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How I Am Learning the 7 Pillars of Wisdom Essential to Build Life

I’m still learning, but there are two things of which I’m convinced:

  • The 7 pillars of wisdom are like supporting beams in our house and have to do with personal relationships, or how we deal with our family or any community in which we are involved.
  • I know that not one of these 7 pillars can be missing from our life if we want to have peace, and lack of anxiety and turmoil in all the choices we make. In other words, they are essential for life and to be able to move forward and to claim the promise we’re given for a long, happy and productive life.

What are the 7 Pillars of Wisdom?

Have you ever heard of the 7 pillars of wisdom? And if you have, do you know what they are? I recently read this phrase as I was reading Proverbs, chapter 9, on the 9th day of one recent month.

Since there are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs written by the wisest man in the world, King Solomon, reading one per day is what many Christians do. Until this day, I never gave this phrase a second thought. And, I wondered, what are those 7 pillars?

As I began to meditate on this chapter, the thought came to me that maybe this wise man would not mention them without telling us what they were. And, just maybe he did not number them like we would today. I was astounded at what I discovered. Also, I believe that without a recent encounter with a ‘scorner’ I would not have recognized these 7 pillars. Please learn from my mistake

The first verse says, “Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out and set up her seven [perfect number of] pillars” (Amplified). Webster’s dictionary defines house as a “household; a family under the same roof; a religious community in residence.” Thus, that is why we are looking at relationships – present and future.

It’s in verses 6 through 12 where we find the nuggets of gold: insight and understanding; discernment; reprove not a scorner; look for the FAT; a reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord; promise of long life; and wisdom is for oneself.

How I Am Learning the 7 Pillars of Wisdom

Number 1 of the 7 Pillars of Wisdom: Insight and Understanding

Verse 6 says, “Forsake foolishness and live, and go in the way of understanding” (NKJV). The Amplified version includes the word ‘insight.’ Spiritual insight can come only from taking time to dig deep to get understanding from the Word of God.

One of my favorite Scriptures is Proverbs 4:7: “in all thy getting, get an understanding.” This is the verse that changed my life when my children were young. It alerted me to the fact that I had to put in effort with discipline to learn Wisdom, I had to seek God, and that I could learn from Him myself.

Verse 5 shows exactly how to get insight and understanding, “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the spiritual wine” – this is the Word of God. This is Jesus Himself who is the Word made flesh and blood. He calls to us to hear and listen to His voice and open the door. He promises, “I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he will eat with Me” (Revelation 3:20).

Number 2 of the 7 Pillars of Wisdom: Discernment

Verse 7: “He who rebukes a scorner heaps upon himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man gets for himself bruises.” Okay, here’s the problem. How do we know when to try to correct in love and when to withhold our tongue or texts? Namely, to have discernment.

The Bible tells us “if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother” (Matthew 18:15). Many have given the wisdom to learn from other’s mistakes, so that you don’t have to make all of them yourself. I hope you can learn from my lack of wisdom.

A fellow brother in community took offense with a situation which involved several of my friends. He immediately took to the internet to spout abusive words against them by name. I prayed about the situation a lot and felt led to write him a letter of encouragement with just a hint of correction with a Scripture from Isaiah the Lord showed me.

In Isaiah 65:2, God laments that He has “stretched out His hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, according to their own thoughts [and opinions].” Did you catch that?

God equates REBELLION to a person’s own thoughts and opinions in contrast to hearing and heading HIS THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS!

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The Bible also says that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. I did not mention that in the letter, but maybe I should have; this person responded to my email just fine, but the behavior did not change.

I was extremely concerned about this situation and kept praying until the Lord gave me a dream. I saw a baby spit up a whole bunch. The Lord seems to say, “What do you do when this happens?”

“Well, Lord, I wipe it up and throw it away.”

“Exactly, and, remember this is my baby. Only I can make it grow. Just keep praying, and trust Me.”

Discernment of when to CONFRONT IN LOVE is not easy, but it’s getting easier  – because of the next pillar.

Number 3 of the 7 Pillars of Wisdom: Reprove Not a Scorner

The 7 pillars of wisdom are essential for life and to be able to move forward to claim the promise of God for a long, and productive life. Do you know what they are?

Here it is, just plain and simple:  DO NOT reprove the scorner, scoffer or mocker!! As plain as day, just don’t do it God says! I wish I’d learned this sooner.

Verse 8, “Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.” So, what is a scorner anyway? Webster’s for scorn: “to reject or dismiss as contemptible or unworthy; open dislike and disrespect or derision often mixed with indignation.”

Discernment calls for recognizing this in an individual and to just stay away. Let it go! “But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife” (2 Timothy 2:23).

“A scoffer does not love one who corrects him, nor will he go to the wise” (Prov. 15:12). This person has never prayed, “Lord, change me,” nor, gone to the Word for insight and understanding himself.

On the other hand, “rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.” Thankfully, I’ve experienced this. The surprise response was, “Thank you.”

Number 4 of the 7 Pillars of Wisdom: Look for the FAT

Verse 9, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser; Teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.” How do we discern the wise man or woman? Here is what I learned from my friend GRETCHEN’S STORY. Look for FAT people:

F – Faithful

A – Available

T – Teachable

As a Bible study leader, I’ve found it hard and easy to find faithful, available and teachable people. Hard in the sense that they are few. These are ones who have come to the end of themselves, and discovered they are powerless without The Rock to stand on. These are hurting people in crisis mode who are ready to put in the effort to become very wise.

Number 5 of the 7 Pillars of Wisdom: Have a reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord

Verse 10, “The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” The Knowledge of the Holy One – it’s taken years of walking with the Lord to realize that His ways and His thoughts are so much higher than mine (Isaiah 55:9). He taught me that there are seasons that begin and end in my life.

Our city-wide women’s group lasted only seven years. These are the women you are reading about in GOD Who Are You? AND Who Am I? e-course on this site.  In year eight, the Lord no longer brought women to me who were ready and willing to share their testimony, and everyone I had to go to and ask, turned me down. What is going on here, Lord? I thought.

A wise woman said to me, “I’ve found there are seasons in our lives and that they change.”

