Broken Nets & Sinking Ships

Recently I was thinking about the Scriptural account where Jesus got involved in his disciples’ fishing activities. (There are actually at least two different accounts – one takes place after his resurrection.) In the first, Jesus had entreated Simon Peter to launch his ship out a little ways onto the lake of Gennesaret, from where he then proceeded to teach the people who had gathered on the shore to hear him speak. Afterwards, he instructed Simon to launch out further, and drop the fishing nets. Though toiling “all the night” with not a catch, Simon complied, and his net “inclosed a great multitude of fishes”. So great, in fact, that the net broke. The men beckoned a partner ship to come to their aid. Both ships became so heavy with the weight of their fish, that they began to sink! (Luke 5:1-6)

In the second account, again involving Simon Peter and another fruitless night of casting their nets into the water of the sea of Tiberias, the resurrected Lord specifically instructed the fisherman to cast their nets over the right side of the ship, promising results. Again, the men complied, and the catch was so great, so heavy, that the “they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.” It took the help of another ship to finally drag the net full of fishes to land. (John 21:6)

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So it seems pretty clear that following Jesus’ instructions is the way to go, if you want results. In these instances, He directed the disciples to specific locations, either further out into deeper waters, or a particular side of the boat. For this reason, in this post, I’m focusing on location.

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Some years ago, teaching on these events, I remember a preacher comparinFishesg the sinking of the ships with being immersed in humanity, rubbing elbows with people of all types, when we are trying to follow Jesus & do His work. The preacher pointed out that a sinking ship, with nets loaded & bursting, would be full of not only the desired cargo of fishes, but seaweed, refuse thrown into the water, probably dead things, etc. It could be a foul, smelly, quite unlovely environment!

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While recalling this message, it occurred to me: is this a picture of the great ‘melting pot’ that is America? The poor, huddled, shivering masses that came to our shores? The immigrants (legal & otherwise) that still struggle to reach our borders, and cross them? All the elements, desirable and not so much, that find their way to our soil, and take root, or at least try?

I know it is generally understood that these Scriptures are referring to becoming fishers of men, and reaching souls in the name of Jesus, to bring them into His kingdom. But if one considers that thread of the possibility of a Divine origin & destiny weaving throughout American history, and that destiny is primarily & ultimately to be that place where the most powerful expression & manifestation of Jesus Christ will ever be seen on this earth (apart from His actual life, death & resurrection 2,000 years ago, and His final return) and radiate outwards….then the process of drawing to Himself the yet unredeemed from every walk of life would & will be a massive undertaking, stretching resources to exhaustion, almost sinking ships as it were. The criminal element, the dangerous, the poor & unlovely, the greedy, the sick in many ways…will be hauled in, within those ‘nets’ of outreach. Our systems, our borders, our infrastructure may be over-taxed and threatened, for a season. But Jesus deliberately invited over-loading the fishing nets & sinking the ships, for the cause of the prize of the catch.

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So I have to wonder, have I been misguided in my support of building the wall on the Mexican border? in my support of the travel ban enforced against certain Middle Eastern countries? and especially my stand against illegal immigrants? I have fully stood with President Trump in these issues, and do not want to be foolish in changing my stance now. Sadly, I see these actions as necessary for our safety, but…when you look at a situation from perhaps the Divine perspective, it gets you thinking.

Thinking deeply.

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Fourth of July, 2017

It is the Fourth of July, 2017.

It is a warm, clear, sunny day. Earlier, sitting outside on the wooden stairway landing, I read the Declaration of Independence out loud. It is a tradition I started a few years ago. I’ve noticed that each year I have a different reaction to those potent, destiny-shaping words.

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“We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress assembled…”

Can you imagine what it would have been like, to BE one of those people? REPRESENTING such a powerful, permanent thrust of history? What if it had been you, in solidarity with those 55 other brave compatriots, choosing to place your signature on the Declaration of Independence? In doing so, you would no longer be just you. The very fabric of your life would be forever transformed. Within your actions, your words – indeed your very presence! anywhere! – would pulsate the glory & destiny of a nation.

I believe that those who chose this path in 1776, were given an opportunity like none other. It staggers me, to try to grasp it.

