Has there ever been a greater time to rejoice in the presence of our Magnificent God Who is reigning victoriously?!!! He is still on the throne! His plans have not been altered, not one iota! I heard a pastor say there’s coming a time when there will be a sound that no one will be able to ignore. I Thessalonians 4:16, “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God.” As many people as who deny the Lord and say there is no God, in that moment I am 100% sure, no explanation will be needed! Every person on the face of the earth, from one continent to another, no matter what language they speak, no matter their background, rich or poor, democrat or republican, educated or not, sinner or saint, will know that sound! Isn’t that amazing! We are still on the side of victory! We have a God who will not be mocked. I was reading Revelation this morning, (is it any wonder I’m all wound up!) and in chapter 14:18 there’s a time when an angel says for the sickle to be cast into the clusters of the vine of the earth for her grapes are fully ripe. For the unbeliever that will be a terrifying moment. For the believer, an incredible time of triumph. God has declared the beginning from the end. Man can make all the plans they want to for this nation, for our government, for the world, but God’s Word is final.
This past Sunday I drove a homeless man from Fort Wayne to Rockholds, Ky. It’s about 5 ½ hours one way. I’ve taken him down there a few times over the years. He has family there in a couple small towns that will sometimes let him stay for the winter. He’s almost 60 and has been outside at least 20 years. I’ve talked about him in previous letters. He’s kind of famous in Ft Wayne. One winter he fell in the river drunk. Some people who were going around ministering to the homeless at their camps about 10 pm, on a freezing night, saw his head barely bobbing out of the river. They called the fire department. Only his nose and the top of his head was above the water, he was hypothermic and dying. They called me and asked me to head to the ER. I prayed over him as he was wrapped in plastic heated bags to bring up his body temperature. His soaking wet clothes that were cut off of him were lying in a pile on the floor. He was in intensive care for 4 days. I doubt he remembers I was there. No one knew that man had only moments to live but God, and in His mercy, He rescued him. Anyone who’s in homeless ministry here or who has been homeless, usually knows this man. I’ve been told he’s been pulled from the river at least 4 or 5 times over the years. This past Sunday we attended the morning service in the park and then headed south. Since he’d been up all night, he slept most of the way, which gave me a good opportunity to listen to some online messages. During the last hour heading there, I wondered how I was going to make it home. It was a good idea when I started out but at midday, my body was reminding me it was time for a Sunday nap. After dropping him off, on the way home I listened to Jeremiah Johnson and Lana Vawser. Both of them are prophetic ministers who really stir your heart for the things of God and then I began to worship. There’s an energy that flows from the throne that we can tap into. My heart began to soar and tears rolled down my face as I joined my voice to Hillsong worship music and exclaimed the majesty of God. Why do we deny ourselves this awesome experience? At any moment we can choose to turn our weariness into praise, to give our emotions to the one who created them so we can dance in His glory.
Our new treasurer, Jimmy, who replaced mom, (since she chose to desert her post, and yes, I’m still a little upset with her about that) has just been diagnosed with esophageal adenocarcinoma, stage 4. He’s not yet 50 years old. He and his wife have only been married 4 years. This came only 2 weeks after I’d sent out the December newsletter. In it, I’d written about 2 Chronicles 13:14, when Judah looked around and to their surprise the battle line was drawn both in front and at the rear! And suddenly, we were in that moment. How different it is when you’re reading the story, and being elated at seeing God’s hand overtake the enemy. You think, that’s just what they get! They should’ve known He’d show up! But the only way we can truly experience God’s glorious hand of deliverance is to be in the battle. And that moment of the unknown doesn’t feel glorious at all.
Also for the past 3 months, I’ve been dealing with recurring sickness. I’ve been tested for Covid three times, all negative, but cannot shake these cold, flu-like symptoms and it’s become quite draining to get up and make it through a day. Ongoing sickness leads to a slippery slope of trying to be victorious while walking in despair. To add to that, I didn’t think this being the one-year anniversary of mom’s death would affect me but honestly during the week of Christmas I wanted to draw the curtains and sink into retirement. I thought, what difference would it make if I quit ministering? There’s lots of people younger, stronger, more enthusiastic. Also, my sister’s husband continues to struggle with deteriorating health, the greatest guy in the world, why isn’t he healed?!!! With Jimmy now having this diagnosis, maybe we should roll up the carpet and put it away. On that 11-hour drive Sunday, the Lord showed me that what we should be rolling up is our sleeves! He’s not finished!
In Revelation chapter 2, The Lord exalts those who have persevered and have patience and have labored for His name’s sake and have not become weary. And He says to him who overcomes He will give to eat from the tree of life which is in the midst of the Paradise of God! He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death. To him who overcomes He will give some of the hidden manna to eat and He will give him a white stone with a new name written on it. He says He knows our works, love, service, faith, and again, our patience. He knows it all! He says hold fast what we have until He comes! “And he who overcomes and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations.” In Chapter 3 He tells us that he who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments and He will not blot out his name from the Book of Life, but He will confess his name before His Father and the angels. He then says that he who overcomes He will make him a pillar in the temple of God and He will write on him the name of God! As I was reading in Chapter 8 today about the angel having much incense that he was offering with the prayers of the saints upon the golden altar, which was before the throne, tears rolled down my face. God has all our prayers before Him. He has not lost or misplaced one single one of them. It’s only natural that sometimes we will get weary, sometimes our emotions overcome our senses, but we can’t stay in that place of despair when we serve a God who will not fail! We either believe His word or we don’t.
