SUMMER IS A DISTRACTION

SUMMER IS A DISTRACTION

I know “Killjoy!” But there is something about the summer season that draws people’s mind and heart away from God.  It’s as if Christians thinks it’s time to take a vacation from God! I believe it is the time we should be the most watchful.  Do you know that most major economic and governmental and religious decisions are made in the summer when everyone is out playing and having “FUN?” When the fall season arrives many will say, “When did that happen?” When the summer season is over and many return from their “Vacations.” They will go food shopping and realize that the food prices have increased.  Business and service costs have increased.  Thousands of businesses have closed and people are getting electronic chips implanted in their hands! SUMMER IS A DISTRACTION!

Please do not misunderstand me, I like the summer season, however, I don’t drop God and run to the beach every day or take long cruises and disregard God just because it’s summer!  Okay, the truth is I don’t like going to the beach, but I can do a lot of other things which are considered summer season stuff! My point being, we should never be so indulged in a season that we neglect our duties as Christians.  The Word of God still must be preached, souls are still in need of salvation and the Body of Christ still needs to be fed.  Instead, many are running off and leaving the church doors open for any wolf to come in and devour the sheepfold.  It’s like sending your children to a summer camp without leaving a contact number!  They are at the mercy of the teenage volunteer camp counselors!

There should never be any season that the church is on vacation! Besides, how many people can even afford to go on a summer vacation?  Many people count on the church as a place to fellowship and get their spiritual nourishment.  When the summer season comes around there is only a skeleton ministerial staff available for the church members. “Sorry everybody is on vacation for the summer!” Hey, I get it, we all need a break! But why does everyone have to leave in the summer season.  Winter is a good time for a vacation and what about the fall season when travel prices are lower? I suppose the enemy knows the best time to enter the “Strong man’s” house is in the summer.  The enemy know that everyone is distracted and having fun!

Moreover, when you come back from your wonderful vacations and unpack your bags. Then with great pride, you show off your summer photos to everyone and brag about your adventure.  Just remember there are millions who are unable to even eat or go to the dentist or pay their rent.  They need to hear that God loves them and that there is hope for them.  Oh, don’t be angry because you are privileged and feel entitled to enjoy yourself.  This is my whole point, don’t be so distracted because you are privileged and forget that so many others are not! Is it your fault that many are living in poverty or are too sick to go anywhere? Of course not, but it is always our duty to remind each other that the work of God is always on call!  Christians do not have the luxury of being distracted because it gives too much room for the enemy to ambush God’s people! Always watch and pray Church, because Summer is a Distraction!

For the record, this post is for the Body of Christ. God bless you and amen.

Written Jessica L. Matthews

IMPENDING SORROWS–THANK YOU PROPHETS OF CHRIST

IMPENDING SORROWS—THANK YOU PROPHETS IN CHRIST

 PROPHETS IN CHRIST! PROPHETS OF THE LORD! God bless all of God’s prophets who have been faithful in spreading God’s message to his people concerning the “IMPENDING SORROWS.”  The Lord knows how hard his true prophets are working to warn his people to REPENT! When we have done our best to warn our brothers and sisters that the wrath of God is coming upon the nations.  The blood of the unrighteous will not be on our heads! We, the Prophets in Christ, have already seen the Impending Sorrows of the failing governments, death, disease, famine and war.  Prophets of God please know that our hearts will be at peace when we see these things manifest because we have sounded the alarm of REPENTANCE FOR A LONG TIME! In just a few more weary days and the world will see the unimaginable hardship and horror will manifesting itself!

“The great day of the Lord is near—very near and coming fast!  That day will be bitter, for even the bravest soldiers will cry out in despair!  It will be a day of fury, and day of trouble and distress, a day of ruin and destruction, a day of darkness and gloom, a black and cloudy day, a day filled with the sound of war trumpets and the battle of soldiers attacking fortified cities and high towers.

The Lord says, ‘I will bring such disasters on the human race that everyone will grope about like someone blind.  They have sinned against me, and now their blood will be poured out like water, and their dead bodies will lie rotting on the ground.’

On the day when the Lord shows his fury, not even all their silver and gold will save them.  The whole earth will be destroyed by the fire of his anger.  He will put an end—a sudden—end to everyone who lives on earth.” (Zephaniah 1:14-18).

