Are you in the US? Maybe you can help save lives!

South Africans are beginning to find out how to get refugee status in the United States – please watch the video to find out how you can help assist in this wonderful effort:

God Bless you

Lis

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Many will come in my name…

This is a great short video from Zach Bauer – I highly recommend it to you, as it will give you a new perspective on an often repeated verse: Matthew 24:5.

 

God Bless you

Lis

 

A bible study on Isaiah chapter 5

Isaiah chapter 5 tells us that Israel is God’s vineyard – that He did all He could possibly do to make it fruitful, but instead it brought forth wild grapes. And so He opened it up to destruction in judgement. I’m reproducing the full chapter here with emphasis added, because I wanted to just share something about “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil;” in verse 20 today, but without the context of the whole chapter the deeper meaning is lost. Read on…

1 Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill:

2 And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.

3 And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard.

4 What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?

5 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:

6 And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.

7 For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.

8 Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!

9 In mine ears said the Lord of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant.

10 Yea, ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, and the seed of an homer shall yield an ephah.

11 Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!

12 And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the Lord, neither consider the operation of his hands.

13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.

14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.

15 And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:

16 But the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.

17 Then shall the lambs feed after their manner, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat.

18 Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:

19 That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it!

20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:

23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

24 Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

25 Therefore is the anger of the Lord kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

26 And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly:

27 None shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken:

28 Whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses’ hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind:

29 Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it.

30 And in that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea: and if one look unto the land, behold darkness and sorrow, and the light is darkened in the heavens thereof.

And who is Israel? Is it the Jewish people? No, they are part of Judah, Israel’s sister, and only part of the whole nation of Israel. Yeshua told us in Matthew 15:24: “But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” We are also told in 1 John 2:3: “every one who is denying the Son, neither hath he the Father, he who is confessing the Son hath the Father also.” [YLT]. In 2 John 1:19 we are told: “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”

Without Christ you are not saved – so the Israel of God is not made up of unbelievers in our messiah. It is made up of those who have the Son and the Father. It is made up of those who abide in the doctrine of Christ.

What is that doctrine?

In Matthew 5:18-19., Yeshua tells us: “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

The Law will stand until the Heavens and the Earth pass away! In fact in the very next verse He spoke of the importance of doing it better than the scribes and Pharisees!

Matthew 5:20: “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

But what about Paul – doesn’t Paul teach in Galatians that the Law is done away with. No, Peter also wrote to the Galatians and said this about Paul’s writings: “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.” 2 Peter 3:16

Peter was the apostle upon whom Yeshua built His church. Our modern churches seem to be full of those who twist Paul’s words. Why do I believe that Paul is misunderstood?

In 2 Corinthians 6:14 Paul says: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”

The word “unrighteousness” there is anomia – lawlessness.

The judgement of Isaiah 5:26-30 is coming – indeed Europe is being overrun with a foreign people and they want to take over. God’s judgement is coming – and as we see in that chapter:

18 Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:

19 That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it!

May God have mercy on us all.

Lis

A dream about preaching

I had a dream last night – I’m not sure if it is meaningful or what it means, but I wanted to share it. Now before I begin I will add that the night before I dreamed I had eaten a bacon sandwich, and I woke up, sat up in bed and repented! I really don’t ever want to eat a bacon sandwich (I don’t even crave it, for goodness sake). So you can guess that my dream life is pretty active (and at times odd).

So last night in my dream I was around a group of people – four times in four different places I was overcome by a need to preach – I just spoke aloud to the people around me, with passion. I say overcome because it felt as though it was not by my strength.

The one out of the four which stayed with me the most, I was sat either on a train or in a waiting area – lots of people sat around me on seats. I suddenly said “Seeking Jesus is shaming!” and again “Seeking Jesus is shaming!” I then spoke of the pain and remorse we must all feel when we compare ourselves to Christ, and how perfect He is and how weak and flawed we are.

When I awoke this morning that phrase stayed with me. Seeking Jesus is shaming. Frankly if you are not ashamed of yourself when you come to Christ, if you are not in awe of Him and rightly convicted within yourself, you aren’t doing it right.

That conviction is something that comes over the new believer. It’s what causes people to rush to the front after the sermon to give their lives to Christ. Sadly some do not have sufficient humility to remain in that place – they cannot hold on to that sense of the real state of their past falleness (we do get better as believers as time goes on, although we’ll always be sinners saved by grace through our Messiah). Our falleness is the thing the world wants us to forget about. In fact the world wants us to believe that we’re “perfect” “just as we are” – in other words we don’t need help, we don’t need “saving” and we don’t need to acknowledge our flaws.

