Teaching Children

I have had the honor over the last year to teach Sunday school at my church.  I love children, they say the funniest things, they are eager to please, and they are eager to learn.  At least the little ones I teach.

About a month ago I resigned from teaching Sunday school for at least a little while.  This last Sunday was my last time to be the Sunday school teacher and I had forgot the book that we use to teach the children.  I told pastors wife I had forgot it and would figure it out.  I started to pray and asked God what he wanted me to do for Sunday school.  In a small voice I heard the words Holy Spirit.  So I asked God, what about the Holy Spirit would you like me to teach.  I heard the words Holy Spirit functions….

As I started to prepare for the Sunday school class, I couldn’t help but to think isn’t this a little too deep for 1-5 graders????  I told God I would do it but to guide everything that was written and taught.

As I started Sunday School, the children just didn’t understand what I was saying.  I was actually quite surprised at how very little they knew of the Holy Spirit.  I stopped what I was teaching, and prayed with the little ones.  I started to list the functions of the Holy Spirit on the white board.  I Asked a lot of questions.  And read the verses out of the Bible that pertained to the Holy Spirit (good thing I had the verses all listed).

By the end of the class, these children understood what I was teaching.  They were actually very excited!  Which again surprised me.  Normally when the little ones know the Service is out they run out the door.  This time they all stayed seated, and wouldn’t get up from their seat, even when the parents were waiting at the door.  They were hungry to hear more.

Teaching the children about the stories in the bible is good, but they need to know more.  They need to be taught what you and I know.  As I told the children in class, “yes you are children, but God gives special gifts to all his people.  If you have asked God into your heart and you live your life as the bible instructs, you have the gift(s), you can use the gift(s) that God has given you.”  I told them that if they don’t know what their Gift is that all they have to do is pray that God reveal it to them and in his timing he will show them.  God can use children and does use children.

Its time we all teach the children the meat of God.  They do understand, as I have just recently learned.  Not only do they understand but they get on fire to hear more.

I want to leave you with a response from one of the little ones during Sunday school.  I asked the question to all of them, “if God gave you the option of what gift you received from him what would it be?”  One said, “I would want all the gifts.”  I asked why she would want all of them.  She said, “so more people would love God.”

Isn’t this so true?  God gives us gifts for the church, but also for unbelievers.  For the church it builds faith.  For the unbelievers it causes many to believe…

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Blow the Trumpet

Your redemption draws near.  Sound the alarm, sound the trumpet.  Oh my people come forth, step forth.  Repent my people for redemption draws near.  Sound the alarm, sound the alarm declares the Lord.

I received this word about a week ago.  Yesterday, I got an urgency to share this word.  Please read Joel 2.  This whole chapter is for this word.

JOEL 2

Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill.  Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming.  It is close at hand a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was in ancient times nor ever will be in ages to come.

Before them fire devours, behind them a flame blazes. Before them the land is like the garden of Eden, behind them, a desert waste—nothing escapes them. They have the appearance of horses; they gallop along like cavalry. With a noise like that of chariots they leap over the mountaintops, like a crackling fire consuming stubble, like a mighty army drawn up for battle.

At the sight of them, nations are in anguish; every face turns pale. They charge like warriors; they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line, not swerving from their course. They do not jostle each other; each marches straight ahead. They plunge through defenses without breaking ranks. They rush upon the city; they run along the wall. They climb into the houses; like thieves they enter through the windows.

10 Before them the earth shakes, the heavens tremble, the sun and moon are darkened, and the stars no longer shine. 11 The Lord thunders at the head of his army; his forces are beyond number, and mighty is the army that obeys his command. The day of the Lord is great; it is dreadful.  Who can endure it?

12 “Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”  13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. 14 Who knows? He may turn and relent     and leave behind a blessing— grain offerings and drink offerings for the Lord your God.

15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly. 16 Gather the people, consecrate the assembly bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber. 17 Let the priests, who minister before the Lord, weep between the portico and the altar. Let them say, “Spare your people, Lord.

Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’”

The Lord’s Answer

18 Then the Lord was jealous for his land and took pity on his people.  19 The Lord replied to them:  “I am sending you grain, new wine and olive oil, enough to satisfy you fully; never again will I make you an object of scorn to the nations.

