A Little Persecution

A garland of grace and a crown of beauty. Proverbs 4:9

Over the last several months, the Lord has spoken to me “I need you to be ready for persecution, my church can no longer stay comfortable and complacent in this country. I have said in my word that my church will be persecuted”.

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And I probably said out loud “well, thats a little much, God…” and He went on to explain “persecution doesn’t always look the same way, Sara. I’m not talking about everyone gearing up to be murdered based on their devotion to me, but yes, that is certainly happening across the earth. But I placed you here, in the United States for this time, and in this last generation; and a little persecution isn’t bad.

You, my church, HAS TO know who they are, what they believe, and what power they have been given! I chose you, I have equipped you! My champions of faith from the past would love to be in your shoes right now. They are cheering you on, so come on, be ready, and step out in persecution. My church wants change and miracles in their lives and in this nation, but yet they are not daring to believe or respond in the same way that those in extreme persecution across the earth do.

Seek me above all else, put on my armor, clothe yourself in Christ, stand in my anointing. You are to cultivate my kingdom culture at all costs. That is nothing to be afraid of. I haven’t assembled my church for this battle to lose. I have made a way, I have infused my Spirit into you and I have equipped you with my power, but you, church, have to do your part. Quit playing it safe or doing what is comfortable.”

Most people who know me know that I like to push myself and even draw others out of their comfort zones, too. Why? Because there is no growth in comfort. We cannot be who He created us to be staying comfortable and cultured to the world. Since graduating high school, I have pushed myself into the uncomfortable and I’m so glad I do.

This past week one of our Pastors said “we have to know what we believe, church, and be ready for persecution!” And I thought “oh my! There that word of persecution is again!” The title of that message that night was “Stop the Dishonor”. The whole message was centered around “where there is no honor, there is no love. Honor and love are one in the same, true love cannot be absent from honor.”

We see this by example in the unconditional love of the Father honoring us with the holiness of His son Jesus through His sacrificial death and resurrection for our sins.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

So what does persecution, honor, and love have to do with one another?

Persecution by definition is:

⁃ to be troubled persistently, a systematic mistreatment because of ones belief

⁃ to be pursued with hostility, harassment, or oppressive treatment

⁃ a program or campaign to EXTERMINATE, to drive away, or to SUBJUGATE people based on their beliefs

Subjugate by definition is:

⁃ to BRING UNDER complete control or subjection; to conquer; to master

⁃ to make submissive or subservient; to ENSLAVE

We know that the enemy, the god of this world and it’s culture, hates us. God’s word tells us that the enemy is far underneath our feet through our placement in Christ. We also know through God’s word that the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy us, but Christ came to defeat every evil work of the enemy and to bring us life even more abundantly than we can ask, think, or imagine.

Photo taken at a recent Sean Feucht revival

We have seen that the enemy’s mission and pursuit in this world it to persecute and subjugate us. His assignments are full of oppression to conquer and enslave us. He is even known as our accuser. He hates that we have been given everything that he ever wanted, but we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus. We have our advocate in Jesus himself who pleads our case and His Holy Spirit.

John 15:9-16:1 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.

I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.

I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.

You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. This is my command: Love each other.

If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first.

The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, [you may live in this world, but you are not of this world] so it hates you.

Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you.

They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the one who sent me….Anyone who hates me also hates my Father…. But I will send you THE Advocate—the Holy Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me.

And you must also testify about me. I have told you these things so that you will not abandon your faith.”

God is calling us to not abandon our faith. Scripture tells us that we are to stand out differently than the world, even in the face of being hated by it, persecuted for our beliefs in what God has said. To be a light in the darkness. To be salt in the earth preserving His way, His culture.

If we are christians, then we are believers. If we are believers, what do we believe? Do we just believe in the person of Jesus or do we believe in the fullness of who Jesus is?

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Scripture tells us that Jesus is the very word of God from the beginning that became flesh for us. God created everything through Him in the beginning.

The Word gave LIFE to everything that was created and HIS LIFE brought light to everyone. That light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

So what could me getting out of my comfort zone and allowing the possibility of being persecuted look like in my life?

⁃ allowing myself to look, think, act, speak, and respond differently than the people around me.

⁃ allowing myself to be given empty, confused or even annoyed looks by my words of faith

⁃ Responding with words (God’s word) that isn’t the same as what others are saying or expecting

⁃ Losing popularity or social “likes”, “comments”, or even any interactions from friends and family.

⁃ Being called names and spoken to with hatred and dishonor from acquaintances and strangers for my belief in what THE WORD says.

1 peter 2: 9-10 “You are chosen by God, chosen for a higher calling, CHOSEN to be a HOLY people, Gods instruments to do his work and speak out for Him to tell others of the difference He made for you from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.

But because we live in this world, we can think of being God’s instruments in a negative way because we know how people today, the world’s culture, handles instruments.. Use, Use, Use without honor or care, but scripture shows us that God cherishes and honors us, His treasured instruments.”

2 Timothy 2:20-22 “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor.

When you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be full of God’s glory [presence, power, and goodness], and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.

Run from temptations that capture young people. Always pursue to do the right thing by being faithful, loving, and easy to get along with. Worship with people whose hearts are pure.”

What about when people say “why do you think you are holier than me”. “Oh Sara thinks she is just so holy” That’s okay! I hate when that happens, too. The enemy knows we don’t like it, but it’s just a little persecution to try to make us walk out of our place. Remember persecution is systematic in nature. We can know what he is doing and continue to stand our ground.

And if you are thinking well.. im not “holy” to the world’s eyes, i haven’t been pure or made all the right choices in my life. The good news is that’s okay too!

Why would the world get to define holy when the world is NOT holy? The world doesn’t know how to define holy… but God does because He is holy.

In the New Testament, the word for holy is “hagios” which means:

⁃ set apart

⁃ sacred

⁃ separate

⁃ worthy

That means we aren’t defined holy by our actions, we are defined as holy by someone else’s action: God’s! He sets us apart, He makes us sacred, He separates us from the world, He considers us worthy!

We read 1 Peter 2:9 that God calls us His Holy people and Deut 7: 6 also says:

“For you are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God. Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.

Treasure by definition is:

⁃ wealth stored up

⁃ something of great worth or value

⁃ esteemed as rare and precious

Once we swallow and receive what that even means for us to be His, God’s treasure, we can trust and know God on a deeper level.

1 Peter 1:1-2 “I am writing to God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners [set apart- separated-different from the culture of that land]. God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and HIS SPIRIT HAS MADE YOU HOLY; therefore you have chosen to obey Him because you have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.”

God considers us worthy! We are so worthy that He sent us His own son to die for our sins! There is no greater love or honor than that! Can we choose to stand for God and be persecuted by the world!?

Hebrews 13:11-16 “Just like in the old covenant, the high priest killed the animal sacrifices outside of the “holy place” before presenting the sin offering to God. So Jesus also became our sacrifice, He suffered and died for us OUTSIDE of the “holy gate” TO MAKE HIS PEOPLE HOLY, TO SANCTIFY them through His own blood.

So we, too, must go [where?] to Him OUTSIDE of the city [outside of the comfortable culture] and endure the insults he endured, bearing the disgrace He bore.

For this city [world] is not our permanent home; we seek the world that is to come.

Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name [ready for persecution].

And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.

1 Thes 5:23-24 “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, make you holy in every way; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. God will make this happen, for He who calls you is faithful.

Are you thinking, but I still just dont feel holy or precious or worthy. I have taken on the appearance of the world’s culture. Im not set apart from the world, I look just like it…

God loves us so much that He has said when we come to Him, He transforms us, He refines us.

Malachi 3:3 “He will [sift] like a refiner of silver, burning away the dross. He will purify them, refining them like gold and silver, so that they may once again offer acceptable sacrifices to the LORD.”

Romans 12:1-2 “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.Do not conform to the culture of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Do not conform to the culture of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Standing with you in love, Sara

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

A garland of grace and a crown of beauty. Proverbs 4:9

But thank God! He has made us His captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now He uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by who are perishing. 2 Corinthians 2:14-15

Prayers are our powerful weapon and we know that they also attract opposition. I think of it like this, you are at a picnic and you have something to eat, the sweeter the better. What happens? Ants and flies start coming to your picnic. The Bible tells us that our offering of praise and prayer is like a sweet aroma. The enemy and his team smell (sense) it and they want to ruin the offering. They want to contend, take over what is yours and change the outcome of what is happening! 

