I’m Peeling!

As a prophet, it seems like every little tiny thing is a sign, and every nuance is something God is saying.    Here is a good example.

I was on the couch yesterday and noticed my legs were peeling.  Earlier in the day I noticed my arms were peeling.  This was bizarre to me, because it seemed to me as though it was a delayed reaction.  It has been almost three weeks since Darryl and I went tubing in New Braunfels.  This would have been my only opportunity all summer to catch as much sun as it would take to get sunburned.

I never peel.  Ever.  So, this is a phenomenon that is unfamiliar to me personally.  I know WHY I’m peeling, but usually by this time of year I have a nice deep base tan on my legs and arms from working on the farm with the chickens and garden.  So much so that any amount of sunlight really never makes me burn or peel.

I’m not bragging or anything.  I realized there was a spiritual principle being revealed by this supposedly  “delayed reaction”.  It wasn’t until this morning at church that I realized what it was.

Come on, you’re already this far.  Just go a step or two further with me.

At church this morning Pastor talked about putting on the Armor of God in Ephesians 6:13, and how every act of Obedience to the Lord adds another layer of protection.  He said the more often one obeys the voice of the Lord the thicker the garment gets.  Of course, we all know that sometimes we “hear” things that the Pastor never said, but that instead what we heard was what God wanted us to hear.  So, Pastor, if you read this and that’s NOT what you said, I’m sorry!  It works for me!!

Anyway, that message made me think about peeling skin OFF.  God first has to peel off the layers of junk in the world before we can effectively wear the Armor of God.   I didn’t say, nor am I advocating, that one shouldn’t put on the Armor from Day one and never take it off!!  I am simply saying that to EFFECTIVELY wear the Armor of God – as an action verb – we need to have less of the world on us and more of God.  And His Armor.

It’s WORK to use our faith, don’t you agree?  Faith is an “action verb”, but so is “wearing” the Armor of God!  Each piece of our Armor requires that we “DO” something.   We cannot just put it on and go trotting into the enemy’s camp!   We have to exercise our faith, be truthful, decide to walk in peace, use the Sword of the Spirit and so forth.

The one that really hit me was the Helmet of Salvation.  The scripture says “…we have the mind of Christ.” (1Cor. 2:16).  Did you have to work really hard to “change your mind”?  I sure did!!  I was a scoundrel in the world!  I thought really filthy thoughts, and did even dirtier deeds.  But it’s the mind that controls what happens, for “as a man thinketh so is he” (Prov. 23:7).  It took a long time for me to change my mind.  Without God it would have been impossible!!  However, Praise God that it is a continuous process, this “renewing of the mind” (Rom. 12:2).

Which brings us full circle, to the peeling issue.  What happens when we peel is that we are sloughing off the dead skin cells, while allowing the new ones to come to the surface of our skin, being obviously changed from having been exposed to the sun.  The “new” skin cells are there the whole time —  they’re just not visible yet.

That is the same principle that happens when we are exposed to the Son.  Our dead brain cells, or thoughts that lead to death, are sloughed off, and the obviously changed cells in our hearts and minds – that were there the ENTIRE TIME, they’re just not seen yet, they’re not EVIDENT —  lead us on the path of righteousness to life “…and life more abundant” (John 10:10).

What is really exciting is that these “new” brain cells were there the whole time!  The Bible says that God planned for us to be His children since before the creation of the world.  He has our days numbered, every hair on our head is counted, He formed us in our mother’s womb….He knew, and because we were hand-selected since before the beginning of time, He put His own mind in us.  Look at Romans 8:29-31….

29For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. 31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?… “

These changed thought patterns, and ‘new” life brain cells, if you will, give us the ability to choose to listen and obey the voice of our God.  This increases our faith, gives us more spiritual “muscle”, and cloaks us in ever increasing Armor.  And the cycle continues.

So, don’t be afraid to step out into the Son.  You’ll be changed, OBVIOUSLY changed, for the better.