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Shortly, my husband retired, and we moved from town to our next assignment. Many could not understand; we did not really understand, but it’s as the Word says, “Man’s steps are ordered by the Lord. How then can a man understand his way?” (Proverbs 20:24).

Number 6 of the 7 Pillars of Wisdom: Promise of Long Life

Verse 11, “For by me [Wisdom from God] your days shall be multiplied, and years of your life shall be increased.” This is straightforward. What a great God we serve who is always ready to reward those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11: 6). There is no end to His promises!

Number 7 of the 7 Pillars of Wisdom: Wisdom is for Oneself

Verse 12, “If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if you scorn, you alone will bear it and pay the penalty.” Be wise for yourself. Here is the crux of it all:

We need wisdom to know our seasons. Daniel 2:21 makes it clear, “He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding!”

We may not be able to understand our season, possibly that we are only moving from one to the next, and that the only way to get there is to remove our feet from one bank of the river to get to the other side. Our responsibility, though, is to know when it’s time to get on the offensive team to be ready for the next assignment from the Lord He has planned for us.

No one else can understand what God is doing in our life. Even then, most times it’s only when we get beyond the present circumstances that we can look back and understand those plans and purposes.

Even Jesus was hardly ever understood; how much more should we expect to be misunderstood? This is one of the hardest things to endure, and I call it spiritual persecution. Jesus tells us that it is those from our own household where division will come.

Consequently, we cannot live to please other people.  PLEASERS do not know who they are, nor who God is. They are not happy and will never take a stand;  merely a chameleon changing with everyone else’s thoughts and opinions.

Pleasers will never be able to move forward and to claim the promise given for a long, happy and productive life with the 7 pillars of wisdom essential to build LIFE.

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I [the Lord] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Be not like the horse or the mule, which lack understanding, which must have their mouths held firm with bit and bridle, or else they will not come with you (Psalm 32:8-9).

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid (Prov. 12:1).

Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path; the one who hates correction will die (Proverbs 15:10).

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The Number 8 – Twelve Things You Should Know

People of all faiths, or no faith, seem to know that 666 stands for the anti-christ. I wonder how many Christians know how the number 8 relates to the real Christ––Jesus Christ, the Messiah––Yeshua his Hebrew name?

The Incredible Number 8 and What it Means to You: People of all faiths seems to know 666 stands for the anti-christ. Do you know how the number 8 relates to the real Christ? #Jesus, #JesusChrist, #God, #GodWhoAreYou, #WhoAmII wonder, because this is new knowledge for me and I have been a Christian for over fifty years. The points below, meshed with my own research and understanding, I am sharing with you are very simplified from a long, detailed article by Gary Stearman, in his “Prophecy in the News” magazine, June, 2012.
Understanding the number 8 gives a deeper meaning and intimacy with Jesus and what His blood sacrifice did. Stearman writes, “Biblical patterns featuring numbers (as well as articles of worship and practices in the Old Testament Tabernacle), especially the number 8, are spiritual implications to show God’s transcendence in ways we mere mortals can understand.”

Here are 12 deeper biblical meanings of the number 8:

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1. NUMBER 8 – RESURRECTION

Jesus resurrected after the 3rd day, on the 8th day of the week, the day following the 7th day; thus, bringing Creation to new heights – new life – a new birth – new beginnings – superabundance!

2. NUMBER 8 – NEW BIRTH

8 persons entered the ark. Noah and his three sons are said to be “fathers of humanity.” They gave mankind a new physical birth, but also a spiritual one through the waters preserving the godly line of Shem, one of Noah’s sons. Through Shem would come Messiah––Jesus Christ. The number 8 stands for a NEW BEGINNING.

3. NUMBER 8 – WHERE GOD MEETS MAN

The tabernacle in the wilderness journey after the Exodus was laid out in a figure 8 with all the twelve tribes encamped in 8 specific groups. The Holy of Holies was in the center of a huge figure 8. The Holy of Holies is where the high priest met with God.

4. NUMBER 8 – MIDPOINT OF THE TORAH

Leviticus 8:8 is the very center verse of the Torah (first 5 books of Old Testament). Here we learn Moses put the breastplate of twelve precious stones upon Aaron; also, he put in the breastplate the Urim and the Thummim––that somehow revealed the Spirit of the Lord to the high priest (Aaron). The high priest was the literal figure of superabundance, where God’s power made direct contact with the lives of the Israelites.

Urim means fire, the light of fire, a flame, enlightenment, revelation. Thummin means completeness, fullness, wholeness, perfection, integrity, soundness, simplicity, innocence, uprightness, prosperity.
These definitions are the same as for “righteousness,” for Jesus is now our High Priest who makes direct contact with us.

Jesus has made us right with God, and makes intercession for us directly to our Father in heaven—because He now resides INSIDE our hearts through the God’s Spirit, not outside on a breastplate; thus, the Trinity––the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit––actually dwells inside as One God– just as water is one element, yet can appear in three forms: liquid, steam and ice. Wow! Amazing! Unfathomable! Superabundance!

5. NUMBER 8 – LINKED TO PRIESTLY ORDINATION

Moses anointed Aaron in Leviticus 8 with oil. In Hebrew, the word for “eight” means oil or fatness of the olive. Oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. After being dedicated for service, Aaron and his sons remained at the door of the Tabernacle for seven days. On the eighth day, and not before, they did their first act of service by sacrificing a sin offering and a burnt offering before the LORD. (See Lev. 8:33-9:2). Thus, Aaron was consecrated for a new and higher order of spiritual activity.

6. NUMBER 8 – SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY

The prophet Samuel anointed David as king by using olive oil–– represented by number 8, a new and higher order of spiritual authority. David was the eighth son.

7. NUMBER 8 – BLESSING TO ENTIRE EARTH

On the eighth confirmation to Abraham by God of His covenant with him, God provided a lamb in substitution for the sacrifice of Isaac. Because of his obedience, God promised Abraham that his seed would bless the entire earth––through the Lamb of God––Yeshua/Jesus, in the line of David.