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Our role is simply to keep wood in the offering and God tends to the fire. Our wood is actually our words and our actions. There is something so freeing when we understand how easy God has made it for us to bring Heaven on earth. We just have to keep wood in the fire, we don’t have to get the fire started. His glory sets fire to our offering, but He needs our wood. He needs our partnership with Jesus for chains to break, walls to come down, and light to keep penetrating the darkness everywhere!

God will do this, for He is faithful to do what He says, and He has invited you into partnership with His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9

Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to His name. Hebrews 13:15

At the end of last year, our church received the prophetic word of being ready to contend this year.  Our Pastor shared God is calling the church to attention to contend in the season of life the world is in and will be entering into. To contend for the glory, grace, and salvation of God on the earth as it is in Heaven.

With everything that is going on in the world, riots and hatred, elections and political unrest, masks and shots regulations, and then especially the continued news of sex trafficking coming to light in such greater ways it can be overwhelming at times for me. I can literally get so nauseous and heavy with the wrapping my head around how horrible all of this is with children as little as infants! Sex trafficking hasn’t been a shock for me, the Lord actually started giving it to me as a prayer burden off and on for the last 10 years. I remember where I was driving, when the Lord first laid that and the darkness of Hollywood/ culture on my heart to pray for light to penetrate the darkness going on there and throughout the world. Honestly, I had “no reason” to pray this, “I didn’t know anything” other then little things. I remember a major tv station aired a show centered around Lucifer and then the reality of the movie Taken with Liam Neeson. I was obedient to pray for light to flood Hollywood and the music industries and I was obedient to pray for rescues in sex trafficking. I had no idea, nor could I have even imagined that these two prayers were connected hand-in-hand the way they are!

Over the last 10 years when God would lay this prayer assignment on my heart, I would fight for rescuing children in sex trafficking awake and even in my nightmares. Recently, I had another nightmare and I woke up declaring “tear the curtain down”! I continued saying it the rest of the morning. It made me think of how God tore the veil separating darkness (humans) from His light (presence) in His temple when Jesus’s work was finished on the cross and from that point forward nothing had to separate us from coming into His presence. All humanity was given the possibility for His salvation through Him tearing that veil down. He is the one who tore it!

And you are living stones that God is building into His spiritual temple. What’s more, you are His holy priests. Through the meditation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices….You are a chosen people, royal and holy, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:5, 9

So the curtain I was commanding to be torn down in my nightmare is similar but also opposite. The veil of God separated God’s light and presence from all of humanity to PROTECT us, but this curtain HIDES evil acts of darkness from being seen from all of humanity FOR DESTRUCTION.

The difference is what’s behind the curtain, one is good, God’s glory; the other is dark and ugly. When we draw our strength from God, we can continue to be His army that is advancing toward a greater multitude of healed people ready for the rapture. God has a victorious plan and we cannot afford to abort His plans or our prayer missions because it doesn’t fit into our comfortable life’s concepts. We have the power of God to tear this disgusting curtain down and the grace to CONTEND and expose the enemy’s work through our greatest weapon: prayer.

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This year we are seeing these prayers bearing fruit, this fruit is good, but it’s incredibly hard to look at. Now that we are seeing light penetrating and exposing the darkness of sex trafficking in the world’s “icons”, it’s uncomfortable, but we shouldn’t be shocked. Scriptures tell us that satan became the little god of this world when he contended with Adam for control on the earth. Adam gave it away, He didn’t contend at all. 

Maybe he got comfortable with everything, too complacent to even realize that his place was being challenged. Too often we see Eve as the reason for the fall of humanity, but in reality Adam should have stood guard and commanded the snake out of the garden as soon as it began to speak. He entertained that the snake wasn’t “that bad” and he entertained what the snake was saying. 

We can feel helpless when we want to physically go save every child from this but the reality is our power is more powerful and efficient than each of us physically going to save every child. Our power is the truth that when we pray, the power of the Holy Spirit and heaven’s armies go on assignment retrieving every child and stopping every evil hand one by one. How? Supernaturally through people and angels in place who have the authority to physically tear the curtains down! God has His people in place, but we need to continue to pray that each of us are “awake”, not distracted!

We absolutely have to learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable! Too long has the church sat back in comfort only doing what feels comfortable and that directly affects our own household. It’s time to contend for God’s church, the body of Christ, to contend with His strength and to pray out His word for the assignment He gave us for Heaven on Earth.

I started to research what “to contend” means. To Contend can be defined as: To engage in a competition; to challenge another in order to win or to achieve something valued. To wage war and to go head-to-head with someone to MAINTAIN YOUR POSITION.

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Be strong through and in the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus… Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others. Join with me in [CONTENDING] as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. Soldiers don’t get tied up (caught) in the affairs of civilian life because then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them. 2 Timothy 2:1-4

We were created to contend for His kingdom! Our fight is the fight of faith in this world. We have to know how to fight and what to fight with. We fight with THE WORD. God’s word has His own faith contained inside of it. When we speak and pray His word, His own faith is carried in that word and released. So even when we don’t feel like it, be confident His word is working.  Even when we are struggling to attach our own faith with it, there is still power at work. That’s how good God is! Our prayers don’t have to be long and detailed, there are times where we can just pray a word like “grace”. “Grace be there, God. I command and send your grace (your ability) there in that situation”.

So we are Christ’s ambassador; God is making His appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead… Today is the day of salvation (delivered from all evil)!… We faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in our right hand for ATTACK and then in the left hand for DEFENSE. We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us imposters. We are ignored even though we are all well known. We live close to death, but we are still alive.” 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:9.

Here are my instructions for you based on the prophetic words spoken about you earlier. May they help you fight well in the Lord’s battles. Cling to your faith in Christ and keep your conscience clear. 1 Timothy 1:18-19

For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. 1 John 4:5

So we need to stay sensitive to the Spirit of God because God assures us that where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty and freedom 2 Corinthians 3:17

Liberty is defined as: the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life; the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved.

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God is a consuming fire. When we use our God given authority we send His Spirit  and everyone and everything will be affected and transformed by Him BECAUSE GOD IS THE GREATER INFLUENCE!! That’s why He is described as a fire! A fire transforms whatever is burning. A chemical transformation. That’s truth, it doesn’t matter if you don’t believe it. Disbelief doesn’t stop His power. Your unbelief can hinder the timing, but your unbelief is not greater than His love and will for bringing His Kingdom of Heaven on earth. 

Let’s contend TOGETHER in unity by humbling ourselves to who we declare is our Lord for our nation and across this world. Our Pastor recently said, “ if the Lord is not your Lord, then He isn’t your savior”. Wow! Read that again!

May God who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6

Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion [us-the Lord’s servants] for great is the Holy One of Israel among you. Isaiah 12:6

Standing with you in love and prayers, Sara

Uncharted Territory

A Garland of Grace and a Crown of Beauty. Proverbs 4:9

While reading last week, I heard so strongly that the Lord said to write this down for our nation. Speak it over my people, my word carries my own faith and ability in it. So to the United States of America: From Isaiah 41

“Listen in silence before me, you lands beyond the sea (enemy’s camps). Bring your strongest arguments. Come now and speak. The court is ready for your case.

Who has stirred up this king from the east (our leadership), rightly calling him to God’s service? Who gives this man (our leadership) VICTORY OVER MANY nations and permits him to TRAMPLE those nations’ kings underfoot?

With his sword (God’s word spoken like spears out of our mouths), he reduces enemy armies to dust. With his bow, he scatters them like chaff before the wind. He chases them away and goes on safely, EVEN THOUGH HE IS WALKING OVER UNFAMILIAR GROUND (uncharted territory- never been through this before).

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It is I, The Lord, the first and the last. I alone am He.

Who has done such mighty deeds, choosing and appointing EACH new generation from the beginning of time (what an honor that is us!)

Your enemy watches in fear, they tremble and mobilize for war. The idol makers encourage each other to be strong and carefully join together to TRY to destroy my people.”

We know from other scriptures all throughout the Bible- there is a war going on spiritually day and night.. Ephesians 6:12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

“BUT AS FOR YOU, my chosen ones, I have called you back from the ends of the earth telling you that YOU are my servant. (prodigal sons and daughter and all kinds of rescue stories are coming in left and right)

I have CHOSEN YOU and I will not throw you away. DO NOT BE AFRAID, for I AM WITH YOU. DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED for I AM YOUR GOD.

