WHEN THE LORD OF HOSTS ROARS

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Three years ago there was a trend in Las Vegas for employees to hold back on paying their workers. That’s serious business with God. He doesn’t like it when His children don’t get paid what they’re owed. But the Lord waits for us to ask Him, as our loving Father, to rise up to His full power to avenge us. He doesn’t just do it automatically.

 

We have to first know what the will of God is, and what the Bible says about the situation, to be able to call down what’s rightfully ours. James 5:4 says: “Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.” In other words, the money (hire) is crying out, trying to get to the workers and the people are crying out to get their money.

 

The Lord of Sabaoth (Greek for “Lord of Hosts”) hears and rises up from His throne ready to take action for us. Many times when the Bible talks about the Lord of Sabaoth or the Lord of Hosts, it’s God in His anger and wrath against the evils done to His people. It’s not a pretty thing when the Lord of Hosts is smoking furious!

 

Psalm 18 gives us the picture of what happens. David cried out in his distress and it says the earth shook and trembled and even the foundations were shaken because God was so angry. “There went smoke out of his nostrils and the fire out of His mouth.” Usually we see God sitting on His throne, but not in this case: “He bent the heavens and came down with thunder and hail and fire” (vv. 9 and 13).

 

Romans 9:29 tells us it was the Lord of Sabaoth, the Lord of Hosts, who was behind the annihilation of Sodom and Gomorrah. If it wasn’t for God’s mercy no one would have been left alive. Psalm 46:7 says the Lord of Hosts “uttered his voice, the earth melted.” Psalm 24:8 tells us the Lord of Hosts is strong and mighty in battle.

 

No one wants to get in the way when the Lord of Hosts is teed off. When people consciously do wrong or are disobedient to God’s will, they’re walking on a dangerous mine field and will definitely get explosive results, either immediately or down the line.

 

In the Old Testament Law, people were supposed to be paid on the day they worked. Leviticus 19:13 says: “Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbor, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.” What a worker was to be paid wasn’t even supposed to be held back overnight!

 

Deuteronomy 24:15 says: “At his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor and setteth his heart upon it: lest he cry against thee unto the Lord, and it be sin unto thee.”

And Jeremiah says: “Woe unto him that useth his neighbour’s service without wages, and giveth him not for his work” (Jer 22:13).

These days we usually don’t get paid on the day we work, but whatever the agreement is, whether weekly, bi-weekly or otherwise, it needs to be adhered to. If not, we have a perfect right to get the Lord of Hosts involved. And if we are the employers, we need to heed what the Word of God says about paying for services rendered.

 

My friend, Kathy, was promised her money on Wednesday or Thursday of the week we worked. She didn’t get it. On Friday I told her about the Lord of Sabaoth and she immediately said: “Lord of Sabaoth come down and get Johnson to pay me.” Within the hour she got a portion of her money, but not all of it, not what she was promised. I’m not sure if she ever got the whole amount, but I sure hope so, for Johnson’s sake.

 

When something like this happens we have to exercise our faith to get our money. Faith in what? Faith in the scriptures, that the Lord of Hosts will go after our money and get it to us. If you don’t know these scriptures that I’ve included here, then take them down and start saying them out loud until you believe and trust them.

Psalm 84:12 says: “O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.”

 

We have to trust in the Lord of Hosts, that He will do what He says He will do. Then we lock onto our money like a stealth missile and we pull it in. We follow any other instructions the Holy Spirit gives us as far as affirmative action we may need to take. I’ve been in this position a number of times and each time the action I had to take was uncomfortable but I did it anyway and every time it worked out and I got my money.

 

When we pray and claim these scriptures, the Lord of Hosts will put so much pressure on the person, they will probably want to pay us as fast as possible to get the pressure off. We keep the pressure on with faith latched onto our money like a pit bull. We do any corresponding Holy Spirit-inspired action. We can also pray for and loose angels on our behalf to facilitate what the scriptures promise—in this case, our rightful pay. We don’t let up.

