Meet the Authors.

Sarah Burlingame is passionate about Biblical truth. Her diverse church background has taken her through Mainline Methodist, Evangelical, Charismatic and Roman Catholic circles. Her calling as an intercessor led her to receive a certification in Advanced Spiritual Warfare from LMCI (Liberating Ministries for Christ International) . Sarah has served as a small group leader, worship planner, liturgical dance leader and online ministry coordinator. She holds a M.S. degree in Education and lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and their sons. They attend North Rome Wesleyan Church.

Joanne Reinhart asked Jesus Christ into her heart at the age of nine in a Sunday school classroom in Maryland. Her journey with the Lord took her through various careers, colleges, and universities. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Art/Dance, Theology, and Education, and a M.S. degree in Educational Administration. Her passion for the Lord is evidenced through worship, dance, and teaching. She was liberated into her spiritual gifts and callings through the teaching resources of LMCI . Joanne has danced and taught at Christian conferences and various churches in PA and VA. She currently teaches classical ballet and coaches dance for gymnastics. Joanne attends New Life Church She and her husband live in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Living Above The Noise, Part 2

Excerpt from part 1
We can have understanding in these dark days from God’s word in our hearts and minds.  If you have read to this point then no doubt you agree with us (and more importantly, God’s word) that there is a deep darkness which is tangible in these last days of the age of Grace. You may now be hungry to grasp hold of being truly able to live above the noise. [This post ] will show how standing firm in the Lord brings us to a place of spiritual light…. A place where we can live above the noise of this chaotic world. We’re not talking about spiritual battle here because the battle is the Lord’s. We are standing firm in our authority through Jesus to be more than overcomers!

Living above the noise means living in this world without being a part of this world. It means living in spiritual light and not in spiritual darkness. Remember, Jesus acknowledged that we are in this world. In other words, we are stuck here, for now. But we are not of this world, which means there is something that is a part of us that supersedes the natural, physical elements of this earth. That ‘something’ is the Holy Spirit in us. The Holy Spirit is the vessel, if you will, that creates a bridge in us between earth (this world) and heaven (not this world). Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit so we could live above the noise!

 John 16:13 "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”  It is the Holy Spirit that guides us to all truth. We know that truth is wisdom, but it is also “light”.
Consider this verse from Daniel 5:14 "Now I have heard about you that a spirit of the gods is in you, and that illumination, insight and extraordinary wisdom have been found in you.”

Even before humans had access to the Holy Spirit through their own free will choice, some understood that God’s Spirit gave light. (illumination)
By now you may be asking, how do I live above the noise and know that I am living in God’s light?” Hang on it’s coming. Let’s take a look at Job 38:19 where he asks, “Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And darkness, where is its place,” He wanted to know, where does light live and where does darkness dwell? Perhaps an even more profound example of this passage comes from The Message Bible where it reads “Do you know where Light comes from and where Darkness lives So you can take them by the hand and lead them home when they get lost? Why, of course you know that. You’ve known them all your life, grown up in the same neighborhood with them!” Yes, you’ve known about spiritual light and spiritual darkness all your life! As a created child of God, knowing the way to light and the dwelling of darkness is part of your DNA. However, as worldly humans, we either choose or gravitate towards one or the other.   

Let’s review this verse again:  Job 38:19 (KJV) Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
“This question, put to Job by the Lord, is beyond human reason, but is very nature reveals a great truth.  As Job is addressed, light is spoken of as having a “way,” or pathway, suggesting movement.  Darkness on the other hand, seems confined to a place.”
“Ultimately, it can be said that the most valuable commodity in God’s universe is light.  Where there is light, there is life.  If light is withheld, sooner or later, life will cease to exist.”
In the beginning, God said in Genesis 1:3-5 (KJV) And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
“The light called into existence by God, and called by Him “good,” is seen well before the creation of the Sun, Moon, planets and stars on the fourth day of creation.  Where did this light come from? ….it seems to be the very material of creation.  Apparently, it is a creative energy; a force that may be used to forge particles that fit together as atoms, molecules, and finally of the created beings, man, animals, the Earth, planets and stars.”

