This is a periodic e-newsletter in line with the theme of this site: GOD Who Are You? AND Who Am I? Knowing and Experiencing God by His Hebrew Names. These are posts in addition to those of the free e-course and may expound upon the lessons in the workbook by the same name.
This week I was invited to join a private Facebook group called RED DOOR FRAMES FOR PASSOVER. We were invited to decorate our front door frames in red ribbon, cloth, paper, anything to SIGNIFY the POWER in the blood of Jesus – the Lamb.
The group had 77,000 members when I joined. One hour later, it had 87,000. Yesterday, the number was 277,069. Today it is 295,308.
People can also ask for prayer in the group, and they have — many from Covid-19 hospitalizations. Many have been healed!! One man posted and said, “I just asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and I asked Him into my heart. I know my life will be so different from here on.” The great awakening is here folks!
I have also joined a free training called 4:14 Challenge – named for Esther 4:14, where Esther was called for such a time as this. We are also here not just by chance. God has a very unique and personalized reason for us being alive right now – especially among this Covid-19 plague. The reason has to do with the BLOOD.
THERE IS POWER IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS, THE LAMB OF GOD
Here’s the reason I’m writing you today: in the RED DOOR FRAMES FOR PASSOVER group I never saw a prayer in response to very dire circumstances with Covid-19 that mentioned the blood of Jesus or the name of Jesus – a very group about the blood and the Passover which is to be an everlasting memorial to all generations, a sign.
We must understand the power in the blood. We must understand how to appropriate the blood over ourselves, over our families, city and nation. The revivals in times past were marked by the POWER in the blood. People learned to apply, or to plead the blood of Jesus. It made all the difference. Healing ensued and people were drawn to Jesus.
Do you remember the song we used to sing in church, “There is power, power, wonder working power, in the blood, of the Lamb” Repeat. I’ve tried to stress this throughout my book and told the story of my friend Janice and how her aunt taught her to do this – by using her mouth to say, “I plead the blood of Jesus in this nook and in this crannie” throughout her whole house.
You may have already read her story. The demonic activity in her house left and she and her husband accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
TODAY IS PASSOVER #3333 of the Blood of Jesus – April 9, 2020
Passover began last night and will run for seven days. This year it will also align with Easter Sunday, on the twelfth.
3333 years ago, was the first Passover. This is when the death angel passed over the children of Israel’s homes where they had struck the door frames of their houses with the blood of a perfect lamb. This act was in obedience to the Lord through Moses.
This was the last of ten plagues the Lord brought upon Egypt in order to bring his children out of bondage and into the promised land. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened during the first nine plagues and would not allow the Israelites to leave with Moses and his brother Aaron.
But, after this last plague, on the night the children of Israel ate the Passover meal with the whole roasted firstborn, perfect lamb, all the firstborn children of Egypt died. BUT the death angel passed over the homes of the Israelites.
WHY did the death angel pass over their homes? Because of the BLOOD – the blood of the Lamb – the Lamb without blemish who was to come years later – Jesus Christ!
PHARAOH – THE ENEMY – FINALLY QUIT FIGHTING
After the death of the firstborn, Pharaoh said, “Rise, go out from among my people, both you and the children of Israel. And go serve the LORD AS YOU HAVE SAID. Also take your flocks and your herds, AS YOU HAVE SAID, and be gone; and bless me also” (Exodus 12: 31-32).
AS YOU HAVE SAID!
AS YOU HAVE SAID!
As believers, we have been given authority in Jesus Christ. We are in Him, and He is us. Our words carry great weight. As we align our mouths with His words and speak them in faith believing, we will see answers; we will see miracles; we will see the supernatural every day of our lives.
The other crown articles I wrote all last year are gaining ground, too. As the virus is noted for having a crown, it seems to me that Satan is trying to take our crown. Will you stand against him with the blood of Jesus?
May I offer you a BLOOD OF JESUS challenge?
The next time you see a prayer request that grabs your heart, instead of saying merely “prayers,” and keep scrolling, take the time to write out your short prayer, something like, “Be healed in the name and in the blood of Jesus Christ.”Let your words speak. Let your words be powerful. Let your words bring victory. Be an overcomer in Jesus’ name and by Jesus’ name!
“Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have; that no one may take your crown” (Revelation 3:11).
“And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their own lives to the death” (Revelation 12:11). These are the captured, raptured saints in heaven.
*Corona means the part of the body, the crown of the head; a white or colored circle or set of concentric circles of light seen around a luminous body, especially around the sun or moon.
When adversity comes, knocks, strikes, and hits down your door
My husband and I recently made a beautiful ascent into Jerusalem onto the Mount of Olives (where Jesus’ feet will one day land) that descended past the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed before His afflictions and crucifixion. The steep path led into the Kidron Valley that led up to the Eastern Gate through which He will return to the city.
I’ve documented our trip with images and explanations on my Facebook page: C.R.O.W.N. Calling Real Ordinary [Wo]men NOW. That’s about all I’ve done business/ministry wise in the last four months since we left for Israel in October.
We soon learned that a descending of afflictions into the valley follows an ascending
Jerusalem is a city built on the mountains. So, to go out from Jerusalem, the disciples had to go down. They had to go down the mountain. So, to send them out from Jerusalem was to send them down from Jerusalem. Just as important as it is to ascend the mountain is to descend it. In fact, that’s the direction of ministry . . . down the mountain (Jonathan Cahn, The Book of Mysteries, (Charisma House Book Group 2016, pg. 325).
Our traveling plans were to return home through Germany to see our daughter and family at their Army post. She had warned us that they were on the top fourth floor of their apartment building. They had missed getting into a house four months prior when they moved there. But it didn’t matter that they had no elevator, because Jim and I were both afflicted that whole week.
After arriving home, I discovered I had double pneumonia; Jim had ear and sinus problems. Six weeks after I recovered, I was able to care for my sister who had a hip replacement and get ready for Christmas for our children. A couple days later, I went for a walk and then another sudden affliction hit me…a complication from the pneumonia which put me on a breathing machine three times per day for thirty days. Today is the first day off that contraption!
During this trying time, I tried to pray which was hard since energy was out the door. But, one morning I heard in my spirit, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” How encouraging that was! I looked it up in my Bible:
To afflict is a general term and applies to the causing of pain and suffering. To afflict means to cast down; to strike; humble; overthrow; to distress so severely as to cause persistent suffering or anguish; trouble; injure; torment.
Afflictions are the state of being afflicted; the cause of persistent pain or distress; great suffering.
What strikes me about this definition is that a “cast sheep” is one that has turned over on its back due to outside sources. Because it’s heavy with lamb and wool, it cannot turn over on its own. Without the shepherd’s help, it will die. To be enlightened how we are like sheep, go to>> Sheep of the Lord and Jehovah Rohi
Where Do Afflictions Come From and Why?
The Bible shows where adversity comes from and why most clearly in the book and story of Jōb.
Jōb lived in the land of Uz with his wife, seven sons and three daughters. He was a righteous man, who was blameless, honored God and shunned evil. He was blessed by God with material wealth: seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and a large number of servants.
One day when the angels came to report to God, Satan, who was the Designated Accuser, came along with them. God singled out Satan and said, “What have you been up to?”
Satan answered God, “Going here and there, checking things out on earth.”
God said to Satan, “Have you noticed my friend Jōb? There’s no one quite like him—honest and true to his word, totally devoted to God and hating evil.”
Satan retorted, “So do you think Jōb does all that out of the sheer goodness of his heart? Why, no one ever had it so good! You pamper him like a pet, make sure nothing bad ever happens to him and his family or his possessions, bless everything he does— he can’t lose!
“But what do you think would happen if you reached down and took away everything that is his? He’d curse you right to your face, that’s what.”
God replied, “We’ll see. Go ahead—do what you want with all that is his. Just don’t hurt him.” Then Satan left the presence of God.”—Job 1:6-12 The Message
If you are going through a difficult time right now, you will want to go HERE to read this full story. The story of Jōb will help you like no other. It guided me at our most difficult days years ago. It shows what is going on behind the scenes where Satan brings disaster upon Jōb by taking away everything he owns except his wife. Eventually, his own body is struck with painful boils.
Job’s three ‘friends’ came to see him. They accused him and his adult children of sin and criticized him for days. Never did they pray for him.