 

But if our clients or bosses stay stubborn and stupid, the consequences will come. Isaiah 1 (vv. 24, 28 and 29) say if they don’t do what’s right they’re going to be consumed. Where they were strong like an oak tree, they’ll start to fade and lose things and life. They’ll be like a garden without water. My sunflowers would die in two days if I didn’t water them daily.

 

Believe me, clients and bosses would rather pay than suffer the consequences of holding out on the Lord of Sabaoth!

 

I hope you will take this message to heart and share it so that both Christian employers and employees get the blessing God wants them to have.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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BLESSINGS FOR OLDER WOMEN

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I thought I’d be married and have children by the time I was 25. By the time I was 35 I realized I might not be getting married at all—the guys I liked, didn’t like me; the guys who liked me, I didn’t like. So I determined to be happy being single. Then the Lord directed me to Isaiah 54 and showed me the scriptures to take into my heart that would be my “go to” scriptures ever since. If you or anyone you know is an older woman and single, don’t despair, the Lord has provided tremendous blessings for us. Even though these passages are Old Testament, Romans 15:4 tells us we should learn from them: “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

 

Here’s the section of scripture that the Lord gave me:

 

“Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord” (Is. 54:1). A husband, children, then grandchildren, are a priority to women who have their own families, but single women can take on spiritual children, in prayer and I find that is true in my writing, as well.

 

“Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited. Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more” (vv.2-4).

 

Now this is amazing:

 

“For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called” (v.5). It doesn’t get much better than that!

 

If you take the time to look up “the Lord of Hosts” in a Concordance, it is the same as the Lord of Sabaoth. In this aspect, God is the powerful leader and chief of all the angels (hosts), including the warring angels, the prosperity angels, the protecting angels, all of them.

 

The Lord of Hosts is also the commander and chief of all creation, all the elements that make up the earth, and that make up our physical bodies. All the laws of physics, chemistry, microbiology, all of that is under His direction. It is the Lord of Sabaoth who brings the elements together for miraculous healings. He is the one who created those things and He orchestrates, directs and pulls together what is needed in any situation. He is the mighty fixer.

 

In the New Testament, James 5:4 tells us the Lord of Sabaoth is the one who makes sure the rightful payment for work we do, gets to us: “Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.” You do not want to mess with the Lord of Sabaoth.

 

It is the Lord of Sabaoth who caused the utter destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. “And as Esaias said before, ‘Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodom, and been made like unto Gomorrah’” (Rom. 9:29).

 

But the other side of the Lord of Sabaoth is His extreme kindness. His fire and His might is extreme, but so is His kindness. His mercy rescued Lot and his family, even though they had compromised on His Word and were living by choice in an evil place and by evil ways. God sent his angels to bring Lot out of Sodom before the destruction hit it.

 

The name for God, as the Lord of Hosts, is the one He chose to use here in Isaiah. “For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.”

 

So what else does the Lord have to say on the subject?

 

“For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God” (v.6). This part is a little hurtful, but not to worry.

 

“For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer” (vv.7-8).

 

The next few verses have some great things to say too, some that I understand and some that I don’t, but I want to go on to the last four scriptures.

 

“In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee” (v.14). What a great promise, right?

 

“Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy” (vv.15-16). The Lord of Sabaoth will not let anyone hurt us. This is an awesome scripture to take hold of and believe with all our hearts!

 

And the last verse of Isaiah 54 is monumental: “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord” (v. 17).

 

Don’t fret or be sorry you older single women. Our God has prepared an amazingly wonderful life, hand-crafted just for us. We are not forsaken, but chosen and favored.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

 

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I CALL THEM CURES FOR THE BLUES

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It was Saturday and I got up early as usual. I told myself God loves me and started my day. I wasn’t feeling top notch and didn’t know exactly what was bothering me: upcoming doctor appointment? No. Looking for a new work project? No. I went through a list of things that could possibly be bringing me down, but there was nothing specific. I just was feeling somewhat deflated, discouraged and sad. Satan would like to keep us all that way as long and as often as possible so we get so discouraged we give up on all we’re doing for the Lord.

 

But it’s not going to happen.