“Satan typifies and personifies darkness.  We tend to think of darkness as a quality produced by the absence of light.  And so, it is, but perhaps it is also the baleful presence of a darkening personality.  Among mankind, those who follow the rulers of darkness falsely corrupt the true Light of the Gospel, substituting a false light that seems real, but is in fact the very essence of darkness.”
[Quotes from: “The Light of the World,” by Gary Stearman, (Prophecy Watcher magazine March 2019, page 5, 6, 7)]

WE CAN LIVE ABOVE THE NOISE and the darkness of this world by “putting on the armor of light.”
Romans 13:12 (AMP)
The night [this present evil age] is almost gone and the day [of Christ’s return] is almost here. So let us fling away the works of darkness and put on the [full] armor of light.

Armor is the Greek word, hoplon, which means an implement, a tool, an offensive weapon for war. Light is the Greek word, phos, which is light, fire, or luminousness, manifested by rays.  When we “put on” the “armor of light” we acknowledge (in our minds) that wherever we go, we manifest LIGHT which dispels darkness, and darkness cannot exist with light!

The “whole armor of God” in Ephesians 6 is another “spiritual armor” that keeps darkness away from us. Ephesians 6:12-13 (NKJV) For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

The truth is: we have been “delivered from the power of darkness,” through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.  He redeemed us from the hand of the enemy, by His shed blood. (Psalm 107:2) We are now “qualified” to be a part of the saints in the LIGHT, which is our eternal inheritance.  Our “location” has changed:  we are NOW seated together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:6)

Colossians 1:12-14 (NKJV) giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

Elohim, God, created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them.  But men have free will to choose to believe these truths in the Word of God or not to believe them. 
Isaiah 45:7 (JUB) I form the light and create darkness; I make peace and create evil: I am the LORD that does all this.
Isaiah 5:20 (AMP)
Woe (judgment is coming) to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

John 3:19 (NKJV) And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
When we choose to make Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 10:9-10), WE CAN BELIEVE the truths in the Word of God.  WE CAN “put on the whole armor of God” and arm our minds with the “armor of light.”  The “evil that is screaming in the darkness” CANNOT harm or touch us.  We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us! (Romans 8:37)

Monday, February 11, 2019

Living Above The Noise

John 12:46 (CEB)
I have come as a light into the world so that everyone who believes in me won’t live in darkness.

Jesus is a light in this world. He told us that all who believe in Him will not live in darkness. We would have to conclude from this statement that all who do not believe in Him do live in darkness. So, what does that really mean? Obviously, the “light” Jesus spoke about is a spiritual light. It doesn’t mean that those who believe in Him live in perpetual sunshine or that non-believers live in a cave. However, we can use the concept of physical light to glean understanding of Jesus’ words.  You may remember from an Art Class that the property of reflecting light, of a particular wavelength, causes all color. With light, we can see with our physical eyes, all that there is to see. Black, or darkness, is caused by the absorption of light rays, and is the complete absence of light or color.

The topic of light vs dark is being spoken and written about a lot at this time.  Start looking and listening and you will become more aware of this. Light vs darkness is a true and relevant phenomenon in these last days for Christians on the earth.  We believe that we are in the closing time era of the “age of Grace”. The age of Grace began when Jesus came to the earth as a Savior for mankind. Grace is the unmerited favor of Jesus. It is salvation unto eternity even though we don’t deserve it. Jesus is (and was and always will be) the Light of the world.

John 8:12 (NKJV) Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life.”

Remember, truth can only be seen in the light. We are in a time of unprecedented spiritual light as well as unprecedented spiritual darkness. We are certain many of you have perceived an increase in intensity of the battle which is raging in the spirit realm. It can also be seen and felt in physical form in this chaotic world. There are wars, rumors of wars, deep division among the people and increasing erratic weather. Audible “groanings” in the earth can be seen and heard. Seas and rivers “crashing” against the piers, causing major flooding; mudslides; volcanic eruptions; heavy snow mounting up by the foot; record high and low temperatures are being set with greater frequency; raging fires out of control causing death and destruction in its path. These are just some of the effects of observable “darkness” in this world, but many would say it’s just a “natural progression” of “global distress” and think mankind can “solve the problem.”