I know that Prophets are ridiculed all the time as being radical, and we are! Just like our Lord Jesus Christ! So my fellow Prophets “REJOICE AND PRAISE THE LORD!”  It comes with our MINISTRY…HALLELUJAH! Never be regretful for being obedient to the Lord.  Those who have heard the warnings and have REPENTED will be saved because we didn’t give up!!! The time is near when we will see what the SHOUT WAS ALL ABOUT!

“It may seem slow in coming, but wait for it; it will certainly take place, and it will not be delayed. And this is the message: ‘Those who are evil will not survive, but those who are righteous will live because they are faithful to God.’” (Habakkuk 2:3-4).

God bless you Prophets of God and keep on working in the vineyard! The Lord knows your heart! For the record, this message can only be understood by true disciples of Jesus Christ! God bless you and amen!

Written by Jessica L. Matthews

BUTTERFLY

BUTTERFLY

 “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16).

Although we love to deny the truth the majority of the time, the mirror does not lie.  The reflection we see in the mirror is our flesh! The whole lump of us! We can say to ourselves that a mirror puts on or takes away poundage, still we deny the truth! This is who we are in the flesh! Sometimes when we consult our mirror we become quite aware that our fleshing is decaying and life in the flesh is coming to an end. But we should not be in despair because on the other side of this METAMORPHOSIS is LIFE EVERLASTING! The change will be like a caterpillar turning into a “Butterfly”. However, unlike a butterfly, there will be no more death after this transformation.  All who trust in Jesus Christ will be transformed into a new life that will never face death again! A place where there will be no more sickness, sin or disease! There will be no more sorrow, “For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall: feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:17).

When youth is on our side, we are not fearful of consulting the “Looking Glass,” the mirror.  It seems that we cannot get enough of admiring ourselves.  Some people are so vain that they consistently look at themselves on their cellphone camera feature.   Personally I think that is beyond vanity, I believe that is an obsession with oneself! Anyway, in our youth we are not confronted with dark circles under our eyes, unless sick, wrinkles, crow’s feet, gray hair, Bengay, Icy Hot, denture creams or a turkey neck! The challenges of youth are pimples, great hair styles, the latest fashions, careers, facial hair, cracked teeth and make-up.  The thought of gray hair and moles, wrinkles, mental illness, wheel chairs are not considered. So, I say enjoy these youthful days while they last because if God is merciful and let you live long enough, the daunting days of aging will come upon you.

As we reach our midlife, our mirror indicates that we are changing, dying in fact. Our steps are a little slower, our bladder leaks, teeth are falling out, vision is blurry and our strength is leaving us.  We finally see the “Caterpillar,” we discover a few gray hairs popping up here and there. We try using the tweezers or some sort of dye to conceal the aging process, but the gray hairs are stronger than any dye or tweezers can combat.  If you pluck out one gray hair, five more show up! I can’t personally speak about hair dying, I vowed never to do that to my hair because I would be denying God his glory.  But from my observations, even though people dye their hair, I can still tell they have masked their gray with hair coloring.  Because gray hair is so bold and aggressive! The other ways we try to hide the truth is with wigs, toupees or hair extensions!  I say, “What’s the point?” The gray hair is going to win in the end anyway! I say embrace the wiry truth tellers and give God his glory!

During our confrontation with our degenerating caterpillar self.  We should be preparing to be digested by decay and infused with the wonder working power of God to be transfigured into a beautiful Butterfly. As we look at our caterpillar state of being, we are reminded that the spiritual man is being renewed day by day.  The real you is being strengthen every day! The earthen vessel is just that, an earthen vessel.  It is not who you are! The real you is spiritual! God is spiritual! We are his children and we are spiritual beings! Stop praising the caterpillar and embrace the Butterfly! The eternal you who will live forever and never die!

As the caterpillar wraps itself into a cocoon and prepares for its Butterfly transfiguration, we too must be prepared for our earthen vessels to be wrapped for the grave, that we too will be resurrected into a beautiful Butterfly. The beauty of Everlasting Life is that it gives God’s children a beauty and a peace beyond our understanding. Why would anyone want to stay a caterpillar when a beautiful Butterfly is waiting to be born? This I will never understand! When the Lord calls me, I want to go “Home!” and be there with God and be radiant and majestic like our Father in heaven.  The light of God will shine upon us and display the beauty of God. Fly beautiful Butterfly into the presence of the all Mighty God. Live in the very presence of the Living God where there will be everlasting love and everlasting life!  For the record, only a born again Christian will understand this post! God bless you and amen!

