Heaven

I have found 4 definitions to the word heaven in the Old Testament. I want to share this with you. I will provide the original Hebrew and the English translation.

  • Raki’a – firmament (Gen. 2.19); starry (Deut. 17:3; Matt. 24:29); The heaven of Heavens (Deut. 10:14; 2 Cor. 12:2)
  • Shamayim – the heaven and the earth (Jer. 23:24) the entire universe
  • Marom – heaven (Ps. 18:16; Is. 24:18; Jer. 25:30)
  • Shechakim – extent of heaven (Deut. 33:26; Job 35:5)

Whew, that’s a lot. However, it’s important to me that you know about your home. Will you want to move into a new location and not be aware of its history; what does it have to offer you? I don’t think so. Heaven is where our Creator lives; where our Savior lives and if you are in right standing with GOD according to HIS will not yours; it is the place where you will live. In the book of John 14:2-3; JESUS tells us that we have mansions there and that HE will come and get us. Heaven is a real place just as you are a real person. If you find yourself wondering if you will make it into heaven; let me ease your mind. I tell you the truth; ANYONE who believes in JESUS has eternal life.

John 6:47

Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. Those who live to please the Spirit of GOD will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. Galatians 6:8

Most people will not read the book of Revelations because they think it too spooky, what a crazy thought. I suggest you read this book go to the chapters that speak on heaven. Revelation 21:3-4; 10-11; 18-21; 23-25

I don’t believe that reading this book can be as scary as doing things that take you from making clear choices. Going places where the chances of harm are being done to you is greater than going to work, school, the store or church.

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Healing Testimony of Elder Shawn

Of the many names that I know my GOD has and has shown HIMSELF to me as. I would like to write about HIM in the form of HEALER.

In 1989 I was attacked by my former husband and the result was an injured right hand. After surgery, I no longer had feeling on the top of my hand; I could not hold anything small because I could not close my hand. I could not write well or for long without agonizing pain. The palm of my hand still had feelings. In 1995 while at work I attended a Bible Study group as I often did once a week. But this particular day would change my life. We watched a video where healing prayers were being invoked by an Evangelist. I was totally absorbed by what I witnessed. As the hour came to a close, the class returned back to their jobs and I remained there in the class room because the video had not completed and because GOD wanted me to. I heard the Holy Spirit usher me towards the television and instruct me to place my injured hand on the speaker of the television. The next thing I remember was standing up with my right arm straight up in the air and my hand clutched closed tightly. A Christian brother remained with me (unbeknownst to me) and witnessed the entire healing process. When I took notice that my hand was closed and felt as if it was stuck in fire, I immediately asked my Christian brother for all the loose change that he had in his pocket. After he gave it to me, I threw it up in the air and caught each and every coin without dropping a one. I began to praise my HEALER in the Spirit as I watched my Christian brother watch in amazement. When I calmed down enough for him to speak with me, he told me what he witnessed. My hand had been restored to normal. Yes I continue to bear the scars but when people ask me about them I tell them the horror and then I tell them about the HEALER.

In 2000 I began having migraines like never before, I’ve suffered with migraines since I was a teen-ager but this was not something that I was used to. I would go to the Dr.’s once a month, then twice a month, then once every two weeks, once a week and finally daily. I was given all sorts of medication and shots but nothing helped. My finger-nails began to fall from their cuticle beds, my limbs grew heavy and at times numb. My face, hands and feet would often tingle. There would be times when I know that I was at work and somehow woke up in the hospital. My co-workers would tell me that they would speak to me and I would seem as though I did not know them. I would call my Dr. informing the office that I taste metal in my mouth and then I was asked to come into the office immediately. However, I would be sent home. With the taste of metal growing stronger in my mouth day by day I went to my Dr. not knowing that while driving to her office I had, had a stroke. The intake nurse who grew to know me immediately did not recognize me. I was rushed into the Dr.’s office and was told that an ambulance had been called for me but traffic was so bad that the ambulance was having trouble getting there. Great time had passed and finally my Godmother was called and she got me to the hospital. I was admitted. During this stay I lost my sight and was diagnosed with IDH/PTC. I temporarily lost my sight, my face drooped on one side, my speech was slurred, my concentration is not strong nor my memory (short term) and my right side became weak. I am taking medication that I must take to control the IDH/PTC but my HEALTER stepped in and restored my face back to normal, my speech became clear again. The scars that I bare my right side is weak, my concentration and short term memory is weak. From 2000-2003 I had a stroke a year and no one can look at me and detect that I am a stroke survivor, let alone 3 time survivor.