 

I started off by telling myself Psalm 118:24: “This is the day which the Lord hath made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.”  I also told myself: “I’m going to have a great day.” I had to say it three times before I even partially believed it. I felt like just crawling back into bed, but instead I just started doing things. I went outside, swept the patio, did some paperwork, cooked some vegetables for my best friend, and I started to feel better.

 

We all get disappointed and discouraged at times and sometimes want to indulge in a bit of self-pity over one thing or another. It’s just human nature. We get tired of always fighting and working and fighting and working and it just gets us down sometimes.

 

Jesus’ disciples had the same problem.

 

Jesus took them to the Mount of Olives just before his crucifixion. He told them to pray while he went off a little ways to pray by himself. But when he “rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow” (Luke 22:45).

 

That’s just how I felt. Midway through the day it was still heavy and I just didn’t want to do anything but take a long nap and escape the blues.

 

But Jesus “said unto them, Why sleep ye? Rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation” (vs.46). And isn’t that just so true? If we stay in our “poor me, I just want to sleep” state we’re much more likely to fall into deeper temptations that get harder and harder to escape. Satan is definitely looking for that. “Your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

 

A great example of someone who let the “poor me” temptation escalate into years of sorrow was the crippled man at the pool of Bethesda. He’d been coming down to the pool to get his healing for years on end, 38 to be exact. Jesus asked him, “Do you want to become well? Are you really in earnest about getting well?” (John 5:6). The man didn’t say yes. Instead he answered by blaming other people, saying it was their fault he wasn’t getting healed.

 

It’s easy to blame others for our lack of joy, health and happiness. But Jesus told the crippled man he had to take the forward action himself. “Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked” (vs.8-9).

 

When there’s no one around to lift us up out of our slump, we have to do it ourselves with God’s Word. And because God already knew we’d have some problems with this, He put lots of scriptures throughout the Bible to help us. I call them cures for the blues.

 

Hebrews 12:12 is a good one: “Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet.”

 

And 1 Timothy 1:6-7 says, “Stir up the gift of God, which is in thee. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

 

Isaiah 61:3 tells us the Lord gives us “the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” But we’re the ones who have to put it on. When we’re feeling burdened, the last thing we want to do is get up, go to the closet and put on something bright and happy. But I’ll never forget the words of Rose Marie, a secretary I once met. I complimented her on how pretty she looked one day. She replied, “I always try to look my best when I feel my worst.” Great advice.

 

Nothing really spectacular happened during the day but I just kept moving and at the end of the day God gave me a great reward:

 

Jane and I were coming home from doing some errands and a young couple, Mayra and her husband (20 and 21 years old) were walking down the street. Several months ago it was raining and I gave Mayra a ride to her job over at the Circus Circus Hotel. We had a great talk about Jesus and she told me her husband was starting to believe in Jesus too. She said they didn’t have a car anymore and were going to move across country to live with her dad and go to school.

 

And here they were today, walking down the street (God’s perfect timing) with two big suitcases, a guitar and their little Chihuahua dog in a pink carrying case. I waited for them to get to our driveway and asked, “Are you leaving now?” She answered, “Yes.”

 

“To the airport?” I asked. “How are you going to get there?” She looked at the ground and barely whispered, “We don’t know exactly.” Jane instantly spoke up, “We’ll give you a ride. Just wait a minute and we’ll be right back.”

 

We went inside, gathered some snacks into a bag and came back out. Mayra started to wipe the tears from her eyes, as she clutched the snack bag. I hugged her and told her we were happy to give them a ride. She said, “Nobody is this nice after only meeting someone one time.” They didn’t have a car so they were used to walking, but ten miles to the airport? That’s crazy!

 

We were so blessed to be able to help them start their new life. Then on the way home I got a text message thanking me for some help I gave another friend. God gave me a really spectacular and rewarding end to a day that started out sad and discouraging. I’m so thankful for His Word and His love.

 

This event happened over two and a half years ago, but I was actually feeling a little discouraged today. When I came home from work and opened my folder of articles and read this one, I had to smile at myself. It was just what I needed and now I’m feeling way much better! Praise God!