Without the bible we cannot know sin. Sin is transgression of the law, according to 1 John 3:4. But even before we read one word of the bible we can be reached – we can recognise, humbly, our need for a saviour in this horrible fallen world. We can be convicted, and indeed when we first seek Jesus it is shaming.

The life of the believer is about becoming more like Christ and less like our old selves. It takes years and we can’t do it without God! The hurdle to that change is accepting our shame at our sinful past ways (and present, in that moment). If we cannot accept that, we can never be accepted by God, we cannot be reached because our pride excludes us.

The beauty of a broken and contrite heart is seen by God. Whatever the world might think or how they might respond to us as believers, the truth is we are different from the world and willing to admit our flaws at least (I hope we are!).

I wish you Shabbat Shalom friends.

Lis

In times of despair…

How do you cope in moments of great strain? How do you regain your equilibrium when you see or experience the problems of the modern world? How do you deal with roadblocks in your own life?

In Luke 21:9 Yeshua tells us:

But when you shall hear of wars and tumults, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not yet. [King James 2000]

These things have to happen, and sometimes we need to realise that those things we see happening around us and to us also have to happen, even if they are upsetting. Perhaps you have lost a friendship, or perhaps your family is breaking apart in disagreement. Perhaps, as I am, you are feeling stuck and your life seems to have a roadblock in some area.

We can expect persecution – persecution comes when we proclaim Christ. We don’t get persecuted by the enemy – satan cannot have a foothold unless we give it to him. He will try and we may feel we’re being persecuted, but really persecution comes through people. One of the saddest things I hear in churches is the notion that as “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) that we are suddenly clean, and released from all past sins. Members of the congregation continue to struggle with intergenerational curses due to unrepented of sins, and the pain and suffering is very real.

So we need to place any ground given to satan over the years of sin firmly under the blood of Christ, and change our behaviour, clean our homes of sin- and curse-bearing objects – everything from vibrators (ladies!) to pentagrams, yin yang symbols, dream catchers – the list is endless! I have spent almost eight years cleaning house both my internal house, but also my actual house. The things I have found lurking in drawers would shock you – my “old man” – my past self – brought many of these objects into this house, or allowed them to be brought in. As I’ve cleaned house, I’ve burned books – hundreds of pounds worth. I’ve got rid of countless items. Everything from books and magazines to DVDs of films with inappropriate content. I’ve been quite the purist – perhaps more than necessary! But, “if in doubt, throw it out” is a good motto when it comes to the potential of objects to bring problems. I hope there are none left.

But in all of this life has moved forwards. Not at the speed I’d hoped, and I’m not where I want to be, and my timetable has not been followed, if you’ll pardon my forwardness. My timetable would have seen life move on way sooner, but God’s timetable was different, and I can see that now. I wonder when things will finally look like I want them to, or if they ever will. I do know that God is with me, and that “these things must first come to pass” – that just as there is an order to the return of Christ, there is an order, in the will of God, for my recovery. That my recovery is happening day by day, and that despair is an occassional roadblock to my faith, not a result of a roadblock in my route out of where I am.

So much “serendipity” along the way – which is how many people think, when really those moments are “God moments”. Yet just when I am crying out to God and saying “WHEN?!” and saying “where will the money come from?” and “why are my needs not met?” I am concentrating on the lack of the perceived need and not on the fact that it is impossible for me to be lacking anything which I need. I have simply misunderstood my own needs. Satan cannot take a job opportunity from me, he cannot affect my finances – everything in my life is under prayer and in submission to God!

So I need to press in, to trust more and to be extra patient as God prepares the way better and more fully than I can do myself. God is, in fact, repairing my very foundations. My mind, my imagination and my will are no match for His perfect will and His healing!

If God provided for what I want to do before He’d completed the work He wants to do in me, then things would not go right. Equally when He provides opportunities I have to see them and act on them, and not be passive. It’s a process and a learning experience all round! When satan is trying to mess things up I also need to recognise that and deal with the enemy the right way:

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. [James 4:7 KJV]

So don’t despair when things are not going how you want. Pray – place it all under the blood of Christ and wait. Doors will open when God has made YOU ready, not when you have struggled by yourself to “make it happen”.