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Healing and Prophetic Dream

Dream 8/8/13

Paulette Reed and I were roommates, and I think I was moving out.  Or, I was in her house.  I’m not sure.  Darryl was in the dream, but not actively.  He was a passenger in the Silver Jeep Liberty we were in.

I borrowed Paulette’s bed pillows, 2 of them.  They were embroidered pillow cases, white ironed cases with bright embroidery thread colors, blue, orange, pink, dark blue, purple.

I put them on the floorboard of the silver Jeep Liberty we were in, and they got really dirty.  I remember thinking in my dream that was really careless.  There was a lot of dirt, but most of it wiped off.

I dusted them off and put them back in her house, but they were no longer really clean, they were kind of stained, and it dulled the colors of the embroidery.  I expected her to be really mad but she was ok about it, she was busy trying to do something else, I think she was packing.  I was trying to do it behind her back, not let her know I was cleaning the pillows, hoping to get them cleaned up and put back before she saw they were dirty.

I started talking to her, I guess I was telling her about the pillows.  I pulled one out and whacked a glass lamp, it almost fell over, but it didn’t.  I said to her, “that was close and I was glad it didn’t break”, and she said “You have to be more careful, Ms. Edie.”

The lamp was kind of square, almost like modern artwork, with a glass body made of individual glass pieces, the front piece was blue, the others clear, a silver base, the shade was kind of square also and silver.  the hardware holding the lamp together was silver also.

Paulette = prophetic anointing, God speaking, the Prophet speaking to me

Pillows (2)=rest in the Lord (or the gift of ministry?), white covers = righteousness

Embroidery, colors – needlework. Design, white with multicolor thread patterns  (?)

Lamp, blue glass, square –  blue = holy spirit, lamp=eye, walk, word of God  glass =transparent, clear  square = (?)

Silver Jeep Liberty – Wisdom, general purpose army vehicle, freedom, silver =really high quality ministry, the Word of God

Interpretation: Healing Dream

In working for Paulette, we were at an event in San Marcos.  At the end of it, I took Darryl’s CD around to some of the Pastors and asked them to pray about inviting him up to play.  It seemed harmless to me at the time, but it was VERY wrong.  I feel this ruined our relationship.

Part of my job I also transgressed by trying to do QuickBooks with so little training, thinking it would be much like Quicken, and doing it wrong as a result.

I think Paulette is ok with it, I apologized and repented, but am feeling the after effects of the transgression – the “staining” of the righteousness of the white pillow cases.  I realized that I was careless and wrong and shouldn’t have done that at that meeting.  I also shouldn’t have tried to work with the ministry books without really having a handle on the Quicken program.  Therefore God, who is Paulette in my dream, accordingly says, “You have to be more careful, Edie.”

The lamp is the Word of God, my eye and my walk.  I need to be more careful with the precious ministry and ministry associates that God has given me.

Interestingly enough, I had to pick my Dad up from the auto repair shop this morning.  When I pulled into the driveway, the mechanic was working on a Silver Jeep Liberty!!  Talk about confirmation….

A Prequel — Chambers in the House of God

We all know what a “Prequel” is…a “sequel” to a movie or a book, but the story in the Prequel chronologically starts BEFORE the story we already know.  The new Wizard of Oz movie is one example.  The best known is the Star Wars prequel series.  In fact, I think that is when the word was actually birthed.

I just discovered there is a Prequel in Nehemiah.  And it’s the prequel to your life.

In Chapter 13, Nehemiah has returned to Jerusalem from Babylon, where he went to serve Artaxerxes, the Persian king.  It is not stated how long he was gone; however, when the cat’s away the mice will play….and the devil had a field day.  In fact, he moved right in.

Neh.  13:7, “Then I discovered the evil that Eliashib had done for Tobiah in preparing him (an adversary) a chamber in the courts of the house of God!”