8. NUMBER 8 – THE HEBREW LETTER ‘CHET’

The number 8 highlights the importance of a mature faith, as was Abraham’s. Going beyond seven, the number eight symbolizes man’s ability to transcend the limitations of physical existence through grace and life in Jesus Christ. The letter Chet means these two things, having to do with a higher spiritual life. It looks like this: הּ

Furthermore, the Hebrew name for oil in Hebrew is shemen. The word for eighth in Hebrew is shemini. The two words joined together are symbolic of the power of the Spirit joined to the number 8. When we go beyond 7, we live in the power of the Holy Spirit, beyond our limitations, over and above, exceeding, transcending, overflowing, and dwelling in the heaven-lies.

9. NUMBER 8 – SYMBOLIZES A PERIOD OF TIME BEFORE A MAJOR REVELATION

In the Mount of Transfiguration story in Luke 9:27-31, Jesus said, “There are some of those standing here who shall not taste death, till they see the kingdom of God.” Eight days passed before he took Peter, John and James to the mountain where Jesus revealed His glory. He talked with Moses and Elijah, “who appearing in glory were speaking of His departure which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.”

Later, Thomas did not believe Jesus had resurrected, but on the eighth day, Thomas was with the disciples when Jesus showed proof, and Thomas believed!

10. NUMBER 8 – THE MATHEMATICAL SYMBOL FOR INFINITY

This symbol is an 8 lying on its side as though at rest [which is a completed fish sign]. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 KJV).

11. 888 – THE NUMBER OF JESUS’ NAME

In the Greek language, as in Hebrew, letters of the alphabet double as numbers. Every word has a numerical value. Eight is the Dominical Number. For everywhere it has to do with Jesus Christ as LORD. The Greek letters of Yeshua’s name below come from an 1894 book, Number in Scripture: Its Supernatural Design and Spiritual Significance, E.W. Bullinger.
I = 10
H = 8
Σ = 200
O = 70
Y = 400
Σ = 200
—888

12. NUMBER 8 – THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA

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After learning the above 11 points, the Lord revealed more to me. Passover (Easter) has 8 days. Exodus 12:15 says the children of Israel were to eat unleavened bread for seven days leading up to the day they were delivered on the eighth day!

Furthermore, the 8 days of Passover are at the beginning of the year and Hanukkah runs 8 days at the end of the year. In Revelation 1:8, Yeshua/Jesus says, “I AM the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the ending, which is and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (KJV).

THE INCREDIBLE Almighty God – 888 the Alpha and the Omega – the Beginning, the middle and the Ending

Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6 NASB). The true Christian believes this claim by Jesus that He is God––the only way to heaven––basically for three reasons:

1) “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness [of sin]” (Hebrews 9:22).

2) John the Baptist said of Jesus, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). The whole purpose for the 400-year bondage of the Israelites at the Passover Exodus from Egypt was to demonstrate freedom by blood. A lamb was slain whose blood was smeared on the doorposts of the Israelites homes. When the death angel saw the blood that house was passed over.

3) “By this we have been sanctified [cleansed] through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10:10). All sin for all people has been eradicated, but freedom comes only for the individual who believes and receives Jesus personally as the only Truth and way to heaven by surrendering to Him as Lord in his own life and as Lord of all.

Can you think of any incredible number 8’s in the Bible that may have been missed here? If so, please leave a message below for us all to read.

I hope this encourages you as much as it has me in researching the number 8 and how it leads to our Savior and soon coming King!

If you would like to know more about Jesus and His Names, check out my workbook: GOD Who Are You? AND Who Am I? Knowing and Experiencing God by His Hebrew Names.

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How God Found Me: A story of Hope, Redemption and Miracles

By Mariya Pypenko (Feit)
Translated and Written by Lisa Kravchuk

I was born into a family where my parents believed in God, but I did not serve Him and did not attend church. I was very involved at my school as a head-senior student, lead member of a Communist Youth organization and attended an atheist club where we stood against religions and superstition. But I never opposed my parents’ faith. When my parents read us the Bible, I didn’t understand or consider it.

My parents are Russian Germans and were banished to Siberia, Ural region, where I was born on in 1953, in the city of Kospach, Permskaya county. In 1956 our family moved to the city of Vorkuta where my maternal grandma lived. She was sent there due to religious and political reasons, because she was an Adventist believer and said a word in defense of America. Vorkuta was a place where Russians and Germans were sent for different political, religious or criminal reasons.

When I was 14 years old, I experienced the power of the name of Jesus even though I did not understand it. It happened when my brothers got into a fight and my older sister wanted to punish them. Our mom was gone, and my second oldest sister did not think punishment was appropriate; so the two began arguing.

I charged at them with tightly held fists saying, “Stop! Or I will kill you.” There was so much anger in me, they got scared, hid in a corner and began saying, “Satan, leave her, in the name of Jesus Christ.” That very moment, my anger went away. I was very startled by the change in me after these words.

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How God Found Me: A story of Hope, Redemption and Miracles

I did not search for God; He found me! When I was 15 years old, my classmates decided to seek fortune-telling about their future and husbands the night before Christmas.

My father told me that it was forbidden to do that, so I said my first prayer before bedtime, “God, if You exist, then show me my future!” That night I had a dream where God revealed Himself to me and showed me that He is my future! I dreamed of a young man of average heights, dressed in brocade, silver suit (He did not show Himself in a dress, as I did not know how people were dressed in the days of Jesus and would have not understood).

His hair was wavy, the color of chestnut running to his shoulders. His eyes were visually vivid, bluish and full of love. I felt as though I was x-rayed in front of Him and He knows my past, present and the future. I had a knowledge that I would search for a man that resembles His image but would not find anyone like Him.

That morning we had a Christian friend visiting, who led my mother to believing and who was sent to Vorkuta for 25 years due to evangelizing. I told them my dream. Mother said, “It is Jesus Christ and He wants you to accept Him in your life,” but I continued to live as usual.

After God Found Me, I Lived My Life As Usual

It was exactly a year later when I had the same kind of dream the night of Christmas, but I continued to live my life. I finished school and enrolled in a Technology School to become a Certified Nurse. One night I had to stay late. When I was leaving campus, I noticed there were men walking, two from one side and one from another. There was no one else around.