20 “I will drive the northern horde far from you, pushing it into a parched and barren land; its eastern ranks will drown in the Dead Sea and its western ranks in the Mediterranean Sea. And its stench will go up; its smell will rise.”

Surely he has done great things! 21 Do not be afraid, land of Judah; be glad and rejoice. Surely the Lord has done great things! 22 Do not be afraid, you wild animals, for the pastures in the wilderness are becoming green. The trees are bearing their fruit; the fig tree and the vine yield their riches. 23 Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.  24 The threshing floors will be filled with grain; the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.

25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm my great army that I sent among you. 26 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,     and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed. 27 Then you will know that I am in Israel,     that I am the Lord your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed.

28 “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. 29 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. 30 I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 31 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. 32 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, even among the survivors whom the Lord calls.

 

Prayer for Sweden

While in my prayer closet this morning, I got a strong burden for Sweden.  As Christians, prayer warriors and intercessors we must pray for them.  I ask everyone who reads this post to give time to pray for them.  Let the spirit lead your prayer.  I do not believe that anything is currently going on over there, but it doesn’t mean something isn’t happening in the spiritual realm.  I thank you brothers and sisters for lifting them up in prayer today.

Awaken my slumbering church

God always gives me bits at a time, a little at a time. He brings me on a journey. God has asked me to do many things in my life that has been very hard. Each time a little piece of me, a little piece of my flesh is taken and replaced with a deeper realization, a deeper trust, a deeper relationship, a deeper love for our Lord God. Sometimes, I don’t want to do it. Sometimes it is hard to bear. Not because Gods requests are hard, but many times it’s because it’s hard for me to lay myself down. To lay my self’s will down. Many of you know the burden I am talking about. It isn’t the same kind of burdens from the world. The burdens we faced before knowing God.

In the world we are alone, lost with very little comfort if any. With God there is hope, there is love and peace. When I call on his name he answers. I am never left alone. Where ever God is calling you, you must go. No matter the burden, no matter the flesh that must be laid down.

I am going to take you on a journey that God has recently taken me on.

On 8/1/15 I kept thinking of a shofar being blown. As the day progressed I had a sense that I should ask Pastor if he could blow a Shofar in the next Sunday service. By the end of the day I did not call Pastor I was not obedient. The next Sunday I was praying and again the Shofar was brought to my mind. When I got to church again I got a sense to speak with Pastor about blowing the Shofar. God was telling me that there would be a releasing when it was blown. A releasing of what I did not know. I was not obedient to what God was telling me to do. I thought I was being silly, I thought it was my own thinking. I literally had no understanding of what a Shofar was, what it represented, what it was used for. I didn’t even know the name of it at this time.

On 8/11/15 I had a dream. I was at work with part of my family. My brother, sister, dad and all our children were there. We were sitting around this containment area that was filled with water talking and laughing. When my ex-husband walked up and my father asked him, why are you preventing my daughter from getting 1.4 million dollars (this part of the dream I do not know the meaning of. I want to give you a complete description of this dream I was given). Just as my father completed his question all the children ran up to me and said, Ryan is drowning in the water! I looked over and seen him lifeless. I ran over and pulled him out of the bottom of the water. I laid him down and prayed, Lord God do not let him die. As I was leaning down to resuscitate his lifeless body, he woke with a freight. He was crying and said, sorry for being bad, please forgive me. I then woke up.

On 8/24/15 my son woke me many times. He was wrestles. The second time he woke me I went back to bed. As soon as I snuggled up I heard a sound, a melody. I thought it sounded like a trumpet or a ram’s horn. The melody was the same for about 5 minutes, it was an audible sound. At first I was fearful because I wasn’t sure what was happening. I said, Lord? Is this from you? Peace came over me. I started counting the different pitches. I started to study this melody. I finally fell back to sleep. On my way to work I remembered what happened that night. I called Pastors wife because I needed direction, I needed some kind of understanding. As soon as I got off the phone, I looked on the internet to see if I could find a simi_Shofar_Blow[1]lar sound to what I had heard. I googled trumpet sounds and listened. It was very similar but didn’t sound exactly the same. I googled rams horn sounds and clicked on the first thing that popped up. It was the exact same melody and sound I had heard the night before. It was a Shofar! I truly couldn’t believe my ears. I had never heard this melody before. As I had mentioned above I had never known the name of a Shofar and what the significance of one was. After doing a little bit of studying, I found there are four prominent blasts. Typically all four blasts are played together. But the night before there were only 3 of these blasts. The first one I heard was called Tekiah. This blast is a call to awaken. The second one I heard was called Shvarim. This means broken, weeping, repenting. The third one I heard is called Takiah Hagodolah. This represents the great blast or the last blast.