Written by Jessica L. Matthews

 

REVISITING VISION 4: THE COMING CHAOS!

 
I saw in this vision a great BLACKOUT. The blackness was widespread, how far, I cannot say, but millions were without POWER AND LIGHT. There was nothing OPERATIONAL. This BLACKOUT happened without WARNING. People were in a PANIC trying seek help, but they were unable to get any help. Everything the people relied on to survive was not working and not accessible. Everywhere the people turned to get help, there was no HELP. The nation was in a state of CONFUSION and UTTER CHAOS. The Lord began to speak in heart in the MIDST of the CHAOS. He said: “Remind the people AGAIN what I told to you to WARN them about before in Isaiah 3:1-5
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“Now the Lord, the Almighty Lord, is about to take away from Jerusalem and Judah everything that the people depend on. He is going to take away their food, and their water, their heroes and their soldiers, their judges and their prophets, their fortunetellers and their statesmen, their military; and civilian leaders, their politicians and everyone who uses magic to control events. The Lord let the people be governed by immature boys. Everyone will take advantage of everyone else. Young people will not respect their elders, and worthless people will not respect their superiors.”
All HUMAN RESOURCES were searched for in vain. There was rioting in the streets EVERYWHERE! The national and local authorities were unable to contain the CHAOS because of the BLACKOUT. The people had no one to BRING ORDER to the AFFECTED areas during this time of CALAMITY. The wicked were VIOLATING THE LAW AND ABUSING THE CITIZENS causing many casualties. It is written is Ezekiel 7: 23, 25 & 26:
“Everything is in confusion – the land is full of murders and the cities are full of violence…Despair is coming. You will look for peace and never find it. One disaster will follow another, and a steady stream of bad news will pour in. You will beg the PROPHETS to reveal what they FORESEE. The priest will have NOTHING to teach the people, and the elders will have no advice to give…”
During this time of UTTER CHAOS, I saw bright LIGHTS resembling STARS in the SKY, BUT THESE LIGHTS WERE not at the same distance as the STARS. However, as far my eyes could see, I saw specks of LIGHT that I could not count. The Lord allowed me to SEE into the glowing light, In the LIGHT I saw the RIGHTEOUS IN CHRIST on their knees PRAYING FOR GOD to bring JUDGMENT upon the nation. They were PRAYING for God to come and GLORIFY HIMSELF, so that wicked would know that HE IS!! They were PRAYING for a REPENTIVE and REMORSEFUL nation. The RIGHTEOUS NEVER STOP PRAYING during the BLACKOUT, They were weary of UNREPENTIVE SINS and they were calling for the Lord’s INTERCESSION. It was not STARS that I was seeing, it was the LIGHT OF GOD shining THROUGH those who were praying. The RIGHTEOUS was the LIGHT in the BLACKOUT. The RIGHTEOUS did not PANIC and they did not join in with the RIOTOUS, LAW BREAKERS in the BLACKOUT.
“For we walk by faith and not by sight,” (2 Cor. 5:7).
While the RIGHTEOUS were praying, I heard glass shattering and cries of victory from those who had successfully robbed businesses of precious merchandise and destroyed property. Isa 3:11 states:
“But evil people are doomed; what they have done to others will now be done to them.”
After hours of Mayhem, the SUN began to rise. The economic aftermath of the BLACKOUT was CLEARLY widespread. BUT there was still no LEADERSHIP or AUTHORITIES to be found. The PEOPLE who stay inside their homes during night began to spill into the streets to survey the DAMAGE to their property and businesses. All this damage was initiated by the WICKED. Those had who caused all the CHAOS had return to their residence to hide their stolen goods and their crimes. But THE RIGHTEOUS came out into the LIGHT to see how the LORD moved in the BLACKOUT.
Around midday, partial communication was restored. Something had changed that was unimaginable. The BANKING SYSTEM was not FUNCTIONING and the PEOPLE could not get their MONEY! There was no way to make business transactions or to buy or sale. There was more MAYHEM after this news. What the looters did not take in the BLACKOUT, the needy confiscated. I could see that businesses had been robbed and vandalized. The DAMAGE was so great that there was no hope of restoring ANYTHING right away. As it is written in Ezekiel 7:15-16:
“There is fighting in the streets, and sickness and hunger in the houses. Anyone who is out in the country will die in the fighting, and anyone in the city will be a victim of sickness and hunger….All of them will moan over their SINS.”
And Ezekiel 7:19-20 states:
“They will throw their GOLD and SILVER away in the streets like garbage, because neither silver nor gold can save them when the LORD pours out his FURY. They cannot use it to SATISFY their desires or fill their stomachs. Gold and silver led them into SIN.”
A great many CHURCHES had been looted and burned down. The people were crying because their CHURCH BUILDING was reduced to RUBBLE. Ezekiel 7:21-22 states:
“I will let foreigners rob them, say the LORD. ‘And lawbreakers will take all their wealth and defile it. I will not interfere when my treasured Temple is profaned, when robbers break into it and defile it.”
I heard one of the RIGHTEOUS say, “Well, I guess we will have to RETURN to worshipping the LORD in our own homes, the way we first began. Before all of this mega church hype! The Lord in HIS MERCY has preserved us and our homes.” In the midst of all of this RUBBLE, the RIGHTEOUS started planning in which homes they would meet to have prayer meetings, worship service and bible study. The mega church buildings were in RUIN. The people would no longer GATHER in large church buildings, but in apartments and homes. The BLACKOUT changed the LEADERSHIP of the church as we know it, and relocated the gathering places where people worshipped God. Places where the LAW could no LONGER INFRINGE on the true meaning of the WORD OF GOD. A place where God’s people would not have to COMPROMISE the TRUTH. THE RIGHTEOUS IN CHRIST were sharing what they had with each other. Everyone freely opened their pantries and shared their resources to support each for the time being; and the LORD was with THE RIGHTEOUS in the MIDST OF THE CHAOS!
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me; thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.” (Psalms 138:7)……..THE END OF THE VISION.