Job gets so frustrated that he said, “I’m going directly to God for answers.” Of course, this is exactly what God wanted to hear >> The Story of Job.
We will look at four principles this story teaches us about suffering, adversity and afflictions, and what God is doing by filtering through His great big hands what Satan wants to bring against us––and how we can overcome.
Why Face Adversity?
Although Job was angry with his friends, one thing they did do was to put some fight into him. Would Job have given in to his afflictions and let them get the best of him if they had not troubled him more? We don’t know, but Job did learn to face his adversity. And, in doing so, He overcame.
Do you know of someone who lays down in the face of troubles and gives in to every blow that comes along and are always sick, having surgery or are perpetually distressed? They live by their emotions, and only what they can see, feel, taste, touch and only what the doctor says about them.
The first step to overcome is to face it by going to the Great Physician to see what He says about it, rather than what friends say. Facing adversity takes courage and means FIGHTING to overcome.
The Lord delivers those from afflictions who not only fight the spiritual battle, the good fight of faith, but they know God by knowing His Word; it’s not automatic and takes a lot of effort, but it’s so worth it.
Through Job’s story, we learn these four principles:
Afflictions Help Us See God and Know Who God Is
1. God is sovereign. We cannot understand his working through rational thinking alone.
When we want to ask, “Why God, why me?” we must remind ourselves that God sees the big picture of what He hopes to accomplish through our lives. Job took his complaints directly to God and God answered him. Bottom line: Job realized how small he was and how big God was and that there was a purpose in his whole ordeal.
2. God’s will toward us is good – always God is good. God really is near to those going through adversity. He always makes His presence known – when we are looking to Him and His word.
After many weeks of weakness, I pulled out my ARROWS SWORD & SHIELD (a 5 x 7 laminate) that I made after previous difficulties. I spoke these Scriptures over myself out loud declaring His promises as already fulfilled while thanking God for strength and healing although I didn’t feel like it.
The next morning during my one hour of computer time of scheduling pins for my Pinterest business, SEVEN times this Scripture crossed my vision:
God always cares and will communicate His care to his children.
Afflictions Bring Growth in Humility and Reveal His Divine Purposes
3. We can focus on our innocence and question God’s justice as Job did, or we can grow in humility and wait for God to reveal Himself and His purposes for us.
The Lord spoke to Job and answered his questions. Job replied, “I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything. Nothing and no one can upset your plans. You asked, ‘Who is this muddying the water, ignorantly confusing the issue, second-guessing my purposes?’ I admit. I was the one. I babbled on about things far beyond me, made small talk about wonders way over my head” (Job 42:1-3 Msg).
Job found that God did not have a list of offenses against him, but his only offense was his complaints against God during the suffering. He knew God had to have had a purpose, and now he knew what it was: “I admit I once lived by rumors of you, now I have it all firsthand—from my own eyes and ears!” (Job 42:5 Msg).
Afflictions Make Us Stronger and Build Character
4. The testing of our faith is an individual, personal testing.
At times uncontrollable forces will come against us. Family, friends, health, houses and job, and other sources of strength may be taken away leaving us seemingly ALONE in the battle. It’s in this ALONENESS, however, that we must hear God’s voice rather than the voice of others.
We must trust God alone to fill our voids and return us to victory. After Job did this, God asked him to pray for his friends; in doing so he had to forgive them, and Job was healed. God restored double to him of all he lost, and he was now on the road to be able to comfort others as he had been comforted by God alone (2 Cor. 1:4).
Who Can Overcome Afflictions?
We know the righteous will be delivered as Psalm 34: 19 says, but what about non-Christians? Does God hear their prayers, too? My friend Janice was married at seventeen years of age. Her husband tried unsuccessfully to drown her when she was pregnant. At the birth of her daughter, the doctor announced, “You will never take this baby home. She has only half a liver.”
But, Janice, not yet a Christian, did what James 5:13 says to do, “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray.” She went out into the hallway to call her sister to pray for her. A woman appeared beside her and voiced the prayer over the phone. To read this miraculous story go HERE
How Can Suffering and Afflictions be Overcome?