They noticed me and turned my way. I understood they wanted to harm me and a thought went through me, “God if you exist, help me!” I was a fast runner, but this time I could not even move. I felt as though my feet were cast iron. The men continued walking my way and I heard them speak to each other, “Let’s not go her way. It’s a strong and tall guy by her, and he has a sword!”

I looked both ways but could not see anyone. I heard them repeat these words to themselves and they turned around. When they were a minimum of 10 meters from me, my feet suddenly became normal again and I took off so fast like never before.

At home, I told my mother about the experience and asked her who that “tall, strong and with a sword” could be, and she said it was an angel God sent to protect me because He thinks of me and because she was worried and prayed for me.

At that time, the church where my mother and two older sisters were attending was praying for the children of believing parents, that the Lord would deliver and baptize them. It was not legally allowed at that time, and there was no actual building to gather in as the prayer house was burned.

“God, if You exist, give me Your Holy Spirit or I will turn to the secular living.”

Because of government persecution, Christian gatherings were done at homes or apartments. It was a Sunday, a day of fasting. Suddenly I had a compelling desire to say, “God, if You exist, give me Your Holy Spirit or I will turn to the secular living,” for I was at the crossroad either faith in God or the world.

When I said these words, my mouth opened and I began talking and singing on clear angelic tongues. I felt as though God lifted me, along with my baby sister, unto the clouds. I was experiencing Divine Presence.

My brother Peter, who was in the same room, had a vision at the same time. He saw a black bird take off from my head to meet a dove coming from heaven. There was a fight in midair and feathers flying around; then, the dove increased in size and swallowed the black bird. When the dove landed on my head, I began singing and talking in heavenly languages.

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My mom was excited and took me to church that day. It was my first time stepping into the place of prayer. When those present found out that God answered their prayers, they could not pray in their own language. Everyone prayed and sang in holy languages. It was a huge glory to God!!

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It’s not people who seek God, but God seeks people! He knows our hearts. Don’t get despaired or discouraged. He hears the prayers of mothers and fathers.

Often people seek the gifts and blessings of God, but God gives as He desires and sees fit. It is important to desire and love the Spirit of God Himself, and the rest God will provide.

God is worthy of people’s love. He is grand! He chooses people from variety of families, nationalities, and denominations; for He knows the past, the present and the future.

He hears prayers and continues His works of saving souls. I am very grateful God found me, and to this day, He is my greatest Friend and Husband according to my heart. I give Him all praise! He found me on time, for He is a God of a Right time!

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Lisa Pypenko Kravchuk is  the young mother who translated God Who Are You? AND Who Am ? into Russian. Her mother is Mariya, who wrote this article and edited the book. You can see the book at the button below–along with an update on her story:

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Women: God’s Secret Weapon: God’s Inspiring Message to Women of Power, Purpose and Destiny

The Lord gives the command; The women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host: Kings of armies flee, they flee. And she who remains at home will divide the spoil!” (Psalm 68:11-12 NASB)

The above verse from Psalm has a tremendous application for this hour. Women will be a great host proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ right here in America—from their own houses––thus, bringing in a harvest of souls.

Psalm 68:11-12 tells us there will be a battle that women will win. They will collect and divide the spoil among themselves when they have gathered together in their own homes or other meeting places.

Why does this verse emphasize women? [NIV and KJV translations use the word company, so do not fret men]. What is the battle? What is the spoil they so greatly desire from the fight? And, how are they going to get it?

Why Women and What Battle for Spoil?

Women, you are God's Secret Weapon: Psalm 68:11-12 tells us there will be a battle women will win. They will collect and divide the spoil among themselves when they are at home or gathered together.

Ed Silvoso and Frances Frangipane, plant good seed in the hearts of women through their writing. Silvoso, president of Harvest Evangelism, Inc., has four daughters and six granddaughters. He is qualified to write about women. He believes there has to be a rematch between the devil and the woman before Jesus’ return.

After all, the first deception was between the serpent and the woman Eve before the man was influenced. In his book, Women: God’s Secret Weapon: God’s Inspiring Message to Women of Power, Purpose and Destiny, he writes, “I call it a rematch because it will involve the original contenders: human beings and the devil himself. Just like their predecessor in the Garden, women will play a central role, except that this time, as God has predicted, Eve’s daughters will win” (Regal, 2001, Ventura, CA, P. 74-75).

Author and teacher, Francis Frangipane writes, “Yes, indeed, there is a battle; there still exists ‘enmity between (the serpent) and the woman’ (Gen.3:15). Satan especially hates you because it was your seed that bruised the serpent’s head. It is amazing to me that God chose to bring His Son into the world, not through the heavens nor even through a woman impregnated by man, but through a woman made pregnant by God! God Himself came to earth through the woman’s power to give birth!” (A Word to Women of God––You Were Created to Birth Breakthrough on the Earth,” accessed Sept. 10, 2007).

God chose a woman, Mary, to give birth to His Son, Jesus. More still, it was women who were among the first to proclaim the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection! And now, women who are faithful “Marys” are birthing battle plans to win souls and disciple them.

What Is the Spoil the Faithful ‘Mary-Women’ Desire?

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We are at war in a spiritual battle in America and our world like never before. The spoil from physical wars are lands, cities, gold, silver, and weapons. But Jesus says, “I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich . . . .” (Rev. 3:18 NASB).

The LORD’S gold is what a faithful “Mary” so greatly desires.
Allow me to illustrate what the “spoil of gold” include by telling you about only a few of the “Marys” I know. Their stories are divided by the specific blessings of El Shaddai––our One True Almighty God:

Increase of the Kingdom of God: Sarah M. requested prayer for her long-time friend. Sarah then gave her a copy of the workbook she was studying in a home Bible study. Her friend found Jesus not long afterward.

Sarah M. chose to lead the same Bible study in her mother Sharon’s home. She invited eight of her friends and relatives. During the study, Sarah’s sister-in-law led her neighbor to the Lord who then joined the study!

Deliverance from Bondage: Linnie M., who struggled with anxiety and bi-polar issues, drove all by herself to her first Bible study––in a home group setting. God miraculously answered her prayer by providing money for her son to pay court fees to avoid going back to prison. This prodigal son and his whole family returned to God and the Church family.