I WILL strengthen you and help you. I WILL hold you up with my victorious right hand.

See all your angry enemies lie there CONFUSED and HUMILIATED! Anyone who opposes you WILL DIE and anything that attacks you will come to NOTHING! For I hold you by your RIGHT hand, I the Lord, your God!

Can we pause for a moment and envision this. His word tells us that He holds my right hand here, right! So to really grasp this, stick your right hand out in front of you like He is reaching for your hand.

Now, we also know in His word that He has told us our position in Christ is at His right side and…… Psalm 63:8 tells us His right hand upholds us! So how exactly can that be, right? If He is on my left and his right hand holds my left hand but yet he holds my right hand too. What does that look like?!

Well if you have your right hand out still and now you stick your left hand out… He is holding both hands; therefore, who is in front of me? HE IS!! He positions Himself in front of us so that we can just look up and turn our eyes on Him alone! Wow!!!

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So to finish vs 13, “God says again, don’t be afraid. I am here to help you… I am the Lord YOUR REDEEMER, the Holy one. You will be a NEW threshing instrument with many sharp teeth…”

2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us, This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a NEW person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

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Many sharp teeth to me references new power! A greater grace and anointing.

Vs 18 picks up with, “I will open up rivers on the high plateaus, I will give them fountains of water in the valleys. I will fill the dessert with pools if water. Rivers fed by springs (Jesus) will flow across the parched ground. I will plant trees (us) in the barren desert (determination)… i am doing this so that all who see this miracle will understand what it means—-that it is the Lord who has done this, the Holy One who created it.”

“Present the case of your idols”, says the Lord. (Anything that has taken the place of God in your lives) “Let them show what they can do,” says the King of Israel (to anyone that is in opposition to the truth).

“Let them try to tell us what happened long ago so that we may consider the evidence. Or let them tell us what the future holds, so we can know whats going to happen (fake news and biased predictions). Yes, tell us what will occur in the days ahead. Then we will know that you are gods.” I can’t not laugh here at the losing enemy!!

“In fact, do anything—good or bad! Do something that will amaze and frighten us. But no! You are less than nothing and can do nothing at all (to the enemy and his army and followers). THOSE WHO CHOOSE YOU POLLUTE THEMSELVES.

But I have stirred up a leader (president, leaders, you). I have called him by name. I WILL GIVE HIM VICTORY over kings and princes (upper, powerful class, and even spiritually speaking who is against you.) He will trample them as a potter treads on clay!

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Who told you from the beginning this would happen? Who predicted this, making you admit that He (God himself) was right? No one said a word.

I was the first to tell Zion (God’s church), ‘LOOK! HELP IS ON THE WAY! I will send a messenger with good news (Jesus, the Holy Spirit, His body).

Not one of your idols told you this. Not one gave you any answer when I asked. See, they are all foolish, worthless things. All of those idols are as empty as the wind itself.”

Wow! Every time I read this scripture now, I just know God is showing us something here to come! This was a prophecy for God’s people. Prophecies are continuous and never ending! That means we get to grab ahold of this for our present time! Why? Because He said so! We are believers, so we believe The Word of God!

This scripture shouldn’t be taken hard. God knows all of us struggle at times with placing our trust and attention on worldly things: idols instead of Him. But God pours out His unconditional love, mercy, and grace daily for us to make the right decision and walk with Him. Partnering with Him in Christ to bring Heaven and His kingdom here on earth!

We don’t give up after days, weeks, months, or even years of hardships. We keep coming to Him with expectation and we keep saying WHAT HE SAYS, not what the world says. That means at home, at work, with family, with friends, anywhere.

We don’t join in with talk of complaining and predicting that the days ahead will be horrible like the news and worldly culture says. We smile with joy on the inside knowing that we will taste and see the goodness of God in the land of the living just as He told us to in scripture! Our days will grow brighter because He loves His church!

Be considered foolish in other’s eyes because in God’s eyes you are the ones who are wise. You are the ones who bring Heaven on earth, not them. They get to enjoy and see the miraculous unfolding because of your “foolishness”.

What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Romans 8:31

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

The bolded parts are the last parts added in 1954. Capital “N” and “under God” speaks volumes for what our country is destined to be! The enemy hates that we use our word to remind him of who we are as a country. This is why the enemy has been workin so hard to divide this nation from the beginning. But we know we can have the victory! Let’s say what God says and agree with what His word says in all things- especially this year!

Sending my love, Sara

Self Preservation: A False Sense of Security

A garland of grace and a crown of beauty. Proverbs 4:9

If fear is anywhere in our decisions, than we need to back up and give the situation to the Lord. What does His word say. I know there isn’t anything about a mandatory mask or vaccination, BUT His Spirit accompanies His word and His word brings about truth. When we see things with BOTH SETS of eyes, we can make the right decision.

From His word we do know that God is love. God’s love offers choices even when the right choice may not be made by the ones He loves. Fear causes us to not see or think clearly because fear isolates our decisions to our natural eyes and our natural wisdom. Even as believers, we can be fooled into thinking we are making decisions with wisdom, but who’s wisdom?

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a person, but it leads to a dead end.

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The enemy is crafty and likes to fool us with false wisdom. The enemy also loves to pressure and conform us to his way that just seems so right to us.

I wear a mask at certain times when i feel like God leads me to- mainly it’s only while at work because I am within a foot of people’s mouths (I am a dental hygienist). I actually wear 2 masks: a version of N95 (because it’s still hard for us to find the actual N95s) and then a regular one over that. And in no way do I want to bully or shame or force by law to make people wear a mask for multiple reasons that I don’t need to get into here.

God is never playing catch up, even though we go through seasons of hardship like disease, God has already established everything we need. He is even guiding doctors and scientists with them not even realizing it, but we need to pray that His answers are the ones that are executed, not the voice of scared people or the wolves or the pretenders.

John 10:11-13 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep.

Why do people die then? We hear about death rates with this virus. Yes, we do and it is heartbreaking, but again how many people have died from other infections we don’t “understand yet”. The world is full of infectious diseases that the medical field just doesn’t fully understand yet. It’s horrible to watch family members or friends endure. God is not responsible for their death. God is all-knowing, God is all-present, and God is all-powerful, but He doesn’t puppet us. Everything that happens is not because He chose it to happen.

Even if I died today that doesn’t disprove God’s faithfulness or His word. There are many factors like: are we surrounding ourselves with the word of God that He gave us or are we just wishing God will protect us. Are we supporting our immune systems or are we tearing them down because that’s just the culture we live in. Is our lifestyle based on what I like because that’s what our culture has taught me to do- i like what I like, I like what’s easy, I like what I’m used to, and I like what I understand.

Listening to and following the news or even social media and others opinions has the ability to form our thoughts and dictate our peace. Our peace has nothing to do with what’s going on around us. A false sense of security comes from what others say, especially those who hold honorable positions and have been respected by the world or even by the church.

The only one who can give us true protection is God. He is our protector, our redeemer, our shepherd. He stands by us. He probably kneels beside us because that’s the kind of Father He is. Jesus did with the woman facing death by stoning, He knelt down so that she could see that He was with her. He wants you to know He is with you. He wants you to come to the table that He has prepared for you each and every day. What does He have for you today?

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Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you, Lord, are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever
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Self preservation is all about ourselves and there is no room for God to step in. This nation is praying for God’s protection 1 minute then turning around and pushing for a back-up plan without Him the next minute. I say “without Him” because do the recommendations and mandates that have come out go with what God’s word says? There is no condemnation here, I just want us all to bring our thinking to Him and let His word expose the truth because I hear many family and friends hurting and saying “I don’t know what to do”. I am not going to try to tell anyone what to do. I will share what I brought to the Lord and what He shared with me. What He tells me to do may not be what He tells you to do.

Hebrews 10:25 We should not stop gathering together with other believers, as some of you are doing. Instead, we must continue to encourage each other even more as we see the day of the Lord coming.

Psalm 34:1-18 I will always thank the Lord; I will never stop praising him. I will praise him for what he has done; may all who are oppressed listen and be glad! Proclaim with me the Lord’s greatness; let us praise his name together!

I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me; he freed me from all my fears. The oppressed look to him and are glad; they will never be disappointed. The helpless call to him, and he answers; he saves them from all their troubles. His angel guards those who honor the Lord and rescues them from danger. Find out for yourself how good the Lord is.