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“For this cause we faint not…for our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory…”   (2 Corinthians 4:16,17)

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I believe that the spirit of this Word lived within our founding patriots & warriors, whether they knew it or not.

GLORY BE TO GOD!

God bless America.

 

God in America

Stand with God!

“PAY ATTENTION TO THE UNITED STATES – A PROPHETIC PICTURE IS BEING DISPLAYED!!”

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I AM CHANGING “THE CURRENT” AND TURNING THE TIDES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE LIVES OF MY PEOPLE ACROSS THE WORLD..

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declaration-2The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence did not just sign a document. These men pledged all that they had. Including their very lives.

How many things are that important to you? So important that you are willing & ready, if necessary, to lay down your life?

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That object of such a readiness must be such a thing, or such a one, of high value to those willing to pay this price. And so I think about how precious were the visions of America’s founders, for the new nation & the new government they were creating. Because of such preciousness, great care was taken in the forming of it. These men knew they were forming & birthing new life. They were creating an intangible – the possibility of a future that had previously existed only in lofty philosophical discourse.

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“Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for a friend”.

We know this Scripture refers to Jesus Christ, as Savior of the world, in His crucifixion and death. And so I find a kind of parallel in the shedding of our Savior’s blood to redeem mankind, and make us new creations (“…if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature…behold, all things are become new” -2 Corinthians.5:17)….with the willingness of our founders & founding patriots to shed their own blood to create a new nation.jesus

With this parallel I also see an alignment of the natural & spiritual, in a way that imputes a divine purpose to the very existence of the United States of America. Such a purpose would mandate a very focused eye to the details of our founding documents. Such a purpose should raise serious questions as to exactly what this purpose is. If the redemption of mankind, through the blood of Christ, bringing many sons to glory can be equated to the redemption of the early colonists from British tyranny – then what, I wonder, are the then & future sons of liberty, found in these ‘redeemed’ United States of America, destined to produce?

I know that there exists beliefs concerning this land of America as having been intended to be a new Jerusalem, a Redeemer Nation. I think that there is substance to such theory. We have yet to know, without a doubt, all that may transpire in the United States of America, before Jesus is finished with us. If He ever is finished….my hope is that there yet remains unimaginable joy & abundance, as over time & with a genuine, heartfelt gratitude, as a nation we are led to repentance by the goodness of God.

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“…a time of repentance for America and calling forth the plans and purposes of God in the nation and a surrendering of agendas to align with His ways…”  AN ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS CONCERNING THE US ELECTION AND DONALD TRUMP

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 “…the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance…”

(Romans 2:4)

“…our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

American EagleMany of us are familiar with those final words of the Declaration of Independence, so eloquently penned in 1776, resonant with sobering and powerful decision. Those words also resonated release. They signalled an irrevocable intent, begun in a full & complete commitment to stay the course. As George III himself had declared, after the colonists’ dumping of tea into Boston Harbor, “The die is now cast; the colonies must either submit or triumph.”

No going back.

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In today’s world, for probably most of us, that kind of do-or-die mindset is usually not necessary. Unless you serve as a member of our extraordinary military, especially if you are stationed on a forward-operating base in the Middle East, or serve your country as a covert operative, such absolute life-and-death commitment is usually not your daily fare. With the added exception of first responders & law enforcement, life choices don’t usually involve the kind of totality of sacrifice & risks that had to be taken when America chose to be – and to fight to be – free.

…and so because I think this is true, I have to assume that many of us cannot relate to the kind of commitment made by our founding patriots, whether Founding Father or one who physically took up arms against Great Britain. We take enormous pride in them, as we do in those who fight for freedom & justice today. And we might think we can relate….but I suspect, for some of us, we only skim the surface.