If we are in the last days of the “Age of Grace” what will happen when that “age” is over?  (John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.)

This is a good question to ask, but what do we do in the here and now with all the darkness and destruction swirling around us? How can we “live above the noise” that is pounding on our ears?

Isaiah 60:2 (MEV) For the darkness shall cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; but the Lord shall rise upon you, and His glory shall be seen upon you.

This darkness that covers the earth brings with it: blackness, gloom, despair, terror, and ignorance (from the Hebrew meaning of “darkness” shall cover the earth).  “Deep darkness” is deep gloom that comes on people.  This gloom is a form of spiritual oppression that can hit and “blind side” a person like a weighty blow from a boxer in the ring…. which causes confusion and pain, ending in loss of health or worse. 
How can we counter these blows?  How can we as Christians “stand” and “finish the race” set before us?

Jesus Christ came as a LIGHT to the world so that all who believe in Him (John 3:16; 12:46) will not have to live in darkness.  The Lord has sent out His Light and His Truth to lead us. (Psalm 43:3) God has called us “out of darkness into His marvelous light.” God is LIGHT and in Him there is NO darkness.

1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV) But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

We can WALK in the LIGHT and overcome the darkness that surrounds us.

1 John 1:5-7 (ESV) This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

Psalm 119:130 (KJV) The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

We can have understanding in these dark days from God’s word in our hearts and minds.  If you have read to this point then no doubt you agree with us (and more importantly, God’s word) that there is a deep darkness which is tangible in these last days of the age of Grace. You may now be hungry to grasp hold of being truly able to live above the noise. Please look for our next post which will show how standing firm in the Lord brings us to a place of spiritual light…. A place where we can live above the noise of this chaotic world. We’re not talking about spiritual battle here because the battle is the Lord’s. We are standing firm in our authority through Jesus to be more than overcomers!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Chaos, Storms, Tragedies, Loss

Ah… the “News”. We are bombarded by media and are therefore bombarded with a steady diet of news about political strife, violent weather, financial concerns and crime. Sensationalism sells! But, the truth of the matter is, our world has become increasingly out of control. What about in your own world? Are there violent storms raging outside, pounding against the doors of your life and heart? Is it difficult to remain peaceful when the news and images around the world are of chaos in the streets, tragedies and loss? So, where can we find a safe haven and continue to live and work without fears clouding our minds?
You’ve certainly heard of the biblical story of Noah and the ark. What many people sadly do not believe today is that the “story” was a real occurrence. It did happen just as the scriptures tell us it happened. How can we be certain of this, you say? Because Jesus Himself referenced its reality when He said: 
“For the coming of the Son of Man (the Messiah) will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the [very] day when Noah entered the ark, and they did not know or understand until the flood came and swept them all away; so, will the coming of the Son of Man be [unexpected judgment]”.
(Matthew 24:37-39 AMP)

Now, just as sure as we know that Noah existed and that a real flood happened to judge and contain an evil and unbelieving world, we can also be sure that in this age of Grace, Jesus can keep us shielded in Him. We can come into the “ARK” of the Lord Jesus Christ; into His presence (Psalm 16:11) where our paths are filled with joy. Our safety and protection are in the “secret place of the Most High” (Father God), under the shadow and wings of the Holy Spirit (Psalm 91).
Even though darkness seems to be invading the atmosphere around the earth, the Lord’s LIGHT shines through upon us as we keep our eyes on Him.

Isaiah 60:1-2 (NKJV) Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And, deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.

Even in this present world, Jesus Christ has given us His peace.  It is our inheritance that we can have now, today, and every day!

John 14:27 (AMPC) Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]

We can persevere, and we can overcome! We have been given spiritual armor to protect us from the evil one (Ephesians 6:11-18).  And, we have the armor of light (Romans 13:11-14) to stave off the darkness. 
Our hope IS in the Lord Jesus!

John 16:33 (ESV) I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Let’s get up and put on the word of God in our hearts and minds! Let’s speak the Word of LIFE and LIGHT into our current situations! When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, Jesus always responded to Satan’s lies with “It is written”. He was reminding the Devil that all of God’s promises to our lives are already written in His Word. All we need to do is: speak and declare these words of life for ourselves. We should do this consistently!