Happy are those who find safety with him. Honor the Lord, all his people; those who obey him have all they need. Even lions go hungry for lack of food, but those who obey the Lord lack nothing good. Come, my young friends, and listen to me, and I will teach you to honor the Lord.

Would you like to enjoy life? Do you want long life and happiness? Then keep from speaking evil and from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good; strive for peace with all your heart. The Lord watches over the righteous and listens to their cries; but he opposes those who do evil, so that when they die, they are soon forgotten. The righteous call to the Lord, and he listens; he rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who are discouraged; he saves those who have lost all hope

I don’t want to get to Heaven and Him say, “I am so proud of you for being the love and light in the world with the best of your ability, but why didn’t you do it with the best of my ability”. I don’t want Him to say, “but you could have still come to my house in my name… you could have still used my weapon of praise through singing the enemy’s attacks out of your midst… you could have saved multitudes where I needed you, but you chose to do it in your own safety.” I don’t want to get Heaven and realize “oh man, you mean I could have done that!?”

Matthew 16: 13-19 “Who do the people say I am?”…“But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon, because MY FATHER IN HEAVEN HAS REVEALED THIS TO YOU. YOU DID NOT LEARN THIS FROM ANY HUMAN BEING. Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”

The best decision we can make is the one that comes from Him and Him alone. If your knowledge of other’s circumstances accompany your question, your decision will not be based on what He reveals to you. It will be hard to sift what you have heard and think away from what He has said.

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If I’m choosing to be in places with other people and I have more peace being around them than I have peace being in His house, with His church for His mission and purpose, why is that? If you are getting offended at this point, please don’t! Offense is the bait of satan. I’m just sharing with you what conversations God and myself have had.

If He told me that He assembled His church upon the very foundation of Jesus and the gates of hell cannot prevail against His church, then why am I not going to go to the source of His life for my life? Why am I not going to the source of His life for my assignment in others lives?

Psalm 150 Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven! Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness! Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the lyre and harp! Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes! Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals. Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!

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If He put HIS breath in my lungs, how can I preserve my breath from singing in His house? If He is who He says He is, why am I keeping my family from Him? Why am I showing my children that God cant protect us in His own church? Why am I coming to church, but Im not bring my own children to church? Why am I worried when God tells me not to fear? Why am I trying to save my life, when God already saved it?

Matthew 16:25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord.

God is the vindicator of His name and for His church.

Ephesians 1:18-23 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is FAR ABOVE any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made Christ head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.

Again, I am not trying to tell anyone what to do, my heart and prayer is for His people to walk fully in the plans He needs you for! So if He reveals to you what He revealed to me, ask Him how and only Him. There is no safer place to be than where He has told you to be and doing what He has instructed you to do. Wear a mask where He tells you to. Get a vaccine when He tells you to. Go to church when He tells you to. But don’t do what others tell you to.

Your honor for His word needs to be far above your honor for what others say. Pray for your leaders—in your family, your work, your church, your city, your school district, your state, your country, and the world. God has changed the minds of vast nations and armies many, many times before and He can do it again with us. His culture, His way.

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All my love, Sara

Don’t tell me what to do

A garland of grace and a crown of beauty. Proverbs 4:9

“Don’t tell me what to do”… “Don’t preach at me”… “I am not your child”

How many of us have loved ones say these phrases to us when we are sharing God’s word with those who we love are hurting? They don’t think they are hurting. They don’t want anyone helping them.

They may even come to you, but just want to unload and “get stuff off their chest” and “just listen” they ask. Yes, we need to listen because God is an incredible listener and since we have been grafted into His body in Christ, we have that gift to listen too, but we also are called to encourage and help others up.

When the venting is over, what does God do with you? Some of us may think He just sits there quietly, smiling blankly without any wisdom and we “leave the room” the same way we came in.

Letting our frustrations and anger and sorrow out to God is good as long as we don’t leave His presence the same way we came into it. I’ve heard Pastor Bill Johnson say something like, if you leave God’s presence the same way you entered, then all you’ve done is whine and complain, but if you allowed God’s Spirit to transform you so that when you are done you leave in a better state of heart and mind.

I love that! Such a great perspective for not only our time with God alone, but also in our times with those God placed in our lives to be His vessel of wisdom. When someone you love, respect, and honor listens and then shares what’s on their hearts in encouragement and truth- why would we respond with phrases like “Don’t tell me what to do”, “Don’t preach at me”, or “I’m not your kid (unless you are their kid-haha!)”.

Blinded by pride… self wisdom… worldly culture… lack of honor… See, God tells us in the Bible, that we are all slaves/servants to something or someone. We all have the choice to serve God and ultimately be free… or to serve the devil through serving ourselves and ultimately be in chains.

The culture of the world- what we feel and see- is opposite than the culture of God and His kingdom. Here, we think we are free when we think, say, and do anything we want to, but we aren’t… we can be fooled into thinking we can demonstrate that we are believers and that we do the things we do out of love, but if those things don’t mirror God, than what are we demonstrating? What are we tied to? We are chained to the things we think, say, and do…So the question is what is at the end of that chain?

As believers, we are slaves or servants to God. We sacrifice our flesh in what our flesh wants to think, say, or do to the Holy Spirit of God. Jesus lived by this example. He only said and did what the Father said to say and do. When Jesus battled thoughts, he sacrificed himself to God’s word and prayer to “come out” transformed and better than He had came in.

Our flesh doesn’t like admitting we need help. Our flesh likes bitterness and anger and justification in being hurt. Our flesh likes slandering others and raising our thoughts over others. Our flesh doesn’t like someone using divine authority trying to help us. Our flesh doesn’t like being transformed, why? Because of what’s at the end of those chains. The enemy wants to be your anchor because that’s how he has power.

But God wants to be your anchor because that’s how He gives YOU HIS POWER.

Whatever you are going through, let God “tell you what to do” and “preach at you” because you are His kid! He identifies you as HIS OWN CHILD – the one He loves.

He wants to see you transformed so that you can transform the world!

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Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling for you have been called by God.

Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.

Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.

For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of His body, the church.

And “don’t sin by letting anger control you”. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4: 1-4,15, 26, 29, 31-32

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Sending my love, Sara

Invading the Enemy’s Camp

A Garland of Grace and A Crown of Beauty. Proverbs 4:9

A couple of months ago, I shared a blog titled “Rise Up” and it came from a sentence God highlighted to me in prayer. “Let’s COMMAND confusion in the enemy’s camp!”

The Lord showed me the story of David defeating Goliath and how David rose up from the inside out because he knew whose servant He was! He knew they were more than just Saul’s servants as Goliath had identified them.

The people forgot who they were and whose they were. Saul was the king and technically they were Saul’s servants, but Saul got his authority from God. They, along with Saul, were God’s servants. But they saw Saul daily because, well, he was their king in the natural realm. This can happen to us so easily. If we focus on what we see daily from our mayors, our governors, our president, etc through the news, we form what “camp” we are in.

We can think we are in the enemy’s camp from where we stand because we see all the threats, injustice, and fear instead of where our actual spiritual feet are-in God’s kingdom. I can stand on my land and look so far out because I live on a hill that I can see things that are not the same as where I am standing.

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That’s the same with us as believers, we stand far above and we can see far in front of us, but these weapons cannot destroy us. The enemy has no authority to step foot on our ground, but we can “take ourselves” to his operating ground. We know that God stands over us and surrounds us. God placed us in Christ’s body, He seated us right beside Him.

If I watch a scary battle scene in a 3D movie with physical sensory stimulations like the ride “Soarin” at WDW, I don’t have to be afraid that I’m going to be hurt, right? If we are spiritually seated in Christ, in God’s kingdom, as our physical feet walk upon this physical earth, we are going to see and feel things that frighten us. God says over and over and over again and will lovingly continue to because He knows we need the encouragement to “take heart” and to “not fear” because if “God is for us, than who can remain standing against us!”.

Elisha saw the enemy camp all around him, but he didn’t fear because he knew God would send confusion and defeat into the enemy’s camp. Elisha knew in his heart the truth that there were far more defending him and his servant than there were soldiers in the enemy’s camp. Christ sees the enemy’s camps, but Christ KNOWS where He stands/ sits. Even David knew the philistine’s enemy camp had no place being there, tormenting God’s kingdom and that was before Jesus came. So do we know what camp we are in?