THE END OF TIMES IS WRITTEN IN BLOOD!!!

THE END OF TIMES IS WRITTEN IN BLOOD!!!

“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35).

It is very puzzling to me when I hear Christians say things like: “I don’t watch the news because it makes me unhappy.” Or “Nothing is going to happen to the world.” What happen to the scripture “Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is”? Two things are being said here: 1) Something is going to happen and we need to be prepared! 2) We need to be prayerful so that we are ready when this something happens! Moreover, the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 24 is a warning for the Body of Christ.  It is not a maybe this going to happen, but it is etched in the blood of Jesus that this going to happen! The End of Times is written in Blood! Every word of God will come to pass and not one word can be wished away, ignored away or prayed away!

Attachments to the world is one of the primary reasons Christians refuse to acknowledge that the “End of Times” prophecy is irrevocable!!! We cannot wish the Judgment of God away! I know we look at our family, friends and our accumulated wealth, and we don’t want to give them up!!! This was King Solomon’s problem, he wanted to keep his worldly possessions and live forever because he had grown attached to them. The truth is, we can’t keep our accumulated material possessions and we cannot take them with us!  “…Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21).  As for our family, the only way we can see them again, is if they have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ in their heart as their personal Lord and Savior.  As for the infants and children who are unable to make such a decision, I say, “Leave that matter to God.” We should be making preparations for departing the world because the Lord will call us home sooner or later.  Every day we should be making preparations to leave this earth.  We do this by preparing our heart, by reading the Word of God and teaching family and friends and the world about Jesus Christ.

I don’t believe ignoring the Day of Judgment is going to prevent it from coming.  I think the sad part about ignoring the binding truth of God, is that it will come upon you “Like a thief in the night” and you will be unprepared like the sinners! I firming believe that a person who can’t face the truth is a coward! Many surround themselves with materialism and family to build a wall of denial to keep them from accepting reality.  The truth will surely break down the wall of denial, and the truth will overtake them like an unannounced Tsunami! The blood of Jesus was shed for this truth and God will not go back on his Word no matter how much we ignore it!

The power of prayer is the Christian’s offensive tool given to us to use to communicate with the Lord.  However, it is only effective if our prayers are in the Will of God.  The End of Times is Written in the Blood of Jesus!  Jesus died that we may live eternally with God! Praying that the End of Times be revoked, voids the sacrifice that Jesus made on Calvary for the remissions of our sins! Pray, “Let Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven!” We can’t pray away the Will of God.  Get on board with Jesus and accept his Will.  Because it is Jesus’ blood that was shed on Calvary, and he will not be deny the justice of God our Father upon this wicked evil world!