In Nehemiah 13:1 the book of Moses was read publicly.  The Law stated back then that the Jews weren’t supposed to allow the Ammonites or the Moabites to come into the temple because these particular groups had not only NOT taken care of the Jews as they made their way to the promised land by not giving them any water, but in fact impeded their progress AND hired Balaam to curse them!  However, somehow over time these groups had slipped into the house of God’s assembly and intermingled with the Jews in the temple —  and in their lives.   When the Law was read publicly (declared) over all the Jews, it so convicted them the Amplified says, “…they separated from Israel all who were of foreign descent.”  (Neh. 13:3) That means they gave them an eviction notice.  Kicked them out.

This is where the prequel begins!

In verse 4, the Amplified says, “Now BEFORE THIS (emphasis mine), Eliashib the priest, who was appointed over the chambers of the house of our God, and was related [by marriage] to Tobiah [our adversary],

Prepared for Tobiah a large chamber where previously they had put the cereal offerings, the frankincense, the vessels, and the tithes of grain, new wine, and oil which were given by commandment to the Levites, the singers, and gatekeepers, and the contributions for the priests.”

God is really big on NAMES.  The name Tobiah means, “YAHWEH is good”, and He is.  However, our friend Tobiah is an Ammonite, an adversary — the enemy, “an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14).  He is not supposed to be hanging out with the Jews.  He isn’t supposed to be in the temple, and he DEFINITELY is not supposed to be living there!

In this story, Eliashib the priest was related to the enemy by marriage.  This is because the Jews had allowed the Ammonites and the Moabites to intermingle with them, married them, and had them as  concubines and half-breed children grew up in their midst.  This is how Tobiah came into the story.

He must have been somebody important, perhaps persuasive, perhaps manipulative, perhaps threatening — because the priest over the House of God moved all of God’s stuff OUT and moved Tobiah IN.  Even the Levites and the singers weren’t being fed or paid.  They had to go back to work in the fields to have something to eat.  That’s because Tobiah the enemy had taken their place, had taken the place of the Lord’s worship and His Word in importance in the temple.  The enemy had moved right in, slipped in almost unnoticed.  Eliashib was deceived, forced, coerced, manipulated….whatever the reason, it happened.

Does that sound like your story?  It was mine!  Here you are, honoring God and worshiping Him, living your life for the Lord.  Then along comes the cares and the tares of life and you find yourself after a period of time with the furnishings of the enemy in the places that once were reserved for God alone.   Maybe you no longer have time, or as much time, to read the Bible, or soak in His presence.  Maybe you haven’t been giving as much in the offering because you simply don’t have as much to give right now.  Maybe you haven’t been serving at your church, or maybe even skip church because you have to work, or even just for rest.  Maybe you don’t spend as much time in prayer as you once did.

Whatever the reason, it happened.

But that’s not really your story.  Here is where your prequel REALLY starts — in verse 7, God’s favorite number!  In Verse 7, Nehemiah came back to Jerusalem and set it all right again.  He ousted Tobiah, moved all his furnishings out of the courts of the House of the Lord, and moved God’s treasures back into their rightful place.  Nehemiah gathered the Levites and the Singers and set them back into position.  He put God back as the main priority in the lives of the Jews.  He put everything back in order, back into its proper place.

I feel Holy Spirit saying right now, “This is what I am doing now, moving the enemy out and moving God’s treasures back into their rightful places.”  

His treasures are US!

Yesterday’s blog http://wp.me/p3NRF3-2 was about resting in God and letting Him do the work, allowing His favor to work on your behalf.  I want you to know that Jesus has come in Power to restore everything that has been stolen from you.  He is ousting the enemy!  All of his junk has to go!  Maybe for a season the Lord took a back-seat in your life, but no more!  Maybe for a season the things and the cares of the world took your attention, but no more!  God has said, “‘This far you may come and no farther!”  (Job 38:11)  God is moving heaven and earth to ensure you meet your destiny head on.  He is setting it all right.  He is moving YOU into your rightful place, as His heir.  He has big plans for you, more than you can ask think or imagine!  He is moving YOU into position.  He is showering you with Favor to make sure those things come to pass.

“This is what I am doing now, moving the enemy out and moving God’s treasures back into their rightful places.”  