When God defeated Goliath through David, confusion broke out in the enemy’s camp because out of what seemingly was out of nowhere defeat became their reality! This was and is my prayer still! (Confusion in the enemy’s camp) …. But last night the Lord laid it on my heart to go even further in prayer! It’s time to go further, it’s time to pray for an invasion in the enemy’s camps!

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We can ADVANCE and TAKE GROUND, not just holding steady our victorious ground telling others to come to us, but reaching others and taking them OUT OF THE enemy’s camps. God told Adam and Eve to flourish and multiply, to occupy more and more land beyond what they had been given. Why? Why should we pray for invasions in the enemy’s camps? Because not only are there soon-to-be believers over there, but there are many believers stuck, blinded like a deer in headlights, and being puppeted into the enemy’s camps because they have become confused and fooled on which way to go.

What do I mean by that? Every single day, i hear and see where christians are using their platforms at work, in groups, on social media to voice their “incredible” and “justifiable” opinions on what they think and see. It could be easy for me to get frustrated and critical over why are they doing this?! They say they love Jesus and that they are christians, but their lives demonstrate something else entirely, BUT…. I would be falling into that very same trap that they fell into. Exalting my opinion and my frustration over what God says and what faith says.

My love for them has to continue to be greater than my opinion on the matter. My heart breaks because brother is turning against sister, father against daughter, friend against friend, a nation against itself- a civil war. There is this giant of “if you don’t stand with me in my opinion, than you are against me and you are wrong.” A battle for who is right. A battle for conformity. A war of opinion verse heart.

We have been given such a gift in the United States of America, under God, just like Adam and Eve had been given in the garden of Eden: freedom. God created them and loved them and gave them everything they needed, but He didn’t take away the choice to choose to honor, love, and trust Him by avoiding the one tree of death. God didn’t set that tree there to taunt them, it was there to show them right from wrong because otherwise what choice do they really have? Love is what offers freedom and choice. Unconditional love is OVER your freedom of speech and over your freedom to choose. When we try to exalt our freedom and justification over our love, can we really offer love?

Our Pastor displayed this concept beautifully recently. He said if someone is thirsty, how can I offer them water if my hand is not under the water itself. Try it. To be able to hand someone the water that I want to give them, I have to place my hand under what I want to give.

So if I want to change the world and make it better, can I do that if I exalt myself above everything? Can i offer wisdom if my hand isn’t under it? Can I offer peace if my hand isn’t under it? Can I offer love, hope, joy, restoration, etc if my hand isn’t under it? No, i have to humble myself and my own opinion and even my doubt to come under what God says to be able to give that to others. His word alone is what changes the world.

We do not conform to this world (where satan’s ways are the culture), we are to let God transform our ways to the culture of God by the continual renewal of our minds (humbling our opinions) SO THAT we can know God’s good will for us. Romans 12:2

We can’t honor God or offer any restoration without humbling ourselves. We use our freedom to say and do what God says, not what others say. This goes for everything going on in the world today: racism, disease, etc because ultimately all of it is a threat to our humanity and the culture God prepared a way for us to have.

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. Proverbs 14:12

There’s always going to be a way that looks right to the world and to your flesh/senses, but it’s a dead end. “Rise up”, as I have said before! Don’t be puppeted and fooled by the enemy and following false lights. If someone says “I’m for peace and justice”, but all his words to others is hatred, abusive, and degrading…that’s a false light. Just because it says something, doesn’t mean it really is that something.

I see it like this: many people have wandered down the wrong path. How? They came to the crossroads, but the enemy turned the arrow that pointed to the “wisdom” lane around to where it pointed to the “false wisdom” lane. It say’s it’s right, it looks right, it feels right, but it’s not right.

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The enemy knows we have a purpose united together. I see people passionate to fight for something that they can feel like they are making a difference in the world, that they are standing for something better, trying to make the wrongs right.

The passion for that is not the problem, in fact that vision and that internal desire is from God. We were created for a purpose that included fighting for something. That something is the culture of Heaven on earth full of unity, unconditional love, peace, forgiveness, honor, and yes-justice. We have forgotten our place, whose we are, who we are servants to, and ultimately what camp we are in. While I was in prayer and saw this invasion, I saw people rising up and out of the enemy’s camps! The enemies hands are tied in confusion and can’t stop this great awakening.

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Sharing our opinions have become our source of pride. Pride takes us into the enemy’s camp. Instead of magnifying what God is doing and what God is saying, we end up magnifying what the enemy is doing and saying. That pride and the power of using our voice to speak our opinions is really a much less use of power and the short end of the stick in comparison. The enemy’s power is actually INCOMPARABLE to the power of God. Satan is no match, not even a contender against our God and the power that God made available to us through using our voice speaking His word in our situations on the earth. God gave us power in our words and the enemy knows that; which is why the enemy tries to persuade the words that we speak.

I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions among you in the church. Rather, be of 1 mind, UNITED in THOUGHT and PURPOSE…. 1 Corinthians 1:10

We aren’t all in the body of Christ because we are united in everything we like and dislike, in our past or our present. We are called to stand guard to be united for our future, to transform our thoughts by God’s word, and to walk in our God assigned purpose. Too often, the gifts God gives us become spoiled with ourselves. We think our way and our “wisdom” is superior than others because it’s justifiable, makes sense, and sounds good.

1 Corinthians 1:18-31: [But] the message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! We, who are being saved, know it is the very power of God. As the scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.” So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, the world’s brilliant debaters?

God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. Since God in His wisdom saw to it that the world would never know Him through human wisdom, He has used our “foolish” preaching to save those who believe.

It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from Heaven. And it is foolish to the greeks, who seek human wisdom. So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are OFFENDED and the gentiles say it’s all NONSENSE.

But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the POWER of God and the WISDOM of God. This “foolish” plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.

Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy WHEN GOD CALLED YOU. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and USED THEM to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.

God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit, God made HIM to be WISDOM itself. Christ made us right with God; He made us pure and holy, and He freed us from sin. Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”

Is this not powerful and timely wisdom! Let’s take a step back and look at where we are. Are you in the enemy’s camp? If so, let’s go. You are called to rise up out of there. God came to rescue you from that place! Or are you in the right camp, but your focus is on the enemy’s camp, gripped with doubt and fear, saying what the enemy wants you to believe about your future? If so, wipe your eyes, be reminded of who you are and whose you are! Say what God says EVEN IF the world says it’s dumb and foolish, unlikely and impossible. Laugh and say “with my God all things are possible! I have what He says I have! I am who He says I am!” and stand up straighter with God’s confidence in you. Let’s go invade the enemy’s camps!!!!

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Much love, Sara

Do I need endo help?

A garland of grace and a crown of beauty. Proverbs 4:9

Approximately 40% of the US population suffers from various degrees of hypothyroidism. That means approximately over 132 million of us in the US have some form of low functioning thyroid issues. Many are suffering from such symptoms and don’t know what the cause is.

I have many patients who are on some form of medication like synthroid or hormonal medications because of their diagnosis’s.

The amazing thing about a diagnosis is the fact that the blood of Jesus OVERRIDES the diagnosis and REDEEMS our bodies! God has the final word, The Name of Jesus is above every name!

The severe form of hypothroidism becomes hashimotos which is an auto-immune disease where the body has become so out of balance that it attacks itself by restricting itself from producing the necessary thyroid hormones the body needs to function the way God created it to.

The thyroid gland is considered your energy gland which controls your body’s metabolism. The thyroid gland is essential to your endocrine system overall and is responsible for vital functions such as hormone balance, digestion, circulation, immune function, and emotions (like depression).

The endocrine system is a chemical messenger system full of feedback loops of the hormones released by our internal glands directly into our circulatory system, regulating the targeted organs affected.

The major endocrine glands are the thyroid and the adrenal glands. There are many other organs that are part of other body systems that actually have secondary endocrine functions, including bone, kidneys, liver, heart, skin, GI tract, and gonads.

The Endocrine System
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Our thyroid gland supports and balances our nervous system and the adrenal glands. I shared how I made my own adrenal support roller a couple weeks ago with friends on my personal page. If anyone is interested in this, let me know.

Our nervous system is highly complex and coordinates the necessary actions and sensory information by transmitting signals to and from different parts of the body. So the nervous system detects environmental changes that impact the body, then works in partnership with the endocrine system to respond to those environmental changes in the targeted areas in our bodies.