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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IT LOOKED SO GOOD

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The car was perfect. It was a Jeep, just like Jane wanted. It was the right price. The owner of the place was a Christian named Angel, and when we went there I saw a wonderful plaque on his wall about trusting God and being thankful. And the model of the Jeep? It was a Liberty! And we loved it. What could be wrong? EVERYTHING!! The day before we went to pick it up, one of the workers called to tell us, “Angel wanted me to call you and let you know it has a “rebuilt” title. What?! That is the same as a salvage title, which means it was in a wreck. Jane would have never pursued it in the first place if she’d known that. She had waited two weeks in excited anticipation and now this? I cried myself to sleep that night and cried again a little bit when I told the guys at work the next day.

 

The guys told me God had something better for us and I knew it was true but wow, it still hurt. In a few days I realized we had learned a lot from the experience. It was kind of astronomical as far as our new knowledge on buying cars and the details of what we needed to know up front. In the end, we refused to look at the whole thing as a bad experience, but rather, a training exercise.

 

Our “training experience” was only two weeks, thank God. I have friends who have endured much greater. One friend, Larry, had his heart set on being a fire fighter. He took classes in college that were recommended, and then he went into the training itself. All together it was three years. Then at the end, they did a physical exam and found a heart murmur. Larry told me: “They couldn’t accept me because of the policies they have. According to their policies I would be a liability.”

 

WOW, how devastating was that?! But Larry went on to be very successful in two more careers. When I asked him about it, he said, “God had other plans for me and I’m still being blessed.” Larry is one of the kindest people I know. He carries no bitterness about what he went through.

 

The Apostle Paul had everything going for him. Everything he was and everything he did, looked so good to him. By the flesh, he was at the top of his game. He tells the Philippians:

 

“If anyone else thinks that he has reason to be confident in the flesh [that is, in his own efforts to achieve salvation], I have far more: circumcised when I was eight days old, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews [an exemplary Hebrew];

 

“As to the [observance of the] Law, a Pharisee; as to my zeal [for Jewish tradition], a persecutor of the church; and as to righteousness [supposed right living] which [my fellow Jews believe] is in the Law, I proved myself blameless” (Phil.3:4-6 AMP).

 

But the Lord had other ideas for Paul. Paul was literally kicked off his high horse.

 

“As he traveled he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him [displaying the glory and majesty of Christ]; and he fell to the ground.

 

“And heard a voice [from heaven] saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting and oppressing Me?” And Saul said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He answered, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting” (Acts 9:3-5 AMP).

 

Paul was blinded when he fell and was blind for the next three days. The men who were with him took him by the hand to Damascus [no longer on his high horse], and he started on his new career. He was baptized and began learning from a simple man, Ananias. What he had gathered from his previous “career,” he was able to use later on, but the ultimate job God had for him, was so much greater than before. Instead of marking Christians for execution, now he was bringing people into God’s family. One of the things the Lord gave him to do was to write letters. Those words are what form a major part of the New Testament today.

 

Jane’s experience with the car taught us what things to look for and we know that a much better car is in her near future. Larry’s experience of being denied the career he sought, helped to make him the strong and faithful Christian he is today.

 

We learn to be grateful for those past experiences. The lessons we accumulate make us valuable assets to others in God’s family for the future. And we have already been assured by God that our future gets brighter and brighter as we grow in Him.

 

Love, Carolyn

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WE DON’T EVEN WANT OUR WORST ENEMY TO GO TO HELL

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Can’t wrap your mind around forgiveness? Take a look at any of these videos about hell; you’re not going to want your worst enemy to go.

 

Jesus tells us that hell was designed for the devil and his demons, not for man. Matt 25:41 “Then shall he say also unto them, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.”

 

Proverbs 24:17 says, “Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth.” And Jesus, as he was being crucified said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”

 

You’ll see why Jesus said that when you watch any of these short videos on hell. I’ve also included a few clips of people who’ve made contracts with Satan, like Bob Dylan, Katy Perry, Michael Jackson and several rap stars, and what happens to them.