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I have also wondered, how did it feel to be on the inside? To be an active participant in creating a nation? To be one of those who could’ve said, “In the beginning…”? Talk about an endeavour of substance! A weight of glory!! (And if you think you’re getting shades & overtones of Genesis and the New Covenant, YOU ARE…) Those men & women who were given to, entrusted with, and (I believe) created for the birthing of the new nation of the United States of America stand yet today as pillars immovable, in the halls of Eternity. In a sense, I am reminded of the words of the apostle John, in his first epistle: “…which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life…” Though I most certainly know these words speak of the Lord Jesus Christ, still, there is a strong ring of familiarity here, for me. They got to be the ones who handled, in conjunction with God, the vision, the bringing forth & the shaping of phenomena unprecedented. As Jesus the Messiah comes as the Only One, past, present & future, I dare to say that America the Beautiful has also been manifested as the only nation that will ever be like her.

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The promise made, by those who stepped up in time to this volatile moment in history, to pledge their all, has been called a war-time proclamation by Dr. Larry Arnn, president of Hillsdale College. And that it was. The stakes commanded nothing less. Because these soldiers & patriots (and all who have fought for and with America & her cause of liberty in any war since) loved not their lives unto the death, many of us get to partake of a pearl of great price all the time. Every day.

They entered in, they contended valiantly & to the death, if necessary; they endured to the end. Their vision – our vision – manifested in this nation of extraordinary promise, structure and yield, is more than still worth the fight. Let this truth be implanted in you today. Let its roots start to grow. To the brethren & to our patriots I say, stand, and having done all, stand…uphold this vision in your heart and in your spirit.

Pray for the heart & soul of America.  With God, your spirit quickens hers.

Bear witness.

Be encouraged.

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Be strong

Destiny & Glory may yet Await You, O America…

“…all the trees of the field are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men.”  (Joel 1: 12)

We don’t often think about joy, do we…life is often not often joyful, it seems. Times are serious, worldwide. Make no mistake about that. I am one who has never wanted, or been able to accept that the time of the return of Christ is close. That it very likely will happen in my lifetime. I know about dire prophetic warnings, winds of Armageddon horror approaching – unlike many, I’m not so sure that a rapture will catch up believers in Jesus Christ before the nightmare comes upon us. I didn’t want to accept that this suffering might come upon me. It couldn’t be this late in history…could it?

I have continued to maintain as much hope as I could for delays, a reversal in the times. Until just recently. When I learned of Billy Graham’s daughter, Annie Graham-Lotz’s testimony of what she believes was a warning from God to her, of the end of human history, I began to consider the possible truth of what she said. I don’t jump on any Christian/evangelical’s bandwagon, ever…but she is Billy Graham’s daughter. Billy Graham! I put my life on pause & listened. I took her words to heart, and joined in on her MayDay! MayDay! prayer initiative. And I’ve started praying more, and waiting on His Spirit in prayer in a way that has produced some stunning & delightful leadings from Him. I have rejoiced in where He has taken me in prayer! There still can be upswings!

Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before Him. His joy is our strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)  We need to find & grab any glimmer of joy that we can. And build on it, in whatever way you might be led.

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I need, like never before, to lay hold of hope & joy. My last two posts, and the research involved prior to writing them, had begun the birthing of a knowledge concerning America & all of history that at first sickened me. It took a few weeks for me to recover, to level off. Since then, my investigations have continued. I am onto something! and will be writing more about this in future posts. Many may already know of these things, but I am not aware of anyone in my sphere of life who does. (Granted, my sphere is small…) I have thought, Like Alice, I’m falling down the rabbit hole! But God has given me a sound mind in all of this, which is astonishing to me. No longer am I sickened. I remain steady. My faith in Jesus Christ, the Gospel and all that pertains to it, remains sure, bright & true. It is in no way diminished nor threatened. He is ever Lord of all and King of all the earth.

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Mrs. Graham-Lotz’s purposes for the MayDay initiative are outlined here.  She lists five specific reasons, but I am highlighting only the last one: ” * To delay or soften God’s judgment that is coming on America and on our world. Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing. Joel 2:13-14″  In her explanatory video, she made the point that a blessing of God can turn into…well, NOT a blessing…but here she suggests the possibility of the opposite. She calls upon the body of Christ to stand in the gap for this country, for the world. Those who do not believe, cannot stand. They simply do not know…we do, and can.