Our adrenals regulate our metabolism and control the release of hormones for blood pressure and stress. ADRENAL FATIGUE can really cause problems that negatively impact your daily life. In people with severely fatigued adrenals, the adrenal activity is so diminished that they may have difficulty getting out of bed for more than a few hours per day. With each increment of reduction in adrenal function, as they get more and more overworked, every organ and system in your body becomes more profoundly affected.

As I have mentioned before, the Limbic system is a set of structures in the brain that regulates our body’s homeostasis: ability to maintain internal stability (stay within healthy range). The Hypothalamus is the structure that is your control center which is responsible for so many VITAL responses in our bodies (endocrine system). The Hypothalamus tells the Pituitary Gland what to do, which is the main communicator throughout your whole body.

Endoflex is a Young Living powerful combination of Spearmint, Sage, Geranium, Myrtle, and Nutmeg. Personally, I apply it every morning to the thyroid area in my neck.

There are so many incredible testimonies of women and men who use Endoflex for thyroid, hormonal, and diabetic issues! This medicinal tool is powerful when accompanied with the right nutritional plan!

And if you don’t struggle with any of those issues, this is still a great oil for YOU especially if you are like me and have turned 35! Remember health and overall wellness is as much about preventative maintenance as it is a response to a diagnosis.

Don’t wait for cells, organs, and systems to start shutting down, let’s use the wisdom and tools God gives us in HIS WORD and plants to prevent issues. Our bodies were created by His hand and in His image, Jesus victoriously sacrificed His life for our bodies to be whole! Our bodies are the very temples for His Spirit to dwell in and from!

Real results for a real response from your body requires addressing the multi-faceted system as a whole and using oils that are 100% potent and bioavailable!

Please don’t take what I say and go buy essential oils from other companies. That is incredibly dangerous. Young living is the only company with the standards and foundation of a seed to seal promise with first distillation properties in each batch.

A friend shared this and it gave me such an incredible visual to really comprehend the depth of the Young Living promise.

1st compared to the 6th distillation of coffee grinds

Most of the essential oil companies sold to stores at best are a 6th distillation of essential oils from plants with added synthetic fillers! Would you like a 6th distillation of coffee or would you want to drink the best, from the 1st batch?

My heart is to help others find healing in ways that God may lead you to. Those ways may not be found in conventional, pharmaceuticals that are full of synthetic ingredients and more than likely side effects- instant or long term

I hope this information reaches anyone who needs it! If you want more information, please reach out to me.

Much love, Sara

What’s in your cup

A garland of grace and a crown of beauty. Proverbs 4:9

The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect me and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. MY CUP overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.

Alot of believers think this is the perfect funeral scripture, we did too until we actually studied it and allowed the Lord to shed light on the power of this scripture. Scriptures cannot always just be taken face value- in fact the same is true for Godly wisdom and instructions. Why not? There is hidden revelations/treasures in them. God said the world cannot understand the kingdom of Heaven. God said that we, his children, have been given a greater understanding of things that are true and full of light.

Jesus’s disciples came and asked him, “Why do you use parables when you talk to the people?” Jesus replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the kingdom of Heaven but others are not. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. That is why I use these parables, For they look, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand…. but blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears because they hear.” Matthew 13:10-13,16

So I have read Psalm 23 who knows how many times, right because it’s one of my favorites, but as I was reading in another book, Paul’s System of Truth, I came across something that gave me an even deeper understanding of Psalm23.

“When Jesus said, ‘Let this cup pass from me’ in Matthew 26:39, He knew that the CUP of God’s wrath and anger against sin was now filled and He was to drink it until it was totally empty.” -Paul’s System of Truth

After reading that part, I immediately thought of Psalm 23 where God said that our “CUP overflows with blessings”! See, this was prophetic as most scripture is for those who believe because Jesus hadn’t come yet when this prophesy was written.

We know that Jesus is the good shepherd. But do we understand the depth of how we get to come to that table where “God prepares for us a feast every morning through Jesus in the midst of the enemy lurking here on earth”. Guys, the enemy’s armies have to watch as we get to receive EVERYTHING we need for victory against them because of what Christ did for us through the cross and resurrection!

Look again at what Jesus was in prayer over the night before He sacrificed himself for all of us.

“Jesus bowed with his face to the ground, praying ‘My father, if it is possible, let THIS CUP of suffering be taken away from me, but [above all] I want your will to be done, not mine.’” Matthew 26:39

He knew that the CUP of God’s wrath and anger against sin was now filled and He was to drink it until it was totally empty.”

“Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, ‘My Father! If THIS CUP cannot be taken away UNLESS I DRINK it, then your will be done.’” Matthew 26:42-43

Jesus knew there were 2 cups given: a cup of Blessing and a cup of cursing. No man was worthy to drink the cup of blessing. God blessed Abraham and certain believers and generations, but God’s will was for everyone He spent time in creating could experience fullness of the cup of blessing!

Jesus was making it clear that there was no other way for the cup of cursing to be removed without his own sacrifice.

Jesus had to go somewhere (cursed, completely separated from God, hell) that He had never been SO THAT we can go somewhere we have never been before (blessed, completely connected/ engrafted into God, Heaven on earth and in Heaven)

Jesus had to take our place and drink our cup so that we could take His place and drink His cup. So the question is, are we?!?!?

Are we living a life of believing that God when He says all throughout His word, that His will is to bless us! To rescue us! To give us victory on earth and in Heaven!

Are we living a life that seeks God above everything else? That seeks what God says about the situation? That honors the HORRIBLE, unimaginable yet VICTORIOUS sacrifice Jesus made with his own body?

The unconditional love that we get to receive daily every morning when we wake up and every evening when we lay down, not because we earned it through something or things we did that day, but completely because of Jesus took our place in sin. In Jesus, we get to receive undeserved grace and the fullness of the blessing as we simply choose to follow Him where He is leading us. He is leading each of us into good plans He created us specifically for.

There is no condemnation in our mistakes. Why? Because God loves us. God said in His word that, He so loved the world that He gave His only son for us. Jesus gave himself as our sacrifice willingly and He accomplished it with the very strength that God sent to Him to be able to carry through as man, not calling on the angels with His authority to rescue Him from His purpose.

“Then an angel from Heaven appeared and strengthened him. He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.” Luke 22: 43-44

So why do we just accept the cup the enemy tries to give us? It’s EMPTY!! Slap it away and expose the emptiness of his lies by taking up your cup that is FULL of God’s blessing through Jesus!

“…And the church is His body; IT IS MADE FULL and complete by Christ who FILLS ALL THINGS (for the benefit of His church) everywhere with Himself.” Ephesians 1:23 (22)

“You are blessed…and upon this rock I will build my church and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven [ON EARTH].” Matthew 16:17-19

1 John 3:8 tells us that “….But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil.”

My question is what cup are you picking up? This has nothing to do with is your life perfect without any issues? We will face issues just like Jesus did, but we don’t have to suffer through hard times in life. In our suffering, we can come to God and find exactly what Psalm 23 promises HERE ON EARTH!! So What is in your cup? Is it full or is it empty?

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…MY cup OVERFLOWS with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love, my Lord, will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.

Sending my love, Sara

24 Hours

A garland of grace and a crown of beauty. Proverbs 4:9

How many hours did God spend on creating over 391,000 species of plants and over 3 TRILLION trees (which is over 60,000 species of trees) on day 3?

24 hours, right.

How many hours did God spend on creating over 6.5 million species of land animals on day 6? Or the 2.2 million plus species of water creatures on day 5?

Again the answer is 24 hours.

What about on day 4 when God created the illuminating light for our world (the sun, the moon, the stars, etc) for our galaxy? Keep in mind the universe holds over 100,000 billion GALAXIES! We live on 1 planet in 1 galaxy.

Only 24 hours to get all of that done is insane. God is just incredible!

So why did God spend the same 24 hours- on the 1st day to just command “let there be light”, separating the day from the night and establishing our 24 hour day. We know this wasn’t illuminating light, because that didn’t come until day 4! Was it just me, or does that seem kind of an easy 24 hours? Like, God why would you take it so “easy” on the 1st day in comparison to everything you would do on the days following?

My question is what took God so long on the 1st day? Do you think He was just starting in at a slow, steady pace, easing into creation? Just building up his endurance to create everything else? Maybe finalizing some last minute details He needed for the following days?

NO! God spent 24 hours on this first day because THIS FIRST VITAL STEP is the foundation for all of His creation and it is overlooked by christians like myself all across this world that He created for us!!

