Oblivious to Evil

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Beloveds of the Lord,

Today I have been overtaken by the Lord’s heart regarding the oblivious condition of the church toward evil. Every store I go to I am greeted by ghouls, skeletons, vampires, and grotesque masks and costumes along with ghosts and ugly jack-o-lanterns. To me it is a blight and my soul is vexed over this tribute to evil. But, sadly, I have discovered that much of the church goes about its day oblivious, or worse, they are preparing to celebrate evil right along with the world on October 31st.

My concern got me wondering why Halloween is a day to celebrate evil and that got me researching. I found out a lot of historic things about it having roots in pagan ceremony and superstition, but what really grabbed me a couple of years ago was the revelation that it is the night Martin Luther posted his theses on the church door for all to read. It was on October 31st 1517 that the wickedness of the then current religious order was exposed and the truth of the Word of God was restored to the people. The Reformation was birthed 500 years ago this Month! Oh, how the devil hated that then and how he hates it now! He has been seeking revenge ever since, successfully perverting a night, then a day, and now we deal with an entire month or more of disgusting evil displayed everywhere we go. And sadly, he has succeeded in desensitizing a huge portion of the church to the evil, and has successfully managed to get many of them to celebrate the evil and not the Reformation. (Read my article about this scheme of our enemy at: Should we Celebrate October 31st?)

It’s not clear how the church became so oblivious to evil. Some how, somewhere along the line, the church leaders decided to ignore Halloween occult practices, incorporate them as a draw, condone them openly and/or adopt them. That didn’t make any of it less evil, it just became less obvious as it hid behind the skirts of the church. People going to church were taught to accept it because their leaders did.

The result is that few church leaders in the USA now-a-days preach against the evils of it. But,  I love God’s kids too much to let the year go by without saying something that may penetrate the lies and encourage even one person to step away from the wickedness of Halloween.

Though you may be one that thinks I am old fashioned or overreacting,  I am not moved by your protests, so don’t bother to write.  Nor will I accept or acknowledge excuses that “it is all in fun” or “it’s all make believe” or “we do it for the kids.” None of that washes and I won’t respond to those comments either.  Why am I so stubborn on this?  Two reasons:  First and foremost, the word of God says to reject evil, even the appearance of it. To me the evil of Halloween has been and is quite obvious.

Here are just a couple of verses, out of many that are in the Word of God, telling us to turn away from evil things like Halloween and do good instead:

Amos 5:14 – 15 (NRSV) Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

3 John 1:11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God.

1 Peter 2:15 – 16 (NRSV) For it is God’s will that by doing right you should silence the ignorance of the foolish. As servants of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil.

Secondly,  I have first hand knowledge of the evils of the occult and its supposedly innocent fun beginnings “for the kids.” My Lord Jesus delivered me out of that trap in 1990. Celebrating Halloween as a child, led me to fascination with the occult. Living my life in occult New Age practices for over 20 years as an adult nearly killed me. I will never be silent regarding the dangers to both children and adults of playing around with demonic things, including Halloween,  because I personally KNOW what can happen and I don’t want it to happen to you or your children!

You can read my testimony on cherylbirchministries.com .  You can also view my testimony that was recorded a couple of years ago. I spoke regarding the need to step out of evil contrasting with a Halloween decorated set. View it by clicking Here.

As well, I have written an article from my heart called  What Part of Evil is Good?

So, what if this article or my testimony has touched your heart and you are ready to step away from Halloween? How does one combat this evil?  Answer: Renounce it. Repent for entertaining it and participating in it. Receive forgiveness and determine to step into GOOD! Evil is overcome by good!

Then, this time of year,  start celebrating the Reformation! Have a Reformation Party for the kids. Sure candy is great and lots of treats.  Cute, not evil, costumes add to the festivities.  Celebrate with great joy! Have fun! Our God loves a good party that honors Him!  When folks say “Happy Halloween” reply with “Happy Reformation Day!” When folks ask if you celebrating October 31st answer: Yes! I celebrate the Reformation every year.

Does that work? Yup! Been doing it for years and the conversations are astounding. The presence of God is remarkable. People ask questions! What is the Reformation? It opens doors to telling people it’s a celebration of the word of God or the Bible. That opens up a door to tell them about Jesus.

In this, the 500th year of God restoring His Word to us, let’s honor HIM on October 31st and give the devil a GOOD kick in his back side!