This is the meaning:

God is calling his church to awaken. God said, “Awaken my slumbering church. The time is at your door. Repent, Repent, Repent, my slumbering church.” God is calling us to fall to our knees in repentance with great groaning and great weeping. It is time to set the wrong right. It is time to set yourselves in order, your house in order. This is the last warning to the church. God said, “Arise, wake up, repent.”

The boy that was dead in the water represents the church. We once were on fire for God but over time we have become dead we have not stuck to his statutes we have stopped repenting. God says, “Repent and I will resuscitate you. I will give you my fire from your youth. I will pour out my power upon you, my church. You will do great things for my glory.” Awaken my slumbering church, repent, the time is at your door.”

After I had received this word and revelation, I have been troubled. I have been troubled because God is right. th0MJH201T

Since then I have cried. I have repented. I continue to repent, I repent for the church, I repent for my disobedience, I repent for not ALWAYS putting God in his rightful place. I repent for all the sins of my family that have been passed to each generation. I repent for the sins of our Government our state. I don’t want to be left out of Gods plans, I truly don’t want to be disobedient, I want my Abba to be proud of me. I am troubled because as God says we must repent to receive this great outpouring. To receive his mercy and his grace. God is looking for a pure church. God can see the outwardly sins but he can also see our hearts, he can see our thoughts, he can see our motives. This is something that we cannot escape. GOD truly sees all he truly knows all.  This is why I am troubled, many may read this or have been told something similar to this, but disregards Gods words for this hour.  I almost did that…not just once but several times.  I don’t want anyone of his children to miss this last opportunity to repent.  Even though our God is a loving god he is also a holy God, he is righteous.  He can not have a dirty church, a sinful church.  It says in his word he will judge his church first.  Lets not forget that God reads the heart.  He knows when you ask for forgiveness and its not sincere…

With Gods blessing,

Times of trial

Good day!

I have just come out of a season of tremendous trial.  No physical thing happened but I was under attach in my heart my mind.

I have been going through this for about a month or so.  But the last two weeks Satan stepped up the attach!  Many accusation clouded my mind.  Much doubt clouded my mind.  I was at the end of the rope dangling off a cliff with no more strength.  I declared Gods goodness, I declared Gods promises I pled the blood of Jesus of my house and family but still nothing would break.  I was pleading with God on my knees with much crying to intervene.  To tell the truth, I was truly scared.  I was so confused, so hopeless, I was starting to believe the lies the accusations.

Then God stepped in….

I had a dream on Sunday morning.  I was walking up my stairs and trying to speak “in Jesus name, In Jesus name”.  Nothing would come out.  My lips and voice were sealed.  I knew Satan was right behind me on the stairs.  When I got to the top of the stairs, I turned around to look down the stairs.  Satan and I were face to face and I tried to speak again but nothing would come out.  Then I said, Get under my feet Satan.  I kept repeating it and pretty soon I was shouting it.  “Get under my feet Satan in Jesus name!”  I then woke up.  I asked God to give me a confirmation to this dream.  I looked on my email, and I seen a new post from someone I follow on this site.  It said, Keep your foot on Satan’s neck.

Since then all is back to normal.  I believe that I was warring in my spirit.

When It seems there is no way, God provides the way.  For anyone who may be going through something similar to this, keep faith and stand firm in the Lord.  He will rescue you, he will provide a way.  I believe, if you are a child of God everything must pass through his hands before it reaches us.  Good and hard times.  Christians must go through trials and temptations.  This refines us.  It draws us closer.  It also puts me in place : ).

Blessings,

L.