Romans 13:11-14 (MSG) But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ and be up and about!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Take a Step Beyond Your Trials

Taughannock Falls State Park, Ithaca NY

Our journey in life is like a path in the woods.  One day, the sun shines through the trees allowing the small flowers on a low growing vine to be noticeable, and a smile forms on our faces. The woodsy path may be full of life and tantalizes our senses. Little chipmunks scurry and wildflowers fill the air with dainty fragrance. 
Other times, the sun no longer seems to shine through the trees. All we see are rocks, tangled roots and decaying debris that seem impassable. Menacing clouds threaten us and sounds of stalking predators chill us to the bone.  What has caused our pleasant woods to change? Has it been the loss of a loved one, an illness that is lingering, a problem with a relationship, or loss of income and recurring debts to pay?  How long has this family member been suffering?  Why did this sickness drag on for all these months?  We may all seek the answers to these questions, but how do we manage our day-to-day living while in the midst of these trials that seem to have no solution?  Is there any hope of getting around these obstructions?

Even Jesus told us that there would be hard times (tribulations). He also told us we can be at peace.
 John 16:33 (NKJV) These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16), we can have hope through the Holy Spirit that dwells in us.  We can be strengthened within our weak bodies and minds so that we can endure with patience the hardships that have come across our paths.  We can be filled with JOY and PEACE as we recognize what our Lord and Savior has done for us.
Romans 15:13 (MEV)
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Colossians 1:11, 13 (NKJV)
strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love [Jesus Christ]

Our heavenly Father is the God of HOPE.  He has delivered us from the power of darkness, the evil one, the thief, who “comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10a).  God has “conveyed” or transported us to the kingdom of His Son, Jesus, whose resurrection power is ours each day here on this earth.
How can we take a step beyond our trial and start that new creation, or continue with something even while dealing with these obstacles, so that we can finish? Sometimes the “pressures” of “time” to accomplish necessary chores, job deadlines, project due dates, and even ministry functions keep us so “busy in our minds” that we don’t know how we can “stop” and REST.  Our hearts are screaming “I NEED TO REST” but our minds are pushing us, shouting “DON’T STOP” until we finish the worldly business of living!  The battle is fierce, but we have already won the victory through Jesus Christ.

Can we “sit still” and “know that He is God” throughout the day? (Psalm 46:10)
Can we “pray without ceasing” and be ‘refreshed’? (1 Thess. 5:17; Isaiah 28:12)
Can we connect with another believer and ‘agree together’ for the conclusion of the situation? (Matthew 18:19 “Again, I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”)

Yes, we can do all these things through Jesus. So, remember as you continue on your path (life) through the woods. There will be bright days and sadly, there will be dark days but determine to focus on the light. Don’t get so caught up in the trials of life that you can’t see the forest through the trees. Jesus is the truth and the life and the WAY (John 14:6).  Choosing the path that leads to Him will always take you to hope and victory.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Cloaked From the Enemy

 If terrorism is rampant in the world, and most of the terrorists are hidden (and attack while we are unaware), how can we be safe and hidden from an enemy of this sort?  In the Star Trek television series, the cunning Romulans evasively flew their “Bird of Prey” space ships into Federation territory to disrupt the Federation’s alleged peace. The Bird of Prey ships had a cloaking device so they could attack their enemies without being detected. Many times the Enterprise and other Federation vessels were caught completely off guard by the sudden appearance of the Romulans. How can we make sure we are not caught off guard from our cloaked enemies?  

There is a battle going on in the natural and spiritual realm. So, how can we be prepared?   The Bible speaks about putting on the “whole armor of God” (Ephesians 6:11-18), but also tells us that the battle is the Lord’s. (1 Samuel 17:47)
We believe that in the last days of this Church age, we should STAND on all the promises of God that are ours now through what Jesus accomplished on the cross. 2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV) “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”

There is a cloaking device from the Lord. It is called the “armor of light.” It is a cloaking device more incredible than any that has ever been conceived in the minds of science fiction writers because it is real…. and it can be real for you if you choose to activate it.