Barbara Watts suffered from multiple sclerosis. It hit her while she was witnessing to a friend. Her story shows how perseverance and the Word of God brought her miracle from this incurable disease. And it all happened in a church that did not believe in divine healing. Here is her story of faith>> What Does the Mature Bride Look Like?
God is Jehovah Rapha [The Lord our Healer]. Over and over again I’ve seen miracles of healing from my past, in our marriage and with our children––mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Here is my story of learning about faith and how to pray for family and friends: Because God is Jehovah-Rapha I Am Healed
What Current Afflictions Are Teaching Me
I’ve realized that my old habit of a performance mentality is not dead. Early in my marriage, I unknowingly felt I needed to work to gain God’s approval and was unable to see myself as God saw me. I’ve written about that in My Red Umbrella Story.
With all that needs to be done with a Web site and business/ministry, I’ve lately let that wrong attitude gain mastery in my life at the exclusion of other more important things.
Over these last few months, and without ‘my’ help, God has demonstrated that He doesn’t need my help (but he wants me and loves me). He has brought a 279% increase in traffic to my site with six times more organic browser searches. If I’d not been absolutely prevented from writing more posts and doing other ‘marketing’ things I would not have known that.
Immediately upon falling ill, I asked God, “How am I going to keep up with Pinterest?” When I read about Jesus turning the water into wine and the marriage feast, He spoke to my heart, “Just fill one jar, or one day, at a time with your pins and trust me to turn them into wine.” He’s doing that. And subscribers are still finding my free ecourse on this site––with the excerpts I’ve given you here.
I’ve determined not to make any more deadlines of my time with the Lord so I can “get on the computer.” I will not merely throw a kiss to Jesus from a distance, and I commit myself to spend more time with Him in His Word and in prayer.
I’ve repented and made a quality decision to do only what He says when He says and how He says––having descended the mountain into the valley where other people are.
“I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot [b]bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary.
“Nevertheless, I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.”
May I Pray with You?
I’m closing with more Scriptures about affliction, but if you’d like me to pray with you, please hit reply or post a comment below.
Here are some additional helps you may enjoy:
Because God Is . . . I Am << this link is the booklet given away with the free ecourse of GOD Who Are You? AND Who Am I? You can get it now for only $.99 that makes it available at your fingertips on Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo and many more. It has additional healing Scriptures of Jehovah Rapha and eleven more Hebrew names of God that cover every area and need in life.
Eyes Wide Open<< this link is the booklet given away with my periodic newsletter. It will help you know who Holy Spirit is, His benefits, and how you can know Him better and give you the power to live the Christian life. Same price; same reading apps.
Scriptures about Afflictions:
Psalm 34:17-20 ESV
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.
2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Romans 8:18 ESV
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Romans 5:3-4 ESV
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
Psalm 119:71 ESV
It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.
James 5:11 ESV
Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
Romans 8:28 ESV
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
2 Corinthians 4:17 ESV
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,
Psalm 22:24 ESV
For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him.
This post was written by my friend Susie Kyman. I discovered it after I completed writing a series about the 5 Eternal Crown Rewards Christians will receive in heaven. I went to her Facebook profile to look for a certain post she had made.
However, this is what I found, I was astounded at the clarity and insight she wrote about heaven and what it will be like for Christians. I know it will bring deeper insight for you, too.
As you read the last paragraph keep in mind that she wrote it before her beloved husband Troy was diagnosed with cancer that took his life. He personally “liked” her post and is now in the great cloud of witnesses watching for her!
HEAVEN: A RESURRECTED LIFE, IN A RESURRECTED BODY, WITH A RESURRECTED CHRIST, ON A RESURRECTED EARTH!
October 8, 2011 at 10:53 AM
Heaven and eternal life are talked about and taught about very little considering it is our only hope! The Word of God gives us many glimpses of Heaven and even goes beyond that to promise life on a new and redeemed earth.
Even many Christians continue to fear death, dread death and are not confident about what awaits them when this life ends.
Many have been taught or have assumed that heaven is a place of “disembodied spirits,” that we will spend our days floating on clouds, in a state of eternal sleep, or that all of eternity is spent worshipping around the throne.
