Graduated from Jesus charm school

Amy Vanderbilt or Emily Post have nothing on Jesus Christ when it comes to good graces. When you are baptized in the Holy Spirit and are made new in Jesus Christ’s new covenant, it is transformative to your inner heart. I say, “inner heart”, because it is not the heart that likes to be seen, obtaining rewards from men. It is the heart that is driven from within.

Less than a year ago, I told the Lord I did not know if I could “love my enemies”, those who hurt or hate me. This is perhaps the most difficult task given by our Father; but, it is possible with the Holy Spirit that dwells in you. This is the transformation that occurred within my heart. One aggressive man with little cause sought to destroy me for over a year now and continues unabated; yet, I find myself wondering if he can feed his family and how I can help him (I can barely help myself!). I find the hate, the revenge, has left me. This is not the old attack-and-defend-yourself-or-die me. That person is dead.

Pride was no stranger to me either. Now on the odd occasion that someone is thoughtless, condescending, or mean-spirited, I scarcely respond, if not with a few concealed tears. This is the Holy Spirit in me; not the old me with a sharp-wit-return or bark. I no longer draw attention to myself.

Yesterday, I entered a business (where I knew the leader and staff) without an appointment. I asked the darling secretary not to bother him since I had no appointment and asked if she would simply inquire of him if he had received my email attachments successfully (having been next door on business). He came out to greet me nevertheless. I believe he wished to show me respect, the respect I was showing him. In the past, I would have announced myself, “I am a somebody. It is worth disrupting people to hear me”. (I would not have said that; but, I can assure you this was my belief system!) My new heart pleased him so, that he confirmed that we would be doing business together. Humility tends to show and it is my favorite garment in my wardrobe. The full armor of God includes humility which Jesus loves so well and taught so well.

I have graduated from Jesus’ school of good graces. I like the Jesus in me. He comes everywhere with me.

Joanne’s Dream From YahuShua, King of Glory – April 9, 2012

I was in a store with someone I knew. This person was in need of a high chair for her family, but when I showed her the high chair she walked right passed it, and instead of purchasing the high chair, she purchased a lavish jewel studded, large, silver, mans bracelet. I was greatly puzzled by this, as she was not wealthy.

We went to the check out, and another individual I knew was ringing up the purchase. I was surprised to see her working there.

The woman I was shopping with seemed to have an uncanny driven purpose regarding the lavish bracelet and who it was for. I felt like a spectator as I followed behind her. She took the bracelet in hand, and proceeded out the back door, knowing exactly who, and where, it was to be delivered. I had the sense that she was not of her own mind, as she was neglecting the purchase of the high chair that was needed for her family.

I followed her out the door of the store, and there in the midst of a beautiful green grassed parking lot, was a huge limo type vehicle, with gorgeous yellow and gold flowers all around it. The vehicle was all white, and had large plate glass windows the entire length of it, on the front side, so you could easily see those individuals sitting inside of it. They were men, dressed in exquisite white satin, gem studded suits, with one of them being the focus of the group.

The woman I was shopping with, walked directly up to the limo, and had her picture taken by a single photographer, with the bracelet in her hand, that she was intending to give to the man in the limo.

I was confused and shaken as I had no idea what was going on, and what this was all about. She was acting so strangely.

The whole vision of the white limo, beautiful grass parking lot, the multitude of flowers, the mens white satin suits, the expensive gem studded thick silver bracelet, and all the people getting their pictures taken by a photographer, was shocking to me. I just stood and watched as they seemed to be mesmerized, or something like that.

The dream ended at that point. I awoke and asked the LORD, “was that dream from you?” He said, “it was and you are to post it”.

The LORD has taught me that whenever He gives me a dream I must prayerfully ask for the interpretation that the understanding be made clear before sharing it. Also I am to ask Him if it is to be shared with others. I tell you this because “The fear of the LORD is wisdom”.

I then prayed and asked for Him to speak the interpretation to me:

YahuShua The Christ said, “The man in the limo is the Anti-Christ and the False Prophet. All those getting their picture taken have been taken captive, and into captivity they will go.”

Hail To The King !

By Marie Madeleine

“Hail to the King!”, we sang in our small congregation this morning. Our Church is so small it comprises no more than two rows of chairs. Pastor Gail, an anointed leader, led us through this glorious resurrection celebration, reminding us that Jesus Christ is alive in us. He is risen and He is with us.

I exhort all of you to find a place of worship and fellowship beyond this internet; a church, whether in someone’s living room, a field or under a roof to enrich your walk.

To celebrate this day I am re-posting Colorado brother, Brian McClafferty’s wonderful post about Jesus with us. Magnificient!

Is He Alive or Isn’t He?

Let me ask a simple question: What is the Gospel? Jesus came to earth, born of a virgin, He lived, ministered, was crucified, died and one the third day raised to life again. The ending of the gospel narrative leaves us with Jesus Christ alive and well.

If anyone comes and say an honest prayer before God asking for Him to reveal Himself to them, it will not be long until He does. Our job in the gospel is simply to proclaim the truth, but the truth that He is alive! It is the first truth of the Gospel, and we dare ignore it in our practice. If you call upon Him desiring to know Him, He will exhibit and disclose Himself to us.