 

There’s hundreds of scriptures in the Bible about hell, the devil and Satan but for the most part we’ve chosen not to look at them. But this stuff is real.

 

Here’s just a couple scriptures: “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Ps. 91:7). “Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering” (Job 26:6). “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matt. 10:28). “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom” (Luke 16:23).

 

I don’t like to focus on this too much, but I do think it’s valuable to get a straight forward look at the reality of heaven and hell every once in a while. The Bible says of itself: “For the prophecy [words spoken] came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Pet.1:21). Since the whole Bible is God’s Word, and God speaks of heaven and of hell, we can’t just say, “Well I don’t want to believe in hell.” Well, I guess you can say it, but it doesn’t make it true.

 

Did you ever wonder about the Biblical phrase, “weeping and gnashing of teeth?” I have. One of the videos listed below defines this in a way you will understand what it means. These clips are by various people, not preachers necessarily in the traditional way we see them. The most conservative of all are Bill Wiese and his wife.

 

You’ll never see things quite the same after watching any of these. And you’ll have a great desire to forgive and help people. I’m not an expert on this, but I’m not afraid to look because it was a subject Jesus talked about more than once. God shows us the truth if we want to know. I believe we have to open our eyes to this stuff sometimes because people in our world are in trouble and we can help them.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

These are just some of the clips I’ve looked at. There’s many more. The Bible describes horrific things about hell and these videos could be scary to some people. I highly recommend you only watch one or two at a time. It’s a lot to take in. Most are not professionally done, so be a little patient.

 

  1. Bill Wiese – 23 Minutes in Hell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gzpjzS2GIc – The talk of his experience starts at about 6:35 into the video.
  2. This guy is simple and sweet. Have a little patience with him. He defines “gnashing of teeth” in a way I could understood it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxAyw-fxJ_U The explanation of gnashing starts at about 19:15 into the video.
  3. Mary K. Baxter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5gv-V9axtg
  4. Tireo is a Christian rapper. He’s a little wild, but when you consider the nature of many rappers, he is perfect for that genre https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkqSC8z2RIk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwUffrMRDqE
  5. Celebrities selling their souls to Satan:

Katy Perry, Kayne West, Bob Dylan contract with Satan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDM7D1teDco

SWEET

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Sometimes God’s revelation is like a suspense/mystery story: He gives us an odd trail of clues, one by one; then suddenly they all come together and it makes sense—the case is resolved. That’s how it was these past few weeks with some unsolved mysteries I wanted answered about speaking in tongues. I watched a snippet of a video where a guy was saying it should be “speaking with tongues,” not “speaking in tongues” but I looked it up and both prepositions are used in the Bible. I wasn’t familiar with using the “with” version, and that was the Lord’s first clue for me.

 

Then, circumstances came up and I wanted to use this kind of speaking in tongues prayer more often. I needed a reminder in the physical realm to trigger my mind, so I contacted my brother who is involved with a ministry that used to sell red coffee cups with the anagram S.I.T. on them, which stands for Speak In Tongues. He told me they didn’t sell them anymore. That was clue number two. Okay, what to do now?

 

I still had the urgent need to speak in tongues more. I was being barraged with the temptation to fixate on how twisted and unsound people have become and my thoughts would keep circling around this. I knew I didn’t want these thoughts to overtake me. The Bible says speaking with tongues is rest to the soul. I desperately needed that rest, and not the agitation I was experiencing in my mind and emotions.

 

Jesus told me I should speak in tongues, because that way I’d get His wisdom and I would be trusting His answers to my prayers. I could bypass the AK47s of thoughts blasting my mind. If I was thinking about speaking in tongues, I couldn’t be thinking about people.

 

I’m not a person who is great at speaking with tongues automatically so I needed a stimulus as a reminder. Because I couldn’t get the cups from my brother, I needed a different solution. Clue number 3: Make one myself.