As Denise learned about God’s character by studying His Hebrew names, she discovered who she was––highly valued and loved. After looking for many years only to doctors and medicine to heal her panic attacks, depression, and severe digestive problems, she chose to look only to Jesus and realized perfect healing of body, mind, and spirit. After not being able to conceive, she became the mother of three children––one by adoption, two natural.

Fruitfulness: Two boys and a little girl from Russia found their home with Mark and Amanda G. A little girl from China gained parents and Willa C, as her grandmother. The gold spoil of Michelle and Ken H.’s long battle with barrenness was three children––Joshua Caleb, whom they adopted, and then twin girls born naturally. Through prayer and fasting, Davi and Kurt M. were blessed with a baby boy after ten years of marriage.

Promise of a Homeland, Purpose and Heaven: Kim C.’s long, involved story of deliverance from Satanic oppression linked to childhood verbal abuse, rape and the occult, had a happy ending with all her family finding Jesus, which was the only request she made of God. Her mother and sister both died, but Kim had assurance through dreams that both made it to heaven.

Protection: Linda B. and Sally J. each prayed early one morning, as usual. Linda’s children walked away from their van that rolled three times that day––which usually is fatal. Sally’s five-year-old grandson was backed over by a car. When his mother turned to thank the man who prayed for him at the scene, he was gone. Four days later the child was playing in the yard.

Spoil is defined as plunder taken from an enemy in war or from a victim in a robbery. We know it is Satan who comes to steal, kill and destroy. Like these ladies, you just read about, it is time for all of us to stand up and take back what he has stolen from us. It is hard work. It is war, and it is God’s battle!

What is the Strategy for Women to Take Back the Spoil?

WOMEN: God's Secret Weapon

Psalm 68:11 begins by saying, “The Lord gives the command.” The Hebrew noun, ômer, for ‘command’ means a purpose, a plan. The word ‘armies’ is the Hebrew word tsâbâ which is also translated as ‘host’ or ‘company’, as in a host of soldiers, angels, or in reference to all of creation.

Who is giving this command? Jehovah-Sabaoth [The Lord of hosts], Supreme Commander of the Universe. He is carrying out a strategy to win His Bride for His Son, and He is doing it––with a purpose and a plan––just as He had a purpose and plan for the children of Israel.

After the children of Israel left Egypt and arrived in the Promised Land, and they were about to fight for the land, Joshua saw a man with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua asked him, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?”

And he said, “No, rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the LORD.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down and said to him, “What has my lord to say to his servant?”

And the captain of the LORD’S host said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy” (Josh. 5:13-15). And Joshua did so.

The captain of the LORD’S host is none other than Jehovah Sabaoth [The LORD of hosts]. With His drawn sword in hand, it’s like He was saying to Joshua and now to us, “Fear not, I will take it from here. I see you; I hear you, and I am here. Just trust me; know me; seek me; believe Me and keep confessing My Word and act on it!”

This re-matched victory against the serpent Satan will come about through the influence of the woman. But, a woman cannot do it alone, no more than she can have a child on her own––we trust the Lord of hosts to fight for us.

God chose Mary to give birth to His Son; thus, bringing Him into the world the first time. God has chosen you and me as end-time Marys, with Josephs by our side,  to give birth to the harvest of souls before the second coming of His Son, Jesus Christ.

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Have you had someone talk to you in a group setting expecting an answer, yet they have never acknowledged your name and are waiting for an answer? You and I like our names. Our Women’s group learned that GOD likes His name, too, and that He responds to His character names in the root Hebrew language in a powerful way.

My name is Ann Miesner and I teach people to know who they are by helping them understand who God is by His Hebrew names, so that they can feel loved and live with peace, joy and purpose.

In 1994 and 1995 God gave me two supernatural events depicting the catching away of the Body of Christ. In ’99 my family moved to Fort Scott, Kansas, where the Lord brought amazing women across my path with incredible testimonies that they shared in our city-wide group where we studied twelve of the more prominent Hebrew names of God.

These stories had to be told, so I spent five years studying fictional techniques as I transposed their stories to share with Scripture of God’s names to help explain them. The result was a bible study workbook, GOD Who Are You? AND Who Am I? – Knowing and Experiencing God by His Hebrew Names.

It has been translated into Spanish and Russian print books and is now offered as a free ecourse to the English book, in 15-minute daily increments at my Web Site: https://www.godwhoareyou.org. A Leader’s guide is also available.

We women and our families learned that “When we know and understand who God is, we grow to know who we are and where we’re going by facing squarely where we came from.”

Gretta E. from Mississippi is a single mother caring for her three grandchildren and was in a place where all she could see was her difficult circumstances. She took the free ecourse and gave her testimony at the end, saying,

“Studying Jehovah, the Hebrew words and their meanings for–he will be;–His being; and he was, was the most blessing to me. I discovered Hah was there in my brokenness, Hovi is here in my transformation, and Yehi will forever be glory in me.
As I was praying and worshiping, I felt the divine presence of Jehovah enter the room. The glory was beautifully overwhelming. He came to embrace me, to show his unfailing and perfect love for me, and to assure me that I am His and He is mine.”

Melissa H. studied the book in a group setting. She said, “Through this book, this wounded warrior has been placed on her feet, not just physically, but also mentally, and on the path that God has chosen for her. My hope is that others struggling from military service or just life in general, would get this book–just take a peek. You will find the answers in life that God has for you. Just don’t give up five more minutes for your miracle.”

Janice M. in Colorado, prayer walked her neighborhood utilizing the JOSHUA JERICHO PRAYER WALKING GUIDE. She then invited her neighbors to her home for a study. As she asked one lady, she said, “Oh, I was just about to contact a medium. I want to hear from God so bad!” In the first two modules of the study, Janice led two women to receive Jesus as their Savior and Lord, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit.

I can guarantee you, that by by the time you work through the print workbook, the four eBooks, or the free eCourse bonus at my site, God will invade your space when you give Him the opportunity. Beginning in Genesis, you will travel with my military family, and 40 other individuals, until you find yourself in Revelation 12 as an overcomer, sharing your own testimony.