In 2003 the last stroke did take my vision and I was diagnosed with severe low vision and legally blind. I needed the assistance of a cane and this was to remain the remaining of my life. My Godmother took me to church and while I was there the HEALER delivered me from this sentence of blindness. I began to pray for others. Then my Godmother got my attention and asked me if I could see? I answered her thinking what a strange question, and then it dawned on me that I could see. We praised GOD until we dropped with exhaustion.

In 2005 I began having problems with my back, nothing to be concerned about at first. But as time passed by into 2006 my legs and back began to give me problems. I went to a Dr. and nothing could be found to cause the problem. 2006 my feet began to hurt and swell, my legs would grow weak and at times I would fall. In 2007 my body would swell and I had begun to ache from my shoulders to my feet. I would spend weeks in the bed from the pain and the swelling. I often would stumble and fall and my right hand would shake uncontrollably. It got so bad that my active life had to become inactive and I spent all my time in Dr.’s office. 2008 my daughter had me rushed to the hospital where I was admitted and told that I had many cysts within my uterus and this was the cause of my great pain and swelling that I was experiencing. After being discharged from the hospital from Sept. 2008 thru Sept. 2009 I would be told that I have fibroid tumors, 2 very large, 9 mediums and 2 small. Action needed to be taken to relieve me of this but nothing was ever done. I expressed to my Dr. with each visit that I was in lots of pain, that I was hemorrhaging and that my body was suffering from the swelling and pain in my entire body. I was consistently debated with because I was so weak from exhaustion. Due to the pain and swelling I did not have the fight in me. Until GOD gave me the strength to stand up to the Dr. and let them know that enough was enough. I need a full hysterectomy and if you don’t do it I will go over your head or find me a Dr. who will. GOD gave me the words; GOD gave me the stamina to stand my ground without becoming my old self. Once I was heard the ball began to roll and within 3 days after information had been gathered about me a date of surgery was given. I had my surgery within the same month. 24 hours later I was up and walking on my own, my stomach had gone down and I was not in pain. 48 hours later I was home walking all around the place. 10 days later I went shopping and 13 days later I walked 2 miles. Each day I grow stronger and each day I give my HEALER thanks for what HE has done in me.

Guilt

What is the essence for the emotion of guilt?

The act of not taking responsibility mentally; physically or verbally for the sin crime committed. When Adam sinned it was his guilt that caused him & his wife and generations afterwards to suffer the consequences.

For those of you who do not know what that guilt reflection was and still is today; let me illuminate you.

1.     Adam stood beside his wife & witnessed the entire conversation without putting a stop to it.

2.    They became aware that the anointing no longer covered them; hence the nakedness.

3.    They hid. When you are in right standing with someone you have no reason to hide.

4.   Adam had the nerve to try and blame GOD for his sin by telling GOD in so many words. If you had not given this woman to me I would not be in trouble.

GOD told Adam that death was emanate on the human race; Genesis 3:19. Though we accept JESUS as our Savior death still comes to our mortal bodies. However, it’s wonderful to know that inwardly we remain alive and will get to live eternally with The FATHER our Creator and The SON; JESUS our Savior.

In the book of Romans 8:10 this promise is told to us again.

Look when the enemy begins to speak to you about your past remind him of his future; because he’s goin down. Revelations 20:10

Don’t be ashamed of your past; allow your past to work for you. It will be your past that is your testimony that you will use to lift another soul from the fire.

However, until you realize this for yourself know these scriptures.

Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:7

HE has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. Psalm 103:12

Anyone who belongs to CHRIST has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Even if we feel guilty, GOD is greater than our feelings, and HE knows everything. 1 John 3:20

Let me tell you this; there is not one single human that has lived a life sin free except JESUS The Beloved Son of GOD. So when anyone begins to bring your past up; don’t get hurt by that; don’t get mad with that. Everyone has sinned; we all fall short of GOD’s glorious standard. Yet GOD, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. HE did this through CHRIST JESUS when HE freed us from the penalty for our sins. Romans 3:23-24

Believe me every one of us need JESUS-no one is exempt.

Growth

Growth, it’s an inevitable part of life.

Some grow in life form only and some grow in life form and knowledge. Growth is a gradual increase and no one or nothing that has life mature all at once.

Growth in our faith takes time as well. I like to believe that as we grow in our faith in JESUS we come to realize just how much we really need HIM and must rely totally on HIM. After all if JESUS came to our rescue instantly every time we called on HIM; how could we show our deep abiding love towards HIM? As we have a desire to grow in our faith it is important to realize as with anything else we must ask GOD and study HIS Word.

