Leaving Oz

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The Wizard of Oz is quite the classic.  An obvious biblical parallel could be made with the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32).  In fact, Veggie Tales did and did so beautifully.  It’s called “The Wonderful Wizard of Ha’s”.  Check it out.  That being said, I won’t go too deeply into it, but let’s set the scene.  Think of Dorothy’s trip to this wondrous place as her heeding the siren song into death that sin really is.  She’s indulged, she’s run into trouble and found herself in battle and is looking for some pay off, something to make this worth it, bless it even and finds… NADA!

“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” says that big, loud, intimidating voice trying to keep you from seeing that desperate, busy little being (he’s not as big as he’d have you think and he is CERTAINLY smaller than the Lord) trying to keep the crumbling illusion going – trying to keep you from the truth.

And, isn’t that basically what the enemy does?  When you realize all that glitters ain’t gold; when you realize you’ve been duped; that that Jesus guy has something better for you!?!  He gets loud.  He gets intimidating.  He accuses.  He threatens.  He distracts.  He magnifies.  He creates chaos.  He denigrates and degrades.  HE LIES!  He gets busy pushing any and every button he can behind that curtain to keep you enslaved in Oz.

Then, there’s Jesus.  He gave his life on the cross and ripped that curtain!  (Matthew 27:51)  He’s showing you the truth!  He’s exposing the root of your problem – one of the things the devil doesn’t want you to see.  The devil wants you caught up in other’s faults, the mean words spoken, bad attitudes… anything to try to justify the poor choices made, to distract you from the why’s and how’s behind the problem.  It’s usually a hurt that needs healing, shame, lack of identity… it’s always deeper than what’s visible on the surface.  It’s something that spiritual eyes can see.  Only, most of us are blind to it.  But, I know a guy who works miracles on visual issues. (C’mon, I had to!  lol)  He’s a healer and he’s got solutions!

Not only does the enemy want you blinded to the root of your issue, he REALLY wants you to miss your exit out of Oz and back to the Father who’s waiting for you to come home.   He wants you to believe you are such a wretched mess, He will NEVER take you back – that He could never love you and to throw any notion of spending eternity with Him right out the window!  But, he’s a liar and there is no truth in him.  Just like the Prodigal Son’s father was waiting on him, welcoming him back with a celebration, so, too, is your Heavenly Father.  In fact, just flip everything the devil says and you will have a clearer picture.  You’ll feel the chains start breaking.

Romans 8:38-39 (ESV) says, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

That sacrifice on the cross is your path back.  You need to quit listening to that big, scary voice.  See through the illusion.  Believe the truth that salvation and forgiveness is a freely given gift from God.  Accept it.  Repent and be forgiven – forgive yourself, too, and take that next step back home.  Jesus knows and is The Way.

So, before I go… I wrote this on 7/24.  I’m a very busy mom and it’s easier for me to post at night.  Awesomely, today (7/25) I came across a wonderful confirmation of this on fb live.  If you have facebook and are a prodigal, you’ve backslidden… I think this will bless and encourage you.

https://www.facebook.com/apostlejohneckhardt/

Look for the video entitled “30 Days of Favor, Day 25, Lost Favor Found, Hope for Prodigals”

Praying for you, standing with you and cheering you on…

 

 

 

 

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5777 and 61

This is the Hebrew year 5777.  The year of the sword.  It’s well worth researching.  Since approximately March or April of this year I have been seeing the number 61 consistently.  Honestly, I don’t remember how I happened upon it (I’m thinking a prophetic word I read somewhere), but at some point, I came to realize it was a reference to Isaiah 61.  I love the book of Isaiah.  It’s an amazing and powerful read.  Chapter 61 is “The Year of the Lord’s Favor”.  I really feel it is closely tied to this current year.  It speaks deeply to me, personally, about the giant I’ve faced, the storm I’m weathering with the Lord, my purpose…  But a few weeks ago, it hit me funny – that first verse:

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…

Now, obviously “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!” this screams.  And, it’s also our call as Believers.  But, this time, it reads differently – like a current prophetic word.  I felt I was to post about this chapter sometime back – almost like a heralding; but, admittedly, my nerves took over.  (Thank you, God, for being patient.)  I didn’t know what to say or why.  The why for tonight is obedience and I trust Him for the rest.  (Don’t those two things seem to go hand in hand, trust and obedience?)  But, as frequently as I see “61” (as recently as last night at the fair of all places… lol) or its verses showing up all around me, something must be playing out or about to.

It’s a very encouraging chapter, especially for those who have been struggling.  If it’s for you, you will know it.  Rejoice!  Unsure?  Ask.  He’ll confirm it.

Praying His blessings and favor, goodnight.

Little Thieves

Funny how little obedience gets things going.  I’ve been praying for more wisdom from the Holy Spirit and today I woke up with all sorts of things dropped on me.

One such thing was what I gleaned from an interaction with my children.  My two youngest were running around playing.  They’ve been playing “Police” – which is basically Cops & Robbers.  It usually entails them crying “Thief!” and chasing a suspect of some sort.  This has been going on for a few days.  Today they were at it and it seems they were exasperated with the imaginary situation.  When I asked one of them what was going on, she looked and me and said “The thieves just keep coming and coming!”  I chuckled and said “Yes, they do.”  Suddenly, my oldest informed me that the thieves they catch are microscopic.  Odd, but yes, they often are.