Romans 13:11-12 (AMP)
11 Do this, knowing that this is a critical time. It is already the hour for you to awaken from your sleep [of spiritual complacency]; for our salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed [in Christ].12 The night [this present evil age] is almost gone and the day [of Christ’s return] is almost here. So let us fling away the works of darkness and put on the [full] armor of light.
The word armor in this verse means: an implement, tool, instrument, or weapon (an offensive weapon for war) (Greek: hoplon). Light is the Greek word, phos, which means fire, light; manifested by rays; luminousness.
1 John 1:5 says that “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” and John 14:20 says that Jesus is in the Father and that we are in Jesus, and that Jesus is in us.  Therefore, we are IN the Father, Who is Light!  So, how do we “put on the armor of light”?  We can only do this by speaking it over ourselves, the same way we “put on the whole armor of God” in Ephesians 6.  (We will write more about this in another post.)

Psalm 140:7 says that the Lord “covers our head in the day of battle.”   He goes before us and is our “rear guard” (Isaiah 52:12; 58:8).  This means that whatever we are facing each day, when we declare the Word of God out loud, the Lord is our protector.  We can have the promises of God in our lives.  Speak and believe the words of truth from scripture over yourselves, your families, and everything that pertains to you.

Finally, we need to STAND, and heed the clear message in Romans 13:11-12:
“This is a critical time… awaken from your sleep [of spiritual complacency]… and put on the [full] armor of light.” 

This is a critical time indeed. If you have already been speaking the full armor of God, then great…. Continue to do so! The enemy of our souls is hidden in many ways BUT, be of good cheer because the Lord has shown us how to live victoriously. 
~ Joanne and Sarah

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Truth Out of Chaos

Greetings! If you are a follower of our blog, Herald of Hope, then you probably have noticed that we’ve been a little more quiet than usual over the last couple of months. Our purpose here is to bring up the Hope that can only be found in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. However, we remain dedicated to doing so through Spirit led revelation. In other words, we wait on the Lord to show what He would have us share. It’s not that He has been quiet lately, but rather, there has been so much going on in the world around us that the task of dismantling information in truth and love and reconstructing it for you, our readers, has felt rather daunting. Of course, God is good and always faithful!

We want to highlight some current events that are occurring at breakneck speed and look at them through the lens of biblical truth.  Our world is in a position, in which for most of its existence, has not been in before. Humanity now possesses the means to completely annihilate multitudes of other humans as well as to destroy vast areas of the planet through the power of nuclear weapons. Violence on a smaller scale, (but no less deadly) abounds in the form of domestic and terroristic attacks. In the midst of these very real threats, lies a global elite whose ultimate agenda remains largely unknown. Unfortunately, the unknown can easily lead us into being deceived by those who wish to manipulate us. The bible gives us many warnings regarding deception.  It is our responsibility as believers to understand the truth, so we can live victorious lives in this world. In 2 Timothy 3:13, we are told, “evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” No one willingly wants to be deceived. We desire the truth.

What is truth? It is a question asked throughout the ages. There seems to be two kinds of truth in this world: The first depends upon the values, agendas, cultural and political views of the individual. The second is based upon the Word of God Almighty. Even within the truth found in scripture, humans have a way of interjecting confusion. We are often left wondering, “Can truth be found?” We believe it can. 
Jesus explained to his disciples that He was the Truth, and that His Father would give them another Helper, the Spirit of Truth to be with them always.

John 14:6 (NKJV)
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
John 14:16-17 (NIV)
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
John 16:13-14 (AMP)
But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth [full and complete truth]. For He will not speak on His own initiative, but He will speak whatever He hears [from the Father—the message regarding the Son], and He will disclose to you what is to come [in the future]. He will glorify and honor Me, because He (the Holy Spirit) will take from what is Mine and will disclose it to you.

There is a way to discern truth from error.  Even in scripture, if some sections may seem to contradict each other, there are often simple explanations.  Most scripture explains itself within the context.  Then, the understanding of the first usage of a word or phrase from the Old Testament or New Testament can further clarify the meaning.  These biblical principles can be easily researched. 