About 3 years ago, I told God I want to understand what you mean by “light be” on day 1 because there was NO ILLUMINATING light from the sun to mark day or from the moon and stars to mark night, but yet you established the day and the night and you said that “the light was good”.

Around that same time, I told God I have to know what you mean by the word “glory”? I hear it spoken loosely and used often by many, but I don’t know what this word really means. My personality is someone who has to understand something to be able to explain it. I can’t just say something because everyone else does, I can’t explain it to others or even my children if I don’t know about it myself. Which is good, but also annoying at times because it can take me longer to “jump on” compared to others.

Did you know that God loves hungry children who seek answers and wisdom! It can be easy to get frustrated when people ask questions about levels of the truth, the good news of our faith, sometimes, right? We as believers have different levels of revelation established in our hearts. It’s easy to forget that because our spiritual maturity isn’t exactly measurable at first glance like physical and mental maturity.

God loves the audacity of his children and soon to be believers to hunger and thirst for His truth and revelation; to not just accept it, but to actually swallow it and establish it our spirit man (heart). So when He stirred up this question about day 1 and glory, He was building the foundation for great life-changing revelation! Seriously mind blowing, I was already a believer, I already had “tremendous faith”, but again like I have talked about in other blogs like OVERFLOW (go read it!!), we all have the same vast measure of faith inside of us waiting to be tapped into but we have to allow God to grow it! There is still so much faith for me to tap into! So let’s dive into this day 1 revelation.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God [power of God] was hovering over the surface of the waters. Genesis 1:1-2

Why was the earth empty and dark? We know there were dinosaurs- we have found their incredible fossils. We know through God’s written word that He banished satan and his followers from Heaven. That moment had to be one powerfully insane, swift explosive manifestation, right. When that happened, the earth became empty and void. The enemy and his followers were powerless and evil, with no light in them to create anything. BUT GOD had His spirit READY AND WAITING for the moment that God would speak over the earth so that He, the Holy Spirit of God, could manifest (BRING TO LIFE) God’s very word on earth!

Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night”. Genesis 1:3-5

On that 1st day of creation, God spent 24 hours, THE ENTIRE DAY, transferring HIS LIGHT to earth. Why? Why did he need to separate the light from the darkness? We know He said, “the light was good”. We know He called the light “day” and the darkness “night”, but there was no sun, moon, of stars yet to distinguish what we know as day and night.

Do your remember how when Moses would come down from Mount Sinai radiating with so much “light” that he had to wear a veil around the others until that light diminished. We have that same light because of Jesus!

This light was His glory, the essence of who God is! The very SUBSTANCE of God: His presence, His power, and His goodness on a piece of the earth! A transfer of God’s glory is EXACTLY what we see on the first day of preparing creation.

What is a light force? An explosive transferring

God’s first step in creation was to spend an entire day, 24 hours, transferring a piece of Heaven onto a piece of earth! This light, that we will now call Glory, is the envelope, the container, that is designed to surround and reflect from His children forever.

Imagine a big dome bubble of His Glory on a section of this dark, void earth where all things good are prospering for the creation He loves the most, humans. He created us in His own image, right. Most Christians do not understand the depth of this very FIRST step of creation. How many of us know that the first step in everything is the MOST IMPORTANT step because nothing else will work without it! Socks blown off… Atleast mine were and I know yours will be too! Don’t read through this without letting this revelation sink in deep!

So after God spoke “let there be light”, transferring His Glory FIRST into the earth, He then spent the next few days creating everything else that man would need to live life abundantly in His glory (that Jesus would redeem to us spoken of in John 10:10). Once everything was ready, He then created man in his own image. The Glory was put inside of Adam and Eve. 

So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female. Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over it…” Genesis 1:27-28

 Can you imagine that moment for satan and the 1/3 of God’s angels who followed satan? It probably infuriated them! God not only kicked them out of heaven, but THEN He had the audacity to bring a piece of Heaven to earth so that all of God’s creation could flourish right in front of them. Then they had to watch as God created humans in His own image and give them His authority and blessing, the power to create, having His glory which is what they wanted all along.

They despise light and anything good because it reminds them of what they used to be around. Our enemy hates us because we remind him of God. Why? Because even if we haven’t realized it yet, we carry the same light (THE GLORY) of God inside of us. We are created by God to be vessels for His power so that we can be fruitful and multiply, cultivating the earth in God’s light, establishing God’s kingdom on earth.

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They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God…For God, who said “Let there be light in the darkness”. has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining in our hearts. 2 Corinthians 4:4, 6-7

Adam and Eve (and now us who have been redeemed by Jesus) walked around with Glory inside of them and that glory surrounding them in this sectioned off piece of the earth, called the garden of Eden.

God blessed them and gave them instruction on what to do with all that has been so freely given to them simply because He loves them. When He said to “be fruitful and multiply”, He was saying to them that they will increase in number as well as their every work bearing fruit, blessed and productive. When He said to “fill the earth and reign over it”, His plan was for this section of His Glory, the garden of Eden, to be cultivated throughout the earth. His kingdom increasing and filling up the entire earth as time went on, separating and pushing out the darkness just as He did on Day 1. God gave Adam and Eve a responsibility, a mission together.

The kingdom of Heaven lives inside of us and God wants His kingdom to occupy the atmosphere on earth. His will is to build His kingdom of Heaven on earth simply because He loves us and He created the world for us!

God’s word is powerful because it carries the substance of His glory in every word!

As I have mentioned before, God’s word has His OWN faith contained in it! When you speak God’s word, His faith with the grace He has given to you manifests, TRANSFERS, His power into and through that very word spoken on earth by the power of His Holy Spirit just like on Day 1!

Everything we could ever need for a godly (blessed and glory full) life has already been transferred into us by His divine power. For all of this was lavished upon us through the rich experience of knowing Him who has called us by name and invited us to into His own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3

Jesus preached, For the Kingdom of Heaven is near!

“But if I am casting out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God HAS ARRIVED among you. For who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man like satan and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger– someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house. Anyone who isn’t with me, opposes me and anyone who isn’t working with me, is actually working against me….A tree is identified by it’s fruit. If a tree is good, it’s fruit will be good… For whatever is in your heart determines what you say….The words you say will either justify you (give life) or condemn you (bring death).” Matthew 12: 28-37

Remember in Isaiah 35, “Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days. The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses. Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy! The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon, as lovely as Mount Carmel or the plain of Sharon. There the Lord will display His glory with the splendor of our God...Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return and enter singing and crowned with everlasting joy.

There will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good. Romans 2:10-11

So whatever your circumstance looks like, we know that God desires His glory to be evident in your circumstance. So we don’t focus on the lack or speak the problem, or what we see in the moment, but instead we speak the promise, the truth, and the glory that is transforming the facts of your circumstance.

Without weakening in faith, Abraham faced the fact that his body was as good as dead, BUT BEING FULLY PERSUADED (confident) that God had power and would do what He had said…. Romans 4:19

Keep His vision for you in front of you so that you can walk into that provision He has made for you through His glory! Where can you begin finding His vision for you? His word. Start there and start developing a relationship with Him so that you can ask Him questions that will grow your roots deeper so that you can bear the fruit of glory in every season!

Sending my love, Sara

My Voice

A garland of grace and a crown of beauty. Proverbs 4:9

I’m literally wiping away tears writing this. As a nation, the places that were labeled as “non-essential” now are beginning to open. I literally hated how the word “essential” and “non-essential” acquired new meanings this year. Every single person, every single role is essential in the framework of our lives on earth. I understand why many places were closed nation wide for a designated time, God was able to grab our hearts and show us how to live- He used what the enemy meant for destruction to be a blessing in our lives, so I’m not talking about that. What I hated was how there were people who called themselves “essential” over others who were called “non -essential”. I hate how the world operates in darkness and we as the people follow so easily what others start saying and even doing.

As believers, we say what God says. Period. After all, what does the word believer mean anyway? I believe in Jesus, the son of God, who was the word of God and became flesh for us. The word of God manifesting! So if I am a believer, I believe what God says over what the world says. What does God say about church?

Did you know that there is a motion to keep churches closed across the world? And in this very nation that was built under God? Why? Are their leaders who have labeled churches as non-essential? Is there talk about keeping churches SILENT- keeping churches from being able to sing praises to God in the house of God? Yes… that is happening right now.

If you are a believer, where do you stand on this? Does God say anywhere in the Bible to fear sickness and disease or to be your own protector or to avoid going to church or to not sing Him praise?