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What I Learned on Valentine’s Day 1988

Jim was teaching at the community college in Arkansas City, south-central Kansas, close to the Oklahoma border, and I was church secretary after our fourth child Hank was born. Hank was five years younger than Matthew; Matt five years younger than Francy and two years between her and Kurt. This is the context of the most memorable Valentine’s Day I would ever have–and that changed my life forever!

It was soon evident I needed to begin my business/ministry so I could work my own hours from home. I loved being on the road servicing book racks. It brought many adventures – like my Valentine Day story.

It was Valentine's Day and I found myself in a cafe by myself. What happened next was the last thing I could have ever imagined!I

I figured I could service book racks on Saturdays to begin, so I sold my first account to Graves Drug store in town. Twenty-four more accounts in close-by towns followed easily after facing my fears, which was very difficult. My life-saver was repeating out loud 2 Timothy 1:7, from the Amplified: “God has not given me a spirit of timidity—of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear—but of power and of love and of calm and a well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” Soon, I found Zechariah 4:6 to be quicker to say and just as powerful: “Not by might, nor by my power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD Almighty.” Repeating these Scriptures brought peace and calmed my fears.

In all the places which agreed to put in Christian books, those sales were made on the first call. Store managers liked the family values they portrayed with service provided as a guaranteed sale at 25% discount. We middle-(wo)men distributors bought at 40% discount, making it necessary to have an abundance of accounts to be worthwhile.

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With the racks and home parties, I soon left the secretarial job. I absolutely loved my new adventure with Jesus. It was like He took my hand and directed every move. He so very subtly built my confidence.

Over the next seventeen years the twenty-five racks grew to fifty. Matt and Hank helped me price books with UPC stickers. Our garage converted to a bookstore on delivery day. A room off the garage with no windows, built for the previous owner’s paintings, doubled perfectly for bookshelves—no sunlight to fade the books. We had fun and I was able to buy my own van for delivery, but all the work was not without a price.

The 10,000 miles per year turned into 30,000; stress began to take its toll. My time with the Lord was compromised when I found myself leaving at 4:30 a.m. to get to Oklahoma City to have those racks serviced by the deadline of 10:00 a.m. Trips from Tulsa to Lawton, Oklahoma, Wichita Falls, Texas, and Boonville, Arkansas started to get to me—especially after two close calls on the highway.

I started to wake up and ask God what I was doing. A book in the Bible began to haunt me. The prophet Hosea was appalled at the idolatry of God’s people, idolatry he called adultery.

God expressed His love to the people through Hosea’s life when, at God’s direction, he took a wife who was as unfaithful to him as Israel was to her God. She left Hosea and he bought her back. God told Hosea, “Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods . . . “(Hosea 3:1).

The verse that haunted me was 2:16, “In that day,” declares the Lord, “you will call me ‘my husband’; you will no longer call me ‘my master.’”

I meditated on that verse and asked the Lord, “What does this mean? Am I seeing You as my master? Have I gotten out of balance into the doing side of life in ‘possessing the land’ and left my goal of being? He so very quietly seemed to say, “Yes, I think so.”

“Then what does it mean that we will call You our husband? I understand the bride of Christ; I’ve always thought we will be that in heaven, but this seems to mean now, right? Does it mean I should ask You to be my husband rather than my master? . . . I know You have already done all You could ever do for me, so I do that. I’m asking you.”

No response.

Until . . . Valentine’s Day

I called a friend of mine, who worked in a neighboring town, to meet me for lunch. She had recently gone through a divorce and needed encouragement. My van was loaded for servicing racks that Friday afternoon close by her work.

My latest delivery of books contained a new one, Hugs for Encouragement. I arrived at the little café early to finish reading this book that I was going to give her. I’d started it and couldn’t put it down. I sat at a table where she would be sure to see me and continued to read.

Noon came and went and my friend did not show up. Oh well. I’m glad she forgot. I can finish this book. Without being able to pinpoint anything particular, all I can say is that the whole book convicted me of how I’d sought to “be encouraged” rather than to be an encourag-er. I made a vow right then to the Lord, “I will spend the rest of my life seeking to encourage, rather than to be encouraged.”

I thought, I guess I should have stayed home and invited my husband to have lunch with me since it’s Valentine’s Day.

“He’s right here!” The words were clear. Jesus is right . . . here . . . beside me!

“My arm is around your shoulders.” He spoke again. I could not move—afraid I would spoil the moment. I basked in his love unspeakable and full of glory.

After about an hour, I mustered the energy to leave. The cashier asked me, “Is everything all right?”

“Uh, hum,” is all I could say.

I had to forget the racks, drove home and parked in front of the house. I sat in the driver’s seat, still unable to move, my strength gone—until two hours later when the UPS man came with a delivery.

Almost unable to get out of the van, I could not speak to him, but managed to sign for the book. I got back in the van, still basking in the love of Jesus . . . until the school bus dropped off the children.

My adventure with Jesus was only beginning. My friend had been at the café and could not find me. Afterwards, these words kept going through my mind:

 Will you be my Valentine? Love, Jesus.

I knew they were not for me alone.

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Are Your Children Covered? Protect Them Supernaturally!

Do you feel certain, without a doubt, that your children are protected  from Satan’s evil tactics when they are away from home or even in your own house? There is only one foolproof way, and it is an intentional, proactive act with the blood of Jesus Christ with the prayer of faith–and it always brings a supernatural result as you will read here.

Satan is going after your children in all-out war! Are you prepared?

Do the Joshua Jericho Prayer Walk for Peace, Protection and Victory! Are your children covered? You can never protect them yourself, but you can protect them supernaturally with the blood of Jesus prayer, and the Joshua Jericho Prayer Walk. Click through for the free printable guide. Satan is after your child and your grandchildren. If you haven’t yet heard, a new well-organized curriculum is in 50 of 60 public schools across Canada. It’s called SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification). It celebrates alternative  lifestyles and that “gender is fluid. In other words, your gender is not dependent on what parts you were born with but rather what you feel like in the moment” (“Mommy, I Don’t Want to Be a Boy!” Christian Broadcasting Network News App, World, January 10, 2018).

