Why this Virus? Part 1

This is not an easy time for the world. Life as we know it is just not the same. I shared in an earlier post that I used to ride in my car and wonder how long we would continue to enjoy life as we knew it. It wasn’t too long after these thoughts hit my mind that this happened. You may wonder why I would have such thoughts. Well mainly because I believe the Bible. And I know our world is full of sin and people are separated from God, and the church of the Lord Jesus Christ is lukewarm and God is not happy about any of it. And it’s His Will that His creation comes to Him. But it starts with those of us who have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

2 Chronicles 7:14 New International Version (NIV)

14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

So you see, it starts with HIS PEOPLE. Just open the Bible and read the story of Noah. God decided to destroy the entire world because of sin. So am I saying that God brought this virus into the world? Absolutely not! But he certainly has allowed it. This virus has come on the earth with a purpose and the purpose is to cause this world to CHANGE and acknowledge Him! And that will ONLY happen when the true church arises. I’m telling you there is a real church and a fake lukewarm church that preaches a user-friendly, fluff gospel that never talks about God’s judgment or requires people to repent, surrender their lives to Him, change and become true disciples and follow Him.

Revelation 3:14-22 Living Bible (TLB)

To the Lukewarm Church
14 “Write this letter to the leader of the church in Laodicea:
“This message is from the one who stands firm,[a] the faithful and true Witness of all that is or was or evermore shall be,* the primeval source of God’s creation:
15 “I know you well—you are neither hot nor cold; I wish you were one or the other! 16 But since you are merely lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth!
17 “You say, ‘I am rich, with everything I want; I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that spiritually you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.
18 “My advice to you is to buy pure gold from me, gold purified by fire—only then will you truly be rich. And to purchase from me white garments, clean and pure, so you won’t be naked and ashamed, and to get medicine from me to heal your eyes and give you back your sight. 19 I continually discipline and punish everyone I love; so I must punish you unless you turn from your indifference and become enthusiastic about the things of God.
20 “Look! I have been standing at the door, and I am constantly knocking. If anyone hears me calling him and opens the door, I will come in and fellowship with him and he with me. 21 I will let everyone who conquers sit beside me on my throne, just as I took my place with my Father on his throne when I had conquered. 22 Let those who can hear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.”

I keep hearing a lot of Christian saying they feel this virus is going to pass very quickly and we will get back to business as usual. I’m not so sure about that. You may wonder why. The reason is this virus has come with a purpose. God wants CHANGE and until that happens, we may stay right here in it.

The president is itching to get people back to work and I get it. It’s easy for me to talk like this because I keep getting my paycheck and am covered for a certain amount of time. But God is allowing this to get people to look to Him. People need to look past their own abilities and acknowledge Him.

But let me speak to believers. If you think you will continue in a lukewarm walk with God, you are sadly mistaken. And don’t think when I say these things that I am not talking to myself as well. I also need to improve my life in Christ. Less TV, more time in the Word and prayer. More witnessing. More yielded to His will.

But if you think this virus is going to stop just so God’s people can go back to sin, lust, gossiping, lying, watching porn, fornicating, committing adultery, using profanity and watching all manner of debauchery, you are deceived. And if you don’t make changes on your own, you will be forced to.

In part two, I am going to share a Word a Prophet gave years ago about this present day. Our grace period is up. For some of you, either you change or God is going dismantle EVERYTHING you created.

I am so used to sharing warnings with people who don’t believe me, it just never moves me when I am mocked and treated as though I don’t know what I am talking about. Why? Because that is the prophetic walk and I have countless experiences with sharing warnings from the Lord and seeing it happen, even when people didn’t think it would.

A few examples:

