Saturday, August 30, 2014

With tears streaming down his face and his lip quivering, a young man came up to me in church, saying he had a word from the Lord for me.  I know the life of this young man, and I know that he would not do such a thing on his own, that God moved him strongly.  He said, "The Lord wants you to know that He will restore the years the locusts have devoured."

I started weapin!!  These years that my loved one has been away from God have seemed such a waste to me, but now I have a promise that those years will be restored, and I believe what God promises, He will do!

This morning I came across Joel 2:25.  It says, ""So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you."

A friend who prays for her prodigal and mine, wrote the following:  "When things look so bad or impossible, Lord, help me to realize that it may be You're gonna use those very things that look so grim, for Your glory!  Give me faith that the 'ugly' is going (sic) be turned into spiritual beauty for the furtherance of the Gospel!!  Those dark, almost unbearable moments, can be used for life changing testimonies!  What satan meant for evil, hurt & pain; what he meant for defeat:  YOU can take those very things & transform them into soul winning tools for Your glory!  I pray, be glorified through every evil plot & scheme satan has devised, and put him to an OPEN shame, that YOU may be glorified -- In Jesus' Name!  'The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:  I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.' John 10:10"

God will use these experiences to reach the lost.  My prodigal will be able to reach people you or I might not be able to reach because of experiences. 

God will indeed restore the years the locust devoured!!

Praise the Holy Name of the LORD!
 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

This promise stands on its own!


"Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.  Lord, hear my voice:  let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.  If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?  But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be fearedI wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.   My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning:  I say, more than they that watch for the morning.  Let Israel hope in the LORD:  for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.  And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities."  (Psalm 130)          

Thursday, August 7, 2014

It's about to rain!!!


"And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,  And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea.  And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing.  And he said, Go again seven times.  And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand.  And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.  And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain." (1 Kings 18:42-45)


It's about to rain!!!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Even though I feel that BIG answers to BIG prayers are just over the horizon, I keep getting messages that we are not to give up!!  Here is a song to encourage!!  It is performed by Josh Wilson and is called "Pushing Back the Dark."




One million reasons why, you shouldn't even try.
After all you're just one heart, a single candle in the dark.
And there are shadows here, feeding on your fears,
That you don't have what it takes - who are you to make a change?

But oh, oh, don't underestimate the God you follow.

Whatever you do, just don't look back.
Oh somebody needs the light you have.
Whatever you do, just don't lose heart.
Keep on pushing back the dark,
Keep on pushing back the dark.

The city on a hill, it should be shining still.
Every sinner saved by grace, has a purpose, has a place
Inside the bigger plan, we might not understand.
But if we just keep walking on, we will see the Kingdom come, yeah.

Whatever you do, just don't look back.
Oh somebody needs the light you have.
Whatever you do, just don't lose heart.
Keep on pushing back the dark,
Keep on pushing back the dark.

(Let your lights all shine...)
Oh, oh, don't underestimate the God you follow.
He is the light that burns inside your soul,
So keep on shining 'til the whole world knows.

Whatever you do, just don't look back.
Oh somebody needs the light you have.
Whatever you do, just don't lose heart.
Keep on pushing back the dark,
Just keep on pushing back the dark, dark.

Whatever you do, just don't look back.
Cause somebody needs the light you have.
Whatever you do, just don't lose heart.
Keep on pushing back the dark,
Keep on pushing back the dark, yeah

(Let your lights all shine)
When you feel like you're too small
(Let your lights all shine)
To do any good at all
(Let your lights all shine)
Like a sunrise through the window
(Let your lights all shine)
Like a symphony crescendo
(Let your lights all shine)
We are waking up again, we are rising from the dead
(Let your lights all shine)
We are shining like the stars, we are pushing back the dark
(Let your lights all shine)
Yeah, we are pushing back, pushing back the dark
(Let your lights all shine)
We are pushing back, we are pushing back, pushing back the dark
(Let your lights all shine)
Just pushing back, we are pushing back, pushing back the dark
(Let your lights all shine)


Monday, June 30, 2014

Saturday, June 21, 2014

I hear a stirring in the tops of the mulberry trees!!!

A major breakthrough is coming!!!

I think the LORD is trying to prepare me for a major breakthrough!!

Kay Collins posted this on my Facebook page:  "I’ve almost learned to get encouraged through discouraging circumstances because it seems major setbacks always come just before major breakthrough." -- Jentezen Franklin

Then this morning, I read these two passages of scripture:  "And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.  And when David enquired of the LORD, he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees.  And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself:  for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.  And David did so, as the LORD had commanded him; and smote the Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gazer.  (2 Samuel 5:22-25)

And. . .  "Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever.  I called upon the LORD in distress:  the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.  The LORD is on my side; I will not fear:  what can man do unto me?  The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.  It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.  It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.  All nations compassed me about:  but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them.  They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about:  but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.   (Psalm 118:4-11)

Several years ago, the LORD told me to withdraw my hand and to stop trying to be God in the life of a prodigal.  I obeyed, as far as I know. 

Then a couple of months ago, the LORD gave me three words, which are on my refrigerator:  PREPARE, OBEDIENCE, VESSEL.  So, I have been preparing for the promises of the LORD to come to pass.  I am working on obedience (I can be quite stubborn, but the LORD is merciful --  see the Psalm above).  I have been praying to be used as a vessel, praying that I would be the answer to someone's prayer for their prodigal and praying that God would use me in the life of mine in any way He wants, or not at all, if that is what is needed. 

I believe this all fits with the two verses above.  First, David was given a kind of passive action:  don't go up, but put yourself in a certain position, and when you see the stirring, then stir yourself!!  Well, I am trying to put myself in a certain position, and I can sense the stirring of the Spirit!!  There has been a major setback, but I believe it is the setback before the victory!!!!  The setback does not change the promise one iota!!! 

Then I came to the Psalm.  It also tells me that I have to do something to secure victory!!  I know there is praying and fasting to be done, and I am asking God to help me be ready and sensitive to His voice and bold in my obedience when the time comes and every day!!  The battle is here!!

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is wait, but it is an active waiting, a time of preparing.  I want to be ready when the stirring comes in the tops of the mulberry trees, because then, the LORD is going before me, to smite my enemies!!!  Praise the Name of the LORD!!!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Jehovah Sabaoth, Commander of the Armies of heaven, is God of the house of Winkelman!

1 Samuel 17:45-47 tells what David said to Goliath; it says, “Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield:  but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.  This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.  And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands.”  When I read this scripture, a thought came to me from verse 45:  “He is the LORD of hosts, the God of the house of Winkelman!”  Stop right now and write your last name in the blank:  “The Lord of hosts, the God of the house of (___________)!!   WOOHOO!!  Praise Him!!!  Declare Him to be LORD of your home!!  As for us and our house, we will serve the LORD!!  (Joshua 24:15)