Christians let’s face the truth, Jesus is coming back again and all of this life will come to an end.  We cannot stop it from happening.  The End of Times is Written in Blood and the blood will never lose it power! We have to understand that whatever we have in this world will pass away, but God’s Word will not pass away.  The more we hold on to this world, the harder it’s going to be to let go when we are called home. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mark 8:36-37). For the record, only a Christian will understand what is written.  God bless you and amen.

Written by Jessica L. Matthews

 

WHO’S LOVING YOU?

                                             

Written by Jessica L. Matthews

“Whoever does not love, does not know God, for God is love.”

(I John 4:8)

The words “I love you” are spoken so carelessly that the words carry no real power.  There is no celestial or godly attraction.  Because most of the time when we say “I love you”, there is a “But” or an “If” hanging in the balance. For example:

  • I love you, “But” if you gain weight my love for you will change.
  • I love you, “But” if you lose your job my love for you will change.
  • I love you, “But” if you go bald my love for you will change.
  • I love you, “But” if you don’t do as I say and be my slave, my love…

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LOVE SERIES #6: GROWING IN LOVE

GROWING IN LOVE

“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge.” (2 Peter 1:5).

Have you ever met a Christian who claim they have been in the Body of Christ for decades and behave badly? Oh my dear Lord!!! I have and it stands to reason that something is terribly wrong!  There are three things to consider: 1.What kind of spiritual food are they being fed at their church? 2. Are they reading the Word of God daily? 3. Have they been baptized with the Holy Spirit?  I know there are more areas to explore, but let’s consider these three areas of spiritual neglect. There is a reason why Christians are still not GROWING IN LOVE.

The same way we have to eat food for our physical body, we also have to eat spiritual food to feed our spirit.  If we neglect to eat food for the nourishment of our body, we are going to be weak and our body parts will not function properly and eventually we will die.  The point is, we have to eat the right kind of food in order to stay healthy.  The same principle applies when it comes to our spiritual growth.  The first thing a new Christian does is to find a house of worship to develop spiritually and to fellowship with other Christians.  In this church, there are those who are called to teach and preach the Word of God to nurture the growing Christian.  But if the church teaching and preaching ministries are not led by the Holy Spirit, the chances are the members are not being fed the Word of God in Spirit and in Truth. Thereby, the members’ spiritual growth is undeveloped and their growth is stunted. Also, they are suffering from spiritual malnutrition and they will slowing digress into sin and feed from the world and strengthen the desires of the flesh. There is no spiritual growth when a ministry is not feeding its sheep.  The sheep remain stagnant and unloving.

If we are to grow in love, we must read God’s Word.  We have to know the Master of Love.  The Word of God is the spiritual food that every Christian must intake daily.  We cannot neglect the spiritual man.  Our spirit must be stronger than our flesh, which loves world and sin.  The flesh will overrule the spirit if the spirit is not nurtured with the Word of Truth.  The spirit when it is strong and well fed will overcome the fleshly desires of the world. “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” (Romans 8:8).  Don’t wait for anyone to feed you the Word of God, feed yourself! Make reading the Bible daily one of your priorities, along with prayer. Growing in Love relies on being full of the Word of God.

The final consideration is whether this person has been baptized with the Holy Spirit or are they still profiling their “Water Baptism”.  The Holy Spirit Baptism comes when ones heart is truly sorrowful and repentive.  We can say many things with our mouth, but our heart is far from God.  God knows every heart whether it is true to him or not.  The Lord is not going to dwell in the heart of a sinner!!! He is not going to abide with sin! “But ye that are in the flesh cannot please God.  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.  Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”  Those who are in the church building each Sunday and have not been baptized in the Holy Spirit have not surrendered their heart to Jesus! This is the reason why so many who are not “Growing in Love” have not changed for the better.  They need to give their heart to Jesus and stop playing church! “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:5).

Growing in Love requires a commitment of love and honor to our Creator.  Christianity does not stop after water baptism, Christianity is an ongoing journey! We must strive every day in this earthen vessel to press toward the high calling of God.  “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge”. (2 Peter 1:5).  We have to practice what we preach…Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.” (2 Thess 4:1).  Keep Growing in Love and pleasing in God sight! For the record, only a born again child of God will understand this post!!! God bless you and Amen!

Written by Jessica L. Matthews