We are told in Psalm 127:1-2

Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows;
For so He gives His beloved sleep.

And another vital verse for you in times of trouble:

Be not therefore anxious for the morrow, for the morrow shall be anxious for its own things; sufficient for the day is the evil of it. [Matthew 6:34 YLT]

Let times of despair be times when you trust God more fully to be doing the vital work in you which you didn’t know needed doing.

God Bless you

Lis

 

Vicar closes church for the sake of nesting birds

This story is adorable. A pair of blue tits managed to get into a church and nest right inside the lectern! I quote:

Daily life at St Thomas à Becket church in the village of Sourton, on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon, was put on hold after maintenance man Tony Batten noticed the birds flying around the decorative stand.

When he shone his torch inside the carved holes he was amazed to discover a family of eight newly-hatched chicks inside.

To avoid disturbing them the church was immediately shut to the public and bell ringing was stopped.

Some services went ahead but were cut short and the organ was also put out of use.

Members of the church community blessed the blue tits after each service and waited anxiously for news.

To everyone’s relief they were all freed and flew away about two weeks after they were first discovered.

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nest

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It is such a joy when people put themselves out for nature. Beautiful little birds! Well done to the vicar for protecting them and still keeping services going as well.

Lis

Self deliverance – a simplified method all Torah followers can try

I’m English.

*clears throat*

We don’t seem to have deliverance ministries in the UK as such. In fact most denominations here deny the need for deliverance at all. When I asked a local pastor for help many years ago, his attitude was that I wasn’t really saved if I had this problem. This denies the simple truth of Matthew 15:22-28 where Christ shows us that deliverance is the children’s bread.

If deliverance is our bread then it sounds like we need it at least fairly often! I mean, its bread, right!? But pastors in my country don’t want to deal with demons at all. They would rather blame the victim (not entirely unfair, as I’m sure you’re aware – we have doors open for them to oppress us through our sins) and provide no escape from the torment.

Another church said to me to “hang out with us” – they wanted me to get involved in their church before they would do anything to help my torment. I took them up on it, but deliverance never came. I only know one person who has ever been through deliverance as administered by another person in this country. Maybe I’m just not getting out enough? Maybe not.

Eventually I got myself a couple of books on self deliverance, and they really helped. They were first hand accounts of a method which I used with great effect. But since then I have found a better way and I want to share it with you.

So first of all, why do you need deliverance? Maybe you don’t – but if you are around the public, or hands on with people (or they are hands on with you!), you need to pray off yourself things you may be picking up day by day.

But from time to time you are going to open a door through sin and something is going to take advantage of that. Perhaps you’ve been feeling very angry lately and you’ve not been so nice, or maybe you’ve even acquired a cursed object and this has opened a door in your life and self to oppression. I don’t think you can be oppressed and not know, but it’s easier and easier every day in this world to deny spiritual oppression and pretend it’s something else. Most go to the doctor and end up on anti-depressants etc. I say take it to God first, and if in doubt, call it out!

You’ll note from the title that I say this is for Torah believers because this method only works if you know what sin is, in my view. Sin is transgression of the law, so begin with asking yourself if you know of any open doors to the devil through sin. Maybe you are not aware of any.

You can sit down in prayer and ask God to reveal to you through His Holy Spirit if there is any sin you have committed which has opened a door to this or any other spirit to oppress you. When you realise the cause, you can repent of it. Always ask God to strengthen you against repeating sins – He will help you!

So repent first.

Then pray as follows:

Heavenly Father, if there is any spirit oppressing me which is not there due to any unrepented of sin, please, I ask you to rebuke it and cause it to come out of me. I ask this in Yeshua’s Holy Name, Amen.

You need to start to deep breathe, and just “get out of the way” – God will do the rest.

You may find your breaths becoming ragged, or your face contorts – just go with it, it will pass very quickly. This part should take no more than one or two minutes.

There’s no tussling, no arguing, and no battle to get them to leave, because when you have repented of the sin, you can do as the Archangel Michael did, when disputing the body of Moses, and ask God to rebuke them. That’s why this is so powerful. God does it, and you just have to grimace and get them out.

It’s both the easiest method and the one which keeps you most well aligned with God and His Torah, because you will quickly find that this helps you to see where you are not walking right with Him.

I’m not saying it’s fun, but it works.

And that’s good because, well, I’m English!

God Bless you

Lis