This morning while praying for Beth and Jimmy the Lord told me this is a mountain we can speak to. When we found out about Jimmy, I’m ashamed to admit it but I honestly felt I had no words of hope for them. During this season last year I was totally believing for mom’s healing and it didn’t happen. Now, how could I give anyone else all the scriptures I had believed in for her? God never failed. His word never fails. We have to trust Him for the things we don’t understand because as He says, His ways are higher than ours. Whatever His reason, that’s His business. If He says speak to a mountain, speak to it! He’s not the God of the dead but of the living. He then told me that my own health is a mountain I can speak to. I’m happy to say that I have been up for 4 ½ hours, breathing clearly, and have taken no sinus medicine and have no sinus headache! That may sound small, but for me, it’s huge! A little ditty came into my head; Gone, Gone, Gone, cast into the sea, Gone, Gone, Gone, no longer to bother me. Gone, Gone, Gone, the demons have to flee, Gone, Gone, Gone, cast into the sea! Put your own tune to it. Speak it, sing it, believe it! I know it sounds elementary, but we don’t need to be a theologian to use the power of God. I then started singing Miriam’s song, that comes from Exodus 15: “I will sing unto the Lord for He has triumphed gloriously, the horse and it’s rider thrown into the sea! The Lord, My God, My Strength, My Song, has now become my victory!”
In Revelation 17:12-14, the word is talking about the ten horns which is the ten kings who receive authority to be kings with the beast, they are of one mind with evil power & authority. They make war with the Lamb (what are they thinking?) and “the Lamb will overcome them because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are called chosen and faithful.” There is no opposition that can stand against our Lord! There is no power on earth that can oppose Him and win! He is the ultimate authority on everything! It doesn’t matter how many government leaders put their heads together with how many nations, they are going to have a day of reckoning when all their plans will be shattered. The Lamb is the One called Faithful and True! When you look at His power and authority you have to come to the conclusion that in comparison, healing our sicknesses is not a hard thing for Him. Isaiah 53:5 “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”
Not one word of the bible will ever be made null and void. It’s as valid today as the day it was spoken from the mouth of God.
I did not intend for this to be a long letter, but what a great way to start off the year by proclaiming His word! I so wish I could infuse into you the fragrance of the Lord and His victory and give you what He has given to me over the past 2 days. May He renew your strength and fill your home with His fragrance, may the energy of heaven flow into your spirit and refresh you from the inside out! If this doesn’t work, take an 11-hour drive and listen to the word of the Lord until it soaks you through and through! Another song to lift your spirits, “Oh Victory in Jesus, my Savior forever, He sought me and He bought me with His redeeming blood. He loved me err I knew Him and all my love is due Him, He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood.” If you don’t know the tunes to these old songs, call me, and I will be happy to sing them with you! 260-445-5617. The word says do not forsake the assembling of yourselves together. He tells us to stir one another up! If you feel you can’t get out to get some encouragement, then call me, call a family member, call a friend, call someone! My sister and I have often called one another in distress and once we get to recalling what the word says & what the Lord has done, it won’t be long before we’re both feeling encouraged and the situation starts to look different.
In your weariness know that the Lord has not left you without hope. Know that He sees you. He hears you. He has given you enough strength. You will not only get through today, but you will get through everyday He has purposed for you. Pull up your bootstraps. Clean off your sword. His strength is not only sufficient but it is more then enough. I began writing this letter yesterday, which was when I wrote about rolling up the carpet and putting it away. This morning right before I woke up, I had a dream; I was in a motel and left my room for something, only intending to be away for a few minutes, and somehow I got caught up in this whole day of service work for an event that was going on of helping with food and serving. It was hours later when I was heading back to my room and I was thinking, what a day it had turned out to be! There was a big crowd outside my motel that I was working my way through when a man tapped me on the shoulder. It startled me. I turned around and he was a foreigner, like from Scandinavia (I don’t know why I thought that), and he was holding up this long thin rug, maybe 8 feet long by 3 ft wide, red and gold, unrolled that he was bringing me as a gift! It was obviously tattered and worn, but the message was clear. We need to keep the carpet unrolled! We need to keep receiving whoever the Lord sends to us. Do the next thing the Lord puts in front of you. It may seem small, it may seem like what’s the use, it may interrupt our plans, but He sees it and He will see us through all of it. Its through all of us that He’s working out the details of getting this banquet together!
Saints, we can’t give up! Press on towards the prize! Continue praying for the election, continue claiming the victory for your loved ones, continue believing and thanking God for healing, continue giving all the glory to God! I feel like I aired all my dirty laundry in pouring my struggles out in this letter, but I want you to free yourself from condemnation for when your faith feels faint, & know that we serve a God who can resuscitate even us! Onward Christian Soldiers!
Father God, I lift up every reader of this letter and ask that right now Your Holy Spirit would activate the giftings You have placed inside each of them. Let supernatural faith arise, special faith, faith that believes You are Who You say You are and that You will do all You say You will do. Let a shout arise within them that feels like fire in their bones. Let healing virtue flow through their bodies and anoint their hands for healing miracles. Open their eyes to see what You see and hear from heaven as they never have before. Let so much joy flow through them that their feet become happy feet and a song wells up from within them. We give You all the glory for being magnificent, for being mighty, for sending us Jesus and making Him the King of kings and Lord of lords. We thank You for the impartation of the Holy Spirit from Whom we receive power. Thank You that we are a blessed people and a royal priesthood. May we honor You in all we do.
In Jesus name, Amen.
Your sister in Jesus,