So then, why are believers across the world finding themselves saying “oh, I don’t need to go to church. I know God” and “I’m going to keep my church safe by not coming because I don’t want to cause anyone harm in case I have been exposed to disease” and “I don’t mind going to church without having praise and worship time”.

This! This is what has literally brought me to tears! The church! The very church JESUS SACRAFICED His life for saying this! If you have said or thought these things, don’t take offense, instead ask why you are offended? Ask God if you are following His word or if you are being fooled out of your shepherd’s care.

I get it, fear is a spirit that is trying to run rampant in this world. Fear has always been the most powerful tool for the Enemy. Why? Because Faith is the most powerful tool for God’s children to overcome the enemy.

Faith is the CONFIDENCE that what we hope for will actually happen; faith assures us of things we EXPECT and CONVINCES us of the existence of things we cannot yet see.

Fear is also confidence, expecting, and being convinced of things. So fear really could be considered faith. but fear is faith in the world or the god of this world, our enemy and the things that scare us because “it could happen”.

God instructed us “do not fear” and “take heart “over 300 times in the Bible. I saw where some translations have shown 365 times in fact. That means God gave us a verse to overcome fear for each day of the year! Even if 365 times is not agreed upon by the whole church- God made it clear for us, his people, to not be overcome with fear and to find His strength in our heart where He occupies, rules, and reigns.

When you find yourself thinking or saying “I don’t need church”. Can you stop for a moment and think about the deception behind this? Now, I know that the church is people and not a building, but I also know that God instructed us to have a place where we the people gather together in a holy place- where more power is made available! God created people to have connections and those connections are strengthened when together. Same goes for the cells and organs in our own physical bodies!

What about the deceptive reason of I’m not going to go to church because I will protect others…. Can I be real honest here, are you God? Does God need your help taking care of his children? Did you become the good shepherd? Then, let’s not exalt ourselves higher than we are. We were created in God’s image, yes. We have been given the power of God’s holy spirit and the wisdom of God, yes. But we are not God. We find all that we need in God. He is our source. We obey Him alone.

Jesus recognized the enemy in Matthew 16:23, “Get away from me satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s!” . This was not long after Jesus had said “..Upon this rock I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH and all the powers of hell WILL NOT CONQUER IT. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden from Heaven. Whatever you allow on earth will be allowed from Heaven.

Jesus went on to say “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish thoughts, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it, but if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” Matthew 16:24-25.

And if I were to say “I don’t need to go to church”,
1) I would be fooled because a sheep separated from it’s pack is more likely to be devoured, right. 1 Peter 5:1-9, “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time He will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God [don’t be self sufficient], for He cares for you. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith.”

2) I would be causing others to stumble. I could cause another believer or even non-believer to believe they don’t need church either. The enemy is sneaky like that. My husband and I both have said we can tell that our lives grow dim if we have missed a couple of church services in a row. Yes, we go to church every time they are open… why? Because we KNOW CHURCH IS ESSENTIAL to our life!

CHURCH IS ESSENTIAL. Why would we even consider the idea that it’s not if we call ourselves the sons and daughters of God? Recognize the enemy sneaking into our lives to steal the only thing that can stop him! The church! The body of Christ!

Jesus said in John 10, “I tell you the truth anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold rather than going through the gate must surely be a thief and a robber! But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize His voice and come to Him. He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out. After He has gathered His own flock, He walks ahead of them, and they follow Him because they know His voice [do you still recognize the voice of your Lord?] I tell you the truth I am the gate for the sheep…Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go FREELY and will find GOOD PASTURES. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. MY PURPOSE IS TO GIVE THEM A LIFE OF ABUNDANCE.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices His life for the sheep. A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he is not their shepherd. And so the wolf ATTACKS the sheep and SCATTERS the flock. [this is what is trying to happen] The hired hand runs away because he is working for himself and doesn’t truly care about flock of sheep.
I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold YET. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be ONE FLOCK with ONE SHEPHERD
.” [our purpose is know God and make Him known]

What is the world pushing and underhandedly stealing from us? Church… Praise and Worship… the ability to lay hands on the sick to see them recover… the ability to gather together to make tremendous power available on site! Now again, yes, I know we are the church in our homes right now [praise to God, He is reaching millions across the world], I know we can praise and worship in our homes, I know we can lay hands on the sick if they allow us to come over wearing a mask and gloves, I know in the spirit we are all connected in our prayers even if we aren’t physically together. But who is the god of this world? The devil is, but through Jesus, we overcome the world while living in this world.

BUT God says, “LET US NOT NEGLECT OUR MEETING TOGETHER, as some people do, but let us encourage one another, ESPECIALLY NOW that the day of His return is drawing near.” in Hebrews 10:25. And in verses just before this starting in vs 21, He says, “And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting Him… Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for GOD CAN BE TRUSTED TO KEEP HIS PROMISE. Let us think of ways to motivate and stir up one another, to spur onward to the acts of love and good works (which is the kingdom of God).”

We see that we are to help each other all throughout scripture! We saw that there are still sheep that Jesus is leading to His sheepfold! So if church is not considered essential, and chruch cannot open and be hindered by not allowing praise and worship, are we not becoming a stumbling block to those who God is leading to an open church– to experience the glory of God on a greater level than they might find at home by themselves?

Matthew 18:6-7 “But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea. What sorrow awaits the world because it tempts people to sin.

I know I do not want to hinder others from getting to experience the glory of God! God gave us the ability in this nation-the United States of America built on the foundation under God- to come together and worship our God. If we say, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord all the days of our life”, do our actions reflect that declaration? Are we raising our kids to be in fear and silenced, not knowing that we are the church for heaven’s sake! We are the lion that crushes the heads of serpents.

God chose David, the son labeled the least of his brothers. To me that sounds a lot like the church right now, we are labeled as non-essential/ the least of organizations in comparison to businesses, stores, etc across the very world God himself created for HIS KINGDOM! God saw David’s heart and God knows the heart of His church, because He himself is at the center! Thank God, Jesus Christ is the head over this body and that we find redemption and provision in Him. David praised God his whole life, even when everyone said he shouldn’t.

Psalm 34: 1-11, “I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak His praises. I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless TAKE HEART. Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt His name TOGETHER.
I prayed to the Lord, and He answered me. He FREED ME FROM ALL MY FEARS. Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with JOY; NO SHADOW OF SHAME will darken their faces.
In my desperation I prayed and the Lord listened; He saved me from all my troubles. For the angel of the Lord is a guard, He surrounds and defends all who remain in awe of Him.
Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in Him! Fear the Lord, you His godly people, for those who fear Him WILL HAVE ALL THEY NEED.
Even strong, young lions sometimes go hungry, but THOSE WHO TRUST IN THE LORD WILL LACK NO GOOD THING.
Come to me, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to honor the Lord….

Why would we allow our God given voices that carry the authority, the power, and the glory of God to be hindered? Light flood the eyes that aren’t open so that they can see what is slowly and underhandedly going on across this earth!

Isaiah 51:7-1 “A Call to Trust the Lord. Listen to me, you who know right from wrong, you who cherish my law in your hearts. Do not be afraid of people’s scorn, nor fear their insults. For the moth will devour them as it devours clothing. The worm will eat at them as it eats wool. But my righteousness will last forever. My salvation will continue from generation to generation….Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return. They will enter Jerusalem SINGING , crowned with everlasting joy…I, yes, I am the one who comforts you. So why are you afraid of mere humans, who wither like the grass and disappear? Yet you have forgotten the Lord, your creator, the one who stretched out the sky like a canopy and laid the foundations of the earth. Will you remain in constant dread?…For I am the Lord your God, who stirs up the sea, causing it’s waves to roar. My name is he Lord of Heaven’s armies. And I have put my words in your mouth [to speak] and hidden you safely in my hand. I stretched out the sky like a canopy and laid the foundations of the earth. I am the one who says to Israel, ‘You are my people. Wake up!.”

What do you choose today? Do you choose to silence yourself because of what the world says? Or Do you raise your voice to praise God like all of creation does? Creation has no choice but yet the sun, the sky, stars, the birds of the air, the animals of the land and see, the mountains and the valleys, the trees, even every every rock sings praise to God whether you realize it or not. Are we going to allow the enemy to silence the power God gave us: the choice of our voice?

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Psalm 150:6, “Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!

Sending my love, Sara