It’s the little thieves that we don’t notice, that we ignore, that do a lot of damage.  It’s the little things that we allow to steal our joy, the little sin that takes root that turns into a big problem…   Isn’t that like the thief, that ancient serpent slithering in with a seemingly innocent question?  John 10:10 states “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.”  It’s never really small with him.  He’s got big plans and he’s always on the prowl.

So, what are we to do?  1 Peter 5:8 says to “be alert and of sober mind”.  This is where asking for wisdom and discernment is key.  This will give you eyes to see and ears to hear.  It will help you decide if those thoughts are really yours,  if that thing that person said was really all that offensive, if that seemingly innocent invitation to grab some coffee is really just coffee…  And if the little thieves are already on the loose?  Round those suckers up!

Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.  (Songs of Solomon 2:15)

Discern, discern, discern and then GET TO WORK!  God has given you the tools!  The Holy Spirit will guide!  Call on the name of the Lord!  Bind up and cast out!  Take those thoughts captive!  Lay your problems at the feet of the Lord!

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If you’re being tempted, know your weakness and call on the Lord.  He will make you strong.  He will provide the out and he can deliver you.  (1 Cor. 10:13)  Thinking negative?  Feeling angry?  Stop!  Discern the trigger.  Refuse to be offended.  Refuse to be angry.  When I catch myself and say “I’m not doing this!”  I’ll change the subject, switch gears, find something else to do.  (Philippians 4:8)  No joke, it’s hard.  I had to be taught.  (And, thank God for Jesus, he did!)  But, what I don’t do is sweep it under the rug.  I don’t ignore it.  I deal with it by praying over it and walking it out with the Lord.  I ask for revelation and strategies to deal.  See, I don’t just want to round up the thieves, I want them on lockdown!  I’m not trying to give the enemy a foothold.  My joy was too hard to come by to just hand it over to some petty thief!

BOTTOM LINE:  seek and ye shall find.  Read your bible and pray.  He equips us for all we’re up against – even giants!  😉

You’re hereby deputized!  Round ’em up!  lol

For the Ladies…

Hello.  It’s been awhile.  I’ve been struggling with what to write; some days, the courage to write and I have also been working on the Instagram account.  But, I wanted to share a beautiful dream the Lord sent me that I hope will encourage and excite you.

First, I will tell the dream and then get into what I feel it means.  Four nights in row I had a dream with a specific prominent color.  Three of the four, I felt were personally for me but night number two, I felt it was for all of God’s daughters.

I was at a bridal shower.  It was around sunset.  The sky was the most beautiful rosey pink, almost a bubble gum pink color.  I didn’t know the bride and honestly, she didn’t make a good impression – she wasn’t welcoming and the party was for show.  She had this finale for her shower.  The plan was for an airplane or something to drop gift bags to all of the women in attendance.  She darted off somewhere and I never saw her again.  While I was ready to just leave, I was intrigued.  I looked up and I got the feeling God took over and decided to deliver His own gifts instead.  The sheer quantity was beyond anything a plane could deliver.  Floating from the sky were these beautiful blush/baby pink handbags.  Against the rose of the sky, it was breathtaking.  They were amply sized, well made and unique – no two alike.  All the women were excited to get them.  While I didn’t see what was in them, they were filled with things – tools, if you will – specifically for each woman.

I did some research on the major items and themes in dream: colors, purses, etc.  The gifts were absolutely from God because they were abundant, quality and tailor made for each woman.  I was under the impression the “bride” just wanted people there so she wouldn’t have individualized the gifts.

Pink (biblically speaking) represents a heart of flesh, a right relationship with God, joy and love – all apparent in the dream.  The gifts were for HIS daughters.  We were happy to get them and since all good things come from God (James 1:17) and He is love (1 John 4:8), He was giving us gifts like a father does (Matthew 7:11).  He was giving us love and things He had lovingly chosen for each person.  I think this last part was a reference to Jeremiah 29:11.  So, overall, He was giving an abundance of love.

The purse represents identity and tools.  What do we carry around in our purses?  Important things:  identification, keys, etc.  I feel with these purses He was gifting us with identity and purpose and the tools (keys) we need to carry out His Plan.  Though I don’t know what was in each purse, in keeping with the color, most certainly love was one of and probably a main component.

Now, back to the bride – remember I said she wasn’t welcoming.  She was all about the show and the adoration she was going to get from her big reveal.  Spiritually, I think this was a hijacking of a Jezebel’s self-serving intent; but also, I feel like this is a calling for us to join in a revival of the church and the world – to inject love back into the church and the world, to make people feel welcome.  Many don’t.  For a time in my life, I didn’t.  I find it especially exciting that His daughters play an important role.  Women were present at the cross (John 19:25) and used to spread the gospel (John 4:28-30, John 20:11-16) and a virgin was chosen to bring forth our Savior into the world (Luke 1:26-38).

I felt such intense happiness upon awaking.  I pondered this and prayed over this wondering what I should say about this.  I feel like this will be confirmation for some.  And, if you read this and just want to be part of it, something caught my eye in Matthew 7:11 as I was looking up the verse to write this:

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts TO THOSE WHO ASK HIM! (NIV)

I say ask.  God can and will use anyone, anywhere – even the passed over, the overlooked, the underestimated…  why not the willing?  Keep yourself open to His voice.  And finally, the thing I heard loudest during my prayer time, accept your gift joyfully.

Until next time, be blessed and thank you for reading.