  1. My own late brother (who was a Pastor) after his wife divorced him, married his mistress. I warned him, his wife would die and he would have to keep preaching like Ezekiel did. My brother showed the written Word I gave him, to a proven prophet and they determined that it was NOT from God. But 22 years later, during the sweetest time of his marriage, my brother was devastated when his wife died at the young age of 51 and he had to continue to minister just like Ezekiel. (Ezekiel 24)
  2. The Lord gave me a Word for a different Pastor, (my Pastor at that time), telling him to come off the road and focus more on his congregation and take a salary from his church because part of his purpose going out ministering was money. He got fighting mad at me for sharing that world. The SAME DAY I shared the Word, the Pastor had a series of mini-strokes and was out of his pulpit for about four months. The next time I saw him, all he said was “that was a powerful Word you gave me”.
  3. I once gave another female pastor a Word about dismantling her church. If I remember correctly, it was like she was not mature enough to be overseeing a congregation. Well she kind of did receive the Word but still continued to lead the church until she brought a “pyramid scheme” to her church. Once everyone lost their money because of the scheme, the church dismantled and she was forced to move on.
  4. I also gave another Pastoral couple a Word about dismantling the ministry and this I think has to do with the Pastor’s strong lustful spirit. He only had about 3 members, but God did not want him tainting those members. They received the Word at first, but later, rejected it, but the church folded in a short time.

So am I boasting? Of course not. I am just sharing my track record because I am about to share something that is going to be devastating to someone. God often sends warnings before major things are about to happen. So it’s with a heavy heart that I share that I saw the death of a beloved little boy. Someones son. This boy was so special to his father, but it’s like God has to take the boy to get his father’s attention because his father is so rebellious and would not fully submit to God. There are changes that the father needs to make but he refuses. So can this judgment be reversed? I’m not sure. But I had to share this. Someone will read these words and they will know that this is for them. This Word was recently confirmed when a friend of mine asked me point blank if I felt God was going to take this particular man’s child. I was shocked when she asked me because I had never ever shared what I felt God was saying with anyone. I felt sick to my stomach because it was a devastating confirmation and I felt the time was drawing closer. Hearing her question made me have to acknowledge that is what I had in my spirit. Well, that’s enough for now. I know this was a heavy post.

Kobe

Last Sunday, after getting home from church, I decided to watch Meet the Press with George Stephanopoulos, which I had recorded on my DVR. Of course, the subject at hand was about the impeachment trial of the President. I was so annoyed at the denial of the guest that I decided to go to Twitter, to see what people were saying about the program. But when I pulled Twitter up, I immediately saw the news of basketball great Kobe Bryant. I actually had to do a double-take and page down to see if I was reading was actually true.

I immediately started calling my brothers to see if they had heard. Two of them hadn’t and one of them had. After talking to a couple of friends, I got a call back from one of them telling me that it had been confirmed that Kobe’s 13-year old daughter was with him and had died as well. After gasping and yelling “no, no, no”, my thoughts immediately went to Kobe’s wife Vanessa and the pain she would now have to walk through.

There are so many layers to this tragedy. You have a mother who not only lost her husband but also, a child, which many people say is worse than losing a mate. Vanessa will have to endure both. She has a baby that is not even a year old. She will also have to deal with the grief of her children. Their oldest is 17-years old and will very much understand the loss. Of course, there is Kobe’s mother and father and siblings, friends and the world.

I did not know this man other than from Basketball, yet I was impacted upon hearing of his death. I immediately went into prayer because I know that only God can carry Vanessa through this kind of loss.

My thoughts went to how Kobe lived a charmed life which afforded him the ability to travel via helicopter to save time. He said he had to figure out a way to move around quickly, so he could spend time with his family and be present during special occasions. The thing his wealth afforded him, ultimately led to his demise.

This is my opinion, but sometimes when people are super successful and they endure endless accolades, it makes me fearful for them. When I looked at Kobe’s life, he was probably the greatest in basketball. His accomplishments were endless and he lived an extremely full life, maybe because his life would only be for 41 short years.

I prayed for Vanessa and continue to do so. I have also been praying for the other families. My heart broke for Mr. Mauser the husband of the assistant coach of the team Kobe’s daughter was on. He spoke so highly of his wife and my heart broke when he said, he was fearful of the future because he was going to have to raise his 3 young children alone. Then there is the Altobelli Famly. They were also split up. The mother and father and one daughter died and left behind a son and daughter who have lost both parents and a sibling. Jesus!

Then there is the Chester family. The mother and daughter died leaving a husband and two sons! And finally the 50-year old Pilot, Ara Zobayan.

So what can we say? Please don’t judge me, but I always ask the question, did this have to happen? Was this the plan of God? Was this his will? I always think that we have warnings about things. I noticed that Mr. Mauser said he was very uncomfortable with his wife flying on the helicopter. But of course. who would give up the opportunity to fly with Kobe Bryant? This husband seems regretful that he didn’t raise his objections. I know it’s all conjecture now, but honestly, this is how I think.

