prophecies God has given to you. (1 Tim. 1:18-19) God is NOT a liar. Pray and speak life over those words that you know are from Him, and GO FOR IT!
 
Prov. 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”
 
Speak life to yourself and your loved ones, and death to the plans of the enemy.
 
We can say to the enemy, “I refuse that spirit of fear! By the power of the blood and name of Jesus, I command you to take it and go to the feet of Jesus for judgement!”
 
That may sound simple, but the enemy has to obey the name of Jesus.
 
Spend time in praise and worship. He inhabits His praises. (Psalms 22:3) WORSHIP is your WAR-ship!
 
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Dear Lord,
We come before you and repent of fear and of speaking in such a way as to infect others with fear. We pray to you as David did, “Let the words of our mouth and meditations of our heart be acceptable in your sight.” Help us to remember that we win IN YOU, and help us to remind others of that as well. We love and worship you and thank you that you are fighting for and winning our battles for us!
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
 
— Joni Ames
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Heads Up Intercessors

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Heads up intercessors & PREPARE: Sensed the Lord showed me the power grids MAY start to go down ( possibly due to overload due excessive heat). Keep gas tank full, get alternative power generator – solar is best – or else also get spare fuel. Stock up on water & necessary food. This is for NOW.

Please remember – prayer is powerful & can change things, so PRAY & PREPARE.

A MEANINGFUL CALL TO GOD’S WOMEN by Joni Ames

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A MEANINGFUL CALL TO GOD’S WOMEN
by Joni Ames
 

Dear Friends,
 
Just woke up from a dream that I feel was a meaningful call to God’s women.
 
In the dream, I met a couple that are friends of mine at a restaurant. We were talking that bad storms were approaching.
 
When my friend and I went outside, a tornado was forming right there. It saw us, so my friend grabbed my arm and pulled me back to duck back under the awning for our protection. Her husband was still indoors.
 
I got mad that the thing tried to intimidate us and reached out and grabbed it’s tail and broke it into three pieces. My friend got scared, saying it would get really mad at us now.
 
However, instead, it came closer and smiled, and became a fluffy white cloud instead of a tornadic storm cloud. It smiled & looked at us thankfully and was happy I’d broken off the tail. Then it motioned to me to take the pieces I’d broken off and get rid of them, and it dissipated.
 
My friend’s husband came out of the restaurant as we were celebrating and said, “Nice day.” We laughed, as he had no clue about the tornado and drama we had just experienced.
 
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As I prayed about the interpretation I felt the Lord is calling forth His Psalms 68:11 great company, great army, great host of women to attend to the walls of discernment and intercession in the Church, “for such a time as this.”
 
God has called us to protect the men, In that, I got the scripture from Jeremiah 31:22, “A woman will surround (protect) a man.” Sometimes men are “clueless,” as to how the enemy tries to come in with his lies. Women are often more sensitive to these things. Even to the wiles of other women! So there is great need for the Godly women who have clean hands and pure hearts and motives to arise and surround the men – our leaders – and the Church with their prayers of discernment and protection, that will break off the lies of the enemy!
 
It is time to “Be angry and sin not,” (Ephesians 4:26) – Get angry at the enemy and his lies! Don’t believe the lies! And don’t get mad at God or others – even your spouse, church leaders, etc. – when bad stuff happens!
 
No fear! Fear is NOT from God! It is a sin, because it is believing the lies of the enemy instead of having faith in God. And God has NOT given to us a spirit of fear, but of POWER, and LOVE, and a SOUND MIND!!! (2 Tim 1:7)
 
Time to “Be only strong and of good courage!” (Josh. 1:9) – Ladies, we can NOT let the storms of life take control of us or our emotions; rather, we must take control of the storms and BREAK OFF THE TALES/LIES of the enemy from the situations! – “Speak the truth in love!” (Eph. 4:15) – Remembering we can do nothing without HIM. (John 15:5) – “Not by might nor power, but BY HIS SPIRIT!” (Zech 4:6)
 
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Father God, forgive us women for allowing the enemy to cause us to shrink back in fear of the enemy and his lies. Help us to have the courage to arise in the faith and power that YOU provide so that the lies of the enemy will be revealed and broken, and the storms abated. In Jesus’ name, amen.
 
– Joni Ames

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