With much love to you always,

Rev. Cheryl

 

 

 

 

 

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Joyful Recompense

Jumping for Joy

Beloveds of the Lord,

Today I waited on the Lord nearly all day to hear from Him.  I knew there was something important that I wasn’t hearing. Late in the afternoon, when He began to speak, or more precisely, I began to hear, He directed me to a prophetic word I received in late December 2012 and posted in January of 2013.  At the time I called it: Renewed in Joy! Today HE called it Joyful Recompense. 

He also qualified the prophetic word so that I would know for whom He gave it.  Many prophetic words are released as if for the entire church which I did back in 2013. But, I have learned since that they are sometimes for a specific group. Sometimes, not all the church are able to receive what is promised. In this case, He tells me not all will sacrifice and do what it takes to step into their Highest Call in Him.  Not all in the church have the commitment to their walk with our Lord that will produce in them His prophetic promises.

Therefore, this message, this recompense, is for the Remnant and for all in the Body of Christ who will ask for it plus do what is needed to receive it. Age is not a factor nor how long a person has been born again. It is for those who have endured, are faithful to Him, take time to sit at His feet, to KNOW Him, and who apply His word to their lives, accepting the changes that He requires,  who desire transformation, listen to His voice and do what they hear Him say – these ones who intercede, care little about recognition, give HIM glory, reach out to the poor, obey His voice, share the Good News when He opens the door – they are about to… Continue reading

Can One Man can Save the USA?

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Precious body of Christ,

Today I was drawn by Holy Spirit to re-read a post I made back in 2012. He asked me to share His word to us again. With minor edits inspired by Him, it is more than ever for us today!   I share nothing on this blog unless Holy Spirit has inspired me and prompted me to do so. Therefore, I know this message is vital for us now and it is an encouraging reminder that our prophetic destiny as a nation lies in HIS HANDS ALONE and He WILL use US to bring about that destiny!

The word of the Lord to me for 2017 and beyond is this: It is vital we stop focusing on one man as if he could possibly stop the glorious outpouring our God has destined for our nation. Or, focusing on him because we believe that this elected leader is the “be all end all” savior and answer to our nations woes.

No matter what you think of the President, he is not higher than God or His Word. He was put in place by God, as are ALL leaders, to fulfill His sovereign plans.  None the less, it is not one man, though elected to the high office of President, that will affect the destiny and course of this nation. He is part of God’s overall plan, yes, but, it is the prayers, choices and actions of the Ecclesia, the body of Christ, the disciples of the Lord Jesus, who hold the destiny of the nation in their mouths and actions. God flows His plans through us. Thus, We, the Ecclesia, can either hold back or release the nation to prosper and flourish. What we pray, what we speak out, what we do is the key. God is watching and waiting for a people after His heart… A People that understand ONLY ONE MAN can SAVE the USA and that is our LORD JESUS CHRIST!

With that said here is the message from 2012 Holy Spirit is renewing for the day we are living in; with His updates included: Continue reading

Sincere Sincerity

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Beloved Ones of the Lord,

I receive a couple of emails/texts with scriptures each morning for inspiration and meditation. Maybe you do as well?  This morning it struck me as I read the messages that both scriptures from two completely different sources had the word sincere or sincerity in them.  Have you ever had a word seem to pop off the page when you read the Bible and you KNOW there is something special Holy Spirit is trying to highlight? That is the experience I had when I read these verses. While the revelation of the two scriptures could be taken different directions, it is sincerity and being sincere that is the message of the day, in fact, Holy Spirit is impressing upon me that it is a message for the days we are navigating right now.

So, what scripture verses did I receive? Here they are!

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of ChristPhilippians 1:9-10 NKJV

This verse features the Greek word Heilikrines = pure, sincere, unsullied; found to be pure when opened and examined in the sunlight

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:6 NLT

This verse features another Greek word Ekzeteo = sincerely and diligently search out, scrutinize and investigate, demand, beg for, require and crave

Two sides to sincerity are presented by these words. Both are vitally, even desperately, needed at this juncture in time.  Holy Spirit is downloading to me right now that if we are to move forward and step into the Father’s glorious plans for the USA (read Golden Grain of the Threshing Floor ) and, if we want to be participators in His worldwide reformation (read Beginning of a Light Yoke Era  and  The Other Side of the Door), we must be both a sincere person (Heilikrines) and sincerely (Ekzeteo) seek HIM and HIS ways.