In the world, however, confusion abounds.  This confusion is not from God. The agendas of man have overtaken the ‘airwaves’ and have permeated our lives. Many in the modern, mainstream media have evolved from casual spin doctors to deliberate purveyors of deception. Deception is a danger to humanity. As we have stated, our first authority for truth in God’s holy word. Fortunately, spending time in the bible daily also helps us to gravitate towards others who can help us to discern the truth in this dark world. While we recommend reading your bible and staying focused on the Lord over all worldly influences, we also recommend a few alternative news sources to help sift through the confusing world news that we all hear about. We have found the following sources to be sincere in their attempts to bring you the truth:

BPEarthwatch- Climate change (What’s really happening)
Praying Medic- The Deep State and Living in the Spirit
April Lajune- The Deep State
L.A. Marzulli- WHO are we really dealing with?

These sources can all be found on YouTube. There are more, of course, but these are a good place to start.

We must remember the source of confusion in the world:
1 Corinthians 14:33 (KJV)
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
James 3:16 (AMPC)
For wherever there is jealousy (envy) and contention (rivalry and selfish ambition), there will also be confusion (unrest, disharmony, rebellion) and all sorts of evil and vile practices.

In the United States, we are seeing this happen all around us through headline issues such as political scandals (deep state), sexual harassment, the “Resist” movement, hyper-feminism and many other ungodly agendas.   

As believers in Jesus Christ, we have a firm foundation of truth in the scriptures.  They are our stronghold against confusion and every evil work.  The God-breathed Word is for our everyday use and will absolutely keep us in these last days of trials and struggles. 

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (AMPC)
Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action), So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.

We have nothing to fear if we truly believe in Christ’s words to us:
John 14:27 (NKJV)
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

John 16:33 (NKJV)
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

We have a sure hope of the truth living in us!  The Holy Spirit of Truth will give us answers to help others who are struggling in this world. As we keep our eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is our HOPE, we can walk daily in the spiritual darkness surrounding us and shine as beacons of truth in the midst of chaos.

1 Peter 3:15 (AMP)
But in your hearts set Christ apart [as holy—acknowledging Him, giving Him first place in your lives] as Lord. Always be ready to give a [logical] defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope and confident assurance [elicited by faith] that is within you, yet [do it] with gentleness and respect.

~ Sarah and Joanne

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A King Is Coming

A king is coming! Of that we can be certain. His arrival was foretold nearly three thousand years ago. He was brought to us by the zeal of His father. A heavenly father so powerful and so in love with His beautiful Son and His beloved creation that all the forces in the universe could not stop this incredible miracle.
Isaiah 9:6-7 (NKJV)
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Zeal is synonymous with the word, passion.  Our Heavenly Father was jealously passionate to send the world His Only Begotten Son, so that we might have eternal life with Him.

John 3:16 (AMP)
“For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.

What are we passionate about?  What do we get excited about and look forward to with great enthusiasm?  Is it a long-awaited promotion?  A new job? A move? At Christmas, many children excitedly look forward to presents under the tree, special cookies, and time off from school. But are these long-lasting gifts that will be remembered?  Can we remember the first time we asked Jesus Christ into our hearts and made Him Lord over all?  (Romans 10:13) Wasn’t that a lasting change that has endured the joys and tears of our lives?  Has the heart of passion for Jesus faded due to hardships, sickness, or delayed hopes? Have we put our dreams, our heart’s desires on the “back burner”?

Proverbs 13:12 (NLT)
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.

This is the “season of the King” and our hopes and dreams can be reignited from the truths in the Word of God.  As we reflect on the birth of God’s Son this Christmas season, let us also reflect on the zeal of the Lord. How can we not be in awe of a God, who with fervent compassion for His creation, sent His only begotten Son so that we may live. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts has done great and mighty things for us. Let us rejoice in all things and be filled with the joy of the Lord. In His presence is fullness of joy! (Psalm 16:11) The song “Joy to the World” describes how men and creation declare the wonders of the Father’s love.
♪ Joy to the World
Joy to the world! the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
Joy to the world! the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove the glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
And wonders of His love
And wonder wonders of His love ♪

Luke 2:10-12 (NKJV)
Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

We wish a very joyful and blessed Christmas season to all our readers and their families.
~ Sarah and Joanne