None of these descriptions fit what the Word promises us regarding eternal life! It will be a LIFE, although much richer than the one we enjoy now. We can’t know everything that awaits us, but the Bible has given us many clues as to what we can look forward to.
I am going to include the Scripture references for each of these claims, but I am going to let you look most of them up, as I believe our own diligent search in the Word brings the most revelation.
HEAVEN HAS PHYSICAL PROPERTIES AND IS CAPABLE OF CONTAINING PHYSICAL OBJECTS. IT HAS CITIES, GARDENS, BUILDINGS, BANQUETS, AND BODIES!
City – (Hebrews 11:16)
Buildings – (John 14: 1-3) Jesus promised a house with many rooms.
Food – We are promised a “wedding banquet” and a supper. Jesus talked about eating and drinking again when the Passover was fulfilled (after His death) – Luke 22. Wedding feasts and banquets in Jesus’ day served the best foods available to them.
Garden – Jesus called it paradise when talking to the thief on the cross (Luke 23-43). The Greek definition of paradise compares it to the enclosed gardens of the Persians.
IN HEAVEN WE WILL NOT BE DISEMBODIED SPIRITS. IF THERE IS NO NEED FOR A BODY, THERE IS NO NEED FOR A RESURRECTION!
The body is referred to as a glorified body free of sickness, pain, and limitations.
A resurrected body is the thing that distinguishes Christianity from every other belief.
In order to receive and believe in Jesus for our salvation, we have to believe that His BODY was resurrected after 3 days.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:9-10
WE WILL ENJOY RELATIONSHIPS AND COMMUNITY IN HEAVEN
Heaven = rich relationships with people and with God
Hell = isolation from others and separation from God
Abraham and Lazarus were together (Luke 16:19-31)
Moses and Elijah returned to earth together to visit with Jesus (Matthew 17:1-8)
Jesus tells the thief on the cross that he will be “with him” in Paradise (Luke 23:43)
WE WILL BE ABLE TO ASK QUESTIONS, WE WILL STILL BE LEARNING
The martyrs ask God a question in heaven (Revelation 6:10).
THE SCRIPTURES SUGGEST AN AWARENESS OF “TIME” IN HEAVEN
Jesus refers to time and dates for all events of the future.
The angels are aware that there are future events yet to unfold.
The martyrs in Heaven ask “How long until there is justice for our murders?”
WE DO NOT BECOME “ANGELS” WHEN WE DIE
Angels, as described in the Word, are separate created beings who have only resided in heaven. We will remain children of God when we die which is an even higher privilege.
When Jesus was asked if we will marry in heaven, he said, “no you will be ‘like’ the angels (in that you will not marry).” Even the angels have their own names and identities (Michael, Gabriel, etc.) which further shows everyone has their own identity in heaven.
THERE IS A CONNECTION BETWEEN PEOPLE & EVENTS IN HEAVEN AND PEOPLE AND EVENTS ON EARTH
Heaven’s occupants may not have knowledge of your everyday coming and going, but are aware of the spiritually important events on earth:
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1).
A great multitude is rejoicing over God’s judgment on the earth.(Revelation 10:1-5).
There is much rejoicing over one sinner on earth that repents(Luke 15:7).
He promises even more than that. The heaven that we refer to is the “3rd heaven” that Paul describes in 2 Corinthians 12. It is the heaven where God currently dwells. It is the location where believers in Christ currently go when leaving this earth but is referred to as a “temporary place” until the formation of the New Heavens and the New Earth! (2Peter 3: 10-13).
This hope does not completely erase the current pain of losing someone you love. As one pastor said, “The depth of your grief can be measured equal to the depth of the love that you had for that person.” Even Jesus wept when his friend Lazarus died even though he was about to resurrect him from the dead and return him to his family. But it can keep us from being hopeless and look toward the day when we do get to see them again.
A NOTE FROM ANN:
Susie’s article brings to light what I’ve recently read in The Book of Mysteries by Jonathan Cahn. He compares life on this Earth and heaven to living in the womb and after birth. In the womb we have eyes, ears, a mouth, feet, and hands, although we can’t see, hear, speak, walk and touch; however, we were created to do those things. Just think how much more the difference will be for us to LIVE in heaven compared to our existence down here!