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. (Rev 3:20-21) 

All of the learning about Him has not been wasted or useless, but compared to the manifestation of Jesus Christ Himself, these have been only misty shadows. The Old Testament pointed forward toward His appearing, the Gospels point directly to Him and after all this we should be able recognize Him today. When we come into contact with Him, though we might not see Him physically, we should be able to identify Him when He speaks.

Have you seen this same Jesus of the Bible alive and well in your devotions, prayer or life? Jesus is in the business of disclosing himself to whoever will ask after Him. I cannot present to you evidences of His continued existence, for this must remain a matter of faith. The Christian testimony of over two-thousand years has not changed, He is alive!

Read the whole post here at The Door of Prayer.

Life and death are on your lips

By Marie Madeleine

On this fateful Passover, the day of the Lord’s crucifixion, I cannot help but reflect on His silence before Herod and Pontius Pilate and the futility of speaking words with the deceitful.

Brothers and sisters, heed the warning which follows. The words that roll off your tongue and out of your mouth can define the hour, the day, the outcome of your walk. My grandmother used to say, “Sticks and stones can break my bones; but, words can never harm me”, exhorting me in response to verbal bullying. She was a Christian who at times seemed an angel to me; but, she was wrong.

What could you possibly say that would cause the Lord to withhold His blessings? Or the evil one to obtain the legal right to torment you? A lot. Heed my words here; the Lord wished for me to write this today.

Invitations to the deceiver

When you use familiar words that give power to unknown forces, you not only lose the anointing of the Lord until repentance; but, you also invite familiar spirits, demons, the evil one to affect your walk, destroying what he may. You will not lose your inheritance in the blood covenant; but, trust me, you will be refined.

Think of how many times you have said the following:

“it’s in the cards”

“knock on wood”

“things come in threes”

“don’t walk under a ladder”

“don’t open an umbrella inside”

“cross your fingers”

“good luck”

“I wish….”

Children you must shed linguistics that give powers to the unknown. There is only one Power and you know Him. God is in control of everything. Do not make the mistake of thinking these are trifles; they are not. This aggrieves the Lord a great deal. In your hopes, always let prayers and supplications emanate from your lips; but, give no power to familiar spirits. When you make this mistake, the Holy Spirit which is in you will nudge, convict you; simply repent and it will be forgiven you. You may even have to self-deliver, casting out the powers you have invited in (that is whole other post!)

Invoking curses

The words you use can in fact invoke a curse on yourself. This is a delight to the evil one who will use his wiles to make sure your words come true, accusing you to the Lord, who by His grace will have to come to your rescue again and again (lest He lift His hand to teach you)! Have you ever caught yourself saying things like:

“What else can go wrong”

“I’ll bet this plane will crash”

“The enemy is winning”


If you speak of others unkindly, even perjoratively, this is murmuring. If you complain, this too is murmuring. Remember, you are in this world; but, you are no longer of this world. As a Holy Spirit-filled follower of Jesus Christ, the works of the prince of this world just roll off your back. You are human, still flesh, thus tempted at times; yet, the power of the Holy Spirit, the Helper, convicts you. There is more joy in you from above than there is strife and fear from below. Always be sure you have repented of the sins of your lips before you ask for anything; blessings come to those who do.

Boasting, exalting with your lips

Matthew 6:3-5

But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

Prayer in secret

Brothers and sisters, why do you think the Lord exhorts you to your prayer closet, quietly? Give no more ammunition to the evil one in these last days than is unavoidable. Plead the blood of Jesus and preface prayer with the name of Jesus; the evil one if nearby will flee. To ensure privacy between you and the Lord, so you may hear His voice, you can pray quietly in your thoughts and listen. The evil one cannot know your thoughts; only the Lord Almighty is omniscient knowing all things and all thoughts. This is a safeguard for you.

Matthew 6:6   But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
1 Samuel 1:13   Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk

Praise and worship out loud

It is wise to preface all prayer with worship and praise invoking our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’s name. Declaring His supremacy and Godship over you and all. Again this will provide protection to your prayers, whether audible or secret.  Do not forget that the evil one is targeting the Lord’s remnant, those of great faith who are obedient, repentant and prayerful. He seeks only to destroy knowing his time is short; unbelievers are already judged, lest the Lord have mercy.

So think about all that eschews from your mouth. There is Power of life and death in your words. Purify what comes off of your lips. Be the Light He has commanded of you.

Job 15:6  Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; Yes, your own lips testify against you.

Job 27:4  My lips will not speak wickedness, Nor my tongue utter deceit.
Psalm 34:13   Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit.

Psalm 141:3   Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.

Proverbs 4:24  Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you.

Proverbs 10:19   In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise.
Proverbs 13:3  He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.
Proverbs 18:7  A fool’s mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul.
Leviticus 5:4   ‘Or if a person swears, speaking thoughtlessly with his lips to do evil or to do good, whatever it is that a man may pronounce by an oath, and he is unaware of it—when he realizes it, then he shall be guilty in any of these matters.
Matthew 12:37  For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”