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SOGI starts in kindergarten. A five-year-old little girl came home, and said, “Mommy, I don’t want to be a boy!” When she played with so-called masculine toys, the teacher told her that she might be a boy inside. When her mother complained, she was called names because she was ‘behaving badly.’ Children’s rights are above parents’ rights. Eighty-five percent of teachers are compliant and pushing this agenda. If you think it can’t happen in America, think again. It’s spreading, and who is hindering it?

In addition, sex trafficking is not a new thing, but are you aware just how easy it is for it to happen to your child or grandchild? A new book, Almost Gone, by John, Stephanie, and Mackenzie Baldwin shares how seventeen-year old Mackenzie surfed a social media site with a tagline, Talk to Strangers! and was seduced by a man in Kosovo. The site randomly connects people from around the world.  It gives them the opportunity to chat one-on-one using text or video.

Over fourteen months, she withdrew from friends and family,  and dressed more conservatively. She converted to Islam from a Christian family background, and made plans to fly to Kosovo to marry this Muslim man.

Mackenzie’s  parents had twenty-five days and one chance to save  her. It took  them  getting involved with the help of one of her friends and the FBI before she woke up and cut this relationship off. Families are reading together this Almost Gone book that reads like a mystery novel.

We don’t have to see our children get to the point of flying to Kosovo or being in a classroom with a teacher pushing an evil agenda we don’t agree with. There really is hope. There really is a God who wants to fight these battles for us, and will do so if we allow Him to.

But, it takes effort and time on our part with understanding of who He is to see it happen. The Bible says “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children” (Hosea 4:6).

 

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Allow me to share what happened supernaturally when we prayed the Hebrew names of God over our church, children and families one week, and the spiritual wisdom behind it. First, the spiritual wisdom:

When we pray the Hebrew names of God over our children, we are invoking the whole power of the God Head – the Trinity:  God the Father, the blood of Jesus Christ the Son, and Holy Spirit to work in their lives and to protect them.

Yahweh/Jehovah/LORD [Our Father] Builds a Fire Wall Around Our Childen

A man named John prayed as he walked around his property. When a fire threatened to burn his house, the fire stopped at the line of his prayer path. He had created a controlled burn area with the presence of the LORD in his life, and the natural fire could go no further. There are 417 places in the Old Testament of the Bible where Jehovah and fire are mentioned in the same sentence. We see Jehovah/Yahweh, as LORD in our English Bible. Our God, as a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24), created a fire wall, just as a computer needs a fire wall to be protected.

Yeshua/Jesus Creates a Blood Line Around Our Children

John was also creating a blood line around his property. This signifies the blood Jesus shed for us to give us Life. The children of Israel were commanded to take the blood of a firstborn lamb and swipe it over the sides and tops of the door frames of their houses the night before Moses led them out of Egypt.

The LORD said, “The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.” That night all the firstborn sons of the Egyptians were slain, but the Israelites’ sons were untouched, and Pharaoh, after this last plague, allowed them to leave Egypt for the Promised Land. This was the first Passover that pointed to the Lamb Jesus, the Father’s firstborn Son, who would bring salvation to the whole world through His shed blood that paid the price for sin.

The Holy Spirit Cleanses/Protects Our Children

The Old Testament of the Bible gives details of how the priests pronounced a diseased person clean after he was well. In this ceremonial cleansing, the priest used a scarlet yarn, blood and oil. Everything in the Old Testament points to Jesus Christ. The red yarn was symbolic of the trail of blood throughout history of the Jewish people who shed blood of firstborn animals, “for without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin” (Hebrews 9:22).

Rather than using blood for cleansing today, post resurrection of Jesus, we use oil. The Bible instructs us when praying for the sick to anoint him with oil, and with the prayer of faith he will be made well (see James 5:14-15). We can anoint anything with oil with a prayer of faith, just like the children of Israel used blood over their houses and like the priests sprinkled blood against the altar at the entrance of the tent of meeting (see Leviticus 17:6). Oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit in the Bible.

How We Prayed Over Our Children, Families and Church Property

If the church shooting that killed twenty-six people from infants to the elderly in Sutherland Springs, Texas in 2017, did not wake up you or your church, nothing will. On January 7, 2018, we started a  JOSHUA-JERICHO PRAYER-WALKING GUIDEto pray during one week. Each day, beginning on Monday and ending on Saturday, we prayed each day two of twelve Hebrew names of God over our families and church while at home. We also anointed the entrances to our houses.

On Sunday the 14th, we prayed all twelve Hebrew names of God as we walked around the church, and the pastor anointed the entrance of the ‘tent of meeting’ and other doors as we, the kingdom of priests, watched and walked by. A couple people sounded the shofar, and we shouted in praise to the LORD.

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During the week, Wednesday morning, I meditated on Joshua 5. This was 40 years after the children of Israel left Egypt and they had just observed the Passover as they did that night before leaving. It was the 14th day of their New Year, just as they had done every year on the 14th day of each new year. Knowing Sunday would be the 14th day, confirmed to me that the LORD was in our midst and truly guiding us.

This is the chapter after Joshua and the children of Israel already crossed Jordan River to enter the Promised Land and before they marched around Jericho seven times, armed and ready for battle. They witnessed the LORD bring down the wall, so they could go in and take the city. On the evening of the 14th day, Joshua saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”

“Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” It’s like the LORD was saying, “I will take it from here. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. . . . You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions, stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you” (2 Chronicles 20:15, 17).

The Commander of the Army of the LORD of hosts Showed Up

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As I tried to picture the commander of the army of the LORD, I knew His Hebrew name was Jehovah- Sabaoth, the Lord of hosts, Supreme Commander of the universe and our Bridegroom. This Hebrew character name of God has a dual meaning: a hard side and a soft side. The commander of army of the LORD in the book of Joshua was the Angel of the LORD Jesus Christ who is our soon coming King and Bridegroom of His mature, military Bride.

Before I knew anything was happening, my head lifted from my Bible as I saw a huge flash of white and gold shoot up into the air above our church property. I saw His sword cut into the ground at the property line a few yards, then it was like: swoosh all the way around, and He was gone. The impression I heard was, “I’ll take care of that blood line and fire wall for you. Thank you for believing.”