Just as Nehemiah did, allow Jesus to move all the “things” of the enemy out of your life, and His “THINGS” back in!

Re-read the Word from the Holy Spirit above, it’s anointed!

Pray…”Father, come into my heart, into the chambers of my heart, and remove all the furnishings of the enemy.  Restore your order in my life.  Restore your treasures back into their rightful places in my heart.  Cause me to be restored in every area of my life.  Thank you Jesus!  Amen.”

Acts 17

It seems that every so often God gets me into a particular chapter of the Word, and won’t let me out of it.  I know when He does this it’s because He is trying to get a point across, teach something, release revelation hidden away in His Word….something.

About a year or so ago it was Matthew 17.  I had read it so many times and had been in it so long that I started to use it as my password!!  In fact, one night I was in Yoakum, Texas with Paulette Reed as her ministry assistant.  We were at the home of our host there and God told me to read Matthew 17 again.  I was so aggravated with reading this same chapter over and over again that I argued with God and was a pretty petulant little child — I wanted to read something else.  I told Him I was tired of reading Matthew 17.

Whew.  I’m sure God just crossed His arms and rolled His eyes, maybe tapped that mighty toe, but as always, He just tolerated me.  His response?  “Fine.  Read Mark 6.”  Just in case you are not a  Bible scholar, Mark 6 is the same exact story as Matthew 17, the story of Jesus’ transfiguration.  Go figure.  Enough said.

These days it’s Acts 17.  Paul is going from place to place, preaching as he always does, in the synagogues and marketplace (the Amplified states that these are places of assembly, not necessarily Walmart or Kroger’s.)  Here he finds himself in Athens one day, after escaping his angry and “jealous” fellow Jews in two other cities, Thessalonica and Beroea.  His spirit man is “grieved and roused to anger” (Acts 17:16) because he sees idol worship everywhere.  (*Note — here in America it could be “Idle Worship”!)

So, what is a fitting response to idol worship, the fitting response of an angry and grieved spirit man?  Interestingly enough, more preaching!!!  BUT, this time, he catches the ears of the neighborhood intellectuals who spend all their time gossiping and trying to top each others’ stories with the newest new thing they’ve heard.  So — and this is where it gets more interesting — they take him to Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion.  Well, not really, but Darryl and I were talking, and we decided between us that the Aeropagus (Mars Hill Auditorium in Acts 17:22) was set up probably about the same way, with the clam shell background for sound, and with hills for the listeners to sit on and watch the show.

However, Paul isn’t visiting Mars Hill to sit down and listen.  He is the Main Event, THE Guest Speaker, THE Man of the Hour.   He is the evening’s entertainment!

This is amazing for a number of reasons, but the most striking and personal is that Darryl and I had just listened to a message by Joel Osteen on TV the night before I read this passage and it became rhema to me.  In his message Joel declared and decreed that God would cause favor to find us.  That we don’t have to go seeking for promotion, it will find us.  That He has all things lined up for us in advance, all the divine connections, all the people that God has chosen to bless us and help to advance us in our (His) plans.   All we have to do is SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and all these things shall be added unto us.  This passage of scripture in Acts 17 backs up Matthew 6:33 perfectly!

That is exactly what Paul did.  And ALL he did.  He sought to be right with God.  He was arguing on God’s behalf.  He was seeking the Kingdom, busy about his Father’s business!  He put God FIRST in every thing, and God’s Favor found him.  God put him center stage, to perform the Father’s good pleasure, and get the Word out.

God has challenged me with this scripture to do the same, and I believe that this is a Now Word for you, too, in this season of acceleration.  If you are finding yourself striving to accomplish what you believe is God’s will, but nothing is happening — STOP.  Are you finding yourself on a different path, maybe one you don’t think is God’s plan?  Jump Tracks!!  Simply seek God, be obedient, stay in the Word, resist temptation.  Be busy about your Father’s business.  If you are doing all that you know how to do, STAND.  God will send His Favor your way.