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On the heels of this shedding of slight light into darkening corners came an explosion of light. Again, I do not jump on bandwagons…but a sudden and almost overwhelming prophetic word came to me, through a source only recently having arrived in my life.  It is long. I keep re-reading it. This prophecy, and similar ones following it, bear witness to similar words placed in my mind & heart on September 11, 2001, and since then – words that have remained there, held closely within my spirit. nurtured only by the Holy Spirit.

Here are some excerpts:

“I have been feeling a longing on the heart of God for His people to not give up on the United States of America.”

“I feel a longing in the heart of God for His people to see that even amongst the darkness and the way the United States has moved away from Him and His Word, He has heard the prayers of His people.

“There has been impregnation with a divine seed of Heaven into the USA to bring about a great birthing in this nation. A birthing of His glory…”

“I feel a warning from the Lord that many could “abort” the pregnancy and coming birthing through words of “doom” and “curses over the land of the USA,” committing the United States to a destiny of despair and hopelessness…”

“I then heard Isaiah 43:19:
“Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.”

The Lord has not given up on the United States of America; she is impregnated with something new.”

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“There is such a longing in my spirit to encourage the people of God to NOT give up now. Do not give up praying for the USA. Do NOT commit her to failure, but continue to see the GOLD in the nation, for there IS GOLD in the nation. I believe the Lord is wanting His people to focus on the LIFE that He wants to bring to the nation, and the NEW that He wants to birth in this nation.”

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Other, related words are linked below. (Again, they are long…)
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To any who read and can hear & receive these seeds of vision, hope & life for America, America – I beg you, align your thoughts, hopes & prayers with the rest of us who do. Share this word if you can, where it seems appropriate.

God bless America.

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 “…I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places…”  (Isaiah 45:2)

…Transitioning…

I don’t know if it is me, or the times. 

I have observed that I am less & less inclined to attempt to ‘stay on top of things’, politically.  It’s too much.  Even just glancing at my emails makes me instantly tense anymore.  Do I really need to know all this?  Or do I? It isn’t up to me to accurately assess national & international crises.  I’m not a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, or the Intelligence Committee.  No one needs to know my opinions, and none of the outcomes are my call. Yet it seems wrong to not be at least aware of the major happenings of the day in this extraordinary land I call home.

It’s a dilemma. 

Is it just me, or is it the times?  What is really going on?  I’ve learned enough, over the last 5 years of writing & publishing on this site, to have reached a saturation point where current events are concerned.  I can’t absorb anymore right now.  I may need to do something with what I already know, but I also think I need to monitor what new information I let in.

Where are we going wrong?  What is happening in this country?  What did God intend for America?  What was in His mind, and can we still do anything about that? 

Issues are so complex.  There are no simple solutions.  It would seem that some matters would be black & white, matters of morality, or security, but there is law and there is grace. Drawing a line may not be the Godly move. Motive is everything.  Substance trumps form, does it not?

Barbara Walters was David Letterman’s guest tonight, and they were discussing various well-known international leaders, mainly dictator types.  She demonstrated knowledge, class and compassion.  Yet she too expressed her quandary with the times.  Wrapping up a summation of a current world situation, Ms. Walters declared that she didn’t even know what she was saying.  Trying to describe the realities of the times brought her to a standstill.

I feel exactly the same way these days.  Even as I begin to form a thought or opinion, it fizzles out.  There is no point.  I don’t say this by way of despair or fatalism.  Not at all.  But when I was watching one of the last  government shutdown news broadcasts – before it was ‘resolved’ –  for the first time, I felt a disgust with Washington, DC.  Suddenly, to me, the whole kit & caboodle of ’em were disgusting.  I’ve seen this sentiment many times in online forums and comments, but I’ve never believed it to be true.  Until now.

Is it just me?  Or is it the truth of the times?

Donald Trump was also a Letterman guest recently.  He emphatically volunteered the information that all of them up there on Capitol Hill dislike each other, can’t stand each other.  Trump has been around the block many times;  I would trust his input on a matter like this.

So where does it go from here?

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I can only see one solution for this country.  More than ever there needs to be the planting of the seeds of knowledge of our Constitution, and of the heritage of America, still beautiful.  This has to happen.  Whether it is done from your home or in the classroom, through computer screen or the pages of a book, while in a church  or in a university – it has to happen.

We the People