We had not yet prayed day five that called upon the name of Jehovah-Sabaoth, but all these Hebrew character names are the same and ONE and ONLY true GOD of the universe: the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. What an amazing God we serve!

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3. PRINT OUT HERE > JOSHUA-JERICHO PRAYER-WALKING GUIDE and pray them over your children at home – all at once or over one week. Repeat periodically. Call upon God’s Hebrew names. He likes His name just as you do, and He responds. Don’t worry about not saying it correctly. As a parent loves to hear his child attempt to say ‘dada’ or ‘mama,’ so does our heavenly Father.

4. ANOINT your house and children’s room entrances with a prayer of faith simply as, “I apply the blood of Jesus Christ over ______, so they are covered and protected in spirit, soul and body with the blood of Jesus  as they come and go.” Above all, ask God to guide you and He will.

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What Should We Learn with Lack of Protection in Church Shootings?

With massacres of Christians on the rise, especially as they are gathered together in their churches, there is an answer. Lack of protection doesn’t have to happen to you and me.

Christians are given the powerful promise of protection of El Shaddai, the Most High God Almighty, in Psalm 91:1: “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]” (Amplified).

As with any promise of God, it is only as good as we believe it and utilize it in faith. Notice it says ‘dwell’ in the secret place. The blessing of protection is not automatic. Faith without works is dead; or without action on the promise, the promise is dead.

GOD’S Protection Comes In Two Forms: Naturally & Supernaturally

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Protection Naturally

Meshing the stories in Luke 22, Matthew 26 and John 18, Jesus shows us this reality of protection from Him which comes in two forms. He had just told Peter that Satan had asked to sift him as wheat, but Jesus prayed that his faith would not fail. Verse 35 of Luke 22 begins with Jesus asking the disciples if they lacked anything when He sent them out without a purse, bag or sandals. They replied, “Nothing.”

He said to them, “BUT NOW, if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. . . .” He was concerned about their own protection. As He was arrested, He said to the soldiers, “If you are looking for me, then let these men go.”

The disciples said, “See, Lord, here are two swords.”

“That is enough,” Jesus replied.

This takes place at the midnight hour immediately before Jesus is arrested. As the soldiers come for Jesus, Peter, who had a sword, drew it and cut off the ear of one of them. Jesus restored the ear of the soldier and responds by saying something that may seem contradictory, “All who draw the sword will die by the sword.”

Jesus meant that Peter drew the sword first without any physical threat to himself.  In other words, “not to live by the sword.” Peter was impulsive. At the darkest hour, Jesus was saying, “Be prepared naturally.”

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Protection Supernaturally

The contrast Jesus made in the above passage between natural and supernatural was that the disciples were supernaturally protected and provided for as they went out in obedience to His command.

Probably the most profound example of supernatural protection is at the first Passover in the Exodus. The children of Israel were supernaturally protected and provided for as they were delivered out of Egypt in accordance to the Lord’s command.

The Lord’s command was to take the blood of a first-born lamb, without defect, and swipe it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of their houses. In the last of the ten plagues to hit Egypt, their first-born was spared while those of the Egyptians were slaughtered by the destroyer–at midnight.

Likewise, we are protected supernaturally with the Blood of Jesus.
We can do the same thing the children of Israel did TODAY by swiping–or applying, pleading–the Blood of Jesus. He was slain as the first-born Lamb of God Almighty, who had no defect.

HOW do we apply the Blood of Jesus?

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A  certain man applied the Blood of Jesus by prayer walking his property. He prayed regularly as he walked around his house. When a fire threatened his property, it stopped right at the line he drew with his feet in prayer. It’s like he created a controlled burn with the fire of the LORD the width of his body, so that when the fire reached that place, there was nothing to burn.  It could go no further.

Other examples of supernatural victory

Dr. Billye Brim wrote a book, The Blood and the Glory,  to reveal how the power of the blood of Jesus and the glory of God fit together. It draws from the experiences of revivals involving great leaders of faith from the past to rekindle the power of the blood of Jesus in the Church today. Much was made of the blood of Jesus during these revivals.

She shares stories of supernatural protection as Christians applied the blood of Jesus with Divine warning before the San Francisco earthquake in 1906.  However, here’s one from  Pastor Brenda Steen. In 1971, she learned about the power in the Blood and preached it to her and her husband’s congregation.

The Lord told her one Sunday night to make much of the Blood. A powerful earthquake awoke her at 4:31 a.m. a few hours later as she heard her words from the night before, I don’t care if we do live in Southern California. I don’t care if my house is on top of a fault line; my house will not be destroyed!

As it turned out, the Steen’s house had only one broken vase and a few cosmetic hairline cracks. Houses on either side lost much and suffered structural damage. Books were still on the shelves at the church. Members in the congregation heard Brenda’s voice with the words she spoke as the quake hit, and  they were protected as well.

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Protection in name of the Lord

Our church, as a congregation, is planning to pray the JOSHUA-JERICHO PRAYER-WALKING GUIDE around our property. It is a seven-day guide of twelve Hebrew names of God divided into six days. The seventh-day suggestion is to pray all twelve names with praise.

At the first Passover in Egypt, the LORD directed Moses to have the people come together on the first day to hold a sacred assembly and another one on the seventh–throughout all generations. The Passover is seven days. The walk around Jericho took seven days.

We are handing out the prayer guides to the whole congregation on a Sunday, having them pray the first six days at home as they apply the Blood over their homes; then, come back the next Sunday to prayer walk the property and pray all twelve Hebrew names of God.

The children of Israel experienced the Lord in a supernatural way – with natural provision. They were armed and ready for battle as they entered the Promised Land. Jericho’s walls fell supernaturally on the seventh day that they marched around the city. In the end, the people shouted at the sound of the trumpets, and the walls collapsed, so every man charged straight in, and took the city.

With massacres of Christians on the rise, especially as they are gathered together, there is an answer. Lack of protection doesn't have to happen to you and me and our children, no matter where we are. #prayer, #prayerwalk, #children, #kids, #GodWhoAreYou, #WhoAmI

What proactive protection measure have you decided you should make? if you missed the Prayer Guide, find it HERE>> JOSHUA-JERICHO PRAYER-WALKING GUIDE

 

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