I remember a Pastor sharing a story about how he had just ministered at a church and suddenly the Lord spoke to him and said to go to another place instead of going home. He expressed this to his team and everyone, with the exception of his musician, went with him. The musician got on the plane but never made it home because the plane crashed. So what happened? The Pastor listened and obeyed God.

I believe in praying for God’s protection, but I also believe in listening and obeying. But you have to be in a certain place with God to allow him to change your plans. Most people just do what they want to do.

After I got my brand new car last August, a couple of people at my job started talking to me about having accidents. One girl, in particular, shared how she had an accident after getting her brand new car. I instinctively knew God was speaking. Well, that weekend the Lord said STAY HOME. Because I knew the stories I heard were warnings, I listened and obeyed. I had been in an accident several months earlier and knew it was not God’s will for me to crash my brand new car. I know most would say, couldn’t you just pray for safety? Well, a past experience having an accident after God told me not to use this lady’s car taught me otherwise. It’s about obedience.

What I just shared is for the living. Those of us who know God and want to live out our days. Listen. I remember JFK Jr’s mother begged him not to learn to fly a plane. After she died, he did it anyway and that was the way he died. I know what I am sharing is not popular, but hey, maybe this will help someone.

I think I have shared enough. And if you have gone through a tragedy recently it doesn’t necessarily mean you missed God or that he doesn’t love you. And if you find yourself is the worse tragedy ever, remember God loves you and He will see you through! RIP to all who perished on Kobe’s helicopter on that terrible day. My hope and prayer is that everyone on board knew Jesus and went to heaven. And remember to accept Jesus as your savior! Romans 10:9-10, John 3:16

Christina Mauser worked as a basketball coach and a teacher at a school where Kobe Bryant’s daughter had been a student.

Helicopter pilot Ara Zobayan perished in the crash. PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS

Parents Keri and John Altobelli, left, and daughter Alyssa, right, died in the crash.

Payton Chester, left, and her mother, Sarah, ‘were the lights of our family,’ their relatives said in a statement. PHOTO: CHESTER FAMILY

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Kobe and Gigi

When You’re in the Wrong Territory

Atlanta Skyline and Highway at SunsetIt’s been a long time coming. Not sure if I’m late or not, but it feels like it. I’m in the wrong place. You better believe that God is all about geography. Yes, I believe we are assigned to certain geographical areas and when you are in the wrong place it becomes a nightmare!!

I was born and raised in NY. That was where my parents lived and so naturally I lived there also. Then I moved to Florida to take care of my Dad but now I have to answer the call of God and go to the place where God wants me. I really wish I had left Florida once my Dad went to heaven. But I can’t go back and change anything, but you better believe I am going to get out of Florida now. It’s not good to stay in a place where you no longer belong. I kind of knew it, but now I really know it.

I just called into a prayer line and I am listening as I type this blog post and guess that the Prophet is talking about? He’s talking about getting to the right territory.

Listen, some of you are like me; broke, busted and disgusted and the reason is because you like me are in the wrong place! So what are you going to do?? We are going to get to the right place!!

Genesis 12New International Version (NIV)

The Call of Abram

12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

“I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.[a]
I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.”[b]

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.

 

 

Christianity 101

The BibleI was watching one of those entertainment magazine shows and they had a celebrity guest host on the show who is the ex-wife of a comedian. The ex-wife, who is a business woman in her own rite, was asked how everything was going and she proceeded to talk about her faith in God along with how she uses crystals and burns sage and I thought, it’s time for a blog post about basic Christianity. lol

Now, there is real Christianity and there is peoples own brand of Christianity. So how do you determine, which is which? Well by reading and studying the Word of God. I am saddened by people who profess Christianity and don’t have a clue. So let’s get back to the basics. Here are a few of the basics of the faith.

First, John 3:16 is clear. God loved the World so he gave his son to die for the sins of the Word and whoever accepts that will have everlasting life. Romans 10:9-10 is about confessing with your mouth that you believe and receive that salvation and when you do you are saved.

Mankind needed a redeemer; a Savior. And that is why God gave his son. Jesus became the sacrifice for our sins. That pretty much is Christianity in a nutshell. Man was separated from God and needed to be reconciled and God came up with the plan to sacrifice His son for the salvation of mankind.