That prompted in me to begin questioning my own state of being much like David asked to be searched for any wicked way in him (Psalm 139:23). The question came to me: Am I sincerely sincere and do I walk in sincere sincerity?  To me that meant: Am I the real deal, Lord? Can you examine me in the sunlight? Yes, I am washed by the blood of Jesus, but have I dirtied my garments with no repentance? Am I seeking after You because I crave more intimacy with YOU; because I require YOUR presence. Do I sincerely investigate YOUR ways or do I walk in the presumption of my own desires? (Read Wisdom Beginnings)

These are keenly important questions the body of Christ needs to ask themselves as a precursor to being called forth as powerful Demonstrators of Jesus’ love in our world. Those who will “pay the price” of taking up their cross, sincerely seeking Him and following after Him WILL be rewarded! They will become amazing reflections of HIM and walk in the “greater works” promised in John 14:12. However, Holy Spirit is speaking to my heart right now: Know this! God’s power and the purity of His love cannot flow freely through an insincere vessel that is living a life seeking after Him periodically, or never doing so, or being stuck in the rote motions of a religious life.

It is time for MORE, for the amazing MORE that our loving Father wishes to pour out through us to those who do not know Him! And, we are being urged to enter our highest call! We cannot be perfect this side of heaven, but we can walk in sincere sincerity. Our Father in heaven can do a lot with that!

With love and great JOY,

Rev. Cheryl

 

 

 

 

Golden Grain of the Threshing Floor

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This morning Holy Spirit highlighted to me Micah 4:12-13 But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord, nor do they understand His counsel; for He will gather them like sheaves to the threshing floor. Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion, for I will make your horn iron, and I will make your hooves bronze; you shall beat in pieces many peoples; I will consecrate their gain to the Lord, and their substance to the Lord of the whole earth.

Immediately I heard from the Lord:

The USA has entered a time of threshing, but My people have little understanding of what I am about to accomplish through them.  As they come to KNOW Me, I will give them my thoughts, I will thresh them that they may become loving threshers for Me and bring to Me much golden grain. I will strengthen them, embolden them, and give them power to conquer with My love and truth. They are My consecrated ones. They are My substance in the earth.

“But, I know You, Lord!” you say back to Me. Do you? is My response. Yes, you have salvation, my dear ones, yet there is more! Continue reading

A World gone Crazy

Stormy seas

This morning I felt overwhelmed by prayer needs and the need to pray.  If you are an intercessor, or one who prays, you have probably had those days too. My heart breaks today for the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch TN where 7 were wounded and a 39 year old woman was killed by a masked shooter.  And our eastern seaboard is projected to be pounded once again by a strong hurricane, the 3rd one, 4th if one counts the hurricane that kicked up storms while blowing itself out in the middle of the ocean. Puerto Rico lies in devastation from the same storm and Florida and Texas are still in crisis cleaning up from the previous two. And, my prayer list for personal needs, illnesses, sudden deaths in families and on and on is growing. Seems like every day I get more bad news that needs prayer.

What does a follower of Jesus do when the world has seemingly gone crazy around them? In the language of my first prayer partners who were all 80 something and I was a kid of 41, we PRESS IN.  That phrase when I first heard it back in the 1990’s made little sense to me. I was a new believer and my question at the time was “Press into what?” My mentors smiled a knowing smile and simply said “Jesus, of course.”

Brother John, tall graying black curly hair, with a wonderful base voice came over to my side. My hands completely disappear into his large knuckled chocolate brown hands… Continue reading

Perceptions

Perception

Today the Lord  spoke to me: Your perceptions must be My Perceptions.

For the past week Holy Spirit has been reminding me of revelation He gave me years ago about our Noema – that is the Greek word used in the Bible to describe how we perceive things. It is a complex combination of what are the facts and what we feel about those facts. Interestingly, how we feel about the facts can outweigh those facts. Sounds, smells or fragrances, good and bad memories, mindsets, habits, and imagination form an oleo that becomes our truth about a situation, our lives, or other people.  Once we believe something is true we begin to live our life according to it – whether it is really true or not.

Many in the body of Christ have or are about to step through a wide open door into a new season of walking with the Lord and being demonstrators of who He is. On the Other Side of the Door is increased glory on earth and the Beginning of Signs.  We will be freer than ever as we will have cleansed hearts and minds. We will have let go of heavy burdens at the feet of Jesus. We have learned how persevere, to remain humble, to rest in Him and we will have received His light yoke in exchange for our busy work, work, work religious attitudes. (Read Beginning of a Light Yoke Era)  The first days on the other side of the door flowing in glory will be so full of JOY!  There is always celebration when burdens are gone and we are released into a new season. The people of the world will be drawn to what they see in us. The harvest will increase as we share our joy in Jesus! We will be living Psalm 126.

As I visioned with the Lord, suddenly I saw… Continue reading