Just this morning, I saw a small window of blue sky in the otherwise dreary grey overcast, a promise of the bright sun-lit day to come. God is always giving us signs of His love and faithfulness to us.......if we are looking. That is what this blog is all about. Are we looking? And what did we see, hear, smell, or feel that our loving Creator put in our path? Why does He do that? Do we really want to connect that close with His affection for us? So many questions. Let's exhange some of them, and share our own sightings!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

I have a plan......

     After many months of ignoring my blog with all sorts of very credible excuses, I felt compeled to share some of my quiet time with the Lord today.  Like you, I am very concerned about all the things that are happening in my beloved America. I pray almost daily for her, and believe that God is hearing my prayers along with millions of others who are likewise concerned. 
     This is not a political opinion piece although it speaks of politics in our country.  I am not endorsing any candidate. But my heart is heavy as it was when I sat down to spend my time with my Beloved this morning.  Before I barely got started, I knew this was one of those times when I needed to write in my journal, to make note of this conversation with Jesus.  Here is what I wrote and what He answered

     We're in the midst of an extremely heated and unprecedented Presidential attempt by some (Cruz and Trump) on the establishment (the U.S. governmental and political ruling class with all it's connections, not the true constitutional framework set up by our founders).
     When I sat down for my quiet time, the Lord took me directly to Hebrews 8, 9, and 10.  Easter was last  Sunday and this seemed a perfect passage to speak to me again of what Jesus' resurrection means to us. As I kept on reading about the ending of the "Old Covenant" and the bringing of the "New Covenant" by Jesus' death and resurrection,  I began to relate it in some small way to what is happening in America.
      Paul (the supposed author) explains that the Temple...the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies....were shadows of the true Holy of Holies in Heaven.  Although they didn't know it yet the Old Testament high priests and the blood sacrifices were about to be replaced by the one time blood sacrifice of the willing Son of God, Jesus. The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, the Christ, meant that redemption has been made once and for all for sin!. 
     When this happened, the whole need for the Temple and all it's functions had ceased.  The "establishment" was threatened and sensed a major attack on their existence, their income, their power, their prestige, and their lifestyle. They were not monastic monks living in poverty and humilty, and they reacted with fear when Jesus began to attack their traditions and hypocrisy  and overturned the tax takers' tables and animal sellers, etc.  He spoke words of stinging truth and conviction.  They did not understand what He was saying about the Kingdom of God, but knew it was a threat to them. Thus they had to get rid of Him.  It was a matter of life and death for them.
     I believe, Lord, You are showing me that in much the same way, the establishment (political), Washington...the whole system of power and money exchangers...senses a serious attack on all they know, deserve and have worked for to benefit themselves. And they believe they must, at all costs, stop Cruz and Trump. I am not comparing Cruz or Trump to the Messiah, by the way. 

     "Judy, you got it!  The attack on America's political and governmental establishment  is the same sort of attack as on the Temple system.  It is a warning call to the power brokers and financiers and all their cohorts in the halls of government who are dependent on the process.
     The reason I showed you this is that the battle for America and the God breathed foundational stones on which it was founded and built is a matter of life and death!
     I AM calling you and all of My people to pray... not so much for one candidate...I have a plan and I have heard your prayers for your land.   I AM calling you to pray:
  stand against the enemy who also has a plan to destroy America
  pray for Christians to see the TRUTH and to join the battle to pray and vote
  pray for wisdom and discernment when praying specifically
  refuse to join emotion-based activities in the election but to wage spiritual warfare, protected by your spiritual armor.  (We battle not against flesh and blood, but against authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms, ... Eph 6)
  understand by the help of the Holy Spirit who the real enemy is and take him out by the power of My Name and the TRUTH of My Word

     I have a plan! I will not be deterred.  Part of that plan is the calling forth of My people to join the battle:
        by prayer
        by seeking My marching orders
        by obeying My orders
        by trusting in the power of My Name and your prayers.

     Cover yourself in My blood.  I will protect and guide you.  Write this on your blog. As you do these things you bring me much ravish My heart.

So there you have it!  He commanded and I obeyed.   Will you?