So after you accept Him here are a few important steps to growth in your newfound faith.

  1. One of the next steps which many people never get to is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. This is receiving the power of God in your life. Some segments of Christianity do not believe in this, but they are missing out. It’s a separate experience apart from accepting Jesus as your Savior. This is why in Acts 19, 1-2 Paul asked some disciples of the faith if they had received the Holy Spirit since they believed. It is made clear that this is a separate experience. Receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues makes all the difference after you receive Christ.
  2. You need to develop a prayer and devotional life and it needs to expand and grow. You should be praying longer than 15 minutes a day if you have been saved 20 years. It’s a challenge, but you have to work on having a devotional life with God
  3. You have to read and study your Bible. This may include  your own personal study, but you can also go to Bible School and go to Bible study, but you must get into your Bible to learn the basics. If you don’t you will be using crystals and burning sage and consulting mediums. You’ll be doing those things because you don’t know the Word of God.
  4. You need to go to church. The Bible is clear about Church attendance. You should not forsake the assembly of God. I don’t care who you are. You can tell when people have been out of church for long periods of time. And I means faithful attendance and commitment. But in the case of you not being able to get there (due to sickness or geography), you can get online and attend church just like you are a member. But when at all possible, GO to the house of the Lord. The anointing flows from the head down and you need to be there for that impartation
  5. Once you become a Christian, eventually, your relationships will change. All of my close friends are saved. I can talk to and pray with any of my friends. Do I believe you can be friends with an unbeliever. Yes, but there are limitations. You cannot be closely yoked with unbelievers. And your goal with any friend who is an unbeliever is to win them to Christ.
  6. Your faith should eventually affect your lifestyle. I see so many people living in sin. Living in sin, refusing to marry and fitting into the World and they think God is pleased. He is not. Eventually, when you get to know God, he infiltrates your lifestyle. He should be able to make you give up fornication, drinking, smoking, lying, stealing etc. Your lifestyle has to change and if it doesn’t you should examine yourself and see if your really know him. Now I am not talking about struggling with sin issues, but eventually we should overcome. Some issues take longer than others, but you have to at least acknowledge that it needs to change.
  7. Finally, put God first. Not your career, not your relationships, not your family, but God must be first. Not saying those things are not important, but God must have first place in your life to the point that He can dictate to you what you can and cannot due. And what you should and should not do. Well doesn’t that make me a robot? No it does not. It’s makes you a disciple. It’s makes you a follower of Jesus Christ!

A New Memo?

miamiI know a lot of people do what they want, and consult God later, but when you walk prophetically, you take directions from the Lord.

About 6 weeks ago, I heard the still small voice of the Lord say “go to Miami”. Well the reason I know it was God was because I had no desire or intention of going. I believe God had something in mind, but my only objection is that I did not want to travel by myself. I’ve done that so much, I am just tired. Well again I heard the still small voice of the Lord say “take your prayer partner”.  Well when I asked her about it she just laughed. You see that very same morning, she was standing in the kitchen and heard God say “go to Miami for a divine connection”. So we started making plans.

I am used to going and just obeying God because He said so, but we also planned our trip around a stage play and so as the time got closer, I became unsure and so again I went to God and asked him to confirm what He has instructed me to do. Recently, I got a message and it seems that there would be no purpose for me to take this trip, so now it’s iffy.

You know if God want to connect us to people and opportunities, all parties must be in agreement and if they are not, then there is no reason to go. I am okay with it. I have to say I was not jumping up and down over the idea because I feel unprepared. But it seems I’ve checked my spiritual “mailbox” and there is a new memo and that memo seems to be saying “don’t go”.

We have to stay open to the changes that God makes. He will accept our hesitancy for now. God sees and knows the whys and He will allow it, but His ultimate plan will come to pass no matter what. Sometimes these delays are simply bumps in the road toward destiny. Our goal should be to get to the place of complete obedience.

Again, I am okay with not going. There will be another opportunity and hopefully this time all parties will be ready!

SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS:  
This is a time when you can make plans for the days ahead, but after you decide what you want to do, hold your plans loosely.  Hold them in your heart as with an open hand so that I can still have My way with you.  Be flexible, and allow Me to change the details or even your direction.  The facts are not all available to you at this time, but they will unfold with time, says the Lord.  You belong to Me; let Me direct your steps.  Psalms 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.