We ask GOD to give complete knowledge of HIS will and to give us spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way we live will always honor and please the LORD, and our lives will produce every kind of good fruit. We will grow as we learn to know GOD better. Colossians 1:9-10

JESUS will make HIS home in our hearts as we trust in HIM. Our roots will grow down into GOD’s love and keep us strong. Ephesians 3:17

Grief

We often times think that grief is only associated with a loved one that has died. Understand the meaning of this: man is destined to die once, after that judgment, Hebrew 9:27.

However, grief is a part of life that we must walk thru in various areas of our life, 1 Peter 1:6-7.

Grief is mental suffering or distress over an affliction. King Solomon had some very wise words about grief that are just as applicable today as when he said them, Proverbs 10.

When you are dealing with a broken heart, the LORD is close to the brokenhearted; HE rescues those whose spirits are crushed. Psalm 34:18

We can’t escape grief; however, we can lessen the amount of grief we experience. When we do what is right and try to live in harmony with all if possible; we don’t have to worry about being found out because we have said or did something that was wrong. So when grief come walk through it. If it comes through death; allow the hurt to be. Cry; scream; take a few minutes to be alone. Most importantly get around others who are hurting as you are regarding that person so that you all can support each other. Then immerse yourself in cheer; happy music, comedies and people that you know causes you to laugh. If it come through something that you did or said; stop and apologize to those that you have offended. Work towards not being that type of person any longer.

Gossip

As a woman I must confess. I Hate Gossip!

Gossip is filled with lies. Rumors about others are not facts. If a person speaks to you about a situation and entrust you to keep it to yourself that is exactly what you should do. There are so many people who are hurting because of the words; the rumors; the gossip that eventually returns back to them. We must realize that we all need each other. We need the company of others. We need the conversation of others. If you don’t believe that spend 90 days alone with yourself. No television; radio; telephone; computer or any other type of communication device. For 90 days it’s just you and your thoughts. Maybe after you get a taste of going stir crazy being left to just you; you will understand how precious communication with others are. You’ll understand that gossip is a huge waste of time and no one benefits from it.

Though 1 Timothy 5:13 is speaking about young widows; this can apply to anyone. Lazy; gossipers and meddlesome. The busiest thing that is done is wagging the tongue and meddling in others affairs. My advice is this from the NIV Bible; to live a life that is long and prosperous; keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. Psalm 34:12-13

GOD is my Strength

Hab. 3:18-19

Is HE really or is HE only when things go very well for us?  Do we realize that regardless of the circumstances of our lives; we are to fill the earth with HIS praise? For sure you must understand that the heavens are filled with HIS glory. Of course not; our minds find it difficult to capture this. GOD has stood and measured the earth; HE has startled nations; scattered mountains and hills have bowed before HIM. What… do I understand this correctly? Of course I do; I have noticed how the trees keep their branches raised up in praise; how often do we lift up our hands which are to be holy to HIM and praise HIM? I have noticed that there are some trees which are designed to bow continually before HIM. When was the last time we bent the knees or laid flat out on the floor with our faces nose down on the floor to offer up praise to the one True GOD? GOD will never change yet we are to change and become more like HIM. It’s not so difficult; after all we do have HIS DNA. Is HE on our minds in the morning; during the day and before we slumber for the night?

Oh how my GOD loves us so and keeps us on HIS mind and heart. My GOD rides in HIS chariots of salvation. HE has divided the earth with rivers; only HE can walk HIS horses through the sea with HIS horses as the water cover the land; only HE can hold the rivers and seas in HIS hand. Mountains have enough sense to tremble before HIS presence; what about us? My GOD goes forward with salvation to gather HIS people and HE brings with HIM the Salvation of HIS Anointed One. I stand in awe when I realized that in all the righteousness that I strive for daily that will please GOD. That when I stand before HIM; I am still rotten in my bones; my words become lost because I know that HE knows my every thought in my heart and mind. I shake before him in fear; not so much that I fear HIM because I don’t. But because I realize that I am nothing compared to HIM and that I am nothing without HIM. But in HIM, I’m striving to be all that HE has created me to be. In HIM I find my strength to stand and walk with courage to do my daily task for HIM. In HIM I find my words to speak to the lost and to encourage those who hurt. In HIM I am able to move and live a life of joy and peace. If I live long enough when this world will succumbed to more evil than ever imaged. I must find the strength to continue to live and die because of JESUS. I may suffer unbearable torture; I may go hungry and starve; I may suffer from the cold or heat. I pray that if this time comes that I will continue to find the praise that my GOD deserve; I pray that I will continue to find joy in the LORD. I pray that I will be able to walk on my high heels as a deer while suffering because I refuse to deny my GOD. It’s only today that I know and understand that GOD is my strength because I live today. I pray to stay in HIM so that I can have strength each day that HE continues to breath into my nostrils.