 

The next breadcrumb was the still small voice of God to my spirit: “Study the verses you know about speaking with tongues.” (Clue number 4). So I did. I went to 1 Corinthians 14. Verse 2 says: “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God.” Verse 5 says: “I would that ye all spake with tongues.” Verse 15 says: “I will pray with the spirit.” And in verse 18 Paul tells the church: “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all.” Verse 28 tells us this fact about speaking in tongues: “Let him speak to himself, and to God.” WOW, spirit words to myself—how healing is that?!

 

Then the Lord brought it all together with a new level of revelation on this kind of prayer. He told me to write down the acronym, S.W.T. (for “speak with tongues”). Then I was to say it. But when I said it, it came out sounding like “swit,” which was actually the cool part! I wrote it down and realized it had the “W” for “with tongues,” and the “I” for “in tongues.” Then just as quickly the next three words came: SWAT, SWEAT, SWEET. So now I had: “SWIT, SWAT, SWEAT and SWEET.”

 

SWIT is what it is: speaking with tongues and/or speaking in tongues.

 

SWAT is like a SWAT team that goes in to take care of business. This new level of speaking in tongues, for me, and probably for you too, is not sitting around in an easy chair, but aggressively going after the enemy—SWAT—like swatting a gnat or a fly, to kill it. Spiritual prayer by way of speaking in tongues is a weapon against the enemy, whether that enemy is outside or inside us.

 

The great thing is that this prayer is from God, so our own sarcastic ways or bitter or vengeful selves don’t get to be in the way! Speaking with tongues is absolutely perfect prayer, because God gives the words. It’s spiritually and naturally powerful. Romans 8:26-27 tells us a great truth about this kind of praying:

 

“The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

 

When we SWAT the enemy with God’s words, not our own, it’s just way more effective!

 

SWEAT indicates work. At the shop on Friday, I watched Hector and Mike move pieces of drywall weighing 120 pounds each, in 108-degree weather. When Hector finished, his whole face was wet. Working up a sweat is invigorating. Athletes, ironworkers, carpenters, miners, plasterers, fighters—we all should know what it means to work and sweat. It feels good to break through and get all the toxins out!

 

And the reward is:

 

SWEET! It’s refreshing, like a cool shower. Victory is SWEET! –Won through battle and sweat – true victory to those who are courageous and willing to battle and make sacrifices if necessary for the sake of truth and freedom in Christ Jesus.

 

SWIT.   SWAT.   SWEAT.    SWEET.       This is my call to arms, a challenge to excel. Think of speaking in tongues, or speaking with tongues in a new, more aggressive, battle-ready frame of mind. I’m excited about the Sweet rewards and I think you will be too.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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HOT MAMA DRAMA

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HOT MAMA DRAMA

My dog Spike was up all night. First he wanted to get up on my bed and snuggle. Then he wanted to go outside. Then he just had to visit the garage. Next thing I knew he was back in my room and I had a wet black nose pushing my hand as it hung off the side of the bed. I didn’t know what was going on, and then it hit me.

 

We had a female curly white Bichon dog living across the street. We call her Hot Mama, and she was in heat.

 

Spike could smell her and the poor little guy was tempted unforgivingly. When he went out into the garage he could smell her on the garbage cans. He could smell her on the pants I hung by my bed. I’d never seen him so frantic and bothered. What to do?

 

The answer to this dilemma came quickly. I took the pants out and put them in the washing machine; I took the garbage cans and put them outside. Problem solved and I slept.

 

This incident reminded me of the battles we all have with temptations. When I meet people who come here to Las Vegas for vacation and they tell me they’re thinking about coming to live here, I often caution them, “If your marriage isn’t totally solid, don’t come here. Every temptation you could ever imagine is available here.”  In diet groups they call certain food temptations “triggers.” They’re usually things like cookies or chips, where you open the bag and can’t stop until you’ve consumed the last crumb.

 

One of the simplest yet most difficult solutions to getting rid of temptation is just that—getting rid of it. Take the garbage cans out. Don’t bring the cookies in. Avoid venues where your temptations dwell in abundance. We can do this. We have the Lord Jesus Christ to help us get the victory in every situation.

 

“Perseverance is not the long race, but many short races, one after another.”

— Walter Elliot

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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